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Taste of Provence

New Year in Provence

New Year's Eve in Provence

A ride to finish the year riding under the famous sun of Provence. Day orhalf day rides in the Luberon Regional Nature Park, in the forests or along vineyards, olive and other fruit trees. Hot picnics will be brought by our assistant. You will come back every night to le Mas de Recaute to enjoy theaperitive with Didier, your host, in front of the fire place. You will apreciate dinners prepared by our chef Gaël. And for the New Year eve, a memorable Provencal dinner and party.

Day 1 (December 27th 2020): Arrival
After airport or train collection,riders will gather at the “Mas de Recau-te” your lovely French Farm Home late in the afternoon. Introduction to your accommodation, an aperitif in front of the fire place, and presentation of the ride will  mark the start of your week in Provence. Dinner at the host’s table.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Mas de Recaute

Day 2 (December 28th 2020): Introductory Ride & Wine Tasting
A short hack to get you in the saddle in the hills around the Mas (Provincial farm). In the afternoon we go on a conducted tour of a cellar and a tasting of wines of “Côtes du Luberon”. Back to the farmhouse, you will enjoy a rest in front of the fire place before the dinner prepared by our chef.
Riding 4 hours (2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Mas de Recaute

Day 3 (December 29th 2020): Durance River Ride
Today, you  will ride to the Durance river bank for a lovely picnic lunch with aperitif, cheeses, salads, local pies, local wines and coffee. Riding down the hills, you will discover the entire Durance valley,  and  take a glimpse at the village of Lauris, perched on its cliff. The ride back will be an easy ride through agricultural landscape. You will discover the rich soil that permits this area to get the best production of : wine, asparagus, olives, truffles, cherries, apricots, melons ... the Provence treasures !
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Mas de Recaute

Day 4 (December 30th 2020): Ride to Bonnieux
Take off for a two day trail ride. Horses transfer in truck up to the plateau of the Claparèdes: Bories, little sheds in stones, and lavender fields. Head back following the “Gorges d’Aiguebrun, a famous site for its climbing cliffs. Picnic next to from the superb stoned Bonnieux village. Back at Mas de Recaute at the end of the afternoon.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Mas de Recaute

Day 5 (December 31st 2020): Bonnieux to Lourmarin
Second day trail ride. Take off to Lourmarin, one of the most beautifull village of the Luberon … and of France. Picnic at the foothill. Then, go up the cretes, where you can discover the Mediterannean sea  far to the south and the Alps to the north. Back at the truck for the transfer up to the Mas de Recaute.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Mas de Recaute

Day 6 (January 1st 2021): Sightseeing & Half-Day Ride
Half day off or morning trip in the minibus around the Luberon regional nature park: Lauris, Lourmarin, An-souis. Lunch in Lourmarin. Afternoon ride in the pine tree hills and along olive trees, vineyards and other fruit trees with a stop in a cave for a wine tasting. Provençal dinner.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Mas de Recaute

Day 7 (January 2nd 2021): Departure
Departure after breakfast.
Meals included: Breakfast
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A Taste of Provence
Tour Code: IT-FRPV01
7 days / 6 nights ~$1,560.00
Dates: Aug to Dec

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Difficulty : Riding Level (Click for legend) Lodging: Standard
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New Year in Provence
Tack: Trail Saddles
Horses: Arab/Spanish cross
Pace: Moderate - with walk, trot and some ca...
Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop,
Airport: Marseille
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Riding Level Explained
A Beginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
B Novice
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.
C Intermediate
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.
E Advanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handling a spirited horse in open country.
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