Normandy Highlights

Normandy France: (PG-NOR7)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/france_normandy_highlights.aspx

Introduction
Normandy France
This sporty discovery ride lets you explore all of the most famous Normandy sights!

The trip starts north of Barfleur and goes down the East coast of the peninsula of Cotentin, via the D-Day landing beaches. On the way, you will discover the charming rocky coast, seashores, moors, marshes and harbors of Normandy.

Around the middle of the trip, we will transfer from the East Coast to the West Coast of Cotentin in order to reach Coutances, from where we will go to the beautiful Bay of Mont Saint-Michel, ending by a guided visit of this impressive monastery!

Accomodation

Accommodations
This is a progressive ride, so you will be staying in different locations during the trip.

Description
You will sleep in rural hotels and guesthouses.

Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Night 1: Hôtel in Cosqueville or Barfleur
Night 2: Hôtel in Réville
Night 3: Farmhouse in Saint-Martin-d'Audouville
Night 4: Hôtel in Montchaton
Night 5: Gite in Bréhal
Night 6: Guesthouse in Saint-Jean-le-Thomas

Hôtel in Réville
This small hotel offers 19 rooms, all equipped with a TV, Wi-Fi access and ensuite facilities (with hairdryer and toiletries). Thanks to its proximity to the coast, you can easily walk to the beach to enjoy some fresh ocean breeze. There is also a lovely garden with some chairs where guests can relax.

Farmhouse in Saint-Martin-d'Audouville
This charming stonehouse is surrounded by a beautiful garden. It has 2 guest rooms (1 double and 1 triple), both equipped with private bathrooms.
There is also a common room with a TV and a fireplace.

Gite in Bréhal
Tonight, you will stay in a lovely gite equipped with comfortable bedrooms, a shared bathroom and a common room where you can relax. There is also a private terrace with garden furniture and free Wi-Fi access at the property.

Guesthouse in Saint-Jean-le-Thomas
Beautiful 19th century family house with an exceptional view of the sea and the Bay of Mont Saint Michel. The villa has 5 charming bedrooms, each with a private bathroom and a TV. There is Wi-Fi access in public areas.
In the morning, breakfast is served in a beautiful veranda overlooking the garden.


Room Occupancy

Single rooms are available based on availability and a single supplement fee applies. The single supplement fee does not apply if we cannot find another rider to share a room with you.


Meals
All meals are included with this trip.

The lunch break is a culinary delight. It is freshly prepared every day and includes several courses as well as a cheese platter. We usually have our lunch break in the middle of nature, comfortably installed at the long table with chairs.
In the evening, you will be spoiled with French cooking and get a chance to try the local specialties.

Alcoholic beverages are not included with this trip but you can purchase your own at the local restaurants.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to most dietary restrictions with prior notice.

Riding

Horses
We know that the key to a horse trip is the horses.  That is why we have chosen and breed our own. They are all born in the Morvan region and they have lived all their life in the same region.  They are calm, well in their heads but when need be or when requested, they are fast and generous.  They are capable of anything, they will surprise you and they will allow you to experience a unique riding trip.

Pace
We will cover about 30 to 40 mile journeys every day with long and frequent canters and, at times, abrupt downhill sections.

Riding Experience
Riders need to be confident and in control at all paces on varied terrains. They also need to be physically fit, as this is a demanding ride.
You should have ridden regularly for more than 5 years and also feel comfortable trotting and galloping for a long time.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival
Arrival in Cherbourg. From there, group transfer at 7:00 pm or individual arrival by car to the first night accommodation. During the welcome dinner, you will get to know your fellow riders and the riding guide and discuss the forthcoming riding tour.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Hôtel in Cosqueville
or Barfleur

Day 2: Cosqueville to Réville
In the morning, we set off for our first riding day along the northeastern coast, between Cosqueville and Réville. Experience rocky coastlines and white beaches, the headland in Barfleur, the ports of Flicmare and Crabec and the small and shallow Bay of Brevy. At noon you take a break by the seashore. The horses spend the night in a riding center while the riders will spend the night and dinner at a hotel.
Riding approx. 28 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hôtel in Réville


Day 3: Réville to Saint Martin de Audouville
Today's ride is a true journey of discovery in one of the little-known areas of beautiful Normandy between Réville and Saint Martin de Audouville. After a typical French breakfast, we go on a our day ride, mainly along the eastern coast of Cotentin. You can expect beautiful landscapes and typical Norman villages. You will also ride on the beaches of the tip of Saire & the Cul du Loup with its famous shellfish. The ride then continues through forests and rocky shores. Here, seafood is served fresh, a true treat.
Riding approx. 30 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Farmhouse in Saint Martin de Audouville


Day 4: D-Day Landing Beaches Ride
Today's route goes along the beaches of the D-Day landing, where the Allies of France landed during WWII. Once the tide permits, enjoy a gallop on the beach and let a fresh breeze blow over you. This is where the well-known trotters train for the next races.
We end the day by a 1 hour transfer in car / van to the West coast of Cotentin.
Riding approx. 35 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hôtel in Montchaton


Day 5: Montchaton to Bréhal
After breakfast, we get in the saddle and ride from Montchaton to Bréhal, along the west coast. Discover the varied landscape of Salines, the Havre de la vanlée with its harbor and the beach of Hauteville.
Riding approx. 35 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Gite in Bréhal


Day 6: Bréhal to Saint Jean le Thomas
White coastlines and the typical landscape of the Bocage of the French Northwest accompany you and are also the backdrop for the lunch break.
Riding approx. 35 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in a Guesthouse in Saint Jean le Thomas


Day 7: Last Ride and Departure
Today, an early stage (depending on the tide) to Bec d'Andaine awaits. The highlight of the day will be crossing the Bay of Mont Saint Michel, the site of the famous landmark of France!
Enjoy a gallop against the backdrop of Mont Saint Michel, on which lies the abbey of the same name. It was inhabited by Benedictines monks until the 1960s. Located in the Wadden Sea of Normandy, this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
Then, we go to Vains, where we have lunch together before the farewell approaches. A group transfer to Caen Train Station is possible.
Extra night possible in the same accommodation as the previous day (surcharge - please, inquire).
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch


Rates and Dates for Normandy Highlights

Rates include:

Accommodation, All meals, 6 riding days, Luggage transfers, Transfers & French and English speaking guide

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20207 day trip, AP€1650$1865
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.13

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2020 Pick-up transfer from Cherbourg train station included at set time 0 $0
2020 Drop-off transfer to Caen train station included at set time 0 $0
2020 Single supplement 330 $375

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Alcoholic drinks, Entrance fees & Gratuities

Other Info
Meeting: Cherbourg
Airport: Cherbourg
Transfer: Cherbourg train station

Climate:
                                                Cosqueville area


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49

Average Low Temperature (°F)

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Average Low Temperature (°C)

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Average Precipitation (days of rain)

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Source: NOAA


Seasons
Due to its location on the coast, Normandy usually benefits from a mild climate year-round.

Wear layers of clothing so that you are ready for cooler mornings and hotter afternoons. Waterproof outer layers are wise on longer day trips if the weather forecast is changeable.

What To Bring:
Preferably, you will carry several small bags, not exceeding 10 kg each.  Please no large, hard shell suitcases. Saddlebags are provided. 
 
This list is only a guideline for you

 

Hidden Trails Travel Documents and Trip Voucher (contains important local tour contact info.)
Flight tickets
Passport
Visa (check with your consulate)

 

RIDING GEAR
Riding pants or Jodhpurs
Riding boots (short) + Minichaps
Riding helmet  (recommended for all trips)
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection
Lightweight Rain coat

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Pyjamas
Bag for dirty clothes
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
Swimsuit
 
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for an emergency)
Sewing kit
Torch/ Flashlight
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera and extra film or batteries
Belt pack
Address book and pen (for postcards!)
Sun glasses with strap