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Sample Itinerary: Train and Trail - subject to changes

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival
Guests arrive in the afternoon either by pick-up at the train station in Seville (10 - 20 minute drive) or by means of their own transport. A free transfer service is offered at 4:30 pm from the Santa Justa Train Station. You will then be escorted to your hotel in the nearby town of Carmona, one of the famous white villages of Andalucia. Carmona is the oldest continually inhabited village in Europe and as you stroll through the narrow streets of the old town, you will feel and breathe the spirits of ancient cultures (Iberians, Visigoths, Phoenicians, Romans, Moors), in the innumerable examples of their architectural influence in the churches, towers, palaces and mansions as well as in the inherited customs.
After you are settled in, you may appreciate a dip in the pool, or perhaps discover the pleasures of the Spanish afternoon "siesta" after a tiring journey.
In the evening, you will be joined at your hotel by one of the hosts, for a welcome dinner, where you will meet the rest of the members of the week's group and where you may clarify any last minute questions about the weekly program. After some friendly conversation, you are free to spend the rest of the evening at your leisure, and to relax before the beginning of what we hope will be an unforgettable week.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at hotel in Carmona


Day 2 (Monday): Old Hacienda Ride & Lesson
Mount up for the Old Hacienda Ride (now completely renovated), a relaxed hack around the immediate countryside, through olive groves and eucalyptus trees.
Depending on the season, you could see fields of sunflowers, wheat and cotton, as well as melons and water melons in late summer. The ride takes you past impressive 16th and 17th century Haciendas and Cortijos, which have stood here since the days when Cervantes rode these same trails, collecting olive oil taxes. Return to the riding center for lunch.
In the afternoon, equitation lessons will take place in the late afternoon when life is a little cooler. It's a great chance to improve your school work or dressage.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at hotel in Carmona


Day 3 (Tuesday): Jerez Visit & Lesson
Early breakfast and pick up at the hotel at 8:30 a.m. for Jerez de la Frontera, in the province of Cádiz, (1.5 hours away by car). Jerez is internationally renowned for its production of sherry and brandy. However, the main attraction of the day will be the visit to the Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre, an equestrian performance titled, "How the Andalusian Horses Dance" (Ticket Price: 27 € - not included in package). Here you will have the privilege of seeing the magnificent Andalusian stallions at their best, at home in the breathtaking setting of their 18th Century palace and the riding hall. They will be performing piaffe, passage and the airs above the ground (courbette, cabriole, etc) in a spectacle of light, music and colour, comparable only with the famous Spanish Riding School of Vienna. Fernando is well known at the school and is good friends with many of the world famous riders. Vivi trained at this school for 4 years and frequently performed in the show.
Return for lunch at the stables, followed by lessons in the afternoon.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at hotel in Carmona


Day 4 (Wednesday): Roman Bridge Ride & Lesson
After breakfast and a quick transfer to the Hacienda, mount up and set off across country for the Roman Bridge. Depending on the time of the year you could be riding through fields of sunflowers, wheat, cotton, oranges or peaches, through olive groves with ancient trees still carefully tended and nurtured. It is a countryside where there are very few fences.
A landscape rich with patchwork of different crops, still rotated year by year as they have always been, with wide headlands of uncultivated land separating one field from another and providing a natural bridleway across country. The variety of wild flowers, butterflies and birds.
Along the way you may come across the river, full and flowing in spring, cool and shallow in summer, a natural heaven for wildlife, with abundant vegetation all year round. Splashing through the shallows, terns and grebes, you'll emerge at an old Roman Bridge and shady eucalyptus grove. After a break and a few photographs, ride back home for a late lunch.
Lesson in the afternoon.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at hotel in Carmona


Day 5 (Thursday): Donaña Natural Park Ride & Lesson
Today, we set off early to the seaside village, where sturdy Spanish horses, all in Spanish Andalusian cowboy tack (montura vaquera), will be waiting to take you on a Beach Ride. The ride takes you on an unforgettable route through the Donaña Natural Park, bordering the National Park of the same name, one of Europe's last true wilderness regions and one of the largest wildlife reservations in Spain. The ride will take you over the golden dunes, brushing through fragrant wild lavender, rosemary and thyme. The area is home to many species (some protected), such as fallow deer, boar, fox, lynx, imperial eagles, kites, vultures, storks, flamingos and herons.
You will ride down to the beach and then it's time for the horses to wet their legs and for those who want to, a canter through the surf. After the ride, we head back to the center for lunch.
Lesson in the afternoon.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at hotel in Carmona


Day 6 (Friday): Fields Ride & Flamenco Show
We set off across open country for our last hack of the week, through olive and orange groves, past farmers working the land. How strange, in a region where there are no bridle paths the horse can wander anywhere as long as you have respect for the crop. In all our years here we have never had a farmer object to us crossing their land. On the contrary, they are always pleased to see us. In Andalucía, everyone understands and loves the horse.
Return to the stables for lunch. In the afternoon, after a well deserved "siesta", get changed into your city finery ready to hit Seville for a classical Flamenco Show (ticket price 35€ - not included in package). The show features over 12 dancers of national and international fame, traditional singers and wonderful flamenco guitar. After a short walk, we will arrive at an excellent restaurant providing both Spanish and International cuisine for the last dinner of the holiday and some superb Spanish wine.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at hotel in Carmona


Day 7 (Saturday): Departure
We offer complementary transport to the airport and train station. First trip at 8.00 am and last will be at 11.00 am.
Have a nice journey home, we hope you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back!
Meals included: Breakfast

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Sample Itinerary: Intensive Option - subject to changes

This option is designed for those who  prefer to concentrate on improving their riding skills, and enjoy the well trained sensitive horses, as well as the top class instructors.
This program is very popular with guests who come for the second time (or others who just keep coming back..) This option includes lessons in the morning and afternoon, plus  some lunge sessions which are excellent for improving  seat, balance and posture.  Sometimes guests like to change one of the  lessons for a trail ride... 

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival
Guests arrive in the afternoon either by pick-up at the train station in Seville (10 - 20 minute drive) or by means of their own transport. A free transfer service is offered at 4:30 pm from the Santa Justa Train Station.
You will then be escorted to your hotel in the nearby town of Carmona, one of the famous white villages of Andalucia. Carmona is the oldest continually inhabited village in Europe and as you stroll through the narrow streets of the old town, you will feel and breathe the spirits of ancient cultures (Iberians, Visigoths, Phoenicians, Romans, Moors), in the innumerable examples of their architectural influence in the churches, towers, palaces and mansions as well as in the inherited customs.
After you are settled in, you may appreciate a dip in the pool, or perhaps discover the pleasures of the Spanish afternoon "siesta" after a tiring journey.
In the evening, you will be joined at your hotel by one of the hosts, for a  welcome dinner, where you will meet the rest of the members of the week's group and where you may clarify any last minute questions about the weekly program. This will be your first opportunity to savour the delights of the local cuisine which still makes full use of ingredients which compose the famous healthy Mediterranean diet, olive oil, garlic, onions and vegetables. After some friendly conversation, you are free to spend the rest of the evening at your leisure, and to relax before the beginning of what we hope will be an unforgettable week.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at hotel in Carmona


Day 2 (Monday): First Riding Lessons
After breakfast at the hotel and a quick transfer to the Hacienda, be ready to mount up, after the trail riders leave for their morning ride. Everything is quieter now, ready for the dressage lessons. Your first lesson will be an assessment for your instructor, who will note your good points and the areas which need to be worked on. It is also the first chance for you to get used to your horse and the more sensitive style of riding required for the Andalusian and Iberian horses. Our goal is that you get as much improvement and fun out of your lesson as possible.
After a break, get ready for your first lunging sessions.
Once the lessons are over, relax with a book in the garden or by the pool. You are also more than welcome to stay and sit by the arenas and watch the daily training of our horses.
Meet the rest of the group for lunch in beautiful dining room and enjoy your first experience of typical Andalusian home cooking (courtesy of our resident cook) and sample our excellent local house wine.
Another lesson in the afternoon.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at hotel in Carmona


Day 3 (Tuesday): Jerez Visit & Lesson
Early breakfast and pick up at the hotel at 8.30 a.m. for Jerez de la Frontera, in the province of Cádiz, 1.5 hours away by car. Jerez is internationally renowned for its production of sherry and brandy. However, the main attraction of the day will be the visit to the Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre, an equestrian performance titled, "How the Andalusian Horses Dance" (Ticket Price: 27 € - not included in package). Here you will have the privilege of seeing the magnificent Andalusian stallions at their best, at home in the breathtaking setting of their 18th Century palace and the riding hall. They will be performing piaffe, passage and the airs above the ground (courbette, capriole, etc) in a spectacle of light, music and colour, comparable only with the famous Spanish Riding School of Vienna. Fernando is well known at the school and is good friends with many of the world famous riders. Vivi trained at this school for 4 years and frequently performed in the show.
Return for lunch at the stables, followed by lessons in the afternoon.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at hotel in Carmona


Day 4 (Wednesday): Riding Lessons
The lessons will take place as soon as the trail ride leaves. As the week progresses so will your dressage skills, hopefully performing more advanced movements. After the lesson, stay and continue observing the daily training of the geldings, mares and stallions, from young and green to very advanced. We also train the schoolmasters regularly to keep them sensitive and in good shape so that our guests can enjoy and get the most out of their lessons with them.
In the afternoon, another lesson
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at hotel in Carmona


Day 5 (Thursday): Riding Lessons & Lunge Session
Same as Wednesday, except that today we will include your second lunge session.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at hotel in Carmona


Day 6 (Friday): Last Lesson & Flamenco Show
In the morning, enjoy your last lesson. By this time you might be performing some of the more advanced movements (this will depend on the rider's ability).
Last lunch at the riding center is the famous Paella accompanied by the not less famous (and very popular) Sangría.
In the afternoon, after a well deserved "siesta", get changed into your city finery ready to hit Seville for a classical Flamenco Show (ticket price 35€ - not included in package).
The show features over 12 dancers of national and international fame, traditional singers and wonderful flamenco guitar.  After a short walk, we will arrive at an excellent restaurant providing both Spanish and International cuisine for the last dinner of the holiday and some superb Spanish wine.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at hotel in Carmona


Day 7 (Saturday): Departure
We offer complementary transport to the airport and train station. First trip at 8.00 a.m and last will be at 11.00 am.
Have a nice journey home, we hope you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back!
Meals included: Breakfast

These sample itineraries is subject to changes at tour operator's discretion.
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Train and Trail - in Southern Spain
Tour Code: IT-SPSR30
7 days / 6 nights ~$1,725.00
Dates : Available all year

Trip Rating :
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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Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2020 07/26 - 08/01 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /8 Expired
B 2020 07/26 - 08/01 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- Intensive Op... 1 /8 Expired
B 2020 08/02 - 08/08 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- Intensive Op... 1 /8 Expired
A 2020 08/02 - 08/08 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /8 Expired
B 2020 08/09 - 08/15 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- Intensive Op... 1 /8 Expired
A 2020 08/09 - 08/15 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /8 Expired
A 2020 08/16 - 08/22 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /8 Expired
B 2020 08/16 - 08/22 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- Intensive Op... 1 /8 Expired
B 2020 08/23 - 08/29 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- Intensive Op... 1 /8 Expired
A 2020 08/23 - 08/29 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /8 Expired
A 2020 08/30 - 09/05 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /8 Expired
B 2020 08/30 - 09/05 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- Intensive Op... 1 /8 Expired
B 2020 09/06 - 09/12 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- Intensive Op... 1 /8 Expired
A 2020 09/06 - 09/12 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /8 Expired
A 2020 09/13 - 09/19 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /8 Expired
B 2020 09/13 - 09/19 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- Intensive Op... 1 /8 Expired
B 2020 09/20 - 09/26 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- Intensive Op... 1 /8 Expired
A 2020 09/20 - 09/26 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /8 Expired
A 2020 09/27 - 10/03 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /8 Expired
B 2020 09/27 - 10/03 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- Intensive Op... 1 /8 Expired
B 2020 10/04 - 10/10 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- Intensive Op... 1 /8 Reserve
A 2020 10/04 - 10/10 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /8 Reserve
A 2020 10/11 - 10/17 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /8 Reserve
B 2020 10/11 - 10/17 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- Intensive Op... 1 /8 Reserve
B 2020 10/18 - 10/24 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- Intensive Op... 1 /8 Reserve
A 2020 10/18 - 10/24 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /8 Reserve
A 2020 10/25 - 10/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /8 Reserve
B 2020 10/25 - 10/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- Intensive Op... 1 /8 Reserve
A 2020 11/01 - 11/07 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /8 Reserve
B 2020 11/01 - 11/07 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- Intensive Op... 1 /8 Reserve
B 2020 11/08 - 11/14 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- Intensive Op... 1 /8 Reserve
A 2020 11/08 - 11/14 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /8 Reserve
A 2020 11/15 - 11/21 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /8 Reserve
B 2020 11/15 - 11/21 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- Intensive Op... 1 /8 Reserve
B 2020 11/22 - 11/28 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- Intensive Op... 1 /8 Reserve
A 2020 11/22 - 11/28 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /8 Reserve
A 2020 11/29 - 12/05 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /8 Reserve
B 2020 11/29 - 12/05 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- Intensive Op... 1 /8 Reserve
B 2020 12/06 - 12/12 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- Intensive Op... 1 /8 Reserve
A 2020 12/06 - 12/12 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /8 Reserve
B 2020 12/13 - 12/19 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- Intensive Op... 1 /8 Reserve
A 2020 12/13 - 12/19 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /8 Reserve
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Tack: English
Horses: Andalusian and Andalusian cross
Pace: All paces according to riding level - ...
Walk, Trot, Canter, Jumps
Airport: Seville
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