Cap Rando Organization : Trips organized by Cap Rando in Provence with our guides and horses
Type
Stationary trail rides
Comfort
In 3-4 star hotels
Level
You must be able to walk and trot
From
2500€
Duration
7 days - 6 nights - 5 days riding and visits

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A horseback trail ride in the heart of Provence, country of sun light and fragrances, at the time painters and all artists prefer. Come to discover all landscapes painted by Cezanne.  A week dedicated to trail riding in Provence landscapes and villages, to taste the Mediterranean food ... when local people have more time to share with you. Total immersion in riding, language and culture with optional Provence cooking lessons ! Accommodation at Fontenille 4 star hotel with great Provence gastronomy dinners.

Itinerary
Programme intro

INDICATIVE ITINERARY *:

Sunday: After airport or train collection, riders will gather at the Fontenille 4 star hotel in Lauris, in the heart of Provence, in the Luberon nature park late in the afternoon. Aperitif and presentation of the ride will mark the start of your week in Provence before a gourmet dinner.

Monday: In the morning, meet your equine partner and “get acquainted” on an introductory trail ride in the vineyards surrounding the Farm. Enjoy a French lunch on the grounds of the Farm. In the afternoon the group leaves for one hour and a half to ride the rolling hills of the Luberon Mountain range. You will see white oaks, olive trees and the great perfume filled countryside of Provence. A wonderful dinner and accommodation at your hotel end your first full day in this wonderful area of France which was also the shooting place for two famous provencal movies, part of the French culture: “Jean de Florette” and “Manon des Sources”, movies adapted from the novels of famous writer Marcel Pagnol. These two movies will be shot for you in the evening.

Tuesday: This morning you will follow in the footsteps of Cezanne by minibus to Aix en Provence.Chance to visit his work studio. You will then spend the rest of your morning in the famous Aix en Provence street market: the best place to buy local products and handycrafts ! You will be free to have lunch in one of the numerous café or restaurant in Aix, before meeting everyone again and being driven back to Lauris. Optional ride in the afternoon, to keep exploring the surrounding area, among all the quintessential Provence herbs: thyme, rosemary, savoury, sage, wild lavender. Gourmet dinner and a restful evening at your hotel are the perfect ending to this day.

Wednesday: Today, you will ride to the Durance river bank for a lovely picnic lunch with aperitif, cheeses, salads, local pies, local wines and coffee. Riding down the hills, you will discover the entire Durance valley, and take a glimpse at the village of Lauris, perched on its cliff. The ride back will be an easy ride through agricultural landscape. You will discover the rich soil that permits this area to get the best production of wine, asparagus, olives, truffles, cherries, apricots, melons ... the Provence treasures ! Taking care of the horses, and another wonderful Provencal gourmet dinner.

Thusday: This morning is dedicated to the discovery of all the famous local products. You will thus exercise your palate. You will taste olive oil and olives, honey, grilled chestnuts in the fireplace, everyone will be able to participate in preparing a good Provence lunch and making all together the famous truffle omelette that you will then taste for lunch, with local wine…! The afternoon hosts a half day ride up to the crests of the Luberon with a very nice view on the surrounding hills and the valley. Beautiful limestone cliffs looking down on you, and hosting the plateau of the cedar forest, will follow you on your ride. You will get back to the equestrian center and to your hotel in the afternoon.

Friday: This morning you will visit Provencal villages such as Lauris and Lourmarin, Cezanne’s local market and where Peter Mayle – the Author of “A Year in Provence”, is now living. In the afternoon enjoy your last ride to a local cellar producing “Cotes du Luberon”. This little family cellar has been promoted by Robert Parker, the famous American Wine Writer. Don’t drink too much, just enjoy your taste, before riding through nice pine tree forests and bring your horse to the pasture, in the woods, where they will have a week-end rest. Last provencal gourmet dinner.

Saturday: After breakfast, transportation to train station or airport is organized.

* Indicative itinerary: may be changed depending on weather conditions or other circumstances.

MEETING/DEPARTURE

MEETING:
Day 1 (usually Sunday, check according to the dates) at 7pm in Lauris. Free transfer from Marseille airport (5 pm), Aix en Provence TGV station (5:30 pm), Aix en Provence center train station (5:45 pm).

DEPARTURE:
Day 6  morning after breakfast (usually Saturday, check according to the dates). At 9:30 am, departure of the free transfer to Aix-en-Provence center train station (10 am), Aix-en-Provence TGV station (10:30 am), Marseille airport (11 am).

Riding

RIDING LEVEL: image 849 
All levels: the program can be adapted to all riding levels: from the novice rider to the experienced rider. In order to make the most of this stay, we recommend having a little experience, being comfortable walking and trotting and having already cantered without apprehension.

GUIDE:
1 qualified English speaking guide + 1 assistant preparing lunches.

HORSES:

rando a cheval en provenceEssentially 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.

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

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4 star Fontenille hotel: see website. In 2-3 person bedroom, or single bedroom with supplement. The hotel is located on a wine estate, an 18th century residence sheltered by cedars and plane trees, surrounded by woods and vineyards in the heart of nature.

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Dinners
 at the hotel, 1 star restaurant. 6 meals prepared by a chef "Meilleur Ouvrier de France", who offers a cuisine combining authenticity and highlighting regional products, fruits and vegetables from the organic vegetable patch. Wine is not included in the price to allow you to taste the varied production of the estate. At noon, an assistant prepares hearty buffets.

Rates
Infos tarif

2021 PRICE / INDICATIVE PER PERSON:
In 2-3 person standard bedroom: 2500 €.
Single bedroom supplement: 1700 €

Cooking classes: on quote, contact us
This rate is indicative, it can be higher or lower, depending on the number of riders, the room standard, and dates: contact us.

THE PRICE INCLUDES:
The equipped horse rental, the guide, the assistant ensuring the preparation of the lunch buffets (except 1 lunch in Aix en Provence and 1 lunch in Lourmarin), transfers from / to the Aix en Provence train stations and Marseille airport at set times, accommodation in standard bedroom in the 4 * hotel, meals, financial guarantee of your payments by our travel operator deposit.


THE PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE:
Individual insurance, 2 midday meals, drinks, possible visit fees, registration fees, tips, anything that is not indicated in "the price includes".

Dates
Dates From Infos Contact
- 2500€ ON REQUEST & QUOTE IN JANUARY + Infos
- 2500€ ON REQUEST & QUOTE IN FEBRUARY + Infos
- 2500€ ON REQUEST & QUOTE IN MARCH + Infos
- 2500€ ON REQUEST & QUOTE IN NOVEMBER + Infos
- 2500€ ON REQUEST & QUOTE IN DECEMBER + 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 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.

Useful information

WEATHER:
The Provence is the sunniest part of France with more than 300 sunny days per year !
Temperatures tend to be around 30 ° in summer and drop to an average of 15 ° in winter. The famous Mistral wind can have a great effect on temperatures, it is much less felt in the southern Luberon, often sheltered by the massif.
July and August are hot with little to no precipitation. Temperatures tend to climb during the day, when a nap becomes a necessity rather than a luxury. At night the temperatures drop considerably and are pleasant in the Luberon.
The months before and after the high season are the most pleasant, May, June, September, until the end of October.
Winters are generally sunny and dry. Freezing can occur overnight. there are many days in winter when the sun invites outside activities and lunches. February, in particular, can delight with mild days.

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