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
6 days 5 nights pr 5 days 4 nights - 4 days 1/2 riding - Inn to Inn

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Horseback riding trip in Provence for groups of minimum 5 riders. The Luberon hills, one of the most exquisite place in Provence, a Regional Nature Park. With its forest of green and white oaks, its cliffs of limestone, and its typical drystone villages, the Luberon displays an authentic and picturesque landscapes and villages well described in the famous A Year in Provence Peter Mayle’s novel. 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 Provencal cuisine.
 

 

Itinerary
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Programme intro

HORSEBACK RIDING TRIP IN THE LUBERON
INDIATIVE ITINERARY *:
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Day 1: From Lauris to Buoux. Free transfer on Monday morning from Marseille airport (10:30 am), Aix en Provence tgv station (11 am), Aix en Provence center train station (11:15 am) to the Mas de Recaute and Cap Rando Equestrian Center.  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 strikinghorseback riding trip in provence 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. Depending on the date, exceptionally, you may be transfered to the Mas de Recaute for the night.

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.

horseback trail ride in provenceDay 3: From Rustrel to Cereste. Rustrel is the gateway to the “Provence Colorado”. 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. You will spend the night in a guesthouse or in a hotel in Cereste.

Day 4: From Cereste to Vaugines. Today, we start by riding up to the the crests of the Grand Luberon. Picnic from the saddle bags, as the vehicle can't access to reach the riders) before reaching the summit of the Luberon: the Mourre Negre, at 1125 meters, from where we discover a superb point of view: on the Alpine peaks in the North, to the Mediterranean in the South! Then descend from the north vesant to the village of Vaugines, a pretty village where "Jean de Florette" was filmed. Horse boarding in a truck and rider transfer to return to the Cap Rando at Mas de Recaute in Lauris, with a possible break in the village of Lourmarin (depending on your departure time), one of the most beautiful villages in the Luberon where used to leave Peter Mayle. End of your ride and departure.

* Indicative itinerary, may be changed if necessary.

MEETING/DEPARTURE
MEETING:

Day 1 at noon at Cap Rando, at Mas de Recaute in Lauris in the Luberon. Voming by train or plane: bus shuttle from Marseille airport or Aix en Provence TGV (high speed) train station to Aix en Provence center bus station (see the timetable) or from Marseille center train station (see the timetable). Then, bus from Aix en Provence (9h40am) center bus station to Lauris (10:45am) (check the timetable). Free transfer from Lauris bus stop to the equestrian center.

DEPARTURE:

Day 4 afternoon at about 5 pm. If you leave by train or plane: free transfer to La Roque d'Antheron bus stop (20mn drive). Bus at 6:27 pm (check the timetable) to Aix en Provence center bus at 7:05 pm. Bus shuttle (see the timetable) from Aix en Provence center to Aix en Provence TGV (every 15mn - about 20mn drive), to Marseille airport (tevery 30mn - about 30mn drive), Marseille center train station (see the timetable) (every  5mn -  30-50mn drive). 

Riding
RIDING LEVEL:

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To participate and enjoy this trip, you should be comfortable at the three gaits (walk, trot, canter) on balanced horses. The pace is adapted to the lowest level of the group.

RYTHM:

First afternoon, 2 hour ride, other days, average 5 hours per day on horseback: 2-3 hours the morning, 2-3 heures the afternoon, with a break of around 2 hours at noon.

GUIDE:

1 qualified guide speaking French and English + 1 professional assistant ensuring luggage transports and preparing lunch buffets.

HORSES:

provence horseback ridingEssentially 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:

TACK:​​​​horseback riding in proveenceComfortable 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.

Comfort

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ACCOMMODATION:
You can choose to book this ride in bedrooms, or in dormitories. 2-3 person bedrooms or single bedrooms with supplement. Dormitories are mixt up to 6 person rooms, 1 night in a 20 person room.

Indicative accommodations:  randonnee a cheval provence luberon

 Les SeguinsLes Seguins 

RustreouLe Rustreou ou gite rustrelLe Chateau 

 

FlorentineLa Florentine ou Aiguebelle rando cheval LuberonL'Aiguebelle


MEALS:
Dinners at the host tables in guesthouses, in local restaurants in the Camargue. Local cuisine, varied and refined. Special luberon horseback ridediets can be adapted. Wine is included with meals.

At noon, an assistant prepares hearty buffets (see pictures). One picnic, day 4, is taken in saddle bags as the assistance vehicle can't reach the group on top of the Luberon mountain.

LUGGAGE TRANSFERS:
Provided by the assistant in a minibus.

Rates
Infos tarif
2020 PRICES / PER PERSON:

900 € in dormitories
1000 € in 2-3 person bedrooms 
Single supplement (if you don't want toshare bedrooms): 150 €*
* If you book in shared bedrooms and if their is no other rider to share 50% of the supllement may be applied.
Booking fees: 15 € / person

DISCOUNTS:

Group: Discount from 2 participants booking together. Fidelity: from your 2nd week stay with Cap Rando. Early registration and payment discount: consult us.

PRICE INCLUDES:

Horse and tack rental, guide, assistant, accommodation, all meals, luggage transfers, free transfer back to Lauris on day 4, the financial bond for your payments by our travel agent guarantee.

PRICES DOESN'T INCLUDE:

Individual insurance, drinks out of meals, visits, tips, all that is not indicate in "price includes".

Dates
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.

Reviews
GUEST REVIEWS
Nathalie – France

Superbe rando dans le Colorado Provençal. Merci à Didier et à toute son équipe pour le plaisir toujours renouvelé d'une randonnée. Soleil provençal, paysages grandioses, chevaux adorables (une longue caresse à ma petite Youka), guides et accompagnateurs aux petits soins pour chevaux et cavaliers. De très jolis gîtes et de délicieux repas et piques niques. Depuis 10 ans je parcours la Provence à cheval avec Cap Rando, j'y emmène mes copines et maintenant ma fille qui comme moi n'attendent que l'été prochain pour une nouvelle aventure dans ce beau Luberon. À très bientôt Nathalie

Frédérique – France

Bonsoir Didier, La randonnée à cheval dans le Luberon , par le Colorado Provençal, était superbe. Didier et Pierrot ont été d'excellents guide/assistant et je garderai de magnifiques souvenirs de ce séjour. Cordialement, Frederique

Alexia - France

Bonjour Didier, Je viens de passer une excellenterando à cheval, Luberon & Colorado Provençal, avec Polo, Pierrot, Pedro, Happy, tous forts sympathiques. La cuisine était excellente, l'ambiance simple, conviviale. Votre fils Cedric nous a reconduites à la gare ce matin et a été fort sympathique. Bravo pour cette belle réussite. Merci beaucoup. Je vous recommanderai bien entendu autour de moi et posterai quelques messages sur Facebook. Bien à vous, très bonne continuation. Alexia