Step into the captivating and immersive equestrian adventure of a lifetime tailored for horse riders of a beginner or no experience levels in Albania! Brace yourself for a week-long stay with exciting horseback riding encounters, cultural discoveries, and delectable culinary pleasures.
Learn the art of grooming and tacking horses, delve into the foundational concepts of riding, ride in an arena and go for your first trails!
Kristina, born in Albania, is a journalist with a unique background in history and archaeology,
adding depth to her perspective. Having worked in various national and international media outlets, she
has honed her skills in storytelling. However, her professional journey takes a distinctive turn as she
intertwines her passion for horses with her journalistic pursuits.
Kristina`s deep affinity for horses goes beyond a mere interest, it is a lifelong passion that has become a
driving force in her endeavors. Recognizing the potential of Albania`s cultural and natural treasures, she
has committed herself to building some of the finest horse holidays in the country. Her vision extends
beyond tourism, emphasizing the importance of partnerships with horses, the preservation of nature,
and support for local communities.
In Kristina`s philosophy, a horse represents more than a companion on the trails it symbolizes a
partnership rooted in mutual respect and understanding. Her commitment to nature protection
underscores a belief in sustainable practices, ensuring that the beauty of heritage, culture, and nature is
preserved for future generations.
Away from the bustling world of journalism and equestrian ventures, Kristina finds solace in her
hobbies—reading, travel, horse riding, and writing. These activities not only reflect her diverse interests
but also contribute to the well-rounded perspective she brings to her role as a journalist and an
advocate for responsible tourism.
Kristina Fidhi stands at the intersection of passion, profession, and purpose, weaving together a
narrative that celebrates the rich tapestry of Albania`s history, culture, and natural beauty while
championing the symbiotic relationship between humans and horses. Her story is one of dedication to
sustainable practices, community empowerment, and the enduring connection between people, horses,
and the environment.
Discover Diverse Landscapes
Feel the tranquility of nature surrounded by breathtaking natural landscapes
Learn the Art of Horse Care
Learn the essentials of washing, grooming, and nurturing these majestic creatures
Experience Local Life
Spend evenings in a local village, relishing traditional food and beverages
Upon your arrival, be greeted with warm hospitality as you settle into your accommodation. Take a moment to relax and soak in the serene atmosphere before the adventure begins. In the evening, we’ll head to the picturesque village of Asim Zeneli, where you’ll indulge in a delectable dinner at “The Barrels,” a charming restaurant located just outside the village. Your overnight stay for the whole trip will be a local guest house in the village “Asim Zeneli.”
A Journey into the Equestrian World Morning Session
Let the equestrian adventure commence! Start your day by learning the art of grooming and tacking horses. Prepare the magnificent creatures for the morning riding lessons in the arena. Delve into the foundational concepts of riding and develop a strong bond with your equine companions.
Midday: Refuel with a delightful lunch at Restaurant Mapo, followed by a fascinating Cold War City Tour. Explore the historical remnants and hear captivating tales from a bygone era during this immersive 3-hour tour (additional cost: 55 euros).
Evening Session: Return to the facility in the evening and get ready for the second round of lessons. Review your foundational skills and practice riding patterns under the guidance of experienced instructors. Experience the thrill of riding as you bond with your horse.
Mastering Techniques and Unleashing Creativity Morning Session
Take your riding skills to the next level as you engage in pole exercises and pattern riding in the arena. Fine-tune your technique and witness your confidence soar.
Midday: Savor a scrumptious lunch at Kodra Restaurant, followed by a unique Art/Tea Therapy session. Immerse yourself in creativity and relaxation as you indulge in artistic expression and soothing tea rituals (additional cost: 40 euros, 2 hours).
Evening Session: Prepare for an exciting evening filled with games on horseback and a mock-style horse show. Showcase your newfound skills and revel in the joy of friendly competition.
Exploring Nature's Wonders Morning Session
Embark on a captivating trek to Gjinofshat, surrounded by breathtaking natural landscapes. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature as you traverse the trails with your trusty steed.
Midday: Pause for a delightful picnic amidst nature’s embrace before embarking on a hike to the enchanting Monastery of Spilea (additional cost: 48 euros, 3-4 hours). Discover the historical significance of this sacred place while relishing the beauty of your surroundings.
Evening Session: Indulge in the art of horse care. Learn the essentials of washing, grooming, and nurturing these majestic creatures. Gain insights into basic anatomy and discover daily stretches that can enhance the well-being of your equine companions.
Trails and Lake Adventures Morning Session
Engage in a schooling session to improve your riding skills while exploring the picturesque trails. Embrace the natural beauty of the surroundings and revel in the joy of horseback riding.
Midday: Relish a delectable lunch at Restaurant “Nga Shtepia,” followed by a well-deserved rest before embarking on an exciting trail that leads to a sparkling lake. Afterwards enjoy a buggy tour to Qestorati lake. The experience offers lots of adrenaline along 1,5 hours and absolute off-road drive. (Additional cost: 30 Euros 1,5-2 hours)
Evening Session: Immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature as you trek to the lake. If you’re up for it, take a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters, creating unforgettable memories in the embrace of nature.
A Day in the Life of a Village Morning Session
Begin your day early as you ride through the village, witnessing the vibrant morning life unfold. Experience the thrill of galloping in an open field, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and a lively atmosphere.
Midday: Participate in rural life and farm activities such as gardening, milking, harvesting, watering, and cooking. Engage with the local community, learn traditional techniques, and embrace the authenticity of rural Albanian life.
Evening Session: The evening session presents an exciting challenge—a review of your skills and an obstacle course competition. Put your newfound abilities to the test and compete against fellow riders in a thrilling and friendly atmosphere.
Unleash Your Inner Adventurer Morning Session
It’s a day of choice! Select your preferred activity, whether it’s another invigorating trek to a previous location, engaging in more lessons and competitions, or playing exhilarating games on horseback. The choice is yours to make!
Midday: Enjoy a delightful picnic before embarking on an adrenaline-pumping rafting adventure on the Vjosa River (additional cost: 40 euros, 2 hours). Feel the rush of the rapids as you navigate the pristine waters.
Evening Session: Bid farewell to your equine companions with a heartwarming ceremony. Groom, massage, and stretch the horses, showing your gratitude for their companionship. Conclude this unforgettable day with a traditional dinner shared with the horses, celebrating the bond you’ve formed.
Departure Indulge in a delightful breakfast at the guest house, savoring the last moments of this enchanting journey. Take a moment to reflect on the incredible memories and newfound skills before bidding farewell to this captivating equestrian experience.
Join us on this extraordinary equestrian escapade, where horseback riding, cultural exploration, farm activities, and culinary delights converge to create a truly unforgettable experience!
Tour organizer's comments
No experience or beginners. This program doesn’t fit more advanced riding levels.
Local Guest House
Your overnight stay for the whole trip will be a local guest house in the village “Asim Zeneli.
Single Supplement for a single room is 15 euros per night.
Note also that if riders want to choose be accommodated in the town historical area instead of the village farm it is possible with an additional cost of 212 Euros. Meals also will take place in town.
Group meeting place
all accommodations and meals;
English speaking guide;
water and drinks during the meals;
entrance tickets to monuments, cultural sites, art gallery or activities (optional) that are mentioned with extra cost etc;
other services or expenses during free time;
transfer from/to the airport;
the small group supplement (132 Euros/person). This is applicable if only 1 rider is booked onto the ride. If, at the time of departure, more than 1 rider is booked, the small group supplement will be refunded.
up to 8 tourists
It's important to know
Personal equipment you need for the tour
Riding hat Long-sleeved shirts (avoid expensive or favorite clothing) Warm jacket Riding trousers and chaps Gloves
Good mountain shoes with a grip (not too thick) Avoid smooth-soled riding boots
Sun cream Sunglasses Hat
Anti-allergy medicine for insect bites
Torch (flashlight) for walking to feed the horses in the evening
Small camera (avoid large professional cameras)
Copy of passport
Personal saddlebags welcome (provided by riders)
Small saddlebags provided by the ride for food and water.
In addition to the other items, including a torch (flashlight) is recommended for walking to the horses to feed them in the evening. This will provide better visibility and ensure your safety during this activity.
Cancellation of booking
In case of early cancellation of the reservation, we will be forced to withhold from you a percentage of the price paid:
cancelling 90 days prior to starting your tour - The complete amount will be refundable
cancelling within 90 - 40 days prior to starting your tour - The deposit of 20 % is not refundable
cancelling within 40 - 30 days prior to starting your tour - 50 % of the total amount will be charged
cancelling within 30 - 20 days prior to starting your tour - 70 % of the total amount will be charged
cancelling within 20 - 7 days prior to starting your tour - 90 % of the total amount will be charged
100 % of the tour price will be charged - Cancelling within 7 days prior to starting your tour
If you want to postpone or change the dates you can do it free of charge 30 days prior to starting your tour. In case you do it less than 30 days prior to starting your tour your deposit of 20% isn’t refundable. Note Paying with a credit card at the place is not possible at the moment.