Horseback riding in Medoc : Beaches and Bordeaux wines

Trip Code : Equ 06

Trip activity

Guided horseback riding

Location

Bordeaux Moulis Montalivet - France

Duration

8 days

Trip grading

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

Departures

  • Oct 13

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

Extra charges

  • Visits fees
  • Drinks for dinners
Tour description

Horeback riding in the vast Medoc area near Bordeaux in Southwest France, between Gironde estuary bank and Atlantic Ocean coast.

This trip is by the ocean side, mythical wine châteaux, vast forests, a place redolent of history and famous food. On one side the Atlantic Ocean, on the other, the Gironde estuary and the immense Landes forest, the Médoc is about a third of the Gironde department (its North-West). It is first of all world renowned for its vineyards. However its landscapes have a lot of variety, from the marsh areas of Lower Médoc to the large straight beaches of the Atlantic with the ocean breakers; going by the Graves headlands where the waters of the Gironde and those of the Atlantic Ocean merge, the Landes forest and its mind boggling pine woods as far as the eye can see, a succession of lakes (Hourtin, Carcans, Lacanau) from North to South.

Itinerary

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

Day 1

Motorized riders are welcome to arrive at the B&B in Moulis en Médoc at the end of the afternoon. For the others participants: meet at 6:30 pm at Bordeaux airport. Riders arriving at the Bordeaux train station must take the shuttle for the airport. Transfer to Moulis-en-Médoc. Night in a B&B.

Day 2

Departure from Moulis through the vineyards of the Listrac and Moulis Appellations.. Picnic and wine tasting Château Lannessan. We end our the afternoon at Pauillac.

Day 3

Through the Pauillac Appellation vineyard, we pass not far from Lafite Rothschild (first Grand Cru Classé Pauillac) whose vineyard dates from the XVII century, or Cos d’Estournel (Saint Estephe appellation) dating from 1811. Then, we’ll head for a visit and picnic at the archaeological dig site of Brion. There used to be a Gallo-Roman villa there. Afternoon through vineyards, we’ll then reach Begadan (Bordeaux, Bordeaux superior appellation).

Day 4

We’ll head northward on the Palus to get to the banks of the estuary. “Palus” are land ridges between marshes and streams of water. We’ll head for the picturesque seaport of Goulée. Picnic and visit of the Richard lighthouse. From its top (18 m high) we’ll have a beautiful view on the river. Overnight at the hotel a few meters from the ocean.

Day 5

Westward to Soulac. The landscape looks like Camargue; vast expanses of lakes filled meadows and horses on the range. Visit of the church of Our Lady of Land’s End. Then to the beach: a very large one to in L’Amélie for picnic. Same route in the afternoon, long canters on the beach to Montalivet (depending to the tides, the program may change). Night in a hotel.

Day 6

Today we ride southward, beach or forest depending on the tide, picnic at the Pin Sec. In the afternoon on the Gironde moors we’ll make it a day at Hourtin, a small yachting harbour. Night in a hotel.

Day 7

We go eastward, the forest promises us long canters on sandy lanes where we may spot deer or stags. The fragrance of the pine trees is inebriating, the forest is engulfing us. Picnic in the hamlet of Bernos. In the afternoon we’ll go southwards to get back to where we started. Dinner and night in a B&B.

Day 8

After breakfast, depending on train and flight schedules, transfer to Bordeaux airport. Riders with a train take the shuttle from Bordeaux airport to get to Bordeaux train station. A single 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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