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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
Departure of the ride at around 10:00 am, after presentation and distribution of the horses. Today, we ride through the numerous paths that surround the equestrian farm, including the GR 654 on the road to Santiago de Compostela.
We discover the traditional architecture of the Haut Agenais Périgord: dovecotes, farms and houses of character such as the stacked house dating from the 16th century in Bournel, or the priory of Mesnil Saint Martin dating from the 13th and 18th centuries. The priory of Mesnil Saint Martin was restored in 1980 by a religious community. Today, it is a private home.
We have a picnic at the château de la Tuque. This beautiful little castle was built by descendants of the Gallo Romans, the Alphéry family, who also built the church of Valette. Today, it is a private property where the truffle, the "black diamond", is cultivated. We continue our discovery of this beautiful area between hazelnut and plum trees on our way back to the horse farm.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Farm's guesthouse


Day 3: Castillonnes & Eyrenville
We ride over the wooded ridges towards the village of Castillonnès. After passing through this 13th century bastide, we reach the charming village of Eyrenville. There, we will enjoy our picnic and a wine tasting of Bergerac wines at the Clos Pech de Bessou estate.
After the break, long canters on the hilly paths and limestone plateaus lead us to the village of Faux, where we leave the horses.
We return to the farm by car.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Farm's guesthouse


Day 4: Ride to Cadouin
In the morning, we cross the forest to discover the renaissance castle of Lanquais. We then descend into the valley of the Couze, a small river which we follow until we reach the château de Bannes. Picnic in the park of this magnificent 15th century private castle.
In the afternoon, we pass through the village of Molières before reaching our evening stop at Cadouin, with its 11th and 12th century Cistercian abbey.
Overnight stay at the youth hostel
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at 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 break. This village in the Couze valley is nestled at the foot of a medieval castle. The oldest known document mentioning the castrum of Monte Ferrando dates from 1286. We then continue our journey to Monpazier, a 13th century bastide. Classified as one of the "Most Beautiful Villages in France", it remains the best preserved bastide in the South West.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Monpazier


Day 6: Castle of Biron & Monflanquin
Today, we leave the Dordogne department for the Lot et Garonne and discover the castle of Biron. A 12th and 18th century castle, classified as a Historic Monument. The castle occupies a strategic position on the edge of the Périgord and the Agenais. Its history is linked to the greatness of a family, the Gontaut Biron, who held the fief for eight hundred years. For picnic, we stop at the pretty hamlet of Saint Avit, with its museum of contemporary ceramics. In the village of Lacapelle Biron, oral tradition says that Bernard Palissy was born (1510 1590). He was a potter, enameller, painter, glassmaker, writer and French scholar.
We arrive in Monflanquin at the end of the afternoon. Monflanquin is a typical bastide of the region where we leave the horses before going to our farmhouse for the night.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Farm's guesthouse


Day 7: Born Castle
This morning we ride towards the castle of Born, a royal plum estate dating from the 12th century. In the 16th century, this castle belonged to a branch of the Durfort family, a high nobility family from Guyenne. During the Second World War, it was the owner of Byrrh who bought this property. He was looking for an estate to house his family but also in a region rich in crops and gastronomy to feed his family. We will enjoy our picnic lunch at this castle.
The wide paths will lend us to some nice canters. We discover again the rich and diverse landscape of this region while riding back 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 ~$2,000.00
Dates : April

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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A 2023 04/16 - 04/23 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 5 /10 Reserve
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Pace: Riders should be at ease at 4 paces (w...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Bordeaux Mérignac Airport (BOD)
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