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FRANCE ON HORSEBACK

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LOT / QUERCY - Rocamadour on Horseback


You are riding through different landscapes such as the Causses, the green and stony valleys of Lot and Cele rivers and the charming mythical villages of Quercy.

You will share strong emotional moments with your horse to reach the sacred city of Rocamadour.

 

 

 

Day 1: Causses of Quercy
The meeting point is at the equestrian farm at 9am. We have a first contact with our guide, the other members of the group and our horses, and then, we ride along the Sagne Valley. Picnic lunch in Artix. We visit the crypt of Caniac du Causse church in the afternoon. Dinner and night in guesthouse.

Day 2: From Causses to Bouriane
After breakfast we left the Quercy Causses to ride in Buriane. For lunch we have some local products from the farm with local people in the small medival village of Vaillac. Dinner and night in a mill in Vigan.

Day 3: Medieval city of Rocamadour
Today we reach the main point of our trail: the wonderful medieval city of Rocamadour. We have our lunch break on our way in the Saint Sauveur Abyss. Then we ride alongside the Ouysse valley to reach the plateau overlooking Rocamadour. It's an amazing point of view to admire this sacred city. Dinner and night in guesthouse.

Day 4: Alzou Valley and Gramat
This morning we ride along the sanctuary city of Rocamadour before to reach Alzou valley and Gramat for lunch. In the afternoon we ride on the heights of Gramat caysses. Dinner and night in guesthouse.

Day 5: Cele Valley and medieval village of Marchilhac
Today, a wonderful stage is waiting for us. We ride on paths lined with dry stones walls to reach Espedaillac village for our picnic lunch. In the afternoon we can canter along the Cele valley to Saint Sulpice. We arrive in the medieval village of Marcilhac sur Cele in late afternoon. If you want you can have a guided tour of the village and the former abbey built in the Xth century. Night in guesthouse.

Day 6: Saint-Cirq-Lapopie - Equestrian Farm
For our last day, we ride up to the limestone plateaus between the Lot and Cele valleys, and then we have our lunch break in Saint Cirq Lapopie. This last stage is probably the most atypical one: we ride on the famous towpath, carved in the rock along the Lot. We arrive at the equestrian farm in late afternoon and enjoy a delicious home-made cake.


Important : The above itinerary is provided on an indicative basis and our guide reserves the right to modify the itinerary depending on the condition of paths, the seasons, the availabilities in the guesthouses.

 

Rocamadour Trail (6 days / 5 nights) - 2020
May 10 to 15
1190 €
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May 31 to June 05
1190 €
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July 12 to 17
1190 €
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August 23 to 28
1190 €
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October 25 to 30
1190 €
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*To operate the tour with a minimum of 2 riders we ask a small group supplement that might be refunded depending on the final number of riders in the group

OPTIONS 2020 (price per person)
Non rider (full board basis - no activities)
690 €
Small group supplement - 2 riders
450 €
Small group supplement - 3 riders
250 €
Small group supplement - 4 riders
130€

 

Included:

- The riding tour as described above on a full board basis (bedroom to share),
 from the lunch on day 1 to the lunch on day 6,
- Water and wine 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:

- Transport to arrive at the start point of the riding tour,
- The other drinks,
- Optional transfers from and to Cahors train station (40 € per vehicle and route to be paid on the spot),
- Registration fees of 15 € per person,
- Any other services,
- Tips,
- Personal expenses,
- Optional insurance: more information.

 

 

 

 

Our horses and required riding ability

Horses
We have approximately fifteen saddle horses: half-Arabian breed and barb. They are brave, calm, resilient and confortable. Some of them were born in our farm, but all of them are trained here and selected for the riding trail: they are all comfortable and safe. Their size is between 1m50 and 1m60.

Tack
We use trail saddles (Gaston Mercier saddles, or classical trail saddles). 
Saddlebags and holsters are provided.

Recommended riding ability
Our riding tour is for experienced riders feeling at ease at the three gaits (walk, trot and gallop) even fast gaits, and with a minimum outdoor horseback practice. The riders must have a good physical condition to be able to ride about 5 to 6 hours a day. 

Good to know
The ground is diversified and with several difficulties (as indicated in the descriptive). Sometimes, you will have to walk.
Minors are accepted from 11 years old (if they have the suitable riding ability). 
Non accompanied minors are accepted from 15 years old. 
Maximum weight: 90 kg. 
Non riders are also accepted if they have a car.

The local team

The guide
The equestrian tourism guide is Pascal, the grandson of the Pech Merle caves discoverer.
His riding trail experience and his knowledge of the region make sure you will ride in the best conditions

Logistic
A logistic vehicle carries the luggage and the equipment. For lunch, we stop in a restaurant or we have a picnic we carry in the saddlebags.

 

Accommodation
You will sleep in a double bedroom with a bathroom to share in a guesthouse, a mountain cabin or a rural inn depending on where we are (you need a sleeping bag when the accommodation is a dormitory). 
It is not possible to have an individual bedroom every day. 


Meals
Every meals are prepared by the hosts, so you can enjoy varied and delicious dishes.
You will have three lunches in a restaurant when we stop to visit the village. In the other cases, you will have a picnic prepared by your hosts. 
You will have dinner in the guest house prepared by your hosts. 
Water and wine are included for lunch and dinner.

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

Group size:

4 to 8 riders. Possible departure from 2 riders with an extra charge for a small group (report to dates and prices).

Arrival airport / train station:

Meeting point directly at the equestrian farm at 9 am on day 1.

Transfers can be organized from and to Cahors train station (to book in advance, and then, to pay on the spot 40 €/ per vehicle and route). In that case, plan to arrive in the afternoon the day before, and plan to leave from 12am the day after.

Extra night possible from 50 €/person with dinner and breakfast.

Details provided with your travel documents to book these services.

 

Our riding consultant's report

This trail is a perfect mix of experiences and disvoceries, and will convince you that horse trail is you passion

Riding guest reviews

 

 

Why you will love this trail

From 1090 € !

Family ride

6 days / 5 nights / 6 riding days

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Your riding consultant

Aude

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

 

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