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Winter Horse Riding Holidays in Pieniny Mountains, Poland

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 8 people
Destination(s): Poland  
Specialty Categories: Horse Riding  
Season: November - March
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1250 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1250 Euro (EUR)

Pieniny offer opportunities for horse riding with wonderful outlook of the Tatra Mountains. You discover this region by crossing vast natural meadows and beech and pine forests. The vast grassy plateaus are the result of human activity that has cleared the great forests to breed sheep. They are perfect for gallops and for unforgettable memories! Pieniny are also beautiful villages with wooden buildings where the mountain population supports a rich folk culture originating from ancient pastoral and agricultural traditions.

The Pieniny National Park is located 120 km to the south from Krakow. It includes partially Tatras - mountain range on the Polish-Slovakian border. Apart from beech and pine forests there are 167 species of plants and mountain flowers that are best exposed in June. Large mammals are few, but it still has 250 species of animals and 150 species of birds. The high meadows are famous for their profusion of butterflies of which the most known species is the Apollo, we can not see elsewhere. In the Summer, large plateaus of the region witnesses how wildlife mingles with sheep herds. This is also when the production of the famous, traditional Polish mountain cheese ‘oscypek’ blooms. In the winter, the region becomes an ideal destination for snow-lovers offering attractions such as downhill skiing, cross country skiing, horse-drawn sleigh rides and horse riding…

Itinerary:
Saturday.

Here you are in Krakow. At the time of the arrival, you are transferred to the hotel in the city center. From there you have free time for the first walk in the city center. Former capital of Poland, Krakow has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish academic, cultural, and artistic life and is one of Poland's most important economic hubs. Krakow is cited as one of the most unique destinations in the world, thanks to its very reach cultural heritage across the different epochs. Cracow is home to Jagiellonian University, one of the oldest universities in the world. The Historic Centre of Krakow with its wonderful urban layout was added in 1978 on the UNESCO World Heritage List. In 2000, Krakow was also named European Capital of Culture.

Sunday.

You will have free time in Krakow. You can take a walk to the Main Market Square, the biggest Middle Age (Medieval) market in Europe where you can admire St. Mary Church and Sukiennice, former Cloth Hall. For ages people have strolled around there to socialize, to do shopping and to listen to the music played by numerous street performers. You will be surprised by charming, cosy streets and innumerable little cafés. You will admire the beauty of Medieval Castle which overlooks the city from the Wawel hill. You can also see unique Kazimierz - old Krakow's Jewish quarter. Before it was a separate city then integrated with Krakow. You will see old synagogues (the oldest dated back to XVth century) and Jewish cemetery from XVIth century. Walking along narrow streets you will be continuously coming across little cafés and restaurants. On your demand, we can also organise: a guided tour in Krakow, visit of salt mine in Wieliczka, visit to Auschwitz.

Monday.

After the breakfast, we will leave Cracow in the direction of Bukowina Tatrzanska (2 hours), a village situated in Podhale Region, in Tatra District. It is one of the highest located villages in Poland and it is a popular center of winter sports. After a walk in the village, we will have a lunch in a regional restaurant. Then, we will spend the afternoon in aqua terms - Terma Bukovina – one of the largest and most modern complex of swimming pools in Poland. Bukovina Thermal Baths is composed of 20 thermal swimming pools with water temperature of 28-36℃. There is also a playing zone for children and young people: mini swimming pools, swimming pools with water attractions and slides. The swimming pools are of different depth and there are both indoor pools and outdoor pools. So, it is possible to swim outside with a splendid view on Tatras mountains! You can also enjoy different types of saunas. Thermal waters are extracted from almost 2 400 m and have strong therapeutic influence.
After few hours spent in the terms, we will head in the direction of Jaworki (transfer of around 1 hour) - a small village in the heart of the mountains Pieniny. Jaworki is known for its church dating from the eighteenth century that has the traces of the culture of Lemks - old inhabitants of this region. Once we are on place, we will meet the guide, his wife and the horses. In the evening, a dinner will be served.

Tuesday.

After the breakfast, we saddle our horses and get ready for our first ride (depending on snow level, around 3-4 hours in the saddle). We will climb on the hills of Male Pieniny – a lots of open spaces with a panoramic view on Tatras and surrounding hills. We will ride along the borderline shared with Slovakia, following beautiful montane open spaces. We will also have the opportunity to see Trzy Korony (Three Crowns mountain, 982 m above sea level) and Sokolica mountain (747 m above sea level). Depending on weather conditions, we will either have a picnic for lunch, either it will be served in the restaurant or our guest house. In the afternoon, we will have time to rest and get ready to the evening adventure - the horse-drawn sleigh ride in the magnificent White Water Reserve. Then, a dinner will be served.

Wednesday.

After the breakfast, we will saddle the horses and move in the direction of Wysoka Mountain (1050m) - the highest peak of Pieniny. The summit is made of red limestone and it is not accessible on horse but we will admire beautiful panoramic view on the region and on the rocks of Homole Ravin. We will spend around three/four hours in the saddle. Depending on the weather conditions, we will either have lunch in form of picnic, either it will be served in the restaurant or our guest house. Once we are back, you will have free time to rest… or to visit Musical Sheep Yard (Muzyczna Owczarnia) in Jaworki – a very special concert hall with a unique atmosphere and an original interior… It hosts each year Polish and international artists and several concerts take place there. In the evening, a dinner will be served in our guesthouse.

Thursday.

After the breakfast, we will ride in the direction of the Piwniczna village. We will follow the Grajcarek River and then, we will wander through fields enjoying interesting panoramas on Pieniny and Tatras. We will also see White Water and Black Water Valleys. Then, we will reach Pokrywisko mountain which used to be a village in the past but was abandoned due to the “Operation Vistula” (a codename for the 1947 forced resettlement of Ukrainian minority including Boykos and Lemkos from the south).
If the level of snow allows us, we will try to reach the top of Obidza Mountain and have there a lunch in the small restaurant located on the top where we will admire beautiful view on the surroundings. The trip will take around 3-4 hours. In the afternoon, we will visit Szczawnica (6 km from Jaworki) – a small town, picturesquely located along the Grajcarek River, between the Radziejowa peak and the Małe Pieniny mountain range. Szczawnica is a health resort, specialized in treatment of allergic and respiratory conditions. You will visit the Mineral Water Bar, beautifully located on Dietl Square, where you can taste six types of mineral water. You can take a nice walk admiring original architectural style of the spa buildings and of the villas (some of them dating to the start of the 19th century, some of them renovated). You will also have the opportunity to see Dworek Gościnny (Guest Manor) - today a magnificently designed art and cultural centre. There are also two beautiful parks in Szczawnica: The Dolny (Lower) Park - designed as a botanical garden with different plant species and the Gorny (Upper) Park – with different sculptures. After a nice walk in the parks, it will be time for a dinner in a regional restaurant.

Friday.

After the breakfast, we will head in the direction of the Przechyba Mountain, following beautiful forests of the Radziejowa mountain range. In Pieniny Mountains, the most common wood is the Carpathian Beech Forest with the European beech and silver fir. Our trip will take around 3 – 4 hours. If the weather allows us, we will stop for a picnic. In case of low temperatures, a lunch will be served in our guest house or local restaurant. In the evening, we will be horse riding “by night” with torches in the White Water Reserve… Then, we will have a goodbye dinner.

Saturday.

After the breakfast, it’s time for departure to the airport in Krakow.

Times and Places:
Please do not plan departure flights before 1 p.m on departure day (Saturday).

Supplemental Tour Information:
Riding skills level:
This trip is not for debutants because we ride outside (no arena). We recommend to be confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops). However, in case your horse riding level is intermediary, we can also be flexible and avoid gallops.
Children are welcome with their guardians.

Board and Accommodation and Assistance:

You will be accommodated in the family run guest house owned by the guide Andrzej and his wife Teresa who cooks delicious food. The accommodation style is basic (rooms with bathrooms) but very clean and with the warm and friendly atmosphere. It’s also a perfect place to stay to visit Pieniny and surroundings. The guest house is situated in a magnificent area of Homole Ravine and of White Water Valley which are considered to be the biggest attractions of the Pieniny Region. The guide knows only few words in English but due to the fact that he is very communicative, it is not a problem and riders are able to understand him (and the opposite) during the horse trips. English speaking Belle Pologne representative is possible for bigger groups (to be confirmed). Your enthusiasm, good spirits and an open minded approach and ability to adapt to the customs will enhance your enjoyment!

Accommodation:
Day 1: no meal included in the price
Day 2: Breakfast included in the price
Days 3 -7: Full-board accommodation
Day 8: Breakfast included in the price.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Horse guide who communicates only few words in English (but generally he is very communicative and it is not a problem).
- Transport
- Activities as per the program (8 days in total, 7 nights)
- Entry to the terms.

Price Excludes:
- Obligatory insurance: liability insurance, accident and death insurance
- Optional insurance (ex. cancellation insurance)
- Alcoholic beverages
- Meals in Cracow (only breakfasts in Cracow are included)
- Additional attraction in Cracow (salt mines in Wieliczka)
- 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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