Ride Overview - Aquitaine Castles and Vineyards
Looking for a day of invigorating trots and gallops in the Aquitaine region of western France? This horseback riding vacation is for you! You will enjoy 2 days of endurance paced trails. One day across the fertile countryside of Lot et Garonne and the other along the vast Landes beaches. The location is the third largest region in France, Aquitaine, which is steeped in history, medieval fortified towns, vineyards, forests and beaches. Your vacation continues with lower paced trails from fortified castles to the jewels of Perigord – Bonaguil, Biron and Gavaudun. Also ancient riding paths which lead along Sauternes vineyards to Dordogne, and Gironde. Non-riding activities include wine testing at two famous Aquitaine vineyards – Domaine de Cause (Cahors) and Chateau Filhot (Sauternes). Finally, your equestrian vacation ends with paths through the largest European forest and serf refuge, the Landes, to the Atlantic Coast. You must be riding fit for up to 1 mile endurance riding for around 7 hours. RIDING IN FRANCE
Ride Itinerary - Aquitaine Castles and Vineyards
Day 1: Sunday
You will be met at either the Bordeaux Airport or train station and transferred to the beautiful manor house “Hameau du Peyrié.” After you unpack, you can tour the stable and relax by the pool. During a medieval dinner, you will meet your guide and fellow riders.
After breakfast, your riding day will begin with trots and canters to the charming village of Cabanac. Next, you will visit the famous Cahors vineyard and enjoy a wine tasting at the Domaine de Cause. A picnic lunch will be served banks of the Lot River. After lunch, you will enjoy the longest canter of the week (2.4 miles/4 km ) to the Bastide of Duravel. Then you will pass by the circular fortified village of Moncabrier and the village of St Martin de Redon. Your group will then reach the famous Bonaguil Castle, the last of the great fortified castles in France. That castle has never been besieged and stays in a perfect state of preservation. On completion of the ride, dinner will be served.
Today, you will ride through the Dordogne region. Trails through the chestnut forest will provide a wonderful ground for long canters. The goal of this day is also to prepare for the endurance rhythm of tomorrow. Along the way, you will see typical Périgourdine architecture built from natural stone. Lunch will be served at the foot of the Castle Sauveterre. Good cantering opportunities will also be had enroute to the Bonaguil Castle. You will then be transferred to the Gite de Charme Le Hameau du Peyrié. Relax by the pool until dinner.
An endurance day! You will ride across the rolling land of the Lot et Garonne. Time in the saddle should be around 7 hours with trotting or cantering covering 27 miles/45 km. After breakfast, you will mount up for your ride which passes by the fortified Bastide of St front sur Lémance and Lacapelle Biron. The rhythm will frequently change which makes the way short and exciting. Lunch will be served the Auberge of Castel of Biron. After you visit this noble castle, your ride continues pass the Bastide of St Avit, and the proud Castle of Gavaudun. Finally, your trail will lead through the deep chestnut forest of Cuzorn which overlooks Lot Valley. You will be then be transferred back to the manor house in Bonaguil. Dinner will then be served.
After breakfast, you will pack your luggage for a 2 hour transfer to Sauternes. Here you will enter the La Gironde region which is internationally known for Bordeaux white wine. After lunch, you will ride along the famous vineyards of Chateau Ychem, Chateau Trillon, and Chateau Giraud. After a wine testing at Chateau Filhot, you will be transferred by your guest house. You can relax by the swimming pool until dinner.
Another day of endurance riding! You will ride across the supple ground found in the largest European forest, the Landes. Along the way, you will enjoy views of the most beautiful beach of France. It’s also the time for exciting gallops on the white sand of the Aquitaine Coast in the morning or in the evening according to the tide of the ocean. Dinner will be served in the evening.
A relaxing ride with a picnic lunch on the picturesque Aureilhan Lake. The day ends with a sunset beach ride and dinner.
You will be transferred back to the airport or train station.
Ride Details - Aquitaine Castles and Vineyards
Dates: April 18th – 25th, May 2nd – 9th, May 16th – 23rd, May 30th – June 6th, September 19th – 26th
Best Months to Ride: April to June and September to November Airport/Train Station: Bordeaux
Meeting Place: Hall A, Bordeaux Airport/Front of train station
Riding Days: 6
Daily Riding Hours: 4 – 7
Riding Ability: STRONG INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED: This ride requires riders in good physical condition. The speed of this trail is sustained and the sequences of trots and gallops are frequent. It is important to be able to cover 24 – 27 miles/40 to 45 km. per day with an average time of 6 to 7 hours riding. We ask the rider to be able to keep a minimum of 30 m distance on the quick sequences between horses. To give more comfort and to avoid dust, the evolution with trotting or galloping is generally individually or by group of two, whether it is in forest or on the beach. Some group gallops on the beach are of course available.
Restrictions: Maximum rider weight –209 lbs./ 95 kg
Group Size: 4 – 10
Horses: Anglo Arab
Lodging: 4 nights in a “ Gite de Charme *** “ The Hameau du Peyrié” is a very luxury manor house with private pool, 3 nights in the Guest House *** at the Riding Center with swimming pool
Non-riding activities: none
*Price: May, June, September: $1,780.00 per person, double occupancy, $235.00 single supplement
April, October: $1,625.00 per person $235.00 single supplement
*This price will fluctuate with the USD/EURO and be fixed at final payment.
**Single occupancy is based on availability.
***Small group fee (200 euros) may apply if total group is under 3 riders.
Included: 8 days, 7 nights’ accommodations, horse, tack, guide, meals (airport transfer is included if arrival pickup is before 1:00 pm and departure drop off is before 1:00 pm)
Not Included: airfare, first-day dinner in St. Jean Pied de Port, the transfer from Bordeaux Airport to Saint Jean – 90 euros per person round trip
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