Cap Rando Organization : Trips organized by Cap Rando in Provence with our guides and horses
Type
In line progressive trail rides
Comfort
Choice: bedrooms or dormitories
Level
Level 2 : You must be able to walk, trot, canter in an arena or outdoor
From
700€
Duration
3 days - 2 nights - 2 days 1/2 riding - Inn to Inn

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Three days horseback ride in the Luberon hills, one of the most exquisite place in Provence, a Regional Nature Park. With its forest of green and white oaks, its limestone cliffs, and its typical drystone villages, the Luberon displays an authentic and picturesque landscape well described in the famous Peter Mayles’ book: A Year in Provence. Over the hills and through the villages, come to discover the mysterious “Provence Colorado”, fill up your senses with the fragrance of lavender and unique “Provence herbs”, be enchanted by the savour of the Provencal cuisine.
 

Itinerary
Programme intro

HORSE RIDING TRIP IN PROVENCE
INDICATIVE ITINERARY *

Day 1: From Lauris to Buoux. Transfer on Monday morning from the airport or train station to Lauris.  You will have an introduction to the trail ride and lunch. In the afternoon, you will be introduced to your horse and will start the trip through the Luberon rolling hills, towards the beautifull perched village of Bonnieux. The houses, all made with stones, form a striking harmony of earth-toned colours and shapes. Some superb residences dating back to the 16th, 17th, and 18th century serve as a reminder that Bonnieux was a wealthy village when this region, the Comtat Venaissin, belonged to the Popes. Several bishops also chose to live here and as you ride through the village streets you will no doubt marvel at the architecture and history on display. Take a glimpse on Lacoste, the village of the sadly known Marquis de Sade. Beware and follow your guide very closely so you do not get lost anywhere near his castle. After the picturesque village of Bonnieux, the trail goes down in the Valley of the Aiguebrun river down high cliffs famous for climbers. Overnight in a nice Auberge along the river, sometimes in an other accomodation without a swimming pool (depending on dates).

Day 2: From Buoux to Rustrel. Undulating hills covered with nice pine forests, cherry orchards and vineyards drive you to the Calavon valley. You will meet your assistant at lunch who will have prepared a nice buffet under pine trees, made with fresh local products. In the afternoon you will go by the hills among Rosmary and Thyme sents, before heading to Rustrel, riding in the bed of the Doa river, a cool and beautiful itinerary. You will spend the night at a hotel in Rustrel and the horses will stay near the village.

Day 3: From Rustrel to Cereste. Rustrel is the gateway to the “Colorado Provencal”. In the morning you will spend some time among the amazing cliffs and hills of ocher. The colorful morning will totally disorient you. Heading back to the foothills of the Luberon, the itinerary will then take you through the beautiful village of Viens. You will then ride down to the Calavon river and to Cereste. You will be transfered back to Lauris late in the afternoon and this will be the end of your ride.

* Indicative itinerary that may be changed if necessary

MEETING/DEPARTURE

MEETING:
Coming by car: Day 1 at noon in Lauris in the Luberon.
Coming by train: Aix-en-Provence TGV station
Coming by plane: Marseille Provence airport
Free transfer from Marseille Provence airport (10:30 am), Aix en Provence TGV station (11 am) or Aix en Provence center station (11:15 am).

DEPARTURE:
Day 3 after the day ride at the end of the afternoon.

By car: Free transfer for the return trip to Lauris.
By train: Aix-en-Provence or Avignon. Bus from Cereste at 5:52 pm to Avignon TGV 7:59 pm check schedule. Or: free transfer to the Roque d'Antheron bus stop. Bus from the Roque d'Antheron check schedule at 6:55 pm to Aix en Provence centre 7:45 pm. Bus shuttle check schedule from Aix en Provence center to Aix en Provence TGV (every 15mn - 20mn)
By plane: Marseille Provence airport. Free transfer to the La Roque d'Antheron bus stop. Bus from La Roque d'Antheron at 6:55 pm check schedule to Aix en Provence center arrivée 7:45 pm. Bus shuttle check schedule from Aix en Provence center to Marseille airport check schedule.

Riding

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You must be able to walk, trot, canter.

RYTHM:

3 hours riding the first afternoon, 5 hours a day on average on the two following days: 2-3 hours in the morning, 2-3 hours in the afternoon, with a long break of around 2 hours at noon. The three paces are practiced from the second day depending on the terrain.

GUIDE & ASSISTANT: 

One French and English speaking qualified guide + 1 professional assistant ensuring the luggage transports and the preparation of lunch buffets.

HORSES:

horseback ride in provenceEssentially crossing 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. 

TACK: 

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.selle de randonnee

Comfort

ACCOMMODATION:
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Choice of bedrooms or dormitories.
Bedooms for 2 to 3 persons or 1 person with supplement.
The dormitories are mixed and can accommodate up to 6 people, 1 night in a large dormitory of twenty.

Indicative accommodations (may change depending on availabilities):  horse riding in provence

 Les SeguinsLes Seguins 
RustreouLe Rustreou or gite rustrelLe Chateau 

MEALS:
Evening meals are taken at the accommodations. Local cuisine, varied and refined. Special diets can be adapted. Wine isprovence horseback ride included with meals. At noon, the assistant prepares and brings hearty buffets (see pictures). For small groups, some picnics may be taken in saddle bags.

LUGGAGE TRANSFERS:
Provided by the assistant in a minibus.

Rates
Infos tarif
2021 PRICES / PER PERSON:

700 € in dormitories
750 € in 2-3 person bedrooms 
Single supplement (if you don't want to share with other riders): 100 € 
Arrival transfer from Marseille airport, Aix-en-Provence TGV station, Aix-en-Provence center train station: free at set times.
Departure transfer from Cereste to Lauris: free
Departure transfers from Cereste back to Lauris, to Cereste bus stop, to La Roque d'Antheron bus stop: free
Booking fees: 15 € / person

PRICES INCLUDE:

Horse and tack rental, guide, assistant, accommodation, all meals, luggage transfers, arrival transfer from Marseille airport and Aix en Provence train stations at set times, transfer the last day from Cereste to Lauris and indicated bus stops, the financial bond for your payments by our travel agent guarantee.

PRICES DON'T INCLUDE:

Individual insurance, drinks out of meals, any visits, transfers from/to Marseille airport and Aix en Provence train stations, all that is not indicated in "PRICES INCLUDE".

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Booking
How to book
HOW TO BOOK:


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)483431234, whatsapp +33(0)609520324, or e-mail: [email protected]

2. BOOKING:
Fill out the online registration form: 
https://www.horsebackridingvacations.eu/form/formulaire-d-inscription


3. INSURANCES:
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 unforeseen your cancellation insurance contract). We offer West European citizens to subscribe the "Cap Protection Insurance" from Chapka Insurance: see prices. This covers you for cancellation, interruption of stay, individual accident, assistance 24h / 24h, medical expenses abroad, luggage insurance, civil liability. You can also only take a cancellation insurance if you have insurance covering other risks. If you pay by credit card, depending on your card, you may be fully covered: check your contract.
For non West European citizens, you can subscribe directly an insurance for instance on: https://www.axatravelinsurance.com/

4. PAYMENT:
A 30% deposit is required upon booking, the balance being due 60 days before the stay date. Less than 60 days before your departure date, full payment is requested at registration.
You can pay:
- By credit card on our secure payment website: Click here to access the server
- By bank transfer: Bank information

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.


5. CONFIRMATION:
You will receive a confirmation file and contract with the invoice and all practical information within 24 hours after reception of your registration form and payment.