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Touraine - Discover the Loire valley thanks to heritage and vines...

Week Ride in Touraine - 5 days / 4 nights / 5 days riding - 2018
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Included:

- Horseback trail as described in the chalet on full board,
- Transfer from/to Chatellerault station (a transfer from/to Tours St Pierre des Corps is possible with a additional charge to 15 €/ pers),
- Transfer from/to Saumur station for the week-end in Saumurois,
- Supervision by a specialized guide,
- Total and unlimited financial guarantee (APS) of all payments made to us (see "why ride with us ?"),
- Protection of the French Law for travel consumers who book through French travel agencies (see "why ride with us ?").

 

Not included:

- Transport to the meeting point,
- The organization of a possible circuit tour in the area before or after the trail,
- Any other service or optional visit entries, personal expenses,
- Tips,
- Optional insurances.

 

 

 

 

The region of Touraine offers you an historical and oenological heritage which will make you feel great and discover some curious stories.

Thanks to our guide, you'll ride on beautiful paths in the middle of vineyard, fields and castles' ruins.

Chinon : vineyards and castles (5 days / 4 nights)

DAY 1 : USSEAU – FAYE LA VINEUSE – RICHELIEU
The appointment is fixed at 8:30 am in the riding center in Usseau. We make horses’ and team’s acquaintances, then we live for a ride at 9:30. We travel in the middle of hilly landscapes in the north of the Vienne. We can enjoy, on the ride, little manor-house and castles studded on hillside, but also some fields where melon of high Poitou and asparagus grow. We take a break for lunch in Faye la Vineuse, medieval village between Poitou and Touraine. The ride keeps going in direction of the red cardinal’s road. We end the day in a guest house in Richelieu.

DAY 2 : RICHELIEU – LA FONTAINE DE JABLES – CHINON
After the breakfast, we cross Richelieu to see its alleys, its square and its wood covered hall; then we keep going the ride to the Veude valley. At noon, we stop to the “Fontaine de Jable”, in the poplar trees’ shadow, to enjoy the place for a well-deserved lunch. After this idyllic break, we ride to Riveau castle before we join an old railroad which will allow several canters under a good climate thanks to poplar trees. In afternoon, we take a break in a river bank village called “Rivière” to visit the church which offers us a curious entertainment. We arrive in Chinon in late afternoon to spend the night in bungalow or hostel **

DAY 3 : CHINON – CRAVANT LES COTEAUX – L’ÎLE BOUCHARD
We start the day with the visit of Chinon’s castle, and then nearly 10:30 we ride on a great path which overhangs the entire valley. We follow this way until noon, to stop in a cellar for a wine tasting and a visit before taking lunch break in Cravant les Côteaux. After this enriching morning we ride to “l’Ile Bouchard” where the virgin Marie would have appeared in a church near the school. According to the season, the peaceful and restful village’s atmosphere is convenient to a footbath with horses. We end the day with a horseback visit of Saint Léonard’s priory before resting in our guest room: an old barrack.

DAY 4 : L’ILE BOUCHARD – LA TOUR SAINT GELIN – BOIS AUBRY
After a good breakfast, we take some hollow paths which enable us to ride in a green setting until “l’Ile Bouchard”. We also keep going the day through woody places, little hamlets and curious village. Our horses’ rhythm takes us for midday near the “Tour Saint Gelin”, where we take a restful moment for lunch, with a view on the fountain “Mocrate” and her slate roof. In the afternoon, we ride to “Aubry wood” where we’ll see an abbey in an orthodox municipality of Gaul in the middle of nature. On site, we’ll find the grave of an American actor: Yul Brynner. The diner and the night will be spent in a monastery, in Bois d’Aubry.

DAY 5 : BOIS D’AUBRY – LA TOUR DE MARMANDE – USSEAU
We start the last day with a ride across hilly landscapes to get back in Vienne departure just before midday. On the ride, we can see the tower of Marmande, which we will reach for lunch going through the village and the 12th century church. This tower has a particularly place in the landscape because it existed to watch over the border between Poitou and Touraine with this 30meter high. The afternoon we cross some forests then we go past the medieval Motte d’Usseau castle, before we finish the ride in Usseau, in late afternoon.

 

Horses and riding level

 

Horses

Most of our center's horses are composed of cross-breed horses : barbe, arabian, anglo-arabian, saddle horses. They are quiet, sweet, and they all get on well because they live together all year long.
This horses easily fit long rides while staying energetic.


Tack

We use saddles specialized for long ride: forestier, Oner, JMS, or TREC saddles.
Your saddle will have saddlebags to carry your personnal possessions on horse.


Recommended riding experience
To take part in this rides, we advise our rider to be able to handle the three paces outside.

Useful information
If wearing a helmet is highly advised for adults, children and minors have to wear it. The lending of helmet is possible on site.
Children are welcome from 12 years old if they come with an adult, and if they have necessary endurance and riding skills.
Maximum weight : 100kg.

 

The local team

Valérie will be our guide on this ride, and will share her passions with you, allowing you to learn a lot about horses and the Touraine.

 

 

 

Accommodation
You will be in gite, guest house or little hostel according to availability. You'll sleep in double room, or triple according to the different accommodation.

 

 

Meals
You will eat lunches outside, brought by logistic car (if you are small group, you'll carry your meal in saddlebags).
The evening, you will enjoy a traditionnal diner, cooked on site or in restaurant (according to the distance between the restaurant and the accomodation).


Language: English, French and German.

Group size: Guarantee departure from 3 riders with a maximum of 9.

Closest airport / train station:

Meeting directly at the horse farm.

Free transfers from/to Chatellerault station, an appointment will be fixed for the whole group. First booking chooses the hour of this appointment.
You can also ask for a transfer from/to Tours Saint Pierre des Corps station (15€/pers/go and back).
For the Week-end Saumurois the transfer is from/to Saumur station (free).

Our riding consultant's report

Voyage à cheval Rando Cheval

Julie

A ride to the discovery of this beautiful region's historic heritage. Tasting breaks in different vineyards add a gastronomic dimension to this horsebackjaunt !

Contact Julie

Phone : +33 (0)437 02 2000
Email : julie @rideinfrance.com

Riding guest reviews

 

Key facts

From 1150 € !

Oenologic - Heritage

5 days / 4 nights - 5 days riding

Your riding consultant

Contact Chloé

Phone : +33 (0)437 02 2000
Email : chloe @rideinfrance.com

 

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