The 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 …
2024 Rates: $3,260.00 USD per person in a shared room (Single Supplement: $615.00 USD)
Non rider rate in a shared room with a rider: $2,135.00 USD
Dates: May 11-18, May 19-26, Sept. 28-Oct. 5, Oct. 6-13, Oct. 19-26, Oct 27-Nov. 3
NOTE: the level of riding for this ride is for an experienced rider who has mastered all 4 gaits (walk, posting trot (posting is mandatory), canter/gallop in a forward seat on varied terrain and in open spaces. You must be able to control the speed and direction of your horse without being rough on their mouth or back. There are many long trots and canters, so you need to be physically fit. You must also be able to mount unaided. If, on the first day of the ride, the guide does not feel you have adequately met these guidelines, you will not be able to continue by horseback but may travel with the support vehicle. A 300 euro fee will be charged for transporting your horse back to the farm. No refunds will be issued in the event you are not able to ride to these guidelines.
- 7 nights accommodation
- 6 days of guided trail riding
- All meals
- Horse and all tack
- Guiding services
- Luggage transfers
- All taxes
- Travel insurance
- Visits/Tastings outlined in the itinerary (c. 30€)
- Drinks with evening meals (bottled water, wine, beer, soda)
- Airport transfers
- Gratuities for the team at the end of the stay
Arrival and pick up at Bordeaux airport at 6:00PM at HALL B at the "Brioche Dorée" snack bar .
Transfer to the bed and breakfast in Ruch and enjoy a briefing and dinner.
Breakfast at 8AM and then transfer to the horses at 9AM. The ride begins after all are introduced to their horses and head out at 10AM.
This day's ride will take us through the Entre-deux-mers region with its varied, hilly, wooded landscapes and beautiful vineyards. We pass by the 13th-century Château de Rauzan before arriving at our picnic area.
In the afternoon, we continue through the Bordeaux vineyards, returning to
Château du Courros (Bordeaux Supérieur) for a tasting (fee not included). Built on
the grounds of a pre-6th-century religious community dedicated to Saint Vincent (said to be the patron saint of winegrowers), Château du Courros lies a few kilometers south of St. Emilion.
Overnight stay and dinner in a B&B in Ruch.
Breakfast at 8AM, departure from the hotel at 9AM and then mount up to ride out at 10AM.
Today, you will ride through the Côtes de Blaye and the Côtes de Bourg in hilly and lush landscape. Lunch will be a picnic at a wine producers’ place at Lamothe castle and include a tasting of the Côte de Bourg.
At around 3PM, you’ll mount back up and ride toward Cubnezais through a flatter landscape good for longer trots and canters. You’ll enjoy the micro climate en route, with distinct areas of humid zones.
The evening will be a delight as you’ll visit the winegrower of the vineyard Gravette’s where you will enjoy a tasting (fee not included) during the evening meal.
Overnight on site.
Day 4 - PM Ride
The morning is free. You can enjoy Saint Emilion. This unusual medieval town opens its doors all year round to adventurers, wine lovers and the simply curious. A city steeped in history, perched on a rocky promontory, Saint-Émilion and its vineyards draw their originality from the limestone that has shaped their identity. This is evidenced
by the 200 km of underground galleries that provided the limestone needed for the construction of many of the region's buildings, including Bordeaux.
We picnic where we left the horses the day before on the Château Le Gay property.
In the afternoon, we ride through vineyards interspersed with small woods to Château Mayne-Veil (Fronsac), where we leave the horses.
Overnight stay and dinner at the hotel in Libourne.
On this day, we head for Mouillac through varied landscapes of vineyards, meadows and forests.
Picnic at Mouillac's little Romanesque church, where you'll have time to find the 9 canonic dials.
The day continues on to Cubnezais. The landscape here is divided between the vineyards of the "Blaye - Côtes de Bordeaux" appellation and the forest of pines and hardwoods.
At the end of the day, we leave the horses at Domaine de la Gravette.
Overnight stay and dinner in a B&B in Civrac de Blaye.
This morning, we ride through the rolling hills of the Côtes de Bourg.
Picnic and tasting (additional fee) at Château Lamothe (Côte de Bourg). Departure around 3pm for the Citadelle de Blaye.
We enter the 18th-century Vauban citadel on horseback - like in the original days. With its 1.5 km of ramparts, gates and underground passageways, the citadel has preserved intact the defensive system designed by Vauban, as well as the buildings necessary for the proper functioning of a garrison: former convent, prison, barracks and powder magazine.
Overnight in hotel and dinner in Blaye.
Day 7 - AM Ride
After breakfast, we cross the Gironde with our mounts on the ferry to Lamarque and the Médoc (duration 40 mins.). We ride through the Médoc vineyards to our picnic at Moulis en Médoc.
Afternoon at leisure, tasting at Château Maslescasse (Haut-Médoc) (additional fee). Located in Lamarque, between Margaux and Saint-Julien, Château Malescasse was built in 1824 in the purest neo-classical style.
Overnight stay and dinner in a bed & breakfast in Moulis en Médoc.
After breakfast, transfer to Bordeaux airport at pre set time.