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France - Languedoc (2-weeks Land Only)

France - Languedoc (2-weeks Land Only)

25th May 2019 - 9th June 2019 (16 days)

Multiple-centre unsupported 2-week camping tour in the area west of Narbonne, an area full of the violent history of the Cathares, which left many ruined châteaux perched on hill tops. Today it is more peaceful, concentrating on the production of Corbières and Minervois wines. The terrain is varied, ranging from gentle undulations to mountain roads. Stay three nights at most campsites. You will need to carry all your luggage on moving-on days but will be able to ride unladen while at campsites. 
Four week options also available, either using the European Bike Express (Bike Bus) or joining on a land-only basis.

  • Holiday Type Guided
  • Tour Manager Pat & Mike Strauss
  • Grade Moderate
  • Booking Status Places Available
  • Accommodation Camping
  • Board Basis Self Catering
  • Travel Arrangements Land Only
  • Road / Off Road Road
  • Holiday Style Multi-centre
  • Holiday Ref 03348

Price
£190

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France - Languedoc (2-weeks Land Only)

Saturday 25th May

Meet group at Narbonne EBE dropoff point around 1000 to join the cycle ride to Tuchan, or meet up at Tuchan. Stay three nights.

Sunday 26th May

Loop ride.

Monday 27th May

Loop ride.

Tuesday 28th May

Cycle to St-Paul-de-Fenouillet. Stay three nights.

Wednesday 29th May

Loop ride.

Thursday 30th May

Loop ride.

Friday 31st May

Cycle to Chalabre. Stay three nights.

Saturday 1st June

Loop ride.

Sunday 2nd June

Loop ride.

Monday 3rd June

Cycle to Trebes. Stay three nights.

Tuesday 4th June

Loop ride.

Wednesday 5th June

Loop ride.

Thursday 6th June

Cycle to Capestang. Stay three nights.

Friday 7th June

Loop ride.

Saturday 8th June

Loop ride.

Sunday 9th June

Make your own way home or continue your personal travels.

Distances on moving-on days will generally range from 60-70km. Those on loop rides from campsites will vary, with shorter and longer options often available.

Accommodation & Meals

All nights will be at established campsites that are expected to be of a high enough standard to provide hot showers and clean washing areas. You need to bring your own tent and other camping equipment and will be expected to share a pitch (emplacement) with others in the group.
You are responsible for all your own meals. Current information indicates that there will be a supermarket (small or large) within a couple of kms from each campsite (and occasionally at the campsite), though things can change, so carrying an emergency meal would be wise. No cooking equipment will be provided by the campsites.

Passports, Visa & Health

EU citizens must hold a passport that is still valid on the date of their return to their home country. Holders of non-EU passports are advised to check whether they require a visa. There are no compulsory health related requirements for UK residents, but you are strongly advised to check that your tetanus protection has not expired. You must also carry your European Health Insurance Card.

Travel Insurance

Our Booking Conditions stipulate that, for holidays outside the UK, travel Insurance is mandatory. Details of the level of cover needed and other conditions you should check are stated in the Booking Conditions. CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours Ltd cannot accept responsibility for any costs that may be incurred due to insufficient insurance cover.

Price

The price of £190 is based on a minimum number of 1 person taking part in the holiday and is calculated at a rate of 1.12 euros to £1 sterling (Based on exchange rates published on www.x-rates.com on 14 September 2018.; please note Booking Conditions, clause 3). If there are insufficient bookings by 16th March 2019, we will contact you and return all monies paid, although in certain circumstances the holiday may still run at below minimum numbers but at the same price.

Price Includes

  • 15 nights camping, using own tent and other equipment
  • CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours costs

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel to and from France
  • Any meals or drinks
  • Entry fees at any attractions visited
  • Any other personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance

Payment Schedule

A deposit of £100 per person is payable upon booking, with the final balance of £90 per person to be paid ten weeks prior to departure, by 16th March 2019.

Cancellations

Should you be forced to cancel your booking for any reason you must notify us in writing. Cancellation charges are as follows:

Written notice received:

Before 16th March 2019

From 16th March 2019 through to departure

 

Cancellation charge:

Deposit (£100)

100% (£190)

The Area Covered By The Holiday

Set between the Pyrénées to the south and the Monts Corbières to the north, with the Mediterranean lapping at its eastern edges, the landscape of the part of Languedoc-Roussillon covered by this tour offers a variety of scenery – wild rocky gorges, fertile orchards, some of France’s oldest vineyards, old hill villages, ruined castles, preserved monasteries and interesting towns. The routes will cover ground as flat as the Canal du Midi and follow river gorges but will also climb into the foothills of the mountain ranges.

Rides & Rest Days

Detailed route sheets will be provided for each day, often of two lengths, though any day when moving on to another campsite can be shortened – or
lengthened – depending on the weather, sightseeing opportunities or personal interests, or can be turned into a rest day. It is expected that all the roads will be tarmac, although, as with any area, the condition of the surface is likely to vary.
The question of having to 'keep up' is not necessarily relevant, as there is no particular effort to keep everyone together. Small groups will form of riders with similar ability or riding style, allowing everyone to cycle at a pace comfortable to them, with chance meetings during the day at scenic viewpoints, cafe stops, lunch, etc. It is helpful if you have had some previous experience with cycle camping, carrying all your gear on your bike in lumpy countryside. However, fairly strong cyclists who have done other lightweight camping are usually able to put the two together without any real difficulty. It is important that you are fit enough to undertake the day’s ride as there is no support vehicle.
Detailed route descriptions will be send with the final tour information approx. 3-4 weeks before departure.

Accommodation & Meals

All campsites have been chosen for their location rather than for any particular amenities they might offer. It is usual to have between 3 and 5 tents on a ‘pitch’ depending on its size. All sites should have hot showers.
You will be responsible for all your own meals. Current information indicates that there will be a supermarket (small or large) within a couple of kms from each campsite (and occasionally at the campsite), though things can change, so carrying an emergency meal would be wise. No cooking equipment will be provided by the campsites.

Group Information

The maximum number of participants on this land-only version of the tour will be 8 excluding the Tour Managers. It is expected that those booking for the 'with coach' and 4-week land-only options will augment this number to approximately 35.

Weather & Clothing

At this time of year it should be reasonably warm, but rain is always a possibility, and you should carry clothing to ensure that you can remain warm and (reasonably) dry whatever the weather. Waterproofs and suncream will probably both be needed. None of the campsites are located at high elevations in mountain areas, but a warm sleeping bag might well be appreciated.

Cycles & Equipment

Each participant is expected to bring – and carry – all of his/her own lightweight camping equipment and personal gear for the fortnight on his/her own lightweight touring cycle or mountain bike suited to and set up for touring. You should ensure your cycle is well maintained, paying particular attention to wheels, tyres and brakes. A low bottom gear (e.g. small chainring the same size or smaller than the largest cog on your rear wheel) is strongly recommended. If you are unsure about gears, please discuss with the Tour Manager. Mudguards are optional but show courtesy to those who are following you in wet weather. Cycle lights should not be needed unless you are likely to be riding in darkness getting to/from your EBE pickup point. New tyres are recommended of at least 28mm diameter.
You will be expected to carry all your luggage on each moving-on day plus sufficient spares and tools to deal with punctures and minor repairs on loop rides. You are advised to do some riding before the tour with a similar load to that which you will be carrying during the tour to get a feel for how your bike will handle.
French law requires cyclists to wear yellow hi-viz waistcoats, ‘when riding outside of built-up areas under conditions of low-light or poor visibility’.

Maps & Guides

Detailed route sheets will be provided shortly before the tour, but it is recommended that you carry a map as well. Pages taken from a good road atlas are the lightest way of doing this, but if you want a proper map, those that cover the routes described on this tour are:
Michelin 1:150,000 'Local' maps 344
IGN 1:100,000 series – maps 173 and 174
IGN maps are more detailed, with a few more roads, and show contours, whereas the Michelin maps indicate gradients with arrows and highlight 'scenic' routes.
GPS tracks will be provided
For more background information, the Michelin Green Guide, ‘Languedoc, Roussillon, Tarn Gorges’, covers the route and provides excellent background (available in English).

Travel Insurance & Advice

In addition to travel insurance, EU nationals should carry a European Health Insurance Card, obtainable from www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/EHIC/. This enables you to take advantage of emergency medical services free or at a discount under a reciprocal provision that exists between EU member states. Your travel insurer may refuse to meet the extra costs of medical treatment if you do not carry this card.
Before booking you should check the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice or on 0845 850 2829.