France's Bordeaux Vineyards RideThe very name of Bordeaux has come to mean great wines. No part of France is able to produce a wider variety of the noblest wines than the Gironde area surrounding the city of Bordeaux.

Riding through this area, you will have the opportunity to taste great wines such as Medoc, Cote de Blaye, Cote de Bourg, Bordeaux Superior, Bordeaux Lalande, Pomerol, Saint-Emilion, Cadillac, Graves, Sauternes.

You will ride through landscapes of some of France’s richest architectural land, You will pass near picturesque farms, rolling meadows, ancient villages, churches and castles. Much of the area has not changed significantly for the last several hundred years …

2017 Dates: May 6-13, May 13-20, Sept. 30-Oct. 7, Oct. 14-21
Rates: $2,250.00 USD per person Sharing (Single Supplement $375.00 USD)

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Riding horses through the vineyards of the Bordeaux region; well trained horses, beautiful landscape, sampling wines. What could be better than that?

A very well organized week with attention to every detail, run by Davide and Britta (our hosts); we stayed in a new place every night, either a small hotel or a charming B&B. A great and fun week was had by all.

Thank you!

– Henriette G.

 

I recently went on my first equestrian excursion with Active Riding Trips and Cheval Voyages in the Bordeaux area of France.

Although it was my first time on an equestrian tour, I always felt confident and safe. Our hosts, Davide and Brita, were knowledgeable horse professionals. The horses were well cared for and fun to ride. Brita is a professional horse woman with wonderful horse stories to satisfy the horse lovers’ soul, but in addition she was so knowledgeable about the history of the area, the vineyards, the making of wine, and even the wildlife and foliage that we encountered.There was no question she couldn’t answer.

The route was challenging, fascinating and informative. The wonderful accommodations were different every day. The three man crew of Brita, Davide and Pierre kept us well fed and happy, and looking forward to the next days’ adventure!

I would definitely travel with Active Riding Trips and Cheval Voyages again.

– Evelyn P.

 

I loved so many things about the ride! First, Britta and David were very kind to their horses. The horses came from varied backgrounds, yet they were all trained so well for the ride that there was never an issue. They and were very sweet and safe and easy to handle both on the ground and in the saddle.

Britta shared extensive knowledge of the wine industry, the land and the history of Bordeaux. She was an excellent tour guide. I was confident in David’s navigation skills – he kept us on course and on time to all our wine tastings and lodgings and meals.

We stayed at many beautiful small wineries and chateaus and castles. Every host and hostess we met were so friendly and the meals they prepared for us were fabulous. We stayed at several very nice hotels as well and meals were always memorable.

I still can’t believe all the planning that went into that trip and how the timing always worked out. Our horses were always ready for us to start the day, lunch was always waiting for us to arrive, and our destination was never disappointing.

PS – my only regret is that I didn’t spend a few days like you did exploring the Bordeaux area. Your photos were beautiful! And so different from the vineyards and towns that we saw from horseback!

– Mandy J.

 

I’ve done quite a few rides with this company and every one is my favorite until I do the next one! Having said that, this one really was my favorite! I knew Bordeaux would be nice, but I really had NO idea how wonderful this trip would be.
The guides David and Britta were superb! Their expertise and care of the horses were remarkable. The routes taken were carefully planned and modified easily if needed, you never felt there was a change in plans as it all went so smoothly. Britta was incredibly knowledgeable about the history of the places we visited and had great fun stories to tell as well.
The chateaus where we stayed were above and beyond. The food and flavor or the region was so well prepared by the warm accommodating families at the chateau…and then there were the wines! C’est magnifique!
The horses were mainly Lusitano and Arabian with some crosses mixed in but ALL of them were amazing! The sure footedness and sound minds of these well taken care of horses made everyone so comfortable that all that was left to do was enjoy!!
          – Deb R.