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FRANCE ON HORSEBACK

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Endurance Equestrian Holidays in France

For this week-long trail, you can choose your destination :

- The Morvan : a regional park in the center of Burgundy that will astonish you by the diversity of its landscapes and the uncountable miles of unpaved country roads perfectly suited for outdoor riding.

- Lozere : one of the wildest regions in France, with a lot of rural traditions. This trail will take you through many different landscapes... This trail will take you through changing landscapes, on the steps of Stevenson or even on Florac's legendary endurance loop of 160 km.

Morvan Endurance Trail

Day 1 - Saturday
Arrival at the riding center. Welcoming dinner and night at a nearby hotel. Presentation of the itinerary, the horses and the riding style.

Day 2 - Sunday
For this first day we take the direction of lake "Settons" passing through the forest of Anost where we have lunch at the Poterons picnic area. The theme of the day is "green desert" as it is not unusual to meet absolutely no one during the ride. We often come across people only when we stop on the peaceful banks of lake "Settons" in a typical Morvan hotel, where we have dinner and spend the night.

Day 3 - Monday
Today we will come across an extreme variety of grounds: our horses become salmons to go up the rivers, mouflons to climb up the rocks and offer us unforgettable memories of the breathtaking scenery. At the end of the day we arrive in Dun les Places where we stop for dinner and night.

Day 4 - Tuesday
This morning we start an itinerary of 60km in the direction of Vezelay.
Vezelay remains a mystical city, starting point of the pilgrimage route of Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle. The pilgrims' donations allowed the construction of St. Madeleine's basilica and Bernard of Clervaux preached the second crusage in Vezelay. But after a long day on horseback, we are happy to stop for dinner and night.

Day 5 - Wednesday
We spend the morning walking and visiting Vezelay.  We only have a short ride to reach Pierre Perthuis and its two famous bridges for lunch.  The grassy path allows long gallops to quickly reach Lantilly Castle (about 40km away from us), where we spend the night after a nice dinner.

Day 6 - Thursday
Today we ride to Château-Chinon, and have a good lunch next to Pannecière Lake. If the weather allows it, people and horses will be able to swim before reaching Chateau Chinon where we will stop for the night.
Dinner and overnight in Château-Chinon.

Day 7 - Friday
This morning we head towards Bibracte, the biggest celtic site in Europe, situated at the top of Mount Beuvray, 800m of alitude, which will be the dominant point of the trail.
Dinner and overnight in Saint Léger sous Beuvray.

Day 8 - Saturday
Today, our trip will follow paths in the forests and on the hills, through really nice and wild landscapes. The track of the international race of Sommant will allow us to reach the riding centre quickly. Diner at the riding centre and night at a hotel nearby.

Day 9 - Sunday
Individual departure of the reiders after breakfast. Transfers to the train station by SNCF's taxis.

 

Lozere Endurance Trail

Day 1 - Sunday
Arrival around 6pm. Welcoming dinner and overnight. Presentation of the itinerary, the horses and the riding style.


Day 2 - Monday
For this first day we take the direction of Florac (40 kilometers) for our first stopover. We first go to the Finiel summit and the Lozere's crests. A big forest path allows long gallops until Barançon lake, where we stop for lunch.
This afternoon we go to the Tarn Gorge before arriving in Florac.
Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Day 3 - Tuesday
Today we leave Florac to reach Aire de Cote (about 50 km). The ancient rails bring us to the Oumenet which we will climb before reaching the Barre des Cévennes. We stop for lunch at the Col des Faisses and ride to the Aigoual Massif, passing through the Hospitalet Can, the Marquaires shuttle, and the Salidé Col.
Dinner and overnight in a guesthouse in Aire de Cote (very few possibilities of single rooms).

Day 4 - Wednesday
This morning we start our ascent of the Bigoual Mount with its, sometimes variable, weather, to reach the station of Prat Peyrot then the Bonheure valley. This lunchtime, we will stop at the Bramabiau abyss (which we advise you to visit). We will then start again to reach the Gard department, where we will take the direction of Aiguebonne while doing a loop by Saint Joseph's hamlet.
Dinner and overnight in a guesthouse in Aiguebonne.

Day 5 - Thursday
Today we continue for 40 kilometers to Nivoliers. After working our way up to the first hill, the longest gallop of our trail is waiting for us! More than 15 kilometers, along the mountains with breathtaking landscapes.
In the afternoon we ride through the Causse Méjean by crossing Papaurelle and the old Nîmes before riding through fileds with Przewalski's horses.
Dinner and overnight in a hotel in Nivoliers.

Day 6 - Friday
The duration of this ride depends on the weather. We can enjoy a long gallop on Chanet aerodrome and discover the Causse Méjean. We reach the Tarn Gorge, Quezac and Ispagnac in the afternoon.
Dinner and overnight in a hotel in Ispagnac.

Day 7 - Saturday
For the last stage , we will ride about 40 kilometers. A long ascent through the cliffs and the resinuous trees are waiting for us to reach the Causse de Sauveterre. After a good meal, we leave for a last long gallop on the chômeurs path, which will allow us to find the ski slopes of the Mount Lozère and our refuge. Individual departure of the riders from 5pm.

Morvan Endurance ride - 2021
June 26 to July 04
1700 €
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July 24 to August 01
1700 €
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August 28 to September 05
1700 €
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September 25 to October 03
1700 €
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Single supplement : 300 € (to book when registering and to be paid on the spot)
This supplement applies only of you absolutely ask for a single room and do not want to share.

Lozere Endurance ride - 2021
June 06 to 13
1650 €
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September 12 to 18
1650 €
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Single supplement : 280 € (Possible for 4 nights, to book when registering and to be paid on the spot)
This supplement applies only if you absolutely ask for a single room and do not want to share.

 

Included:

- the trail ride as described on full board basis, with accommodation in double room
- Total and unlimited financial guarantee (APS) of all payments made to us (see "why ride with us ?")
- Protection of the French Law for travel consumers who book through French travel agencies (see "why ride with us ?")

 

Not included:

- transport to and from the riding centre
- drinks
- Booking fees 15€/person
- any other service
- personal expenses
- any other service or optional visit entries
- tips
- optional insurances

 

 

 

 

Our horses and required riding ability

Horses

The horses on this trail are mostly arabs or arab cross-breeds born at our stables. They are used to the ground, calm if you wish to and sporty for the experienced rider. Some "oversize" horses are available for the heavier riders.

Tack

Trail saddles, saddlebags provided.
We ask you to brush, saddle and unsaddle your horse.

Recommended riding ability

As the days on horseback are very long, riders have to be comfortable at all paces. We do not accept beginners or intermediate riders. It is very important to be well-trained, to have some experience in weekly trail rides and to be able to trot or canter for a long time even dowhills.

Good to know
Maximum weight : 100 kg

We keep the right to refuse any rider who wouldn't have sufficient riding abilities. In that case, the trail will not be refundable.

The local team

The ride is guided by a qualified, French and English speaking riding guide who perfectly knows the region and will take great pleasure to make you discover the place.

Our back-up vehicle carries the luggage and meals and joins us for lunch break and in the evening.

Accommodation
You will sleep in typical regional small hotels where you will find a comfortable bed and a warm shower to recover after a long riding day.

Meals
Lunch will be generous, inspired by traditional country cooking, warm or cold according to the weather.  At noon, it is always a pleasure to see from far away a well-dressed table, in the middle of a field, waiting for us. Evening meals will be taken at the hotel. 

 

Languages spoken by the guide: English / French speaking guide

Group size: From 6 to 12 riders

Arrival airport / train station:

Around Morvan : Meeting point is directly at the riding center or transfers possible from Autun train station (shuttle from Le Creusot-Montchanin TGV station).

Around Lozere : Meeting on Lozere Mount at 6pm. A transfer from and to Mende train station is possible (55 € / way)

 

Our riding consultant's report

If you are into endurance rides, this journey will be perfect for you : great environment, great horses and great people.

Riding guest reviews

"A trail out of the ordinary by the sports quality of the horses who are champions. Probably one of the best horses I've ever ridden during the 10 years of trail. The horses were born in the farm. The mare I was riding was doing competitions and had done a race over 160 km. Thje horses are perfectly cared for and prepared, they are really forward but really respecting as well. They have a big heart.The logistic is really professional, the choice of the small hotels is wise and the stop at the Lantilly castle, a moment out of time. The country of Vercingétorix, Talleyrand and Vauban has numerous sites such as Vezelay, the most important one. Anyway, it was perfect in every point of view and, icing on the cake, we had an amazing weather." - Christine C. (2015)

Why you will love this trail

From 1650 €

Fast ride

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days on horseback

From 30 to 40 miles a day (50 to 60km a day), made in 6 to 8 hours rides.

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