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FRANCE ON HORSEBACK

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LOT / QUERCY - Horse riding Trail on The Way of Saint James


We are riding through the "Via Podiensis", one of the Saint James of Compostela pilegrinage’s contemporanean way

In the heart of the Causses du Quercy Regional Natural Park, between the arid plateaus and the green valleys, the Saint James way will be our guide for a six days riding tour, full of interesting history and culture: a string of sites telling us the prehistory, the pilgrim resting in the priory, the splendors of the history or simply the daily life of the shepherd…

In this atmosphere made of stones and greenery lands, we suggest you to ride alongside the Lot and Célé rivers, and on this classical Lot path.

Riding on this path, be sure to receive a lot of wonderful surprises!

 

6 DAYS RIDE - On the Way of Saint James

Day 1: Equestrian Farm – Marcilhac sur Célé
The meeting point is at the equestrian farm at 9am. We have a first contact with our guide, the other members of the group and our horses, and then, we ride through the Célé valley up to Marcilhac on the GR 651. We ride through the village of Cabrerets and its castles. At lunch time, we have a picnic and visit the Cuzals outdoor museum. We arrive at the medieval village of Marcilhac sur Célé in late afternoon. If you want you can have a guided tour of the village and the former abbey built in the Xth century.

 Night in a guesthouse.
We spend 5 hours riding (about 27 km).


Day 2: Marcilhac sur Célé – Béduer
Today we ride in the Célé valley. We have a picnic lunch in the heart of the former Espagnac priory. In Saint Eulalie (a church from the Xth century), we leave the banks of the Célé and ride back to the causse, in the paths between the walls and the dry stone huts. In the evening, we arrive at the mountain cabin, and can enjoy the swimming pool if the weather is good. Dinner in the cabin’s restaurant and night in the mountain cabin. 
We spend 5 hours riding (about 30 km).

Day 3: Béduer – Saint Jean De Laur 
Today, we ride in the GR 65: the main Saint James pilgrims’ way in France, allowing us to ride through the Lot and Célé valleys. We have lunch in Gréalou: a village at the top of the causses. In the afternoon, a corbel arch path leads us to Cajarc. We leave the horses for a while and have a rest and a guided visit of Carjac. We end our day by riding on the rock where our accommodation for the next two nights is: the Gayfié Domain. Night in an individual house and dinner in the domain.
We spend 5 hours and half riding (about 35 km).


Day 4: Day ride around Gayfié
Riding excursion in the border between Quercy and Rouergue: sports day or free-time around the Domain. We have lunch alongside the Bannat Lake. In late afternoon, we ride back to the Gayfié Domain.
We spend 6 hours riding (about 35 km).

Day 5: Saint Jean de Laur – Concots
Today, we ride through the " Cami Gasco " or " Cami Ferrat ", a very old Roman way which formerly linked Caylus to Cahors. We can enjoy the landes, garrigues and green grass, full of orchids on the path among the sinkholes. We visit the very beautiful Couanac Castle from the XIIth century and ride to our accommodation. We spend the night in a rural Quercy inn. The dinner is a local meal. We eat and spend the evening with our hosts around the traditional chimney. 
We spend 5 hours riding (about 30 kms).

Day 6: Concots – Cabrerets - Equestrian Farm
We leave the GR 65 after Concots, riding among the giant sinkholes, and see the magical beauty of the Lot valley again. We stop to visit this village museum, a place where painters and writers where formerly elected. We have lunch in a restaurant of the village and enjoy the local gastronomy and pleasant atmosphere. The last step before the equestrian centre is the towpath dug in the rock.
We arrive at the equestrian farm in late afternoon and enjoy a delicious home-made cake.
We spend 5 hours riding (about 30 kms).


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, the seasons, the availabilities in the hotels and guesthouses.

3 DAYS RIDE - Between Lot and Cele rivers

Day 1: Equestrian Farm – Marcilhac sur Célé
Meeting at the farm at 9 am. We ride along the Célé Valley to Marcilhac on GR (hiking trail) 651. We will ride through Cabrerets and its castles. We stop to have a picnic near the open air museum of Cuzals.
Night in a guest-house and breakfast.
approx. 30 km ( 19 miles) and 5 hours on horseback.


Day 2: Marcilhac sur Célé – Saint Jean de Laur
This day, we ride through the plateau separating Lot and Célé, with its walled pathways and its “cazelles” (dry stone huts). An arched path takes us to Cajarc, the lively medieval town where we tie up the horses and take a well-deserved break on the terrace of one of the town’s cafés. We end the day by climbing up to our evening stop, the Domaine de Gayfié.
approx. 30 km ( 19 miles) and 5 hours on horseback.

Day 3: Saint Jean De Laur - Equestrian Farm
Today, we ride to Cabrerets through the valley of the Lot to reach Saint Circ Lapopie village. Here, we enjoy a lunch in a restaurant of the medieval village. By the end of the afternoon, we arrive to the equestrian farm after riding in paths through the cliff.
approx. 30 km ( 19 miles) and 5 hours on horseback.

Attention: the above itinerary might be modified depending on the weather, riding level of the group and availability of accommodations.

 

Lot et Quercy Horse riding Trail 2018 (6 days / 5 nights)
April 22 to 27
1040 €
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May 13 to 18
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May 27 to June 01
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July 15 to 20
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August 26 to 31
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September 23 to 28
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*To operate the tour with a minimum of 2 riders we ask a small group supplement that might be refunded depending on the final number of riders in the group: + 175 € / person for group of 2-3 riders.

OPTIONS 2018
Price per personn
non rider (full board basis - no activities)
690 €
small group supplement - 2 persons
450 €
small group supplement - 3 persons
250 €
small group supplement - 4 persons
130 €


Ride Lot et Quercy 2018 (3 days / 2 nights)
October 29 to 31
520 €
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November 10 to 12
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March 01 to 03
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April 15 to 17
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May 06 to 08
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May 10 to 12
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June 03 to 05
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June 28 to 30
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July 28 to 30
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September 30 to October 02
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October 05 to 07
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*To operate the tour with a minimum of 2 riders we ask a small group supplement that might be refunded depending on the final number of riders in the group: + 50 € / person for group of 2-3 riders.

OPTIONS 2018
Price per personn
non rider (full board basis - no activities)
210 €
small group supplement - 2 persons
225 €
small group supplement - 3 persons
125 €
small group supplement - 4 persons
65€

 

Included:

- The riding tour as described above on a full board basis (bedroom to share),
 from the lunch on day 1 to the lunch on day 6,
- Water and wine during the meals,
- 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:

- Transport to arrive at the start point of the riding tour,
- The other drinks,
- Optional transfers from and to Cahors train station (30 € per vehicle and route to be paid on the spot),
- Registration fees of 15 € per person,
- Any other services,
- Tips,
- Personal expenses,
- Optional insurance: more information.

 

 

 

 

Our horses and required riding ability

Horses
We have approximately fifteen saddle horses: half-Arabian breed and barb. They are brave, calm, resilient and confortable. Some of them were born in our farm, but all of them are trained here and selected for the riding trail: they are all comfortable and safe. Their size is between 1m50 and 1m60.

Tack
We use trail saddles (Gaston Mercier saddles, or classical trail saddles). 
Saddlebags and holsters are provided.

Recommended riding ability
Our riding tours are for experienced riders feeling at ease at the three gaits (walk, trot and gallop) even fast gaits, and with a minimum outdoor horseback practice. The riders must have a good physical condition to be able to ride between 30 and 35km, about 5 to 6 hours. 

Good to know
The ground is diversified and with several difficulties (as indicated in the descriptive). Sometimes, you will have to walk.
Minors are accepted from 11 years old (if they have the suitable riding ability). 
Non accompanied minors are accepted from 15 years old. 
Maximum weight: 90 kg. 
Non riders are also accepted if they have a car.

The local team

The guide
The equestrian tourism guide is Pascal, the grandson of the Pech Merle caves discoverer.
His riding trail experience and his knowledge of the region make sure you will ride in the best conditions

Logistic
A logistic vehicle carries the luggage and the equipment. For lunch, we stop in a restaurant or we have a picnic we carry riding.

 

Accommodation
You will sleep in a double bedroom with a bathroom to share in a guesthouse, a mountain cabin or a rural inn depending on where we are (you need a sleeping bag when the accommodation is a dormitory). 
It is not possible to have an individual bedroom. 


Meals
Every meals are prepared by the hosts, so you can enjoy varied and delicious dishes.
You will have three lunches in a restaurant when we stop to visit the village. In the other cases, you will have a picnic prepared by your hosts. 
You will have dinner in the guest house prepared by your hosts. 
Water and wine are included for lunch and dinner.

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

Group size:

4 to 8 riders. Possible departure from 2 riders with an extra charge for a small group (report to dates and prices).

Arrival airport / train station:

Meeting point directly at the start point of the riding tour at 9am on day1. It is possible to arrive on the day before with an extra charge. 

Transfers can be organized from and to Cahors train station (to book in advance, and then, to pay on the spot 30 €/ per vehicle and route). In that case, plan to arrive in the afternoon the day before the start of the riding tour (In general, people arriving from Paris are here at 4pm and people arriving from Toulouse are here at 6pm), and plan to

leave from 12am the day after the end of the riding tour (so you have time to visit the Pech Merle cave in the morning – to organize and pay on the spot).

 

Our riding consultant's report

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Marie

A riding tour at different speeds to enjoy the preserved nature of the Lot. You will ride in a low-traffic part of the Saint James way

Contact Marie

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

Riding guest reviews

"Pleasantly surprised by the horses physical condition (mine as well as the others'). Comfortables, sure and well-behaved. Congratulations."Emmanuel R. - (2012)

"Really nice accomodation, I expected we would have to camp but we spent all nights in real beds. Pascal goes out of his way to get us the very best." Marie N. - (2013)

"A nice and dynamic riding tour with well-cared horses and comfortable accommodation corresponding to the equestrian farm philosophy;" Corinne B. (May 2017).

 

Why you will love this trail

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Contact Marie

Phone: +33 (0)4.37.02.20.00
marie@randocheval.com

 

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