Fontainebleau, France

The Imperial Heritage Ride

Ride in Napoléon's favorite domain

Ride overview

A 50% Deposit is required in order to book your saddle. Our team will send you an invoice and a brochure including all the details of the Day Trip.

Our driver and guide will be picking you up at your stay in/near Paris to the different locations. The driving time to Fontainebleau is approximately 50 mins – depending on your location and traffic.

Just an hour away from the busy streets of Paris lies an exquisite treasure waiting to be discovered: Fontainebleau.

From François I to Napoléon III, the French Royalty chose it for its expansive forests, abundant wildlife, and its proximity to Paris. From beginners to experienced riders, we invite you to discover this haven of peace like French Royalty used to: On horseback.

The Imperial Heritage Forest Ride is an immersive journey that guides you into the stunning 25-acre Forest of Fontainebleau and 11th Century Château to experience the Royal Art de Vivre à la française for a day.
Ride through the various landscapes of the Forest, savor a gourmet lunch in Barbizon Painters’ village Gastronomic Restaurant, and discover the former Royal estate, and its secrets : A unique blend of horse-riding, gastronomy, and culture.

The schedule

Departure from paris

Be greeted by your driver and guide who will pick you up at your location in Paris and take you to the stables located within the scenic forest of Fontainebleau.


1h drive, depending on traffic.

Horse-riding in the forest

At the stables, you will be welcomed by your horse riding guide and meeting your horses – All horses are very kind and assigned depending on your level. Saddle-up and begin a 1h30 ride through the varied landscapes of the forest.

Gastronomic lunch & wine tastings

A gastronomic three-course meal paired with wines awaits you in a traditional French restaurant and wine property located within Barbizon Painters’ village. Savor the taste of French Gastronomy while being introduced the wines and their best pairings.

Château de Fontainebleau visit

Upon savoring lunch, our driver will take you to the grandiose Chateau de Fontainebleau, a 11th Century classified UNESCO Heritage Site. You will be greeted by your local guide to discover the secrets of the Castles and the beauty of its gardens. 1h30 Visit.

4 PM - departure for paris

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


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

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Activities around

The forest of fontainebleau

A natural, royal & artistic heritage

Once a royal domain, the Forest of Fontainebleau was one of the preferred hunting grounds of French Kings, who came there from the tenth century onwards for deer and bird hunting. Spanning over 25 acres, the forest is the second largest in France and was exalted as an example of nature in its purest state. It was such a national pride that in 1861, the Forest gained state protection and became one of the first Nature Preserves in history. Rough and untouched while boasting a large variety of landscapes, the Forest also became the cradle of French nature painting and photography. Its verdant woods, magnificent old-growth trees and imposing rock formations provided many grounds for painters, photographers and filmmakers to settle and leave space to their creativity. From Théodore Rousseau, Claude Monet to Auguste Renoir, many artists participated to a new sense of naturalism into landscape painting that brought them fame as impressionists. On the back of your horse, you will be able to discover this majestic forest, a unique site that showcases royal, natural, and artistic heritage.

The friendliest horses :
The Henson breed

Originating from the cross-breeding of Fjord stallions with various local mares, such as Thoroughbred, Anglo-Arab, French saddle, and Trotter, the Henson breed was introduced to the Baie de Somme area in the early 70s by Bernard Bizet. Led by Lionel, Marc Berquin, and their friends from the Baie de Somme Riders’ Association, this endeavor aimed to create a robust and adaptable horse, that embodies the essence of freedom in horsemanship. Bred for their friendliness, the Hensons are suited to all riding levels: From first-timers on the saddle to advanced riders. Along with a Henson specialist, discover this exceptional breed that thrives in outdoor living, combining strength, kindness, endurance, and safety.

The Château de fontainebleau

Napoléon’s “true home of the kings”

Located within the largest forest area of the Parisian region, the Château de Fontainebleau is a remarkable royal and imperial heritage site. Witnessing eight centuries of sovereignty, the second-largest Castle in France has been the home of 34 kings. Among them was François 1er, who wished to create a « New Rome » in the 16th Century, and turned the ruins into a royal estate in a Renaissance style, combining both Italian Art and French Tradition. With 30,000 works of art within more than 1,500 rooms, Napoleon’s « True Home of the Kings » is an artistic and regal treasure that won his favor over all other French Palaces, and was Louis XIV’s safe haven to escape Versailles’ agitation. With 500,000 visitors a year, as opposed to Versailles’s 7.5 million, dive into the lesser-known realm, and prepare to be captivated by the epitome of royal French elegance along with a passionate historian and local guide.

Frequently asked questions

The Imperial Heritage Forest Ride 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 The Imperial Heritage Ride, 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 Imperial Heritage Ride, which includes a smooth 2 hours riding in the forest, 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 Imperial Heritage, the visit of the Château de Fontainebleau – 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.

To confirm a ride’s booking with us, guests have the possibility of sending a 50% deposit through two payment options: Bank wire transfer or Online payment. Traditional bank wire transfer provides a secure and direct way to process payments. Alternatively, online payment offers more convenience but usually includes additional card payment fees.

A glimpse into the imperial heritage ride

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