This is one of our most epic horseback rides – the history is incredibly rich. It’s not just about the lovely, lush and peaceful landscapes of Normandy, it’s about the deep, poignant and historic events that occurred here and all along the D-Day beaches.
The ride gives you the amazing first hand experience of that fateful time as well as introduces you to the more ancient history – the famed Bayeux Tapestry, that tells the story of William the Conqueror. And as a wonderful treat, you end the week with the amazing ride on the beach and to visit Mont Saint Michel. An incredible week of riding, to be sure!
Dates: Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2020, Sept. 5-11, 2020
Rates 2020: $3,300.00 USD per person sharing (Single Supplement $1,005.00 USD)
Non rider rate sharing a room $2,785.00 USD
- 6 nights accommodation (double room)
- 5 days of guided trail riding
- Horse and all tack
- Guiding services
- All luggage and personal transfers on the itinerary
- All meals
- Wine with meals (2 glasses each)
- Visits listed in the itinerary for both of you
- All local taxes
- Gratuities for all hotel and restaurant staff
- Travel insurance
- Drinks outside of meals or beyond the allotment
- Gratuities for the riding staff
- Transfers to/from the meeting and departure points
- Visits or tips not outlined in the itinerary
France’s Normandy Beaches and Mont Saint Michel Itinerary
* INDICATIVE ITINERARY *
Arrival at chateau de Bellefontaine in Bayeux. Enjoy a briefing on the ride, dinner and night at chateau de Bellefontaine in Bayeux.
Bayeux - Creuilly. AM - 2 hour ride. You will start the ride in the hilly landscape of Normandy. Arriving on horseback to Creuilly, an old city, you will visit the medieval Creuilly chateau, significant as it’s where the BBC diffused news of the Normandy battle in 1944. You will also visit the 13th century Saint Martin church before enjoying lunch in Creully. PM: about 2 hours more on horseback. Ride in the Normandy countryside and arrive directly into the city of Bayeux - a medieval 13th century city. Dinner and night at chateau de Bellefontaine in Bayeux
Bayeux - Arromanches. AM: You will visit the Bayeux cathedral, a medieval and 18Ith century center and of the famous tapestry made in the 11th century, and listed as a “Memory of the World” by UNESCO. It tells the epic story of William the Conqueror, who hailed from Bayeux. PM: A fun 2 hours on horseback. Ride in the countryside until you have your spectacular arrival (with a panoramic view) on Arromanches and its famous Mulberry Port. Canter on the beach if possible (depends on the tides). Dinner and night at hotel La Marine, with a wonderful view on the sea.
Arromanches - Omaha beach. AM : Set out and ride about 2.5 hours on horseback. Ride on the cliff and in the countryside of this area with its tall grasses and bucolic coastal paths concelaang the events of history. . You see firsthand the remains of famous German Battery of WWII before a relaxing lunch in Port en Bessin. PM : 2 more hours on horseback await as you ride on the cliff paths and on the range of Omaha. Today you will also have the opportunity to visit the American Cemetery or the Overlord Museum. Afterward, we all transfer by car to chateau de la Roque near Saint Lo. Dinner and night in chateau de la Roque.
Herbecrevon - Saint Lo. AM ride features long canters along the La Rive river to Haras de Saint Lo, the heart of famous Selle Français breed. You will visit the buildings and enjoy a special clinic by a show jumping French rider, if possible. PM: Ride along the river and through the countryside to Herbecrevon. Transfer by car to Manoir du Brion in Mont Saint Michel Bay . Dinner in a typical local restaurant. Night in manoir de Brion.
Mont Saint Michel. Today’s ride is a long morning one of about 4 hours on horseback. Ride in fabulous Mont Saint Michel Bay with its commanding views of the city - unique as it is cut off from the mainland when the tide arrives twice daily. Afterward, you’ll enjoy lunch in a local and typical creperie and enjoy a few hours to shop or relax. A gourmet dinner awaits you on your final night in this magical part of France. Night in manoir de Brion.
Breakfast and departure. Today is a perfect day to visit (on your own) the city of Mont Saint Michel. Transfer (not included) to Avranches or TGV Rennes station.
* The itinerary may be changed a little according to the season and weather conditions.