Holidays with horses in France
Gypsy caravaning through the Franche-Comté region
Thervay: picturesque village in Franche-Comté

Gypsy-style caravanning in Franche-Comté

Nature escape for you and your family

  • Unique family adventure in one of France's most unspoilt regions
  • Guided tour in a horse-drawn caravan - single caravan or convoyed tours
  • Swimming & fishing in rivers and ponds along the way
  • On-site bike rental
  • Dogs allowed

Embark on a truly unique family adventure exploring France’s beautiful Franche-Comté region with a horse-drawn caravan! An experienced horse-farmer will guide you along rivers and lush green valleys allowing you to sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery while sharing his passion for horses and the region as well as his home-grown vegetables. Take advantage of the many rivers and lakes along the way to go swimming and fishing and simply enjoy this unique nature escape to unwind and spend some quality time with your family!

Price from 1.159,- €

Gypsy style caravan holidays : Franche-Comté

Journey Duration

8 days

Type

Self guided tour

Difficulty level

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Gypsy style caravan holidays : Franche-Comté

Period

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Itinerary

weekly rental only!

Day 1: Arrival
Our horse breeder will await you at around 6pm, welcoming you with refreshments and showing you around the farm. Afterward, you may settle into your Gypsy caravan or choose to spend the first night at a local inn.

Day 2-7: Cruising through the Franche-Comté region
The horse breeder will give you a tutorial on handling your horse and caravan on the morning of Day 2 (ca. 2 hours), he will guide you on your caravan tour through Franche-Comté’s beautiful landscapes along secondary roads and former railway tracks along the river, allowing you to stop for a swim any time you like. Every evening, you will be expected at specially prepared campsites where you will spend the nights in your Gypsy caravan.

Day 8: Departure
After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your horse and caravan. Have a safe trip home!

Please note: All itineraries are subject to change due to weather, road or trail conditions as well as availability.

Travel dates

weekly rental only, from one Saturday to the next!
Indication of prices per caravan (max 4 to 5 persons) per week, depending on travel dates.

  • Jul 01st, 17 – Sep 01st, 17
  • From 1.339,- €
  • open for reservation
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  • Sep 02nd, 17 – Sep 30th, 17
  • From 1.159,- €
  • open for reservation
  • Enquire now

Pets are allowed
Additional travel dates may be arranged upon request outside July & August.

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
Payment via SEPA direct debit (Single Euro Payment Area) only

Please fill in our enquiry form indicating the number of your party and your preferred travel dates.

If you would like to travel in July or August, we recommend early booking as this trip tends to sell out fast!

Includes/excludes

Price includes:
7 nights in your Gypsy caravan, local guide and instructions, horse rental and horse feed, campsite fees, detailed information, directions and map.

Price excludes:
Train or airfares to/from destination, meals, travel cancellation insurance, safety deposit (€300, payable on site, to be refunded upon return of caravan).

Optional:
Bike rental: €50 per bike and week (payable on site).

Number of participants

Minimum number of participants: 2 adults
This trip is perfectly suited for families with 2 or 3 children. Dogs are allowed.

Accommodation

Your holiday home is either an authentic Gypsy caravan or a replica built with ecological materials, both of which belong to the local horse farmer. The caravan is equipped for 4-5 persons with one queen-size bed, 2 pull-out beds and one small bed for children, as well as a kitchenette with a sink, refrigerator, gas burners, dishes and silverware, table, chairs and storage space. Supplies for the week may be purchased at local grocery shops along the road.

Your horse

Your caravan is drawn by a Comtois horse, specially trained for this tour. Comtois horses are perfectly suited for drawing heavy loads. Their strength and sweet nature make them ideal companions for your caravanning trip. Experience handling horses is not required as you will be joined by our local horse breeder.

On the road

Our local horse farmer will guide you through the Franche-Comté region. You will either be travelling alone or joined by one or two other families. You will be asked to pay a safety deposit, to be refunded upon return of the caravan.

Caravanning spirit

Your caravanning trip is all about travelling light, basic comfort, shared sanitary facilities and mosquitoes – but also a unique holiday experience with horses and an escape from everyday life. Cruising through unspoiled landscapes, on paved roads but also in plain nature, without internet access, take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to let go and reconnect with yourself and your family!

Discover the simple yet delicious selfmade regional cuisine, purchasing local produce and specialties and enjoying them by the campfire – with a glass of regional wine and joined by locals and fellow travellers.

Be sure not to underestimate both the joys and pains of handling your horse and caravan!

Important note

Please keep in mind that your hosts are French horse farmers who may not speak English very well. Basic French skills may come in handy to follow the instructions on handling your horse and caravan among other things. Prior experience in handling horses may come in handy but is not mandatory.

How to get there

You will be travelling in rural France and may depend on a car to buy supplies for the week. We thus recommend that you travel by car or rent one at the airport or train station. The point of departure of your trip is a remote horse farm near Besançon. Free parking is available on site. The exact address will be provided upon booking.
For more information please read our blog getting to France

Closest airport: Dole-Jura (secondary airport – domestic flights only) or Geneva.

If you're travelling by plane, please consider offsetting your carbon emissions, for example through the atmosfair programme.

For detailed travel information, please download our info sheet.

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Information sheet


Reviews for Gypsy-style caravanning in Franche-Comté

2. Urlaub dieser Art. Ein toller Urlaub mit Kindern. Gerard und Michel haben sich toll um uns gekümmert und sie lieben Ihre Pferde. Deshalb darf man auch nicht ganz alleine fahren, das stört aber nicht. 1. Tag Ca. 10 km. Abends schöner Campingplatz Schwimmen Einkaufen Bäcker Essen gehen möglich. 2. Tag Ca. 15 km. einsamer Platz am Fluss Baden sehr schön keine Einkaufsmöglichkeit. 3. Tag auf anderem Weg zurück zu Campingplatz, dort Bogenschießen und Kanufahren für die Kinder. 4. Tag Ca. 18 km. Platz ohne Komfort Toilette vorhanden schöne Badestelle. Für den Abend bringt Gerard Holz und Einfachgrill fürs Grillen und Lagerfeuer. Unsere Mitreisende ( Französin ) hatte Geburtstag Gerard und Michel kamen mit ihren Fauen mit Champanger und Kuchen eine schöne Überraschung und ein tolles Fest. 5. Tag tolle Route zu einem besseren Campingplatz mit Schwimmbad Bäcker und Supermarkt. Letzter Tag wir blieben bis 17.00 am Campingplatz dann mit den Pferden nach Hause Ca. 10 km. Am Abend gab es dann bei Gerard Crêpes selbstgemachten Apfelsaft Salat Wein und Schnaps. Es war eine liebevolle Betreuung kein Massentourismus. Bei den sanitären Einrichtungen muss man Abstriche machen können ist halt Camping einfacherer Art. Etwas Französisch sollte man können. Wir sind glücklich zurück und würden es wieder machen. Dank an Tara unser großartiges Pferd und an Gerard und Michel.

Released on 13.08.2016 by Florian Grüner

Der Service vor Ort durch Gérard war hervorragend. Er war immer da, wenn man ihn brauchte und sonst auch. Die Ausstattung der Wagen könnte mit sehr kleinem Aufwand deutlich verbessert werden (Haken an den Wänden). Die Halteorte könnten evtl. etwas sorgfältiger ausgewählt werden. Baden war für Kinder nicht überall möglich. Ein Pferd war nur sehr bedingt für den Umgang mit Amateurkutschern geeignet. Wir haben daher für "unseren" Wagen einen zusätzlichen Kutscher, welcher das Pferd im Griff hatte, engagiert und auch zusätzlich bezahlt.

Released on 09.08.2016 by Ueli W.

Die Reise war ein Erlebnis. Der Veranstalter vor Ort ist sehr um das Wohl von uns journeysden bemüht und kümmert sich auch sehr um die Pferde

Released on 02.08.2016 by H.R.

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