Cote d'Argent Ride

Landes France: (IT-FRAN08)

Landes France
Where the Atlantic Ocean crashes onto the coast of south-west France lies the Côte d'Argent. Here you will find a ribbon of silver sand, 150 miles in length, which is popular with surfers, anglers, families, and celebrities in search of a little privacy - and now also for horseback riding enthusiasts.

Exhilarating gallops on fine sandy beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see: this is the Côte d’Argent. The Pays de Born stretches out in the middle of the biggest forest of Europe. Come and discover! Ride between the wild marshes and ponds in the company of our horses, mostly Anglo-Arabs, and enjoy the flora and fauna that makes this area of France so special.

In this abundance of greenery, dominated by the fragrant flowers in bloom in the spring and the purple heather in autumn, we ride on paths that have the mixed fragrance of many blossoms. Each day we can see deer, stags, squirrels, hare, and heron whilst meandering along the paths. Throughout your holiday we lead you along the coast with its rivers and canals. We help you discover the country as it is- tied to its traditions, its history, and whose rural habitat and picturesque areas are still a living testimony. We would be amiss if we did not mention the excellent gastronomy of the Côte d'Argent region, which is influenced by the bountiful nature of the land!


This is a stationary ride, so you will be staying at the same location every night except for 1 night (spent at a nearby B&B or camping - depending on the time of the year).

You will be staying at the guesthouse beside the riding center during most of the nights. We can accommodate up to 17 people total.
Our guesthouse is divided into 3 buildings:
- the main guesthouse building has 6 rooms for single, double/twin, and a family suite. Each room has its own bathroom
- the guesthouse's annex building has a big dormitory (capacity of 4-7 people) and 2 shared bathrooms
- the family guesthouse has 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom
The guesthouse has an outdoor swimming pool and free Wi-Fi access. Laundry can be done for an extra fee.
It is possible to add yoga classes, a relaxing massage or a sauna session for an extra fee, paid locally (please inquire).

If we do not have enough space, riders will stay in a hotel in Mimizan Beach or at another guesthouse close to the riding center.

Bivouac (only during the summer months: July & August) 
We organize 1 night camping in very nice surroundings, besides a river with very clear water where it is possible to swim. The participation of the riders is welcome for the camp set-up.  
It is a wild campsite in the middle of the nature and the horses are staying on the opposite river bank. Toilet facilities and showers are available at the campsite.
We spend the evening around the fire, eating barbecue, drinking local made Sangria, and having a great time.
Tents, comfortable mattresses, clean pillows, sheets to cover mattresses, shelter, tables and chairs for dinner and breakfast are all provided.
We recommend for the clients to bring their own sleeping bag! We may offer sheets and blankets if some riders are missing them!!   
If the weather is not good or if some riders prefer to stay at the Guesthouse, we may cancel the Camping night and bring the riders back to Mimizan.  

Manor of Tireveste (only in late June and early September)
This elegant mansion has 6 rooms (for 2-4 people) equipped with bathrooms and a lovely garden with a swimming pool. There is internet access and a TV that guests are welcome to use.

Room Occupancy
We charge a single supplement fee for solo travelers not willing to share a room with another rider.
If you would like to guarantee a double/ twin/ single room, additional costs apply.

All meals are included from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8, except for lunch on Monday (Day 2).

Breakfast is served at the guesthouse before we head out on our rides.
Lunches are a real meal, with tables and chairs. We provide French aperitif and appetizers, Bordeaux red wine, soup or salad according to the weather, chicken or meat and veggies, French cheeses, dessert and coffee or tea.
Dinners are served either at the guesthouse or at local restaurants. We try to offer as much variety to guests as possible.

Only breakfast and dinner is included for non-riders (lunches can be purchased for ~ €26 each / option to pay for full board as well).

1/4 liter of wine or soda and coffee is provided during lunches and dinners. Other drinks need to be purchased locally directly by the client.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to all dietary restrictions with prior notice. Unfortunately, we cannot cater to vegan diets.

This trip includes some wine with dinner and can accommodate special dietary requests.


Riding Level
This trek requires a rather good, fit intermediate rider confident at all paces and able to ride several hours over varied and sometimes challenging terrain. This ride is of moderate pace with frequent occasions of trots and gallops. To give more comfort, trotting or galloping is generally individually or by group of two, whether it is in forest or on the beach. Some group gallops on the beach are of course available.    
We are not riding nose to tail in order to give riders the opportunity to keep control of their own horse at the different paces.
This way of hacking also allows everyone to avoid the dust made by the riders at the front.
Our horses are used to be independent one from the others, and may stay walking when other horses are starting to trot or galloping in front of them! They stay under the control of the riders, and not under the group of horses.

During the 6 riding days of this trip, we cover between 30 and 35 km per day, spending between 5 and 6 hours in the saddle each day.

We have 30 horses (mostly Anglo-Arabs) and 5 ponies. Most of them are born in our family farm.
Beauty, blood, intelligence, frankness, kindness, and generosity are the essential qualities we seek in the choice of our horses. Our horses are safe, brave and easygoing; well trained and very well-balanced. They horses live in herds in the outdoors. We take great care in providing horses with a good quality of life.

Guidance is guaranteed by qualified /certified equestrian guide of tourism (French professional certification: A.T.E., CQP ASA or BPJEPS Tourisme Équestre) having good regional knowledge and willing to let you discover the beauty of this area.

Participants as young as 13 years old can join the ride as long as they are accompanied by an adult. From 16 years old, participants are welcome to join the ride non-accompanied. There are no discounts for children.


Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

This 6-day riding days program consists of a 5-day trail with one extra day of riding around the riding centre.
There is usually the opportunity to swim in rivers or lakes during the lunch break, so do not forget to bring your swimsuit with you on the ride.

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival
Pick-up from the Bordeaux Airport (at 4:00pm) or Bordeaux train station (at 5:00pm) and transfer to Mimizan. You should arrive at the guesthouse around 7:00pm. Dinner is at a restaurant (around 9:00pm).
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Mimizan

Day 2 (Monday): Ride to Bias
After breakfast, we have a small briefing about the program and then clients are transferred to Mimizan beach for 10:30am. Time to visit the village and the beach and lunch in the village (not included in the package) before being picked up at 1:30 pm from in front of the Tourism office center.
At 2:00pm we go to meet the horses and tack them up. At 4:00pm we will meet in the arena for a short 30 minute ride to make sure that everyone gets along with its mount. Then we set off for a first hack in the area surrounding the riding center.
At 7:00pm we are transferred back to the guesthouse (only about 10 minutes drive) and have some time to relax before dinner (around 9:00pm).
Riding approx. 3 hours (about 20 km)
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Mimizan

Day 3 (Tuesday): Bias to St Julien
After breakfast (around 8 am) we are transferred to the horses and we expect to start our ride around 10am. Today's ride will be through forests and along the coast. We will ride among high sand dunes (up to 150 m above sea level), and if tides allow us, we will enjoy some riding on the beach. We take our lunch break around 1:30 pm and take some time to relax. We start riding again around 4pm and make our way to St Julien. There, once we have taken care of the horses, we are transferred (only about 10 minutes drive) back to the guesthouse, around 7pm, in time to relax before going out for dinner.
Riding approx. 5 hours (about 30 km)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Mimizan

Day 4 (Wednesday): St Julien to Caremonge
After breakfast (around 8am) we pack our luggage and get transferred to the horses to continue our ride. We will stop for lunch (around 1:30pm) at Levignacq. On today's ride we will discover the ever changing landscape of the Landes with wonderful ground for canters and gallops.
We get back in the saddle around 4 pm, riding along a river until we reach the Moulin de Caremonge. The horses will stay in a nearby field for the night and the riders will be transferred (about 5 minutes drive) to their accommodation: the Manor of Tireveste (arrival around 6:30 pm). During the summer months (July and August) the overnight at the manor is replaced by a night in tents.
Riding approx. 5 hours (about 35 km)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Manor of Tireveste or camping

Day 5 (Thursday): Caremonge to Bias
After a good night's sleep and a delicious breakfast, we are transferred back to the horses (around 9 am). We will ride through beautiful and wild landscapes until we reach Mezos, where we stop for our lunch break in a small restaurant (around 1:30 pm).
In the afternoon, we will ride for a few more hours through varied landscapes. We will reach Bias after crossing a lovely forest. The horses spend the night in Bias while riders are transferred back to the guesthouse (only about 10 minutes drive).
Riding approx. 4.5 hours (about 30 km)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Mimizan

Day 6 (Friday): Bias to the Ocean
Today's riding schedule will depend on the tides. We will ride during half of the day (either in the morning or afternoon) and relax during the other half.
Our trail includes a ride through the forest leading to the Ocean. If the conditions are right we will enjoy some gallops on the beach. Weather permitting, from June to September, we have the opportunity to swim and play in the Ocean with or without the horses.
Riding approx. 4 hours (about 20 km)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Mimizan

Day 7 (Saturday): Aureilhan Lake Ride
After breakfast, we prepare the horses on go for our last ride. We will discover the protected area surrounding Aureilhan Lake and ride along the river to Mimizan beach. We end our ride with a sunset ride in the forest or the beach.
Today's program is tide dependent.
Riding approx. 5 hours (about 30 km)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Mimizan

Day 8 (Sunday): Departure
After breakfast transfer to Bordeaux airport or train station.
Meals included: Breakfast

Non-Riding activities - inquire for extra cost
- Tennis
- Bicycle
- Swimming pool
- Numerous water sports 
- Yoga
- Wellness (sauna & massage)

Rates and Dates for Cote d'Argent Ride

Rates include:

Accommodation in shared rooms (3-4 riders per room), Most meals (including 1/4 litre of wine or soda and coffee is provided during lunches and dinners) & 6 riding days
The riding center provides saddle bags, helmet, sticks and chaps on request

Packages and Options

  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    20228 day trip, AP (High)€1540$1850
    • Double/ twin bedroom supplement, pp€105$125
      Single supplement (requested)€210$250
      Non-rider rate in shared room (half board)€695$835
  • B
    20228 day trip, AP (Mid)€1400$1680
    • Double/ twin bedroom supplement, pp€70$85
      Single supplement (requested)€170$205
      Non-rider rate in shared room (half board)€640$770
  • C
    20228 day trip, AP (Low)€1240$1450
    • Double/ twin bedroom - no supplement€0$0
      Single supplement (requested)€105$125
      Non-rider rate in shared room (half board)€595$715
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.2

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:

2022 Transfer from Bordeaux airport or train station (return, pp)
- to be paid locally
90 $110
2022 Pick-from from Morcenx train station on Day 2 (1 pax only)
- to be paid locally
35 $45
2022 Pick-from from Morcenx train station on Day 2 (2+ pax), per car
This is a "Group Rate" - to be paid locally
20 $25
2022 Small group supplement (3 pax only), pp 150 $180
2022 Extra nights in Mimizan - please inquire 0 $0
2022 5% group discount if 6+ pax booking together 0 $0

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
B 2022 05/08 - 05/15 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid) 4 /10 Expired
B 2022 05/15 - 05/22 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid) 4 /10 Expired
B 2022 06/05 - 06/12 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid) 4 /10 Expired
B 2022 06/26 - 07/03 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid) 4 /10 Expired
A 2022 07/03 - 07/10 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High) 4 /10 Sold Out
A 2022 07/24 - 07/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High) 4 /10 Reserve
A 2022 07/31 - 08/07 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High) 4 /10 Reserve
A 2022 08/21 - 08/28 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High) 4 /10 Reserve
B 2022 09/11 - 09/18 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid) 4 /10 Reserve
C 2022 10/09 - 10/16 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Low) 4 /10 Reserve
C 2022 10/16 - 10/23 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Low) 4 /10 Reserve
C 2022 11/06 - 11/13 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Low) 4 /10 Reserve

Dates Note: July 8-15, July 15-22, July 29- August 5th, August 12-19, and August 19-26 is 1 night camping and 6 nights hotel.

Rates do not include:

Lunch on Day 2, Extra drinks, Gratuities & Transfers from/to Bordeaux or Morcenx


Due to COVID-19 Corona virus pandemic and certain travel restrictions we are applying some temporary policy changes to some of our tours.

For Cote d'Argent Ride (IT-FRAN08):

For clients whose booking is affected by restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, we offer the option to postpone their trip to a later date in 2021  (season price difference needs to be paid).

Masks are mandatory except while on horseback. We provide gel.
We currently take groups no bigger than 6 pax.
Maximum of 5 international riders per departure at the condition that they are ok with postponing in case travel restrictions prevent them from travelling.

For more information please visit our COVID-19 Updates page at

Other Info
Meeting: Mimizan
Airport: Bordeaux
Transfer: Bordeaux airport

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The Landes climate could be classified as oceanic-temperate, with moderate temperatures in both winter and summer. There are on average 2,000 hours of sunshine per annum. The nearby Atlantic Ocean has a major effect on the difference between day and night temperatures. You should be expecting cool nights, even in the summertime.

The best time to visit is between April and October, excluding the months of July and August which can get very crowded and hot. June is a very good time to visit, while September and October are also good months to visit. Winters tend to be wet and mild.

What To Bring:

This list is only a guideline for you


Travel documents and Voucher

Flight tickets


Visa (check with your consulate)



Comfortable riding jeans or jodphurs

Riding boots (short) + Minichaps

Riding helmet  (recommended for all trips)

Riding gloves

Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection

Lightweight Rain coat



Jacket or sweater for cool evenings

Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts



Underwear and socks


Bag for dirty clothes

Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes





Sleeping bag (July and August only)

Personal Toiletries

Insect protection

Personal medications

Sore cream (for an emergency)



Adapter for electric appliances

Camera and enough extra films and batteries

Belt pack

Address book and pen (for postcards!)

Sun glasses with strap

Sun tan lotion and lip balm  

Sheets and towels are provided at the hotels and guesthouse. The riding center provides saddle bags.

All along the way during the trip,  people can swim in the lake or  the river during the Lunch time. Please keep swimming clothes in your saddle bag!

**Luggage is transported to your accommodations day by day with our minibus which also follows the group to provide lunch**