Rhodes - South Rhodes Trail

  • Open Mar-Jun, Sep-Nov
  • Set arrivals
  • 7 nights / 5 days of riding | 3 to 5 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:Rhodes
  • Weight limit: 15st 10lbs (100 kg) (220 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 5

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.

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Upcoming Dates

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 27 Sep 2020 - 4 Oct 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,572.26 View (.pdf) Full
South Rhodes Trail 18 Oct 2020 - 25 Oct 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,572.26 View (.pdf) Book
South Rhodes Trail 1 Nov 2020 - 8 Nov 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,572.26 View (.pdf) Book
South Rhodes Trail 22 Nov 2020 - 29 Nov 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,572.26 View (.pdf) Book
South Rhodes Trail 11 Apr 2021 - 18 Apr 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $1,572.26 View (.pdf) Book
South Rhodes Trail 18 Apr 2021 - 25 Apr 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $1,572.26 View (.pdf) Book
South Rhodes Trail 23 May 2021 - 30 May 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $1,572.26 View (.pdf) Book
South Rhodes Trail 20 Jun 2021 - 27 Jun 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $1,572.26 View (.pdf) Book
South Rhodes Trail 19 Sep 2021 - 26 Sep 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $1,572.26 View (.pdf) Book
South Rhodes Trail 10 Oct 2021 - 17 Oct 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $1,572.26 View (.pdf) Book
South Rhodes Trail 17 Oct 2021 - 24 Oct 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $1,572.26 View (.pdf) Book
South Rhodes Trail 24 Oct 2021 - 31 Oct 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $1,572.26 View (.pdf) Book
South Rhodes Trail 7 Nov 2021 - 14 Nov 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $1,572.26 View (.pdf) Book


INCLUDES Riding; accommodation; breakfast; lunch and dinner.


SINGLE SUPPLEMENT of $182.82 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.


TRANSFERS from Rhodes airport are EUR 60 per person each way (payable locally).

Getting There

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.

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Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese Islands of Greece.

Weather & Climate

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.

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Guest Review

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 ,Cumbria

4.5 star rating Overall rating: 4/5

Ride Report

Claire Douglas
Claire Douglas
The riding style is western and you are given a demonstration on how to mount, turn left, right and stop. After this, you have a short lesson in the outdoor ring so that you get the feel of your horse. You are encouraged to ride two handed on the first day and after that you can ride one handed if you want. It is not necessary to have ridden Western before as long as you are open to learning a new style.

In The Saddle says

You can expect a wonderfully warm welcome from Elpida and her family.

Our Top Tip

In the summer months from May to October don't forget to take your swimwear so you can take the horses into the sea.

Email: rides@inthesaddle.com

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