Bayeux, France

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clock-o8 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 3 more

Overview

Normandy is home to some of the most important horse breeding establishments in France and this private full-day tour from Bayeux offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes peek at the region’s top stud farms. Accompanied by a knowledgeable horseman, visit three stud farms that breed Thoroughbred racehorses and jumping or polo horses, then saddle up for a thrilling horseback ride (optional).
  • Full-day private tour of Normandy’s Thoroughbred racehorse studs from Bayeux, including optional horseback ride
  • Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of three Normandy stud farms
  • Learn more about France’s horse breeding heritage and racehorse industry from an expert guide
  • Opt to enjoy a horseback ride through the Normandy countryside or Deauville beach
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pick-up and round-trip transport
  • This private tour can be customized to your interests and ensures you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide
Your tour begins with an early morning pick-up from your central Bayeux hotel by private vehicle. As you drive to your first destination, near Lisieux, listen as your guide explains the importance of Normandy’s horse breeding establishments and its reputation for producing some of the finest Thoroughbred horses in France.

Arrive at the first stud farm in time to watch the yearlings, foals and mares being turned out in the paddocks, and see if you can spot some future racehorse superstars among the herds. Then, meet with the stud owner for a cup of coffee and have chance to learn more about the stud, before enjoying a guided behind-the-scenes tour of the stables.

Continue to Beuvron en Auge in the heart of the Pays D'Auge region, where you’ll stop for lunch (own expense) at one of Normandy’s most popular crêperies – we recommend a glass of traditional Norman cider to accompany your crêpe!

After lunch, you’ll have chance to visit another two stud farms, including a racing stud, where you’ll get to see some of the country’s top Thoroughbred stallions, and (depending on the season), a stud breeding polo horses or show-jumping horses. Along the way, you’ll learn more about what goes into a successful breeding establishment and discover how horses are bred to suit the different disciplines.

After visiting the third and final stud, you can choose to return to your Bayeux hotel, or finish your day with a horseback ride (extra cost; must be booked in advance). Depending on your experience level, you can either enjoy a leisurely trail ride through the countryside, or head out to Deauville for a fast-paced sunset ride along the beach (summer season; experienced riders only).
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