Trips selected by Cap Rando agencies partners
Type
Stationary trail rides
Comfort
In 2-3 person bedrooms, single bedrooms with supplement
Level
Level 2 : You must be able to walk, trot, canter in an arena or outdoor
From
1480€
Duration
8 days - 7 nights - 6 days riding and visits

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Welcome to the Azores, a collection of nine green and volcanic islands in the middle of the Atlantic with a wonderful climate that creates a paradise for orchid lovers (especially on the island of Flores).  The Azores are also one of the best places in the world to see whales and dolphins and among the most sighted species are the sperm whale, the fin whale, common dolphin, bottlenose dolphin and Atlantic spotted dolphin. Your horseback adventure will be a discovery of the Isle of São Miguel, which has an extensive network of secluded tracks that are perfect for exploring by horseback. These paths have been built throughout the centuries throughout the countryside and most are still used by rural farmers going about their daily routines. Your base for this wonderful riding holiday is at a rural Quinta (farm) on the south of the island not far from the main town of Ponta Delgada, home to some beautiful examples of Portuguese architecture dating back to the 17th Century. There are five lovely guest rooms, each with en suite facilities as well as a comfortable dining room and lounge.
The riding week offers a collection of half and full day rides combined with interesting sightseeing trips into towns, craters and hot springs. Experience a different experience and new scenery each and every day. On some days horses and riders are transported to different trail heads, providing for riders the most variety of trails possible, different landscapes and riding paces. These unique variations can make it seem almost as if someone has taken small parts from the five continents, blended them all together and tossed it into the ocean to create exotic Sao Miguel. Some people even say this island of the Azores is the sunken Atlantis.

Itinerary
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Programme intro

AZORES WEEK EQUESTRIAN RIDE
INDICATIVE ITINERARIES *

Two programs are offered. A stay for novice riders in the Acores is also available (contact us). Please note that the following examples and are not exhaustive. The programs alternate days and half days on horseback. The "ATLANTIS" program offers fewer hours on horseback and more visits.

"GREEN ISLAND":

Day 1: Arrival. Transfer from the airport to the lodge and riding center.
Meals included: Dinner. Overnight at the Quinta.

Day 2: Introductory Ride & Visit of Ponta Delgada. After breakfast we enjoy a one hour riding lesson in the Picadeiro to get used to our new mounts. We enjoy lunch before heading off for our half day ride on the south side of Lagoa do Fogo. We ride on small roads and over pastures. A large part of the ride is on fields with milking cows. From the green pastures we have nice views over the middle parts of Sao Miguel. After lunch we all go an visit Ponta Delgada, the main city of Sao Miguel.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Overnight at the Quinta.

Day 3: Livramento to Calhetas. After breakfast we get ready for a full day ride across Sao Miguel island. We start in Livramento and end on the north coast in the village of Calhetas. During the day we will enjoy everything from lush green valleys, admire splendid sea views look at green pastures and ride through villages. Our lunch picnic is out in nature.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Overnight at the Quinta.

Day 4: Pico do Fogo Ride & Gorreana tea plantation visit. The half-day ride goes through the village and takes us up to Pico do Fogo, a mountain surrounded with what almost seems to be a tropical forest. We enjoy lunch. Afterwards, we do a half day excursion by car to Gorreana tea plantation. In the fantastic crater of Furnas, we will have a swim in a warm natural pool with water temperatures between 32 - 37 degrees.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Overnight at the Quinta.

Day 5: Relva to Varzea. Today we have an early breakfast to get ready for another full day ride along the south coast to the village of Varzea. We will admire spectacular nature and beautiful views across the ocean. Lunch is served at a restaurant in the village of Feteiras.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Overnight at the Quinta.

Day 6: Half-Day Ride. After breakfast, we will have a half day of leisure (maybe shopping, going to the beach, or visit the whale and dolphin safari for 55 Euro per person). We have lunch and then head for a half day ride leading up and down on winding roads with several nice opportunities for a canter. We ride to the top of a field with a magnificent view of the north as well as the south coast. 
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Overnight at the Quinta.

Day 7: Sete Cidades Ride. Today will be an unforgettable day, this is like riding in a fairytale. The full day ride takes us along the volcano crater rim overlooking the twin lakes on one side and the ocean on the other. The tranquility of the waters and the scent of the Hydrangeas, which border the crater rim, contrast the steep sides of the crater, creating a fascinating sight. Continuing down into the crater to the small and picturesque village of Sete Cidades and the Green and Blue lakes. Picnic on the grass shore of the Green lake.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Overnight at the Quinta.

Day 8: Departure after breakfast and transfer to the airport.
Meals included: Breakfast

"ATLANTIS":

Day 1: Arrival. Transfer from the airport to the lodge and riding center. Enjoy a delicious dinner and solid night's rest
Meals included: Dinner. Overnight at the Quinta.

Day 2: Livramento Ride. After breakfast we get to meet our horses and get to know one another during a 1-hour riding lesson to get to know our horses and then break for lunch. The ride this afternoon takes us through the village and along fantastic stone walls, which are easily looked over from horseback. Passing pastures with milking cows up to what almost seems to be a rainforest "jungle".
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Overnight at the Quinta.

Day 3: Lagoa do Fogo Ride. Today we take a half day ride on the south side of Lagoa do Fogo. We ride on small roads and over pastures. A large part of the ride is on fields with milking cows. From the green pastures we have nice views over the middle parts of Sao Miguel. Afternoon at leisure (or maybe a whale & dolphin safari extra cost 55 euro/person)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Overnight at the Quinta.

Day 4: Pico do Refúgio Ride. Half day ride exploring the beautiful north cost. Valleys covered with exuberant vegetation, charming villages and panoramic sea views. After lunch, half day excursion by car to the fantastic crater of Furnas we will have a swim in a warm natural pool with water temperatures between 34 - 37 degrees. Drink sparkling mineral water directly from the spring and more.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Overnight at the Quinta.

Day 5: Pico da Multa Ride & Ponta Delgada Visit. Today a ride that offers a bit of everything including fun canters. We start the ride close to the ocean, then up and over the hill Pico da Multa, continuing through the village of Gramas and we finish close to Ribeira Grande. After lunch, we visit to Ponta Delgada to do some shopping. 
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Overnight at the Quinta.

Day 6: Sightseeing & Half-Day Ride. We leave by car to visit one of the most spectacular places on the island. Lagoa do Fogo (Firelake) and Caldeira Velha, a warm natural swimming pool with a beautiful waterfall. At the top of the mountain we look down in the crater of an extinct volcano to see the enormous lake. Next stop is Caldeira Velha where the warm water river joins into a waterfall, forming a pool in a steaming geyser under the leafy forest of tree ferns. Time for a nice bath. After lunch, we spend a charming half day ride leading up and down on winding roads with several nice opportunities for a canter. We ride to the top of a field with magnificent view of the north as well as the south coast.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Overnight at the Quinta.

Day 7: Sete Cidades Ride. An unforgettable day, it is like riding in a fairytale landscape. The ride in Sete Cidades (twin lakes) takes us along the volcano crater rim overlooking the twin lakes on one side and the ocean on the other. The tranquility of the waters and the scent of the Hydrangeas, which border the crater rim, contrast the steep sides of the crater, creating a fascinating sight. Continuing down into the crater to the small and picturesque village of Sete Cidades and the Green and the Blue lakes. 
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Overnight at the Quinta.

Day 8: Departure after breakfast and transfer to the airport.
Meals included: Breakfast

*This is just a suggested itinerary and is subject to changes ...  some of the order of rides may vary.

 

MEETING/DEPARTURE

RENDEZ-VOUS:
Le jour de votre choix. Les vols arrivent et repartent souvent le samedi. Transfert gratuit l'après-midi de l'aéroport de Ponta Delgada.


SEPARATION:
Après le petit déjeuner du jour 8. Transfert gratuit pour l'aéroport de Ponta Delgada.

LOCATION DE VOITURE:
Nous vous recommandons le site www.autoeurope.fr


VOLS:
Les vols pour les Açores ne sont pas compris dans nos tarifs car il est généralement plus intéressant de réserver vous-même vos vols, un forfait vols compris revient généralement plus cher avec les commissions d'agences. Nous sommes toutefois à votre disposition pour vous aider à trouver les meilleurs tarifs ou vous proposer un voyage transports compris sur demande: service gratuit.

Riding

RIDING LEVEL:
You must be comfortable at three gaits (walk, trot, canter) on sometimes uneven terrain. Beaches are not allowed on horseback in the Azores.

RYTHM:
You ride 3 to 6 hours a day on average.

GROUPS:
Up to 10 riders.

GUIDE:
Local guide speaking Portuguese and English.


image 916HORSES:

The riding center has some 49 much loved horses. They are all well-schooled and a pleasure to ride, whether in the arena or out on the trail.

TACK:
English saddles.

Comfort

ACCOMMODATION:The historic house of the Quinta (farm) is one of the oldest homes on the island and dates from the 17th Century. There are 5 lovely guest rooms, each with en-suite facilities as well as a comfortable dining room and lounge.
Each guest room has been individually furnished and decorated to give our guests a feeling of being at home - all with private bathrooms (with hair dryer), accessories and cable TV. Each bed has 2 single duvets- so you do not have to fight over the duvet at night. Wi-Fi is available at the Quinta.

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image 917MEALS:image 918
All meals are included in your trip. The food is a real highlight of the holiday. Christina's home cooked food is delicious! As much as possible local ingredients are used. We try to serve Azorean-style food whenever possible. An array of seasonal fruit and vegetables will appear in all the wonderful breakfasts, lunches and dinners consisting of local produce, allowing you to experience the different flavors from the Azores. The breakfast is a delight every morning and there is a big selection of fresh fruit, usually pineapple and aimage 919 minimum of 3 varieties of melon, kiwi, pomegranate etc. There is also a selection of breads and jams and meat and cheese, every taste catered for and all fresh. Each evening meal includes 3 different courses. Christina will take into account guest preferences and dietary requirements. Soup to start, different every night, followed by, for example, fresh tuna or chicken in a creamy herby sauce, concluded with the best chocolate mousse.

Rates
Infos tarif

2020 PRICES / PER PERSON:
"Green Island":
01/01-31/03: 1470 € in double bedroom
01/04-31/10: 1595 € in double bedroom
01/11-31/12: 1470 € in double bedroom
"Atlantis":
01/01-31/03: 1415 € in double bedroom
01/04-31/10: 1505 € in double bedroom
01/11-31/12: 1415 € in double bedroom
"Green Island" & "Atlantis":
Single bedroom supplement: 265 € 
Non-rider: 815 €
Booking fees: 15 €

2021 PRICES / PER PERSON:
"Green Island":
01/01-31/03: 1530 € in double bedroom
01/04-31/10: 1655 € in double bedroom
01/11-31/12: 1530 € in double bedroom
"Atlantis":
01/01-31/03: 1480 € in double bedroom
01/04-31/10: 1580 € in double bedroom
01/11-31/12: 1480 € in double bedroom
"Green Island" & "Atlantis":
Single bedroom supplement: 275 € 
Non-rider: 905 €
Booking fees: 15 €

THE PRICE INCLUDES:
Equipped horse rental, guide, accommodation, meals, drinks during meals, transfers at fixed times from / to Ponta Delgada airport, the financial guarantee of your payments by our operator deposit of travels.

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Individual insurance, drinks out of meals, tips, any visits not included in the programs, the trip to and from the Acores, all that is not indicated in "the price includes".

Dates
Dates From Infos Contact
- 1415€ ON REQUEST IN DECEMBER + Infos
- 1480€ ON REQUEST IN JANUARY + Infos
- 1480€ ON REQUEST IN FEBRUARY + Infos
- 1480€ ON REQUEST IN MARCH + Infos
- 1580€ ON REQUEST IN APRIL + Infos
- 1580€ ON REQUEST IN MAY + Infos
- 1580€ ON REQUEST IN JUNE + Infos
- 1580€ ON REQUEST IN JULY + Infos
- 1580€ ON REQUEST IN AUGUST + Infos
- 1580€ ON REQUEST IN SEPTEMBER + Infos
- 1580€ ON REQUEST IN OCTOBER + Infos
- 1480€ ON REQUEST IN NOVEMBER + Infos
- 1480€ ON REQUEST IN DECEMBER + Infos
Booking
How to book
HOW TO BOOK:


1. CHECK THE AVAILABILITY, PRICE, DISCOUNT:
Check the availability and price (depending on the type of accommodation and after possible discounts) by contacting us
through the availability & quote request form or by phone +33(0)483431234, whatsapp +33(0)609520324, or e-mail: [email protected]

2. BOOKING:
Fill out the online registration form: 
https://www.horsebackridingvacations.eu/form/formulaire-d-inscription


3. INSURANCES:
Cap Rando is covered for its professional civil liability: GENERALI contract n ° AL974010.
To register on a Cap Rando holiday, you must be covered by an individual liability insurance covering your activity, individual accident, assistance, repatriation, and possibly cancellation (strongly recommended not to lose your payment in case of unforeseen your cancellation insurance contract). We offer West European citizens to subscribe the "Cap Protection Insurance" from Chapka Insurance: see prices. This covers you for cancellation, interruption of stay, individual accident, assistance 24h / 24h, medical expenses abroad, luggage insurance, civil liability. You can also only take a cancellation insurance if you have insurance covering other risks. If you pay by credit card, depending on your card, you may be fully covered: check your contract.
For non West European citizens, you can subscribe directly an insurance for instance on: https://www.axatravelinsurance.com/

4. PAYMENT:
A 30% deposit is required upon booking, the balance being due 60 days before the stay date. Less than 60 days before your departure date, full payment is requested at registration.
You can pay:
- By credit card on our secure payment website: Click here to access the server
- By bank transfer: Bank information

Your payments are guaranted by our GROUPAMA travel agent bond.
If you book a trip through Cap Rando, you have the guarantee not to loose any payment. 
The French law is the strongest and requires all French travel agencies to have an unlimited financial guarantee for their customers in case of financial failure.


5. CONFIRMATION:
You will receive a confirmation file and contract with the invoice and all practical information within 24 hours after reception of your registration form and payment.

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