Cezanne Ride

Provence France: (IT-FRPV05)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/france_provence_Cezanne.aspx

Introduction
Provence France
Montagne Sainte-Victoire: The Provence of Cezanne

This ride traverses around the infamous Montagne Sainte-Victoire, a limestone mountain that extends over 18 kms between the regions of Bouches-du-Rhone and Var. You will discover why famous painters, such as Cezanne and Picasso, who both once lived in the area, fell in love with this contrasting landscape. The bright white cliffs, the blue of the sky, the green of pine forests and the red clay at the foot of the mountain offer a mosaic nature where exist 900 different families of plants, 27 types of mammals and over 100 species of birds.

Nestled between the Durance in the north and the Etoile range and Olympe and Aurelien mountains in the south, the Aix region is unforgettable and holds plentiful treasure for you to discover off the beaten track. Here, it is always spring; this verdant jewel casket contains many treasures of architecture, the country houses of the Aix Region reflecting both the Provençal art de vivre and the richness of the land.

We highly suggest to spend at least one night in Aix-en-Provence; from the Celto-Ligurian Oppidum of Entremont to the new Sextius-Mirabeau Quarter, with the City of Counts and the many mansions of the Mazarin Quarter, Aix-en-Provence is a living history book. Rich and alive with a heritage thousands of years old, the Capital of Provence combines elements from all times. We can help you book hotels in this historical city along with bus shuttles to Aix center to TGV train station and Marseille airport every 20 minutes.

Accomodation

Accommodations
This is a progressive ride, so you will be staying in different locations during the trip. You will be staying in 4 different locations total.

Description
Accommodations during the trail will be in guesthouses and country inns. They are basic, but clean.  We select our accommodation according to its beautiful setting and friendly atmosphere, for riders to enjoy a pleasant stay. There are no laundry facilities while on trail. All accommodations have WIFI.

Room Options

Standard
Night 1: Le Mas de Recaute  https://www.masderecaute.fr/
    -Total of 5 rooms accommodating 1-3 people per room
    -1 dorm room accommodating 20 people
    -Double or single beds
    -Shared bathrooms
Night 2 & 3: Le Catalan    www.le-catalan.com 
    -Private bathrooms
Night 4: Hotel L’Esplanade    www.hotellerie-esplanade.com/
    -Private bathrooms
Night 5: Les Gonnettes (no website) 
    -Private bathrooms

Upgrade first night
Night 1: Les Gargoulettes www.chambres-hotes-vaucluse-gargoulettes.fr/
    -5 rooms total accommodating 1-2 people per room
    -Double or queen beds
    -Private bathrooms
    -Air conditioning, WIFI, TV, kettle
    -Pool, Jacuzzi, sauna

Please note that hotels and guesthouses are subject to change!

Room Occupancy
Triple occupancy is available at most accommodations. If not available, we can book one double and a single without the supplement.
If traveling as a single rider willing to share: half single supplement rate will be applied if we don't find anyone to share.


Meals
Breakfast will be provided by the accommodations we stay in. At lunch, our assistant will prepare a substantial buffet. A “pastis”, a glass of red wine, a barbecue by a mountain stream, a refreshing salad, a nap before leaving again : many small pleasures which will add to the enjoyment of our rides. In the evening everyone meets around the table, to discover local food - or should we say "cuisine" - don't count on losing any weight. Wine is included at lunch and dinner.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to dietary restrictions with prior notice.

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

Riding

Riding Level
In order to make the most of the ride, we require riders to be at ease with walk, trot and canter, in outdoor riding.

Pace
This program includes 4.5 riding days. You will ride an average of 5 hours every day (about 2-3 hours in the morning and again 2-3 hours in the afternoon). The pace will vary according to the terrain.

Horses
Most of our horses are Barb and Spanish crosses. They have been trained for trail riding and are sure-footed. They live together as a herd, all year long.
During the ride, we advise you to take care of your horse, in order to get to know him better, and to create a special relationship with him.

Riding Group
Groups are made out of 5 to 8 riders. This limited amount of riders, often including several nationalities, allows each person to make the most of the trip.

Staff
Two members of staff will accompany you on your trip: 1 guide on horseback who speaks English and French and 1 person in charge of transporting luggage and setting up the lunch buffets.
Guides are certified, and friendly. They made a job out of their passion and enjoy sharing their passion with guests. Whether on the Alpes or on the beaches of Camargue, amongst odorant thym, rosmary and lavander, our guides are here to keep riders safe. All guides speak English.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary - Subject to change

Day 1 Sunday:
Transfer from Aix-en-Provence train stations or Marseille airport, or metting directly at Mas de Recaute. Welcome aperitif with your guide.

Day 2 Monday: Ride in the Luberon nature park to try your horse. After lunch you will load your horse in the truck and you will be transferred with our minibus to Saint-Paul-lès-Durance, an old Roman fluvial harbour used to transport wood and many goods from the Alps to Marseille and the Mediterranean coast. You will start your ride on pleasant trails in woods and alongside vineyards to arrive in Jouques. After riding through the village we will reach the wonderfull bed and breakfast the Catalan

Day 3 Tuesday: You will ride in the typical Mediterranean forest . Pine trees, green oaks, and many herbs such as rosmary and thyme will perfume your ride. You will follow the old Verdon canal, built in 1865 to bring the Alps water to Aix-en-Provence and it’s numerous fountains. Riding to the North of the Sainte-Victoire, you will discover many sheepfolds and Roman ruins. A copious lunch prepared by our assistant will wait for you under pine trees shade. The afternoon, you will ride among brooms to the Bimont lake. Overnight near the village of Vauvenargues, famous for it’s castle, bought in 1958 by Picasso, where he used to live until 1962, he is lying in the park of the castle. Bus transfer to go to eat and sleep at the bed and breakfast "the Catalan".

Day 4 Wednesday: After breakfast transfer to Vauvenargues where the horses are waiting for us.You will start your ride on the North of Mount Sainte-Victoire, to reach the Sinne pilgrim oratory, now a sheep pasture. You will follow the Gardiol forest and ride along the Vacon stream toward Rians, important crossroads between the Alps and the coast. The tradition says that Hannibal took this road to pass the Alps before his Rome conquest. Dinner at the restaurant and night at the hotel in the village.

Day 5 Thursday: You will leave the vineyards and ride toward the South sunny side of the Sainte-Victoire. You will discover high white limestone cliffs contrasting with the green forests, and you will imagine Cezanne walking on these perfumed trails before  arriving to the village of Beaurecueil. Dinner at the restaurant and night at the hotel.

Day 6 Friday: You will end your ride around this fascinating Sainte-Victoire mountain on the west. Spectacular point of view while riding on the Bimont barrage, retaining the Verdon river. Then, you will ride near a Roman aqueduct. A trail will lead you to the Bibemus stone quarry. From the antiquity until the 18th century, monuments in Aix-en-Provence were built with these red stones. Cezanne fell in love with  this mixture of mineral and vegetal landscapes, he made 11 oil paintings and 16 aquarelles of this place. The ride will finish near Aix-en-Provence at Saint-Marc-Jaumegarde where you will enjoy the last lunch in an auberge. The afternoon, we will drive you to Aix-en-Provence with our minibus to visit Cezanne’s workshop, walk in the town and enjoy some shopping. At the end of the afternoon, you will be transferred to Mas de Recaute if you left your car, or to the train station or airport.

--Subject to change--



Rates and Dates for Cezanne Ride

Rates include:

5 nights standard accommodations in guesthouses and inns with private bathrooms, meals with wine for lunch and dinner, 4.5 riding days

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20196 day trip, AP (High)€1300$1560
  • B
    20196 day trip, AP (Low)€1300$1560
    • Small group supplement (2 pax only), pp€1000$1200
      Small group supplement (3 pax only), pp€400$480
      Single supplement€200$240
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.2

Rates Note:


** For 1 pax booking as willing to share: half single supplement rate will be applied if we don't have anybody to share with you

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Rates Note:


** For 1 pax booking as willing to share: half single supplement rate will be applied if we don't have anybody to share with you


Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2019 Transfer from Marseille Airport or Aix-en-Provence Train Station included at set times 0 $0
2019 Non-rider -- 50% discount 0 $0
2019 ** For 1 pax booking as willing to share: half single supplement rate will be applied if we don't have anybody to share with you 0 $0
2019 Single supplement 200 $240
2019 Upgrade bedroom for first night near the equestrian centre with swimming pool, hammam, jacuzzi, dbl, pp 35 $45
2019 Upgrade bedroom for first night near the equestrian centre with swimming pool, hammam, jacuzzi, single 60 $75

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 09/15 - 09/20 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP (High) 5 /7 Expired
A 2019 10/06 - 10/11 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP (High) 5 /7 Reserve
A 2019 10/27 - 11/01 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP (High) 5 /7 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Beverages outside of mealtimes, gratuities

Other Info
Meeting: Mas de Recaute
Airport: Marseille
Transfer: Marseille

Climate:
                                            Aix-en-Provence area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

52

53

59

61

71

79

86

85

78

69

57

53

Average Low Temperature (°F)

30

32

36

40

47

54

58

58

53

47

37

32

Average High Temperature (°C)

11

11

15

17

22

26

30

29

26

20

14

11

Average Low Temperature (°C)

-1

0

2

5

9

12

15

14

11

8

3

0

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

5

4

4

5

4

2

1

2

4

5

5

4

Source: NOAA


Seasons
Thanks to its position in the South of France, the Provence region enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate with an average of 300 days of sunshine a year. The region benefits from warm summers and mild winters.

Summer
The hot summer days are broken up by the evening sea breezes which provide a cooling break from heat and create an ideal atmosphere to enjoy what this alluring picturesque area has to offer. Along the coast, summers are hot, with scarce rain for a 3 month period in the midst of summer. However, when it rains – it pours and often the rain is associated with thunder. Sunshine is plentiful - up to 11/12 hours a day in summer and around 5 in midwinter.

Winter
Winters in the region are generally mild and sunny but this pleasant weather is often interrupted by very unsettled cold and squally weather brought in by the famous northerly ‘mistral’ wind. The mistral blows with particular strength through around Marseille and through the Rhône Valley.

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
Jodhpurs or comfortable jeans (used if possible!)
Riding boots and mini chaps
Riding helmet 
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strap) for sun protection
Lightweight Waterproof

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Pyjamas
Bag for dirty clothes
Jacket
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
 
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for an emergency)
Sewing kit
Handkerchiefs
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera and extra batteries
Sun glasses with strap
Sun tan lotion and lip balm