Looking to get away this winter and find a ride that is somewhere between tropical heat and downright cold? This is THE program you’ve looked for – it has it all – it’s super fun and active riding and the temps are perfect for these rides, often in the low 60s! Accommodations are all hotels (some even have indoor swimming pools, so be sure to grab your suit), the food is french provencal at it’s best and the wine – well, it’s the icing on this cake!
Don’t wait, make this your winter for super fun riding.
Dates: Nov. 10, 2019-March 15, 2020 and Nov. 15, 2020-March 15, 2021 – every week upon request, price based on total number in group.
Rate: $1,780.00 USD if 4 or more (Single Supplement: $380.00 USD)
$540.00 USD supplement per person if only 3 riders
$1,080.00 USD supplement per person if only 2 riders
- 6 nights accommodation
- 5 days of riding
- Horse and all tack
- All meals
- Wine with meals
- Luggage transfers
- Support Staff
- Guiding services
- All local taxes
- Travel insurance
- Gratuities for the team at the end of the stay
- Beverages outside of meals
- Visits or tips not outlined in the itinerary
Sunday: Meeting at Marseille airport or Aix-en-Provence train station, or directly at your accommodation in Lauris. Welcome aperitif and presentation of the trail ride. You will be introduced to your guide and spend a first friendly dinner at the «host’s table». Overnight at your guesthouse.
Monday: From Lauris to Mallemort. Ride at the foot of the Luberon mountain in pine and oak forests to the Durance valley where we will cross the river. Picnic brought by our assistant on the other side of the Durance river. In the afternoon, we will ride along the Alpilles canal to the farm where the horses will stay for the night. Transfer with minibus back to your guesthouse where you will be able to enjoy and relax in the covered swimming pool, or hammam and jacuzzi.
Tuesday: From Mallemort to Eygalieres. After breakfast, transfer back to your horse. In the garrigue of Provence , we will enter in the AlpillesNature Park. You will then make your way out of the valley, towards Van Gogh’s country : the Alpilles. We will reach the Roman village of Eygalière late in the afternoon, and stop by the beautiful « Chapel St Sixte », to take pictures. Dinner and overnight at a guesthouse near Eygalieres.
Wednesday: From Eygalieres to Les Baux de Provence. A cultural day as you will ride in the landscape Van Gogh liked to paint. You will stop near Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, in front of the hospital in which Van Gogh stayed and made his most famous paintings. Admire beautiful Roman monuments, before you make your way towards lunch, by a gorgeous little lake, hidden in the hills. The afternoon ride will take you on the crests of the Alpilles : striking panorama on the surrounding area. We will even see the gleam of the mediterranean sea in the distance. At the end of the trail, discover a breathtaking sight on the medieval village of «Les Baux-de-Provence ». Load the horses in the truck and visit of the village before a transfer to Saintes Maries de la Mer in Camargue at the seaside. Dinner in typical restaurant in the village. Night in a charming hotel.
Thursday: From Astouin to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. A stunning day ride to discover more of Camargue. You will cross the « Small Rhône » river on a ferry boat to reach a very protected part of the Nature Park. The marsh land will slowly give way to sand dunes and pine forests as you ride towards wild beaches: unforgettable canters and gallops. You will feel lost in the wild, as you ride in this remote part of Camargue, off the toursist track. Admire the rich wildlife among which the pink flamingoes and herons. End of the day at « Les Saintes Maries de la Mer », right by the sea. Time for a visit of the village and shopping. Dinner in a restaurant. Overnight in the same hotel near the village.
Friday: A morning ride on the beaches. Nice gallops and walk in the sea. The lunch will be prepared at the hotel by your assistant, and the afternoon you will ride along the Vacares lake: you will discover a lot of flamingos and wild birds on a pleasant trail. Transfer to Lauris, for a last dinner all together, share memories, pictures, addresses ...and more wine!
Saturday: End of the trip after breakfast. Transfers to Aix-en-Provence train stations and Marseille airport.
* This indicative itinerary may be changed if necessary.