Chantilly, france

Chantilly, The City of Horses

An exclusive Château Ride & Wellness Escape

Just an hour north of Paris, lies the historic town of Chantilly, renowned as the «  Equestrian Capital of France », and its magnificent Château. 

From beginners to experienced riders, embark on an exclusive journey to ride within the former royal gardens, offering breathtaking views over the 16th-century Renaissance masterpiece, once home to the prestigious Montmorency family. 

Trot along the meticulously manicured grounds of the Château de Chantilly, savoring the finest French gastronomy at a Relais & Châteaux restaurant, while exploring the rich heritage of this former royal estate. Alternatively, indulge in the renowned Valmont Spa, a harmonious fusion of Swiss innovation and natural ingredients, for a rejuvenating wellness experience.

This unique day trip seamlessly blends horse-riding, gastronomy, cultural heritage, and well-being – a truly unforgettable escapade fit for royalty.

The schedule

From the city of lights to the City of horses

Departure from paris

Be greeted by your driver and guide who will pick you up at your location in Paris and take you to Chantilly, where your horses and horse-riding guide will be waiting for you.

1-hour drive, depending on traffic.

Horse-riding at the Château

Upon arrival at Chantilly, you’ll be greeted by your guide and introduced to your horse, carefully selected based on your riding level. Once saddled up, embark on a two-hour ride, by trotting through the verdant alleys, cantering up until to the lake, offering breathtaking views of the Château de Chantilly.

2-hours ride

Gastronomic lunch at relais & Châteaux

Following your ride, step into a culinary journey by Chef Clément Le Norcy at renowned restaurant of Auberge du Jeu de Paume. Prepare to savor the very best of French cuisine with a three-course meal – expertly paired with fine wines – in an ambiance reminiscent of bygone eras.

Château de Chantilly visit

Upon finishing lunch, your historian guide will lead you on a 90- minute private tour of the Château de Chantilly. While strolling through its Grand Apartments, allow yourself to be transported to a world of mystery and grandeur. With each step, your guide will unveil the secrets and stories behind this iconic masterpiece, revealing the captivating tales of French aristocracy.

Valmont SPA

Upon finishing lunch, treat yourself with an afternoon at Valmont SPA. Relax within its heated interior pool, Hammam and Sauna and end with a 60 or 90-minute massage/beauty treatment with the prestigious Valmont products.

4 PM - departure for paris

After discovering the Château/relaxing at the SPA, our driver will take you back to your location in Paris/near Paris.

The driving time is approximately 1h15, depending on traffic.

Activities around

Gastronomy :
Dine as in the time of kings

After the morning ride within the Château’s grounds, we invite you to savor a bistronomic lunch at the renowned restaurant of Chantilly’s Relais & Châteaux. 

Located in the heart of the historic Chantilly, this bucolic bistro boasts unabashed gastronomy while its exquisite and desecrated cuisine favors seasonal produce. 

« French cuisine that is both simple and refined, in a stylish and relaxed setting. Everything provides a casual hark back to the French classics » as well-described by its Chef.

The Château of Chantilly

Of Renaissance, Aristrocracy & Elegance

Recognized as one of France’s finest cultural treasures, the Château de Chantilly is a magnificent Renaissance-style estate that offers an extraordinary glimpse into the opulent lifestyles of French nobility and royalty. 

Originally a medieval fortress, the château underwent significant transformations over the centuries by its illustrious owners, including the powerful Montmorency and Condé families, who were closely tied to the French monarchy.  It reached its pinnacle of grandeur in the 19th century under Henri d’Orléans, Duke of Aumale, son of the last King of France, Louis-Philippe. 

From its 115 hectares gardens, the second-largest collection of antique paintings in France after the Louvre, and the famous Great Stables that still host equestrian shows, prepare to be captivated by the epitome of royal French elegance along with a passionate historian and local guide.

Frequently asked questions

Everything you asked about nomad riders and horse riding in versailles

The Chantilly Day Trip is tailored to suit both novices and experienced riders.

The horses are very gentle and calm, and upon booking your saddle, our team will ask your height, weight and horse-riding level to partner you with the most suitable horse for the ride.

Our mission is to accommodate riders with diverse horse-riding backgrounds and offer the opportunity to anyone – from beginners to advanced riders – to enjoy the unique experience of traveling on horseback.  If you find yourself uncertain about your horse-riding experience, we are here to help and assist you. Please feel free to contact us via our Contact form, email, or WhatsApp, and we will be more than happy to guide you.

We acknowledge that unforeseen events may occur, leading to changes in plans, and we are committed to providing our guests with a fair and transparent cancellation policy :

For the Day Trips such as Chantilly & The City of Horses, no refunds are possible – considering all fees are paid upfront. If possible, we will try our best to find alternative and suitable solutions on a case-by-case basis.

In the case your initial booking no longer fits your schedule or an unexpected event arises, we are open to flexibility and willing to consider alternative options where feasible. Feel free to contact us via our Contact form, email, or WhatsApp, and we will be more than happy to guide you and find a suitable solution.

Absolutely. Our commitment lies in curating tailor-made experiences that cater to the unique preferences and needs of each of our guests. This includes accommodating dietary restrictions and allergies to ensure a seamless and enjoyable journey.

Prior to embarking on the ride, we request guests to complete a comprehensive form. This form allows us to gather essential information, not only about dietary restrictions and allergies but also about your gastronomic preferences. By doing so, we can craft an experience that not only meets but exceeds your expectations.

Your safety, well-being and satisfaction are at the forefront of our personalized service, making every ride with us a truly unforgettable experience.

As a general guideline, the minimum age for participants is 6 years old. However, age restrictions can vary based on the destination and individual circumstances. We take into consideration factors such as size, stamina, and riding ability. 

For those who may not wish to participate in every aspect of the ride, we also offer the flexibility of one-base options and the possibility of following the journey by car. Our aim is to ensure that every guest, regardless of age or preference, can enjoy the beauty of horse riding in a way that suits them best.

If you find yourself unsure whether a horse-riding holiday is the perfect fit for your family, particularly when considering the participation of your children, do not hesitate to reach out to us. We understand that safety and comfort are paramount, especially when it comes to younger riders. We will be more than happy to assist you in making an informed decision. 

When gearing up for your horse-riding adventure, packing the right essentials is crucial for a comfortable and enjoyable experience. For the Chantilly ride, which includes a smooth 2 hours riding in the gardens, we recommend wearing :

  • Riding Pants or Jeans or Leggings: Choose the fabric based on the predicted weather, ensuring comfort and adaptability.
  • Riding Boots or Sneakers: If you have riding boots, you can bring them. If not, sneakers will suit. We provide chaps on-site to protect your calf.
  • Sports Bras for Women: In order to prioritize support and comfort during the ride.
  • Waterproof Windbreaker Jacket: If a very windy day is predicted.
  • Sunglasses: Shield your eyes from sun, wind, and dust for a clear and comfortable ride.
  • We provide helmets of all sizes on-site.

On all of our rides, you will be welcomed and led by local and passionate horse-riding guides, all of whom are fluent in English to ensure seamless communication.

On the Chantilly ride, the visit of the Château – upon inquiry – can be led by guides who are proficient in various languages such as French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, German, Japanese, and more. This multi-lingual approach ensures that our guests can fully appreciate the depth of the destinations explored, making their horse-riding holiday not only adventurous but also culturally enlightening.

A glimpse into the Chantilly & The City of Horses

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