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PROVENCE - From Lubéron to Camargue on horseback

A real horse trip that will take you from the Provencal mountains of the « Luberon », across Van Gogh’s hills « Les Alpilles », and to the Mediterranean sea, into the famous Camargue region, land of flamingos, black bulls and white horses.
From limestone hills to swamps, enjoy riding among Camargue horses, bulls and pink flamingos. We end the riding tour by galloping on the beaches...


Horse riding tour in Provence, from Lubron to Alpilles and Camargue - Ride in France

Day 1 - Sunday

The riders are welcomed from 6pm with a welcoming aperitif. You will be introduced to your guide, to the other participants and spend a first friendly dinner at the «host’s table». Overnight in the guesthouse.

Day 2 - Monday

By the south hillside of Luberon, the pine trees, the cliffs landscapes, we ride down to the Durance and through it to have a delicious lunch alongside the River. After a long nap, we start the afternoon riding alongside the canal irrigating many of the cultivations in the valley and arrive in late afternoon at our horses’ stables. The riders are transferred to their guest house in Lauris.

Day 3 - Tuesday
This morning, we ride through the fragrant scrubland toward the Alpilles, a wonderful limestone massif where the white color of the cliffs contrasts with the green color of the pine trees. We arrive nearby Eygalières passing by the Saint Sixte Chapel. Night in a guesthouse under the Alpilles.

Day 4 - Wednesday
Through the Alpilles and the pine forest paths among the cicadas, we ride to discover Van Gogh landscapes: nearby the Saint-Paul monastery where he was interned and the Roman arc in Glanum. We have a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, we enjoy nice views on the Alpilles crests before discovering the Baux de Provence shape. Visit of the village and transfer in minibus up to Camargue region. Night in a guesthouse.

Day 5 - Thursday
After an hour riding into the Camargue, we arrive at a manade (free horses or bulls herd leads by a guardian). With Mathieu, a passionate guardian, we will round-up bulls to push them through the marsh to a sorting enclosure. Also, he tells us about the "Camargue race", the breeding methods, the traditions linked to the Camargue bulls... Picnic lunch before to go back in the saddle for returning to Les Saintes Maries de la Mer. Arrival at the hotel and free time for a walk in the alleys of the village and some shopping before dinner in a lively bodega. Night at the hotel.

Day 6 - Friday
We spend the morning on the beaches and ride back to the hotel to have lunch alongside the imperial ponds. In the afternoon, we ride to Méjanes alongside the Vacarès pond with its pink flamingos, grey herons, Camargue white horses and bulls. Transfer in minibus up to the equestrian centre. Dinner and night in the Mas.

Day 7 - Saturday
Breakfast in the equestrian centre and possible departure from 9am. 
Possible transfers for Aix en Provence central station (10am) or TGV station (10am30) or Marseille airport (11am).

This riding tour is given on an indicative basis. Depending on the seasons and the meteorological conditions during the tour, the guide may modify the tour.

Special offer 2021
On certain departures at the beginning of the season and at the end, - 50 € to
- 200 € per person.

Supplement for the guest house every night offered on the departures of November 2021.

Luberon to Camargue Horse riding Trail - 2021
May 02 to 08
1650 €
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May 08 to 14
1650 €
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May 16 to 22
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May 30 to June 05
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June 13 to 19
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June 20 to 26
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September 05 to 11
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September 12 to 18
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September 19 to 25
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September 26 to October 02
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October 03 to 09
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October 10 to 16
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October 17 to 23
1650 €
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October 24 to 30
1650 €
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October 31 to November 06
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Supplements - 2021 (to be paid on the spot)
Single Room Supplement
Compulsory for every person travelling alone. It will be reimbursed if you accept to share your bedroom and we find someone to do so.

300 €

 

Included:

- The riding tour as described above on a full board basis
- Accomodation in rooms in guesthouse (double or triple)
- Possible transfers from / to Aix en Provence train stations or Marseille airport at indicated times
- Drinks during the meals
- The financial guarantee of funds deposited in Ride in France (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 the meeting place
- The guesthouse option for the 6 nights
- The extra charge for a single bedroom
- Drinks outside mealtimes and tastings
- Registration fees
- Entrance for visits
- Any other services
- Personal expenses
- Tips
- Optional insurances

 

 

 

 

Our horses and required riding ability

Horses breeds
Our travel companions are Spanish or barb crossbreds, adapted to riding trail, well balanced and willing, they live in a herd, outdoors, and are only used for riding trail. They are our guarantee for a relaxing and safe ride.

Tack
Riding trail saddles.

Suitable riding ability
You must be at ease at the three gaits riding outdoor and already have a good experience riding. You also have to take care of your horse : groom, saddle and unsaddle.

Maximum rider’s weight: 100kg.
Children from 12 years old are accepted if accompanied by an adult and if they have the suitable riding ability.

Helmet can be lent by the equestrian centre but we recommend you to bring yours for more comfort. 

The local team

Our graduate guide and accompanists ensure a safe and relaxing riding tour. They speak French and English and try not to be the leader in the riding tour.
A logistic vehicle carries the luggage from one accommodation to another.

Accommodation
We suggest you a guesthouse with 2 or 3 single beds. All of them have clean rooms and a bathroom. For couples, we guarantee double bedrooms. The single room is compulsory for every person travelling alone. The supplement will be refunded if you accept to share your bedroom and we find someone to do so.

Meals

Horse riding tour in Provence, from Lubron to Alpilles and Camargue - Ride in France

The logistics team meets us for lunch to prepare a substantial buffet. A pastis or a glass of wine from the region (to be drank responsibly!), grilled food near a mountain stream, a refreshig salad, a nap before leavig again : as many small pleasures and conviviality to share.

Diners will be taken at the evening stage and will be the occasion to try a family and Provençal cooking.

 

Languages spoken by the guide: English / French speaking guide.

Group size:

Groups from 4 to 8 riders.

Arrival airport / train station:

Meeting point at the equestrian centre.
Possible free transfers from and to central and TGV Aix en Provence train stations and Marseille airport at a fixed time.

Transfer Schedule :
Arrival : 
Aix en Provence Centre train station : 5:45pm
Aix en Provence TGV train station : 5:30pm
Marseille Airport : 5pm

Departure :
Aix en Provence Centre  train station: 10am
Aix en Provence TGV train station : 10:30am
Marseille Airport : 11am

Details will be given in your travel documents to book these services.

 

Our riding consultant's report

A relaxing itinerant ride across the typical landscapes of the Camargue region...

Riding guest reviews

"For my first equestrian trail experience, it will be an unforgettable moment. Breathtaking landscapes and time and peace to enjoy it, perfect horses, adapted material, really comfortable accomodations with welcoming and generous hosts... Everything was as described and more! I left with my head full of memories and one thought: when is the next time ? More than a sport adventure, I will keep the human adventure in my mind. I met humble people, true, who love their region and their horses and enjoy sharing everything. How can I thank Didier, Isa and Pierrot for all of these simple moments? Also a nice meeting with Alice and Nicky!" - Marion N. (2018)

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