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France - Castles of the Loire

Beautiful castles, medieval towns and good wine make this ride very varied and enjoyable.

Shimmering rivers, beautiful castles, medieval towns and good wine make this an exceptional ride. During this tour, you will discover why the French Kings preferred to live in the Loire Valley rather than Paris. It is not difficult to find scenic picnic spots and lunches are often long, due to the good food and wine as well as the relaxing atmosphere.

This ride follows the River Cher, past the famous Chenonccau Castle. This valley is exceptionally beautiful for its architectural heritage. You will also ride along the River Loire, France's longest.

The Loire Valley is a rich and fertile area and one of France's top tourist destinations. Peaceful rivers flow through a bucolic landscape, past beautiful castles and medieval towns. The sights together with good food and wine make this ride very varied and enjoyable.

For long periods, the French Kings preferred to live in the Loire Valley rather than Paris. Finding picturesque picnic spots is easy and lunches are often long due to both the good food and wine and the relaxing atmosphere.

The information on this page is specific to this ride. For general information of Bordeaux and Loire trails Click here for more information >>

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The Program

Day 1 - You will be met at the Montrichard train station at and be taken to the Hotel  “l’Auberge de l’Ecole” at Pontlevoy. 

Day 2 - After presentation and distribution of the horses, we set off for Fougères sur Bièvre. We have lunch at the foot of the castle. It offers the ideal image of a small late-15th-century fortified castle, with curtain wall, keep, arched and cannoniered battlements, parapet walk and machicolation. At the end of the afternoon, we also visit the magnificently furnished Château de Cheverny. The estate has been owned by the same family for over six centuries. From the Botanical Park to the splendid interior of the château, from the Tintin exhibition to the forest park, the owners invite you to discover a fantastic heritage, authentic and very much alive. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 - (morning riding only). In the morning, we ride through the Cheverny forest, between wooded paths and wild moorland, where deer, roe deer and hares, if you're lucky enough to spot them, can be found. For a picnic lunch, we stop off at Château de Villesavin. Dating from the 16th century, it was built by the same French and Italian masters and craftsmen who built the great royal residences. It has survived four centuries in near-perfect condition. After lunch, we take time to visit the castle. Free afternoon at the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 4 - After breakfast, we head for Chambord, where we have a picnic. Chambord is the largest of the Loire castles. It's an unrivalled feat of architecture, withits central double-revolution staircase, a marvel of elegance, set in the heartof a vast 5,440-hectare nature reserve where deer are king. We visit the château after lunch. Through the Bracieux forest, we return to Château de Villesavin in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 5 - We ride through the forest to Château de Beauregard, where westop for our picnic. Formerly Chambord's hunting lodge, built on the orders of François I, it has always been known for its famous Galerie des Portraits. A monumental work of 3 generations, it features 327 portraits of illustrious figures, a remarkable lapis lazuli ceiling (7 times the value of gold) and an exceptional paving of 5600 Delft earthenware tiles. After visiting the château, we set off with our horses for the village of Candé-sur-Beuvron. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 6 – (morning riding only) Along the banks of the Loire, we reach the village of Chaumont sur Loire. A charming village, listed as a U.N.E.S.C.O. World Heritage Site, Chaumont is also famous for its feudal castle, which dominates the valley and the village. Picnic where we leave the horses for the afternoon. Afternoon free to visit the Château de Chaumont sur Loire (hotel at the foot of the château). Dating from the late 15th century, it illustrates both the defensive architecture of the Gothic period and the pleasure architecture of the Renaissance. Don't miss the 19th-century stables, considered the most luxurious in Europe at the time. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 7 - After breakfast, we'll enjoy a long gallop through the Amboise forest to reach the Château de Chenonceau, built on the Cher River. Named A "Château des Dames" in French history, built in 1513 by Katherine Briçonnet and successively embellished by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Médicis, Chenonceau was saved from the rigors of the Revolution by Madame Dupin. It is the jewel of the Loire Valley. We have lunch on site and visit the château. In the early afternoon, we leave the banks of the Cher for the horses' evening stopover in Pontlevoy. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 8 - Breakfast and departure around 9.00 a.m. to the train station in Montrichard.

ACCOMMODATIONS (depending on availability)
- Nights 1 & 7 Hotel Restaurant “l’Auberge de l’Ecole” in Pontlevoy
- Nights 2 , 3 and 4 Hôtel du Cygne à Bracieux
- Nights 5 and 6 Hotel Restaurant « L'Hostellerie du Château » in Chaumont sur Loire

We reserve the right to make any changes to riding program, including the change of hotels or B&B. 

The program is subject to change due to local circumstances beyond our control.

Travel Information

Travel: Book flight/rental car >>
Fly to Paris, then take the train to the town of Montrichard.
From Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, train to Montrichard (change of trains required). Train times and tickets at www.sncf.fr

Transfer: You will be met at the train station at Montrichard at 6:00 p.m. Price: 20 EUR per person round trip. Paid on location.

Misc.: Entrance fees are not included and are paied direct, approx. ca 100 EUR.

Dates and prices

"Book on request" means that we cannot confirm your booking immediately, but we will get back to you as soon as possible with a booking confirmation, normally within 24 hours on weekdays.

DateDaysName of tripPrice from
08/06/20248France - Castles of the Loire
Fully booked
EUR 2,285Book on request
16/06/20248France - Castles of the Loire
Fully booked
EUR 2,285Book on request
10/08/20248France - Castles of the Loire
Fully booked
EUR 2,285Book on request
18/08/20248France - Castles of the Loire
Fully booked
EUR 2,285Book on request
21/06/20258France - Castles of the LoireEUR 2,545Book on request
29/06/20258France - Castles of the LoireEUR 2,545Book on request
23/08/20258France - Castles of the LoireEUR 2,545Book on request
31/08/20258France - Castles of the LoireEUR 2,545Book on request

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