Cap Rando Selection : Trips organized by Cap Rando partners
Type
Stationary trail rides
Comfort
In 2-3 person bedrooms, single bedrooms with supplement
Level
Level 3 :You must be able to walk, trot, canter and gallop outdoor
Highlights

On horseback in a wild region, less frequented by tourists and more authentic than the south of Portugal

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Meet one of the last wild horse breeds in Europe. A unique adventure for nature lovers and wild open spaces. In the mountains of northern Portugal, Peneda Geres park features one of the last races of wild horses in Europe: the Garranos. From the valley of Vez, go looking for them in a varied mountainous landscape dotted with villages.

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Itinerary
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INDICATIVE ITINERARY *

Day 1 - Saturday: Meeting at Porto (Portugal) or Vigo (Spain) airport and transfer to the equestrian center. After one hour drive, presentation, visit of the equestrian center. The evening, aperitif and dinner at the equestriian center.

Day 2 - Sunday: The day starts early and breakfast is served at 8 am. Then, you will tack your horse and start the adventure trip at just above the medieval town of Arcos de Valdevez. After crossing the town on horseback, you will follow the Peneda-Geres National Park, and discover castles, plains, hills where wild horses live. Lunch at a local mountain tavern, followed by a ride that leads to pre-historical remains of old civilizations. You will take the direction of the the National Park interpretation center, were all the information about the park will be provided. This location is also the place to leave the horses for the night, in the old forestry nursery fields. Transfer back to the equestrian center accommodation and dinner in typical Portuguese restaurant in Arcos de Valdevez town.

Day 3 - Monday: Breakfast at 8 am, transfer to horses, you will prepare them and leave into the woods of the national park, going uphill to old pasture fields, home of wild horses and all the wildlife of Penêda-Gers National park. The ride goes along this scenery all day through old trails between mountain villages, 1000 meters high, where all the horizon is free from any human presence. Lunch takes place near a mountain lake and is followed by a ride that takes you down the ancient trail. Arrival to Ferreiros village, stable the horses in the old farm house and transfer back to the equestrian center. Dinner at a typical Portuguese restaurant at Arcos.

Day 4 - Tuesday: Wake up and breakfast at 8 am, transfer to Ferreiros stables, prepare the horses and start the ride along the valley countryside, farming fields and oak tree forests. You will reach the Vez river and follow it down to the historical town of Arcos. The lunch takes place by the river side. After lunch, depending on the river level, you will cross the river or make a detour to the nearest old bridge. Arriving to Arcos de Valdevez, a tour through the old 17th century town.

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Day 5 - Wednesday: After breakfast and horse tack, the ride starts to the woods above the equestrian center: protected landscape of Corno de Bico, full of forest wildlife, where wild horses, mountain cows, foxes, wild boars and even deers and wolfs can be seen. The lunch happens in a local tavern in the heart of a small and wonderful village with only 6 houses and 16 habitants. Afterwards, the ride goes uphill to a crest where we can have a great view on the Atlantic coast when the weather is clear. The next destination is the core of the protected landscape of Corno de Bico, and a quick stop at the sightseeing post of the old forestry guard. Descending from the forest, we take a trail that leads to the old villages. We leave the horses in the fields of an ancient manor house and stay overnight also in this manor house. Dinner happens in the town of Paredes de Coura, and you will have the chance to taste the famous river Coura trouts.

Day 6 - Thursday: Surrounding the manor, the landscape is full of amazing places. This day is mainly a free ride day tour, all options are available, even a rest day to enjoy the house and the pool. If you want to ride, a tour is offered  inside of the protected area of Corno de Bico, where trails are so many and so full of contrasts, looking for wild horse herds will be without any doubt a memorable experience. Due to the natural territory, the meals are carried in the saddle bags. In the evening, the ride heads back to the manor house, were the owners will provide a traditional Portuguese homemade dinner, and the owners will also join us during for the meal.

Day 7 - Friday: Wake up and breakfast, prepare the horses and around 10 am, leave the manor house, heading to another wonderful landscape, through the old forestry guard trail, that will show all the beauties that they were meant to preserve and carz. The natural wild horses shelters, made groups of 50 to 60 trees planted in the woods, in a way that protected the wildlife in harsh winters and hot summers. Along the way, the meeting with the wild horses is inevitable and from their pasture grounds we head down the mountain, to the little mountain village called Grijó, where lunch is provided by the logistics. After lunch, the ride develops through rural landscape and through woods and forests, a natural balance between wildlife and the human presence in the mountain. The ride will also pass near an old castle built on top of a granit stone settlement, and in the 15th century served as a watch-post preventing incoming invasions from Spain Borders. The ride goes downhill to the equestrian center.

Day 8 - Saturday: After breakfast, say goodbye to the horses and you will be transfered to the airport.

* Indicative itinerary: may be changed if necessary.

MEETING/DEPARTURE

MEETING: 
Free transfer Saturday afternoon from Porto airport, Vigo airport (Spain), Brada train station, or directly at the equestrian center 1 hour drive from Porto.


DEPARTURE: 
Saturday morning after breakfast. Free transfer to Porto airport, Vigo airport (Spain), Brada train station.

AIRPORT & TRAIN STATION TRANSFERS:
Transfers from/to Porto airport, Vigo airport (Spain), Braga train station.
Transfer prices: to the above airports /train station: 165 € / per car / each way.

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.

TRAINS:
You can consult the timetables and book your tickets on https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en

Riding

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RIDING LEVEL: 
You must be able to walk, trot, canter and galop outdoor on open spaces.

GUIDE: 
Professional licensed guide. The guide speaks Portuges, Spanish, French and English. 

MINIMUM AGE:
14 years old.

MAXIMUM WEIGHT:
90 kg.


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Crossed Lusitano and Arabian, well balanced, trail rides professionals. 


TACK: 
English saddles. 

Comfort

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ACCOMMODATION 
At the equestrian center guesthouse with swimming pool and tennis court. Single bedroom available with supplement.
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MEALS:
Dinners at the guesthouse. At noon, picnics are carried in saddle bags. Some meals at local restaurants.
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Rates
Infos tarif

2021 PRICE / PER PERSON: 
6 riders: 1200€ / person
4-5 riders: 1250 € / person
2-3 riders: 1290 € / person
1 rider: 1600 € (including single bedroom supplement)
Single bedroom supplement: 250 €
Please contact us to know the number of riders booked on your week.
Transfers from/to Porto airport, Vigo airport (Spain), Braga train station: 165 € / car / each way
Booking fees: 15 €


THE PRICE INCLUDES: 
Horse and tack rental, guide, assistant, accommodation, all meals, drinks during meals, luggage transfers, transfer from/to Granada, financial bond for your payments by our travel agent guarantee.


THE PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE:
Individual insurance, drinks out of meals, sodas, hot drinks, visits, tips, all that is not indicated in "THE PRICE INCLUDES".

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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: [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 Europe Union 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.

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
Blandine (France) – October 2019

Saddles & Tack: Excellent
The comfort, cleanliness and comfort of the accommodation (s): Excellent
Your general satisfaction on the stay: A charming guide, magnificent landscapes, pleasant horses ... in short, an unforgettable stay.
Quality of the Cap Rando services: Excellent

Monika (Switzerland) – September 2019

Reception: Very friendly welcome at Porto airport although we were more than an hour late with the plane and that we had not warned. The general state of the cavalry (Excellent). My horse (Excellent) The saddlery, equipment, material provided (Excellent) The comfort, cleanliness and comfort of the accommodation (Excellent). Very friendly, warm and attentive guide. Very comfortable and educated horses. Possibility of riding young horses a little more fiery if experienced rider. Magnificent and wild landscapes. Lots of wild horses and loose cows. Typical Portuguese food excellent. A meal taken with the locals allowed us to get an idea of ​​the conditions in which the inhabitants live in these very small typical villages crossed throughout the hike. Quite a few gallops because of the mountainous region but when you gallop, they are real gallops! I really had a wonderful week despite the somewhat mixed weather. The accommodation was at the top! Cap Rando services: responsiveness, efficiency, follow-up of your reservation, help with the preparation of your stay (Excellent). Everything went extremely well.

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