Monday 1 September
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.
Tuesday 2 September
This morning you will be taken to The Zenith Indoor Arena in Caen, the venue for the vaulting competition. The compulsory movements for team, individual male and female competitions will take place throughout the day starting at 09.30 am running through to 19.10. There will be a lunch break of an hour when you may like to head for the equestrian shopping village. The coach will collect you from the stadium at the end of the day for the short transfer back to your accommodation.
Wednesday 3 September
Today is the freestyle movements for the team competition and the individual male and female competitions. The timings are the same as for the previous day.
Thursday 4 September
Today you will be enjoying the technical movements for both the mens and ladies competitions, these take place between 14.00 and 17.00, there will then be a break before the Pas de Deux this evening between 20.00 and 21.35. There is lots to see and do during the break and places to eat too in the equestrian shopping village (or Caen itself!).
Friday 5 September
Today is finals day, competition starts at 10.30 in the morning and finishes with the medal ceremonies at 22.00.
Saturday 6 September
Today is a free day, you can either enjoy a tour of the local area or we can arrange for tickets for you to see the individual qualifier round for the show jumping. Competition begins at 13.25 so your driver will take you into Caen at midday.
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 where 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.
Sunday 7 September
Today the choice is yours either return to D'ornano Stadium for the final of the individual show jumping which takes place at 16.00 and then enjoy the closing ceremony, watch the finals of the driving competition or enjoy some free time in Caen and the surrounding area. We can supply any additional tickets.
Monday 8 September
Today you will be leaving in the morning for the trip back to the UK, we hope that you have enjoyed your stay!
There is a choice of accommodation.
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. Well appointed mobile homes are configured for 4 or 6 people, 2 people can choose to pay a supplement and have the mobile home to themselves or we can arrange for you to share with another group of 2. Mobile homes typically have one double bedroom and one twin bedroom with a separate kitchen and seating area, a toilet and a shower room. From Portland you are a 40 minute transfer from D'ornano Stadium in Caen where the dressage competition will take place. 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 also have some very well located apartments right on Gold Beach where you can stay bed and breakfast basis. The apartments are for 2 or 4 people. The 2 person apartments have one bedroom with a double bed, the 4 person apartments have one double bedroom and a second bedroom with twin beds.
We have a two star Ibis hotel in a great location in Port-en-Bessin.
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 INCLUDED 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 starting at Leeds train station, then Warrington, Stafford, Watford Gap, Potters Bar 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, plesae 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 £445. 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 4 star Port'land camp & mobile homes
Package including standard accommodation - £525 per person based on 4 sharing - FULL
For 3 people staying in a 4 berth cabin £600 per person - FULL
For 2 people staying in a 4 berth cabin £750 per person - FULL
Package including upgraded accommodation - £625 per person based on a full cabin (4 or 6 berth)
For 3 people staying in a 4 berth cabin £735 per person
For 2 people staying in a 4 berth cabin £935 per person
For 5 people staying in a 6 berth cabin £690 per person
Standard accommodation offers a good quality mobile home.
The upgraded accommodation are newer mobile homes on slightly larger plots.
Package including camping - £445 per person based on 4 berth tent (bring your own tent)
For 3 people staying in a 4 berth pitch £490 per person
For 2 people staying in a 4 berth pitch £575 per person (unless you have a 2 berth tent and will share the pitch with another 2 berth tent.
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 Apartments on Gold Beach B&B Basis
£715 per person based on 2 sharing a 2 person apartment or 4 sharing a 4 person apartment
Single supplement £75 per night
Option Three 2 star Ibis Port-en-Bessin B&B Basis
£850 per person based on 2 sharing a twin/double room
Single supplement £85 per night
Option Four Hotel Amiraute Golf & Spa in Deauville B&B Basis
£1215 per person based on 2 sharing a twin/double room
Single Supplement £100 per night
If you're interested in spending some more trime in France before/after the games why not have a look at our riding holiday in the Dordogne.
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.