Castles Getaway

Loire France: (IT-LOESC-2)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/france_loire_escape_getaway.aspx

Introduction
Loire France
This short riding getaway (3 nights with 2 riding days) leads you on horseback to some of the most famous Loire castles for a quick trip back in history: Chambord, Chenonceau, Saumur, and Chinnon.

Guided by local guides, you will have the great pleasure of riding in the beautiful landscape of the Loire Valley and the unique privilege of arriving on horseback to the doorsteps of the impressive castles. Sometimes days you enjoy a guided visit, other times our stop will include a garden festival, a horse show, a wine tasting or your own time to explore the castle solo. This tour lets you truly experience the French "art de vivre" and savour the French cuisine! You will be stay overnight in the same private castle for the duration of this shortened version of our Renaissance Castles of the Loire 8-day itinerary. Each day you will have dinner with the owners of the castle and taste the  incredible gastronomy from the Heart of France in the excellent local gourmet restaurants, enjoy picnics with foie gras, and discover several shows in the castle at night. Tailor made, this luxury program is limited to eight riders each departure.

Accomodation


Accommodations
This is a progressive rides. so nights will be spent in different locations. You will be staying in 2 different locations total.

Description
Accommodations are always located close to the castles we visit and combine the charm with comfort. You will be staying mainly in 4-star chateaux and some charming 3-star hotels. 17th century Renaissance: you will enjoy the magic of old-stoned dwellings, of hundred-year-old trees, and sometimes the Lords' authentic and cordial welcome. Comfortable and refined twins rooms with private bathroom are waiting for you. A heated swimming pool often offers relaxation after the ride. WIFI is available at all locations. Laundry is not available.

Beauregard to Chambord (iti. 1)
Night 1 & 2: Relais de Chambord
Relais de Chambord, newly restored with full respect for the exceptional location, offers the charm of a large country house combined with the sovereign comfort of a warm and contemporary hotel. Even if every room is different, the most striking thing, when one enters, is the light, so particular to the Loire Valley, which generously envelops and highlights the different spaces.

Night 3: Coté Loire in Blois
Lulled by the royal river flowing at its feet, our small 16th century inn, now a 2-star hotel, is a haven of peace in the heart of old Blois. Our eight rooms, our restaurant and our pleasant patio embody the sweetness of life of our beautiful region and invite to discover it from our charming hotel.

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Beauregard to Chambord (iti. 2)
Night 1 & 2: Chateau de L'Isle
The 3-star Hostellerie du Château de l’Isle is an 18th century mansion set within a 14 hectare park. This domain offers 12 comfortable rooms in a traditional setting with a country landscape as a backdrop. You can stroll around the wooded park, the perfect setting for a relaxing break.

Night 3: Chateau de Pray
A mile west of the town center, this château from 1224 resembles a tower-flanked castle on the Rhine. This castle hold 19 unique rooms with comfortable furniture and TVs. There is a swimming pool and Michelin starred restaurant onsite.

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Saumur to Abbaye de Fontevraud (iti. 4)
Night 1 & 2:  Chateau de Beaulieu
Built in the 18th century, this castle is recognized for the beauty and charm of its architecture, and is designated a Monument Historique. The château and its bedrooms are beautifully decorated in charming French style. Also, you’ll be able to enjoy the heated swimming pool, the Billiards Room, and the terrace.

Night 3: Domaine de Mestre
Formerly, the hotel"De Mestré was the main farm of the Abbey of Fontevrault. It remains three main buildings from the 12th and 13th centuries, including a chapel. Each room has unique characters with traditional French inspiration.


Please note that hotels and guesthouses are subject to change!

Room Occupancy
Single supplement is mandatory if we are unable to find another rider to share.



Meals
All meals are included from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 4. We offer you a taste of genuine gastronomy from Heart of France : picnics with foie gras, traditional food of the region, possibility of dining in a Michelin star restaurant, and gourmet dinners in private chateaux. You will taste and experience the French art de vivre. All gourmet meals with 2 glass of wine included.

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

  

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

Riding

Horses
The choice of our horses has been motivated above all, by the strong desire to make you enjoy your trip in total safety. Our horses are quiet and generous. They are mixed breed horses trained for the trail riding. Your trek companion is chosen for you according your level, height and weight.

Itinerary 1&2 (intermediate to strong riding ability):
Moderate pace - 2 riding days of 4h per day

Itinerary 4 (strong intermediate to experienced riding ability):
Fast-paced - 2 days riding from 4h to 6h per day

Itinerary

Beauregard to Chambord (iti. 1) - Subject to changes
Beauregard - Cheverny - Chambord

Day 1: Arrive
Arrive on your own (train and taxi) to the wonderful  Relais de Chambord for 2 nights. Today we meet and have dinner together. Briefing of the 2 days ride.

Day 2: Chateau de Chambord
In the morning we ride for about 3 hours on horseback. After a good breakfast, we leave the château on horseback towards Chambord. We ride along the "grand Canal" with spectacular views on the Château de Chambord. We then continue through the large alleys of Boulogne forest around Chambord, then back to Château de Chambord on horseback. We leave the horses at the Maréchal de Saxe écuries where they are watered and fed and have lunch at the Chateau. In the afternoon, we will visit the Château de Chambord (horse show in Chambord not included). Gourmet dinner and night at Relais de Chambord.

Day 3: Chateau de Beauregard - Chateau de Cheverny
After a good night sleep we enjoy a leisurely breakfast and then, we leave on horseback for 3 hours through forests paths in the Forest of Boulogne. We enter the castle of Beauregard by the main entrance, an unforgettable experience! We visit the famous Galerie des Illustres, intact since the 17th century, which displays the painting that portrays of 320 great figures of the court and high-ranking foreign characters gathered around the two portraits of the King and the Queen. This long room has kept its beautiful old Delft tiles and its ceiling painted with lapis-lazuli powder. After the visit, we will have a picnic lunch with foie gras at the Chateau.
In the afternoon, we continue our ride for 1.5 hours through the countryside and along riverbanks or the Cheverny vineyards - our destination is Château de Cheverny. We will visit the Château de Cheverny and then transfer to Blois. Gourmet diner in Blois, and night at Coté Loire, charming guest house in front of Loire river in Blois.  Night light show of chateau de Blois in season.

Day 4: Departure
Breakfast at château de Blois - Departure (transfers not included).

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Chenonceau to Amboise (iti. 2) - Subject to changes
Chenonceau - Chateau de Nitray - Pagode de Chanteloup - Amboise

Day 1: Arrive
Arrival on own (train & taxi) to the Chateau de l'Isle near Chenonceau where we spend 2 nights. Today we meet and have dinner together - briefing of the 2 day ride.

Day 2: Chenonceau to Nitray
After breakfast we leave around 9:30 AM on horseback for a first marvelous ride to the north bank of the Cher River and discover Chenonceau across the river. Arriving around 10:30 AM in Chenonceau, we leave the horses and make our way to visit the Chenonceau Castle and have lunch. Through the very location and conception of the Chenonceau Castle emerges a feminine influence that makes it so peculiar. We leave around 2 PM for a superb ride along the river Cher to Chateau de Nitray. We enter on horseback and visit the outside of the castle's very fine renaissance architecture, the rose garden, and the newly restored dove cot. We then visit the caves and wine cellar and museum rounded off with wine tasting. Evening gourmet dinner at our chateau accommodation.

Day 3: Pagode de Chanteloup - Amboise
We leave around 10:00 AM from our castle to Pagode de Chanteloup for a 2.5 hour ride in the countryside, through vineyards and the Amboise forest. A great picnic with foie gras and cordial welcome wait for us in front of the pagode. Visit Pagode de Chanteloup and his little museum. Only remaining vestige of the sumptuous castle built by the Duke of Choiseul, minister of Louis XV after the model of Versailles. We leave at 3:00 PM after the visit of the Pagode of Chanteloup for a short ride through the forest and Amboise; ride in front of the last place of Leonardo da Vinci, Le clos Lucé, and arrive on horseback by the majestic old entrance of Amboise castle. Magic! We have a guided visit of the Amboise castle. Evening gourmet dinner outside in Château de Pray and overnight at this lovely establishment.

Day 4:  Departure
Breakfast at Château de Pray - Departure (transfers not included).

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Saumur to Abbaye de Fontevraud (iti. 4) - Subject to changes
Saumur - Brézé - Abbaye de Fontevraud

Day 1: Arrive
Arrival at the TGV train station in Saumur. Take a short taxi ride on your own to the Château de Beaulieu where we will spend 2 nights. We meet for dinner and briefing at the chateau.

Day 2: Champigny cellar - Chateau de Montsoreau
This morning we set off riding (approx. 2 hours) from our chateau passing local vineyards and magnificent views of the Saumaur château until we reach the Champigny troglodyte (cave) cellar where we partake in an unforgettable wine tasting (according to the season). Represented are some of the most illustrious labels from this great wine producing region.  Following the wine tasting we gather for a gourmet lunch in a nearby restaurant. In the afternoon we ride another two hours along the Champigny vineyards and along the forest to chateau de Montsoreau, which inspired well known french writer Alexandre Dumas for his book "la dame de Montsoreau". Dinner and overnight at Château de Beaulieu.

Day 3: Chateau de Brézé  -Abbaye de Fontevraud
Traveling through the scenic countryside of vineyards again for about 2 hours, we ride this morning towards Chateau de Brézé.  Lunch will be in the old stables of Chateau de Brézé. We then have a guided visit of the chateau. In the afternoon, we carry on riding for approx. another 2 hours in the vineyards and through the Fontevraud forest.  We descend with a beautiful view of the Abbaye until we arrive at Abbaye de Fontevraud, one of the largest and best preserved medieval abbeys of France. Dinner and overnight at the Domaine de Mestre at Fontrevaud.

Day 4:  Departure
Breakfast at Domaine de Mestre at Fontrevaud - Departure (transfers not included).


**Itineraries are subject to changes at the tour operator's discretion.


Rates and Dates for Castles Getaway

Rates include:

4 days, 3 nights, all meals and wine with dinner, 2 full riding days.

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20194 day trip, AP- Beauregard to Chambord (iti. 1)€1270$1525
  • B
    20194 day trip, AP- Chenonceau to Amboise (iti. 2)€1270$1525
  • C
    20194 day trip, AP- Saumur to Abbaye de Fontevraud (iti. 4)€1270$1525
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.2

Rates Note:

Entrance fees to the castles and wine with meals (limited) are included.

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Rates Note:

Entrance fees to the castles and wine with meals (limited) are included.


Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2019 Meet at the Château on Day 1 0 $0
2019 Single supplement 425 $510
2019 Small group supplement (4 riders), pp 75 $90
2019 Small group supplement (3 riders), pp 165 $200
2019 Small group supplement (2 riders), pp 250 $300
2019 Non-rider -- please inquire 0 $0

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 06/16 - 06/19 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP- Beauregard t... 5 /10 Expired
B 2019 06/16 - 06/19 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP- Chenonceau t... 5 /10 Expired
A 2019 08/16 - 08/19 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP- Beauregard t... 5 /10 Expired
B 2019 08/19 - 08/22 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP- Chenonceau t... 5 /10 Reserve
B 2019 10/06 - 10/09 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP- Chenonceau t... 5 /10 Reserve
A 2019 10/06 - 10/09 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP- Beauregard t... 5 /10 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Shuttle service from Paris airport (pay locally).

Other Info
Meeting: Itin. # 1: Blois
Itin. # 2: Amboise
Itin. # 4: Saumur
Airport: Paris
Transfer: Take a taxi from Blois, Amboise or Samur train stations (depending on your itinerary #).

Climate:
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Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

45

48

55

60

67

74

78

78

72

62

52

47

Average Low Temperature (°F)

35

35

39

41

48

53

57

56

52

47

40

36

Average High Temperature (°C)

7

9

13

16

19

23

26

26

22

17

11

8

Average Low Temperature (°C)

2

2

4

5

9

12

14

13

11

8

4

2

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

10

9

9

8

9

6

6

5

6

8

9

10

Source: NOAA


Seasons
The Loire region benefits from a mild climate created by mild breezes blowing in from the Atlantic. The Loire is often the line of demarcation in France's weather, between the Northern climate and the Southern.

You can expect frequent showers in the spring months, whereas the summer brings humid heat. The balmy autumn season produces brilliant red and gold foliage, and lively festivals take place in many towns and villages to celebrate the grape harvest. A damp chill settles over The Loire Valley in winter, and many of the chateaux close for the season.

What To Bring:
The general atmosphere is relaxed during your ride. Please bring some smart casual clothes for dinner.

This list is only a guideline for you

 

Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Passport
Visa (check with your consulate)

 

RIDING GEAR
Riding pants or Jodhpurs (used if possible!)
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
Pyjama
Bag for dirty clothes
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
Swimsuit
 
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for an emergency)
Sewing kit
Handkerchiefs
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera and enough extra film and batteries
Belt pack
Address book and pen (for pictures postcards!)
Sun glasses with strap
Sun tan lotion and lip balm