Loire valley, france

Loire Valley Castles on Horseback – France

Ride from castle to castle & sleep in luxury Châteaux hotels

Ride overview

FIXED GROUP DEPARTURES FOR 2024 SEASON :

3 Days & 2 Nights

  • 15th to 17th April – FULL
  • 21st to 23rd of May – FULL
  • 27th to 31st of May – FULL
  • 24th to 26th of June – 2 saddles left
  • 2nd to 4th of July – 4 saddles left
  • 14th to 16th of July – 4 saddles left
  • 29th to 2nd August – FULL
  • 9th to 11th September – 4 saddles left
  • 16th to 18th September – 4 saddles left
  • 30th September to 2nd October – 3 saddles left
  • 14th to 16th October – 4 saddles left

TAILOR-MADE JOURNEYS :

Tailor-made journeys are available for private groups (>2 people) from March to October. Our partnerships with luxury estates and châteaux, along with trusted touring partners, grant us exclusive access to first-class accomodations and activities to craft the journey of your dreams. Tell us about it, and we will turn it into a reality : Inquire for a Tailor-Made Journey.

FROM PARIS TO THE LOIRE VALLEY

Our driver and guide will be picking you up to your hotel in/near Paris, and take you to the heart of the Loire Valley, where your accommodation awaits you. The driving time is approximately 2h30, depending on traffic.

ACCOMMODATING ALL RIDING LEVELS

For Fixed Group Departures, the Loire Valley Castles on Horseback are tailored to accommodate intermediate to experienced riders. The Tailor-Made journeys are crafted to accommodate all riding levels: From first-timers, and beginners to experienced riders.

TIME SPENT IN THE SADDLE

On the Fixed Group Departures, you will be spend between 2 to 4 hours in the saddle each day. On the Tailor-Made Journeys, you can choose the time you spend in the saddle, visiting the Châteaux, etc.

Just an hour away from the busy streets of Paris, lie exquisite treasures waiting to be discovered: The Loire Valley Castles.

From François I, Leonardo da Vinci to Catherine de Médici, 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 unique architectural and artistic heritage like French Royalty used to: On horseback.

The Loire Valley Castles on Horseback is an immersive journey that guides you through the most beautiful Renaissance castles in the world, to experience the Royal « Art de vivre à la française » for a few days.


Ride from the iconic Château de Chambord to the majestic Château de Chenonceau, savor the best of French gastronomy in Michelin-starred restaurants, sleep in luxury boutique hotels a châteaux, while discovering the former Royal estates, and its secrets : A unique blend of horse-riding, gastronomy, and culture.

Accomodations

Our carefully-curated accommodations are more than just places to rest; they are living testimonies to the tales of royalty and nobility that once graced these lands.

 Nestled on the River banks, surrounded by verdant forest massifs, or offering incomparable views on the Château de Chambord, each accommodation  offers a different, equally enchanting charm, inviting you to experience the regal manners of Queens and Kings. Behind their ancient walls, you will find the seamless fusion of tradition and modernity – a delicate dance where antique tapestries meet contemporary comforts.

 With tastefully designed rooms, rejuvenating wellness spas, and Michelin-starred restaurants, the Châteaux Hotels subtly blend luxury, historical richness, and artistic heritage for your nights to be as enchanting as your days.

The schedule - Week-end Getaway

FROM PARIS TO THE LOIRE VALLEY

☽ P.M – Around 3 p.m, our driver and guide will pick you up and the other guests to your location/a designated location in Paris and take you to the Château des Grotteaux, your accommodation for the next few nights, located in the heart of the Loire Valley – 2 hours drive, depending on the location and traffic.

We invite you to take a rest, before meeting your guide (and the horses in the gardens) in the evening and having dinner in a traditional restaurant in the charming village of Blois.

☽ Night at Château des Grotteaux or other Luxury Château-Hotel

RIDE TO CHÂTEAU DE CHAMBORD

☼ A.M – After enjoying breakfast from the delicious buffet of the Château des Grotteaux/or similar, meet your horses in the gardens and begin the ride through the forest massif of Boulogne, towards the Château de Chambord – 2 hours riding.

☽ P.M – You will arrive on horseback to the 16th Century Château de Chambord, just in time to savor lunch in the restaurant facing the Château. Then, a bilingual historian guide will be guiding you for 1h30 through the most spectacular Château de La Loire : Chambord. A Renaissance masterpiece, nestled in its 12 000 acres domaine. Transfer by car to your hotel for evening resting time, and diner in a traditional restaurant in the charming village of Blois.

☽ Night at Château des Grotteaux or other Luxury Château-Hotel

RIDE TO CHÂTEAU DE CHAUMONT-SUR-LOIRE OR CHENONCEAU

☼ A.M – After enjoying breakfast from the delicious buffet of Les Grotteaux, begin the ride and cross the Beuvron, to reach the riverbanks of the Loire, a UNESCO Heritage Site. Discover the majestic Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire or Chenonceau, nestled on its banks

☽ P.M – You will arrive on horseback to the Château, just in time to savor lunch in the its gastronomic restaurant. Then, a bilingual historian guide will be guiding you for 1h30 through the interiors of the Château. By 4p.m, transfer by car to your hotel to take your luggage and transfer back to Paris with our driver.

☽ Options : Additional Night at Luxury Château-Hotel, Riding day, SPA Treatment, Hot-air balloon ride, Vineyard visit, etc…

Optional Activities

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The loire valley

Experience the unparalleled charm of the Loire Valley – a French treasure boasting rolling hills, expansive vineyards, charming villages, and a collection of over 300 Châteaux. Home to Europe’s longest river, the Loire, and witness of French history from the Middle Ages, the Loire Valley is home to the greatest Renaissance châteaux in the world. 

The Loire Valley Castles on Horseback invites you to step back in time and be transported to a fairy-tale setting, where majestic castles and lush vineyards complement each other in one of the most magnificent sceneries. Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites, the paramount legacy of French Kings and prepare to be captivated by the epitome of royal French elegance along with passionate historian and local guides. 

Our tailor-made journeys offer the opportunity to ride to Château de Chenonceau, Beauregard, Cheverny, Amboise, and the iconic Chambord – a testament to France’s grandeur and pinnacle of the Renaissance, which took a century to complete. Experience your dream adventure come to life as we craft a Tailor-Made Journey to the Loire Valley. Share with us your preferences for royal treasures you wish to discover, and we will turn your dream adventure to life.

A GLIMPSE INTO LOIRE VALLEY CASTLES ON HORSEBACK

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