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Lozère Ride

Itinerary for Lozère Ride

Sample itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival
Arrival to Mende. First meeting and dinner in the hotel at an altitude of about 1,000 meters.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel at Mont Lozere

Day 2: Ride to Florac
After breakfast, you mount up through the mountain landscape to the summit of Lozère. You will ride higher and higher, until you reach the highest peak of De Finiels at about 1.700 m. From here, you have a wonderful view over the Cévennes. After lunch, you will ride down to the Tarn gorge, sometimes over steeper bottlenecks. In the evening, you stay in a nice French hotel, where you will be spoiled with a dinner.
Riding approx. 45 km.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel near Florac

Day 3: Florac to Aire de Cote
Your riding day starts in Florac. This town, located in the southern central massif of the Cévennes, forms the starting point of a 40 km long and deeply cut gorge system. The rivers Tarn and Tarnon unite here and flow through the gorge: a spectacular sight!
You will ride through Florac and past the village of Barre de Cévennes, under a hilltop. Today you cross many famous mountain passes, including the Col de Salidés, the Can du Hospitalet and finally ride on the second highest mountain with a height of 1,600 m, the Aigoual. Throughout the riding day, you will always have beautiful views of mountain meadows and rocky mountain passes. From the top of Can de l'Hospitalet, it is said we can see up to a third of France's territory...a sight not to be missed!
Today's lunch break is taken at the Col des Faisses, where you get a unique view over the valley.
Riding approx. 55 km.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Gite near Mount Aigoual

Day 4: Aire de Cote to Aiguebonne
You ride over the summit of the Aigoual. Finally you reach the karst cave Bramabiau, which you visit. The passageway, which is crossed by a river, has a natural entrance and exit, so you can walk on rocky paths through the cave. At the end of the cave, you will be amazed by a new mountain panorama. This place is perfect for your lunch. The descent takes you through the forest paths of the arboretum of the Cévennes, where you can expect some beautiful gallop routes.
Overnight in a very nice guesthouse with regional and traditional French cuisine.
Riding approx. 40 km.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in Aiguebonne

Day 5: Aiguebonneto Nivoliers
Today starts with a challenge: a 14 km long canter track that you can gallop through. The horses are well trained and master this route easily. Then, the route goes through small paths across the gorge of Gorges de la Jonte. With a depth of about 500 m and its wild and romantic untouched nature, it is as impressive as the well-known Tarn Gorge. You then continue riding through the Cévennes National Park across the lime plateau Causse-Méjean. At noon, take a break in the pretty little town of Meyruies. Afterwards, we will enjoy several gallops in a landscape that reminds us a bit of Ireland: green meadows, small stone walls and plenty of space.
Riding approx. 45-50 km.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in a Guesthouse in Nivoliers

Day 6: Nivoliers to Ispagnac
After a French breakfast, you ride again over the plateau Causse-Méjean. On the way, you pass the castle ruin of Castelbouc, which hovers above the homonymous mountain village. Beautiful riding trails on which you can gallop optimally, ride past picturesque scenery and pass the Tarn Gorge. At noon you will have lunch at an idyllic place, which offers a magnificent view over the gorge of Tarn that we just passed.
Riding approx. 45 km.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in a Guesthouse or Hotel in Ispagnac

Day 7: Last Ride & Departure
Your last riding day will take you over the Lozère mountain and afterwards you will ride up the Col de Montmirat. Continue on the Causse de Sauveterre lime plateau (up to 1,200 m high). At noon, you enjoy a picnic on the mountain pass of the Col de Montmirat and admire the magnificent panorama again. After the break, we go on a last brisk gallop over mountain pastures back to where we started the ride (expected arrival around 5:00 pm). Individual departure or, if you prefer, you can book an extra night there and leave the next day after breakfast (extra cost - please inquire).
Riding approx. 42 km.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

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Lozère Ride
Tour Code: PG-LOZ8
7 days / 6 nights ~$1,755.00
Dates : June & September

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: Basic
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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Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2023 06/11 - 06/17 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 6 /12 Reserve
A 2023 09/24 - 09/30 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 6 /12 Reserve
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Tack: English
Horses: Anglo Arab
Pace: Fast paced ride (40-50 km daily)
Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop,
Airport: Montpellier or Lyon
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