Farmer’s Weekly Sommet de L`elevage Tour 2018

Join the Farmer’s Weekly tour to Sommet de l’élevage, Europe`s greatest livestock show the 1 to 6 October 2018.

Sommet de l’élevage, Europe’s greatest livestock show, is taking place from 3 to 5 October in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

Join Farmer`s Weekly on this tour to view 2 000 animals, visit 1 500 exhibitions and network with 95 000 visitors.

Located in the heart of the Central Highlands, in the largest beef cattle breeding region in Europe, Sommet de l’élevage is one of the primary international trade shows that specialise in the production of livestock, including dairy and beef cattle, sheep, and horses.

Enjoy a VIP reception for international visitors with free entrance to the show, a personal welcome, interpreters, 35 farm visits from which to choose and B2B meetings. Sommet 2018 will host the Salers National Championship.


Tour options:

Single option: R29 800
Sharing option: R24 900

*These prices have been calculated based on the assumption that 12 or more people will be participating. Terms and conditions apply.

Online Registration Form CLICK HERE

Packages include:

  • Return economy class tickets from OR Tambo International Airport to Charles de Gaulle in Paris;
  • Airport and city taxes;
  • Travel and medical insurance;
  • Return train tickets from Paris to Clermont-Ferrand;
  • Return transfers from train station in Clermont-Ferrand to hotel;
  • Three nights` accommodation in a 4-star hotel;
  • Return bus transfers from hotel to showground;
  • Free entry to Sommet de l’élevage;
  • Snacks and drinks at the showground in the international lounge;
  • International networking evening;
  • Interpreter for farm visits and B2B meetings.

Packages exclude:

  • Visa applications, which cost around R1 200/visa. Please note, the final day for visa applications is 14 September. Final day to request invitation letters for visa applications is 10 September;
  • Lunch and dinners that are not indicated in the programme;
  • Parking at local airports.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Deadline for registrations is 8 August;
  • A 50% deposit must be received by 13 August;
  • Final payment must be made by 13 September;
  • A 4% increase in price will be applied to bookings made after 10 August (no guarantee for available flights or accommodation).

Tour Programme

 MONDAY, 1 October
11:00: Group meet & greet at BYTES Restaurant, OR Tambo International Airport.
11:15: Group checks in for flight ET0808 on Ethiopian Airlines.
14:10: Flight departs.
20:25: Arrival at Bole Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
23:20: Group boards flight ET0704 for Paris, France.
23:55: Flight departs.

TUESDAY, 2 October
06:20: Group arrives at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris.
08:27: Group departs from airport train station to Clermont-Ferrand.
14:09: Group arrives in Clermont-Ferrand, and is transported to hotel.
15:00: Group checks in at Hotel Holiday Inn Garden Court.
15:00 – 19:00: Leisure time
19:00: Group meets in hotel foyer for dinner in town (dinner at own cost – Euros15 – 20)
22:00: Group returns to hotel.

WEDNESDAY, 3 October
06:30 – 08:00: Group has breakfast at hotel restaurant.
08:10: Group transported to SOMMET de L`Elevage.
09:00: Group arrives at showground for full day’s visit to the show.
13:30: Group departs for optional farm visit.
18:30: Group meets at International lounge.
19:00 – 20:30: International Gala Evening in ZENITH ARENA.
20:45: Shuttle departs for hotel.

THURSDAY, 4 October
06:30 – 08:00: Group has breakfast at hotel restaurant.
08:10: Shuttle departs for showground.
09:00: Group arrives at showground and departs for morning farm visits.
13:30: Group departs for afternoon farm visits.
17:30: Shuttle departs for hotel.
19:00: Group meets in foyer for dinner (dinner at own cost – Euros15 -20).
21:30: Group returns to hotel.

FRIDAY, 5 October
06:30 – 07:00: Group has breakfast at hotel restaurant and checks out.
07:30: Group is transported to Clermont-Ferrand train station.
08:25: Group departs to Charles de Gaulle train station, Paris.
11:58: Group arrives at Charles de Gaulle station.
13:00 – 18:00: Group has afternoon in Paris, with a choice of the following options:                                                                                                                    Option1: Euros75
City tour with hop-on/hop-off bus with lunch en route.

Option 2: Euros 50
City tour on foot to the Opera House, Louvre & Pyramid, Notre-Dame, Tuileries Gardens, Eiffel tower & gardens, Champs- Elysees & Arc de Triomphe with lunch en route.
Both options include luggage storage at airport, return train tickets to Paris, and lunch.

19:30: Group checks in for flight ET00705 on Ethiopian Airlines.
22:15: Flight departs.

SATURDAY, 6 October 2018
06:15: Group arrives at Bole Airport, Ethiopia.
08:10: Group boards flight ET00809 to South Africa.
08:40: Flight departs.
13:05: Group arrives at OR Tambo International Airport.

1. VISA Application: R1 160.00 (for application and appointment)
All travellers must have a valid Schengen visa to visit France.

  • To apply for a Schengen visa: complete the general Schengen visa form online.
  • Follow the instructions and take note of the passport requirements.
  • Final date for applications: 14 September.
  • Invitation letters must be requested by 10 September.

Note: Please ensure that all required documents are included. Failure to do so may result in the application for the visa being denied.

2.TRAVEL TIPS and information:

  • Weather Conditions: It is the start of winter in Europe with rain.
  • Day temperatures varies from 10 – 20 ° C.
  • Evening temperatures varies from 4 – 16 ° C.
  • Budget for @Euros200 out of pocket expenses. (dinners, lunches, Paris city tour)
  • Dinners: 2 Dinners at own cost: Tuesday and Thursday evenings @15 -25 Euros per person.

Bookings & travel information

Yolanda Barkhuizen
021 872 1581 / [email protected]


Marianna du Plessis 063 076 9135 / [email protected]

Online Registration Form CLICK HERE