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 !
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 !
Day 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.
Day 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.
Day 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.
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
Sunday morning after breakfast. Free transfer to Madrid. Departure at 10 am. Arrival at 12:30 pm.
We recommend car rental, particularly cheap in Spain from 30 € per week), on the site www.autoeurope.fr.
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 LEVEL: You must be able to walk, trot, canter and galop outdoor on open spaces.
Professional licensed guide. The guide speaks Spanish and English. An assitant follows by car preparing copious lunches.
5-6 hours per day on average.
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.
High quality English saddles with a silicone seat. All tack is in excellent condition, very comfortable for horses and riders.
In comfortable hotels and guesthouses. Single bedroom available with supplement.
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.
The assistant transfers luggage every day.
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 !
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@example.com
If you already have received the confirmation of the availability and the price, you can proceed directly to your booking:
Fill out the online registration form: https://www.horsebackridingvacations.eu/form/booking-form
If you are registering and paying for several riders, you can add riders on the form.
If you have difficulty with the online form or if you prefer:
- Download the Excel file for 1 rider
- Download the Open Office file for 1 rider
- Download the Excel file for 2 riders
- Download the Open Office for 2 riders
To be completed, saved on your computer, and sent by email as an attachment.
Your personal information (birth date, height, weight, riding level & experience, health information, etc.) are contractuals. The facility / guide / instructor may exclude on site and without compensation, any person whose information is different from the information provided on the registration form, and/or who does not correspond to the conditions of participation.
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 cancellation for a reason covered by a cancellation insurance).
We offer to Europe Union, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway residents (only) to subscribe the "Cap Security" insurance from Chapka Insurance. This covers you for cancellation, interruption of stay, individual accident, assistance 24h / 24h, repatriation, medical expenses abroad, luggage insurance, civil liability. You can also only subscribe a "Cap Cancellation" cancellation insurance if you have insurance covering other risks.
See all information about our cancellation policy and Chapka insurance offer.
For other country citizens: if you pay by credit card, depending on your card, you may be fully covered: check your contract.
The US citizens can subscribe directly an insurance for instance on: https://www.axatravelinsurance.com/
- For a stay starting at more than 60 days: It is requested at registration: 30% of the price of the stay, the payment of the insurance possibly subscribed, the transport possibly requested, the booking fees. The balance is to be paid 60 days before the start date of the stay.
- For a stay starting at less than 60 days: Full payment is requested upon registration.
- For a stay starting at less than 21 days: Full payment by credit card is requested upon registration.
- If these are the last places available: Payment by credit card is requested upon registration.
You can pay:
- By credit card on our secure payment website: You will be directed to the payment link after completing the online booking form.
- By bank transfer: Our bank information will be sent to you after reception of your booking form.
For a quick processing and to secure your registration, receipt of your confirmation file within 24-48 hours: choose a payment by credit card. In addition: payment by credit card can allow you to benefit from its possible insurance.
Please note: your reservation will only be confirmed after receipt of your payment.
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.
You will receive a confirmation file and contract with the invoice and all useful information within 24-48 hours after reception of your registration form and payment.
Before booking your transport: we advise you to wait for the receipt of the confirmation file and check that your transports feet with the meeting/separation times of the offered transfers. We recommend booking refundable transports.
7. CANCELATION POLICY:
Please note: Any stay may be canceled if there are insufficient bookings to ensure the stay up to 20 days before the date of a stay of more than 6 days, 7 days for a stay of 2 to 5 days. In this case, you may be offered a replacement stay or a departure with a supplement, if these proposals do not suit you: a full refund (unless you have accepted a possible supplement upon registration), excluding booking fees and possible non-refundable transport, is guaranteed without compensation.
See the cencellation policy: cancelation conditions.
8. SALE CONDITIONS:
You can consult the sale conditions: see the conditions.
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.