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
Highlights
  • Discover the heart of Provence
  • Varied landscapes in 2 natural parks: Luberon and Ventoux
  • Provence gastronomy and the best Provence wines !
Provence à cheval

A horseback trail ride in the heart of Provence, through the Luberon natural regional park to the Rhone valley, at the foot of the Mont Ventoux, called "the Giant of Provence". This is a country basked in sunshine; a famous wine country. You can discover the “Cotes de Luberon”, the “Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence, the “Cotes du Ventoux, as well as the famous “Cotes du Rhone” such as the Beaumes-de-Venise and Gigondas, where the trail ride ends. You ride five days in the perfumed Provence hills, from the Luberon natural park to the foot of the Mont Ventoux, whose summit is feared by cyclists on the famous "Tour de France" !

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Itinerary
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randonnee a cheval vaucluse
Programme intro

PROVENCE WINE TRAIL RIDE
INDICATIVE ITINERARY
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Day 1: Meeting in Lauris at 7 p.m. 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).

randonnee a cheval vaucluseDay 2: Lauris – Merindol. You will follow the vines, sheltered by the southern side of the Luberon. On the way, chance of a wine tasting visit in a “Cave de Vins”. Picnic in a pine grove: a copious buffet prepared by our assistant. In the evening, horses stay in Merindol, riders are transfered to the accommodation in Lauris. A pleasant meal accompanied by a “Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence”.

Day 3: Merindol – Oppede. After breakfast, transfer bach to the horses in Merindol. Ride through pine forests with wonderful views of the Durance valley with orchards, whose fruit you will taste at the picnic. In the afternoon, landscapes of cliffs where eagles and other birds of prey nest. Arrive at Oppède where the horses will stay for the night. For the riders transfer to Coustellet. Dinner at the restaurant and night at the hotel.

image 687Day 4: Oppède – Venasque. Today, you enter into the “Côtes de Ventoux” producing area, via the Vaucluse mounts. You will reach the “mur du peste” a wall constructed in 1720 to protect the populations from the great epidemic that spread from Marseille. Night near Venasque, a historical village.

rando cheval vins de provenceDay 5: Venasque – Crillon le Brave. Countryside of rolling hills, through pine forests and cherry trees, facing the “Mont Ventoux” called the "Giant of Provence". Before lunch wine taste at the Domaine des Anges. In the late afternoon, you will arrive at the Moulin d'Antelon or other guesthouse near the village Crillon le Brave. The village takes its full name of Crillon-le-Brave from the most legendary of its dukes: Louis des Balbes de Berton de Crillon or "Le Brave Crillon" (1541–1615) was one of Henri IV's fiercest and most valiant generals during the French Wars of Religion in the late 16th century. The same Crillon family also gave its name to the famous Hôtel de Crillon in Paris. Before dinner you can enjoy the swimmig-pool.

image 688Day 6: Crillon le BraveGigondas. You will ride through villages, with the “Mont Ventoux” in the background. Picnic near the Barroux village and chateau. In the afternoon you will discover the “Dentelles de Montmirail”, needle thin spikes and ridges (“dentelle” means lace).  Wine taste at Domaine de Cassan, in the heart of this beautifull range. End of the ride at Gigondas. Transfer to Lauris.

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

* Indicative itinerary: may be changed if necessary.

MEETING/DEPARTURE

MEETING:
Day 1 (Sunday) afternoon (usually Sunday, check according to the dates) 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 7 (Saturday) 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).

LOW COST FLIGHTS TO MARSEILLE:
Many low cost companies serve Marseille airport: see the low cost companies and connections

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: image-20220823155740-1
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).

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Les Gargoulettes
Nights 1, 2 and 6

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Le Colombier
Night 4

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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 photos).

LUGGAGE TRANSFERS:
Provided by the assistant in a minibus.

Rates
Infos tarif

2024 PRICE / PER PERSON:
1 750 €  in 2-3 person bedrooms
Single bedroom supplement: 360 € *
* If you book in shared rooms and there is no one to share, the supplement for 1 person rooms will be charged, refunded if a person wishing to share subsequently registers.
Booking fees: 15 €

THE PRICE INCLUDES:
Equipped horse, the guide,  assistant ensuring the preparation of the lunch buffets and the transport of the luggage, accommodation, all meals,  drinks (water and wine) during meals,  transfer back to the point of departure, the transfers from / to the airport of Marseille 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, any visits, tips. Everything that is not indicated in "the price includes".

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

Dates
Infos calendrier

ON REQUEST FOR GROUPS OF MINIMUM 5 RIDERS
FROM APRIL TO NOVEMBER

Booking
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
If you are registering and paying for several riders, you can add riders on the form.
If you have difficulty with the online form or if you prefer:
- Download the Excel file for 1 rider
- Download the Open Office file for 1 rider
- Download the Excel file for 2 riders
- Download the Open Office for 2 riders
To be completed, saved on your computer, and sent by email as an attachment.
Your personal information (birth date, height, weight, riding level & experience, health information, etc.) are contractuals. The facility / guide / instructor may exclude on site and without compensation, any person whose information is different from the information provided on the registration form, and/or who does not correspond to the conditions of participation.

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, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway residents (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 other country citizens: if you pay by credit card, depending on your card, you may be fully covered: check your contract.
The US citizens can subscribe directly an insurance for instance on: https://www.axatravelinsurance.com/

4. PAYMENT:
- For a stay starting at more than 60 days: It is requested at registration: 30% of the price of the stay, the payment of the insurance possibly subscribed, the transport possibly requested, the booking fees. The balance is to be paid 60 days before the start date of the stay.
- For a stay starting at less than 60 days: Full payment is requested upon registration.
- For a stay starting at less than 21 days: Full payment by credit card is requested upon registration.
- If these are the last places available: Payment by credit card is requested upon registration.
You can pay:
- By credit card on our secure payment website: You will be directed to the payment link after completing the online booking form.
- By bank transfer: Our bank information will be sent to you after reception of your booking form.
For a quick processing and to secure your registration, receipt of your confirmation file within 24-48 hours: choose a payment by credit card. In addition: payment by credit card can allow you to benefit from its possible insurance.
Please note: your reservation will only be confirmed after receipt of your payment.
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 useful information within 24-48 hours after reception of your registration form and payment.

6. TRANSPORTS:
Before booking your transport: we advise you to wait for the receipt of the confirmation file and check that your transports feet with the meeting/separation times of the offered transfers. We recommend booking refundable transports.

7. CANCELATION POLICY:
Please note: Any stay may be canceled if there are insufficient bookings to ensure the stay up to 20 days before the date of a stay of more than 6 days, 7 days for a stay of 2 to 5 days. In this case, you may be offered a replacement stay or a departure with a supplement, if these proposals do not suit you: a full refund (unless you have accepted a possible supplement upon registration), excluding booking fees and possible non-refundable transport, is guaranteed without compensation.
See the cencellation policy: cancelation conditions.

8. SALE CONDITIONS:
You can consult the sale conditions: see the conditions.


 

Reviews
GUEST REVIEWS
Paulo (France) 10/2019

SalutDidier,
And one more ride (the twelfth in total) which once again went well. From a weather point of view you couldn't expect better, the sun was there all week. Regarding the guide: with Paul it's always great: sympathy, efficiency and safety are always there. Regarding the group: the riding level was good and it was a super nice group, we all got on well and had a great time. In short a great success and a very pleasant vacation week. Thank you to the entire Cap Rando team, and of course especially to Paul and Pierrot. I wish you all a good end of season while waiting to meet you next year for a new adventure (I look forward to discovering your program for next year).