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LOT - Cahors vineyards Equestrian Trail

Cahors wine has always been famous and is today one of the best wines in France. From the Lot valley terraces to the ardent limestone plateaus, Cahors vineyard offers us a huge diversity of landscapes and terroirs. We are in the heart of Quercy.
This riding tour awakes our five senses and this trail is also for our taste buds.
The beauty of the landscapes, the aromas and flavors of rich and velvety wines, the visit of cellars and their passionate winemakers, and the comfortable accommodations will make your stay an unforgettable moment.

Day 1: The farm - Crayssac
The riders are welcomed with a coffee at 9am at the equestrian farm. Then, we have first contact with our horses and saddle then. We start riding in the heart of the Bouriane forest. We ride through nice medieval villages, such as Lherm and Saint Médard where we have a picnic lunch alongside the claire de la Tresse spring.
In the afternoon, we ride through more arid plateaus where formerly the vine was flourishing. The Rouergoux, a manor built in the XVIIth century, is one of the best witnesses of these times. In late afternoon, we arrive at Crayssac, at the edge of the Cevennes overhanging the Lot. Here, we can choose to spend the night in a traditional Quercy house or in a mountain chalet. In the evening, we enjoy wonderful Cahors vineyard landscapes. The dinner is prepared by Hélène (as almost every day), our cook and personal staff, who follows and takes care of us during the whole riding tour.
23 km riding/ 5hr.


Day 2: Crayssac - Cenac
After a breakfast in a terrace, we ride through the small Crayssac plateau. The path leads us at the edge of the cliffs, where a breathtaking view on the Lot meanders winding between the vines is for us. Then, we arrive at the hamlet of Fage to have a picnic and our first wine tastings. At the Croisille Castle, we taste an organic and carefully raised wine. Then, we ride through the village of Albas which, hanging on the rocks, contemplates its reflection in the river. Then, we arrive at the Eugénie Castle, where a famous Cahors wine is. We can have an aperitif tasting if we want. In the evening, we ride to our luxury yurt in the "Hauts d'Albas", where we spend dinner and night.
25 km riding. /5hr


Day 3: Cénac - Floressas
This morning, we follow the crest lines, and enjoy wonderful panoramic views. When arriving arriving at another loop of the Lot River, we ride among the vines to Simon Busser, an organic winemaker using animal traction. Then, we ride on the plateau again, where we enjoy a wonderful panoramic view in the village of Belaye. Then, we ride nearby the Coste Castle, an episcopal residence from the XIIIth century which majestically hangs above the vineyard. Before riding to our charming guest table and guest house in Coulou, we taste the wines of the Chambert Castle, one of the most prestigious Cahors Domains.
22 km riding. / 4hr        or 28km / 6hr


Day 4: Floressas - Duravel
After breakfast, we ride through valleys and hills to arrive at the Lacapelle Cabanac plateau. We ride down in the valley again, between Vire sur Lot and Puy-L'évêque, where is located the most important number of viticultural domains. The vines draw a graphical landscape, dotted with nice Quercy houses, and, in the middle, the Lot is running quietly. Here, we taste the Pineraie and the Clos Triguedina Castles’ wines. We spend the night in one of the nice Grimard Castle’s inn. This castle is a former papal residence, located in the banks of the Lot River. 
26 km riding. / 5hr


Day 5: Duravel - The farm
We leave the Lot valley and the AOC zone to ride among the ferns, chestnut trees and sandy paths again: we don’t have graphical landscapes drawn by the vines anymore! Now, let’s enjoy the secret and cosy bouriane forest. We arrive at the equestrian farm in late afternoon to groom our horses for the last time before leaving them in the pastures and give them a well-deserved rest.
23 km riding. /3hr30


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

Lot Vineyards Horse Riding Tour - 2018
01 au 05 octobre
890 €
available
22 au 26 octobre
890 €
available


OPTIONS 2018
Price per person
Single Supplement
150 €
This single supplement applies to any booking of a single person. If you are willing to share and we do find another rider of the same gender to share your room, the single supplement will be refunded to you after the ride.

 

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 5,
    - Accommodation in a charming guesthouse,
    - Water and wine during the meals,
    - Wine tastings,
    - 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 brisk, agile, resilient and kind Arabian and half-Arabian breeds. 
We also have calm, strong, kind, safe in the moutains and clever Mérens. However, they are sometimes too clever! 
Finally, we have one Appalosa, a rare trail horse breed. 
They all live in a pasture in herd throughout the year, so they are well psychologically balanced and robust. They are trained using ethological approach, and are close to Human. They are all suitable for trailing.

Tack
We use English trail saddles. 
Saddlebags and holsters are provided but not the sheepskins. You can bring yours if you want.

Recommended riding ability
Our riding tours are for intermediary riders feeling at ease at the three gaits (walk, trot and gallop) even fast gaits, and with a minimum outdoor horseback practice. It can be your first several days trailing experience, but people with no riding practice are not accepted. 

Good to know
-During this riding tour you will have dynamic gaits and several cantering in open spaces. Thus, you should be able to control your horse.
-You will have to groom, saddle and unsaddle your horse.
-People from 18 years old are accepted alone, and minors are accepted if accompanied by an adult.
-Maximum weight: 90 kg / maximum size: 1m95.
-Helmet is strongly recommended but compulsory for minors only (we can provide you a helmet).
-Our rider’s dogs are welcome if they are kind. 

The local team

Your equestrian tourism guide is Geneviève. She has a well knowledge of her region and its secrets.
A logistic vehicle carries your luggage and picnics.

 

Accommodation
On day 1, 3 and 4, your accommodation is a charming guesthouse (with a private bathroom). Some of them have a swimming pool accessible in summer time.

On day 2, your accommodation is a luxurious yurt (private bedrooms and a bathroom to share are inside the yurt).
It is possible to have an individual bedroom with an extra charge.


Meals
For lunch, we have the picnic we carry riding or brought by the logistic vehicle.
For dinner, you have a delicious meal in the yurt or the guesthouse, made with local products, so you can discover local gastronomy. In general, Hélène, our cook and logistic staff will prepare your dinner using quality products.

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

Group size:

From 2 to 10 riders.

Arrival airport / train station:

Meeting point directly at the start point of the riding tour at 9am on day1, and it is possible to leave at 6pm on day 5.

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).
You can book an extra night the day before the start of the riding tour from 63 € / person. Details are available in your travel book if you are interested with these services.

 

Our riding consultant's report

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A nice riding tour allowing you to enjoy local gastronomy and to ride through the wonderful vineyards in the region.

Contact

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

Riding guest reviews

"I loved every minute riding; the horses were kind, well-trained, well-cared and we didn’t have any problem during the riding tour. Saddles are very comfortable for long-distance riding trail.  Every meal was full of varieties and flavors. The guide and cook are very professional. 
The guesthouses were all different, interesting, clean and comfortable.
We appreciated the entire trip, as well as the companionship of the guide and cook.
A trip on horseback is definitely the best way to discover a region!"- Nora (June 2017)

 

Why you will love this trail

From 890 € !

Advanced riders - Gourmet and wine

5 days / 4 nights / 5 riding days

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Your riding consultant

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Clothilde

Phone: +33 (0)4.37.02.20.00
france@andocheval.com

 

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