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Riding through the mountains
from $1,245
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:
  • 2020: 27 Jun; 11, 18 Jul; 15, 22 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: All abilities catered for. A good level of fitness is required due to long hours in the saddle and some walking required.
  • 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.
Riding through the Morvan National Park
from $1,989
Summary:

An exhilarating endurance trail in central France covering 40-60 km a day, this is one for fit, adventurous riders only. Excellent food, stunning scenery, spend the night in a castle and enjoy the extensive gallops. Not for the faint-hearted.

Departure Dates:
  • 2019: 22 Jun; 27 Jul; 24 Aug; 21 Sept
  • 2020: 20 Jun; 25 Jul; 29 Aug
  • Trip Length: 9 days / 8 nights / 7 riding days
  • Approximate riding time per day: 5-6 hours
  • Meeting point: The equestrian centre in the Morvan National Park. Transfer available from Le Creusot TGV station (1h20m from Paris).
  • Riding Ability Required: Comfortable and independent at all speeds and on varied terrain. Must be physically fit and in shape.
  • Usual Group Size: 6-12
  • Transfer: 2019: €100 from/to Le Creusot TGV station (60 km) per car (max 4 people). Transfer is payable on-site. Complimentary transfer from/to Autun station.
Horses at a mountain lake
from $1,235
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: 21 - 27 September
  • 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.
Neck reining
from $1,195
Summary:

A welcoming ranch in unspoilt countryside with tuition and vried riding out for intermediate riders.

Departure Dates:
  • 2020: Every Saturday between May and October
  • Trip Length: 8 days / 7 nights / 5 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 4-5 hours
  • Meeting point: Beziers Airport (BZR)
  • Riding Ability Required: Intermediate onwards, please see programme details.
    Minimum age 16
  • Usual Group Size: 4-8
  • Transfer: Beziers - €75 per person return payable on site. Transfer time is approximately 1.5 hours. Transfers on arrival are between 15:00 and 17:00 so please make sure flights arrive with enough time to get through immigration etc by 17:00. Departure transfer is available according to flight schedule, preferably after 11am.
Horse and rider on mountain top
from $1,729
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:
  • 2020: May 3, 17, 31; Jun 14, 28*; Sept 6, 20; Oct 4.
  • (* 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: 2020: €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 $1,705
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:
  • 2020: Apr 19; May 3*, 17*, 31*; Sept 20*; Oct 18. (*denotes 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: 2020: €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.
Riding through the mountains
from $1,049
Summary:

Discover the wild Ligurian mountains and coastline on this 8 day, point-to-point trail crossing from France into Italy on willing, sure-footed horses. Ride through mountain passes and pine forests before visiting ancient, medieval villages.

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. there is also the option to undertake a shorter version of this ride, completing a 6 day ride rather than the full 8 days.

Departure Dates:
  • 2020: 12 Apr
  • 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€. Transfers payable on site.
Riding through the Southern Alps
from $1,025
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.
Summary:

Learn to ride on the sunny island of Crete. Available all year, comfortable hotel, beautiful scenery

Departure Dates:
  • 2019: Available throughout the year except 15 Jan to 15 Feb and when Guided Lasithi Trail is running (High Season: 17 March - 3 November and 15 Dec - 8 January 2020).
  • 2020: Available throughout the year except 13 Jan to 14 Feb and when Guided Lasithi Trail is running (High Season: 22 March - 1 November and 14 December - 10 January 2021).
  • Hotel and Stables closed 13 Jan - 14 Feb 2020
  • Trip Length: 8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 1-1.5 hours per day
  • Meeting point: Heraklion (HER)
  • Riding Ability Required: Complete beginners welcome
  • Usual Group Size: Maximum 10
  • Transfer: Payable on site, available any time. €50 from Heraklion Airport or €55 from Heraklion centre each way per car (1-4pax). Transfer time is approximately 45 minutes.
Looking down onto Lassithi
from $1,389
Summary:
Only for intermediate or experienced riders, this adventurous trail of 100 miles takes you through the remote mountains and friendly villages of Crete.
Departure Dates:
  • 2019 Guided Trail High Season: 8, 22 Sept; 13 Oct
  • 2019 Guided Trail Low Season: 3 Nov.
  • 2019 Unguided: Available all year around except when the guided trail is running (high season 17 Mar - 3 Nov and 15 Dec - 8 Jan 2020).
  • 2020 Guided Trail High Season: 29 Mar; 26 Apr; 10, 24 May; 7 Jun; 6, 20 Sept; 11 Oct
  • 2020 Guided Trail Low Season: 1 Nov.
  • 2020 Unguided: Available all year around except when the guided trail is running (high season 29 Mar - 1 Nov and 14 Dec - 10 Jan 2021).
  • Hotel and Stables closed 13 Jan - 14 Feb 2020
  • Trip Length: 8 days / 7 nights / 6 riding days
  • Approximate riding time per day: 4 - 7 hours
  • Meeting point: Heraklion (HER)
  • Riding Ability Required: Guided: Strong intermediate riders onwards: Must be riding fit and able ride at all paces
    Unguided: Must have experience caring for horses, must be able to walk, trot and canter, mount and dismount unaided.
  • Usual Group Size: Unguided: 2-6
    Guided: 1-10 (March and November treks min 2 to confirm).
  • Transfer: Payable on site, available any time. €50 from Heraklion Airport or €55 from Heraklion centre each way per car (1-4pax). Transfer time is approximately 45 minutes

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