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Serbia - untouched and beautiful. Delicious tasty food and great life spirit. This ride offers stunning views, and wherever you come, you will experience true hospitality in the beautiful countryside of Serbia.
The base for the trail rides starts on a farm in Taor. Igor or one of his guides will show you this beautiful landscape in the area "sumadija", which means forest land.  It's incredibly beautiful and you'll get to gallop over open fields, on forest trails, walk up and down along mountain trails and enjoy amazing views.
The ride takes you through small villages where you are welcome as a guest in the town's farms and guest houses. Here you will be able to enjoy Serbian homemade specialties like wheat schnapps, cheese and good grilled dishes with a lot of vegetables. Every day you meet new images and impressions. This riding holiday is both a beautiful and cultural experience that takes you back in time.

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Program Sumidija trail ride

The ride is about 150 km and you ride 5-6 hours per day.

Preliminary day-to-day program

Day 1: Arrival to Belgrad  You will be picked up from the airport and driven to your first accommodation at an altitude of almost 1,100 meters. It goes straight to the Povlen Mountains, an eastern part of the Dinaric Alps. The drive to the village of Taor - a settlement that has existed since the Bronze Age - takes about 2 ½ hours and upon arrival a warm dinner awaits you. Afterwards there is plenty of time to familiarize yourself with the surroundings and your four-legged companions

Day 2: Taor - Divčibare  After breakfast you ride to Divcibare which is currently a famous ski area. Maljen belongs to the Ore Mountains and belongs to the Dinaric mountain system in northwest Serbia. It is characterized by a 
specific relief that allows favorable climatic properties, as well as a diverse and specific flora and fauna. Divčibare is located in the central part of Maljen . The heights that surround Divčibare protect them from the winds and also offer a view of parts of the Maljen massif as well as the near and far surroundings. The highest peak of Maljen is Kraljev stol with 1103 m. Two parts are divided by the height of the Guard of Divčibare : Divčibare in the strict sense and Pitomine . This hill got its name during the Austrian rule in northern Serbia from 1718 to 1739. At that time the border between Austria and Turkey ran there, and there was the Austrian border guard. The guard consisted of bandits, residents of the surrounding villages (mostly from the village of Krčmara ). From this hill you can see the entire Divcibare field, other heights of Maljen, a range of mountains and the city of Valjevo . Valjevo Mountains: Medvednik , Jablanik , Povlen and Maljen belong to the Ore Mountains and are the last massifs of the Dinaric Mountains in northwest Serbia. The crown of these mountains is characterized by the fact that, with the exception of Maljen, they are closely linked. Although it is often mentioned that Divčibare is a mountain, it is actually a field on the Maljen mountain, which, due to its specific reliefs and geographical location, is considered a separate tourist unit and as such is presented to all interested tourists who want to this is an interesting destination to visit and enjoy all of its advantages.

Day 3: Divčibare -Rajac  Today the road leads through the Serbian steppe, which is reminiscent of Mongolia. The power of this steppe leaves no one indifferent and the 360 degree view gives a feeling of space and freedom of 
movement. On the tour today you will hardly see any houses, and it often happens that you do not see anyone except the climber. Silence, space, a view as far as the eye can see, horses, harmony ... 
In the afternoon you will reach Mount Rajac. 

Day 4: Rajac-Kostunici  The ethno-village Kostunici is located in one of the most beautiful parts of Serbia, on the southern slope of the Suvobor mountain . There are two stories about how the village got its name and no one knows 
which is correct, probably because one talks about nature, the other about people. And we say - nature is cared for and loved here! Above Kostunici lies Ravna Gora, a place of famous historical events that has been preserved in its original beauty. There is a swimming lake in the complex . The lake is surrounded by the Cer forest and is sunny on all sides. It was created by dividing the Čemernica river with a concrete dam just 300 m below the settlement with sculptures. It is 1.90 m deep and 30 m wide. Children and sports enthusiasts have volleyball and soccer fields on the shores of the lake. There are also pottery and handicraft shops where passionate ethno collectors can add to their collections or bring "summer memories" to friends. The facility has two restaurants with Serbian and international cuisine. The entire complex was built according to Serbian architecture. 

Day 5: Kostunici-Gostoljublje  Today you are slowly leaving the Serbian steppe and returning to the Dinaric Alps. This transition from the mountain steppe to the Dinaric Alps is very impressive and shows us how much nature has changed in this area. The ethno-village Gostoljublje is located 140 km from Belgrade and belongs to the municipality of Kosjeric, the village of Mionica . The village is near the mountain center Divcibare , on the south side of the Maljen mountain . Rural tourism is the main activity of this farm and agriculture is an activity that complements what is on offer in terms of food production. It is ideal for guests who want an active vacation and want to get to know the way of life and work in the country. 

Day 6: Gostoljublje -Taor  Slowly you are returning to the paths of the ancient Romans who took Dubrovnik over the Povlen mountain connected with the Danube . In this way, too, we visit our ever-dear Taor sources. There are many small water veins that arise from the porous limestone tuff - in winter the water is rather warm and in summer quite cool, on hot summer days a glass of the cold spring water gives you a very satisfying feeling. In earlier centuries there were around 20 active water mills along the water sources, which milled rye, barley and oats at full capacity. Most of them have disappeared, but a small watermill has remained, which can transport us a little back in time. The freshly prepared food and the miller's good mood underline the atmosphere and lifestyle of the highlands. After visiting the local miller, you go up to the initial farm, where a dinner awaits you.

Day 7: Povlen. After breakfast you start at an altitude of 1100 m above sea level to explore the mountain Povlen, which is about 1400 m high. Since 2023, Povlen has been a nature reserve with over 170 species of birds, various wild animals and mountain springs. From this magical mountain you have a spectacular panoramic view of the whole of Serbia and enjoy the peace and quiet there. In the Middle Ages, Povlen was a very important road through which merchants transported their goods on horses and donkeys. After lunch you descend into the villages, cross the Skrapez river and visit its source, which you visit.

Day 7 Return to the airport 
After a satisfying breakfast we start our journey to the airport.
 

Travel information

Ability description:
Trail ride: Outdoor Riding level 3 >>

Included in the price: 7 nights, 6 days riding, fullboard incl. one glass of wine/beer with meals. Transfer at set times. 

Not included: Flights to and from Belgrad.  

Travel: Flight to Belgrad. Book flight/rental car >>

Transfer: Book in advance with HorseXplore and pay on spot.
From Belgrad airport about two hours with car. 
Price: Included 
Meeting time: The transfer times are as close as possible to your flight, but there may be some waiting time at the airport if someone comes / leaves in close proximity. Departure is after breakfast so it is good to book a flight after 12.00. 

Single room: Can be booked at an extra cost. For price click on "Book on request" under Dates & prices. If you are willing to share room, you do not have to pay single supplement if placed in a single room.

Number of riders: 2-12

Children discount: Children up 15 years old – 20% rabatt. 

Currency: Serbian Dinar (RSD). In most places you can pay in EUR.
Credit card: Not accepted. There are ATMs in most of villages that you visit after riding. 

Pool: At some of the places you stay during the ride there is a pool. 
Other: Free Wifi is available

Accommodation & food

The accommodation is simple but comfortable in different hotel, farms and guest houses with friendly hosts. You will stay in twin- or triple rooms with bathrooms. Some nights with shared bathrooms. There are bedsheets, towles and hairdryer available. There is also Wifi available in all accommodations. 

You will get to experience the incredible Serbian kitchen. You will get to enjoy a true culinary experience and taste wheat schnapps together with delicious grilled meat, fresh vegetables from the area and cheese, produced in a traditional way. With meals you will be served a glass of wine or beer. 

 

Horses

Igor has a number of safe and energetic horses of different breeds such as balkan mountain horse, haflinger, akhal teke cross, noniusz around140-160 cm high. They are all used to the terrain and in good condition. You will ride in English allround saddles but there are also two Western saddles available upon request. The horses are ridden with halter, but it is possible to ride with bridle if you prefer. There are saddlebags available. You luggage will be driven by car to the different accommodations. The pace is medium, 40% trot and canter and 60% walk. You will ride 4-6 hours per day. Maximum weight for riders is 95kg. 

Program National Park Tara Trail Ride

You ride 5-6 hours per day. 

Preliminary day-by-day program

Day 1: Arrival to Belgrad  You will be picked up from the airport and driven to your first accommodation at an altitude of almost 1,100 meters. It goes straight to the Povlen Mountains, an eastern part of the Dinaric Alps. The drive to the village of Taor - a settlement that has existed since the Bronze Age - takes about 2 ½ hours and upon arrival a warm dinner awaits you. Afterwards there is plenty of time to familiarize yourself with the surroundings and your four-legged companions.

Day 2: After breakfast the first day of your riding tour begins - you ride from Taor to Kostojevići. The path leads through raspberry fields, meadows rich in herbs and dense forests. Steep paths are rewarded with breathtaking views where time and space meet. The wild nature awakens a unique feeling and lets you feel a certain lightness in the body. 

Day 3: After spending the night in a cozy farm and a hearty breakfast you go from Kostojevići by Bajina Bašta further. You ride along the Drina River, one of the most historic rivers in the region. The Drina was the border between the Illyrians and the Celts, between Rome and Byzantium, between Christians and pagans, between the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires ... The river radiates a timeless energy that, in combination with the serenity of the horses, lets your soul relax . 

Day 4: On the third day you reach the Tara National Park, known for its exotic coniferous forests and rare conifer species such as the Serbian spruce (lat. Picea omorika ) or snake-skin pine (lat. Pinus heldreichii ). But there are also various animal species to be found there, such as the eagle owl, golden eagle, wolf, brown bear, lynx, griffon vulture, as well as lots of otters and Martens. The mountain Tara is in archaeology known as the oldest reference of metalworking, dated to 3,600 years BC. After a complex riding stage through prehistoric places and wild nature, a bathing break at Lake Zaovine is the order of the day, where you can completely merge with the wilderness. Please pack suitable swimwear. 

Day 5: Today you ride through the Tara National Park and are seduced by the smells and sounds of the coniferous forests. On the way you will see small mountain huts, most of which were built by only a few men, equipped with the most essential tools. But you will not only meet old buildings, but also different people - real highlanders, a bit sparse and distant in their appearance, but after initial acquaintance very warm and after getting to know each other better, you will discover more and more of the variety of their personality. 

Day 6: You slowly leave Tara and return to Taor via Se č a Reka. On this stage, nature gives you wonderful views of countless distant valleys and mountains. When the sky is clear, the view extends to Durmitor , the highest mountain in Montenegro - also a national park that belongs to the southern part of the Dinaric Alps .

Day 7: After the village Seča Reka, the next stop will be Taor water springs. There are many small water veins that arise from the porous limestone tuff - in winter the water is rather warm and in summer quite cool, on hot summer days a glass of the cold spring water gives you a very satisfying feeling. In earlier centuries there were around 20 active water mills along the water sources, which milled rye, barley and oats at full capacity. Most of them have disappeared, but a small watermill has remained, which can transport us a little back in time. The freshly prepared food and the miller's good mood underline the atmosphere and lifestyle of the highlands. After visiting the local miller, you go up to the initial farm, where a farewell dinner awaits you.

Day 8: After a satisfying breakfast we start our journey to the airport.

Climate

Dates and prices

"Book on request" means that we cannot confirm your booking immediately, but we will get back to you as soon as possible with a booking confirmation, normally within 24 hours on weekdays.

DateDaysName of tripPrice from
01/06/20248Serbia, Sumadija Trail RideEUR 1,282Book on request
15/06/20248Serbia, Sumadija Trail RideEUR 1,282Book on request
06/07/20248Serbia, Sumadija Trail RideEUR 1,282Book on request
27/07/20248Serbia, Sumadija Trail RideEUR 1,282Book on request
14/08/20248Serbia, National park Tara Trail RideEUR 1,282Book on request
24/08/20248Serbia, National park Tara Trail RideEUR 1,282Book on request
07/09/20248Serbia, National park Tara Trail RideEUR 1,282Book on request

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