From the horse’s mouth
Valleys of Central Croatia
- Visit the stunning Plikvice national park - a UNESCO site - renowned for its lakes and waterfalls
- Experience the warmth and generosity of genuine Croatian hospitality
Day 1 1: LONDON - ZAGREB - GVOZD - No ridingCroatian FarmInternational flights to Zagreb are not included. You should aim to arrive before 18:30.
You will be welcomed at the airport by one of our team and once all the riders have arrived, you will be driven to the farmhouse at Gvozd. After being shown to your room, you will have a chance to look around the farm with one of your guides (provided your flight arrives early enough).
There will be a welcome drink waiting for you on your arrival and and dinner will be taken at the farm.
Day 2 2: CROATIAN VILLAGES AND FORTRESSES - 5 hours ridingCroatian FarmAfter breakfast, you will be taken to the stables and introduced to the horses before setting off on your first day's ride. You will pass through beautiful typically Croatian villages as well as the ruins of a fortress dating back to the 17th and 18th century. There will be the occasion for some lovely canters across the meadows before passing an old water mill and heading into the forest.
You will return to the farm for lunch.
The afternoon ride will be slower as you ride across 60 hectares of farmland, perhaps helping move some of the sheep and cattle between different pastures.
Dinner will be had on the farm.
Day 3 3: KUPA RIVER - 5 hours ridingCroatian FarmAfter breakfast, you will head out riding along an old hunter's path through the forest and picturesque meadows before reaching the Kupa river. Taking a break from the saddle, you will set off on a boat trip along the river - ending up on a sandy beach for your picnic lunch of freshly caught fish.
In the afternoon, you will ride back to the farm following a different route.
Day 4 4: PLITVICE NATIONAL PARK - No ridingCroatian FarmA day of rest for the horses so that you can explore the beautiful Plitvice national park known for its many stunning waterfalls and lakes. The park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is situated in the mountainous Karst area of central Croatia and boasts scenery that is absolutely breathtaking. The entrance fee to the park is payable locally and is between £12 and £20 per person.
You will have your lunch in a restaurant within the park, making the most of the fantastic surroundings, and later in the afternoon you will be driven back to the farm for dinner.
Day 5 5: TOPUSKO VILLAGE - 5 hours ridingCroatian FarmYou day's ride will take you through a magnificent oak forest, home to a variety of the local wildlife - deer, wild boar, foxes and hares. After picnicking in the forest for lunch, you will head out of the woodland to canter across some of Croatia's wild prairies.
Your ride will take you to the Top Terme Spa, a wellness centre in Topusko village, where you can relax in the hot thermal pools and jacuzzi.
For dinner you will dine in the spa's restaurant, sampling a special menu, before heading back to the farm and your cabin.
Day 6 6: KING PETER'S MOUNTAIN - 5 hours ridingCroatian FarmAfter breakfast, you will set out on the most challenging ride of your holiday. On horseback you will ascend King Peter's mountain, at its summit 512m above sea level, where you will find a solemn World War II war memorial and truly breathtaking views across Croatia.
In the afternoon, continuing through open countryside you will arrive at a local hunting cabin, where you will try a traditional hunters' meal.
You will then head back to the farm for the night.
Day 7 7: GORGES OF CROATIA - 5 hours ridingCroatian FarmYour final day of riding will take you across a variety of different terrains - tricky passes through hills, plains to canter across, dense forests, swamps and steep gorges.
In the evening, you will enjoy your final dinner, accompanied by fine wine and bathed in candlelight.
Day 8 8: GVOZD - ZAGREB - LONDON - No ridingAfter breakfast, you will travel back to Zagreb airport at 10:00am to catch your flight home.
Dates & prices
- International flights are not included.
- The above prices are for one person (sharing a room)
- Return airport transfers are not included - €30 per person return rate, payable locally in cash.
- Groups are made up of 4-8 riders
- The cost to visit Plitvice National Park is paid locally: €15 - €25
- If you wish to have a single room, you can pay a single-room supplement of approx. £185 (€210) subject to availability. There is no single room supplementary charge if you are willing to share
- Non-riders, accompanying riders, are welcome and there is a 40% discount; however, no activities are included in this price. Activities are available (see the list below) and are paid for locally - prices may vary depending on the exchange rate. Teenagers 16 yo and older are welcome to participate in this trail.
Accompany the riders in a 2 seat horse-driven carriage (carriage suitable for uneven terrain) £63 per day
- Line fishing £16 per hour
- Horse riding lessons for beginners £24 per hour
- Explore the equestrian farm and its surroundings in a 5 seat horse-driven carriage £34 per hour
- Bike hire £2.50 per hour
- Jaunt in a vintage tractor £16 per hour
- Rafting £44 per person - for a group of 4 people (min.)
- Bird watching - price dependent upon number of people in the group
- Visit Zagreb - price dependent upon number of people in the group
- Foraging for mushrooms - price dependent upon number of people in the group
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.
Price doesn't include
Plitvice Park entry fee
There is a maximum weight limit of 90kg/ 14st/ 198lbs
Minimum riding ability
Minimum riding ability
There is a maximum rider weight of 90kg/ 14st/ 198 lbs.
Tacking ability and participation
Trip conditions and Requested experience
Previous experience of riding trails over several days is an advantage but not required.
Helmets are mandatory on this ride. We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit
The main house is set right next to your accommodation. This is where you will find the daily living room area, equipped with a sitting room, a small dining room and a kitchenette. Guests are welcome to take drinks out of the fully stocked fridge, or make themselves a cup of tea or coffee or have a small snack. They are also most welcome to read a book from the hosts' small library, watch a show or a movie on the flat screen TV or use the laptop. The common house has no working hours and the guests can enjoy themselves for as long as they like.
For an additional charge you will also have access to a sauna.
Other amenities included in the price: Wi-Fi access, outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and relax zone, traditional bowling, Ping-Pong table, open grass volleyball court, wildlife park, estate bicycle rides and forest walkway strolls.
Toiletries are not included, please bring your own.
Lunch is usually a picnic out on the trail.
Three-course dinners including an appetizer, main course and dessert.
Wine, beer and juice are included with the meals in reasonable quantities.
Along the coast the climate is Mediterranean with mild winters and hot, dry summers (temperatures around 30c).
Guide and local team
Matija Novosel has been at the farm for two years and is always cheerful and patient. With experience in competition dressage, show jumping and long-distance riding he is a fantastic equestrian guide.
Both guides speak English.
- You are required to wear a riding helmet and we recommend that you take your own to ensure a correct fit. There are many lightweight options available nowadays
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana
- Thermals (long or short sleeved)
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun and are an extra layer
- Lightweight fleece or jumper
- Warm fleece or jumper (and a spare in case one gets wet)
- Warm and waterproof jacket - it can rain at any time of year and the evenings can be particularly cold
- 2 Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Casual trousers for the evenings, such as jeans or tracksuit bottoms
- Waterproof over trousers
Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long chaps as an extra layer against inclement weather. We don't recommend taking your favourite long leather boots in case they get damaged
- Waterproof shoes/boots can be useful for abundant dew in the mornings or when it rains
- Trainers or equivalent light shoes for moving around the camp in the evenings
- Several pairs of warm, thick socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun, cold or rain whilst riding. Waterproof gloves can be particularly useful
Other useful items
- Toiletries are not included, please bring your own.
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around camp at night - bring spare batteries and bulbs
- Water bottle (2 litres or 2 x 1 litre)
- Swiss army knife (or equivalent)
- Small plastic bags for rubbish
- Ear plugs (for light sleepers)
In your hand luggage
- Any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Any medication you regularly take
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent, preferably containing deet
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Eye drops
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhoea medication
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel
- In your hold luggage, take any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant unless they are less than 100ml and all bottles can fit in a small, clear, plastic ziplock bag. We recommend biodegradable washing products where possible.
- Please don't take a hard sided suitcase. Your luggage should be soft sided with a capacity of 60-80 litres. We recommend taking a backpack or similar.
- Backpacks cannot be worn whilst riding. We recommend a small bumbag or a coat with pockets so that you can carry small items with you during the day (passport, camera, sunscreen, lipbalm etc)
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
Visa & Health
ADDITIONAL BREXIT INFORMATION
The UK is leaving the European Union. The rules for passports, entry requirements, driving, EHIC cards and more may change after Brexit.
Addresses of consulates
- Ambassade de Croatie
7, square Thiers
75 116 Paris
Tél. : 01 53 70 02 80
- Ambassade de France en Croatie
Tél. : +385 1 48 93600
Fax : +385 1 48 93660
- Ambassade de Croatie
Avenue Louise 425
Tél. : +32 (0) 2 639 20 36
Fax : +32 (0) 2 644 69 32
If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 112 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.
Source and more information: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/croatia/health
Budget and money
Telephone and jetlag
Did you know?
Did you know?
The Croatian coldblood
The Croatian coldblood is a draught horse breed from Croatia. It was born from crossbreeding European workhorses imported to ex-Yugoslavia, such as the Percheron, the Noriker, The Ardennais and the Belgian draft horse.
To this day, it is still on of the most common breeds in Croatia.