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Itinerary for Natural Horsemanship & Trails




Sample Itinerary- subject to changes

Changes due to weather, security, technical criteria, and other imponderables may occur.

Important note: The specific level required is the "confirmed rider level".
As a qualified professional of equestrian tourism in France, it is important for the safety of the groups of riders we receive that everyone has the required riding level (see description below).
A person, who doesn't have the required level, causes difficulties for the staff and other participants, with consequences on the good progress of the stay for everyone.
Therefore, if from the first day we judge that a rider doesn't have the required level for horseback riding, he/she will not continue on horseback. He/she will be able to continue with the logistic team. This decision will be made without any refund on the stay.

Our rides are for the experienced rider who has mastered all 4 paces (walk, rising trot, canter/gallop in a forward seat) on varied terrains and in open spaces. The experienced rider rides regularly, has good physical fitness, has good soft hands, a good attitude, and self-confidence. He controls the speed and direction of the horse in all circumstances. He can ride long distances including gallops of several minutes in open terrain.


Day 1: Arrival
Pick- up from the Villeneuve-sur-Lot train station in the afternoon and transfer to the guesthouse. Dinner at 8:00pm.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Farm's guesthouse


Day 2: Local specialities & architecture
After breakfast, ee will ride to the Castle of Born, a former royal plum tree estate dating back to the 12th century. A couple of years ago, the Piat Family bought this property, carrying on the production of the Agen prune. After having a nice picnic in the courtyard of the castle, you will enjoy a tasting of home-made products, elaborated with the pulp of semi-cooked prunes.
On our way back to the guesthouse, we will see the priory of « Le Mesnil Saint Martin ». Built in the 13th century and transformed during the 18th century, it was then restored by a religious community in the 1980s. Today, this beautiful example of local architecture is a private house.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Farm's guesthouse


Day 3: Purple Perigord
In the morning, we will ride on wooded ridges to the bastide of Castillonnès, dating back to the 13th century. In the lovely village of Eyrenville, we will enjoy our picnic and a wine tasting of Bergerac wines at the Clos Pech de Bessou estate.
After the break, relaxing canters will lead us through hilly paths and limestone plateaus to the medieval village of Issigeac, located on the border of Dordogne and Lot-et-Garonne départements, in the « Périgord Pourpre ». The touristic Périgord region has been divided in four parts. Each part has been linked with a color, according to the main feature of the area. Purple refers to the color of the leaves of vines in fall.
Following our road to the village of Bardou, we will leave our horses at the Grand Eyral Property, an ancient celtic settlement.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Farm's guesthouse


Day 4: Saint-Dizier
Today, we ride to the village of Saint-Dizier, located on the banks of the river Dropt. Horses are everywhere and so is History. This village is reknowned for its atypical wood stacked houses from the 14th – 17th centuries. We will also discover the church of the village, with its semicircular apse and its bell tower wall, dating back to the 12th century.
In the afternoon, we will ride back to our farm through a hilly landscape, enjoying nice canters.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Farm's guesthouse


Day 5: Cancon
We will continue to disocver the region by heading to Cancon, a fortified village dating back to the 13th century. Cancon is the french hazelnut capital. After our picnic on the shores of the lake, located next to the village, we will appreciate shaded paths,
riding to the village of Montflanquin, where we will leave our horses overnight.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Farm's guesthouse


Day 6: Monflanquin
The Monflanquin bastide was built in 1256, at the top of a « pech » (word issued from the old Gascon dialect designated a hill), on a really strategic location between 3 regions: Agenais, Périgord and Quercy. The famous author, Stendhal, used to compare this village with a « small Tuscany » . We will enjoy its market, located on the central square, surrounded by a covered passage with arcades. At lunch, we will meet our horses again and have a picnic at the foot of the village, considered as one of the most beautiful French villages.
Nice canters will lead us through hills, plum and hazel trees back to the the guesthouse.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Farm's guesthouse


Day 7: La Tucque Castle & Bournel Village
For our last riding day, we will ride from ridge to ridge to the castle of La Tucque, built during the 15th century, at the same time as the small Valette church. The owner of La Tucque Castle, an expert on cultivating the black Perigord truffle, will explain us its whole history. Then, crossing the lovely village of Bournel, we will have a look at its fortified church and its stacked house, dating back to the 16th century.
Enjoying nice canters, we will finally return to the farm.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Farm's guesthouse


Day 8: Departure
After breakfast, departure or transfer to Villeneuve-sur-Lot or Bergerac train station.
Meals included: Breakfast



Non Riders
Non-riding companions are welcome to join this trip. It is best to have a car in order to do some sightseeing while the rest of the group explores on horseback.
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Natural Horsemanship & Trails
Tour Code: IT-FRABR05
8 days / 7 nights ~$2,155.00
Dates : June

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 2022 06/04 - 06/11 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 5 /10 Reserve
A 2022 06/12 - 06/19 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 5 /10 Sold Out
A 2022 11/05 - 11/12 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 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...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Bordeaux Mérignac Airport (BOD)
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