Getting Around

Paris has two international airports - Paris Charles De Gaulle and Paris Orly. To get to the competition venues in Caen, Le Pin and Mont St-Michel you will have to either rent a car, take the train from Paris's St Lazare station, or you can book a plane from Paris or several other international airports to one of two local airports in Normandy: Caen (Carpiquet) or Deauville.
A sample rental car reservation from Aug 22-Sept 8 using and booking an economy-class car at Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris w/air conditioning and unlimited mileage came to $334.69 CDN from Europcar.  Organizers warn that during the event, however, it will be difficult to get around Caen by car, so they recommended parking outside of the city and using public transportation.
Whether travelling to the competition grounds or sightseeing, the train is the way to go. Caen's train station, located in the city centre, is very close to D'Ornano Stadium, Zenith, La Prairie racecourse, and Parc des Expositions. Regular direct trains connect Caen to Paris and other major cities in Normandy, which either drop you off within walking distance of the venues, or shuttles are provided: Argentan (Le Pin National Stud); Sartilly (Bay of Mont St Michel); Deauville (Polo exhibition); and St-Lô's (Horse-Ball exhibition).

Side Trips

Some other popular not-to-be-missed Normandy attractions include:

Museums/Art Galleries
Musée des Impressionnismes - Giverny
Museum of Fine Arts – Rouen
MuMa - Le Havre
Eugène Boudin Museum - Honfleur
Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux (The Bayeux Tapestry is an extraordinary 11th century embroidery telling the story of William the Conqueror's expedition into England.)

Jumièges Abbey
Lisieux Basilica
Alençon Basilica

Harcourt Castle
Dieppe Castle
Falaise Castle

Saint-Lô National Stud
Hippodrome de Deauville-Clairefontaine

Seine Valley
Alabaster Coast

Parks & Gardens
Château de Brécy (Calvados)
Château de Vendeuvre (Calvados)
Le Bois des Moutiers (Dieppe)
Le Vastérival (Seine Maritime)
Château du Champs de Bataille (Neuburg)
Gardens of Vauville (Vauville)

Besides the larger cities of Caen, Rouen, Évreux, Le Havre, and Cherbourg, there are many charming towns and villages for exploring, shopping, and dining. Enjoy local wine and cheese, fresh produce and seafood, golfing, sailboarding and more:

For trip planning, there are many excellent websites which list “Things to Do in Normandy,” such as:


Top 10 Places to Visit Around Caen

Whether you arrive a few days early, linger a few days afterward or venture out on one of the “rest” days, Normandy and the surrounding regions have a lot to offer in terms of historic relevance, rich cultural identity, and sheer raw beauty.


Etretat Mont Saint-Michel Hippodrome Deauville La Touques
Calvados Boulard Distillery Le Pin National Stud Abbey of Saint-Etienne
Claude Monet's Garden Normandy Beaches Honfleur
Caen Castle    


Hiking along the coastal paths of Étretat reveals stunning views of the naturally-formed archways. Historic chateaus and chapels are also scattered throughout the area.
Moyan Brenn photo

Mont Saint-Michel

This abbey overlooking the tidal plains of the bay is an incredible feat of architecture which took more than 500 years to build, from 1017 to 1521. Perched high on a rocky peak, the abbey was handed over to the French government in 1874 with the aim of preserving it. Monks still live and work here, and the public can join them for daily mass at 12:15 pm. This site will be the starting point for the 160-km endurance race.
Masteo Castelli photo


Le Pin National Stud

Le Pin National Stud, called “The Palace of Versailles for Horses” is steeped in history as the centre of dressage and birthplace of the Percheron breed. Built during the reign of Louis XIV, this prestigious property covers over 1,000 hectares and will be the site of the dressage and cross-country phases of eventing.



Honfleur, one of the lovely harbour towns in Normandy, was popular with impressionists Monet and Boudin, who were inspired by the ever-changing light and picturesque beauty. Dine by the water, visit the charming centuries-old churches, or poke around the town's market for fresh produce and local cheese on Saturdays.


Calvados Boulard Distillery

Calvados Boulard Distillery near Lisieux has guided tours available during the summer months. For only €3.30 per person you can learn about the history of this world-famous apple brandy and enjoy a tasting after the tour.


Hippodrome Deauville La Touques

The racecourse Hippodrome Deauville La Touques offers free admission on select days and top-class racing. You can even bring your own picnic lunch if you wish. Also the location of the polo exhibition on Sept. 6. Nearby Hippodrome de Deauville-Clairefontaine runs flat and hurdles racing.

Normandy Beaches

On June 6th, 1944, the Battle of Normandy took place on its beaches - the largest-scale landing operations of Allied troops which led to the liberation of France and Europe, at great loss of life. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in this area. The area has a number of monuments, including the American Military Cemetary at Colleville-sur-Mer, the Caen Memorial, and the Juno Beach Centre at Courseulles-sur-Mer.

Abbey of Saint-Étienne

The Abbaye aux Hommes (Men's Abbey) in Caen is a former monastery built during the 11th century and dedicated to Saint Stephen (Saint Étienne). Along with the neighbouring Abbaye aux Dames (Women's Abbey), it is one of the most prominent Romanesque buildings in the Normandy region.
Donated by William the Conqueror and his wife as penalty for their marriage against the Pope's ruling. William was ultimately buried here, while his wife was buried in the Women's Abbey.
WikiMedia Commons photo

Caen Castle

This ten-century-old fortress within the town of Caen was founded by William the Conqueror and has  retained much of its original magnificence in spite of the castle keep being razed during the French Revolution. With its towers and drawbridge it is a true town-within-a-town from the Middle Ages, the castle is an essential cultural venue which now houses the Museum of Normandy.
Sunko photo


Claude Monet's Garden

Claude Monet's garden in Giverny is an example of just one of the many spectacular gardens and parks in the Normandy region. The flower garden called Clos Normand and a Japanese-inspired water garden and bridge inspired many of his paintings over the years.
Michael Scaduto photo

Did you know ?

A small crowd of just 18,000 turned out for the Individual Jumping Final in The Hague in 1994, as organizers had mistakenly advertised that the entire 32,000-seat arena had been sold out.