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Renaissance Castles of the Loire


Renaissance Castles of the Loire
Loire France
The Loire is the longest river in France and its banks are lined with beautiful forestland and handsome vineyards. Immersed in the landscape of beauty and nobility, the more you will come to understand why French aristocracy once flourished here and built their magnificent castles. The Loire valley has preserved its stately charm and lifestyle - the cuisine here is forever exclusive and refined, with splendid and distinguished wines. This horse riding holiday in the Loire provides riders with a pampered vacation experience with the best in local cuisine, wine, the arts and a endlessly romantic landscape that will seduce the hearts of travelers near and far.

There are two itineraries for the Renaissance Castles riding holiday depending on what dates you have chosen to travel.

Itinerary A. Loire Castles
This journey across the Loire landscapes and its forest areas is a leap into history of the Middle Ages but mostly the Renaissance.
At the time, the royal house of Valois-Orléans-Angoulême had enough power and means to build fancy castles instead of fortresses.
The Loire Valley offers a mild climate, fertile soils and biodiversity as well as monasteries, cathedrals, and of course, castles.

Itinerary B.  King's Castles and Gardens

Come with us on this amazing journey and walk through the Villandry gardens, admire the Azay-le-Rideau castle, and the Fontevraud abbey with its medieval architecture. More impressive yet, the royal fortress of Chinon which overlooks the city, which is classified as a City of Art and History. Stroll about Montsoreau, one of the most beautiful villages of France and at the heart of the Natural Parc Loire-Anjou-Tourraine, learn and taste the various wines fem the area with Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine's delicious goat cheese. Last but not least is a very special visit to Saumur, the city of the French National Riding School named the 'Cadre Nor' where we will watch a riding demonstration.

Progressive Ride (no camping)

Meeting: Hotel on day one.
Airport: Paris - Charles de Gaulle
Transfer:
Riders: Min 5 riders
Max 10 riders

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    Renaissance Castles of the Loire
    Tour Code: IT-FRABR02
    8 days / 7 nights ~$2,035.00
    Dates : April to September

    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
    A 2018 06/16 - 06/23 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP- Loire Castle... 5 /10 Expired
    A 2018 06/23 - 06/30 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP- Loire Castle... 5 /10 Expired
    A 2018 07/01 - 07/08 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP- Loire Castle... 5 /10 Expired
    A 2018 07/29 - 08/05 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP- Loire Castle... 5 /10 Expired
    A 2018 08/05 - 08/12 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP- Loire Castle... 5 /10 Expired
    A 2018 08/18 - 08/25 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP- Loire Castle... 5 /10 Sold Out
    B 2018 08/25 - 09/01 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP- King's Castl... 5 /10 Reserve
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    Tack: Trail saddles custom-made for each hor...
    Horses: Pure- or cross-bred Paint, Arabian, or...
    Pace: Riders should be at ease at 4 paces (w...

    Airport: Paris - Charles de Gaulle
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