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Itinerary for Dordogne Getaway

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subject to changes

A standard week-long riding holiday consists of 5 days riding, though if you wish to have a day off, or ride for just half a day, this is easily arranged, it is after all, your holiday. We are happy to tailor the standard itinerary to suit you where practicable. For those pressed for time, a good alternative is a short break of 4 nights which include 3 to 4 days riding.
Day by day arrangements and routes may be varied by your host and guide depending on the season, the ability and interests of the group and also local conditions. Final decisions are left to the discretion of your guide and host.

Day 1 (Saturday): Arrival 
You will be met at the railway station or the airport in Bergerac and transferred to the manor house for dinner and to settle in for the week. Alternatively, people can arrive directly by car around 5:00pm.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at the manor house

Day 2 (Sunday): Morning Market & Afternoon Ride 
After breakfast at the house, we head for the stables to meet the horses and try them in the paddock under the expert eye of your riding guide, Antoine. Then set off by car at about 10:30 am to visit the street market in Issigeac which is great fun and full of local color. Enjoy morning shopping in the market before returning to the house for an early lunch followed by some horseback riding for 2-3 hours. Return to the manor house in the late afternoon for drinks and dinner with your host Jane.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the manor house

Day 3 (Monday): Ride to Pressignac-Vicq
Breakfast in the house, then mount up and set off riding. Today's route takes you through the village of Lamonzie Montastruc and across la Forêt de Liorac to the private Chateau Garraube with its formal gardens. Then on to the pretty village of Saint Marcel du Perigord where you stop for a picnic lunch near a stream. After lunch ride on to Pressignac-Vicq where the horses will stay overnight. Return to the accommodation by car and Bernadette will cook a delicious, typical local dish to be washed down with some great local wines!
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the manor house

Day 4 (Tuesday): Ride along the Dordogne River
Breakfast and drive back to Pressignac-Vicq to meet the horses. Today’s ride takes you down to the Dordogne river - a spectacular ride with wonderful views. Stop on the banks of the river for a drink and a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, ride back to Pressignac-Vicq by a sharply contrasting route with the opportunity for a few good canters. Driven back to the accommodation for a well-earned drink before dinner. 
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the manor house

Day 5 (Wednesday): Ride back to the Manor House
After breakfast, we return to the horses and ride them back home through the forests to the manor. Stop for a picnic lunch along the way arriving at the manor house in time to change and relax before enjoying another delicious dinner.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the manor house

Day 6 (Thursday): Morning Ride to Wine Estate
Set off on a morning ride through the forests and vineyards either to Chateau Tiregand (owned by the Saint-Exupéry family, one of whom wrote the well known children's book, 'Le Petit Prince') or to Les Terres Vieilles. Both produce excellent local wines and there will be time for an informal and informative wine tasting before riding back to the manor house for lunch.
The afternoon is left free for sightseeing or to relax. We will discuss the options and will happily arrange group visits to local sites of interest, book restaurants and organize hire cars - or you can just relax at the house, using the heated swimming pool and tennis court or perhaps trying the boat on the lake - the choice is yours.
Dinner is not included today and is generally eaten out, either on the way back from the places you visit or you will be driven to a local restaurant, unless someone wants to cook or barbecue at the manor!
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at the manor house

Day 7 (Friday): Caudeau Valley Ride
After breakfast, a stroll from the dining room to the stable yard to mount up for your last day’s riding. The route takes you through the Caudeau Valley visiting the villages of Montclard, Saint Georges, St Martin des Combes and Clermont Beauregard and passing the Chateau de la Gaubertie stopping at an idyllic picnic site. After lunch return to the manor house on horseback for drinks and a farewell dinner.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the manor house

Day 8 (Saturday): Departure
Departure after breakfast and transfer to the train station or airport in Bergerac.
Meals included: Breakfast

You could, for example, just stay in bed all day if you wished. But choose to venture out into the grounds. The accommodations has some on-site activities for non-riders including a heated swimming pool, a hard tennis court, a charming lake stocked with carp, a designated trout stream (you will need to purchase a licence locally to fish the stream) and a delightful meadow garden. Racquets, balls and all manner of sporting equipment are supplied, though if you are expert tennis player you might like to bring your own racquet.

There is a spectacular golf course nearby at the elegant Chateau des Vigiers. Designed by Donald Steel this 27-hole course meanders through vineyards and orchards, with stunning views, and a cozy clubhouse with an excellent restaurant. There are many other golf clubs in the area including Chateau des Merles, 9 holes and Villeneuve sur Lot, 18 holes.

There is wonderful walking and also mountain biking locally. We have 2 bicycle at the accommodation and we can arrange hire of additional bikes if you wish.

Being in France, food is never too far from one's mind and we strongly recommend that you non-riders take the opportunity, at least once, to join the riders on their picnic lunch, and the wine-tasting tour. This gives you all the opportunity to experience the same wonderful countryside and chateau lifestyle that the riders will be enjoying every day. And the picnics prepared by our own chef, Bernadette, are unmissable.
We recommend hiring a car for the duration of the holiday so you can easily join the others for the picnic lunches, and maximize the terrific opportunities to explore the many historic and fascinating places nearby, details of which are available at the house.
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Dordogne Getaway
Tour Code: IT-FR-DOR01
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,965.00
Dates : June and September

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
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.
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.
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: French trail saddles; snaffle. Saddle...
Horses: Anglo-Arab and Arab crosses
Pace: Overall the pace is moderate with lots...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Bergerac
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