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A Taste of Provence


Itinerary for A Taste of Provence



Sample Itinerary: A Taste of Provence (Stationary) - subject to changes

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival
After airport or train collection, riders will gather at the “Mas de Recaute” your lovely French Farm Home late in the afternoon. Introduction to your accommodation, an aperitif in front of the fire place, and a presentation of the ride will mark the start of your week in Provence.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Mas de Recaute (standard)


Day 2 (Monday): Introductory Trail Ride
In the morning, meet your equine partner and “get acquainted” on an introductory trail ride in the vineyards surrounding the Farm. Enjoy a French lunch on the grounds of the Farm. In the afternoon the group leaves for another one hour and a half hour ride into the rolling hills of the Luberon Mountain range. You will see White Oaks, olive trees and the great perfume filled countryside of Provence. This area was home to the shooting of two very famous Provencal movies of French culture, "Jean de Florette" and "Manon de Sources" adapted from the novels of the famous author, Marcel Magnol.  The movies will be played at the farm after the dinners during the week if you wish to view. 
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Mas de Recaute (standard)


Day 3 (Tuesday): Cezanne Sightseeing Tour & Optional Afternoon Ride
This morning you will follow in the footsteps of Cezanne by minibus. You will discover the most famous places painted by Cezanne in the Montagne Sainte-Victoire and around the great city of Aix-en-Provence, and visit his work studio. You will then spend the rest of your morning in the famous Aix-en-Provence street market: the best place to buy local products and handcrafts! You will be free to have lunch in one of the numerous café or restaurants in Aix, before meeting everyone again and being driven back to the Farm. Optional ride in the afternoon, to keep exploring the surrounding area, among all the quintessential Provence herbs: thyme, rosemary, savory, sage, wild lavender. Dinner and a restful evening at the Farm are the perfect ending to the day.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight at Mas de Recaute (standard)


Day 4 (Wednesday): Durance River Ride
Today, you will ride to the Durance river bank for a lovely picnic lunch with aperitif, cheeses, salads, local pies, local wines and coffee. Riding down the hills, you will discover the entire Durance Valley, and take a glimpse at the village of Lauris, perched on the cliff. The ride back will be an easy ride through lovely agricultural landscape. You will discover the rich soil that permits this area to have the best production of wine, asparagus, olives, truffles, cherries, apricots, melons, and many other of the Provence treasures! Take care of the horses, dinner and overnight.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Mas de Recaute (standard)

Day 5 (Thursday): Tasting & Half-Day Ride
This morning is dedicated to the discovery of all the famous local products, you will thus exercise your palate at the Farm, around a good fire. You will taste olive oil and olives, honey, grilled chestnuts in the fireplace (depending on season), goat cheese, and everyone will be able to participate in preparing a good Provence lunch and making together the famous truffle omelette that you will then devour for lunch, with delicious local wine! The afternoon hosts a half day ride up to the crests of the Luberon with a very nice view down onto the surrounding hills and the Valley. Beautiful limestone cliffs looking down on you, and hosting the plateau of the cedar forest, will follow you on your ride. You will get back to the Farm late in the afternoon.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Mas de Recaute (standard)

Day 6 (Friday): Provencal Village & Wine Tasting Ride
This morning you will visit Provencal villages such as Lauris and Lourmarin, Cezanne’s local market and where Peter Mayle – the Author of “A Year in Provence”, is now living. In the afternoon enjoy your last ride to a local cellar producing “Cotes du Luberon”. This little family cellar has been promoted by Robert Parker, the famous American Wine Writer. Don’t drink too much, just enjoy the tastes, before once again riding through the nice pine tree forests and bringing your horse home to the pasture in the woods, where they will have a weekend rest. 
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight at Mas de Recaute (standard)

Day 7 (Saturday): Departure
After breakfast, transportation to train station or airport is organized. 
Meals included: Breakfast 

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Sample Itinerary: A Week in Provence (Progressive) - subject to changes

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival
Meeting in Marseille and transfer to the farm. You will meet your guide, your chef and all the team and enjoy your first dinner.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Mas de Recaute (standard)

Day 2 (Monday): Introductory Ride
The week will start with explanations on how to take care of your horse. After tacking, you will get more acquainted with your horse on a short hack in the surrounding area. After lunch discover the hills of the « Small Luberon », covered in a dense oak tree forest.
Riding: 1 hour in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Mas de Recaute (standard)

Day 3 (Tuesday): Durance River Ride
A whole day ride today! You will leave in the morning through a pine tree forest, and make your way down towards the Durance valley. Discover the Durance river and its clear waters bordered by olive trees, fruit trees and vineyards. The riverbanks will be ideal for small canters, and will soon lead you to a beautiful lunch, prepared and brought by your chef in a nice shady area, right by the river! Before leaving again, enjoy a well deserved nap under a tree or take a swim with your horse ... The choice is yours ! The afternoon ride will take you back to the accommodation through forests, vineyards and cherry orchards.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Mas de Recaute (standard)

Day 4 (Wednesday): Visit of Lourmarin & Half Day Ride
This morning, the horses rest and we go to Lourmarin for a visit of "one of the most beautiful French villages". In the afternoon, we ride among olive trees and pine trees and stop in a cave for wine tasting before heading back to the farmhouse.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight at Mas de Recaute (standard)

Day 5 (Thursday): Ride to Buoux
Today you are off for a two-day ride in the Luberon Nature Park. The morning ride will take you towards Lourmarin through Provencal landscapes of olive trees, cherry orchard and Mediterranean forests. Lunch by Lourmarin and nap before leaving again in the afternoon to climb up the hills of the « Big Luberon ». Breathtaking panorama on top oft he hill to the Alps on the northern side, and the Mediterranean sea on the southern side. Accommodation tonight will be in an Inn in the heart of the Luberon hills.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Auberge in Buoux (standard)

Day 6 (Friday): Ride back to Lauris
You will head back following the Aiguebrun stream, the only permanent water course of the whole of the Luberon hills. On the way, admire the perched village of Bonnieux. After a good lunch, your horse will take you through rolling hills to admire beautiful views on the Durance valley and the surrounding hills, such as the Montagne Sainte Victoire: Cezanne’s mountain. You will arrive late afternoon and take good care of your horse before letting him loose for a well deserved rest. Dinner party for your last night !
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Mas de Recaute (standard)

Day 7 (Saturday): Departure
End of the trip and departure after breakfast.
Meals included: Breakfast

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Sample Itinerary: NYE in Provence (Stationary) - subject to changes

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival
Meeting in Marseille and transfer to your accommodation. You will meet your guide, your chef and all the team and enjoy your first dinner.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Gargoulettes


Day 2 (Monday): Introductory Trail Ride
In the morning, meet your equine partner and “get acquainted” on an introductory trail ride in the vineyards surrounding the Mas (Farm). After lunch at the farm, you go back in the saddle and ride towards a winery where you will enjoy a conducted tour of a cellar and a tasting of wines of “Cotes du Luberon”. You will ride approximately 4 hours total (2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon). Back at your accommodation, you will enjoy a rest in front of the fireplace before your dinner.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Gargoulettes


Day 3 (Tuesday): Durance River Ride
Today, you will ride to the Durance river bank for a lovely picnic lunch with aperitif, cheeses, salads, local pies, local wines and coffee. Riding down the hills, you will discover the entire Durance valley, and take a glimpse at the village of Lauris, perched on its cliff. The ride back will be an easy ride through agricultural landscape. You will discover the rich soil that permits this area to get the best production of wine, asparagus, olives, truffles, cherries, apricots, melons ... the Provence treasures !
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Gargoulettes


Day 4 (Wednesday): Lourmarin Visit & Half-Day Ride
This morning, visit of Lourmarin with its castle and local market. It is a famous village classified as "one of the nicest village in France". Here, Albert Camus, a French novelist, had a house in this village and he is buried there. Free lunch in the village. Afternoon ride in the pine tree hills and along olive trees, vineyards and other fruit trees with a stop in a cave for a wine tasting.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight at Gargoulettes

Day 5 (Thursday): Ride to Buoux
Today you are off for a two-day ride in the Luberon Nature Park. The morning ride will take you towards Bonnieux, a beautiful perched village where all houses are made of stone blend with the limestone cliffs at the foot of a plateau covered with almond trees and lavender. The buffet will be prepared close to the village. The afternoon, you will follow the Aiguebrun stream through the Luberon to Buoux. A very pleasant trail along the clear waters sheltered by lush vegetation and stunning cliffs popular for climbers. Horses stay in field, riders transfer back to your accommodation in Lauris.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Gargoulettes

Day 6 (Friday): Ride back to Lauris
After breakfast, transfer back to the horses near Buoux. You will ride to the crests of the Luberon to discover a wonderful view: the snow peaks of the Alps to the North and the Mediterranean sea to the South. A nice picnic will be prepared near the village of Lourmarin. The afternoon ride will follow the foothills of the southern side of the Luberon, with nice views on the Sainte Victoire mountain painted by Cezanne. Once back in Lauris, you will enjoy a Provençal dinner and New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Gargoulettes

Day 7 (Saturday): Departure
After breakfast, transportation to train station or airport is organized. 
Meals included: Breakfast 
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A Taste of Provence
Tour Code: IT-FRPV01
7 days / 6 nights ~$1,530.00
Dates : Available all Year

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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New Year in Provence
Tack: Trail Saddles
Horses: Arab/Spanish cross
Pace: Moderate - with walk, trot and some ca...
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Airport: Marseille
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