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Winter Horse Trail and Culture

5.0 (6)
days 8 days nights 7 nights
Albania
Difficulty
Moderate
Comfort
Basic+
Weight limit
90 kg / 198 lb

Escape into an enchanting winter adventure that encompasses four days of thrilling horse riding amid ever-changing landscapes, accompanied by two days immersed in the cultural richness of South Albania. Prepare for a captivating journey through valleys, hills, small forests, and rivers, including exhilarating uphill and downhill rides. Subsequently, explore the region's history, hospitality, thermal baths, archaeological sites, the Ionian coast, and the authentic lifestyle of shepherds. This unique program assures genuine moments on horseback, dynamic off-road explorations of untouched terrain, and the discovery of concealed hiking paths.

Culinary experiences, wine and Raki tastings, and interaction with the local community make this trail an extraordinary journey, integrating you into Albanian local life. Connecting with people and participating in their daily lives and activities is a fundamental and social aspect of this program.

from US$ 1 104 US$ 1 227
per tourist for 8 days
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Number of tourists
up to 10 tourists over 8 years old
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Photo Kristina F.
Kristina F. is the provider of this trip
The provider speaks: English
I was born in Albania and now am a journalist with a unique background in history and archaeology. My deep affinity for horses goes beyond a mere interest, it is a lifelong passion that has become a driving force in my endeavors. Recognizing the potential of Albania`s cultural and natural treasures, I have committed myself to building some of the finest horse holidays in the country. My vision extends beyond tourism, emphasizing the importance of partnerships with horses, the preservation of nature, and support for local communities. I believe a horse represents more than a companion on the trails it symbolizes a partnership rooted in mutual respect and understanding. I stand 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. My story is one of dedication to sustainable practices, community empowerment, and the enduring connection between people, horses, and the environment.

Tour highlights

Ride the Local Breed
A mix of Tarpan and Arab horses - although small in size, they are perfectly adapted to the rocky terrain and accustomed to trekking long mountainous routes in all weather conditions
Feel the Local Vibe
Meeting people and connecting with their daily lives and activities is a social and integral part of this program
Visit USESCO Sites
Historical areas and protected workl heritage monuments

Route details

Day 1
Arrival

Plan your arrival at Tirana airport ideally in the morning, but no later than 13:00 pm to allow time for transfer and a visit to the town of Gjirokstra. The transfer from Tirana airport will take approximately 3-4 hours (250km). Your accommodation will be in a traditional hotel in the heart of the historical Gjirokastra. If there is daylight remaining, you can explore the new Bazaar, Enver Hoxha’s house, Gjirokastra castle, the church of the Old Bazaar, the Bazar mosque, and Skenduli house before dinner. During dinner, your guides will provide insights into the trail, address any requests or needs, offer advice, and share important information. We recommend purchasing a map of the area before dinner to gain a better understanding of the itinerary.

Day 2
Ride to the village of Labova of the Cross
Day 3
Ride towards the Antigonea National Park
Day 4
Cultural day
Day 5
Cultural day
Day 6
Reaching the Karjan village
Day 7
Ride back to Gjirokastra
Day 8
Departure
Difficulty
Moderate
Tour provider's comments

Horse riding is a risk sport and activity and it can be dangerous. We train our horses to be friendly, confident and with a good understanding about their environment, but they are given to the rider with the understanding to ride at own risk.

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Accommodation

Comfort
Basic+
Guest House
7 nights
7 nights
Hotel or Village House

Single Supplement 
It may be possible to pay for a single supplement on the first and last night of the trail, but riders must be prepared to share accommodation on the other nights. 
The single supplement, if we provide a single room, is 25 Euros per night paid here.

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place

Tirana

Tour conditions

Included

  • all accommodations and meals from dinner of day 1 till breakfast of day 8;
  • English speaking guide (second guide if there are more than 4 riders);
  • water and drinks during the meals;
  • luggage transport by car from destination to destination.

Extras

  • flights;
  • entrance tickets to monuments or parks;
  • lunch on day 1;
  • extra drinks;
  • other services or expenses during free time;
  • transfer from/to the airport;
  • the small group supplement (148 Euros/person). This is applicable if only 3 riders are booked onto the ride. If, at the time of departure, more than 3 riders are booked, the small group supplement will be refunded. 

Group size

up to 10 tourists

Duration

8 days
7 nights

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

Attire:

Riding hat
Long-sleeved shirts (avoid expensive or favorite clothing)
Warm jacket
Riding trousers and chaps
Gloves

Footwear:

Good mountain shoes with a grip (not too thick)
Avoid smooth-soled riding boots

Outerwear:

Waterproof raincoat

Swimming Clothes:

Swimwear

Evening attire:

Casual clothes

Protection:

Sun cream
Sunglasses
Hat

Medical supplies:

Anti-allergy medicine for insect bites

Essentials:

Torch (flashlight) for walking to feed the horses in the evening

Photography:

Small camera (avoid large professional cameras)

Identification:

Copy of passport

Saddlebags:

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.

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Tour reviews

5.0
Based on 6 reviews
  • M
    Malaren
    24 Mar, 2024
    about provider
    Awesome provide
    24 Mar, 2024
  • B
    Bernadette
    17 Nov, 2023
    about provider
    My 14-year-old daughter and I embarked on the one-week Zagoria trail in November. It was a week filled with joy as we cherished every minute, thanks to the breathtaking views, reliable and sturdy horses, delightful cuisine, and hospitable families we stayed with. Most importantly, I truly valued the friendly approach towards the youngest rider in our group, my daughter. Thanks to the Caravan Horse Riding Albania team's kindness and professionalism, it became an unforgettable experience.
    17 Nov, 2023
  • A
    Astriflette
    27 Jun, 2023
    about provider
    There are no words sufficient to express how truly amazing this trail was! It held great significance for me to embark on this journey solo. Filled with warmth, sharing (and raki), it provided the perfect avenue to explore Albania and its people. Thank you, Kristina, for being such an inspiring woman. Your attention to detail and care resonates deeply with me and will stay with me always. Your team's exceptional work extends beyond just horses; it encompasses the rich culture of your country and its people. Many thanks for sharing that with us. (They even surprised me with a birthday cake 🤩🤩) I returned home with countless memories and newfound friends. FALEMINDERIT!
    27 Jun, 2023

Dates and Prices

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    7 – 14 Dec 8 days 7 nights
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    21 – 28 Dec 8 days 7 nights
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