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Sample Itinerary: South to North - subject to changes

Note: This is a sample itinerary only and subject to changes at the tour operator's discretion. Riding times and distances are subject to change due to group dynamic and rider levels.

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival
Arrival in Lisbon and transfer at 5:30pm. We take the direction of the Cercal Mountains, approximately 200 km to the south. You will stay overnight at Casas Verdemar, a rural, renovated farmhouse. Here you can relax, and enjoy dinner and your first night in Portugal.
You will stay for four nights at Casas Verdemar, a beautifully renovated tavern with individual rooms and cottages around the gardens. There is a pool, fruit trees and plenty of places to relax and enjoy the countryside. Take your meals either on the veranda or inside in the dining room. Your hosts are Christine Nijhoff, a specialist in antiques restoration and Nuno Vilas Boas Lebreiro, artist and cook.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Casas Verdemar


Day 2 (Monday): Meet your horse
Today for your first day’s ride you explore the mountains of Cercal. You will ride to the chapel of Nossa Senhora das Neves from where you have a splendid view of the area you have been riding through in the morning. For lunch, a delicious picnic will be prepared with grilled meats or fish with salad accompanied by fresh bread and local wine. After lunch, return to Verdemar.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Casas Verdemar


Day 3 (Tuesday): Ride to the dam
Today after breakfast you set off into the mountains of Cercal, close to the dam of Campilhas where you have lunch. The scenery is varied and interesting and after some trots and canters you return to Verdemar. Relax and enjoy the quiet of a typical ‘monte alentejano’ after a dip in the pool.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Casas Verdemar


Day 4 (Wednesday): Visiting Vila Nova de Milfontes
Today we ride through the mountains of Cercal. We will have our usual picnic close to the hotel. The afternoon is free to visit Vila Nova de Milfontes, a fishing village close to the sea, with a very nice beach and spectacular views of the ocean. This is a great destination if you like to swim in the open ocean.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Casas Verdemar


Day 5 (Thursday): Canter through forests
Today we ride inland enjoying many canters through eucalyptus and pine forests. After lunch in a shady place in the woods, we continue towards Quinta da Ortiga where you leave your horses before a short transfer of 30 min to your accommodation, a modern, luxury rural hotel in the vicinity of Santiago do Cacém where you will have dinner and overnight.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Quinta de Malmedra


Day 6 (Friday): Towards the ocean
Today we ride in the direction of the ocean and reach Hotel Vila Park. After lunch we pass through rice fields we continue in the direction of Melides, an area of great peace and tranquillity. The beach is about 3km away so if you have enough energy left from the day’s ride, you can enjoy a nice swim before dinner. We will stay in a nice country hotel. Dinner in a local restaurant.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Vila Park


Day 7 (Saturday): Beach ride
Today you ride to the beach. Between June 1st and September 15th, this ride is at dawn to avoid the holiday makers on the beach. It’s a beautiful ride at first light as the sun rises over the dunes. There is the possibility of a beach canter before reaching a lovely picnic spot in the pine forest where your horses rest while you may swim in the sea and after lunch. After lunch you ride through the dunes, returning to your hotel. Farewell dinner.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Vila Park


Day 8 (Sunday): Departure
After breakfast, transfer back to Lisbon and departure.
Meals included: Breakfast



Sample Itinerary: North to South - subject to changes

Note: This is a sample itinerary only and subject to changes at the tour operator's discretion. Riding times and distances are subject to change due to group dynamic and rider levels.

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival
Arrival in Lisbon and transfer at 5:30pm. You will travel to the south to the town of Melides, approximately 135kms. Settle into your room in a nice country hotel. Later at dinner you will meet your guide and learn all about the trail.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Vila Park


Day 2 (Monday): Beach ride
Today you meet your horse and ride towards the beach. Between June 1st and September 15th, this ride is at dawn to avoid the holiday makers on the beach. It’s a beautiful ride at first light as the sun rises over the dunes. If everyone is comfortable and secure on their horses, then there is the possibility of a gallop or canter on the beach before reaching a lovely picnic spot in the pine forest where your horses rest while you may swim in the sea and later have lunch. For lunch, a delicious picnic will be prepared with grilled meats or fish with salad accompanied by fresh bread and local wine. After lunch, you ride through the dunes, returning to the hotel. Dinner is at a local restaurant.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Vila Park


Day 3 (Tuesday): Ride past the lagoon
Today you ride in the direction of Santiago do Cacém, past the Santo André Lagoon. In this beautiful place you may see flamingos and storks. Ride past the rice fields of the area, which in late summer prior to harvest are an astonishing colour of green. Stop for a picnic in the pine tree forest.
After lunch you continue towards the Quinta da Ortiga where we will stable the horses. A short transfer of 30 min takes you to your hotel, a modern, luxury rural hotel, where you have dinner and spend the night.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Quinta de Malmedra


Day 4 (Wednesday): Climbing the mountain
Today you continue to ride southwards towards Cercal, always with the sea in sight. Climbing the mountain through the ‘montados’ you ride through one of the last unexploited regions of Portugal.
In the afternoon you arrive at your accommodation at Casas Verdemar. This is a beautifully renovated tavern with individual rooms and cottages around the gardens. There is a pool, fruit trees and plenty of places to relax and enjoy the countryside. Take your meals either on the veranda or inside in the dining room. Your hosts are Christine Nijhoff, a specialist in antiques restoration and Nuno Vilas Boas Lebreiro, artist and cook.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Casas Verdemar


Day 5 (Thursday): Visit to Vila Nova de Milfontes
Today you have a morning ride exploring the fields around the farm and trails into the mountains of Cercal. The afternoon is free to visit the fishing village of Vila Nova de Milfontes which is a popular seaside resort in the summer months. There is time for shopping, sightseeing or relaxing on the beach.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Casas Verdemar


Day 6 (Friday): Exploring the area around the dam
Today after breakfast you set off into the mountains of Cercal, close to the dam of Campilhas where you have lunch. The scenery is varied and interesting and after some trots and canters you return to Verdemar. Relax and enjoy the quiet of a typical ‘monte alentejano’ after a dip in the pool.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Casas Verdemar


Day 7 (Saturday): Up towards the chapel
For your last day’s ride you continue exploring the mountains of Cercal. You will ride to the chapel of Nossa Senhora das Neves from where you have a splendid view of the surrounding area. After lunch, you return to Verdemar. Farewell dinner at Casas Verdemar.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Casas Verdemar


Day 8 (Sunday): Departure
After breakfast, transfer back to Lisbon and departure.
Meals included: Breakfast


Non Riders
Non-riding companions are welcome to join this trip. It is best to have a car in order to do some sightseeing while the rest of the group explores on horseback.
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Blue Coast Ride
Tour Code: PG-PAAC
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,910.00
Dates : May-June, Sept

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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A 2022 03/20 - 03/27 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP - North to So... 5 /10 Reserve
B 2022 03/27 - 04/03 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP - South to No... 5 /10 Reserve
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B 2022 04/17 - 04/24 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP - South to No... 5 /10 Sold Out
A 2022 05/29 - 06/05 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP - North to So... 5 /10 Reserve
B 2022 06/05 - 06/12 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP - South to No... 5 /10 Reserve
A 2022 09/11 - 09/18 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP - North to So... 5 /10 Sold Out
B 2022 09/18 - 09/25 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP - South to No... 5 /10 Sold Out
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Tack: Portugese cavalry saddle like English ...
Horses: Lusitanos
Pace: 4-6 hrs Pace Moderate, long canters
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Lisbon
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