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Classical Dressage Clinic - in Southern Spain

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For all the programs, accommodation and full buffet breakfast will be included at the Alcazar de la Reina, a beautiful four-star Superior category hotel in the heart of the historic and monumental centre of the old part of the city of Carmona, just a few minutes drive away from the Hacienda. The hotel is full of history, charm, and elegance while at the same time comfortable and modern, and is located at only twenty minutes distance from Seville International airport , with breathtaking views over the fertile valley, the Vega de Carmona, all the way to the great river Guadalquivir, thirty kilometers distant, and the Sierra Morena mountain Range behind. The name of the hotel comes from the Moorish term Alcazar, meaning a fortified Palace, and the Spanish, Reina, or queen. Therefore it is the Queen's Palace. The building was originally erected by the Moors in the 13th century as a fortress adjunct to the Puerta de Cordoba, in an era when the town was one of the most important caliphates of Andalucia.
After the Moors were pushed back to their last strongholds in Granada and Málaga, in Medieval times, the Christian Kings of Castille also favoured Carmona to fix their royal residence in the region. Specifically, King Alfonso XI showed a fondness for the town, and while the royal residence in Andalusia was the Royal Alcazar in Sevilla, he housed his favourite concubine, Leonor de Guzman,  in the comfortable and impregnable  Alcazar de de la Puerta de Cordoba. When he died of the  Black Plague in Gibraltar, his only legitimate child, Pedro I inherited the throne,  but due to the constant disputes for the crown that he had to suffer from his nine illegitimate half-brothers, he maintained Leonor prisoner in the palace until her death. He also favoured Carmona and built the Alcazar del Rey Don Pedro (now the Parador) as his royal residence. However, as legend has it, during the fifteenth century,  another King of Castile, Juan II, embarking on another war with the Sultans of Malaga and Granada, sought the safest town in the province to house his beloved Queen and his heir, and keep them nearby. He chose Carmona as the most impregnable town and the Alcazar de la Puerta  de Cordoba as the safest and most comfortable residence for his family. From that time on it became known as the Alcazar de la Reina.
The Palace, totally restored in the 1990s in the original Mudejar style, and refurbished in 2007, boasts spacious and elegant lounge areas and patios, a outdoor solarium with salt-water swimming pool, and a total of four different options for wining and dining: The Tabanco Restaurant, the Terrace Bar, the Tabanco Tapas Bar and the official Guinness Irish Pub.

Other services available in the hotel, may be of your interest but are not included in the program.

Room Service
Private Parking. There is a small basement car park which has to be reserved and a fee charged. However it is awkward to manoeuver and there is normally ample parking space  in the street in front of the hotel, in full view of the lobby and an outdoor parking enclosure a few meters away from the front entrance.
Laundry and dry cleaning service
Sauna, massage and beauty treatments (upon request and subject to availability)
Business centre: fax and photocopy service.
Wifi internet in all the public areas
International magazines and newspapers
Swimming pool towels
Florist  (upon request and subject to availability)
Outside of the normal Epona transfer times, shuttle service to/from airport and train station

The rooms are ample, airy, comfortable and very tastefully furnished and feature:
Two large (1m wide) single beds. For double occupancy beds are placed together, for twin, they have a space between.
Full en-suite bathroom (tub and shower)
Air-conditioning and central heating
Satellite T.V.
Minibar (consumption not included in the price)
Room Occupancy
The single supplement fee applies if we are unable to find another rider to share.

All breakfast are included in the price of your program, for the Rafael Soto clinic, Monday to Sunday and for all other programs, Monday to Saturday.
Also included is the welcome tapas supper on Sunday evening.
Lunches will be served at Epona, and will consist of freshly prepared home cooked, combining mainly traditional Spanish dishes, which give you a taste of the renowned Mediterranean diet, with some International dishes and a selection of delicious home-made desserts.  In addition, a variety of fresh salad ingredients and fruit is always available.
We can cater to most diets including vegetarian  and gluten and lactose-free, etc..

The evening meals from Monday to Friday are not included in the price.
On Monday to Thursday you will find innumerable dining option in the immediate vicinity of the hotel, from elegant restaurant to tapas bars with tables in the street.

In the hotel alone there are five possibilities, including room service, if you just feel like a quiet night resting. About two blocks walk away from the hotel, you can find the city's hub of socializing, where, families meet in the evening for coffee, tapas or an ice cream. This is the Plaza San Fernando, popularly known as the Plaza de Arriba (the Upper Square) or la Plaza Redonda (the Round Square).

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

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Classical Dressage Clinic - in Southern Spain
Tour Code: IT-SPSR30D
7 days / 6 nights ~$2,690.00
Dates : Available all Year

Trip Rating :
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 2019 07/21 - 07/27 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /3 Expired
A 2019 07/28 - 08/03 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /3 Expired
A 2019 08/04 - 08/10 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /3 Expired
A 2019 08/11 - 08/17 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /3 Expired
A 2019 08/18 - 08/24 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /3 Expired
A 2019 08/25 - 08/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /3 Expired
A 2019 09/01 - 09/07 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /3 Expired
A 2019 09/08 - 09/14 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /3 Expired
A 2019 09/15 - 09/21 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /3 Expired
A 2019 09/22 - 09/28 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /3 Reserve
A 2019 09/29 - 10/05 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /3 Reserve
A 2019 10/06 - 10/12 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /3 Reserve
A 2019 10/13 - 10/19 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /3 Reserve
A 2019 10/20 - 10/26 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /3 Reserve
A 2019 10/27 - 11/02 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /3 Reserve
A 2019 11/03 - 11/09 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /3 Sold Out
A 2019 11/10 - 11/16 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /3 Reserve
A 2019 11/17 - 11/23 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /3 Sold Out
A 2019 11/24 - 11/30 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /3 Reserve
A 2019 12/01 - 12/07 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /3 Reserve
A 2019 12/08 - 12/14 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /3 Sold Out
A 2019 12/22 - 12/28 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /3 Sold Out
A 2019 12/29 - 01/04 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /3 Sold Out
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Tack: English
Horses: Andalusian and Andalusian cross
Pace: According to riding level - 4 hrs per ...

Airport: Seville
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