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Itinerary for Bordeaux Wine & Castles Trails




Please note that these programs may change due to weather, security, technical criteria and other unforeseen situations.

Sample Itinerary: Bordeaux Wine & Castles Trail - subject to changes

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.


Please, note that this program can run in reverse. In 2022, this program will run in reverse (Sauternes to Moulis) on the following departures: April 30th, September 24th and October 15th. 

Day 1: Arrival
We welcome the riders either at the Bordeaux airport at 6:30pm (Meeting is in Hall B at the "Brioche Doree" snack bar.). Transfer to the bed and breakfast.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Domaine de Quittignan Brillette in Moulis


Day 2: Ride to Blaye
Breakfast at 8:00am, transfer to the horses at 9:00am and departure on horseback at 10:00am in a flat landscape between vineyards and forests. Picnic will take place on the borders of the Gironde, and the tasting of Medoc after lunch. We will cross the Gironde, with our horses, on a ferry, towards Blaye (crossing time of 40 mn). Upon arrival we will visit on horseback the citadelle Vauban (18th century).
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Porche Hotel in Blaye


Day 3: Blaye to Cubnezais
Breakfast at 8:00am, departure from the hotel at 9:00am and on horseback at 10:00am. We will ride through the Côtes de Blaye and the Côtes de Bourg in a hilly landscape. Picnic at a wine producers’ place at the Chateau Lamothe and tasting of a Côte de Bourg. Departure at 3:00pm towards Cubnezais, through a flatter landscape, with passages in humid zones without vineywards. The evening will be held at the winegrower of the vineyard Gravette’s. Tasting during the meal.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Domaine de la Gravette in Cubnezais


Day 4: Cubnezais to Libourne
Breakfast at 8:00am, departure on horseback at 9:30am. It is a region where vineyards alternate with little forests which will lead us to the castle Mayne Veil, for the picnic and tasting of Fronsac wine. Towards Libourne, we will pass through the famous region of Pomerol. We leave the horses in Pomerol. It is at the castle Belles Graves to taste the famous wine Lalande de Pomerol.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at La Tour Hotel in Libourne


Day 5: Libourne to Saint Jean de Blaignac
We go in the direction of Saint Emilion passing through the famous properties of château Pétrus, Cheval Blanc and château Figeac. Picnic in Saint Emilion with tasting of this wine, followed by a free visit of the city of St Emilion. In the afternoon we will leave St Emilion to ride through the large valley of Dordogne and arrive near the Chateau Courros (tasting wine). by 7:00pm. We leave the horses and transfer to Saint Jean de Blaignac. We will spend the night there in a Bed and Breakfast.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at B&B La Riviere in Saint Jean de Blaignac


Day 6: Saint Jean de Blaignac to Castle of Broustraret
Breakfast at 8:00 am, departure on horseback by 9:30am. We are now in the region of the l'Entre deux mers, with its varied landscapes, hilly and wooded, and its beautiful wineries. We pass next to the castle of Rauzan (13th century). In the afternoon we will ride through slightly hilly landscapes where vineyards alternate with forests, which will lead us to the castle of Broustaret. We will have dinner in the city of Cadillac where we will taste the Premières Côtes de Bordeaux, and later enjoy a nocturnal visit of the city.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at B&B at the Castle of Broustaret in Rions


Day 7: Castle of Broustraret to Sauternes
Breakfast at 8:00am, departure on horseback at 9:30am. Until Cadillac, the region is very hilly. Then we will pass through the valley of Garonne to reach the vineyards of Graves and Sauternes. Picnic at the castle of Myrat, the Comte of Pontac will show us his castle and will propose a tasting of this gold-coloured wine. In the afternoon gallops between vineyards and forests will lead us to Sauternes. During the meal we will taste the wine of Graves and spend the night at the hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel 23 in Sauternes


Day 8: Departure
After breakfast and according to the riders’ train or plane schedules, transfer of the riders. There will be a single transfer to Bordeaux airport.
Meals included: Breakfast



Sample-Itinerary: Medoc Beach and Wine Trail - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival
We welcome the riders either at the Bordeaux airport at 6:00-6:30pm (hall B at the "Brioche Doree" snack bar). Transfer to Moulis en Médoc.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Domaine de Quittignan Brillette in Moulis


Day 2: Ride to Pauillac
Departure from Moulis through the vineyards of the Listrac and Moulis Appellations. Picnic and wine tasting Château Lannessan. End of the afternoon at Pauillac.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel de France et d'Angleterre in Pauillac


Day 3: Pauillac to Begadan
Through the Pauillac Appellation vineyard, we pass not far from Lafite Rothschild (first Grand Cru Classé Pauillac) whose vineyard dates from the XVII century, or Cos d’Estournel (Saint Estephe appellation) dating from 1811. Then, we’ll head for a visit and picnic at the archaeological dig site of Brion. There used to be a Gallo-Roman villa there. Afternoon ride through vineyards. We’ll then reach Begadan (Bordeaux, Bordeaux superior appellation).
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel les Vieux Acacias in Queyrac


Day 4: Begadan to Soulac sur Mer
We’ll head northward on the "Palus" (land ridges between marshes and streams of water) to get to the banks of the estuary. We’ll head for the picturesque seaport of Goulée. Picnic and visit of the Richard lighthouse. From its top (18 m high) we’ll have a beautiful view on the river.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel des Pins in Soulac sur Mer


Day 5: Soulac sur Mer to Montalivet
Today we will ride westward. The landscape looks like Camargue; vast expanses of meadows with lakes and horses on the range. Visit of the church of Our Lady of Land’s end. Then the beach: a very large one to L’Amélie for picnic. Same route in the afternoon, long canters on the beach to Montalivet.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel le Marin in Montalivet


Day 6: Montalivet to Hourtin
Southward, beach or forest depending on the tide, picnic at the Pin Sec. In the afternoon on the Gironde moors we’ll make it a day at Hourtin, a small yachting harbour.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Les Pins in Hourtin


Day 7: Ride back to Moulis
Eastward, forest, forest…. Long canters on sandy lanes where we may spot deer or stags. The fragrance of the pine trees is inebriating, the forest is engulfing us. Picnic in the hamlet of Bernos. In the afternoon we’ll go southwards to get back to where we started.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Domaine de Quittignan Brillette in Moulis


Day 8:
End of the trip. Transfer to the Bordeaux airport after breakfast.
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.


Map

Black lines = Wine & Castles Trail    Blue lines= Medoc Beach & Wine Trail



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Bordeaux Wine & Castles Trails
Tour Code: IT-FRABR01
8 days / 7 nights ~$2,315.00
Dates : May, Sept-Nov

Trip Rating :
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 2021 09/18 - 09/25 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP - Bordeaux Wi... 5 /10 Expired
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A 2021 10/09 - 10/16 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP - Bordeaux Wi... 5 /10 Expired
B 2021 10/17 - 10/24 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP - Medoc Beach... 5 /10 Sold Out
A 2021 10/30 - 11/06 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP - Bordeaux Wi... 5 /10 Reserve
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