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Family Riding Holiday
Greece, Crete Island

Children fun week

Horse riding a dream for your child, or the whole family is riding.
Combine horse riding with a sun holiday in Greece.
Odysseia Stables organizes Family Riding Holidays with a stay in a family room in Country Hotel Velani*** with swimming pool, complete with full board and horse riding for the whole family.
There are various horse riding programs for the different ages of the children and different riding levels.
Of course the children are also welcome in the stables to help with the grooming or feeding of the horses.

For the adults we offer a relaxing stay on a unique hill side location with a panoramic view to the Langada valley, with an excellent Greek kitchen preparing fresh home cooking with local produce.
The Country Hotel Velani*** and the Odysseia Stables are located on the same estate.

We believe in safety first, especially with young children. Therefor we organize the following horse riding programs for children of different ages.

Pony walks
4 – 7 year old child.

We offer 10 minutes of pony riding in which the instructor holds the pony on a lead rope and walks with the child.
Price is 10 euro per child.
The 7 year old children can also reserve a riding lesson of a half hour.
These lessons are always private and the teacher holds the horse on a lunge line. The horse is equipped with a vaulting surcingle and pad, so the child can hold on to this.
Price 35 euro.
We advice you to reserve this riding together with your reservation to avoid disappointment.

The Fun week
8 – 11 year old child.

 Medium to experienced riders.
Especially for the children of this age we organize a week full of fun and games.
Mounted games, vaulting, and grooming the horses. All in the safety of the riding arena and under the guidance of an experienced teacher.
The children ride every day 1 hour in a group or a half hour private lesson on the lunge line. The choice for this is depending on the number of children and the riding level of the child.
In the summer time the lessons take place during the cool morning hours.
Children can join the Fun Week if they are able to walk and trot.
They can join this horse riding without the accompany of the parents.
For a stay in the hotel children must be under the guidance of an adult.

 Beginner riders.
For children 8 – 11 years having no horse riding experience at all or very little experience we do every day a horse riding lesson.
The private lesson is a half hour in which the teacher holds the horse on the lunge line.

 Very experienced riders.
For the children of 8 – 11 years who are very experienced. For example they ride daily their own pony or join jumping competition. They are allowed to join the 2 hour outside hacks in the morning times (the easy ride).

Sun and Riding
12 – 15 year old child.

 Medium to experienced riders.
Children of 12 years and older who are experienced rider. They must be able to control a horse at all 3 basic paces riding outdoors in a group can join the Sun and Riding program.
See the Sun and Riding program for the details.
With the children we advice to start the first day the morning Ride (The easy ride) to see their riding level. In case the instructor see it is safe, the child can join the active afternoon ride.

 Beginner riders.
Is the teen a starting rider so he/she has a few years of riding in a school or is starting riding for the first time they can join the daily lessons in the arena. The children ride every day 1 hour in a group or a half hour private lesson on the lunge line. The choice for this is depending on the number of children and the riding level of the child.
The price for a lesson is 35 euro p/p.
We advice you to reserve this riding together with your reservation to avoid disappointment.

Adults and Non Riders.

Adults can reserve the normal horse riding programs or stay as a Non rider. A Non-rider stay includes the room and full board.
For children we have special Non-rider prices.

Family Suites

Families consisting of 4 members (≥ 12y old) stay in our Superior Family Suite in Country Hotel Velani***. A ground floor room with two connecting en-suite bedrooms. 2 bathrooms and a private terrace with garden.

Families with 3 members (≥ 12y old) stay in our Panorama Family one-bedroom Suite in Country Hotel Velani***. A first floor room with a large sun-catching balcony. Large bathroom with bath-tub. Upgrading the room to a Superior Family Suite is possible.

Families with 2 members stay in our Classic double/twin room in Country Hotel Velani***.

Click here for more information on the Country Hotel or for the rooms.


The horse riding holiday is 7 nights/8 days/6 horse riding days.
The fun week has a total of 6 lesson, 1 hour a group lesson or half hour private lesson.
The riding holiday can also be booked with more or less number of nights.

The horse riding holidays are complete with:

  • Stay in Country Hotel Velani***, charming small hotel with infinity swimming pool.
  • Full Board with breakfast, lunch and diner a la carte in the Velani Restaurant.
  • Horse riding on good horses with a professional instructor.


The Family Riding holiday can be reserved during the children holidays.
The holidays can start at any day of the week, for the number of nights wanted.

Prices 2024

Prices are based on 2 guests (≥ 12y old) staying in a Classic double room.
Single room occupation is available at an extra charge.
3 Guests (≥ 12y old) stay in a Family one-bedroom suite.
4 Guests (≥ 12y old) stay in a Superior Family Suite.
Up-grading rooms is available at an extra cost.

Prices per week:

Sun and Riding  1.190 € p/p,
high season 1.260 € p/p.
Non rider with full board stay  770 € p/p, high season 840 € p/p.
Single room supplement + 245 €.
Deluxe room supplement + 455 €.
Wellness room supplement + 910 €.
Superior wellness room supplement +1.050 €.

Fun Week  695 € p/p,
high season 765 € p/p.
Non Rider child 0 – 3 y.  0 €, rent a baby cot for free.
Non Rider child 4 – 7 y.  385  € p/p, high season 455 € p/p.
Non Rider child 8 – 11 y.  455  € p/p, high season 525 € p/p.

Low season, 8 January – 16 March 2024.
High season, 17 March – 2 November 2024.
Low season, 3 November – 20 December 2024.
High season, 21 December – 8 January 2025.

Before reserving please have a look at our terms and conditions.

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