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Cezanne's Provence Equestrian Holidays

This is a trail ride around the famous Sainte-Victoire mountain. You will discover why painters such as Cezanne or Picasso fell in love with these contrasting landscapes.

The bright white limestone cliffs, the blue of the sky, the green of pine forests and the red clay at the foot of the mountain offer a mosaic nature where you can discover about 900 kinds of plants, 27 mammal species and 126 bird species. We offer you the occasion to discover alternating landscapes from the Alpine foothills and from the Mediterraneen sea.

Cezanne's Provence trail ride / Ride in France - Randocheval


Day 1 - Sunday
The riders are welcomed around 6 pm. Presentation of the guide, the other participants and the program of the trail. Then dinner at the "table d'hôte", night in a guesthouse.

Day 2 - Monday
Morning ride in the Luberon natural park to get used to your horse. After lunch in the guesthouse, the horses will be loaded in the truck and you will be transferred by our minibus to Saint-Paul-lès-Durance, an old Roman fluvial harbour used to transport wood and many goods from the Alps to Marseille and the Mediterranean coast. You will start your ride on pleasant trails in woods and along vineyards to arrive in the village of Jouques, and later to reach Peyrolles en Provence. Dinner and overnight in a charming guesthouse/small hotel.

Day 3 - Tuesday
You will ride in the typical Mediterranean forest . Pine trees, green oaks, and many herbs such as rosemary and thyme will perfume your ride. You will follow the old Verdon canal, built in 1865 to bring water to Aix-en-Provence and it’s numerous fountains. Riding to the North of the Sainte-Victoire mountain, you will discover many sheepfolds and Roman ruins on the way. A copious lunch prepared by our assistant will wait for you under the shade of pine trees. The afternoon, you will ride to the Bimont lake where you will be able to enjoy a swim in the turquoise water with your horse ! Overnight near the village of Vauvenargues, famous for its castle. Bought in 1958 by Picasso, the painter lived in the castle of Vauvenargues until 1962. He is now buried in the castle's park. Dinner and night at the guesthouse/small hotel.

Day 4 - Wednesday
You will start your ride on the North of Mount Sainte-Victoire to reach the Sinne observatory and the well of Auzon. You will follow the Gardiol forest and ride along the Vacon stream towards Rians, important crossroad between the Alps and the coast. The tradition says that Hannibal took this road to pass the Alps before his conquest of Rome. Dinner and night in a guesthouse/small hotel.

Day 5 - Thursday
You will leave the vineyards and ride towards the South and sunny side of the Sainte-Victoire. You will discover high white limestone cliffs contrasting with the green forests, and you will imagine Cezanne walking on these perfumed trails. You will cross Puyloubier before arriving at the hotel near Chateauneuf-le-Rouge. Dinner and night in a guesthouse/small hotel.

Day 6 - Friday
You will end your ride around the fascinating Sainte-Victoire mountain. Spectacular points of view on the Bimont barrage, retaining the Verdon river, while riding. Then, you will ride near a Roman aqueduc. The trail will lead you to the Bibemus stone quarry. From ancient times to the 18th century, Aix-en-Provence's monuments were built with these red stones. Cezanne fell in love with  this mixture of mineral and vegetal landscapes and made 11 oil paintings and 16 aquarelles of this place. The ride will end near Aix-en-Provence at Saint-Marc-Jaumegarde where you will enjoy the last lunch in an inn. The afternoon, we will drive you to Aix-en-Provence with our minibus to visit Cezanne’s workshop, walk in the town and enjoy some shopping. At the end of the afternoon, you will be transfered back to the riding centre if you left your car, or to the train station or airport. extend your stay for a few nights at the pleasant city of Aix-en-Provence, we can book you an hotel.

Important: This itinerary is given as an indicative basis. Depending on the seasons and the meteorological conditions during the tour, the guide may modify the tour.

Cezanne's Provence Horse Riding Holidays - 2021
April 18 to 23
1500 €
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May 08 to 13
1500 €
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October 24 to 29
1500 €
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Supplements - 2021
Single Room Supplement
Compulsory for every person travelling alone. It will be reimbursed if you accept to share your bedroom and we find someone to do so.
250 €

 

Included:

- Trail ride as described on full board basis in shared 2-3 pers. bedrooms, from the dinner on the first day to lunch on the last day
- Drinks during meals
- Transfers from and to Marseille Airport or train station and from and to Aix en Provence Train stations at the indicated transfer times
- 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:

- Transports to get to the meeting point
- Drinks outside of meals
- Single supplement
- Booking fees 15€/person
- Any other service or optional visit entries, personal expenses
- Tips
- Optional insurances

 

 

 

 

Our horses and required riding ability

Horse breeds
Our travel companions are Spanish or barb crossbreds, adapted to trail riding. Well balanced and willing, they live in a herd, outdoors, and are only used for trail riding. They are our guarantee for a relaxing and safe ride.

 

Tack

Our saddles are designed for trail riding and allow a laid back style of riding.

Recommended riding ability

You have to be at ease at the three gaits outdoor and have a certain trailing experience. This itinerary is not adapted to beginners. At the stopovers, we invite you to groom, saddle and unsaddle your horse.

Good to know
Maximum weight: 100kg
Children are accepted from 12 years old if accompanied by an adultand if they have the required riding level.
The equestrian center can lend you a helmet but we advise you to bring yours for more comfort.

The local team

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. They speak French and English and try not to be the leader in the riding tour.
A logistics vehicle carries the luggage from one accomodation to another.

 

Accomodation
In shared double or triple bedrooms in comfortable guesthouses or small hotels. You can also choose a single bedroom (supplement to be paid on the spot).

Meals

At lunch, our assistant will prepare a substantial buffet. A “pastis”, a glass of red wine a barbecue by a mountain stream, a refreshing salad, a nap before leaving again: these small pleasures will add to the friendliness of our rides. In the evening everyone meets around a nice table, to discover the local food. We will have dinner in small hotels and guesthouses.

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

Group size: From 5 to 8 riders maximum

Arrival airport / train station:

First day
Meeting at the riding center at 6 p.m.
Possible transfer from Marseille airport (5 p.m.), Aix-en-Provence TGV station (5.30 p.m.) or Aix-en-Provence central train station (5.45 p.m.).

Last day
End of the stay in late afternoon.
Possible transfer to Aix-en-Provence central station (5 p.m.), Aix-en-Provence TGV station (5.30 p.m.) or Marseille airport (6 p.m.).

 

Our riding consultant's report

Six days through an ever changing landscape with a typical fauna and flora... you will never forget you are in Provence.

Riding guest reviews

Why you will love this trail

From 1450 €

Family ride

6 days / 5 nights / 4 days + 1 half-day on horseback.

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