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France Horse Riding Tour

Welcome to this seven-day luxury horseback tour in the Loire Valley castle to castle on horseback - a journey of sophistication.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 198 pounds / 90 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 150 and 168 centimeters
  • Tack Type: Trail and English saddles, saddle rugs with bags
  • Horse Breed: Franches Montagnes and Franches Montagnes crosses

Meet the instructors

Sophie

Highlights

  • 4 days of horse riding
  • Approximate daily riding time: 3 hours
  • Excursions with car rental
  • Horseback exploration of the renowned castles of the Loire Valley
  • Immerse yourself in the French "la dolce vita" or the "Art de vivre" through exquisite gourmet cuisine and wines
  • Stay in century-old castles or charming manors for a truly authentic experience
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer available:
Charles de Gaulle Airport (Roissy Airport) (US$ 547 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Orly Airport (US$ 492 per person)
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Accommodation

During the tour, you will stay in various accommodations.

  • Days 1 and 2: Relais de Chambord
  • Day 3: Relais des Trois Châteaux
  • Day 4: Domaine des Thomeaux
  • Days 5 and 6: Hotel Le Choiseul

Program

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Relais de Chambord

Arrive at the prestigious Relais de Chambord, where a warm welcome awaits. Enjoy a briefing session followed by a gourmet dinner, setting the tone for a delightful stay. Spend the night in the luxurious surroundings of Relais de Chambord.

Day 2: Chambord exploration

Embark on a captivating three-hour horse ride from Chambord, tracing the scenic "Grand Canal" with panoramic views of the magnificent Château. Traverse the charming sand paths of Boulogne and Chambord forests, returning to the Château on horseback for a regal experience. Indulge in lunch at Chambord. Engage in a walking tour exploring the grandeur of Château de Chambord, the largest and most splendid of the Loire Valley castles, commissioned by Francis the 1st and completed in 1519. Conclude the day with a gourmet dinner and a restful night at Relais de Chambord.

Day 3: Beauregard - Cheverny

Begin a one-and-a-half-hour ride to Chateau de Beauregard through the enchanting Boulogne forest. Enter the chateau through its front gate for an unforgettable experience. Explore the chateau, including its well-preserved "Gallerie des illustres" dating back to the 17th century. Enjoy a gourmet picnic with foie gras in the chateau.

Continue the horseback journey for another one and a half hours, departing Beauregard through the countryside to reach the Cheverny region and its renowned vineyards. Explore Château de Cheverny and its splendid Renaissance furnishings. Dine and spend the night at Relais des trois châteaux in Cheverny.

Day 4: Fougères - Chaumont sur Loire

Enjoy a two-hour ride through the Sologne countryside to the well-preserved Chateau de Fougères sur Bièvre. Explore the medieval-inspired castle and have lunch at a charming restaurant in Fougères sur Bièvre. Experience a shorter ride of about one hour through the Sologne-Touraine border towards Château de Chaumont sur Loire. Visit the château and its renowned international garden festival. Relax and dine at the charming manor Domaine des Thomeaux, where you can also enjoy its spa facilities.

Day 5: Chaumont sur Loire - Amboise

Begin the day riding along the Loire banks under the Chaumont sur Loire castle. Follow the river, discovering its UNESCO-listed biodiversity. Lunch in the charming village of Mosnes. Conclude the journey with a two-hour ride to Chateau d'Amboise, entering through the medieval king’s gate, "La Porte des Lions". The ride concludes, and you enjoy a gourmet dinner and a restful night at Hotel Le Choiseul along the Loire River in Amboise.

Day 6: Cultural exploration in Amboise

Commence the day with a private visit to Amboise Château, offering panoramic views of the Loire Valley and believed to be the burial place of Leonardo Da Vinci. Enjoy free time in Amboise's old center or explore Clos Lucé, Leonardo da Vinci's last residence. Lunch in Amboise. Conclude the week with a visit to Château de Chenonceau, marveling at its gardens, exquisite furnishings, and iconic arches over the River Cher. Indulge in a final gourmet dinner and spend the night at Hotel Le Choiseul.

Day 7: Departure

Savor a leisurely breakfast at Hotel Le Choiseul before your departure.

About the tour

Indulge in the epitome of French refinement as you embark on a horseback journey through the Loire Valley, known for its exquisite châteaux. Travel on horseback from one magnificent castle to another, savoring the artistry of French "la dolce vita" or the "Art de vivre." Immerse yourself in a week-long equestrian adventure, where each night is spent in superb accommodations, offering a taste of French elegance from the 16 and 17th centuries.

Delight your palate with the pinnacle of gourmet French cuisine and wine, experiencing the finest aspects of French refinement against the backdrop of the Loire Valley's cultural richness. This trail invites you to discover the essence of the region, where every castle visit becomes a refined exploration into the heart of French artistry and sophistication.

  • Horseback exploration of the renowned Castles of the Loire Valley
  • Immerse yourself in the French "la dolce vita" or the "Art de vivre" through exquisite gourmet cuisine and wines
  • Stay in century-old castles or charming manors for a truly authentic experience

Pre-arrival preparation

If you have not been in the saddle for an extended period, Dharma Consulting recommends getting back on the horse three or four times before your trip. This will help train your muscles for an extended duration on horseback. Take the opportunity to review your equestrian skills, including posting trot, maintaining balance on stirrups, and using gentle hands. This pre-trip preparation ensures a more enjoyable and comfortable riding experience during your adventure.

Important note

This tour requires an intermediate to experienced level of riding proficiency. Riders should feel comfortable in all three gaits (walk, posting trot - mandatory, canter) while adopting a forward seat on diverse terrains and open spaces. It is essential to possess the ability to control the horse's speed and direction without exerting undue pressure on their mouth. As the itinerary includes about three hours a day of riding, extended trots, and canters, a reasonable level of fitness is necessary.

If, at any point, the guide determines that these criteria are not adequately met, participants will not be permitted to continue on horseback. Instead, they will have the opportunity to enjoy accommodations, gourmet meals, and scheduled visits without the riding component.

Included excursions

One full day of visits and excursions with car rental is included in the price.

Location

The tour will take place in Centre-Val de Loire, France. The Loire Valley, often referred to as the "Garden of France," is a picturesque region nestled in the heart of the country, renowned for its stunning landscapes, historic charm, and architectural splendors. The valley is graced by the majestic Loire River, which meanders through lush vineyards, fertile farmlands, and enchanting forests. What truly sets the Loire Valley apart is its impressive array of châteaux, or castles, showcasing architectural masterpieces from various periods, including the Renaissance.

Each castle tells a story of France's rich history and the opulence of its noble past. The region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, celebrated not only for its architectural treasures but also for its delightful cuisine, world-class wines, and vibrant cultural scene. Visitors to the Loire Valley are enchanted by its harmonious blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage, making it a quintessential destination for those seeking a taste of the French countryside's elegance and sophistication.

Food

You will be served daily gourmet meals and two glasses of wine per meal included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

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 riding (about 3 hours a day)
  • 1 full day with visits and excursions and car rental
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All gourmet meals
  • 2 glasses of wine per meal
  • Professional guide by certificated staff
  • Riders and horses’ transfers during your stay
  • Third-party insurance

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Transfers to and from train stations or airports
  • Health and travel insurance
  • Additional alcohol

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by train

The nearest train stations are Amboise train station and Saint Pierre des Corps. Train from Massy TGV to Blois-Chambord costs about 25 EUR. Train from CDG to Blois-Chambord costs about 120 EUR.

Arrival by taxi

Taxi from Blois-Chambord costs about 40 EUR. Additional taxis to Massy TGV costs about 50 to 100 EUR and from Blois-Chambord about 40 EUR.

Airport: Charles de Gaulle Airport (Roissy Airport) Airport transfer available: Charles de Gaulle Airport (Roissy Airport) (US$ 547 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Orly Airport Airport transfer available: Orly Airport (US$ 492 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
Early bird Discount
This listing has a early bird discount of 5% if you book 90 days before the selected arrival date.
7 days / 6 nights
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Saturday August 10, 2024
(7 days / 6 nights)

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