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Horse Riding Holidays France – La Camargue

PRICES & DATES top

La Camargue: 2017 Prices

Suitable for riders & non riders. A great choice for a special romantic break, like a honeymoon or anniversary.

Rates are quoted per person sharing.

  • 3 nights – £555/€785/$835
  • 5 nights – £885/€1,255/$1,330

Single supplement is 100% as charges are per room.

La Camargue: 2017 Dates

Open from 6th April to 12th November.

Included

3 night package – 2×2 hours of riding per day, bed & breakfast accommodation, 2 dinners & champagne on arrival.

5 night package – 3×2 hours of riding per day, bed & breakfast accommodation, 4 dinners & champagne on arrival.

There is also the option of adding in a day riding out with the ‘gardians’, the French cowboys, this is great fun and you can expect to help round up the bulls.

Excluded – Flights, tips, transfers, lunches & drinks.

Getting there – Marseille, Nimes & Avignon are all relatively close.

Transfer
The furthest is Marseille, which is 1 hour, Nimes Garon is just 30 mins. We recommend hiring a car to enable you to tour the surrounding area while staying at the country house. We can also easily arrange private transfers on request.

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

Lucille and Jacques and their son Frederic will welcome you to La Camargue with open arms into their 17th-century farmstead right in the heart of La Camargue region to enjoy a fabulous horse riding holiday in France. Jacques’ family were farmers who worked the rice fields of this windswept land with its stretches of marsh and wild horses, and he is absolutely passionate about this region and his La Camargue horses.

The riding is wonderful in La Camargue and you have the choice of riding out for hours across the delta marshlands taking in the scenery and spotting wildlife or joining in on the work with the ‘gardians’, the Camargue cowboys; this is great fun, but you do have to be able to ride well as you will be covering the ground at pace whilst you round up the cattle and the bulls. It’s a fantastic cultural experience and one the ‘gardians’ love showing off.

The house hotel itself is impressive and very up-market, set amid beautiful gardens with a lovely swimming pool area and terrace. The interior is very stylish and adorned with personally chosen French antiques.

The food also deserves a huge mention – the restaurant is very well regarded and most ingredients, including the rice, are grown on the estate. It’s an intimate affair served in their large country kitchen in front of an open fire in the colder months and in the garden when the sun shines.

There is also plenty of other sight seeing activities to keep you amused – visit nearby Arles, famed for its art galleries, watch flocks of flamingos stalking the salt lakes, canoe down the Petit Rhone, cycle along sandy tracks through the marshes, or simply enjoy the empty beaches on the coast and swim.

Victoria Marston from Horse & Hound magazine blogged about her stay in La Camargue in 2011 – here’s what she had to say.

And what did I do today? I was a freakin’ cowgirl baby!

This was no escorted hack with a man in a cowboy hat, either — I arrived at the stables, fetched my own horse in, (admittedly didn’t tack up because by the time I had figured out the saddle it probably would have been dark), was thrown on and expected to get on with it.

Oh, and I am pleased to report that I was riding a Camargue pony today, so they don’t think that I’m fat after all. His name was Elegant (or something along those lines when said with a French accent) and he is usually worked by the gardians (cowboys), so he was rather spritely and fun — at least he was once I had mastered the art of having little to no contact and he had stopped doing rein-back, that is.

So off we set on our mission to round up the herd of bulls which roam the estate. I was, understandably I thought, quite nervous about the horns and such like, but actually it turns out the bulls are more scared of the horses than I am of them. Who knew. I’d like to think that I kept up and joined in without getting in the way, amid much “Come on VictorIA!” when they thought I was hanging back too much, and we soon had the bulls safely in the pen we were headed for. Too soon for my liking.

At this point we began separating them. First we needed to choose three bulls and a couple of calves for the bull games this evening, then separate the rest of the bulls and calves. The bulls were turned back out, while the calves were kept in to be branded later today.

In fact, I really must stop blogging right about now, as much as I would love to go into more detail, as I am expected back at the stables in about half an hour for the branding and games. I have been assured that the games aren’t cruel, which is a relief — they just tie ribbons to the horns and then compete to collect them in an arena.

And hopefully I will be back in time for one last dinner in the restaurant here at Mas de Peint, which really is fabulous. The food, the wine, the service, the gypsy guitarists playing into the small hours… I’m really, truly not hoping that the ash cloud stops me from going home tomorrow. Honest.

The full article was published in Horse & Hound on the 30th June, 2011.

THE RIDING top

La Camargue : Horses – Home Bred Camargue Horses, plus some Andalusian Crosses.

La Camargue : Level of Riding & Pace – Beginner to Advanced.

Tack – Western style.

Weight Restriction – 16 stone / 102 kg / 224 lbs.

La Camargue : Group Size – Maximum 10.

ACCOMMODATION top

An absolutely beautiful 17th century, country farmhouse, fully restored with a mix of traditional & modern French decor, very tastefully designed. Includes a gorgeous terrace & swimming pool. But the big ‘wow’ factor at this hotel is the food, with a top class restaurant which uses fresh, local produce, some of which is their own home grown, organic delights.

Here’s an example of one of their menus:

  • Amuse – bouche
  • Euf de poule mollet, parmesan, asperges, chips de pancetta, mouillette dorée
  • Poisson de la pêche locale cuit au plat, légumes grillés, un aïoli en accompagnement
  • Planchette de fromages régionaux
  • Pannacotta vanille – verveine, fraises de pays, une glace caramel sale

YUM!

Horse Riding Holidays in La Camargue are part of the Zara’s Planet collection of Horse Riding Holidays in France.

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  • Rodeos
  • Bird Watching – over 400 species, including ‘Pink Flamingoes’
  • Cycling
  • Sightseeing
    • Arles
    • Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
    • Aigues Mortes

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

We can easily look at different options on request, here is a 3 Night Package example;

  • B&B Accommodation
  • 2 dinners in the fabulous restaurant
  • 2 hours riding per day
  • Champagne on arrival

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All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

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This was a memorable holiday and as I took my last gallop up the hill back to Bourdil Blanc, my stomach full of cheese and my bottom now as comfortable in my saddle as in an old armchair, I wondered if I could just stay another week.

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