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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Arrival at the equestrian center between 6:00pm and 8:00pm. Dinner and overnight stay at the farm.
Day 2 Lauris - Mérindol
After breakfast the horses are allocated and the trail ride starts. The ride passes through the Luberon National Park and follows the vineyards that catch the sun on the south side of the mountain and create such a good wine harvest. Picnic under olive, almond and pine trees - a generous buffet served with a good local wine. An afternoon ride to Mérindol to visit the city and enjoy some shopping if you wish. Dinner and overnight stay in Mérindol. You will be served a lovely dinner prepared by Marianne, your hostess. With dinner you will drink Coteaux d'Aix en Provence, which grows on the other side Durance River. On some dates, you may spend the night at the equestrian center, depending on the number of reservations Marianne has.
Day 3 Mérindol - Oppède
A ride through pine forest and the beautiful Durance Valley. You will pass through orchards – lots of grapes, melons, apples, apricots, cherries, etc. A fantastic landscape that has been preserved as a national park. Picnic lunch in the shade of pine trees. In the afternoon, you will arrive at Oppède, where you leave the horses and you will be driven to Coustellet where you will eat dinner at a restaurant and stay overnight at a hotel.
Day 4 Oppède - Venasque
Today you ride into the "Côtes de Ventoux" wine region through Mont Vaucluse. You will reach "Mur de la peste", a wall that was built in 1720 to protect the population from the great epidemic that spread from Marseille. You will spend the night in Venasque.
Day 5 Venasque - Crillon le Brave
You ride over the rolling hills to Mont Ventoux. Before lunch, there will be a wine tasting at Domaine des Anges. Late afternoon, you reach the Moulin d'Antelon near the village of Crillon le Brave. Before dinner you can enjoy a dip in the pool.
Day 6 Crillon le Brave - Gigondas
You ride through small villages with Mount Ventoux in the background. A picnic lunch near the village of Barroux. In the afternoon, you will explore "Dentelles de Montmirail". Wine tasting at Domaine de Cassan in the heart of this beautiful mountain ridge. You end the ride at Gigondas and will be driven back to Lauris for a farewell dinner and overnight stay.
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.