Landes & Perigord

Dordogne France: (IT-FRAN09)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/france_landes_perigord.aspx

Introduction
Dordogne France
In 1152, the marriage of Eleanor and Henry of Plantagenet leads the Aquitaine region into a long conflict, the 100 year war. Numerous walled towns and castles were built during this period in order to respond to the different strategic, political, and economic requirements.    

We invite you on this journey back in time, roaming on the back of our brave steeds. Through deeper and deeper, yet thick, harmonious and mellow valleys, we will advance towards the magnificent Landes forest that served as a refuge for yokels.

The first part of the trip is spent in a lovely accommodation, strategically located at the crossings of the Lot, Lot & Garonne and Dordogne departments. Thanks to this ideal location we can explore new landscapes every day, learning more about the local Bastides (fortified town) and fortified castles.

Then, we ride through the Sauternes vineyard and have the opportunity to taste some wine before heading to the Atlantic Coast and the Landes Forest, where the remaining part of the trip will be spent.

Accomodation

Accommodation:
Hotel / Gite accommodations are subject to change at tour operator's discretion.
You will stay in a unique 3-star Gite de Charme (luxury manor house with private pool and large tennis yard: the “ Hameau du Peyrié “) for 4 nights and in a 3-star guesthouse (with heated swimming pool) for 3 nights.  Accommodations are based on 3-4 riders per room.
If you'd like to guarantee a double/ twin/ single room, additional costs apply.

No single supplement for those willing to share.

Meals:  
Traditional food is provided all along the stay.
In Perigord on the first Sunday evening, the dinner in the restaurant at the foot of the Bonaguil Castle is not included in order to leave customers to appreciate the large choice of the menu! The other dinners in Perigord are included in the package.
In Mimizan, we offer to our riders various restaurants featuring different local specialties every evening.

Wine and soft drinks (1/4 liter of wine, soda, tea & coffee) are provided at all lunches and dinners included with your package. Our customers will have the opportunity to taste various wines of the southwest of France during their trip.

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

Riding

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. For riders who do not ride on a regular basis, we advise to schedule some riding sessions before this trip in order to get ready for the long riding days.
We only accept adult riders (no children allowed) with experience on this trip. Riders are expected to be in good physical condition.

Pace
During two days, we ride 40 to 45km per day, spending between 5 and 7 hours in the saddle.
This ride is of moderate pace with frequent occasions of trots and gallops. We ask riders to keep a minimum of 30 m distance between each other on the faster sections. 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.    

Horses 
We have 30 horses (mostly Anglo-Arabs) and 5 ponies. Most of them are born in our family farm and they leave as a herd.
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.
We take great care in providing our horses with a good quality of life.

Staff
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.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary 2019 - Subject to changes

Day 1:
Transfer from Bordeaux at 2:00pm to Bonaguil, arriving to the beautiful manor of Hameau du Peyrié. Hang out at the pool, and later together we will have a medieval dinner at the foot of Bonaguil Castle and enjoy a relaxing evening.

Day 2:
We will start the morning at 9:00am with meeting our horses and preparing for our first day ride. We ride in vineyard of Cahors and on the banks of the lot. A 4 km gallop will lead us to Duravel and later “ al fresco Lunch”  in Domaine of Caze forest. Then we’ll pass the circular fortified village Moncabrier on the road to Bonaguil Castle. This genuine great work of military architecture is the last of the great fortified castles in France. The castle, which has never been besieged, is in a perfect state of preservation.    
Riding: 5-6 hours                                       

Day 3: 

Today we will head out at 9:30am to view a typical and charming architecture stone hamlet spread in the forest of Perigord. Lunch at the foot of the Castle of Sauveterre. Lot of nice canters on this day. We return to relax at the end of the afternoonalong the swimming pool in the "Hameau du Peyrié"our Gite de Charme.
Riding: 4 hours

Day 4: 
Today we get and early start at 8:30am for along day of riding. This ride encompasses trip 60 km. Passing by the fortified Bastide of St Front sur Lémance and Lacapelle Biron, we’ll lead you to visit the fine and noble Castle of Biron where we’ll stop for lunch. We continue our ride in the afternoon passing by St Avit, the picturesque village containing the proud castle of Gavaudun, then head into the deep chestnut tree forest of unexpected view points of the Lot valley. We then ride Back to Bonaguil, our manor house.
Riding: 7 hours

Day 5:
We will have a relaxing morning today with a brunch at 11:00am around the swimming pool before transferring to Mimizan! Discover Mimizan village by horse and enjoy a sunset beach ride before a delicious evening meal at a beach front restaurant.

Day 6: 
Another long ride of 60 km takes us on the supple and sandy ground of the largest Forest of Europe. Enjoy being immersed in the most beautiful beaches in France. With the long beaches, you'll be able to experience the much-desired beach gallop on the white sand of the Aquitaine Coast.
Riding: 5-7 hours

Day 7:
We get to experience one last relaxing day ride and spend lunch time on the pretty and comfortable shore of the Aureilhan Lake. We end this perfect Saturday with a sunset on the beach before having our last dinner.

Day 8: 
Departure after breakfast and transfer to Bordeaux. 
 
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Sample Itinerary 2020 - Subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival
Transfer from Bordeaux to Bonaguil, arriving to the beautiful manor of Hameau du Peyrié at about 6:30 pm. Hang out at the pool and relax before our medieval dinner (around 8:30 pm) at the foot of Bonaguil Castle.

Day 2: Ride across the Lot department
Around 8am we will have breakfast. Then, we will head out to the field and meet the horses. We start our ride around 10am, making our way to Cabanac and the famous vineyard of Cahors. We will visit the Domaine de Cause and enjoy a wine tasting.
We take our lunch break on the banks of the Lot River before making our way towards the bastide of Duravel. We will enjoy a long canter (about 4km) on the way. After passing through Duravel, we will cross the fortified village of Moncabrier, St Martin de Redon and we will finally reach the Castle of Bonaguil. This castle displays an impressive architecture and is one of the last great fortified castles of France. It was never besieged which explains why it was able to keep its perfect state of preservation.
We go back to the accommodation to rest and enjoy our dinner around 8:30pm.
Riding approx. 5-6 hours

Day 3: Ride across the Dordogne department
At 9am we hop on the horses and start our ride through a beautiful chestnut forest, which presents ideal conditions for long canters. Today, we focus on getting ready for the long ride of tomorrow and work on the rhythm. On our way, we will discover many Perigourdine houses, featuring the local architecture, built with natural stones of the region.
Around noon, we will stop for lunch at the Sauveterre castle. Then, we will make our way back to Bonaguil castle, enjoying some nice canters along the way.
In the evening, you can relax by the swimming pool before dinnertime.
Riding approx. 4 hours

Day 4: Ride across the Lot & Garonne
Today we have breakfast earlier than usual, around 7:30 am in order to insure an early start for one of the longest riding days of the week. The day's ride starts passing by the bastides of St Front sur Lemance and Lacapelle Biron. Because we have to cover a lot of kilometers, we try to trot and canter as much as possible, in order to keep a good rhythm.
We will take our lunch break at the "Auberge of Castle Biron" before visiting the castle in the early afternoon.
Around 3:30pm we get on our horses again and explore the bastides of St Avit and the Castle of Gavaudun. Finally, we will ride through the beautiful forest of Cuzorn, populated with many chestnut trees and offering several views of the Lot Valley below.
We should be back at Bonaguil around 7pm.
Riding approx. 7 hours (about 45km)

Day 5: Sauternes Vineyards in Gironde
After breakfast, we pack our bags and hop on our transfer vehicle. We will drive about 2 hours through the Lot & Garonne before reaching the Gironde and its famous wines.
After lunch, we will start our ride across the local vineyards: Chateau Ychem, Chateau Trillon...We will end the day by a visit of the Chateau Filhot, where we will taste some of their wines.
At 6pm, we are transferred to Mimizan (arrival around 7pm), where we will stay for the remaining of the week.
Riding approx. 2 hours

Day 6: Ride across the Landes
After breakfast, we go to the hoses' field and tack them up. We should expect to start riding around 10am. The Landes is one of the largest forests of Europe and offers amazing views of the Ocean. Thanks to the sandy ground, we will enjoy some gallops. Depending on the tides, we might be able to go for a ride on the beach.
Riding approx. 6 hours

Day 7: Aureilhan Lake Ride
Today's ride is more relaxing. Our destination for the day is Aureilhan Lake, where we will stop for lunch. We end our riding adventure by a sunset ride at the beach.
Riding approx. 4.5 hours

Day 8: Departure
After breakfast, transfer to Bordeaux.

--Subject to changes. Depending on the tide .. we may start the ride in Landes and end in the Perigord.--


Rates and Dates for Landes & Perigord

Rates include:

7 nights accommodation (4 nights ***Hameau du Peyrié + 3 nights Mimizan *** hotel), most meals, 6 riding days - 3 from Gite and 3 in forest and on Atlantic Ocean beaches, saddle bags, English-speaking guide

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20198 day trip, AP (High)€1480$1775
  • B
    20198 day trip, AP (Low)€1440$1730
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:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2019 Transfer from Bordeaux airport (return, pp)
- to be paid locally
90 $105
2019 Single supplement (requested) 175 $210
2019 Double/twin room, pp 70 $85
2019 Small group supplement (3 pax), pp 200 $240

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 09/22 - 09/29 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High) 4 /9 Expired
B 2019 10/13 - 10/20 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Low) 4 /9 Expired

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Dinner on the first night. Gratuities

Other Info
Meeting: Bordeaux
Airport: Bordeaux
Transfer: Bordeaux airport or train station

Climate:
                                            Mont-de-Marsan area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

11

13

16

18

22

25

28

28

25

20

14

11

Average Low Temperature (°F)

1

2

4

6

10

13

15

15

11

8

4

2

Average High Temperature (°C)

51

55

61

65

71

78

82

82

77

68

58

52

Average Low Temperature (°C)

34

35

39

42

49

55

59

58

52

47

40

36

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

11

9

9

10

10

7

6

6

6

9

10

10

Source: NOAA


Seasons
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

Passport

Visa (check with your consulate)

 

RIDING GEAR

Comfortable riding jeans or johphurs

Riding boots (short) + Minichaps

Riding helmet  (recommended for all trips)

Riding gloves

Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection

Lightweight Rain coat

 

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

Sleeping bag (July and August only)

Personal Toiletries

Insect protection

Personal medications

Sore cream (for an emergency)

Flashlight

Handkerchiefs

Adapter for electric appliances

Camera and enough extra 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 gite. 

**Luggage is transported to your accommodations day by day with our minibus which also follows the group to provide lunch**
The riding center provides saddle bags.