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Sample Itinerary - 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 at Lisbon and transfer at 5:30pm. You travel to the south towards Grândola, approximately 100km. Your hotel has a refined ambience and charming staff, you can unwind in comfortable rooms before the first day on horseback. After dinner you will have your first night of rest in Portugal.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Monte das Faias in Grândola


Day 2 (Monday): Ride to Quinta da Ortiga
Today you ride through hilly landscapes to our first destination in Santiago do Cacém. After the first few canters and gallop, you will notice the Lusitanos’ wonderful character and sure-footedness. For lunch, a delicious picnic will be prepared with grilled meats or fish with salad accompanied by fresh bread and local wine. In the afternoon, rested after lunch and perhaps a siesta, you ride through the forests of pines and cork to Quinta da Ortiga where the horses will rest. There is a small transfer to your hotel. Your hotel has a swimming pool in which you can take your first swim. Spoil yourselves with a pleasant dinner in a local restaurant eating typical Portuguese food.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel D. Nuno in Santiago do Cacém


Day 3 (Tuesday): Quinta da Ortiga to Morgavel’s Water Reservoir
Leaving from Quinta da Ortiga we ride through forest of eucalyptus, with their distinctive perfume and the sound of the bark crunching underneath the horses’ hooves. Near Morgavel’s Water Reservoir we stop for a picnic and a relaxing siesta. Afterwards, appreciate the marvellous gallops on sand tracks across the Portuguese countryside.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel D. Nuno in Santiago do Cacém


Day 4 (Wednesday): Dolphin Watching & Ride to St. Andre Lagoon
Today, either in the morning or afternoon, you will have a short transfer about 30 minutes to Sebutal at the Sado River where you will enjoy a 2-hour boat trip to see the dolphins play in the estuary. Dolphin sightings cannot be guaranteed but are very likely. Also please note that the boat trip is subject to weather conditions. When you ride today you will explore sandy trails through fields and forests, allowing several long canters. You ride past the St. Andre 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.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Vila Park near St. Andre Lagoon


Day 5 (Thursday): Beach Ride
The course of the morning excursion continues in direction of the beach. You will make long gallops on the beach. Ride through the forests of pines and by the hills of the Atlantic coast, close to the Lagoon of St. André, on the coast of Alentejo. This place provides an extraordinary feeling of freedom and tranquility -still waters, flights of birds and the green of the pines make it a very special experience. In the afternoon we arrive at the stables of the St. André Riding Centre. Tonight we have dinner at a local restaurant with traditional Portuguese food.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Vila Park near St. Andre Lagoon


Day 6 (Friday): St. André to Grândola
Many opportunities for wondrous gallops are possible. Our Lusitanos will carry you safely along red ground paths that alternate with those of sand, where we might meet herds of cows or sheep.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Monte das Faias in Grândola


Day 7 (Saturday): Portuguese Villages Ride
Today you ride near the Serra of Grândola through a beautiful landscape of picturesque Portuguese villages. We stop for the last picnic of the trail, horses and riders can take a siesta after lunch. Farewell dinner.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Monte das Faias in Grândola

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


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Bottlenose Escape
Tour Code: IT-PTPATB
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,430.00
Dates : All Year Round

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 2020 02/09 - 02/16 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP - Low 5 /10 Expired
B 2020 02/16 - 02/23 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP - Low 5 /10 Expired
B 2020 03/01 - 03/08 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP - Low 5 /10 Expired
A 2020 06/28 - 07/05 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP - High 5 /10 Reserve
A 2020 07/05 - 07/12 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP - High 5 /10 Reserve
A 2020 08/16 - 08/23 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP - High 5 /10 Reserve
A 2020 08/23 - 08/30 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP - High 5 /10 Reserve
B 2020 11/08 - 11/15 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP - Low 5 /10 Reserve
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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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