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Itinerary for Cote d'Argent Ride



Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

This 6-day riding days program consists of a 5-day trail with one extra day of riding around the riding centre.
There is usually the opportunity to swim in rivers or lakes during the lunch break, so do not forget to bring your swimsuit with you on the ride.


Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival
Pick-up from the Bordeaux Airport (at 4:00pm) or Bordeaux train station (at 5:00pm) and transfer to Mimizan. You should arrive at the guesthouse around 7:00pm. Dinner is at a restaurant (around 9:00pm).
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Mimizan


Day 2 (Monday): Ride to Bias
After breakfast, we have a small briefing about the program and then clients are transferred to Mimizan beach for 10:30am. Time to visit the village and the beach and lunch in the village (not included in the package) before being picked up at 1:30 pm from in front of the Tourism office center.
At 2:00pm we go to meet the horses and tack them up. At 4:00pm we will meet in the arena for a short 30 minute ride to make sure that everyone gets along with its mount. Then we set off for a first hack in the area surrounding the riding center.
At 7:00pm we are transferred back to the guesthouse (only about 10 minutes drive) and have some time to relax before dinner (around 9:00pm).
Riding approx. 3 hours (about 20 km)
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Mimizan


Day 3 (Tuesday): Bias to St Julien
After breakfast (around 8 am) we are transferred to the horses and we expect to start our ride around 10am. Today's ride will be through forests and along the coast. We will ride among high sand dunes (up to 150 m above sea level), and if tides allow us, we will enjoy some riding on the beach. We take our lunch break around 1:30 pm and take some time to relax. We start riding again around 4pm and make our way to St Julien. There, once we have taken care of the horses, we are transferred (only about 10 minutes drive) back to the guesthouse, around 7pm, in time to relax before going out for dinner.
Riding approx. 5 hours (about 30 km)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Mimizan


Day 4 (Wednesday): St Julien to Caremonge
After breakfast (around 8am) we pack our luggage and get transferred to the horses to continue our ride. We will stop for lunch (around 1:30pm) at Levignacq. On today's ride we will discover the ever changing landscape of the Landes with wonderful ground for canters and gallops.
We get back in the saddle around 4 pm, riding along a river until we reach the Moulin de Caremonge. The horses will stay in a nearby field for the night and the riders will be transferred (about 5 minutes drive) to their accommodation: the Manor of Tireveste (arrival around 6:30 pm). During the summer months (July and August) the overnight at the manor is replaced by a night in tents.
Riding approx. 5 hours (about 35 km)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Manor of Tirevest or camping


Day 5 (Thursday): Caremonge to Bias
After a good night's sleep and a delicious breakfast, we are transferred back to the horses (around 9 am). We will ride through beautiful and wild landscapes until we reach Uza, where we stop for our lunch break in a small restaurant (around 1:30 pm). Uza is home to a bird reserve and the famous Chateau Ychem vineyard.
In the afternoon, we will ride for a few more hours through varied landscapes. We will reach Bias after crossing a lovely forest. The horses spend the night in Bias while riders are transferred back to the guesthouse (only about 10 minutes drive).
Riding approx. 4.5 hours (about 30 km)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Mimizan


Day 6 (Friday): Bias to the Ocean
Today's riding schedule will depend on the tides. We will ride during half of the day (either in the morning or afternoon) and relax during the other half.
Our trail includes a ride through the forest leading to the Ocean. If the conditions are right we will enjoy some gallops on the beach.
Weather permitting, from June to September, we have the opportunity to swim and play in the Ocean with or without the horses.
Riding approx. 4 hours (about 20 km)
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Mimizan


Day 7 (Saturday): Aureilhan Lake Ride
After breakfast, we prepare the horses on go for our last ride. We will discover the protected area surrounding Aureilhan Lake and ride along the river to Mimizan beach. We end our ride with a sunset ride in the forest or the beach.
Today's program is tide dependent.
Riding approx. 5 hours (about 30 km)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Mimizan


Day 8 (Sunday): Departure
After breakfast transfer to Bordeaux airport or train station.
Meals included: Breakfast

Non-Riding activities:
- Tennis
- Bicycle
- Swimming pool
- Numerous water sports 
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Cote d'Argent Ride
Tour Code: IT-FRAN08
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,695.00
Dates : Feb - Nov

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
CIntermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
EAdvanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
   
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
   
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
   
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
   
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
   
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
   
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
B 2020 06/14 - 06/21 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid) 4 /12 Expired
B 2020 06/21 - 06/28 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid) 4 /12 Expired
A 2020 06/28 - 07/05 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High) 4 /12 Expired
A 2020 07/05 - 07/12 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High) 4 /12 Expired
A 2020 07/12 - 07/19 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High) 4 /12 Expired
A 2020 07/26 - 08/02 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High) 4 /12 Expired
A 2020 08/02 - 08/09 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High) 4 /12 Expired
A 2020 08/09 - 08/16 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High) 4 /12 Expired
A 2020 08/16 - 08/23 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High) 4 /12 Reserve
B 2020 08/31 - 09/07 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid) 4 /12 Reserve
B 2020 09/06 - 09/13 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid) 4 /12 Reserve
B 2020 09/13 - 09/20 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid) 4 /12 Reserve
B 2020 09/20 - 09/27 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid) 4 /12 Reserve
C 2020 10/04 - 10/11 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Low) 4 /12 Reserve
C 2020 10/25 - 11/01 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Low) 4 /12 Reserve
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Tack: English saddle with saddle bag
Horses: Anglo-Arab, Thoroughbred and Totters
Pace: Moderate pace with lots of fast sectio...
Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop,
Airport: Bordeaux
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