A short trip on horseback from the Luberon Nature Park to the Mont Ventoux Nature Park, in the "Drome Provencale". Equestrian excursion of light halfway between the Alps and the Mediterranean under the sun of Provence. Horseback riding with the scents of Provence herbs while walking in thyme, sage, rosemary, wild lavender. A horseback ride that allows you to discover a great diversity of landscapes, changing every half day ! A superb summer ride staying in comfortable accommodation with swimming pool to cool off after a day on horseback in the sun to the sound of cicadas !
HORSEBACK TRAIL RIDE IN PROVENCE
INDICATIVE ITINERARY *
Wednesday: Meeting at Simiane-la-Rotonde or Le Revest du Bion depending on availability of the accommodation. If you come by train or plane: transfer from Marseille airport (5:30 p.m.) or Aix en Provence TGV station (6 p.m.). Dinner and night in a guesthouse.
Thursday: Simiane-la-Rotonde – Le Revest du Bion. After breakfast, chance to have walking tour in Simiane before leaving with your horse. Picnic under the chestnut trees, their leaves used to wrap the delicious goats cheese a speciality from Banon, which you shall taste accompanied with a “Cote de Luberon” wine. Ride through fields of lavender and sage, before arriving at the guesthouse.
Friday: Le Revest-du-Bion - Montbrun les Bains. Departure on horseback through moors and forests. Picnic near Sault. In the afternoon, we set off on horseback towards Aurel, a charming medieval village at the foot of the Mont Ventoux. This afternoon, the colors of the lavender (cutted in July), fields of cereals and the shadows of the foothills of Mont Ventoux will perhaps make you want to imitate the many painters who have fallen in love with this region. Arrival at the end of the afternoon in Montbrun-les-Bains, facing the Mont Ventoux, surrounded by green hills and dominating a pretty little plain planted with fragrant lavender: one of the most beautiful villages in France. If you came by car: transfer to pick up your vehicle at the departure accommodation. If you leave by train or plane: transfer for a last evening in Lauris.
Saturday (only if you come by train or plane): End of the ride after breakfast. Free transfer to Aix-en-Provence train stations and Marseille airport (departure at 9:30 am).
* Indicative itinerary: may be changed if necessary (weather, fire risk, accommodation availability, ...
If you come by car:
Wednesday evening directly at your accommodation in Simiane-la-Rotonde or Revest-du-Bion (depending on the dates) between 6 and 7 p.m.
If you come by train or plane:
On Wednesdays: free transfer * from Marseille Provence airport (5.30 p.m.), Aix en Provence TGV station (6 p.m.).
* Please note: the shuttle cannot keep groups waiting, especially if your train or plane is late: plan to arrive ahead of the meeting time to avoid having to take a taxi in the event of a delay.
If you come by car:
Friday late afternoon: free transfer to pick up your vehicle at the departure accommodation in Simiane-la-Rotonde or Revest-du-Bion (depending on the dates).
If you come by train or plane:
Saturday after breakfast. Free transfer *: departure at 9:30 am for Aix en Provence center station (±10h), Aix en Provence TGV station (±10:30 am), Marseille Provence airport (±11h).
* Please note: no departure possible before 9:30 am, plan a train or plane departure sufficiently after the scheduled arrival time to avoid having to take a taxi. Tgv train: not before 11 am, flight: not before 12 pm. Caution: tgv called “inoui” (low cost), require a registration 30 mn ahead at the train station.
To participate and enjoy this trip, you must be comfortable at the three gaits (walk, trot, canter) outdoors on balanced horses. This ride requires a good equestrian level.
5 hours a day on horseback on average: 2-3 hours in the morning, 2-3 hours in the afternoon, with a long break of around 2 hours at noon. You will ride the three paces: walk, trot, and canter when the terrain allows.
This ride is only offered to groups of 5 to 10 riders booking together.
GUIDE & ASSISTANT:
1 qualified guide speaking French and English + 1 professional assistant ensuring luggage transports and preparing lunch buffets.
Essentially crosses of Spanish, Arab, French breed. Horses are allocated according to each rider weight, height, riding level and experience. All our horses are trail riding “professionals”. Living throughout the year in a herd, trail riding is their only work activity. For these reasons, they are well-balanced gentle, yet wilfully engaged.
Comfortable trail ride saddles equipped with saddle bags. Trail ride saddles are especially designed for long rides as well as for the gaits employed on this type of terrain. The saddles are comfortable for both the horse and the rider.
In simple guesthouses and hotels (equivalent 2 * French standard). All nights in shared 2-3 person bedrooms or single bedrooms with supplement. Most bedrooms are ensuite: 1 night can not have enough ensuite bedrooms for all guests.
Inn to Inn trips cannot guarantee the same level of comfort every night: one of the pleasures of a horseback riding trip is the variety ! We chose the accommodations for their location on the itinerary and for the quality of their welcome. With varying degrees of comfort, you will always have a memory: a good meal, a particularly pleasant atmosphere, or an exceptional setting. The price is not justified by luxury accommodation, but by the high logistical costs on an online horse riding trip).
INDICATIVE ACCOMMODATIONS (subject to availability):
Breakfasts are traditional French breakfasts: hot drinks with bred, butter, marmelade, honey, cereals, fruit juice.
At noon, an assistant prepares hearty buffets (see photos). For small groups, some picnics can be taken in saddle bags.
Dinners at the host tables in the guesthouses, in local restaurants in the Camargue. Local cuisine, varied and refined.
Special diets can be adapted. Wine is included with meals.
Provided by the assistant in a minibus.
2024 PRICE / PER PERSON:
If you come by car:
Arrival on Wednesday evening, departure on Friday at the end of the afternoon.
650 € in 2-3 person bedrooms.
Single bedroom supplement*: 100 €
Booking fee: 15 €
If you come by train or plane:
Arrival on Wednesday evening, departure on Saturday after breakfast.
750 € in 2-3 person bedrooms.
Single bedroom supplement*: 150 €
Free transfers from/to Aix en Provence TGV station or Marseille airport
Booking fee: 15 €
* If you book in shared rooms and we do not have a rider registered to share, the “single rooms” supplement will be charged and refunded if a person registers wishing to share as well.
THE PRICE INCLUDES:
Equipped horse, guide, assistant ensuring the preparation of the lunch buffets and the transport of luggage by minibus, full board accommodation from day 1 dinner until day 4 breakfast, drinks during meals (table water and wine), transfer of horses and riders from the end of the ride to the starting point (online horse trip), free transfers from/to Marseille airport or Aix-en-Provence TGV station for the Wednesday evening to Saturday morning formula (coming by train or plane), the financial guarantee of your payments by our travel operator deposit.
THE PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE:
Individual insurance, drinks out of meals and not included drinks (mineral water, sodas, hot drinks), any visits, personal expenses, tips, transfers from/to Marseille airport or Aix-en-Provence TGV station for the Wednesday evening to Friday evening formula (coming by car), all that is not indicated in "the price includes".
A civil liability and travel insurance (assistance/repatriation) are compulsory. A cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.
A payment by credit card can make you benefit from its possible insurance (check your contract).
We offer to Europe Union, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway residents: the Chapka insurances.
Cap Security: full insurance with cancellation. Cap Cancellation: cancellation only.
See prices & information
Bookings for this ride are open about 1 month in advance.
Depending on the filling of the full week trip
By booking with Cap Rando, you get the benefit of the French travel agency law, one of the strictest in the world: an unlimited financial guarantee for all your payments !
1. CHECK THE AVAILABILITY, PRICE, DISCOUNT:
Check the availability and price (depending on the type of accommodation and after possible discounts) by contacting us through the availability & quote request form or by phone +33 (0)483431321, whatsapp +33(0)609520324, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you already have received the confirmation of the availability and the price, you can proceed directly to your booking:
Fill out the online registration form: https://www.horsebackridingvacations.eu/form/booking-form
If you are registering and paying for several riders, you can add riders on the form.
If you have difficulty with the online form or if you prefer:
- Download the Excel file for 1 rider
- Download the Open Office file for 1 rider
- Download the Excel file for 2 riders
- Download the Open Office for 2 riders
To be completed, saved on your computer, and sent by email as an attachment.
Your personal information (birth date, height, weight, riding level & experience, health information, etc.) are contractuals. The facility / guide / instructor may exclude on site and without compensation, any person whose information is different from the information provided on the registration form, and/or who does not correspond to the conditions of participation.
Cap Rando is covered for its professional civil liability: GENERALI contract n ° AL974010.
To register on a Cap Rando holiday, you must be covered by an individual liability insurance covering your activity, individual accident, assistance, repatriation, and possibly cancellation (strongly recommended not to lose your payment in case of cancellation for a reason covered by a cancellation insurance).
We offer to Europe Union, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway residents (only) to subscribe the "Cap Security" insurance from Chapka Insurance. This covers you for cancellation, interruption of stay, individual accident, assistance 24h / 24h, repatriation, medical expenses abroad, luggage insurance, civil liability. You can also only subscribe a "Cap Cancellation" cancellation insurance if you have insurance covering other risks.
See all information about our cancellation policy and Chapka insurance offer.
For other country citizens: if you pay by credit card, depending on your card, you may be fully covered: check your contract.
The US citizens can subscribe directly an insurance for instance on: https://www.axatravelinsurance.com/
- For a stay starting at more than 60 days: It is requested at registration: 30% of the price of the stay, the payment of the insurance possibly subscribed, the transport possibly requested, the booking fees. The balance is to be paid 60 days before the start date of the stay.
- For a stay starting at less than 60 days: Full payment is requested upon registration.
- For a stay starting at less than 21 days: Full payment by credit card is requested upon registration.
- If these are the last places available: Payment by credit card is requested upon registration.
You can pay:
- By credit card on our secure payment website: You will be directed to the payment link after completing the online booking form.
- By bank transfer: Our bank information will be sent to you after reception of your booking form.
For a quick processing and to secure your registration, receipt of your confirmation file within 24-48 hours: choose a payment by credit card. In addition: payment by credit card can allow you to benefit from its possible insurance.
Please note: your reservation will only be confirmed after receipt of your payment.
Your payments are guaranted by our GROUPAMA travel agent bond.
If you book a trip through Cap Rando, you have the guarantee not to loose any payment.
The French law is the strongest and requires all French travel agencies to have an unlimited financial guarantee for their customers in case of financial failure.
You will receive a confirmation file and contract with the invoice and all useful information within 24-48 hours after reception of your registration form and payment.
Before booking your transport: we advise you to wait for the receipt of the confirmation file and check that your transports feet with the meeting/separation times of the offered transfers. We recommend booking refundable transports.
7. CANCELATION POLICY:
Please note: Any stay may be canceled if there are insufficient bookings to ensure the stay up to 20 days before the date of a stay of more than 6 days, 7 days for a stay of 2 to 5 days. In this case, you may be offered a replacement stay or a departure with a supplement, if these proposals do not suit you: a full refund (unless you have accepted a possible supplement upon registration), excluding booking fees and possible non-refundable transport, is guaranteed without compensation.
See the cencellation policy: cancelation conditions.
8. SALE CONDITIONS:
You can consult the sale conditions: see the conditions.
We had a week of horse riding through wonderful Provence, if I didn't have to come back to work tomorrow (Thursday), we would have asked to stay ! We are still sorting through photos, trying to relive those wonderful days. My horse Loustic was energetic and Alan loved his big black horse, Quesaco, the meals, the people, the inns and their wonderful hosts, the guide and his funny stories, the great refreshing meals, the perfect wines. So let us know the dates for next year horse trips as soon as you can so we can plan! We can't wait to come back ! And, we advertise to all of our friends! Nancy and Alan.
I just wanted to send you a short note and let you know that the ride in Provence last week was wonderful! We were so impressed with the surefootedness of the horses. The guides were fantastic, as was the scenery. The food and overnight accommodations were very impressive. Thank you for helping us enjoy this great trip. I’m already looking at your web site and saving my pennies for the next trip.
Personal experience: I had a great time in the Provence, what a beautiful country! I enjoyed staying at the main guesthouse, which is rustic, but has a lot of atmosphere. First of all, it has a real feeling of a country stay, with the paddocks right beside the rooms, so you can see and hear the horses at all times. Dinners are eaten outside in the summer, prepared by chef, Cedric. He will surprise you with impressive looking and tasting French and international dishes. The picnic lunches while on the rides where amazing too. They’d bring up a tablecloth and a variety of dishes, salads, breads and cheeses, local wine, and set up a yummy gourmet picnic in the middle of nowhere! And of course, the Provence is just perfect country for horseback riding. It has the most amazing scenery, especially in early summer, when the lavender fields bloom. We rode across vineyards, forests, meadows, and one of my highlights: we went swimming in the river with the horses! Another beautiful experience for me was to witness one of the girl guides initiating a young horse into de saddle. I saw how she patiently first showed him the bridle and the saddle, and then started fitted him with the gear, very slowly and respectfully, always patting and reassuring him. And he would willingly allow it because he trusted her! She then made attempts to mount, she put some weight on his back so he would get used to how it felt. One step at a time, she finally mounted and was helped by Cedric, who was holding the horse by the reins. And they went for a little walk. I will never forget the shine in the eyes of that horse, his youth showing, his look of wonder and curiosity, and above all, his trust in the girl who was working with him. I feel blessed and honoured for having this experience, for being there to witness this magic happening, and the beauty of natural horsemanship. I am touched by it even when I’m writing these lines.