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PROVENCE / LUBERON - The French Colorado Horse Ride

Horse riding tours in Provence: perched villages of Luberon and ochers of the Provencal Colorado and Roussillon - Ride in France

The Luberon hills, one of the most exquisite place in Provence, is a Regional Natural Park.
With its forests of green and white oaks, its cliffs of limestone, and its typical drystone villages, the Luberon displays an authentic and picturesque landscape, well-described in the famous Peter Mayles’ books.
Discover the mysterious “Provencal Colorado”, fill up your senses with the fragrance of lavender and unique “Provencal herbs” and be enchanted by the flavours of Mediterranean cuisine.

Day 1 - Monday

Horse riding trails in Provence: perched villages of Luberon and ochers of the Provencal Colorado and Roussillon - Ride in France

Transfers on Monday morning from the airport or train station to the riding center (except if you have chosen the 5 days/4 nights version in which case transfers are not included and you come directly to the riding centre).
Presentation of the guide, the other riders and the trail ride and lunch.

In the afternoon, you will be introduced to your horse and start the trip westward through the Luberon rolling hills, towards the beautiful perched village of Bonnieux. The houses, all made of stone, form a striking harmony of earth-toned colours and shapes with the landscape. Some superb residences dating back to the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries remind you that Bonnieux was a wealthy village when this region was still a pontifical state (Comtat Venaissin). Several bishops also chosed to live here and as you ride through the village streets you will be amazed by the architecture and history on display.
After the picturesque village of Bonnieux, the trail goes down into the Valley of Aiguebrun river at the foot of high cliffs famous for climbers. Dinner and overnight in a nice Inn along the river. Depending on the date, exceptionally, you may be transfered back to the riding centre for the night.

Day 2 - Tuesday
Hills covered of nice pine forests, cherry orchards and vineyards will take you to the Calavon valley. You will meet our assistant at lunch who will have prepared a nice buffet under the pine trees, made with fresh local products. In the afternoon you will go by the hills among rosemary and thyme scents, before heading to Rustrel the gateway of the "Provencal Colorado", riding in the bed of the Doa river. A cool and beautiful itinerary. You will spend the night in a small hotel in Rustrel and the horses will stay near the village. 

Day 3 - Wednesday
In the morning you will spend some time between amazing cliffs and hills of ocre the "Provencal Colorado". A colorful morning in an incredible landscape! Heading back to the foothills of the Luberon, the itinerary will take you through the beautiful village of Viens. You will then ride down to the Calavon river. You will spend the night in a hotel in Cereste.

Day 4 - Thursday
After breakfast, you can have a tour at the local street market. After preparing your horse, you will follow the foot of the Luberon mountains, ride along vineyards, and all kind of fruit trees: cherry, apricot, peaches all blooming in April and May. You will arrive at the Inn where you will be able to enjoy the pool before the dinner. Depending on the date, exceptionally, you may be transferred back to the riding centre guest house for the night.

Day 5 - Friday
You will ride down into the Aiguebrun canyon following the creek on a green path before going up first to the suspended village of Sivergues and continue to the crests of the Luberon mountains to discover an exceptional view of the Alps in the North, to the Mediterranean sea in the South. Lunch picnic is near the village of Lourmarin where the writer Albert Camus lived and is buried. Lourmarin is a charming Provencal village that inspired the famous American writer, Peter Mayle.
You will then ride back to the riding center through olive trees and cherry orchards, with nice views on the Sainte Victoire mountain, “Cezanne’s mountain”.
The rest of the group has the opportunity to visit Lourmarin and its small alleys, have a coffee at a terrace or visit the 12th century castle. Farewell dinner and overnight at the guesthouse.

Day 6 - Saturday
End of the trip after breakfast. Transfers to Aix en Provence center train station (10am), TGV station (10:30 am) or Marseille airport(11am)


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

French Colorado Horse Ride - 2021
May 03 to 08
1300 €
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July 26 to 31
1300 €
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August 02 to 07
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August 09 to 14
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August 16 to 21
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August 23 to 28
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August 30 to September 04
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Supplement - 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.
250 €

 

Included:

- Trail ride as described on full board basis, lunch from the first day to breakfast the last day
- Drinks during the meals
- Transfers from and to Marseille Airport and from and to Aix en Provence Train stations
- 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:

- Transports to get to the meeting point
- Drinks outside of meals
- Single supplement
- Booking fees 15€/person
- Any other service or optional visit entries, personal expenses
- Tips
- Optional insurances

 

 

 

 

Our horses and required riding ability

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

Tack
Our saddles are designed for trail riding and allow a laid back style of riding.

Recommended riding ability

You will ride an average of five hours everyday. The pace will vary according to the terrain, you will need to be at ease with walk, trot and canter, but this is not a fast ride. You will also have to take care of your horse (groom, saddle and unsaddle).

Maximum weight : 95kg
Children are accepted from 12 years old if they have the required riding level.

The equestrian center can lend you helmets but we advise you to bring yours for more comfort.

The local team

Guides are certified, and are friends who made a job of their passion. They will share with you this passion and the pleasure of trail riding. They speak French and English and try not to be the leader in the riding tour.
A logistics vehicle carries the luggage from one accomodation to another.

Accommodation
Rates are based on guesthouse rooms (2 or 3 beds) or single room with supplement (to be paid on the spot). They are all clean and have clean bathrooms.

Meals
At lunch, our assistant will prepare a substantial buffet. A “pastis” (a typical regional aniseed aperitif), a glass of red wine a barbecue by a mountain stream, a refreshing salad, a nap before leaving again: these small pleasures will add to the friendliness of our rides. In the evening everyone meets around a nice table, to discover the local food. We will have dinner in small hotels and guesthouses.

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

Group size:

Groups from 5 to 8 riders.

Arrival airport / train station:

Meeting on Mondays at 11:30am at the riding centre.
Transfers from Aix en Provence central station and TGV station and Marseille airport included at fixed times:

Arrival Monday morning:
Aix en Provence Central station: 11:15
Aix en Provence TGV: 11:00
Marseille airport: 10:30
Departure Saturday morning:
Aix en Provence Central station: 10:00
Aix en Provence TGV: 10:30
Marseille airport: 11:00

 

 

Our riding consultant's report

A colorful ride that recalls the American Far-west with the well-known warm and friendly Provencal welcome.

Riding guest reviews

"This horse-riding trail was really nice, even if the organisation wasn't always on point. The landscapes were incredible, the horses extraordinary with a sure footing and boundless generosity." - Federica C. (2015)

"Beautiful lanscapes and really sweet mare for totally safe trail." - Sophie C. (2013)

"Beautiful trail to recommend even to the less experienced riders, because it is an easy ride." - Mélanie S. (2013)

Why you will love this trail

From 1300 €

Family ride

6 days / 5 nights / 4.5 days on horseback

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