Ride Overview - Dordogne Valley Ride
If you enjoy the natural beauty and the finer aspects of life, then this horseback ride in France is for you! The Dordogne is an area of outstanding natural beauty, not dissimilar to Tuscany. It is truly rural France at its best. You will ride through picturesque private estates in south-western France. A setting of thick forests, hidden valleys, vineyards and meadows are yours to enjoy. Relaxing walks, long energetic trots and exciting canters are planned. During the ride, you will not cross paths with other riders and have hardly a gate to open all day long. Freshly prepared lunches and Bergerac wine will be served on the grounds of, or inside, impressive chateaus.The world famous vineyards of Medoc and Saint Emilion are close by. Local wines of Bergerac, Pecharmant, Montbazillac and Cahors are excellent. The area is rich in pageantry. During the Middle Ages, the English ruled Aquitaine and left behind many castles, bastide towns and fortified churches. The region is also one of the gastronomic centres of France. Famous cuisine includes foie gras, duck, truffles, mushrooms and seafood. RIDING IN FRANCE
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Ride Itinerary - Dordogne Valley Ride
Day 1: Saturday
You will be met at the airport or train station in Bergerac and transferred to the country manor for dinner.
Day 2: Sunday
After breakfast, you will meet your horse at the stables. Then you will be transferred by car to visit the street market in Issigeac which is great fun and full of local color. After lunch, you will ride into the countryside. Late afternoon drinks and dinner await you at the end of your day.
Day 3: Monday
The ride will take you through the historic village of Lamonzie Montastruc and across la Forêt de Liorac to the beautiful formal gardens at Chateau Garraube, then on to the picturesque town of Saint Marcel du Perigord where you stop for a picnic lunch near a stream. After lunch, your horse will carry you to Pressignac-Vicq where the horses will stay overnight. A delicious, traditional dinner with great local wines will complete your day.
Day 4: Tuesday
The ride to the Dordogne River will provide wonderful views. After a picnic lunch on the river’s bank, your horse will carry you back to Pressignac-Vicq by a sharply contrasting route with the opportunity for a few good canters.
Day 5: Wednesday
Your day is spent along forest trails canopied by majestic trees. After a picnic lunch, you will ride to the manor for another freshly prepared dinner and wine.
Day 6: Thursday
Your morning ride will continue through the forests and onward through vineyards to either to Chateau Tiregand (owned by the Saint-Exupéry family, one of whom wrote the well-known children’s book, ‘Le Petit Prince’) or to Les Terres Vielles. Both produce excellent wines and you will participate in an informal and informative wine tasting before riding back to the manor for lunch. Your afternoon is free for sightseeing or to relax. Your guide will discuss the options and will happily arrange group visits to local sites of interest, book restaurants – or you can just relax at the manor, using the heated swimming pool and tennis court or perhaps trying the boat on the lake – the choice is yours. Dinner is not included today and will be eaten out, either on the way back from the places you visit or you will be driven to a local restaurant.
Day 7: Friday
After breakfast, you will mount up for your last day’s riding. The route takes you through the Caudeau Valley visiting the medieval villages of Montclard, Saint Georges, St Martin des Combes and Clermont Beauregard and passing the Chateau de la Gaubertie. After a picnic lunch, the ride will return to the manor house for drinks and a farewell dinner.
Day 8: Saturday
You will be driven to Bergerac airport or train station after breakfast (about a 20-minute drive) or, depending on your departure time, you may be able to visit Bergerac street market for some local shopping before departing.
**THE ITINERARY MAY VARY DUE TO WEATHER OR OTHER UNFORESEEABLE CIRCUMSTANCES**
Ride Details - Dordogne Valley Ride
Dates: April 25th – May 2nd, May 16th – 23rd, June 6th – 13th, June 27th – July 4th, September 12th – 19th, September 26th – October 3rd, October 3rd – 10th, October 17th – 24th, October 31st – November 7, November 13th-20th
Best Months to Ride: April to June and September to November
Meeting Place: Bergerac Airport or train station
Riding Days: 5 (option for shorter stays of 3 and 4 nights which include 3 and 4 days riding is available)
Riding Ability: Intermediate, Advanced
Restrictions: minimum – age 12 years old, maximum weight – around 96kg (210 lbs or 15 stone) Pace: walk, trot, canter
Maximum Daily Riding Hours: 3 hours in the morning and 2 ½ in the afternoon
Horses: Arab mix
Saddles: Standard endurance/trekking (western also available)
Certification/s: Associated British Riding School
Group size: 2 – 8
Hotel/s: French Country Manor
Non-riding activities: hiking, biking, swimming
Price: $2,225.00 per person, double occupancy
Supplement applies if riding group is less than 4 people.
*This price will fluctuate with the USD/EURO exchange rate and will be fixed at your final payment.
Includes: 7 nights’ lodging, all meals except on sightseeing day, transfer to and from the airport/train station, 5 days riding, horse, tack, guide
Not Included: airfare, meals and taxi to places of interest on sightseeing day
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