Riding with the Mt St Michel in the background, France

Normandy - The Remembrance Trail

On this historical horseback trail discover the secret Normandy of the Vikings, medieval abbeys and the deeply moving landing beaches and cemetaries of the Second World War. Follow horseback trails through the heart of the Selle français region whilst staying in luxury accommodation.
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7 days/ 5 days riding
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    Remembrance trail in Normandy
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    The Normandy beaches and D-Day landings
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    Haras de St Lo in Normandy
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    Mount St Michel, Normandy
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    The beautiful Mount St Michel bay
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    One of the many small chateaux and manor houses of Normandy

Itinerary

Highlights

- Visit the landing beaches in Arromanches and Omaha
- Experience the wonder of Mont Saint Michel
- Trail riding with luxurious accommodation and fine dining en-route
- Stay in a chateau, manor house and a hotel on the coast
- A spectacular ride with an experienced and knowledgeable guide
  • Day 1 1: London - Bayeux

    Arrive at Château de Bellefontaine near Bayeux, in the afternoon. The nearest train station is Bayeux. A taxi will be pre-booked to collect you from the station and take you to Château de Bellefontaine (payable locally).

    Alternatively you may prefer to self-drive, in which case check in starts at 4.00 pm.

    This evening you will have dinner and a briefing with your guide to discuss the plan for the week ahead.
  • Day 2 2: Bayeux-Creuilly - 4 hours

    After breakfast you will ride for approximately two hours through the hilly landscape of Normandy before arriving at the old city of Creuilly. Visit the medieval Château de Creuilly, from here the BBC were sending news of the battle in 1944.

    Then you visit the XIII Century Church St Martin, before having lunch. In the afternoon you will explore more of the Normandy countryside on horseback before arriving back in Bayeux and returning to the Château de Bellefontaine.
  • Day 3 3: Bayeux - Arromanches - 2 hours

    This morning, give your horses a rest and enjoy a visit to Bayeux cathedral and the famous 11th Century Bayeux tapestry.

    After lunch ride to Arromanches, where you should have great views of the famous Mulberry Port on a clear day.
    Depending on the tide, there may be the chance to canter along the beach. Ride on to the Hotel La Marine in Arromanches.
  • Day 4 4: Arromanches - Omaha beach - 4h30 hours riding

    After breakfast, ride alongside the cliffs and see the famous sights from the Second World War as you travel through the beautiful countryside surrounding Arromanches. Stop for lunch in the very quaint seaside town of Port en Bessin. This afternoon ride along the cliffs overlooking Omaha beach.

    After riding, there is the chance to visit the memorial or the military cemetery.

    You will then be transfered by car to Chateau de la Roque near Saint-Lô.
  • Day 5 5: Agneaux - Saint Lo - 4 hours riding

    This morning ride along the River La Vire to 'Haras de Saint Lo', the home of the famous Selle Français breed. Visit the stud and there may be a clinic with a french show jumping rider. In the afternoon ride along the river and through the countryside to Agneaux.
    You will then be transfered by car to Manor du Brion, a historic manor house in Mont Saint Michel Bay.
  • Day 6 6: Mont Saint Michel - 4 hours

    Today you will ride in Mont Saint Michel Bay or to Mont Saint Michel itself depending on the tide. Either a picnic lunch will be taken en route or lunch will be in an local creperie.
    Overnight in Brion manor.
  • Day 7 7: Mont Saint Michel-London

    After breakfast, you are free to visit Le Mont-Saint-Michel.

    You will be transfered to the train station at Avranches (payable locally), where you can catch your train to Paris.

Dates & prices

Price details

No departure for this destination. Please contact our travel advisers for more information.
- Flights/ferry/train to France are not included

- Rides are confirmed for a minimum of 4 and maximum of 8 people. There is a small group supplement for groups of less than 5 riders:
If 4 people in the group: approx. £135 per person (2020: €150/£135)
If 3 people in the group: approx. £265 per person (2020: €300/£275)
If 2 people in the group: approx. £615 per person (2020: €700/£640)

- There is a single supplement payable if you are not willing to share. This is approx. £590 for the week. In 2020, this is €685/£625.

- Non-rider rate: €2240/£2040 per person

- Transfers from Bayeux train station are not included (taxi, around €7 each way). On the last day, the closest station is Avranches SNCF station (transfer about €26)
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

Price includes

Support Team

Coaching by certificated staff, all visits and shows

Logistics

1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle per rider

Inland transport

All inland transfers for horses and riders described in the itinerary

Accommodation

All nights in a double room in a château B&B

Meals

Full board from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on the final day. All dinners are gourmet and accompanied by wine

Price doesn't include

Meals

Beverages and personal extras

Transport

International transportation
Train station transfers

Extras

Tips to the local team
Small group supplement. See above for price details

Insurance

Cancellation and travel insurance are not included. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend taking out an insurance policy as soon as your trip is booked in case of cancellation.

Optional

Accommodation

Single room supplement
We are currently updating our dates and prices they will be online soon. If you want details of this holiday, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Equestrian info

Horses

Ride forward going, well mannered and reliable horses that are good in traffic. They are various breeds but many are Selle Francais crosses. fine, sure footed and used to the terrain. Weight limit 15 stones 9lbs - 100kgs.
They are ridden in English tack and all have saddlebags to keep your sun tan cream, glasses etc.

Minimum riding ability

Minimum riding ability

You should be a confident rider, in control of a horse at walk, trot and canter in the open. There are long hours in the saddle.

Pace

There are some long canters along the beach if the tide allows. There will be trotting and cantering along the way whenever the terrain allows.

Tacking ability and participation

You will tack and untack your horse and also feed and water it.

Trip conditions and Requested experience

There are some long hours in the saddle so you must be riding fit.

A previous riding holiday over several days is a plus, but not a requirement.

Equestrian equipment

English tack.

We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit

Travel info

Comfort

You will overnight in wonderful châteaux, a grand manor house and a coastal hotel. All have a combination of great charm and comfort. Enjoy gourmet picnics of local delicacies and fine dining each evening.

Meals

All gourmet meals with wine

Climate

Due to the proximity of the Atlantic Ocean and the northern latitude, the climate in Normandy is usually mild and temperate. The summer until September are pleasant with mild temperatures.

Rainfall can be significant all year round, including in the summer.

Guide and local team

Your guide is Anne-France, a very professional guides who has been running trail rides in France for a long time!

Tips

Tips are not compulsory and remain at your own discretion.

Packing list

Head
- Equus Journeys strongly recommend that you wear a riding helmet and that you take your own to ensure a correct fit.
- Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana for protecting your neck and face from the sun and dust

Upper body
- Thermals in case of cold weather
- Long sleeved shirts to provide protection from the sun
- T-shirts
- Lightweight fleece or jumper
- Warm polar fleece or equivalent
- Waterproof jacket - rain can be difficult to predict and it's better to be prepared.

Legs
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Waterproof over trousers
- Casual clothes for the evenings (jeans or walking trousers)

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long chaps or long boots.
- Lightweight shoes for the evenings
- Several pairs of socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun, wind or rain whilst riding

Nightwear
- Pyjamas etc

Our Recommendations
- Backpacks cannot be worn whilst riding. We recommend a small bumbag or a waistcoat with pockets so that you can carry small items with you during the day (camera, sunscreen, lipbalm etc)
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!

Other useful items
- Swimsuit - there may be possible occasions to swim
- Small backpack for accessing items required during the day (carried by support crew)
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- Water bottle (2 litres or 2 x 1 litre)
- Ear plugs (for light sleepers)

In your luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant unless they are less than 100ml and all bottles can fit in a small, clear, plastic ziplock bag.
- Swiss army knife or equivalent

In your hand luggage
- Any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Your riding hat

Medical kit
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent
- Any medication you regularly take
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Eye drops
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhoea medication
- Re-hydration sachets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel

General information
- We recommend taking any valuables, such as your camera, iPod, iPad, medicines and glasses etc. in your hand luggage. Travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes is highly recommended - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals

Visa & Health

Formalities

UK citizens - other nationalities please contact us:

Passport validity
Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you don’t need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.

The rules on travel will stay the same until 31 December 2020.

Visas
If you hold a British Citizen passport, you don’t need a visa to enter France.

The rules on travel will stay the same until 31 December 2020.

For up-to-date information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france/entry-requirements

Insurance

It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.