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Riders in front of castles of the Loire Valley
from $2,055
Summary:
Ride past and visit all the magnificent Castles of the Loire Valley, fast riding and good food and wine make these trips special.
Departure Dates:
  • 2019: 22, 29 June; 20, 27 July
  • Trip Length: 8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 4-6hrs
  • Meeting point: Montrichard
  • Riding Ability Required: Confident at a walk trot and canter
  • Usual Group Size: 5-10
  • Transfer: From Montrichard train station, €20pp return at 18:00. Return transfers can be arranged to the train station from 09:00 according to the earliest departure required. Transfers payable on site.
Riding through the mountains
from $1,195
Summary:
A point to point trail along the 'Via Alpine' through Mercantour National Park. With stunning scenery and traditional villages, this horse riding holiday takes you well away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Accommodation is in a mix of hotels, guesthouses, mountain refuges and B&Bs.
Departure Dates:
  • 2019: 29 Jun, 6 Jul, 13 Jul, 21 Jul, 28 Jul, 3 Aug, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, 24 Aug
  • Trip Length: 7 days/6 nights/6 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 4-6 hours (some days may exceed 7 hours in the saddle)
  • Meeting point: Ranch near Saint-Martin Vésubie
  • Riding Ability Required: Intermediate onwards.
  • Usual Group Size: 4-8
  • Transfer: 2019: From Nice Airport , €65 each way payable on site or from Saint Martin Vesubie bus station 1.50€ each way. See sample itinerary for more options.
Horses at a mountain lake
from $1,185
Summary:
Take part in the ancient tradition of transhumance by joining this 6-day trail through the French and Italian alps, moving horses to their summer grazing. Riding from the sea up into the mountains, the trail passes through the lush Italian pastures of the Riviera dei fiori (Riviera of flowers), famous for its azure waters, alpine and medieval towns. Riders will be able to enjoy the remarkable landscapes of this part of the Italian Riviera before reaching the steep pastures of the snow-capped alps. Suitable for fit intermediate riders onwards.
Departure Dates:
  • 2019: 22-28 June
  • Trip Length: 7 days/6 nights/6 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 4-6 hours
  • Meeting point: Sainte-Agnes
  • Riding Ability Required: Must be confident at walk, trot and canter and riding/leading horse on steep terrain.
  • Usual Group Size: 4-8
  • Transfer: 2019: From Nice Airport or train station, €50 each way. From Menton train station €25 each way.
Horse riding through rivers in France
from $1,359
Summary:
Week-long trail exploring the rolling countryside around Montmorillon in western France with its two key rivers; the large but calm Vienne River and the wilder Gartempe River. Ride along ancient paths, through old villages filled with Roman architecture and pass by grand houses and period castles. Visit the town of Montmorillon as well as rural villages and isolated farms, staying in local farmhouses along the way to invoke a deeper understanding of this overlooked region and the people who live here.
The horses on this trail are mostly home-bred ranging from French saddle to Arabs; all are forward going and happy living in their herd outside - they are the pride and joy of their owners! The meandering paths are excellent for trotting and cantering.
Departure Dates:
  • 2019: 18 - 24 June. Other dates available on request.
  • Trip Length: 7 days/6 nights/5 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 5-6 hours
  • Meeting point: Poitiers airport
  • Riding Ability Required: Strong novice onwards. Riders must be able to walk, trot and canter.
  • Usual Group Size: 2-7, larger groups accepted for private bookings.
  • Transfer: From Poitiers or Limoges airport, €40 per person return. Payable on site.
Horse and rider on mountain top
from $1,699
Summary:
An exciting trail with varied terrain on fit Anglo-Arab horses offering an insight into the culture of the Pays Basque region as well as beach riding.
Departure Dates:
  • 2018: 7 October
  • 2019: 28 Apr; 12, 26 May; 2, 16, 30* June; 8, 15 Sept; 6 Oct.
  • (* indicates High Season)
  • Trip Length: 8 days/7 nights/6 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 6 - 8 hours
  • Meeting point: Bordeaux Airport at 14:00 Or you can go to Morcenx train station
  • Riding Ability Required: Confident at all paces and riding fit
  • Usual Group Size: 4-8
  • Transfer: 2018/9: €90 per person return, payable on-site. The transfer departs Bordeaux airport at 14:00 on the arrival day and arrives back at the airport at around 11:30 on the final day. Riders should make sure their flights arrive with time to clear security before 14:00 and book their flights to depart after 13:00 on the departure day.
Trail past walled towns of Aquitane
from $1,679
Summary:
An exciting trail with varied terrain on fit Anglo-Arab horses offering an insight into the culture of the Aquitaine region as well as beach riding.
Departure Dates:
  • 2019: 31 Mar; 21 Apr; 12* May; 2* Jun; 22* Sept; 13 Oct (*donates high season).
  • Trip Length: 8d/7n (6 days riding)
  • Approximate riding time per day: Up to 8 hours
  • Meeting point: Bordeaux Airport at 14:00 or Morcenx train station
  • Riding Ability Required: Experienced riders confident at all paces and riding fit
  • Usual Group Size: 4-12
  • Transfer: 2019: €90 per person return, payable on-site. The transfer departs Bordeaux Airport at 14:00 on Day 1, returning to the airport at approx. 11:30. Please book flights landing before 13:00 and depart after 13:00.
Horse riding in the French countryside
from $1,309
Summary:
A great option for families or less experienced riders, this holiday starts with riding on a farm to get to know the horses and build confidence before riding out around the countryside, ending with a 2-day mini trail through the valleys.
Departure Dates:
  • 2019: April to September, on request
  • Trip Length: 7 days/6 nights/5 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 2-5 hours
  • Meeting point: Poitiers airport
  • Riding Ability Required: Novice onwards. Riders must be able to walk, trot and canter.
  • Usual Group Size: 2-7. Larger groups accepted for private bookings.
  • Transfer: 2018: From Poitiers or Limoges airport, €40 per person return. Payable on site.
Summary:
An authentic trail ride through rural Western France along part of the route of St Jacques de Compostella (French part of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route to Spain) visiting castles from different periods of history and exploring the countryside on horseback. 8 day/7 night and 5 day/4 night options are available.
Departure Dates:
  • 2019 St Jacques de Compostella 8d/7n: 27 Apr; 8 Jun; 6, 20 Jul; 3, 17 Aug; 26 Oct.
  • 2019 Limouzine 5d/4n) 30 Apr; 11 Jun;9, 23 Jul; 6, 20 Aug; 29 Oct.
  • 2019 Valley of Vienne 5d/4n) 27 Apr; 8 Jun; 6, 20 Jul; 3, 17 Aug; 26 Oct.
  • Trip Length: 8 days/7 nights/6 days riding or 5 days/4 nights/3 days riding.
  • Approximate riding time per day: 5-6 hours
  • Meeting point: Poitiers airport
  • Riding Ability Required: Strong novice onwards. Riders must be able to walk, trot and canter.
  • Usual Group Size: 2-7, larger groups accepted for private bookings.
  • Transfer: 2019: from Poitiers or Limoges airport, €40 per person return. Payable on site.
Riding through the mountains
from $1,005
Summary:
Discover the wild Ligurian coastline on this point-to-point trail crossing from France into Italy on willing, sure-footed horses. Ride through mountain passes and pine forests before enjoying a well-earned break at a thermal spa high in the Italian mountains. This trail is for adventurous riders who want to get away from it all. Accommodation is in hotels and B&Bs in small villages along the trail.
Departure Dates:
  • 2019: High Liguria 7-13 April; 28 April - 4 May;
  • Petite Liguria - guests can join the High Liguria for the first or last 6 days
  • Trip Length: High Liguria: 8 days/7 nights/7 days riding
    Petite Liguria: 6 days/5 nights/5 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 4-6 hours
  • Meeting point: Saint-Agnes
  • Riding Ability Required: Riders should be confident in walk, trot and canter in open spaces and on steep terrain. Riders must be able to mount and dismount unaided.
  • Usual Group Size: 4-8
  • Transfer: From Nice Airport or train station, €50 each way. From Menton train station 25€.
Summary:

A trail in the Southern Alps with a visit to Europe’s largest collection of bronze age engravings. Ride through the spectacular scenery of the Valle des Merveilles (Valley of Wonders) in the Mercantour national park, crossing the Italian frontier with views of the highest and most beautiful summits of the Southern Alps passing mountain lakes and local wildlife.
This ride would suit fit, adventurous riders who have an interest in seeing the unique, Bronze Age petroglyphs. Accommodation is in comfortable guesthouses and hotels along the route.

Departure Dates:
  • 2019: 21-26 July; 28 July - 2 August; 4-9 August; 11-16 August
  • Trip Length: 6 days/5 nights/5 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 4-6 hours
  • Meeting point: Saint-Martin Vésubie
  • Riding Ability Required: Confident in walk, trot and canter and on steep terrain.
  • Usual Group Size: 4-8
  • Transfer: 2019 From Nice Airport or train station, €65 each way. See below itinerary for more/lower priced options.

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