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Cefalu to Etna


Cefalu to Etna
Sicily Italy
Although so close to Italy's mainland, Sicily couldn't be more unique and diverse in attitude and atmosphere. This island is rich in history and culture and promises and unforgettable time. Trekking across the entire North-Eastern area of Sicily on horseback will leave you breathless with wonder. This route takes you through Val Demone and across four parks called the Madonie, Nebrodi, Etna, and Alcantara. Enjoy relaxing in new accommodations every night. Many of the farmhouses are from the 18th century that have been restored to use as lodgings but still maintains the artistry builders once used when making them. Each guesthouse offers locally grown foods and such delicious cooking you'll have yourself asking for seconds!

Start off the tour with an enchanting ride through the largest cork forest in Sicily to charming old medieval towns, maintaining the ancient atmosphere and giving you a feel for how people used to live. Many cities can be dated back to Ancient Greece (800-500 B.C.) which still carry many old customs and traditions. Explore abandoned castles and scenic paths through landscapes lost in time. Nebrodi Park offers you glimpses on the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Aolian Islands in one direction but if you turn your head you see the vast hinterland provinces. You'll ride past native sanfratellani horses, a famous breed in Sicily known for their strong bodies and large heads, grazing in the wild. Alcantara Park hosts a large beautiful river which you ride along as you head towards Catania province. Volcanic caves, and chestnut and oak forests will greet you as you ride through the Etna Park. Depending on volcanic conditions, you'll be able to ride around the craters that were created by the last eruption in 2002.


Cefalu to Etna takes you whirling through Sicily's northern landscapes and towns with new sights and experiences after each step. This is an unforgettable opportunity that you wouldn't want to miss if you love the mixture of horses, landscapes, history, and culture!

Progressive Ride (no camping)

Meeting: Cefalu - ends in Etna
Airport: Palermo, Catania
Transfer: Cefalu - drop off Catania
Riders: Min 6 riders
Max 12 riders

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    Cefalu to Etna
    Tour Code: IT-ITSIC04
    8 days / 7 nights ~$1,795.00
    Dates : Apr to July / Sept to Nov

    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 2016 09/24 - 10/01 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 6 /12 Expired
    A 2016 10/22 - 10/29 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 6 /12 Reserve
    A 2016 11/19 - 11/26 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 6 /12 Reserve
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    Tack: English, Western (on request)
    Horses: Sicilian, Andalusian, Arab and "San Fr...
    Pace: All riding paces - 6 to 8 hrs in the s...

    Airport: Palermo, Catania
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