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Itinerary for Ride, Wine, & Spa Escape

Sample Itinerary- subject to changes

Please, note that your program includes 4 riding days (1 full day trail and 3 half day trails). Half-Day trails can be replaced by a 1-hour lesson.

Day 1: Arrival
Start with an afternoon arrival at the picturesque castle in Tuscany. You will be staying in the converted buildings in the castle grounds, taking breakfast each morning in the castle itself. After checking in, you will be served with a welcome drink and then receive a briefing from your guide/instructor who will be looking after you throughout the week.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at the Castle

Day 2: Introductory Ride
This morning you will be walking down to the stables which are located in the grounds of the castle. Here, the instructor will allocate you a horse and you will begin your riding.
Novice riders may choose to take a lesson whilst more experienced riders will be enjoying an introductory hack around the castle grounds, an ideal opportunity to start to get to know the local area.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Castle

Day 3: Trail Ride
Today you will be exploring this stunning area on horseback, visiting picturesque hamlets, passing through vineyards, olive groves, beautiful woods, and forests. Keep an eye out for wildlife – you may be lucky enough to see deer, wild boar with their piglets, foxes, and if you are lucky, porcupines! The horses and ponies are suitable for both experienced and less experienced riders, with experienced riders able to enjoy long canters alongside the fields of sunflowers, wheat, or maize.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Castle

Day 4: Bolsena Lake Ride
Today you will be riding towards the picturesque Lake Bolsena. This is a fabulous spot with breathtaking views of the area stretching from the impressive crater of Lake Bolsena on one side, to the hills surrounding Lake Mezzano on the other side. On a clear day you can see the sea 40 km away, shimmering like a mirror. As you head back to the castle along this ancient ‘outlaws highway’ you will pass through mature oak woodlands dotted with original farm dwellings built in the traditional tufo rock.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Castle

Day 5: Spa Visit or Cooking Lesson (no riding)
Today is a rest day from riding and we have arranged for you to take a trip to the local hot water spa. Here you will find a natural hot water pool where you can relax and ease away any aches and pains. Treatments and massages may also be booked (extra charge).
Alternatively, you can choose to take a cooking lesson.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Castle

Day 6: Brigands' Trail
Today ride out along the famous Brigands Trail once more. This route was formally used by outlaws fleeing from the authorities and now offers a myriad of hacking opportunities along forest pathways and sandy tracks. Breath taking views of the local area will accompany our excursion all the way. Scattered throughout the countryside, archaeological sites with Etruscan tombs will serve to remind us of how ancient this beautiful land really is.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Castle

Day 7: Wine Tour (no riding)
Today we have arranged a wine tour. You will be taking a trip to the local vineyards and wine cellars where you can taste the wines (not to be missed!). If you want to ride this afternoon this can be arranged but will cost extra.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Castle

Day 8: Departure
Sadly today it is time to bid farewell to your castle home and this spectacular region, but if you can’t bear to go home just yet we can organize an additional night or two for you in Rome.
Meals included: Breakfast


Spa Visit
Since the time of the Etruscans and the Romans, natural hot springs were considered a natural source of wellness with therapeutic properties. Given it’s volcanic soil, Southern Tuscany offers a vast range of thermal baths of different levels. Only 18 km away from the castle, next to the village of Sorano there is a well organized spa facility. There you can to swim in the warm waters and relax beneath two beautiful waterfalls. Here, you can enjoy a natural hydro massage, a special massage or various spa treatments in the wellness center. Waters are flowing from natural springs at 37° centigrade. The area around the swimming pool is largely equipped with sun beds and umbrellas to satisfy the needs of everyone. A small river surrounds the spa and receives the outgoing native waters. It’s mixed waters come from a little stream in the woods and several other hot springs.

Cooking Lesson
Cooking classes are taught by chef Giovanni Verzini, a chef of great international experience. Giovanni will give you a real hands-on lesson where you will learn the basics of Italian cooking and the techniques to make an impressive four courses meal, from home-made pasta to traditional desserts and everything in between. All of the ingredients you will use are bought each morning from local farms and markets. If you wish you will be able to participate in the purchase of the necessary local produce for the lesson of the day.
The classes can be from half a day to a week. It is up to you to decide 
Every class can be a maximum of 5 people. There is no minimum required.

Wine Tour
The vineyards are located precisely on the slopes of the spur of tufaceous rock on which Sovana is perched, immersed in a breath-taking natural and archaeological panorama. The property was acquired by the Antinori family in 1995 and extends over 193 hectares (some 480 acres) on a gently sloping terrain of volcanic origin with a tufaceous sub-soil. It is situated at approximately 200 meters (660 feet) above sea level. The Fattoria Aldobrandesca wine premiered in summer 1998: Aleatico 1997. In 2004 premiered Vie Cave: the fruit of lands of widely varying features and careful zonal and oenological research.


Non-Riding Activities (included)
- Swimming pool (June 1st – September 30th)
- Mini football Pitch
- Volleyball
- Ping pong
- Billiards

Non-Riding Activities (for added fee)
- Tennis court (€10/ hour)
- Mountain bikes (€18/ person / day)
- Massages are available upon request and according to our availability (extra cost - please inquire), any day from 9.00 am to 7 pm
- Guided tour of Bolsena Lake (prices and more information at the Castle Reception)
- Archeology at Grotte di Castro (prices and more information at the Castle Reception)
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Ride, Wine, & Spa Escape
Tour Code: IT-ITSR14
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,515.00
Dates : March to November

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2020 03/01 - 03/08 8d / 7n 8-day trip, AP (High) 1 /6 Reserve
A 2020 06/18 - 06/25 8d / 7n 8-day trip, AP (High) 1 /6 Reserve
B 2020 09/17 - 09/24 8d / 7n 8-day trip, AP (Low) 1 /6 Reserve
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Tack: English
Horses: Mixture of local Thoroughbred and Warm...
Pace: Can cater from beginners (lessons in t...
Walk, Trot, Canter, Jumps
Airport: Rome-Fiumicino International Airport (FCO)
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