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Exploratory Bordeaux Wine Trail, France

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Here are a couple of reasons why I fell in love with the Bordeaux Wine Trail and believe it’s the PERFECT fit for our #10rides80days tour. It’s a point-to-point ride, so every day we’ll wake up, leap into the saddle and move to a new destination in the famous wine-growing region of Bordeaux. From day one to six, we’ll explore different landscapes from treeless, grassy knolls to ancient forests to rows upon rows of vineyards to fields of lavender. We will be entertained by our French guides and hosts, David and Britta, who are a wealth of knowledge for the region, the wine and the history. It’s in the saddle, through our horses ears, that we’ll get an intimate understanding, appreciation and grasp of this ancient wine growing region. On a daily basis, we’ll stop for sunshine-filled picnics beside crumbling castles or in lush mountain meadows, where our horses are tied up nearby, as we sip on regional wines. What also excites me about this ride is the change of pace, because of the open landscapes that we explore we have plenty of opportunities to trot and canter on a daily basis, which is why we love to ride!

Whether you’re a wine aficionado (we’ll sample a range of white, red and rosé wines:  Médoc, Côte de Blaye, Côte de Bourg, Bordeaux Supérieur, Lalande-Pomerol, St Emilion, Entre-Deux-Mers, Graves and the famous sweet and strong white Sauternes) or happy to immerse yourself in a different culture, this ride aims to please purely for the fact we’ll be tip-toeing through the dreamy French country-side on perky trail horses. We’ll also get to explore the historic towns of Citadel of Blaye, the Medieval City of St Émilion, the feudal Castle of Rauzan and the medieval fortified town of Cadillac.

SO that’s why the Bordeaux Wine Trail is a Globetrotting match made in heaven.

FAST FACTS

time in saddle: on average 4 to 6 hours per day

breed of horses: the horses are pure or cross-bred Paint, Arabian or Thoroughbreds and Warmbloods varying in height from 15.5hh to 17hh. Most of the horses were bred at our host’s equestrian farm. The horses are level-headed, experienced trail horses that connect with all types of riders.

type of tack: French trail riding saddles (with a gel pad!) equipped with saddlebags, a poncho and water bottle. Horses are ridden in ‘Myler’ bits.

pace: the pace on the Bordeaux Wine Trail varies depending on the trail, with long periods of walking and plenty of opportunities for trotting and cantering. The riding landscape varies on a daily basis from rolling hills to vineyards to French farmlands and woods.

riding ability: suitable for intermediate to advanced riders only.

weight limit: maximum of 100 kgs

accommodation: throughout the Bordeaux Wine Trail, Globetrotters will stay in a selection of boutique quintessential French B&B’s and Hotels. There are double and twin rooms available. At some of the accommodation houses you’ll need to share a bathroom. Please make note that the accommodation is two or 3 stars – comfortable and clean.

group size: maximum 10 guests

seasons: May through to October

ride length: 7 days, 7 nights (6 days in the saddle)

2018 departure date:

October 21 to 28, 2018 – SOLD OUT!

2018 ride rate:

€1795* per person twin share

A single supplement charge of €307 will apply (subject to availability) for guests not wanting to share a room.

*The price includes all transfers from the meeting points at set times, meals, wine with lunch, accommodation in shared rooms with shared bathroom, riding, horses, tack, experienced guide, translator, luggage transport and excursions described in itinerary, water bottle on day 1 which must then be looked after and filled up for consecutive days.

*The price does not include international flights, travel insurance (compulsory), single supplement, drinks other than wine at lunch, any applicable entrance fees and tips (€10 per person, per day) . Please note that transfers to and from the train station or airport is not included in the ride price and can be paid in person €20 per person, round-trip.

PAYMENT OPTIONS

Accepted payment is by credit card only. There is a 2% surcharge on all credit card payments. Since you’ll be paying in a foreign currency, in this case EURO, we believe paying via credit card is the most cost effective and easiest option for you.

Why is the price quoted in European Euro?

With our overseas riding destinations (rides other than in Australia), the currency is dictated by our partner in that country. Therefore due to fluctuating exchange rates we have to quote in the same currency.

TRANSFER INFORMATION

Guests can fly into Bordeaux Airport and take advantage of the transfer service (€20 per person, round-trip, payable upon arrival). If you’re requiring a transfer from Bordeaux International Airport, you’ll need to meet the transfer at 6.30pm at Hall B at the ‘Brioche Doree’ snack bar in the airport. Please give yourself time to clear customs, get your luggage and be on time for the 6.30pm transfer as to not keep other globetrotters waiting. If you’re self-driving, you can meet the rest of the Globetrotting group at the B&B in Moulis-en-Médoc between 6 and 7.30pm on Sunday, October 21. It’s a 40 minute drive from Bordeaux to Moulis-en-Médoc.

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