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France - Provence to Camargue Trail
Ride through Provence to the beaches of Camargue. Experience long exhilarating gallops and help a Gardian round up his bulls and horses.

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Horse Riding Holidays France – Luberon to Camargue

Luberon to Camargue: Prices 2023

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Sunday to Saturday– April, May, June, September & October
6 nights – $1,845

  • GBP: 1,525
  • EUR: 1,773
per person sharing, $363
  • GBP: 300
  • EUR: 349
single bedroom supplement. If you book in shared bedrooms and there is no one to share, the single bedroom supplement will be charged, refunded if a person wishing to share, subsequently registers.

Included – All your riding, Accommodation, Meals (water & wine with meals), the bull activity with a local cowboy in Camargue, transfer of horses and riders from Les Baux de Provence to the Camargue and return at the end of the ride to the starting point, transfers from / to Marseille airport or Aix-en-Provence stations at fixed times.

Excluded – Flights, other drinks, tips & airport transfers.

Getting There
International flights to Marseille airport

Transfer
There are fixed airport transfer times which are 5pm on arrival day from Marseille airport. Transfer time on date of departure is 11am.

Luberon to Camargue: Dates 2023

Every Sunday – Saturday in April, May, June, September and October.

Remember our Horse Riding Holidays GUARANTEE. You won’t find these Horse Riding Holidays (or any of our Horse Riding Holidays) at a lower price through any other source… and if you do, we will refund the difference.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

During this ride you get to enjoy the contrasts that these regions offer. The trail ride extends from winding roads along the olive groves by old stone houses to the white sandy beaches of the Camargue National Park. Gallops on the beaches are a perfect end to this trail ride.
The ride starts north of the capital of Provence, Marseille. You will pass the old cultural cities of Arles and Les Baux. This Mediterranean region with mountains, olive plantations and vineyards are varied and beautiful. Over the lovely lunch breaks, you can enjoy good picnics and the region’s famous rosé wine. The ride ends at the blue Mediterranean Sea in Camargue. This is where you will find the famous black bulls and white horses. Meet a gardian with their manade and experience rounding up the bulls. Experience long and fast l beach gallops to mark the end of this constantly changing ride.
You will stay in quaint, comfortable inns along the way where you will be served traditional French breakfast of coffee, fresh bread, butter, honey, cereals & fruit juices. Lunch is a picnic buffet affair on a midday break along the way. At night, dinner is at the guest house or local restaurant.

There are long days in the saddle, averaging 5 hours per day and you need to confident to gallop in open spaces.

THE RIDING top

Horses – Mainly local crossbreeds carefully selected for there temperament and balance.

Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate to advanced riders. You must be able to canter in control in open countryside with an independent seat and hands. You should be fit and able to ride for up to 5 hours per day.

Tack – Comfortable trail style saddles with bags.

Weight Restriction – 90kg / 198lbs / 14.2 stone.

Maximum Numbers – 8 Riders

ACCOMMODATION top

You will stay in simple guesthouses and hotels (equivalent 2 *). All nights in shared 2-3 person bedrooms (triple may be 1 double bed + 1 single bed some nights) or single bedrooms with supplement. Most bedrooms are ensuite, there may be the occasional shared bathroom.
Inn to Inn trips cannot guarantee the same level of comfort every night: one of the pleasures of a horseback riding trip is the variety! The accommodation is chosen for its location on the itinerary and for the quality of their welcome. This ride is also offered with luxury accommodation, please contact us for more details.

You can expect a very high standard of freshly prepared local food.

Food is an important part of the experience. Lunches are out on the trail picnic style. Dinners are at your accommodation or a local restaurant you can expect traditional French produce & Rose wine.

Horse Riding Holidays like our Basque Mountains to Atlantic Coast Trail ride holiday are part of the Zara’s Planet collection of Horse Riding Holidays 

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

Sunday
Travel day and stay over in your hotel where you will meet your hosts for a welcome drink and details on the week ahead. Dinner at the hotel.

Monday
Lauris – Mallemort. Introduction to your horse and head off from the Southern flank of Luberon riding through pine forests, orchards, olive and vineyards. Lunch is a picnic beside the river followed by a walk along the canal before arriving at the park where your horses will stay overnight. You will be taken to your guest house in Lauris by minibus.

Tuesday
Mallemort – Eygalières. After breakfast, transfer to meet the horses in Mallemort. Ride through the plain and its fruit orchards to Lamanon where a hearty picnic awaits you. In the afternoon, head on horseback to the Alpilles, a superb limestone massif where the white of the cliff’s contrasts with the green of the pine forests. Tonight, you will stay in a guest house, at the foot of the Alpilles.

Wednesday
Eygalières – Les Baux de Provence – Astouin. Today you will be riding through the Alpilles, on superb trails in the pine forests, among the cicadas. We discover the landscapes of Van Gogh, passing by the monastery of St. Paul where he was interned, then the Roman arch of Glanum. Picnic by a lake. In the afternoon, superb hike with views of the ridges of the Alpilles before discovering the silhouette of Les Baux de Provence. Visit the village then transfer by minibus to the heart of the Camargue. Tonight, you will stay in a hotel, built on the remains of an abbey of the twelfth century.

Thursday
Astouin – Visit of a manade – Les Saintes Maries de la Mer. After an hour’s ride through the heart of the Camargue, you will arrive at a manade. Here you will be welcomed by Mathieu, a passionate gardian and his herd of bulls. Help round-up bulls to push them through the marsh to a sorting enclosure. Find out from Mahieu about the “Camargue race”, the breeding methods, and the traditions linked to the Camargue bulls. Enjoy a picnic lunch before getting back in the saddle and return to Les Saintes Maries de la Mer. Arrival at the hotel and free time for a walk in the alleys of the village and some shopping before dinner in a local restaurant and a late evening spent in a lively bodega.

Friday
Les Saintes Maries de la Mer – Méjanes. Morning on the beaches and return to the hotel by the ponds of the Imperials. Lunch at the hotel. Afternoon, departure for Méjanes along the pond of Vacarès: superb landscapes in the heart of the Camargue along the pond with its many pink flamingos. Horses are loaded in the truck and riders in the minibus to be transferred to Lauris for the last meal and the last night.

Saturday
After breakfast, it is time to say goodbye and transfer to the airport.

Note: This is a provisional program only and may change due to unforeseen circumstances.

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France Holidays Testimonials

Alex Medhurst on Le Bourdil Blanc, France

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.

Alex Medhurst Journalist, Horse & Hound Magazine, UK