South Rhodes Trail

South Aegean Greece: (IT-GRER01)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/greece_rhodes_trail.aspx

Introduction
South Aegean Greece
This tour lets you discover the beautiful island of Rhodes. Ride across mountains, olive groves and Greek villages and learn more about the local culture.

Your hosts take great care of the horses and always make sure that you eat delicious local food on the way.

Choose between a progressive itinerary (changing accommodations) or opt for a more relaxed trip with all nights spent at the same accommodation. Whichever option you choose, we are sure this is a trip you will remember.

Accomodation


Accommodations

You can choose between the normal program or the comfort option, with all nights spent in the same location, in Laerma.

Description
While in Laerma, the package includes accommodation near Thari Monastery. It is possible to upgrade to a more luxurious accommodation in Laerma (comfort option).
Wi-Fi is not always available at the night accommodations. We think this will allow you to relax and enjoy your holidays even more.



Accommodation near Thari Monastery
The rooms are simple but clean and comfortable. Most room have private bathrooms.

Accommodation in Laerma
There are 4 different studios. Each studio has its own kitchenette, private facilities (with hairdryer) and a small balcony. They all come equipped with air conditioning, Wi-Fi and a TV.

Room Occupancy
Solo travelers can choose to share a room. However, if no one is found to share the room with you, the single supplement fee applies.



Meals
All meals are included from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on the last day.

Breakfast is filling and it comes with coffee and juice.
The midday meal is usually a small picnic featuring traditional Greek food (meatballs with pitas and spinach, pies, wraps...) served with one soft drink.
Dinner includes generous portions of Mediterranean style food (moussaka, mezze...) as well as one drink.
We provide plenty of water throughout the tour.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to dietary restrictions if given prior notice.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding


Philosophy
We want you to spend safe and joyful holiday on horseback. This why we specialize in small groups. It is important to us and for your enjoyment that horse and rider get along. Each tour begins with a standard ritual of brushing and stroking your horse. Before any tour we give you a instruction for western riding and to which commands our horses respond. Then, we go in the round pen, where you can get to know your horse better, before we go on with the tour.

Riding Level
We consider beginner riders, people who have completed less than 50 riding lessons (please be honest about how often you have sat on a horse).
Beginners and more experienced riders are only mixed in case they know each other and agree to share the experience.
For this tour, we expect all participants to feel comfortable and in control at all gaits.

Itinerary


Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Please note: No matter the option, you will sleep at the same accommodation in Laerma during the whole trip (we will transfer you between the horses and Laerma).

Day 1: Arrival
We can arrange a transfer from Rhodes airport (extra cost) for you. After dinner, we will have a briefing on the trail route.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight in Laerma


Day 2: Introduction
This morning, we get to know the horses. We start with a little training in Western riding and commands. Soon after, we set off on a beautiful ride round the ranch and we will visit the Thari Monastery.
Riding approx. 3 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Midday snack & Dinner
Overnight in Laerma


Day 3: Beach Ride 
Today, we make our way to the Agean sea, where we enjoy a relaxing time on the beach.
Riding approx. 6 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Midday snack & Dinner
Overnight in Laerma


Day 4: Rest Day
There are no riding activities today. You can take some time to discover the village, experience some of the culture or just relax at the beach.
We can also drive you to Lindos (about 20 min drive) so that you can relax on the beach.
Meals included: Breakfast, Midday snack & Dinner
Overnight in Laerma

Day 5: Aigios Isideros Ride
Today's ride will provide wonderful panoramic views whilst we travel along forgotten donkey and carriage paths to our destination, Aigios Isideros, a small mountain village located 523m below the highest mountain in Rhodes: Ataviros.
Riding approx. 5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Midday snack & Dinner
Overnight in Laerma


Day 6: Dam Ride
We ride to the the biggest dam of Rhodes and on the way, we will see an old stone grave. Once at the dam, we can go for a refreshing swim or go canoeing. 
Riding approx. 5.5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Midday snack & Dinner
Overnight in Laerma


Day 7: Panoramic Ride
This morning, we have a great view of the valley below and we can overlook all the places where we rode during the past week. We make our way down the valley by following a river bed, next to the gorge of Monolithos.
Riding approx. 5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Midday snack & Dinner
Overnight in Laerma


Day 8: Departure
Enjoy breakfast before heading off to your next adventure.
Meals included: Breakfast


Rates and Dates for South Rhodes Trail

Rates include:

Accommodations, Local transfers (between horses and accommodation), All meals with water, 5 riding days, Entrance fees for visits, Gratuities & Tax
We provide saddle bags and it is possible to borrow a helmet

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20218 day ride, AP - Comfort option€1390$1655
  • B
    20218 day ride, AP - Normal program€1290$1535
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.19

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2021 Rhodes airport transfer, one way
- to be paid locally
60 $70
2021 Single supplement 150 $180

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
B 2021 09/19 - 09/26 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP - Normal prog... 3 /6 Expired
B 2021 10/10 - 10/17 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP - Normal prog... 3 /6 Sold Out
A 2021 10/17 - 10/24 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP - Comfort opt... 3 /6 Reserve
B 2021 10/23 - 10/30 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP - Normal prog... 3 /6 Sold Out
A 2021 11/06 - 11/13 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP - Comfort opt... 3 /6 Reserve
A 2021 11/14 - 11/21 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP - Comfort opt... 3 /6 Reserve

Dates Note: Custom trips can be arranged for groups of 4+ pax

Rates do not include:

Airport transfers, Extra drinks, Insurance (mandatory - must include horseback riding)

Other Info
Meeting: Laerma
Airport: Rhodes Airport
Transfer: Rhodes Airport

Climate:
                                            Laerma area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

58

58

62

67

74

81

85

85

81

75

67

61

Average Low Temperature (°F)

48

48

51

56

62

69

73

74

70

63

56

51

Average High Temperature (°C)

14

15

17

20

23

27

30

30

27

24

19

16

Average Low Temperature (°C)

9

9

11

13

17

20

23

23

21

17

13

11

Source: NOAA


Seasons
Rhodes climate is typical of the Mediterranean and is strongly influenced by the sea. The Island has a pleasantly sunny climate.

Summers are hot, dry and very sunny. Day-time temperatures in summer are often mitigated by cooling sea breezes.
Spring and autumn are cooler, except when the occasional Scirocco wind from Africa brings unseasonably high temperatures and humidity.
Winters are mild, with the occasional short cold spells brought about by the north and north-easterly winds from central Europe.

Annual rainfall is low.

What To Bring:

 
This list is only a guideline for you

 

Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Passport
Visa (check with your consulate)

 

RIDING GEAR
Riding pants or Jodhpurs (used if possible!). No jeans.
Riding boots that are also comfortable for walking. Mini chaps.
Riding helmet. Best if you bring you own. We have simple helmets for free in the stables.
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strap) for sun protection
Lightweight Rain coat

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Pyjamas
Bag for dirty clothes
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
Swimsuit
 
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for the emergency)
Sewing kit
Handkerchiefs
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera and enough extra film or batteries
Belt pack
Address book and pen (for postcards!)
Sun glasses with strap
Sun tan lotion and lip balm