France is ideally suited for a horseback riding vacation. It was here that the idea of equestrian travel was reborn and is most highly developed.

Ride leaders in France must take long courses and pass exams on leading riding tours and horsemanship. The countryside in many parts of France is unspoiled and beautiful with many rights-of-way kept open which makes riding through it on horseback a real pleasure. Riding trails in France usually avoid paved roads. Spectacular castles, walled towns and ancient monasteries are everywhere. It is a thrill to ride into a castle courtyard on horseback like a traveler of old.

Each region has a unique character with its own history, cuisine, wine, architecture and topography. French food and wine are justly famous and you will have every opportunity to savor them with an appetite made keener by an active day of horseback riding. Accommodations vary from small village hotels to châteaux, but are generally picturesque and comfortable. Some of our French riding vacations use Western saddles which is not so surprising since southern France borders Spain where our own Western riding traditions originated. France is still the most popular country in the world for vacations.

  Peak Season

May, June, September, October

  Quiet Season

April, July , August

  Timezone in France

Central European Standard Time (GMT+1)

  International Airports

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), also known as Roissy Airport. Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (BOD)


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Vineyards and Beaches of Bordeaux

Spend a spectacular week riding on the beach in France and enjoying the offerings of top-notch vineyards. The Gironde region, and its major port – Bordeaux, have a rich and varied cultural heritage, which you'll experience while riding well-trained... Read more

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Castles and Caves in Malbec

The ride traverses a region of spectacular scenery considered by National Geographic to be one of the world’s last unspoiled and undiscovered earthly paradises. Experience the culture and history of the region, complete with visiting prehistoric caves, chateaux and... Read more

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Fortresses and Forests of the Dordogne

The Dordogne is a wonderful region in which to go riding in southwest France, known for its history, charming small villages, bastides, caves and regional foods. The beauty of its picturesque landscape of overhanging cliffs, cultivated plains and rivers,... Read more

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Jewels of the Loire- Beaulieu to Villandry

France is ideally suited for riding tours and is the country where the idea got its start and is most highly developed. Horseback riding in Villandry is especially well-suited as the countryside in many places is most attractive and... Read more

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Château en Auvergne

This beautiful 4 star château near the center of France has been exquisitely restored and serves as a delightful base for your stay in the region. Ride for about 2 hours each day in the ring or on trails at... Read more

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Normandy Ride

This area on the Normandy coast is well suited for a riding tour with some fine opportunities for beach galloping and history galore. You will have a chance to canter on the beach below the Fortress of Mont St.... Read more

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Domaine Des Garennes Ride

The Domaine des Garennes makes a fine central location to explore a charming region on horseback in France. A wonderful family or individual riding holiday option with comfortable rooms, warm hospitality and excellent food. Alternate full and half day... Read more

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On the King’s Trail in Périgord

Located in the Périgord and Dordogne regions in southwest France, the 18th century country house where you are based for the week is the perfect way to get away from it all. Its central location in the picturesque hills... Read more

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Secluded Manor Ride

Located in the heart of the Dordogne, Perigord and Quercy regions, the secluded manor house where you will spend the week is the perfect place to get away from it all as you enjoy luxury riding in France. It’s... Read more

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Prestige Ride in Dordogne

This is a unique luxury riding experience that truly includes the best of France, offering  prestige accommodations – 4 star hotels and Chateaux – and amazing French Cuisine with fabulous wines at Michelin rated restaurants. The Dordogne is a... Read more

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Randonnée Liberté Ride

An unguided horseback riding trip in the rugged countryside of France near the Spanish border is the ultimate adventure for experienced riders who are prepared to take full responsibility for themselves and their horses. It is a chance to... Read more

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The guide was an excellent leader and host. While our hotels and meals were excellent, he also prepared picnic lunches that were 4-Star! The venue for the trip was both exciting and interesting, stopping to visit castles, chateaus, caves and villages of great historical importance in French history. It was an unforgettable trip!

Pastore, 2019

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