France Horseback Riding
An equestrian vacation in France is like riding into history.
is ideally suited for equestrian vacations. Horseback riding
tours got their start in France soon after the war and have
become very popular there though they remain almost unknown
in America. Standards are very high for French riding tour
guides who must take lengthy courses and pass difficult exams
to be licensed. Many trails have been kept open for horse riding
in the French countryside and it is fascinating to ride through
places which are so rich in history. Castles, walled towns,
fortresses and monasteries are everywhere. Of course the food
and wine are world famous and guests will eat and drink with
particular relish after a day in the saddle. Each region has
unique characteristics with its own history, cuisine, wine,
architecture and topography. Southern France also has a far
better climate than Northern Europe where the chances of fine
weather are not nearly as good. Accommodations for riders vary
between comfortably remodeled castles and picturesque country
More detailed information about
riding in France is available here. We have summarized below the rides
which are currently available. All these equestrian experiences
have been thoroughly tested over the years and many riders
have enjoyed them.
Cliffs and Caves - This riding trip traverses
a fascinating part of France around the Lot Valley where there
are many traces of prehistoric man. One also sees much French
history from the period of the Middle Ages.
and Forests of Dordogne - This riding vacation
in the Dordogne visits some amazingly picturesque castles
perched dramatically on impregnable heights. In a country
where cuisine is next to God, this region stands out for its
through the Vineyards of Cahors - There is much
history to be seen on this ride, but there is an emphasis
on wine for which the region is famous. One is often riding
beside vineyards and there are many chances to visit wineries
and taste the product.
Soul of Provence - Many feel that this part of
France is the most beautiful place in the world. Painters like
Van Gogh and Cézanne loved to paint here. Picturesque
medieval towns and fairy tale castles abound in this lovely
setting. It is difficult to imagine a more romantic setting
for horseback vacations.
Riding - This unguided ride in the foothills of
the Pyrenees is a wonderful adventure. The horses are most reliable,
the local country people friendly, the food excellent and the
organization impeccable. It is wonderful value for the money
and we highly recommend it. The whole route is rich in history
with many castles and villages which have changed little in
centuries. This is the perfect horseback riding tour for experienced
riders who are adventurous and resourceful. A New York Times
article about it is available on request.
through Quercy - A comparatively slow paced horseback
ride in a region of oak forests and truffles which is rich in
history. It is near here that many of the magnificent prehistoric
cave drawings were found. The famous old monastery of Roc Amadour
hanging from the side of a cliff is on the riding tour along
with other historical gems.
des Garennes - The riding center is surrounded
by oak forests with many roads and trails ideal for riding.
It also has excellent food, warm hospitality, tennis courts
and a swimming pool. Fascinating historical places are nearby.
It is a fine destination for less experienced riders who want
to see something of France and have other possible activities.
It offers a great deal for the price.
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