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DORDOGNE RIDES: Prestige Ride in Dordogne OR Fortresses and Forest of the Dordogne
The Dordogne is a very famous region in southwest France, known for its history, chateaux, bastides, caves and food, among other things. The beauty of the landscape, of cliffs overhanging cultivated plains and rivers, of the dense and mysterious forests, verdant farmland and pastures, make the area an unforgettable destination for travellers. Our ride takes you through this beautiful and varied region, giving you the opportunity to see many of the area sites while also taking the path less travelled - to give you a real feeling for the region and its people.


ITINERARY 1: Prestige Ride in Dordogne
DAY 1:
You will be met upon arrival at Brive la Gaillarde Railway Station at 2:00 pm and then driven to the famous Prehistoric Painted Cave of Lascaux in the heart of the Dordogne (45 minute drive). Transfers are also available from Brive la Gaillarde Airport. After a visit of this UNESCO World Heritage site, and its fabulous Cro Magnum paintings, you will be taken to your 4 star hotel with its Spa and indoor heated pool in “Les Eyzies de Tayac” for the evening. Enjoy a wonderful dinner served at the hotel restaurant which has been selected in the Michelin guide.
DAY 2:
After breakfast and allocation of the horses, the first day’s ride takes you through the countryside and, from time to time, along the famous Saint-Jacques de Compostelle pilgrimage trail to the Troglodytic City of "La Roque Saint Christophe” built on a cliff face. Before enjoying lunch by the Vézère River, you will have the opportunity to visit this site where men have been living since the Prehistoric time until the Renaissance. In the afternoon you will ride back to the same hotel as the previous night for another delicious dinner and overnight.
DAY 3:
This morning’s ride will take you east to the “Chateau de Commarque” built in the 12th century. You will visit this secluded medieval castle, built in a national heritage valley, before enjoying another delicious picnic lunch at the foot of the fortress. The afternoon’s ride continues further east, through the farmlands and forests of the area, before arriving at the “Chateau de Campagnac” where you will leave the horses for the night. You will be transferred to your 4 star hotel, a charming 19th century mansion and genuine haven of peace, in the beautiful medieval town of “Sarlat la Canéda”, an exceptionally preserved city with more than 1000 years of architecture living in the lanes, walls and buildings. Dinner will be at a gastronomic restaurant nearby your hotel.
DAY 4:
This morning take a break from riding and wander through the old town center of Sarlat and its market. Sarlat has more medieval, Renaissance and 18th century facades, carved doorways, fountains, turrets, gables and unusual roofscapes than can be photographed in a week of fine days. The local shops provide a good hunting ground for souvenirs, particularly the gastronomic products of the region. At the end of the morning you will be transferred back to the Chateau de Campagnac for lunch before your afternoon ride which takes you to the 12th century “Chateau de Beynac” built on top of a cliff overlooking the Dordogne River. After the visit of this fortress, which was the scene of many battles during the Hundred Years War, you will be transferred to your hotel from the night before. We will then spend the evening at the best restaurant in Sarlat, a one star Michelin, to savor a wonderful meal.
DAY 5:
After breakfast you will be transferred to the “Chateau de Fénélon”, where the horses will already be waiting for you to start the day’s ride. After getting the chance to explore this remarkable 13th century medieval fortress, classified as an historical monument, you will enjoy another wonderful picnic lunch, before continuing the ride east through the chestnut and oak woods of the Dordogne. Your destination today will be the 4 star hotel “Chateau de la Treyne”. Overlooking the Dordogne Valley, this14th-17th century Château is famous for its refined taste and discreet luxury. Situated on a listed site, the château is surrounded by a French garden, lined by century-old cedars and a large park with rare species of trees. During the evening’s meal at their one star Michelin restaurant you will have the opportunity again to try some of the area’s best specialties and wines.
DAY 6:
The ride continues in the morning through the deep valley of the Ouysse River. After a quiet ride stop for lunch at the 12th century fortified village of Rocamadour, hanging on a cliff’s edge. Rocamadour was, and still is, a very famous destination for pilgrims since the middle ages: Henri II Plantagenêt, Aliénor d’Aquitaine, Louis XI and Simon de Montfort are just some of the French and English aristocracy who came there to venerate the statue of the Brown Virgin and the tomb of Saint Amadour. After lunch, ride on through arid lands and a wide variety of trails heading back to our charming hotel, Chateau de la Treyne. The gourmet farewell dinner in this lovely Chateau will be a wonderful end to a great week of riding.
DAY 7:
After breakfast, transfer back to Brive la Gaillarde Railway Station (45 minute drive) or Airport.
ITINERARY 2: Fortresses and Forest of the Dordogne
Day 1: Day 1:
You will be met upon arrival at Bergerac Train Station or Airport and taken to your first night's accommodation (50 minutes drive), a lovely converted water mill in the countryside, with a swimming pool.
Day 2: Day 2:
After breakfast and allocation of the horses, the day's ride takes you through the countryside and, from time to time, along the famous Saint-Jacques de Compostelle pilgrimage trail. By mid-day, we will arrive at the Chateau de Biron, whose architecture spans eight centuries and is one of the best preserved castles in Europe. Lunch is followed by a visit of the castle. Riding into the Dordogne in the afternoon, we arrive at Monpazier, a bastide famous for its superb architecture, which was founded by Edward the 1st, King of England in 1284. Riders have an opportunity to visit Monpazier, swim at the hotel's pool, or just relax before dinner in this beautiful village with its historic atmosphere.
Day 3:  Day 3:
This morning’s ride continues further north to the little village of Montferrand-du-Périgord. A listed site, it has conserved the authentic charm of its old houses, some of which are beautiful examples of Périgord homes with their Renaissance facades. Legend claims that the village has stood on the plateau since prehistoric times though the oldest remaining structures today are its 12th century chateau and church. Enjoy another delicious picnic lunch, under the 16th century covered market, before taking a moment to explore this lovely village. The afternoon’s ride takes you further north, through the farmlands and forests of the area, before arriving at your evening’s accommodation. Before dinner, enjoy an optional visit of the nearby village of Cadouin. With its 12th century Romanesque church and Gothic cloister, the abbey of Cadouin is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 4: Day 4:
Today’s ride continues through the Bessède forest before arriving just outside of another beautiful and unique bastide - Belvès. Classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, you will be spending the evening within the walls of this 11th century fortified village. In the afternoon, guests have the opportunity to drive to the Gouffre de Proumeyssac - baptized the Cristal Cathedral. The largest developed abyss in the Périgord, the Cavern of Proumeyssac is a beautiful underground vault decorated with a multitude of crystallization. The visit is available in English and includes a beautiful light show at the beginning of the tour. After returning to Belvès, you can either relax at the hotel or take a tour of the village before dinner.
Day 5: Day 5:
The day's ride takes us south now, through the chestnut woods of the Dordogne. For today’s lunch, we will be stopping at a lovely family run duck farm for a special tasting of the farm’s products, including “foie gras” and local sweet white wine from Monbazillac. In the afternoon, enjoy a ride through the forest before arriving at the medieval village of Villefranche du Périgord, where we will spend the night, within the walls of this 13th century bastide built by Alphonse de Poitiers, brother of King Louis IX. During the evening’s meal you will have the opportunity again to try some of the area’s specialties.
Day 6: Day 6:
The ride continues through the forests to the Chateau de Bonaguil, a medieval fortress built on a rock face in the fifteenth century. The picnic lunch is followed by a tour of this wonderful castle. Dating back to the Hundred Years War, Chateau de Bonaguil was classified as a Historical monument in the 19th century, and is a remarkable castle to explore. After lunch, we ride on through a wide variety of trails. Starting in the woods again, we pass through pristine villages, vineyards, farmers' fields of wheat and sunflowers. The ride ends at a charming B & B, located in the countryside. The farewell dinner in this lovely place is a wonderful end to a great week of riding.
Day 7: Day 7:
After breakfast, transfer to Bergerac Train Station or Bergerac Airport (1h30 minutes drive).
2019 TOUR DETAILS Fortresses and Forest of the Dordogne
2019 TOUR DETAILS Fortresses and Forest of the Dordogne
Departures: June 23 - 29, September 1 - 7
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights, 4 1/2 days riding and 1/2 day sightseeing
Accommodations: 3 star

Amount of Riding Each Day: 4 - 6 hours
Weight limit: 190 lbs (86 kg)
Group size: Minimum 2 riders, Maximum 6 riders
Pace: Moderate
Riding Ability: Intermediate

*MEETING POINT: - Bergerac Train Station 3:30 pm - OR Bergerac Airport
*DEPARTURE POINT: - Bergerac Train Station 12:00 am - OR Bergerac Airport





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