from 7 y.o
- 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
Day 1 1: ARRIVE AT THE HORSE FARM AND GITEOn 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 2: BELMONT - CHAMP DU FEU - HOHWALD - BELMONT - 4-5 hours ridingYour 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 3: BELMONT - LA ROTHLACH - BELMONT - 5 hours ridingAfter 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 4: BELMONT - VERLORENE ECK - HEIDENKOPF - BELMONT - 5-6 hours ridingAfter 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 5: BELMONT - NATZWILLER - PFRIEMENKOPF - BELMONT - 5-6 hours ridingYour 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 6: SAINT PIERRE - BELMONT - 5-6 hours ridingFor 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 7: RETURN TO THE UKAfter 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.
Dates & prices
- Rates are per person, based on two riders sharing a twin or double room.
- Groups are made up of 4 to 10 riders.
- 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.
- If you sign up to the ride as a solo rider and there are no other riders likely to share your room, you will be charged a single room supplement on-site. Single room availability can only be confirmed 8 days before departure.
Room with a private bathroom: £285 (€330)
Room with a shared bathroom: £105 (€120)
- 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 way - 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
Transfers are generally organised around 6:00pm. The transfer on the way back is for trains/flights after 12:00 noon.
- Non-riders are welcome on a full-board or half-board basis - please ask us for rates.
- 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/$130 (€110)
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.
Drinks are included with your meals (water, wine, and soft drinks)
Price doesn't include
Entry fees for parks, museums and other sites
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- 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.
Guide & local team
Minimum riding ability
Minimum riding ability
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.
Tacking ability and participation
Trip conditions and Requested experience
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- Thermals in case of cold weather
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun or extra warmth
- 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!!
- 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)
- 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
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
- 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
Make sure any allergies (to medication or otherwise) and clearly stated in your medical kit
- Any medication you regularly take
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhea medication
- Vitamin C tablets
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent
- Eye drops
- Hydrating/ soothing cream
- 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
- 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!
- 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.
- Travel light. It's a little known fact, but the lighter you pack, the better for the environment as heavy bags will produce higher emissions (when flying a plane or driving a car!).
- Reduce plastic waste. Take your favorite reusable bottle with you. Avoid single-use bags, cups, or straws.
- Preserve nature. Always take your rubbish with you during the ride and recycle them. Leave all the flowers or plants as you found them, and never get too close when observing wildlife. Make sure to use eco-friendly products such as body wash or laundry detergent (if camping) to protect both your skin and the environment.
- Choose your experiences carefully. Respect animal life by not participating in any activities that abuse wild animals (shows, elephant rides, etc.).
- Support local populations. Buy local handicrafts, be respectful of customs, and learn about the culture of local communities.
- Share! Raise awareness among your family and friends about sustainable tourism.
Did you know?
Did you know?
stationary riding holiday takes place in the Champ du Feu, a small mountain in
Alsace standing at 1098 meters – still the highest point of the lower Rhine.
Located north of the Vosges mountains, you can get there in less than an hour
from Strasbourg or Colmar. In winter, this is a hot spot for winter sports such
as skiing and cross country skiing, but the summers offer wonderful
opportunities for horseback riding! The vegetation is sparse at the top, grassland
and peat bogs, but as you explore the area around the summit you will be able
to ride through old forests and beautiful prairies.