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Horse Holidays France

Horse Holidays France are experienced providers offering a selection of equestrian activities suitable for all levels and ability of rider. Choose from multi-day trail itineraries, short hacks, full day rides and organised trips and tours, all based in and around the beautiful Maisons-Laffitte in the heart of the “City of Horses”.

Riding Holidays in France

In the Sun King's Hoof Prints
Follow in the footsteps of Kings and Emperors on a fantastic multi-day trail ride with Horse Holidays France.

Ideally located just 30 minutes from Paris, Maisons-Laffitte provides the perfect startpoint. The beautiful parkland, woods and paths are ideal for exploring on horseback. The park itself borders the vast dense forest of Saint-Germain, birthplace of the Sun King and home to a multitude of wildlife such as deer, squirrels, foxes and boar and some 65km of relaxing bridle paths. This trail ride is rich in history and heritage. Experienced, qualified guides will take you on an unforgettable journey, discovering beautiful castles, sleepy villages and lush forest on quality, well-schooled horses.

This trail is suitable for strong intermediate and experienced riders, confident at all paces, with long days in the saddle.


Day 1 : Arrival, transfer from the airport, installation at the hotel. Guided bike ride in Maisons-Laffitte’s park. Dinner together.

Day 2 : Breakfast at 7am. Transfer to the stables at 8 am. We ride off at 9 am; out of Maisons-Laffitte’s park, through the beautiful Saint-Germain forest on fantastic trails. Our assistant prepares a nice, typical French picnic we eat on the terrace at Saint-Germain-en-Layes castle overlooking Paris. We continue to Marly Forest, and Bailly. In the late afternoon we arrive at a beautiful courtyard where we install the horses and then relax around a BBQ. We sleep in a “gîte” – a French equivalent of bed and breakfasts, in modern, nicely furnished rooms.

Day 3 : Breakfast at 7am, we prepare the horses and ride away at 9am. The morning is spent discovering Versailles’ unique and large castle park on horseback. We ride past the Trianon Palace and admire Versailles castle from different angles riding along the canal. Our assistant meets up with lunch at a cozy place in Rennemoulin. During the afternoon we continue over Versailles’ fields, through the historic village of Villepreux, famous for its castle from the 1700s and in the evening we stop in the picturesque Chavernay village. We install horses, eat a well-descerved dinner and sleep at a comfortable “gîte”.

Day 4 : Breakfast at 7am. We prepare the horses and ride away at 9am. The morning ride starts in the plains but pretty soon we leave Versailles plain and ride into the Marly forest’s lush greenery. Depending on the season the lunch will either be held in the form of a good French buffet served by our assistant or a restaurant where we can tie the horses outside. In the afternoon we will return to the Saint-Germain forest but now discovering another part of it and we ride past the “Pavillon de la Muette”, Louis XV’s beautiful little hunting lodge. Napoleon also did spend some time here. The day ends with a short ride in Maisons-Laffittes’ Castle park where we sit off and have a glass of champagne before riding back to the stables and saddle of. Dinner at a restaurant in Maisons-Laffitte. Night at the Hotel Ibis.

Day 5 : Trip back home or continue your holidays in Paris.

Dates: Please enquire

2017 Price: 1500 €
    2 nights at hotel IBIS in twin or double room
    Rent of a bike for one day
    2 dinners at a restaurant in Maisons-Laffitte
    Rent of an equipped horse
    Horseback ride led by a qualified horse riding guide or instructor.
    Accomodation in twin, double or multi-bedded rooms in “gîte” or hotel
    24hr assistance team with car
    Entrance fees for horses and riders to 3 castle parks
    Trail ride material for horses and riders
    Transport of riders luggage
    Transfer between hotel, guest houses etc and the stables
    Riding helmets, half chaps and fluorescent vests are available upon request.

    Riders personal equipment
    Cancellation insurance
    Transfer from and to the airport
    The FFE (French Equestrian Federation) license which is recommended and includes an insurance.

Transfers available at an additional cost
Single room in IBIS available at an additional cost
Please enquire for details

Horse Holidays France Versailles Castle

Short Day Rides
Explore the beautiful parkland of Maisons-Laffitte.

Discovery Walk: Beginners and intermediate riders.
Xplore Trek : Experienced riders who are able to trot, canter and gallop.

Duration: 3 hours, including 1½ hours on horseback.
2017 Price: 75 € per person
Dates and Timetables:
    Every day except Wednesday
    09:00 – 12:00
    14:00 – 17:00

Price Includes:
    Horseback ride led by a qualified horse riding guide or instructor.
    Saddlery and the equipment for the horse.
    A welcome snack and briefing.

Not Included in the Price:
        The FFE (French Equestrian Federation) licence which is recommended and includes an insurance.
        Rider born in 1999 and after : 25 €
        Rider born in 1998 and before : 36 €
        Holiday card, valid 1 month : 8 €

Full Day Trek from Maisons-Laffitte to Saint-Germain-en-Laye
Full day trail ride exploring some of the impressive 77km of woodland tracks through the spectacular Saint-Germain forest. Enjoy a delightful and relaxing ride through the forest, passing by the Château de Val and along the terrace of the Saint-Germain-en-Laye castle, pausing for a delicious picnic lunch

Provisional Itinerary:
08.30: Breakfast at the stable and briefing
08.45: Preparation of the horses
09.30: Departure
12.30: Picnic Lunch
17.30: Back to the stable for drinks and snacks
18.00: End of the day

Level: This ride is suitable for experienced riders who are confident at trot, canter and gallop.
Duration: 9 hours including around 6 hours on horseback.
Price: 175 € per person.
    Horseback ride led by a qualified horse riding guide or instructor.
    Saddlery and the equipment for the horse.
    Breakfast and briefing.
    Lunch including drinks
    Snacks and drinks at the end of the ride
    Assistant team for lunch break
    Entrance fee for the horses in the castle park

Not included in the price:
        The FFE (French Equestrian Federation) licence which is recommended and includes an insurance.
        Rider born in 1999 and after : 25 €
        Rider born in 1998 and before : 36 €
        Holiday card, valid 1 month : 8 €
Dates: Please enquire

Groups: We are happy to organise private trails for groups of four or more.

Horse Holidays France

Discover the Training Centre for Racehorses
Go behind the scenes with a professional tour of the unique racehorse training centre, nestled in the park of Maisons-Laffitte. This tour will give guests an insight into the training process including the initial stages of teaching young horses to jump and increasing fitness and speedwork along the many park trails. The tour includes a visit to a professional training stables, with an indepth question and answer session with the trainer. After lunch, guests will depart to explore the Saint Germain forest on horseback.

Program :
09.00 – 12.00: Visit the training center and a race stable on foot
12.00 – 13.30: Lunch
14.00 – 17.00: Horseback ride based on “Discovery Walk” or “Explore Trek”
17.00 – 17.30: Drinks, snacks and debriefing

Dates: Please enquire

2017 Price: 130 €
Includes :

    Guided tour of the training centre and a racestable
    3 course lunch and drinks and snacks
    Horseback ride led by a qualified horse riding guide or instructor.
    Saddlery and the equipment for the horse.
    Riding helmets and half chaps are available upon request

A Carriage Ride through History
Discover the secret history of Maisons-Laffitte, with a popular guided carriage ride through the park. Learn the surprising story of the Maisons-Laffitte hippodrome, its castle and the beautiful villas. Immerse yourself in the history of Louis XIV, Napoléon, Voltaire, Ernest Hemingway and Jean Cocteau.

2017 Price: 75 € per person (includes a glass of champagne).
Duration: 2 hours.
2017 Dates: September 30th from 14.30 to 16.30.
The Meeting Point is at the entrance to the park (Avenue de Longeuil – Avenue Eglé) at 13:45.
Booking: Limited number of seats. Please enquire to reserve your place and for future dates.

Please note:
Riders equipment. We suggest that you wear a comfortable pair of trousers or jeans, boots or shoes with small heels. Riding helmets are mandatory and available upon request. We can also lend you half chaps.

Please enquire for additional dates and prices not listed below.

Private groups catered for by arrangement.

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  • Riding and Accommodation Day rides Bring your own horse



Name Horse Holidays France
Type of Holiday Riding and Accommodation
Price Multi-day trail 1500€. Shorter rides from 75€
Accommodation Hotel and guest houses. Full board
Hours Riding Per Day 8
Instruction No
Nearest Airport CDG, Paris
Open Please enquire for dates
Other Facilities No
Address Maisons-Laffitte, France
Riding Facilities As experts in leading horseback trail rides, we offer a varity of treks to suit all levels of experience. We organize half-, and full days treks as well as several days trail rides. We also do organize tailor made riding courses or lessons depening on your level and your specific needs and aim. More information on our website.
Riding Style English
Suitable For Children Yes
Riding Safari No
Western Ranch No
Beach Riding No
Tuition Yes
Centre Based Yes
Trail Ride Yes
Website http://www.horseholidaysfrance.com


Customer Reviews

Wonderful experience! Review by ciao
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Very well planned . Our guide, Anna, experienced and thorough in her preparation , always with a smile...good horses; nice company and lovely area (soft ground and woods) and lots of nice historic explanations once you pass a castle or an old villa or even the traing grounds of the races. All in all a wonderful experience to be repeated. (Posted on 17/08/2017)

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