Prix d'Amérique

Departure Date

23 Jan

Duration

4 nights

Price

885 US Dollars

Registrering avslutas

2019-12-10

Bienvenue!

Welcome to Paris and the largest event for all trotter fans – Prix d’Amérique! This wonderful tour gives you an exciting opportunity to see Paris, the City of Light, while also seeing the unforgettable Prix d’Amérique, which features the world’s best trotters in action at the magnificent Vincennes Racecourse. If you haven’t experienced it yet, now is the time! In the year of 2020 the grand Prix d’Amérique celebrate it’s 100th Anniversary and it’s going to be something out of the ordinary!

All of us who’s been there before remember: The exciting and a bit nervous atmosphere at the resplendent Grosbois training centre, a foggy Saturday morning before the races. The ice buckets and champagne at Moulin Rouge and the smell of coffee from the narrow alleys in Montmartre. Then the outburst of euphoria at the Vincennes Racecourse – the happiness, the people, the French kisses on everyone’s cheeks. The glorious feeling of experiencing another year of the grand Prix d’Amérique!

The question is – who wins Prix d’Amérique 2020?

– Marie Nyberg –

VD/Projektledare

Information & Price from

Costs – per person
Hotel Mercure Montmarre 4*: 885 US Dollars
Hotel Terrass 4* +: 1085 US Dollars

Costs include

  • Four (4) nights’ accommodations in shared double room
  • Buffet breakfast each morning
  • Sightseeing tour with guide & bus
  • Tour to Vincennes trade fair
  • Tour to Grobois Training Centre (followed by transportation to Vincennes if wished)
  • Transportation and entrance to and from Vincennes on Sunday
  • Equi Tours Tour leader during the stay

Cost does not include

  • Airline tickets and airport transfer
  • Other personal expenses and meals not mentioned above

Optional

  • Single room supplement: Mercure 390 / Terrass 595 US dollars (4 nights)
  • Welcome dinner on Thursday – 3-course dinner including wine and tip: to be advised
  • Moulin Rouge (Friday) with dinner, show & champagne: price to be advised
  • Moulin Rouge (Friday) with show & champagne: price to be advised
  • Vincennes (Sunday) Paddock restaurant including lunch: to be advised
  • Vincennes (Sunday) Sulky restaurant including lunch: to be advised

Airfare
Take the airline of your choice to Paris. Airfares in January are usually quite reasonable. Schedule your arrival and departure as you wish but please note that our tour begins on Thursday afternoon January 23 and ends on Monday 27. You may wish to stay longer and see more of France (see at the end of the program, about extension tour to Normandy) or travel elsewhere in Europe. Please inform us if this is the case and we can help extend your hotel visit.

Hotels

Hôtel Mercure Paris Montmartre 4****

A very nice, comfortable four-star hotel with all necessary comfort. It’s situated at Place Clichy, just below the charming neighbourhood of Montmartre, and only 200 m from Terrass Hotel.

Hôtel Terrass 4****+

Reopened in 2016 after a major renovation, this hotel is the meeting-point of the tour. A first-class Hotel with charm and atmosphere in the heart of Montmartre. The breath-taking view of Paris and the Eiffel tower at the bar & restaurant on the top floor, is one of the best views in Paris. Situated 200 m from Mercure Hotel.

Program

January 23

Thursday – Arrival, sightseeing & welcome dinner

Plan to arrive in Paris this morning. Leave us your estimated arrival time at the Hotel, and we’ll do our best to let you have an early check-in. Otherwise, it’s at 3 pm. On the day of your arrival, walk the streets of the city’s famed arts district Montmartre, where Picasso and so many others created their masterpieces.

Afternoon: We’ll start the weekend with a city sightseeing in Paris. A bus will take us around the city to see the Arch of Triumph, place de la Concorde and Eiffel Tower while our English-speaking guide describes the wonders of the city (about 3,5 hours including photo-stop).

Evening, optional: The tour will be followed by a French three-course welcome dinner.
January 24

Friday – Vincennes Fair & Moulin Rouge

Morning at leisure. Tour the stunning Sacre-Coeur Basilica, which stands guard over the city and affords visitors with a marvelous vista of Paris spread out below. Or find your own paths in the neighborhood.

Afternoon: We’ll go by bus to the huge Vincennes Racecourse for a trade fair with vendors selling artwork, jewelry, clothing, equine accessories and much more. It’s all followed by an auction in the evening. This trip lasts between appr. 15.00-22.00. Please note that if you join this trip you won’t be able to participate in other arrangements during this afternoon/evening. (Included.)

Evening, optional activities:
Montmartre by night: Experience the heart of Montmartre, where the lovely restaurants and cozy cafés share space in the narrow streets. Join us for dinner at one of them; A classic Bistro or a wine tasting followed by a more modern French cuisine. (Price to be announced.)

… and if you want the true Paris night experience
Moulin Rouge: If you want to experience the cabaret of all cabarets, we suggest you finish the night off with a colorful show & champagne at the Moulin Rouge (23.00-01.00). (Price to be announced.)
January 25

Saturday – Grosbois & Paris by night

Grosbois 09.00-13.00: In the morning we’ll board a bus to the nearby Grosbois Training Centre. No matter where you've traveled, you’ve never seen a training center quite like Grosbois, where the horse is truly the king. We’ll have a chance to tour the facilities and talk to French trainers an get their opinions on the Prix d’Amérique. Maybe we’ll even get a chance to inspect one of the Prix d’Amérique starters.

On the way back to the hotel, the bus will stop at Vincennes racecourse if you wish to see the races during the afternoon. At Vincennes, every race is an adventure as you will see trotters’ race at varying distances and probably even see trotters racing under saddle. Many people think Vincennes is the most opulent harness track in the world; take time to explore all of it. On this day, you are on your own. The options you have are to stroll around, have a seat at the indoor grandstand (for a small fee) or you can eat lunch at one of the three restaurants.
(The visit to Grosbois/Vincennes is included in the tour’s price but must be booked in advance to be guaranteed a place in the bus.)

Paris by night and dinner with guests: Welcome to an exciting night with dinner and trotter talk before Sunday’s Grand Prix – Prix d’Amérique 2020! We’ll get to enjoy a 3-course dinner with delightful wine pairing. The theme of the evening will, of course, be 100th Anniversary with interesting guests. Please note that the party will be held mostly in Swedish. (Price to be announced.)
January 26

Sunday – Prix d’Amérique 2020

This is Prix d’Amerique day! Trotting fans all over the world will be watching to see what happens in this historic race. The Prix d’Amérique was started in 1920 as a way for the French to thank America for its assistance during World War I. It remains one of the most exciting and coveted harness races in the world. Eighteen trotters will begin from a standing start and trot 1-5/8 miles over the demanding Vincennes course.

Vincennes 11.00-19.30. We’ll board the bus to make certain we’re at Vincennes by 11:30 that morning. If you wish, you may move around the track and see the racing from different viewpoints. If you chose to be in the restaurant, you’ll have your seat during the whole day. In case you don’t want to be in the restaurants we cannot guarantee a seat for you. (Dining costs are not included in the package.)

Restaurant seatings in Vincennes include 3- or 4-course lunch, wine, water, and coffee. Plus an amazing ambiance – but be prepared, because it gets warm and crowded.

Paddock: On the 2nd floor with seating on the terrace with good viewing over the tracks. Including a 3-course lunch. (Price to be announced.)
Sulky: On the 3rd floor with view over the race tracks. Table by the window or a long table on the top ledge. Including a 4-course lunch. (Price to be announced.)

Evening. After an exciting day at the races, you’ll want to unwind, so the evening is at your leisure.
January 27

Monday – Au revoir!

This ends Equi Tour’s 2020 Prix d’Amerique trip, so your day is at your leisure either to return home or to continue your stay in Europe. Or join our pre-tour to Normandy (ask us for the program).

Reservation

Please Note: 1 US dollar = 0,91 euro (approx., rate sep 2019)

The cost is based on a minimum of 15 persons in the group and exchange rate September 2019 (see above). If we don’t reach 15 people, services will be slightly limited or all payments will be refunded. Equi Tours claims the right to make adjustments in the program and price adjustments due to exchange rate and other changes that’s out of our control.

Last day for reservation is December 10, 2019

Please send us an email with your name, home address and phone number. Indicate also
• How many persons?
• What hotel have you chosen & how many rooms?
• Airline details if you need transfer to the hotel.

You’ll get a confirmation and an invoice by e-mail. Payment with bank transfer or credit card (Visa or Master Card)

 

Optional Extension Tour to Normandy, January 27-28
If you are interested, we can offer an extension tour to visit the D-day beaches and stud farms. Two days private bus/minivan and guide. Please inform us if interested, we’ll send you the program.

 

For questions or bookings – please feel free to contact us
Equi Tours Sweden at [email protected]

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