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FRANCE ON HORSEBACK

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PARIS - Versailles & Vaux le Vicomte Castes Horse Trail

A few kilometers away from Paris, this trail ride takes you through centuries of History.

The perfect compromise between nature and culture !

Between forests and castles, our horses and guide will show you worldwide known places such as Versailles Palace and its gardens, Vaux-le-Vicomte, and the Rambouillet forest, the old hunting estate of the kings of France... and so on.

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Day 1
The riders meet up at Melun RER train station at 2pm (or at 6pm at the St Rémy lès Chevreuse train station if the starting riding point is at Versailles). The riders are transferred to the guesthouse before the first guided tour: Vaux le Vicomte castle. It was edified by Nicolas Fouquet in 1615, and served as a model for Louis XIV to build the Versailles castle.Dinner and night is at the guesthouse.

Day 2
We have breakfast and are transferred to the stables. The departure of the riding tour is at about 10am from the Vaux-le-vicomte castle. We ride through the park, and then, we ride towards the Fontainebleau forest. It is a half-wooded riding. Then, we have a picnic lunch along the Seine at Fontaine-le-port, and we ride again in the forest in a varied terrain: reliefs, rocks, sand, birch, oak, beech wood... We cross the Fontainebleau castle park. Arrival at the end of the afternoon at the Pheasantry in the forest.Dinner and night is at the guesthouse.

Day 3
Today, we ride across the Fontainebleau forest, and enjoy galloping in the wood paths. We have a picnic lunch at the Courances castle and visit the gardens: one of the most beautiful examples of Renaissance water gardens created at the XVIIth century. In the afternoon, we ride through cultivations, great spaces and forests landscapes. We also go through a former Roman path.Dinner and night is at the guesthouse.

Day 4
Today, we go towards Courson, an undulating region with sparse forests, and long and beautiful paths lead us until Chamarande castle. Here, we have a picnic lunch and a visit of the castle built in the XVIIth century, in the style of Louis XIII. This domain leads us in the contemporary art world. We ride through the Chamarande forest, and then, we visit Saint-Sulpice-de-Favières church. This sanctuary is the most beautiful in the region. This church, built in 1245, is a flamboyant gothic church. We spend the evening at Courson Castle, and have dinner and night in a hotel or in Fontenay-lès-briis Castle.

Day 5
After breakfast, we pick up our horses. Today, the itinerary is more undulating. The region has beautiful forests and huge valleys. We ride nearby Marais Castle, which was an important meeting place for literary and political men at the XIXth Century. We have a picnic lunch at the gold de Rochefort en Yvelines Castle. Then, we ride through the Rambouillet state-owned forest up to the la Tour pond.Dinner and night in the hotel.

Day 6
Departure at about 10am towards the La Tour pond, between forest and countryside, to reach the Vaux de Cernay abbey, built in the XIIth century by the monks of the Cistercian order. Today, there is a luxury hotel in this abbey. We have a picnic lunch and visit the Breteuil Castle. It has been built in the XVIth century in a Louis XII style, and is amazingly furnished. 50 wax characters brought from the Grévin museum add something funny to our visit. Then, we have an exhibition of the Perrault tales. Later, we saddle our horses again and ride towards the Chevreuse valley. We circumvent the town of Chevreuse and its castle built in the XIth century. Dinner and night in a guesthouse.

Day 7
Today, we ride only at a few kilometers from the bustle of Paris. We ride to the Versailles state-owned forest and reach Saint-Cyr-l'Ecole, and the Central Royal Gate of the Versailles Castle in the end. We go towards the majestic and impressive castle park Gate. We ride along the Grand Canal and nearby the Grand Trianon. We have a picnic lunch at the Saint Antoine tree nursury. We ride in the ceremony place, in the pièce d'eau des suisses, and through the Versailles state-owned forest (there is no visit of the castle scheduled: a visit can be organized before or after the riding tour if booking an extra night).Dinner and night in our guesthouse.

Day 8
After breakfast, the riders are transferred to the Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse train station, or to Melun RER train station, depending on the direction of the riding tour. Depending on the date of the riding tour departure, the itinerary is followed in one or the other direction.

From Vaux-le-Vicomte to Versailles- 2018
July 21 to 28
1765 €
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From Versailles to Vaux-le-Vicomte - 2018
July 14 to 21
1765 €
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Single room supplement : 307 € (to be paid on the spot).
If you travel alone and we don't find some one to share your room or if you want a single room, please tell us at booking.

 

Included:

- trail ride as described on full board basis (diners at restaurant and picnic lunches),
- Total and unlimited financial guarantee (APST) 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:

- drinks,
- transport to the meeting point: return transfer from train station: 20€ per person
- any other service or visit entries for castles,
- Booking fees 15€/person
- personal expenses,
- tips,
- optional insurances.

 

 

 

 

Our horses and required riding ability

Horses

The horses are saddle horses: Arabic and Paint crossbred horses, Arabic breed and saddle breed. They live in meadow throughout the year in herd, and most of them were born in our equestrian farm. Our horses are trained in winter in order to be ready for summer trails.

Tack
English tack. Leather trail saddles customized for this horse breed, "Myler" horse net, Saddle pad with pockets included, as well as a poncho and water bottles.
Helmet is not compulsory but strongly recommended.

Recommended riding ability
This riding tour is suitable for advanced riders who well manage the three gaits (walk, rising trot, suspended gallop) on a varied terrain, and in open spaces. The advanced rider has a regular riding practice, a good physical condition. He hasn’t a hard hand on his horse’s mouth; he has a good attitude toward his horse and is self-confident. He controls his horse’s speed and direction at all times. He is able to ride long distances.There is no technical difficulty for this itinerary that can be done one way or the other.
Children are welcome from 16 years old if they are with an adult.

The local team

David is an Equestrian Tourism Guide. He speaks English and knows the technical terms in that language. Britta is the translator in English, German, Dutch, and Spanish, and she makes you discover the history of the region.

The logistic vehicle follows the riding trail (vehicle + converted van) to prepare your lunch and dinner. Logistic staff prepares a buffet for lunch and is aware of your needs. Luggages are carried in the vehicle.

Accomodation
Guesthouses and hotels. Comfortable accommodations, generally with private bathroom. The price includes double room. Single rooms are available with extra cost.

Meals
The breakfast are Continental. For lunch, you will have a cold buffet with a large choice (adapted to particular diets) with wine, coffee and water included, organized by the trail logistic. You will have dinner in the guesthouse, in the restaurant or in the hotel (wine and other extras are not included). Water, wine and coffee are included for lunches and dinners. Other drinks are not included.

Languages spoken by the guide: English / French speaking guide.

Group size: From 5 to 10 riders

Arrival airport / train station:

Melun or St Rémy lès Chevreuse train station - to be pay on spot

 

Our riding consultant's report

Lauren

To be able to do this trip on horseback gives an extraordinary touch to this historical sites of France... It is definitely a one-way ticket back to the age of Louis XIV.

Contact Lauren

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

Riding guest reviews

"Great trails in the forests and parks. to do again." - Jacques G. (2013)

Why you will love this trail

From 1765 € !

France heritage ride - Luxury ride

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days on horseback

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Your riding consultant

Contact Lauren

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

 

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