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Sample Itinerary- subject to changes

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

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: Introductory Ride
After breakfast, guests will have the opportunity to observe the herd of horses in their natural environment of grass meadows. Then guests will be matched with a horse and have time to get to know each other with groundwork. Lunch is served on site at the equestrian farm. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a 2-hour outing on your horse around the farm.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Farm's guesthouse


Day 3: Ride to Monflanquin
In the morning, we head towards the village of Monflanquin. It is a picturesque 13th century bastide, perched on its 'pech', located in a hilly region between Agenais, Perigord, and Quercy. This village is compared by Stendhal to 'a small Tuscany.' This medieval village is classified among the most beautiful in France. We have lunch in the village. In the afternoon enjoy a visit to the bastide and learn its ancient history as told by a storyteller.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Farm's guesthouse


Day 4: Ride back to the Farm
Today we meet the horses in Monflanquin and ride back to the farm through this varied and hilly landscape of the Lot-et-Garome. There are many opportunities for long gallops along these trails. We have lunch at the cottages. In the afternoon, we continue our introduction to the behavioral approach with the horse: observation, complicity, and trust.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Farm's guesthouse


Day 5: Ride around the Farm
This day is devoted entirely to horseback riding through the many paths that surround the equestrian farm, including the GR 654 on the road to Santiafo de Compostela. We discover the traditional architecture of the Haut Agenais Perigord: dovecotes, farms, the unique character of houses such as the 16th century stacking house in Bournel, or the 13th and 18th century priory of the Mesnil Saint Martin. It was restored in 1980 by a religious community. Today, it is a private residence. Picnic in the countryside.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Farm's guesthouse


Day 6: Sightseeing
To reach our lunch appointment, we travel by minibus, leaving the Lot-et-Garonne to reach the Dordogne and its vineyards: Bergerac, Pecharmant, Monbazillac. We discover the landsxape of the Perigord Pourpre, which owes its name to the red color of the vine leaves in autumn. The castle of Monbazillac welcomes us with a picnic followed by a wine tasting and a tour of the castle. In the afternoon, we visit the city of Bergerac, the wine museum, and the boat house. Transfer to the cottages in the late afternoon.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Farm's guesthouse


Day 7: Ride to Cancon
We continue our discovery of the landscapes around the Farm. We ride to Cancon, a 13th century military village, the hazelnut capital of France today. Lunch at Cancon Lake. In the afternoon, we take the shaded paths 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 ~$2,155.00
Dates : September

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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Tack: Trail saddles custom-made for each hor...
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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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