France Horseback Riding Tours

France horseback riding tours are surely the ultimate way to see Europe on horseback. If you’re looking for a horseback riding vacation in France, you might be enticed by the chic boulevards of Paris, the glistening moutains of the Alps, the country allure of Provence, or the sun-baked coasts in the south of France - but whatever your want from your French horse riding holiday, the country offers every kind of escape for all levels of horseback riders.

You’ll find horse riding holidays aplenty in France, offering stunning horseback rides across some of the most beautiful locations in Europe. Ride horses around castles in the Loire, take up the reins in Mediterranean hideaways, or enjoy culinary equestrian tours in Provence. French cuisine is always high on many horse riding holiday’s agendas and this, along with France’s long tradition of horse riding, means there are horseback riding vacations to please every family member.

Blessed with a vast network of cross-country trails, France offers endless opportunities for experiencing French culture on horseback. Ride your horse through the beautiful French countryside in the day, then bed down in cozy country inns and picturesque castles overnight. To truly slip into the laidback French way of life, take a horse riding holiday amongst the grandiose renaissance castles of the Loire region. Or choose Provence as your horseback vacation destination, and mix fine food and riding against backdrops that inspired the likes of Cezanne.

For an equestrian holiday more off the beaten track, embark on a horse riding escape in one of France’s hidden gems – try Perigord, Armagnac, Gascony or Berry. Deep in the green heart of France, these lesser-known, rural regions are perfect for exploring provincial France on horseback. Or why not take your horse riding escape in the unspoilt and rugged Pyrenees bordering Spain?

If your passion for horses and horseback riding matches that for good food and wine, head to Bordeaux. The region may be best known for its wine, but Bordeaux is also famous for its plethora of castles, making for stunning horseback riding routes! Riding your horse between some of the 1,200 castles located in the Bordeaux region, you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped straight out of a French picture book. For the wine connoisseurs out there, why not combine a horseback riding vacation in Medoc with a tour of its famous winery, and sample the delectable wine of some very famous cellars? If this is right up your street, you’ll be pleased to know that many French horse riding holiday providers offer special wine and horseback tours, allowing you to experience the best of both worlds. Add the region’s famous cuisine into the mix – think goose liver paté and the cheese of Rocamadour – and you’ve got a horseback riding vacation straight from heaven.

Whatever your age, horse riding ability and grasp of the native language, you’re sure to find a heavenly horseback riding vacation in France!

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By Jody Dahl

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