Arrive at Seville, Malaga or Jerez airport and make your way to your accommodation in the centre of Jerez. We can offer you hotels from three to five stars. All of the accommodation is situated within walking distance of ‘La Plaza del Caballo’, The Royal Riding School and Gonzalez Hontoria Park where the Feria is based. Jerez offers an endless choice of fine restaurants and tapas bars so you will never be short of somewhere to sit with a glass of wine in the cool of the evening.
After breakfast this morning you will be walking the short distance to The Royal Riding School of Jerez where you will be allocated your seats for the wonderful display: ‘How the Andalusian horses dance.’ The Royal Riding School is renowned throughout the World for their breath-taking exhibition and their painstaking training methods make this show a real delight as they perform intricate and demanding movements with effortless grace and control. This equestrian ballet is set to traditional Spanish music and demonstrates both styles of Spanish Riding, Doma Vaquera and Doma Clasica. If your dates fall on a Saturday you will be upgraded to the Special Gala evening Performance!
This afternoon you can enjoy a private lesson or a ride around the vineyards of Jerez on beautifully trained Andalucian horses. We have horses suitable for all ages and abilities! Later relax and reflect on the experiences of the day with a glass of Jerez’s finest wine. This evening you will be heading to Gonzalez Hontoria Park where you will have your first taste of this colourful and spectacular celebration.
Today you will be free to enjoy the Feria. There is a huge programme of events that run throughout the day and late into the night. All you need do is to plan your day from the mouth watering catalogue! You really can’t visit Andalucia without witnessing at first hand the passion of the Flamenco dance! The origin of this dance is still unknown, although it is generally believed to be a mixture of gypsy and Arabic dance. However, you can’t question the passion and fervour of the performers as they combine the acoustic guitar with singing, dancing and staccato hand clapping. Definitely a night to remember! This is something that can be arranged with you hotel.
Today you will be able to enjoy a performance by La Yeguada de la Cartuja (The National Stud Farm). Each year they bring a selection of their finest breeding mares, stallions and young stock to the show. Here they are paraded with great pride and even the most hardened equestrian fan walks away with a lump in their throat! The history of this stud has ensured that the purest of bloodlines has been maintained in these exceptional examples of Spanish stock.
This morning you will be free to visit one of Jerez’s many bodegas, take a horse drawn carriage ride through the town or you can simply relax in the central plaza and watch the world pass-by. The most famous bodega in town is Gonzales Byass Bodega, founded in 1835 and the birthplace of ‘Tio Pepe,’ which was first exported to Great Britain in 1844. Today, the impressive visitor centre sets you on a course of discovery as you learn to appreciate and savour the wonderful local wines.
Please note this itinerary is flexible and subject to change depending on what dates you book.
You can choose to extend your stay if you would like.
Prices start from £595 per person during the first half of the week and increase to £695 per person during the second half of the week. Non rider prices are available. These prices are based on you staying in a centrally and well located charming 3* hotel.
This spectacular event lasts for 7 days during which time you will be treated to the regions finest displays of carriage driving, show jumping, dressage and the more traditional Doma Vaquera competitions, to say nothing of the sampling of the best local wines! Jerez is one of the most prestigious ferias in Spain some of the world's leading horses and riders compete here; to win best of breed at Jerez feria is a great honour.