Borac Mountains Ride

Central Serbia: (IT-SERB01)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/balkan_serbia_borac_mountains_ride.aspx

Introduction
Central Serbia
Serbia is still an undiscovered destination in the heart of Europe. Located in central Balkans it is the essence of mixture of cultures and influences that will always be viewed as the east to the west and as the west to the east. The interior of the country (Sumadija), literally Woodland is the destination of  our new trip in Serbia. It is here that you will get a glimpse of an archaic world covered in thick forest and mountain massifs isolated from the blessings and the curses of urban Serbia. A place wrapped up in its own magic of “slow living” that hasn’t changed for generations.

Rarely in Europe is such a small piece of land home to so many animal species and such beautiful nature. The scenic landscape where the ride takes place has an abundance of rivers and mineral springs, majestic forests and mountain tops. The trail will lead you through small villages populated by simple folk where you will be guests in real people’s homes, taste their homemade products from cheese to brandy and be overwhelmed by their hospitality. This trip is a life seeing experience that will take you back in time.

You will ride amongst the mountains that hide the jewels of Serbian 14th Century architecture. Churches and monasteries that are home to small communities of priests and nuns will welcome any visitor that comes their way. Let us be your guide through local heritage.

This is not just a riding holiday, it is your chance to discover one of the best kept secrets of the Balkans, a truly new destination.

Accomodation

Accommodations
This is a progressive ride so nights are spent in various locations. You will be staying in 6 locations total.

Description
To make your riding holiday a unique experience we found a variety of accommodations ranging from hotels, to mountain lodges, to private guesthouses. Every accommodation has about 3-5 bathrooms. In My Soul every room has own bathroom. WIFI is available in all locations except Zdreban and Ostrvica.

Night 1: Zdreban
Night 2: Gornja Trepca
Night 3: Klaticevo
Night 4: Rajac
Night 5: Rudnik
Night 6: Belo Polje
Night 7: Zdreban

Room Occupancy
If you are willing to share a room there will be no supplement.


Meals
All meals are included from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8. Most food is locally grown and a lot of effort is put in to ensure guests are satisfied and left full. There is a lot of heart and soul that goes into the dishes! One alcoholic drink is included with every meal.

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

This trip includes some wine with dinner and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Riding Experience
To participate you should be an intermediate rider, comfortable in the saddle at all paces, and have experience riding for 5 to 7 riding hours per day. The minimal requirement is that you are in control of a horse at a walk, trot and canter, and are used to riding in the open country over different types of terrain.

Terrain
The area used to be and still is quite wooded. There are still a great many areas with fields, thickets and a striking number of Acacia trees. Predominantly spruce, beech, oak forests. The landscape ranges from gentle hills to rocky canyons and often offer splendid views into the distance. The landscape is very lush and makes a very pristine impression. There are lakes, rivers, streams and increased brooklets.

Pace
The rides are at a moderate pace overall, with routes taking you through forests and up and down mountain tracks, with opportunities for trots and canters in the open fields and where the terrain allows it. In total, we will cover about 170 km.

Horses
Horses that you will ride are Lipizzan horses, horses mixed with Lipizzan and Balkan, mixed Balkan and Bosnian Mountain horses. The breed of speckled horse is unknown. The Balkan breed is characteristic for this area and known for its gentleness.
They are small to medium sized, strong-hearted animals, especially suitable for trail and endurance riding. They are sure-footed on rough ground, which helps the rider cover greater distances with less effort.

Guides
Our guides can speak Serbian, English, and German.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary 2020 - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival
Arrive to Belgrade Airport where you will be met and transferred (about 2hours drive) to Spa resort " My soul" in Knic, 150 km south of Belgrade. Dinner and night at a hotel.

Day 2: Zdreban to Vujan   
From Zdreban we ride to Vujan, which is an old monastery. We then head to the spa of Gornja Trepca, where you can have a massage and a thermal spa (massage and bath surcharge: massage about € 15 .- / 45min, Water Spa € 20.- medical body check obligatory. A few words to the thermal spa Gornja Trepca.
"Even the heroes of the Battle of Kosovo, as well as the participants in the I. and II. Serbian Uprising have here allegedly healed their wounds. For many centuries, there are legends about our spa; a legend: a Serbian hero slew his sick and exhausted horse here after the Battle of Kosovo. The horse lay for days in the mud next to the source. When a few days later the monks of the nearby monastery Vujan came and cheerfully neighing horse saw, they spread the story of the healing waters. The water was "Svetinja" (Sanctuary) appointed and they began to drink the water and described in him baden.Bei an investigation of the physicochemical properties of the thermal waters of Gornja Trepca in 1904 of Dr. M. Nikolic and Dr. A.Zege the former spa. There were four huts where 50 to 60 patients could be accommodated, a village and a monastery tavern and a poorly furnished bath room. The season lasted from June to September. The roads were bad and at times completely impassable. The hard movable and immovable patient had to be carried to the bath room on hands." The spa is particularly good for rheumatic and neurological ailments.

Day 3: Gornja Trepca to Klaticevo via Takovo
The ride leads us through quaint villages, different forests and fields to Klaticevo. Here, we visit a very nice wine cellar and taste different kind of red and white wine. The Second Serbian Uprising (1815–1817) under the leadership of Miloš Obrenović started in this village.
We spend our night at a beautiful accommodation (Tri Hrasta= Three Oaks) with a swimming pool and sauna (Sauna surcharge).

Day 4: Klaticevo to Rajac
Beautiful beech forests and plateaus offer us the opportunity for splendid gallops. We ride to a health resort with a beautiful view of the Sumadija. The slopes of the mountain are covered by meadows, clearings and forest of beech, birch, ash, turkey oak, conifer, fir and pine. The meadows grow a large number of medicinal plants. The forests host pheasant, roe deer, fox, wild boar, hare and tortoise.
Every year in July there is a 3 day long traditional scythe festival. The main attraction of this festival is a competition in traditional grass cutting with scythe. There are also many concerts and a lot of traditional folklore music in big tents (Šatra) with tables and food (mainly pork or lamb roast but also sour cabbage is something not to miss).

Day 5: Rajac to Rudnik
Over the plateaus we reach a rustic farm with pigs, cows, goats and horses. The farm also has its own organic goat cheese production.

Day 6: Rudnik to Belo polje via Gornja Crnuca
We climb the mountain Rudnik on horseback, until we have a fantastic view at over 1000 m altitude. Tranquil passages bring us through dreamy villages

Day 7: Belo Polje to Zdreban
Zdreban was once a large complex but it was never completed because of different reasons. Many people tell that headaches go away if they stay for a while in Zdreban.
Today, the trail leads us through nice oak forest and over plateaus where we can gallop. Overnight stay in Zdreban in a private accommodation.

Note: The above sample itinerary is subject to changes at the tour operator's discretion.


Rates and Dates for Borac Mountains Ride

Rates include:

Accommodations in country hotels and guesthouses, all meals, transfers before 16:00, 6 riding days, local taxes, entrances to churches/ monastery museum

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20198 day trip, AP€1020$1225
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$
2019 Transfer from/to Belgrade Airport included at specific times (before 16:00) 0 $0
2019 Single Supplement 160 $195

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 08/24 - 08/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /10 Expired
A 2019 09/14 - 09/21 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /10 Expired

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Gratuities, Travel Insurance, additional drinks, thermal spas/ massages/baths at health resorts

Other Info
Meeting: Sumarice
Airport: Belgrade
Transfer: Belgrade airport

Climate:
                                                    Belgrade area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

39

44

54

63

73

78

82

82

74

63

51

41

Average Low Temperature (°F)

29

32

38

46

54

60

62

62

55

47

39

31

Average High Temperature (°C)

4

7

12

17

23

26

28

28

23

17

11

5

Average Low Temperature (°C)

-2

0

3

8

12

15

17

17

13

8

4

0

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

7

6

7

8

9

9

6

6

6

6

7

7

Source: NOAA


Seasons

There isn’t a bad time to visit Serbia, though mid-winter tends to be both cold and wet. July and August are usually hot and humid with plenty of activities to choose from.

The ideal months to visit are May, June and September, when temperatures are warm, but not too hot. However, you should expect some rainfall in May and June.

What To Bring:  
This list is only a guideline for you

 

Hidden Trails Travel Documents and Trip Voucher (contains important local tour contact info.)
Flight tickets
Passport
Visa (check with your consulate)

 

RIDING GEAR
Riding pants or Jodhpurs
Riding boots (short) + Minichaps
Riding helmet  (recommended for all trips)
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strip) 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 an emergency)
Sewing kit
Torch/ Flashlight
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera and extra film or batteries
Belt pack
Address book and pen (for postcards!)
Sun glasses with strap
Sun protection lotion and lip balm