Top 10 riding holidays
Our travel specialists share their favourite riding experiences.
Riding across the African Plains or playing a spot of Polo on the Argentinian Pampas, our travel specialists have hand-picked their favourite riding holidays to share with you.
Wolgan Valley is one of the most luxurious and beautiful resorts in Australia and you very much get the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere. There is no better way to discover this stunning scenery than by horseback. A horse trek at Wolgan Valley will give you the most fantastic experience of seeing the Blue Mountains in all their glory.
Head to Kumaon in Northern India where you can spend three days wandering through local Himalayan villages on horseback. Each night, you will stop at a local village house which has been taken over and made exceptionally comfortable. Continue to a luxury Himalayan lodge to end your time in the mountains overlooking snow capped mountains whilst sipping Gin & Tonics.
Finca La Donaira is a one-of-a-kind boutique eco-luxury property, set high in the Andalucian countryside between Seville and Ronda. Surrounded by mountains, pastureland and verdant valleys, and set on a working permaculture farm with vineyards, olive groves, sheep, cattle, goats, chickens and vegetable huertas, Finca La Donaira is the ideal base for exploring the magic of Andalucia on horseback.
Estancia Los Potreros is a family-run, working cattle ranch nestled in a secluded part of north-west of Cordoba in the heart Argentina. It is a superb destination for horse riding, farm experiences and polo and offers a truly authentic estancia experience. The hotel itself is a charming and steeped in family history and Argentine culture, each en-suite is individually designed with gorgeous antique art and furniture, and there are fireplaces to help combat cold winter evenings creating a cosy atmosphere.
Kenya, with its wide open plains, is truly beautiful. Horseback is the most wonderful way to explore it, ride alongside zebra and giraffe, across the grasslands and through acacia woodland. Choose to stay in a mobile camp or a private home and enjoy some of the most stunning game viewing you will find anywhere.
Argentina, the home of Polo, is the perfect place for a riding holiday with a difference. Visit one of Argentina’s most famous Estancias to try your hand at the game or see how it’s really done by the professionals at the polo championships. You could even combine it with a Tango lesson in Buenos Aires to complete your Argentine experience in style.
The boutique Mihir Garh is owned by one of the keenest horsemen in Rajasthan and is therefore the ideal place for an active holiday with a difference. Ride one of the famous ‘Marwari’ horses through the countryside to visit a local village before returning to the luxury of the hotel to watch the spectacular sunset.
Botswana offers some of the most beautiful scenery on earth and what better way to discover it than from horseback or elephantback. Ride alongside zebra and giraffe, across flood plains and grasslands and bed down at a choice of three stunning camps in the African wilderness.
With their very own winter programmes, a handful of our favourite ranches are perfect boltholes for a Christmas getaway with the kids in tow. Offering a smorgasbord of activities ranging from horseback riding and ice skating to downhill skiing and snowboarding, the ranches are geared up to host youngsters who are bound to be entertained throughout. Whether its relaxing by a roaring log fire or exploring the spectacular scenery of the Rockies in a horse drawn carriage, this is a simply unforgettable way to celebrate the festive season.
Snaefellsnes Peninsula is home to a breathtaking landscape of towering mountains and rugged lava fields, unique to Iceland, so hop on an Icelandic Horse and explore! A completely pure breed, introduced to the island during the Viking settlement, these horses are perfect for both beginners and advanced riders alike.