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FRANCE ON HORSEBACK

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LOT AND QUERCY - On The Way of Saint James...

Ride Lot et Quercy 2017 (6 days / 5 nights)
April 23 to 28
1040 €
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May 14 to 19
1040 €
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July 02 to 07
1040 €
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August 27 to September 01
1040 €
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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 2017
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 2017 (3 days / 2 nights)
April 29 to May 1
520 €
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May14 to 16
520 €
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May 21 to 23
520 €
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May 25 to 27
520 €
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July 30 to August 01
520 €
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September 03 to 05
520 €
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September 10 to 12
520 €
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September 17 to 19
520 €
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September 22 to 24
520 €
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October 29 to 31
520 €
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November 10 to 12
520 €
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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 2017
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:

- Trail ride as described on full board basis (in double room basis), from dinner of day 1 to lunch of day 6 (or day 3 on the 3 days ride),
- Water and wine at lunch and dinner,
- 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:

- transportation to the departure of the ride,
- drinks other than wine and water at lunch and dinner,
- transfers from and to Cahors train station,
- any other service or optional visit entries,
- personal expenses,
- tips,
- optional insurances.

 

 

 

 


We will ride along the Via Podiensis, one of the contemporary Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage routes.

In the heart of the Causses de Quercy Nature Reserve, amid arid plateaus and green valleys, the Compostela route will guide us during our 6 days hike.
A succession of sites will tell the tales of ancient times, of resting pilgrims and shepherds alike. Riding among stones and greenery, along the Lot and Célé rivers, we invite you to take this classic journey through the region. You can be sure that this ancient route is storing up a thousand and one happy memories for you!

 

6 DAYS RIDE - On the Way of Saint James

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 and to visit the open air museum of Cuzals. Upon our arrival to the medieval village of Marcilhac sur Célé, we have the possibility to enjoy a guided tour of the village and the old 10th century abbey. Night in a guest-house and breakfast.
approx. 27 km ( 15 miles) and 5 hours on horseback.


Day 2: Marcilhac sur Célé – Béduer
This day leads us into the Célé valley. Lunch will be taken at the foot of the ancient 13th century Val Paradis priory of Espagnac. We will leave the banks of the Célé river at Saint Eulalie (10th century church) to return to the Causses (limestone) plateau with its walled pathways and its “cazelles” (dry stone huts). We will arrive late afternoon at our evening stop, where we can enjoy the pool, if the weather lets us... Night spent in a chalet with dinner at our hosts’ restaurant.
approx. 30 km ( 19 miles) and 5 hours on horseback.

Day 3: Béduer – Saint Jean De Laur 
Today, we ride on the GR 65 track which is the main way to Compostela for pilgrims in France. We stop for lunch in Gréalou, a village dominating the Causses. 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.
Night in individual houses with supper on site.
35km ( 22 miles) and 5h30 on horseback.

Day 4: Day ride around Gayfié
Today we ride to the border of Quercy and Rouergue. Sportive day or possibility to have free time around the area. We have lunch near Lake Bannat were we can go swimming. Night in individual house with dinner on site.
35 km , 6 hours on horseback.

Day 5: Saint Jean de Laur – Concots
We take the ancient Roman way "Cami Gasco" or "Cami Ferrat", going from Caylus to Cahors. Get an insight into the garrigue shrubland and dry grasses of the Quercy Blanc and its strong Mediterranean character before returning to the pathway through dolines (sinkholes) wer many orchids flourish. We pass by the picturesque 12th century Couanac castle before arriving at our hosts for the evening. Night spent in a large Quercy house (gîte rural), with a country meal shared with our hosts and an evening spent around the ancestral fireplace named "cantou".
30km (20 miles), 5 hours ride.

Day 6: Concots – Cabrerets - Equestrian Farm
We leave GR 65 shortly after Concots, riding through “ouvalas” (giant dolines) to return to the magical beauty of the Lot valley and the unique village of Saint Cirq Lapopie. We take a break here to stroll around and get a taste of the peaceful lifestyle of this museum-like village loved by painters and writers. Lunch in a restaurant of the village. This is the last step of our trip before getting back to the stables. We ride along the towpath cut into the rock, a remnant of the glorious period of a once flourishing boating business.
Arrival at the Equestrian Farm late afternoon to round the trip off with a delicious homemade cake.
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.

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.

 

Horses and riding level

Horses
Saddle horses, Arabs and Barbs warmbloods for example, all courageous, calm, hardy and comfortable. Some were born there, and all were raised at the farm and chosen for trekking. They will guarantee you comfort and safety. There are between 1m50 and 1m60.

Tack
We use leather trail saddles (French brands, i.e. Gaston Mercier).
Simple bridle. Saddlebags are provided.

Riding experience
To participate in our trail ride, we ask all riders to be confident at all gaits in the open country and to be in a good physical condition (able to ride 30 kilometers per day, an average of 5 to 6 hours riding).
On this tour we have dynamic a pace, varied terrains and some technical difficulties, but our well-trained horses grant us total safety.

Useful informations
Children accompanied by an adult are welcome on this ride from the age of 11 and from 15 if they come on their own (with parental consent).

Weight limit is 90kg (254 pounds)

The non riders are also welcome if they are independant. That way they can discover the area and the differents highlights of the country. They can join the group every night with their own car.

The local team

Pascal, qualified equestrian guide and grandson of the man who discovered the Pech Merle caves, will lead you along the stone pathways to discover his countryside and its culture.

Transportation of luggage and equipment by support vehicle.
Accommodation
Along this riding tour, the 6 nights are spent in double rooms with shared facilities, in different kinds of accomodations : guesthouse, individual house or cottage (sleeping bag required).
No possibility to have a single room every night.

Meals
All the meals are prepared by the owner of the accomodation, which allows us to have varied and good quality food.
For lunch, we will eat at restaurants 3 days and the rest of the times we will have picnics.
Dinners are taken at the accomodation, with local products. The diversity of the menu is one of the special point on this ride.
Water and wine provided for lunch and dinner.

Language: English / French speaking guide.

Group size:

From 4 to 8 riders. Departure possible with 2 riders with a small group supplement.

Closest airport / train station:

You will meet directly at the equestrian farm at 09.00 am.

Possibility to be transferred from Cahors train station. To be booked and paid in advance (30 euros per car/one way - to be shared with the number of person in the car).
In that case, plan your arrival the day before the ride (4 pm for the people who arrived from Paris and 6 pm from Toulouse), and your departure after 12 am the day after the ride.
That will leave you enough time to visit the Pech Merl caves - to be organized and paid directly on site.

 

Our riding consultant's report

Julie

A trail across Lot region's preserved lancscapes, on a not so busy part of St James Way.

Contact Julie

Phone : +33 (0)437 02 2000
Email : julie @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)

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Email : julie @rideinfrance.com

 

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