Perigord Pourpre Trails

Dordogne France: (IT-FRABR06)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/france_Perigord_Pourpre_Trails.aspx

Introduction
Dordogne France
Enjoy our new horseback trips which take you through the beautiful Périgord region!

The Périgord, which corresponds roughly to the current Dordogne département, is for many people the picture-perfect image of the French countryside, a gentle landscape of patchwork fields, hilltop towns, turreted mansions and jade green woods.  It is also the spiritual home to two of the country's enduring culinary passions - foie gras and the black truffle!  The Périgord region is famous for its stunning cave paintings, as well as for its many fortified chateaux and bastide towns - reminders of the bloody battles waged here during the Middle Ages and the Hundred Years' War.

There are 4 different geographic Perigord designations: the White Perigord, the Purple Perigord, the Green Perigord and the Black Perigord. This riding tours will take you in the Black Perigord, an area that overlooks the valleys of the Vezere and the Dordogne. This limestone plateau, delimited to the West by the valley of the Vezere and to the South, by the valley of the Dordogne, is covered by forests of chestnut trees, pines and holm oaks, which give it a dark colour and its name "Black Perigord".

A delight for the eyes and the palate, this horseback adventure offers riders a variety of landscapes, bastides (fortified towns), medieval villages, regional cuisine, and opulent castles. In the heart of the Purple Périgord and the Couze Valley, a warm welcome will be reserved for you for experience authentic French life.

Accomodation

Accommodation
This is a progressive ride so you will be staying in different locations each night.

Description

Accommodation is in B&B or hotels.

Accommodation Itinerary - Accommodations are subject to changes based on availability
Nights 1, 2, 3 & 7: Ferme Hermance near Lougratte
Night 4:  Youth Hotel in Cadouin
Nights 5 & 6:  Ferme de Tandou in Monpazier

Ferme Hermance near Lougratte
This equestrian farm has 3 cottages (total of 12 bedrooms) and a swimming pool. Almost all rooms have their own bathroom. Free Wi-Fi is available in each of the cottages.

Youth Hotel in Cadouin
This unusual Youth Hostel is located in a former Cistercian Abbey that was built during the 11-12th centuries. Accommodations are simple but feature all basic needs. Free Wi-Fi is available at this property.

Ferme de Tandou in Monpazier
You will be warmly welcomed at this lovely farmhouse. The cozy bedrooms all come with a private bathroom and free Wi-Fi access.

Room Occupancy
Possibility of single room but with supplement. We try our best to match you with a roommate, but if this is not possible you may be placed in single room with a supplement to be paid.


Meals
All meals are included.

Continental breakfasts served at your accommodation.
The lunches are buffets with a wide choice (adapted to particular diets) & wine.
Dinner in the bed and breakfast, restaurant or hotel (wine not included for dinner).

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to most dietary restrictions with prior notice.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Riding Ability
This ride is open to riders who are comfortable at all three gaits (walk, rising trot, canter), with an occasional fast gallop, and practice a regular habit of riding. There are certain sections of the trail where we need to lead the horses. It is recommended that you be in good physical condition in order to participate. Previous experience of trail rides over a number of days would be beneficial but is not required.

Pace
The pace is varied depending on the terrain, with long periods of walk and plenty of opportunities to canter and gallop. We ride around 5-6 hours riding each day. We cover about 150km in total.

Horses
Most of our horses were born on the farm. They live in herds in the meadows and this is what makes them strong. This social lifestyle is very close to their ideal living conditions, which is a natural environment.
Every horse has its own character, but all are gentle, balanced, and multi-talented.
The horses are a mixture of Arabian, Paint horses, and Arabian/Paint crossbreds.
The relationship with the riders and our horses is crucial. Above all, we place attention on the welfare and education of our horses.

Tack
Our saddles are a French trail saddle (JMS brands), which blend the best of English and western styles to make the perfect trail saddle. Horses will work in bridles with Myler bits. Helmets are not mandatory but are strongly recommended.

Logistics
There is a support van for the transport of luggage and riders. It is possible for a rider or a non-riding companion to follow along the horse riders in the van.

Staff
David (GTE/ BPJEPS TE) is a certified Equestrian Tour Guide. He creates the routes and leads all the riding tours. He is also a trainer of apprentice instructors in Equestrian Tourism.
Britta is your riding companion and translator (English, Dutch, German, and Spanish). She is always available to facilitate any language concerns.

Itinerary

Sample-Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival
We welcome the riders at 6:30pm at the Bergerac's train station and transfer our guests to their first accommodation. After settling in, enjoy a quick visit of the bastide town of Villeneuve-sur-Lot.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at the Farm's Guesthouse


Day 2: Ride around the farm
Departure of the ride around 10:00 am, after presentation and assignment riders to the horses. This day is devoted entirely to horseback riding through the many trails that surround the equestrian farm, including the GR 654 on the road to Saint Jacques de Compostelle. We will view the traditional architecture of the Haut Agenais Périgord: dovecotes, farms, character houses such as the stacked house dating back to the 16th century in Bournel, or the priory of Mesnil Saint Martin dating from the 13th century and of the 18th century. It was restored in 1980 by a religious community. Today, it is a private dwelling.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Farm's Guesthouse


Day 3: Ride to Faux
After breakfast, we ride on the wooded ridges towards the village of Castillonnès. Perched on its rocky spur overlooking the green Dropt valley, Castillonnès is a 13th century bastide. After crossing through this bastide, we reach the charming village of Eyrenville for lunch. Long gallops on the hilly paths and the limestone plateaus take us to the village of Faux where we leave our horses.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Farm's Guesthouse


Day 4: Faux to Cadouin
In the morning, we cross the forest to discover the Renaissance castle of Lanquais. The castle of Lanquais, nicknamed "the unfinished Louvre of the Perigord", dates from the 15th and 16th centuries. The castle of Bannes (private residence) dates from the 14th century, it was destroyed after the Hundred Years' War and rebuilt in the 16th century. The Cistercian Abbey of Cadouin dates back to the 12th century and hides in its heart a masterpiece of art gothic, its cloister. 
We then descend into the Couze valley, coming to a small river that we ride along to the castle of Bannes. Picnic in the heart of the park of this magnificent private 1 5th century castle. In the afternoon, we pass by the village of Molières before arriving at our evening stopover in Cadouin, with its 11th and 12th century Cistercian abbey.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Youth Hostel in Cadouin


Day 5: Cadouin to Monpazier
After riding through woods and forests, we reach the village of Montferrand du Périgord for our lunch. This village of the Couze valley is nestled at the f oot of a medieval castle. The oldest known document citing the castle of Monte Ferrando is a charter of 1286. We continue our journey toward Monpazier, a 13th century bastide town, a jewel of medieval architecture. Classified among the "Most Beautiful Vill ages in France", it remains the most beautiful and best preserved of the bastides of the Southwest.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Farmhouse in Monpazier


Day 6: Monpazier to Saint Avit
The morning is free to allow time to visit the bastide of Monpazier
After the picnic, we go on horseback for the afternoon. We leave the Dordogne department for the Lot et Garonne when we approach the castle of Biron, a 12th century castle and by the 18th century, classified as a Historic Monument. As a seat of one of the four baronies of the Périgord, the château occupies a strategic position on the edge of Périgord and the Agenais. Its history is linked to the great Gontaut Biron family, which held the fief estate for eight hundred years. Arrival in Saint Avit where we end our day.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Farmhouse in Monpazier


Day 7: Saint Avit and back to the Farm
Following the valley of the Lède, we reach the Bastide de Monflanquin to enjoy a picnic by the lake. Monflanquin is a picturesque bastide of the 13th century. It is perched on its "pech", located in a hilly region, between Agena is, Périgord and Quercy, and compared by Stendhal to "a little Tuscany". After many gallops, we arrive at the Farm to spend the evening.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Farm's Guesthouse


Day 8: Departure
After breakfast, departure and transfer to the train station in Bergerac.
Meals included: Breakfast


Rates and Dates for Perigord Pourpre Trails

Rates include:

Accommodations, All meals, Wine with lunch & 6 riding days
Saddle bags are provided

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20208 day trip, AP€1680$1900
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.13

Rates Note:

Single supplement will be applied if we cannot find another rider to share.

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Rates Note:

Single supplement will be applied if we cannot find another rider to share.


Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2020 Transfer from/to Bergerac's train station roundtrip, pp
- to be paid locally
20 $25
2020 Single supplement 440 $500
2020 Non-rider rate 1,295 $1,465

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2020 08/22 - 08/29 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 5 /9 Expired

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Beverages in hotels and restaurants, Transfers from/to Bergerac train station, Entrance fees & Gratuities

Note:

Due to COVID-19 Corona virus pandemic and certain travel restrictions we are applying some temporary policy changes to some of our tours.

For Perigord Pourpre Trails (IT-FRABR06):
If your booking is affected by the coronavirus pandemic, it is possible to postpone your trip to a later date in 2020 at no extra fee (depending on availability). It is also possible to postpone your trip to 2021, but you will need to pay the price difference.

With regards to accommodations and restaurants, the French government has imposed strict health rules for all establishments receiving guests so we trust our yearlong partners to apply them correctly for our clients.
Regarding horse riding, the equipment is cleaned and disinfected between each stay. In addition, it is only our team that prepares the horses and manipulates the tack and clients team up with the same horse for the whole week .
Our lunches are served as a buffet but instead of it being self-service, it is our team who will provide the service.
Hydro alcoholic gel will be available freely throughout the horse trail .
We don't impose wearing a mask on the trail (the French riding federation and the French government don't require wearing one while horse riding) but of course, riders can bring their own mask for hotels, restaurants & sightseeing visits if they feel the need of wearing one .
We ask that you follow the hygienic measures below during your stay:
  • wash your hands regularly with soap and water (access to which must be facilitated by providing disposable towels) or by hydro-alcoholic friction;
  • systematically cover your nose and mouth by coughing or sneezing into your elbow;
  • blow your nose in a disposable handkerchief and dispose of it immediately in a trash can;
  • avoid touching your face, especially your nose, mouth and eyes.
  • masks must be worn systematically by everyone when the rules of physical distance cannot be guaranteed.

For more information please visit our COVID-19 Updates page at https://www.hiddentrails.com/article/covid19update.aspx

Other Info
Meeting: La ferme du Peytavit in Couze
Airport: Bordeaux
Transfer: Lalinde's or Bergerac's train station

Climate:
                                                Sarlat-la-Canéda area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

49

52

59

64

71

77

82

82

76

67

55

50

Average Low Temperature (°F)

36

36

40

43

50

55

58

58

53

49

41

37

Average High Temperature (°C)

9

11

15

18

22

25

28

28

24

19

13

10

Average Low Temperature (°C)

2

2

4

6

10

13

15

15

12

9

5

3

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

10

8

9

10

10

8

5

6

7

9

9

9

Source: NOAA
 

Seasons
The Greater Bergarac Area (Dordogne/Perigord), under oceanic influence, enjoys a temperate climate and sunshine, which makes it possible to sojourn there pleasantly all year, to take advantage of open-air activities and to discover its natural and cultural richness.

Spring
In the springtime, the rise in temperature and the beneficial rain showers awaken the sleeping nature to reveal glistening flora and protected wildlife.

Summer
In the summer, the 30-degree Celsius average maximum temperature is ideal to take advantage of the region’s tourist assets. Stroll along the edge of the Dordogne’s beaches, visit historic sites...The very mild evenings are the ideal moment to savor the generous gastronomy outdoors.
Some evenings, thunderstorms bring a bit of well-appreciated coolness.

Autumn
Autumn, mild and damp, is a fairyland of colors. The trees adorn themselves with yellow and orange-tinted foliage. It is also the season of numerous flavors and smells, with mushroom gathering in the undergrowth, and the harvest of sun-filled grapes.

Winter
Winter, with a few episodes of intense cold, freezes the landscape for awhile under a thin layer of ice or snow, and makes the frost-covered trees into ephemeral sculptures.

What To Bring:
The luggage is transported in vehicle and transferred to each accommodation. We ask that riders only bring one suitcase (69x47x27) and one handbag.

…  this list is only a guideline for you
Hidden Trails Travel Documents and Trip Voucher (contains important local tour contact info.)
Flight tickets
Passport
Visa (check with your consulate)

RIDING GEAR
Riding pants or Jodhpurs
Riding boots (short) + Minichaps
Riding helmet (recommended for all trips)
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection
Lightweight Rain coat
A riding helmet is not provided by us, but is is recommended for adults and mandatory for minors during the horse ride. 


PERSONAL CLOTHING
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Pyjamas
Bag for dirty clothes
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
Swimsuit


ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection - mosquitos may be around in the evenings and early mornings.
Personal medications
Sore cream (for an emergency)
Sewing kit
Torch/ Flashlight
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera and extra film or batteries
Belt pack
Address book and pen (for postcards!)
Sun glasses with strap
Sun protection lotion and lip balm