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Wines and Beaches of Bordeaux

Overview

The Gironde region, and its major port - Bordeaux, have a rich and varied cultural heritage, most famously known for its prestigious wine-producing chateaux and some of the world’s best Romanesque and Gothic architecture. This trail rides starts from the 12th century medieval village of St. Emilion…

Highlights

  • Riding in vineyards & on beaches in the Gironde region
  • Wine tasting and gastronomic meals in 3* & 4* Chateaux
  • English, Western & McLellan saddles available
  • Historical trail in prestigious wine producing areas

Essential Facts

  • 1 itinerary available
  • Max 7 riders per group
  • Average of 4 - 5 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: 190lbs/ 86kgs / 13 stone 4 lbs

Description

The Gironde region, and its major port - Bordeaux, have a rich and varied cultural heritage, most famously known for its prestigious wine-producing chateaux and some of the world’s best Romanesque and Gothic architecture. This trail rides starts from the 12th century medieval village of St. Emilion, with an architectural legacy almost without equal, before crossing the Gironde estuary by boat, and continuing on through the Médoc vineyards and its most famous chateaux - Pichon Baron, Latour and Lafite Rothschild among others. Canter through miles of pine forests before ending on the sandy beaches of the Atlantic.

This trail is not just about the riding, but also the wine tasting and gastronomic meals at 3 and 4 star chateaux/hotels.

Our partner here also offers trails discovering the Dordogne and the 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

English, Western and McLellan saddles are available.

Horses

Mixed breeds including locally bred French saddle horses.

Riding

There is 1 itinerary:

  • Chateaux, Vineyards and Beaches is a trail ride

Ages

16+

Health

Nothing specific but good general health.

Weight

190lbs/ 86kgs / 13 stone 4 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. 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 a mixture of 3 and 4 star hotels along with local Chateaux, such as Chateau Loudenne: www.chateau-loudenne.com

The hotels are chosen for their character and all rooms have private bathrooms. Some hotels have swimming pools.

Itineraries

Chateaux, Vineyards and Beaches Standard / Luxury accommodation.

Other Activities

On one afternoon it is possible to have a massage rather than a ride - this needs to be booked in advance to guarantee availability. Please notify us at least one month before your date of travel if you would like a massage arranged.

These trails are not suitable for non-riders.

Travel

Transfers are provided from Bordeaux airport or train station at set times.

The train is very easy and can be booked online.

Arrival: Bordeaux train station (exit/sortie Belcier) or airport: 2pm
Departure: Bordeaux airport or train station, arriving at c. 11am for trains/flights in the afternoon

If your train/plane does not arrive/depart at these times then a private transfer can be booked for an additional charge.

Itinerary & Pricing

Day 1

Riding: No riding.

You will be met at Bordeaux train station or airport and transferred to your hotel in St Emilion (c. 45 mins drive). The medieval town of St Emilion has one of the most important architectural heritages in Europe and is listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Standing proudly on top of a hill overlooking the Dordogne valley, the village, with its sun-baked Roman tiled roofs, was built in the shape of an amphitheatre. You will have the opportunity to visit a unique monolithic underground church from the 11th century and a monolithic cellar in the village before your first wine-tasting - a Grand Cru - before dinner at your hotel.

Day 2

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

After breakfast, you are transferred to a chateau where the horses are waiting for you, near the village of Blaye. After a 10am small wine-tasting at the chateau, you are allocated horses and set off riding in a northerly direction along the Gironde river to the Citadelle de Blaye, which was built by a military engineer of Louis the 14th, Vauban, and is set with star-shaped bastions. You will stop for your first picnic lunch within its walls.

In the afternoon you take the horses on a ferry to cross the Gironde estuary (c. 30mins). On arrival at Port Lamarque you continue riding towards Medoc where your charming hotel/chateau is situated. Dinner is in a fine gastronomic restaurant in the nearby village of Margaux, home to the famous Chateau Margaux.

Day 3

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

Today's ride continues through the Medoc region, passing many prestigious and beautiful chateaux: Chateau Lanessan, Beaucaillou, Pichon-Baron, Latour and Lafitte Rothschild to name a few! Stop for a picnic lunch in the grounds of Chateau Lanessan where you will also have the opportunity to taste their wine.

After lunch, there is time to visit their horse museum before setting off on a ride to the famous Chateau Pichon-Baron (Grand Cru Pauillac). After a visit and wine tasting, you and the horses are transferred to your chateau/B&B in Saint Estephe wine appelation where you will spend two nights. Enjoy dinner at a restaurant in a nearby village.

Day 4

Riding: 3 - 4 hours

This morning you ride through vineyards and along the river bank where you can see local fishermen at work. Arrive at Chateau Loudenne where you have a picnic lunch in the grounds of this charming pink manor house from the 17th century with its remarkable view of the Gironde estuary. In the afternoon, ride back to your chateau from the previous night past vineyards, Roman excavations and miles of marshland used primarily as pasture for horses and cattle. Dinner will be at a restaurant in the nearby village of Pauillac.

Day 5

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

After breakfast and some time to relax in your room, you'll have the chance to visit the modern cellar of the chateau where you spent the last two nights, followed by a tasting of their fine Crus Bourgeois wines. At the end of the morning you leave behind the last of the vineyards and transfer to the ocean (c. 50mins) and your four star hotel and spa.

After lunch at the hotel you ride to the ocean, enjoying some nice canters through the pine forests and onto the beach. Back at the hotel you can relax in the pool or spa before dinner. (It is possible to book a massage but this must be booked three weeks in advance so please ensure you let us know so that we can arrange this for you). Enjoy an evening meal at a beach-side restaurant where you can sample more of the regions specialities and wines.

Day 6

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

This morning you ride through the sandy pine forests of the region with plenty of opportunities for long trots and canters. Stop for a final picnic lunch at Le Porge Ocean before riding on the beach. Let the horses cool their legs in the water before enjoying a long canter along the surf. Return to the charming hotel of the previous evening for a farewell dinner of Bordeaux specialities.

Day 7

Riding: No riding.

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Bordeaux train station or Bordeaux airport (c. 1.5 hours), arriving at around 11am.

Accommodation

You stay in a combination of luxurious three star hotels and chateaux in the area (one four star for two nights). The rooms are individual and have private bathrooms.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

You need to be at least an intermediate rider, capable and confident riding in open spaces in all paces. The pace is moderate to fast with plenty of trots and canters.

Minimum group size 2
Maximum group size 7
Departure windows

Sept. 12, 2021 - Sept. 18, 2021

Sept. 19, 2021 - Sept. 25, 2021

May 8, 2022 - May 14, 2022

May 15, 2022 - May 21, 2022

Sept. 11, 2022 - Sept. 17, 2022

Sept. 18, 2022 - Sept. 24, 2022  (FULL)

Pricing

2021
Rider, sharing
£2630 $3640 €3125
2022
Rider, sharing
£2730 $3770 €3235
Included 6 nights accommodation in shared rooms, full board meals, wine with dinners, set time transfers from Bordeaux airport or train station, 5 days riding, entrance fees and wine tastings as described in the itinerary.
Not included Flights, train tickets, personal travel insurance, private transfers from train station/airport (not at set times), drinks, tips and other personal expenses.

Extras

2021/2022 - Private Transfer €90
Paid locally
If your flights/trains do not match with the group timings - per vehicle each way
2021 - Single Supplement £395 $545 €470
Paid to Far and Ride
Payable by anyone in a single room.
2022 - Single Supplement £410 $570 €490
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.