France - Provence

The name Provence is reminiscent of vineyards and olive groves and lavender fields. Didier, your host, has arranged trail rides here since 1987. You will ride many hours each day. Your guides has been on a special training course for professional guides and speaks good English. The saddles are custom made for trail rides. Safe, light and comfortable.

Read more on each respective ride below.

 

Accommodation & food

You will stay in double or triple rooms at the guesthouses and country hotels. It is possible to book singleroom. Single supplement will be added if there is no one to share a room with.

Safe deposit box: No
A/C: No
Hair Dryer: No
Towels and sheets: Yes
Fridge: No

Dinners and breakfasts (French breakfast which may consist of white bread, jam, cereal, juice, tea or coffee) are prepared by your hosts in each guesthouse. The lunches consist of picnics in the countryside and will be transported by car.

Horses

The horses are Spanish and Arab cross. They are alert and lively at the same time calm and stable when riding through cities with traffic, etc. There are saddlebags to the horses. Your luggage is transported by car to your next accomodation.

Climate

Travel Information

The information below applies to all rides. For prices and specific facts for each riding programs, go to each ride.

Abilidy description: Level, trail ride 2-3 >>

Included in the price: Accomodation, riding according to program. Full board incl. water or wine with meals, transfers.

Not included: Flights, insurance and extras not mentioned.

Travel: Book flight/rental car >>
Flight to Marseille - Provence International Airport.

Transfer: Book in advance with HorseXplore.
From Marseille airport to riding center, about 1 hour drive.
Price: Included at set times.
Meeting time: 5:00 pm, except for the Luberon & the Colorado Provencale with the time 10:30 am.
Departure: When returning home you will be on Marseilles airport at 11.00 am. For the Cezanne trail ride the time is 6.30 pm.

Transfer from train station Aix-en-Provence to riding center, about 45 minutes drive.
Price: Included at set time.
Meeting time: Sunday at 5.45 pm. SNSF station in central Aix.

Taxi at other times then the above from the airport or Aix-en-Provence to the Equestrian center.
Price: About 120 EUR/person/one way. You can ask any available taxi outside. 

Single room:  It is possible to book singleroom (price for single supplement is available under Dates & Prices). Half of the single supplement will be added if there is no one to share a room with.

Extra night: If you want extra nights because of your flight or want to experience more of Provence, we have suggestions for nice hotels in Aix-en-Provence

Currency: EUR
Credit card:  The riding centre accept credit cards.
Tipping: Not required but appreciated, normally around 20-50 EUR.

Wifi: There is free Wi-fi in most accomodations.
Electricity jack: Standard EU plug.

Group size: Miniumum 5, maximum 12.
Age limit: Minimum 12 years accompanied by an adult. If good rider, 10 years.

Closest village: 3 km away is Lauris wich is a small village with restaurants and pubs. 8 km away id the popuilar village Loumarin with several sight seeings.
Beach: About 1 hour with car.  The trail ride Luberon to Camargue is ended at the beach.
Pool: Not at the riding center, but 200 meters away is pool, spa, jacuzzi and hamam available.

Misc.:
Riding equipment to borrow: Helmet at request.
Saddle bag available: Yes
Special diet: Inform when booking.

France, Provence - Luberon to Camargue

During this ride you get to enjoy the contrasts that these regions offer. The trail ride extends from winding roads along the olive groves by old stone houses to the white sandy beaches of the Camargue National Park. Gallops on the beaches are a perfect end to this trail ride. The ride starts north of the capital of Provence, Marseille. You will pass ....Read more » From EUR 1,300

France, Provence - Luberon to Haute Provence

On this popular ride, you will pass through the lower parts of the French Alps and through fields of sage and lavender. The ride goes from the Luberon National Park to the foot of Mont Ventoux. It goes through the Provence of light and scent, between the Alps and the Mediterranean. You ride through a varied landscape with beautiful views and fields ....Read more » From EUR 1,400

France, Provence - Cezanne Trail Ride

This ride goes through the famous Montagne Sainte-Victoire and you will understand why the artist Paul Cezanne was inspired by its beautiful landscapes, which in turn inspired other artists such as Pablo Picasso. The white limestone cliffs, bright blue sky, the green of the pine trees and the red earth creates a stunning natural experience. Around ....Read more » From EUR 1,300

France, Provence - Luberon & Colorado Provencale

The Luberon hills, one of the most exquisite place in Provence, a Regional Nature Park. With its forest of green and white oaks, its cliffs of limestone, and its typical drystone villages, the Luberon displays an authentic and picturesque landscape well described in the famous A Year in Provence Peter Mayles ’ novel. Over the hills and through ....Read more » From EUR 1,150

France, Provence - Luberon and Lavender

The Provence lavender Inn to Inn trail ride... a fragrant and colored equestrian trip across the Provence, from the south Luberon natural park to the highlights of lavender cultivation in Provence: Plateau Claparèdes north of Grand Luberon, Plateau d'Albion, the country of Banon and Sault: the lavender capital. A fragrances horseback trail ....Read more » From EUR 1,400

France, Provence - Wine Ride

In the heart of Provence, you can follow the wine trail. You ride beside the vines protected by the Luberon Mountain’s south side. A lavish picnic with cold cuts and wines is served in the shade of pine trees. During the week, you will sample the "Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence", "Cotes du Rhone" and "Cotes de Vendeaux". ....Read more »

France, Provence - New Years Ride

A beautiful way to finish the year, riding in the famous, sunny Provence. Full and half day trips in the Luberon National Park, through forests and vineyards, among olive groves and fruit trees. Hot picnics prepared by an assistant. You return every day to the Equestrian Centre and you will stay close by at a nice B&B Les Gargoulettes where will ....Read more » From EUR 1,300

France - A Taste of Provence

Ride through the heart of Provence, the part of France that has the highest number of sunny days per year and a special light that gives the whole landscape a fantastic sheen. At this time of year, artists and painters want to be here. Discover landscapes painted by Cezanne and get to know the locals at a time of year when they can share their culture, ....Read more » From EUR 950
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