Horse riding and culture break

Greek Islands, Zakynthos, Greece

5 days from
per person
$1,962

Holiday Itinerary

Join this 4 night / 5 day Greek horse riding holiday in this amazing, lush part of the Ionian isles. The combination of riding and with local culture on this magical island will give you incredible sights to take in on horseback.

This horse riding holiday is an authentic Zakynthian experience for travellers who want to embrace all they can on their holiday time and who are looking for a real change from the normal mass-produced tours.

Your horse riding will be led by the Tsourakis family, who have been respected horsemen for several generations. They genuinely love horses, people, and showing off their gorgeous island. The family also speaks English, so they can give you some insight during your tours. The Tsourakis farm currently has over 20 well-trained horses and they will find the horse best suited for you.

In addition to riding, your hosts have picked some great activities so you can really get a feel of the tastes, sounds and some of the best sights Zakynthos has to offer during your week here. There’s plenty of time for feasting, relaxing by the pool, an ocean swim or even planning a special outdoor activity that you’ve always wanted to try. Your hosts would be happy to guide you!

The horse riding holiday includes accommodation in comfortable fully equipped rooms, with your Greek host family on site at all times; an authentic Greek home away from home.

Who is this horse riding holiday for?
- This holiday is suitable for all levels from complete beginners to experienced riders
- Minimum age 18 with no upper age limit
- Your hosts are Greek/Australian but fluent in English
- Activities are conducted in English

I’m a solo traveller - can I join?
- This holiday is a great option for solo travellers, all the activities are very sociable and you are welcome to join an existing group
- The host also arranges alternative excursions such as drinks with a great view, or dinner out on the town so feel free to come along
- To book a private single room, email hello@golearnto.com, contact us via live chat or call us to check availability and prices

When can I start?
- This holiday runs from 25 March to 11 November
- Horse riding holidays are for 4 nights / 5 days
- If you wish to stay for extra nights, please email to check availability for your preferred duration and we will do our best to accommodate you
- If dates appear ‘on request’, please email us hello@golearnto.com and we’ll check availability for your preferred day of arrival as quickly as possible

A typical day
Please note this itinerary is for guidance only and is subject to change depending on the group’s needs and wishes but is typically as follows:

Day 1 - Arrival and welcome dinner
- On arrival you will be collected from the airport, transferred to your accommodation and given time to settle into your new surroundings
- Your hosts will take you to the region of Bohali, at the very top of Zakynthos town, where you’ll enjoy a traditional welcome dinner, with magnificent views; relax with traditional singers, local wine and a dash of ouzo
- Over dinner, they’ll answer any questions you may have and tell you about all the things to see and do on the island

Day 2 - Horse riding in Laganas sand dunes            
- Enjoy a leisurely Greek breakfast at your accommodation
- After breakfast, you’ll head over to the Tsourakis’ farm for a guided 2 hour ride through open valley fields, with wild flowers surrounded by beautiful greenery
- Next, you’ll trek through a cool pine forest, leading to sand dunes at Kalamaki beach
- Return to the villa and enjoy a leisurely afternoon
- Later on, your hosts can drive you to Agios Sostis area, where you might choose to enjoy a lovely seaside dinner and drinks at the locals’ favourite cocktail bar - if you like mojitos, they make the best!

Day 3 - Scenic drive to the historical hill village of Kiliomenos
- Relax over a leisurely Greek breakfast before departing for Abelostrates Taverna in Kiliomenos village for coffee, while the horses are prepared for your ride
- Depart with your guide Andonis (also owner of the taverna) for your 2 hour ride through some of the most scenic countryside in Zakynthos  
- Arrive back at the taverna, freshen up and relax before your rustic lunch is served
- Return to accommodation and enjoy the rest of the day as you like

Day 4 - Swimming at Shipwreck Bay and a magical sunset dinner
- Wake up at your own pace today and enjoy a relaxing morning in lovely Laganas resort.
- Around midday, set off for the north of the island, with several gastronomic stops along the way
- You'll take a boat past fabulous blue caves to the famous Shipwreck Bay and have a dip; if the weather is too windy for the boat, you will still be able to admire the shipwreck from the viewing platform set into the cliff top
- There will be a traditional dinner in the evening at the locals’ favorite tavern in Kabi; not only is this restaurant famous for Zakynthian cuisine and its welcoming owners, but for the most magical sun sets on the island

Day 5 - Departure
- This morning, enjoy a traditional breakfast, maybe a walk to Laganas Main Street for shopping or a stroll to Laganas beach to take a last dip
- Your driver will take you in good time to the airport or port for your departure

Please note: each day you’ll have the opportunity to treat yourself to an additional exclusive optional excursion, or let your hosts know if they can help you arrange something specifically for you.

About your horse instructors
- Your horse instructor and guides are a family that own a local farm and 20 horses and will match you to the perfect equestrian companion
- In addition to the family, you’ll get to meet the local taverna owner who will accompany you for a sightseeing trek, followed by lunch at his place

Where will I be staying?
- You will stay in the family’s studio complex in a studio complete with bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and verandah where you can relax
- All rooms have air-conditioning, TV and WiFi
- Accommodation is included for 4 nights / 5 days
- Check in anytime after 12pm on day 1 and check out by 12pm on day 5

Are meals included?
- There will be a healthy Greek breakfast each day
- 3 meals including: a welcome dinner, a breathtaking sunset dinner and a rustic country style lunch at taverna
- All soft drinks and wine are included with every meal
- If you have dietary requests, these must be communicated at the time of booking

Restricted mobility access
Please find below some information regarding the accommodation and location of the holiday which may be useful when deciding if this is the right holiday for you; should you have any further questions, please contact us and we will be happy to help
- There is no official disabled access
- There are ground floor rooms
- The hosts will do their best to place you in a ground floor room where available (please check availability first)
- All showers are walk-in with one small step