Ribatejo is just slightly off Lisbon, a land known for its rural traditions and rich culture. Being home to Puro-Sangue Lusitano horses, it would be an immensely immersive experience to explore the area astride one of these noble four-legged gentle giants. Being a breeder of the Lusitano stud, taking a vacation with rides through this town will enable you to explore the culture of breeding top-quality dressage horses. Beyond gaining a deeper understanding of this culture, this ride will also provide you with the opportunity to get a taste of local food, wine and the beautiful landscape. Rides available in Feb, April, May, Sept. This is a 7 Days/6 Nights (4 Days Riding) Tour. For Nov as it is Golega Fair, see under Golega. Similar tour available but with some changes in itinerary.
Transfer to and from Lisbon Airport at set times available. Price quoted is for per person in Double Accommodation. Single Room Supplement available, pls book separately.
-Arrival at Lisbon Airport -Transfer at 6pm to Quinta do Pilar, located in the heart of the Henrique Abecasis Lusitano Stud farm.
-Welcome Dinner hosted by the breeder, distribution of programme information to all riders
-Transfer to Casa do Alfaro, a beautiful, local rural house, to overnight.
-Transfer to Quinta do Pilar. We will start the morning with a visit to the stud farm, included the mares' park. There will be an explanation of the different aspects of Lusitano breeding.
-Riding on horseback from Quinta do Pilar through the forests and vineyards surrounding the stud farm. An opportunity for rider and horse to be acquainted
-End the morning trail with a visit to the local winery, Casal da Fonte for a wine tasting. A local delicacy, Torricado will be prepared on site.
-After lunch, the trail continues around the stud farm. -Transfer to Casa do Alfaro for dinner and overnight
-Visit the pasture in Bafoa (where herds of mares and their foals graze) on horseback.
-Ride towards River Tejo
-Arrive at the ancient palace of Vila Real for a picnic lunch by the river.
-Ride back to Bafoa with transfer to Casa do Alfaro for dinner and overnight
-Cross the River Tagus by boat with a visit to the horses' island. Lunch will be served on board the boat.
-Transfer to Azinhaga and visit Quinta da Broa, one of the ancient Lusitano breeders.
-Transfer to Golega, the national capital of the Lusitano horse, with a free afternoon to enjoy the village.
-Dinner at Restaurant Lusitanos, with a great view of the riding arena.
-Overnight at Hotel Villa Reis.
-After breakfast, ride through the Natural Reserve of Paul do Boquilobo, with a stop for a picnic lunch.
-Continue to Quinta da Boavista for dinner and overnight.
-After breakfast ride through the vineyards at north of Santarem in the direction to the traditional & historical town of Riberia de Santarem.
-Arrive at Santarem, the Portuguese capital of Gothic. -Lunch at Taberna do Quinzena
-Free afternoon to visit the city.
-Dinner in the city.
-Overnight at Casa Alcacova.
-Transfer at 9am to Lisbon Airport