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Loire Castles Escape Ride


Loire Castles Escape Ride
Loire France

An exploration of the famous Châteaux of the Loire Valley. Visit Chambord, Chenonceau, Saumur and Chinon!

The ride is designed for travelers looking for a relaxed and cultured getaway. Take memorable photographs and be spoiled by the mouth watering French cuisine! Overnights are at exquisite castle and manor houses, each with its own charm and history. The riding tour leads you to and inside some of the most famous Loire castles without the tourist crowds. Guided by locals with good knowledge and warm smiles, you will enjoy the pleasures of riding in all the beautiful landscapes of the Loire Valley. Each stop is promised to be unique; sometimes it will be a guided tour, other times a garden festival, a horse show, a wine tasting or self guided exploration on your own. Here you will truly taste and experience the French "art de vivre"! Each of the 6 evenings will be in private castles, where you will have an intimate dinner with the owners, taste the heralded gastronomy from the "Heart of France" in excellent  quality gourmet restaurants, quaint picnics on the trail with foie gras, and discover several entertaining shows in the castles at night. This is a luxury program that is designed for those who wish to have personalized care and therefore is limited to eight riders per departure.


There are two week long itineraries available:
# 3: Chambord and Chenonceau

- 4 riding days
In the steps of french aristocracy and around the most famous castles of the Loire - 
Chambord, Beauregard, Cheverny, Blois, Chenonceau, Amboise.. These wonderfull renaissance castles bring us into the heart of French history.
 We start this ride in the favorite hunting forests of the renaissance Fench kings, then along the wonderful banks of River Cher and then finish with the chestnut trees of Amboise forest.



# 6: Saumur, Abbaye de Fontevraud, Chinon

- 5 riding days
Starting at Saumur we ride through beautiful vineyards, by troglodytes caves and to the famous castles... We follow the great history of Plantagenets, Alienor of Aquitaine, Valois, Jane of Arc... French aristocrats welcome us at their private châteaux and we continue our ride across wonderful landscapes, along orchards, through immense forests and along the rivers Loire, Vienne, and Indre. Finally we finish at the wonderful Chateau de Villandry and its famous gardens.

There are also shorter 3 night getaways available:
# 4: Samur and  #5 Chinon

- 2 riding days 
On the shorter trips you will stay all nights in the same private castle!



Progressive Ride (no camping)
Short Getaway
Center-based ride

Meeting: # 3: Blois
# 6: Saumur
Airport: Paris
Transfer: Take a taxi from Blois or Samur train stations (depending on your itinerary #).
Riders: Min 4 riders
Max 10 riders

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    Loire Castles Escape Ride
    Tour Code: IT-LOESC
    7 days / 6 nights ~$2,820.00
    Dates : April to Oct

    Trip Rating :
    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    ABeginner
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    BNovice
    Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
    CIntermediate
    Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
    D Strong Intermediate
    Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
    EAdvanced
    All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
    Lodging: Standard
    Lodging Level Explained
       
    = Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
       
    Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
    Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
     Accommodations with superior comforts.
       
     = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
       
    Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
    Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
    Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
       
     = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
       
    Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
    Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
    Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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    Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
    B 2016 08/14 - 08/20 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- Beauregard t... 4 /10 Expired
    A 2016 09/11 - 09/17 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- Saumur to Vi... 4 /10 Expired
    A 2016 09/18 - 09/24 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- Saumur to Vi... 4 /10 Expired
    B 2016 10/02 - 10/08 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- Beauregard t... 4 /10 Reserve
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    Tack: English
    Horses: Mixed Selle Francois and Anglo Arabian...
    Pace: 4-6 saddle hrs. All paces: Itin #3 : ...

    Airport: Paris
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