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In the South of Provence, an unwonted country of fragrances, colours and contrasts, between salt marsh and sand beaches : Camargue offers its charms to visitors but without disclosing itself completely. To grasp the intensity of this mysterious land, we invite you to come and live a week in this country, where even time stops …
 

Itinerary
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rando à cheval en Camargue
Programme intro

INDICATIVE ITINERARY:


Monday: Meeting at the equestrian centre, at 2 pm. Welcome coffee: first contact with your horse and equipment. Explanations of the traditional Camargue riding. A short ring tour for the adaptation of the rider and his horse. Then, go outside for the preparation of the week. Evening meal not included, possibility to dine in a restaurant 5 minutes by car or Saintes Maries de la Mer 15 minutes by car (transfer possible). Night at the Mas.

Tuesday: Breakfast at 8:30 am. Departure by truck around 9:30 am. The day ride begins at a place called Cacharel. You ride towards Saintes Maries de la Mer by the banks of the Gines pond then by the Launes pond. You continue your ride through the Marquis de Baroncelli tomb (whose story will be told by your guide) to reach to the mouth of the Petit Rhône before joining the lunch break at "Bouvau d'Aubanel". A short ride on the beach before joining the truck to return to the farmhouse. Aperitif, dinner and overnight at the Mas.

Wednesday: A half-day ride this morning, to keep discovering the surroundings : reedbeds, traditional Camargue huts, manades (Camargue ranches) and vineyards. After lunch, free afternoon to Saintes Maries de la Mer or Aigues Mortes. Dinner (not included) in Saintes Maries de la Mer. Transfer back, to the Mas.

Thursday: You will go out for the day, along side the “Petit Rhône” river, dammed in order to protect Camargue. Cross the river on a ferry platform with the horses, and head towards the natural reserve “Domaine du Grand Radeau”. The story of this private property will be related to you once there…! You will visit this wild place, discover its beach and pine tree forest as well as its rich fauna. Pique-nique lunch on the beach, and optional swim during lunch break ! You will then ride back to the Mas trough the inner lands.

Friday: You are riding to the Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer today. Between inner land and marsh, you will ride on pleasant riding trails, and discover the different “levels” of Camargue, all the way to the seashore. Pique-nique lunch at the “Bouvao d’Aubanel”, under la laupio…translation of these Provencal words will be given to you by your guide…! On the afternoon, you will ride on the beach and through the natural reserve of “Les Impériaux”. You will discover very rich flora and fauna, as about 350 different species of migrating birds can be found in this protected area. The ride ends up at the “Pointe de Cacharel”. Transfer back to the Mas. Dinner in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer or in a nearby restaurant. Night.

Saturday: End of your week in Camargue after breakfast.

* Indicative itinerary: may be changed if necessary.
 

MEETING/DEPARTURE
MEETING:

Monday at the equestrian center at 2 pm.

COMING BY TRAIN:
Arles train station, then bus to Pioch Badet (Arles - Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer line n° 50: see schedule). Ticket price: about 3 €. Pick-up at the bus stop and free transfer to the equestrian center.


COMING BY PLANE:
Montpellier or Nimes airport, then taxi to the Equestrian center (cost about 100 €). Departure: taxi to Montpellier or Nimes airport (about 100 €).
Marseille airport: train to/from Arles.
Rendez-vous en Camargue le lundi au centre équestre à 14h. Arrivée en train à la gare d'Arles ou la gare de Nîmes et correspondance pour Arles, puis car pour Pioch Badet. Transfert gratuit depuis l'arrêt de cars de Pioch Badet (ligne de cars Arles - Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer): Voir les horaires. Taxi depuis les gares et aéroports de Nîmes ou Montpellier. Train de l'aéroport de Marseille à Arles puis car de Arles à Pioch Badet. Possiblité d'arriver la veille au soir avec supplément.

DEPARTURE: 

Saturday morning after breakfast. Free transfer to Pioch Badet bus stop. Bus to Arles train station.

Riding

RIDING LEVEL: horse riding in Camargue
You must be able to walk, trot and canter.

GUIDE:
Professional licensed equestrian guide, English speaking.

HORSES:
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TACK:
Camargue & trail ride saddles.


 

Comfort

ACCOMMODATIONhorseback riding in Camargue
On the equestrian center, in a typical and simple Camargue farmhouse. Room with private bathroom for 2 people with 2 beds or room for 3 people with 1 double bed and 1 single bed. Chalet with shared outdoor sanitary facilities for 3 people with 1 double bed and 1 single bed. Single bedroom available with supplement.


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​​​MEALS:
In the evening, authentic, family cuisine is offered to you at the guesthouse table. 3 dinners are free (not included): you can go in one of the many lively restaurants in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (by taxi if you don't have a vehicle, 50 € per person round trip). Picnics carried in the saddlebags or brought by an assistant (depending on the number of participants).

Rates
Infos tarif

2021 PRICE / PER PERSON:
In 3 person bedroom: 750 €
in 2 person bedroom; 800 €
Registration fees: 15 €
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During the meal service restrictions due to covid, meal trays are provided on the evenings when the meal is included (3 free meals not included in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, you can order and pay directly to the service provider. meal trays also for these evenings).

PRICES INCLUDE: 
Horse and tack rental, guide, assistant, accommodation, meals unless 3 dinners, free transfers from/to Pioch Badet bus stop, financial bond for your payments by our travel agent guarantee. 

PRICES DON'T INCLUDE: 
Individual insurance, drinks out of meals, visits, 3 dinners, all that is not indicated in "PRICES INCLUDE".

Dates
Dates From Infos Contact
- 750€ EVERY WEEK IN MAY CONFIRMED DEPARTURE + Infos
- 750€ EVERY WEEK IN JUNE CONFIRMED DEPARTURE + Infos
- 750€ EVERY WEEK IN JULY CONFIRMED DEPARTURE + Infos
- 750€ EVERY WEEK IN AUGUST CONFIRMED DEPARTURE + Infos
- 750€ EVERY WEEK IN SEPTEMBER CONFIRMED DEPARTURE + Infos
- 750€ EVERY WEEK IN OCTOBER CONFIRMED DEPARTURE + Infos
- 750€ EVERY WEEK IN NOVEMBER + Infos
- 750€ EVERY WEEK 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 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
Marion (France)

Au top, on s'y sent bien. Cheval au top dans sa tête pour les balades proposées. Cuisine à dispo avec frigo c'est un plus pour prendre l'apéro ;), chambre tout à fait correcte. Découverte de la Camargue réussie, de belles rencontres et découvertes, ça donne envie de refaire ce genre de séjour avec son cheval pour être encore mieux.

Vladimir & Liudmila (Russie)

Hello Didier, Merci ! Nous avons réservé une semaine de randonnée à cheval en Camargue avec Cap Rando. Vous nous avez sélectionné le meilleur endroit pour nos vacances à cheval en Provence: nos meilleures vacances !