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Empty beaches of Slitere National Park


This is a fantastic centre based vacation route near empty whitesanded beaches of the Baltic Sea. Comfortable accommodation is situated only 800m from the Baltic Sea in Koshrags - an old Liiv fishing village within the boundaries of Slitere National Park The village has its own cultural history and magical charm.
The Slitere National Park can offer a great horseback riding vacation experience for wildlife enthusiasts – you have all chances to hear the shout of owls, barking of deer and the voices of wolf during the night; you can smell raccoon and observe beaver building its house or watch deer swimming early in the morning.

Day 1

Hardness: Easy / Experience: Novice

Arrival and acquintance

Arrival in the district of Koshrags and settling down in guest house. Safety briefing and acquaintance. Refreshing equestrian skills or instructions (tuition in accordance to information left during reservation of vacation).

 

Day 2

Hardness: Easy / Experience: Novice

Fishing villages route: Koshrags – Vaide - Koshrags (25 km)

This horseback riding route is suitable for active riders that are interested in seaside nature and Liiv cultural heritage (35 km, approximately 6 hours including sightseeings in the villages). This Equestrian route heads through the forest connecting several villages: Kosrags, Pitrags, Saunags and Vaide. Time by time it is still possible to notice the ancient features of the fishermen lifes.

Most of your vacation time you will spend in Slitere National Park – one of the oldest national parks in the Baltic States. Slītere National Park is famous for the broadleaf forests covering former coastline and for the unique complex of dunes and depressions featuring inter-dune bogs. Most of the broadleaf forest is located on the "Zilie Kalni" or "Blue Hills", which are geologically one of the most recognizable features of the park. Thousands of years ago, the Zilie Kalni formed the ancient shore of the Baltic ice lake.

Slitere National Park is a special territory for animals as well. Due to geographic location and the biome diversity this national park is rich with animal fauna typical for Latvia.

 

Day 3

Hardness: Easy / Experience: Low intermediate

Fishing villages route with horse swimming in the Baltic sea: Koshrags – Sikrags - Koshrags (25 km)

You will really enjoy swimming with horses in the Baltic Sea and riding with horses in any direction through best landscapes of white sand beaches of Slitere National Park. This will be your unforgettable vacation day full of adventures and harmony with nature.

 

Day 4

Hardness: Easy to moderate / Experience: Low intermediate

Kolka horn route: Koshrags – Kolka - Koshrags (45 km)

Kolka horn and horseback ride along the widest beaches in Europe. First mentions of Kolka are already from XIV century. The nearby Cape Kolka – the most popular tourist attraction in all the Nothern Kurzeme – is the place where the Gulf of Rīga meets the open sea. This is the place where the sun both rises and sets above the sea in summer. Kolka lies 20km north of Koshrags.
It is possible to take special sea or fishing boats to go around the Kolka lighthouse that is located 6 km far from the coast. It is possible to take part in the fishing either with nets or using ancient technique to get plaice with rubs. Smoked fish can be especially tasty after the boating.

 

Day 5

Hardness: Easy / Experience: Low intermediate

Route of the sea and river Irbe: Koshrags – river Irbe - Koshrags (30 km)

You will enjoy a beach ride full of freedom! The special atmosphere of river Irbe can be explored on the back of your horse. Enjoy galloping in empty whitesand beaches and crossing the rivers. Unforgettable day of you horseback riding vacation.

You will have a picnic in a special place in green pine forest where the river Irbe meats the Baltic sea right on the border of Nature Reserve Ovisi.

 

Day 6

Hardness: Easy to moderate / Experience: Low intermediate

The essence of diversity in Slitere National park: Koshrags – Vaide – Nature Reserve Bazhu – the beach along Gulf of Riga – Kolka village – forest trails – widest beach of Europe (40 km)

You will enjoy a great diversity and the essence of best insights of Slitere National park. Feeling the difference of beaches in Riga Gulf and open Baltic Sea, the forest trails along the border of restricted territory - Nature Reserve Bazhu, the insights of Kolka village are just the few surprises to mention about this great riding day!

 

Day 7

Hardness: Easy to moderate / Experience: Low intermediate

Lighthouse of Mikeltornis and Secrets of Soviet military system: Koshrags - Mikeltornis (30 km)

A beautiful beach ride towards Ventspils. In Mikeltornis (about 30 km from Koshrags) stands the highest lighthouse in the Baltic countries (62 m) – climbing it up opens an amazing view over the sea and forests.

This horseback riding vacation route leads along the ancient road of mini steam-engine railway road. In history (1920-1960) railway played a significant social role – it brought together the isolated, separated villages. During First World War the railway served as a route for transporting military units and cargo.

A special equestrian route with nature that has developed without the interaction of humans in the places, where there were Soviet Army security objects. The special security zone was created not only because of former Soviet Union outside border, but also because of radio telescope complex. This complex was used during the Cold War for interception of American and NATO satellite communication. The radio telescope of Irbene is connected underground to a secret computational centre located in a hidden village, where the transcription of the intercepted communication took place. There are air defense bunkers, tank sheds, rocket casings and other hidden military objects located in the secret territory of radio telescope. The strict security allowed for nature to develop without the interaction of local inhabitants to save these places for your vacation.

 

Day 8

Hardness: Very easy / Experience: Beginner

Koshrags - Riga (Transfer)

Return to hotel in Riga or direct transfer to the airport.


What's included

  • Pick up and transfer from Riga airport (port, railway, central bus station) or hotel
  • Transfer back to Riga airport (port, railway, central bus station) or hotel
  • All inland transfers
  • Accommodation (double, twin and triple rooms)
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Guide and assistance during all your stay
  • Horses with saddles and riding equipment
  • Rent of a helmet (wearing is mandatory)

What's not included

  • Any flights, ferries and other transport to Baltics are not included in price
  • Additional meals or snacks others than mentioned above are not included in price
  • Any alcoholic drinks are not included in price
  • Entrance fees to museums (except if specially mentioned in route program that is included in the price)
  • Any other services that is not mentioned in “What is included in price?” list

Important information

Unfortunately due to the safety reasons Riding in cross-country is not available for the persons under 18 years old.

!!! Riders must be in control of the horse in all paces.

Please make sure you inform the lodge staff of any dietary requirements or allergies prior to travel.

Season starts in May and ends in September. September can be mild and dry, but can be cooler and more wet.

Bring rain coat, waterproof trousers, strong boots and other personal

From EUR 1462 per person


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Duration:
8 days

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Pick-up:
Riga airport, port, railway, central bus station, hotel or any other address in Riga.

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  • Offer type: Shared
  • Fitness level: Medium

Cancellation policy


The date on which the letter is received by us will determine the cancellation charges applicable. Cancellation charges for horseback riding vacations will be calculated as follows and are expressed as a percentage of the booking prepayment amount: More than 69 days before departure: 0% but EUR 100 will be charged to cover administrative costs 69 - 45 days before departure: 50% (not less than EUR 100) 44 - 31 days before departure: 75% (not less than EUR 150) 30 days or less before departure: 100%

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