Horse riding from the Cher Valley to the Loire Valley

Trip Code : Equ 09

Trip activity

Guided horseback riding


Chenonceau, Chinon Saumur - France


8 days

Trip grading

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


  • August 25


from 5 to 10 riders

Price per person

  • 8 days - 7 nights : 1640 €

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
  • Transfer first and last day from and to the closest train station

Extra charges

  • Visits fees
Tour description

Horse riding holiday between the Chee Valley and the Loire Valley from Chenonceaux to Saumur.

Come with us on this amazing journey and walk through the Villandry gardens, admire the Azay-le-Rideau castlebut also the Fontevraud abbey with its medieval architecture. More impressive yet, the royal fortress of Chinon which overlooks the city, which is classified as a City of Art and History. Stroll about Montsoreau, one of the most beautiful villages of France and at the heart of the Natural Parc Loire-Anjou-Touraine, learn and taste various wines from the area with Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine’sdelicious goat cheese. Last but not leastis a very special visit to, Saumur, the cityof the French National Riding School named the «Cadre Noir» wherewe will watchat a riding demonstration.


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

Day 1:

Arrival : riders with their own vehicule are welcome in the afternoon at the B&B « Prieuré de la Chaise » in  Saint-Georges-sur-Cher. For the others, late afternoon welcome at Chenonceaux train station.

Day 2:

After introductions and assignement of the horses, we leave the «Pierres d'Aurelles » to ride to Montpoupon castle, where we have our picnic. We take the time to visit this fortress from the Middle Ages and its hunting museum, testimony of the gentlemen's way of life before getting back on the road to Reignac-sur-Indre, overnight stop for the horses .
Dinner and night at « Le Manoir de Chaix » in Truyes.

Day 3:

Leaving Reignac-sur-Indre, we ride across the valley of the Indre river to reach our picnic spot in Cormery, carolingian city with its famous abbey founded by ITHIER, abbot of Saint-Martin de Tours. Visit of the abbey after lunch before heading on, going through villages and typical landscapes of the area to finally stop in Truyes.
Dinner and night at « Le Manoir de Chaix » in Truyes.

Day 4:

Relocation of riders and horses in the morning. Visit of the Villandry castle before lunch. The Villandry castle, completed in1536, is one of the last castles built during the Renaissance in the Loire Valley. The last owners rehabilitated the grounds as they were originally and therefor the magnificent gardens are really a must-see. After the picnic, we leave Villandry to ride across forests and vineyards to get to Azay-le-Rideau. Built on an island in the middle of the Indre during the reign of François 1er (between 1518 and 1528), it still has a remarquable unity of style.
Diner and night at the « Hôtel des Chateaux » in Azay-le-Rideau.

Day 5:

Visit of Azay-Le-Rideau in the morning. Leaving Azay-le-Rideau behind us, we ride in the middle of the Natural Parc of Loire-Anjou-Touraine to reach our picnic spot in St-Benoit-La-Forêt. After lunch, we head towards Chinon, city overlooked by its medieval castle and approuved « City of Art and History » with its beautifully preserved historical center.
Dinner and night at the « Hôtel Le Plantagenet » in Chinon.

Day 6:

In the morning, visit and presentation of the Cadre Noir in Saumur: discovery of the work of the young jumping horses and the young horses of Manège, the training with the obstaclesand the long reins, and the principles of academic riding. Lunch on the spot.

As the starting point for the Saint Jacob of Compostella pilgrimage, the Touraine has many impressive religious buildings. Riding along the Vienne, we stop and visit at Fontevraud Royal Abbey. From the 12th to the 18th cent, 36 prioresses looked after this fabulous momument, where many Plantagenet funeral tombs are being kept.
Dinner and night at the hotel « La Croix Blanche » in Fontevraud-L’Abbaye.

Day 7:

After breakfast, we ride to Montsoreau , labeled « most beautiful village of France » and a UNESCO world heritage site. There we’ll enjoy its castle, wines, mills, caves or even a mushroom farm. We then go to Turquant,
village with colourful alleys in a typical valley of the Saumuroise coast. We enjoye the banks of the Loire river fo long gallops.
Dinner and night at the hotel « La Croix Blanche » in Fontevraud -l’Abbaye.

Day 8:

Transfer to Saumur train station after breakfast.
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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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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