Rides across Spain

Local Star Rides

Rides across Spain

890 € pp
6 Days / 4 Riding Days

Overview

Short Trail Description

Discover beautiful Catalonia on horseback.

This ride is ideal for guests who do not want to pack their bags every day, but still want to experience the joy of a diverse trail.

The price-enjoyment ratio of this offer is hard to beat!

Duration

  • 6 Days / 5 Nights / 4 Riding Days

Participants

  • 4 - 12 Riders

Scenery

  • Mediterranean Coastal Area

Highlights & Facts

  • Canter on the race track
  • Wonderful accommodation in a Catalan country house built of natural stone
  • Relaxed horse riding through Mediterranean forests and meadows
  • Beautiful architecture of the Middle Ages

Riding Level

  • 1 horseshoe or more (Novice)

Recommendation

Have you ever ridden a horse race on a race track? This programme makes it possible!

Trail Route

Day 1: Catalan Country House

Arrival at Barcelona or Girona (Catalonia) and transfer to the wonderfully located and pretty country Hostal Nou, which dates back to the 13th century and is built of natural stone. The rooms are tastefully furnished with views over meadows, forests and the surrounding horse pastures. The unique light transforms the surroundings into a picturesque painting with a great atmosphere. What a wonderful place to start your holiday! While enjoying a delicious dinner we get to know the group and our guide.

Day 2: Catalonian Outback

Our path today leads us through the beautiful Catalonian outback.

Bird calls accompany us as we ride. We arrive at our picnic stop, high up where we have a fantastic view of the mountains and the sea. A tasty lunch is prepared for us under majestic aromatic pine trees.

Refreshed and with new energy we mount up and reach our country hotel in the late afternoon.

Here we have the opportunity to relax in the pool. A wonderful way to recover from the first day on horseback!

Day 3: The Pyrenees' river - "El Fluvia"

Today's morning is dedicated to the River Fluvia, running wildly through the landscape. We follow it towards the Pyrenees and see wonderful flood plains.

We get a real feeling of adventure when we pass through the river! Our horses joyfully lead the way, splashes glittering in the sunlight.

We enjoy a delicious lunch at a spot next to the river.

In the evening, we ride back to our accommodation where another tasteful dinner awaits us.

Day 4: Beautiful Catalonia!

Following the traces of the Middle Ages, we visit the lovely villages that are embedded in the landscape. We pass Iberic castles and Roman churches that remind us of times gone by.

While we ride through the narrow streets, we marvel at the pretty architecture and listen to the mesmerising sound of our horse's hooves on the stones. We discover arches, windows decorated with flowers and noble wooden doors with thick iron mountings.

On a hill we can see a Roman chapel. From here, we have a fantastic view on the surrounding Pyrenees and the loops of the river. We dismount for a picnic and have a siesta.

With renewed energy we enter a soft, hilly landscape where fields and forests border our way back to the country house.

Day 5: The Race Track

We have bonded with our four-legged friends and make a great team. Now it is time for a "real" ride! Who has the fastest horse? Through the forests of the Alt Empordá, we trot and canter to the race track of the neighbouring village.

What a joy! Those who want to can just let their horses run, run, run! The horses stretch their bodies and their hooves whirl through the sand.

After this exciting experience (and a winner, of course), we have lunch at a small, cosy restaurant. Here we fill up with Catalan specialties and get ready for the ride to the home of our four-legged companions.

With a last wonderful dinner, we finish the Catalonia base ride.

Day 6: Hasta la vista!

Time to say goodbye! After breakfast we say goodbye and transfer to Girona or Barcelona. Or maybe you like to continue to a trail?

> Important notice to all customers!

Information & Services

Character

The Catalonia Centre Based Rides are excellent for trail beginners, less experienced riders and ambitious beginners. This program will even surprise experienced "pleasure riders". Controlled canters, exciting river crossings and last but not least a race at the racecourse (optional) offer exciting and varied riding days (daily 3-4 hours in the saddle).

Included services

  • Riding program as described
  • 6 days with 5 nights in a double room with shower and toilet, of which 1-2 nights' accommodation may be with a shared shower and toilet, 6 riding days
  • Arrival day dinner included/departure day breakfast included
  • 1 Riding day full board including wine (lunch picnic)
  • 3 Riding days half board (lunches at restaurant not included)
  • Tax on stays in tourist establishments
  • Transportation of luggage
  • Local transfers during the trail

Not included services

  • Flight or public transport (on arrival and on departure), taxi
  • Collective airport transfer from/to Girona 30,- Euro/one way; from/to Barcelona 45,- Euro/one way
  • Entrance fees to Museums and Monuments
  • Drinks/food in bars
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • Coffee at dinner
  • 3 lunches (at restaurant approx. 15,- Euro/ 25,- Euro)
  • Tips for the team and other services

Notice

  • First day: on arrival dinner is at approx. 9 p.m.
  • Last day: before departure breakfast is at approx. 9 a.m.
  • Due to local conditions, a route change or amendment may be necessary.
  • The Catalonia Center Based Rides can be ridden in both directions.
  • The tour operator reserves the right to substitute the described accommodations by equivalent if necessary.

Accommodation

Single Room / Double Room / "Half Double Room"

Single rooms cannot always be guaranteed though booked. If a previously confirmed single room is not available, the guest is entitled to a refund of the price paid for those nights surcharge.

Single travellers have the option to book a "Half Double Room".

Half double rooms for bookings 60 days prior to departure can only be booked, if at that time a same-gender customer is also waiting for a roommate. If this is not the case, we will book a single room with the regular, advertised surcharge.

  • Single room supplement + 30,- Euro/night

Transfer

Airport Barcelona
  • Collective group transfer at 5:30 p.m., meeting point at the airport is in Terminal T1 in front of the Café LIZZARAN at the Group Meeting Point North located opposite from the "Oficina de Turisme" (after customs on the right).
  • Notice! If you arrive at Terminal T2 all five minutes a free shuttle bus brings you to Terminal T1!
  • Flight on departure from 2:30 p.m. onwards!!


Airport Girona
  • Collective group transfer at 6:30 p.m. The meeting point at the airport is in front of Café CAFFRICCIO in the arrivals hall.
  • Flight on departure from 1:00 p.m. onwards!!

If the arranged transfer times do not fit with your arrival and departure times, we would be happy to organize a taxi for you (about €80-€120 from Girona, €240-€280 from Barcelona, depending on the trail start/end points). Other arrival and departure destinations provided on request.

Notice: The transfer times can vary depending on flight arrival times/delays from other guests/traffic etc. Please be patient in these cases!

Guaranteed departure

With a small group surcharge in case the minimum number of participants is not reached. (only on demand)

Important notice

Important notice to all customers!

All trail itineraries are general guidelines and in order to offer our customers the best riding holiday experience we make occasional changes.

Depending on the number of concurrent trails, the season, the weather and national holidays, we may make alterations to itineraries at short-notice, which could affect the number of riding hours per day, the route we take to any given destination or the use of alternative accommodation. Trails can also be ridden in both directions. All changes are at our discretion but when changes are made, we endeavour to ensure that our high standards of quality are maintained and reflected in the alternatives we choose.

Presentation, organization, photos and information by Rudi Stolz

Booking

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Event-Dates

Bookable from January to June and from September to December (upon request)

890 €

Guest opinions

Local Star Rides

January 2018

I booked the Local Star Rides because I wanted to stay in the same place every night. It was a great choice! Every day we discovered a different landscape on horseback. The weather was neither too hot nor too cold and always sunny. I was a bit afraid of the river crossing, but my horse was a pro. He passed the running water without hesitating.

The most exciting part was the last riding day – we went to a horse race track! You can’t imagine how much fun we had! Even though I didn’t win the race, this is one of the best experienced I’ve ever had! 100% recommendable!

If you wanna feel like being on a trail without packing your suitcase every morning – book the Local Star Rides. You won’t regret it!

Tiina