France - Chateaux of the Loire

  • Open May-Aug, Oct
  • Set arrivals
  • 3 to 6 nights / 2 to 4 days of riding | 2 to 5 hours riding per day | Nearest collection point:Saumur
  • Weight limit: 14st 13lbs (95 kg) (209 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 8

The Loire valley and its chateaux have charmed visitors for centuries. Their ornate architecture, elaborate decoration, and lavishly planted gardens, were designed to impress. They became the playgrounds of the French nobility and ultimately contributed to their downfall.

Riding from chateau to chateau takes you back to the 16th century when the surrounding land was reserved as royal hunting grounds. Highlights include the Grand Chateau de Chambord, constructed like many others in the distinct French Renaissance style that blended traditional medieval and classical Italian forms.

Your guide Anne-France brings history to life with stories of the political and royal intrigues that have been linked with these magnificent estates from the time of Richard the Lionheart and the Knights Templar, through to Joan of Arc and the Valois and Bourbon Kings. Enjoy gourmet picnics of local delicacies and candle-lit dinners with fine cuisine.

You should be a confident rider, in control of a horse at walk, trot and canter in the open. The Saumur ride has a mixed pace of riding, with plenty of chances for some long trots and canters. Our Chambord to Amboise itineraries have a more relaxed pace, with fewer opportunities to canter.

Hard hats are mandatory on these rides.

Overnight in elegant small family run hotels converted from chateaux and other ancestral homes. Sometimes you will stay in guest accommodation in the grounds rather than in the chateaux themselves.

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Upcoming Dates

Set arrival and departures. Private groups by arrangement.

Holiday Experience LevelExp Lvl Arrive - DepartArr - Dep   Price Itinerary Availability
3. Chambord to Amboise 23 May 2021 - 29 May 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $3,447.53 View (.pdf) Book
1. Chambord to Cheverny 23 May 2021 - 26 May 2021 3 nights 3 ngts $1,784.16 View (.pdf) Book
2. Chenonceau to Amboise 26 May 2021 - 29 May 2021 3 nights 3 ngts $1,655.82 View (.pdf) Book
1. Chambord to Cheverny 13 Jun 2021 - 16 Jun 2021 3 nights 3 ngts $1,784.16 View (.pdf) Book
3. Chambord to Amboise 13 Jun 2021 - 19 Jun 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $3,447.53 View (.pdf) Book
2. Chenonceau to Amboise 16 Jun 2021 - 19 Jun 2021 3 nights 3 ngts $1,655.82 View (.pdf) Book
6. Saumur to Villandry 18 Jul 2021 - 24 Jul 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $3,321.71 View (.pdf) Book
3. Chambord to Amboise 15 Aug 2021 - 21 Aug 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $3,447.53 View (.pdf) Book
1. Chambord to Cheverny 15 Aug 2021 - 18 Aug 2021 3 nights 3 ngts $1,784.16 View (.pdf) Book
2. Chenonceau to Amboise 18 Aug 2021 - 21 Aug 2021 3 nights 3 ngts $1,655.82 View (.pdf) Book
3. Chambord to Amboise 3 Oct 2021 - 9 Oct 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $3,447.53 View (.pdf) Book
1. Chambord to Cheverny 3 Oct 2021 - 6 Oct 2021 3 nights 3 ngts $1,784.16 View (.pdf) Book
2. Chenonceau to Amboise 6 Oct 2021 - 9 Oct 2021 3 nights 3 ngts $1,655.82 View (.pdf) Book
Cadre Noir Saumur 10 Oct 2021 - 15 Oct 2021 5 nights 5 ngts $3,321.71 View (.pdf) Book
6. Saumur to Villandry 22 Aug 2022 - 28 Aug 2022 6 nights 6 ngts $3,388.39 View (.pdf) Book

Prices

INCLUDES Riding; accommodation; guiding meals wine with lunch and dinner.

SMALL GROUP SUPPLEMENTS apply - the price depends on the total number of people booked:

5 or more riders 4 riders 3 riders  2 riders Single Supplement
1. Chambord to Cheverny
(3 nights)
$1,784.16 $1,878.53 $1,993.03 $2,098.72 $455.48
2. Chenonceau to Amboise
(3 nights)
$1,655.82 $1,750.19 $1,864.69 $1,970.38 $455.48
3. Chambord  to Amboise
(6 nights)
$3,447.53 $3,636.26 $3,825.00 $4,328.29 $878.24
6. Saumur to Villandry
(6 nights)
$3,321.71 $3,510.44 $3,699.18 $4,202.47 $692.02
Cadre Noir Saumur
(5 nights)
$3,321.71 $3,510.44 $3,699.18 $4,202.47 $692.02

 

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT Payable if in a single room.

PAYABLE LOCALLY Optional tips; additional drinks before or after dinner; travel to and from the ride.

GETTING THERE The Loire Valley is a couple of hours south of Paris by car or train (one hour if travelling by TGV). There are good rail links via Paris alternatively take the ferry to one of the southern channel ports (Caen Le Havre) and it's about three hours drive from there. If arriving by train then you will need to take a taxi to and from the start and end of the ride.


Getting There

For 1. Chambord to Cheverny

You should make your own way to and from Blois station. From Blois station you will be transferred to Relais de Chambord by a pre-booked taxi which is payable locally. Check-in is from 16:00 and the ride briefing usually takes place at 19:00.

You can

For 2. Chenonceau to Amboise

You should make your own way to and from Amboise station or Saint Pierre des Corps station. From Amboise station you will be transferred to Château de l'isle by a pre-booked taxi which is payable locally. Check-in is from 17:30 and the ride briefing usual

For 3. Chambord to Amboise

On the first day you should make your own way to Blois station. From Blois station you will be transferred to Relais de Chambord **** by a pre-booked taxi which is payable locally. Check-in is from 16:00 and the ride briefing usually takes place at 19:00.

For 6. Saumur to Villandry

On the first day you should make your own way to Saumur station. From Saumur station you will be transferred to Hôtel Saint Pierre by a pre-booked taxi which is payable locally.

Check-in at Hôtel Saint Pierre is from 14:00. The ride briefing usually t
See the individual itineraries for the instructions for each ride.

For Cadre Noir Saumur

You should make your own way to and from Saumur train station. From Saumur you will be transferred to Hotel Saint Pierre by a pre-booked taxi which is payable locally.

You should aim to meet at the Hotel Saint Pierre at 14:00 with a visit to the Chatea

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Location

The Loire Valley is a couple of hours south of Paris by car or train. There are good high speed rail links via Paris alternatively take the ferry to one of the southern channel ports (Caen Le Havre) and it's about three hours drive from there.


Weather & Climate

The mild climate was one of the reasons so many château were built here. Spring and autumn are mild and summers pleasantly hot. Rainfall is generally low but showers can occur at any time of year.

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Guest Review

The horses were excellent, very forward going and responsive. They were beautifully groomed everyday. The tack was top rate. We did lots of cantering along wonderful trails along the rivers and in the forest. One of the best holidays I have ever had in my 70 years.

Johanna ,Carmarthenshire

5 star rating Overall rating: 5/5

What the Press Say

National Geographic says...

In The Saddle says

It is a real treat to ride through beautiful royal hunting grounds that seem to go on forever. And as you arrive at the wonderful chateaux on horseback you can almost imagine what life could have been like in the 16th century!

Our Top Tip

If your French history is a little rusty Michelin publish a guide on the area. Spending a bit of time doing some reading beforehand will make this trip even more rewarding.

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