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In the Land of the Lusitano

Itinerary for In the Land of the Lusitano

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival
After your transfer from Lisbon airport, you are warmly welcomed by the owners of the Quinta. This afternoon, we go on a first introductory ride to familiarize ourselves with the horses. On that ride, you will get a first taste of the beautiful Portuguese landscape with wonderful pine and cork oak forests. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner together.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at the Quinta or in a guest house (5 minutes from the Quinta, depending on the number of participants and availability)

Day 2 (Monday): Ride to Quinta Boa Vista
Today you make your way on horseback to a winery (Quinta da Ribeirinha) located in Povoa de Santarém. A visit awaits you here and of course a fine wine tasting, accompanied by a delicious lunch.
Afterwards you will ride through vineyards and hilly terrain to your first accommodation. This private farm on a hill directly overlooks the Tagus River and is home to some splendid Lusitano horses. 
In case there are less than 4 participants, we will go on a longer ride without wine tasting, but with a picnic on the way.
Riding approx. 4-5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Quinta Boa Vista

Day 3 (Tuesday): Quinta Boa Vista to Quinta da Brôa (Veiga Stud)
Today you enjoy the Tej valley and experience the charm of the Ribatejo region. Again and again you have the opportunity to trot or gallop as you ride along the Alviela River, before reaching the Tagus with its beautiful sand banks. Passing some old farmhouses you reach a beautiful, special place with a peaceful and quiet atmosphere, where you can relax and enjoy your picnic and the wonderful nature around you.
In the afternoon, the trail takes you through huge grain fields on winding paths by the Tagus River, until you arrive in Azinhaga, an excellent representation of typical Portuguese villages. After crossing the village, ride along some fields and meadows with grazing mares. Your goal for the day is Quinta da Brôa, the home of the famous Veiga Stud. You will be welcomed to the traditional courtyard, called the cradle of the Lusitano. The Veiga family has been breeding Lusitano horses for several hundred years. In the evening you meet for dinner in Golegã.
Riding approx. 5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Quinta da Brôa

Day 4 (Wednesday): Veiga Stud and Ride to Golegã
In the morning, after breakfast, you will get a guided tour of the Veiga Stud. If you are lucky, you can see Manuel Veiga (international dressage rider) training one of the horses. After a small snack, get back in the saddle and ride across the meadows of the stud, where you can always see mares with their foals. Then, continue along the Boquilobo nature reserve. In the afternoon, you will reach Golegã, the "capital of horses", where you will spend the night today.
Golegã has a very long tradition and is famous for its annual large horse fair held in November. You have the opportunity to go for a little walk, to explore the small streets and hidden traditional shops and coffee bars or to visit Sabine Marciniak: an artist who has dedicated her life to her passion, painting Lusitano horses and riding. In the evening you will meet up in the main square of Golegã for dinner.
Riding approx. 4 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in Golegã

Day 5 (Thursday): Golegã to Quinta Mata Rural
After breakfast, saddle your horses again and, ride through the beautiful alleys, leaving Golegã to ride along the Tagus River. On this ride, you will learn more about the region that bears the name "Garden of Lisbon". The very fertile soil next to the river-rich fields produces tomatoes, potatoes, corn, sunflowers, etc. For lunch, you stop in the restaurant of a small village and enjoy the authentic Portuguese cuisine. Rested, you get back on your horse and ride past eucalyptus trees, cork oaks and herds of cows before arriving at Quinta Mata Rural where you spend the night. It is a charming, family-run farm that produces olive oil and farmed cattle.
Riding approx. 5-6 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Quinta Mata Rural

Day 6 (Friday): Ride back to Quinta
Today we ride back to the first Quinta. Gentle hills and large cattle farms surround us with magnificent views past olive trees and cork oaks. We stop for lunch at the picnic area where Antonio is already waiting for us with delicious food. Afterwards, we continue riding through grapevines and ride by a small lake where the horses can have a drink. The horses already feel that you are approaching the stable. Once there, say goodbye to your loyal four-legged companions get ready for the farewell dinner.
Riding approx. 5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Quinta or in a guest house (5 minutes from the Quinta, depending on the number of participants and availability)

Day 7 (Saturday): Departure
After breakfast transfer to the airport and departure.
Meals included: Breakfast

Non Riders
Non riders are welcome to join this trip. Please contact us for more information about non-riding activities.
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In the Land of the Lusitano
Tour Code: PG-LUS7
7 days / 6 nights
Dates : Feb-Nov

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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Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2024 02/18 - 02/24 7d / 6n 7 day trip 1 /6 Expired
A 2024 02/25 - 03/02 7d / 6n 7 day trip 1 /6 Expired
A 2024 03/10 - 03/16 7d / 6n 7 day trip 1 /6 Expired
A 2024 05/12 - 05/18 7d / 6n 7 day trip 1 /6 Sold Out
A 2024 05/26 - 06/01 7d / 6n 7 day trip 1 /6 Sold Out
A 2024 06/23 - 06/29 7d / 6n 7 day trip 1 /6 Reserve
A 2024 07/07 - 07/13 7d / 6n 7 day trip 1 /6 Reserve
A 2024 09/08 - 09/14 7d / 6n 7 day trip 1 /6 Reserve
A 2024 09/22 - 09/28 7d / 6n 7 day trip 1 /6 Sold Out
A 2024 10/06 - 10/12 7d / 6n 7 day trip 1 /6 Reserve
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Tack: Portuguese saddles and bridles
Horses: Lusitano
Pace: 3.5 to 5.5 hours in the saddle per rid...

Airport: Lisbon Airport
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