A Horse Ride Through History

France | 3 days | Level: Intermediate
Starting from 590 €
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3 days, 2 nights, 3 days horseback ride

A beautiful ride full of surprises less than an hour and a half away from Paris!
This sporty adventure is a great way of taking a break while discovering the hilly countryside to the North East of Vienne and the south of Touraine, as well as the natural and historical riches of this still relatively unknown region of France. There is also the famous La Roche Posay thermal spring, and medieval villages with monuments and churches that date back to the 12th century.

You’ll enjoy:

  • A superb riding itinerary at a sustained pace
  • The rich history of the region (12th century villages, churches and castles)
  • The La Roche Posay thermal spring
  • Gentle, energetic horses of various breeds
  • A range of meals and comfortable accommodation


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Included in the Price:

  • Transfers to and from Châtellerault station
  • Horse riding activities as described in the programme
  • Full board with drinks at mealtimes
  • Logistical vehicle help
  • Horse tack
  • Your guide
  • Loan of riding hat

Not Included in the Price:

  • Transportation to and from the departure point for the ride (apart from the transfers to and from Châtellerault station)
  • Supplement for transfers to/from (round trip) Poitiers station (TGV station 40km) or from Futuroscope (TGV station, 33km): €25/person
  • Extras, visits and optional activities
  • Single room supplement (€35/person/night)
  • Supplement for small group booking (2 to 3 people): €120 / day on horseback (to be divided by the total number of people)
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • The rider’s individual insurance and/or French FFE licence (register your French FFE license with Caval&go)
  • Application fee : 15€/person (mandatory)

Caval&go / SARL CHAGRITAS AVENTURES expressly reserves the right to increase or reduce its prices depending on exchange rate and transport cost variations applying to the selected trip, or on inflation of local services (such as prices of entry tickets). See general terms and conditions of purchase.

Option of arriving the day before the horse ride begins and spending the night in a 2* hotel in Châtellerault – Supplement of €70/person, double room, half-board.

Day 1. Usseau - Coussay les Bois - La Roche Posay – 5 ½ hours of horse riding – night at a charming 2* hotel or a gîte for a group (depending on dates)
This morning, all the riders meet at 8.30am to head to the equestrian centre at 9.30am. We will cross the hilly and wooded countryside dotted with old buildings and little castles. We will travel through small villages to the rhythm of the horses’ hooves, and then have a picnic in the heart of Coussay-les-Bois.
Several monuments bear witness to the village’s history: the Notre Dame church of the 12th, 13th and 15th centuries, St Martin’s Church and bell tower of the 12th century, the birth place of Father Coudrin – founding father of the congregation of the sacred hearts of Jesus and Mary - of the 17th century. Lunch in the country, near to a former washhouse at the water’s edge. We will visit the village on foot, seeking out its secrets… After lunch, we will ride through the beautiful undulating countryside to arrive at our accommodation in the charming medieval spa town of La Roche Posay. Dinner and night at a charming 2* hotel or gîte (depending on dates).

Randonnée et traversée de la rivière à cheval

Day 2. La Roche Posay - Angles sur l’Anglin – 5 ½ hours horse riding. Night at 2* hotel.
Today we will ride near to the 25 metre high La Roche Posay keep, which dates back to the 12th century, to reach the banks of the river Creuse. After riding through the forest, the horizon opens up to reveal a magnificent panoramic view.  We will cross the river Gartempe to reach our picnic spot in the beautiful French village of Angles sur l’Anglin. Located on the river Anglin, you can visit this magnificent medieval village full of treasures (the old castle, the Roc aux Sorciers frescoes, the tapestries from the “Jours d’Angles” ateliers) as an extra activity, if time allows. In the afternoon we will ride back to La Roche Posay over what used to be railway tracks to reach our destination for the night. Dinner and night at La Roche Posay in a charming 2* hotel or gîte (depending on dates).

Randonnée à cheval dans les paysages du Poitou

Day 3. La Roche Posay - Saint Sauveur - Usseau - 5 ½ hours horseriding
Today we will ride through several villages and the countryside that is typical of the region. Our horses will take us to Saint Saveur, a small and picturesque village overlooked by a magnificent church founded by the Antonin order in 1366. We will stop near to this famous church for lunch: destroyed during the Hundred Years War, it was rebuilt from scratch in the flamboyant Gothic style, characterised by the rich decor of the windows, and both ogee and gothic arches. Burnt down during the wars of religion, it was rebuilt again at the beginning of the 17th century. In the afternoon, we will go past the Groie Forest, a hunting estate, and then we ride across the Vienne River and the surrounding hilly countryside, to return to the equestrian centre. End of ride at around 6pm (option of a transfer to the TGV station at Châtellerault).

Option of spending a night at a 2* hotel at Châtellerault – supplement of €70/person for a double room with half board.

The itinerary for this horse ride may be subject to minor changes depending on the weather and the condition of the paths. Many different routes are possible for this ride.

randonnée à cheval en France

The horses are crossbred Barbs and Arabs. They are willing, gentle and sturdy.
Maximum weight of rider: 95 kg.

For this sporty ride, you should be comfortable riding at the 3 paces (walk, trot, gallop) and be in good physical health. There will be around 5 hours of riding per day at a good rhythm, alternating between walking, trotting and galloping. Children from the age of 12 with a good standard of riding ability.

High quality French saddles with the choice of very comfortable endurance saddles or classic saddles.

Your guide will keep a close eye on your comfort and safety, in a pleasant and relaxed setting. She is a qualified riding tourism instructor and guide and will be delighted to show you entirely new itineraries. A support vehicle follows the ride at lunch and in the evening for the comfort of meal times, riders and horses.

Randonnee a cheval dans le Poitou en France

Randonnée à cheval dan sle Poitou

France - Vienne

3 days, 2 nights, 3 days riding

The rider’s individual insurance and/or French FFE licence (register your French FFE license with Caval&go)

2 to 6 people



Pause déjeuner pendant la randonnée à cheval

During the ride you will stay at either a comfortable 2* hotel or a gîte (depending on dates and rates chosen). Particular care is given to the meals, to make sure you sample local specialities and have the pleasure of eating well in a comfortable and agreeable setting everyday.

Vienne is the largest département in the Poitou-Charentes region and the 16th largest département in mainland France. Vienne has an oceanic climate, with its position near to the Atlantic to the west of the continent ensuring a cool climate in summer and a mild climate in winter. The annual average temperature is 11.4°C.

Your guide will keep a close eye on your comfort and safety, in a pleasant and relaxed setting. She is a qualified riding tourism instructor and guide and will be delighted to show you entirely new itineraries. A support vehicle follows the ride at lunch and in the evening for the comfort of meal times, riders and horses.

Bring equipment and clothes suitable for the season, without forgetting the essentials:

  • Jodhpurs, mini chaps
  • Comfortable riding shoes
  • Wind breaker / jacket (it can get cold in the evenings)
  • Riding hat: obligatory (available at the equestrian centre)
  • Good quality sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Head torch or pocket torch
  • Swim suit to swim with the horses when the weather is nice
  • Sleeping bag for the nights in the gîte itinerary

Coucher de soleil sur la campagne du Poitou

Before, during or after your trip, you can take advantage of your stay to explore the region:

  • Futuroscope at Poitiers
  • Châtellerault
  • Horse-drawn carriage holiday

We can help you create a tailor-made itinerary. Contact us!

For a longer horse ride in the same region:
France - Poitou-Charentes : Horse Riding in the Medieval Countryside

Trip comments

  • Sylvain, Fontainebleau

    April 8, 2015, 1:47 p.m.


    Allez rencontrer Valérie c'est une très grande figure du monde Équestre et elle aime énormément son travail et ses chevaux.
    Le site vaut le détour pour son patrimoine et les itinéraires hors des sentiers battus

  • Nathalie, Paris

    Nov. 8, 2012, 2:52 p.m.


    Novembre 2012
    Super randonnée malgré un temps très très pluvieux. Super guide et paysages magnifiques !

  • Francis & Allison, Argenteuil

    July 26, 2012, 5:45 p.m.


    Concernant notre weekend, nous sommes tous 2 du même avis: Valérie et Emmanuel sont deux professionnels, qui ne méritent toutes nos éloges tant sur le plan humain que sur le plan équestre. Ils ont traité le cas d'Allison {problème de dos} avec soin en essayant des alternatives pour que son weekend se déroule au mieux. Encore un grand merci à eux. Les chevaux sont adorables et les conseils sont toujours bienvenus. Ils sont toujours souriants et prêt à faire partager leur passion. Vraiment un grand 20/20 !!
    Concernant le gîte, nous avons été reçu parfaitement. Les chambres sont bien entretenues, la literie est agréable et les petits plats que nous a concoctés l'équipe était excellents ! 20 / 20 également.
    Le concept nous a tellement plu, que nous pensons y retourner

  • Maud, Paris

    July 26, 2012, 5:16 p.m.


    Juillet 2012.
    Excellent séjour pour une première randonnée de 2 jours. L’écurie, notre guide, les chevaux & la région, tout était parfait ! Nous regardons déjà pour en refaire une. MERCI !

  • Laurence, France

    July 17, 2012, 4:03 p.m.


    Week-end très sympathique, dépaysant, ambiance très conviviale avec les organisateurs et les participants, très bonne organisation, rien à redire à part que c’était trop court... J’ai particulièrement apprécié les déjeuners champêtres en pleine nature, toujours dans des endroits pittoresques... Ravie d’avoir rencontrée une organisatrice passionnée et à l’écoute des attentes de chacun. Au plaisir d’une prochaine randonnée...

  • Marie-José, France

    July 17, 2012, 4:08 p.m.


    Les chevaux sont en excellent état et capables d'abattre les kilomètres sans peine (même ma monture de 20 ans). A l'étape, ils sont très bien soignés et tout est prêt pour les accueillir. Il en est de même pour les cavaliers. Le pique nique est installé sur une table avec nappe. Et nous avons droit aussi à des sièges. Les lieux sont bien choisis et agréables. Le soir les hébergements étaient aussi très sympas. La nourriture était variée et adaptée. J'ai été bien aidée dans cette rando par notre guide qui a été attentive à ce que tout se passe au mieux pour moi. Les paysages sont agréables et variés et les lieux visités riches en passé historique. J'ai bien apprécié aussi les passages de rivières et les chevauchées le long de celles-ci. En résumé une rando sympa

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