|ISLAND OF OLERON RIDE - 2017|
|May 06 to 08||
|October 06 to 08||
guaranteed > booking
Possibility to ask for a double room in Mobilhome during the ride : 80 € / pers. for 2 nights.
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.
- transport to the meeting point
- drinks except those included in the meals
- any other service or optional visit entries, personal expenses
- optional insurances
First French island of the Atlantic Coast, the island of Oléron is an ideal place for a tonic escape on horseback.
During the 3 days that you will spend on the island, you will have the opportunity to discover in turns 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.
Arrival at the hamlet at 9.00am or transfer from St Pierre d'Oléron bus station by Carole, our guide.
After a short briefing, we leave on horseback as soon as our horses are saddled, in the direction of Cotinière, a small typical port of the Atlantic coast, famous for its "beer of the shipwreckers". Its name comes from the thieves who, in bygone days, walked a donkey on the coast, a lamp hung around the neck, giving the illusion to the sailors of a beacon on the waves indicating the coast. Then, the ships got too close to the coast and washed ashore, enabling the Wreckers to plunder them.
After the lunch (picnic) we leave in the direction of swamps to finish with a tasting of Pineau des Charentes liquour in the middle of vineyards.
Return to the guesthouse for dinner and night.
After breakfast, departure from the stables for a ride along the west coast, which remains the wildest part of the island. There, the soft climate allows a varied flora to grow. From the dunes we come into woods to go back to the beach at good speed and finish our ride near the swamps.
Dinner and night at the guesthouse.
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.
All riders should be able to canter in open spaces and be in good physical shape to ride approximately 5 hours per day. There are 4 to 5 canters to be expected every day.
You will be asked to take care of your horse: to brush, saddle and unsaddle.
Children with the necessary riding experience are welcome from 10 years old upwards.
Head gear is mandatory for children and teenagers and highly recommended for adults. Riding helmets are available on the spot if you do not have your own.
Maximum weight is 100 kg.
Carole is our state certified guide on this ride.
Though not born on the island, she fell in love with its woods and beaches and decided to share her passion by organising trail rides.
Accommodation is in the guesthouse dormitory with shared facilities.
We cannot offer double or single rooms on this ride.
Breakfast and dinners are taken at the guesthouse and picnic lunch is either taken outside, carried in the saddlebags or brought by the back-up vehicle if there are more than 4 riders.
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,....
Language: English / French speaking guide.
Group size: From 4 to 9 riders
Closest airport / train station:
Arrival scheduled on day 1 at 9.00 am on the island.
Departure on day 3 around 6.30 pm.
Free transfers from St Pierre d'Oléron bus station (SNCF shuttle) connecting with Rochefort train station (10 minutes).
Transfers are also possible if you arrive the day before and have a supplementary night at the guesthouse dormitory.
Three days of pure pleasure combining local gastronomy and rides through amazing landscapes... A great place to enjoy a ride!
Phone : +33 (0)437 02 2000
"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)
3 days /2 nights / 3 days on horseback
roughly 5 hours in the saddle / 35km per day.
Phone : +33 (0)437 02 2000