Equestrian enthusiast throughout the UK are sure to remember the moment when the magnificent Valegro ridden by Charlotte Dujardin ‘danced’ their way to gold medal victory at The London Olympics in 2012. If like us you were utterly captured by the outstanding success of the GB team in 2012 then join us on our trip to The World Equestrian Games and give yourself the perfect opportunity to support your favourite riders and horses once again.
All of Equestrian Escapes' packages include return executive coach travel from selected pick up points across the UK, short sea ferry crossing, accommodation for the duration of the stay, full ticket packages for the event of your choice and the services of an Equestrian Escapes representative to assist you throughout the trip.
Long Dressage Itinerary:
Sunday 24 August
This morning you will be collected from your selected UK pick up point and transferred by executive coach to Normandy. The coach will first travel to Dover for the short sea ferry crossing to Calais then will continue along the coast to Normandy, we expect to arrive around tea time.
This evening you will be taken to your accommodation where you can unpack and unwind before the competition begins tomorrow morning.
Monday 25 August
This morning you will be taken to D'ornano Stadium in Caen, the venue for the dressage competition. Dressage competition starts at 9.00 am and runs through to 17.30. There will be a lunch break of an hour and a half when you may like to take the shuttle bus the short distance (1.5 miles) to the equestrian shopping village. Shuttle buses run between both venues all day so you can enjoy some retail therapy at any time throughout the day. The coach will collect you from the stadium at the end of the day for the short transfer back to your accommodation.
Tuesday 26 August
Today the schedule of events is as per the previous day.
Wednesday 27 August
Today you will be enjoying the finals of both the individual and team medals, competition runs between 09.45 and 17.00 and we will make sure you have great seats to enjoy all the action.
Thursday 28 August
Today is a free day. As you may already know this area of Normandy was made famous in June 1944 as the site of the D-Day landings. 2014 is a very special year for Normandy as it marks the 70th anniversary of the extraordinary courage of the 156,000 soldiers who landed on the beaches during Operation Overlord. Today we will be offering you a tour of the landing beaches were many paid the ultimate sacrifice along with a visit to Arromanches to view The Mulberry Harbour and to visit both the new 360 degree cinema and the museum.
Friday 29 August
Today you will be taken back to D'ornano Stadium to watch the dressage to music. Competition begins at 13.35 so your driver will take you into Caen mid morning to give those that need it, a lie in, and those that want to shop, time to visit the retail village before the performance begins.
Saturday 30 August
Today you will be leaving in the morning for the trip back to the UK, we hope that you have enjoyed your stay!
Please note the para-dressage will be taking place in the Hippodrome adjacent to the shopping village throughout your stay so please make sure that you lend your sport to our para-equestrian competitors and horses. For some high octane fun the reining is also taking place during your stay adjacent to the shopping village.
We currently have preferential seating available for all of our packages, this will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
There is a choice of accommodation from cabins to 4 star hotels please read on
You may like to choose the picturesque Port’land campsite located on Omaha Beach. Omaha Beach is situated on the north coast between Cherbourg and Le Harve. Site facilities include a bar, restaurant and shop, laundry, indoor and outdoor swimming pool and 3 fishing lakes.
We currently have cabins available in the 4 star Camping L'Escapade located close to Bayeux. Set in 17 acres of gently rolling park land complete with swimming pool and natural lake, this site makes a great base for The World Equestrian Games.
Both sites have well appointed cabins configured for 4 or 6 people. Cabins typically have one double bedroom and one or two twin bedrooms with a separate kitchen and seating area, a toilet and a shower room. From Portland and L'Escapade you are a 40 minute transfer from the main D'ornano Stadium in Caen. The stadium is located 1.5 miles from the equestrian shopping village, there are shuttle buses running between the two locations every 10 minutes throughout the day.
We have a three star Ibis hotel in a great location in the fishing port of Port-en-Bessin, near to the landing beaches and the famous Omaha Beach. It is the perfect base for visiting the beach at Arromanches, the Bayeux tapestry or the Baron Gérard Museum. The hotel opened in spring 2008 and offers 62 enhanced-comfort rooms with air conditioning and free WIFI. Enjoy a snack at any time of day in our 24-hour bar area.
We have a three star hotel close to Deauville overlooking the harbour of Trouville-sur-Mer, The Kyriad Prestige
We have a golf and spa hotel in Deauville with tennis too Hotel Amiraute
VIP packages available call 01829 781123
PLEASE NOTE THAT DURING WEG 2014 HOTEL PRICES ARE AT A PREMIUM. SO THAT YOU ARE UNDER NO ILLUSION AS TO WHAT ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS WE HAVE DURING THIS PERIOD WE HAVE INCLUIDED WEB LINKS IN THE ITINERARY ABOVE. TO ENSURE THAT YOU ARE 100% HAPPY WITH YOUR ACCOMMODATION CHOICE PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO FOLLOW THESE LINKS PRIOR TO MAKING A BOOKING. WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CHANGE YOUR ACCOMMODATION ONCE A BOOKING HAS BEEN MADE.
Coach Pick-up Points
We will be offering pick up points along the M6 starting at Preston, then Warrington, Stafford and Hilton Park. On the M1 we will start at Leeds train station, then Sheffield, Nottingham/Derby, Watford Gap and Potters Bar. On the M4 we will start in Cardiff, then Bristol, Reading, Sevenoaks and Dover.
Additional pick ups will be offered for groups of 10 or more providing they are not too far off the route. Should the demand be there we can arrange a coach from Scotland, please call to enquire on 01829 781123.
We can offer private group travel, accommodation and tickets for those wanting to organise their own group please call 01829 781123 to discuss.
Tickets do not go on sale to the general public until November however you can buy either a full travel package or ticket, accommodation and transfers option from us before.
Demand for tickets for key sessions, for example the finals of dressage, show jumping and eventing is expected to be very high so early booking is recommended. You can reserve your place now by filling in the booking form on this page (see 'book now' button) a 30% deposit is required to secure your booking, a further 30% instalment by 31 December 2013 and then the final balance will be due 8 weeks prior to travel. The full package price including travel starts at £455. If you do not wish to include a seat on the UK coach take £75 off the price per person.
Prices are for full packages (see What's Included at top right above).
Option One Port'land or L'Escapade camp/caravan/motorhome or cabin
Package including cabin accommodation - £775 per person based on 4 or 5 in a cabin
For 3 people staying in a cabin £875 per person
For 2 people staying in a cabin £1050 per person
Package including tickets, transfers to the event and fully serviced plot for camping/ caravan/motor home
The plots are very spacious and will fit a motor home, large caravan or 4 berth tent.
The prices for 4 people staying either camping or in a caravan/motor home is £455 per person
The prices for 3 people staying either camping or in a caravan/motor home is £495 per person
The prices for 2 people staying either camping or in a caravan/motor home is £570 per person
Single travellers can also be accommodated. We will match you with other same sex travellers in shared accommodation.
Likewise, if you a smaller group willing to share accommodation please let us know and we will match you with other customers into shared accommodation.
Option Two Ibis Port en Bessin B&B Basis
£895 per person based on 2 sharing a twin/double room
Single supplement £80 per night.
Option Three Kyriad Prestige in Deauville B&B Basis FULL
£995 per person based on 2 sharing a twin/double room
Single supplement £105 per night
Option Four Hotel Amiraute Golf & Spa in Deauville B&B Basis
£1225 per person based on 2 sharing a twin/double room
Single Supplement £100 per night
Equestrian Escapes has been providing first class equestrian holidays since 2006, on our website you will find a excellent selection of horse riding holidays and short break riding holidays. For that special occassion we offer luxury riding holidays both in the UK and abroad. If you would like to stay longer on after your World Equestrian Games holiday please have a look at our Riding Holidays in France.