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Ile-de-France Ride to Versailles


Itinerary for Ile-de-France Ride to Versailles



Sample itinerary (Versailles to Vaux le Vicomte) - subject to changes.

Day 1: Arrival
Pick-up from Saint Rémy-les-Chevreuses train station for 6:30pm.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Gite in Magny-les-Hameaux


Day 2: Ride to Magny les Hameaux
Breakfast at 8 am. Departure on horseback at about 9:30 am. It is difficult to conceive that we are so close to Paris. Today, we are riding only a couple of kilometres away from the turbulences of the huge cities. We leave Magny les hameaux towards the forest of the Versailles domain, then to the Queenportal of the Versailles Castle - majestic, impressive, huge; we enter the park of the castle of the greatest king ever. We follow the Grand Canal and pass near the Grand Trianon. Picnic at the Saint Antoine garden center. Afternoon: return to our bed and breakfast at Magny les Hameaux. We ride over the parade grounds (place d’arme), the pièce d’eau des suisses water basin, as well as the Versailles domain forest.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Gite in Magny-les-Hameaux


Day 3: Magny les Hameaux to Rambouillet
Breakfast at 8 am. Departure on horseback at about 10 am. In the Chevreuse valley, we circumvent the city and its 11th century castle. Picnic and visit Breteuil Castle. Built in the 16th century in Louis XII style, the castle features marvellous furniture. The visit is led by 50 wax figures from the Grévin Museum. Exposition of the Counts of Perrault. Afternoon: riding through fields and forest, passage next to the Vaux de Cernay abbey, which was founded in the 12th century by Cistercian monks. Nowadays, the ancient abbey hosts a luxury hotel. In the evening, arrival at the Tour Pond, one of the huge water reserves conceived to supply the Versailles Castle with water.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Rambouillet


Day 4: Rambouillet to Fontenay les Briis
Breakfast at 8 am, transfer to the horses at 9 am. Departure on horseback at about 10 am. Crossing the Rambouillet Forest, we admire this royal hunting domain with its hundred-year-old oak trees. We will pass near Marais castle, which was the joy of a society of writers and important politicians hosted d by Mme Labriche in the 19th century. Picnic at the Rochefort Castle. Afternoon: slightly hilly region features beautiful forests here and there, as well as great plains with far horizons. The day ends at Courson.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Fontenay les Briis


Day 5Fontenay les Briis to Ile de Saussay
Breakfast at 8 am, riders meet at the horses at 9 am. Departure on horseback at about 10 am. Passing through a hilly region, we pass near the church Saint Sulpice de Favière. This sanctuary is known as the most beautiful of its kind in the entire region. The church was built in 1245 in gothic style. Picnic and visit of Chamarande Castle, built in the 17th century in Louis XIII style. This domain is known for supporting modern art. In the afternoon, beautiful trails lead us through beautiful forests here and there, up to Itteville. We leave the horses in a nice meadow surrounded by water.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Ile de Saussay


Day 6: Ile de Saussay to Fontainebleau
Breakfast at 8 am, riders meet at the horses at 9 am. Departure on horseback at about 10 am. Travel through farmland, great planes and forest, including a passage on an ancient Roman road. Picnic at Courrances Castle, visit of the 17th century gardens (one of the most beautiful examples of renaissance water gardens). In the afternoon, on a track suitable for galloping, we will discover varied and unique landscapes of the Fontainebleau forest. In the late afternoon, arrival at Franchard Canyon.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Fontainebleau


Day 7: Fontainebleau to Versailles
Breakfast at 8 am, riders meet at the horses at 9 am. Departure on horseback at about 10 am through the Fontainebleau Castle Park, and the Fontainebleau Forest, following a varied track which allows you to discover the particularities of the forest (landscape, rocks, sand, birch, oak, beech…). Picnic spot on the beach of the river Seine at Fontaine le Port. In the afternoon: Ride through semi-wooded area and fields to arrive on horseback at Vaux le Vicomte Castle, riding in the park. This castle built by Nicolas Fouquet in 1615 was used by Louis XIV as a model for the Château de Versailles. Transfer to Le Grand Monarque hotel. Visit of the castle in the evening or the following morning.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Versailles


Day 8: Departure
Transfer of riders to Melun station around 9 am or 12 noon.


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Ile-de-France Ride to Versailles
Tour Code: IT-FRABR03
8 days / 7 nights ~$0.00
Dates : July

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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Airport: Paris
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