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Faial Island Trail

Faial Island Trail
Azores Portugal

Volcanic forces created inspiring and magnificent islands in the middle of the Atlantic. The unique nature of the Azores enchants its visitors - especially when traveling on horseback. By riding through this marvellous
landscape, you will discover the hospitality and the relaxed lifestyle of the locals. Riding between hydrangea hedges, or through bizarre volcanic landscapes. Natural pools of lava-rock invite you to a refreshing swim.
Discover dreamlike forests and picturesque villages close to the Atlantic ocean.

This week-long riding holiday includes 6 riding days and covers about 150 km total, around the Island of Faial. You sleep at the lodge every night and are transferred back to the horses' paddock on the trail every morning.

Every day, you will enjoy new highlights: old lighthouses, the picturesque sailors town Horta, lonely bays, riding through junglelike forests or on a volcano... One of the highlight of the week is certainly the amazing sight of the old whale spotter outlooks.

Progressive Ride (no camping)
Center-based ride

Meeting: Cedros
Airport: Horta Airport
Transfer: Horta Airport
Riders: Min 2 riders
Max 9 riders
(per riding group)

Max Capacity 28

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    Faial Island Trail
    Tour Code: IT-PGPAT1
    8 days / 7 nights
    Dates : All year

    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 Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
    C 2024 01/31 - 03/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip - Lodge option (L... 2 /9 Reserve
    B 2024 04/01 - 05/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip - Lodge option (M... 2 /9 Reserve
    A 2024 06/01 - 09/30 8d / 7n 8 day trip - Lodge option (H... 2 /9 Reserve
    B 2024 10/01 - 10/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip - Lodge option (M... 2 /9 Reserve
    C 2024 11/01 - 12/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip - Lodge option (L... 2 /9 Reserve
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    Tack: Trail saddle with saddle bag
    Horses: Lusitano and Cruzado Portuguese horses
    Pace: 3-5 hours in the saddle per riding day...
    Walk, Trot, Canter,
    Airport: Horta Airport
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