France - Chateaux of the Loire

  • Open May-Oct
  • Set arrivals
  • 3 to 6 nights / 2 to 4 days of riding | 2 to 5 hours riding per day
  • 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 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
3. Chambord to Amboise 17 May 2020 - 23 May 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $3,103.81 View (.pdf) Book
1. Chambord to Cheverny 17 May 2020 - 20 May 2020 3 nights 3 ngts $1,603.83 View (.pdf) Book
2. Chenonceau to Amboise 20 May 2020 - 23 May 2020 3 nights 3 ngts $1,488.45 View (.pdf) Book
3. Chambord to Amboise 7 Jun 2020 - 13 Jun 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $3,103.81 View (.pdf) Book
1. Chambord to Cheverny 7 Jun 2020 - 10 Jun 2020 3 nights 3 ngts $1,603.83 View (.pdf) Book
2. Chenonceau to Amboise 10 Jun 2020 - 13 Jun 2020 3 nights 3 ngts $1,488.45 View (.pdf) Book
6. Saumur to Villandry 12 Jul 2020 - 18 Jul 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $2,988.43 View (.pdf) Book
Cadre Noir Saumur 27 Jul 2020 - 1 Aug 2020 5 nights 5 ngts $2,988.43 View (.pdf) Book
3. Chambord to Amboise 2 Aug 2020 - 8 Aug 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $3,103.81 View (.pdf) Book
1. Chambord to Cheverny 2 Aug 2020 - 5 Aug 2020 3 nights 3 ngts $1,603.83 View (.pdf) Book
2. Chenonceau to Amboise 5 Aug 2020 - 8 Aug 2020 3 nights 3 ngts $1,488.45 View (.pdf) Book
6. Saumur to Villandry 13 Sep 2020 - 19 Sep 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $2,988.43 View (.pdf) Book
3. Chambord to Amboise 11 Oct 2020 - 17 Oct 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $3,103.81 View (.pdf) Book
1. Chambord to Cheverny 11 Oct 2020 - 14 Oct 2020 3 nights 3 ngts $1,603.83 View (.pdf) Book
2. Chenonceau to Amboise 14 Oct 2020 - 17 Oct 2020 3 nights 3 ngts $1,488.45 View (.pdf) Book

Prices

 Ride Price
2019 5 or more riders in group 4 riders in group 3 riders in group 2 riders in group Single Supplement
1. Chambord to Cheverny (3 nights) $1,465.37 $1,551.91 $1,656.91 $1,753.83 $431.16
2. Chenonceau to Amboise (3 nights) $1,465.37 $1,551.91 $1,656.91 $1,753.83 $431.16
3. Chambord  to Amboise (6 nights) $2,930.74 $3,103.81 $3,276.89 $3,738.42 $816.19
2020
1. Chambord to Cheverny (3 nights) $1,603.83 $1,690.37 $1,795.37 $1,892.29 $417.69
2. Chenonceau to Amboise (3 nights) $1,488.45 $1,574.98 $1,679.98 $1,776.90 $417.69
3. Chambord  to Amboise (6 nights) $3,103.81 $3,276.89 $3,449.96 $3,911.50 $790.38
6. Saumur to Villandry (6 nights) $2,988.43 $3,161.50 $3,334.58 $3,796.11 $581.53
Cadre Noir Saumur (5 nights) $2,988.43 $3,161.50 $3,334.58 $3,796.11 $581.53

 

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

SMALL GROUP SUPPLEMENTS apply depending 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.


Getting There

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 usually takes place at 19:00.

You could fly to Paris and then from Paris Austerlitz station take the train to Amboise. Or take the train from Paris Montparnasse to Tours Saint Pierre des Corps.

Alternatively you could make your own way by car if you prefer.

On the final morning departure from Château de Pray is after breakfast (between 08:00 and 11:00) and a taxi will transfer you to Amboise station or Saint Pierre des Corps station.

It is strongly recommended that you check train connections before booking your flights.

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 Chateau of Saumur that afternoon. The ride briefing usually takes place over dinner.

You could fly to Paris and from Paris Montparnasse station take the train to Tours and from there to Saumur.

Departure is from Hotel Saint Pierre after breakfast (between 08:00 and 11:00) and you will be transferred to Saumur train station.

Alternatively you could make your own way by car if you prefer.

It is strongly recommended that you check train connections before booking your flights.

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 Château de Beaulieu by a pre-booked taxi which is payable locally. Check-in at Château de Beaulieu is from 17:30 and the ride briefing usually takes place at 19:00.

To get to Saumur you could fly or take the Eurostar to Paris. From Paris Montparnasse station, take the train to Tours and from there to Saumur.

At the end of the ride you will be transferred, after breakfast, from Château de Gizeux to Saint Pierre des Corps station or to Saumur station.

Alternatively you could make your own way by car if you prefer.

It is strongly recommended that you check train connections before booking your flights.

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.

You can get to Blois by flying to Paris and then from Paris Austerlitz station you take the train to Blois. Alternatively, you can take a train from Paris Montparnasse, changing at Tours Saint Pierre des Corps for Blois.

Alternatively you could make your own way by car. It is also possible to pre-book a private transfer from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport to Relais de Chambord ****.

On the final morning departure from Château de Pray is after breakfast (between 08:00 and 11:00) and a taxi will transfer you to Amboise station or Saint Pierre des Corps station.

It is strongly recommended that you check train connections before booking your flights.

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 get to Blois by flying to Paris and then from Paris Austerlitz station you take the train to Blois. Alternatively, you can take a train from Paris Montparnasse, changing at Tours Saint Pierre des Corps for Blois.

Alternatively you could make your own way by car. It is also possible to pre-book a private transfer from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport to Relais de Chambord.

On the final morning, departure from Côté Loire is after breakfast (between 08:00 and 11:00) and you are transferred to Blois station.

It is strongly recommended that you check train connections before booking your flights.

For 4. Saumur to Abbaye de Fontevraud

You should make your own way to and from Saumur train station. From Saumur station you will be transferred to Château de Beaulieu by a pre-booked taxi which is payable locally. Check-in at Château de Beaulieu is from 17:30 and the ride briefing usually takes place at 19:00.

To get to Saumur you could fly or take the Eurostar to Paris. From Paris Montparnasse station, take the train to Tours and from there to Saumur.

At the end of the ride you will be transferred from Domaine de Mestré to Saumur station after breakfast.

Alternatively you could make your own way by car if you prefer.

It is strongly recommended that you check train connections before booking your flights.

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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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