France - Chateaux of the Loire

Experience Level
  • Open Apr-Oct
  • Set arrivals
  • 3 to 6 nights / 2 to 4 days of riding
  • Weight limit: 15st 9lbs (100 kg) (219 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 rides have a mixed pace, with plenty of chances for some long trots and canters. Our Beauregard 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
1. Beauregard to Chambord
19 May 2019 - 22 May 2019 3 nights 3 ngts £1,153.51 View (.pdf) Book
3. Beauregard to Amboise
19 May 2019 - 25 May 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £2,307.03 View (.pdf) Book
2. Chenonceau to Amboise
22 May 2019 - 25 May 2019 3 nights 3 ngts £1,153.51 View (.pdf) Book
1. Beauregard to Chambord
16 Jun 2019 - 19 Jun 2019 3 nights 3 ngts £1,153.51 View (.pdf) Book
3. Beauregard to Amboise
16 Jun 2019 - 22 Jun 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £2,307.03 View (.pdf) Book
2. Chenonceau to Amboise
19 Jun 2019 - 22 Jun 2019 3 nights 3 ngts £1,153.51 View (.pdf) Book
4. Saumur to Abbaye de Fontevraud
7 Jul 2019 - 10 Jul 2019 3 nights 3 ngts £1,153.51 View (.pdf) Book
6. Saumur to Villandry
7 Jul 2019 - 13 Jul 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £2,307.03 View (.pdf) Book
Cadre Noir Saumur
22 Jul 2019 - 27 Jul 2019 5 nights 5 ngts £2,307.03 View (.pdf) Book
1. Beauregard to Chambord
16 Aug 2019 - 19 Aug 2019 3 nights 3 ngts £1,153.51 View (.pdf) Book
3. Beauregard to Amboise
16 Aug 2019 - 22 Aug 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £2,307.03 View (.pdf) Book
2. Chenonceau to Amboise
19 Aug 2019 - 22 Aug 2019 3 nights 3 ngts £1,153.51 View (.pdf) Book
4. Saumur to Abbaye de Fontevraud
13 Sep 2019 - 16 Sep 2019 3 nights 3 ngts £1,153.51 View (.pdf) Book
6. Saumur to Villandry
13 Sep 2019 - 19 Sep 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £2,307.03 View (.pdf) Book
1. Beauregard to Chambord
6 Oct 2019 - 9 Oct 2019 3 nights 3 ngts £1,153.51 View (.pdf) Book
3. Beauregard to Amboise
6 Oct 2019 - 12 Oct 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £2,307.03 View (.pdf) Book
2. Chenonceau to Amboise
9 Oct 2019 - 12 Oct 2019 3 nights 3 ngts £1,153.51 View (.pdf) Book

Prices

 

2018  Ride Price
5 or more riders in group 4 riders in group 3 riders in group 2 riders in group Single Supplement
Beauregard to Chambord (3 nights) £1,144.43 £1,212.55 £1,295.21 £1,371.50 £339.41
Chenonceau to Amboise (3 nights) £1,144.43 £1,212.55 £1,295.21 £1,371.50 £339.41
Beauregard  to Amboise (6 nights) £2,279.78 £2,416.02 £2,552.26 £2,915.57 £642.49
Saumur to Abbaye de Fontevraud (3 nights) £1,144.43 £1,212.55 £1,295.21 £1,371.50 £339.41
Saumur to Villandry (6 nights) £2,279.78 £2,416.02 £2,552.26 £2,915.57 £473.26
Cadre Noir Saumur (5 nights) £2,279.78 £2,416.02 £2,552.26 £2,915.57 £473.26

 

2019  Ride Price
5 or more riders in group 4 riders in group 3 riders in group 2 riders in group Single Supplement
Beauregard to Chambord (3 nights) £1,153.51 £1,221.63 £1,304.29 £1,380.58 £339.41
Chenonceau to Amboise (3 nights) £1,153.51 £1,221.63 £1,304.29 £1,380.58 £339.41
Beauregard  to Amboise (6 nights) £2,307.03 £2,443.27 £2,579.51 £2,942.82 £642.49
Saumur to Abbaye de Fontevraud (3 nights) £1,153.51 £1,221.63 £1,304.29 £1,380.58 £339.41
Saumur to Villandry (6 nights) £2,307.03 £2,443.27 £2,579.51 £2,942.82 £473.26
Cadre Noir Saumur (5 nights) £2,307.03 £2,443.27 £2,579.51 £2,942.82 £473.26

 

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

SMALL GROUP SUPPLEMENTS apply which depend on the total number of people booked.

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.

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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...

Chateaux of the Loire Riding Specialist

Imogen 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!

My 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.

Email: imogen@inthesaddle.com

Imogen Brown
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