Embark on an unusual family trip through France’s Gascony region at the foot of the Pyrenees. A horse-drawn Gypsy caravan will serve as your home and ride, allowing you to discover medieval villages, sun flower fields, forests, creeks, rivers and lakes in one of the countries greenest regions. Feel free to bring along your dog and enjoy a real family adventure in southwest France!
weekly rental only!
Day 1: Instructions and first caravanning tour
Your Gypsy caravanning trip starts at 10am. Following detailed instructions on how to handle your caravan and harness, feed and groom your horse, you will embark on a guided practice ride with the local horse farmer. Once you feel comfortable and familiar with the horse and wagon, you will head out on your first joyride through Gascony’s Gers department.
We recommend that you book an additional night in the Gypsy caravan prior to the tour (additional charges apply). This way, you will get a good night’s sleep before you head out on your first caravan tour.
Day 2-6: Cruising through southwest France
Discover the region’s lush green landscapes as you ride through the beautiful Gascony province. Secondary roads will take you from campsite to campsite where you will enjoy peaceful evenings with the locals. Some of your hosts will even invite you into their homes, sharing with you a traditional family dinner and giving you a glimpse of rural life in France.
Day 7: Departure
After breakfast, you will return your horse and caravan and say farewell to your host and the Jura region.
*Please note: All itineraries are subject to change due to weather, road or trail conditions as well as availability.
weekly rental only!
Booking season 2018: July 8-14, and July22-Aug04,2018 booked up!
Indicated pricing per caravan (4 persons) per week
Additional person: €55 per week (payable on site)
Optional arrival on Saturday – additional night will be charged extra.
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
If you would like to travel in July or August, we recommend booking early as this trip tends to sell out fast
6 nights in your Gypsy caravan, instructions and a guided practice ride on day 1, horse rental and horse food, use of sanitary facilities at the campsites, detailed informational material and map (1:25,000), daily service.
Train or airfares to/from destination, meals, site fees mandatory (€15/caravan/day in July & August and €11/caravan/day the other months, payable on the spot), travel cancellation insurance.
Daily guidance assistance (€130/week, payable on the spot).
Min. number of participants: 2 adults
Not accessible to persons with reduced mobility.
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 can hold up to 4 (1 queen-size bed + 2 bunk beds) and comes with sheets, pillows and blankets as well as a kitchenette with a sink, burners, an ice box, plates and silverware, table and chairs, as well as storage space fitting one regular bike and one children’s bike (not included).
Your caravan is drawn by a Comtois horse, specially trained for this tour. This breed is perfectly suited for drawing heavy loads. Their strength and sweet nature make them ideal companions for your caravanning trip.
Please avoid bringing heavy and bulky items to avoid burdening the horse and caravan!
You’ll be touring the Gascony region in a single caravan, allowing you to spend plenty of time with your family. At least 2 adults are required per caravan. Prior experience in handling horses is not mandatory but may come in handy. You will be asked to pay a safety deposit, to be refunded upon return of the caravan. Feel free to bring along your dog – as long as it is used to horses and knows how to behave around them.
Your caravaning 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.
Be sure not to underestimate both the joys and pains of handling your horse and caravan!
Please keep in mind that your host is a French horse farmer who doesn’t speak English very well. Basic French skills may come in handy to follow the instructions handling your horse and caravan among other things. The campsites are located on family-owned properties or public camping grounds. Dinner may be served at certain locations, however, you should make sure to bring along food and supplies for the first couple of days.
You will be travelling in rural France and will 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.
For more information please read our blog getting to France
Upon request, your host will pick you up at Montauban train station (payable on site, please indicate upon booking).
Closest airport: Toulouse-Blagnac. Train connection to Montauban.
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.