FROM BRITTANY TO MONT SAINT MICHEL...
Ride itinerary - Horses, tack & riding experience
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Day 1 - Sunday
Arrival at the riding centre at the end of the day or transfer in Rennes train station (if the transfer is booked in advance).
Dinner and night at the guesthouse.
Day 2 - Monday
We begin our ride through the forest of Montmurran, and past the castle. Our horses lead us to the quiet canal of Ille and Rance, towards Bédé, where we stop for a packed lunch on a charming spot.
This afternoon, we ride in the Breton countryside, to the pond of Combourg, where we can enjoy a swim with the horses.
Dinner and night at the hotel in front of Combourg castle.
Day 3 - Tuesday
After breakfast, we leave on horseback around 10am through Combourg village. We cross the countryside towards Saint Leger des Prés. After a packed lunch, we enter the forest and reach the natural estate of la Higourdais, a classified site. During the first part of this trip, we discover High Brittany, with its hollow paths, its bocage, its granite houses and the tiny chapels here and there.
Dinner and night in a guesthouse in Epiniac.
Day 4 - Wednesday
This morning, we leave the guesthouse and ride towards the village of Epiniac. We ride past Landal castle and discover the fauna and flora of la Higourdais, a paradise for nature lovers. This natural and protected park allows the fauna, and especially the birds, to live undisturbed. After the lunch break, we ride towards Dol de Bretagne and Le Mont Dol where we spend the night in the guesthouse "La Morinière".
Day 5 - Thursday
Today, we ride in landscapes that are completely different from what we have seen in the past few days. We discover polders and grasslands, these areas between land and sea where small rivers run into the sea. After a packed lunch, we ride again along the Couesnon river, which marks the border between Brittany and Normandy. Then, depending on the centuries, the Mont Saint Michel is Breton or Normand ! Polders and grasslands cover more than 3000 hectares, being a unique natural area. The polders (spaces gained over the sea) are geometric and limited by sea walls. We can see many bird species : harriers, peregrine falcons, sandpipers, plovers... but also enjoy nice canters on the beach !
Before our last riding day, the crossing of the Bay, we stop for the night in a guesthouse in Moidrey.
Day 6 - Friday
Today is the so-expected day when we are going to ride acrodd the famous Bay. We ride past Tomblaine rock, laying in the middle of this sand sea, and reach the Bec d'Andaine, located on the other side of the Bay. We get the chance to discover a wild area, different from everything we have seen so far.
By the end of the day, we go back to the guesthouse in Moidrey for dinner and night.
Warning : The program of this day is given as a rough guide. We often need to modify the itinerary depending on the weather and the ground. We cannot ride everywhere and the tide can change the landscape and the possible routes from one day to the other. We also have to take into account the schedules of the tides.
We cannot stop for a visit of the Mont Saint Michel, as we don't have anywhere to leave the horses and the crowds of walking tourists is too important on the site to visit the Mont on horseback safely.
Day 7 - Saturday
After breakfast, we drive the horses and riders to our starting point. We reach the riding centre by the end of the morning. Lunch is not included. Riders are free to leave around noon. A transfer can be organized to Rennes train station.
GOOD TO KNOW :
The Bay can be dangerous. That is why we ride with two guides in the Bay : our guide who will guide us for the whole week plus another guide who has the necessary permit to cross the Bay.
HORSES, TACK AND RIDING EXPERIENCE
AccommodationWe will stay in guesthouses, in three to four people bedrooms or in dormitory. In Combourg, we stay in a hotel.
No single rooms available.
MealsBreakfasts and dinners are taken at the guesthouses.
Lunches are prepared and brought to our lunch break spots by the logistic team.
|Brittany to Mont Saint Michel 2013|
|June 30 to July 06||
|July 07 to 13||
|July 14 to 20||
|July 21 to 27||
|July 28 to August 03||
|August 04 to 10||
|August 11 to 17||
|August 18 to 24||
|August 25 to 31||
- transport to the meeting point,
- drinks except those included in the meals,
- any other service or optional visit entries, personal expenses,
- a tour to discover other regions of France before or after the trail (castle life, golf training, thalassotherapy spas...), see our "after ride proposals",
- optional insurances.
There are no specific health formalities and emergency medical treatment is as widely available in the country.
A valid passport is required of all foreigners entering France, except people living from a Schengen agreement country for who a valid ID card is enough.
All foreign citizens who wish to come to France must be able to present regulatory proof of the purpose of their stay, means of support and accommodation. In some cases, they need a visa to enter France. Visas must be applied for before leaving for France at a French consular office.
France is a member of European Union. No visa is required for citizens of other EU states.
No visa is required for US visitors staying less than 3 months.
Please check these informations at your local French embassy.
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