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8 Day Adults Only Horse Riding Tour in Perigord and Atlantic Coast, France

L’Hameau de Peyrié, Château de Bonaguil, Saint-Front-sur-Lémance, France

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You are invited on this journey back in time, roaming on the back of the courageous chargers. Through deeper and deeper, yet thick, harmonious, and mellow valleys, you will advance towards this magnificent forest that served as a refuge for yokels, and where a maze of ancient paths reveal to the rider.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 165 pounds / 75 kilograms
  • Tack type: English tack
  • Horse breed: Anglo-Arabian (standard trotters)

Meet the instructors

Michel
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Highlights

  • 6 days of horseback riding
  • Approximate Daily Riding Time: 6 to 7 hours
  • English speaking guide with good knowledge of the area
  • Experience culture and nature of the Périgord and Atlantic Coast
  • 3 days in the walled towns and Fortified Castles with one ride of 60 kilometers
  • 3 days in the Forest and on the Atlantic Ocean beaches with one ride of 45 kilometers
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Russian, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer available:
Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (US$105 per person)
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Accommodation

Your accommodation will be at L’Hameau de Peyrié – Château de Bonaguil and Guest House with Chambresd’hôtes.

L’Hameau de Peyrié - Château de Bonaguil (Night 1 - 4)

Located 700 meters from the famous castle Bonaguil, the Peyrie is a small village built on an area of 14 hectares of meadows and undulating wood, away from roads and other dwellings, a privileged environment. Le Hameau du Peyrie, which dates back to the sixteenth century, is built of golden stone of the country, which gives it that warm character throughout the year.

Fully restored, it is now composed of 4 charming cottages, various outbuildings including a beautiful bread oven. Each cottage is fully furnished and feature an outdoor terrace with garden furniture and barbecue. Its isolated location and its green setting, where oak woods, chestnut, and pine trees mingle, form a set for relaxation and well-being. Free Wi-Fi access.

Equestrian Guest House - 55, Route de Baleste ( in Mimizan) (Night 5 - 7)

Equestrian Guest House from the 17th century with a huge private pool, providing 5 different rooms and situated at 10 minutes from the beach. Renovated with love, this 3 stars place provides comfortable rooms, each room with private bathroom, Italian shower and twin or 160cm double beds, floor heating wireless access. Free Wi-Fi access.

Program

Riders

This ride requires riders with a good intermediate level as a minimum and a good physical condition. The speed of this trail is supported and the sequences of trots and gallops are frequent; it is important to be able to cover around 60 kilometers a day in an average time of 7 hours with riding. It is good for the rider to keep a minimum of 30 meters distance on the quick sequences. To give more comfort, evolution with trotting or galloping is generally individually or by a group of two, whether it is in the forest or on the beach. Some group gallops on the beach are of course available.

Program

This journey will be divided into two parts. The first part is the stationary program of four nights or three days riding at the border of three different departments of France: Lot - Lot et Garonne - Dordogne. The second part includes three nights or three days riding on the Atlantic Coast with two days trip tour.

Day 1 - Arrival day on Sunday

Transfer from Bordeaux Airport to Bonaguil and arrival at the beautiful manor house, The Hameau du Peyrié. Discover the horses, relax in the evening beside the swimming pool and have dinner at the Restaurant, for sharing a medieval dinner.

Day 2 - A full day ride with 5 to 6 hours riding

At 9 a.m. preparing for today ride. Evolution in the vineyard of Cahors and on the banks of the Lot. A 4-kilometers gallop will lead you to Duravel and later “ al fresco Lunch” in Domaine of Cause forest. Pass the circular fortified village Moncabrier on the road to Bonaguil Castle this genuine great work of military architecture is the last of the great fortified castles in France. The castle, that has never been besieged, is in a perfect state of preservation.

Day 3 - A day ride of 4 hours and relaxing time around the swimming pool

At 9:30 a.m, discovery of typical and charming Architecture made with stone hamlet spread in the forest of Perigord. Lunch on the feet of the Castle of Sauveterre. A lot of nice canter on that day trip again – a 4 hours day ride in order to find time to relax at the end of the afternoon along the swimming pool in the “ Hameau du Peyrié “ Gite de Charme.

Day 4 - Exciting day ride of 7 hours with trotting or cantering where possible

At 8:30 a.m, your early start on this long day trip of 60 kilometers, passing by the fortified Bastide of St front sur Lémance and Lacapelle Biron. You will be guided to the fine and noble Castle of Biron where you will stop for lunch. Long afternoon ride passing by St Avit, the picturesque village of the Proud Castle of Gavaudun, then the deep chestnut tree forest of Cuzorn with some unexpected viewpoint on the Lot valley and ride Back to Bonaguil, and your manor house.

Day 5 - Relaxing morning - Transfer to Mimizan - Sunset ride on the beach.

At 11 a.m, brunch around the swimming pool and transfer to Mimizan. Discover Mimizan village by horse and enjoy sunset beach ride in the evening. Enjoy a nice dinner in a restaurant with a view of the beach.

Day 6 and 7 - 2 days trail on the shore of the Ocean Mimizan - Contis - Mimizan

One day raid of 45 kilometers on the sandy ground of the hugest forest of Europe with some large views on the most beautiful beach of France. It’s also the time of exciting gallop on the white sand of the Aquitaine Coast.

One more relaxing day by riding and spending the lunch on the pretty and comfortable shore of the Aureilhan Lake. The ride ends on Saturday evening with Sunset on the beach. There will be the last dinner with seafood party.

Day 8

Today is departure day. You will be transferred to the Airport of Bordeaux, crossing the city center if there is time before taking off!

Instructors

Michel Girard Mille

Location

This holiday will take place and focus on two different beautiful places. You will spend the four first nights at Perigord and the rest of the nights at Mimizan.

Distances

  • Distance from the airport of Bordeaux to Bonaguil: 100 miles, 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Distance from Bonaguil to Mimizan: 120 miles, 3 hours
  • Distance from the airport of Bordeaux to Mimizan: 70 miles, 1 hour 30 minutes

Food

Daily traditional food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided all along the stay.

In Perigord, the first Sunday evening, dinner will be taken in one restaurant at the feet of the Bonaguil Castle. This first dinner is not included in order to leave customers to appreciate the large choice of meals. The other dinners in Perigord are organized by the Riding Center.

Wine and soft drinks are provided at all lunches and dinners organized by the Riding Centre without restriction. The customers will have the opportunity of tasting various wines of the southwest of France every evening.

In Mimizan, you will be taking meals in a variety of restaurants in order to taste different specialties per evening. Traditional local meals and seafood, 0.25 liter of wine are included in dinners taken at the restaurant.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 6 days of trail riding
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner (except for the first dinner)
  • Professional English speaking guide

What's not included

  • Transfers to and from Bordeaux airport 90 EUR per person
  • Dinner on day 1

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport (BOD). There is a meeting point at the airport hall at 2 p.m. The costs of the transfer are 45 EUR for each way go and back by a person - 90 EUR for return transfers. It’s also including all the transfer during the week to Mimizan Beach on Monday and Saturday when clients are staying in one Hotel or in one other Guest House.

On departure day guests are kindly asked to plan their departure time from Bordeaux not before 13:00. There are 2 hours driving between Mimizan and Bordeaux and departure from Mimizan is at 8:30, which means arrival at the airport is at 11:30.

Airport: Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport Airport transfer available: Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (US$105 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 21 days before arrival.

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8 days / 7 nights
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Season information
Low season
  • November - March
Mid Season
  • April - June
  • September - October
High season
  • July and August
Pricing information

The supplement for Advanced Riders and more is 150 EUR and the supplement for the individual courses is 200 EUR.

Sunday October 4, 2020
(8 days / 7 nights)

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