Rhodes Sunshine Trail

South Aegean Greece: (IT-GRER02)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/greece_rhodes_sunshine.aspx

Introduction
South Aegean Greece
This tour is ideal for riders looking for a more relaxed pace or for someone travelling with non-riding companions.

Ride in central Rhodes and discover hidden gems such as the Thari monastery and the Laerma Dam. In addition to trail riding you can also learn more about horsemanship or even get a riding lesson if you wish.
There is also enough free time for you to relax or go sightseeing on your own.

Accomodation

Accommodations

This is a stationary ride, so all nights are spent in the same location.

Description
The package includes accommodation near Thari Monastery. It is possible to upgrade to a more luxurious accommodation in Laerma.
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

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
Today, we go for our first ride around the ranch. Expect beautiful panoramic views over the valleys. It is the perfect time to get to know your horse. We will also visit the Thari monastery.
Riding approx. 2 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Midday snack & Dinner
Overnight in Laerma


Day 3: Monastery Ride
The real adventure begins as our ride lets us explore trails that are completely off the beaten track. Our goal for the day is a little Monastery. As we travel through forests and valleys, we will hopefully see some deer. There are good opportunities for some exciting canters. Depending on the weather and riding time, we can potentially visit the Donkey Sanctuary. 
Riding approx. 4 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Midday snack & Dinner
Overnight in Laerma


Day 4: Relax (no riding)
Choose between a relaxing day or an exciting sightseeing day. It is possible to rent a motorbike or a car and discover the wonderful places Rhodes has to offer. Alternatively we can drive you to a splendid beach where you can stay for the whole day and relax.
We can also book one of the following activities for your day off (extra cost): Catamaran Tour, Tour to the Irleand Symi, private Tour to Rhodes Town, or Massage at the Ranch.
Meals included: Breakfast, Midday snack & Dinner
Overnight in Laerma


Day 5: Horsemanship or Trail Ride
Have you ever tried T-Touch? The horses do so much for us, so let’s give them something back! We can teach you the Tellington Jones touch. We will show you how you can help a nervous horse become relaxed and calm. Understanding how to create the steps towards a more confident horse, how to take away the horses pain, how to keep the horses back in good shape and condition and also how to make the horse more focused.
After this we can try a little horsemanship and also riding bareback (the entirety of the program is around 4 hours). If you are concerned about riding bareback you can just have a little go in the round pen and afterwards tack up the horse before heading out.
If you already know about T-Touch, Horsemanship and so on, you can also choose to go on a trail ride with us for 4 hours as an alternative option.
Riding approx. 4 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Midday snack & Dinner
Overnight in Laerma


Day 6: Laerma Dam Ride
We ride to the dam of Laerma, where you can go for a swim, discover the lake by canoe or just chill in the hammock. After our relaxing time we will visit the stone graves from 300 B.C. Then, it is time to head back to the ranch.
Riding approx. 4.5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Midday snack & Dinner
Overnight in Laerma


Day 7: Panorama Ride
For our last riding day, we ride up to heights of 400m, allowing us to enjoy a fantastic view of the dam below. Upon our return to the ranch, Taki will be ready to welcome us with a well deserved BBQ. 
Riding approx. 3 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



Non-Riding Activities
Non-riders are welcome to join this trip. They can spend some time canoeing on the nearby lake or practice archery at the ranch (archery is free). It is also a good idea to rent a car and explore the island.


Rates and Dates for Rhodes Sunshine Trail

Rates include:

Accommodations, Local transfers (between ranch and accommodation), All meals with water, 5 riding days (approx. 18 hours total), Entrance fees for visits, Gratuities & Tax
We provide saddle bags and it is possible to borrow a helmet

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20228 day ride, AP€1070$1285
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.2

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2022 Rhodes airport transfer, one way
- to be paid locally
60 $70
2022 Single supplement 150 $180
2022 Non-rider (full board) 670 $800
2022 Upgrad to luxury rooms, pp (double) 100 $120
2022 Riding lesson, pp 45 $55

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2022 01/01 - 12/31 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP 1 /6 Reserve

Dates Note: This trip can run anytime based on availability

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