Ride Overview - Loire Castle Stationary Ride
This horseback riding vacation in France allows you to ride through the Loire Valley while staying at one hotel. Dreaming about riding to the magnificent castles in the Loire Valley but don’t like the idea of packing your suitcase everyday as you move from inn to inn? Then this is your horseback riding vacation! Historic carriage roads and royal paths will be your trails to the 15th century Fougères-sur-Bièvre Castle, 15th century Chaumont sur Loire Castle, 16th century Villesavin Castle, Amboise Castle, Chenonceau, the “Castle of the Ladies,” 17th Century Cheverny Castle, and prominent Chambord Castle. Included is a non-riding day to visit the 15th century Amboise castle and shop. At day’s end, relax at the 4**** Relais des Landes Hotel. Located in the heart of the Loire Valley, the hotel offers an ideal base. Dating back to the 17th century, this manor house is surrounded by a flower park and includes an indoor heated swimming pool. RIDING IN FRANCE
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Ride Itinerary - Loire Castle Stationary Ride
You will be transferred in the late afternoon from the Montrichard Train Station to the hotel “Relais des Landes” in Ouchamps.
After the presentation and distribution of the horses, your trail will lead to Fougères sur Bièvre. This is an ideal image of a small 15th century castle with a curtain wall, a dungeon, gunboats, a walkway and machicolations. In the late afternoon, your group will resume your journey to the Hotel Le Relais des Landes. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
You will ride along the Loire to Chaumont-sur-Loire. A charming village and UNESCO World Heritage site, Chaumont is also well-known for its feudal castle (late 15th cent) overlooking the valley and the village. You will enjoy a picnic lunch on the grounds and a visit of the castle. Not to be missed, its 19th century stables considered the most luxurious in Europe at the time. After a visit of the castle, you will ride back to the hotel. Dinner outside and overnight at the hotel.
Day without riding. After breakfast, you will go to Amboise to visit the 15th century castle and shopping in the city. Lunch in a restaurant in Amboise. In the afternoon, you will be transferred by bus to the magnificent Castle of Chenonceau on the banks of the Cher River. Named “Château des Dames” for the history of France, built in 1513 by Katherine Briçonnet and embellished by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Médicis. It is the flagship of the Loire Valley. Dinner and overnight at the Relais des Landes Hotel.
Forest trails will lead you to a delightful picnic at the Beauregard Castle. Built under François 1st, this former hunting farm of Chambord has always been famous thanks to its gallery of 327 portraits of well-known characters and other remarkable qualities. After a tour of the castle, your group will leave the horses for the Castle of Villesavin. You will then be transferred by minibus to the Hotel Le Relais des Landes. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
In the morning, you will ride to the largest castle of the Loire area, Chambord. Its architectural achievement is unmatched and a wonder of elegance in the heart of an extensive natural forest reserve (13,850 acres). You will visit the castle after lunch and then keep riding to the Villesavin castle (16th century), which was mostly kept in a perfect integrity through the centuries. You day ends with a transfer by minibus to the Hotel Le Relais des Landes. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
This morning, the beautifully furnished Cheverny Castle will welcome you for a visit. This property is owned by the same family for more than 6 centuries. There you’ll discover a fantastic and vibrant heritage. After a picnic lunch, your group will return to the Le Relais des Landes. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Transfer to Montrichard Train Station.
Ride Details - Loire Castle Stationary Ride
Dates: July 4th – 11th
Length of ride: 6 days
Meeting point: Montrichard Train Station
Ability level: INTERMEDIATE Confident and in control at all paces including posting trots, two point canters in open country.
Horse: Arab, Thoroughbred, Paint, Thoroughbred
Group size: 5 – 10
Saddles: Custom trail
Non-riding activity: Golfing
Hotel/s: Le Relais des Landes (4 ****)
PRICE:$2,365.00 per person, double occupancy $415.00 single occupancy
*Prices will fluctuate with the USD/EURO exchange rate and will be fixed at your final payment.
Includes: 7 nights accommodations, 6 days guided trail rides, all meals, horse, tack, guide, luggage transfers, taxes
Not included: airfare, entrance fees to castles, transfer to and from the train station (20 euros per person, roundtrip), beverages in hotels and restaurants
Loire Castle Stationary Ride: Gallery
Loire Castle Stationary Ride
Loire Valley, France