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FRANCE ON HORSEBACK

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NORMANDY - Weekend on Horseback - Icelandic horses

During these week-ends in full nature, we invite you to “disconnect” with daily life. Lyons forest is an 11000 hectare huge beech wood, undulating and sprinkled with rivers, plunged into country setting perfumed by sea breeze. 

Here, friendliness is the key word. For two days or more, you will enjoy escaping in full nature, taken by our Icelandic horses. Living with horses, high-quality catering proposed during your stay, and the positive atmosphere will enable you to recover in an enchanting landscape


WEEKEND IN LYONS FOREST

Day 1

Meeting point at the equestrian center at 7pm where our guide is waiting for us. Now, it’s time to enjoy a good meal cooked by our guide. During the dinner, we will plan together our week-end excursion.
First night in the guesthouse.

Day 2
This morning, we have a hearty breakfast at 8am. After having prepared, fed and saddled the horses, we begin with a two hours itinerary, where everyone can get to know his horse better. At lunch time, we are coming back to the guesthouse for a picnic break made with regional products. Then, we leave again across the forest for the entire afternoon, riding our horses. Across lowlands and glens, we take the opportunity of galloping in suitable pathways. Our return is expected at about 5pm, then, we look after our horses and horses’ equipment, before enjoying a pleasant dinner.
Dinner and night at the equestrian guesthouse.

Day 3

As the day before, we pick up our horses after having another hearty breakfast. Today, we are riding at the heart of the Lyons forest, which is the largest forest in Normandy... We are crossing Lyons La Forêt, a village registered as one of the most beautiful in France. This lovely village has been built on the site of a former fortified castle, and has adopted its map. Every Sunday, the market place becomes the bustle of Lyons La Forêt. Our picnic break often takes place at Lorleau (the water mouth) with a panorama on the Lieure valley. We ride back to the guesthouse at the end of the day and say good bye to our horses.
After a last drink, riders leave individually at 6pm.


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

Week-end in Normandy on Icelandic Horses - (3 days / 2 nights) - 2018
march 23 to 25
332 €
available
april 06 to 08
332 €
2 PLACES LEFT
april 13 to 15
332 €
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april 20 to 22
332 €
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april 27 to 29
332 €
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may 04 to 06
332 €
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may 11 to 13
332 €
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may 18 to 20
FULL
may 25 to 27
332 €
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june 01 to 03
332 €
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june 08 to 10
332 €
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june 15 to 16
332 €
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june 22 to 24
332 €
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june 29 to july 01
332 €
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july 06 to 08
332 €
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july 13 to 15
332 €
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july 20 to 22
332 €
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july 27 to 29
332 €
available
august 03 to 05
332 €
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august 10 to 12
332 €
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august 17 to 19
332 €
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august 24 to 26
332 €
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august 31 to sept. 02
332 €
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september 07 to 09
332 €
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september 14 to 16
332 €
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september 21 to 23
332 €
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september 28 to 30
332 €
available
october 05 to 07
332 €
available
october 12 to 14
332 €
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october 19 to 21
332 €
available
october 26 to 28
332 €
available
november 02 to 04
332 €
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november 09 to 11
332 €
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november 16 to 18
332 €
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november 23 to 25
332 €
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november 30 to dec 02
332 €
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december 07 to 09
332 €
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december 14 to 16
332 €
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december 21 to 23
332 €
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december 28 to 30
332 €
available

 

SUPPLEMENTS - 2018
Extra day (riding, night in full board)
166 €
Non-rider (2 nights, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners)
150 €

 

Possibility of transfer from and to Rouen train station.

 

Included:

- The above full pension described tour
- Drinks (water, cider, wine, regional beer)
- Transfers from the bus stop "Vascoeuil Ancienne Gare" the first day and to Rouen train station the last day
- 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:

- Transport from and to the meeting place
- Registration fees of 15 € per person
- Any other services
- Personal expenses

 

 

 

 

Our horses and required riding ability

Horses breed

We prefer the Icelandic horse for its adaptation quality. In fact, this is a strong, generous and kind horse which reassures its rider and easily crosses any path. It is used to live in herd, so it is an excellent trail riding horse. 

Saddles

We use Icelandic saddles, barely different from the traditional English saddles. Their construction is similar to dressage saddles with a relatively flat sitting. The clamps are put on a long size.

Recommended riding ability

The "Lyons Forest" program is suitable for beginners, as well as for professional riders. The horse’s ability bridges the different levels of the riders. A good physical condition is enough.

Good to Know
Every rider is responsible for his horse: the horse’s foot, detection of small injuries, grooming, and is responsible for the equipment to maintain clean and in a good condition.
Maximum authorized weight: 110 kg
Children from 6 years old are accepted if accompanied by an adult. 
Children from 13 years old are accepted and don’t need to be accompanied.
The use of riding helmet is compulsory !

The local team

Patrice will be our guide, as well as, other qualified and experimented guides. They have ATE or BPJEPS degree, and hold the sports instructor’s registration. They are also full lovers of horses and nature.

Logistic
Picnics are prepared at the morning with local and often organic products. Then, we carry them riding.
Accommodation

In Lyons Forest tour, our accommodation is a guesthouse providing a double bedroom with private bathroom or two double bedrooms and a simple bedroom with a bathroom to share. It is also possible to sleep in a caravan and to use a collective bathroom.

Meals

We eat fresh, and preferably local and organic products every day.
For lunch, we have the picnic we carry riding. For dinner, we are in the guesthouse. Every drink are included. 

On certain dates, we have lunch in a local restaurant tastefully decorated in US colors, and proposing American homemade burgers (15 € surcharge).


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

Group size:

1 to 12 riders

Arrival airport / train station:

Please, plan to arrive at around 8pm the first day, and to leave after 6pm the last day.

Free transfers from the bus stop "Vascoeuil Ancienne Gare" or RN 31 on the bus line 73 the first day, and to the Rouen SNCF train station the last day to take back your train, are possible.

 

 

Our riding consultant's report

Claire

A simple and convivial wonderful week-end! These generous little horses will make you appreciate the rich Normand landscapes.

Contact Claire

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

Riding guest reviews

"We had a great time there with Patrice and Mathilde. Despite the difficulty with speaking to each other, we managed to communicate pretty well.  The stable and tacks were in good shape and the Icelandic horses were adorable and gentle. Patrice is a great cook with good taste of food choice. Even the baguette he bought was better in Paris's. He introduced us some aperitifs (don't even know what the name) that I HAD to search when I came back to Hong Kong. He cooked like a professional cook and I miss his food as much as the journey.  Thank you. Will definitely come again." - Agnès T. (April 2018)

"This full-nature tour week-end was amazing. The horses were dynamic and lovely! The two guides were nice and careful to the riders and horses. In autumn, the forest is gorgeous, and provides you to see beautiful local wildlife (a lot of deers). Furthermore, pleasures of eating were present with Patrice’s cuisine. I also really appreciated Patrice’s working philosophy: pedagogy and goodwill were in the spotlight. I took the opportunity to learn outdoor and in full-nature!" - Agnès J. (november 2017)

"Very quit accommodation. The quality and quantity of meals and snacks were more than generous. The stables were clean and functional. The horse equipment was in good conditions and well mantained. I have riden different horses during my stay, and they were all perfectly trained and cared. I have had three different guides who were all sensitive and provided good advices. The itineraries were different and landscapes were beautiful." - Lucie C. (june 2017)

"We spent a fantastic weekend with Patrice & Béa, their Icelandic horses and a group of nice people part of which were novices. Patrice and his horses are able to make total beginners canter in total security. You have to see it to believe it. Many thanks to Patrice, Béa and their wonderful Icelandic horses." - Claire & Christophe S. (Lyons - 2014)

"Patrice is a gourmet cook! Everything was delicious and I'm getting hungry just thinking about his date tajine... A real delight!" - Camille B. (Lyons - 2013)

Why you will love this trail

From 325 € !

Week-ends - Novice riders

3 to 5 days / 2 to 4 night - 2 to 4 days riding

Your riding consultant

Contact Claire

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

 

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