This pilgrimage was performed by thousands of people, who for centuries and still today have trekked this long way in order to fulfil a wish or a personal mission. This horse travel is dotted with astonishing sites such as typical villages, churches, sanctuaries, ancient infrastructures… The humble traveller doesn’t mind poor weather conditions, simple accommodation and serious moral and physical pains. With our horses, it will be much easier; nevertheless, we’ll travel the Saint Jacques de Compostelle way pilgrim style.
Most of the villages which we shall cross are classified " more beautiful villages of France "
We’ll start our spiritual trip at Lot and garonne.
Day 1 : We’ll welcome you in the afternoon at the Agen railway station in Lot and Garonne. We’ll take you to the riding club. Night in a hotel.
Day 2 : Departure around 10. We’ll ride to the small Saint Pastour bastide; blessing of riders and horses on the church square. Through the rolling landscapes of the Agen prune country, we’ll ride through Monclar d’Agenais, Castelmoron and at the end of the day the village of Laparade. We’ll spend the night in this XIIIth century bastide founded by Alphonse de Poitiers.
Day 3 : We’ll take our horses on hill ridges, with beautiful vistas of the Lot valley, forests and pastures ; we’ll go through Clairac, whose motto is Sun and Brightness. The place was a wealthy abbey in the IXth century. Our picnic will be at the Pech de Berre, with an impressive view of the Garonne valley. We’ll then ride through Aiguillon. We’ll be close to the city of Port Sainte Marie, at the end of the day. Night at a bed and breakfast.
Day 4 : We’ll cross the Canal du Midi and proceed toward the walled bastide of Vianne, then we’ll have lunch close to the fortified mill at Barbaste. We’ll ride a few miles along along the Gélise and Baïse rivers. We’ll stop for the night at Mézin on the edge of the Landes Forest. Night in a hotel.
Day 5 : After a scenic walk in the old city, we’ll visit the beautiful XIIth and XIVth century church as well as the cork museum. We’ll the ride the horses pat the amazing Fourciès bastide as well as that of Montreal du Gers. Lunch then visit of the gallo-roman site of Seviac. Night at Laressingle, former seat of the Condom bishop, this town is still beautiful with its medieval walls. Night at an inn.
Day 6 : We’ll carry on on horseback towards Condom, the seat of an important Benedictine abbey. We’ll see cornfields, pastures, vineyards, orchards, plant nurseries, as well as cattle, geese and duck farms. This city is the gastronomic centre of Gascon specialties and Armagnac brandy. Picnic lunch at La Romieu. In the afternoon we’ll head north to Lamonjoie. Night at a bed and breakfast.
Day 7 : From Lamonjoie we’ll go through a hilly landscape and have lunch close to the Moirax priory, a roman art jewel. Then Estillac. From this castle Marshal of Monluc strenuously fought the Southwestern Huguenots. We’ll then ride through Roquefort before reaching the Canal du Midi bridge, an exceptional monument, the longest in France – 23 arches, 55 meters long. We’ll end the ride in Agen. Night in a hotel.
Day 8 : End of the ride, ; we’ll take you to the Agen railway station after breakfast.
This route may be altered, depending on room availability in hotels, weather conditions and time spent visiting