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Canal Du Midi CCM

Visiting: France
Tour Duration 8 Days
  • Cycle path, Canal du Midi
  • Carcassonne
  • Canal du Midi
  • Beziers Cathedral
  • Canal de la Garonne
  • Tour Style: Classic
  • Tour Type: Small Groups
  • Tour Comfort: Standard
  • Cycling Grade: Easy
 

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10 , 27/11/13

Name

Jayne McDonald

Tour Name

Cycling Canal du Midi

Tour Code

CCM

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

The whole week, but the last day's cycle was well worth the effort.

Tour Leader Name

Andrew

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

Excellent, knew all the good patisseries and maps/directions were great

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

Even though is easy you need to be fit and don't forget your cycle shorts!

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

Would thoroughly recommend this holiday. Even though we cycled all six days all three of us managed to put on 7lbs each! The food and wine was excellent and in abundance :-)

 
10 , 07/11/13

Name

Sian Davies

Tour Name

Cycle Canal du Midi

Tour Code

CCM

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

I just loved all of it! This tour met and exceeded my expectations a lateish start (9:30) followed by a patisserie stop at 11 ish followed by lunch 1-3 ish and then back to the hotel for 6pm shower and off out to eat at 7:30pm! The maps and tour notes provided by Andrew war excellent and easy to follow. On the last day I cycled the hilly route up to Las Tours wow I never expected to be able to achieve that but clearly the rest of the tour "on the flat" practice paid off!

Tour Leader Name

Andrew Perryman

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

Brilliant! Andrew's daily briefings and tour maps were excellent and easy to follow. Andrew's patisserie stops and recommendations for places to eat were really good.

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

Take your own comfy saddle if you have one and padded cycling shorts. The train journey to and from Beziers is great fun take a picnic and wine and a cork screw and some plastic glasses and enjoy the journey! The transfer across Paris from Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon is straight forward but google it before you go so you know which train to catch.

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

I really enjoyed this holiday! Go for it don't be put off by the fact that it's an activity holiday I was surprised to be one of the younger members of the tour at 52!!!

 
10 , 15/08/13

Name

Sarah Taylor

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

A fantastic meal in Beziers at a tiny restaurant with innovative, moreish food and an attentive and quirky host

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

Andrew was great. Hotels, travel arrangements amd meals were all extremely well organised and you felt informed and prepared for each change. The daily cycle route maps were easy to follow and allowed for various options, speeds and distances in a day to suit your mood and energy levels. Andrew also arranged evening wine tasting from local vineyards and nibbles that went down very well and were a good chance to catch up with your fellow explorers

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

Pack light. Even with rainy conditions you don't need as much as I took! And invest in a gel saddle; makes the experience much more comfortable!

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

Despite the rain and the wind, all the elements of the holday that could be controlled were really well managed and organised. The French food and wine in Bezier, Narbonne and Carcassonne taste fantastic whatever the weather!

 
10 , 15/08/13

Name

Helen Ritchie

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

The highlight was definitely cycling along the canal when it was dry, warm and sunny with the beautiful plane trees. It was a great trip only slightly marred but inclement weather which meant that after rain some parts of the canal became very muddy & the clay stopped the wheels going round. We also managed a 30 second dip in the med on the first day as the sun was shining!

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

Andrew was a great leader - had everything organised and was very warm and welcoming - shame he couldn't influence the weather though!

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

Bring a gel saddle! Really check out the weather forecast as even end of May when it was raining you really needed long trousers/leggings on the bike instead of shorts. I'd also pack some elasticated trousers for evening as the food/wine on offer was gorgeous.

 
10 , 15/08/13

Name

Nigel

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

My wife saying she was really enjoying cycling! Otherwise simply the great pleasure of cycling beside water through some great (and mainly flat) countryside!

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

Very good. He sensed the mood of the group and varied the options / pace accordingly. Great knowledge of the best patisseries and restaurants. He went out of his way to retrieve something we'd left at the previous hotel.

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

Go for it. Most of us hadn't been on cycling trips before. Only two or three of the cycle routes are 'long' and these can be broken up by a) patisserie stop b) lunch stop and c) tea stop! On the 'option days' it's very much up to you.

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

"Nice choice of hotels - slightly quirky and well situated for exploring the town / going to bars and restaurants. We enjoyed the train journey down to Beziers and back - it made a nice change from flying. Changing stations in Paris was very simple (one line and two stops). We found the dinner arrangements nicely flexible - we had two good group dinners at the start and at the end of the holiday, two where we ate with two others from the tour, and three where we chose to eat on our own."

 
8 Ronald Richard Blizard, 10/10/12

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

It was all very enjoyable no one thing stood out

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