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Chateaux, Vineyards and Beaches of Bordeaux
The Gironde region, and its major port - Bordeaux, have a rich and varied cultural heritage, most famously known for its prestigious wine-producing chateaux and some of the world’s best Romanesque and Gothic architecture. We will start our ride from the 12th century medieval village of St. Emilion, with an architectural legacy almost without equal, crossing the Gironde estuary by boat, and continuing on through the Médoc vineyards and its most famous chateaux - Margaux, Pichon-Baron, Latour and Lafite Rothschild among others. Canter through miles of pine forests before ending on the sandy beaches of the Atlantic. Come and join us for a week of riding, wine tasting and gastronomic meals at luxurious 3 star chateaux/hotels.


ITINERARY
Day 1: Day 1:
You will be met at Bordeaux Train Station or Airport and taken to your hotel in St. Emilion (45 minutes drive) for the afternoon/evening. The medieval town of St. Emilion has one of the most important architectural heritages in Europe and it is listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Standing proudly on the top of a hill overlooking the Dordogne valley, the village, with its sun baked, Roman tiled roofs, was built in the shape of an amphitheater. You will have the opportunity to visit a very unique monolithic (underground) church from the 11th century. Visit a monolithic cellar in the village before enjoying your first wine tasting - a Grand Cru - before dinner at your hotel.
Day 2: Day 2:
After breakfast, we transfer you to the horse’s pasture, near the village of Bourg, where we will start the week’s ride. After allocation of the horses, we begin the day’s ride traveling north along the Gironde River to the Citadelle de Blaye, built by Vauban (military engineer of Louis the 14th) in 1689 and set with star-shaped bastions. We will have our first lunch within its walls. In the afternoon, we will take the horses on a ferry to cross the Gironde Estuary (approx...30 minutes). Arriving at Port Lamarque, we ride off again to the day’s destination, a charming chateau/hotel in the Médoc. On our way to dinner in the village of Margaux, we will have a stop to enjoy a view of the famous Chateau of the same name.
Day 3: Day 3:
Continue through the Médoc region, riding past many of the most prestigious and beautiful chateaux of the area; Chateau Lanessan, Beaucaillou, Pichon-Baron, Latour and Lafitte Rothschild, to name a few. Stopping at Chateau Lanessan for a picnic lunch on the grounds. You will have the opportunity to taste the chateau’s wine during our meal. After lunch, we take a moment to visit their horse museum before riding off again to the famous Chateau Pichon-Baron (Grand Cru Pauillac). After a visit and a winetasting you will be transferred to your hotel, Chateau Loudenne, which is also a classified Cru Bourgeois appellation and where you will spend the next two nights. Enjoy their wines during dinner at their restaurant.
Day 4: Day 4:
We will ride in the morning through vineyards circling around Chateau Loudenne - a charming pink manor house from the 17th century, with its 18th century Victorian cellar and a remarkable view upon the Gironde estuary. Enjoy a picnic in the garden. In the afternoon you will have the choice between a short ride along the estuary or to take the afternoon off and relax at the Chateau instead (massage optional at your own expense, booked at least one month in advance). Diner will be at a nearby gastronomic restaurant in the village of Saint Estephe.
Day 5: Day 5:
Today we will leave behind the last of the vineyards on our way to the ocean, continuing on across miles of marshland used primarily as pasture for horses and cattle. We will stop for another wonderful lunch at a family Chateau that produces a very fine Cru Bourgeois that we will have the opportunity to enjoy during lunch. In the afternoon we will enjoy some nice long canters along the canals before arriving at your very nice chateau/hotel for the next two nights. Enjoy a delicious evening’s meal where you will have the opportunity, again, to try some of the area’s specialties.
Day 6:  Day 6:
You will start today's ride through the pine forests of the region, with opportunities again for some nice trots and canters before arriving at the sandy dunes along this portion of the Atlantic Ocean. We will stop for a last, delicious picnic lunch within the pine forests and dunes of the region. After lunch we will ride to the Ocean and let our horses relax their legs in the water before enjoying a long canter along the beach. We will then have a short ride back through the dunes before ending the ride. Transfer to your charming hotel of the previous evening for your farewell dinner and the final night of the ride.
Day 7:
After breakfast, transfer to Lesparre-Medoc Train Station (15 minutes drive) or Bordeaux Airport (1h30 drive).
Day 7:
2017 TOUR DETAILS
2017 TOUR DETAILS
Departures: May 28 - June 3, June 4 - 10, September 10 - 16, September 17 - 23
Length of Ride: 7 Days, 6 nights, 5 days riding
Accommodations: 3 and 4 star

Price: 2860 € (The price also includes castle entrance fees and wine tasting)
Single Supplement: 490 €

Amount of riding each day: 4 - 6 hours
Weight limit: 200 lbs. (90 kg)
Group Size: Minimum 2 riders, Maximum 7 riders
Pace: Moderate/Fast
Riding Ability: Intermediate/Advance

*MEETING POINT: - Bordeaux Train Station (Sortie/Exit BELCIER) 2:00 pm, (90 € charge for transfer at time different than specified) - Or Bordeaux airport.
*DEPARTURE POINT: - Lesparre-Medoc Train Station 8:00 or 10:00 am - Or Bordeaux airport

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