Amazing Horse Riding Tour in France

Spend your days in the steps of French history and around the most famous castles of the Loire. These wonderful Renaissance castles will bring you into the heart of French history. You will start by riding in the favorite hunting forests of the Renaissance French kings, then along the wonderful banks of Cher River and finish with the chestnut trees of the Amboise forest. For riders who want to marry horse riding with the most famous chateaux of the Loire, this is the one for you.

Key Information

  • Tack Type: English
  • Horse Breed: Mixed breed horses trained with the trail ride

Highlights

  • 4 moderate pace riding days
  • Guided visits to some French châteaux
  • Approximate daily riding time: 3 to 4 hours
  • Visits to a horse show, night light show, the caves, cellar, and wine museum
  • Use of mixed breed horses and English saddles
  • Gourmet meals with 2 glass of wine
  • Transportation during the stay
  • 6 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


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

You will stay at Château du Breuil for three nights, Château de L’isle for two nights, and Château De Pray for one night. The accommodations are provided in the châteaux which combine charm and comfort and are always located close to the castles that you ride to and visit. You will enjoy the magic of the 17th century, the Renaissance, the mystery of old-stone dwellings, hundred-year-old trees and, sometimes, the Lords' authentic and cordial welcome of the château. The accommodations are equipped with comfortable and refined twin / double rooms with private bathroom waiting for you. A heated swimming pool often offers relaxation and pleasure after the ride.

Château du Breuil

Situated in the heart of the Loire Valley a few leagues from Cheverny, Château du Breuil, a four-star hotel, is above all a place where you will be welcomed as a very special, privileged guest. Quality, uniqueness, and conviviality are the keywords of the special relationship they wish to establish from the moment you arrive.

In a refined environment, marked with charm and abundant history, the château welcomes you for a dream stay that will fit your longing for relaxation and change of scenery. The castle itself offers 16 rooms (20 square meters to 28 square meters) and two suites (35 square meters and 45 square meters) on the first and second floor.

Château de L’isle

Hostellerie du Château de l’Isle is located in the heart of a magnificent 14-hectare wooded park in Civray de Touraine, near Amboise and Loches. The three-star hotel comprises 12 comfortable, cozy rooms and a lounge, decorated in a traditional style with antique furniture and ornaments.

All of the rooms offer a fabulous view over the countryside and are equipped with a bathroom and toilet, free Wi-Fi, a telephone, and flat-screen television. You can enjoy a stroll around the park and become one with nature. They also offer an excellent, discreet service - the ideal cocktail for a wonderful relaxing break.

Château De Pray

Perfectly located on the south bank of the Loire, the castle has watched over the valley for centuries and holds the secrets of some of the finest chapters in French history. A haven of peace in a green paradise overlooking the Loire, Château de Pray, combines past and present in an idyllic setting just a stone’s throw from Amboise. The castle, a four-star hotel and Michelin-starred restaurant, is nestled in a wooded five-acre park home to traditional French gardens, patios, a market garden and heated pool.

Inside, the cozy lounges, refined rooms, and gastronomic restaurant invite you to enjoy a charming stay next to the Loire. The hotel offers 19 rooms combining intimacy and refined décor, authenticity, and modernity. The rooms, 15 of which are in the castle, including one suite, and four in the Renaissance pavilion (more modern and on two floors), offer the perfect setting for a peaceful night’s sleep in the heart of the Loire Valley.

Cheval & Chateaux Horse Riding Tour France Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive at Château du Breuil near Cheverny and stay for three nights. You will have dinner and attend a briefing.

Day 2: Chateau de Beauregard - Chateau de Cheverny

In the morning, you will spend about two hours and 15 minutes on horseback. This will be the 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. This will be an unforgettable experience! During this ride, you will have a guided visit to Chateau de Beauregard and enjoy a picnic with foie gras at the chateau. During the visit, you will discover the galeries des illustre, still intact since the 17th century.

At noon, you will spend one hour and 30 minutes on horseback. You will leave for Château de Cheverny on horseback by the countryside and Cheverny vineyards. You will then enjoy a visit to Château de Cheverny. After that, you will have a gourmet dinner and stay the night at Château du Breuil.

Day 3: Chateau de Chambord

In the morning, there will be about three hours on horseback. This will be the beginning of the ride to Chambord by the countryside and the Boulogne forest. After that, you will have lunch in Chambord. At noon, you will proceed to attend a horse show and then visit Chateau de Chambord. Then, you will be transferred to Coté Loire, a charming guesthouse in front of Loire River in Blois. A night light show at Château de Blois is in season.

Day 4

You will have your breakfast at Château du Breuil. Today is a free day and you will be transferred to Château de L’isle near Chenonceaux. There will be a briefing and then you will have dinner and stay the night at Château de L’isle.

Day 5: Chateau de Chenonceau - Chateau de Nitray

You will spend about one hour on horseback in the morning from Château de L’isle to Chenonceau. On this riding, you will visit Château of Chenonceau and the gardens. Lunch will be served at Château de Chenonceau. At noon, you will enjoy about three hours on horseback from Chenonceau to Château de Nitray. Ride along Cher River with a guided visit to the caves, cellar, and wine museum - wine tasting. Your dinner and accommodation will be at Château de L’isle.

Day 6: Pagode de Chanteloup - Chateau d’Amboise

You will spend about two hours on horseback in the morning from Château de L’isle to Pagode de Chanteloup. You will ride along Cher River and in Amboise forest. Then, you will visit the Pagode de Chanteloup and play old-fashioned outdoor games. There will be a picnic with foie gras in the gardens of the Pagode.

At noon, there will be about one hour on horseback from Pagode de Chanteloup to Château d’Amboise. This will be a guided visit to the Château d’Amboise. After that, you will feast on a gastronomic dinner and spend the night in fantastic Château de Pray in Amboise.

Day 7

After having breakfast, you will be ready for the departure.

Levels required

  • 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 yourself and your horse, are comfortable with riding in the terrain and enjoy a good canter or a fast gallop.
  • Experienced: You are a seasoned rider and ride different kinds of horses in all gaits. You can manage yourself and your horse and can do long days in the saddle. You master difficult terrain and enjoy a good canter and a fast gallop. You are physically fit and accustomed to even difficult trail rides.

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 treck companion is chosen for you according to your level, height, and weight.

Coaching

Excursions are coached by fully qualified and state-certificated staff. An assessment of your level and, if necessary, a quick test of your knowledge are organized on the first day.

Some advice

  • If possible, prior to your trip, please 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, please pay attention to the given instructions, respect the schedule, keep reasonable distances from other riders, and enjoy yourself.

Included excursions

During this horse riding tour, you will enjoy guided visits to:

  • Caves, cellar, and wine museum
  • Château d’Amboise
  • Chateau de Beauregard
  • Château de Chenonceau and the gardens
  • Château de Cheverny
  • Château de Nitray
  • Horse show and Chateau de Chambord
  • Night light show at Château de Blois
  • Pagode de Chanteloup with old-fashioned outdoor games

Location

This riding holiday will take you to some French castles of the Loire including Chambord, Beauregard, Cheverny, Blois, Chenonceau, and Amboise with Cheverny, Civray-de-Touraine, and Chargé as your base.

Food

Cheval & Chateaux offers you a taste of genuine gastronomy from the heart of France. You will be provided with picnics with foie gras, traditional food of the region, and gourmet dinners with candlelight in the private chateaux. You will taste and experience the French art de vivre.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • 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

  • 4 full days of moderate-paced riding
  • Guided visits to Château d’Amboise, Chateau de Beauregard, Château de Chenonceau and the gardens, Château de Cheverny, and Chateau de Chambord
  • Visits to a horse show at Chateau de Chambord
  • A night light show at Château de Blois
  • Visits to the caves, cellar, and wine museum
  • A trip to the Pagode de Chanteloup with old-fashioned outdoor games
  • Use of mixed breed horses
  • The saddle rental
  • Professional guiding by certified staff
  • Gourmet meals with 2 glass of wine per meal
  • Transportation for the people and horse during the stay
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Taxes

What's not included

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

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.
7 days / 6 nights
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Saturday August 18, 2018
(7 days / 6 nights)

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