Bordeaux Wine Trail, FranceGo Back
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 riding portfolio:
It’s a point-to-point ride, so every day you’ll wake up, leap into the saddle and move to a new destination in the famous wine making region of Bordeaux. From day one to six, you’ll be tip-toeing through the dreamy French country-side on perky trail horses, exploring landscapes ranging from treeless, grassy knolls to ancient forests to row upon row of vineyards to fields of lavender. You will be entertained by your French guides and hosts, David and Britta, who are a wealth of knowledge about the region, the wine and the history. It’s in the saddle, through your horses ears, that you’ll get an intimate understanding, appreciation and grasp of this ancient wine region. On a daily basis, you’ll stop for sunshine-filled picnics beside crumbling castles or in lush mountain meadows, where your horses are tied up nearby as you sip on regional wines. What also excites me about this ride is the changes of pace: because of the open landscapes that you explore, there are plenty of opportunities to trot and canter on a daily basis, which is why we love to ride!
Whether you’re a wine aficionado (you’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 looking to immerse yourself in a different culture, this ride aims to please. You’ll also get the chance to explore the historic 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.
time in saddle: on average 4 to 6 hours per day
breed of horses: you’ll be riding pure or cross-bred Paint, Arabian, Thoroughbred and Warmblood horses varying in height from 15.3hh 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 – this style of bit is one of the kindest available. It spreads the rein pressure exerted by the rider over several different areas. Initially, it acts on the nose, poll and back of the jaw, with the mouthpiece ‘floating’. 1/3 of the total pressure will be felt in each of these three areas. Only if the rider continues to pull on the reins will the mouthpiece engage.
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 strong intermediate to advanced riders only. All riders must be comfortable and confident at all gaits (including gallop) over varied terrain.
weight limit: maximum of 100 kgs
accommodation: throughout the Bordeaux Wine Trail, Globetrotters will stay in a selection of boutique quintessential French B&Bs 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 three stars – comfortable and clean. Oh and it’s Europe, so be prepared to stay in modest-sized single beds in a twin-share room. If you prefer your own privacy and a double-bed we highly recommend investing in the single supplement.
group size: a minimum of 5 and a maximum 10 guests
seasons: May through to October
ride length: 8 days, 7 nights (6 days in the saddle)
2019 departure dates:
May 18 to 25
June 2 to 9 – TWO globetrotters booked
October 5 to 12
October 26 to November 2
2019 ride rate:
€1795* per person twin share
A single supplement charge of €360 will apply (subject to availability) for guests not wanting to share a room. Please note, you will also be required to pay the single supplement price if we cannot find another guest willing to share with you.
*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 airport are not included in the ride price and can be paid direct in person €20 per person, round-trip.
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.
We recommend guests fly into Bordeaux Airport and take advantage of the transfer service your hosts offer (€20 per person, round-trip, payable upon arrival). 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
so as to not keep other guests waiting. It’s a 40 minute drive from Bordeaux to Moulis-en-Médoc. We don’t recommend you self drive simply due to the fact that the ride starts and finishes in a different place, which makes it hard to return to your car. Also, please don’t book your departing flights until 2pm or later. Globetrotting is happy to provide a competitive quote on international flights, travel insurance (only available for Australian residents), hotels and any extensions before and after your ride.
FURTHER READING & VIEWING
Need a bit more convincing? Look no further than this video we shot over the course of the ride!