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, through 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. For 2019, you will experience the breathtaking Van Gogh La Nuit Etoilee, an immersive exhibition dedicated to the artist. This digital exhibition projects numerous masterpieces onto walls in a themed itinerary retracing important stages in the life of this artist who transformed the art of painting.
“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
Day 1: Sunday
Transfer to your lovely French farmhouse.
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
*For 2019 departures, you will see the amazing Van Gogh La Nuit Etoille. 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 transfer to airport or station.
Ride Details - Journey from the Alps to the Sea Ride
Dates: March 17th-23rd, March 24th–30th, March 31st- April 7th, April 7th–13th, April 14th-20th, April 21st-27th, April 28th-May 4th, May 5th-11th, May 12th–18th, May 26th-June 1st, June 2nd-8th, September 9th-15th, September 15th-21st, September 22nd-28th, September 29th-October 5th, October 6th-12th, October 13th–19th, October 20th-26th, October 27th-November 2nd, November 3rd-9th
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: 2** & 3*** Inns/Guesthouses or upgrade to 3*** & 4**** Inns/Guesthouses
Price per person:
March 17th – April 6th, October 13th – 19th October 20th -November 11th: $1,820.00 per person, double occupancy $425.00 single supplement
Upgraded lodging: $2,900.00 per person, double occupancy $1,880.00 single supplement
March 31st – April 30th, October 13th – 26th: $1,755.00 per person, double occupancy $4253.00 single supplement
Upgraded lodging: $2,765.00 per person, double occupancy $1,880.00 single supplement
April 15th – June 22nd, September 15th – October 12th: $1,995.00 per person, double occupancy $425.00 single supplement
Upgraded lodging: $2,915.00 per person, double occupancy $1,966.00 single supplement
April 15 – June 23 and September 16-October 13: $1,945.00 per person, double occupancy $300.00 single supplement
Upgraded lodging: $2,935.00 per person, double occupancy, $1,995.00 single supplement
*Prices are based on USD/EURO exchange rate and will be fixed at your final payment.
*Regular lodging includes B & B and 3* inns
Upgraded lodging includes only 3*** and 4**** inns
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: Meeting on Sunday evening at Mas de Recaute equestrian center at 6 p.m. 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: Gallery
Journey from the Alps to the Sea Ride
Van Gogh Immersive Exhibition, Southeastern France