Endurance, castles and vineyards in Aquitaine


Level : high intermediate minimum
Possibility of coming with his horse : No
Accompanied non-riders admitted : Yes

We’ll lead you during one week at the discovery of different parts of Aquitaine : 

from Fortified Castles, jewels of Perigord : Bonaguil – Biron – Gavaudun,

to the heart of Gironde through the vineyard of Sauternes,

finishing on the Atlantic Coast to the Landes Forest.

 The must of the week:

  • 6 days with riding in 5 different departments of Aquitaine: Lot, Dordogne, Lot et Garonne, Gironde, Landes
  • 2 days on endurance rythm making 40 to 45 km in around 7 hours
  • Visit and wine testing of two famous Vineyards of Aquitaine: Domaine de Cause (Cahors) and Chateau Filhot (Sauternes)
  • 2 days trip in the hugest forest of Europe and on the Atlantic beaches

In 1152, the marriage of Eleanor and Henry of Plantagenet leads the Aquitaine region into a long conflict, the 100 year war. Numerous walled towns and castles were built during this period in order to respond to the different strategic, political and economic requirements.
We invite you on this journey back in time, roaming on the back of our courageous chargers. Through deeper and deeper, yet thick, harmonious and mellow valleys, we will advance towards this magnificent forest that served as a refuge for yokels, and where a maze of ancient paths, surrounded by Box unfurls.

1st part: Stationary program of 4 nights/ 3 days riding with coming back every night at the same Manor house/Gite *** “ Hameau du Peyrié “ with enjoying the good fodder influenced by the neighbouring Perigord. Testing some French wines every evening during the diner time . Situated at the border of 3 different departments of France: Lot – Lot et Garonne – Dordogne; we’ll discover a new ground , new landscape and new vegetation every day which lead us trough history from castle to castle.

2 nd part: Transfert To Mimizan  with half day ride in Sauternes

3rd part: 3 nights/ 3 days riding on Atlantic Coast with a 2 days trip tour.

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8 days / 7 nights / 6 riding days

Total km/day

Sportive Trip : with to 2 endurance Day  in Perigord and Landes during the week.

Age of riders

Adults, 16  to 82 years old .

Required riding level

Fit Intermediate to Advanced Riders

Supervision – Guidance and security

Guidance is guaranteed by qualified /certified equestrian guide of tourism (French professional certification: A.T.E., CQP ASA or BPJEPS Tourisme Équestre) having good regional knowledge willing to let you discover the beauty of this area. English speaking guides available.

Group size16

Departure minimum 4 riders


Gite de charme ***

4 nights in a “ Gite de Charme ***

(very luxury manor house with private pool and large tennis yard: the “ Hameau du Peyrié “.)

3 nights in the Guest House *** with private swimming pool

of the Riding Center with Hot Water Swimming Pool and diners in different restaurants every night to test the Local Gastronomy .
Single bedrooms are available with supplement of 140 € .



Traditional food is provided all along the stay.
IN PERIGORD The first Sunday evening , the Diner taken in one Restaurant at the feet of the Bonaguil Castle is not included in order to leave customers to appreciate the large choice of the card ! The other Dinners in Perigord are organized by the Riding Centre .
Wine and Soft drinks  are provided at all lunches and Dinners organized by the Riding Centre without restriction. Our customers will have the opportunity of tasting various wines of the southwest of France every evening
IN MIMIZAN we offer to our riders variable restaurants in order to taste different specialities per evening : Traditional local meals and See Food. ¼ litre of Wine, is included in Dinners taken at a Restaurant.

Leader supervision and security

English speaking guide, having a good knowledge of Landes  and Perigord as well; he will be concerned about making you discover his lovely country in the South west of France                                                                   .

Good to know

This ride requires riders with a good intermediate level as a minimum and a good physical condition. The speed of this trail is supported and the sequences of trots and gallops are frequent; it is important to be able to cover around 65 km a day in an average time of 7 hours with riding. We ask to the rider to keep a minimum of 30 m distance on the quick sequences. To give more comfort, evolution with trotting or galloping is generally individually or by group of two, whether it is in forest or on the beach. Some group gallops on the beach are of course available.



perigord à cheval châteauxDay 1

Arrival Day on Sunday

Transfer from Bordeaux Airport to BONAGUIL and arrival at the beautiful manor house “ The Hameau du Peyrié “. Discovery of the horses, relaxing evening beside the swimming pool and diner at the Restaurant, for sharing a medieval diner.   


Day 2: Full day ride in Dordogne  

A full day ride with 5 to 6 hours Riding

08h00 Breakfast

8h30 Discovery of their horses for the riders, and time to test how they react at the different paces.

09h00 Start for a full day  of quick evolution in the chestnut trees forest, wonderful ground for long canters. The goal of that day is also the preparation at the endurance rhythm of the third day, with offering advantage of  the local and typical Périgord architecture built from natural stone.

12h00 Lunch at the feet of the Castle of Sauveterre.

15h00 .Some more nice canter trough the Chesnutt Forest .On the way back to the Guest House the famous Bonaguil Castle, genuine great work of military architecture, the last of the great fortified castles in France. That castle has never been besieged and stays in a perfect state of preservation.  

19h00 Relaxing time beside the swimming pool of Gite de Charme Le Hameau du Peyrié

20h30 Dinner



Day 3: 4 hours Day Ride in “LOT“  and relaxing time around de swimming Pool

08h30 Start with the Horse trailer and minibus to the Medieval village of SAINT CIRQ LAPOPIE Place of  exception, Unique in the world !  Classified Most beautiful Village of France but also elected as the favourite village of the French after  “ Rocamadour “ .  Straight out of the Middle Ages, this village partially listed as  historical monument !

10h30  Visit of the Village

12h30 Lunch along the river and in the meedle of our horses . 

13h00 Treck on the bench of the “ LOT river “ with one pass  unique in the world

 Ascent to the summit above the village and crossing of a forest coming out of a tale of Grimm

18h00  Way back to Bonaguil and relaxing time around the swimming pool !


Day 4: Endurance Day in “Lot et Garonne“. 7 hours with riding  trotting or cantering each time it is possible.

07h30 Breakfast       

09h00 Early start for the endurance day trip of 45 km, passing by the fortified Bastide of St front sur Lémance and Lacapelle Biron. The rythm is changing a lot and makes the way short and exciting .

12h30 Lunch at the “Auberge of Castel of Biron “

14h00 Visit of the fine and noble Castle of Biron

15h30 Long and quick Ride Afternoon, passing by the Bastide of St Avit, then the Proud Castle of Gavaudun, later the deep chestnut tree forest of Cuzorn with some  unexpected view point on the Lot valley.

19h00  The group is back to Bonaguil and the manor house.

20h30 Dinner with exchanging about the good feelings of the day .



Day 5: Transfer to Sauternes Vineyard in ” Gironde ” and Wine testing in Château Filhot

 08h00 Breakfast and time to pack the luggage .

10h00 Departure for Sauternes (2 hours drive through Lot et Garonne) and reach a new department ” Gironde”  internationally known for its Bordeaux white wine.

12h30 Lunch

15h00  2 hours ride through the different and Famous vineyard – Chateau Ychem – Chateau Trillon – Chateau Giraud

17h00 Visit of Chateau Filhot and wine testing. 




Day 6:  Endurance in Landes. St Julien – Bias  – Mimizan. 6 hours on horse

08h00  Breakfast

09h00 Transfer to the horse’s field

10h00 Start for the first full day trail and new endurance rythm. It is time to discover a new surrounding : the supple and sandy ground of the hugest Forest of Europe, with some large views on the most beautiful beach of France. It’s also the time of exciting gallops on the white sand of the Aquitaine Coast in the morning or in the evening according to the tide of the ocean.  

20h30 Dinner  

Day 7 :  Mimizan – Areilhan – Mimizan Beach. 4,5 hours on horse

08h00 Breakfast

10h00 More relaxing day ride spending the lunch time on the pretty shore of the Aureilhan       Lake  and  ending  the ride in the evening with Sunset on the beach.

20h30 Dinner


Day 8: Departure on Sunday 

Back transfer to the Airport of Bordeaux with crossing the city Center if we’ve got time before taking off !h


Week 8 days / 7 nights in full Board in shared bedroom 3 to 4 

1459 € in April and October, 

1519 € in Mai, June and September, in Shared bedroom 3 to 4,

All included accommodation and meal – except the diner of the first day and the transfer from Bordeaux to Mimizan or Mimizan to Bordeaux
If the trails starts with the minimum number of 3 riders there is  an additional charge of 200 €/rider (from 4 participants no additional charge)

Supplement for individual bedroom

210 € in April-Mai-June-September-October ( due to restricted capacity the availability of single rooms is limited to 2)

Supplement for double or double twin bedroom 70 € 

No supplements for double rooms during the period from November to end of March

Transfers not included   Bordeaux – Mimizan – Bordeaux
All Castle – Visites are included
Medieval dinner on Sunday night at arrival in Bonaguil not included


Year 2021

In low season April and October

From 18-25/04
From 17-24/10   

 In Average season 

From  02-09/05
From  16-23/05 

From 30/05-06/06  

From 19 – 26/09 

( For groups of 6 riders this trip is available on demand at any time of the year )




By phone: +335 58 09 34 25 or +336 81 27 15 01

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  1. Lynn

    Thank you for such a fantastic few days last week. It was really fabulous to ride with you again and stay in the beautiful accommodation. It was a really special few days and both myself and Sean had an amazing time.
    Congratulations to you both too, it was lovely to be part of your special moment.

  2. Julie

    We had a lovely time with Michael, he was a very good host and did his best to make sure everything went according to plan. The horses were very fit, and well behaved, and forward going. We had lots of long canters and rode a lot of miles each day, which was good.

    The accommodation was very good, although we had to change rooms at his place as we were put in a large room house with lots of beds and I was expecting to be in a twin room, this was soon corrected when we mentioned it to him and Annette. The food was very good and we ate out in some very nice restaurants. The pic- nics were lovely as well could not fault them.
    The whole experience was very enjoyable, we had a lovely holiday so much so that we are thinking of doing another one of his rides, there several other people on the ride, that had returned for and another holidays, so that says a lot about a holidays.


  3. Erik

    Evaluation of your trip
    Please consider the following on a scale of 1-5 (5=Excellent; 4=Good; 3=OK; 2=Substandard;1=Poor):

    How was the reception: 5
    How was the instruction: 5
    How was the accomodation: 5
    How was the food: 5
    The standard of the ranch: 5
    The quality of the riding: 5
    Did the tour meet your expectations: 5

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