Riding Tours

EQUESTRIAN PROGRAMMES


Being on the tour is undoubtedly the highest ranking leisure time that one can spend with a horse. Ever since we organize and participate in riding tours, we have experienced a lot of adventures. After so many years I’ll try to summarize what we think is the most interesting in it: Get started, be on the road and reach elsewhere…

It is a very ancient experience, it lurks in our instincts, thrills us, and if experience it, we move on as another man: we would be less if it had not happened. The horse adds a very special feeling to this road: as if we were to see the world from a different era, we move differently and walk on other roads, just as nomads were used to in ancient times from river to river, through the mountains…

The largest part of our journey leads us through intact and in flora and fauna rich landscape protection area. We do 25-35 km each day, but of course there are, there are differences between the distances.

MEALS: During the trip, we usually have a picnic lunch, served by the service car.
Breakfast is usually provided by the accommodation, dinner is typically a more hungarian meal consumed at the accomodation or restuarant.

HORSES, SADDLES: The Akhal Teke is a breed that ancient Magyars rode during the conquest of the land of Hungary today. This horse is famous for its high level of comfort… an ancient treasure from the mystical world of the Orient… During a 300 km long  tour in 2010 it proved that the legends about it are true…
Not only the horses, but also our saddles are special: Self-made Hungarian-style saddles, modernized for today’s riding needs and horses. They are extremely safe and comfortable, proven to be extremely usable during the tours of recent years…

REGISTRATION

Registration and further information at csat1996@gmail.com

ATTILA’s tour ancient sheers and forest paths

DATES

2019.08.25 – 2019.08.31 • 2019.09.15 – 2019.09.21

Akhal Teke horses in unique saddles in the Tisza region and the wilderness. With view at the Feszty Cyclorama and a horse show at Opusztaszer. With thermal baths, with a visit to the Hungarian Grey cattle herd. Accommodation in original Kazak and Mongolian yurts.

By appointment, it is possible to participate only for a few days…

Being on the tour is undoubtedly the highest ranking leisure time that one can spend with a horse. Ever since we organize and participate in riding tours, we have experienced a lot of adventures. After so many years I’ll try to summarize what we think is the most interesting in it:

Get started, be on the road and reach elsewhere…

It is a very ancient experience, it lurks in our instincts, thrills us, and if experience it, we move on as another man: we would be less if it had not happened. The horse adds a very special feeling to this road: as if we were to see the world from a different era, we move differently and walk on other roads, just as nomads were used to in ancient times from river to river, through the mountains…

The trip is a star tour, we return to the yurt camp every day where we started from.

Ópusztaszer is geographically fortunate: It lies on the border of the areas from which the sand dunes and groves of Kiskunság, saline soils of the Great Hungarian Plain and the wild alluvial area of the Tisza can be reached. The largest part of our journey leads us through intact and in flora and fauna rich landscape protection area. We do 25-35 km each day, but of course there are, there are differences between the distances.

HORSES AND SADDLES:

During our riding tours you can discover the landscapes affected by our journey, riding the horse of the hungarian conquestors, the legendary Akhal Teke. This is the breed with which our history is intertwined and is famous for its special comfort…

Not only the horses, but also our saddles are special: Self-made Hungarian-style saddles, modernized for today’s riding needs and horses. They are extremely safe and comfortable, proven to be extremely usable during the tours of recent years…

For those who are interested in the Akhal Teke breed or in our saddles, this tour or its abbreviated version gives a good opportunity to try them and get acquainted.

For those who do not want to sleep in the yurt, we can provide single accommodations in Hotel Aqua nearby at an additional cost.

DAILY PROGRAMME

Sunday – Arrival Accommodation at the yurt camp of the Akhal-Teke Stud of Ópusztaszer. Guests are accommodated in original Kazak and Mongolian yurts. The yurt is not a tent. It is one of the ancient forms of man-made dwellings and homes. From eastern Mongolia to the steppes of southern Russia, and temporarily to the Carpathian Basin, it was the most wide spread among the ancient accommodation types.

The yurt camp is located on the grazing area of the stud. At night, guests can see the starry sky through the open yurt roof and hear the sounds of the horses. This way our guests can have a rest in harmony with nature, in close contact to horses, just like our ancestors did more than 1000 years ago. Dinner: 18-19 o’clock.


Monday – Trial ride and stud visit Breakfast at 8 o’clock. Getting acquainted with horses, mounting at 9 o’clock. Trial ride, making of horse-rider pairs, level assessment. After a short morning ride, lunch at the yurt camp.
In the afternoon stud visit with the Steppe train: The team sitting on an eccentric cart, which is towed by a tractor (similar to a train set) makes an adventurous circle in the wilderness. The Akhal Stud of Ópusztaszer and its ranch will be shown for them. Including the stallions, workhorses and small foals.
The Akhal Teke breed shown to the team was the companion of our ancestors upon our arrival in the Carpathian Basin. If you like to put it that way, you can have a look at the horse of the Hungarian conquestors. Dinner at 18-19 o’clock. Accommodation at the yurt camp of the Akhal Stud of Ópusztaszer.


Tuesday – Ride to the Grey Cattle herd Breakfast at 8 o’clock. Departure at 9 o’clock, after 3 hours of riding picnic lunch at central winter grazing area of the herd. It is located in a mere 1200 acres of landscape protection area with a good view of its unique and protected fauna, the free grazing buffalo, colourful bird population and horizon of the untouched sheer. During the journey we get to know the Hungarian grey cattle herd, little calves and the bull… The landscape is an authentic face of the hungarian steppe. After getting home dinner is at 18-19 o’clock at the yurt camp of the Akhal Stud of Ópusztaszer.


Wednesday – Riding to the river Tisza Breakfast at 8 o’clock. Departure at 9 o’clock, and after 3 hours of horseback riding a picnic lunch at the most beautiful double bend of the southern part of the river Tisza, which is called the Ányási curve. It is an untouched and accessible coastline of Tisza, one of the two great rivers of Hungary. During the journey we penetrate into the forest of the flood plains, with its magnificent flora and fauna. Dinner at 18-19 o’clock. Accommodation at the yurt camp of the Akhal Stud of Ópusztaszer.


Thursday – Forest day, arrows + Feszty cyclorama, horse show Breakfast at 8 o’clock. Departure at 9 o’clock. During our journey we visit the forests of Ópusztaszer. We ride under large oak trees and in the world of mixed forests of the Hungarian plain. We are looking at the seven giant arrows that are rising up to ten meters above us recalling the seven chieftains who introduced us to our present country. Lunch at the yurt camp of the Akhal Stud of Ópusztaszer. In the afternoon, we visit the Feszty Cyclorama (a monumental panoramic painting by Árpád Feszty about the arrival of the Hungarians to the Carpathian Basin) and a traditional horse Show at Ópusztaszer Heritage Park. Dinner at 18-19 o’clock. Accommodation at the yurt camp of the Akhal Stud of Ópusztaszer.


Friday – Riding to the ferry crossing at Mindszent Breakfast at 8 o’clock. Departure at 9 o’clock. During our journey we penetrate the clutter of the alluvial woodlands and make an adventurous circle between the jungle-like giant trees and creeping plants of the river Tisza. In an ancient way, we take the ferry across the river and spend our lunch on a cozy spot on the coast of Tisza at an elevated point below the poplars. The Tisza River is one of the two great rivers of Hungary. It is also called as “blond Tisza”. After riding home dinner at 18-19 o’clock at the yurt camp of the Akhal Stud of Ópusztaszer.


Saturday – Breakfast at 8 o’clock. Farewell and departure.

ATTILA’s tour to the
world of the Hungarian steppe

DATES

2019.04.28 – 2019.05.04 • 2019.06.23 – 2019.06.29

Akhal Teke horses in unique saddles in the Tisza region and the wilderness. With view at the Feszty Cyclorama and a horse show at Opusztaszer. With thermal baths, with a visit to the Hungarian Grey cattle herd. Accommodation in original Kazak and Mongolian yurts.

By appointment, it is possible to participate only for a few days…

Being on the tour is undoubtedly the highest ranking leisure time that one can spend with a horse. Ever since we organize and participate in riding tours, we have experienced a lot of adventures. After so many years I’ll try to summarize what we think is the most interesting in it:

Get started, be on the road and reach elsewhere…

It is a very ancient experience, it lurks in our instincts, thrills us, and if experience it, we move on as another man: we would be less if it had not happened. The horse adds a very special feeling to this road: as if we were to see the world from a different era, we move differently and walk on other roads, just as nomads were used to in ancient times from river to river, through the mountains…

The trip is a star tour, we return to the yurt camp every day where we started from.

Ópusztaszer is geographically fortunate: It lies on the border of the areas from which the sand dunes and groves of Kiskunság, saline soils of the Great Hungarian Plain and the wild alluvial area of the Tisza can be reached. The largest part of our journey leads us through intact and in flora and fauna rich landscape protection area. We do 25-35 km each day, but of course there are, there are differences between the distances.

HORSES AND SADDLES:

During our riding tours you can discover the landscapes affected by our journey, riding the horse of the hungarian conquestors, the legendary Akhal Teke. This is the breed with which our history is intertwined and is famous for its special comfort…

Not only the horses, but also our saddles are special: Self-made Hungarian-style saddles, modernized for today’s riding needs and horses. They are extremely safe and comfortable, proven to be extremely usable during the tours of recent years…

For those who are interested in the Akhal Teke breed or in our saddles, this tour or its abbreviated version gives a good opportunity to try them and get acquainted.

For those who do not want to sleep in the yurt, we can provide single accommodations in Hotel Aqua nearby at an additional cost.

DAILY PROGRAMME

Sunday – Arrival Accommodation at the yurt camp of the Akhal-Teke Stud of Ópusztaszer. Guests are accommodated in original Kazak and Mongolian yurts. The yurt is not a tent. It is one of the ancient forms of man-made dwellings and homes. From eastern Mongolia to the steppes of southern Russia, and temporarily to the Carpathian Basin, it was the most wide spread among the ancient accommodation types.

The yurt camp is located on the grazing area of the stud. At night, guests can see the starry sky through the open yurt roof and hear the sounds of the horses. This way our guests can have a rest in harmony with nature, in close contact to horses, just like our ancestors did more than 1000 years ago. Dinner: 18-19 o’clock.


Monday – Trial ride and stud visit Breakfast at 8 o’clock. Getting acquainted with horses, mounting at 9 o’clock. Trial ride, making of horse-rider pairs, level assessment. After a short morning ride, lunch at the yurt camp.
In the afternoon stud visit with the Steppe train: The team sitting on an eccentric cart, which is towed by a tractor (similar to a train set) makes an adventurous circle in the wilderness. The Akhal Stud of Ópusztaszer and its ranch will be shown for them. Including the stallions, workhorses and small foals.
The Akhal Teke breed shown to the team was the companion of our ancestors upon our arrival in the Carpathian Basin. If you like to put it that way, you can have a look at the horse of the Hungarian conquestors. Dinner at 18-19 o’clock. Accommodation at the yurt camp of the Akhal Stud of Ópusztaszer.


Tuesday – Ride to the Grey Cattle herd Breakfast at 8 o’clock. Departure at 9 o’clock, after 3 hours of riding picnic lunch at central winter grazing area of the herd. It is located in a mere 1200 acres of landscape protection area with a good view of its unique and protected fauna, the free grazing buffalo, colourful bird population and horizon of the untouched sheer. During the journey we get to know the Hungarian grey cattle herd, little calves and the bull… The landscape is an authentic face of the hungarian steppe. After getting home dinner is at 18-19 o’clock at the yurt camp of the Akhal Stud of Ópusztaszer.


Wednesday – Ride to the kurgans in the plain Breakfast at 8 o’clock. Departure at 9 o’clock. One can find such kurgans from the Carpathian Basin to Mongolia. People of the steppe have buried under those heaps for over 2000 years. Even if these are not so monumental, there is a parallel with the pyramids, and they have been widespread in vast regions of Eurasia for a long time. Nowadays we see less and less of this scenery: the landscape elements of the steppe world. The more than 1600 kurgans studied in the Hungarian plain are just a fraction of all such heaps. During the quest for kurgans, we ride on the steppe of the Great Plain, along the reeds, in the old oak forest of floodplain, whose flora is so rich that we could call it the jungle of the Great Plain. During our journey the shepherd culture of the Great Plain comes to life. The picnic lunch takes place at the kurgan. After riding home, dinner at 18-19 o’clock. Accommodation at the yurt camp of the Akhal Stud of Ópusztaszer.


Thursday – Ride to the Grey Cattle herd + Feszty cyclorama, horse show Breakfast at 8 o’clock. Departure at 9 o’clock. The grazing area of the cattle herd is located in a mere 1200 acres of landscape protection area with a good view of its unique and protected fauna, the free grazing buffalo, colourful bird population and horizon of the untouched sheer. During the journey we get to know the Hungarian grey cattle herd, little calves and the bull… The landscape is an authentic face of the hungarian steppe. Lunch at the yurt camp of the Akhal Stud of Ópusztaszer. In the afternoon, we visit the Feszty Cyclorama (a monumental panoramic painting by Árpád Feszty about the arrival of the Hungarians to the Carpathian Basin) and a traditional horse Show at Ópusztaszer Heritage Park. Dinner at 18-19 o’clock. Accommodation at the yurt camp of the Akhal Stud of Ópusztaszer.


Friday – Riding to the ferry crossing at Mindszent Breakfast at 8 o’clock. Departure at 9 o’clock. During our journey we penetrate the clutter of the alluvial woodlands and make an adventurous circle between the jungle-like giant trees and creeping plants of the river Tisza. In an ancient way, we take the ferry across the river and spend our lunch on a cozy spot on the coast of Tisza at an elevated point below the poplars. The Tisza River is one of the two great rivers of Hungary. It is also called as “blond Tisza”. After riding home, dinner at 18-19 o’clock at the yurt camp of the Akhal Stud of Ópusztaszer.


Saturday – Breakfast at 8 o’clock. Farewell and departure.


FROM BLOND TISZA TO THE BLUE DANUBE

DATES

2019.04.13 – 2019.04.20.

,,Take a bottle of water from the Tisza to the Danube…”
From the floodplain area of Tisza, through the sand dunes of
Kiskunság, through the saline steppe of the solti plain to the Danube. This is a tour of long rides…

One of our friends, who rode with us at the end of this tour, said: “We would think we know our country and now that we have been riding through the Kiskunság, we must realize that we see little from the window of cars.”

It is not possible to make such a long walk on foot, the horse takes you to places that show the ancient face of the countryside: a part of nature, what we thought would not exist any more.

The sand, the wilderness, the great distances – this landscape fits the most to the horses we breed: The Akhal Teke is the “conquest horse”, which is famous for its special comfort… it is an ancient treasure of the mysterious eastern world… Our first Tisza-Danube tour in 2010 proved that the legends about this breed are true…

DAILY PROGRAMME

Saturday – Arrival/transfer
Airport: Budapest Liszt Ferenc Airport. Transfer to Ópusztaszer. Accomodation at the Yurt camp the housing for the first day of stay, getting acquainted with the Akhal-Teke Stud of Ópusztaszer.
Dinner at 18-19 o’clock.

Sunday – Ride to the river Tisza
Breakfast at 8 o’clock. Departure at 9 o’clock, after 3-4 hours of riding we get a picnic lunch, afterwards riding to the destination.
During our trip, we are surrounded by a rich flora and fauna of the Tisza’s former flood space. We spend our rest and lunch on the banks of Tisza, where we have the opportunity to immerse a bottle, so that we can take a bottle of water from the Tisza to the Danube at the end of the journey…
Dinner at 19-20 o’clock.

Monday – Ride to Kiskunmajsa
Breakfast at 8 o’clock. Departure at 9 o’clock, after 3-4 hours of riding we get a picnic lunch, afterwards riding to the destination.
During our trip, we are surrounded by a rich flora and fauna of the Tisza’s former flood space. In the evening you can visit a thermal spa at Kiskunmajsa for chilling out.
The accommodation will be located in a rural property near the spa…
Dinner at 19-20 o’clock.

Tuesday – Ride to Bugac
Breakfast at 8 o’clock.
Bathing in the Thermal Spa… After the lunch, departure and riding to the destination. We ride through sand dunes and junipers…
In Bugac, where the shepherds’ culture of the Great Plains comes to live, a stud and a grey cattle herd are grazing and even a shepherd museum can be found in the vicinity of our accomodation.
Accommodation: our host is a Hungarian grey cattle breeder and has a biofarm. Our cozy accommodation is located right next to the farm…
Dinner at 19-20 o’clock.

Wednesday – Ride to Akasztó
Breakfast at 8 o’clock. Departure at 9 o’clock, after 3-4 hours of riding we get a picnic lunch, afterwards riding to the destination.
Our journey leads through the Turjános and the plains of Bugac…
Our accommodation will be in a rural guest house.
Dinner at 19-20 o’clock.

Thursday – Ride to Bakodpuszta
Breakfast at 8 o’clock. Departure at 9 o’clock, after 3-4 hours of riding we get a picnic lunch, afterwards riding to the destination. The sandy-saline plains, through which we move are similar to the ancient steppe, and provide a monumental panoramic view. Accommodation: our hosts are our dear wrangler friends, who are always pleased to see us.
Dinner at 19-20 o’clock.

Friday – Ride to the coast of the Dunube
Breakfast at 8 o’clock. Departure at 9 o’clock, after 3-4 hours of riding we get a picnic lunch, afterwards riding to the destination.
Reaching the Danube, the loess walls of the other bank are visible in the hilly Transdanubian region… Accommodation: Private accommodation near the Danube.
Dinner at 19-20 o’clock.

Saturday – day of departure/transfer