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El Cid Discovery Ride in Castile

El Cid Discovery Ride in Castile
Central Spain Spain

A two week horseback adventure following the tracks of the hero El Cid!

The stength and courage of famous El Cid Campeador, the epical and historical mounted knight from Castile, can still be felt in Castilla y León. Nine hundred years following the death of Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar “El Cid”- his memory lives on! His legendary past and the minstrel's songs is an epic blend with the landscape's incomparable beauty around Burgos and Soria where El Cid Campeador left his mark.
This trip explores a changing landscape of mountains and vast plains, rivers and valleys, forests and plateaus. A land celebrated by poets and exalted by past travelers- here you can follow the tracks of "El Cid" the Spanish hero from centuries long gone. This is the cradle of the Spanish language, its history is the legend of conquests. Here the center of Spanish medieval history is at your fingertips. The area's importance during that particular epoch is still evident in its cathedrals, monasteries, castles and fortified towns, many of which are preserved in an unbelievably perfect state. We have established an extraordinary two week holiday or you can ride a one week segment, both lead by Jose Manuel, who has lived all his life in the region and is proud to share his knowledge with you. He does not speak English, but somehow everyone understands him very well- Of course it helps that he is always accompanied by an interpreter and a horse guide!
The trip starts following the tracks of “El Cid”, the Castilian hero of medieval times. We ride along the Arlanza River, starting from the historic town of Llerma all the way up to the river’s origin. The area is one of transition where vast wild plains and pleasant valleys alternate, with natural occuring great beauty. It is an original Spanish landscape in the heart of Castile, once a kingdom reaching from the Bay of Biscay in the north to Andalusía in the south. The valley of Arlanza offers an extraordinary heritage; Lerma, San Pedro de Arlaza, Covarrubias and Silos, all especially significant in the history of Castile. One thousand year old churches prevail and villages with 500 year old houses accompany your riding trail. You will be lead through isolated karst scenery to the medieval city Covarrubias. Passing the monastery of Sto Domingo de los Silos, you ride through light oak forests, cross beautiful rivers and vast pastureland, along lakes, through wild canyons and mountain paths until you reach Sierra de Neila. The picnic lunches are all well prepared with all the trimmings. Dinners are in local restaurants with delicious and authentic local menus. A medieval style banquet ends this first week on the footsteps of “El Cid”.
 The next week will depend on the dates you ahve available - you can chose from one of three rides.

Week One -
1. Arlanza Valley Ride

Week Two - You can combine the Arlanza Valley Ride with one of these three excellent trail weeks:
1. Sierra de la Demanda
2. Vineyard Trail
3. Mountains of Gredos

Progressive Ride (no camping)
Ride with Western Tack

Meeting: Madrid
Airport: Madrid
Transfer: Madrid
Riders: Min 4 riders
Max 9 riders

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    El Cid Discovery Ride in Castile
    Tour Code: PG-BUTK
    15 days / 14 nights ~$3,175.00
    Dates : May to June

    Trip Rating :
    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    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.
    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.
    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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    A 2017 05/27 - 06/10 15d / 14n 15 day Trip, AP Combo Trip 4 /9 Reserve
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    Tack: Spanish (Vaquero), Western and some En...
    Horses: Pura Raza Española, Hispano Arab, Lusi...
    Pace: Moderate with some nice canters, 25-30...

    Airport: Madrid
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