France - Provence Trails

  • Open Mar-Jan
  • 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.

Accommodation Gallery

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Upcoming Dates

The 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 15 Dec 2019 - 21 Dec 2019 6 nights 6 ngts $1,735.02 View (.pdf) Book
New Year Centre Based Ride 27 Dec 2019 - 2 Jan 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,503.68 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 5 Jan 2020 - 11 Jan 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,735.02 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 12 Jan 2020 - 18 Jan 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,735.02 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 19 Jan 2020 - 25 Jan 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,735.02 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 26 Jan 2020 - 1 Feb 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,735.02 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 2 Feb 2020 - 8 Feb 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,735.02 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 9 Feb 2020 - 15 Feb 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,735.02 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 16 Feb 2020 - 22 Feb 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,735.02 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 23 Feb 2020 - 29 Feb 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,735.02 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 1 Mar 2020 - 7 Mar 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,735.02 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 8 Mar 2020 - 14 Mar 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,735.02 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 22 Mar 2020 - 28 Mar 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,735.02 View (.pdf) Book
Cezanne Ride 22 Mar 2020 - 27 Mar 2020 5 nights 5 ngts $1,619.35 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 29 Mar 2020 - 4 Apr 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,735.02 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 5 Apr 2020 - 11 Apr 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,792.85 View (.pdf) Book
Cezanne Ride 5 Apr 2020 - 10 Apr 2020 5 nights 5 ngts $1,619.35 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 12 Apr 2020 - 18 Apr 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,792.85 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 19 Apr 2020 - 25 Apr 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,850.69 View (.pdf) Book
Cezanne Ride 19 Apr 2020 - 24 Apr 2020 5 nights 5 ngts $1,619.35 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 26 Apr 2020 - 2 May 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,850.69 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 3 May 2020 - 9 May 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,850.69 View (.pdf) Book
Wine Tour 3 May 2020 - 9 May 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,735.02 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 10 May 2020 - 16 May 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,850.69 View (.pdf) Book
Cezanne Ride 10 May 2020 - 15 May 2020 5 nights 5 ngts $1,619.35 View (.pdf) Book
Wine Tour 17 May 2020 - 23 May 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,735.02 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 24 May 2020 - 30 May 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,850.69 View (.pdf) Book
Cezanne Ride 24 May 2020 - 29 May 2020 5 nights 5 ngts $1,619.35 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 31 May 2020 - 6 Jun 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,850.69 View (.pdf) Book
Wine Tour 31 May 2020 - 6 Jun 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,735.02 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 7 Jun 2020 - 13 Jun 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,850.69 View (.pdf) Book
Cezanne Ride 7 Jun 2020 - 12 Jun 2020 5 nights 5 ngts $1,619.35 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 14 Jun 2020 - 20 Jun 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,850.69 View (.pdf) Book
Wine Tour 14 Jun 2020 - 20 Jun 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,735.02 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 21 Jun 2020 - 27 Jun 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,850.69 View (.pdf) Book
Cezanne Ride 21 Jun 2020 - 26 Jun 2020 5 nights 5 ngts $1,619.35 View (.pdf) Book
Lavender Ride 28 Jun 2020 - 4 Jul 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,735.02 View (.pdf) Book
Lavender Ride 5 Jul 2020 - 11 Jul 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,735.02 View (.pdf) Book
Lavender Ride 12 Jul 2020 - 18 Jul 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,735.02 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon to Upper Provence 19 Jul 2020 - 25 Jul 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,677.19 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon to Upper Provence 26 Jul 2020 - 1 Aug 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,677.19 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon to Upper Provence 2 Aug 2020 - 8 Aug 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,677.19 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon to Upper Provence 9 Aug 2020 - 15 Aug 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,677.19 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon to Upper Provence 16 Aug 2020 - 22 Aug 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,677.19 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon to Upper Provence 23 Aug 2020 - 29 Aug 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,677.19 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon to Upper Provence 30 Aug 2020 - 5 Sep 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,677.19 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 6 Sep 2020 - 12 Sep 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,850.69 View (.pdf) Book
Wine Tour 6 Sep 2020 - 12 Sep 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,735.02 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 13 Sep 2020 - 19 Sep 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,850.69 View (.pdf) Book
Cezanne Ride 13 Sep 2020 - 18 Sep 2020 5 nights 5 ngts $1,619.35 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 20 Sep 2020 - 26 Sep 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,850.69 View (.pdf) Book
Wine Tour 20 Sep 2020 - 26 Sep 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,735.02 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 27 Sep 2020 - 3 Oct 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,850.69 View (.pdf) Book
Cezanne Ride 27 Sep 2020 - 2 Oct 2020 5 nights 5 ngts $1,619.35 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 4 Oct 2020 - 10 Oct 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,850.69 View (.pdf) Book
Wine Tour 4 Oct 2020 - 10 Oct 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,735.02 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 11 Oct 2020 - 17 Oct 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,850.69 View (.pdf) Book
Cezanne Ride 11 Oct 2020 - 16 Oct 2020 5 nights 5 ngts $1,619.35 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 18 Oct 2020 - 24 Oct 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,792.85 View (.pdf) Book
Wine Tour 18 Oct 2020 - 24 Oct 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,735.02 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 25 Oct 2020 - 31 Oct 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,792.85 View (.pdf) Book
Cezanne Ride 25 Oct 2020 - 30 Oct 2020 5 nights 5 ngts $1,619.35 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 1 Nov 2020 - 7 Nov 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,735.02 View (.pdf) Book
Cezanne Ride 1 Nov 2020 - 6 Nov 2020 5 nights 5 ngts $1,619.35 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 8 Nov 2020 - 14 Nov 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,735.02 View (.pdf) Book
Cezanne Ride 8 Nov 2020 - 13 Nov 2020 5 nights 5 ngts $1,619.35 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 15 Nov 2020 - 21 Nov 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,735.02 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 22 Nov 2020 - 28 Nov 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,735.02 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 29 Nov 2020 - 5 Dec 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,735.02 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 6 Dec 2020 - 12 Dec 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,735.02 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 13 Dec 2020 - 19 Dec 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,735.02 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue 20 Dec 2020 - 26 Dec 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,735.02 View (.pdf) Book

Prices

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

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT A single supplement of $289.17 ( $347.00 on the Luberon to Camargue ride) is payable to guarantee a single room (single rooms are subject to availability). If you are willing to share and are booking more than 21 days before departure  then a 50% single supplement is charged until we find a sharer for you. If you are booking with 21 days or less before travel then the full single supplement is payable and refunded if we find a sharer for you.

From 2020 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 for 2020 is $347.00.

UPGRADE You can choose to upgrade from the simple accommodation at Mas de Recaute from $40.48 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 10 November 2019 to 15 March 2020 & 15 November 2020 to 31 December 2020.

SMALL GROUP SUPPLEMENT Is applicable for the Luberon to Camargue rides during the winter (10 November 2019 through to the 15 March 2020 & 15 November 2020 to 31 December 2020.). This will be $1,041.01 per person based upon 2 riders, $520.51 per person based upon 3 riders and $260.25 per person based upon 4 riders. No supplement is payable once 5 riders or more are confirmed.

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. The Parvis B hall is at the exit of line “3”, the line for trains coming from the North (Lyon, Paris, Brussels). Please note that this is the opposite side of the station for trains coming from the South (Nice, Marseille): you will have to take the lift or stairs to cross over the lines.

In addition, we can arrange collection 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 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.

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.

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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

Ride Report

Sarah Dale
If you are looking for a trail ride which takes you through rural Provence......

Provence Trails Riding Specialist

Sarah says

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

My Top Tip

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

Email: sarah@inthesaddle.com

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