Horseback Riding in France

Jewels of the Loire- Cheverny to Chenonceau

Overview

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 Chenonceau is particularly well-suited, as the countryside in many places is most attractive and comparatively unspoiled.

Rights-of-way have been well maintained so that horsemen can usually find appropriate trails and there is very little necessity to take paved roads. Spectacular castles, walled towns and ancient monasteries are everywhere. 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 appetites made keener by a day in the saddle.

In the centuries before the French Revolution the Loire Valley was the scene of an unprecedented flowering of culture where French kings and nobles vied with one another to build the most magnificent structures and to decorate them exquisitely. There are wonderful opportunities for canters through some of the old hunting preserves of the French nobility, and you follow tracks through picturesque countryside of bucolic farmland and vineyards. The accommodations and food are wonderful, the trails and scenery unforgettable, and the opportunity to do it all on horseback makes this truly unique experience.

You will be staying at four different chateaux during the ride.

Whether dining in a local restaurant or chateau, meals will be a sampling of wonderful French cuisine and wines.

  • Overview:
    The mixed breed horses used on this ride are well suited to their environment. These hardy Arab, Selle Francais, Thoroughbred, French Trotter and Spanish cross horses stand 14-15.5 hh. They are chosen for their temperament, hardiness and comfort. Saddle pads with small pockets are used. English saddles are used along with a few trekking saddles.
  • Horse Breeds:
    Hardy mixed breeds
  • Trip Pace:
    moderate
  • Tack:
    English
  • Weight limit:
    205 lbs

Blois

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive at Hotel le Relais de Chambord near Cheverny by 6:30 pm. Enjoy an aperitif and discussion of the week ahead precisely at 7:00 pm, followed by dinner at 8:00 pm. You will stay in this lovely setting for 3 nights

Day 2

Ride for about 3 hours this morning through the countryside and Boulogne forest, arriving at Château de Chambord for lunch in the stable of the chateau.
PM – Enjoy a visit of this very special chateau. Dinner and overnight back at Relais de Chambord.

Day 3

AM – Ride to Château de Beauregard by the Boulogne forest where you have the unforgettable experience of riding into the front entrance of the chateau. The ride lasts about 3 hours. Enjoy a visit of the chateau followed by a picnic lunch.
PM – Continue on to Château Cheverny through the countryside and Cheverny vineyards where you will have a visit of the chateau. The afternoon ride is about 1.5 hrs. Transfer to Blois for dinner and night at Cote Loire, a charming guest house by the Loire river. Enjoy a light show at the Chateau de Blois in season.

Day 4

After breakfast, a free day in Blois, or where you prefer. Your ride organizer/guide can assist with taxi arrangements and suggestions for the day. Transfer to Château de I’Isle near Chenonceau at 6:00 pm. There will be a briefing followed by dinner and night at Château de I’Isle.

Day 5

AM – A short ride of about an hour from Château de I’Isle to Chenonceau for a visit of the château and gardens. Lunch in Château Chenonceau.
PM – Ride for approximately 3 hrs along the Cher river to Chateau de Nitray. Visit of the caves, cellar and wine museum with wine tasting. Return to Château de I’Isle for dinner and overnight.

Day 6

AM – Ride about two hours from Château de I’Isle along the Cher River and in Amboise forest to Pagode de Chanteloup. Visit of the Pagode old fashioned outdoor games. Picnic with foie gras in the gardens of the Pagode.
PM – Ride on for another hour to Château d’Amboise where you will have a guided visit of the chateau. Enjoy a wonderful dinner in fantastic Château de Pray of Amboise. Overnight at Château de Pray of Amboise.

Day 7

Departure after breakfast at Château de Pray of Amboise.

Itinerary Addendum

This itinerary is flexible and changes may occur at the guide's discretion due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

Trip Map

Trip Dates & Pricing

Departure Dates

Trip Starts
Trip Ends
May 17, 2020
May 23, 2020
Jun 7, 2020
Jun 13, 2020
Jun 28, 2020
Jul 4, 2020
Aug 2, 2020
Aug 8, 2020
Oct 11, 2020
Oct 17, 2020

Pricing & Options

  • Base Price
  • $3,175Per person price for 5-10 riders.
  • Pricing Variation
  • $3,375Per person price for 4 riders.
  • $3,575Per person price for 3 riders.
  • $4,100Per person price for 2 riders.
  • Single Supplement
  • $905

Departure Dates

Trip Starts
Trip Ends
May 16, 2021
May 22, 2021
Jun 6, 2021
Jun 12, 2021
Aug 15, 2021
Aug 21, 2021
Oct 3, 2021
Oct 9, 2021

Pricing & Options

  • Base Price
  • $3,235

    Per person price for 5-10 riders

  • Pricing Variation
  • $3,435

    Per person price for 4 riders

  • $3,635

    Per person price for 3 riders

  • $4,160

    Per person price for 2 riders

  • Single Supplement
  • $925

Additional Pricing Information:
Prices are based on the dollar/euro exchange and are subject to change. Ride price is set, guaranteed, and final at the time deposit is paid.


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Contact Megan Barrett

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