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Horse Riding Tour in the Valleys of Bieszczady, Poland

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 15 people
Destination(s): Poland  
Specialty Categories: Horse Riding  
Season: May - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1147.5 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1147.5 Euro (EUR)

Mountains situated on the very South-East of Poland. This immense territory, almost a human desert, is one of the most beautiful regions in Poland, a paradise for those seeking isolation. Virgin landscapes where civilisation can barely be seen. In short: a playground for enthusiastic equestrians. This is a journey to the deepest meaning of nature as Bieszczady are mountains famous for its rich flora and fauna including wild animals like bears and wolves. So don't be surprised when fox, hare or even deer will cross horse's way just in front of you. You will have a chance to admire villages typical for this region where, for example; in Komancza, traces of the old Lemk and Boik civilisations architecture can be found.

Itinerary:
Day 1: Krakow.
Here you are in Cracow. Arrival to the departure point is required by 7 pm the day before the trip starts (Saturday). Please do not plan departure flights before 1 p.m on departure day (Saturday). At the time of the arrival you are transferred to the hotel in the city center. From there you have free time until the evening when the group meets for dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day 2: Sanok – Wola Piotrowa.
We start from Sanok - town located near the Polish-Ukrainian-Slovakian border (c.a. 3h30minutes drive from Krakow). After breakfast, we meet our horses and get ready for departure. At first we cross large open spaces and we pass through the villages abandoned due to the “Operation Vistula” (a codename for the 1947 forced resettlement of Ukrainian minority including Boykos and Lemkos from the south-eastern provinces of post-war Poland, to the Recovered Territories in the west of the country).
We will also have the opportunity to see a church built in the XVI century. The night is spent in Wola Piotrowa where we are hosted by locals.

Day 3: Wola Piotrowa – Roztoki Dolne.
A wonderful journey ahead - long meadows, endless gallops and beautiful forests. We cross open spaces and abandoned villages. On the way we will have the opportunity to see old tombs hidden by plants that grew slowly covered them over time. We will stop in the village Turzansk known for its gothic, wooden church from the nineteenth-century, which together with different tserkvas is designated as part of the UNESCO Wooden tserkvas of the Carpathian region in Poland and Ukraine.

Day 4: Roztoki Dolne – Rybne.
Another day perfect for nature lovers. Passing through fields and forests, and feeling the atmosphere of abandoned villages. We will travel through a small village Zernica where we will have the opportunity to see a wooden Orthodox church.

Day 5: Rybne – Terka.
We cross open spaces and follow the mountain ridges with wonderful views of Solina Lake - also known as the "Sea of Bieszczady". It is the largest artificial lake in Poland, fed by the rivers San and Solinka. We pass through the village of Bukowiec and we will have the opportunity to see another orthodox church (in Gorzanka). If the weather is convenient, we will climb to montain Korbania with magnificent view of the region.

Day 6: Terka – Postolow.
We continue the journey along Solina Lake. We will also cross San River several time which is always a big attraction for the riders.

Day 7: Postolow – Sanok.
Today we will be heading slowly towards Sanok – our point of departure. We can choose the path leading through beautiful forests of the mountains Slonne. We will then have the opportunity to see ruins of the Sobien castle and once we cross the river San, we will arrive to the largest ethnographic park in Poland - the museum buildings of different ethnic groups living in the Polish-Ukrainian border region (a hundred of wood from the seventeenth to the twentieth century: farms, Orthodox churches, mills). The second possibility is to follow the path leading to the Discalced Carmelites monastery ruins.

Day 8: Sanok – Krakow - your final destination.
After breakfast we go back to Cracow (c.a. 3,5 hours drive from Krakow) to the airport or a hotel from where you continue your stay in Poland.

Riding skills level:

You should be confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops). Also please keep in mind that you will spend 4,5 - 6 hours in a saddle per day. We recommend riders should have a good level of fitness, and that you have a few rides just before the trip to reduce aches and pains. You should also be able to saddle and unsaddle your horse as all the participants are responsible for tending the horse before and after the day ride as well as for taking care of the equipment. Our trips are not for debutants, you do not need to be a champion though. Children of more than 12 are welcome with their guardians.

Assistance:

Saddle Bags are provided but typically only suited to carrying the following items, due to space: rain coat and rain proof over-trousers, water-bottle, extra sweater, camera and a small bag with personal items. Luggage is transferred by a car. Your guide and FreeGallop representative (and interpreter) will ensure your satisfactory passage through the route plan. Nonetheless they will not succeed without your enthusiasm, good spirits and a will to explore into the unknown. An open minded approach and ability to adapt to the customs and habits that prevail in the country you visit will enhance your enjoyment.

Supplemental Tour Information:
Board and Accommodation:

Basic dormitory style accommodation is provided in agricultural farms, forester's lodges or local hostels in rooms. This is just a continuation of groups' integration. These conditions are determined by horses' accommodation and wildness of the places our trip takes place in. Accommodation provided on the trip is on a full-board basis where breakfast and dinner is provided in the same place or close to where you are accommodated. Lunch, depending on the track, is in form of a picnic or in a restaurant if it's on our way. The food is typical, natural polish food and is delicious! Alcohol drinks in general and drinks between meals are not included in the trip price.

What we suggest to take for the trip:

- Clothes and personal things:
* light clothes to be covered by warm clothes - all sports utility
* good quality rainproof clothes, including a rainproof blouse or a waterproof coat and pants (No ponchos, plastic or cycling capes allowed. The Clients will not be permitted to wear these for riding)
* long riding boots or paddock boots with half or full chaps (footwear with a heel)
* comfortable riding wear (britches/jodhpurs), jeans are not suitable unless you typically ride with jeans and chaps
* riding whip/crop and gloves
* riding hat (for your own safety you should wear one)
* Bath towels.

- Special things to not forget:
* flashlight
* sun protection - cream and hat or a bandana
* a flask or a plastic bottle
* personal first-aid kit (example content: medicines that you take on daily basis subject to the particular health problems, medicines necessary to clean and secure small injures or grazes, sun protection for your skin and mouth, something in case of stomach problems that may be caused by a change of eating habits or headaches, something that relieves from muscle pains, something against insects' bites and post fact medicines).

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:

- Full-board accommodation (first meal: dinner on arrival day, last meal: breakfast on departure day)
- Care of BellePologne English speaking representative
- Care of experienced guide
- Participants transportation during the trip
- Luggage transportation during the trip.

Price Excludes:

- Obligatory insurance: liability insurance, accident and death insurance
- Optional insurance (ex. cancellation insurance)
- Entrance fees and additional activities
- Drinks between meals and alcoholic beverages
- Personal expenses
- All other services not mentioned as included.

25% deposit if the reservation is made earlier than 21 days prior to the trip start or the full payment if the reservation is made on the 21st day or later prior to the trip start.

About This Supplier
Location: Poland
Joined InfoHub: Apr 2018

We are a travel agency specialized in in the organization of active holidays in Poland. The agency is owned by Maria Galewicz-Szewczyk and Michal Szewczyk. We have been passionate about horses and horse rides in the wild for several years. More than ten years ago, we have decided to share our passion with others and...

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