France - Provence Trails

  • Open All Year
  • Set arrivals
  • 5 to 6 nights / 4 to 5 days of riding | 4 to 6 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:Marseille
  • Weight limit: 15st 9lbs (100 kg) (219 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 10

These trails through Provence explore the variety of landscapes of the Mediterranean coast of southeastern France. The region is well known for great food and wine, and its landscapes have featured in paintings by many artists including Van Gogh, Cezanne, Gauguin, Matisse, and Picasso.

The horses are based near the medieval village of Lauris just under an hour from Marseilles. From here there is a wide choice of itineraries, including journeys to the Camargue with its marshy plains, white horses, black bulls, flamingos and beaches. Or Upper Provence through ancient fortified towns, past lavender fields and up into the mountains. There are also trails through the wine regions of Cotes de Provence and Cotes du Rhone.

Road work is kept to a minimum but you will sometimes clatter through small villages or towns. When not in the villages you ride across country on a vast network of tracks in between the fields and vineyards.

The pace is relaxed allowing you to enjoy the beautiful Provence countryside, but you should be comfortable at walk, trot and canter outdoors.

The horses are mainly cross breeds and live together as a herd all year round. They are of average height and build and of a well balanced gentle yet willing nature, making them the ideal trail ride type.

For maximum comfort on the rides “Forestier” and “Chamade” type saddles are used with saddle bags.

Getting involved is one of the key elements of these rides and for most people adds much to their experience. You will be responsible for grooming and tacking up your own horse each day - although help and guidance is on hand should you require it.

On the trail rides you could be riding for between four to six hours a day so it is important to be as riding fit as possible.

The first and last nights of the rides are often at the horses base of Mas de Recaute near Lauris. Mas de Recaute offers simple gite style accommodation in twin and double rooms, and en-suite bathroom facilities. There is an option to upgrade for a supplement to a neighbouring bed and breakfast should you prefer enhanced accommodation with a Jacuzzi, pool and hammam (subject to availability).

On the days in between you travel on horseback from farmhouse to farmhouse. The accommodation is often simple and is usually in a rural location, having been chosen with care for the hospitality offered by your hosts.

Along the way you will enjoy picnic lunches. Evening meals are made with produce from the region wherever possible - French farmhouse cooking with lots of stews and casseroles are offered. As is typical in France it will not be unusual to have four courses offered during the evening meal.

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Upcoming Dates

The Hills and Wine Tour is available all year round upon request for groups of 5 guests and above.

Holiday Experience LevelExp Lvl Arrive - DepartArr - Dep   Price Itinerary Availability
Luberon and The Camargue 28 Mar 2021 - 3 Apr 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,828.21 View (.pdf) Book
Hills and Wine Tour 5 Apr 2021 - 11 Apr 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,828.21 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 5 Apr 2021 - 11 Apr 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,889.15 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 11 Apr 2021 - 17 Apr 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,889.15 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 18 Apr 2021 - 24 Apr 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,950.09 View (.pdf) Book
Cezanne Ride 18 Apr 2021 - 23 Apr 2021 5 nights 5 ngts $1,767.27 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 25 Apr 2021 - 1 May 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,950.09 View (.pdf) Book
Hills and Wine Tour 25 Apr 2021 - 1 May 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,828.21 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 2 May 2021 - 8 May 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,950.09 View (.pdf) Book
Cezanne Ride 8 May 2021 - 13 May 2021 5 nights 5 ngts $1,767.27 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 9 May 2021 - 15 May 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,950.09 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 16 May 2021 - 22 May 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,950.09 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 23 May 2021 - 29 May 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,950.09 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 30 May 2021 - 5 Jun 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,950.09 View (.pdf) Book
Hills and Wine Tour 30 May 2021 - 5 Jun 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,828.21 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 6 Jun 2021 - 12 Jun 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,950.09 View (.pdf) Book
Hills and Wine Tour 6 Jun 2021 - 12 Jun 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,828.21 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 13 Jun 2021 - 19 Jun 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,950.09 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 20 Jun 2021 - 26 Jun 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,950.09 View (.pdf) Book
Cezanne Ride 20 Jun 2021 - 25 Jun 2021 5 nights 5 ngts $1,767.27 View (.pdf) Book
Lavender Ride 27 Jun 2021 - 3 Jul 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,828.21 View (.pdf) Book
Lavender Ride 4 Jul 2021 - 10 Jul 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,828.21 View (.pdf) Book
Lavender Ride 11 Jul 2021 - 17 Jul 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,828.21 View (.pdf) Book
Lavender Ride 18 Jul 2021 - 24 Jul 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,828.21 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 5 Sep 2021 - 11 Sep 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,950.09 View (.pdf) Book
Hills and Wine Tour 5 Sep 2021 - 11 Sep 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,828.21 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 12 Sep 2021 - 18 Sep 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,950.09 View (.pdf) Book
Cezanne Ride 12 Sep 2021 - 17 Sep 2021 5 nights 5 ngts $1,767.27 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 19 Sep 2021 - 25 Sep 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,950.09 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 26 Sep 2021 - 2 Oct 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,950.09 View (.pdf) Book
Hills and Wine Tour 26 Sep 2021 - 2 Oct 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,828.21 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 3 Oct 2021 - 9 Oct 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,950.09 View (.pdf) Book
Cezanne Ride 3 Oct 2021 - 8 Oct 2021 5 nights 5 ngts $1,767.27 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 10 Oct 2021 - 16 Oct 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,950.09 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 17 Oct 2021 - 23 Oct 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,889.15 View (.pdf) Book
Hills and Wine Tour 17 Oct 2021 - 23 Oct 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,828.21 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 24 Oct 2021 - 30 Oct 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,889.15 View (.pdf) Book
Cezanne Ride 24 Oct 2021 - 29 Oct 2021 5 nights 5 ngts $1,767.27 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 31 Oct 2021 - 6 Nov 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,828.21 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 15 Nov 2021 - 21 Nov 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,584.45 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 22 Nov 2021 - 28 Nov 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,584.45 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 29 Nov 2021 - 5 Dec 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,584.45 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 6 Dec 2021 - 12 Dec 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,584.45 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 13 Dec 2021 - 19 Dec 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,584.45 View (.pdf) Book
New Year Centre Based Ride 26 Dec 2021 - 1 Jan 2022 6 nights 6 ngts $1,706.33 View (.pdf) Book

Prices

INCLUDES Accommodation; full board (including wine with meals); riding and guide.

SMALL GROUP SUPPLEMENTS apply on the Luberon to Camargue rides in winter (mid-November to mid-December) depending on the total number of people booked:

2 riders in group: $1,096.92 per person
3 riders in group: $609.40 per person

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT If you are willing to share and are booking more than 30 days before departure  then a 75% single supplement is charged until we find a sharer for you. If you are booking with 30 days or less before travel then the full single supplement is payable and refunded if we find a sharer for you. The single supplement is $365.64 (single rooms are subject to availability).

UPGRADE You can choose to upgrade from the simple accommodation at Mas de Recaute from $42.66 per person per night (single room supplements will apply in addition to this). For most itineraries this will be two nights, with the exception of the Cezanne ride which is for one night only. A two night upgrade from Mas de Recaute is included on the Luberon to Camargue rides running during the winter from 15 November 2020 to 31 December 2020.

PAYABLE LOCALLY Entrance fees to Museums and Monuments; drinks/snacks in bars; alcoholic beverages and soft drinks; tips (c. €35 - €50).

NON RIDER 50% discount

NEAREST AIRPORT Marseille

TRANSFERS Shared transfers (set time only) are included from Marseille airport and Aix-en-Provence TGV Station. If you cannot meet these shared transfer times taxis can be arranged at an additional cost (payable locally).

 


Getting There

Flights should arrive in Marseille by 16:00 for pickup at 17:00.

We can also arrange collection from Aix-en-Provence TGV Station at 17:30 in front of the "Parvis B" hall door

In addition, we can arrange collection from in front of Aix-en-Provence City Centre train station at 17:45.

On the final day the transfer leaves after breakfast at 09:30 so return flights should depart after 12:30.

For Cezanne Ride

Flights should arrive in Marseille by 16:00 for pickup at 17:00. We can also arrange collection from Aix-en-Provence TGV Station at 17:30 in the Zola hall and in front of Aix-en-Provence City Centre train station at 17:45.

On the final day the transfer leaves after the ride, so return flights should depart after 8pm.

For Perched Villages

Flights should arrive Marseille by 9:30 for pickup at 10:30. We can also arrange collection from Aix-en-Provence TGV Station at 11:00 or Aix-en-Provence centre train station at 11:15.

The transfer leaves after breakfast at 9:30 so return flights should depart after 12:30pm.

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Location

These rides are in Provence in the South of France.


Weather & Climate

Mediterranean climate; warm during summer, mild in spring and autumn, cooler in winter.

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Guest Review

The horses were great - well suited to their riders and forward yet responsive. They work hard and are very fit, but never gave the impression they were jaded or bored.

Simon ,Hertfordshire

4.5 star rating Overall rating: 4/5

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In The Saddle says

Provence is a beautiful part of France and these trails bring alive the landscapes featured in so many famous paintings.

Our Top Tip

Sunglasses are a must and a big appetite needed for all of the French courses offered.

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