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Join this circular trail in South Rhodes, on the largest of the Dodecanese islands of Greece.
Follow old donkey and carriage paths as you traverse the rural Greek countryside accompanied by a friendly pack donkey called Capri. This is a world away from the bustling resorts that you normally associate with the island. There are little villages to explore along the way together with crusader castles, hidden churches and monasteries.
This ride is a combination of mountain trails, often with steep ascents and descents, contrasting with riding on the beach.
Between May and October the seas are usually warm enough to take the horses in for a paddle or swim. In total you cover around 120 km.
The horses are crosses of Arabian, Appaloosa, Haflinger and Andalucian. They are not overly large standing between 14.2 hh and 15.2 hh with one horse who is 16 hh and can carry 100 kg.
They are ridden in Western saddles and tack with a loose rein. If you have never ridden western style before this is not a problem. As long as you are open to learning a new style, you will be given instruction before and during the trail.
For the trail ride you should be a confident rider and fit for up to five and a half hours riding per day. The mountain riding can be challenging with steep inclines and you may need to dismount and lead your horse on the steepest sections.
Novice and intermediate riders may be accepted onto centre based rides.
This is a participatory riding holiday and you are expected to groom and tack up your horse in the morning and at lunchtime as well as make sure they are settled in the field at the end of the day. You will be instructed in how to tack up and will be given assistance when needed.
On the South Rhodes Trail you stay in simple hostels and small village hotels.
The first two nights and the last night are at the Thari hostel near to the horses' base. At Thari there are two twin rooms each with their own bathroom, a family room sleeping up to four which has a separate shower room and a recently renovated house which has two bedrooms each with their own bathroom.
Please note that there are shared bathroom facilities at Filimonas monastery (one night on the trail) which comprise two toilets and one shower between all the guest bedrooms.
The following rides are scheduled. It may be possible to schedule additional dates for groups of four or more riders.
|Holiday||Experience LevelExp Lvl||Arrive - DepartArr - Dep||Price||Itinerary||Availability|
|South Rhodes Trail||26 Apr 2020 - 3 May 2020||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,456.53||Book|
|South Rhodes Trail||10 May 2020 - 17 May 2020||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,456.53||Full|
|South Rhodes Trail||17 May 2020 - 24 May 2020||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,456.53||Full|
|South Rhodes Trail||7 Jun 2020 - 14 Jun 2020||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,456.53||Book|
|South Rhodes Trail||27 Sep 2020 - 4 Oct 2020||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,456.53||Book|
|South Rhodes Trail||18 Oct 2020 - 25 Oct 2020||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,456.53||Book|
|South Rhodes Trail||1 Nov 2020 - 8 Nov 2020||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,456.53||Book|
|South Rhodes Trail||22 Nov 2020 - 29 Nov 2020||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,456.53||Book|
INCLUDES Riding; accommodation; breakfast; lunch and dinner.
NON RIDER DISCOUNT is $406.47
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT of $169.36 is payable if you are in a room of your own (you may need to share a bathroom on three nights). There is no single supplement if we find you a sharer.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Drinks (except one drink included with dinner); tips.
NEAREST AIRPORT Rhodes.
TRANSFERS from Rhodes airport are EUR 60 per person each way (payable locally).
Transfers can be arranged from Rhodes airport to Elpida Ranch (a journey of about 1.5 hours) at a cost of €60 per person each way (payable locally). The airport transfers are shared and so you may have to wait a short time if riders are arriving on slightly different flights. We recommend a flight arriving before 17:00 so that you will arrive at the ranch in time for dinner and to meet your hosts.
It is also possible to be collected from a hotel in Rhodes.
Alternatively you may prefer to book a rental car which could well be cheaper if you are two or three people.
Your homeward flight can depart at any time.
Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese Islands of Greece.
Rhodes has a Mediterranean climate of hot summers and mild winters. Daytime temperatures vary from about 15°C in winter (December to March) to 30°C and above in summer (from June to September). Rainfall is very light between May and September. It can rain in winter months with most rainfall from November to February. Evening temperatures in winter can be chilly.
Lovely horses who all walked out well and were very responsive. Very happy with my horse and there was a change of mount if needed. I could think of no way you could improve, it was all excellent with lovely staff.
Carole ,CumbriaOverall rating: 4/5
You can expect a wonderfully warm welcome from Elpida and her family.
In the summer months from May to October don't forget to take your swimwear so you can take the horses into the sea.