Horse riding from Vaux le Vicomte to the Chateau de Versailles – Louis IV tour
Trip Code : Equ 10
Trip activityGuided horseback riding
LocationVersailles Fontainebleau Paris - France
- 30 km / 5 hours per day
- Being at ease at 3 paces
- July 14* & 21
- * Journey in the opposite way
Price per person
- 8 days - 7 nights : 1765 €
- 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
- Visits fees
Surprising horseback trips to the south of Paris, through the story of Louis XIV know as “Le Roi Soleil” and Nicolas Fouquet his superintendent. This horseback ride takes us from the Château de Versailles to Vaux-le-Vicomte via Courances, Chamarande and Breteuil. This region, right in the regional park of the Haute Vallée de Chevreuse, offers horseback rides in beautiful and unexpected landscapes, immense forests, magnificent castles surrounded by their gardens. We forget the tumultuous life of Paris a few kilometers away. The terrain and space are conducive to long gallops.
This route may be altered, depending on room availability in hotels, weather conditions and time spent visiting
Rendez-vous at Melun train station around 2 pm.
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.
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.
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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Upon receipt of your booking request, and subject to availability, we will contact you shortly to finalize your registration. We will send you the registration as well as the terms of sale. form. The registration will be effective upon receipt of your registration form duly completed, dated and signed with payment of 30% of the holiday price (payment by check, credit card or bank transfer).