Splendid Horse Riding Holiday in France

Come and join Cheval and Chateaux in this splendid horse riding! From the large path of Boulogne forest to trails and vineyards of Val de Loire, you ride on Catherine de Medicis, François first and many famous people of that time’s footsteps. Chambord, Beauregard, Cheverny, Blois, these wonderful renaissance’s castles bring you into the heart of French history. This will be a wonderful experience in complicity with a horse.

Key information

  • Horse breed: The horses are mixed breed trained for the trail riding.

Highlights

  • 4 hours of daily riding time
  • Ride to Chateau de Beauregard
  • Picnic with foie gras in Chateau de Beauregard
  • Ride to Chambord by the countryside
  • Professional guiding during the ride
  • Transportation during the stay
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Daily gourmet meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
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Accommodation

You will stay in Chateau du Breuil on the first and second nights and Coté Loire on the last night. Accommodations are always located close to the castles you visit and combine the charm with comfort 17th-century renaissance. You will enjoy the magic of old-stoned dwellings, of hundred-year-old trees, and sometimes of the lords' authentic and cordial welcome royal. Comfortable and refined double rooms with private bathroom are waiting for you. A heated swimming pool often offers relaxation after the ride.

Program

Day 1: Chateau du Breuil

Arrive at Château du Breuil near Cheverny. Have dinner and a briefing.

Day 2: Chateau de Beauregard - Chateau de Cheverny

AM ride (about 2 hours and 15 minutes on horseback)

  • Beginning of the ride to Chateau de Beauregard by the Russy forest
  • You have the privilege to enter by the front path of the chateau (an unforgettable experience)
  • Guided visit of Chateau de Beauregard
  • Picnic with foie gras in Chateau de Beauregard

PM ride (1 hour and 30 minutes on horseback)

  • Leave to Chateau of Cheverny on horseback by the countryside and Cheverny vineyards
  • Visit of Chateau de Cheverny
  • Gourmet dinner and overnight at Chateau du Breuil

Day 3: Chateau de Chambord

AM ride (about 3 hours on horseback)

  • Beginning of the ride to Chambord by the countryside and the Boulogne forest
  • Arrive at Chateau de Chambord on horseback (royal)
  • Lunch in Chambord

PM ride

  • Horse show and a visit to Chateau de Chambord
  • Transfer to Coté Loire, a charming guest house in front of Loire River in Blois
  • Night light show in Chateau de Blois in season

Day 4: Departure

Breakfast at B&B at château and depart home.

Horses

The choice of the horses has been motivated above all, by the strong desire to make you enjoy your trip in total safety. The horses are quiet and generous. Your track companion is chosen for you according to your level, height, and weight.

Required levels

  • Intermediate: you are able to ride all gaits reasonably well. You do not ride frequently but may have done that in the past, or perhaps riding in an indoor arena maybe once a week.
  • Strong intermediate: you ride different types of horses in all gaits. You can manage your self and your horse, are comfortable with riding in terrain, and you enjoy a good canter or a fast gallop.
  • Experienced: you are a seasoned rider, ride different kinds of horses, in all gaits. You can manage your self and your horse and can do long days in the saddle. You muster difficult terrain and you enjoy a good canter and a fast gallop. You are physically fit and accustomed to even difficult trail rides.

Notes

  • Pace: moderate (two riding days from three to four hours per day in the saddle)
  • Before you leave, if possible, prior to your trip try to ride a horse three or four times to train your muscles for a long time on horseback. Review your knowledge (tying knot, groom, saddle, adjust and put the bridle.)
  • During the ride, pay attention to the given instructions, respect the schedule and keep reasonable distances from other ridings, and enjoy yourself.
  • Excursions are coached by fully qualified state certificated staff.
  • An assessment of your level and, if necessary, a quick test of your knowledge is organized on the first day.

Location

This horse riding will take place in Loir-et-Cher, France. Along the tour, you will visit Chateau de Beauregard, Chateau de Cheverny, and Chateau de Chambord.

Castle of the Loire Valley: Beauregard

The well-named Beauregard has reputed roots such as Jean du Thiers, secretary of state of Henry second who was himself the constructor and first Lord of Beauregard. The castle shelters the famous Galerie des Illustres which displays the painting portrays 320 great figures of the court and high ranking foreign characters gathered around the two portrays of the king and the queen. This long room has kept its beautiful old Delft tiles and its ceiling painted with lapis-lazuli powder, splendid.

Castle of the Loire Valley: Cheverny

The grounds of the castle were bought by Henri Hurault, count of Cheverny, military treasurer of king Louis XI. The current owner, Marquis de Vibraye, is the downward one from him. It is the son of the first owner, Philippe Hurault, who builds the castle between 1624 and 1630. Cheverny is a remarkable example of the classicism of XVIIè century. The decoration was completed by the girl of Henri Hurault and Marguerite, the Marchioness of Montglas, about 1650, with the assistance of the painter Jean Mosnier (1600 - 1656), originating in Blois. The family Hurault de Vibraye always lives the castle of Cheverny which became one of the Loire château more visited and famous for her splendid interiors, her collection of tapestry and objets d’art, her furniture and her decoration of the XVIIe.

Castle of the Loire Valley: Chambord

From 1518, François first who used to enjoy hunting in the abounding in the game forest of Boulogne, ordered to raze the small castle of the Counts of Blois and replaced it with a sumptuous structure which was soon to be called Chambord. The Chambord’s design is attributed to Leonard de Vinci and inspired by the feudal movement. Standing as a Renaissance marvel, Chambord offers 440 rooms, 365 chimneys, 13 main stairs, 70 backstairs and it no longer inspires any warlike memories. Chambord is François first’s personal work. François second, Charles ninth, Louis 13th, Louis 14th, and Molière stayed in it. After having been offered to the Marechal of Saxe and then acquired by the Counts of Chambord, Chambord has become the property of the French state since 1932.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

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

What's included

  • Riding to Chateau de Beauregard, Chateau de Cheverny, and Chateau de Chambord
  • Visit and excursion on horseback (horses and saddles rental)
  • Professional guiding by certified staff on visits and shows
  • 3 nights’ accommodation
  • Gourmet meals including 2 glasses of wine per meal
  • People and horses transportation during the stay
  • TTC (taxes)

What's not included

  • Transfers from and to stations and airports
  • Aperitifs
  • Extras such as phone calls, drinks

How to get there

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Arrival by train

Take a direct train from Paris Austerlitz to Blois - about 1 hour and 30 minutes, or train from Paris Montparnasse - change at Tours Saint Pierre des Corps for Blois.

Transfer by taxi from Blois train station to château du Breuil, route de Fougères - Cheverny is not included and costs about 50 EUR by car.

Check-in is from 04:00 p.m. Meeting time is at 07:00 p.m/ at the château du Breuil for aperitif and breefing.

Please note that on departure day transfer by taxi from côté Loire - Blois to Blois train station is not included, and costs about 10 EUR by car. For more information send inquiry.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 45 days before arrival.
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