France - Provence Trails

Experience Level
  • Open Mar-Dec
  • Set arrivals
  • 5 to 6 nights / 4 to 5 days of riding
  • 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 basic 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 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
New Year Centre Based Ride
26 Dec 2018 - 1 Jan 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,010.42 View (.pdf) Book
Wine Tour
10 Mar 2019 - 16 Mar 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,285.98 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue
17 Mar 2019 - 23 Mar 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,240.06 View (.pdf) Book
Cezanne Ride
17 Mar 2019 - 22 Mar 2019 5 nights 5 ngts £1,194.13 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue
24 Mar 2019 - 30 Mar 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,240.06 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue
31 Mar 2019 - 6 Apr 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,331.91 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue
7 Apr 2019 - 13 Apr 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,331.91 View (.pdf) Book
Cezanne Ride
7 Apr 2019 - 12 Apr 2019 5 nights 5 ngts £1,194.13 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue
14 Apr 2019 - 20 Apr 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,423.77 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue
21 Apr 2019 - 27 Apr 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,423.77 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue
28 Apr 2019 - 4 May 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,423.77 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue
5 May 2019 - 11 May 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,423.77 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue
12 May 2019 - 18 May 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,423.77 View (.pdf) Book
Cezanne Ride
19 May 2019 - 24 May 2019 5 nights 5 ngts £1,194.13 View (.pdf) Book
Wine Tour
19 May 2019 - 25 May 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,285.98 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue
26 May 2019 - 1 Jun 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,423.77 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue
2 Jun 2019 - 8 Jun 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,423.77 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue
9 Jun 2019 - 15 Jun 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,423.77 View (.pdf) Book
Cezanne Ride
9 Jun 2019 - 14 Jun 2019 5 nights 5 ngts £1,194.13 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue
16 Jun 2019 - 22 Jun 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,423.77 View (.pdf) Book
Lavender Ride
23 Jun 2019 - 29 Jun 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,285.98 View (.pdf) Book
Lavender Ride
30 Jun 2019 - 6 Jul 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,285.98 View (.pdf) Book
Lavender Ride
7 Jul 2019 - 13 Jul 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,285.98 View (.pdf) Book
Lavender Ride
14 Jul 2019 - 20 Jul 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,285.98 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon to Upper Provence
21 Jul 2019 - 27 Jul 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,285.98 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon to Upper Provence
28 Jul 2019 - 3 Aug 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,285.98 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon to Upper Provence
4 Aug 2019 - 10 Aug 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,285.98 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon to Upper Provence
11 Aug 2019 - 17 Aug 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,285.98 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon to Upper Provence
18 Aug 2019 - 24 Aug 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,285.98 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon to Upper Provence
25 Aug 2019 - 31 Aug 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,285.98 View (.pdf) Book
Wine Tour
1 Sep 2019 - 7 Sep 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,285.98 View (.pdf) Book
Wine Tour
8 Sep 2019 - 14 Sep 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,285.98 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon to Upper Provence
14 Sep 2019 - 20 Sep 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,285.98 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue
15 Sep 2019 - 21 Sep 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,423.77 View (.pdf) Book
Cezanne Ride
15 Sep 2019 - 20 Sep 2019 5 nights 5 ngts £1,194.13 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue
22 Sep 2019 - 28 Sep 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,423.77 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue
29 Sep 2019 - 5 Oct 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,423.77 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue
6 Oct 2019 - 12 Oct 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,423.77 View (.pdf) Book
Cezanne Ride
6 Oct 2019 - 11 Oct 2019 5 nights 5 ngts £1,194.13 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue
13 Oct 2019 - 19 Oct 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,331.91 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue
20 Oct 2019 - 26 Oct 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,331.91 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue
27 Oct 2019 - 2 Nov 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,240.06 View (.pdf) Book
Cezanne Ride
27 Oct 2019 - 1 Nov 2019 5 nights 5 ngts £1,194.13 View (.pdf) Book
Luberon and The Camargue
3 Nov 2019 - 9 Nov 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,240.06 View (.pdf) Book

Prices

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

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT A single supplement 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.

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).

 

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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

3.5 star rating Overall rating: 3/5

Ride Report

Sarah Dale
The question given to me was whether I would like to “visit Provence, riding through the Rhone Valley, across Les Alpilles mountains and end up galloping on a beach in the Camargue”. Of course my answer was a resounding “YES PLEASE"!

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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