Dordogne-Perigord riding holiday in France - Far and Ride
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Dordogne-Perigord, France


• Castles of Perigord Trail



Type of horses:

Mixed breeds which include Arabs and paints. Many are home-bred.

Nature of horses:

Robust, good-natured, calm and confident.

Height of horses:

15 - 16.3 hh

Weight limit:

95kg / 209lbs

Tack type:

Comfortable trail saddles. All horses are ridden in simple bridles with "myler" type bits.


Travel Advice

Please ensure you read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice before you travel.

Ride Description

The Perigord region is the most visited area of the Dordogne. Named after the black oak forests which are spread across the valleys of Vezere and Dordogne, the area is rich in beautiful villages, magnificent castles and impressive cave systems.

Some of the most well-known villages and castles in France are contained within this area. Along the Dordogne are the picturesque villages of Beynac, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, La Roque Gageac, Domme and Sarlat. A little further south is the most beautiful village of Belves. Along this same stretch of river are the magnificent castles of Beynac, Castelnaud and les Milandes, as well the caves at Domme, and the troglodyte dwellings under the main square of Belves.

There are so many fascinating sights to discover both on horseback and on foot. Riding horses between these villages and castles enables you to step back in time and follow medieval tracks and forest pathways as you are seduced by the landscapes and history of the area.

The Perigord is also famous for it's culinary delights, particularly duck and goose products such as confit de canard and foie gras, as well as the infamous black truffles. Both red and white Bergerac and Monbazillac wines are produced in the region, so lovers of both food and wine will not be disappointed! Visits to two well-known restaurants are included in the itinerary to allow connoisseurs to sample these local delicacies.

Your guides offer many routes in France and travel their horses between the different regions. They are experienced and knowledgable guides who will delight in introducing this fascinating area to you. There are always two guides on each trail for your safety. Due to the logistics of guiding throughout France, each trail is only available on limited dates, so book early to avoid disappointment.

See Programmes.


Food & Accommodation

You will stay in a mixture of B&B's and small local hotels during these trails. These are a mixture of typical local Auberge and gite, as well as small family-run hotels. The accommodations have been selected for their character, comfort and suitability to the route of the trail.

Breakfasts are always taken at your hotel/B&B and will usually be simple continental style meals, with a choice of bread (sometimes croissant), cheese, cold meats, jams or preserves, fruit and yoghurt.

Lunches are full and tasty picnics out on the trail. You are usually met by the back-up vehicle who brings fresh picnics to you at a set table. The meals may include, bread and cuts of cold meats and cheeses, flans, salads, etc.

Dinners are in local restaurants - sometimes these are restaurants within the hotels, or sometimes stand-alone restaurants. During the week you may visit well-known restaurants serving typical dishes from this South-western area of France.

All meals are included, but drinks are to your own account so that you can choose from the ample drinks menus on offer.



Numerous visits to castles and medieval villages and their bastides are included within the itinerary. Non-riders are welcome to join riding friends and travel in the back-up vehicle, meeting the riders at lunch stops and in the evenings, but there is no specific non-riding itinerary.


Further Details

Languages: English, French

Health requirements: General good health

Age limit: 16 years and older.

Tuition: No

Included: Accommodation, meals, some wine with lunches and riding.

Not included: Flights and travel expenses, travel insurance, drinks at hotels in restaurants, snacks or other services.


Travel Information

Set transfers are included.

The train system in France is particularly cost-effective and reliable. If you prefer to drive or hire a car then we can provide driving directions - groups with non-riders within them may like the flexibility of a hire car.

Airport: Bergerac



Castles of Perigord Trail

Discover the castles and bastides of the Black Perigord on this horseback trail through the valleys of the Vezere and Dordogne. Visit the splendid city of Sarlat, considered one of the most beautiful cities in the Black Perigord region and experience the many culinary delights that this region offers.

Day One:

You will be collected from Lalinde train station strictly by 6.30 pm and transferred as a group to your B&B. If you have your own transport then you are also welcomed at the B&B in the late afternoon.

Day Two:

After breakfast, at c. 10:30 am, you are introduced to the horses at Chateau de Bannes (a 15th-century private castle). Set off riding through Lalinde's bastide and follow the canal towards the village of Mauzac which is situated on the right bank of the Dordogne. Stop for a picnic lunch before continuing to the ancient fishing port of Limeuil.

Dinner and overnight in a B&B or hotel.

Day Three:

After crossing the forest on horseback, you stop for a picnic lunch near the village of St Cyprien on the edge of the Dordogne. The afternoon ride takes you along a medieval path between the castles of Tayac and Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to reach the place where you leave the horses for the night. 

Dinner and overnight in a B&B or hotel.

Day Four:

There is time this morning to visit Castelnaud-la-Chapelle's castle (12th century) and its museum - the castle offers magnificent views across the Beynac, Marquessac and La Roche Gageac. Today's ride takes you from the Ceou valley to the Dordogne valley where a picnic lunch is waiting for you at the base of a windmill in the Domme bastide. Either before or after lunch you can visit this royal bastide from the 13th century.

In the afternoon you with have great views of the Dordogne valley from this village and your route to Vitrac where you leave the horses. You are then transferred to the well-preserved medieval city of Sarlat for dinner and to overnight.

Day Five:

This morning's ride takes you from the horses resting place, through Sarlat and onto Campagnac Castle where you stop for a picnic. There is no riding this afternoon and you are free to explore the splendid city of Sarlat. Sarlat is the capital of the Black Perigord region and is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe with its stunning architecture, art and history.

Dinner and overnight in a B&B or hotel.

Day Six:

Ride along a path towards Meyrals which offers the chance to see the Puymartin Castle, which was first built in the 12th century then destroyed in the 14th century before being rebuilt in the 15th century! Picnic at the foot of Meyrals church before continuing to Audrix which offers a magnificent panorama of the valley of the Vézère. 

Dinner and night at B&B or a hotel.

Day Seven:

In the morning, you will head down to the Vézère Valley and join the Limeuil river. You will ride along the Dordogne River towards Cadouin, where you have a picnic near the 12th-century abbey. From there, you will go through the Béssede Forest, the most important forest land of the Périgord, and take some time to visit Molière's village, a bastide again from the 12th century, before heading back to the Bannes castle.

Final dinner and night in a B&B or hotel.

Day Eight:

You will be transferred together to Lalinde or Bergerac train station after breakfast (no later transfers will be possible).

NB. Please note that the itinerary is a guide and may have to be adjusted due to weather or other local conditions, but always with your best interests at heart.

Minimum group size: 5
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: You need to be a capable rider who is comfortable in all paces riding outdoors and you should be riding regularly. There are some sections where you will need to dismount and lead your horse.
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: 8 days / 7 nights / 5.5 days riding (c. 5 hours riding per day)
Departure dates: 2021: 11-18 April
Pricing: 2021:

£1529 per person sharing
Single supplement: £338

Please note that prices do not include transfers, drinks in hotels and restaurants or entrance fees.

There is a group set-time transfer from Lalinde station strictly at 6.30 pm on arrival day and then a group transfer on departure day as well (usually departing at approx. 9 am).

The cost for transfer is £17 per person, return fare, paid on arrival. Please note that no alternative transfers will be offered.

Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding.

All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.