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
Highlights
  • An exceptional horse riding trip to enjoy the colors of the sunny Provence !
  • From the Luberon nature park to the Ventoux nature park
  • Riding along lavender fields
  • The perfumes of Provence herbs and lavender, with the sound of cicadas !

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The lavender horseback trail ride in Provence ... a fragrant andcolorful horseback trip from the South of the Luberon nature park to the Provence lavender-growing places: the country of Banon and Sault: the lavender "capital". A perfumed trail ride among the lavender, but also the sage widely cultivated in the region, and riding in the garrigue filled with herbs of Provence. A colorfull horse riding trip: the white limestone cliffs of the Luberon, the greenery of the the pine and oak forests, the blue of the sky, the purple of lavender, the red of poppies. Varied landscapes from Mediterranean Provence to the upper Provence, as far as the foot of the Giant of Provence: the Mont Ventoux.

Itinerary
Image programme
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Programme intro


provence à cheval

PROVENCE LAVENDER INN TO INN HORSEBACK RIDING TRIP
INDICATIVE ITINERARY *:

Provence lander horseback ride

Day 0 - Sunday: We suggest to arrive on Sunday and spend one night in Aix en Provence (bus shuttle from Marseille airport or Aix TGV), visit this cute city loved by Cezanne, and take our free transfer from Aix center train station at 11:15 am on Monday. Recommended hotels: Hotel Cardinal **  - Hotel des Quatre Dauphins *** - Hotel Mercure Paul Cezanne ***

equestrian holiday ProvenceDay 1 - Monday: Lauris-Buoux. Meeting at noon at Lauris. Welcome aperitif and presentation of your ride and lunch. We start on horseback from the southern slope. We ride ut to the the crests of the Petit Luberon before descending the northern slope towards Bonnieux: a very beautiful perched village with stone houses. Then we head towards the Claparedes plateau and the first lavender fields. We then descend towards the Aiguebrun canyon which mark the boundary between Petit and Grand Luberon. We pass near the Priory of St Symphorien, then follow the Aiguebrun river to reach the first accommodation at the foot of the high climbing cliffs of Buoux. You can enjoy a swim in the pool before dinner. On certain dates, if you have chosen bedroom accommodation, you will be transferred to the Lauris gîte, the horses remain at the inn. Dinner and night.

image-20220809185233-1Day 2 - Tuesday: Buoux - Rustrel. This morning you are riding up on the Plateau of Claparèdes, follow lavender fields, dry stone walls and " bories " (small shepherds' pen). This morning you are riding up on the Plateau of Claparèdes, follow lavender fields, dry stone walls and "bories" (small shepherds' pen). You will cross the cute perched village of Saignon where horses will be able to dring at the fountain in the center of the village. You will then ride down towards the Valley of Apt on ancient paved trails. After lunch, you will ride down in the valley and in ochres before reaching Rustrel. You will leave your horse in a field before going to your accommodation in the center of the village.

Day 3 - Wednesday: Rustrel - Revest-du-Bion. You quietly get into a valley shaded by oak trees, onto the Albion Plateau, high spot for lavender. Picnic near a chapel before browsing the plateau, former nuclear missiles site for the French nuclear force from 1971 to 1996. Ride among the lavender and sage fields. Arrival at the guesthouse where you can relax and take a swim in the pool before visiting the village of Sault, lavender capital, do some shopping, or visit a lavender distillery.

horseback trail ride in ProvenceDay 4 - Thursday: Revest-du-Bion - Montbrun-les-Bains. This morning, you will ride in direction of Saint-Trinit. The lunch will wait for you in the shade near Sault. In the afternoon, you will leave in the direction of Aurel, charming medieval village at the foot of the Mount Ventoux. In the afternoon, the colors of lavenders, fields of cereal and the shadows of the Mount Ventoux may tempt you to imitate the numerous painters who felt in love with this region. You will arrive the afternoon near Montbrun-les-Bains, surrounded with green hills and dominating a plain of perfumed lavenders: one of the most beautiful villages of France.

inn  to inn horse trail riding in ProvenceDay 5 - Friday: Montbrun les Bains - Mevouillon.  Montbrun les Bains - Mévouillon. This morning, the ride passes at the foot of the Giant of Provence: Mont Ventoux. We follow the Toulourenc, a pleasant refreshing stream, cross some typical villages, and enter the Drôme Provencale: an alternation of wooded hills and lavender fields. In the afternoon, we head to Mévouillon, where the truck and minibus await us, for the horse and rider transfer back to Lauris, in the Luberon.

Day 6 - Saturday: End of the ride after breakfast. At 9:30 am, transfer to Marseille airport or Aix en Provence train stations.

* Indicative itinerary: may be changed if necessary without any compensation (weather conditions, fire risk, ...)

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Please note: in case of high level fire risk, some forest massifs may be prohibited from access overnight on the first part in the Luberon, implying possible changes to the itinerary, without financial compensation.

MEETING/DEPARTURE

image-20220413165703-2MEETING:
Monday at noon in Lauris. Free tansfer from Marseille airport (10:30 am), Aix en Provence TGV station (11 am), Aix en Provence center train station (11:15 am).
We suggest to arrive on Sunday and spend one night in Aix en Provence (bus shuttle from Marseille airport or Aix TGV), visit this cute city, and take our free transfer from Aix center train station at 11:15 am on Monday.
Recommended hotels: Hotel Cardinal **  - Hotel des Quatre Dauphins *** - Hotel Mercure Paul Cézanne ***
* Please note: the shuttle cannot keep groups waiting, especially if your train or plane is late: plan to arrive ahead of the meeting time to avoid having to take a taxi in the event of a delay.

DEPARTURE:
Saturday morning after breakfast. 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).
* Please note: no departure possible before 9:30 am, plan a train or plane departure sufficiently after the scheduled arrival time to avoid having to take a taxi. Tgv train: not before 11 am, flight: not before 12 pm. Caution: tgv called “inoui” (low cost), require a registration 30 mn ahead at the train station.

Riding

RIDING LEVEL: horseback trail ride in provence
To participate and enjoy this trip, you must be comfortable at the three gaits (walk, trot, canter) outdoors on balanced horses. This ride requires a good equestrian level.

RYTHM:
5 hours a day on horseback on average: 2-3 hours in the morning, 2-3 hours in the afternoon, with a long break of around 2 hours at noon. You will ride the three paces: walk, trot, and canter when the terrain allows.

GROUP SIZE:
4 to 8 riders + the guide.

GUIDE & ASSISTANT:
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:rando cheval Provence et Camargue
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.

Comfort

ACCOMMODATION: rando lavande à cheval
On choice: In 2-3 person bedrooms (3 persons: some nights can be in 1 double bed + 1 extra single bed), single bedrooms with supplement. Or in dormitories.
Dormitories: 1 night in a large dormitory up to twenty people, other nights in shared 2-6 people dormitories.
The Inn to Inn ride does not guarantee the same level of comfort every night: one of the pleasures of traveling on horseback is the variety ! We have chosen the accommodations for their location on the route and for the quality of their welcome. More or less comfortable, you will always have a memory: a good meal, a particularly pleasant atmosphere, or an exceptional setting. Some accommodations have a swimming pool. The price is not justified by high comfort accommodation, but by the high logistical on an online horseback trip.

INDICATIVE ACCOMMODATION (depending on availabilities)

Night 1:
image-20220320111018-2 Les Seguins or : image-20220809182708-1 Les Gargoulettes
Night 2:
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 Le Rustreou or: image-20220809183413-3 Le Chateau
Night 3:

image-20220320112324-5 Le Petit Labouret
Night 4:

image-20220320112606-6Le Mas de Reilhanette or: image-20220320112925-7 Hotel des Voyageurs
Night 5:

image-20220809182708-1Les Gargoulettes or : image-20220320113711-8 Le Mas de Recaute

MEALS:

rando cheval provencela provence a chevalBreakfasts are traditional French breakfasts: hot drinks with bred, butter, marmelade, honey, cereals, fruit juice.
At noon, an assistant prepares hearty buffets (see photos). For small groups, some picnics can be taken in saddle bags.
Dinners at the host tables in the guesthouses and in local restaurants. Local cuisine, varied and refined.
Special diets can be adapted. Wine is included with meals.

LUGGAGE TRANSFERS:
Provided daily by the assistant by minibus.

Rates
Infos tarif
Book your 2023 ride in November and benefit from a 100 € discount to be deducted from the price below !

 

2023 PRICE / PER PERSON:
1500 € in dormitories
1600 € in 2-3 person bedrooms
Single bedroom supplement: 250 € *
* If you book in shared bedrooms and if there is no other rider to share bedrooms with you, the single supplement will be applied.
Booking fees: 15 €

 

THE PRICE INCLUDES:
Horse and tack rental, guide, assistant, full board accommodation from day 1 (Monday) lunch until day 6 breakfast (Saturday), drinks during meals (table water and wine), luggage transfers, free transfer back to Lauris, free transfers from/to Marseille airport, Aix-en-Provence TGV station, Aix-en-Provence center train station at fixed times, the financial bond for your payments by our travel agent guarantee.

THE PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE:
Individual insurance, day 0 optional night in Aix, drinks out of meals and not included drinks (mineral water, sodas, hot drinks), visits, tips, transfers out of fixed times & days, personal expenses, all that is not indicated in "THE PRICE INCLUDES".

INSURANCE (if you don’t already have one):
We offer to Europe Union citizens (only) Chapka insurances:
Cap Security: full insurance with cancellation. Cap Cancellation: cancellation only.
See prices & information

Dates
Infos calendrier
Book your 2023 ride in November and benefit from a 100 € discount to be deducted from the price below !
Dates From Infos Contact
- 1500€ AVAILABLE + Infos
- 1500€ AVAILABLE + Infos
- 1500€ AVAILABLE + Infos
- 1500€ LAST AVAILABILITY + Infos
Booking
How to book
HOW TO BOOK:

By booking with Cap Rando, you get the benefit of the French travel agency law, one of the strictest in the world: an unlimited financial guarantee for all your payments !

BOOKING PROCEDURE:

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)483431321, whatsapp +33(0)609520324, or e-mail: contact@horsebackridingvacations.eu
If you already have received the confirmation of the availability and the price, you can proceed directly to your booking:

2. BOOKING:
Fill out the online registration form: https://www.horsebackridingvacations.eu/form/booking-form


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 cancellation for a reason covered by a cancellation insurance).
We offer to Europe Union citizens (only) to subscribe the "Cap Security" insurance from Chapka Insurance. This covers you for cancellation, interruption of stay, individual accident, assistance 24h / 24h, repatriation, medical expenses abroad, luggage insurance, civil liability. You can also only subscribe a "Cap Cancellation" cancellation insurance if you have insurance covering other risks. 
See all information about our cancellation policy and Chapka insurance offer.
For non Europe Union citizens: if you pay by credit card, depending on your card, you may be fully covered: check your contract.
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: Ask for our 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.

6. CANCELLATION POLICY:
See general conditions and special covid conditions: cancellation conditions.
Please note: Any stay may be canceled in the event of insufficient bokkings to ensure the stay up to 21 days before the starting date. In this case, a replacement stay may be offered to you, if it does not suit you: full refund is guaranteed without compensation. We advise you to book refundable flights / trains.

Reviews
GUEST REVIEWS
Pauline (France) - Juillet 2020

Très belle balade en Provence dans les champs de lavande avec Didier notre guide. J'ai été très bien reçue et bien logée tout au long de notre itinéraire. Les chevaux sont adorables et soignés.
Je réserverai avec plaisir une autre balade avec Cap Rando
Je recommande vivement

Marie (Sweden) - Juillet 2018

« The Lavender ride in Provence is absolutely fantastic, the trail runs through the mountains, forests and lavender fields. The lovely scent of lavender and the beautiful views from the mountains, it´s breathtaking. A wonderful week on the saddle, nice and clean accommodations, excellent cuisine and lovely people and horses. This is my second time at Cap Rando and I will for sure come back ! »

Christophe (France) - Juillet 2018

« Here is the word that for me sums up this ride: Wow !!!
It was perfect. The days are very homogeneous with sometimes time to visit.
The two nights in the same accommodation are good, this allows you to enjoy the place.
The horses are good in their heads and dynamic.
The meals are good and plentiful.
One of my most beautiful rides !
I hope to come back for the Luberon-Alpilles-Camargue horseback ride »

Marianne (Allemagne) - Juillet 2015

« I just spent a week of horse riding, I would like to thank you. It was a wonderful stay like the last time. I send you bottles of wine from Germany to thank you and some photos.
Thank you again and see you soon ! »