Bordeaux Wine Trail

8 Days  |  From £1699pp

France ( Best airport: Bordeaux)

Ride through the vineyards of Bordeaux, tasting some of the world-famous wines produced in the region: Médoc, Côte de Blaye, Côte de Bourg, Bordeaux Supérieur, Lalande-Pomerol, St Emilion and Sauternes to name a few. Wash these down with plenty of local cheeses, meats and potato dauphinoise for a truly indulgent experience combined with fast-paced riding through the quintessentially french countryside.

The Riding

The trail takes you to the medieval city of St Émilion, the 13th century castle of Rauzan and the medieval fortified town of Cadillac during the week and the accommodation is in traditional french guesthouses and hotels.

The pace on this trail is varied to suit the terrain with long periods of walk and plenty of opportunities to canter and gallop. The scenery encompasses rolling hills, green, sun-drenched vineyards, woods and forests.

Level of Riding and Fitness

Riders must be comfortable in all paces including gallop and happy to do some fast riding in open spaces on an obedient and responsive horse. Riders need to be in good physical condition, you will cover around 195km over the six days of the trail and will be in the saddle for between 5-7 hours per day.

Guides and Group Size

As well as being experienced horsemen and women your guides on this trail have a thorough knowledge of local history and the wine industry. All guides are multilingual French/English and their knowledge of the terrain ensures the riding has a great mix of walking, trotting and canters with some gallops.

Group size is 5-10.

The Horses

The horses are pure or cross-bred Arabian or Thoroughbreds and warmbloods varying in height from 15.2hh to 17hh. The horses are exceptionally well-schooled and good-mannered at this destination and many of them have been bred and trained by your hosts themselves. The tack used is specialist trail riding saddles and you will be provided with saddlebags, a rain poncho, and a water bottle. Horses are ridden in Myler bits which help to facilitate effective communication between horse and rider and a relaxed and happy horse. Helmets are not mandatory but are strongly recommended.

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Accommodation and Dining

Accommodation on this trail is in small, charming hotels or guesthouses, nestled into the rural surroundings. You’ll stay in a different location each night of the trail, some have swimming pools and some are large country houses situated on the vineyards themselves. Most of the rooms will have an en suite bathroom although this cannot be guaranteed. Rooms are twins or doubles although single rooms are available for a supplement. The luggage is transported in the support vehicle and transferred to each accommodation so you only need to carry daily essentials in your saddle bags.

Continental breakfasts are served at your hotel each morning typically consisting of a hot drink (tea, coffee, hot chocolate), juice, breakfast pastries (croissant, pain au chocolat, pain aux raisins), bread, butter and jam, and sometimes yogurt. Lunches are traditional french pique-niques, expect fresh baguettes, sumptuous cheeses, salads and tasty charcuterie, along with a bottle of something local. Dinner will be typical French fare comprising several courses of regional specialities. Please note that wine is not included with dinners.

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Itinerary

Bordeaux Wine Trail

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding
£1699pp

Single occupancy: £339

Flights & Airport transfers

Do not book flights until you have received the Booking confirmation email from saddletravel.com.

Please arrange to arrive at Bordeaux Airport on the first day by 17.30. You will be collected from the meeting point at 18.30.

Please book your departure flights on the last day after midday.

Price Includes
  • 6 days of riding
  • Trail riding horse, tack and saddlebags
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Coffee, tea, water
  • Wine with lunch
  • Accommodation in twin or double rooms
  • Luggage transport
  • Excursions described in itinerary
Price Excludes
  • Airport transfers
  • International flights
  • Drinks other than wine with lunch
  • Wine tasting at two vineyards (€16 total)
  • Tips

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