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Alsace - Explore the Alsace mountains

7 days / 5 days riding from £ 835

Riding levels

Each of our trips is assigned a minimum level of riding ability required. This reflects whether there is technical riding required; the terrain to be covered; the liveliness of the horses; the length of the riding days and the riding fitness required.




For novice riders, these riding holidays will give beginners the chance to get used to being in the saddle. In general, a beginner/ novice hasn't learned how to canter and has not yet mastered rising trot. They are able to mount safely and to control a horse at a walk. 



For intermediate riders who are at ease at 2 paces (walk and rising trot and are starting to canter in a forward seat) out in open countryside. The intermediate rider is able to mount and dismount their horse unassisted, use basic riding aids, ride at a rising trot for at least 10 minutes, to change and control the pace from a walk to a trot and comfortably canter over short distances.



For experienced riders who have mastered all 3 paces (walk, rising trot, canter in a forward seat) over uneven terrain. The experienced rider rides regularly, has a good seat and is confident of their own ability. They are able to control the horse at speed and change direction of their horse at any pace and in any circumstance as needed.



For advanced riders who have mastered all 4paces (walk, rising trot, canter gallop in a forward seat) over uneven terrain on all types of horses including those that are very spirited. The advanced rider rides regularly has good physical fitness, has good soft hands and has the ability to gallop for long stretches without getting tired.



For all riders, whether they are novices, intermediate level, experienced or advanced. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance training, natural horsemanship, trail riding orcentre based safaris.



For beginners and intermediate level riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capability of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For beginners, intermediate level  and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level, experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtrainingendurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.

Comfort

Each of our rides has been assigned an expected level of comfort

Nights in hotels, guesthouses, B&B's or homestays. Double or twin rooms with bathrooms.

 

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ALSACE - CHAMPAGNE COUNTRY-Alsace - Explore the Alsace mountains

7 days / 5 days riding from 835£


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Family starting from 7 ans

On this horseback riding holiday in Alsace, discover the magnificent Natura 2000 site, 'Champ du feu', and its stunning wooded surroundings. Ride trails that will lead you through unforgettably beautiful scenery and past many of the region's cultural landmarks, such as Mount St Odile and its famous monastery, Verlorene Eck and the menhir standing there and the waterfalls at Hohwald. At the end of each day in the saddle in the Alsatian countryside relax in comfortable gite accommodation and delicious French cuisine.

Strengths

- Discover Alsace on a centre-based ride and stay in comfortable gite accommodation
- Explore the intriguing Verlorene Eck and its 30 menhir, imposing standing stones
- Enjoy a trek that is adapted to accommodated all riders. With riders split into 2 groups - beginners and experienced - each with their own guide
- Ride horses that have been carefully chosen to match your level and riding style
- For beginners, enjoy a less demanding route with shorter days in the saddle
- In the evenings, the 2 groups come together to enjoy delicious, local Alsatian cuisine

Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVE AT THE HORSE FARM AND GITE -

On your arrival at the equestrian centre between 18:00 and 20:30, you will be met with a traditional Alsatian meal and you will have the chance to meet the other riders in your group as well as your guide. You will spend the night in a gite at the equestrian centre.

Transfers are possible from either the airport or train station in Strasbourg or Colmar, or the train station Sélestat, Fouday or St Blaise de Roche - these transfers are at an extra charge and are payable locally. For more information see Price Details.

Day 2: BELMONT - CHAMP DU FEU - HOHWALD - BELMONT - 4-5 hours riding

Your first morning's ride is the chance for the guides to introduce you to the horses and for you to ride out into the surrounding forest to test your level and ease in the saddle. After any adjustments, you will continue your ride up to the site of Champ du Feu at an altitude of 1099 metres.

This ski station and the surrounding area is classed as a Natura 2000 site and is the culmination point of the Bas-Rhin. The region is known for it's lush peat bogs, mountainous grass and scrublands

In the afternoon, you will ride out towards the small village of Hohwald. Along the way, you will pass the Hohwald falls, the most beautiful waterfall in Alsace. In the evening, you will enjoy Alsatian cuisine and spend the night in a gite at the equestrian centre.

Day 3: BELMONT - LA ROTHLACH - BELMONT - 5 hours riding

After a hearty breakfast, you will start your second day by riding out toward Rothlach; this area is known as being the roaming ground for several herds of wild deer.

You will stop for your picnic lunch in the ruins of an ancient chateau, before riding the paths back to the equestrian centre. You will spend the night and have your evening meal in a comfrotable gite.

Day 4: BELMONT - VERLORENE ECK - HEIDENKOPF - BELMONT - 5-6 hours riding

After breakfast, you will ride to one of the stunning, oft-forgotten, beauties of the region, Verlorene Eck. Here, 30 menhir, majestic standing stones, form an arc whose presence and purpose is an unsolved mystery even to this day. You will stop amongst these intriguing stones for your picnic lunch.

In the afternoon, you will ride up to Heidenkopf, a Vosges summit with an altitude of 787 metres. From the tower built on the peak, a spectacular view will open up beneath you across the Vosges Massif and Alsace plains. You will spend the night in a gite.

Day 5: BELMONT - NATZWILLER - PFRIEMENKOPF - BELMONT - 5-6 hours riding

Your morning ride will take you along trails to the Serva waterfalls, from where you will ride down the mountain side to the village of Natzwiller. You will ride out along flower-lined paths offering breathtaking views of the valley floor. You will have your picnic lunch on the small hill at Pfriemenkopf before heading back out in the saddle towards the equestrian centre. The routes leading back are perfect for some fantastic gallops.

You will enjoy more local French cuisine for your evening meal and you will spend the night in a comfortable gite.

Day 6: SAINT PIERRE - BELMONT - 5-6 hours riding

For the last ride of your holiday, you will ride to the plateaus of high and low Lachamp. These vast plains allow for lengthy gallops through a landscape dotted with small traditional villages; after which, you will reach the foot of Perheux where you will stop for your lunch.

In the afternoon, you will start the climb up Mont St Jean. After a good gallop , you will arrive at the summit and benefit from a stunning 360° view across the Alsatian mountains. You will then make your way down the hillside back to the equestrian centre for your final French dinner before heading to your gite for the night.

Day 7: RETURN TO THE UK -

After a hearty breakfast, it will be time to say goodbye to the horses and your guides as you start your journey back to the UK.

Transfers are possible from either the airport or train station in Strabourg or Colmar, or the train station in Selestat, Fouday or St Blaise de Roche - these transfers are at an extra charge and are payable locally. For more information see Price Details.


Price details

- Flights are not included

- Groups are made up of 4 to 10 (max.) riders. If there are fewer than 4 people in your group, the trip can be guaranteed on payment of the following supplements:
1 person registered: £175/ per person (€200)
2 people registered: £90/ per person (€100)
3 people registered: £45/ per person (€50)

- Transfers to and from the equestrian centre are available at an additional cost:
From Strasbourg or Colmar airport or train station - £95 (€110) per car each - this cost is shared out over the number of riders in each transfer group
From Sélestat train station - £55 (€60) per car each - this cost is shared out over the number of riders in each transfer group
From Fouday train station - £18 (€20) per car each - this cost is shared out over the number of riders in each transfer group

- Individual rooms are available on payment of a supplementary charge of £155 (€180) for the week. If you do not wish to pay the single room supplement, there is the possibility to share a room. However, if you are travelling on your own and someone to share a room with you cannot be found, the supplementary single room fee will be charged on-site.

- This trip caters for 2 separate groups - beginners and experienced riders (with an adapted route suitable for beginners). Both groups stay in the same accommodation

- Non-riders are welcome and there are a variety of activities available (ask us for more details). The price for non-riders is £425 (€485) per person/per week full board

- Children from the age of 7 are welcome on this ride as long as they are accompanied by a parent and meet the riding level requirements for the trip. For children under 12 years old there is a reduction in price of £95 (€110)
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

PRICE INCLUDES

Support team

1 English-speaking guide

Logistics

1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle per rider

Accommodation

6 nights in a gite on the equestrian centre grounds

Meals

Full board from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on the final day (day 7)
Drinks are included with your meals (water, wine, and soft drinks)

OPTION

Accommodation

Mandatory small group supplement for groups of fewer than 4 riders
Single room supplement

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

Transport

Transfers to and from the airport or train station - see price details for more information

Extras

Tips to the local team
Entry fees for parks, museums and other sites

Insurance

Cancellation and travel insurance are not included in the above listed price. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend taking out an insurance policy as soon as your trip is booked to cover you in case of cancellation

TIPS

In France, it is customary to tip - usually this is by rounding up the price. You may wish to leave a tip with the guide who can split it amongst all members of the team - this is not obligatory and is entirely at your discretion.

HORSES

The stables are home to a wide range of breeds:
- Icelandic horses, ideal for beginners wishing to start learning to ride.
- Fjord horses that are ideal trekking and trail-riding horses, both calm and sure footed.
- Irish cobs, known to excel as cart and carriage horses but are equally well suited as trail-riding horses
- Pure-blood English horses, great for riding outdoors and known for being calm yet reactive. Mounts ideal for experienced riders who enjoy athletic treks.
- Pure-blood Arabs, highly regarded for their prowess in endurance competitions they also make wonderful trail-riding mounts for experienced riders
- Pure-blood Spanish horses, skilled in dressage with their majestic pacing, they are also enjoyable trail-riding horses for experienced riders
Each rider will be paired with the horse that is best suited to their riding level.

If you weigh over 90kg/ 14st / 198lbs and wish to ride, please contact us before booking.

MINIMUM RIDING ABILITY

For the experienced riders group, you need to have mastered all 3 paces (walking, rising trot and galloping in a forward seat) across uneven terrain.

In the beginners group, riders should have little to no experiencein the saddle.

If you weigh over 90kg/ 14st / 198lbs and wish to ride, please contact us before booking.

PACE

The base pace of the ride is a walking pace interspersed with trots and gallops. This region's terrain is well suited to long gallops.

TACKING ABILITY AND PARTICIPATION

You will be asked to participate in the tacking, untacking and feeding of the horses. You will also be responsible for signalling any injuries or issues with your horse to your guide and then aiding in any necessary treatment.

TRIP CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED EXPERIENCE

This trip is suitable for riders of all levels. There are 2 groups: beginners and experienced riders with 1 guide per group.

The route taken is modified to suit the abilities of the riders in the beginners group and the horses are selected with great care to cater to each rider's specific needs.

For the experienced rider route, you need to be in good physical condition and be able to ride for several days in a row without tiring.

There is a maximum rider weight of 90kg/ 14st/ 198 lbs. If you weigh more than this and wish to ride, please contact us so we can arrange a suitable mount.

Helmets are MANDATORY.

EQUESTRIAN EQUIPMENT

You will have access to varied tack: English, trail riding and western saddles.

Riding helmets are mandatory. We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit.

COMFORT

You will stay in flat-style gites (5 flats of 4 to 10 people) or in the gites on the grounds of the equestrian centre (3 rooms). If you are travelling on your own and do not wish to pay the single room supplement, you will share a room with other riders from your group.

CLIMATE

Alsace has a continental climate with cold and dry winters and hot, often stormy, summers. The months in-between - from April to May and September to October - are usually warm and agreeable.
Spring in Alsace gives you the opportunity to make the most of the lengthening days and discover a beautiful countryside coming out of hibernation. In the autumn, the region is coloured by the vibrant hues of the growing vineyards. Summers in the region can be very hot and are the best season to take refreshing dips in the tranquil lakes and the ride through Vosges.
From the beginning of November, the cooler temperature and fogs that roll out across the countryside create an enjoyable atmosphere to ride through. Mid and late winter can be harsh with frequent frosts.

Meals

The trip is full board. Your lunches will be cold and usually had in picnic form. In the evening, you will enjoy the local Alsatian cuisine. Wine and other drinks are included in the price.

Support Team

Guide and local team

Throughout your trip, you will be guided by either Marco, Jessica, Luc or Lucie - all qualified horse-riding tourism guides. They speak French, English and German and know the area and its trails like the back of their hand!

Packing list

Head
- A riding helmet is compulsory and we recommend that you take your own to ensure a correct fit. Helmet makers (GPA, HKM, LAS Helmets, Lamicell, Troxel, Equithème) now offer horse-riding helmets that are ventilated, strong, light and comfortable.
- Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana for protecting your neck and face from the sun, wind or rain
- Warm hat for cold evenings/days

Upper body
- Thermals in case of cold weather
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun or extra warmth
- T-shirts
- Lightweight fleece or jumper
- Waterproof jacket (made from Goretex or equivalent) and/ or (depending on the season) a waterproof vest that covers you thighs. No ponchos!!

Legs
- 2 pairs of lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Waterproof over trousers (made from Goretex or equivalent), especially if you don't have a long waterproof coat
- Casual clothes for the evenings (jeans or walking trousers)
- A swimming costume may be useful for impromptu dips in the lake
- Non-irritant cotton or synthetic underwear

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long chaps. We don't recommend taking your favourite long leather boots in case they get damaged
- Lightweight shoes or trainers for the evenings
- Several pairs of warm socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun, wind or rain whilst riding

Our Recommendations
- Backpacks cannot be worn whilst riding. We recommend a small bumbag or a coat with pockets so that you can carry small items with you during the day (camera, sunscreen, lip balm etc)
- A soothing cream may be useful to treat areas irritated by long hours in the saddle
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!

Other useful items
- Water bottle (1.5 litres or 2 equivalent)
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around at night - bring spare batteries and bulbs
- Toiletries
- Protein or cereal bars for the longer stretches of riding
- Toilet paper and a lighter to burn it after use
- Swiss army knife or equivalent (in checking-in luggage!!)
- Small plastic bags for you rubbish
- Ear plugs (may be useful)
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- A pair of binoculars

Medical kit
Make sure any allergies (to medication or otherwise) and clearly stated in your medical kit
- Any medication you regularly take
- Painkillers
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhea medication
- Vitamin C tablets
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent
- Eye drops
- Hydrating/ soothing cream
- Plasters
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc..
- 10cm wide bandage
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Re-hydration sachets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel

General information
- The airline allows only one bag to be checked-in per passenger. Make sure it weighs no more than 20kg; if it exceeds this weight, you will have to pay excess luggage fees at check-in
- Hand luggage is limited to 7kg (measuring 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm), it mustn't contain any sharp objects (knives, scissors, nail file or nail scissors, etc.) and the quantity of liquid allowed per passenger is limited to 100ml per container.
In your hold luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant over 100 ml and all bottles can be decanted into small, clear, plastic Ziplock bags. We recommend biodegradable washing products where possible.
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
- In your hand luggage carry any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.

ENTRY FORMALITIES

The rules for travel to most countries in Europe will change if the UK leaves the European Union (EU) with no deal.

After 29 March 2019:

You should have 6 months left on your passport from your date of arrival. This applies to adult and child passports.

If you renewed a 10 year adult passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport's expiry date. These extra months will not count.

The new rules will apply to passports issued by the UK, Gibraltar, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-brexit

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Family starting from 7 Years

On this horseback riding holiday in Alsace, discover the magnificent Natura 2000 site, 'Champ du feu', and its stunning wooded surroundings. Ride trails that will lead you through unforgettably beautiful scenery and past many of the region's cultural landmarks, such as Mount St Odile and its famous monastery, Verlorene Eck and the menhir standing there and the waterfalls at Hohwald. At the end of each day in the saddle in the Alsatian countryside relax in comfortable gite accommodation and delicious French cuisine.

  • Cantering along rural bridle paths
    Cantering in France on a trail ride
  • Your trail rides takes you through some beautiful forests
    On horseback in eastern france
  • Beautiful picnic lunches in a friendly atmosphere
    Horseriding trail in north East of France
  • Dinner time! Try the wonderful Alsatian gastronomy
    Riding trail in France, Alsace
  • Alsace boasts some beautiful evergreen forests
    Riding in Alsace, in France
  • Great forest trails ideal for long trots or canters
    Alsace riding trail
  • Eastern France has some beautiful sceneries too!
    Horseback trail ride in Alsace in France
  • A group of riders in beautiful Alsace
    On horseback in the north east of france, Alsace region

STRENGTHS

- Discover Alsace on a centre-based ride and stay in comfortable gite accommodation
- Explore the intriguing Verlorene Eck and its 30 menhir, imposing standing stones
- Enjoy a trek that is adapted to accommodated all riders. With riders split into 2 groups - beginners and experienced - each with their own guide
- Ride horses that have been carefully chosen to match your level and riding style
- For beginners, enjoy a less demanding route with shorter days in the saddle
- In the evenings, the 2 groups come together to enjoy delicious, local Alsatian cuisine

ITINERARY

Day 1: ARRIVE AT THE HORSE FARM AND GITE -

On your arrival at the equestrian centre between 18:00 and 20:30, you will be met with a traditional Alsatian meal and you will have the chance to meet the other riders in your group as well as your guide. You will spend the night in a gite at the equestrian centre.

Transfers are possible from either the airport or train station in Strasbourg or Colmar, or the train station Sélestat, Fouday or St Blaise de Roche - these transfers are at an extra charge and are payable locally. For more information see Price Details.

Day 2: BELMONT - CHAMP DU FEU - HOHWALD - BELMONT - 4-5 hours riding

Your first morning's ride is the chance for the guides to introduce you to the horses and for you to ride out into the surrounding forest to test your level and ease in the saddle. After any adjustments, you will continue your ride up to the site of Champ du Feu at an altitude of 1099 metres.

This ski station and the surrounding area is classed as a Natura 2000 site and is the culmination point of the Bas-Rhin. The region is known for it's lush peat bogs, mountainous grass and scrublands

In the afternoon, you will ride out towards the small village of Hohwald. Along the way, you will pass the Hohwald falls, the most beautiful waterfall in Alsace. In the evening, you will enjoy Alsatian cuisine and spend the night in a gite at the equestrian centre.

Day 3: BELMONT - LA ROTHLACH - BELMONT - 5 hours riding

After a hearty breakfast, you will start your second day by riding out toward Rothlach; this area is known as being the roaming ground for several herds of wild deer.

You will stop for your picnic lunch in the ruins of an ancient chateau, before riding the paths back to the equestrian centre. You will spend the night and have your evening meal in a comfrotable gite.

Day 4: BELMONT - VERLORENE ECK - HEIDENKOPF - BELMONT - 5-6 hours riding

After breakfast, you will ride to one of the stunning, oft-forgotten, beauties of the region, Verlorene Eck. Here, 30 menhir, majestic standing stones, form an arc whose presence and purpose is an unsolved mystery even to this day. You will stop amongst these intriguing stones for your picnic lunch.

In the afternoon, you will ride up to Heidenkopf, a Vosges summit with an altitude of 787 metres. From the tower built on the peak, a spectacular view will open up beneath you across the Vosges Massif and Alsace plains. You will spend the night in a gite.

Day 5: BELMONT - NATZWILLER - PFRIEMENKOPF - BELMONT - 5-6 hours riding

Your morning ride will take you along trails to the Serva waterfalls, from where you will ride down the mountain side to the village of Natzwiller. You will ride out along flower-lined paths offering breathtaking views of the valley floor. You will have your picnic lunch on the small hill at Pfriemenkopf before heading back out in the saddle towards the equestrian centre. The routes leading back are perfect for some fantastic gallops.

You will enjoy more local French cuisine for your evening meal and you will spend the night in a comfortable gite.

Day 6: SAINT PIERRE - BELMONT - 5-6 hours riding

For the last ride of your holiday, you will ride to the plateaus of high and low Lachamp. These vast plains allow for lengthy gallops through a landscape dotted with small traditional villages; after which, you will reach the foot of Perheux where you will stop for your lunch.

In the afternoon, you will start the climb up Mont St Jean. After a good gallop , you will arrive at the summit and benefit from a stunning 360° view across the Alsatian mountains. You will then make your way down the hillside back to the equestrian centre for your final French dinner before heading to your gite for the night.

Day 7: RETURN TO THE UK -

After a hearty breakfast, it will be time to say goodbye to the horses and your guides as you start your journey back to the UK.

Transfers are possible from either the airport or train station in Strabourg or Colmar, or the train station in Selestat, Fouday or St Blaise de Roche - these transfers are at an extra charge and are payable locally. For more information see Price Details.

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