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Five of the Best Exotic Horse Riding Holidays

On a journey along the great river valley riders learn about its 18th-century architecture with visits to the palaces and castles that dominate the region.

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The great castles of the Loire Valley are arguably among the finest legacies history has left us. Chenonceau Cheverny and Chaumont are outstanding examples of the tremendous flowering of French culture of the period. The history is brought alive by staying each night in real castles still in private hands and riding into courtyards over drawbridges like knights of old. Especially lovely: a long wild gallop along the tree-lined banks of the Cher River heading for Chenonceau.