Cap Rando Selection : Trips organized by Cap Rando partners
Type
Circular Inn to Inn trail ride
Comfort
In 2-3 person bedrooms, single bedrooms with supplement
Level
Level 3 :You must be able to walk, trot, canter and gallop outdoor

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Discover the Loire castles on horseback. This horseback trail ride through the landscapes of the Loire and its tributary the Cher, with their vast forest areas is a historical horseback trip. The Middle Ages and especially the Renaissance are the backdrop. At that time, the royal house of Valois-Orleans-Angoulême had sufficient power and resources to build pleasure castles instead of fortresses. There are hardly any villages or chains of hills that are not decorated with these sumptuous castles. But the Loire Valley offers even more. The climate is mild, the soil is fertile, here grow the vine, roses and queens-claudes. The rivers reflects the alleys of poplars. Behind the cedars and pastures are monasteries, cathedrals and castles. You will discover the Cheverny, Chambord, Villemasin, Beauregard, Chaumont sur Loire, Chenonceau famous castles.
 

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Itinerary
Programme intro

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THE LOIRE CASTLE TRAIL RIDE
INDICATIVE ITINERARY *

Day 1: Welcome riders in Pontlevoy. Late afternoon transfer from Montrichard train station.

Loire castle horseback trail rideDay 2: After presentation and distribution of the horses, we set off for Fougères sur Bièvre. We have lunch at the foot of the castle. It offers the ideal image of a small late-15th-century fortified castle, with curtain wall, keep, arched and cannoniered battlements, parapet walk and machicolation. At the end of the afternoon, we also visit the magnificently furnished Château de Cheverny. The estate has been owned by the same family for over six centuries. From the Botanical Park to the splendid interior of the château, from the Tintin exhibition to the forest park, the owners invite you to discover a fantastic heritage, authentic and very much alive. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

horseback riding Loire castlesDay 3: In the morning, we ride through the Cheverny forest, between wooded paths and wild moorland, where deer, roe deer and hares, if you're lucky enough to spot them, can be found. For a picnic lunch, we stop off at Château de Villesavin. Dating from the 16th century, it was built by the same French and Italian masters and craftsmen who built the great royal residences. It has survived four centuries in near-perfect condition. After lunch, we take time to visit the castle. Free afternoon at the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

image-20230112134543-3Day 4: After breakfast, we head for Chambord, where we have a picnic. Chambord is the largest of the Loire castles. It's an unrivalled feat of architecture, with its central double-revolution staircase, a marvel of elegance, set in the heart of a vast 5,440-hectare nature reserve where deer are king. We visit the château after lunch. Through the Bracieux forest, we return to Château de Villesavin in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 5: We ride through the forest to Château de Beauregard, where we stop for our picnic. Formerly Chambord's hunting lodge, built on the orders of François I, it has always been known for its famous Galerie des Portraits. A monumental work of 3 generations, it features 327 portraits of illustrious figures, a remarkable lapis lazuli ceiling (7 times the value of gold) and an exceptional paving of 5600 Delft earthenware tiles. After visiting the château, we set off with our horses for the village of Candé-sur-Beuvron. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

image-20230112135255-2Day 6: Along the banks of the Loire, we reach the village of Chaumont sur Loire. A charming village, listed as a U.N.E.S.C.O. World Heritage Site, Chaumont is also famous for its feudal castle, which dominates the valley and the village. Picnic where we leave the horses for the afternoon. Afternoon free to visit the Château de Chaumont sur Loire (hotel at the foot of the château). Dating from the late 15th century, it illustrates both the defensive architecture of the Gothic period and the pleasure architecture of the Renaissance. Don't miss the 19th-century stables, considered the most luxurious in Europe at the time. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

image-20230112135042-1Day 7: After breakfast, we'll enjoy a long gallop through the Amboise forest to reach the Château de Chenonceau, built on the Cher River. Named A "Château des Dames" in French history, built in 1513 by Katherine Briçonnet and successively embellished by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Médicis, Chenonceau was saved from the rigors of the Revolution by Madame Dupin. It is the jewel of the Loire Valley. We have lunch on site and visit the château. In the early afternoon, we leave the banks of the Cher for the horses' evening stopover in Pontlevoy. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: End of your ride after breakfast. Transfer to Montrichard

* Indicative program which may be subject to modifications if necessary.

MEETING/DEPARTURE
MEETING:

End of afternoon directly at the accommodation in Pontlevoy or at 6pm at Montrichard train station.

DEPARTURE:

Morning after breakfast, from accommodation in Montrichard, transfer to Montrichard train station.

Riding

RIDING LEVEL: :randonnée à cheval Périgord
This is an active trail ride: to participate, you must be a very good rider: comfortable at walk, posting trot, posting canter, outdoor on open spaces, being able to stay 6-7 on horseback, cantering over long distances, having a trail ride experience, knowing how to control your horse in an open environment. Maximum weight: 90kg.
After a test, the first morning: if the guide judges that a rider does not have the required level, he will not be able to continue riding. He can continue the stay with the logistics. If a rider or the guide decides to stop the ride during the week after the departure: the rider must then pay 300 € for the repatriation of his horse, without any refund of the stay.

GUIDE & ASSISTANT:
A qualified English speaking guide and an assistant ensuring the preparation of midday meals and luggage transfers with an assistance vehicle.

rando à cheval PérigordHORSES:
Mostly crosses of Arabian horses / paint horses used to trail riding.

TACK:
Comfortable trail ride saddles with saddle bags.

Comfort
ACCOMMODATION: 

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Comfortable hotels and guesthouses, 2-3 person bedrooms. Single bedroom available with supplement.

MEALS:

Dinners at the guesthouses or restaurants. Lunches prepared by an assistant following the ride with a minibus and preparing nice tables at picnic places.horse riding loire castles
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LUGGAGE TRANSFERS:
Provided by an assistant with a minibus.

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Rates
Infos tarif
 

2024 PRICE / PER PERSON:
2285 € in 2 person bedrooms
Single bedroom supplement: 440 €
Transfers from/to Montrichard train station: 20 € / person to be paid directly
Registration fees: 15 €
2025 PRICE / PER PERSON:
2545 € in 2 person bedrooms
Single bedroom supplement: 440 €
Transfers from/to Montrichard train station: 20 € / person to be paid directly
Registration fees: 15 €

 

THE PRICE INCLUDES:

Horse and tack rental, guide, assistant, accommodation, all meals, financial bond for your payments by our travel agent guarantee.

 

THE PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE:

Individual insurance, drinks out of lunches, tips, castle and other visits (about 100€), transfers from/to Montrichard train station, all that is not described in "the price includes".

 

INSURANCE (if you don’t already have one):
We offer to European citizens (only) Chapka insurances:
Cap Security: full insurance with cancellation. Cap Cancellation: cancellation only.
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