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France Horse Riding Holiday

This listing has one of the 10 most popular offers available in in France

Embark on a weekend getaway through the Loire Valley, from the iconic Château de Chambord to the majestic Château de Chenonceau or Chaumont-sur-Loire.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 80 kg
  • Horse Height range: from 1.50m to 1.60m
  • Tack Type: English saddle, trek collection from Forestier
  • Horse Breed: Appaloosas, Arab/Barb, Irish cob/Frison, Irish cob/Cob Normand.

Highlights

  • 2 days of riding
  • Canter from the iconic Château de Chambord to the majestic Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire or Chenonceau
  • Savor the best of French gastronomy in traditional restaurants
  • Discover UNESCO World Heritage sites and Renaissance masterpieces
  • Certified and bilingual guide
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


2 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Spanish
Group size: 2-6 participants
Airport transfer available:
Charles de Gaulle Airport (Roissy Airport) (US$ 109 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Orly Airport (US$ 109 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
20:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access

In Château of Les Grotteaux, the smallest of the greatest châteaux (five rooms only), you will be welcomed by Vicomtes du Halgoue for a unique experience, and invited to step back in history, with comfort and a view of the river.

  • Sofitel beds
  • Elegant and cozy salon
  • Massages on inquiry
  • Outdoor pool

Program

Tailored to majestic standards, tantalize your senses with the very best of French gastronomy and slumber in luxury château hotels. Michelin Stars pave your path through former Royal estates and their secrets: An unparalleled adventure through time. The holiday is tailored to accommodate intermediate to experienced riders. You will spend between two and four hours in the saddle each day.

Just an hour away from the busy streets of Paris, lie exquisite treasures waiting to be discovered: The Loire Valley Castles. From François I and Leonardo da Vinci to Catherine de Médici, the French Royalty chose it for its expansive forests, abundant wildlife, and its proximity to Paris. From beginners to experienced riders, they invite you to discover this unique architectural and artistic heritage like French Royalty used to: on horseback.

This is an immersive journey that guides you through the most beautiful Renaissance castles in the world, to experience the Royal "Art de vivre à la française" for a few days. Ride from the iconic Château de Chambord to the majestic Château de Chenonceau and savor the best of French gastronomy in Michelin-starred restaurants while discovering the former Royal estates, and its secrets: a unique blend of horse-riding, gastronomy, and culture.

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Paris - Loire Valley

At 4:00 p.m., your driver and guide will pick you up at your location in or near Paris and take you to the Château des Grotteaux, your accommodation for the next few nights, located in the heart of the Loire Valley, a two-hour drive, depending on your location and traffic. Your accommodation awaits you in the 17th-century intimate Château des Grotteaux, located in a verdant setting, on the right bank of the Cosson River.

Vicomte Gaël will welcome you and give you a tour or historic introduction to his sumptuous Château. Nomad Riders invites you to take a rest before meeting your guide (and the horses in the gardens) in the evening and having dinner in a traditional restaurant in the charming village of Blois. Night in Le Château des Grotteaux.

Day 2: Riding to the Château de Chambord

After enjoying breakfast from the delicious buffet of the Château des Grotteaux, meet your horses in the gardens and begin the ride through the forest massif of Boulogne, towards the Château de Chambord, two hours riding. You will arrive on horseback at the 16th-century Château de Chambord, just in time to savor lunch in the restaurant facing the Château.

Then, a bilingual historian guide will guide you for one and a half hours through the most spectacular Château de La Loire: Chambord. A Renaissance masterpiece, nestled in its 12,000-acre domain. Transfer by car to your hotel for evening resting time and dinner in a traditional restaurant in the charming village of Blois. Night in Le Château des Grotteaux.

Day 3: Riding to the Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire or Chenonceau

After enjoying breakfast from the delicious buffet of the Château des Grotteaux, transfer by car to meet your horses at the starting point and ride towards the 15th-century Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire or Chenonceau, a two-hour drive. You will arrive on horseback at the Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire pr Chenonceau just in time to savor lunch in the restaurant of the royal gardens. Then, a bilingual historian guide will be guiding you for one and a half hours through the interiors of the Château. By 4:00 p.m., transfer by car to your hotel to take your luggage and transfer back to Paris with your driver.

Included excursions

You will visit the Château de Chambord and Chaumont-sur-Loire or Chenonceau.

Location

The holiday will take place in Huisseau-sur-Cosson, Loir-et-Cher, France. Experience the unparalleled charm of the Loire Valley - a French treasure boasting rolling hills, expansive vineyards, charming villages, and a collection of over 300 Châteaux. Home to Europe’s longest river, the Loire, and witness of French history from the Middle Ages, the Loire Valley is home to the greatest Renaissance châteaux in the world.

Château de Chambord

Chateau de Chambord is a French Renaissance castle built in 1519 by King François I. Chateau de Chambord is the largest castle in the Loire Valley and was originally constructed as the hunting lodge of François I. Dramatic, spectacular, grandiose, and unforgettable. These are just a few of the ways to describe Chateau de Chambord, which is in the French countryside and is one of the most impressive Loire castles. It paints an imposing picture from all directions: a seemingly endless pathway dotted with hedges leads up to the grand front entrance, while the back is framed by perfectly manicured gardens and a reflective pool.

Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire

The Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire was founded in the 10th century and rebuilt in the 15th century by Charles I d’Amboise in Renaissance style. In 1750, the North Wing was torn down to give a better view of the Loire. Besides the castle, the domain is also an arts center with 55 contemporary art installations and exhibitions. Each year it hosts the International Garden Festival.

Food

You will be served daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner with one paired glass of wine included in the price. French gastronomy at its finest. Every morning, you will savor the fresh produce from the homemade breakfast proposed at the Château. Upon riding to the Château, lunch awaits you at the restaurants of the Castles, in both Chambord, Chenonceau, or Chaumont-sur-Loire. After resting evening time, they will invite you to have dinner in a traditional restaurant located in the charming village of Blois.

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:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Additional nights at the Château
  • Canoe on the Loire River
  • Cheese tastings
  • Goat farm visit
  • Hammam
  • Hot-air balloon ride over the Châteaux
  • Kayak on the Loire River
  • Sauna
  • Spa treatments
  • Vineyards visit
  • Wine tastings

Spa treatments

Spa treatments are available upon inquiry for an additional fee.

What's included

  • Horse riding program
  • Private and guided visits of the Châteaux
  • 2 nights accommodation at a Luxury Château Hotel
  • All meals
  • 1 paired glass of wine per dinner
  • Transportation between Paris and the Loire Valley
  • Bilingual horse riding guide, driver, and certified castle's guides
  • Tickets to the Châteaux
  • Travel insurance covering horse riding

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Airport pick-up available for an additional fee
  • Any personal expenses
  • More than 1 alcoholic beverage per dinner

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Charles de Gaulle Airport (Roissy Airport) Airport transfer available: Charles de Gaulle Airport (Roissy Airport) (US$ 109 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Orly Airport Airport transfer available: Orly Airport (US$ 109 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 30 days before arrival.
Last minute Discount
This listing has a last minute discount of 20% if you book within 7 days before the selected arrival date.
3 days / 2 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

Wednesday September 11, 2024
(3 days / 2 nights)

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