Ride Overview

Seven days of pure hapiness, 4.5 on horseback in the Loire valley. We start by Saumur, vineyards, troglodytes caves, castles. We are going on great history tour of the Plantagenets, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Valois, Joan of Arc.

We are welcomed by French aristrocats in their château, and we ride in wonderfull countryside: famous Loire vineyards, forests and rivers: Loire, Vienne, Indre …

And we finish by the wonderfull chateau de Villandry and its famous gardens.

$3,220.00 USD per peson in a shared room (Single Supplement: $695.00 USD)

Non rider sharing a room: $2,785.00 USD)

July 12-18, Sept. 13-19

Included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 4.5 days of riding
  • All meals
  • Wine with meals
  • Horse and all tack
  • Guiding services
  • Luggage transfers
  • Visits as outlined in the itinerary
  • All local taxes

Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Visits not outlined in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Transfers to/from the train station
  • Gratuities for the team at the end of the stay

Day 1

Arrival from TGV station of Saumur to château de Beaulieu at Saumur.
Dinner and briefing at château de Beaulieu.

Day 2

Champigny cellar - Chateau de Montsoreau
Today we begin the ride to Champigny troglodyte cellar from chateau de Beaulieu by the vineyards, with a magnificent view on chateau of Saumur. Arriving on horseback into the troglodyte cellar… an unforgettable experience !

Enjoy Champigny wine tasting in a troglodyte cellar according the season - Gourmet lunch in a local restaurant.

Ride in and through the Champigny vineyards, and along the Loire River to chateau de Montsoreau, which inspired well known French writer Alexandre Dumas for his book "la dame de Montsoreau".

Dinner and night in Chateau de Beaulieu.

Day 3

Chateau de Brézé - Abbaye de Fontevraud
After breakfast, begin the ride to Chateau de Brézé by the vineyards, and countryside. Lunch in old stables of château de Brézé. After lunch enjoy a guided visit of château de Brézé.

Ride in the vineyards, countryside and woods to Abbaye de Fontevraud. A highlight of the trip is the magical arrival inside the Abbaye on horseback – just like stepping back in time 400 years.

Visit and tour of Abbaye de Fontevraud.

Dinner and night at Domaine de Mestré at Fontevraud.

Day 4

Abbaye de Fontevraud - Chateau de Ternay
Today we will ride in traditional French countryside and make our way to Chateau de la Roche Martel, a private and historical chateau where we are welcome by the owners for a picnic and visit.

After lunch, we will continue to ride in the countryside and woods to the private chateau de Ternay, where we will have a cordial welcome by count and countess of Ternay.

Dinner and night in chateau de Ternay.

Day 5

Chinon - Ussé - Azay le Rideau
A wonderful day as we ride to Chateau d'Ussé from Chinon forest, we continue by riding in the Chinon forest and arrive to Chateau d'Ussé the sleeping beauty Chateau. (this is the chateau that inspired the story of Sleeping Beauty)

After lunch in Ussé, we will continue our ride to Azay le Rideau - unforgettable long canters along the Indre river, woods and orchards. We will then have a visit and tour of château de la Chatonière.

Free time to visit Chinon. Night in medieval hotel of Chinon.

Day 6

Azay le Rideau - Villandry
Ride to the chateau de Villandry and its famous gardens, known the world over for their layout and fertile offerings. Afterward, relax and ride through the countryside, vineyards, and woods of the property.

Lunch in chateau de Villandry. Afterward, visit the wonderful gardens and chateau de Villandry.

Transfer to Chateau de Gizeux. Dinner and night in chateau de Gizeux.

Day 7

Breakfast and departure.
Transfer (not included) to TGV Tours Saint Pierre des Corps station. (we will be glad to assist you in making a reservation)

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