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Have you ever dreamed of a paradise on earth? A blend of cool flavorsome breezes from the Atlantic Ocean, endless sunny sandy beaches, lush forests composed of maritime pines, pearly lakes, cliffs, dunes, immaculate gastronomy based on seafood but not only, wine to satisfy the most demanding taste? Centre Équestre le Marina has a pick for you! This is “les Landes”, the land where the living is easy. This is an 8 day/7night trek with 6 days on horseback, 3 of which with galloping along the beach. Take advantage of the end of the day to experience moments of well-being and relaxation: yoga, massage, and sauna are at your disposal.
Situated at 2 minutes by foot from the equestrian center and 8 minutes by car from the beach, the guest house offers:
Bed and breakfast with 6 “Chambres d'hôtes” for single, double, and twin accommodation.
For 5 weeks in July and August, depending on climatic conditions, you will spend 1 night in bivouac: July 3-10, July 24-31, July 31-August 8, and August 21-28. The bivouac is organized in very nice surroundings, beside a wonderful river with very clear water where it is possible to swim. It is a wild campsite in the middle of nature, with the horses staying at the opposite side of the river.
Spend the evening around a campfire, eating barbecue accompanied by local-made Sangria. The riding center provides tents with comfortable mattresses, sheets to cover mattresses, and pillows. There is a shelter with tables and chairs for dinner and breakfast. If the weather is not good or if some riders prefer to stay at the guesthouse, Centre Équestre le Marina may cancel the campsite night and bring the riders back to the Equestrian Guesthouse.
The participation of the riders are welcome for the settlement. Centre Équestre le Marina recommends guests to bring their own sleeping bag. Centre Équestre le Marina provides sheets and blankets if some riders are missing them. All along the way of the trip, people can swim in the lake or rivers during lunchtime. Do not forget to keep your swimming clothes with you on the way!
Briefing about the week and the horse ride, visit of Mimizan Beach for shopping, free lunch in the city, meeting with the horses, and the first day ride on departure for the six-day trail without coming back to the base with the horses.
Five hours to discover an original forest, coast landscape with high sandy dune (up to 150 meters over the sea level), and first beach ride either in the morning or in the evening, according to the tide of the ocean.
The landscape and nature are changing every day, offering all the various views of “The Landes”, wild nature and wonderful ground for galloping. During the next two days, you'll spend as much time walking than with trotting, cantering, or galloping. Visit of the most beautiful village of Landes “Lévignacq".
An afternoon adventure trip in the wild along a clear and fresh river. Arrive at “Moulin de Caremonge”, a wonderful and unexpected place where you’ll leave the horses in their field beside a lake for the night. Have a relaxing evening time in the garden or beside the swimming pool; have dinner and overnight at a Manor House (according to availability). In July and August, a bivouac will be organized, with a comfortable campsite beside the lake: barbecue, sangria around the campfire.
Wild nature and wonderful ground for galloping. Discovery of traditional Landes architecture from the 18th century. Various landscapes and ride along the river in the original forest during the afternoon. Dinner at the Equestrian Guest House.
Half-day rest and half-day ride in the morning or in the evening depending on the low tide. National littoral Forest crossing and access to the beach - 2 hours on the beach. This half-day trail gives riders the opportunity to enjoy the Atlantic Ocean and have some more exciting gallops along the beach. The other half-day gives riders time to relax beside the swimming pool at the Guest House.
If the weather is fine, from June to the end of September, riders have the opportunity to play and swim in the ocean with or without their horses.
Full day ride, ride in the forest and along Aureilhan Lake (a protected area). Ride along the river to Mimizan Beach, forest and beach ride with the sunset. According to the tide schedules, this program can be reversed.
A transfer is organized for guests from Mimizan to Bordeaux airport or Bordeaux railway station. Departure from the guest house will be according to the flight or train schedule of the first client.
Route and times are indicative and subject to change depending on the general level of the group, weather conditions, and tide times!
This is a sporting trail for experimented to advanced riders in good physical condition! This trail requires good and fit riders, confident at all paces and able to ride several hours over varied and sometimes challenging terrain. For security reasons and for everyone's comfort, Centre Équestre le Marina asks riders to be confident enough to walk or trot independently through the forest, to canter or gallop alone on the sandy ways in the forest, in order to avoid the dust made by front riders. On the beach, riders must be able to gallop alone or by groups of two or three riders and to leave and come back to the group under good control.
Moderate with lots of fast sections.
With 30 years of experience in teaching horse riding in harmony between horse and rider, Michel provides a huge experience of instructing the quality of the communication between horse and rider in dressage and show jumping. Showing up with successful own competing until the age of 45, he followed up with giving classes to his students who provided various placements at the national level (French championships). In love with his horses and nature, he is a guide who established itineraries with exceptional views and picknick spots in the region of Aquitaine, Perigord, Basque Mountains.
All meals included from Sunday evening to Sunday morning, except on Monday for lunch to give clients the opportunity to visit Mimizan-beach and to find some nice restaurants according to their or to have lunch on the beach). Lunch and dinner is a planned menu for everybody. Centre Équestre le Marina offers special meals for vegetarians, gluten-free, but not vegan.
Dinners are organized at the guest house according to the program of the day where you will be provided with local specialties. ¼ wine or soda, coffee are provided for all meals during the week. Other drinks are considered extra drinks and have to be paid for directly.
The lunch provided on the way is a real meal, served with tables and chairs: French aperitif and appetizer, Bordeaux red wine, soup or salad according to the weather, chicken or meat and veggies, French cheese, dessert and coffee or tea.
A car follows the group for lunch and carries the luggage of the riders to the Manor house on Wednesday evening or for the bivouac.
Transfer available for additional US$48 per person
Please book your flight to arrive at Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (BOD). Transfers are organized from and to Bordeaux airport and railway station every Sunday for 2 to 12 riders. The Bordeaux-Morcenx train is always empty; if you are traveling alone, please wait at the last minute to buy this train ticket at the railway station, to give Centre Équestre le Marina time to find the opportunity to pick you up at Bordeaux, if it’s possible.
As people are arriving from various destinations in Europe, Centre Équestre le Marina picks up starting from 4 p.m., and the minibus leaves Bordeaux according to the timing of the last customer’s arrival. Centre Équestre le Marina drops people on Sunday morning, departure day, according to the departure time of the first client.
Centre Équestre le Marina kindly asks you to try to plan the arrival time in Bordeaux at 4 p.m. or before, as much as possible and to plan the flight departure time from Bordeaux from 12:30 p.m. and later. There are two hours of driving between Mimizan and Bordeaux, departure at Mimizan at 8:30 a.m. means arrival at the airport at 11:30 a.m. for a flight at 1 p.m. if check-in is 1.5 hours before.
The cost of the transfer is 45 EUR each way per person and 90 EUR for the roundtrip. It also includes all transfers during the trail week according to the program. Two minibusses are provided for transfers of more than eight persons for the same price.
A transfer can be organized from Morcenx railway station for one person at 35 EUR per trip and 20 EUR for two or more persons per trip. For night transfers from 9 p.m. the price is doubled.
There is a shuttle from Bordeaux airport to the railway station: 15 EUR (45 minutes). Then, you have to find a train to Labouheyre: 21 EUR (50 minutes) then take the RDTL Bus from Labouheyre to Mimizan from 11:30 to 12:20 all year: 5 EUR (40 minutes).
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