Brittany Explorer

Brittany France: (PG-BRT9)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/france_brittany_explorer.aspx

Introduction
Brittany France
Experience the beautiful coastal region of Brittany on reliable and well-trained endurance horses.

Located in the northwest of France, Brittany is the largest peninsula of the country. The sea, endless beaches, a mild climate and over 2000 hours of sunshine make it an ideal riding area. Ride across the wilderness and explore the unique coastal sights the region has to offer, from rocky coast, to ports.




Accomodation

Accommodations
This is a progressive ride, so you will be staying in different locations during the trip.

Description
The accommodations are very diverse and include rural hotels as well as quaint-cozy guesthouses.

Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Night 1: Hotel near Dinan
Night 2: Hôtel in Matignon
Night 3: Gite in Erquy
Night 4: Hotel in Hillion
Night 5: Hotel in Binic
Night 6: Gite in Lanloup

Hotel near Dinan
This typically Breton 18th century farmhouse welcomes you in one of its 24 freshly renovated rooms featuring recent bedding (box spring and mattress), private bathrooms completely redone in 2017, flat-screen TV and free WiFi.

Hôtel in Matignon
This small hotel offers 12 comfortable and quiet bedrooms equipped with a TV, an ensuite shower room with WC and hairdryer, as well as free unlimited high speed WiFi.
Guests are welcome to relax in the garden.

Gite in Erquy
This gite was built in 1993, using pink sandstone (typical of the region). It has bedrooms of varying size (twin, double, triple...). Each bedroom has its own bathroom. Please, note that there are no TV in the bedrooms; however there is a TV lounge is the common room.
If the weather is unfavorable, a chimney fire and / or the pellet stove will be lit in the common room.
Wi-Fi is available at the property.

Hotel in Hillion
This charming hotel with 14 bedrooms is located only 5 minutes walk away from the sea. All rooms have free Wi-Fi access, a TV and ensuite facilities.

Hotel in Binic
This 3-star hotel has 40 modern and spacious bedrooms equipped with King size or twin beds, a private bathroom with shower, a telephone, a hairdryer, free Wi-Fi internet access and a flat screen TV. Among those rooms, 4 are adapted for people with reduced mobility and 20 are connecting rooms.

Gite in Lanloup
This beautiful 15th century stonehouse cottage offers 5 cozy bedrooms, each with its own decor, free Wi-Fi access and private facilities. There is a lovely garden where guest can relax and smell the flowers. There is also a swimming pool and a tennis court that guests are welcome to use.

Room Occupancy
Single rooms are available based on availability but a single supplement fee applies. The single supplement fee does not apply if we cannot find another rider to share a room with you.


Meals
All meals are included with this trip.
Evening meals and breakfasts will be taken at the hotel. 
The lunch break is a gastronomic 3-course menu with freshly prepared ingredients and a cheese platter. It is usually served in the middle of nature but always include a long table with chairs.
In the evening you will be spoiled with French cooking. Try the local seafood or the famous Breton lobster.

Alcoholic beverages are not included with this trip but you can purchase your own at the local restaurants.

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

Riding

Horses
We know that the key to a horse trip is the horses.  That is why we have chosen and breed our own. They are all born in the Morvan region and they have lived all their life in the same region.  They are calm, well in their heads but when need be or when requested, they are fast and generous.  They are capable of anything, they will surprise you and they will allow you to experience a unique riding trip.

Pace
We will cover about 30 to 40 mile journeys every day with long and frequent canters and, at times, abrupt downhill sections.

Riding Experience
Riders need to be confident and in control at all paces on varied terrains. You also need to be physically fit, as this is a demanding ride.
You should have ridden regularly for more than 5 years and also feel comfortable trotting and galloping for a long time.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival
Individual arrival. A group transfer from Saint Malo Train Station is possible at 7:00 pm. During the welcome dinner, you will get to know your fellow riders and discuss the forthcoming riding tour with your guide.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel near Dinan


Day 2: Pleslin Trigavou to Matignon
The route goes along the River Rance, which meanders snugly through the landscape. The lunch break is idyllic and includes aperitif, appetizer, main course, cheese platter and coffee / tea with something sweet as a dessert. Then the horses are saddled again and you continue riding north. In the afternoon, you will reach the charming Hotel Matignon, near the harbor. Enjoy the typical cuisine of the area for dinner, for example: fish and seafood as well as galettes and crepes. 
Riding approx. 35 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in Matignon


Day 3: Matignon to Erquy
Experience the rugged nature of Cap Fréhel: the headland on the Côte d'Émeraude is the northernmost point of a promontory that juts out into the Gulf of Saint-Malo.
Admire the colored cliffs of reddish sandstone, black slate and the famous pink-colored granite. You are a in for a special natural spectacle, especially in the spring when countless of flowers loom such as wild hyacinths, daffodils and carnations.
The Cap Fréhel is also a bird sanctuary that hosts many breeding birds. With a little luck, you will see some of them (herring gulls, oystercatchers, herring and kittiwakes, puffins and fulmars). Two lighthouses complete the picture. Enjoy gallops on your well-trained horse until you reach the coastal town of Erquy. There are 10 fine sandy beaches in the immediate vicinity, inviting you for a walk after dinner.
Riding approx. 35 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in Erquy


Day 4: Erquy to Hillion
Our route goes along the coast, the sea being your constant companion and you will ride to the bay of Saint Brieuc. In this partially declared nature conservation bay, many species of birds and a diverse fauna find their home.
Riding approx. 42 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in Hotel au Bon Saint Nicolas in Hillion


Day 5: Hillion to Binic
After breakfast, the horses are saddled and off we go! You follow the coast and can, depending on the tides, ride through the bay of Saint Brieuc. Enjoy a gallop on the beach with your well-trained and fit horse.
At the end of the day, you will reach Binic, another coastal harbor town. Take the opportunity to go on a short walk to the harbor, where you can watch cormorants before your French dinner.
Riding approx. 40 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Brit Hotel Galion in Binic


Day 6: Binic to Lanloup
Both inland and near the coast, you can ride fast until lunch time. Strengthened by the delicious lunch break, you ride afterwards to Lanloup, a charming place with a long history.
Riding approx. 35 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Gite in Lanloup


Day 7: Lanloup to Paimpol
For our last riding day, we follow the Trieux River to Paimpol.
Then, it is time to say goodbye. A group transfer to the train station in Saint Brieux is possible. If you want, you can extend your holiday individually. An extra night can be arranged so that the trip home would be one day later after breakfast - please inquire.
Riding approx. 35 km
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch


Rates and Dates for Brittany Explorer

Rates include:

Accommodation, All meals, 6 riding days, Luggage transfers, French and English speaking guide & Transfers

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20217 day trip, AP€1650$1965
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.19

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2021 Pick-up transfer from Saint Malo train station included at set time 0 $0
2021 Drop off transfer to Saint Brieux train station included at set time 0 $0
2021 Single supplement 300 $360

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2021 07/04 - 07/10 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 6 /12 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Alcoholic drinks & Gratuities

Other Info
Meeting: Saint Samson sur Rance
Airport: Rennes
Transfer: Saint Malo

Climate:
                                        Lanloup area


Month

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Average High Temperature (°F)

48

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49

Average Low Temperature (°F)

40

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42

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48

53

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51

46

42

Average High Temperature (°C)

9

9

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12

10

Average Low Temperature (°C)

5

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Average Precipitation (days of rain)

14

11

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8

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14

Source: NOAA


Seasons
Brittany benefits from an Oceanic climate allowing for mild temperatures year round.

Wear layers of clothing so that you are ready for cooler mornings and hotter afternoons. Waterproof outer layers are wise on longer day trips if the weather forecast is changeable.

What To Bring:
Preferably, you will carry several small bags, not exceeding 10 kg each.  Please no large, hard shell suitcases. Saddlebags are provided. 
 
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

 

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
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