Two riders riding in front of Chambord in the Loire Valley

Short riding break in the Loire Valley

On this short equestrian break in the Loire Valley, explore some of the most fascinating castles from the French Renaissance. Every day, you will ride out to a different castle, including Cheverny, Villesavin, and of course Chambord castle. This slightly shorter horseback adventure works well for riders already holidaying in France, or who would like to combine this with one of our other French riding holidays.
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From the horse’s mouth

  • Short riding break in the Loire Valley
    April 2022 Karen aged 57
    We truly enjoyed every minute... Ken and Sophie are wonderful, and it’s obvious they love what they do, and love their horses. Ken regaled us with all kinds of local facts and historical anecdotes all along our trails. We learned a lot, and saw a beautiful array of French countryside, farmland, forests, charming towns... Read all
  • Cheverny castle in the Loire Valley, western France
    Cheverny Castle, Loire Valley
  • Riders riding across vineyards in France
    Riding holiday in the Loire Valley, France
  • Riders on a horseback vacation having a picnic lunch
    Sitting-down picnic lunches on a trail riding holiday in the Loire Valley
  • Chambord Castle, France
    Chambord Castle, France
  • Group of riders riding to Chambord in the Loire Valley
    Discover the château of Chambord on horseback
  • Group of riders, on foot, in front of Chambord castle in France
    Posing in front of Chambord castle
  • Castle in France
    Castle in the Loire Valley



- 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.
- Every day, ride out a different castle. Chambord, Cheverny and Villesavin are always on the programme (entrance tickets not included) but the visits are flexible to accommodate the group's wishes.
- Accommodation is in a comfortable guesthouse or hotel.
- A mobile, 7-day trail ride is also available: please see "Castles of the Loire Valley"
  • Day 1 1 : EQUESTRIAN FARM - CHEVERNY - COURMENIN - 4-6 hours riding

    Note: this programme is designed for riders who are planning on extending their stay with a few days before or after the ride, which is why the itinerary starts on the morning of the first day. If you need us to organise additional nights just before/after the ride, as well as transfers from Blois, this is possible: please see "dates and prices".

    You are expected at the equestrian centre at 8:30 a.m. on the first day. You meet the team who will introduce you to the horses and give you a short briefing. At 9:30 a.m. everyone should be in the saddle and ready to go! You will follow bridle paths across hunting grounds - perhaps you will see deer or wild boar. You reach the village of Cheverny at noon, where a picnic lunch is planned on the edge of the forest. You let the horses get some rest before a very short drive to the Castle (optional and payable locally). Marlinspike Hall, Captain Haddock's country house in the Adventure of Tintin, was modelled after the central section of Cheverny. After the visit you ride back to the equestrian centre in Courmenin. Dinner and overnight at the guesthouse or hotel.
  • Day 2 2 : CHATEAU DE VILLESAVIN - 4-6 hours riding

    Today's visit is to the Chateau de Villesavin (ticket not included), a 16th-century country house, which is privately owned with several museums open to the public. Lunch in the Castle's grounds before an optional guided or non-guided tour of the castle. You ride back in the evening via the village of Fontaines en Sologne to see its beautiful 12th century church. Dinner and overnight at the guesthouse or hotel.
  • Day 3 3 : CHATEAU DE CHAMBORD - 4-6 hours riding

    Another day on horseback across the Sologne, punctuated by lovely rivers and forests. This morning, you ride to the village of Bracieux and its beautiful covered market (16th century). After a picnic lunch alongside the Nizeron river, you finally reach 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. Optional visit (1h30) of the chateau before you rejoin with the horses.

    Dinner and overnight at the guesthouse/hotel.
    Departure for those on the 3-day programme.
  • Day 4 4 : COURMENIN - DEPARTURE - 4-6 hours riding

    You ride out at 9:30 am, head South-East for a lovely riding day in the Sologne area. You will stop at a typical farm for your lunch. The afternoon sees you riding across forests and around small ponds - a recognisable feature of the Sologne! You may have the opportunity to see the deers or wild boars that are very common in the area.

    Departure from the equestrian centre in the evening for your onward travels - please book a train from Blois departing after 7:30 pm.

    Additional nights and transfers can be booked on request, please see "dates and prices".

Dates & prices

Price details

No departure for this destination. Please contact our travel advisers for more information.
- Please note: the dates are for either a 4-day or 3-day programme, hence the price difference between dates. Please be careful when booking.

- Flights and travel to your destination (the equestrian centre in Courmenin) are not included. Please contact us if you require our help organising transfers or transportation.

- Rates are per person, based on two riders sharing a double or twin room.

- Groups are made up of 2 to 8 international riders, plus guides.

- 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 of approx. €150/£130/$175 (3 nights) or €100/£90/$115 (2 nights) in 2022, or £105/€120/$125 (3 nights) or £65/€80/$85 (2 nights) in 2023. You will then be reimbursed if a sharer is found for you at a later date. Depending on availability, a single room is not always possible.

- Return transfers from/to Blois Chambord train station are possible and are €40 each way, payable locally. There are no transfers on the morning of Day 1, so if you require transfers you will need to arrive a day early (see below). A taxi transfer at €80-€90 can also be organised.

- Entrance tickets to the Castles are not included. Count around €10-€20 per castle - bring cash as not every place will accept cards.

- There is the possibility to spend additional nights the day before or after the ride: €100/£90/£115 per person, per person based on two sharing, or €135/£125/$120 for a single room. This includes dinner and breakfast.

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

- 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


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


Double room - guesthouse or hotels


Full board from lunch on day 1 to lunch on departure day

Additional equipment

Saddle bags

Price doesn't include


Beverages and personal extras


International flights


Site entry fees


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



Single room supplement


Transfers from the train station
We are currently updating our dates and prices they will be online soon. If you want details of this holiday, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Equestrian info


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

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.


The pace is varied to include trots and canters. 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.

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.

Travel info


Nights will be in a comfortable guesthouse or hotel (depending on availability), twin or double rooms. This is a centre-based holiday, which means you will stay in the same place every night, with transfers out to the horses and back to the hotel every day.


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 taken at the hotels. Wine offered in reasonable quantities and more drinks can be purchased directly at the restaurant.


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.

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.


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.

Packing list

- 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.

- 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!

Customer reviews

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  • Karen aged 57 TORONTO 1 trip
    April 2022
    We truly enjoyed every minute... Ken and Sophie are wonderful, and it’s obvious they love what they do, and love their horses. Ken regaled us with all kinds of local facts and historical anecdotes all along our trails. We learned a lot, and saw a beautiful array of French countryside, farmland, forests, charming towns... Read all
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