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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 haven   : 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, the endlessly olive tree fields...

 

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 reception of the riders is always at 9am at the ranch, and the departure on the last day is always at about 5pm.


Day 1
Meeting point at the stables around 9am. You will be explained your itinerary for the day and will get on your horse to start the ride. We will stop for lunch outside on the way, where a nice local meal would have been prepared.
Dinner and night at the guesthouse.

Day 2-3
We ride around 5 or 6 hours. Our guide will choose our itinerary depending on the conditions of the trail to make sure you have the best time possible.

Itinerary 1 : The Roman path

Riding along the former path of the Aurelian road, we ride through the Caesar Roman legion footsteps…  For lunch, we enjoy a strong and delicious picnic in the shade of the pine trees. Then, we ride through the Marguerite valleys and their olive trees silver ocean. Here, depending on the season, we see olive growers making traditional olive picking or tree cutting. Then, we ride back to the ranch and have a well deserved drink! We taste the “AOC" olives from the Baux de Provence valley and the organic olive oil made here.
Dinner and night are in the inn. 

Itinerary 2 : Alpilles ridges

Today, we ride through the path leading us to the ridges screen which dominates the entire Baux de Provence valley. This culminating point offers us an amazing 360° panoramic view on the whole region! When the weather is good, we can discern the Saintes Maries de la Mer, the Luberon, the Ventoux, the Languedoc… Our goal today is to reach the famous Baux de Provence Castle. Here, we enjoy dazzling colors and landscapes. We leave our horse for a while to taste a delicious lunch which smells the Provence. Then, we ride again along a fresh watercourse in the foothills of the Alpilles back to the Ranch. Dinner and night in the inn.

Itinerary 3 : Aureille

Today, we ride in the heart of the Alpilles Mountains. Charming landscapes, dazzling colors, and heady fragrances are here for us. For lunch, we stop at Aureille, a quiet and picturesque village, and we have lunch under the Castellas (a small medieval castle). Then, we have a good rest under the sun and sheltered from the wind before riding again enjoying Provencal fragrances and landscapes. In the end of the day, Sébastien, your guide, teaches you how to handle the lasso. He is both the France and Europe Team Roping champion (a western sport discipline)!
Dinner and night in the inn.

Itinerary 4 : Bauxites Lake

The broom flowers fragrance or the Bonelli eagle majestic flight 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. Then, we ride back to the ranch and have a well deserved drink in the shade of the pine trees or at the equestrian centre. We taste the “AOC" olives from the Baux de Provence valley and the organic olive oil made here.
Dinner and night are in the inn. 


Last day : (Sunday) : Riding tour to the olive capital

We ride towards Maussane-les-Alpilles. This Provencal village is nested in the south, where the warm and dazzling sun is present more than 300 days a year. Olive trees fields spread indefinitely, sometimes cut by alleys of cypress leading us to amazing traditional olive oil mills. We propose you to stop riding to compete for the "Oliviades" and to beat the standing record! We won’t say too much more about this… This is the surprise! We have a picnic lunch, or we eat in a saloon, and then, we play "Pétanque", a southern local sport, or we enjoy a lasso demonstration.


End of the ride, individual departure of the riders around 5pm.

Secret Provence - Alpilles ride - 2018
"A la carte departures" all year except from mid-June to mid-September. Contact us for availability
Weekend 2 days/1 night / 1,5 day riding (Saturday/Sunday)
300 €
Weekend 3 days / 2 nights / 2,5 days riding (Friday to Sundayl
440 €
Weekend 4 days / 3 nights / 3,5 days riding (Thursday to Sunday)
580 €
Already scheduled dates
March 02 to 05 (2 to 4 days possible)
from 300 €
March 09 to 12 (2 to 4 days possible)
from 300 €
March 23 to 25 (2 or 3 days possible)
from 300 €
April 06 to 08 (2 or 3 days possible)
from 300 €
April 13 to 15 (2 or 3 days possible)
from 300 €
April 25 to 26 (2 days )
300 €
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April 28 to May 01 (2 to 4 days possible)
from 300 €
May 05 to 08 (2 to 4 days possible)
from 300 €
May 10 to 13 (2 to 4 days possible)
from 300 €
May 19 to 20 (2 days)
300 €
guaranteed - Contact us
June 01 to 03 (2 or 3 days possible)
from 300 €
June 08 to 10 (2 or 3 days possible)
from 300 €
Sept 20 to 23 (2 to 4 days possible)
from 300 €
Oct 19 to 21 (2 or 3 days possible)
from 300 €


Small group extra charge to be paid on site if only 2 riders booked, not applicable if there are 3 or more riders
2 days : 50€ / person
3 days : 75€ / person
4 days : 100€/person

Extras

Gypsy caravan accommodation
sleeps one or two persons
(private bathroom, double bed...)

60 €/night

Single room extra charge (to pay on site)
If you are willing to share your room with another rider during the ride but we are unable to find another person to do so, you will be accommodated in a single room without extra charge.

60 € /night
 


 

Included:

- the trail ride as described in full board basis,
- 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,
- drinks other than wine and water at lunch and dinner,
- 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.


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 intendancy 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 and English.

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. Transfer 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

Anne's report

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

Contact Anne

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

Riding guest reviews

"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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Anne, your riding consultant

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Contact Anne

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

 

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