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Loire Valley horseback riding tour

From Saumur to Villandry

On this Loire Valley horseback riding tour, we are going on great history of Plantagenets, Richard Lionheart, Alienor of Aquitaine and Jane of Arc…
We ride in wonderfull sceneries : vinyards, forests, rivers Loire, Vienne, Indre, orchards, and finish with a wonderfull trail ride to chateau de Villandry and its famous gardens.

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Day 1 : Arrival

Arrival at hotel Anne d’Anjou**** on Loire banks, just below Saumur castle. Briefing, dinner and night in lovely hotel de charme La Croix Blanche in front of Fontevraud Abbey.

Day 2 : Troglodyte cave & Fontevraud Abbey

AM – 3h00 riding
Departure on horseback toward Loire Valley. We ride through the georgous former troglodyte village of Souzay-Champigny to reach Montsoreau and its beautiful castle on Loire banks. Lunch in Montsoreau.
PM – walking tour
We discover the royal abbey of Fontevraud where Alienor d’Aquitaine used to live. We admire its magnficent achritecture which house the former throne along with Richard Lionheart and Henry II Plantagenet burials.
New dinner and night in hotel La Croix Blanche

Day 3 : Chateau of Brézé & Saumur

AM – 2h00 riding
We leave Fontevraud by countryside and vinyards to reach beautiful castle of Brézé. We are welcomed by a wine-maker at La Giraudière cellar for a gourmet picnic and wine tasting of the estate.
PM – 1h00 riding
Visit of Brézé and its spectacular troglodyte moat, unique in Europe. This castle belongs to the same De Colbert family since XVIIth, whom former ancestor used to be Louis XIVth’s banker. New departure on borseback by Saumur’s vinyards. End of the ride in front of Saumur castle with its spectacular view on Loire Valley.
Last dinner and night in hotel La Croix Blanche

Day 4 : Chateau of Saumur & Chinon fortress - Wine tasting

AM – walking tour
We start our day by visiting Saumur castle, set on a rock overlooking the Loire valley, it used to be a perfect fortress. You will travel through history with its beautiful horse-riding staff exhibition. Wine tasting in famous Saumur vineyard followed by lunch in local restaurant.
PM – walking tour
We are droven to Chinon town. This magnificent fortress set on a rock on the Vienne river, shelttered Henry II Plantagenet at the end of his life. This is also where mythical and historical meeting between Jeanne of Arc and Charles VII occured. Free time in Chinon fortress.
Dinner and night in magnificent Chateau du Rivau**** near Chinon.

Day 5 : Chateau of Ussé - Vienne river

AM – 2h00 riding
Beginning of the ride to Chateau d’Ussé from Chinon forest – Ride in Chinon forest.
Arriving to Chateau d’Ussé, Jacob Grimms’ « Sleeping Beauty » Chateau. Lunch in Ussé.
PM – 1h00 riding
Ride to Bréhémont. Great long canters along Indre river, woods and orchards.
Dinner and night in wonderful Chateau de Gizeux where you will be personally welcomed and hosted by the owners.

Day 6: Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau & Villandry

AM – 3h00 riding
We start our day 6 by visiting the beautiful chateau of Azay le Rideau set on an island on river Indre. Departure on horseback for Villandry castle. Lunch in Villandry, in front of the castle
PM – walking tour
Last afternoon with the visit of majestic castle of Villandry and its fantastic « à la Française » gardens.
Last dinner and night in Chateau de Gizeux

Day 7 : Departure

Breakfast in Gizeux followed by your free departure. Transfers (not included) for Saint Pierre des Corps train station or Fontevraud.

TRAIL RIDE OVERVIEW

Duration : 7 days / 6 nights / 4 days riding / 1 day walking tour
Running from : April to October
Riders : Intermediate to Experienced. Beginners on private tours.