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Sample-Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival
We welcome the riders at 6:30pm at the Bergerac's train station and transfer our guests to their first accommodation. After settling in, enjoy a quick visit of the bastide town of Villeneuve-sur-Lot.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at the Farm's Guesthouse


Day 2: Ride around the farm
Departure of the ride around 10:00 am, after presentation and assignment riders to the horses. This day is devoted entirely to horseback riding through the many trails that surround the equestrian farm, including the GR 654 on the road to Saint Jacques de Compostelle. We will view the traditional architecture of the Haut Agenais Périgord: dovecotes, farms, character houses such as the stacked house dating back to the 16th century in Bournel, or the priory of Mesnil Saint Martin dating from the 13th century and of the 18th century. It was restored in 1980 by a religious community. Today, it is a private dwelling.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Farm's Guesthouse


Day 3: Ride to Faux
After breakfast, we ride on the wooded ridges towards the village of Castillonnès. Perched on its rocky spur overlooking the green Dropt valley, Castillonnès is a 13th century bastide. After crossing through this bastide, we reach the charming village of Eyrenville for lunch. Long gallops on the hilly paths and the limestone plateaus take us to the village of Faux where we leave our horses.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Farm's Guesthouse


Day 4: Faux to Cadouin
In the morning, we cross the forest to discover the Renaissance castle of Lanquais. The castle of Lanquais, nicknamed "the unfinished Louvre of the Perigord", dates from the 15th and 16th centuries. The castle of Bannes (private residence) dates from the 14th century, it was destroyed after the Hundred Years' War and rebuilt in the 16th century. The Cistercian Abbey of Cadouin dates back to the 12th century and hides in its heart a masterpiece of art gothic, its cloister. 
We then descend into the Couze valley, coming to a small river that we ride along to the castle of Bannes. Picnic in the heart of the park of this magnificent private 1 5th century castle. In the afternoon, we pass by the village of Molières before arriving at our evening stopover in Cadouin, with its 11th and 12th century Cistercian abbey.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a 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. This village of the Couze valley is nestled at the f oot of a medieval castle. The oldest known document citing the castle of Monte Ferrando is a charter of 1286. We continue our journey toward Monpazier, a 13th century bastide town, a jewel of medieval architecture. Classified among the "Most Beautiful Vill ages in France", it remains the most beautiful and best preserved of the bastides of the Southwest.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Farmhouse in Monpazier


Day 6: Monpazier to Saint Avit
The morning is free to allow time to visit the bastide of Monpazier
After the picnic, we go on horseback for the afternoon. We leave the Dordogne department for the Lot et Garonne when we approach the castle of Biron, a 12th century castle and by the 18th century, classified as a Historic Monument. As a seat of one of the four baronies of the Périgord, the château occupies a strategic position on the edge of Périgord and the Agenais. Its history is linked to the great Gontaut Biron family, which held the fief estate for eight hundred years. Arrival in Saint Avit where we end our day.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Farmhouse in Monpazier


Day 7: Saint Avit and back to the Farm
Following the valley of the Lède, we reach the Bastide de Monflanquin to enjoy a picnic by the lake. Monflanquin is a picturesque bastide of the 13th century. It is perched on its "pech", located in a hilly region, between Agena is, Périgord and Quercy, and compared by Stendhal to "a little Tuscany". After many gallops, we arrive at the Farm to spend the evening.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Farm's Guesthouse


Day 8: Departure
After breakfast, departure and transfer to the train station in Bergerac.
Meals included: Breakfast

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Perigord Pourpre Trails
Tour Code: IT-FRABR06
8 days / 7 nights ~$0.00
Dates : August

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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Airport: Bordeaux
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