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Kingdom of Castile Ride - across the Gredos Mountains


Itinerary for Kingdom of Castile Ride - across the Gredos Mountains



In 2020, we offer 5 different itineraries:
A. Gredos to Salamanca Ride
B. Castles of Gredos Mountains
C. Four Valleys of Gredos
D.
Pristine Waters of Gredos
E. Long Weekend Ride

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Sample ItineraryGredos to Salamanca Ride (progressive ride) - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival to Navarredonda de Gredos
Meet at Madrid airport and transfer to Navarredonda (2 hours’ drive) with a break in Avila for a short visit (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Enjoy your welcome dinner at the hotel with us.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos


Day 2: Navarredonda de Gredos to Angostura de Tormes
Distribution of horses. Our route follows the Tormes River at the bottom of the valley. Tapas for a short break. Lunch stop. Riding in the afternoon downhill along the river valley to Angostura de Tormes. Horses spend the night at the village and riders are transferred to their accommodation in El Barco de Ávila.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in El Barco de Ávila

Day 3: Angostura de Tormes to Becedas
In the morning, we will go through cattle trails. Lunch by the Tormes River, beside the medieval bridge (14th c.) and in the shade of a 14th c. church in El Barco de Ávila. Then, in the afternoon, we will ride to Sierra de Bejar and Becedas, the last village in Avila province where the horses spend the night. We transfer the riders to the same hotel than the night before in Barco de Ávila.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in El Barco de Ávila 


Day 4: Becedas to Candelario
This day is a short day ride from Becedas to Candelario. We will go through villages of peculiar feature.
In the afternoon, visit of Candelario, a picturesque village (one of the most beautiful in Spain). Walk up the steep streets, and walk along the channels that collect the water from the mountains - magnificent, examples of architecture in this town.
Dinner and overnight at charming rural Inn “Artesa”, in the center of the town. Accommodation and an excellent restaurant where you can taste the most traditional Castilian cuisine.
Riding 4 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in Candelario


Day 5: Candelario to Guijo de Avila
Northward to Salamanca through Puerto de la Hoya we will get to Neila de San Miguel and stop for tapas at the unique church in a Celtic location (Cerro del Berrueco). Lunch at Medinilla. In the afternoon, the landscape is open and flat and we will reach the Cañada Soriana Occidental one of the main cattle path in Spain.
We will spend the night at Guijo de Avila in a rural complex with very comfortable cabins and a nice views of the Tormes River.
Riding 6.5 hours.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in Guijo de Avila


Day 6: Guijo de Avila to Horcajo Medianero
We will cross the river Tormes by Santa teresa´s dam, a huge water reservoir. We will ride all day through the Dehesas of Salamanca with holm oaks, bulls, black Iberian pigs. Lunch by small river. Afternoon canters through the dehesa and holm oaks to Horcajo Medianero. Night and dinner at monastery of Valdejimena with horses very close to us. You stay in a very special place and you might have to share a bathroom.
Riding 6 hours.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Monastery Valdejimena in Horcajo


Day 7: Horcajo Medianero to Alba de Tormes (Half-day ride)
In the morning, we ride along the Eastern lands of the province with beautiful and clear horizons bathed by waters of the Tormes River. We have lunch near Alba de Tormes. The history of Alba de Tormes is linked to Santa Teresa´s life and death, where the body rests in one of the convents. This is the end of the ride.
The horses travel back home by truck and we transfer riders to Salamanca town (20 min driving).
In the afternoon you can walk along the streets of this historical town, world heritage by UNESCO, visit the most important monuments, The Plaza Mayor with its arcades is particularly impressive. Dinner at a restaurant located at the Plaza Mayor. Night in the heart of Salamanca.
Riding 4 hours.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in Salamanca


Day 8: Departure
After breakfast, departure from Salamanca at 10 am on time for flights departing Madrid after 2 pm. All riders will be transferred at the same time, so if any of rider needs to arrive to Madrid prior to noon all riders depart earlier or we will arrange transfer (at extra cost).
Meals included: Breakfast



Sample Itinerary
Castles of Gredos Mountains (progressive ride) - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival to Navarredonda de Gredos
Meet at Madrid airport for 3:00 pm and transfer to Navarredonda (2 hours’ drive). Stop in Avila for a short visit. Enjoy a welcome dinner.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos


Day 2: Navarredonda de Gredos to Hoyos del Espino
After the distribution of horses, we ride through the Tormes valley and pine forest. We cross some open fields with great views of the Gredos Mountains. We have lunch at fisherman´s hut with an excellent paella, cooked on the spot, beside the river Tormes (possible swimming in summer). Short afternoon ride to Navacepeda. 
Riding 4 hours.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in Hoyos del Espino


Day 3: Hoyos del Espino to El Barco de Avila
The longest day and the most beautiful views of Gredos Mountains await us! We ride down the valley riding through small and remote shepherd villages. We stop for lunch at Aliseda de Tormes, beside the Tormes River and its medival bridge. In the afternoon, we will ride across an open valley with a different landscape and good trots and canters to El Barco de Ávila. We will cross the Tormes River on a beautiful roman bridge to get to the village. Night and dinner at a 4* hotel.
Riding 6.5 hours.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in El Barco de Ávila


Day 4: El Barco de Avila to Hoyorredondo
We ride to Salamanca province, a beautiful flat and dry area, with incredible granite formations. It is a very rural region, where you will see fields with stonewalls and farmers riding donkeys. Later on, we ride through holm oaks woods and pastures. We will cross Puente del Congosto, another medieval village with a 15th century bridge and Castle. Picnic near the river, a very beautiful spot for swimming in summer. In the afternoon, we will have some fast and good canters to Hoyorredondo. Overnight and dinner at a very beautiful rural Inn, La Trocha de Hoyorredondo, where it is possible to see the horses resting from your bedroom´s window. A magical place.
Riding 6 hours.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at La Trocha de Hoyorredondo in Hoyorredondo


Day 5: Hoyorredondo to Navacepedilla de Corneja
Good trots and canters in the morning by the flat Corneja River Valley to Bonilla de la Sierra - very important medieval town, with a beautiful church. We take our lunch break in a private garden with swimming pool and taste a bbq with Avilan beefsteak. In the afternoon, we will start climbing to the top of the mountains.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Navacepedilla de Corneja


Day 6: Navacepedilla de Corneja to Navarredonda de Gredos
This is a magnificent day! We ride in the mountains through 3 different valleys. In the morning, we will ride up to the highest place of the ride: Puerto de Chía (1,800 m), with a magnificent view of the Corneja river valley in the back and the Alberche river valley in the front. Lunch break is at San Martin de la Vega with the views of the Gredos Mountains. After lunch, we will cross the Alberche River and continue to Tormes River valley to get to the stables.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos


Day 7: Departure
Breakfast at the hotel, departure at 10am to be in Madrid airport around noon.
Meals included: Breakfast

8-day option: Same itinerary with extra day riding with good trots and canters along the lovely Tormes river valley.

Day 7: Navarredonda de Gredos
Good trots and canters along the lovely Tormes river valley.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos


Day 8: Departure 
Breakfast at hotel, departure at around 10 am. To be at Madrid airport at 12 pm.
Meals included: Breakfast

 

Sample Itinerary
Valleys of Gredos (progressive ride) - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival to Navarredonda de Gredos
Meet at Madrid airport for 3:00 pm and transfer to Navarredonda (2 hours’ drive) with a stop en route in Avila (short visit). Enjoy your welcome dinner at the hotel with us in Navarredonda de Gredos.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos


Day 2: Navarredonda de Gredos - Cuevas del Valle (Tietar river valley)
Distribution of horses at the stables. We cross the mountains through Puerto del Arenal following the very old path, which was used like a commercial way from north to south of the Gredos Mountains. Beautiful views of the Tietar river valley. Night in very nice rural inn “El rinconcito de Gredos” in Cuevas del Valle.
Riding 6 hours. 
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at “El rinconcito de Gredos” in Cuevas del Valle


Day 3: Cuevas del Valle to San Martín del Pimpollar (Alberche river valley)
We ride through the Roman Road (II century B.C.) to join the Cañada Real - very important medieval paths for Merino sheep Transhumance. We will get Puerto del Pico, with magnificent views of the Tietar River Valley. After a tapas-break we continue riding along the Alberche River Valley. Beautiful lunch beside the river. Tonight, we will arrive in San Martín del Pimpollar.
Riding 5 hours. 
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at casa rural “Las cuatro calles in San Martín del Pimpollar


Day 4: San Martín del Pimpollar to San Martín de la Vega (Corneja river valley)
Following the Alberche River Valley, we will ride through wild nature in the north side of the mountains. Beautiful landscape, especially in Spring when the broom is blooming. Lunch in the countryside with magnificent views of the highest peaks of the Sierra de Gredos. We stop for dinner and overnight at rural inn in San Martín de la Vega.
Riding 6.5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in San Martín de la Vega


Day 5: San Martín de la Vega to Hoyos del Espino (Tormes river valley)
We are still in the mountains, with pine trees, broom, stonewalls… The region we explore today is the summer pastures for Avilan cows. We will get very close to the source of the Alberche River. We stop for lunch beside a lagoon. In the afternoon, we ride to Navacepeda through open landscapes with the most beautiful views of Gredos Mountains. Dinner at a restaurant.
Riding 5 hours.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Capra Hispanica in Hoyos del Espino 


Day 6: Hoyos del Espino to Navarredonda de Gredos (Tormes river valley)
Easy and beautiful day. Today’s ride follows the Tormes River Valley. Lunch at fisherman´s hut beside the Tormes River - wonderful spot for swimming. Short afternoon ride with a few fast good canters to finish the ride.
Riding 5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos


Day 7: Departure
Breakfast at hotel. Departure around 10 am to be at 12 pm in Madrid airport.
Meals included: Breakfast



Sample ItineraryPristine Waters of Gredos (progressive ride) - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival to Navarredonda de Gredos

Meet at Madrid airport for 3:00 pm and transfer to Navarredonda (2 hours’ drive). Stop in Avila for a short visit. Enjoy your welcome dinner at the hotel with us in Navarredonda de Gredos.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos


Day 2: Ride To San Martín Del Pimpollar
Easy day riding from Navarredonda to the mountains, across summer pastures. We stop for lunch by the river near San Martín del Pimpollar with an excellent pic-nic cooked on the spot. In the afternoon, we ride through pine forests, with a possibility of good canters and trots.
Riding 5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos


Day 3: Ride To Laguna Cañada Del Gallo
Riding in the morning to Cañada del Gallo lagoon with some great views of the peaks of Gredos. We have some great canters in open landscape. Later on, we ride down to the Tormes river valley for another luxury pic-nic with an excellent paella cooked on the spot (opportunity for swimming). After a relaxing lunch break, we head back to the stables with some good canters.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos


Day 4: Ride to Barbellido & Navacepeda de Tormes
Today we will ride in the direction of the highest mountains with stunning views on the way. We ride up to Puente de las Juntas and down to Barbellido gorge, where we stop for an excellent lunch with Avilan beef bbq at a fisherman’s hut. It is a good spot for swimming in crystalline waters of Barbellido gorge.
After a relaxing lunch stop, in the afternoon good canters along the pinewoods riding to a different hotel in Navacepeda de Tormes.
Riding 6 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in Navacepeda de Tormes


Day 5: Ride To Pozo De Las Paredes & Back To Navarredonda De Gredos
Following the Tormes River through Navacepeda historic town, we ride into the mountains to Navalperal for a tapas-break, continuing to Pozo de las Paredes, a 14th century bridge over the Barbellido gorge. Lunch at the beautiful place perfect for swimming. In the afternoon riding along the Tormes river coming back to the stables. Dinner and night at rural hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos.
Riding 6 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos


Day 6: Ride To Hoyos Del Espino
Fast morning riding to Hoyos del Espino. Lunch stop and swimming at an excellent spot. In the afternoon great riding with canters through the pine forest. Night and farewell dinner in Navarredonda de Gredos.
Riding 5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos


Day 7: Departure
Breakfast at hotel, departure at 10am to be in Madrid airport around noon.
Meals included: Breakfast



Sample ItineraryLong Weekend Ride (stationary ride) - subject to changes

This ride follows the same itinerary as the last part of the Pristine Waters of Gredos Ride.

Day 1: Arrival to Navarredonda de Gredos
Meet in Avila and transfer to Navarredonda de Gredos by car (about 1 hour). Enjoy your welcome dinner at the hotel with us.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos


Day 2: Ride and visit of a Medieval Town
We ride along the Tormes River Valley and stop for lunch at a beautiful place, perfect for swimming.
In the afternoon we ride back to the stables. After the riding, we go visit a medieval town in the area.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lucnh & Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos


Day 3: Full day ride and visit to the herd of horses
In the morning, we enjoy a fast paced ride to Hoyos del Espino. Lunch break and swimming.
In the afternoon, ride with canters through the pine forest. After the riding, we go visit our herd of horses in the forest.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lucnh & Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos


Day 4: Full day ride
Riding in the morning to Cañada del Gallo lagoon with some great views of the peaks of Gredos. We have great canters in open landscape. We take our picnic in the Tormes valley and enjoy an excellent paella cooked on the spot (opportunity for swimming). After a relaxing lunch break, we ride back to the stables with some good canters.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lucnh & Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos


Day 5: Navarredonda de Gredos - Ávila
After breakfast, transfer at 10 am to be in Ávila town around 11 am.
Meals included: Breakfast
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Kingdom of Castile Ride - across the Gredos Mountains
Tour Code: IT-SPGRE1
7 days / 6 nights ~$0.00
Dates : June to Nov

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
C 2020 06/07 - 06/13 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP Castles of Gr... 4 /10 Reserve
B 2020 06/21 - 06/28 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP Castles of Gr... 4 /10 Sold Out
E 2020 07/05 - 07/11 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP Pristine Wate... 4 /10 Reserve
F 2020 07/08 - 07/12 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Long Weekend... 4 /10 Reserve
E 2020 07/12 - 07/18 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP Pristine Wate... 4 /10 Reserve
F 2020 07/15 - 07/19 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Long Weekend... 4 /10 Reserve
C 2020 07/19 - 07/25 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP Castles of Gr... 4 /10 Reserve
E 2020 08/02 - 08/08 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP Pristine Wate... 4 /10 Reserve
F 2020 08/05 - 08/09 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Long Weekend... 4 /10 Reserve
E 2020 08/09 - 08/15 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP Pristine Wate... 4 /10 Reserve
F 2020 08/12 - 08/16 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Long Weekend... 4 /10 Reserve
B 2020 08/16 - 08/23 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP Castles of Gr... 4 /10 Reserve
C 2020 08/30 - 09/05 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP Castles of Gr... 4 /10 Reserve
A 2020 09/06 - 09/13 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP The Gredos Sa... 4 /10 Reserve
C 2020 09/13 - 09/19 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP Castles of Gr... 4 /10 Reserve
B 2020 09/20 - 09/27 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP Castles of Gr... 4 /10 Reserve
D 2020 11/22 - 11/28 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP Valleys of Gr... 4 /10 Reserve
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Airport: Madrid
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