Your adventure with GIULIO:

From the Mountain to the Sea


SPECIAL PRICE: 1900 $ (from 18/5 to 25/5)

BASIC PRICE:    2300 $ (Custom dates from March to October)

SMART PRICE:   The more, the merrier! 
                           5% discount on basic price for you, if you come with a friend.
                                               5% discount on basic price for everyone, if you are 3, 4, 5 or 6 friends.

                                               10% discount on basic price for everyone, if you are 7, 8, 9 or 10 friends.



Description

Duration: one week, 6 days on horseback
A journey from the mountains to the sea, at the discovery of the Maremma with its gorgeous wild landscape.
The program may be modified at any time due to prevailing weather conditions or for technical reasons.

Track / Route


Number of participants: Min. 4 - Max. 8
Length of Trek: 8 days and 7 nights with 6 days of riding.
Itinerary: ,Farmhouse, Fiora Valley, Saturnia Thermal Baths, Albegna River, Maremma Regional Parc.
Length: Approx. 170 km total with daily trips of 25 to 40 km.
Difficulty: Average.
Main difficulties: difficult fords, uneven trails, trial ride of the Maremmana mount.
Main gaits: Amble, trot, gallop where possible.
Altitude: Maximum. 860 m. minimum 0 m. above sea level.
Terrain: Predominantly mountain paths, country roads and dirt roads.
The guides: An experienced guide rides with the group while an assistant takes the luggage to the overnight site and prepares the fencing for the horses.
The horses: All the horses are trained in Western riding and particularly suitable for trekking.
The stages: Each stage lasts about 5 - 6 hours shared between the morning (longer ride) and the afternoon.
The minibus: carries our luggage and may be used for some of the transfers
The farmhouses: are carefully chosen by us taking into consideration their typicality, comfort, cuisine and stables for the horses and equipment.
The picnic: Is prepared in the morning and is taken to destination by minibus or carried in the saddlebags.
Dinner and breakfast: Are served in the farm house using typical local products.
Night-time: Accommodation is in double rooms, single room if available on request.

Programme

Saturday: Arrival and accommodation at the Farmhouse. In the evening, participants will be assigned their horses and they will meet their guide and the other participants to chat and get to know each other.

Sunday:
Entire day on horseback to verify horse & rider compatibility, with picnic and return to the Farmhouse.

Monday 1st stage:
From the Farmhouse we ride towards the Fiora River where we'll stop for our picnic and a swim in the river. Afterwards, we'll continue riding along the river and will ride on the Etruscan "vie cave" and visit the Etruscan Necropoles of Sovana. The country house where we will spend the night is closed by.

Tuesday 2nd stage: We leave the Fiora Valley and reach Saturnia, following the Stellata, which is the river of thermal waters with its source at the famous waterfalls. Picnic and the possibility of a swim in the thermal waters. Afterwards we follow the Stellata until it joins the Albenga River and follow it down to the country house for the night.

Wednesday 3rd stage: We follow the river into the Maremma hills, a ride which takes us through fords and rich vegetation in an area still relatively uninhabited. Leaving the river we ride through the hills of Scansano, and the vineyards famous for Morellino wine. In the evening we reach our country house next to a farm that breeds and trains Maremmana horses.

Thursday 4th stage: At this point we ride through the characteristic Maremma area of Monti dell'Uccellina, entering the Maremma Parc where we stop for our picnic. In the afternoon we'll take an excursion across the hills and enjoy the fantastic views from the hilltops where they slope steeply down to the sea. Finally we'll reach our country house near Alberese.

Friday 5th stage: We ride into the Alberese Farm, the heart of Maremma parc, with its 4000 ha. Marshland until beginning of 1900 it has been drained and now the land is used for breeding Maremma horses and cows. We will see the "Butteri" (Tuscan cowboys) with their Marremana horses and typical saddles known as "scafarda". In the parc there are also several wild animals such as the wild boar and deer, who with a bit of luck we will have the chance to see. Pic - nic next to the beach with of course possibility to swin into the sea. In the afternoon, we head back to the country house, where we leave our horses and drive to the Farmhouse by mini-bus. In the evening we will enjoy our final dinner together during which every participant will receive a small souvenir and a map of our journey.

Saturday: Breakfast and departure.


General notes and informations

There are two ways to enjoy a trekking experience!
Choose an offer in our programme or request your personal trekking experiences of varying durations and accommodation packages, for groups of 5 persons min.
Saturday night arrival at the Farmhouse and the first consultation. We'll discuss how the trek is organized and where we will go, while you talk about your experience on horseback so that the guides will be able to match horse and rider.
The accomodations
There are two different types of accommodation on the trek, either in agrituristic establishments on the way, or sleeping in tents under the stars.
Meals
Our pic-nic is prepared in the morning and is packed in the saddlebags.
Horses
Your horse is assigned after a chat with the guide, who matches horse with rider. His or her decision is based not only on horse-rider experience but also on personality factors. On Sunday we'll take an all-day ride to try out the horse, tack and equipment.
The tack
The equipment consists of a Western saddle with the addition of saddlebags for the transport of personal objects and the picnic.
Daily rides
A day stage usually the duration of each day's ride is between 5-6 hours.
Riding gear
Your riding gear should be comfortable and most importantly, should not be brand new (especially footwear), since new gear often holds unpleasant surprises. The footwear should be comfortable not only for riding, but also for walking, with a hard sole that permits a good contact between foot and stirrup. Footwear with a slick sole and very tight clothing should be avoided. The trousers should be comfortable and robust. You may also need a raincoat (available for rental), a hat for protection, a portable light, a small knife, swimwear, and a sleeping bag; you should bring along a light jumper for the evening. The belongings together should not be too bulky since there is limited space on the transport vehicle and in the saddlebags. Please avoid suitcases with a hard surface.
First aid
Your guide can provide basic medication and will take along a first-aid kit on the trek. Any health conditions that require special medication should be brought to the attention of the guide before departure on the trek. Allergy sufferers should bring their own medicines, as those who suffer allergies from common medications.
Accomodation in tents
Organisation of a trekking experience in tents

Overnight stays in tents in campsites which we specially equip gives our guests a fascinating experience. We set up our campsites in areas far away from city lights and noise, allowing us to discover nature that is untouched by human habitation. Also, the chance to stay together in the evening around the campfire gives each trek a unique quality, making the experience a true journey in every sense.
Travelling
The travel is the greatest pleasure for a rider who loves nature. Participating in the trip and assisting both in the care for the horses and in the workings of the camp makes the holiday more pleasing and complete.
Guides
Two guides accompany the riders on horseback and another guide travels with an off-road vehicle and organizes the camp.
Off-road vehicle
Transports all of the necessary equipment including our guests' baggage.
The camp
The tent camp consists of a large tent with chairs and tables which we use for breakfast and dinner, a changing tent, igloo tents for sleeping up to two guests which are equipped with comfortable mattresses, a portable kitchen ready to satisfy the biggest appetites, and a water supply for drinking and personal hygiene. For our horses, we supply a portable fence, horse feed, and hay, if necessary.
The camp kitchen
We have designed a trailer which is equipped with all the cooking and refrigeration equipment necessary to offer you delicious meals which you can enjoy seated together under the dining tent.
Accomodation in agrituristic establishments
For those who enjoy travelling on horseback but prefer to sleep indoors, we organize treks with accommodation in agrituristic establishments. The organization of these treks is the same as for those organized in tents, with the exception of dining and sleeping arrangements. We have chosen the best agrituristic establishments of the zone in order to offer you the chance to enjoy the authentic cuisine and products of southern Tuscany.

 
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