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Sample Itinerary: Normal Program - subject to changes

Day 1 (Saturday): Arrival
Arrival at Lisbon airport and transfer around 6pm to Quinta do Pilar. There, you will enjoy a typical Portuguese homemade dinner, and get some information about the trail. After dinner, transfer to Casa do Alfaro, a beautiful local rural house, to overnight.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Casa do Alfaro

Day 2 (Sunday): Casal da Fonte Ride
In the morning, transfer to Quinta do Pilar, where we will begin the day with a visit to the stud. There will be an explanation of the different aspects of Lusitano breeding.
Then, we start our riding adventure through the forests and vineyards surrounding the studfarm. An opportunity for horse and rider to get acquainted, while enjoying the wonderful countryside and preserved nature of the region. By the end of the morning trail, we arrive to « Casal da Fonte » for a wine tasting. A typical local delicacy, “Torricado”, will be prepared on site.
In the afternoon, we continue our trail arround the studfarm.
In the evening, transfer to Casa do Alfaro for diner and overnight.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Casa do Alfaro


Day 3 (Monday): Ride to Porto de Muge
Today, we start by a visit to our pastures in Bafoa, where our herd of mares graze freely with their foals. Then, we ride towards the Tejo River.
We will arrive at the fishermen’s community of Porto da Palha in time for a typical lunch with fish from the river. After lunch, riding in direction of Porto de Muge, where we will have diner and overnight.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Quinta da Marchanta


Day 4 (Tuesday): Porto de Muge to Santarem
We start the day by crossing the river Tagus by boat to visit the horses’ island. Lunch will be served on board.
Then, we continue our ride in the direction of Santarem, the Gothic Portuguese capital.
Diner at the restaurant «Taberna d’O Quinzena» and overnight at Casa da Alcáçova, at Portas do Sol with a great view over river Tagus.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Casa da Alcáçova


Day 5 (Wednesday): Santarem to Quinta da Brôa
This morning, we ride through vineyards located north of Santarem, close to the town of Ribeira de Santarem, a traditional and historic place. We stop for a picnic lunch at the mouth of river Alviela.
In the afternoon, we arrive at Quinta da Brôa, crib of Manuel Veiga Stud, one of the pillars of the Lusitano breed.
Diner at a local restaurant.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Quinta da Brôa


Day 6 (Thursday): Quinta da Brôa 
We go on horseback to Pombalinho to visit a tradicional saddle maker. This is followed by lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, return to Quinta da Brôa to visit the stud Manuel Veiga. This ancient stud has a long history of breeding Lusitano horses and is responsible for many of the most successful bloodlines in the breed today.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Quinta da Brôa


Day 7 (Friday): Quinta da Brôa to Golega
For our last riding day, we make our way to Golega through the Natural Reserve of Paul do Boquilobo, with a stop for a picnic lunch
Dinner will be at the restaurant «Lusitanus», with a view over the fair’s main arena.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Boutique House «Villa Reis»


Day 8 (Saturday): Departure
Breakfast will be served by the “Vila Reis Gourmet Cafeteria”, just a few meters from the house. Then, transfer to Lisbon airport around 9 am.
Meals included: Breakfast



Sample Itinerary: Golega Special - subject to changes

Note: For the special program in November, days 7 and 8 will be replaced by a free weekend at the Golega Horse Fair (meals not included in the price of the program).

Day 1 (Saturday): Arrival
Arrival at Lisbon airport and transfer around 6pm to Quinta do Pilar. There, you will enjoy a typical Portuguese homemade dinner, and get some information about the trail. After dinner, transfer to Casa do Alfaro, a beautiful local rural house, to overnight.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Casa do Alfaro


Day 2 (Sunday): Casal da Fonte Ride
In the morning, transfer to Quinta do Pilar, where we will begin the day with a visit to the stud. There will be an explanation of the different aspects of Lusitano breeding.
Then, we start our riding adventure through the forests and vineyards surrounding the studfarm. An opportunity for horse and rider to get acquainted, while enjoying the wonderful countryside and preserved nature of the region. By the end of the morning trail, we arrive to « Casal da Fonte » for a wine tasting. A typical local delicacy, “Torricado”, will be prepared on site.
In the afternoon, we continue our trail arround the studfarm.
In the evening, transfer to Casa do Alfaro for diner and overnight.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Casa do Alfaro


Day 3 (Monday): Ride to Porto de Muge
Today, we start by a visit to our pastures in Bafoa, where our herd of mares graze freely with their foals. Then, we ride towards the Tejo River.
We will arrive at the fishermen’s community of Porto da Palha in time for a typical lunch with fish from the river. After lunch, riding in direction of Porto de Muge, where we will have diner and overnight.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Quinta da Marchanta


Day 4 (Tuesday): Porto de Muge to Santarem
We start the day by crossing the river Tagus by boat to visit the horses’ island. Lunch will be served on board.
Then, we continue our ride in the direction of Santarem, the Gothic Portuguese capital.
Diner at the restaurant «Taberna d’O Quinzena» and overnight at Casa da Alcáçova, at Portas do Sol with a great view over river Tagus.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Casa da Alcáçova


Day 5 (Wednesday): Santarem to Quinta da Brôa
This morning, we ride through vineyards located north of Santarem, close to the town of Ribeira de Santarem, a traditional and historic place. We stop for a picnic lunch at the mouth of river Alviela.
In the afternoon, we arrive at Quinta da Brôa, crib of Manuel Veiga Stud, one of the pillars of the Lusitano breed.
Diner at a local restaurant.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Quinta da Brôa


Day 6 (Thursday): Quinta da Brôa 
We go on horseback to Pombalinho to visit a tradicional saddle maker. This is followed by lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, return to Quinta da Brôa to visit the stud Manuel Veiga. This ancient stud has a long history of breeding Lusitano horses and is responsible for many of the most successful bloodlines in the breed today.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Quinta da Brôa


Day 7 (Friday): Quinta da Brôa to Golega
For our last riding day, we make our way to Golega through the Natural Reserve of Paul do Boquilobo, with a stop for a picnic lunch
Tonight, dinner is not included. You are free to enjoy the fair.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Boutique House «Villa Reis»


Day 8 (Saturday): Golega Horse Fair & Departure
Breakfast will be served by the “Vila Reis Gourmet Cafeteria”, just a few meters from the house. Then, you have the whole day to enjoy the fair.
You will be transferred to Lisbon airport around 9 pm.
Meals included: Breakfast
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Ribatejo Explorer
Tour Code: IT-PGCHA1
8 days / 7 nights ~$2,025.00
Dates : Feb, May, Jun, Sep & Nov

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
A 2021 02/21 - 02/28 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 4 /12 Expired
A 2021 05/09 - 05/16 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 4 /12 Reserve
A 2021 06/20 - 06/27 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 4 /12 Reserve
A 2021 09/26 - 10/03 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 4 /12 Reserve
B 2021 10/31 - 11/07 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP - Golega Spec... 4 /12 Sold Out
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Tack: Zaldi "Country" (mix between english a...
Horses: Lusitanos
Pace: Moderate at all paces
Approx. 6...

Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Lisbon Airport
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