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Renaissance Castles of the Loire


Itinerary for Renaissance Castles of the Loire




Sample Itinerary: Progressive option - 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 responsible to pay for the horse's transportation back to the stables and will be able to continue the tour 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
Arrival at Montrichard train station, transfer at 6.30 pm to your hotel. Dinner at 8:00pm.
Meals included:  Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Restaurant “l’Auberge de l’Ecole” in Pontlevoy 


Day 2: Ride to Cheverny
After the presentation and distribution of the horses, we leave to reach Fougères sur Bièvre. We have lunch at the foot of this castle. It offers the ideal image of a small castle of the end of the 15th century with a curtain wall, a dungeon, gunboats, a walkway and machicolations. At the end of the afternoon, the beautifully furnished Cheverny Castle welcomes us for the visit.. The Cheverny castle, beautifully furnished, also welcomes us for a visit. This property is owned by the same family for more than 6 centuries. There you’ll discover a fantastic heritage, authentic and still vibrant.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel du Cygne in Bracieux


Day 3: Cheverny to Chambord
In the morning, we ride to Chambord where we have a picnic. Chambord is the largest castle of the Loire area. Its architectural achievement is unmatched, a wonder of elegance in the heart of an extensive natural forest reserve (13,850 acres). We visit the castle after lunch and then keep riding to the Villesavin castle (16th century), which was mostly kept in a perfect integrity through the centuries.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel du Cygne in Bracieux


Day 4: Chambord to Beauregard Castle
We ride through the forest to have our daily picnic at Beauregard castle. Built under François 1er , this former hunting farm of Chambord has always been famous thanks to its gallery of 327 portraits of well-known characters and other remarkable qualities. Visit of the castle before riding to Candé-dur-Beuvron.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Restaurant "L'Hostellerie du Château" in Chaumont-sur-Loire


Day 5: Beauregard Castle to Chaumont-sur-Loire
We ride along the Loire to Chaumont-sur-Loire. A charming village and UNESCO World Heritage site, Chaumont is also well-known for its feudal castle (late 15th cent) overlooking the valley and the village. We have a picnic next to the castle and enjoy a visit in the afternoon. Not to be missed, its stables built in the 19th cent, are considered as the most luxurious in Europe at the time. We then cross the Sudais Forest to reach our night stop.
Free afternoon to visit the castle of Chaumont-sur-Loire which is located next to the hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at
Hotel Restaurant "L'Hostellerie du Château" in Chaumont-sur-Loire

Day 6: Chaumont-sur-Loire to Amboise
Departure at 10 am on horseback. To reach Amboise, we go back over the hillside and discover some areas of vineyards and cereal crops to arrive in Amboise for the picnic and visit the castle. The fifteenth century is the prosperous period of Amboise that the Kings Louis XI, Charles VIII, and François I ° enlarged and embellished . In the afternoon, we cross the forest of Amboise to reach Saint Martin le Beau where the family Guestault, which manages the hotel and the family restaurant, receives us to taste their wines of Touraine and Montlouis.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Restaurant « le Pigeonnier » in Saint Martin le Beau


Day 7: Amboise to Chenonceau
After breakfast, we go down into the Cher Valley, a river that we run along for long gallops. Thus, we head to the magnificent castle of Chenonceau built on the Cher. Named "Château des Dames" for the history of France, built in 1513 by Katherine Briçonnet, embellished successively by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Médicis, Chenonceau was saved from the rigors of the Revolution by Madame Dupin. It is the flagship of the Loire Valley. We have lunch on the site and we visit the castle. In the early afternoon, we leave the banks of the Cher to arrive the evening stage in the town of Pontlevoy.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Restaurant “l’Auberge de l’Ecole” in Pontlevoy


Day 8: Departure
After breakfast, time to say “goodbye” and depart for the Montrichard train station around 9:00 am.
Meals included: Breakfast



Sample Itinerary: Center-based option (not offered in 2022 & 2023) - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at Montrichard train station, transfer at 6.30 pm to your accommodation. Dinner at 8:00pm.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Le Relais des Landes

Day 2: Ride to Fougères sur Bièvre
After the presentation and distribution of the horses, we leave to reach Fougères sur Bièvre. We have lunch at the restaurant. It offers the ideal image of a small castle of the end of the 15th century with a curtain wall, a dungeon, gunboats, a walkway and machicolations. In the late afternoon, we resume our journey to our hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Le Relais des Landes


Day 3: Ride to Chaumont-sur-Loire
We ride along the Loire to Chaumont-sur-Loire. A charming village and UNESCO World Heritage site, Chaumont is also well-known for its feudal castle (late 15th cent) overlooking the valley and the village. Lunch at the restaurant and enjoy a visit of the castle in the afternoon. Not to be missed, its stables built in the 19th cent, are considered as the most luxurious in Europe at the time. After the visit of the castle, we join our hotel on horseback.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Le Relais des Landes

Day 4: No Riding
After breakfast, we go by bus to the castle of Chenonceau built on the Cher. Named "Château des Dames" , it was built in 1513 by Katherine Briçonnet and embellished successively by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Médicis. Chenonceau was saved from the rigors of the Revolution by Madame Dupin. It is the flagship of the Loire Valley. We have lunch onsite and we visit the castle. We then go to Amboise to visit this castle of the 15th century and for a shopping opportunity in the city.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Le Relais des Landes

Day 5: Ride to Beauregard Castle
We ride through the forest to have our daily picnic at Beauregard castle. Built under François 1er , this former hunting farm of Chambord has always been famous thanks to its gallery of 327 portraits of well-known characters and other remarkable qualities. After the visit of the castle, we leave with our horses for the castle of Villesavin. Transfer by minibus to the hotel Le Relais des Landes.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Le Relais des Landes

Day 6: Ride to Chambord
In the morning, we ride to Chambord where we have a picnic. Chambord is the largest castle of the Loire area. Its architectural achievement is unmatched, a wonder of elegance in the heart of an extensive natural forest reserve (13,850 acres). We visit the castle after lunch and then keep riding to the Villesavin castle (16th century), which was mostly kept in a perfect integrity through the centuries. Transfer by minibus to the hotel Le Relais des Landes.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Le Relais des Landes

Day 7: Ride to Cheverny
This morning, the beautifully furnished Cheverny Castle welcomes us for the visit.. The Cheverny castle, beautifully furnished, also welcomes us for a visit. This property is owned by the same family for more than 6 centuries. There you’ll discover a fantastic heritage, authentic and still vibrant. Lunch at the restaurant. In the afternoon we join our base Le Relais des Landes.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Le Relais des Landes

Day 8: Departure
After breakfast, time to say “goodbye” and depart for the Montrichard train station around 9:00 am.
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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Renaissance Castles of the Loire
Tour Code: IT-FRABR02
8 days / 7 nights ~$2,215.00
Dates : June & August

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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Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop,
Airport: Paris - Charles de Gaulle
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