France - Vineyard Ride in Bordeaux
Join us for a long ride around Bordeaux, the world's wine capital.
Horses and riders take the ferry across the river to see Fort Blaye. The ride continues through the vineyards and you can enjoy long gallops. At lunchtime, you will enjoy some great picnics and wine tasting. This tour takes you past many beautiful castles, and you will stay in hotels or wineries. This trail tastes wonderful!
On this ride you will enjoy the some of the world’s most prestigious wines, including: Medoc, Cote de Blaye, Cote de Bourg Bordeaux Superieur, Lalande Pomerol, St. Emilion, Entre-Deux-Mers, Greaves and Cote de Bordeaux. You will also get to taste sweet concentrated wines such as Cadillac and the famous Sauternes.
You'll visit the citadel of Blaye whose history goes back to ancient times, and remains today a fine example of military architecture. The medieval city of St. Emilion has preserved many of its relics of the past, despite the damage it has received over the centuries through several invasions, including religious wars and the French Revolution. In St Emilion, you can visit Cordeliers Convent and local fortifications. St Emilion has been listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List since December 1999.
You'll see Rauzan Castle built in the thirteenth century by the knight Sir Bernard de Rauzan. The castle was an important landmark for the English during the Hundred Years War. You will also visit Cadillac that belonged to the British during the Hundred Years War. Today, Cadillac is a small dynamic city. You can still see the old walls that once protected the city. This is also the castle that belonged to the Duke of Eperon. Both the castle and the church are worth a visit.
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On certain dates, the ride will be in the reverse order to the program below.
Day 1 - Transfer from Bordaux airport 6.30 p.m, hall B at the "Brioche Dorée" snack bar at 6.30 p.m. You will be driven then to the Domaine de Quittignan Brillette in Moulis en Médoc for your dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2 - 4 hours in the saddle - Breakfast at 8:00am, transfer to the horses at 9:00am and departure for horseback riding at 10:00am in a flat landscape between vineyards and forests. Picnic will take place on the borders of the Gironde, and the tasting of Medoc after lunch. You will cross the Gironde, with the horses, on a ferry, towards Blaye (crossing time of 40 mn). Upon arrival you will visit on horseback the citadelle Vauban (18th century). Night at the Porche hotel.
Day 3 - about 5 ½ hours in the saddle - Departure around 9.00 a.m and on horseback at 10:00am across the rolling hills of the Côte de Bourgs vineyard. Picnic lunch and tasting of Cote du Bourg wines at the Castle Guyonne. In the afternoon, a ride through typical Bordeaux landscape of agricultural land and vineyards. In the evening, you arrive at Cubnezais. Dinner and overnight stay at a B & B which is also a winery and where you can taste Bordeaux wines.
Day 4 - 5 hours in the saddle - Departure around 9.30 a.m. You will ride through hills, vineyards and woodlands. You will stop for a picnic lunch at the Castle Mayne Veil where you can taste Fronsac wines. In the afternoon, you will ride on to Libourne, through the famous region of Pomerol. You will leave your horses at Castle Belles Graves where you will have the chance to taste Lalande de Pomerol. Dinner and overnight stay at the Hotel La Tour in Libourne.
Day 5 - about 6 hours in the saddle - Departure around 9.30 a.m. for the medieval town of St Emilion and its vineyards. You will pass land belonging to Chateau Petrus, Cheval Blanc and Chateau Figeac. Picnic lunch at the Castle Robin des Moines with wine tasting followed by a visit to the town of St Emilion. In the afternoon, you ride through the Dordogne Valley and arrive at your guesthouse near St Jean de Blaignac around 7.00 p.m.
Day 6 - about 6 hours in the saddle - Departure around 9.30 a.m for Cadillac and its castle near the La Garonne River. You will ride through changing landscapes consisting of valleys, forests, vineyards and meadows. You stop on the way to visit the thirteenth century Rauzan Castle and you will get to taste wine from Entre Deux Mers. A picnic lunch in the countryside. In the evening, you will reach your guesthouse near the small town of Cadillac. Dinner in the City of Cadillac with good Premières de Bordeaux wine.
Day 7 - about 5 hours in the saddle - Breakfast and departure around 9.30 a.m. To get to the vineyards of Graves and Sauternes, you will cross the La Garonne River by bridge in Cadillac. Picnic lunch at Myrat Castle where you will visit the castle and enjoy a wine tasting. In the afternoon, you will pass the 'Château de la Tour Blanche' wine school where you have a nice view of the Sauternes vineyards and the pine forest on the horizon that marks the end of the Bordeaux vineyards. Dinner and stay overnight at the Chateau d'Arche Castle.
Day 8 - Breakfast and transfer to Bordeaux airport. Departure about 9.30 a.m. It takes about 1½ hours to get to the airport.
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Flight or train to Bordeaux.
Transfer: Book in advance with HorseXplore. Paid on location.
From Bordeaux airport at 6.30 p.m, meeting point at the information counter in hall B at the "Brioche Dorée" snack bar
Price: 20 EUR per person round trip.
Misc.: Entrance fees and some winetastings are not included and is paid on spot, approx 16 EUR.