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Explore Mavrovo National Park on horseback. From snow-capped mountains belted by pine forests, to rolling green hills and fields littered with wildflowers. In short, the perfect setting for a riding holiday.
This holiday is for those who enjoy the mountains’ treasures. Riding uphill along the valleys of Bistra Mountain and Mavrovo Lake, you will enjoy open views of countless mountain peaks. You will get closer to the shepherd’s life; visiting sheep farms to experience the traditional way of cheese making. A great opportunity to learn the traditions and history of the oldest North Macedonian tribe; the Miyaks.
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Ride for between five to nine hours, covering a distance of 15 to 44 km each day. On the week long itinerary, ride over 200 km in total. You must be riding and physically fit, confident and in control at walk, trot and canter out in the open. The pace is dictated by the terrain and you will be required to dismount and lead your horse on foot at times. When leading your horse, the terrain can be rocky and uneven. It is essential that you have suitable walking/riding boots.
The horses are mainly Balkan mountain horses, with some purebred Arabs, Arab crosses. They are ridden in Western tack, but the riding style is English with a loose rein. The horses are trained to have a very forward going walk and will rarely trot. There will be fast canters where the terrain allows. To avoid racing, the canters will be in single file.
You can help with grooming and tacking up your horse. Otherwise the team will prepare your horses each morning.
Hard hats are mandatory. Body protectors are available to borrow.
During this trail you stay at a range of accommodations from comfortable hotels to simple dome tents. Overall, there are five nights in hotels and two nights of camping.
While camping, the team will set up tents, start the campfire and prepare all the meals. Chairs and tables are provided for meals and there are toilet tents. However there is only cold water for showering on the camping nights.
The traditional North Macedonian diet is all about simplicity and high-quality produce in season. Meat is locally sourced from animals that have grazed freely on rich, herbal pastures.
If time is short, you can join the the Bucephalus Trail, which is the first five nights of the Miyak Tribe Trail. After the first night camping, the guests on the Miyak Tribe Trail will continue their ride from camp to the next location. The guests on the Bucephalus Trail will ride from camp back to the ranch.
Both itineraries can be scheduled at the same time with a maximum of 10 guests overall. Please contact us for further information.
|Holiday||Experience LevelExp Lvl||Arrive - DepartArr - Dep||Price||Itinerary||Availability|
|Miyak Tribe Trail||21 Aug 2022 - 28 Aug 2022||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,536.13||Book|
|Miyak Tribe Trail||4 Sep 2022 - 11 Sep 2022||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,536.13||Book|
|Miyak Tribe Trail||11 Sep 2022 - 18 Sep 2022||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,536.13||Book|
|Miyak Tribe Trail||25 Sep 2022 - 2 Oct 2022||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,335.77||Book|
|Miyak Tribe Trail||2 Oct 2022 - 9 Oct 2022||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,335.77||Book|
|Miyak Tribe Trail||16 Oct 2022 - 23 Oct 2022||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,202.19||Book|
|Miyak Tribe Trail||23 Oct 2022 - 30 Oct 2022||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,202.19||Book|
INCLUDES Riding and English-speaking guide; accommodation; all meals; other activities such as goat milking and cheese preparation; entrance fee to Mavrovo National Park; drinks at the ranch and while camping; all transfers; camping equipment.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT There is no charge for a single tent on the camping nights. Single rooms in the hotels are possible on most nights but it is not usually possible to guarantee single accommodation throughout. Single rooms should be requested in advance and where available in the hotels are an extra €20 per night, payable locally. If you are willing to share, then no supplement is charged.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Alcoholic beverages and all soft drinks at the hotels and guesthouse; tips (optional).
NEAREST AIRPORT Skopje
TRANSFERS Shared transfers are included from Skopje airport at any time.
Return transfers are included from Skopje airport or from a hotel in Skopje (City Park Hotel recommended).
Flights can arrive and depart at any time and you will be collected on arrival.
Guests arriving in the morning or the day before the ride will be taken to Skopje for a short sightseeing tour of the Old Bazaar and the city centre and then transferred to the start of the ride.
North Macedonia is a southeast European country on the Balkan peninsula. It is landlocked by Bulgaria, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania and Greece.
North Macedonia's climate features hot summers and cold winters. Therefore, May to October is an excellent time to visit because it's the warmest and driest time of year.
The rides across the wildflower pastures, through the Beech woods and along the mountain ridges were about as good as it gets. The whole thing exceeded my expectations by a long way.
Len, CornwallOverall rating: 5/5
This ride is perfect if you want to experience North Macedonia's natural beauty.
You will be riding in the mountains, so bring clothes you can layer throughout the day! Really comfortable footwear is essential too.