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El Cid Arlanza Valley Ride

Itinerary for El Cid Arlanza Valley Ride

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Day 1 (Saturday): Arrival
Arrival at Madrid Airport and transfer to the first night's hotel in Covarrubias. Here we enjoy a fine dinner and have the chance to learn a little about the history of El Cid, a medieval Castilian hero in the fight against the Moorish occupation of 10th century Spain. On this horse riding holiday, we follow in his footsteps and the dramatic events of those times, visiting the monasteries and villages he did 1000 years ago.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Nuevo Arlanza or Hotel Doña Sancha or similar in Covarrubias

Day 2 (Sunday): Ura Valley Ride
We start our adventure. Leaving beautiful Covarrubias, one of the first areas to be reconquered from the Moors in the late ninth century and the birthplace of the Castilian language, we go for a ride to the Ura Valley, a small canyon that crosses the river Mataviejas. This circular ride returns us once again to Covarrubias where we enjoy another wonderful supper in this historic village before retiring for the night.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Nuevo Arlanza or Hotel Doña Sancha or similar in Covarrubias

Day 3 (Monday): Covarrubias to Santo Domingo de Silos
We continue on along El Cid's banishment route, crossing the Arlanza river near Covarrubias. Then we take the road to Retuerta and later to Contreras, also know as the “town of the one hundred fountains”. Finally we reach Santo Domingo de Silos, a well known Village due to its Romanic Monastery of the XI century, one of the most beautiful in all Spain. 
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Coronas II or similar in Santo Domingo de Silos

Day 4 (Tuesday): Santo Domingo de Silos to Navas del Pinar
We leave Santo Domingo de Silos traversing Alto de Peñacoba , Marmolar and Tierra de Pinares (land of pines). Then we get to Navas del Pinar at the entrance of Parque Natural del Cañón del Río Lobos. We walk surrounded by pine groves and cross deserted mountain towns where all the inhabitants have left for the cities.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Casa Rural La Fuente or similar in Navas del Pinar

Day 5 (Wednesday): Navas del Pinar to S. Leonardo de Yagüe
Today, we ride through the spectacular Parque Natural del Cañón de Río Lobos, protected land and a sanctuary for birds. This is a 16 km canyon, made by Río Lobos that runs through the provinces of Burgos and Soria, surrounded by steep cliffs on both sides, lush vegetation underfoot and ancient trees and poplars. There are also many caves and wells. At the end of this canyon, we emerge in Casarejo, in the province of Soria.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Manrique de Lara or similar in S. Leonardo de Yagüe 

Day 6 (Thursday): S. Leonardo de Yagüe to Quintanar de la Sierra
We leave Cañón del Río lobos, riding through the pinewoods of Pino Valsain and get to Canicosa de la Sierra and Quintanar de la Sierra in the Province of Burgos. Here we will visit the Necrópolis de Revenga, craved into rock and very imaginative medieval cemetery. You can also admire rocks marked with dinosaur tracks. Dinner and lodging in Posada las Mayas or Casa Ramón or similar.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Posada las Mayas or Casa Ramón or similar in Quintanar de la Sierra

Day 7 (Friday): Quintanar de la Sierra to source of river Arlanza
We leave these beautiful mountain towns and begin our last day riding through pine woods in our way to the source of river Arlanza. After a lunch here, we return at last to Covarrubias where the adventure began.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Nuevo Arlanza or Hotel Doña Sancha or similar in Covarrubias

Day 8 (Saturday): Departure
Departure and transfer to Madrid after breakfast when we must bid farewell to Spain.
Meals included: Breakfast

Please note: This itinerary is given for your guidance only and it may be altered in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organizing team.
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El Cid Arlanza Valley Ride
Tour Code: PG-BUT8
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,785.00
Dates : June, September

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 2020 05/30 - 06/06 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 4 /9 Expired
A 2020 06/06 - 06/13 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 4 /9 Reserve
A 2020 06/20 - 06/27 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 4 /9 Reserve
A 2020 09/19 - 09/26 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 4 /9 Reserve
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Tack: Spanish (Vaquero) and some English
Horses: Pura Raza Española, Hispano Arab, Lusi...
Pace: Moderate with some nice canters, 25-30...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Madrid
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