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Castles of the Loire Valley

8 days (6 on horseback) from 1770€

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.

 

EQUUS JOURNEYS Fingerpost Cottage
Hopton Wafers
Shropshire, DY140NA. UK
Phone : +44 (0) 1905 388977
INFO@EQUUS-JOURNEYS.COM

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PARIS - THE LOIRE VALLEY-Castles of the Loire Valley

8 days (6 on horseback) from 1770€


Activity :

Level :

Comfort :

Explore the Loire Valleyon horseback and discover some of the most impressive Renaissance castles of France, including Chambord, Chenonceau and Cheverny. Embark on a trail ride across the French countryside in a region that provides excellent riding grounds, mounted on quality horses. With knowledgeable guides, learn about the history of France from the 14th to the 16th Century and marvel at the beauty of the Chateaux of the Loire Valley.

Strengths

- An excellent selection of horses, most of them born and trained at the farm. Some of them compete at TREC events at the high level.
- A very competent guide, several times medallist in the World TREC Championship.
- The opportunity to visit the Loire Valley Castles (Chambord, Chenonceau, Le Close Lucé... - tickets not included) and learn about the history of France during the Renaissance period.
- Comfortable accommodation in hotels and guesthouses

Itinerary

Day 1 : UK - BLOIS CHAMBORD - EQUESTRIAN FARM -

Fly from the UK to Paris, then take a train to Blois-Chambord train station from Austerlitz station (c. 1h30). From the station you are taken to the equestrian centre where you will meet the team and horses.

Dinner and night in a guesthouse in Courmemin.

Day 2 : CHATEAU DE CHAMBORD - 5-7h hours riding

Accommodation : Hôtel du Château

Today is your first day with the horses across the Sologne, punctuated by beautiful lakes and forests. Lunch will be on the river Beuvron banks in Bracieux, close to a small XIVth century church. You then discover your first (but not last!) castle of the week: the magnificent Chambord! A hunting lodge built by Francis I of France in the XVIth century, Chambord boasts a very distinctive French renaissance architecture and is the largest chateau in the Loire Valley.

Free visit (1h30) of the chateau before you rejoin with the horses (ticket not included). You ride back to Villesavin castle where the horses spend the night. Dinner and night in a 3*** hotel in Tour en Sologne.

Day 3 : CHATEAU DE VILLESAVIN - 5-7 hours riding

Accommodation : Hôtel Relais des Landes

While the horses enjoy some rest this morning, you are free to visit Chateau de Villesavin (ticket not included), a 16th-century country house, which is privately owned with several museums open to the public. You then ride on to the smaller chateau of Beauregard (15th Century).

Dinner and night in a 3*** hotel in the small rural village of Ouchamps.

Day 4 : CHAUMONT SUR LOIRE - 5-7 hours riding

Accommodation : Le Domaine des Thomeaux

Leaving Ouchamps to cross the river Beuvron in Candé, you reach the Loire river banks and the majestic castle of Chaumont sur Loire. Chaumont sur Loire was built on the ruins of an old fortress ordered by the count of Blois, to protect his castle from invasions. Lunch is followed by a visit to the castle and its famous gardens (1h30, ticket not included), where you can admire its beautiful (albeit small!) stables and its riding arena. In the afternoon you ride along the Loire banks to reach the village of Mosnes.

Dinner and night in a 3*** hotel.

Day 5 : LE CLOS LUCE - CHENONCEAU - 5-7 hours riding

On day five, you keep riding along the Loire banks heading towards Amboise. You can admire its beautiful castle overlooking the village and have lunch in Le Clos Lucé. This gorgeous Renaissance mansion has been the last home of the well known Leonardo Da Vinci. It also houses the Da Vinci inventions museum (tickets not included). After the visit, you leave the Loire heading towards the south to reach the incredible chateau of Chenonceau, an architectural mixture of late Gothic and early Renaissance. It is the second most visited chateau in France and has nothing to be ashamed of in comparison with Versailles!

Dinner and night in a hotel in Chenonceau.

Day 6 : CHATEAU DE CHENONCEAU - 5-7 hours riding

Accommodation : Hôtel Relais des Landes

The day starts with a visit to the chateau de Chenonceau and gardens (1 hour, ticket not included). You then ride through the immense forests of the Touraine country, with great opportunities for good, fast riding. After a light country lunch and a short nap, you ride back to Ouchamps where you have dinner and spend the night.

Day 7 : CHATEAU DE CHEVERNY - 5-7 hours riding

On your last day, you leave the Touraine country behind, riding back into Sologne. Discover Cheverny castle (ticket not included) - Marlinspike Hall, Captain Haddock's country house in the Adventure of Tintin, was modelled after the central section of the Chateau. You then head back home through game breeding parks where you might be fortunate enough to sight deer or wild boar... Arrival at the stable for 6:00 PM. Dinner and night at a guesthouse.

Day 8 : EQUESTRIAN FARM - PARIS - UK -

Departure after breakfast. You will be taken to the train station Blois-Chambord.


Price details

- Rates are per person, based on two riders sharing a double or twin room. Flights are not included, but we can quote for this upon request.

- Groups are made up of 4 to 8 (max.) international riders.

- It is a possible to guarantee the ride from 3 riders with a small group supplement of €550/£495 per person.

- Single room supplement is €420/£380 and applies to solo riders (unless a sharer is found). Depending on availability, a single room is not always possible.

- Return transfers from/to Blois Chambord train station are €40 each way, payable locally.

- Entrance tickets to the Castles are not included.

- Non riders are welcome on this ride. We will organise a bike rental with GPS while the group rides.

- There is the possibility to spend additional nights the day before the ride - please contact us.

- Young riders 12 yo + are welcome on the ride if they are accompanied by an adult.

- Please note that a shorter itinerary is also possible (2days/1night, 3days/2nights or 4days/3nights), please contact us.

- There is a rider weight limit of 14.2 stone / 200 lbs / 90kg on this ride.
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 horse guide

Logistics

1 cook
1 support vehicle
1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle per rider

Accommodation

Double room - guesthouse or hotels

Meals

Full board from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8

Additional equipment

Saddle bags

OPTION

Accommodation

Single room supplement

Transport

Transfers from the train station

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

Transport

International flights

Extras

Site entry fees
Small group supplement - see above for the details

Insurance

Visas and personal purchase
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 at coffees and restaurants - usually this is by rounding up the price and not mandatory. 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

A small herd of horses used to living outside. They are calm and patient and compete at TREC events at a high level.

MINIMUM RIDING ABILITY

You need to be at least an intermediate rider, capable of riding a sensible horse at all paces in the outdoors. There are more spirited horses available for experienced riders.

There is a rider weight limit of 14.2 stone / 200 lbs /90kgs.

PACE

The pace is varied to include trots, canters and possible gallops. Some of the canters can be long and across varied terrain so you need to be secure in the saddle.

TACKING ABILITY AND PARTICIPATION

You will be asked to assist with grooming, tacking and un-tacking your horse.

TRIP CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED EXPERIENCE

You should have experience riding outdoors on trails and be confident riding in open spaces. You need to be fit enough for some long canters.

EQUESTRIAN EQUIPMENT

Comfortable trail saddles.
The saddlepads have pockets to store small items.

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

Nights will be in comfortable guesthouses and hotels, twin or double rooms.

CLIMATE

The Sologne region has a continental climate that can be wet and cold in the winter, with warm, dry summers. Expect temperatures up to 25°C in the summer.

Meals

Breakfast: bread, butter and jam, tea/coffee and juice.
Lunch: picnic lunches with quiches, salads, cured meats, cheese, dessert and coffee.
Dinner: dinners will be at the hotels.

Support Team

Guide and local team

Ken has been working with the equestrian farm for over 15 years. He knows the area extremely well and will be happy to share his knowledge with his guests. He is an excellent horseman and guide and has participated in several World TREC Championships, with gold medals in both the individual and team categories.

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...) 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.

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)

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 socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun, wind or rain whilst riding

Other useful items
- Swimsuit (some of the hotels have pools)
- Water bottle (1.5 litres or 2 equivalent)
- Small torch for moving around at night
- Toiletries
- Protein or cereal bars for the longer stretches of riding
- Small plastic bags for your rubbish
- Ear plugs (may be useful)
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery

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

Other recommendations:
- In your hand 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.
- 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). Saddlepads have pockets for small items too.
- 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!

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

ACTIVITY :Trail Riding

LEVEL :Help

COMFORT :Help

Explore the Loire Valleyon horseback and discover some of the most impressive Renaissance castles of France, including Chambord, Chenonceau and Cheverny. Embark on a trail ride across the French countryside in a region that provides excellent riding grounds, mounted on quality horses. With knowledgeable guides, learn about the history of France from the 14th to the 16th Century and marvel at the beauty of the Chateaux of the Loire Valley.

  • Picture time at Chateau de Chambord
    Loire Valley castles on horseback
  • Chateau de Chambord - a jewel of the Loire Valley
    Chambord and Loire Valley on horseback
  • Ride close the Castles and manor houses of the Loire
    Loire Valley castles on horseback
  • Discover the rich heritage of this region
    Chateau of the Loire Valley trail ride
  • Grazing in front of a castle
    Castle ride in France and the Loire Valley
  • Views you will not get anywhere else!
    Riding to Chambord in the Loire Valley
  • Chaumont sur Loire castle on horseback
    Chateau ride in France
  • Beautiful winter colours in the Loire Valley
    Riding holiday in France
  • Chateau de Cheverny on horseback
    Riding holiday in France

STRENGTHS

- An excellent selection of horses, most of them born and trained at the farm. Some of them compete at TREC events at the high level.
- A very competent guide, several times medallist in the World TREC Championship.
- The opportunity to visit the Loire Valley Castles (Chambord, Chenonceau, Le Close Lucé... - tickets not included) and learn about the history of France during the Renaissance period.
- Comfortable accommodation in hotels and guesthouses

ITINERARY

Day 1 : UK - BLOIS CHAMBORD - EQUESTRIAN FARM -

Fly from the UK to Paris, then take a train to Blois-Chambord train station from Austerlitz station (c. 1h30). From the station you are taken to the equestrian centre where you will meet the team and horses.

Dinner and night in a guesthouse in Courmemin.

Day 2 : CHATEAU DE CHAMBORD - 5-7h hours riding

Accommodation : Hôtel du Château

Today is your first day with the horses across the Sologne, punctuated by beautiful lakes and forests. Lunch will be on the river Beuvron banks in Bracieux, close to a small XIVth century church. You then discover your first (but not last!) castle of the week: the magnificent Chambord! A hunting lodge built by Francis I of France in the XVIth century, Chambord boasts a very distinctive French renaissance architecture and is the largest chateau in the Loire Valley.

Free visit (1h30) of the chateau before you rejoin with the horses (ticket not included). You ride back to Villesavin castle where the horses spend the night. Dinner and night in a 3*** hotel in Tour en Sologne.

Day 3 : CHATEAU DE VILLESAVIN - 5-7 hours riding

Accommodation : Hôtel Relais des Landes

While the horses enjoy some rest this morning, you are free to visit Chateau de Villesavin (ticket not included), a 16th-century country house, which is privately owned with several museums open to the public. You then ride on to the smaller chateau of Beauregard (15th Century).

Dinner and night in a 3*** hotel in the small rural village of Ouchamps.

Day 4 : CHAUMONT SUR LOIRE - 5-7 hours riding

Accommodation : Le Domaine des Thomeaux

Leaving Ouchamps to cross the river Beuvron in Candé, you reach the Loire river banks and the majestic castle of Chaumont sur Loire. Chaumont sur Loire was built on the ruins of an old fortress ordered by the count of Blois, to protect his castle from invasions. Lunch is followed by a visit to the castle and its famous gardens (1h30, ticket not included), where you can admire its beautiful (albeit small!) stables and its riding arena. In the afternoon you ride along the Loire banks to reach the village of Mosnes.

Dinner and night in a 3*** hotel.

Day 5 : LE CLOS LUCE - CHENONCEAU - 5-7 hours riding

On day five, you keep riding along the Loire banks heading towards Amboise. You can admire its beautiful castle overlooking the village and have lunch in Le Clos Lucé. This gorgeous Renaissance mansion has been the last home of the well known Leonardo Da Vinci. It also houses the Da Vinci inventions museum (tickets not included). After the visit, you leave the Loire heading towards the south to reach the incredible chateau of Chenonceau, an architectural mixture of late Gothic and early Renaissance. It is the second most visited chateau in France and has nothing to be ashamed of in comparison with Versailles!

Dinner and night in a hotel in Chenonceau.

Day 6 : CHATEAU DE CHENONCEAU - 5-7 hours riding

Accommodation : Hôtel Relais des Landes

The day starts with a visit to the chateau de Chenonceau and gardens (1 hour, ticket not included). You then ride through the immense forests of the Touraine country, with great opportunities for good, fast riding. After a light country lunch and a short nap, you ride back to Ouchamps where you have dinner and spend the night.

Day 7 : CHATEAU DE CHEVERNY - 5-7 hours riding

On your last day, you leave the Touraine country behind, riding back into Sologne. Discover Cheverny castle (ticket not included) - Marlinspike Hall, Captain Haddock's country house in the Adventure of Tintin, was modelled after the central section of the Chateau. You then head back home through game breeding parks where you might be fortunate enough to sight deer or wild boar... Arrival at the stable for 6:00 PM. Dinner and night at a guesthouse.

Day 8 : EQUESTRIAN FARM - PARIS - UK -

Departure after breakfast. You will be taken to the train station Blois-Chambord.

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