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Taste and Nature of Provence - Low Season Riding Tour

RIDE IN FRANCE - Stationary equestrian holidays in Provence - Luberon. OK for novice riders and beginners, including French and cooking lessons

A horseback trail ride in the heart of Provence, country of sun light and fragrances, at the time painters and all artists prefer. Come to discover all landscapes painted by Cezanne.  A week dedicated to visits ant trail rides in Provence landscapes and villages, to taste the Mediterranean food ... when local people have more time to share with you.

Total immersion in riding, language and culture.

Day 1 - Sunday
After airport or train collection, riders will gather at the “Gargoulettes”, your lovely French guesthouse late in the afternoon. Introduction to your accommodation, an aperitive, and presentation of the ride will mark the start of your week in Provence before dinner at the host’s table.

Day 2 - Monday: Luberon Vineyards
In the morning, meet your equine partner and “get acquainted” on an introductory trail ride in the vineyards surrounding the farm. Enjoy a French lunch on the grounds of the farm. In the afternoon the group leaves for one hour and a half to ride the rolling hills of the Luberon Mountain range. You will see white oaks, olive trees and the great perfume filled countryside of Provence. A wonderful dinner and accommodation at your Fguesthouse ends your first full day in this wonderful area of France which was also the shooting place for two famous provencal movies, part of the French culture: “Jean de Florette” and “Manon des Sources”, movies adapted from the novels of famous writer Marcel Pagnol. These two movies can be shot for you in the evening.

Day 3 - Tuesday: On Cezanne's footsteps
This morning, transfer to Aix en Provence by minibus. Chance to visit Cezane's work studio. You will then spend the rest of your morning in the famous Aix-en-Provence street market: the best place to buy local products and handycrafts ! You will be free to have lunch in one of the numerous café or restaurant in Aix, before meeting everyone again and being driven back to the equestrian center. Optional ride in the afternoon, to keep exploring the surrounding area, among all the quintessential Provence herbs: thyme, rosemary, savoury, sage, wild lavender. Dinner and a restful evening at your guesthouse are the perfect ending to this day.

Day 4 - Wednesday: Full day ride to the Durance River Valley
Today, you will ride to the Durance river bank for a lovely picnic lunch with aperitif, cheeses, salads, paella, local pies, local wines and coffee. Riding down the hills, you will discover the entire Durance valley, and take a glimpse at the village of Lauris, perched on its cliff. The ride back will be an easy ride through agricultural landscape. You will discover the rich soil that permits this area to get the best production of wine, asparagus, olives, truffles, cherries, apricots, melons ... the Provence treasures ! Taking care of the horses, and you will be able to taste olive oil and olives, honey, and, if you want, participate in preparing a good Provence dinner and making all together the famous truffle omelette that you will then taste, with local wine…! 

Day 5 - Thursday:
This morning is dedicated to the discovery of the village of Roussillon, classified as one of the nicest villages in France, a typical perched village with its ocre carreers. The afternoon hosts a half day ride up to the crests of the Luberon with a very nice view on the surrounding hills and the valley. Beautiful limestone cliffs looking down on you, and hosting the plateau of the cedar forest, will follow you on your ride. You will get back to the the guesthouse in the afternoon and will be able to relax in the covered pool, jacuzzi or hammam before dinner.

Day 6 - Friday:
This morning you will visit an other famous and classified Provencal village: Lourmarin, Cezanne’s local market and where Peter Mayle – the Author of “A Year in Provence”, used to live. Free lunch in Lourmarin. In the afternoon enjoy your last ride to a local cellar producing “Cotes du Luberon”. This cellar has been promoted by Robert Parker, the famous American Wine Writer. Don’t drink too much, just enjoy your taste, before riding through nice pine tree forests and bring your horse to the pasture, in the woods, where they will have a week-end rest. Last dinner in a Provencal friendly atmosphere.

Day 7 - Saturday
After breakfast, transportation to train station or airport is organized.
2019 - Rate based on dormitory accommodation (up to 6 beds)
January 20 to 26
850 €
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January 27 to February 02
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February 03 to 09
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February 10 to 16
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February 17 to 23
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February 24 to March 02
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March 03 to 09
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March 10 to 16
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November 03 to 09
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November 10 to 16
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December 01 to 07
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Extras et supplements - 2019
OPTIONAL upgrade to guest house accommodation in 2 or 3-bed rooms (double rooms for couples are guaranteed)

100 €/person

Single supplement (on guest-house upgrade only) (mandatory for any single booking more than 21 days before departure and okay to share with another person of the same gender). Not to be paid if we find another person to share.

100 €/ person to be paid on the spot
Single supplement (on guest-house upgrade only) (mandatory for any single booking less than 21 days before departure and okay to share with another person of the same gender). Not to be paid if we find another person to share.
200 €/ person to be paid on the spot
OPTIONAL SINGLE ROOM (only with the guest house upgrade)
200 €/person to be paid on the spot

 

 

Included:

-Riding tour as described above on afull board basis (except lunch on days 3 & 6) in dormitory (up to 6 beds), from dinner on Sunday until breakfast on the following Saturday
- Airport or train station round-trip transfers (at set transfer times)
- Total and unlimited financial guarantee (APS) of all payments made to us (see "why riding with us ?")
- Protection of the French Law for travel consumers who book through French travel agencies (see "why ride with us ?").

 

Not included:

- The lunch on Tuesday & on Friday, drinks outside of meals,
- accommodation upgrade
- Single room supplement
- Booking fees 15€/person
- Any other service or optional visit entries, personal expenses
- Tips
- Optional insurances

 

 

 

 

Our horses and required riding ability

Horses breeds
Our travel companions are 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.

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

Recommended riding ability
Suitable for beginners who are already confident in walk, trot and a little bit in canter if possible. Intermediate and advanced riders are also welcome (level groups will be established).

The local team

Professional, licensed guides, who will share their passion and the pleasure of riding trailwith you and ensure a safe, relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Accommodation
We plan the accommodation in up to 6 bed dormitories in our guesthouse, but you can also choose to upgrade to double or single room accommodation.
A "luxury" version is also available with accommodation in our neighbour's 3* guesthouse, with covered swimming pool and spa, 300m away from the riding centre.

Meals

For lunch, our assistant will prepare a substantial buffet. A “pastis”, 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 at the Mas.

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

Group size:

Groups of 2 to 12 riders.

Arrival airport / train station:

First day
Meeting on Sunday evening at the riding center at 6 p.m.
Possible transfer from Marseille airport (5 p.m.), Aix-en-Provence TGV station (5.30 p.m.) or Aix-en-Provence central train station (5.45 p.m.) included. Ask when booking.
Last day
End of the stay on Saturday morning.
Possible transfer to Aix-en-Provence central station (10.15 a.m.), Aix-en-Provence TGV station (10.30 a.m.) or Marseille airport (11 a.m.) included.

 

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Why you will love this trail

From 850 € !

Family ride - Gourmet - Novice rider

7 days 6 nights - 4 1/2 days of riding, 1 half day of visits

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Your riding consultant

Anne

Phone : +33 (0)437 02 2000
Email : anne@rideinfrance.com

 

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