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  • Ride Overview - Valley of Thouet Ride
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    A  peaceful equestrian vacation in the Pays de la Loire region of France! Winding trails will lead you across the charming, bucolic Thouet Valley.  The valley’s pastoral landscape is dotted with picturesque medieval bridges over Thouet River. Your destinations include the  Le Parc de Breuil nature reserve, the picturesque 15th-century village of Chace and the aged vineyards of Varraines. You can also take riding lessons. This is a stationary ride with your lodging at the impressive 4**** Le Maison Blanche. Your French cuisine will be prepared by a private chef and concierge services are available.  Your guide/instructor is considered to be a “horse whisperer.”  You can also customize this ride.

    “I really appreciated the availability and professionalism of the manager.  Our holidays took a real plus during this equestrian time with Agnes.  The horse riding taught is very respectful of horses.”


  • Ride Itinerary - Valley of Thouet Ride
    Day 1:
    You will be transferred from the airport to your charming country inn. The drive will be 3 1/2 hours. You will meet your fellow riders at dinner.
    Day 2: 
    Your trail will lead you along the peaceful Le Thouet River.  Along the way, you will see the cricket field where Mick Jagger plays.
    Day 3:
    Today, you will ride along the Thouet River to the nature reserve of  Le Parc de Breuil. More than 100 species of birds have been recorded in this park.
    *On June 7th,  June 12th, June 26th,  August 14th,  August 17th,  August 21st, a non-riding tour of the Ecole National d’Equitation is planned. You will see how young horses are trained for the Cadre Noir.
    Day 4:
    Your destination is the charming village of Chace.  The village is home to 15th-century buildings and one of the finest wines in France, Clos Rougeard.
    Day 5:
    The trail leads across the rich vineyards of Varraines.
    Day 6:
    After you cross the Thouet River,  lovely winding roads of Bagneux-suburb of Saumur will fill your day with riding.  In the evening, a special farewell dinner will be prepared.
    Day 7: 
    You will be driven to the airport for your departure home.
  • Ride Details - Valley of Thouet Ride

    Dates: Weekly starting May, June, July
    Meeting Point: Charles de Gaulle Airport
    Riding Days: 4
    Daily Riding Hours: 3
    Riding Ability: INTERMEDIATE: Confident and in control at all paces including posting trots, two point canters in open country.  Able to tack and untack horse.
    Group Size: 4 – 6
    Horses: Selle Francaise
    Saddles: Selle d’Anglaise
    Non-riding Activity:  visit to Muesee de Blinde, Abbaye de Fontevraud, Savonnerie Candes, St. Martin wine tasting
    Accommodations: 4****  La Maison Blanche
    Price: $5,640.00 per person, single or double occupancy
    * Price is based on USD/EURO exchange rate and will be fixed at final payment.

    Included: 7 nights’ accommodation, transportation to and from the airport, horse, tack, guide, breakfasts, and dinners, on selected days, visit Ecole National d’Equitation

    Not Included: airfare, lunches

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