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October 12, 2015

Ride through empty whitesand Beaches of Slitere National Park

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This is a fantastic centre based Equestrian Horseback Riding Vacation for 8 days near empty whitesanded beaches of the Baltic Sea. Comfortable accommodation lies only 800m away from the beach in Koshrags, an old Liiv fishing village within Slitere National Park. The village has its own cultural history and magical charm. 
This is a great riding destination for wildlife enthusiasts as owls, deer, wolves, racoons and beavers all inhabit the area and can be seen and heard. Early in the morning you might be lucky enough to watch the deer taking a swim. The village has a rich cultural history and a magical charm for guests whilst the seaside is a wonderful place for peaceful walks, especially in summer when you can enjoy the sunshine and swimming in the sea.

A based Equestrian Horseback Riding Vacation with riding on the empty beaches of the Baltic Sea and through surrounding countryside. Observe the wildlife, visit untouched forests and view Slitere Lighthouse. Guests can also swim with the horses in the sea and can explore special routes and secret hideouts previously used by the Soviet Army.

Day by Day Programme

Day 1 – Instruction and Training: 
Transfer from airport and arrival in the district of Koshrags. You will have the chance to settle into the guesthouse before a safety briefing. Depending on your arrival time, there will be the chance to refresh your riding skills and to receive instruction if required.

Day 2 – Fishing Villages (Koshrags – Vaide – Koshrags): 
This is a lovely route for the active rider who is interested in seaside nature and to learn about the Liiv cultural heritage. The route covers about 35km and generally takes around 6 hours, including sightseeing in the villages. You head through the forest connecting five villages: Mazirbe, Koshrags, Pitrags, Saunags and Vaide. It is still possible to notice the ancient features of the fishermen’s lives.

Day 3 – Kolka Horn Route (Koshrags – Kolka – Koshrags): 
Today you will see the white sand beaches. The first mention of today’s destination, Kolka, is from the 14th century. The nearby Cape Kolka, the most popular tourist attraction in all the Northern Kurzeme, is the point where the Gulf of Riga meets the open sea. This is where the sun rises and sets over the sea in summer time. Kolka lies about 20km north of Koshrags.

It’s possible to take special sea or fishing boats to go around the Kolka lighthouse which is located 6km from the coast. You can also have a go at fishing using either the nets or an ancient technique to catch Plaice. A sampling of smoked fish is a lovely end to the boat ride.

Day 4 – Lighthouse Route (Koshrags – Mikeltornis – Koshrags):
Slitere Lighthouse can be used as a viewing tower for a spectacular view over the sea and nearby regions. There is also an exhibit of Latvian lighthouses and a Slitere nature trail nearby. This trail offers the unique chance to experience a forest untouched by man, a magical experience. The lighthouse lies about 15km from Koshrags, towards Dundaga.

In Mikeltornis (about 30km from Koshrags, towards Ventspils) stands the tallest lighthouse in the Baltic countries (62m). You can no longer climb this lighthouse but it makes an impressive sight.

Day 5 – Forests of Slitere Park (Koshrags – Slitere Forest Trails):
Today you will ride the trails of Slitere National Park – one of the oldest national parks in the Baltic States. Slitere National Park is famous for the broadleaf forests covering the former coastline and for the unique complex of dunes and depressions which include inter-dune bogs. The majority of the broadleaf forest is located on the “Zilie Kalni” or “Blue Hills” – these are geologically one of the most recognisable features of the park. Thousands of years ago the Zilie Kalni formed the ancient shore of the Baltic ice lake.

Slitere National Park is also a special territory for animals. Due to its geographic location the biodiversity, this national park is rich with animal fauna typical of Latvia.

Day 6 – Riding on White Beaches and Horse Swimming (Koshrags – Sikrags – Vaide):
Today you will enjoy swimming with the horses in the Baltic Sea and riding with them through the best landscapes of the beaches. This is an unforgettable day full of adventures and harmony with nature.

Day 7 – Secrets of the Soviet Security System (Koshrags – Irbene):
This is a special route with nature that has developed in areas without much human interaction, many parts of which were used to hide secret security objects belonging to the Soviet Army. This security zone was created as a radio telescope complex which was used during the Cold War for the interception of American and NATO satellite communication. The radio telescope of Irbene is connected underground to a secret computational centre in a hidden village, where the transcription of the intercepted message took place. There are air defence bunkers, tank sheds, rocket casings and other hidden military objects in this secret territory. The strict security allowed for nature to develop without the interaction of local inhabitants.

Day 8 – Departure Day:
Transfer to airport or point of departure.
Food & Accommodation

Accommodation is in a new guest house situated 800m from the Baltic Sea in Koshrags. It features comfortable apartments with toilet and shower (guests generally share double or triple rooms). There is also a shared hall/living room with fireplace. 
In some cases alternative accommodation near Koshrags may be used as well, but it offers the same level of comfort. 
In most cases single supplement is available on request and at an added cost.

There are three meals served each day with some lunches taken as outdoor picnics during the rides. Each meal is usually 2 or 3 courses and there are often specially selected menus where guests can have a limited choice or 2 out of 3 courses. National dishes are usually included for some of the meals. 
Vegetarians are regular guests here and can expect meals such as tasty salads, risotto with vegetables and parmesan or apple strudel with vanilla ice cream.
This Equestrian Horseback Riding Vacation is organised through our Latvian tour operator whose staff have more than 30 years experience. They use their own horses and guides for all of their routes, transporting the horses to different Latvian destinations in order to offer different programmes (available on other pages of our site). Their riding holidays are designed to show you the beauty of the Baltic States, away from the tourist rush and stressful everyday lives. Any route can be altered or shortened to create your perfect trip or to accommodate for the less experienced rider.

More details available on our Equestrian Horseback Riding Vacation website or by phone…

Looking forward to meet you in Adventures!

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