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 – Special saddles – the meadows of the Great Hungarian Plain and the River Tisza region
Visiting the National Historical Memorial Park of Ópusztaszer, the Akhal-Teke stud by Steppe-Train and riding to the cattle herd
Accomodation in original kazah and mongolian yurts

No doubt that equestrian tours are the highlight of all riding experience. We have had several adventures and remarkable experiences during the tours we have organised. Below, I shall make an attempt to summarise the most interesting components of the equestrian tours we have organised during the past few years:

Get started, be on the road and reach elsewhere…

This is an inherent, ancient experience, which lies hiding in the realm of our instincts, which fills us with excitement, and if we experience it again and again, we carry on in our lives as completely different persons: once we have had the experience, we know that we would be deprived of something absolutely significant if we had missed it.

The horse during a tour provides us with an utterly special feeling: it feels as though we perceive the world in a different age as we progress differently along different paths similarly to nomadic riders, we ride from ,,river to river across mountains”…

This tour is a star tour, we return to our Yurt Camp every day.

In the largest part of the journey we ride through the rich and unspoilt flora and fauna of the landscape zones…
We ride about 25-35 km/day, but of course there are differences between the days.

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 in Yurts, in the pasture of the Akhal-Teke Stud, in Ópusztaszer. Our riders can stay in genuine Kazakh and Mongolian Yurts. Yurts are not tents, they represent an ancient form of men-made dwelling.
Yurts were wide-spread from Eastern Mongolia, to the steppes in Southern Russia and temporarily even in the Carpathian Basin as a representation of an ancient type of dwelling in a vast area.
Our Yurts are located in the grasing field of our stud. Our guests can see the starry sky through the open ceiling of the Yurts, and can also hear the noises moving horses make, so they rest in harmony with nature in close proximity with the horses just like our ancestors over 1000 years ago.
We serve dinner between 6-7 p.m.


Monday – Test riding and stud introduction
Breakfast is served at 8.am.
Familiarisation with the horses, mounting at 9 a.m. Test riding in the manage, generating rapport between individual riders and horses selected for them, riding skill assessment.
Short riding tour in the morning followed by lunch at the Yurts.
In the afternoon visit to the stud by Steppe-Train: Our groups are transported by vagon(s) towed by a tractor (like a train) to take an adventure tour to the Akhal-Teke Stud and our farm, to see the sires, work-horses and foals.
The Akhal-Teke breed we see during the tour was the companion and vehicle of our ancestors when they arrived in the Carpathian Basin, so our guests can see the horse breed used during the Hungarian Conquest.
Dinner: 6-7p.m.; Accommodation in the Yurts.


Tuesday – Riding to the grey cattle herd
Breakfast: 8 a.m. Departure at 9 o`clock, after 3 hours of riding, picnic lunch is served in the centre of the winter feeding grounds of the grey cattle herd. This venue is situated in an approximately 1,200 hectare nature conversation meadow, where our riders can have a good view of the special local protected fauna, such as the water buffaloes grazing in the open, the colorful bird population and the wide horizon of the intact meadows.
During the tour we ride at arms-length to the Hungarian Grey Cattle herd, in which you can see small calves and mighty bulls.
This landscape is a credible reflection of the great steppes.
Upon arrival back to Ópusztaszer, dinner is between 6-7 p.m. Accommodation in the Yurts.


Wednesday – Riding to the river Tisza
Breakfast: 8 a.m. Departure: 9 a.m.
After 3 hours of riding, picnic lunch at a double bend of the southern section of the river Tisza, which is called the “Ányási bend”. This is an intact and accessible part of the bank of this great river, which is one of the two major rivers in Hungary. During the tour we ride into the forest in the flood plain, and proceed amongst the splendid vegetation and fauna in this area. You can see abundant vegetation and lots of wild animals during this ride.
Dinner: between 6 and 7 p.m. at the yurt camp in the meadow of the Akhal-Teke stud at Ópusztaszer.


Thursday – A day in the forest, the seven huge arrows + visit the cyclorama in the Memorial Park, and the horse show
Breakfast: 8 a.m. Departure: 9 a.m.
During our ride we visit the local forests at Ópusztaszer. We ride in a magnificent oak forest and also in forests with miscellaneous tree species characteristic in the plain. We visit the memorial comprised of seven large arrows, which welcome visitors at Ópusztaszer. The arrows are several scores of metres tall, and they remind us of the seven chieftains, who led our ancestors to our present homeland.
In the afternoon, the program is to visit the Feszty-cyclorama in the National Historical Memorial Park and look the traditional horse show, presented by a riding team. The famous painting depicts the ancient Hungarian Invasion of the Carpathian Basin.
Dinner is between 6-7 p.m. Accomodation in the Yurts.


Friday – Riding to the river ferry port opposite to the village of Mindszent
Breakfast: 8 a.m. Departure: 9 a.m.
During this programme we penetrate inside a dense forest in a flood plain and complete an adventure riding tour amongst the jungle-like mighty trees and creeper plants. We cross the river like the ancestors of the Magyars did, on a ferry powered by the river current, and enjoy our lunch at a lovely place at an elevated part of the river bank under poplar trees. The river Tisza is one of the two major rivers in Hungary. It is commonly called “the blonde Tisza”.
After arrival back to the yurt camp, dinner is between 6-7 p.m. in the meadow of the Akhal-Teke stud at Ópusztaszer.


Saturday
Breakfast: 8 a.m.
Farewell and departure from the camp.

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 – Special saddles – the meadows of the Great Hungarian Plain and the River Tisza region
Visiting the National Historical Memorial Park of Ópusztaszer, the Akhal-Teke stud by Steppe-Train and riding to the cattle herd
Accomodation in original kazah and mongolian yurts

No doubt that equestrian tours are the highlight of all riding experience. We have had several adventures and remarkable experiences during the tours we have organised. Below, I shall make an attempt to summarise the most interesting components of the equestrian tours we have organised during the past few years:

Get started, be on the road and reach elsewhere…

This is an inherent, ancient experience, which lies hiding in the realm of our instincts, which fills us with excitement, and if we experience it again and again, we carry on in our lives as completely different persons: once we have had the experience, we know that we would be deprived of something absolutely significant if we had missed it.

The horse during a tour provides us with an utterly special feeling: it feels as though we perceive the world in a different age as we progress differently along different paths similarly to nomadic riders, we ride from ,,river to river across mountains”…

This tour is a star tour, we return to our Yurt Camp every day.

In the largest part of the journey we ride through the rich and unspoilt flora and fauna of the landscape zones…
We ride about 25-35 km/day, but of course there are differences between the days.

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 in Yurts, in the pasture of the Akhal-Teke Stud, in Ópusztaszer. Our riders can stay in genuine Kazakh and Mongolian Yurts. Yurts are not tents, they represent an ancient form of men-made dwelling.
Yurts were wide-spread from Eastern Mongolia to the steppes in Southern Russia and temporarily even in the Carpathian Basin as a representation of an ancient type of dwelling in a vast area. Our Yurts are located in the grasing field of our stud. Our guests can see the starry sky through the open ceiling of the Yurts and can also hear the noises moving horses make, so they rest in harmony with nature in close proximity with the horses just like our ancestors over 1000 years ago.
We serve dinner between 6-7 p.m.


Monday – Test riding and stud introduction
Breakfast is served at 8 a.m.
Familiarisation with the horses, mounting at 9 a.m. Test riding in the manage, generating rapport between individual riders and horses selected for them, riding skill assessment. Short riding tour in the morning followed by lunch at the Yurts.
In the afternoon visit to the stud by Steppe-Train: Our groups are transported by vagon(s) towed by a tractor (like a train) to take an adventure tour to the Akhal-Teke Stud and our farm, to see the sires, work-horses and foals.
The Akhal-Teke breed we see during the tour was the companion and vehicle of our ancestors when they arrived in the Carpathian Basin, so our guests can see the horse breed used during the Hungarian Conquest.
Dinner: 6-7 p.m.; Accommodation in the Yurts.


Tuesday – Riding to the Turul Statue
Breakfast: 8 a.m. Departure: 9 a.m.
After 3 hours of riding picnic lunch at the Turul Statue which commemorates the Hungarian conquest. The Turul (the peregrine falcon) is an important player in the sagas of origin of the Magyars.
Dinner is between 6-7 p.m. at the Yurt Camp, in the meadow of the Akhal-Teke stud at Ópusztaszer.


Wednesday – Riding to the kurgans in the meadow
Breakfast: 8 a.m. Departure: 9 a.m.
You can see kurgans all the way from the Carpathian Basin to Mongolia. These kurgans served as burial grounds for various people of the steppes for over 2000 years. Not as monumental as the pyramids, however they were used for the same purposes in vast areas all over Eurasia for a long period of time.
In our world today you can rarely see such landscape elements of steppes. The 1,600 kurgans explored in the Great Hungarian Plain represent only a fraction of all the steppe kurgans.
During our ride among the kurgans in the meadows of the plain along reeds and in oak forests in flood plains we can discover the rich flora in the plain which can be called a real jungle.
During our tour we can see a real manifestation of the shepherd culture in Great Hungarian Plain. Picnic lunch at a kurgan.
Upon arrival back to Ópusztaszer, dinner is between 6 and 7 p.m. at the Yurt Camp in the meadow of the Akhal-Teke stud at Ópusztaszer.


Thursday – Riding to the grey cattle herd, visit the cyclorama in the Memorial Park, and the horse show
Breakfast: 8 a.m. Departure at 9 o`clock. We ride to the centre of the winter feeding grounds of the grey cattle herd. This venue is situated in an approximately 1,200 hectare nature conversation meadow, where our riders can have a good view of the special local protected fauna, such as the water buffaloes grazing in the open, the colorful bird population and the wide horizon of the intact meadows.
During the tour we ride at arms-length to the Hungarian Grey Cattle herd, in which you can see small calves and mighty bulls.
This landscape is a credible reflection of the great steppes.
In the afternoon, the program is to visit the Feszty-cyclorama in the National Historical Memorial Park and look the traditional horse show, presented by a riding team. The painting depicts the ancient Hungarian Invasion of the Carpathian Basin. Dinner is between 6-7 p.m. Accomodation in the Yurts.


Friday – Riding to the river ferry port opposite to the village of Mindszent
Breakfast: 8 a.m. Departure: 9 a.m.
After 3 hours of riding we cross the river on the ferry and have lunch at an elevated part of the river bank under poplar trees. The river Tisza is one of the two major rivers in Hungary. It is commonly called “the Blonde Tisza”.
After riding back to Ópusztaszer, dinner is between 6-7 p.m. in the meadow of the Akhal-Teke stud at Ópusztaszer. Accomodation is in the Yurt Camp.


Saturday
Breakfast at 8 a.m.
Farewell and departure from the camp.


FROM BLOND TISZA TO THE BLUE DANUBE

DATES

2019.04.13 – 2019.04.20.

,,Take a flask of water from the Tisza to the Danube…”
This tour takes the riders from the flood plains of the river Tisza through the sand dunes of the Kiskunság region and the salty plains of Solt to the river Danube. This is a tour of riding long distances…

One of our friends, who participated in this tour, said at the end of the event: “We are inclined to think that we know our country. But now that we rode through the region of Kiskunság, it dawns on us that we hardly see it at all out of our car windows.”

It is impossible to cover such a long distance on foot. The horses however take the riders to places, which reflect the genuine characteristics of the region, and during the tour the riders can also experience unique features in nature, which they may think are non-existent anymore.

The sand dunes, the flat land, the long distances – these are features in the region that suit best the type of horses we breed in our stud. 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…

DAILY PROGRAMME

Saturday – Arrival/transfer
Seat yourself in our Yurt Camp, this is our first accommodation.
If it’s possible test riding and look around in the Akhal Teke Stud.
We have dinner between 19-20 o’clock.

Sunday – Riding to the river Tisza
Breakfast at 8 o’clock.
Start to go at 9 o’clock and after a 3-4 hour long riding we have the picnic. Then riding until our destination.
On the way we go through the romantic old floodplain of the river Tisza. There we have a picnic and collect water from the Tisza to take itt o the Danube…
Our accommodation will be at our Yurt Camp.
We have dinner between 19-20 o’clock.

Monday – Riding to Kiskunmajsa
On the way we go through the typical sodic desert of the Plain that will changing with the dunes of the Kiskunság…
Breakfast at 8 o’clock.
Start to go at 9 o’clock and after a 3-4 hour long riding we have the picnic. Then riding until our destination.. The next day (on Wednesday) we’ll have the possibility to have a bath in a Thermal spa at Kiskunmajsa.
The accommodation will be near to the Thermal spa, in a village guest house.
We have dinner between 19-20 o’clock.

Tuesday – Riding to Bugac
Breakfast at 8 o’clock.
In the morning go to the Thermal Spa… Start to go after lunch and riding until our destination. We go through a sand land with juniper bushes at Bugac..
In our destination (Bugac) there is a shepherd museum and a stud, and there are wranglers too. This is a very traditional horse and cattle breeder region.
Our accommodation will be in an intimate farmhouse.
We have dinner between 19-20 o’clock.

Wednesday – Riding to Akasztó
Breakfast at 8 o’clock.
Start to go at 9 o’clock and after a 3-4 hour long riding we have the picnic. Then riding until our destination.
That day we go through turf-grounds.
Accommodation will be in a village guest house.
We have dinner between 19-20 o’clock.

Thursday – Riding to Bakodpuszta
Breakfast at 8 o’clock.
Start to go at 9 o’clock and after a 3-4 hour long riding we have the picnic. Then riding until our destination.
During the riding we get insight into the romantic world of the Great Hungarian Plain. We can see native animals and protected species of water birds…
The accommodation will be at a wrangler ranch, our hosts are our dear friends, who are always pleased to see us.
Dinner at 19-20 o’clock.

Friday – Riding to the Dunube
Breakfast at 8 o’clock.
Start to go at 9 o’clock and after a 3-4 hour long riding we have the picnic. Then riding until our destination.
The vast saline-alkaline desert is similar to the ancient steppes, it gives a monumental panorama. At the end of the tour we will pour the water of the river Tisza into the water of the river Danube..
Accommodation will be in a village guest house.
We have dinner between 19-20 o’clock.

Saturday – day of departure/transfer
Breakfast at 8 o’clock.
Knowing behind us the 210 km long tour we go back to Ferihegy Airport to travel home.