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 3 :You must be able to walk, trot, canter and gallop outdoor
From
1390€
Duration
7 days 5 nights - 5 days riding - Inn to Inn

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In the heart of Provence, South of France, from the Luberon Regional Nature Park to the foot of Mount Ventoux, the giant of Provence, discover the heart of Provence. A thorseback trip filled with light, sun and scents, half-way between the Alps and the Mediterranean. Along the way, you will travel through ancient villages and along lavender and sage fields. This ride deserves a special mention for the variety of landscapes, changing almost every half day. All landscapes and culture described in Peter Mayle's famous novels !

Itinerary
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Programme intro

HORSEBACK TRAIL RIDE IN PROVENCE
INDICATIVE ITINERARY *
horse riding trip in provence


horseback trail ride in provenceDay 1: Meeting from 6.00 pm onwards at the “Mas de Recaute” in Lauris. Dinner and night at the Mas. (“Mas” means farmhouse in the local traditional dialect). Free transfer from Marseille airport (5 pm), Aix en Provence tgv station (5:30 pm), Aix en Provence center train staion (5:45 pm).

Day 2: Lauris - Buoux. Following the foothills of the southern side of the Luberon mountain range, you will reach Lourmarin, a famous village where Albert Camus the French novelist once lived and where his body now lies. Picnic near to the village, before mounting the crests of the Luberon to discover a wonderful view: the peaks of the Alps to the north and the Mediterranean sea to the south. Night in a stone auberge, lost in the heart of the Luberon with a swimming pool.

Day 3: Buoux – Cereste. Through the prehistoric sites of the “Gorges de l’Aigebrun”. Pass through a very pretty provincial village to offer the horses a drink at the fountain. Picnic under the oaks, then follow bridleways though the perfumed garrigues to reach Cereste. Night in an inn in the heart of the village.

Day 4: Cereste – Simiane-la-Rotonde. After a pause to discover the priory of Carluc dating from the 11th century, you will ridehorseback riding trip in provence towards Oppedette. Cross the superb village, typical to Haute-Provence, perched on the cliff. Opportunities for some great gallops on the way to Simiane. Night in a “chambre d’hotes” (bed and breakfast).

Day 5: Simiane-la-Rotonde – Saint-Trinit. 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.

Day 6: Saint-Trinit – Le Contadour - Lauris. The Lure Mountain. The morning ride is your introduction to the Alpine views of Haute Provence. The change in the landscape is subtle and refreshing. From your horse, enjoy the sumptuous views over the Luberon Mountain Range and the Southern Alps, an area covered with Chestnut trees often used in local goat cheese recipes. Riders will appreciate their horses’ stamina and surefootedness as horses climb to the Pas de Redortiers (alt. 3,800 feet). From there - appreciate a great view of the pre-Alps. The weather is cooler, the view outstanding and there is grass for your horse. You will ride along the ridges of the Lure Moutain and discover the “Jas” and “bories”, dry-stone constructions used by shepherds and travelers. You will end up the ride on the hillside of the Moutain, in Le Contadour where Jean Giono famous Provence writer used to leave. Transfer to Mas de Recaute with minibus. Dinner and night at the Mas de Recaute. 

Day 7: End of the ride after breakfast. Optional transfer (leaving at 9:30 am) to Aix-en-Provence train stations or Marseille airport.

* Indicative itinerary: may be changed if necessary.

MEETING/DEPARTURE
MEETING:

Sunday at 7pm at Cap Rando, Mas de Recaute 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: 

Saturday morning after breakfast. At 9:30 am, departure of the free transfer to Aix en Provence center station (10:30 am), Aix en Provence TGV station (11 am), Marseille airport (11:30 am).

Riding
RIDING LEVEL:

 niveau équestre
To participate and enjoy this trip, you must be comfortable at the three gaits (walk, trot, canter) outdoors on balanced horses.

RYTHM:

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 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.
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Comfort
ACCOMMODATION:

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You can choose: all nights in 2-3 person bedrooms in hotels and guesthouses. Single bedroom available with supplement. Or some nights in 2-3 person bedrooms and some nights in dormitories.
Indicative accommodation websites:

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Le Mas de Recaute (simple comfort at Cap Rando) - Nights 1 & 6

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Les Gargoulettes
 (optional upgrade) - Nights 1 & 6

Les SeguinsLes Seguins - Night 2image 759

FlorentineLa Florentine  Aiguebelle rando cheval Luberon ou L'Aiguebelle - Night 3

La Fontaine
La Fontaine - Night 4
Le Labouret
Le Petit Labouret - Night 5

MEALS:
Dinners at the host tables in guesthouses or in local restaurants. Local cuisine, varied and refined. Special diets can be adapted. Wine is included with meals.
At noon, an assistant prepares hearty buffets (see pictures). For small groups, some picnics can be taken in the saddle bags.rando cheval en haute provence

LUGGAGE TRANSFERS:
Provided by the assistant in a minibus.

Rates
Infos tarif
2020 PRICES / PER PERSON:

 Mixed shared bedrooms and dormitories: 1390 €
In 2-3 person bedrooms: 1450 €
Single bedroom supplement: 300 € *
* If you book in shared bedrooms and if their is no other rider to share 50% of the supllement will be applied.
Upgrade accommodation with swimming pool in Lauris 2 night option (1st and last night):
70 € / person in 2 person bedroom, 120 € / person in single bedroom
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.

PRICES INCLUDE:

Horse and tack rental, guide, assistant, accommodation, all meals, luggage transfers, transfer back to Lauris, free transfers from/to Marseille airport, Aix-en-Provence TGV, Aix-en-Provence center train station at pre-set times, financial bond for your payments by our travel agent guarantee.

PRICES DON'T INCLUDE:

Individual insurance, drinks out of meals, visits, tips, all that is not indicated in "PRICES INCLUDE".

Dates
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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.

Reviews
GUEST REVIEWS
Nancy & Allan (USA) - 2019

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.

Valerie – September 2016

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.

Francisca – Canada – 07/04/2013

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.