Perigord Noir Trails

Dordogne France: (IT-FRABR04)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/france_Perigord_Noir_Trails.aspx

Introduction
Dordogne France
Enjoy our new horseback trips which take you through the beautiful  Périgord region!

The Périgord, which corresponds roughly to the current Dordogne département, is for many people the picture-perfect image of the French countryside, a gentle landscape of patchwork fields, hilltop towns, turreted mansions and jade green woods.  It is also the spiritual home to two of the country's enduring culinary passions - foie gras and the black truffle!  The Périgord region is famous for its stunning cave paintings, as well as for its many fortified chateaux and bastide towns - reminders of the bloody battles waged here during the Middle Ages and the Hundred Years' War.

There are four different geographic Perigord designations: the White Perigord, the Purple Perigord, the Green Perigord and the Black Perigord. This riding tours will take you in the Black Perigord, an area that overlooks the valleys of the Vezere and the Dordogne. This limestone plateau, delimited to the West by the valley of the Vezere and to the South, by the valley of the Dordogne, is covered by forests of chestnut trees, pines and holm oaks, which give it a dark colour and its name "Black Perigord".

The « black » Périgord, named after the black oak forest, largely spread across the valleys of the Vézère and the Dordogne, will seduce you with its centuries old history. Visits
of castles and bastides (medieval fortified villages) in varied landscapes will offer riders memorable sights of this area as well as numerous culinary pleasures.
 

Accomodation

Accommodation is in B&B or hotels. Double or Twin room, possibility of single but with supplement. We try our best to match you with a roommate, but if this is not possible you may be placed in single room with a supplement to be paid.


Lodgings are usually at the following hotels (changes are possible due to full occupancy)

8-day Tour
Day 1:  La Ferme de Peytavit or Hotel Foret at Lalinde
Day 2:  Au bon Accueilat Limeuil
Day 3:  Hôtel le Périgord noir
Day 4:  L'étape des Peupliers or L'hôtel des Remparts at Sarlat
Day 5:  L'étape des Peupliers or L'hôtel des Remparts at Sarlat
Day 6:  Au bon Accueil at Limeuil
Day 7:  La Ferme de Peytavit or Hotel le Foret at Lalinde


MEALS 
All meals are included. Continental breakfasts served at your accommodation. The lunches are buffets with a wide choice (adapted to particular diets) with wine. Dinner in the bed and breakfast, restaurant or hotel (wine not included for dinner, and other extras).

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Riding Ability
This ride is open to riders who are comfortable and in control at all 4 paces (walk, rising trot, canter and gallop in a forward seat) on varied terrain, in open spaces and practice a regular habit of riding. There are certain sections of the trail where we need to lead the horses. It is recommended that you be in good physical condition in order to participate. Previous experience of trail rides over a number of days would be beneficial but is not required.

Pace
The pace is varied depending on the terrain, with long periods of walk and plenty of opportunities to canter and gallop. We ride around 5-6 hours riding each day. We cover about 150km in total.

Horses
Most of our horses were born on the farm. They live in herds in a 70 acre field and this is what makes them strong. This social lifestyle is very close to their ideal living conditions, which is a natural environment.
Every horse has its own character, but all are gentle, balanced, and multi-talented.
The horses are a mixture of purebred Arabian and Paint horses as well as Arabian/Paint crossbreds and Thoroughbreds.
The relationship with the riders and our horses is crucial. Above all, we place attention on the welfare and education of our horses.

Tack
Our saddles are a French trail saddle (JMS brands), which blend the best of English and western styles to make the perfect trail saddle. Horses will work in bridles with Myler bits. Helmets are not mandatory but are strongly recommended.
Our team will take care of tacking up the horses during this ride.

Equipment
Saddlebags, ponchos and water are provided during this trip.

Logistics
There is a support van for the transport of luggage and riders. It is possible for a rider or a non-riding companion to follow along the horse riders in the van.
We ask the riders to have only one suitcase (size 69x47x27) and one handbag.

Group Size & Staff
Riding groups have a minimum of 5 and maximum of 10 riders, plus the Guide and the Translator.
David (GTE/ BPJEPS TE) is a certified Equestrian Tour Guide. He creates the routes and leads all the riding tours. He is also a trainer of apprentice instructors in Equestrian Tourism.
Britta is your riding companion and translator (English, Dutch, German, and Spanish). She is always available to facilitate any language concerns.

Itinerary

Sample-Itinerary: 8-day Perigord Noir

Day 1: We welcome the riders at 6:30pm at the Lalinde's train station and transfer our guests to the La ferme du Peytavit in Couze. After settling in, enjoy a quick visit of the bastide town of Villeneuve-sur-Lot.

Day 2: 
After breakfast, around 10:30 am, we will be introduced to our horses at Château de Bannes (private castle from the 15th century). We will ride through Lalinde's bastide, then follow the canal towards Mauzac (village on the Dordogne's right bank) where we will have a picnic before going to Limeuil, an ancient fishing port. Dinner and night in a B&B or a hotel.

Day 3: 
After crossing the forest, we will have a picnic near the village of St Cyprien at the Dordogne's edge . In the afternoon, we will ride towards the Milande castle, Josephine Baker's former property (1947-1968). To finally reach the place where we leave the horses to rest for the night, we will go along a medieval path between the Tayac's and Castelnaud-la-Chapelle's castles. Dinner and night in B&B or a hotel.

Day 4: 
We will ride from the Céou valley to the Dordogne valley where a picnic is awaiting us at the foot of a windmill in the Domme bastide. You will enjoy the beautiful sight of the Dordogne valley from this medieval village before going to Vitrac, night stop for the horses. We drive to Sarlat, a well-preserved medieval city, for dinner and night in B&B or a
hotel.
-In the morning, visit of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle's castle (12th century) and its museum (war in the middle age). The castle offers a magnificent panorama of various areas (Beynac, Marquessac, La Roche Gageac).
-Before or after the picnic, visit of Domme, royal « bastide » from the 13th century.


Day 5:
 We will ride only in the morning and go through Sarlat before stopping at the Campagnac castle to have a picnic. Free afternoon to fully enjoy the splendid city of Sarlat. Possibility of a city tour in the afternoon or after diner, by night. Dinner and night in B&B or a hotel.
- Capital of the « Black » Périgord, city of art and history, Sarlat is considered one of the most beautiful cities of Europe with its sumptuous architecture.

Day 6:
 The path we will follow to reach Meyrals will give us the chance to see the Puymartin castle, built during the 15th century. Picnic at the foot of Meyrals' church before going to Limeuil through the Vézère's valley in the afternoon. Dinner and night at B&B or a hotel.
– Visit to the Puymartin castle, first built in the 12th century, destroyed in the 14th century and then rebuilt in the 15th century.

Day 7:
 We will ride along the Dordogne river towards Cadouin, where we will have a picnic near its abbey (12th cent). From there, we go through the Béssede forest, the most important forest of the Périgord, and take the time to visit Molière's village, bastide from the 12th century, before going back to the Bannes castle. Dinner and night at B&B or a hotel.
– Visit of the 12th cent. abbey after lunch.

Day 8: 
Departure or transfer to train station (Lalinde) after breakfast.
 



Rates and Dates for Perigord Noir Trails

Rates include:

Accommodations, meals, wine with lunch, 6 riding days

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20198 day trip, AP€1630$1955
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.2

Rates Note:

Single supplement will be applied if we cannot find another rider to share.

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Rates Note:

Single supplement will be applied if we cannot find another rider to share.


Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2019 Transfer from Lalinde's train station roundtrip, pp (pick up is 6:00pm, drop off is 9:00am)
- to be paid locally
20 $25
2019 Single supplement 425 $510
2019 Non-rider rate 1,295 $1,555

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Wines and other extras of evening meals, transfers, visits or tastings, entrance fees, gratuities

Other Info
Meeting: La ferme du Peytavit in Couze
Airport: Bordeaux
Transfer: Lalinde's/ Bernac's train station

Climate:
                                                Sarlat-la-Canéda area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

49

52

59

64

71

77

82

82

76

67

55

50

Average Low Temperature (°F)

36

36

40

43

50

55

58

58

53

49

41

37

Average High Temperature (°C)

9

11

15

18

22

25

28

28

24

19

13

10

Average Low Temperature (°C)

2

2

4

6

10

13

15

15

12

9

5

3

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

10

8

9

10

10

8

5

6

7

9

9

9

Source: NOAA
 

Seasons
The Greater Bergarac Area (Dordogne/Perigord), under oceanic influence, enjoys a temperate climate and sunshine, which makes it possible to sojourn there pleasantly all year, to take advantage of open-air activities and to discover its natural and cultural richness.

Spring
In the springtime, the rise in temperature and the beneficial rain showers awaken the sleeping nature to reveal glistening flora and protected wildlife.

Summer
In the summer, the 30-degree Celsius average maximum temperature is ideal to take advantage of the region’s tourist assets. Stroll along the edge of the Dordogne’s beaches, visit historic sites...The very mild evenings are the ideal moment to savor the generous gastronomy outdoors.
Some evenings, thunderstorms bring a bit of well-appreciated coolness.

Autumn
Autumn, mild and damp, is a fairyland of colors. The trees adorn themselves with yellow and orange-tinted foliage. It is also the season of numerous flavors and smells, with mushroom gathering in the undergrowth, and the harvest of sun-filled grapes.

Winter
Winter, with a few episodes of intense cold, freezes the landscape for awhile under a thin layer of ice or snow, and makes the frost-covered trees into ephemeral sculptures.

What To Bring:
The luggage is transported in vehicle and transferred to each accommodation. We ask that riders only bring one suitcase (69x47x27) and one handbag.

…  this list is only a guideline for you
Hidden Trails Travel Documents and Trip Voucher (contains important local tour contact info.)
Flight tickets
Passport
Visa (check with your consulate)

RIDING GEAR
Riding pants or Jodhpurs
Riding boots (short) + Minichaps
Riding helmet (recommended for all trips)
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection
Lightweight Rain coat
A riding helmet is not provided by us, but is is recommended for adults and mandatory for minors during the horse ride. 


PERSONAL CLOTHING
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Pyjamas
Bag for dirty clothes
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
Swimsuit


ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection - mosquitos may be around in the evenings and early mornings.
Personal medications
Sore cream (for an emergency)
Sewing kit
Torch/ Flashlight
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera and extra film or batteries
Belt pack
Address book and pen (for postcards!)
Sun glasses with strap
Sun protection lotion and lip balm