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Guided tour in a horse-drawn carriage

The « Marais du Vigueirat » offers a total immersion in the heart of the wild Camargue to the rhythm of the hooves of draft horses.

Over the seasons, two carriage tours invite you to discover authentic landscapes and in perpetual motion (comments only in French).

Summer tour : May to September

Guided tour in a horse-drawn carriage

Bruno DUMAS / Marais du Vigueirat

Installed on the carriage, respect and discretion are best assets to share the intimacy of wildlife that occupies the site.
Pulled by draft horses, the carriage follows a path traced on dykes of old fish farms and overlooks the marsh, at the heart of the National Nature Reserve. During this journey, the guide will explain you all about the natural heritage and the management of the Vigueirat Marshes and ecosystems of the Camargue, its water management, agricultural activities and local traditions.

Besides the diversity of characteristic species : ducks, geese, herons, flamingos, storks and wading birds, you can also watch the herds of Camagrue horses and bulls grazing on the field.

Also on the site : coypu, wild boars, foxes and even snakes do not hesitate to make an appearance.

Winter tour : October/ end of April

Visite en calèche - J.Bonici

Guided tour in a horse-drawn carriage – J.Bonici

Along the dykes that criss cross the marshes, discover to the rhythm of draft horses the highlands of the reserve on which graze about 25 mares and 50 Camargue bulls and cows from the herd of the Judge. The cows begin to calve, and you can observe the newborns’s behaviour resting and playing near their mother.
Another highlight of the visit is the couples of white storks who return to rehabilitate their nest. Ten couples are currently present. The youngs born on the site will then be ringed in order to track their migration to Africa.

This tour is offered in March and April. During this period, the horse-drawn carriage does not go inside the area classified National Nature Reserve to allow nesting birds (including herons) to reproduce in a calm and quiet environment. Starting in May, the carriage will go again on the dykes that criss cross the marsh, giving stunning views of marshes, reed beds and salt marshes.

In July and August: discover a Camargue farm  

Every Wednesday and Saturday in July and August, the visit by horse-drawn carriage of the Marais du Vigueirat is punctuated by a meeting with Guillaume Vallat, breeder of Camargue bulls and horses. A presentation of the herds will be offered to the public. During this walk, a naturalist guide will present the richness of the Marais du Vigueirat. You can enjoy a drink at the end of the visit. This is an opportunity to understand the role of breeding and grazing in natural areas.

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On Tuesday and Friday evenings, we offer you a unique experience, through a meeting with the Camargue mares and foals, and the discovery of a bull transhumance.
In a horse-drawn carriage, you will see the herd of bulls leave the marshes, accompany them to a sorting yard, and watch the herdsmen at work. The coachman and the guide will explain all the stages of this work and the role of breeding in the natural environment.

Prices for carriage tours (by reservation only)

Classic visit in the reserve
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, departures at 10am and 3.30pm, duration 2 hours,
19 € adult, 14€ from 6 to 12 years old – Family rate 2 adults + 2 children : 60€+.
Bullfighting activities, meeting with a bullfighter and a drink of friendship
Wednesdays and Saturdays, departures at 10:00 am and 3:30 pm, duration 2h30
25€ adult, 17,50€ from 6 to 12 years old
Meeting with the mares and transhumance of the bulls
Tuesdays and Fridays, departure at 5.30 pm, duration 2 hours,
19 € adult, 14€ from 6 to 12 years old

By reservation at 04 90 98 70 91 or by mail
Groups (all year round): please contact us

Visitors must present themselves at the reception of the Marais du Vigueirat 15 minutes in advance for registration. In order to preserve the smooth running of our activities, we cannot accept late visitors. No delay will be tolerated, and no refund will be made by the organizer.