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France -Grands Vins De Bordeaux Ride
Experience an unforgettable journey combining exceptional horseback riding with the exploration of Bordeaux's renowned vineyards.

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Horse Riding Holidays France – Vineyards Of Sancerre Ride

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Vineyards Of Sancerre Ride: Prices 2024

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  • 7 nights – $2,470
    • GBP: 1,935
    • EUR: 2,274
    per person sharing, $479
    • GBP: 375
    • EUR: 441
    single supplement

Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our ‘Terms & Conditions’ for full details.

Included – All your riding, full board accommodation, all meals from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day, wine with lunches.

Excluded – Flights,train tickets, transfers, other drinks, tips & airport transfers, wine tasting €50 & attraction entrance fees.

Vineyards Of Sancerre Ride: Dates 2024

7 – 14 September

Getting There
International flights to Paris Airport. Train from Paris to Sancerre.

Transfer
One single group transfer is provided for arrivals and departures at Sancerre Train Station, payable on arrival at €20 per person return. It is possible to book your own private transfers.

Vineyards Of Sancerre Ride: Prices 2025

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  • 7 nights – $2,751
    • GBP: 2,155
    • EUR: 2,532
    per person sharing, $498
    • GBP: 390
    • EUR: 458
    single supplement

Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our ‘Terms & Conditions’ for full details.

Included – All your riding, full board accommodation, all meals from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day, wine with lunches.

Excluded – Flights,train tickets, transfers, other drinks, tips & airport transfers, wine tasting €50 & attraction entrance fees.

Vineyards Of Sancerre Ride: Dates 2025

13 – 20 September
21 – 28 September

Getting There
International flights to Paris. Train from Paris to Sancerre.

Transfer
One single group transfer is provided for arrivals and departures from Sancerre Train Station, payable on arrival at €20 per person return. It is possible to book your own private transfers.

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SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

Imagine… riding through vineyards that stretch as far as the eye can see, exploring picturesque little streets and historic monuments full of secrets. Around Sancerre, a town with a medieval heart and rich history, a host of villages and hamlets nestle between the hillsides, waiting to be discovered on horseback. Picture yourself trotting through charming small towns with quaint streets and squares, each with its own unique story to tell.
From the vineyards to the town, Sancerre is a captivating medieval town where you can ride along ancient streets with evocative names: rue des Pressoirs, place du Puits-du-Marché, and rue des Trois-Piliers. Known for being one of the oldest vineyards in France, Sancerre has been an AOC wine region since 1936. The wines produced here, especially the Sauvignon Blanc, perfectly capture the elegance and raciness of the terroir.
The Sancerre region is also famous for its Crottin de Chavignol, an AOC goat’s cheese that pairs wonderfully with a Sancerre Blanc made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Explore this enchanting region on horseback, and immerse yourself in its rich history, stunning landscapes, and exquisite flavors.

THE RIDING top

Horses – Mostly homebreds – the horses are a mixture of Arabian, Paint horses, and Arabian/Paint crossbreeds.

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 have good fitness and be able to ride for up to 6 hours per day.

Tack – English style

Weight Restriction – 85 kg / 188 lbs / 13.4 stone.

Maximum Numbers – 10

ACCOMMODATION top

You will stay at a variety of hotels and B&Bs throughout this trip. The pricing is based on sharing a double or twin room, though single rooms are available for an additional fee. Most accommodations feature en-suite bathrooms.
Full board meals are included. Dinners, served in restaurants and hotels along the route, are prepared in a traditional French regional style. Picnic lunches are typically buffet-style, featuring cold cuts, cheeses, and a variety of mixed salads, accompanied by local wine. Breakfasts are continental style.
Please note that appetizers and drinks are not included with dinners.

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

Day 1
After breakfast and the distribution of horses, we set off along the paths of the Sancerre vineyards to Chavignol, where we have a picnic. The village of Chavignol is a hamlet of Sancerre. Set in a basin in the middle of the vineyards, this winegrowers’ village is organised along a road that climbs towards the church and then up to the Graveron lookout, from where the view over Sancerre is magnificent. This hamlet is the origin of the crottin de Chavignol (goat’s cheese). At the end of the 19th century, when the phylloxera epidemic devastated the vines, a large proportion of the land was recycled for goat rearing in the Sancerre region. The afternoon is free for you to discover Sancerre. Sancerre is a charming old medieval town where you can enjoy strolling through the picturesque streets with their ancient names: rue des Pressoirs, place du Puits-du-Marché and rue des Trois Piliers. Through the cobbled streets, the Tour des Fiefs, the town’s only defensive tower and the last vestige of the Château of the Counts of Sancerre, offers a panoramic view of Sancerre and the region from the top of its 40 metres and 195 steps. Overnight stay and dinner in Sancerre.

Day 2
We continue our discovery of the Sancerrois landscape with the Pays Fort. On our way to the village of Assigny, we leave behind the rows of vines to discover a landscape of crops. We’ll have a picnic in Assigny, where the highest point in the Cher is located, at Fait des Marnes, a promontory of the Pays-Fort (365 m altitude), offering a semi-circular panoramic view (orientation table) over the Loire Valley, Puisaye, Nièvre and the Piton de Sancerre. After a refreshing siesta, we set off for Vailly sur Sauldre and the Pays Fort. Backed by the vine-covered hills of the Sancerrois region, the Pays Fort stretches out over fertile bocages (from which it takes its name) covered with oilseed fields, hedged meadows where cows and goats graze, winding streams, sunken lanes and country roads… The Pays Fort boasts a rich rural heritage: old timber-framed dwellings (Manoeuvrerie du Noyer, 16th century), old mills (Moulin au Riche de Concressault, 16th century), washhouses and the famous pyramid-shaped barns (17th and 18th centuries), typical curiosities not to be missed in the area. Overnight stay and dinner at Vailly sur Sauldre.

Day 3
For this 3rd day on horseback, we’re still in the Pays Fort. For lunch, we headed for Blancafort and its castle. We’ll have a picnic on the banks of the old Sauldre canal, a canal with no connection to a waterway. In the afternoon, we visit Blancafort castle. Built in the 15th century by the Boucard family on the site of an ancient seigneury dating back to the 11th century, it was transformed in the 17th century. This fortified house with its fine brickwork stands on the banks of the Sauldre canal, in a pleasant setting enhanced by a formal garden. After this visit, we head for Aubigny sur Nère, and this time we’re in the Berry region. There was a time when alliances offered original concessions. This was the case during the famous Hundred Years’ War, when Charles VII, King of France, gave the seigneury of Aubigny to John Stuart de Darnley, Constable of the Scottish army, in the name of the Auld Alliance. For almost 4 centuries, the village lived on Scottish time, with kilts, bagpipes and whiskies lining the streets and Shakespeare’s language holding no secrets for anyone. Returned to French territory in the early 19th century, the Scottish heritage is still very much alive today. Overnight stay and dinner in Aubigny sur Nére.

Day 4
After breakfast this morning, we’re off to Château de la Verrerie in Oizon for a picnic. Château de La Verrerie is a Renaissance gem built by Béraud Stuart. The site is full of paths where Alain-Fournier, the author of Le Grand Meaulnes, loved to wander. It was owned by the Stuarts for two centuries, before being given by Louis XIV to Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth. The afternoon is free to visit Aubigny sur Nère. Scotland is around every corner. From the Stuarts’ castle, now the town hall, to the unique collection of half-timbered houses, to the Aubigny Auld Alliance whisky brand proudly displaying the local colours, the only thing missing is the rain to make you think you’re really in Scotland! The splendour of this town, located on the Jacques Coeur Historic Route, is complemented by some lovely heritage features such as the Philippe Auguste enclosure, the Gothic church of Saint-Martin and the Augustins cloister. From the superb large gardens, inspired by Le Nôtre, were bequeathed by the Duchess of Portsmouth. Overnight stay and dinner in Aubigny sur Nère.

Day 5
After breakfast, we join the horses. We head for La Chapelotte for a picnic. In the heart of the Pays-Fort between the vineyards of Menetou-Salon and Sancerre, close to the pottery village of La Borne. The rolling landscape, with the Vernon River running through it, is a favourite with hunters, anglers and walkers. After a good lunch break, we continue our way through this undulating landscape to Sens-Beaujeu, where we leave the horses. Sens-Beaujeu lies between the Pays Fort and the Sancerrois, just a stone’s throw from the Champagne plain. The Grande Sauldre River and its tributary, the Etang de Couët stream, cut through much of the area’s plateau, forming wet valleys in a landscape of hedged farmland. Overnight stay and dinner in Sancerre.

Day 6
Today, we’re off to the Tour de Vesvre in the commune of Neuvy deux Clochers. This fortified house with its massive, thick walls stands on the Vesvre site. Designated a “Domus fortis”, it is one of those rare, fortified structures that appeared late in the 13th century. We’ll take time out to enjoy a picnic in this beautiful setting. It was built at the end of the 12th century, on the remains of an ancient seigniorial residence dating back to the 9th century. Its history is inseparable from that of the Site de Vesvre, which included the neighbouring motte castrale in the 9th and 10th centuries. The Tower was listed as a historic monument in 1993. The adjoining 13th-century farmhouse was a fortified farm with a stable, dovecote and barn. The barn and dovecote have recently been restored. We finish this last day at the Bête Noire farm, where we began these 6 days. Overnight stay and dinner in Sancerre.

Day 7
After breakfast, departure or transfer to Tracy Sancerre railway station.

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