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Medieval Dordogne

Overview

The Dordogne is a very famous region in southwest France, known for its history, chateaux, bastides, caves and food, among other things. The beauty of the landscape, of cliffs overhanging cultivated plains and rivers, of the dense and mysterious forests, verdant farmland and pastures, make the area…

Highlights

  • Ride through the forests & woods of the Dordogne valley
  • Pass through vineyards & fields of wheat and sunflowers
  • Visit castles and fortified villages
  • Sample local wines and specialities such as foie gras
  • Stay in unique hotels, such as a converted water mill

Essential Facts

  • 1 itinerary available
  • Max 7 riders per group
  • Average of 4 - 6 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: 86kgs / 190 lbs / 13 st 8 lbs

Description

The Dordogne is a very famous region in southwest France, known for its history, chateaux, bastides, caves and food, among other things. The beauty of the landscape, of cliffs overhanging cultivated plains and rivers, of the dense and mysterious forests, verdant farmland and pastures, make the area an unforgettable destination for travellers.

This trail ride takes you through this beautiful and varied region, giving you the opportunity to see many of the areas sites while also taking the path less travelled - to give you a real feeling for the region and its people.

For lovers of French history this trail is a must, with the chance to explore fortified villages and castles included. The riding pace is not fast so you can relax and enjoy the landscape as it unfolds around you.

Our partner here also offers trails discovering the Bordeaux and Malbec vineyards, so if you've enjoyed this trail then you may wish to choose another one next time, or if the dates for this one don't suit, check out the others instead.

Horses & Riding

Tack

Western, English or McLellan saddles are available.

Horses

Mixed breeds which include French saddle horses.

Riding

There is 1 itinerary:

  • Fortresses and Gastronomy is a trail ride

Ages

16+ years

Health

Non specific but general good health

Weight

86kgs / 190 lbs / 13 st 8 lbs

Food & Accommodation

Food

France is renowned for it's excellent food and wine, and this trail enables you to sample both. Meals are chosen to include specialities of the region and should be a delight.

Breakfast will be taken at your hotel and is traditionally French with plenty of coffee or tea and fresh bread or croissants.

Lunch is often a picnic which is brought by the back-up crew and will include fresh cheeses, pate, cold meats, breads and salads.

Dinner is taken in the hotels own restaurants or in nearby restaurants. Menus are varied and in most cases you will have a choice from a menu. Vegetarians can be catered for with advance notice. You will be able to sample local specialities such as foie gras.

A moderate amount of wine with dinner is included (c. 1/2 bottle per person) but if require extra or would like additional spirits, these are payable locally.

Accommodation

You stay in 3* hotels, some of which are within fortified villages. Each hotel is unique and includes a converted watermill as well as a charming B&B. On some nights there are swimming pools, whilst on others the villages you stay in are worth exploring before dinner.

All rooms have private bathrooms.

Itineraries

Fortresses and Gastronomy Standard accommodation.

Other Activities

There are a number of visits included in the itinerary, such as Chateau de Bonaguil and Gouffre de Proumeyssac.

Most of the villages you stay in are worthy of walking around before dinner to stretch your legs and ease those aching muscles.

These itineraries are not suitable for non-riders.

Travel

Transfers are included from Bergerac airport or Bergerac train station, provided you arrive/depart at set times.

Arrival: Bergerac airport/train station 3:30pm
Departure: Bergerac airport/train station 12:00 midday

Private transfers outside of these times are available at an additional cost.

Itinerary & Pricing

Day 1

Riding: No riding.

You will be met at 3:30 pm on arrival at Bergerac airport or train station and transferred c. 50 minutes to your first night's accommodation - a lovely converted water mill with a swimming pool.

Day 2

Riding: 4 - 6 hours

After breakfast, the horses are allocated and you set off riding through the countryside. At certain points, you will follow the famous Saint-Jacques de Compostelle pilgrimage trail. By midday, you arrive at the Chateau de Biron whose architecture spans eight centuries and is one of the best-preserved castles in Europe.

After lunch, there is time to visit the castle before continuing your ride into the Dordogne. In the late afternoon, you will arrive at Monpazier, a bastide which is famous for its architecture and was founded by the English King Edward the First in 1284. You have the opportunity to visit Monpazier, swim at the hotel pool or just relax before dinner in this beautiful, historic village.

Day 3

Riding: 4 - 6 hours

Today's ride continues further north to the small village of Montferrand-du-Perigord. This listed site has conserved the authentic charm of its old house, many of which are superb examples of Perigord homes with Renaissance facades. Legend claims that this village has stood on this plateau since prehistoric times although the oldest remaining structures are the 12th-century chateau and church.

Enjoy another delicious picnic lunch under the 16th century covered market before taking a moment to explore the village. The afternoon's ride takes you further north, through farmland and forest, before arriving at your accommodation. Before dinner, there is the option to visit the nearby village of Cadouin. With its 12th century Romanesque church and Gothic cloister, the abbey of Cadouin is a UNESCO world heritage site.

Day 4

Riding: 3 - 4 hours

Today's ride continues through the Bessede forest before arriving outside another beautiful and unique bastide - Belves. Classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, you will be spending the evening within its fortified walls.

This afternoon there is no riding, but you will be driven to Gouffre de Proumeyssac - baptised the Cristal Cathedral. The largest developed abyss in the Perigord, the Cavern of Proumeyssac is a beautiful underground vault decorated with a multitude of crystallisations. The tour is available in English and includes a beautiful light tour. After returning to the villages of Belves you can either relax before dinner or take a walk around the village.

Day 5

Riding: 4 - 6 hours

Today's ride heads south through the chestnut woods of the Dordogne. For lunch, you will stop at a lovely family-run duck farm for a tasting of their products, including 'foie gras' and local sweet wine from Monbazillac.

In the afternoon, continue riding through the forest until reaching the medieval village of Villefranche du Perigord. You spend the night within the walls of this 13th-century bastide which was built by Alphonse de Poitiers, broker of King Louis IX. This evening's meal again includes some of the area's specialities.

Day 6

Riding: 4 - 6 hours

Your ride continues through the forests to the Chateau de Bonaguil, a medieval fortress built on a rock face in the 15th century. The picnic lunch is followed by a tour of this wonderful castle. Dating back to the Hundred Years War, Chateau de Bonaguil was classified as a historical monument in the 19th century and is a remarkable castle to explore.

The afternoon ride follows a variety of trails. Starting in the woods again you pass through pristine villages, vineyards and farmers fields of wheat and sunflowers. The ride ends at a charming B&B located in the countryside, where the farewell dinner is a wonderful end to a great week of riding.

Day 7

Riding: No riding.

After breakfast, you are transferred back to Bergerac airport or train station (c. 1.5 hours drive).

Accommodation

You stay in a mixture of 3 and 4 star hotels, some of which are within fortified villages. One night is in a charming B&B whilst another is in a converted water mill. The hotels are chosen for their charm and uniqueness. All rooms have private bathrooms.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

You should be an intermediate rider who is comfortable riding in the outdoors. The pace is not fast but there are some opportunities to trot/canter.

Minimum group size 2
Maximum group size 7
Departure windows

Aug. 29, 2021 - Sept. 4, 2021

May 29, 2022 - June 4, 2022

Aug. 28, 2022 - Sept. 3, 2022  (FULL)

Pricing

2021
Rider; Sharing
£2335 $3230 €2775
2022
Rider; Sharing
£2420 $3350 €2875
Included 6 nights accommodation in shared rooms, full board meals, wine with dinners, set time transfers from Bergerac airport or train station, 4.5 days riding, entrance fees and wine tastings as described in the itinerary.
Not included Flights, train tickets, personal travel insurance, private transfers (outside of set times), tips and personal expenses.

Extras

2021/2022 - Private Transfer from Bergerac on arrival day €90
Paid locally
Cost is per vehicle and is payable by anyone requiring a transfer earlier or later than the set transfer time.
2021/2022 - Private Transfer to Bergerac on departure day €130
Paid locally
Cost is per vehicle and is payable by anyone requiring a transfer earlier or later than the set transfer time.
2021 - Single Supplement £310 $430 €370
Paid to Far and Ride
Payable by anyone in a single room.
2022 - Single Supplement £320 $440 €380
Paid to Far and Ride
Payable by anyone in a single room.
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.