A horseback trip through Provence in three natural parks: the Luberon, the Alpilles, the Camargue !

Cap Rando Organization : Trips organized by Cap Rando in Provence with our guides and horses
Type
In line progressive trail rides
Comfort
In 2-3 person bedrooms, single bedrooms with supplement
Level
Level 3 :You must be able to walk, trot, canter and gallop outdoor
From (offer)
1550€
Offer
A stunning horseback trip through Provence from the Luberon to the the Camargue beaches, crossing the Alpilles of Van Gogh

100 € off and 100 € discount also on the single supplement:
On the last availabilities of the June trips !
* Discount available on rides with a minimum of 5 riders for registrations less than 30 days bedore departure.

Highlights

rando cheval An online trip to discover a wide variety of landscapes
rando cheval Three natural parks: Luberon, Alpilles and Camargue
rando cheval Work with bulls in the Camargue with a local cowboy
rando cheval Groups limited to 8 riders
rando cheval Gallop on the beach
rando cheval Free transfers from / to Aix-en-Provence train stations and Marseille airport

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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 !

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 at Les Gargoulettes guesthouse.

inn to inn horseback trail ride ProvenceDay 2: From Lauris to Mallemort. Departure from the southern foot of the Luberon, its pine forests, its cliff landscapes, along orchards, olive groves and vineyards to the Durance  river which we follow by pleasant trails, and cross (on a bridge in the event of a flooding river) before a pleasant shaded picnic  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 your accommodation, in Lauris, dinner at the host table overnight at Les Gargoulettes in Lauris.

Day 3: From Mallemort to Eygalieres. After breakfast, transfer to the horses. We will ride in a rich valley among fruit trees to Lamanon where we will enjoy the lunch buffet, The afternoon, we will enter in the Alpilles Nature Park, Van Gogh’s country. We will ride in hiils and we will reach the Roman village of Eygalières late in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at a guesthouse near Eygalieres. horse ridng holiday in Provence

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. The afternoon ride will take you on the crests of the Alpilles: striking panorama on the surrounding area. At the end of the trail, we load the horses in the truck for a transfer to Camargue. You then have the choice between visiting the Baux de Provence medieval village or the Lumière quarries with an exceptional multimedia show, on the theme of Cezanne in 2021: to be reserved on the website www.carrieres-lumieres.com. 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.

week equestrian vacation Camargue ProvenceDay 5: Astouin - Bull cattle drive - Les Saintes Maries de la Mer. On horseback to a Camargue ranch. After an hour on horseback in the heart of the Camargue, we will arrive at a "manade", a bull and horse ranch in Camargue. Mathieu, a passionate "guardian", Camargue cow-boy, welcomes us in front of the enclosure of one of his bull herds. We accompany him on horseback to "grab" the bulls, that is to say push them through the marsh to a sorting enclosure. Then he tells us about the "Camargue bull and horse races", the breeding methods, the traditions linked to the Camargue bulls, then he sorts a few bulls in front of us and ends his performance by offering us an aperitif "the friendship glass". Picnic on the place, prepared by our assistant. Then we leave on horseback to Les Saintes Maries de la Mer. After your installation at the hotel, you can go for a walk in the the village streets and do some shopping, take a stroll to the beach, or enjoy the hotel swimming pool. Meeting for dinner in a lively bodega in the village. Night at the hotel.

progressive horse riding trip in ProvenceDay 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, imponderables ...).

MEETING/DEPARTURE

image-20220413165703-2MEETING:
Sunday afternoon at your accommodation in Lauris at 7pm. Free transfer from Marseille airport (5 pm), Aix en Provence TGV station (5:30 pm), Aix en Provence center train station (5:45 pm).
* 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.

Riding

RIDING LEVEL: horseback trail ride in provence
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 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.

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 ridingVaried local crossings, of medium size, selected for their character and adapted to the type of rides we offer. All our horses are trail riding "professionals": they only do this activity. They are never locked in boxes, they live in herds all year round, out of season from November to March: in semi-freedom on more than 500 ha. For these reasons, they are balanced, kind and willful. Horses are allocated after discussion with your guide, according to your height, weight, level and experience.
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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.

Comfort

ACCOMMODATION: image 1434
In simple guesthouses and hotels (equivalent 2 * French standard). All nights in shared 2-3 person bedrooms (triple may be 2 double beds some nights) or single bedrooms with supplement. Most bedrooms are ensuite: 1 night can not have enough ensuite bedrooms for all guests.
Inn to Inn trips cannot guarantee the same level of comfort every night: one of the pleasures of a horseback riding trip is the variety ! We chose the accommodations for their location on the itinerary and for the quality of their welcome. With varying degrees of comfort, you will always have a memory: a good meal, a particularly pleasant atmosphere, or an exceptional setting. The price is not justified by luxury accommodation, but by the high logistical costs on an online horse riding trip).
This ride is also offered in luxuary accommodations: see information

INDICATIVE ACCOMMODATIONS (may change depending on availabilities):

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The Gargoulettes
Nights 1,2 & 6

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The Sarriette
Night 3

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The Maset
Night 5 


image-20220509200530-1MEALS:proven horse riding
Breakfasts are traditional French breakfasts: hot drinks with bred, butter, marmelade, honey, cereals, fruit juice.
At noon, an assistant prepares hearty buffets (see pictures). For small groups, some picnics can be taken in saddle bags.
Dinners at the host tables in the guesthouses, in local restaurants in the Camargue. Local cuisine, varied and refined.
Special diets can be adapted. Wine is included with meals.

 

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LUGGAGE TRANSFERS:
Provided by the assistant in a minibus.

Rates
Offer
A stunning horseback trip through Provence from the Luberon to the the Camargue beaches, crossing the Alpilles of Van Gogh

100 € off and 100 € discount also on the single supplement:
On the last availabilities of the June trips !
* Discount available on rides with a minimum of 5 riders for registrations less than 30 days bedore departure.

Infos tarif

2022 PRICE / PER PERSON:
In 2-3 person bedrooms: 1 650 €

Single bedroom supplement: 300 € *
* If you book in shared bedrooms and there is no one to share, the single bedroom supplement will be charged, refunded if a person wishing to share, subsequently registers.
Transfers from / to Aix center station, Aix tgv station, Marseille airport: free at fixed times.
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Booking fees: 15 €

THE PRICE INCLUDES:

Equipped horse, guide, assistant ensuring the preparation of the lunch buffets and the transport of luggage by minibus, accommodation, meals, drinks during meals (table water and wine), the bull activity with a local cowboy in Camargue, free transfer of horses and riders from Les Baux de Provence to the Camargue and return at the end of the ride to the starting point (online horse trip), free transfers from / to Marseille airport or Aix-en-Provence stations at the fixed times, the financial guarantee of your payments by our travel operator deposit.

THE PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE:
Individual insurance, drinks out of meals and not included drinks (mineral water, sodas, hot drinks), any visits, personal expenses, tips, transfers out of fixed times, all that is not indicated in "the price includes".

INSURANCE:
We offer to Europe citizens (only) Chapka insurances:
Cap Security: full insurance with cancellation. Cap Cancellation: cancellation only.
See prices & information

 

2023 PRICE / PER PERSON:
In 2-3 person bedrooms: 1 700 €

Single bedroom supplement: 300 € *
* If you book in shared bedrooms and there is no one to share, the single bedroom supplement will be charged, refunded if a person wishing to share, subsequently registers.
Transfers from / to Aix center station, Aix tgv station, Marseille airport: free at fixed times.
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Booking fees: 15 €

THE PRICE INCLUDES:

Equipped horse, guide, assistant ensuring the preparation of the lunch buffets and the transport of luggage by minibus, accommodation, meals, drinks during meals (table water and wine), the bull activity with a local cowboy in Camargue, free transfer of horses and riders from Les Baux de Provence to the Camargue and return at the end of the ride to the starting point (online horse trip), free transfers from / to Marseille airport or Aix-en-Provence stations at the fixed times, the financial guarantee of your payments by our travel operator deposit.

THE PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE:
Individual insurance, drinks out of meals and not included drinks (mineral water, sodas, hot drinks), any visits, personal expenses, tips, transfers out of fixed times, all that is not indicated in "the price includes".

INSURANCE:
We offer to Europe citizens (only) Chapka insurances:
Cap Security: full insurance with cancellation. Cap Cancellation: cancellation only.
See prices & information

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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

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).
For Europe Union citizens only: we offer to subscribe the "Cap Protection Security" from Chapka Insurance. 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. 
See all information about our cancellation policy and Chapka insurance offer.
For non West European 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: 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.

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.

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Reviews
GUEST REVIEWS
Rahel - Mai 2021

It was perfect, we couldn't do better. Very well received, people of extra kindness, I spent one of the most beautiful weeks of my life !
My horse, Thunderson: I loved him. Very, very sure footed, voluntary and very well in his head. A very good mix of energy and coolness. Very comfortable touring saddle.
Idilly accommodation, very comfortable beds, attention to detail. Owl ! I was sleeping like a baby.
I'll be back ! I can't wait to experience a ride with Cap Rando.
Cap Rando services: Didier at the top!
I really have nothing to say for improvement. The stay exceeded my imaginations. Thank you

Rebecca (Suisse) - Mai 2021

Return from an extraordinary week and a total change of scenery riding from the Luberon to the Camargue marshes via the Alpilles. A new approach to the horse, learning to team up with him and trust him to cover the different terrains and the kilometers 🤩😍🐴 Thanks to Orane for guiding us in this adventure and to Cap rando for the organization 🤩

Nicolas (France) - Juin 2021

A brilliant riding trip in Provence to the Camargue with Orane, our guide, and Pierrot, his assistant. I can only highly recommend ! Thank you Orane for getting back into the saddle to the top, Pierrot for the incredible picnics and assistance, and we look forward to riding with you again !

Els et Nick (Belgique) - Juin 2020

Notre voyage a été FANTASTIQUE !!
Les guides, Pierrot et Didier, étaient d'une très agréable compagnie, nous avons été bien pris en charge. Les pique-niques étaient toujours variés et copieux, et pendant la randonnée il y avait absolument tous nos souhaits. Le voyage s’est déroulé comme nous l’avions espéré à l’avance, nous sommes tellement heureux d'avoir fait ce voyage à cheval. Pouvez-vous faire part de nos sincères compliments à l’organisateur sur le terrain? Je peux à peine exprimer combien nous avons apprécié cette semaine à cheval !

Tal (Israel) – Octobre 2019

«Nous venons de rentrer cette semaine d'une randonnée de 5 jours à cheval en Provence.
Je dois dire que c'était l'un des voyages les plus beaux et les plus amusants que nous ayons faits en famille.
Le paysage, le service, l'organisation: tout était parfait! »

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. »