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Greece - Lesvos Mountain & Beach Trails
This holiday destination is run from a small, authentic, family run stables, just 3km from the island town of Molyvos on the Northern coast of the Island of Lesvos.

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Horse Riding Holidays Lesvos Island Mountain & Beach Trails – Greece

PRICES & DATES top

Lesvos Island Mountain & Beach Trails: Prices 2018

SPECIAL OFFER 10% DISCOUNT ON ANY BOOKINGS MADE FOR 2018, BOOKED BY THE END OF FEBRUARY 2018.

Suitable for Beginners through to advanced riders, itineraries will be modified to suit all levels and non riders.
Prices per week, 7 nights.

Hotel Half Board Accommodation – Available April to October 2018

£710/€800/$950 per person sharing

£150/€170/$200 single supplement

Villa Elpinski Accommodation – Available All Year

Low Season; January to June & September to December 2018

£1,020/€1,150/$1,365 per person Half Board
£710/€800/$950 per person Self Catering

High Season: July to September 2018

£1,200/€1,350/$1,600 per person Half Board
£890/€1,150/$1,190 per person Self Catering

Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our ‘Terms & Conditions’ for full details.

Lesvos Island Mountain & Beach Trails: Dates 2018

Available all year.

Included – All riding, accommodation as per booking, (half board or self catering) and guide.

Excluded – Flights, airport transfers lunches, drinks and tips.

Getting There
International flight to mainland Greece, Athens, followed by a domestic flight to Lesvos, Mytilene, the capital of the island.

You might also consider a ferry from the mainland to Lesvos or from other Greek islands.

Transfer
We advise renting a car to get from the airport in Mytilene airport to Molyvos (about 1 hour), which gives you the opportunity to tour the island when you have some free time.

We can also arrange a private transfer for €70 each way. If you choose this option, another good way to see the island is to rent a scooter in the town of Molyvos.

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

This holiday destination is run from a small, authentic, family run stables, just 3km from the island town of Molyvos on the Northern coast of the Island of Lesvos. You will be offered the unique opportunity to explore the surroundings of Molyvos on horseback. You will ride on wide sandy beaches and discover breath taking views, from the top of steep, rocky mountains. This island has so much to offer you and it is just waiting to be explored.

The riding centre has been owned and run by Rita since it opened to the public in 2012. Rita is an enthusiastic horsewoman who is a qualified tutor and guide. She speaks fluent Greek, English and Dutch and has an easy-going personality, though the safety of her horses and trail riders is of utmost importance to her.

The yard itself lies in a beautiful position, with great views of the Molyvos water reservoir. Molyvos is a gorgeous Greek town which boasts plenty of authentic houses and beautiful stone buildings, such as the medieval castle which sits proudly above the town. The quaint little houses, predominantly built in the old Turkish style, cover the surrounding hillsides.

The town tapers down to a busy fishing port, full of multi- coloured fishing, sailing and rowing boats. Numerous tavernas, and cafes & shops line the waterside and Molyvos has everything you could need, including shops, restaurants, cafes, a few night spots, banks, newsagents, internet cafes, pharmacies, as well as car and scooter hire vendors.

There is also a regular bus service for those wishing to see more of the delights that this island has to offer. Services run to the neighbouring coastal towns of Petra, Avlaki and Eftalou, which is home to the wonderful natural hot springs. Or why not go further afield and visit the petrified forest at Apolithomeno Dasos National Park or the salt fields near to the Alikes Wetlands – a fantastic sight for bird watching and wildlife spotting. Flamingo, stork and ibis have been known to frequent these expansive wetlands. We would highly recommend incorporating a few days of sight-seeing and island exploration into your riding trip to fully appreciate this very much untouched Greek island.

THE RIDING top

Horses – A small herd of Haflinger, Arab and Ardennes horses, mares, stallions and geldings.

Level of Riding & Pace – Beginner to Advanced riders can be accommodated.

Tack – English style tack, Endurance & English saddles, with mostly snaffle bridles.

Weight Restriction – 15 & ½ stones / 100kg / 220lbs.

Group Size – Minimum 1 to a maximum of 15.

ACCOMMODATION top

There a re 2 types of accommodation to choose from, the 4 star hotel accommodation which is available in the summer or the Villa apartments which are available all year round.

Hotel Accommodation
Good hotel accommodation, which is perfect for those of you who want to chill out by the pool when you are not riding. The hotel offers breakfast and dinners, often with Greek themed nights, staff are friendly and warm. The hotel is about a 30 minute walk from Molyvos.

Villa Elpiniki
A gorgeous collection of Greek style apartments in a rural setting but within a 10 minute walk of Molyvos. Each of them have their own kitchen facilities, a private terrace and open fires, good for the winter months, plus a shared barbque area, a lovely swimming pool and gardens. here you can either go self catering or you can go half board.

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

Day 1 – Arrival
You will go to the yard at 18:00pm, meet the horses and have a short ride.  There will be a meeting to discuss safety on the trail and the itinerary for the week, as well as a chance to meet the yard team and guides.

Day 2 – Vafeios
Today you will ride along the sandy roads of Molyvos to the hill top village of Vafeios. You will witness absolutely breathtaking scenery over the bay of Molyvos and have the opportunity to stop in a local cafe for refreshments. The ride will cover around 20 km, spending approximately 4 hours in the saddle.

Day 3 – Ipsilometopo
The trail today will take you over the mountains, via a steep path to Vafeios. You may be required to dismount and lead your horse for around five minutes on this path. Once you arrive to Vafeios, you will take a sandy track over the mountain to the village of Stipsi and then onto Ipsilometopo. Refreshments will await your arrival, in a local taverna. You will cover approximately 28km and ride for around 5 hours.

Day 4 – Molyvos Race Track & Beach
Today you will follow the quiet back roads of Molyvos, passing the local race track, where you will be given the chance of a gallop. After this, you will ride cross-country to the sea, where in the summer months, you will get to unsaddle your horses and take a swim with them. Today you will cover around 10km and spend around 2 hours in the saddle (not including swimming!)

Day 5 – Petra
Today you will take to back roads of Molyvos to the neighbouring bay and town of Petra. You will negotiate steep hills and pass many great archeological sites, such as ancient water mills and maybe even spot some fossilised trees. On arrival in Petra, you will have to chance to stop at a wonderful local taverna for refreshments. You will cover around 20km and spend 4 hours in the saddle.

Day 6 – Skala Sikamineas
This is the longest trail day. Leaving in the morning, you will head East from Molyvos, following trails that will take you past the coastal town of Eftalou – site of the famous natural hot springs. Arriving to Skala Sikamineas in the afternoon, you will stop for lunch, enjoy a well deserved swim in the sea and exploration of this wonderful harbour village. In the afternoon, you will remount your horses and return to Molyvos via the same route. You will cover around 30km today, spending around 6 hours in the saddle.

Day 7 – Day to explore
Today you will have a free day and your last chance to explore the town of Molyvos. Lessons can be taken at the yard if you should wish to do so or you can volunteer to help the refugees living on the island.

Day 8 – Departure
After breakfast it’s time to say farewell

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