Cap Rando Selection : Trips organized by Cap Rando partners
Type
Circular Inn to Inn trail ride
Comfort
In 2-3 person bedrooms, single bedrooms with supplement
Level
Level 3 :You must be able to walk, trot, canter and gallop outdoor
From (offer)
1700€

37.75100502594, 14.9934349

A circular horseback riding tour around the Etna, the highest and most active volcano in Europe. You will enjoy the Mediterranean landscapes, food and the Italian tradition.

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Itinerary
Image programme
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Programme intro

ITALY SICILY HORSEBACK TRAIL RIDE
INDICATIVE ITINERARY *


Day 1: Meeting at your first accommodation in Castiglione di Sicilia. Dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Castiglione di Sicilia - A Barunissa - About 5 hours on horseback. Breakfast and departure from the farmhouse at about 9 am in the direction of the river Alcantara, to the small Castiglione gorges, passing by the Byzantine Cuba (worship place of the seventh century), and you will follow the valley through the parco fluviale dell'Alcantara until the surroundings of Randazzo, for the picnic. The afternoon, you will ride in the direction of Monte la Guardia, where is your second accommodation: a beautiful property surrounded by greenery. Dinner and overnight.

Day 3: A Barunissa - La Fucina di Vulcano - About 5 hours on horseback. Breakfast and departure around 9 am in direction of the Alcantara river of Castiglione Gorge, passing by the Cuba Bizantina (7th century worship place). You follow the valley through the Fluvial Park to the surroundings of Mojo Alcantara, picnic, then you continue to your accommodation, A Barunissa, a former aristocratic residence, surrounded by woods. Dinner and night.

Day 4: La Fucina di Vulcano - Villa Dorata) - About 5 hours on horseback. Breakfast and departure from your hotel at about 8:30 am and you will ride uphill from west to the Pista Altomontana that is reached near Monte Scavo, then, you will follow a succession of beech and connifere forests with more recent lava flows, and you will enjoy durin good visibility days breathtaking views of half of the Sicily, and on the high western slope of Etna, and where you can make nice gallops. Picnic near the Galvarina refuge and arrival in the afternoon at your fourth accommodation, Villa Dorata, beautiful villa overlooking the Gulf of Catania. Dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Villa Dorata - Sant'Alfio - About 5 hours on horseback. Breakfast and departure from Villa Dorata at about 7:30 am. You will cross the Rifuggio Sapienza area and visit the Silvestri Craters (lateral craters born during a late 19th century major eruption) before starting the descent through the Etna Desert, so called because of the absence of trails that run through it and for the harshness of the territory. Then, you will reach oak and chestnut forests, to the village of Zafferana Etnea, famous for its honey production. Dinner and overnight in a beautiful sea view hotel.

Day 6: Sant'Alfio - Chalet Clan dei Ragazzi - About 6 hours on horseback. Breakfast and departure from the hotel at about 9 am. Ascent from the Etna East side through oak forests anf famous Ilici du Carrinnu, centuries-old specimen of enormous size. You will ride on the edge of the Valle del Bove, famous depression where the lava was channeled. After picnic, you will ride uphill to the Sartorius Craters, beautiful buttonhole of craters born during a great flank eruption in 1865. Then, you will ride down through forests to finally arrive at your accommodation in the Pineta Ragabo, with its umbrella pine trees of considerable size. Dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Chalet Clan dei Ragazzi - Castiglione di Sicilia. About 6 hours on horseback. Breakfast and departure from the Chalet at about 9 am. Ascent through the pine forest until Piano Provenzana, renowned ski resort where you will start to ride in a lunar landscape, the scene of the last 2002 major eruption . You will ride on the craters, then around Monte Nero. Picnic stop near the Timpa Rossa refuge, immersed in one of the most southern beech forests of the hemisphere. The afternoon, the trail descents from the North side through forests, up vineyards near Solicchiata, to arrive finally at the farmhouse. Dinner and overnight.

Day 8: End after breakfast.

MEETING/DEPARTURE

MEETING: 
Free transfer from Catania airport at the end of afternoon.

DEPARTURE: 
Free transfer to Catania airport after breakfast.

FLIGHTS:
Flights are not included in our prices because it is generally more interesting to book your flights yourself, an inclusive flight package is generally more expensive with agency commissions. However, we are at your disposal to help you find the best rates or to offer you a trip including transport on request: free service.
Low-cost flights to Catane::
Easyjet from Bordeaux, Lyon, Nice, Paris-Roissy, Bâle-Mulhouse, Genève.
Ryanair from Marseille.
Transavia from Lyon, Nantes, Paris-Orly.
Vueling from Lyon, Paris-Orly.
Volotea from Toulouse.

Riding

 RIDING LEVEL: image 28
You must be able to walk, trot, canter and galop outdoor on open spaces.
5 to 6 hours riding per day.

randonnee a cheval en sicileHORSES:
Sicilian or crossbred, well trained, accustomed to the region, live in breeding. The guides clean, dress and saddle the horses. 

TACK: 
Comfortable English Saddles coated on request of sheepskin, and / or on request western, with hunting collar and croupiere.

GUIDE:
The qualified guide speaks English, French, Italian, Spanish and Sicilian.

NUMBER OF RIDERS:
8 riders maximum.

PUBLIC:
From 16 years old. Maximum weight: 90 kg.

Comfort

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ACCOMMODATION: 
In comfortable hotels and guesthouses (Agriturismi). Single bedroom available with supplement. 

MEALS: sicily horseback ride
An assistant prepares nice buffets at picnic places or in restaurants:
Picnic lunch, typical Sicilian dinner in the evening (minimum four litters).
Refined sicilian cuisine based on local products. Evening meals include: starter, pasta, meat, dessert, wine, water and digestif (liqueur, grappa, limoncello or any other choice), coffee or tea. Continental or American-style breakfasts on request. Picnics: fresh bread, salad, cheeses, olives, charcuterie, Sicilian specialties, wines or other drinks on request, coffee or tea. (Meals brought by the stewardship car). Tables, chairs, cutlery are provided.

LUGGAGE TRANSFERS:
Provided by the assistant with a vehicle.

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Rates
Infos tarif

2022 PRICE / PER PERSON:

In 2-3 person bedrooms: 1750 €
Single bedromm supplement: 250 € (unless 1 night in shared bedroom)
Booking fees: 15 €

THE PRICE INCLUDES: 

Horse and tack rental, guide, assistant preparing meals and transfering luggage, full board accommodation, free transfers from / to Catania airport at fixed times,  the financial guarantee of your payments by our travel operator deposit.

THE PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE:

Individual insurance, tips, personal expenses, drinks out of meals, lunch if you arrive in the morning, any visits and optional activities, travel to / from Sicily,  anything not indicated in "the price includes".

INSURANCE (if you don’t already have one):
We offer to European citizens (only) Chapka insurances:
Cap Security: full insurance with cancellation. Cap Cancellation: cancellation only.
See prices & information

FLIGHTS:
Flights are not included because it is more interesting to book directly your ticket: a transport package included is generally more expensive with agency commissions. However, we are at your disposal to help you find the best prices or to offer you a flight included package on request (free service).

Dates
Dates From Infos Contact
- 1750€ 1700€ + Infos
- 1750€ 1700€ CONFIRMED DEPARTURE + Infos
Booking
How to book
HOW TO BOOK:

By booking with Cap Rando, you get the benefit of the French travel agency law, one of the strictest in the world: an unlimited financial guarantee for all your payments !

BOOKING PROCEDURE:

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)483431321, whatsapp +33(0)609520324, or e-mail: contact@horsebackridingvacations.eu

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).
For Europe Union citizens only: we offer to subscribe the "Cap Protection Security" from Chapka Insurance. 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. 
See all information about our cancellation policy and Chapka insurance offer.
For non West European citizens: if you pay by credit card, depending on your card, you may be fully covered: check your contract.
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.

6. CANCELLATION POLICY:
See general conditions and special covid conditions: cancellation conditions.
Please note: Any stay may be canceled in the event of insufficient bokkings to ensure the stay up to 21 days before the starting date. In this case, a replacement stay may be offered to you, if it does not suit you: full refund is guaranteed without compensation. We advise you to book refundable flights / trains.

Reviews
GUEST REVIEWS
Lena (Sweden) – October 2018

The staff was : More than excellent !
Horses generally and your horse specifically was: Excellent - Nice and safe, in good condition
Tack generally and your tack specifically was: Excellent
The accommodation(s) was / were: Excellent
Your stay was : Excellent. Very good, it was a perfect riding holiday
Cap services were General feeling : Excellent. I booked the trail from Sweden and I thougt it would be
difficult - but it was not !
Cap Rando booking confirmation & informations
Provided documents were : Excellent 

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