Exploratory Ride in Camargue, FranceGo Back
Dramatically beautiful and historically famous for its wild white horses, Camargue is a region located in the south of France, home to one of the oldest living breeds of horses in the world. It’s here in this rugged, marshy delta that our ride begins where we’ll discover first hand the passion and traditions astride a ghostly-white Camargue horse. We’ll be the honourable guests of the Bon family, farmer’s to their very core, we’ll ride alongside Frédéric and learn the traditional ways of ‘Le Gard’ who work the black-as-coal Camargue bulls native to this region.
To be honest, globetrotters, this globetrotting experience is a game-changer. The Camargue horse is said to have lived in the Camargue marshes and wetlands for thousands of years and has long standing historical ties to the local community, where families have worked with the breed for generations. With their characteristic grey colour and love of salt water, the white horses of Camargue offer a globetrotting experience like no other.
Officially recognised as a breed by the Association des Éleveurs de Chevaux de Race Camargue since 1978, the cowboys that domesticate and work the horses in the area are know as Guardians. While they truly are ‘guardians’ of these creatures, these cowboys are not named for this, rather they take the name from the plains to the North known as Le Gard. These modern day cowboys use the Camargue horses to herd the Camargue bulls and cattle who also happen to love the salty seawater.
Now let’s linger on the off-the-horse comforts, we’ll be staying in the Bon’s elegant, 17th century, luxury hotel where we’ll feast on French-food delicacies for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
time in saddle: a 2-hour sunset introductory ride on day 1, a five hour ride on day 2, a two and a half hour ride on day 3 and a seven hour ride on day 4.
breed of horses: we’ll have the unique privilege of riding a Camargue horse for four days – one of the oldest living breeds of horses in the world. The Camargue horse is said to have lived in the Camargue marshes and wetlands for thousands of years and has long standing historical ties to the local community, where families have worked side-by-side with the breed for generations. We’ll be riding the very same horses that have been used by our French host’s family for generations, horses that are adept at herding the black bulls of Camargue. The Bon family (our guides & hosts for the five days) have a herd of 35 horses to choose from.
type of tack: French western-style saddle and bridle
pace: varies depending on terrain, plenty of trotting and cantering – rest assured.
riding ability: intermediate to advanced
weight limit: maximum of 90kg *please contact us if you are above this weight for a further assessment
accommodation: prepare to gasp upon arrival when you step foot on the estate that we’ll be staying at for the next four days. The family home has been inhabited for several generations by the BON family, ranchers from father to son. Jacques BON, a rancher to the bottom of his soul, who, with the help of his wife, Lucille, an architect, restored the farmhouse to a charming hotel, simple and warm. The 8 rooms and 5 junior suites ooze comfort and character while modern and elegant. We have a selection of twin-share rooms (with private en suite) and junior suites to select from. Please see below a slightly different price for the Junior Suite which are more spacious and in most case have their own private terrace.
group size: maximum 14 guests
seasons: all year round
ride length: 5 days, 4 nights
2018 departure date:
October 29 to November 2, 2018 – NINE globetrotters booked
2018 ride rate:
€2256 per person, twin share
€2550 per person twin share for the Junior Suite
Globetrotter’s wishing to have their own room, €2825 per person, single room. Or a Junior Suite single room €3425 per person.
Non-riders are welcome on this ride, please ask us for a quote.
*The price includes all accommodation, riding, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
*The price does not include international or regional flights, travel insurance (compulsory), all beverages at dinner including alcohol. Transfers to and from the estate.
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.
Our French hosts recommend renting a car in order to be flexible while staying at the farm and also because it’s situated in the heart of the natural Regional Camargue Park, so a little bit in the middle of nowhere. We recommend flying into Marseille-Marignane (MRS) airport and it’s approximately a 1 hour drive from the farm. If the thought of this is giving you a headache, let us know and we will see if we can tee you up with another globetrotter booked on this exploratory ride so you can share the cost of the hire car. Globetrotting is happy to provide a competitive quote on international flights, travel insurance (only available for Australian residents), car hire and hotels before and after your ride.
FURTHER READING AND VIEWING
Check out THIS epic video to get a taste of what’s in store on this culture-rich globetrotting adventure.