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 courageous chargers. Through deeper and deeper, yet thick, harmonious and mellow valleys, we will advance towards this magnificent forest that served as a refuge for yokels, and where a maze of ancient paths, surrounded by Box unfurls.

1st part:  Stationary program of 4 nights/ 3 days riding with coming back every night at the same Manor house/Gite *** "Hameau du Peyrié" while enjoying the good fodder influenced by the neighbouring Perigord. Testing some French wines every  evening during dinnertime will turn you into a true connoisseur in no time! Situated at the border of 3 different departments of France: Lot - Lot et Garonne – Dordogne; we’ll discover a new ground, new landscape, and new vegetation every day while we follow the events of history from castle to castle.

2nd part: 3 nights/ 3 days riding on the Atlantic Coast with a 2-day trip tour.

Accomodation

Accommodation:
You will stay in unique 3-star Gite de Charme (luxury manor house with private pool and large tennis yard: the “ Hameau du Peyrié “) for 4 nights and the 3-star guesthouse of the riding centre (with heated swimming pool) for 3 nights during your ride. (Hotel / Gite accommodations are subject to change at tour operator's discretion). 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 organized by the Riding Centre.
Wine and soft drinks are provided at all lunches and dinners organized by the riding centre without restriction. Our customers will have the opportunity of tasting various wines of the southwest of France every evening.
In Mimizan, we offer to our riders variable restaurants in order to taste different specialties every evening: traditional local meals and seafood. ¼ litre of wine is included with dinners at the restaurant.

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. 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.    

Pace
During two days, we ride up to 65km per day and the rest of the days we cover about 45km per day, spending between 5 and 7 hours in the saddle each day.

Horses 
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. We take great care in providing 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 - 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. 

--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 /8 Sold Out
B 2019 10/13 - 10/20 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Low) 4 /8 Reserve

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.