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Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Note: itinerary might change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

Day 1- Arrival
Transfer to Tenuta Luogo Marchese and dinner.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Tenuta Luogo Marchese

Day 2- Castelbuono
8:30 Meet at the stables with the participants. The journey will begin with an interesting ride along trails surrounded by the Mediterranean olive groves and cork trees. After crossing the river bed, which is almost always dry in summer, you get in Castelbuono, in front of the Castle of Ventimiglia. The city is a medieval town known as the residence of the barons Ventimiglia and still keep the old craft traditions. Once in the town, you will have some free time to relax to taste typical local products, such as our manna, cheese and traditional desserts. Guests may also participate in a guided tour of the Castle (entrance 4 € per person). We enjoy a picnic lunch and make our way back to the Agriturismo in the afternoon.
Riding: 6-8 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Tenuta Luogo Marchese


Day 3- Gorges of Tiberius
Today we partake on an adventure that takes us to the wild and rugged shores of the river Pollina in the territory of San Mauro Castelverde, notorious for their stories of bandits that in the past infested the area. We ride up to the Gorges called in dialect "Miricu", a place highly suggestive where we can descend into the gorges in canoe (10 € per person) or go for a swim.
Riding: 6-8 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Tenuta Luogo Marchese


Day 4- Gibilmanna
Ride through the thick forests of cork oaks and holm oaks until you reach the Sanctuary of Gibilmanna (about 800m above sea level). Visit the Church which houses the famous Madonna of Gagini and free time to rest. The trail continues with many points of interest, nature, and beautiful landscape along the way. After our picnic break, we go back to the Agriturismo.
Riding: 6 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Tenuta Luogo Marchese


Day 5- Tour of Madonie Mountains
Depart for a thrilling ride in the woods of the Madonie National Park full of high peaks that reach altitude of almost 2000 meters above sea level. The area hosts a wide variety of plant and animal species such as deer and wild boar, as well as endemic species such as Abies Nebrodensis and giant holly trees.
The ride is of great charm and allows you to enjoy unique landscapes, breathe fresh air, drink water from the springs of the high mountains, and listen to the sound of the forest.
This tour requires that the rider is experienced at riding for some distance, and also has good physical endurance. Taking place mostly on mountain trails, this excursion may be subject to change for reasons related to weather or obstacles along the routes.
Riding: approx. 6-8 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight stay at an excellent mountain hotel in Madonie National Park


Day 6- Piano Battaglia
We descend in the direction of Cefalù through woods and fields and make our way down to Isnello, a small town built on the mountain.
After lunch, we go back to the Agriturismo for dinner and overnight.
Riding: approx. 6-8 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Tenuta Luogo Marchese


Day 7- St.Ambrogio
Meander amid the pastures until you get to Sant'Ambrogio, a coastal and picturesque village. Continue the excursion by following a path almost to the sea, passing through cultivated fields with olive trees, citrus groves and woods of cork, red and holm oaks. Lunch in a restaurant by the sea is an option based on guest preference. During spring and autumn you can sometimes ride on the beach as it's not so busy with tourists then. Swimming in the sea with the horses is also possible but of course this depends on the weather and sea conditions! Months when it could be possible are April, May, June, September, October and the beginning of November. We can't guarantee it but keep your fingers crossed and it might be possible!
Riding: approx. 6-8 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Tenuta Luogo Marchese


Day 8- Departure
Breakfast and transfer to the airport or train station.
Meals included: Breakfast
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Sicily Explorer Ride
Tour Code: IT-ITSIC01S
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,585.00
Dates : All year round

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
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.
CIntermediate
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.
EAdvanced
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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Tack: English, Western (on request)
Horses: Sicilian, Andalusian, Quarter Horse, A...
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Airport: Palermo, Catania
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