Children and woman with donkey
Breakfast during the trip
Donkey close to a tree

Donkey tour in the Midi-Pyrenees

8-Day tour in Ariège for families

  • Self-guided tour with a donkey
  • Family holiday for small children
  • Nights in a cosy caravan
  • Half board, swimming pool and guide on site
  • Daily trips in a covered wagon

Enjoy a week in the Midi-Pyrenees in the company of a furry friend. Your small children will be grateful for the donkey tour while you enjoy the beautiful Ariège countryside. And yes, children old enough can saddle up and ride him! Bring along your swimstuff too.
Each day presents a new adventure and each night a delicious French meal prepared by your host before you sleep in your furnished caravan. The outings include whimsical medieval sites, local animal farms, dips in swimming pools and, of course, unforgettable views of the Pyrenees.

Price from 650,- €

Donkey tour in the Midi-Pyrenees

Self-guided tour, 8 days

Difficulty level


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Day 1: Arrival

Participants will arrive on Sunday at 4pm. The trip starts with harnessing the stationary caravan that serves as your lodging. If time permits, the donkey will show you around the village in the company of the breeder. It is a chance to get to know your hosts for the adventure.

Day 2: The bamboo park

So it begins! Participants will set off in the covered wagon to the 100-year-old park, all the while facing the Pyrenees. They will have a picnic amongst more than 200 different tree types before going back.

Duration of leg: 2hrs – distance covered: 7km (round trip)

Day 3: Gaudies area and the castle

The gang will experience the route to Gaudies full of excellent views of the region. Participants will pay a visit to the castle before a picnic by the river. Guests can also request an alternative route.

Duration of leg: 3hrs – distance covered: 9km (round trip)

Day 4: The hazelnut farm

A trip to the hazelnut farm. You will also have a chance to spend some time at the swimming pool.

Duration of leg: 4hrs – distance covered: 12km (round trip)

Day 5: The bison farm

This will be the longest leg of the trip which means all the more stunning views of the Pyrenees. Participants get to ride a tractor around the bison farm. There will be another picnic before you return back to your house on 4 wheels.

Duration of leg: 6hrs – distance covered: 16km (round trip)

Day 6: A day of relaxation

Participants can either rest and have fun on the donkey farm or visit some attractions nearby.

Day 7: One last trip…

…to Basse Ariège. Your host will accompany you with his draught horse Câlina and the mobile wagon.

Day 8: Goodbyes

A big hug and generous scratch for the donkey. Departure at around 10am.

From April 1 to the beginning of November upon request

  • Apr 01st, 18 – Nov 03rd, 18
  • From 660,- €
  • open for reservation
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Indicated pricing for one child below age 11.
Free of charge for kids below 3
Per adult: €720

Booking starting from 3 persons:
2 adults + 1 child above 3
1 adult + 2 children above 3

Pick up service at Carcassonne station: €48/ one way (4 persons max.)payable on the spot.


Terms of payment:

  • 20% of the total price within 7 days after receipt of the invoice
  • Full payment 21 days prior to departure without further request to pay
  • Only by SEPA bank transfer.


Prices include:
7 nights in a caravan with half board (picnics must be paid for on site, food can also be bought en route), dishes, covered caravan for daily outings, renting fees for the donkey including training on handling, visitor's fees for mentioned tourist sites in the itinerary (excluding Gaudiès castle), maps and area descriptions including an IGN map (topographical map with 1:25,000 scaling), assistance from your host.

Prices exclude:
Train/plane fare to/from the donkey farm, food for picnics, drinks and travel cancellation expenses insurance.

Picnic food items may either be arranged by the participants themselves or can be ordered upon arrival for a surcharge of €10/adult, €6/child..

Number of Participants

Starting from 3 persons:
2 adults + 1 child above 3
1 adult + 2 children above 3
No charge for children under 3 years of age.

Accommodation and Board

Participants will spend all nights in a fully equipped Gypsy caravan. Up to 4 persons can spend the night. There will also be an area around it with tables and chairs, hammocks and beach chairs which you can set up either in the shade or under the sun. Please bring along all the necessary accessories for toddlers if you are bringing along your baby. There will be homemade, partially organic dinners for the half board (additional picnics upon request – these are payable on site).

Level of difficulty: easy

The legs take between 2-6 hours each day with little differences in altitude. This trip is suitable for families with toddlers and children below 12.


Attractions include the bamboo plantation, the castle of Gaudiès (not included in the price) and the hazelnut and bison farms.

How to get there

Travel eco-friendly. We recommend taking the train from Carcassonne.
Pick up service from Carcassonne train station: €48/person (4 persons max.); payable on site.

General information on getting in and around France can be found here

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Reviews for Donkey tour in the Midi-Pyrenees

Es war eine underbare Woche mit Emmanuel und Christelle, die sich immer um uns gekümmert haben. Auf unseren besonderen Bedürfnisse als Familie mit kleinen Kindern sind sie immer eingegangen und haben z.B. Tourenlängen oder Essenszeiten an uns angepasst. Die beiden sind so herrlich, daß man sich vom ersten Tag an wohl fühlt. Für die Kinder war die Woche mit "ihrem" Esel ein ganz besonders Elerbnis und alle möchten wiederkommen.

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