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PROVENCE / ALPILLES - Weekend horse riding vacation

« When God created the sun, the earth, the mountains and the waters, and organized them, he took a piece of everything and made a heaven: the Alpilles ».

To ascertain this idea, come to ride in the heart of the Alpilles regional natural park! A riding tour that Provencal landscapes, wild nature and large spaces lovers will appreciate.

Let’s ride and enjoy the sun, the azure sky, the unique colorful landscapes, the singing cicadas, the hills punctuating the horizon, olive tree fields as far as the eye can see...

 

For every riding tour, the itinerary is different depending on the season, the duration of the riding tour and the guide’s mood! We suggest you various star formula riding tours: 2 to 4 days to discover the Bauxites lakes, the Alpilles ridges, the Baux de Provence Castle, Maussane, Aureille and the Marguerite valleys.
The welcome of the riders is always at 9:30am at the ranch, and the departure is always at about 4pm.

 

Our different riding itineraries

  • On the romans' steps

Hidden between the limestone cliffs, the Caisses de Jean-Jean offer one of the most remarkable landscapes of the Alpilles. Between nature and heritage, the path will reveal a frame of the Alpilles, of which the geology, the flora and the fauna, the agricultural and natural landscapes and, more importantly, the ruins of a Gallic oppidum (ancient city in western and central Europe), make of it a must-see site. At lunch time, we will take a break at the shade of the pine trees to eat a delicious meal prepared with olive oil from the mas. Back in the saddle, we cross the "Plaines de Marguerite" and their silver ocean of olive ttrees. There, depending on the season, we will meet olive growers busy with the traditionnal harvesting of the olives or the trimming of the trees. Dinner and night at the Mas.

  • The Alpilles' crests

We will ride at the heart of the Regional natural Park of the Alpilles and take the path that leads us to the crestsof the Alpilles. The highest point of the trail offers us a 360-degrees view over the region! We can see Saintes Maries de la Mer, the Luberon, the Ventoux, the Languedoc... At lunch time, we set foot on the ground to have a meels that has the smell of Provence. The landscapes are magnificent, the hills covered in garrigue, pine or oak forests and green olive groves. Back at the ranch. Dinner and night at the Mas.

  • Aureille

Today, our hooves bing us to the heart of the massif des Alpilles. Enchanting landscapes, dazzling colors and heady smells. At lunch, we stop at Aureille, small, calm and charming village and eat our meal at the foot of its castellas (small medieval castle). A nap while lazing around before leaving again for a ride cadenced by the southern accent. Dinner and night at the Mas.

  • Bauxites Lake

The broom flowers fragrance or the magestic flight of the Bonelli eagle lead us to a magical place. We arrive in a whole red colored landscape: this is Bauxite! Suddenly, we are in the corner of the path and we can perceive a turquoise water lake, a stark contrast! We stop into this spectacular setting to have a strong and delicious picnic lunch. Then, we ride again through lovely shadowed paths punctuating our trip and offering us unforgettable panoramic views. Dinner and night at the Mas.

  • The olive capital (half-day on horseback, usually on the last day)

In the saddle towards the olive capital! Nestled on the Southern side of the Alpilles, where the sun shines with a warm and bright light more than 300 days per year, Maussane-les-Alpilles bathe in peace and Provencal sweet life. The olive tree fields spread indefinitely, sometimes cut by alleys of cypress, leading us to amazing Mas and traditional olive oil mills. At midday, we will have lunch at the ranch's saloon, followed by a "pétanque" (southern local sport), or relaxing at the swimming pool depending on the season, or even enjoy a lasso demonstration.

Individual departure of the riders from 4pm.

Voyage à cheval - Randonnée équestre organisée par Randocheval

"A la carte" departures (except from mid-june to mid-september) - 2021
2 days/1 night / 1,5 day riding (Saturday/Sunday)
300 €
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3 days / 2 nights / 2,5 days riding
(Friday to Sunday)
440 €
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4 days / 3 nights / 3,5 days riding (Thursday to Sunday)
580 €
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Supplements 2021
Small group extra charge (to be paid on site) if only 2 riders booked, not applicable if there are 3 riders or more
25€ /day /person

Single room extra charge (to be paid on site)
If specifically asked

75 € /night


 

Included:

- the trail ride as described in full board basis
- drinks with meals (water, wine, aperitizer)
- 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:

- transportation to and from the riding centre
- extra night to pay on the spot
- Booking fees 15€/person
- any other services or optional visit entries, personal expenses
- tips
- optional insurances

 

 

 

 

Our horses and required riding ability

Horse breeds

We have different types of horses. Criollos, Quarter horses, Paints, Appaloosas or Spanish Pure Breeds, Merens, Camargues...

Saddles

We use australian, Mac lellan or western saddles. Saddlebags are not provided but you can bring yours to carry your personal equipment during the day.

Recommended riding ability

To join this trail, you have to be comfortable at the three gaits in open spaces, and to be able to ride outdoor in various grounds.
It can be your first time outdoor riding over several days, but novice riders are not accepted.
We ride 5 to 6 hours per day. We travel 20 to 30 km per day and the stony ground can sometimes be steep.


Good to know
Each rider is responsible for his horse: feet, detection of small scratches, brushing, and saddle.
Accompanied children are allowed from 10 years old if they are good riders and from 12 years old if they are alone.

Maximum weight : 100kg
Maximum size : 1m90

The local team

This trail is guided by experienced and qualified guides. Sébastien, the main guide is both France and Europe champion of team roping and will propose an introduction to his passion over the week-end.

Logistic
An assistance and safety vehicle provides us with lunch and dinner on a daily basis.

Accommodation

We sleep in an Inn for 4 persons during the entire duration of the riding tour (1 bedroom with a 2 persons bed + roll-away or superposed beds in the living room, a bathroom and a WC, a kitchen, a TV). The inn is a Provencal bastide from the XVIIIth century, shadowed with two hundred years old plane trees.

This equestrian farm holds the French label "Bienvenue à la ferme", a guarantee for quality, and also beneficiates from the other French equestrian label "Cheval Etape FFE".
When there is a lack of availability in the Mas, we will propose you to sleep in another inn or guesthouse.

An option: A couple can choose to sleep in the gypsies caravan with all the comfort, situated in the garden and overlooking the olive groves (private bathroom, double bed and kitchenette). Price : 60€/night.

 

Meals

The logistics vehicle brings us delicious hot or cold meals for lunch. You will have a pastis or rosé wine glass, bruised olives and tapenade made in the Mas, a ratatouille with olive oil and vegetables from the garden, and finally you will have a "pénéquet" (a Provencal rest!) before riding again… Enjoy!
The dinners in the Mas are a family and Provencal cuisine. 
The basic product is olive oil made in the Mas!

Languages spoken by the guide: French, ENglish and Italian

Group size: From 2 to 10 riders

Arrival airport / train station:

Meeting at the riding centre at around 9am.

The closest airports are Marseille or Nimes, and the closest train stations are Avignon and Arles. Transfers by taxi.

If you come by train, plan your arrival on the day before the beginning of the trail. You can also stay one extra night after the end of the riding tour.

 

Our riding consultant's report

Provence scents, colors, and friendly encounters make this riding trip a memorable experience.

Riding guest reviews

"really good experience! Excellent on every point. I strongly recommend the ranch and without a doubt, I will come back! The atmosphere is friendly and you can feel it as soon as you arrive. The well-being of the horse is a priority, the horses are mentally balanced. The team is professional and really sweet. Thank you for everything." - Marina Z. (2020)

"Everything was exceptional! A really great few days. " (Dan K. 2018)

"I wanted top thank you for Estelle's stay, she really loved it and she had a few surprises on the spot as well (a birthday cake and a night in the gypsies caravan)! Thank you again, she will keep an unforgettable memory of her 20th birthday weekend!" - Estelle M. 's mother (2017)

"A very warm welcome, outstanding landscape, confident horses... This riding tour was a great success with real professionals who love their job. I definitely recommend it!" (Béatrice M. 2013) 

"Everything is made for us to feel at home. Very good meals, homemade of course. Really a perfect experience!" (Virginie J. 2013)

Why you will love this trail

From 300 €

Weekend - Western riding

2-4 days / 1-3 nights - 1.5 -3.5 days riding

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