In Aquitaine, the chance for fantastic outdoor experiences is not just good – it’s great! The Atlantic is overwhelming on its own and who doesn’t want to stretch out in a gallop along white beaches ... But the hinterland is also perfect for riding with its soft sandy paths, vineyards and pine forests. Michel and his team have organized three different trail rides designed for experienced riders.
The most popular ride is the Silver Coast Trail Ride. It begins with a long test ride to make sure you feel comfortable with your horse.
After that, there is a four-day trail ride of up to 40 km (25 miles) a day with 6 hours in the saddle each day, so it is important that you are in good shape. The soft sand roads in the woods invite you to gallop, but you will also face tougher and more challenging terrain, not to mention the open flat beaches.
The ride ends in the best way possible, with a half-day on the spectacular beach. Wow!
You can also choose a Pays Basque Country- or Perigord option, both of which include the beach.
Accommodation and Food
Perigord and Beach Combo: You will spend the first 4 nights at a very nice manor house in Bonaguil before you are driven to the Atlantic coast to spend the last three nights in a gite near the equestrian center. Bedrooms for Single, Double, Double Twin, and shared bedroom from 3 to 5 beds.
Basque Country and Beach Combo: You will spend the first 4 nights at variety of 2 and 3 star hotels and gites before you are driven to the Atlantic Coast, where you will spend the last 3 nights in a gite near the equestrian center. Bedrooms for Single, Double, Double Twin, and shared bedroom from 3 to 5 beds. Single bedroom or Double twin are available everywhere with the exception of the Mountain Guest House the second night.
Silver Coast Trail Ride
The accommodation is in bed rooms 3-5 people or in double room with private bathrooms at a charming guest house with a big swimmingpool at the riding center and approximately 5 km (3 miles) from the beach. Priority in the Guest House for people sharing their Bedroom. If there is not enough space, the people who want single bedroom are staying in hotel near the beach or in another Guest House not far from the riding center.
Single room: It is possible to book singleroom (except Mountain lodge 2nd day on Basque Trail). Single supplement will be added if there is no one to share a room with.
Hair Dryer: Yes
Towels and sheets: Yes
Food is an important part of the experience and will include a dinner of local specialties. Lunch on the trail ride days are substantial meals served sitting at a table: French aperitif and appetizers, Bordeaux red wine, soup or salad (weather dependent), chicken or meat and vegetables, French cheeses, dessert and coffee or tea.
A car will follow the group bringing lunch. If the group includes only four riders, you may be required to carry your clothes in saddlebags (provided by the equestrian center) for a day and a half.
There are 35 horses, the majority elegant long distance horses with lot´s of blood. But there are a few french trotters also that can carry heavier riders. Every year a couple of foals are brought up. You ride in english saddles and all horses have saddlebags.
Ability description: Trail Ride Level 3 >>
Included in the price:
Silver Coast Trail Ride: 7 nights accommodation, 6 days riding, full board (except fo 2 lunches), wine or soft drinks with meals (1 glass of wine is included with dinners taken at restaurants).
Perigord and Beach Combo or Basque Country and Beach Combo: 7 nights accommodation, 6 days riding, full board including wine or soft drinks with meals (dinner on the first evening in not included).
Not included: Flights, transfers, insurance, drinks and extras other than what is mentioned in the program.
Travel: Book flight/rental car >>
Fly to Bordeaux (about 1 hour 40 minutes from the Equestrian Centre).
Transfer: Book in advance with HorseXplore and pay on spot.
For the Silver Coast Trail Ride, minimum 2 people.
Price: 90 EUR/person/return.
Time: At 4.00 pm at Bordeaux airport, hall A at "Meeting point" on the day of arrival, and return is around 11.00 am on the departure day. So book a departure flight after 1.00 pm.
Perigord and Beach Combo and the Pays Basque and Beach Combo: Transfer time is 2.00 pm from Bordeaux airport hall A at "Meeting point". Book a return flight after 1.00 pm.
Price: 90 EUR/person/return.
Seasons: Low Season: from February to April, October-November.
Mid Season: May, June, Septembe.
High Season: from July to August.
Riding: Outdoor rides and day rides. Riders must be confident and experienced riding in an English saddle at all paces, including full gallop, and be able to leave the group and return with good control on the beach. Riders must be fit and confident, able to ride long hours over varied and sometimes challenging terrain.
Single room: Can be booked with a supplement. For price click on ”Book on request” under Dates & prices.
If you are willing to share room, you will not have to pay a supplement if you are allocated a single room.
Credit card: Not accepted at riding center.
Tipping: Not required but appreciated, about 20 EUR.
Group size: Min. 4 and max. 12 riders on Silver Coast trail and min. 4 and max 8 riders on Perigord and Basque trails. The trails run with min. 3 riders with a supplement.
Age limit: 13 years. Adults only on Perigord and Pays Basque rides.
Closest village: About 1 km.
Beach: 5 km away.
Riding equipment to borrow: Helmet, chaps.
Saddle bag available: Yes
Special diet: Inform when booking.
Safe deposit box: No