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This is a four-day trail with two extra days of evolution around the riding center on the first day and mainly on the beach, the last Saturday. You will join extraordinary fast and long-distance rides at the Atlantic coast and experience the fascinating landscape on supervised outdoor rides on forward going horses enjoying their freedom in harmony with the riders. Join Centre Équestre le Marina for this amazing trip to France!
During this holiday, you will stay in a single, double, twin, or a shared room in a three-star level guest house with a huge private pool, bed, and breakfast. The equestrian center and guesthouse of high standing offer the view on the arena and some field with horses. The equestrian center is situated 150 meters (two minutes by foot) and the beach is at 10 minutes by car.
It is composed of three guesthouses with six Chambre d’hôtes for single, double, twin, and shared bedroom for three and four people, one family bedroom for four to six people with two bathrooms, one small kitchen, and one private terrace, as well as a guesthouse for families with three bedrooms, one bathroom, a huge kitchen, and living room situated 10 meters from the Equestrian Center
In case there are not enough rooms for all guests, the accommodation will be in a hotel on the seafront of Mimizan-plage.
Here, you will have dinner, as well as bed-and-breakfast and stay in 6 Chambres d'Hôtes for single, double, or twin accommodation.
For five weeks in July and August, depending on climatic conditions, spend one night in a bivouac (May 5 - July 12, July 12 - 19, July 26 - August 02, August 9 - 16, August 16 - 23). 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 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.
Wild nature and wonderful ground for galloping. Visit a bird reserve crossing and Uza village belonging to Mr. le Comte de Lur Saluces, owner of the famous Château Ychem Sauternes Vignard. Have lunchtime at Uza Lake in a typical restaurant with Landes specialty. 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. Enjoy a natural forest crossing and access to the beach, spend two 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 guesthouse. 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.
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 are included from Sunday evening to Sunday morning, except on Monday for lunch, to give you the opportunity to visit Mimizan beach and find some nice restaurants according to your preference or to have lunch on the beach. Lunch and dinner are a planned menu for everybody.
Dinners are organized at the guesthouse, according to the program of the day where Centre Équestre le Marina will provide local specialties or in different restaurants, where guests will have the possibility to taste food from different countries (seafood, Spanish cuisine, Moroccan food, etc.). ¼-liter wine or soda and coffee are provided in all restaurants during the week and on the way. Other drinks are considered extra and have to be paid directly to the restaurant.
Centre Équestre le Marina offers special meals for vegetarians or vegans. The lunch provided on the way is a real meal served with tables and chairs and 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$54 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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