Ride Overview - Journey from the Alps to the Sea Ride
An invigorating horseback ride in France that will take you from the rolling Provencal hills of the Luberon, near the chalky cliffs of the Les Alpilles to the Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy the famous Camargue, the land of flamingoes, black bulls and white horses. A unique human and equestrian experience; rich in history and culture culminating in a gallop on the long beautiful sand beaches of the Mediterranean coast. A luxury option featuring 3*** and 4**** hotels and Faure 1 star chefs is available.
“Overall I would say it was a marvelous trip and I would highly recommend it to anybody.” Judy USA
Ride Itinerary - Journey from the Alps to the Sea Ride
*Private/Luxury option with Faure 1 star chefs and 3***/4**** hotels available.
Day 1: Sunday
You will be met at the Airport at 5:00 PM, the TGV train station at 5:30 PM or the Aix Centre train station at 5:45 PM. Transfer to your lovely French farmhouse/inn.
Day 2: Monday
You will ride through the oak trees of the small Luberon. After a buffet featuring traditional fare and wine, you will ride to the historical village of Merindol. You will pass by the ruins of the old village which was destroyed during the 16th century religious wars.
Day 3: Tuesday
From the foothill of the Luberon, you will descend into the Durance Valley. Following the Durance River, you will ride towards Van Gogh’s country, Les Alpilles, and the Roman village of Eygaliere. You will visit the beautiful chapel St. Sixte.
Day 4: Wednesday
You will stop near St. Remy de Provence in front of the hospital in which Van Gogh painted his most famous paintings. After admiring beautiful Roman monuments, you will enjoy lunch by a tranquil lake hidden in the hills. You will ride to the crests of the Apilles to enjoy the striking panorama of the surrounding area. On a clear day, you will be able to see the sea. At the end of the trail, a breathtaking sight awaits you of the medieval village of Les Beaux de Province which is set in a spectacular position atop a rocky outcrop and crowned with a ruined castle overlooking the plains.
Day 5: Thursday
Your first steps will take you into the marshland of the Camargue Nature Park. Wild flora will surround you as you enjoy the pink flamingoes and herons which inhabit the reserve. The flat terrain will allow long trots and canters as you journey to the coastal village of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer. Surrounded by immense plains filled with ponds and wildlands, the city has many activities to offer, all within the framework of a protected environment. St. Maries is especially famous for its oldest tradition of being the meeting place for gypsy people. Their rich folklore and music attract many visitors throughout the year.
Day 6: Friday
After you and your horse cross the small Rhone river by ferry, you will reach a wild beach of Grand Radeau consisting of marshland, sand dunes, and pine forests. The guardians, local cowboys, bred Camargue horses into agile, sure-footed, and reliant horses; able to go through swamps to reach long stretches of beaches. Galloping freely on the deserted beaches of the Mediterranean Sea> highlights this day.
Day 7: Saturday
After breakfast, you will be dropped off at the airport at 11:00 AM, the Aix Center train station at 10:00 AM and the c transfer to airport or station.
Ride Details - Journey from the Alps to the Sea Ride
Dates: March 15th-21st, March 22nd–28th, March 29th-April 4th, April 5th–11th, April 12th-18th, April 19th-25th, April 26th-May 2nd, May 3rd-9th, May 10th–16th, May 24th-30th, May 31st-June 6th, June 6th-13th, June 14th-20th, June 21st-27th, September 9th-12th, September 13th-19th, September 20th-26th, September 27th-October 3rd, October 4th-10th, October 11th–17th, October 18th-24th, October 25th-31st, November 1st-7th, November 8th-14th
Length of ride: 5 days
Meeting point: Marseille airport, Aix-en-Provence train station
Ability level: INTERMEDIATE: Confident and in control at all paces including posting trots, two point canters and gallops in open country.
Horse: French Arab and Spanish cross
Group size: 4 – 8
Saddles: English, Randoval, Forestier, and Chamade
Non-riding activity: none
Hotel/s: 3*** Inns/Guesthouses or private/luxury – 3*** & 4**** Inns
Price per person:
HIGH SEASON – April 19th – June 27th and September 6th – October 17th: $2,035.00 per person, double occupancy $460.00 single supplement
MID SEASON – April 5th – 11th, April 12th -18th, October 18th – 24th, October 25th – 31st: $1,925.00 per person, double occupancy $460.00 single supplement
LOW SEASON – March and November: $1,865.00 per person, double occupancy $460.00 single supplement
PRIVATE/LUXURY (Faure 1 star rated chefs and 3*** – 4**** hotels) – Sunday – Saturday, March – June, September – November: $3,190.00 per person, double occupancy $4,235.00 single package
*Prices are based on USD/EURO exchange rate and will be fixed at your final payment.
Includes: 6 nights accommodation, all meals, 5-day trail riding, horse, tack, guide
Not included: airfare, transfers to/from airport/train station (transfers free from the below locations at times indicated). (drinks not included with upgraded accommodations)
Meeting: Transfer from Marseille airport (5 p.m.), Aix- en-Provence TGV station (5:30 p.m.) or Aix- en-Provence central train station (5:45 p.m.).
Departure: Saturday morning after breakfast. Transfers: Drop off at Aix-en-Provence central station (10:15 a.m.), Aix-en-Provence TGV station (10:30 a.m.) or Marseille airport (11 a.m.).
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Journey from the Alps to the Sea Ride