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Kingdom of Castile Ride - across the Gredos Mountains


Kingdom of Castile Ride - across the Gredos Mountains
Central Spain Spain
Once upon a time the Kingdom of Castile was a medieval kingdom of the Iberian Peninsula; today it is known as a historical plot of central Spain. The kingdom emerged as a political autonomous entity in the 9th century and this ride explores the territory that was once developed and patrolled by nobles and peasants on horseback: the breathtaking region of the Gredos Mountains. The varied terrain is a delight to be discovered on the back of our equine friends: the northern side of the Sierra de Gredos is a rugged terrain and home to fast flowing rivers that run through small farming villages while the southern side offers a soft and warm landscape dotted with orchards and vineyards. Wildlife in this area includes mountain goats (an icon of the Gredos Mountain), black and griffin vultures, and golden and imperial eagles. Gredos is a classically privileged and austere area conditioned by northern winds and situated in a clear, crisp altitude. Here, rocks mix with prairies protected by pine forests, creating an ideal location for horseback treks. The tranquility, silence of the mountains, and clean air combine with excellent horses and knowledgeable guides to create an idyllic riding destination. This trip enjoys long canters across pine forests, crossing rivers of crystalline waters and tasty lunches to not only provide sustenance but satisfy the taste buds. All these factors add up to create wonderful days in the saddle. The horses are of pure Hispano-Arab descent and are beautiful and noble: they maintain the excellent character like the Andalusians as well as the fortitude of the Arabs. Every evening, we come to a small and charming rural hotel where we enjoy the exquisite Castilian local gastronomy. Some nights will be spent in paradores - historic noble houses restored to high end hotels.

We offer 4 different itineraries throughout the season:
A. Four Valleys of Gredos
B. Castles of Gredos Mountains
C. Pristine Waters of Gredos
D. Gredos to Salamanca Ride


Progressive Ride (no camping)

Meeting: Navarredonda de Gredos
Airport: Madrid
Transfer: Madrid airport
Riders: Min 4 riders
Max 10 riders

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    Kingdom of Castile Ride - across the Gredos Mountains
    Tour Code: IT-SPGRE1
    7 days / 6 nights ~$0.00
    Dates : March to Oct

    Trip Rating :
    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
    B 2016 07/24 - 07/30 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP Castles of Gr... 4 /10 Expired
    C 2016 07/31 - 08/06 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP Four Valleys ... 4 /10 Expired
    D 2016 08/07 - 08/13 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP Pristine Wate... 4 /10 Expired
    D 2016 08/14 - 08/20 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP Pristine Wate... 4 /10 Expired
    B 2016 08/21 - 08/27 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP Castles of Gr... 4 /10 Expired
    C 2016 08/28 - 09/03 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP Four Valleys ... 4 /10 Expired
    A 2016 09/04 - 09/11 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP The Gredos Sa... 4 /10 Expired
    B 2016 09/11 - 09/17 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP Castles of Gr... 4 /10 Expired
    A 2016 09/18 - 09/25 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP The Gredos Sa... 4 /10 Expired
    C 2016 09/25 - 10/01 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP Four Valleys ... 4 /10 Expired
    B 2016 10/02 - 10/08 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP Castles of Gr... 4 /10 Reserve
    C 2016 10/09 - 10/15 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP Four Valleys ... 4 /10 Reserve
    B 2016 10/16 - 10/22 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP Castles of Gr... 4 /10 Reserve
    C 2016 10/23 - 10/29 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP Four Valleys ... 4 /10 Reserve
    B 2016 10/30 - 11/05 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP Castles of Gr... 4 /10 Reserve
    C 2016 11/06 - 11/12 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP Four Valleys ... 4 /10 Reserve
    C 2016 11/13 - 11/19 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP Four Valleys ... 4 /10 Reserve
    C 2016 11/20 - 11/26 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP Four Valleys ... 4 /10 Reserve
    C 2016 11/27 - 12/03 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP Four Valleys ... 4 /10 Reserve
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    Tack: English General Purpose
    Horses: Pura Raza Espanol, Hispano Arab, Lusit...
    Pace: Moderate with extended trots and contr...

    Airport: Madrid
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