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OLERON ISLAND - Equestrian Escape on the Atlantic Coast

First French island of the Atlantic Coast, the island of Oléron is an ideal place for a tonic escape on horseback.

During this horse riding trail, you will have the opportunity to discover its gastronomy (oysters, pineau des Charentes...) and splendid landscapes (dunes and preserved forests).

The sandy terrain of the island of Oleron is perfect to enjoy the liveliness of the horses during long canters on the beaches.

At the end of your ride, you can even extend the benefits of the sea air by a Thalassotherapy and Spa stay package (see our offer below).

Between land and ocean this ride leads us to the Marennes d'Oléron, the famous oyster farming basin of the region and invites us to discover the charming insular way of life, the typical harbours and the sea flavours of Oléron Island.

Day 1

Meeting point at the hamlet at 9am, or picking at the Dolus d'Oléron bus station. Carole, our guide, will welcome you. Then, we start our escape tour (3-4h riding). As soon as possible, we ride towards La Cotinière, a typical fishing port in the Atlantic coast, famous for its Naufrageurs beer. It is named so due to the thieves who formerly walked with a donkey on the coast, a lantern hanging on the animal’s neck, making the marines to believe there was a beacon floating on the waves to indicate the coast was appearing. Consequently, the marines steered to close to the shore; their ship grounded and was plundered by the famous “Naufrageurs”. After lunch (a picnic) we ride again towards the swamps, and end our riding day by tasting the famous Pineau des Charentes in the middle of the Charente vineyards.

Dinner and night in the hotel.


Day 2

We start riding early along the coast (4-5h riding) on St Trojan beach, in the west, which stays the wildest of the island. The mild climate in this island favors the development of a wide flora we can enjoy during our riding day. We ride through dunes and forest, and then, we ride back on the beach cantering up to the swamps. Dinner and night in the hotel.

Day 3 
We ride through the island for the last time, towards the north side (6-7h riding) and enjoy the shadow of the Saumonards forest to reach the beach having the same name. It is the best occasion to walk in the water. We have a picnic lunch and stop in an oyster-fishing port if we want.
The riding tour ends at about 5pm.

Réservez votre randonnée
Key strengths

  • Perfect beaches for long cantering.
  • Discovery of the island food products.
  • Tonic horses.

 

 

 

 

 

 



Day 3
The last crossing of the island in the shade of the forest of Saumonards to join the beach of the same name. This is the perfect opportunity to go for a swim or at least put our feet into the water.
After a picnic lunch we can have a stop in an oyster-farming port, if we wish to do so. End of the trail is around 5.00 pm.

Horse riding in Oleron island dunes with Ride In France
Horse riding in Oleron island dunes with Ride In France

Island of Oleron Horse riding Tour - 2018
September 08 to 10
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September 29 to October 01
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EXTEND YOUR STAY
If you wish to extend your stay on the island, we can offer a Thalasso & Spa package for 2 nights and 2 days, halfboard or full board in a 3* hotel in the south of Oleron, nestled between the woods of St. Trojan and the beach.

Enjoy 6 treatments included in our 2 days packages:

- VITALITY: 4 individual hydrotherapy treatments and 2 physiotherapy sessions in the warm seawater pool ;
- OCEAN: 6 individual hydrotherapy treatments ;
- ZEN: 4 individual hydrotherapy treatments and 2 massages of 30 minutes each.

The hotel disposes of a fitness room, a hammam and saunas as well as a mini-golf, table tennis and a boules playing area with free access for its guests.

Please contact Claire for extensions rates

 

Included:

- The riding tour as described above on a full board basis (from the lunch of day 1 to the lunch of day 3),
- Transfers from/to Dolus d'Oléron (bus station in correspondence with Rochefort train station), 
- Drinks 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:

- The breakfast of day 1 and the dinner of day 3,
-  Registration fees of 15 € per person,
- The transport, 
- Any other services,
- Personal expenses,
- Tips,
- Optional insurances : More information

 

 

 

 

Our horses and required riding ability

Horses
We have nine horses: French Saddle, trotter and Apalosa breeds

Tack
We use trail Stock type saddle (English type trail saddle but elevated behind) or Mac Lellan trail saddle. Bags are included.

Recommended riding ability

We want professional riders who feel at ease outdoor at the three gaits. We spend 5 or 6 hours a day riding and make 30 km. So, you need to have a good physical condition. We will have long cantering, so you need to have a gallop 4 level as a minimum for this riding tour.

Good to know
Maximum weight of the riders: 90kg.

Children from 12 years old are accepted if accompanied by an adult, and if they have the suitable riding ability and physical conditions. 
Helmet is compulsory for minors.

The local team

Carole your guide on this trip - week end trail with Ride in France

Carole will be your guide (GTE, the French grade) in Oleron Island. This woman from Lot et Garonne felt in love with Oleron a few years ago and will be happy to make you discover the Island. You will appreciate it.


Accomodation
Your accommodation will be a 3 stars hotel (according to French norm).
You can book for a single room with an extra charge (+100 €)
You can arrive on the day before- Please, contact us to know the price of the extra night.

Meals
For lunch, we have the picnic we carry riding. For dinner, we eat in the hotel (aperitif and wine are included).

During the trail you'll have the possibility to taste the famous Marennes oysters and generally speaking, meals will be made with typical products of the region: mussels in Pineau des Charentes, fish soup, oysters,....

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

Group size: From 4 to 11 riders

Arrival airport / train station:

Meeting point in the morning on day 1 in Oleron Island at 9am.

Departure from Oleron Island at 5pm.

Transfer without extra charge from Dolus d'Oléron bus station (SNCF bus) in correspondence from Rochefort train station (10 minutes). In that case, the meeting point is before 9am in Dolus D'Oléron bus station.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel information
Langues parlées par le guide : French and English
Group size:  4 to 11 riders.
Arrival airport/ train station:
Meeting point in the morning on day 1 in Oleron Island at 9am.

Departure from Oleron Island at 5pm.

Transfer without extra charge from Dolus d'Oléron bus station (SNCF bus) in correspondence from Rochefort train station (10 minutes). In that case, the meeting point is before 9am in Dolus D'Oléron bus station.


Transfer is possible even if you arrive on the day before.

Transfer from the hotel by Carole on day 3 in late afternoon. 
The hotel proposes you a transfer on the last day to La Rochelle train station if you decided to extend your stay with our Thalassotherapy extension. Please, contact us if you want the schedules.
It is possible to book an extra night the day before the start of the riding tour from 45 € / person. Details are available in your travel book if you need to book this extra service.


 

Our riding consultant's report

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Three days enjoying simultaneously local gastronomy, discovery of splendid landscapes and cantering on the beach!

Contact

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

Riding guest reviews

"It was an exceptional trail, with horses in excellent condition. Long canters on the beach and through the woods gave me unforgettable memories. You stay high on this trip days after your return!" Diana R. - (2014)

Why you will love this trail

From 570 € !

Week-end - Beach ride - Family ride

3 days /2 nights / 3 days on horseback
roughly 5 hours in the saddle / 35km per day.

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Your riding consultant

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Clothilde

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

 

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