Ride Overview - Mount Lozere
An invigorating horseback riding vacation in south-central France! The Cevennes mountain range is an impressive succession of mountain crests and deep mysterious valleys. The highest peak is the intriguing granite mass of Mount Lozere. The Tarn River carves a gorge between the Sauveterre and Mejean limestone plateaus creating a stunning natural vista described by many as one of the most impressive canyons in Europe. Further north, the valley of Le Lot separates the limestone plateaus of Sauveterre and Margueride. Historically, this is the Occitan region of France and is also rich in the Camisard culture comprised of peasants, craftsmen, and wool trade workers. Your trails will lead you through this strong contrast between the rigor of mountain life and the mild Mediterranean climate. You can expect striking views of the granite summits of Mount Lozere and the shores of the impressive Etang de Barrandon Lake. Along the way, you can look for golden eagles and falcons in the brilliant sky above. This is a fast-paced equestrian vacation. RIDING IN FRANCE
Ride Itinerary - Mount Lozere
You will be transferred from the Mende train station to the quaint hilltop village of Châteauneuf-de-Randon.
After breakfast, you will be introduced to your horse. The ride begins by heading south along the limestone plateau of Montbel marked by pastures and stately conifers. The trail enters into the unspoiled green Lot valley and crosses to picturesque Chadenet. A picnic lunch will be enjoyed in the sandstone village of Allenc. The trail then leads to Bagnols-les-Bain where your group will spend the night in either a B & B or hotel.
The next stage of your journey leads to the striking granite summits of Mount Lozere. Your trail traces the shores of the impressive Etang de Barrandon Lake. Your day ends at either a B & B or hotel.
This morning, a long trail will take you southward through vast pastures to the pass of Finiels (altitude: 5,000 feet/ 1541 meters). A picnic lunch is waiting near Mas Camargue, a restored traditional farmhouse and museum. After lunch, your the trail descends to a bastide or fortified village nestled at the foot of the Bouges Mountain. You will overnight in B & B or hotel.
After breakfast, you will ride through the national forest of Bouges which is filled with impressive panoramas. A variety of natural trees grow on the mountain crests including conifer, beech groves, sweet chestnut, and mixed forests. The more rugged areas consist of heather-covered moors, ferns and broom weeded granite. Clear skies allow for a striking view of the Les Causses limestone plateaus and Mount Aigoual. You will overnight in B & B or hotel.
Today, your group will leave Florac to explore Mejean Causse plateau. Sheep, cattle and goats will surround your trails. A picnic will be served along the riverbanks of the village of Castelbouc, one of the most famous sites in the Tarn Gorge. The high ruins of the feudal castle dominate the village. In the afternoon, you will ride back toward the Sauveterre Causse to the quaint hamlet of Nissoulogres where you will stay in either a B & B or hotel.
In the morning, your trail will continue northward by crossing the limestone fields of Sauveterre Causse, the domain of sheep breeding. A picnic will be served high above the valley of Lot. Your trail will then descend across the valley to your last destination near Mende. You will overnight in B & B or hotel.
After enjoying a hearty breakfast, you will be transferred to the Mende train station.
Ride Details - Mount Lozere
Dates: August 8th – 15th
Length of ride: 6
Meeting point: Mende Train Station
Ability level: INTERMEDIATE: Confident and in control at all paces including posting trots, two point canters in open country, mountain trails and river crossings. This is a fast-paced ride.
Horse: French crossbreds
Group size: 5 – 10 (2 guides will escort)
Hotel/s: 3*** Chateaux and Bed and Breakfasts
Price per person: $2,235.00 per person, double occupancy $450.00 single supplement
*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, tax
Not included: airfare, entrance fees, guide transfer to/from airport/train station a pre-set time(20 euros roundtrip)
Mount Lozere: Gallery
South Central France