France Overview

Discover the castles and chateaus of the Loire Valley on horseback as part of our tailored luxury riding programs. Our selection of riding routes offer you a unique blend of beautiful scenery, sumptuous food and wine (as you would expect in France) and, of course, quality horses and guiding.

The Loire Valley and its chateaux has charmed visitors for centuries. Its ornate architecture, elaborate decoration and lavishly planted gardens are designed to impress. It became the playground of the French nobility and, ultimately, contributed to their downfall.

Riding from chateaux to chateaux will take you back to the 16th Century when the surrounding land served as royal hunting grounds. Highlights include the Grand Chateaux de Chambord constructed like many others in the distinct French Renaissance style that blended traditional medieval and classical Italian forms.

Enjoy gourmet picnics of local delicacies and elegant candle-lit dinners with fine cuisine.

Key Facts

  • Runs April – October
  • Set departures and private groups
  • From 3 nights (2 days riding)
  • 2 – 5 hours riding per day
  • Suits experienced riders

Riding Level

You should be a confident rider in control of a horse at walk, trot and canter in the open. The Saumur and Normandy rides have a mixed pace, with plenty of chances for some long trots and canters. Our Beauregard to Amboise itineraries offer a more relaxed pace, with fewer opportunities to canter.

Itinerary

We offer a multitude of itineraries in different areas for you to choose from for shorter and longer rides, and different departure dates. Please contact us for further information and details at info@snaffletravel.com.au

Accommodation

Stay overnight in elegant small family-run hotels converted from chateaux and other ancestral homes. Depending on your tour, you may stay in guest accommodation in the grounds, rather than in the chateaus themselves.

Dates and Prices

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 nights in double room B & B in chateaux, including breakfast daily
  • All gourmet meals with wines
  • 2, 4 of 5 full days of excursion on horseback, including horses and riding gear
  • Coaching by certified staff, visits and shows
  • Transfers to all riding locations during your stay

Payable Locally

  • Lunches, drinks not included with meals, spa treatments, additional activities and tips
  • Transfers are not included, but can be arranged from the train station or airport, alternatively we can organise a hire car

Not Included

  • Single room supplement
  • Additional charges, such as phone calls
  • Flights and transfers from train stations or airports

Location

The Loire Valley is approximately two hours south of Paris by car or train. There are a number of high speed rail links via Paris and low cost flights, depending on where your itinerary departs from. We can help you plan the best way to get to your designated meeting point.

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