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Achenkirch winter holidays with The Riding Company

What could be more romantic than a ride in a sleigh, wrapped
in fur blankets through the snow in a beautiful Alpine valley, through winter
forests, along the rivers, through villages all lit up with twinkling white lights.
Stop for a warming mulled wine then head back to the roaring fire of your
hotel. Most of our Ride & Ski hotels offer sleigh rides but at some you can
also take the reins and learn how to drive a sleigh yourself. These sleigh
driving courses are for complete beginners (no need to know how to ride) or for
experience drivers who want to learn the special techniques of driving in the
snow.

Horse and carriages are still widely used by villagers and
farmers in the Tyrol region of Austria and Northern Italy so this idyllic
picture right out of Dr. Zhivago is once
again a common sight in ski resorts. The Riding Company specialise in all
things riding (particularly Ride &
Ski
in Winter) so it is no surprise that they have a wide range of sleigh
ride experiences:

learn to drive your own carriage through the cobbled streets
of Garmisch Partenkirchen, passed the Baroque painted shop fronts, passed the
famous Olympic ski jump, to the foot of the spectacular Zugspitze and back for
a warming Gluhwein with your lederhosen-and-braces-clad host.

Or how about combining German-run efficiency with an Italian
flair at the Alpine Post Hotel in South Tyrol and a horse driving course with three-time
Italian driving champion Hannes Weilaner. There is a large light indoor riding
school here so lessons can take place even in inclement weather. You can also
take riding lessons here and gallop out into the snow if that’s what tickles
your fancy. The extra good news about this 4* village hotel is the spa… with
pampering and soothing treatments and massages especially developed for riders
and drivers.

But the icing on the cake, has to be sleigh pulled through
the snow by two white Lipizzaners – the horse breed associated with Austrian
Emperors and the Spanish Riding School in Vienna – at the luxurious 5* Achenkirch
Reiter’s Resort in the Tyrolean Alps, Austria. The local scenery is a winter
wonderland between the frozen lake Achensee and the dense forests, all
surrounded by stunning snowy peaks. This hotel offers a fantasy-inducing
setting with dream spa, fitness and sporting facilities. A winter holiday
doesn’t get any better than this!

Also throughout the winter, The Riding Company are offering
a new carriage driving holiday in Portugal with carriage driving on the beach
(winter sun) and also in Hungary where you have the opportunity to try a ‘four
in hand’ – driving not a pair of horses but two pairs of horses, or more!

Carriage driving is a perfect activity for all ages, from
pensioners to children – everyone can have a go. It’s a lovely old-fashioned way
to enjoy the countryside

http://www.theridingcompany.com/uk/choose-a-holiday.htm#carriagedriving

Holiday details:

Germany: The 3* Fiakerhof in the Bavarian Alps. 3 night and 7 night driving courses are offered
in this traditional Alpine chalet-hotel in the famous ski resort of
Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Zugspitze). Courses throughout the year. Winter driving
in the snow. Small groups, complete beginners to advanced.

Italy: Post Hotel in the Italian Dolomites: The 4* Hotel Post lies in the heart of a popular
mountain village in the Dolomites. It has a lovely indoor pool, sauna and steam
grotto in the new 900m2 spa and offers various massages, aromatherapy soaks and
beauty treatments. The restaurant offers delicious gourmet food from the
Alpe-adria region. The stud farm is the largest horse-riding and driving centre
in South Tyrol and it is waiting for you with 30 horses, warmbloods and
Haflingers, a riding arena, a brightly-lit sandschool, professional riding and
driving instructors. Three-time Italian driving champion Hannes Weilaner
skilfully manages the stud farm as well as running the carriage-driving course.
Winter sleigh rides and courses. Combine with skiing at Kronplatz/Dolomiti Superski.

Austria: The Achenkirch 5* Reiter’s Resort in the Tyrolean Alps, Austria. Extensive spa,
fitness and sporting facilities. Beautiful stylish cosy interior. Rides out and
dressage on Lipizzaners. Extensive programme of yoga and spiritual fitness,
downhill and cross country skiing. Romantic sleigh rides in stunning winter
landscape. No children under 14. A winter holiday doesn’t get any better or
more luxurious than this. Nearby skiing at Christlum (free shuttle).

Germany: The 3* Fiakerhof in the Bavarian Alps. 3 night and 7 night driving courses are offered
in this traditional Alpine chalet-hotel in the famous ski resort of
Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Zugsptze). Courses throughout the year. Winter driving
in the snow. Small groups, complete beginners to advanced.

Portugal: The New Forest Lodge. A traditional farm perched 250m above the Atlantic ocean, enjoys
uninterrupted views over the distant Algarvian coastline. The farm provides a
perfect location to enjoy carriage driving courses, riding and superb
traditional Portugese country cuisine. Combine driving on the beach with a cookery course
and/or with riding. 7 night and 3 night budget breaks available. Our hardy
locally bred Lusitano cross horses are suitable for both novices and
experienced riders. The choice of either riding or driving is yours. Winter
sun, driving on the beach.

Hungary: Carriage Driving: Experienced drivers will love the holiday as much as beginners with
the chance to drive fantastic horses in both 2 in hand and 4 in hand vehicles.
Accommodation in 4 star hotels. Your instructor is the multi medal winning
instructor Sandor Fulop.

http://www.theridingcompany.com/uk/choose-a-holiday.htm#carriagedriving

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