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FRANCE ON HORSEBACK

Horse riding tours and equestrian holidays in France

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TOURAINE - Berry horse riding trail


In the south of Touraine, in the Loire Valley, you will enjoy a preserved and authentic countryside. Here, confidential castles and other Roman churches are nestled between forests and hills.

In this region, you will also enjoy local gastronomy, such as the Selles sur Cher and the Valençay cheese, good to eat with a Touraine or Valençay wine.

Day 1

The riders are welcome in late afternoon at the Vallagon castle. Transfer is possible from Montrichard train station at 6pm30. Dinner and night in the castle.


Day 2
Breakfast at 8am. Every rider gets his horse. We start riding at about 10am. We ride through the semi troglodyte village of Bourré and are in the Cher valley. Then, we ride toward the south and enjoy forests, plains and streams landscapes: : the Montpoupon architectural wonderful site.

. Here, we have a picnic lunch and a visit of the castle. In the afternoon, we ride in the southern hills and reach the village of Génillé cantering. Night in Génillé (hotel or guesthouse).

Day 3
Breakfast at 8am. We start riding at 9am30. We leave Génillé and enter the Loches state-owned forest. This is a 4000 ha former royal forest composed with many timber species. We ride through the forest and arrive at the Loches medieval town. We have a picnic nearby the town, and then, we date back in time and visit the most beautiful fortified town in France (the dungeon and the royal lodgings). In the afternoon, we enjoy this wonderful forest again. In late afternoon, we arrive at the exceptional site of « La Chartreuse du Liget » where we spend the night if rooms are available. If not, we spend the night in a guesthouse.

Day 4

Breakfast at 8am. We start riding at 10am. We arrive at the Indrois valley riding through the Chemillé sur Indrois body of water. We ride alongside the river in a nice shadowed path and arrive at the village of Montrésor. It is an astonishing nice village perched in the banks of the Indrois. The castle overhangs this charming village. This is one of the most beautiful villages in France. We visit the village (semi-troglodyte Tuffeau stones houses) and the castle, before having lunch nearby the village. Then, we have a long afternoon in a green and agricultural countryside and we arrive at the village of Luçay le Mâle. Dinner and night in a hotel or guesthouse.

Day 5
Breakfast at about 8am. We start riding at about 10am. We spend the morning in Berry countryside and perceive over time the imposing and elegant Valençay castle. This castle is an exquisite architectural harmony between the Renaissance and classical style. We have a picnic lunch nearby the castle and a visit of the castle. 
In the afternoon, we ride through the Valençay forest, and arrive at Selles-sur-Cher. Selles-sur-cher is also the name of a frustoconical and round shape French cheese, made with row and whole goat milk, a former traditional local product. We can taste it for dinner. Night in a hotel.

Day 6

Breakfast at about 8am and visit of the Selles-sur-Cher Castle. We start riding at about 10am30. First, we ride through the Cher Valley, alongside the Cher River up to the village of Couffy. Then, we arrive at the hillsides. We ride through a hilly landscape between forests and vineyards. We have a picnic lunch in the village of Châteauvieux. In the afternoon, we ride through paths and trails up to the Mareuil Castle. We spend the night in the castle, in the banks of the Cher.

Day 7

Breakfast at about 8am. We start riding at 10am. We are in the Cher valley again. We ride through the river when we arrive at Thésée. Then, we ride nearby the Gué Péan Castle. We have a picnic lunch in the village of Bourré. We visit the mushroom cellar in the underground town, or the Magnanery (depending on the visit schedule). We have a short afternoon riding (1hr) and arrive at the Vallagon Castle in late afternoon. We spend the night in the castle or in a hotel depending on availability.

Day 8

After breakfast, you are transfered to Chenonceau train station at about 9am, or you leave on your own if you arrived by car on day 1.

Important: The above itinerary is provided on an indicative basis and our guide reserves the right to modify the itinerary depending on the condition of paths and the seasons.

The Berry and its treasures - Horse riding Trail - 2018
September 01 to 08
1695 €

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:

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-  The above described tour on a full board basis,
- The financial guarantee of funds deposited in Ride in France

(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:

- Transfer from and to the meeting place,
- Registration fees of 15 € per person,
- Any other services,
 - Drinks,
- Visits and excursions, 
- Any supplement to the menus,
- Personal expenses,
- Optional insurances : For more information click here.

 

 

 

 

Our horses and required riding ability

Horses

Our horses were mostly born and bred in our guide’s equestrian centre, and live in herds in grassland. Such kind of living allows them to enjoy their "ideal" living conditions at most, so to live in wild conditions.
Thus, each horse has its own behavior, but they are all kind, well-rounded and polyvalent. It is a mix of diverse breeds and pure Arabian horses, well trained for trailing.

Tack
We use leather trail saddles (Forestier, Jms, Gaston Mercier), horse net or hackamore depending on horse breeds. Saddlebags and holsters are available upon request.

Recommended riding ability

Our riding tours are for experienced riders feeling comfortable at the three gaits, and with a regular horseback practice. It is recommended to have a good physical condition for this horse riding. Many zones can be crossed on foot.
Good to know
Helmets are recommended for adults and compulsory for minors.  
Equestrian helmets or hard hats are not provided. 
Children are welcomed in this riding tour from16 years old upon parental authorization.
Maximum weight: 100 kg. 

The local team

Our guide is a professional rider used to guide trails in this region. This Val de Loire lover will make us discover these wonderful castles in a good spirit!

We have a minibus to transport luggage and riders. It is possible for a non rider, or for a rider who can’t ride for a particular reason, to go in the minibus. The minibus carries our rural picnic made of meat and varied mixed salad (wine is included).  

Accommodation

Accommodation in comfortable hotel or guesthouse. Sanitary facilities are usually in the bedrooms. The package includes a double bedroom. It is possible to book for an individual bedroom with an extra charge. 



Meals

A minibus brings us our picnic for lunch. Apperitif and wine are included. Dinners are in restaurants or in guest tables. They are traditional and local gastronomy. Coffee and wine are included.

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

Group size: From 5 to 10 riders

Arrival airport / train station:

Transfer is possible from and to Chenonceau train station. Please, arrive at 6pm30 on the first day and plan to leave at 9am on the last day.
If you want to book this service, details are available in your travel book.

 

Our riding consultant's report

Lauren

Enjoy an unforgettable experience riding through the Renaissance castles in the Loire and Cher valleys. Discover or revisit these French heritage masterpieces in a luxurious ambience.

Contact Lauren

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

Riding guest reviews

"It was an unforgattable riding trail! Full of landscapes, architecture, history, monuments… We could completely trust our horses and guides." - Helen C. (2017)

Why you will love this trail

From 1695 € !

Luxury Castle Ride - French Heritage Ride - With Non Riders

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days on horseback

Randonnée à cheval - Un voyage Rando Cheval

Your riding consultant

Contact Lauren

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

 

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