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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". You will stay overnight at specially selected guesthouses, including in the historic villages of Venasque and Crillon le Brave.

This ride is for those who want to enjoy the good life on horseback.

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The Program

Day 1
Arrival at the equestrian center between 6:00pm and 8:00pm. Dinner and overnight stay at the farm.

Day 2 Lauris - Mérindol
You will follow the vines, sheltered by the southern side of the Luberon. On the way, chance of a wine tasting visit in a “Cave de Vins”. Picnic in a pine grove: a copious buffet prepared by our assistant. In the evening, horses stay in Merindol, riders are transfered to the accommodation in Lauris. A pleasant meal accompanied by a “Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence”.

Day 3 Mérindol - Oppède
After breakfast, transfer bach to the horses in Merindol. Ride through pine forests with wonderful views of the Durance valley with orchards, whose fruit you will taste at the picnic. In the afternoon, landscapes of cliffs where eagles and other birds of prey nest. Arrive at Oppède where the horses will stay for the night. For the riders transfer to Coustellet. Dinner at the restaurant and night at the hotel.

Day 4 Oppède - Venasque 
Today, you enter into the “Côtes de Ventoux” producing area, via the Vaucluse mounts. You will reach the “mur du peste” a wall constructed in 1720 to protect the populations from the great epidemic that spread from Marseille. Night near Venasque, a historical village.

Day 5 Venasque - Crillon le Brave
Countryside of rolling hills, through pine forests and cherry trees, facing the “Mont Ventoux” called the "Giant of Provence". Before lunch wine taste at the Domaine des Anges. In the late afternoon, you will arrive at the Moulin d'Antelon or other guesthouse near the village Crillon le Brave. The village takes its full name of Crillon-le-Brave from the most legendary of its dukes: Louis des Balbes de Berton de Crillon or "Le Brave Crillon" (1541–1615) was one of Henri IV's fiercest and most valiant generals during the French Wars of Religion in the late 16th century. The same Crillon family also gave its name to the famous Hôtel de Crillon in Paris. Before dinner you can enjoy the swimmig-pool.

Day 6 Crillon le Brave - Gigondas
You will ride through villages, with the “Mont Ventoux” in the background. Picnic near the Barroux village and chateau. In the afternoon you will discover the “Dentelles de Montmirail”, needle thin spikes and ridges (“dentelle” means lace).  Wine taste at Domaine de Cassan, in the heart of this beautifull range. End of the ride at Gigondas. Transfer to Lauris.

Day 7
Breakfast and transfer to the airport.

You ride about 5-6 hours of 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.

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