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Sightseeing Tours

Normandy, one of the most famous regions in France, is known throughout the world for its food and drink, its history, art and beautiful gardens. The landscapes of the region range from cliffs and beaches to farms which produce world-renowned cider and Camembert cheese.

Normandy is also rich in history, from the arrival of William the Conqueror in 1066 to the D-Day Landings in 1944. On June 6th 2014, the world watched as nearly 20 nations gathered together in Normandy to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the WWII landings.

Given the wealth of options available to visitors in Normandy, Alltech has chosen four tours which represent the most famous aspects of Norman culture and history. The tours are being operated in partnership with a local agency and will be available on specific dates. If you wish to book these tours please choose the appropriate option in the online event registration form.

Option 1 - Taste of Normandy

Date:

Half-day tour – departing 13:30 on Saturday 30th August

What is included:

This tour will give you the opportunity to discover some of the famous food and beverages of Normandy, specifically of the Pays d’Auge area. Travelling between small villages, you will get the chance to taste local products and get a behind-the-scenes tour of their production.

The tour includes cheese, milk and yogurt tasting and also a visit to a local manor with tastings of apple pie, caramel and butter biscuits. The “pièce de résistance” of the tour is a visit to the well-known local fish market in Trouville where you will sample fresh oysters.

Price:

€69 per person (includes transportation to / from hotels in Deauville, guided tour of a dairy farm and manor, admission to sites and any food and beverages supplied as part of the organised tastings)

Option 2 - D-Day Experience

Date:

Half-day tour - departing 13:00 on Saturday 30th August

What is included:

This tour will give you a general overview of this historic military operation and a better understanding of the reality of 1944 and its impact on the soldiers. The half-day tour will cover historic landing beaches and battlefields of Normandy such as Omaha Beach, Utah Beach, Juno Beach, Arromanches, Pointe du Hoc, Longues sur Mer, Caen War Memorial and the American Cemetery.

Price:

€69 per person (includes transportation to / from hotels in Deauville guided tour at each venue and admission to sites)

Option 3 - Mont St. Michel

Date:

Full day tour – departing 08:00 on Saturday 30th August

What is included:

The island of Mont St Michel is one of the most iconic images of the Normandy region. It has been a strategic fortification since ancient times, and since the 8th century AD has been the seat of the monastery from which it draws its name.

The Benedictine Abbey of Mont St Michel is one of the most remarkable examples of medieval religious and military architecture and was one of Christianity’s most important pilgrimage sites from the 8th to the 18th century.

The Abbey comprises a superb ensemble of clerical buildings. The visit will include the Gothic “Marvel” with the monk’s cloisters and refectory, the Knights Room, the Guest Room, the Undercroft, the Refectory, and several chapels. Following a tour of the Abbey there will be time to enjoy lunch, with free time in the village to explore the shops and galleries.

Note: the transport time from Deauville to the Mont St. Michel is approx. 2.5 hours by bus. It will also take approx. 45 minutes to get from the parking area to the island itself on foot or by shuttle bus.

Price:

€125 per person (includes transportation to / from hotels in Deauville, guided tour of the Abbey and lunch)

Experience the Games and French Culture Together

This year, Normandy will host the world’s biggest equestrian event: the Alltech FEI World Equestrian GamesTM 2014 in Normandy. More than just a sporting event that will have the finest athletes and horses compete against each other; the 2014 edition will provide the expected 500,000 visitors a genuine insight into the equine world.

The tour options below feature the combination of a morning visit to the Games and an afternoon sightseeing tour. The bus will then return to Paris CDG Airport for approximately 21:00 (exception: for the Caen walking tour attendees must register for the complimentary Alltech Courtesy Shuttle returning from the Games Village directly to Paris CDG Airport at 14:00. Please ensure to select this option during your registration process).

For the Games, a complimentary full-day ticket for Tuesday 2nd September is included in your Global Dairy and Beef registration, two equestrian disciplines – vaulting and jumping – will take place on this day. During registration you will be asked to cite your preference for attending either jumping in the morning or vaulting in the afternoon or vice versa – vaulting in the morning and jumping in the afternoon.

Option 4 - Games Experience & Caen Walking Tour

Date:

Full day tour – Shuttle depart Deauville at 8.am. Walking tour departs the Games at 09:15 on Tuesday 2nd September

What is included:

With over 1000 years of history, from William the Conqueror to the Battle of Normandy, Caen has an extraordinary architectural and historical heritage. This two hour guided walking tour of Caen will give you the chance to see the two Abbeys (known as the Ladies’ Abbey and the Men’s Abbey) founded by William the Conqueror and his wife, Mathilda. You will also have the opportunity to visit one of the largest fortresses in Europe, known as the Chateau of Caen.

Price:

€12 per person (includes transportation from the hotel in Deauville to Caen, guided tour of the city). The return shuttle to Paris CDG Airport will need to be booked separately through the online registration system.

Option 5 - Games Experience & Taste of Normandy

Date:

Full day – Shuttle departs Deauville at 08:00. Taste of Normandy portion departs the Games at 13:30 on Tuesday 2nd September

What is included:

This tour will also give you the opportunity to visit the Games and to experience either the jumping or vaulting disciplines, in the morning.

The afternoon portion of the tour will give you the opportunity to discover some of the famous food and beverages of Normandy, specifically of the Pays d’Auge area. Travelling between small villages, you will have the chance to taste local products and take a behind-the-scenes tour of their production.

The tour will include cheese, milk and yogurt tasting and also a visit to a local manor with tastings of apple pie, caramel and butter biscuits. The “pièce de résistance” of the tour is a visit to the well-known local fish market in Trouville where you will sample fresh oysters.

Price:

€120 per person (including transportation from the hotel in Deauville to Caen, Games vaulting/jumping ticket, guided tours of a dairy farm and manor, admission to sites, any food and beverages supplied as part of the organised tastings, with return to Paris CDG Airport)

Option 6 - Games Experience & D-Day Experience

Date:

Full day – Shuttle departs Deauville at 08:00. D-Day Experience portion departs the Games at 13:30 on Tuesday 2nd September

What is included:

This option will also give you the opportunity to visit the Games and to experience either the jumping or vaulting disciplines, in the morning.

The afternoon aspect of the tour – the D-Day experience – will give you a general overview of this great military operation and a better understanding of the reality of 1944. The Normandy tour will cover historic landing beaches and battlefields such as Omaha Beach, Utah Beach, Juno Beach, Arromanches, Pointe du Hoc, Longues sur Mer, Caen War Memorial and the American Cemetery.

Price:

€120 per person (including transportation from the hotel in Deauville to Caen, Games vaulting/jumping ticket, admission to sites, any food and beverages supplied as part of the organised tastings and return to Paris CDG Airport)

*Terms and conditions – tours are subject to change and to achieving minimum occupancy. Rates are also subject to some change – final rates will be confirmed on online registration system. Organisers reserve the right to cancel or re-assign tours based on numbers.