Horse riding tour in greatest Bordeaux vineyards

Trip Code : Equ 01

Trip activity

Guided horse riding

Location

Bordeaux - France

Duration

8 days

Trip grading

  • 30  km / 5 hours per day
  • Being at ease at 3 paces

Departures

  • May 5* & 12, Oct 6* & 20
  • * in the opposite way

Capacity

from 5 to 10 riders

Price per person

  • 8 days - 7 nights : 1695 €

Including services

  • 7 overnights with breakfast in Hotel 2*, 3* and charming guesthouses (in double / twin room)
  • 7 dinners (drinks not included)
  • 6 cold buffet lunches
  • 1 english speaking horse riding guide
  • The horse and saddlery
  • Ferry transfer across Gironde estuary
  • Transfer first and last day from and to Bordeaux

Extra charges

  • Visite and wine tasting fees
  • Drinks for dinners
Tour description

Exceptional horseback riding with the discovery of the great wines of Bordeaux, the world’s most famous Vineyard. You will ride through prestigious Vineyards that will not leave you indifferent. These are Médoc, Côtes de Blaye, Côtes de Bourg, Fronsac, Lalande de Pomerol, St Emilion, l’Entre deux mers, Premières Côtes de Bordeaux, Graves and Sauternes. All the human heritage such as the Citadelle de Blaye, built by Vauban at the 18th century, the medieval city of Saint Emilion, the chateau de Rauzan and the English bastide of Cadillac (13th century) is also waiting for you. Besides, you will take the ferry on approximately three kilometers to cross the Estuary of the Gironde.

Itinerary

This route may be altered, depending on room availability in hotels, weather conditions and time spent visiting

Day 1

Motorized riders may arrive at the bed and breakfast in Moulis-en-Médoc or a hotel in Sauternes (according to the direction of the horseback riding). For non-motorized riders: Meet at 6:30 pm HALL B at the "Brioche Dorée" snack bar at Bordeaux airport. Riders arriving at the Bordeaux train station must take the shuttle to the airport. Transfer to the Quittignan Brillette estate in Moulis en Médoc or Hotel 23 in Sauternes.

Day 2

Breakfast at 8:00am, transfer to the horses at 9:00am and departure for horseback riding at 10:00am in a flat landscape between vineyards and forests. Picnic will take place on the borders of the Gironde, and the tasting of Medoc after lunch. We will cross the Gironde, with our horses, on a ferry, towards Blaye (crossing time of 40 mn). Upon arrival we will visit on horseback the citadelle Vauban (18th century). Night at the Porche hotel.

Day 3

Breakfast at 8:00am, departure from the hotel at 9:00am and on horseback at 10:00am. We will ride through the Côtes de Blaye and the Côtes de Bourg in a hilly landscape. Picnic at a wine producers’ place at the castle Lamothe and tasting of the Côte de Bourg. Departure at 3:00pm towards Cubnezais, through a flatter landscape, with passages in humid zones without vineyards. The evening meal will be held at the winegrower of the vineyard Gravette’s. Tasting during the meal. Night on site.

Day 4

Breakfast at 8:00am, departure on horseback at 9:30am. It is a region where wineyards alternate with little forests which will lead us to the castle Mayne Veil, for the picnic and tasting of Fronsac wine. Towards Libourne, we will pass through the famous region of Pomerol. It is at the castle Belles Graves that we will leave our horses to taste the famous wine Lalande de Pomerol. We will spend the evening at the La Tour hotel in Libourne.

Day 5

We go in the direction of Saint Emilion passing through the famous properties of château Pétrus, Cheval Blanc and château Figeac. Picnic in Saint Emilion with tasting of this wine, followed by a free visit of the city of St Emilion. In the afternoon we will leave St Emilion to ride through the large valley of Dordogne and arrive near the Chateau Courros (tasting wine). by 7:00pm. We leave the horses and transfer to Saint Jean de Blaignac. We will spend the night there in a Bed and Breakfast.

Day 6

Breakfast at 8:00 am, departure on horseback by 9:30am. We are now in the region of the l'Entre deux mers, with its varied landscapes, hilly and wooded, and its beautiful wineries. We pass next to the castle of Rauzan (13th century). In the afternoon we will ride through slightly hilly landscapes where vineyards alternate with forests, which will lead us to the castle of Broustaret (Bed and Breakfast). We will have dinner in the city of Cadillac where we will taste the Premières Côtes de Bordeaux, and later enjoy a nocturnal visit of the city.

Day 7

Breakfast at 8:00am, departure on horseback at 9:30am. Until Cadillac, the region is very hilly. Then we will pass through the valley of Garonne to reach the vineyards of Graves and Sauternes. Picnic at the castle of Myrat, the Comte of Pontac will show us his castle and will propose a tasting of this gold-coloured wine. In the afternoon gallops between vineyards and forests will lead us to Sauternes. During the meal we will taste the wine of Graves and spend the night at the hotel.

Day 8

After breakfast, depending on train and flight schedules, transfer to Bordeaux airport. The riders, having a train, take the shuttle from the Bordeaux airport to get to the Bordeaux train station. Only one transfer to Bordeaux is planned.

Practical details

Riding ability

Our rides are for the experienced rider who has mastered all 4 paces (walk, rising trot, canter/gallop in a forward seat) on a varied terrain, in open spaces. The experienced rider rides regularly, has good physical fitness, has good soft hands, a good attitude, and self-confidence. He controls the speed and direction of the horse in all circumstances. He can ride long distances including gallops of several minutes in open terrain.

Horseback riding

Riding groups have a minimum of 5 and maximum of 10 riders , plus the Guide and the Translator. The itinerary may be modified at any time for security reasons, meteorological or other events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes, and local holidays. We 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.

Horses

Our horses are pure- or cross-bred Paint, Arabian or Thoroughbreds and warmbloods. They live in a 70 acre field with the herd all year long, and most of them were born at the equestrian farm. They are well-behaved and suitable for all types of rider.

Minimum riding ability

Riders must be at ease at all 4 paces across varied, uneven terrain and be in good physical condition. You must be secure in the saddle and be comfortable riding for long hours.
Rider weight limit: 220 lbs - 100 kg

Pace

The pace is varied depending on the terrain, with long periods of walk and plenty of opportunities to canter and gallop.

Tacking ability and participation

Our team prepares the horses.

Trip conditions and requested experience

Previous experience of trail rides over a number of days would be beneficial but is not required.

Equestrian equipment

Comfortable trail riding saddles, saddlebags, poncho, and water are provided. Horses are ridden in “Myler” bits. Helmets are not mandatory but are strongly recommended.

Logistics

The support van follows the horseback riding trail to prepare your arrival for lunch and dinner. The ride assistant prepares the lunch buffet and is at your service if you have a special need. The luggage is transported in the vehicle and transferred to each accommodation.

Confort

Accommodation is in B&B or hotels. Double or Twin room, possibility of single but with supplement. We try our best to match you with a roommate, but if this is not possible you may be placed in single room with a supplement to be paid.

Meals

Continental breakfasts served at your accommodation. The lunches are buffets with a wide choice (adapted to particular diets) with wine, coffee and water, organized by the support assistant. Dinner in the bed and breakfast, restaurant or hotel (wine not included and other extras).

Guide and local team

Our guide is a qualified equestrian tourism guide. He speaks and knows equestrian technical terms in English. Britta is a translator: English, German, Dutch, Spanish and loves to share her knowledge of the history and culture of France as you traverse the countryside.

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