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Provence Camargue and Mediterraneo

Happy like Ulysses who take this trip from Giano's Provence to Daudet's Provence, from the Luberon Regional Nature Park to Camargue's, riding through the Prealps.

The ride starts from the ancient Roman city of St Remy de Provence, which is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Provence, with its narrow streets, club of artists, open air cafes, and fountains.

Riding into Camargue, the landscape gradually changes and turns to pine forests, sand hills and beaches. You need a special pass to enter the Regional Park, that has been established in 1927.

You will canter along white sand beaches and enjoy the last night of the trail in Les Saintes Marle de la Mer, a most famous village in Camargue that ows its fame to the legend of Mary Jacob.

Horseback trip in Provence that will take you from the Luberon hills, across the Alpilles of Van Gogh hills, to the Mediterranean sea in famous Camargue : the land of flamingoes, black bulls and white horses. A unique human and equestrian experience, a trip rich in history and culture, a week full of excitment as you will galop on the long beautiful sand beaches of the Mediterranean coast.

PROGRAMME OF PROVENCE, CAMARGUE AND MEDITERRANEAN

Sunday:

Meeting at Marseille airport or Aix-en-Provence train station, or directly at Mas de Recaute. Welcome aperitif and presentation of the trail ride. You will be introduced to your guide and spend a first friendly dinner at he «host’s table». Overnight at Mas de Recaute.

Monday:

From Lauris to Mallemort. Ride at the foot of the Luberon mountain in pine and oak forests to the Durance valley where we will cross the river. Picnic brought by our assistant on the other side of the Durance river. In the afternoon, we will ride along the Alpilles canal to the farm where the horses will stay for the night. Transfer with minibus to our lodging Dinner at the host’s table. Overnight in a bed & breakfast. (On certain dates, return to the Mas de Recaute in the minibus).

Tuesday:

In the garrigue of Provence , we will enter in the Alpilles Nature Park. You will then make your way out of the valley, towards Van Gogh’s country : les Alpilles. We will reach the Roman village of Eygalière late in the afternoon, and stop by the beautiful « Chapel St Sixte », to take pictures. Dinner and overnight at a guesthouse near Eygalieres.

Wednesday:

From Eygalieres to Les Baux de Provence. A cultural day as you will ride in the landscape Van Gogh liked to paint. You will stop near Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, in front of the hospital in which Van Gogh stayed and made his most famous paintings. Admire beautiful Roman monuments, before you make your way towards lunch, by a gorgeous little lake, hidden in the hills. The afternoon ride will take you on the crests of the Alpilles : striking panorama on the surrounding area. We will even see the gleam of the mediterranean sea in the distance. At the end of the trail, discover a breathtaking sight on the medieval village of «Les Beaux-de-Provence ». Load the horses in the truck to meet them later on at the hotel...in front of your room ! Visit of the village and transfer to Astouin, the gate of Camargue. Dinner and overnight in a typical Camargue house.

Thursday:

From Astouin to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. You will take your first steps in the marsh land of the Camargue Nature Park: peacefulness, silence, stillness... You will feel lost in the wild, as you ride in this remote part of Camargue, off the toursist track. Admire the rich wildlife among which the pink flamingoes and herons. The flat terrain will allow you to enjoy long trots and canters, before you arrive to the village of « Les Saintes Maries de la Mer », right by the sea. You will have lunch by the hotel and give a well-deserved rest to your horse...and yourself, before jumping back on the saddle for an exciting ride on the beach. Beautiful canters and gallops, before heading back to your hotel. Shopping in the village and dinner in a restaurant. Overnight in a hotel near the village.

Friday:

A stunning day ride to discover more of Camargue. You will cross the « Small Rhône » river on a ferry boat to reach a very protected part of the Nature Park. The marsh land will slowly give way to sand dunes and pine forests as you ride towards wild beaches: unforgettable canters and galops. Lunch on the way back from the beach, and the afternoon you will ride back to Astouin. Transfer to Mas de Recaute in Lauris, for a last dinner and party all together, share memories, pictures, addresses ...  

Saturday:

End of the trip after breakfast. Transfers to Aix-en-Provence train stations and Marseille airport.

 

Low season 2018:

from March 04 to 31 and from October 28 to November 10

Middle season 2018:

from April 01 to 07

from April 08 to 14

from October 14 to 20

from October 21 to 27

High season 2018:

from April 15 to June 23

from September 16 to October 13

The price includes::

LUBERON, CAMARGUE AND MEDITERRANEAN TRAIL IN 2018 INCLUDES;
- 6 nights accommodation
- arrivals on Sundays afternoon, departure on Saturdays morning
- Full board with packed lunches during the trail
- 4-5 hours riding a day, as per program.
- Accomodation in Hotels, Castles of Farms, rooms ensuite expcept a couple of nights
- transportation of your luggage
- return transfers from Marseille Airport or Aix-en-Provence train station.
- Admission fee including accident, medical and baggage insurance.

Low season:
Total cost per person, sharing, standard accomodation € 1.300,00
Upgrade bedroom first and last night near the center € 1.370,00
Total cost per person in dormitories € 1.250,00

Middle season:
Total cost per person, sharing standard accomodation € 1.400,00
Upgrade bedroom first and last night near the center € 1.470,00
Total cost per person in dormitories € 1.350,00

High season:
Total cost per person, sharing standard accomodation € 1.500,00
Upgrade bedroom first and last night near the center € 1.570,00
Total cost per person in dormitories € 1.450,00

The fee do not include:

IT IS NOT INCLUDED:
- Flights from and to your Country (upon request, we can book your tickets at the best available price).

Supplements:

OPTIONAL:
- single supplement any season € 250,00

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