PROVENCE: FROM LUBERON TO CAMARGUE...
Ride itinerary - Horses, tack & riding experience
Guides - Accomodation - Dates & rates - Book this ride
Day 1 - Sunday: Luberon
Meeting at Marseille airport or Aix-en-Provence train station, or directly at the departure point of the ride around 06 pm.
Welcome aperitif and presentation of the trail ride.
Day 2 - Monday: Luberon
You will ride in the hills of the « Small Luberon », covered in green oak trees. Everyday, lunch will be brought by your assistant : a beautiful buffet with local products and wine.
The afternoon ride will take you to the historical village of Merindol. You will pass by the ruins of the old village which was destroyed during the religious wars in the 16th century.
Dinner at the host’s table.
A cultural day as you will ride in the landscape Van Gogh loved to paint. You will stop near St-Rémy de- Provence, in front of the hospital where Van Gogh stayed and made his most famous paintings.
Admire beautiful Roman monuments, before you reach the lunch point, by a gorgeous little lake, hidden in the hills.
The afternoon ride will take you on the crests of the Alpilles : striking panorama on the surrounding area. We will even see the gleam of the mediterranean sea in the distance.
At the end of the trail, discover a breathtaking sight on the medieval village of «Les Baux-de-Provence ».
Load the horses in the truck to meet them later on at the hotel...in front of your room ! Visit of the village and transfer to our tonights' accommodation in the heart of Camargue.
Dinner and overnight in a typical Camargue hotel.
The flat terrain will allow you to enjoy long trots and canters, before you arrive to the village of « Les Saintes Maries de la Mer », right by the sea.
You will have lunch at the hotel and give a well-deserved rest to your horse...and yourself, before jumping back on the saddle for an exciting ride on the beach.
Beautiful canters and gallops, before heading back to your hotel. Shopping in the village and dinner in a restaurant. Overnight in a hotel near the village.
You will cross the « Small Rhône » river on a ferry boat to reach a very protected part of the Nature Park. The marsh land will slowly give way to sand dunes and pine forests as you ride towards wild beaches.
Lunch on the beach.
You will end the ride with other unforgettable canters and gallops.
Back to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. Return transfer to Luberon, for a last dinner and party all together, share memories, pictures, addresses...and more wine !
Day 7 - Saturday
End of the trip after breakfast. Transfers
to train stations and airport.
HORSES, TACK AND RIDING EXPERIENCE
Our travel companions are Spanish or barb crossbreds, adapted to trail riding. Well balanced and wilful, they live in a herd, outdoors, and only trail ride. They are our guarantee for a relaxing and safe ride.
Our saddles are designed for trail riding and allow a laid back style of riding.
You will ride an average of five hours everyday, at all gaits. The pace will vary according to the terrain. During the ride, we advise you to take care of your horse, in order to get to know him better, and to create a special relationship with him.
To fully enjoy this ride, we require experienced riders, who can confidently canter and gallop in the open. For riders willing to discover the pleasures of trail riding in a more progressive way, we have created the Stationary Ride allowing guests to become comfortable with the three gaits step by step.
Guides are certified, and are friends who made a job of their passion. They will share with you this passion and the pleasure of trail riding. Whether on the Alpes or on the beaches of Camargue, amongst odorant thym, rosemary and lavander, our guides insure riders safety in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
All our guides speak English.
Double or triple bedrooms, in hotels and guesthouses.
We select our accommodation according to their beautiful setting and friendly atmosphere, for riders to enjoy a pleasant stay.
DATES AND RATES
Single supplement: 250 €
The supplement applies to all persons booking alone. If you are willing to share and we find another rider of the same gender to do so, the supplement will be refunded after the ride.
- Trail ride as described on full board basis in 2 stars hotels and guesthouses (drinks included except for the 3-4 stars hotel upgrade option), from dinner on Sunday until the breakfast of the following Saturday,
- 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 ?").
- drinks not taken during the meals and drinks during meals for the 3-4 stars hotels upgrade option,
- any other service or optional visit entries, personal expenses
- a tour to discover other regions of France before or after the
trail (castle life, golf training, thalassotherapy spas...), see
our "after ride proposals".
- optional insurances.
BOOKING - MORE INFORMATION
Contact us at +33 (0)4 37 02 20 00 or click here to email Anne, the specialist for this horse riding tour ...
7 days / 6 nights / 5 days on horseback.
English / French speaking guide.
Groups of 5 to 12 riders. This limited number of riders – often rich of several nationalities – allows each person to fully enjoy the ride.
Meeting on Sunday evening at the departure point of the ride at 6 p.m.
Provence is blessed with mild weather throughout most of the year, particularly those areas along the coast. It isn't all sunshine though, as the winter months can be quite cold when the Mistral wind begins to blow.
In general though, the climate in Provence is fairly moderate and is often what draws people to the area.
There are no specific health formalities and emergency medical treatment is as widely available in the country.
A valid passport is required of all foreigners entering France, except people living from a Schengen agreement country for who a valid ID card is enough.
All foreign citizens who wish to come to France must be able to present regulatory proof of the purpose of their stay, means of support and accommodation. In some cases, they need a visa to enter France. Visas must be applied for before leaving for France at a French consular office.
France is a member of European Union. No visa is required for citizens of other EU states.
Please check these informations at your local French embassy.
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