Take your family on a very special family adventure in France! Horse-drawn in a Gypsy caravan, you will explore the Jura department, located in the east of France. Leisurely cruising from campsite to campsite, you will discover its scenic countryside first hand while meeting with locals and experience the rural way of life in France. A true nature escape with your family!
weekly rental only!
Day 1: Arrival & practice ride
Once you have settled into your mobile holiday home, you will receive instructions on how to handle your caravan and harness, feed and groom your horse, followed by a guided practice ride with the local horse farmer. Once you feel comfortable and familiar with the horse and wagon, you will embark on your first joyride through Jura’s beautiful countryside.
Day 2-7: Cruising through the Jura department
Discover the region’s lush green landscapes as you ride along the Loue river, crossing vineyards and wild forests, and stopping for a swim or to catch some fish in one of the many rivers and lakes along the way. The local horse farmer will set the itinerary and provide you with detailed informational materials and maps. Secondary roads will take you from campsite to campsites 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 8: 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!
This trip is offered over a fixed period
Booking season 2018: June 30-Aug 04, 2018 booked up!
Indicated pricing per caravan (max. 5 persons, one being under the age of 12), per week
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 booking early as this trip tends to sell out fast!
7 nights in your gypsy caravan, instructions and guided practice ride on day 1, horse rental and horse food, site fees and use of sanitary facilities at the campsites, detailed informational material and map (1:25,000), technical support.
Train or airfares to/from destination, meals, mandatory insurance fees (€10 per adult, per caravan payable to the French Federation of Equestrian Sports), travel cancellation insurance.
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 belonging to the local horse farmer. The caravan houses up to 5 (1 queen-size bed, 2 bunk beds + 1 mattress) and comes with a kitchenette with a sink, burners, an ice box, plates and silverware, table and chairs, as well as storage space fitting up to 2 bikes (not included in price).
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 Jura region by yourselves or in the company of up to two more families if you wish to go on this trip with your friends. 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 your dog – as long as it is used to horses and gets along with them.
Your caravaning trip is all about travelling light, basic comfort and shared sanitary facilities (and occasionally dealing with mosquitoes) – but also a unique holiday experience with horses and an escape from everyday life. Cruise 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 self-made regional cuisine, purchasing local produce and specialties and enjoying them by the campfire with locals, fellow travellers and a glass of regional wine.
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 instructions on how to handle 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 bring food and supplies for the first couple of days. Afterwards, you will be able to go shopping every other day – ideally by bike if you can bring one along.
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. The point of departure of your trip is a remote horse farm near Arc-et-Senans. 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 connections only) or _Geneva International
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.