INDICATIVE ITINERARY *:
PART 1 - FROM LA VACHERIE TO MEAUDRE
Day 1: Meeting at the foot of the Vercors at La Vacherie, in the Drome, at the foot of the western flank of the Vercors. Free transfer possible from Valence TGV train station. Welcome meal and overnight .
Day 2: La Vacherie - Lente. Departure of your horseback riding in the Vercors. La Vacherie is located at the foot of the Vercors, on the southwest flank of the massif, in Drome Provencale. We will quickly leave the still Provence landscapes to ride up following mule tracks and forest tracks to Lente. Dinner at the inn, overnight at the lodge.
Day 3: Lente - Col du Rousset. A very nice ride starting in the Lente forest and along the southern edge of the Vercors plateau, with superb views of the Drôme Provencale, through forests and meadows. In the evening, we will join the Col du Rousset, a small ski resort.
Day 4: Col du Rousset - Pré Grandu. To day you will ride at 1800 m altitude,, with a breathtaking view of the South to the Drome valley. Beautiful lawns, among the herds in the mountain pastures, up to the Roman quarries. The blocks of limestone that were cut there were shipped on the back of mules on steep paths to the cities of the south, and were used in particular for paving the streets. We will spend the night in a refuge, bivouac in an unforgettable setting.
Day 5: Pre Grandu - Correncon en Vercors. We are heading towards the Hauts Plateaux du Vercors Nature Reserve. Crossing this natural, wild, preserved area, access to which is only authorized for horseback and pedestrian hikers. Passage through "the battlefield" where in 1410 the armies of the bishops of die and the royal armies clashed to push the limits of their territory where the "fleur du roy", a stone engraved with the fleur-de-lys royal testifies more of those past struggles. A breathtaking view of the Grand Veymont, the Isère valleys and the Alpine peaks. In the evening, accommodation in a pleasant hotel.
Day 6: Correncon en Vercors - Meaudre. We will ride up in superb forests up to almost 1500 meters of altitude. Picnic in the mountains before descending to Maudre and its superb plateau, famous for its cross-country ski trails which we will follow on horseback before arriving in a pleasant gite for our evening.
Day 7: Maudre. End of the first part of the trip. Free transfer to Valence TGV station for those who only do the 1st part. Rest, walks, shopping in the pleasant resort of Meaudre, AUtrans and Villard de Lans, for those who do the 2nd part.
PART 2 - FROM MEAUDRE TO LA VACHERIE
Day 1: Meaudre. Free transfer possible from Valence TGV train station. Meeting in the evening for those who are only doing the 2nd part. Dinner and night in the comfortable gite.
Day 2: Meaudre - Correncon en Vercors. Departure from the Autrans plateau following the cross-country ski trails. Then climb in beautiful forests up to nearly 1500 meters above sea level. Picnic in the mountains before descending to Lans en Vercors, beautiful paces on the Plateau des Allières above Villard de Lans, before arriving at the hotel.
Day 3: Correncon en Vercors - La Chapelle en Vercors. Ascent to the magnificent plateau of Herbouilly, then to the plateau of Château Julien. At 1600 meters above sea level, on the balconies of the East Vercors, we will discover a panorama of the whole massif, passing by the glacier, a natural ice reserve exploited until the beginning of the century. Visit of the village of La Chapelle en Vercors before a pleasant dinner and night in a gîte
Day 4: La Chapelle en Vercors - Font d'Urle. Pleasant day in the forest: more than 3000 hectares where it would not be surprising to see deer reintroducing themselves in the 1950s. We arrived at Font d'Urle at the end of the afternoon. Night at the hotel in the ski resort.
Day 5: Font d'Urle - Lente. Magnificent ride in the heart of the forest on the plateau of Ambel. Pastures, lawns, forests, ... alternate vegetation and landscapes to reach the Col de l'Infernet, 1692 m. Stunning views before arriving at our equestrian hostel in Lente
Day 6: Lente - La Vacherie. Already the end of the tour, return to La Vacherie. Those who have done the first part will not be disappointed to follow this stage in the opposite direction, in superb landscapes !
Day 7: End of your horse riding in the Vercors after breakfast. Free transfer to Valence TGV train station.
* Indicative itineraries which may be subject to modifications if necessary.