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 night to the Equestrian Centre to enjoy an aperitif with Didier, your host, in front of the open fire. You will enjoy the dinners cooked by the chef, Gaël. And for the New Year, a memorable Provencal dinner and party.
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26 December: After airport or train collection, riders will gather at the "Gargoulettes" just beside the farm late in the afternoon. Introduction to your accommodation, an aperitif and presentation of the ride will mark the start of your week in Provence. Dinner at the host’s table.
27 December: A short ride around the equestrian center to get to know the horses. Two hours riding in the morning and two hours riding in the afternoon with a guided tour of a wine cellar and a tasting of "Côtes du Luberon" wine. Back at the equestrian center, you get to enjoy a rest by the fire before dinner.
28 December: Today you will ride to the Durance River and eat a delicious picnic lunch with an aperitif, cheese, salads, local pies, local wines and coffee. You continue down the beautiful Durance Valley to the village of Lauris, perched on the cliffs. The ride back goes through farmland and the rich soils that give this area the best production of wine, asparagus, olives, truffles, cherries, apricots, melons ... Provence treasures!
29 December: Half day off, visit of Lourmarin, it's castle and local market. Free lunch in the village. Afternoon ride in the pine tree hills and along olive trees, vineyards and other fruit trees with a stop in a cave for a wine tasting.
30 December: Transfert to Sivergues for a two day trail ride. Sivergues-Lauris: You will follow the Aiguebrun, single stream through the Luberon, a very pleasant trail along the clear waters sheltered by lush vegetation and stunning cliffs popular for climbers. You will ride to Bonnieux, beautiful perched village where all houses made of stone blend with the limestone cliffs at the foot of a plateau covered with almond trees and lavender. The buffet will await you close to the village. In the afternoon, you will ride down the Petit Luberon to the riding centre.
31 December: Second day trail ride. Lauris-Sivergues: At the foot of the Luberon, you will reach the superb village of Lourmarin, rated "One of the Most Beautiful Villages in France". Our assistant will have prepared a nice buffet near the village. In the afternoon, you will ride up to the Grand Luberon to discover its landscapes, with a breathtaking view of the Alps in the north, to the Mediterranean off the south. Transfer to your accommodation in the afternoon. Provençal diner end new year’s Eve.
01 January: Depart after breakfast.
Number of participants: Minimum of 5 and maximum 12 riders (guides not included).
You will ride 2-4 hours per day.
We reserve the right to make any changes to riding program, including the cancellation or changing of hotels.
The program is subject to change due to local circumstances beyond our control.