Italian Escape & Riding Holiday – 2020
8 Days | Departs 24 May 2020
Tour Dates:  24 May –  31 May 2020

Overview

A small group tour to Italy for those that love to combine travel with a horse riding experience.  The tour is also suitable for non-riders and those who love to share an adventure with like minded people with a similar interest. The tour includes sightseeing in Rome with some free days for flexibility.  We have chosen this horse-riding option so you can experience the breathtakingly splendid 17th century CastleCastello di Santa Cristina. The property has been in the noble Caterini family for generations and still has a resident Count. It is located in Southern Tuscany half way between Orvieto and Siena, closely bordering with the regions of Umbria and Tuscany. The beauty of the local scenery, with home cooked Italian food and local wine are another great reason to stay here.  For those that love a trail ride in the Italian countryside, relax at the local spa or have a massage, enjoy a cooking class, visit a local winery, explore ancient hillside towns in the surrounding area of Castle Cristina this tour is for you.

This tour is suitable for those joining our CHIO Aachen tour.

Tour Highlights

  • 3 Nights in Historical Rome with a 48-hour, Hop-On/ Hop-Off Discover pass
  • 4 Nights at the stunning Castle Cristina in the heart of Southern Tuscany/Umbria region
  • Italian cooking class
  • ½ day trip to the hillside town of Orvieto with its magnificient Cathedral
  • A visit to Pitigliano and a visit to a local winery nearby with wine tasting
  • Welcome drink and guided tour of Santa Cristina Castle to learn of its history
  • Plenty of Free time for, relaxing, people watching and Shopping
  • Optional 3-day trail riding in Southern Tuscany/Umbria region: One full day (4/5 hours including lunch) plus two half-days (2/3 hr) in the surrounding countryside
  • Tour host and Travel wallet

This tour would also suit non-riding partners and non-riders as there are many other activities available to enjoy during their ride time.  It is also a great tour for the first time and solo travellers. We can offer to match solo travellers if preferred to avoid the single supplement.

For further information email: info@snaffletravel.com.au

Itinerary

(D) Sunday 24 May 2020
Rome

On arrival into Romes international airport you will transfer to your accommodation in Rome city with the remainder of the day at leisure.  This evening enjoy a welcome dinner with the group. The hotel is located in a quiet area with many local restaurants nearby and just 10 minutes to the main train station and the hop on hop off bus stop.

Dinner at a local restaurant this evening.

3 Nights – Hotel the Building or similar hotel including American buffet breakfast daily.

www.thebuildinghotelrome.com/en/ – 4 star hotel

(B) Monday 25 May 2020
Rome 

Today is a free day to enjoy the sights with your 48 hour Hop on Hop off bus pass, a great way to see the city. From the Trevi Fountain to the Colosseum, Rome’s abundant sights rival those of any other city.  Hop on and off any stop for amazing photo opportunities and to learn the history of days gone by. (Hop on hop off pass included)

Dinner at leisure tonight or with your group at a local restaurant.

(B) Tuesday 26 May 2020
Rome

Today is a free day and another chance to get lost in Rome with your Hop-on/Hop-off bus pass.  You might like to visit a gallery, throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain or visit the Vatican. The choice is yours on how you will spend your day and your tour host will be happy to point you in the right direction.  Dinner at leisure. (Hop-on bus pass included)

(B,D) Wednesday 27 May 2020
Rome – Santa Cristina Castle

You will have the morning free for some last minute shopping before taking the train from Rome to Orvieto.  On arrival in Orvieto we transfer to Santa Cristina Castle.  Later this afternoon enjoy a tour of the castle and this evening enjoy a welcome drink and meet your host for a short briefing.  Dinner this evening is a three-course affair with local wine. (2nd class rail Rome to Orvieto, welcome drink and dinner included)

Note: The itinerary for your stay at Santa Cristina is a sample guide. Riders may be split into separate groups depending on their riding ability. 

Seven nights – Castle Santa di Cristina with full buffet breakfast and three-course set dinner including wine daily.

(B,D) Thursday 28 May 2020
Santa Cristina Castle

This morning the riders meet their mounts before exploring the local countryside on horseback with their guide.  The non-riders have some free time to go for a wander around the 100 hectare estate or hire an electric bike and enjoy some trails.  At mid-day we will transfer to Orvieto – a pretty hillside town with a magnificent Cathedral.  Find a nice outdoor restaurant to enjoy lunch in Orvieto (at own expense) and have some time to explore. (1/2 day transfer to Orvieto and entrance fees to Orvieto Cathedral included. Lunch not included.)

(B,L, D) Friday 29 May 2020
Santa Cristina Castle

Today enjoy a full-day ride to nearby Lake Bolsena.  From the castle we ride through the neighbouring farmland, through chestnut woods on an ancient track which carries us right above the crater of Lake Bolsena – the largest volcanic lake in Europe.  As we head down to the lake you will note many Etruscan tombs scattered throughout the countryside. Some are reused by farmers as cellars for their wine but still serve as a reminder of the ancient history which abounds in this area.  Lunch is served at a typical Trattoria, right on the beach or a picnic lunch. The trail home passes through the archaeological area of Pianezze, full of these Etruscan tombs dating back 2600 years. (Full day ride and lunch included for riders).  (Non-riders will enjoy a cooking class and lunch at the Castle)

(B,D) Saturday 30 May 2020
Santa Cristina Castle

After breakfast, the riders will enjoy the Brigands Trail through rural country, wooded hills, small fields and forest tracks to bring you out below the fortified town of Onano, with its medieval castle.  Continue riding to the medieval church of Madonna delle Grazie and along a winding country track back to Santa Cristina.  This afternoon visit a local winery and find a lovely restaurant in Pitigliano for lunch (at own expense).  (Trail ride for the riders, transfers to Pitigliano and local winery included for all)

Sunday 31 May 2020
(B) Santa Cristina Castle – Rome Airport

After breakfast we transfer by car to Rome Fiumicino Airport where we say our farewells and check-in for our return flight home to Australia and for those continuing on to Aachen, Germany we will take a short flight to Frankfurt.  This evening overnight at a hotel near the airport before joining the CHIO Aachen tour the following morning.

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