Chateaux of the Loire

8 Daysย  |ย  From ยฃ1988pp

France ( Best airport: Bordeaux)

The great castles of the Loire Valley are an incredible example of French legacies. Chenonceau, Cheverny, and Chaumont offer examples of the tremendous flowering of French culture during the Renaissance period and can be visited on this seven night trail ride offering fast riding through the royal hunting forests. You will journey across the Loire Valley, stopping at its majestic castles en route. Beautiful scenery, responsive horses and great food and wine, this is the ideal trail for lovers of French history, culture and architecture (not to mention food!).

The Riding

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.

Riders must be comfortable in all paces 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 be in the saddle for between 4-6 hours per day. The weight limit is 90kg.

Level of Riding and Fitness

All riders should be experienced at all paces and should be in good physical condition to participate in this trail. This is important for the safety and enjoyment of the group and especially for the health of the horses. These are active horse rides where you will be riding for 5 to 6 hours a 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. All guides are multilingual French/English and the group size is between 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.

Tack and Riding Equipment

Tack: You will use JMS French trail saddles, which blend the best of English and western style saddles to create a comfortable trail saddle. Horses are all in bridles with gentle Myler bits.

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View of Chenonceaux, a small medieval town in Provence, France
View of Chenonceaux, a small medieval town in Provence, France

Accommodation and Dining

Accommodation on this trail is in small, boutique hotels, nestled into the rural surroundings. Youโ€™ll stay in a different location each night of the trail, some have swimming pools. Most of the rooms will have an en suite bathroom although this cannot be guaranteed. Rooms are twins or doubles with single rooms 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 white tablecloths covered in 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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Chateaux of the Loire

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding

Single occupancy ยฃ380

Flights & Airport transfers

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

Please arrange to arrive at Montrichard train station in time for the group transfer at 18.30 on Day 1.

Price Includes
  • 6 days of riding
  • 7 nights accommodation in twin or double rooms
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Coffee, tea, water
  • Wine with lunch
  • Accommodation in twin or double rooms
  • Luggage transport
Price Excludes
  • Airport transfers
  • International flights
  • Drinks other than wine with lunch
  • Wine tasting (not more than โ‚ฌ10)
  • Entrance fees to castles