Itinerary

Nice and relaxing tour for those who want to learn how to ride a horse, or for those who want to improve their horse riding skills. As well as horse riding, rest time will include short trips to local places of natural beauty and historical interest. The overall package is not demanding and is ideal as a summer holiday for family groups.
We shall visit lovely untouched natural areas, as well as the historic sites:
- Banska Stiavnica (UNESCO protected location)
- historic centre of Banska Bystrica
- Hronsek wooden church (UNESCO protected location)
- the Polana Biosphere Reserve and Bystro waterfall
- ruins of Pusty castle - once one of the largest castles in the Central Europe
- Kremnica - historical gold-mining town.
The detailed description given below is merely the standard package and alterations can be made to allow more horse riding/sightseeing time.

  1. Day 1 Arrival in Zvolen, Slovakia.

    - arrival in Slovakia; Zvolen town
    - car transfer to ranch
    - accommodation, informal reception.

  2. Day 2 Horseback riding, hike to Pusty hrad (Deserted castle) ruins.

    In the morning, two hours of horseback riding supervised by an instructor.

    In the afternoon, we will make a trip to Pusty Hrad (Deserted Castle) that is located near Zvolen. It used to be the largest castle in Central Europe, but only the ruins remain and they are currently under reconstruction.

    Walk's details (interactive map):

  3. Day 3 Horseback riding, visit Banska Stiavnica townn (UNESCO).

    In the morning, two hours of horseback riding supervised by an instructor.

    In the afternoon, we will take a trip to Banska Stiavnica, a beautiful historical mining town. Above the town, there is a hill with baroque Calvary chapels; from the hill, the visitors can get a view of the town and its surroundings. Also, there are two castles, Old and New Castle, located in the historical center. After the tour of the town, we will go to see the mining water reservoirs - "tajchy". An ingenious system of water reservoirs and channels was built in the surroundings of Banska Stiavnica 200 years ago. 19 water reservoirs are still in good shape and they are centers of recreation - suitable for swimming and water sports.

  4. Day 4 Horseback riding, Kremnica town visit.

    In the morning, two hours of horseback riding supervised by an instructor.

    In the afternoon, visiting Kremnica a historical gold-mining town. The mining activities started in this area as early as the year 1000. Kremnica was a free royal town with a mint that is still operating. The mint is 650 years old and it is the oldest one in Europe. The centre of the town is a historical monument reserve.

  5. Day 5 Horseback riding, Banska Bystrica town visit, wooden church in Hronsek (UNESCO).

    In the morning, two hours of horseback riding supervised by an instructor.

    In the afternoon, we will make a trip to Banska Bystrica historical centre that is located near Zvolen and Hronsek wooden church UNESCO heritage.

  6. Day 6 Horseback riding, hike from Detva to Bystro waterfall.

    In the morning, two hours of horseback riding supervised by an instructor.

    In the afternoon, we will make a trip to Kalamarka. It is a place with rock formations and towers that were created from lava remnants; also, a hill-fort was formed here by the Luzica culture people in the 8th - 10th centuries. Kalamarka is a famous rock-climbing area. Then we will take a short walk to Bystro waterfall.

    Walk's details (interactive map):

  7. Day 7 Farewell.

    Farewell and departure from Slovakia.

Basic information

from €774 per person

Duration: 7 days

Type/style: Guided horseriding tour

Level of difficulty: Easy / moderate

Languages: English, French, Deutsch

Pick up & Drop off: On your request

Pusty Castle Tajchy of Banska Stiavnica Banska Stiavnica Trinity Square Calvary in Banska Stiavnica Kremnica Town Banska Bystrica Town The Articled Protestant Church in Hronsek UNESCO heritage Bystre Waterfall

Included

- Trip transport
- Accommodation in stylish ranch
- breakfast
- 5 x 2 hours horseback riding with an instructor
- Guide services throughout the tour as your private driver and an interpreter
- Information materials
- Entrance tickets and fees to proposed sites
- maps and mountain insurance

Excluded

lunch, dinner
transport from airport to starting point of the trip and back