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
850€
Duration
4 days - 3 nights - 3 days 1/2 riding
rando à cheval Luberon

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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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rando cheval provence
Programme intro

HORSEBACK RIDING TRIP IN THE LUBERON
INDIATIVE ITINERARY *

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. 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 Lauris for the night.

horseback trail ride in provenceDay 2: Buoux - Rustrel. The ride restarts on horseback, following the green valley of Aiguebrun on a pleasant trail. We head towards the very pretty perched village of Saignon, typical of Provence, then descend into the Calavon valley along the orchards of cherry, peach, apricot trees ... the garden of Provence. At noon, a copious buffet awaits us in the oak tree shade, where we can enjoy a very pleasant break. In the afternoon, we follow trails in the pine forests and scrubland, to reach the Provence Colorado at a late hour, for an access reserved for our riders (by special agreement), after closing to the public: old ocher quarries with reliefs worked by erosion, in red and ocher colors, are reminiscent of the landscapes of the Far West. Take your cameras ! After installing the horses, you go to your accommodation for dinner in the heart of the village.

rando à cheval LuberonDay 3: Rustrel - Buoux. In the morning, departure on horseback overlooking the Colorado Provençal. We then head to the beautiful village of Saint-Martin-de-Castillon, another perched village in the Luberon. The picnic awaits us at the edge of the Calavon river. We set off again along the lavender fields, the truffle oak plantations at the foot of the Grand Luberon, to reach the gorges of Aiguebrun: pleasant shaded path at the edge of the stream, to reach the Auberge des Seguins, nestled at the foot of the impressive cliffs of Buoux, famous worldwide for climbing. Dinner and overnight at the inn. Depending on the date, exceptionally, you may be transfered to Lauris for the night.

Day 4: Buoux - Lauris. On horseback, we ride up the ridges from where we discover a superb point of view: on the Alpine peaks in the north, to the Mediterranean in the south ! Picnic near Lourmarin, a listed village where Albert Camus lived and rests. The return to Lauris is done along the foot of the Luberon. The trails are pleasant, in the pine forests and along the vineyards and orchards overlooking the Durance valley, with a beautiful view of the Sainte-Victoire mountain dear to Cézanne. End of the ride and separation.

* 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 Aix en Provence center train station or tgv station, or to Marseille airport.

Riding

 RIDING LEVELimage 478
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

ACCOMMODATION: image 481
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 20 person room.

Indicative accommodations:  randonnee a cheval provence luberon

 Les SeguinsLes Seguins - Nights 1 & 3

RustreouLe Rustreou or gite rustrelLe Chateau - Night 2


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

2021 PRICE / PER PERSON:
LESS THAN 5 RIDERS:
On quotation.
5 RIDERS AND MORE:
750 € in dormitories
800 € in 2-3 person bedrooms
WHATEVER THE NUMBER OF RIDERS:
Single bedroom supplement: 150 €
Application fees: € 15 per group for a single payment, per person for separate payments

THE PRICE INCLUDES:
The equipped horse, the guide, the assistant ensuring the preparation of the lunch buffets and the luggage transport, accommodation, meals, access to Colorado Provençal, free transfers from / to Marseille airport , Aix-en-Provence TGV station, Aix-en-Provence center SNCF station, the guarantee of your payments by our travel agency deposit.

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Individual insurance, drinks out of meals, any visits, anything not indicated in "the price includes".

CAP RANDO image 1181:
Access reserved to the Provence Colorado normally prohibited to riders, by special agreement with the owners. The guarantee of your payments by our registration in the register of travel operators with an unlimited deposit.

Dates
Dates From Infos Contact
- 850€ ON REQUEST IN APRIL + Infos
- 850€ ON REQUEST IN MAY + Infos
- 850€ ON REQUEST IN JUNE + Infos
- 850€ ON REQUEST IN JULY + Infos
- 850€ ON REQUEST IN AUGUST + Infos
- 850€ ON REQUEST IN SEPTEMBER + Infos
- 850€ ON REQUEST IN OCTOBER + Infos
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 information and 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
Chris (USA) – October 2019

I had a wonderful time, Titeuf was a sweet horse, the ride was lovely, the group was fun, the dinners were delicious, and Didier the guide was so helpful and interesting. I hope to come back next year if my hip holds out.

Meredith (New Zealand) - August 2017

"Amazing trip! Great horses and scenery." The horses were great - well suited to their riders and forward yet responsive. They work hard and are very fit, but never gave the impression they were jaded or bored. Some of the tack was a little tired and we were short of saddle bags, but little niggles only in a fabulous trip. A lot of the ride was slow due to the terrain, but that was specified in the trip description so I was happy with this.

Simon (UK) – August 2017

"5 days of wonderful trail riding" Lovely mix of horses (and riders) in the group - all well matched by our guide Didier Mejard. Mixture of conventional tack and trail riding/western - everyone learned some new skills of knot tying or girth lacing ! We were all amazed at just how fit and tough the horses were - it was very hot throughout - over 40C on one day - 6hrs plus in the saddle over 25km or so with a mix of paces - my lovely mare Carmen hardly breaking into a sweat !!! Got re-routed on one day because of the exceptional fire risk in the Grand Luberon - but Didier figured out a good alternative which meant trucking the horses back to Cap Rando one night and starting from there the next day - meant we got to ride down/in the Durance river - cool at last !

Chris (USA)

I had a wonderful time, Titeuf was a sweet horse, the ride was lovely, the group was fun, the dinners were delicious, and Didier the guide was so helpful and interesting. I hope to come back next year if my hip holds out.

Meredith (New Zealand)

"Amazing trip! Great horses and scenery." The horses were great - well suited to their riders and forward yet responsive. They work hard and are very fit, but never gave the impression they were jaded or bored. Some of the tack was a little tired and we were short of saddle bags, but little niggles only in a fabulous trip. A lot of the ride was slow due to the terrain, but that was specified in the trip description so I was happy with this.

Simon (UK)

"5 days of wonderful trail riding" Lovely mix of horses (and riders) in the group - all well matched by our guide Didier Mejard. Mixture of conventional tack and trail riding/western - everyone learned some new skills of knot tying or girth lacing ! We were all amazed at just how fit and tough the horses were - it was very hot throughout - over 40C on one day - 6hrs plus in the saddle over 25km or so with a mix of paces - my lovely mare Carmen hardly breaking into a sweat !!! Got re-routed on one day because of the exceptional fire risk in the Grand Luberon - but Didier figured out a good alternative which meant trucking the horses back to Cap Rando one night and starting from there the next day - meant we got to ride down/in the Durance river - cool at last !

Anny (UK)

We were a nice group, from several countries. We became well known and had a nice time together. The horses were trained and safe. The guide was knowledgeable and clever. The food in the woods (lunch) was fresh and tasted delicious. The accommodation and food there were also very good.

Josephine (Belgium)

It was really exciting. The horses are very good and social. They fit for good for experienced and less experienced riders. At the beginning of your travel, they will give you a horse which you choose and which one you described.