Uniquely innovative and ambitiously challenging!

Unguided Panorama Trail

Uniquely innovative and ambitiously challenging!

1.480 € pp
7 Days / 6 Riding Days

Overview

Short Trail Description

Do it your way – unguided trail ride with map and GPS. Go on your own personal self-guided riding tour by discovering an unknown Catalonia on horseback. On this demanding Panorama Trail, you are your own guide! This is as individual as it can be, as only you decide the pace. Come with your partner or a friend and experience the feeling of capturing the terrific mountains of Catalonia – just you and your horses. Get acquainted with the wonderfully diverse landscape and enjoy great panoramas in absolute tranquility. Luminous mixed forests, volcanos and majestic table mountains determine this fantastic Panorama Trail!

As we want you to fully enjoy self-guided riding tour, we support you with the logistics; carriage of your luggage, delicious food, and cosy lodgings. For your four-legged companions, we organize stables and meadows with appropriate food. All "horse hotels" are very close to your own accommodation.

If you want to discover these fascinating mountains, of course you need to be well-prepared: with very good riding skills and the right materials.

Duration

  • 7 Days / 6 Nights / 6 Riding Days

Participants

  • 2 - 6 Riders

Scenery

  • Pyrenees

Highlights & Facts

  • Self-guided riding tour
  • Unguided trail riding - a unique experience!
  • A passionate time with horses, the country, and its people
  • Safety based on well-planned logistics
  • Excellently trained horses
  • Remote nature with fantastic panoramic views
  • Charming friendly accommodation

Riding Level

  • 4 horseshoes or more (Experienced)

Trail Route

Day 1: Unguided Panorama Trail – 'Climb into the saddle and ride your dream!'

Imagine you are in Spain. The sun is shining; you saddle your horse and are almost ready to leave.

Your self-guided trail starts in Catalonia. You arrive at the horse riding centre Mas Alba on the morning of a self-chosen day. Here you meet your four-legged companion and get all the material and knowhow that you need from us (how to saddle, where to go, feeding the horses etc.). We also give you an introduction to the maps. And then it's time to go!

The path leads you through thick forests of stone oaks and pines. Now you're really on your own - what a great feeling! For lunch, you enjoy your first picnic packed in your saddlebag and allow yourself and your horse a refreshing break. With renewed energy, you ride through a Mediterranean landscape and reach your beautiful residence for the night. It's an 18th century building that has a fascinating charm about it. Right in front of the house is a meadow for the horses, where they can relax after the days ride.

Day 2: Besalú – A real gem of the Middle Ages

Today you continue at a leisurely pace. Before breakfast, you give your horses a delicious mix of cereals and then have a cup of tea or coffee while studying the trail riding map for today. Now that you are all feeling refreshed from your night's sleep, your comrades are groomed and saddled - and off you go again!

You leave the walnut groves, pass a beautiful village built of virgin stone and arrive at the River Fluvia. At a looming peak of rock, you discover a cave church with a wonderful view over the river and across the Pyrenees. A track runs magnificently along the Fluvia. At a quick pace, you soon reach Besalú, a real gem of the Middle Ages.

Settled right next to a world-famous natural stone bridge of the 16th century, you find a hotel set in an ancient castle - this is where you stay for the night. If you feel like it, you can take a walk in the afternoon through the narrow alleys of this picturesque village. You can also have a cup of coffee at the "Plaza" and soak up the Mediterranean atmosphere of this place.

Day 3: Trail riding to the volcanos

A wonderful morning! With the sunrise, you feed your horses. At breakfast, you study the map then saddle the horses and you start your day.

Today a special adventure awaits you: you cross the River Fluvia more than just once! You can hear the water rushing by. Your horse takes the first steps into the water and now you are right in the middle of the river! The water is around you and you can feel the powerful muscles of your horse working against the current. You arrive at the shore safely and relax - you managed the challenge successfully!

At the other side of a wooded crest is where you may like to sit for a picnic and give yourself and the horses a break. At the waterfall of the "volcano stream Ser" you find the perfect spot for this! Here you can also have a swim before you move on into the ancient volcanic landscape. Right in the centre of this district Santa Pau rises up, another special gem of Catalonia. You find your cosy hotel right next to the market place.

Day 4: Garrotxa – From the volcanos to the Table Mountains

On horseback, you wander through the million-year-old volcanic landscape - the Garrotxa. The earth colour now turns from yellow ochre to black. The dark rocks are a contrast to the luminous green of the deciduous forests of this area.

At the friendly village of "Sant Feliu", lunch is waiting to be ordered at a nice little bar. The fountain ripples and the trees shade you from the midday sun. From here, the path goes steeply up to the Collsacabra, a pass of 1200 meters! You and your companions spend the night in a mountain hotel.

Day 5: Panorama Trail: Canyons and Table Mountains

Today you ride to an amazing panoramic view! On the Table Mountain, you find yourself on "top of the world"! Powerful rock walls fall down steeply, but your sturdy horses climb higher and higher safely along the cliff. High up in the air you can see the vultures circling, as if warning you to "Be careful...!". In a canyon, you find Rupit, a hidden bandit's village that was built into the rocks. The food in the rural restaurant of the village is delicious!

Your horses take you to the end of the mountains after lunch where your accommodation is perched on the edge of a Table Mountain. Josep is the landlord and a huntsman - he and the innkeeper, Lourdes, will entertain you and provide a terrific wild boar goulash.

Day 6: Mountain pastures, oak, and beech forests

At breakfast, you can check on the horses in their meadow from the terrace of the hotel. On the "meadow above the clouds" you are warmly welcomed by your horses! In the morning sun, the Table Mountain is shimmering in a reddish colour. In the valley, there is a sparkling lake and at the horizon you can see the mountains of the Montserrat behind seemingly endless wooded hills.

The trail leads you to lovely grasslands. Cows and sheep are grazing peacefully here in this great backdrop of mountain pastures, oak forests, and Table Mountains.

In this ambiance, you happily reach your destination, the special farmhouse of our friends Jodi and Isabell. A glass of red wine, a hotpot with pine nut and plums brings your unforgettable Panorama Trail to an end.

Day 7: Adiós amigos y hasta la vista!

For the last time, you feed your faithful companions and say goodbye to them and your friendly hosts. Now it's time for your homeward journey - with a collection of unforgettable memories that will linger on for a long time!

>Important notice to all customers!

Information & Services

Character

For the participation on our self-guided trails we approach a responsible and a fair attitude towards the horse and the nature!

It is important for us to emphasize that the most important on this self-guided trail is not the speed but enjoyable trail riding!

Since you are traveling on your own, you should have appropriate riding experience in the field and experience in the independent handling of horses and their food. Absolute seat strength is a must!

The welfare of the horse and the safety of horse and rider must always come first. Do not overexert your four-legged travel companion and do not bring yourself and the horse in unnecessary danger. Although the riding pace is individually flexible, this must always be adapted to the different terrain and the condition of the horse and rider. The Unguided Panorama Trail includes both, mountainous and flat terrain. At difficult passages, it is necessary to lead the horse. Comfortable walking shoes are necessary for this purpose.

Our surefooted horses help you in varied terrain for necessary security. To master the challenge of this self-guided trail ride, you and your four-legged partner should make a good team. Daily 4-6 hours in the saddle.

Special Offers

  • Flexible travel dates (on request)

Services

  • Riding program as described
  • 6 riding days with 6 nights' accommodation, including breakfast. In double room with shower and WC, including 1 night with shared shower and toilet
  • Saddle bag picnic on arrival day
  • Trail horse and its necessary equipment
  • Mapping and guidance
  • Telephone Support (in German, English and Spanish)
  • Accommodation tax
  • Luggage and horse food transport
  • Transfers on site

Not included in the price

  • Flight or public transport on arrival and departure, taxi
  • Transfer to/from the start/endpoint of the trail
  • Lunch and dinner (Saddlebag picnic or restaurant 10.- EUR - Euro 25.- depending on your choice)
  • Entrance fees for museums and monuments
  • Drinks/ food in bars
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • Tips for the team and other services

Notice

  • First day: Arrival at 10:00 a.m. at Mas Alba*; Introduction / guidance to the care of horses (about 2 hours). Then the first track ride.
  • Last day: Breakfast (approx. 9:00 a.m.) – Departure with transfer to the next train station (Main Train Station VIC)
  • The tour operator reserves the right to substitute the described accommodation with an alternative.

Accommodation

Double room

Single room supplement + 30,- Euro/night

Arrival

  • Airport Barcelona El Prat
  • Airport Girona (Costa Brava)

We would be happy to organise your personalised arrival/departure from/to Barcelona and from/to Girona to the respective start /end point. If needed we can book a taxi transfer or reserve train tickets for you. Please contact us!

*Arrival is on the first day of riding at 10:00 a.m. Should you wish to arrive the day before, we are happy to help with the arrangements. In this case, please understand that our services and site support begin on the first day of riding!

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

Rideable Months

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Event-Dates

Available all year round. You can choose your own travel dates (upon request)

1.480 €

Guest opinions

Unguided Panorama Trail

September 2017

Second time I try a trail with Rudi's team in Catalunya. My first experince was already a great succes last year with the Andorra Trail.
This year I was looking for an other challange. The unguided panorama trail was for my friend and I, a way to be hole alone in the nature with our horses. It was a big experience with a fantastic team . Every evening we found food for the horses, a well prepared place for them to stay for the night. For the hotel and eveningmeal , everything was perfect organised for us. We enjoyed a lot.
2 women , 2 horses , sun, nice villages and nice people in each hotel. We enjoyed to make the walks on our speed, to stop and to go in the wonderfull mountains of Catalunya .
Thanks a lot to Rudi to allowed us to do this fantastic adventure , and thanks to the team for the super organisation.

Françoise Dardenne

Unguided Panorama Trail

May 2017

Exploring a foreign country like Catalonia on a horse sounds good. That sounds like adventures, challenges, a lot of nature and a touch of danger. Exactly the right thing to escape the stress of everyday life and let go for a week to unwind and enjoy the nature of the back of a horse.

Together with a friend I ride such self-guided trails for several years and it is always a great experience. Each country has its own beauty and you can not only see it from the back of a horse, but also smell, feel and experience it.

After beautiful self-guided trails in Ireland and Greece (Crete), Catalonia sounded fantastic as a new destination.

However, to really relax while riding, everything must be well prepared and the horses and equipment must be in good condition. This is not always the case, especially in southern countries.

What can I say, we were not disappointed. What Rudi had prepared for us about two weeks ago was first class. The two-hour briefing, the printed maps (only for a rough orientation), the plugged in GPS, the prepared accommodation for rider and horse gave us sufficient security to master the trail.

Finding the way was really child's play thanks to GPS on the wrist. The horses were excellent. They were persistent, hard-working, reliable and very light-footed. My first trail ride without muscle soreness, thanks to my four-legged buddy Rayo (in English: Blitz).
Due to the comfortable saddles, the many hours in the saddle were no problem at all.
The track was well selected and we got to see a lot of Catalonia. The different landscapes and the partly very untouched nature knock one over.

While the first three days are still very easy to ride, it will be much harder for riders and horses in the mountains. Then you have to climb a bit or lead the horses along a very narrow trail along a ravine. Comfortable but strong hiking shoes and a little trust in God are needed. But with the sure-footed and deep-relaxed horses no problem. You will be rewarded with breath-taking panoramic views.

Catalonia is not Spain you always read again and I think there is something in it (even if the Catalans think differently). It is a very special beautiful place with nice people, good food, good wine and so much oxygen in the air that you feel 10 years younger. So much forest and green I would not have expected in Spain.
Most of the accommodations were very comfortable, two more basic but always clean and adequate, with a cosy charm. Shower, free wifi, breakfast, comfortable beds, but were always available. All the people always nice and accommodating, there is nothing to moan about.

Recommendation: In Santa Pau you can eat very nice and comfortable at "Can Rafelic". Link to pictures of the restaurant can be found on Google. The restaurant was closed on the day of our passage but Rudi had kindly arranged a meal for us. Thanks again for Rudi. It was really delicious. As always, you were right.
By the way, food and drink are very cheap in Catalonia.

All in all, one of the most beautiful trails I have ridden so far. Thanks to the good organization and the great horses an absolute relaxation trip I can only recommend.

Greetings from Büren,

Rank Siek

Unguided Panorama Trail

July 2016

My 3 friends and I have just returned from completing the un guided panorama trail.... We had a fantastic time. We have ridden the Andorra trail previously and couldn't wait to have a go at guiding ourselves! Everything was well thought out and organised, Rudi has put a lot of work into marking the trails and making the GPS very easy to follow. The horses looked after us, we had our suitcases waiting for us at each accommodation along with all the food etc for the horses and a really easy to use GPS to guide us along the marked route each day. The scenery is stunning and the sense of freedom and adventure from being out there alone with the horses is unsurpassed! Its not for the faint hearted and certainly not for beginners but if you want a real sense of trail riding at its best then I would totally recommend this trip. 5 star- thanks so much Rudi and team for another great holiday!!!

Nicky Jackson