Horseback riding in Black Perigord – Dordogne

Trip Code : Equ 03

Trip activity

Guided horseback riding

Location

Sarlat - France

Duration

8 days

Trip grading

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

Departures

March 10 & 17, April 28

Capacity

from 5 to 10 riders

Price per person

  • 8 days - 7 nights : 1515 €

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 trasin station

Extra charges

  • Visits and tasting fees
Tour description

Equestrian holiday and horseback riding in Black Perigord in Dordogne.

The « black » Périgord, named after the black oak forest, largely spread across the valleys of the Vézère and the
Dordogne, will seduce you with its centuries old history. Visits of castles and bastides (medieval fortified villages) in varied landscapes will offer riders memorable sights of this area as well as numerous culinary pleasures.
Our team is looking forward to guide you through this authentic journey !

Itinerary

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

Day 1:

For riders with their own vehicules, late afternoon welcome at the B&B or the hotel. For those without their own transportations, they'll be picked up at the Lalinde's train station also late in the afternoon.

Day 2:

After breakfast, around 10.30 am, introduction and horses' attribution at Château de Bannes (private castle from the 15th century). We ride through Lalinde's bastide, then follow the canal towards Mauzac (village on the Dordogne's right bank) where we have a picnic before going to Limeuil, ancient fishing port.

Dinner and night in a B&B or a hotel.

Day 3:

After crossing the forest, we have a picnic near the village of St Cyprien , at the Dordogne's edge . In the afternoon, we ride From tayac to the Castelnaud-La-Chapelle Castle along a medieval path. We leave the horses for the night in the Ceou Valley.
Dinner and night in B&B or a hotel.
Possibility to visit the Milandes castle in the afternoon.

Day 4:

In the morning, visit of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle's castle (12th century) and its museum (war in the middle age). The castle offers a magnificient panorama of various areas (Beynac, Marquessac,La Roche Gageac).

We ride from the Céou valley to the Dordogne valley where a picnic is awaiting us at the foot of a windmill, in the Domme bastide. You will enjoy the beautiful sight of the Dordogne valley from this medieval village before going to Vitrac, night stop for the horses. We drive to Sarlat,well preserved medieval city,

Dinner and night in B&B or a hotel.

Day 5:

We ride only in the morning and go through Sarlat before stopping at the Campagnac castle to have a picnic. Free afternoon to fully enjoy the splendid city of Sarlat. Possibility of a city tour in the afternoon or after diner, by night. Capital of the « Black » Périgord, city of art and history, Sarlat is considered one of the most beautiful cities of Europe with it’s somptuous architecture.

Dinner and night in B&B or a hotel.

Day 6:

The path we follow to reach Meyrals will give us the chance to see the Puymartin castle,build during the 15th century. Picnic at the foot of Meyrals' church before going to Limeuil through the Vézère's valley in the afternoon.

Dinner and night at B&B or a hotel.

Day 7:

We ride along the Dordogne river towards Cadouin, where we have a picnic near its abbey (12th cent). Visit of the 12th cent. abbey after lunch. From there, we go through the Béssede forest, most important forest land of the Périgord, and take the time to visit Molière's village, bastide from the 12th cent. Before going back to the Bannes castle.

Dinner and night at B&B or a hotel.

Day 8:

Departure or transfer to the Lalinde 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.

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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