Normandy in a horse-drawn caravan
Normandy in a horse-drawn caravan
Normandy in a horse-drawn caravan

Normandy in a horse-drawn caravan

7-day family-holiday in Contentin

  • Different tours in the bocage of Normandy
  • Alternative coastal route for experienced drivers
  • Assistance available daily
  • Comfortable eco-friendly caravans
  • No convoy

Discover the Cotentin Peninsula at the pace of a peaceful Percheron mare! Take in the bucolic landscapes for a week, learn about the rich terroirs (soils) and friendly locals.

This caravan holiday in La Manche will delight families and horse lovers. Enjoy the daily stages of the route in the Normandy bocage. Experienced drivers can ride by the sea. The comfortable caravans, equipped with photovoltaic cells, are made for easy navigation, while a breeder is on standby if needed.

Price from 1.389,- €

Normandy in a horse-drawn caravan

Self-guided tour, 7 days

Difficulty level

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and getting settled in the caravan

Arrival around 19:00 the prior day.

In the high season, departures are on Monday during the day and returns on Saturday in the afternoon.

After getting settled in your caravan, you will receive a brief introduction to handling caravan and horse (setting up the harnesses, about 1-2 hours). The horse breeder will accompany you on the first day. You will receive a small guidebook that will show you the places you will pass through, the places where you can get supplies, local attractions, as well as a precise description of the daily itinerary and the evening stops. Overnight stay in the caravan.

The breeder will help you daily in harnessing and will provide the horse's food in the evening. Let him know if there is anything else you might need.

Day 2-6: Tour in the Normandy bocage or by the coast

Spend the next few days enjoying the green landscapes dotted with small picturesque villages. The stages are a maximum of 15km long.

Our participants with some experience under their belt may follow the route along the sea.

Your itinerary has been put together by the horse breeder. All useful information for your journey will be provided to you on the spot.

The routes follow secondary roads and little-used paths. You will spend the night on specially prepared resting areas (some may not contain sanitary facilities)...

Day 7: Bid goodbye to your Percheron friend

The last stage will take place at the breeder's farm. The trip ends in the afternoon.

Travel dates

  • Aug 31st, 20 – Nov 01st, 20
  • From 1.389,- €
  • open for reservation
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Price indicated per caravan (3 adults or 2 adults + 3 children) per week depending on the season.

Weekly rentals only!

- Additional person (max. 2 persons): €30 per person/week to be paid on site if the party exceeds 3 single adults or 2 adults and 3 children.

- Animals allowed (€5+ per day per animal)

- Rental of chemical toilets: €10 for the duration of the stay.

- Mountain bike rental: €6 per day per bike.

Guaranteed departure

Deposit: €1000 to be paid on site

Terms of payment:

  • 20% of the total price within 7 days after receipt of the invoice
  • Full payment 21 days prior to departure without further notification

Please let us know about the number of people and the dates of your stay when you fill out our online enquiry.

Services

The price includes:

6 nights in a caravan equipped for 4 people, technical briefing and accompaniment on the first day, rental, harnessing and horse feed, participation in the costs on the bivouac sites, information on supply sites, detailed information on driving a caravan, stage fees.

Number of participants

Minimum number of participants: 2 adults.
Not suitable for people with reduced mobility.

If you wish to travel with your children without worrying about the technical aspect, we recommend our caravan trip in the South of Burgundy, where a driver will accompany you throughout the journey.

Accommodation

All our caravan tours are offered by horse breeders. The caravans are either renovated or new models that meet ecological standards.

The two caravans of the guide are comfortable and equipped with photovoltaic cells for internal lighting and night signalling. They are also equipped with a bicycle rack for 4 people.

Chemical toilets and a solar shower can be provided for an extra charge.

Interior equipment for 4 to 5 persons: refrigerator, sink, gas hob, as well as crockery, tea towels and bedding (sheets and blankets).

Sleeping area with 1 double bed (160×195), 2 bunk beds (190×90) and a lamp. Bedding (not including blankets or duvets) is provided, as well as a refrigerator, sink, hob, crockery and bedding (sheets and blankets).

At each stage, you will find a paddock, water and food for the horse, sanitary facilities as well as the possibility to dine at the table d'hôtes (dining with your hosts) or at the restaurant.

Caravanning spirit

Your caravanning trip is all about travelling light, basic comfort and shared sanitary facilities (and ocassionally dealing with mosquitoes) – but also a unique holiday experience with horses and an escape from everyday life. Cruise through unspoiled landscapes and on paved roads but also in plain nature, without internet access. Take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to let go and reconnect with yourself and your family!

In terms of meals, it's a chance for whipping up simple but tasty dishes from local produce, and to spend evenings by the (camp) fire with a gourmet aperitif drizzled with local cider. And why not share these moments with other holidaymakers or locals?

The journey

Participants travel at their own pace and are alone during the daily stages. Hiking in a convoy is possible for large groups.

Remarks / tips

2 adults to operate the caravan.

Some knowledge of horse handling may be helpful but is not obligatory. Technical assistance is available on site during the week.
Dogs are accepted if kept on a leash and vaccinated (extra charge). They must also get along with the draught horse.

Think about your provisions for the first 2 or 3 days (depending on the route)! The relays or stages are located on the edge of hamlets and villages and on campsites, where you will have sanitary facilities as well as the possibility to dine at the table d'hôtes or at the restaurant. (To be booked the day before and charged on site).

We strongly recommend that you bring or rent a bicycle, it will be useful for your supplies and leisure activities.

A detailed information sheet of the routes, including addresses and maps, will be given to you while you are at the horse breeder's farm. Participants will use an IGN map.

Carbon footprint of a caravan holiday: 0 CO2 emissions. Only the transport to and from the place of departure produces greenhouse gas emissions. For an exact calculation of your emissions, you can consult our partner site (English version): www.atmosfair.de

How to get there

For this caravan trip in Normandy, we advise you to come by car if possible to make your journey easier, especially to the farm. Free parking is provided on site during your stay.

The nearest train station is Valognes (approx. 10km). The horsefarm does not offer a transfer service.

For more information please read our blog on getting to France

Participants will be provided with a detailed info sheet (electronic and/or print) on this trip.

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