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
1300€
Duration
7 days 6 nights - 5 days riding - Inn to Inn
Promotion
A trip from the Provence hills to the Mediterranean

Minimum 100 € OFF on last availabilities
From 1 May until 30 June
CORONAVIRUS: Despite a good situation in Provence, changes on our cancellation policy are offered for this ride, in particular possible postponement until the last minute. Contact us to know our exceptional conditions.

Highlights

A unique horseback trip through Provence to discover the diversity of landscapes, between the Provence hills and the Mediterranean beaches !

Horseback riding trip in Provence that will take you from the Luberon hills in the heart of Provence, across the Alpilles of Van Gogh hills, to the Mediterranean sea in the famous Camargue: the land of flamingoes, black bulls and white horses. A unique human and equestrian experience, a trip rich in history and culture, a week trail ride full of excitment as you will gallop on the long beautiful sand beaches of the Mediterranean coast. The variety of landscapes is the strong point of this unique horseback trip through the Provence and three natural parks: our most popular horse riding trip in Provence !

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Itinerary
Programme intro

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INDICATIVE ITINERARY *:

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Day 1: Free transfer from Marseille airport (5 pm), Aix en Provence tgv train station (5:30 pm), Aix en Provence center train station (5:45 pm). Or meeting directly at Mas de Recaute in Lauris at 6 pm. Welcome aperitif and presentation of the trail ride. You will be introduced to your guide and spend a first friendly dinner at he «host’s table». Overnight at Mas de Recaute.

Day 2: From Lauris to Mallemort. Ride at the foot of the Luberon mountain in pine and oak forests to the Durance valley where we will cross the river.  Picnic brought by our assistant on the other side of the Durance river. In the afternoon, we will ride along the Alpilles canal to the farm where the horses will stay for the night. Transfer with minibus to our lodging Dinner at the host’s table. Overnight in a bed & breakfast in Merindol (on some dates, all dates in winter, return to Lauris in the minibus).

Crossing of the Durance river on provence horseback rideDay 3: From Mallemort to Eygalieres. In the garrigue of Provence , we will enter in the Alpilles Nature Park. You will then make your way out of the valley, towards Van Gogh’s country : the Alpilles. We will reach the Roman village of Eygalière late in the afternoon, and stop by the beautiful « Chapel St Sixte », to take pictures. Dinner and overnight at a guesthouse near Eygalieres.

Day 4: From Eygalieres to Les Baux de Provence. A cultural day as you will ride in the landscape Van Gogh liked to paint. You will stop near Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, in front of the hospital in which Van Gogh stayed and made his most famous paintings. Admire beautiful Roman monuments, before you make your way towards lunch, by a gorgeous little lake, hidden in the hills. The afternoon ride will take you on the crests of the Alpilles: striking panorama on the surrounding area. We will even see the gleam of the Mediterranean sea in the distance. At the end of the trail, discover a breathtaking sight on the medieval village of «Les Baux-de-Provence ». Load the horses in the truck. You have the choice then between the visit of the village or the visit of the old quarries with exceptional multimedia projections. After this break, minibus transfer to Sylvereal, the gate of the Camargue. Night in a hotel: an old Abbaye and dinner at the hotel's typical Camargue auberge. At some dates, transfer to a hotel in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (mostly on the winter dates).

Day 5: From Astouin to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. After breakfast, 5mn transfer to the horses. A stunning day ride to discover more of the Camargue. You will cross the « Small Rhône » river on a ferry boat to reach a very protected part of the Nature Park. The marsh land will slowly give way to sand dunes and pine forests as you ride towards wild beaches: unforgettable canters and gallops. You will feel lost in the wild, as you ride in this remote part of the Camargue, off the toursist track. Admire the rich wildlife among which the pink flamingoes and herons. End of the day at « Les Saintes Maries de la Mer », right by the sea. Time for a visit of the village and shopping. Dinner in a restaurant. Overnight in a hotel near the village. Horse riding on the Camargue beach

Day 6: A morning ride on the beaches. Nice gallops and walk in the sea. The lunch will be prepared at the hotel by your assistant, and the afternoon you will ride along the Vacares lake: you will discover a lot of flamingos and wild birds on a pleasant trail. Transfer to Lauris, for a last dinner, share memories, pictures, addresses ...

Day 7: End of the trip after breakfast. Free transfer to Aix-en-Provence train stations and Marseille airport (departure at 9:30 am).

* Indicative program: may be subject to modifications if necessary (weather, floods, fire risks, ferry out of service in the Camargue, imponderables ...)

MEETING/DEPARTURE
MEETING:

Day 1 afternoon (usually Sunday, check according to the dates) 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:

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:

 niveau équestre
To participate and enjoy this trip, it is imperative to be comfortable at the three gaits (walk, trot, rapid gallop) outdoors on balanced horses. This ride requires a very good equestrian level, with gaits that can be fast, especially on the Camargue beaches.

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. Nice gallops in Camargue on beaches.

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:

selle de randonneeComfortable 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:

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In hotels and guesthouses.
On choice: all nights in shared bedrooms or single bedrooms with supplement.
Or half shared and half dormitories. This ride is also offered in luxuous accommodations: see information
Indicative accommodations (may change depending on availabilities):

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Mas de Recaute
Simple accommodation at Cap Rando equestrian center
Nights 1 & 6

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The Gargoulettes
Upgrade accommodation option near Cap Rando equestrian center
Nights 1 & 6

 

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The Sarriette
Night 3

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The Mazet
Night 5 

MEALS:
Dinners at the host tables in guesthouses, in local restaurants in the Camargue. Local cuisrando a cheval luberonine, varied and refined. Special diets can be adapted. Wine is included with meals.
Repas table d'hôtesAt noon, an assistant prepares hearty buffets (see pictures). For small groups, some picnics can be taken in saddle bags.

LUGGAGE TRANSFERS:
Provided by the assistant in a minibus.image 210

Rates
Infos tarif
PRICES 2020 PER PERSON:


LOW SEASON (15/03-04/04 and 01/11-14/11):
Mixed shared bedrooms and dormitories: 1 390 €
2-3 person bedrooms: 1 490 €
MIDDLE SEASON (05/04-18/04 and 18/10-31/10):
Mixed shared bedrooms and dormitories: 1 450 €
2-3 person bedrooms: 1 550 €
HIGH SEASON (19/04-28/06 and 13/09-17/10): 
Mixed shared bedrooms and dormitories: 1 490 €
In 2-3 person bedrooms: 1 590 €
WINTER (on request from 15/11/2020 until 20/12/2020)
4 riders and more in 2 person bedrooms: 1 300 €
3 riders in 3 person bedrooms: 1 800 €
2 riders in 2 person bedrooms: 2 200 € 

ALL SEASONS:
Single bedroom supplement (if you don't want to share): 300 € (over the 2-3 person bedroom prices)*
* If you book in shared bedrooms and if their is no other rider to share 50% of the supplement may be applied.
Upgrade accommodation (offered on winter program) with swimming pool in Lauris 2 nights option (1st and last night): 70 € / person in 2 person bedroom, 120 € / person in single bedroom.
Transfers from/to Aix center train station, Aix tgv station, Marseille airport: free at set times.
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.

THE PRICE INCLUDES:

Horse and tack rental, guide, assistant, accommodation, all meals, drinks during meals, luggage transfers, free transfers from/to Aix-en-Provence train stations and Marseille airport at set days and times, financial bond for your payments by our travel agent guarantee.

THE PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE:

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

Dates
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- 1390.00 € HIGH SEASON RATE CompletLAST AVAILABILITIES OFFER: 100 € OFF + Infos
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- 1390.00 € LOW SEASON RATE + Infos
- 1390.00 € LOW SEASON PRICE + Infos
- 1300.00 € WINTER RATE + Infos
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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.

Useful information

WEATHER:
The Provence is the sunniest part of France with more than 300 sunny days !
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.

Reviews
GUEST REVIEWS
Posted by Tal (Israel) – October 2019

« We just returned this week from a 5 day horse riding trip in France.
Have to say it was one of the most beautiful and fun trips we did as a family.
The Landscape, service, organization : Everything was perfect ! »

Posted by Jill (United Kingdom) – October 2018

« I rode a lovely little horse called Carmen who was such a professional and gave me safe uncomplicated five days on the trail.The variety of the scenery from the Alpilles looking over to Les Baux in the evening sunshine to the uniqueness of the Camargue,,actually wading through the marshes is reason enough to go on this holiday. Plenty of forest trails,the rocky garrigue,fascinating apple orchards and flat marshland meant that there was so much to see. We had some really good gallops especially on the beach where the hard working horses found a speedy fifth gear. The hotels in the Camargue were fine, the chambres d'hotes were simple but all clean with comfy beds and more importantly a very high standard of food and hospitality. Great evening meals and good wine. Professional guide and backup driver, Didier and Pierrot. Made the week enjoyable,safe and fun. My dietary requests were met without fuss which was much appreciated. »

Posted by Alice (United Kingdom) – October 2018

« Bonjour.
Just wanted to send a huge thank you from myself and Nicky to Didier, Isabelle and Pierro for a fabulous weeks riding despite some unpleasant riders. We had a terrific time - enjoyed our horses and the wonderful and varied landscapes. The sunshine was rather lovely too. As the least experienced rider in the group I felt safe but challenged - which is just the way I like it.
The gourmet picnics were way above expectations- in the uk you get a bag of crisps and a sandwich! A little glass of rosé certainly helped with the afternoon rides. We also enjoyed the cooking at the chambres d’hôtes. Will certainly recommend you to my riding mates in the UK - If we wanted to make a private group what would be the minimum number?
So please pass on our heartfelt thanks and best wishes to the team. Alice »

Posted by: Kim (U.S.A.) – June 2017

« "Absolutely wonderful in every way!" We rode for many hours each day through varied and beautiful countryside, mountains, marshlands and beach. Due to the trails and hills on the first few days, there is more walking than at the beach, however, we still found many places to trot and canter. I was never bored and enjoyed every minute of the riding. I am extremely fit, but I would say that due to the heat, the riding still required a fair amount of stamina. »

Posted by: Katinka – May 2017

« "Magic Luberon and Camargue" Fantastic horses, surefooted in the mountains and across rivers and fantastic canters on the beaches. »

Posted by: Jane – October 2016

« "Transcendent!" I really appreciated how well cared for the horses were throughout our trip. The riding was perfect and met my expectations - exceeded them! There was the perfect mix of safety, adventure and I appreciated the fact that my horse was good "going forward" – an exciting but safe ride. »