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The Valley of Gredos

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 10 people
Destination(s): Spain  
Specialty Categories: Horse Riding  
Season: April - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1595 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1800 Euro (EUR)

The Sierra of Gredos is one of the most characteristic regions of the Iberian Peninsula and the heart of Castile. It is situated between the provinces of Avila, Caceres and Salamanca, crossed by the Duero and Tajo rivers. The Gredos rides will take you through a very representative part of the Sierra in the province of Avila. This isolated region is one of the wildest and less populated areas of Spain. It is an excellent terrain for riding, and offers a great diversity of landscapes. It is a land full of light and colour, where wild nature shows its splendour. Through the Tormes, Corneja and Alberche river valleys, you will follow ancient cattle tracks; gallop across pastures and open fields with magnificent views; ride up slopes of oaks, pines and chestnut trees; cross rivers of pristine waters; overlook rocks to discover wild goats. The small villages show their architecture, their traditions and the way of life of their people, isolated in this inaccessible nature that shapes their unique character.

About The Horses:

The horses are Andalusian and Arab crosses ranging in height from 15-16 hands (1,50 - 1,65m). All the horses have been carefully selected for their good nature and endurance. The trainer takes great pride in the quality and the character of the horses and is adept in matching horse and rider. The horses are docile, strong, and well-adapted to the land. Riders requirements. It is not necessary to be an expert rides but it is essential that riders have trail riding experience, can easily manage a horse at all paces and be familiar and comfortable handling a horse on the ground. The pace of the ride will vary, but the ride includes walks, trots, canters and gallops depending on the terrain. One endurance riding competition is held in this region each year. A level of fitness is required, as two of the days (day 4 & 7 in the itinerary) are quite long - about seven hours- depending on the pace, of course. Tack. English saddles with seat savers. Small saddle bags available.

For intermediate and experienced riders who want to travel on horseback to discover the diversity of the Gredos river valleys and the traditions of this hidden Spain.

Your Itinerary

Day 1: Madrid - Navarredonda de Gredos

Meet in Madrid and transfer to Navarredonda de Gredos (2 hour drive), a small village in the heart of Castilla with a splendid view of the Sierra de Gredos. En route there is a stop in Avila, a charming historic place surrounded by 13th century walls. This is a region steeped in history, where the Moors and Christians fought, where Romans built roads that have lasted for centuries. Riders will enjoy a welcome dinner and night at the Gredos National Parador. Includes: (D);

Day 2: Sierra de Gredos

Ride through, open fields and trails, climbing to the Gredos mountains, reaching the top - Puerto del Arenal - for a picnic with magnificent views of the peals of the Gredos mountains. In the afternoon ride through pine woods and fields, returning for dinner and overnight as the previous night. This day is a short ride so riders and horses get used to each other. If any change of horse is necessary it can be done, before leaving the next day and for the rest of the ride. Includes: (B), (L), (D);

Day 3: Navarredonda de Gredos - Barbellido - Navacepeda de Tormes

Morning through woods and beautiful meadows, excellent for exciting gallops. Ascend towards the mountains - La Covacha. Lunch at a fishermen hut, by the river, where Emilio will cook an excellent paella. This spot is ideal for a swim in summer. Afternoon off-track with magnificent views of the valleys. Then following a path by the river , riders will get to Navacepeda de Tormes for the night. Includes: (B), (L), (D);

Day 4: Navacepeda de Tormes - Aliseda de Tormes - Barco de Avila

Ride along the Tormes River valley through fields and along cattle paths, passing beautiful small villages. Picnic by the river at Aliseda de Tormes. Afternoon to Barco de Avila with a 15th century walled village with a medieval bridge stretching over the Tormes. Riders will see a castle with only the walls preserved that characterizes this region. Overnight in this village with ancient stone buildings and friendly country people. Includes: (B), (L), (D);

Day 5: Barco de Avila - Puente del Congosto - Hoyorredondo

Today’s ride proceeds through holm oaks woods and pastures, following the cattle track between Barco and Hoyorredondo, arriving in Puente del Congosto for lunch – picnic by the river. In the afternoon there will be a short ride to Hoyorredondo. Night at a beautiful and comfortable rural hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D);

Day 6: Hoyorredondo - Bonilla de la Sierra - Piedrahita

Ride through holm oaks and agricultural land to Bonilla de la Sierra, and old village (14th century) with a beautiful church, and ruins of a castle and its walls. After an aperitif, ride on to Piedrahita for lunch at a typical restaurant. In the afternoon there will be time to visit the town, the former capital of this region and birthplace of the Duke of Alba. Dinner and overnight in this quiet town, with a beautiful and lively square with an air of days gone by. Includes: (B), (L), (D);

Day 7: Piedrahita - San Martín de la Vega - Navarredonda de Gredos

In the morning ride through a fertile land of fruit trees and orchards. Old mills along the river used to produce most of the flour consumed in this part of Castile. Follow a Roman road up to the Puerto de Chía (5686 feet) for a panoramic view of the Corneja Valley on one side, and the Alberche River on the other. Lunch at a bar restaurant for the well known "judias" - white beans - of Barco de Avila. In the afternoon ride through open fields with a panoramic view of the Gredos mountain range. Dinner and overnight at Navarredonda de Gredos - National Parador of Gredos. Includes: (B), (L), (D);

Day 8: Navarredonda de Gredos - Madrid

After breakfast transfer to Madrid, arriving there about 12 noon. All riders will be transferred at the same time, so if any rider needs to arrive in Madrid prior to noon, all riders will depart earlier - or we will arrange an alternative transfer (at an extra cost). Includes: (B);

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

When you book your vacation, an agreement is made between you, our company and others who provide services. Upon request we can provide you with our general terms and conditions governing the provision of these holidays. A non-refundable upfront initial deposit of 200 Euros is due within 7 days of the initial booking request. Final payment is due 45 days before the tour departure. Within 45 day full payment is due upon booking request. All prices, itinerary etc. listed are subject to change without notice. No unused portion of the vacation can be refunded. Cancellation penalties apply & change fees after booking is confirmed, refer to our general terms Please inquire for pre or post tour add-ons / hotel stays.

Supplier Information
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Location: Spain
Joined InfoHub: Jun 2001
Client Request Served: 2936

We are a specialty tour operator based in Galicia, Northwestern Spain, where our founder Sean O'Rourke is dedicated to personally escorting many of our food and wine tour departures to this intriguing corner of Spain. Our services include many types of unique tours and customized travel to Spain and Portugal....

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