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Vjosa River Trail Ride


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Meeting: Gjirokaster
Airport:   Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza (TIA)      
Transfer: Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza (TIA) or Saranda Port.    Distance: 220 km / 136.7 milles

Pick-up/ drop-off for this trip is from Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza (TIA) or Saranda Port. Transfer times are available before 3:00pm on your arrival day from the airport. On the last day, we will drop you off at the airport between 9:00am and 12:00pm (noon), so please do not book your departure flights for before 12:00pm!

Tack: English Trekking
Horses: Albanian Local Breeds
Pace: 3.5-6 hours riding per day. 270 km total
| Walk | Trot | Canter |
Level: Riding Level (Click for legend) (3 to 4 out of 5)    Intermediate
Age: Min 14
Weight: Max 220 lbs
Riders: Min 5 riders Max 10 riders
Riding helmets are mandatory for this ride.

Riding Experience

This trip has been designed for intermediate riders who are reasonably fit and in a decent state of health. You should also be happy to share facilities with others and live in basic conditions.

Horses
The horses used for this ride are locally bred and ideal for the terrain. They are small but very robust and surefooted Albanian horses (between 13 and 14.2 hands). The Albanian horse, a unique mountain breed that is s local mixture of the archaic Tarpan and medieval Arab horse. They are great climber, have a clear mind and are surefooted. Our breeding program aims to help saving this declining breed of horses.
Our stable include 38 horses and is situated amidst scenic hills, green valleys, surrounded by high mountains. Our horses are trained with natural horsemanship techniques that we are pleased to share with the guests.

Pace
The rides are at a moderate pace overall. Most of the time we are traveling through mountains so that must be taken into account in regards to your expectations of speed, however there are indeed occasions where you can have a good canter. We ride for 9 days, for about 4-6 hours per day.
The total distance covered on this trip is about 270 km.

Guides
Kristina, Aurel and Ilir are all native from Albania and always happy to share their love for horses and their knowledge of Albania with guests. There are 2 guides accompanying you on this trip.

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Vjosa River Trail Ride
Tour Code: IT-ALBCV03
12 days / 11 nights ~$1,610.00
Dates : June, August

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: Basic
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 2019 08/11 - 08/22 12d / 11n 12 day tour, AP 5 /10 Expired
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Tack: English Trekking
Horses: Albanian Local Breeds
Pace: 3.5-6 hours riding per day. 270 km tot...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza (TIA)
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