Cap Rando Selection : Trips organized by Cap Rando partners
Type
In line progressive 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

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You will have the opportunity to become the guardians of the ancestral tradition of our culture: the transhumance, a horseback trip from Extremadura to Gredos Mountains in spring (North Transhumance ride) and from Gredos to Extremadura in autumn (South Transhumance ride). A progressive 7 days ride, following the Cañadas Reales, medieval cattle droves, North direction to Sierra de Gredos, crossing different regions and riding a long distance from the winter pastures in Extremadura to the summer pastures in Gredos Mountains. Spain is crossed by old cattle routes that served the pastoral economies of yesteryear. In Spain, these trails are called “cañadas reales” with 75m wide and around 800km long. They are still used by cattlemen who practice transhumance, spending summer in the mountains with their cattle and returning each autumn to the winter pastures. These old trails are more than merely routes for sending livestock to market. These routes are the toll motorways of yesteryear, the infrastructure that sustained transhumance. This is a real experience, travelling on horseback, you will follow the “Cañada Real” from Trujillo to Navarredonda de Gredos or vice versa, crossing 3 different regions in Spain (Extremadura, Castilla la Mancha y Castilla y León), riding in Cáceres province, Toledo province and Ávila province. Exclusive for good riders !

Itinerary
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Programme intro

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HORSEBACK TRANSHUMANCE IN SPAIN
TRUJILLO - SIERRA DE GREDOS

INDICATIVE ITINERARY *

Day 1: Meeting directly at the accommodation (the addres will be given with your booking confirmation) or free transfer from Madrid airport (meeting at 3 pm), 2 hours 1/2 drive transfer to Trujillo. Time to visit the spectacular town of Trujillo before a welcome dinner at the hotel with your guide who will talk about the ride and the region on a map.

Day 2: Trujillo - Herguijuela - Torrecillas de la Tiesa. Transfer from Trujillo town to Herguijuela (10 min) where the horses are waiting for their riders, distribution of horses. Riding through the “Cañada Real”. Lunch in the countryside with excellent paella cooked at the spot. In the afternoon, you will ride across flat terrain to Torrecillas de la Tiesa. Night and dinner in a very nice rural Inn. About 5 hours riding.

Day 3: Torrecillas de la Tiesa - Casas de Miravete. Departure after breakfast. This morning, you will ride in an open countryside trough dehesas (Mediterranean forests) and beautiful landscape. Nice trots and canters in the morning. Lunch in the countryside. In the afternoon, a short ride to Casas de Miravete: a small village in a spectacular enclave in the Monfrague National Park. Dinner at local bar with good local food and overnight at rural Inn. About 6 hours riding.

Day 4: Casas de Miravete - Navalmoral. A ride in the morning along the “Cañada Real”, with impressive views of Sierra the Gredos in front of you. Crossing the Albalat Bridge (16th century) over the Tagus River, one of the important public works built during the reign of His Catholic Majesty Charles I of Spain and V of Germany, with a great shield in relief of Emperor Charles with the double eagle. Picnic by the Tagus river reservoir water. The afternoon, you will ride to Navalmoral de la Mata. Dinner and night in a small hotel. About 7 hours riding.

Day 5: Navalmoral – Las Ventas de San Julian. Departure after breakfast. You will follow the Cañada Real in a flatter area with nice trots and canters. Here the Cañada has an unusual wide of 200m. Horses spend the night at Las Ventas de San Julian, transfer for dinner and night to a beautiful rural Inn in Calzada de Oropesa. About 6 hours riding.

Day 6: Las Ventas de San Julian - Navalcán. After breakfast, you will continue your ride following the Cañada Real. Here the landscape changes, you will ride along the reservoir water close to Navalcán with beautiful views of the Gredos Mountains. Dinner and night at a lovely rural Inn in Navalcán. About 6 hours riding.

Day 7: Navalcán - Mombeltrán. This day is a beautiful ride from Navalcán to Mombeltrán. This day, you will change the Cañada to take another Cañada to go to the Gredos Mountains. Beautiful views, Toledo province is left and you will cross to Avila province in Castilla y Leon. Dinner and night at hotel in Mombeltrán. 6 hours riding.

Day 8: Mombeltrán - Navarredonda de Gredos. After breakfast, you will start to climb the more than two thousand years old Roman road, very well preserved. It was used by the Roman armies and the transport of metals crossing the Sierra de Gredos through the abrupt mountain pass Puerto del Pico. Later in the medieval time, it used to be a cattle route. You will ride on this Roman road up the mountains with amazing views, and cross the picturesque mountain village: Cuevas del Valle. When you will reach the Puerto del Pico, at the end of the Roman road, the landscape will change with beautiful mountainous landscape. Lunch at local restaurant at Puerto del Pico. After lunch, you will ride in green mountain pastures with stone walls and the highest peaks of Gredos in front of you to finish this amazing horse riding day. About 6 hours riding.

Day 9: Breakfast and departure. Free transfer to Madrid leaving at 10 a.m., to be at Madrid Airport about 12.30 p.m.

* Indicative itinerary that may be changed if necessary. Reverse side, from The Sierra de Gredos to Trujillo for the the 26 February and 22 October departures:

 

HORSEBACK TRANSHUMANCE IN SPAIN
TRUJILLO - SIERRA DE GREDOS

INDICATIVE ITINERARY *

Day 1: Meeting directly at the accommodation (contact details will be sent to you with your booking confirmation) or free transfer from Madrid airport at 3 p.m, Transfer to Navarredonda de Gredos, 2 hours drive with a short break in the city of Avila and visit: an amazing fortified medieval town listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Welcome dinner at the hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos, a mountain village at 1600 m altitude, with beautiful views of the highest peaks of the Sierra de Gredos, where your horseback adventure will start !

equestrian inn to inn ride in SpainDay 2: Navarredonda de Gredos - Cuevas del Valle - Mombeltran. After breakfast, it's time to meet the horses. Departure of the ride through the Tormes valley and pine forests, and crops with breathtaking views of the mountains of Gredos. Lunch in Puerto del Pico, with great views of the south side of Gredos. After a pleasant lunch, you descend for about 1 hour following the Roman road dating back more than two thousand years, very well preserved. You cross Cuevas del Valle: a picturesque mountain village, to reach Mombeltrán, a beautiful village with a 12th century castle. Night and dinner in a charming rural hotel in the center of the village, next to the medieval castle.

Day 3: Mombeltran-Navalcan. You ride on the Cañada Real, at the foot of the mountains with breathtaking views of the Sierra de Gredos. You cross the Tietar River after the picnic by the river. You leave the province of Ávila, and enter the province of Toledo. Night and dinner in a charming rural inn in Navalcán.

inn to inn horseback riding ride in SpainDay 4: Navalcan - Las Ventas de San Julian. Here the Cañada is very well preserved and the landscape changes as you ride along a water reservoir with spectacular views of the Gredos mountains. You cross cork oak forests (Dehesa) with beautiful gallops throughout the day. Lunch next to a medieval church in the village of La Corchuela. In the afternoon, you leave on horseback riding to Ventas de San Julián. Dinner and night at the Parador de Oropesa, a luxury hotel in a medieval castle !

Day 5: Las Ventas de San Julian - Navalmoral de la Mata. Departure on horseback after breakfast, following the Cañada Real in a flatter and more open area, with the chance of beautiful canters: an intense day surrounded by nature, far from civilization. Today you cross the province of Cáceres in Extremadura. Dinner and night at the Rural Hotel in Navalmoral de la Mata.

equestrian trail ride in SpainDay 6: Navalmoral de la Mata - Casas de Miravete. Today, you continue your horseback ride along the Cañada Real, joining the Tajo River, and crossing it over the impressive medieval Albalat Bridge. Picnic by the Tagus River. In the afternoon, you enjoy a nice ride along the Tajo towards Casas de Miravete. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 7:  Casas de Miravete - Jaraicejo. After breakfast, departure on horseback crossing the Puerto de Miravete towards the Venta del Colorao with a magnificent view of the Dehesa Extremeña and its open countryside. After lunch, you leave for a short trail ride to Jaraicejo. Night and dinner in a charming rural Inn.

Day 8: Jaraicejo-Trujillo. Departure after breakfast: riding in the countryside with breathtaking views of the city of Trujillo: historic city with a mixture of cultures with the Roman remains of the city of Turgallium, which is now Trujillo. At the top of the town, is a spectacular castle founded in the 10th century by the Arabs. On the main square, many beautiful palaces built by the Spanish Conquistadors in the 16th century. After lunch, you leave to reach Trujillo. Good canters this last day, to end your incredible experience on horseback ! It's time to visit the charming town of Trujillo in the afternoon, before the farewell dinner in Trujillo.

Day 9: Breakfast and departure. Free transfer to Madrid: departure at 10 a.m., to be at Madrid airport around 12:30 p.m.

* Indicative itinerary that can be modified if necessary.

MEETING/DEPARTURE

MEETING: 
Saturday afternoon at your 1st accommodation (the address will be given with your booking confirmation) 
Free transfer from Madrid airport: meeting at 3 pm - 2 hours drive

DEPARTURE: 
Sunday morning after breakfast. Free transfer to Madrid. Departure at 10 am. Arrival at 12:30 pm.

CAR RENTAL:
We recommend car rental, particularly cheap in Spain from 30 € per week), on the site www.autoeurope.fr.

FLIGHTS :
Flights to Spain 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).

Riding

RIDING LEVEL: image 8You must be able to walk, trot, canter and galop outdoor on open spaces.

image-20220322123354-1GUIDE: 
Professional licensed guide. The guide speaks Spanish and English. An assitant follows by car preparing copious lunches. 

RIDING TIMES:
5-6 hours per day on average.
 

 



equestrian holiday in SpainHORSES: 
Purebred Spanish, Hispano-Arabian and crossbreeds. Serene horses, result of an excellent natural education. Most of them are born and raised on the spot. They live in freedom and herd in vast pastures and pine forest.

TACK: 
High quality English saddles with a silicone seat. All tack is in excellent condition, very comfortable for horses and riders.

Comfort

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HEBERGEMENT: 
In comfortable hotels and guesthouses. Single bedroom available with supplement.

MEALS: 
Dinners are taken every night in the hotels and guesthouses. For lunch, an assistant prepares local dishes served at the table: salads, barbecue, paella, fresh fruit, wine and coffee or tea.


equestrian trail ride in Spainhorse riding in Spain.LUGGAGE TRANSFERS: 
The assistant transfers luggage every day. 





    
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Rates
Infos tarif

2022 PRICE / PER PERSON : 

2 230 € in 2-3 person bedrooms 
Single supplement (if you don't want to share with other riders): 230 €
Booking fees: 15 €

THE PRICE INCLUDES: 

Horse and tack rental, guide, assistant, accommodation, all meals, drinks during meals (unless for one dinner at the Parador hotel), luggage transfers, transfers from/to Madrid airport at fixed days and times, financial bond for your payments by our travel agent guarantee. 

THE PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE: 

Individual insurance, drinks out of meals, drinks for one dinner at the Parador hotel, sodas, hot drinks, visits, tips, all that is not indicated in "THE PRICE INCLUDES".

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

FLIGHTS :
Flights to Spain 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
- 1990€ SIERRA DE GREDOS - TRUJILLO CONFIRMATION ON PROCESS + 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
Sylvie (France) – Juin 2019

Une cavalerie de très bon niveau, des chevaux très bien dressés, sereins, endurants, le pied sur, très bien entretenus durant tout le séjour. Mon cheval quant à lui était extraordinaire avec de très belles allures typiques de la race espagnole. Une qualité de cavalerie vraiment exceptionnelle, des paysages variés, de nombreux animaux et oiseaux rencontrés au détour des chemins, des galops quotidiens très agréables, un guide professionnel et très attentif à la sécurité des cavaliers et des chevaux, des moments de détente en pleine nature orchestrés par l'épouse du guide avec convivialité et bienveillance.