Overview

The Black Perigord, named after the black oak forest, largely spread across the valleys of the Vezere and the Dordogne, will seduce you for centuries old history.  Visits to Castles and bastides (medieval fortified villages) in varied landscapes offer riders memorable sights of this area as well as numerous culinary pleasures the area has many beautiful villages, magnificent castles and impressive cave systems.

In the Dordogne are the picturesque villages of Beynac, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, La Roche Gageac, Domme and Sarlat. A little further south is the most beautiful village of Belves. Along this same stretch of river are the magnificent castles of Beynac, Castelnaud and Les Milandes, as well the caves at Domme, and the troglodyte dwellings under the main square of Belves.

There are so many wonderful sights to explore both on horseback and on foot. Riding horses between these villages and castles enables you to step back in time and follow medieval tracks and forest pathways as you are seduced by the landscapes and history of the area.

The Perigord is also famous for its food, particularly duck and goose products such as confit de canard and foie gras, as well as the infamous black truffles. Both red and white Bergerac and Monbazillac wines are produced in the region, so lovers of both food and wine will not be disappointed.

Explore the Castles and bastides (medieval fortified villages) of the Black Perigold with varied landscapes on this riding holiday.  Visit the beautiful city of Sarlat and savour delicious french food and wine.

Key Facts

  • Runs March and April
  • Set departures and private groups
  • Minimum 5 / Maximum 10 riders
  • Trail with progressive riding
  • 8 Days / 7 nights (6 days riding)
  • 2- 5 hours riding per day
  • Suits competent riders
  • Weight limit – 100 kilos

Riding Level and Horses

Riders must be at ease at all 4 paces across varied, uneven terrain and be in good physical condition. You must be secure in the saddle and be comfortable riding for long hours. Rider weight limit: 220 lbs.  /  100 kilos.

The horses are pure or cross-bred Paint, Arabian, or Thoroughbreds and warmbloods. They live in a 70 acre field with the herd all year long, and most of them were born at the equestrian farm. They are well-behaved and suitable for all types of rider.

The height of horses vary from 15.3hh – 16.3hh

The saddles are comfortable trail saddles, saddlebags, poncho, and water are provided and all horses are ridden in simple bridles with “myler” type bits.

Helmets are strongly recommended and a packing list will be provided when you book the ride.

Itinerary

Explore the Castles and Bastides (medieval fortified villages) of the Black Perigold with varied landscapes on this riding holiday.  Visit the beautiful city of Sarlat and savour delicious french food and wine.

Day 1
Meet at Lalinde train station later in the afternoon and you will be transferred as a group to your B&B. If you have your own transport then you are also welcomed at the B&B in the late afternoon.

Day 2
After breakfast, approx.10:30 am, you are introduced to the horses at Chateau de Bannes (a 15th-century private castle). Set off riding through Lalinde’s bastide and follow the canal towards the village of Mauzac which is situated on the right bank of the Dordogne. Enjoy a picnic lunch and the continue to the ancient fishing port of Limeuil. Dinner and overnight in a B&B or hotel.

Day 3
After crossing the forest on horseback, enjoy a picnic lunch near the village of St Cyprien on the edge of the Dordogne. In the afternoon,we take the direction of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle by a medieval footpath from the Castle of Tayac.  We leave the horses overnight in the valley of the Ceou. Dinner and overnight in a B&B or hotel.

Day 4
After breakfast you will have time to visit Castelnaud-la-Chapelle’s castle (12th century) and its museum – the castle offers magnificent views across the Beynac, Marquessac and La Roche Gageac. Today’s ride takes you from the Ceou valley to the Dordogne valley where a picnic lunch is waiting for you at the base of a windmill in the Domme Bastide. Either before or after lunch you can visit this royal Bastide from the 13th century.

You will enjoy the beautiful views of the Dordogne valley from this medieval village before riding to Vitrac, where the horses overnight. We are then transferred to the well-preserved medieval city of Sarlat for dinner and to overnight.

Day 5
We ride only in the morning today and go through Sarlat before stopping at the Campagnac Castle for a picnic. There is no riding this afternoon and you are free to explore the splendid city of Sarlat. Sarlat is the capital of the Black Perigord region and is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe with its stunning architecture, art and history.  Dinner and overnight in a B&B or hotel.

Day 6
The path we follow this morning takes us towards Meyrals which offers the chance to see the Puymartin Castle, which was first built in the 12th century then destroyed in the 14th century before being rebuilt in the 15th century. You will have a chance to visit the Castle.  Picnic at the foot of Meyrals church.  In the afternoon we join Audrix which offers a magnificent panorama of the valley of Vezere.  Dinner and night at B&B or hotel.

Day 7
The final day of riding, we go down to the Vezere Valley to join Limeuil.  We ride along the Dordogne river towards Cadouin, where we stop for a picnic near the 12th-century Abbey with time to visit the Abbey after lunch. Continue through the Bessede forest which is the most important forest in the Perigord. Take time to explore the village of Moliere’s with its 12th-century Bastide, before returning to Bannes castle.  Final dinner and night in a B&B or hotel.

Day 8
This morning you will be transferred as a group to Lalinde or Bergerac after breakfast.

Please note that this program is for information only and the itinerary may be modified according to the availability of the hotels, the weather, any other local conditions.

Accommodation and Food

You will stay at various hotels and B&Bs during this trip. Price is based around sharing a double or twin room, though single rooms are available for a supplement. Nearly always there are bathrooms joined onto the bedrooms.

Full board meals are included. Dinners are in a traditional French regional style taken in restaurants and hotels along the route. Picnic lunches tend to be country meals involving cuts of cold meats, cheese and various mixed salads (including local wine).

Please note that appetisers and drinks are not included with dinners.

Dates and Prices

2018 Dates: 10 – 17 March, 17 March – 24 March, 28 April – 5 May

Cost: €1515.00 euros. (Please contact us for the Australian dollar conversion.  We use the ANZ bank sell rate for our conversion).

Single supplement €307.00.  Please advise when booking.

Rates are based on the Euro and subject to currency fluctuation, so please contact us for the most up to date pricing for your riding holiday.

Includes

  • All accommodation in twin or double share.  Single available with supplement
  • All meals from arrival dinner to departure breakfast,  Includes continental breakfasts, buffet picnic lunches including wine at lunch only
  • 6 full days of riding on horseback, including horses and riding gear
  • Two certified riding guides
  • Support vehicle and transfers to all riding locations during your stay

Not included

  • International flights and transfers to start of ride paid locally
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Entry to sights, tastings and other activities
  • Drinks not included with meals, additional incidentals and tips
  • Transfers are not included, set time transfers paid locally
  • Single room supplement on application

Other Information

Location
Lalinde is in the Dordogne in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in Southwestern France

Weather
Weather website: http://www.holiday-weather.com/

Activities
During the ride you will enjoy cultural visits with wine tastings

Languages spoken
English and French

Closest Train or Airport
Lalinde Train station or Bergerac Airport.

Terms and conditions and terms apply to this riding holiday

Please contact Snaffle Travel for further information, booking terms and conditions to info@snaffletravel.com.au

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