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LOIRE VALLEY - Historic Castles Horse Ride with Amboise

Loire Castles Trail with Amboise - 2018
April 07 to 14
1695 €
available
April 14 to 21
1695 €
available
June 23 to 30
1695 €
available
July 01 to 08
1695 €
available
July 29 to August 05
1695 €
available
August 05 to 12
1695 €
available
August 18 to 25
1695 €
available
August 25 to September 01
1695 €
available


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 (except drinks in the evenings), from the dinner of Day 1 until the breakfast of Day 8,
- 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:

- entrances fees to visit castles or others activities,
- transport from and to the meeting point ,
- extra drinks,
- any other service or visit entries, personal expenses,
- tips,
- optional insurances.

 

 

 

 


This circuit encompasses several of the most important Renaissance castles. We will visit : Chaumont sur Loire (15th century), heritage of Diane de Poitiers, Amboise (15th century), residence of several French kings, Chenonceau, known as the “Castle of the ladies”, Cheverny (17th century) which has been owned by the same family for 7 centuries and Chambord, the hugest of all castles built by François I. The Loire Valley is part of the UNESCO World heritage sites.

Day 1
Arrival at Montrichard train station, transfer at 6.30 pm to the Castle hotel of Vallagon, or in the hotel in Montrichard. Dinner at 8pm.

Day 2
After breakfast at 8 am we will be introduced to the horses, prepare and saddle and leave on horseback around 10 am. We will ride across a little troglodyte village called Bourré, and follow the river Cher up to Thésée with its roman vestiges. Then, riding through hills covered with vineyards, we will stop at a wine producer’s place for a picnic and wine tasting. Galloping on beautiful trails, we will arrive at Chémery where we will spend the night in an authentic medieval castle.

Day 3
Departure at about 9:30 am. During a long morning ride, we will travel through forests and fields to reach the forest of Cheverny where we will visit the castle and have lunch picnic. The castle, built from 1604 to 1634, displays a Henry IV and Louis XIII style façade. Inside, we will discover a splendid decoration. The castle has been owned by the same family for 7 centuries. 2 more hours riding through flat land with forests here and there will be needed in the afternoon to reach Bracieux, where we will have dinner and night at the hotel.

Day 4
This morning we leave for Chambord castle, riding through the domain’s forest. This is the hugest of all Loire castles. Its gigantic dimensions made it a precursor for Versailles. It has been created by Francis Ist. We will have picnic near the castle that we then visit. Two and a half more hours on horseback, mainly through the forest, and we will arrive close to Blois, where we will spend the evening.

Day 5
At 9 am we have a car transfer from the hotel to the horses. Our ride this morning leads us through fields towards the Loire river banks near Candé sur Beuvron. We will have picnic at the castle of Chaumont sur Loire, which we will visit. This ancient fortress has been reconstructed in the 15th century. It was the subject of a quarrel between queen Catherine de Médicis and her rival Diane de Poitiers, mistress of king Henry II. A short ride will bring us to a meadow for the horses at Rilly sur Loire. The riders will spend the night in a hotel in Chaumont.

Day 6
Departure at 10 am on horseback. We will follow the river Loire near the beach, and also through a rolling landscape covered with renowned vineyards of the Touraine appellation and cereal fields. We will arrive at Amboise for a picnic and a visit of the castle. The 15th century is a wealthy period for Amboise, when the kings Louis XI, Charles VIII, and Francis Ist enlarged and embellished it. In the afternoon, we will cross the Amboise forest up to Herserie castle, which will offer us bed and breakfast.

Day 7
Departure at 10 am towards Chenonceau castle, following the Cher river. Picnic and visit of the castle built by Catherine Briçonnet at the beginnning of the 16th century. In this castle known as the “Castle of the ladies”, we will speak a lot about Diane de Poitiers, mistress of king Henri II, of Catherine de Médicis, queen and widow of Henri II, of Louise de Lorraine, Madame Dupin and Madame Pelouze. We will continue to follow the Cher river, ride through Montrichard and come back to the day 1 hotel, château de Vallagon, or the hotel in Montrichard. 

Day 8
After breakfast, departure for the train station.

Horses and riding level

Horses

The horses are saddle horses : Anglo-Arabs, French saddlehorses and french trotters. They are strong and robust and are from 1m52 to 1m70 tall. A very harmonious herd ! The youngest horse is 5 years old and the oldest is 19. They are all nice, well-educated and respectful of their riders. You can find a horse matching your level and expectations.
They were all born in the area and chosen for their good brains and endurance. Young horses are flanked by older ones, so they can develop their aptitude to go forward with calm and confidence.

Tack
English tack.

Riding experience

This ride is open to riders that are confident at all paces, and who ride regularly. We advise the riders to be in good physical shape for this ride. The days on horseback can be quite long and sometimes, you may have to walk.
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

Our qualified English speaking horse riding guide will give you details about the castles, and his long experience with trail guiding insures you the best conditions.

A support vehicle will bring the luggage from one accommodation to the other. It is possible for non riders or for a rider who would not ride one day to follow the ride with this support vehicle. Lunches are made by the support team.

Accommodation

The 7 nights are spent in beautiful guesthouses and hotels.
Accommodation is on a double room basis, to be shared.
Single rooms are available at extra cost.


Meals

Hot lunch meals are served by the logistic team. Dinner in the guesthouses or hotel. Drinks are included for lunch but not for dinner.

Language: English / French speaking guide.

Group size: From 1 to 10 riders

Closest airport / train station:

The Loire Castles : Arrival in the afternoon of Day 1for transfer at 6:30pm and departure in the morning of Day 8 from Montrichard.

The Kings' Valley: Arrival in the afternoon of Day 1and departure in the morning of Day 8.
* June 21/28 : D1 Saumur > D8 Amboise

 

Our riding consultant's report

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Laurie

The Loire Valley is a must see and a must do on horseback! You can't miss it. The team has been working all together for many years to give you a very high level of service.

Contact Laurie

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

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Key facts

From 1695 € !

Luxury Castle Ride - French Heritage Ride - With Non Riders

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days on horseback

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Your riding consultant

Contact Chloé

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

 

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