Preliminary day-by-day program
Day 1. Transfer from the airport to the farm, settling in with a complementary welcome drink and an introduction of the farm, the owners, the area etc. Lunch and dinner are both served during the day.
Day. 2. After breakfast riders are taken to the stables and introduced to the horses. The first ride will take you through many picturesque villages riding uphill. You will gallop or canter over open meadows. The trail will take you by the old watermill, through the old forest and back to the estate where you will stop for lunch. Later on your second ride will take you on a slower ride walking and trotting through the estate grounds itself. You may ride past cattle and sheep grazing in the fields and you will discover hidden forest trails and some wells. Your relaxing ride takes you back to the farm where you will enjoy a delicious dinner.
You will be in the saddle for 4-5 hours.
Day 3. You will ride out from the ranch following old hunting routes through forests and meadows, eventually reaching the banks of the Kupa. The horses will be left to rest here and guests will climb into traditional wooden boats, setting off on an short rafting trip (2.5 km) on the calm waters until reaching a small, sandy beach. This is a great spot to relax or to enjoy some swimming whilst a traditional lunch is prepared. After finishing the meal you will saddle up again and ride back to the farm.
Approximate riding distances: 23km in the saddle (and 2.5km by boat!)
Day. 4. Today is a rest day for both horse and rider. So the guests are taken sightseeing and will make a visit to the wonderful Plitvice National Park and Falls. This attraction is protected by UNESCO and is one of the most beautiful places in Croatia, if not Europe. Countless waterfalls, some large some small create an amazing scene of natural beauty and wonder. Entry fees is paied direct (approx. 110-150 Kuna). You return to the ranch later to spend the night.
Day 5. Today your trail will take you through an old oak and beech forest where guests often get a chance to spot some of the local wildlife in its natural habitat. You will enjoy a tasty picnic in a remote part of the forest where you can listen to the sounds of the forest animals and birds. After this relaxing lunch, you will remount and make your way out of the forest. The trail opens up into magnificent pastures and plains where it is possible to canter and to gallop. At the end of the trail you will come to the town of Topusko where you will settle your horses next to the Top Terme Spa and Wellness centre. Guests are taken to this open air pool area with several pools and a possibility of massage. In the evening you will enjoy a delicious dinner in the spa hotel restaurant. You will return by mini coach to the farm and it is just 15-30 minute drive.
You will spend 4-5 hours in the saddle.
Day 6. Today's trail will take you almost to the top of King Peter's mountain. This trail is a bit more demanding for the rider. On arrival at the mountain site the group will stop at a small bee-keepers where the owner, a lovely woman called Marijana, will prepare a traditional Croatian lunch using the natural wood-fire oven. Surrounded by shady forests and in the company of buzzing bees, you can settle down in the open air for a rest and some relaxation. You are offered a sample of the delicious homemade honey and can buy some to take home if you wish. In the afternoon you ride to a lower point on the mountain to the Hunting lodge where a venison (game) dinner is served. In the evening, you return to the ranch by van (15-minute drive).
Today you will spend 4 -5 hours in the saddle.
Day 7. This is the last riding day and you will head through some interesting terrain. You will pass steep hills, flat plains and a dense forest, through swamps and shrubby gorges. The trail is a bit longer than earlier rides but is equally as exciting. In the middle of the day, lunch is served as a picnic somewhere in the forrest. In the early evening you will be served a special farewell dinner by candlelight, accompanied by top quality local wine.
Day. 8 . Breakfast and group transfer to the airport at 10AM
Above is a preliminary program and are subject to change due to local circumstances.