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Portugal

May 16 - 23, 2020

Riding Experience

Welcome to São Miguel Island and the beautiful Azores. Known for a wonderful landscape, a wonderland of seething mud pots, fantastical caverns, and vivid crater lakes that speak of a volcanic origin that is best seen from horseback. Step back in time as you stay in a genuine 17th century estate of historical interest. The riding week offers a collection of half and full day rides combined with interesting sightseeing trips into towns, craters and hot springs.

Signature Moments

  • Explore the beautiful Azores by horseback
  • Stay in a 17th century farmhouse
  • Feast on a amazing home cooked meals
  • Step back in time as you ride through quaint villages
  • Enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery in the world
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Inclusions & Highlights
  • 7 Nights farmhouse accommodation
  • Airport transfer
  • All meals
  • 1 riding lesson
  • 3 half day rides
  • 3 full day rides
  • Excursion to Lagoa do Fogo
  • Visit Ponta Delgada
  • English speaking guide
  • Women's Travel Club leader
Itinerary
Day 1 - Arrive São Miguel

Welcome to the Azores!
Arrive anytime. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the farm. Spend the day at your leisure getting to know the farm. We will enjoy a wonderful meal together this evening and get to know each other.
Accommodations - Quinta da Terca

Days 2 - Riding Lesson

After breakfast we enjoy a one hour riding lesson in the arena to get used to our new mounts.
We enjoy lunch before heading off for our half day ride on the south side of Lagoa do Fogo. We ride on small roads and over pastures. A large part of the ride is on fields with milking cows. From the green pastures we have nice views over the middle parts of Sao Miguel.
Accommodations - Quinta da Terca

Days 3 - Full Day Ride

After breakfast we get ready for a full day ride across Sao Miguel island. We start in Livramento and end on the north coast in the village of Calhetas. During the day we will enjoy everything from lush green valleys, admire splendid sea views look at green pastures and ride through villages. We will stop for a picnic lunch in nature.
Accommodations - Quinta da Terca

Days 4 - Lagoa do Fogo

We leave by car to visit one of the most spectacular places on the island. Lagoa do Fogo (Firelake) and Caldeira Velha, a warm natural swimming pool with a beautiful waterfall (bring a swim suit). At the top of the mountain we look down in the crater of an extinct volcano to see the enormous lake. Next stop is Caldeira Velha where the warm water river joins into a waterfall, forming a pool in a steaming geyser under the leafy forest of tree ferns.
After lunch, we spend a charming half day ride leading up and down on winding roads with several nice opportunities for a canter. We ride to the top of a field with magnificent view of the north as well as the south coast.
Accommodations - Quinta da Terca

Days 5 - Full Day Ride

An unforgettable day, it is like riding in a fairytale landscape. The ride in Sete Cidades (twin lakes) takes us along the volcano crater rim overlooking the twin lakes on one side and the ocean on the other. The tranquility of the waters and the scent of the Hydrangeas, which border the crater rim, contrast the steep sides of the crater, creating a fascinating sight. Continuing down into the crater to the small and picturesque village of Sete Cidades and the Green and the Blue lakes. Enjoy a wonderful picnic lunch in nature.
Accommodations - Quinta da Terca

Days 6 - Ponta Delgada

Today a ride that offers a bit of everything including fun canters. We start the ride close to the ocean, then up and over the hill Pico da Multa, continuing through the village of Gramas and we finish close to Ribeira Grande. After lunch we visit to Ponta Delgada to do some shopping or an optional whale and dolphin safari (not included in price, will cost aroung 60 Euros/person).
Accommodations - Quinta da Terca

Day 7 - Depart

It is time to say good-bye to this beautiful destination, fabulous new friends and the wonderful horse that we have been so connected to all week.

**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

Important Details & Pricing
Rates

Double Occupancy - $3199 CAD per person (sharing a room)

Single Occupancy - $3499 CAD per person (your own room)

If you would like the double occupancy rate but don't have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room. Single occupancy very limited.

Deposit of $550 per person due at time of booking.

Final Payment due - April 1, 2020

*All payments are non-refundable Please see full terms and conditions.

Booking Deadline

December 1, 2019
Book Now! Tour may fill up at any time.
Please do not book flights until after December 1, 2019 unless instructed to do so by the Women's Travel Club. If not enough ladies are booked by the release date then this tour may be cancelled. If the Women's Travel Club cancels the tour all payments made will be refunded.

Activity Level

Moderate Activity
You will be riding a horse each day. While you don't need a lot of riding experience you will be much more comfortable if you are used to being on a horse and in a saddle.

Riding Level

Low - Moderate
You will need to advise your height, weight and riding level on the booking form, this is to help us choose the best-suitable horse for you to have a pleasant ride.
Level 1 - Someone who has never sat on a horse.
Level 2 - Has done a couple very easy rides.
Level 3 - Can ride rising trot.
Level 4 - Has had a number of lessons and is reasonably confident on a horse at walk, trot and canter.
Level 5 - Confident and in control on a forward going horse at a steady canter in the open over uneven ground. Has ridden for a number of years.

Group Size

Minimum - 6 ladies
Maximum - 9 ladies

Exclusions
  • International Airfare (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuity
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Early check-in and late check-out of hotel

Tour Leader

Linda Reavley
Linda Reavley has been teaching, training and competing in dressage for 30 years. Encore Equestiran offers lessons from beginner right through to FEI levels. Students range in age from 5 years old to seniors.

Flight Information

Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to info@womens-travel-club.com.
A Women's Travel Club agent is available to help you book your flights. Please do not book any flights until tour is confirmed. Follow this link to a form to request flight options and quotes. A Women's Travel Club agent will send you back the recommended flight option that best suits you. We are pleased to offer a flight booking service for your tour. As quoting of flights can be a time-consuming endeavor, a service fee of $113 ($100 plus HST) will apply.

Arrive to Nordela Airport, Ponta Delgada, Portugal
Depart from Nordela Airport, Ponta Delgada, Portugal

Flight Quote

Travel Insurance:

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
Use this link to request an insurance quote.
Insurance Quote

Accommodations
Women's Travel Club Portugal Riding Tour
Quinta da Terca

Each guest room has been individually furnished and decorated to give our guests a feeling of being at home - all with private bathrooms, accessories and cable TV.
The breakfast buffet is served in the part of the house where in former days the lordship had his personal horses. This "Old Stable" which has been carefully renovated and converted into a nice and cosy breakfast room.

Extra Hotel Nights

Often ladies will book a night at the first hotel prior to the tour. This gives them a chance to relax after a long flight and settle in before the tour starts. Let us know if you would like pricing and information on the hotel.
Follow this link to request pre or post tour hotel nights.

Hotel Request