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France Horse Riding Tour

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Ride through the mountains and valleys of the French Alps, amongst the spectacular scenery around Mont Blanc, and immerse yourself in fresh air, French cheeses, and local wines.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 188 pounds / 85 kilograms

Meet the instructors

Emmanuelle

Highlights

  • 4 riding days
  • Ride through mountains, rivers, valleys, and pass
  • Explore Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval
  • Program for intermediate and advanced riders
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals (Breakfast & Dinner)

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


4 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 4 participants
Airport transfer available:
Geneva Airport (US$ 160 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Hôtel Gai Soleil

The hotel has 22 warm rooms with decor inspired by the mountains of the Alps including 11 equipped with kitchenette. The lodge has nine very comfortable suites where the warmth of wood and elegance are combined. The family and prestige suites are equipped with a kitchenette.

Camping Pelly

With 104 spacious pitches for tents, caravans, or motorhomes, Le Pelly campsite covers around two and a half hectares. But it is at the heart of a site of more than 400 hectares, that you have access to grassy and more or less sunny pitches depending on your preferences and availability. Some pitches have an electrical connection (comfort pitch) and a watercourse. It is possible to rent refrigerators when you make your reservation or on-site depending on availability.

Program

The villages you ride through are ski resorts in winter but the summer is equally beautiful. This is also a great option for families as the riding is not too challenging for children and they have sensible horses.

Riding levels

Strong novice and above, able to rise to the trot and canter. The riding is not particularly challenging although there are opportunities to trot and canter. It is more important to be fit and in good health for riding at altitude.

  • Type of ride: Trail

Daily itinerary

Day 1 (Dinner)

Meeting point (if transfer not required) Gai Soleil Hotel. Depending on the time of your arrival, you can explore the town and visit the botanical garden "La Jaysinia". These three-and-a-half hectares of gardens specialize in alpine flowers and are open every day (except when there is snow on the ground) and admission is free. The gardens contain about 8,000 plants from around the world, including 4,500 alpines and 500 varieties of trees and shrubs.

The gardens are at an altitude of 700 to 800 meters above sea level and are situated on a steep, south-facing limestone slope overlooking the old village. The gardens also feature the ruins of Tornalta castle (12th century), a chapel (1687) and fountains and cascades. You meet your horse guide for dinner in the evening where you will be briefed for the week ahead. Overnight in a three-star hotel.

Day 2 (Breakfast & Dinner)

After breakfast, you meet the horses and set off riding towards the natural reserve of Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval, which has been named one of the most beautiful villages in France. Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval has many attractions including the Cascade du Rouget waterfall, which is one of about thirty waterfalls in the area. You ride along tracks through the mountains and alongside the Giffre River, which is perfect for some trots and canters. Overnight in a three-star hotel.

Day 3 (Breakfast & Dinner)

After breakfast, set off riding back towards Samoens through the mountains, crossing the Giffre River, and allowing the horses to cool their legs. Overnight in a three-star hotel.

Day 4 (Breakfast & Dinner)

Riding along Giffre Valley to Taninges Lake de Flérier. You will visit la Chartreuse de Mélan and enjoy a nice lunch at Flérier Lake restaurant. The Charterhouse of “ Mélan” is a former monastery belonging to the Carthusian order, located in the town of Taninges in Haute-Savoie, in the department of Haute-Savoie, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. The Charterhouse received nuns. It was then transformed into a minor seminary, and then into a departmental orphanage. It now hosts a departmental cultural center. The chartreuse was classified as a historical monument in 1911. Overnight in a three-star hotel.

Day 5 (Breakfast & Dinner)

Set off early to ride to Gollese Pass at 1,784 meters. You will ride along the well-known GR5 route, passing the village of Les Allamands and stopping for lunch at Sebastian Baud guesthouse. After lunch, it is just a short ride to your guesthouse at 1,400 meters.

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Location

The tour will take place in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

Food

You will be served daily meals included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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 riding days
  • 3 Hotel nights
  • 1 Night Camping
  • Daily breakfast and dinner

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Lunches

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Geneva Airport Airport transfer available: Geneva Airport (US$ 160 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 25 days before arrival.
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