France ( Best airport: Paris)
For lovers of horses and wine, visit the region of Champagne where you can canter across scenic vineyards, through rural French villages and sip champagne in Epernay after a day’s riding. This trail is a fascinating exploration of French wine production, excellent riding terrain and historical sites.
Guides and Group Size
As well as being experienced horsemen and women, your guides on this trail have a thorough knowledge of local history. All guides are multilingual French/English and the group size is between 5-10.
Accommodation and Dining
Accommodation is in twin or double rooms at small, charming hotels or B&Bs, nestled into the rural surroundings. Single rooms are available for a supplement. You’ll stay in a different location each night of the trail, and your luggage will be transferred between stops. Most of the rooms will have an en suite bathroom although this cannot be guaranteed. 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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8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding
Single occupancy: £380
The wine tastings and visits will require guests to pay an additional fee to take part. The extra costs for these total approx. 80€ (EUR) per person.
Flights & Airport transfers
Do not book flights until you have received the Booking confirmation email from saddletravel.com.
Please arrange to arrive at the TGV train station in Champagne-Ardenne in time for the group transfer at 18.30 on Day 1. Train station transfers cost €20 return per person and are payable on arrival in cash.
- 6 days riding
- 7 nights accommodation in twin or double rooms
- Coffee, tea, water
- Wine with lunch
- Accommodation in twin or double rooms
- Luggage transport
- Airport transfers
- International flights
- Drinks with dinners