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Channel to the Med – 10 Day Tour

Welcome to Peak Tour’s cycle challenge “extraordinaire”, the 10 Day Channel to the Med cycling holiday in France from one end of this beautiful country to the other. Starting from the northern French coast at Ouistreham close to the port town of Caen we continue southwards to finish the tour near Nice on the Mediterranean coastline 10 days later.

So, Why France? France is a wide and diverse country which contains a variety of different and stunning landscapes. France is also only one quarter as densely populated as the UK and much more rural so the roads are quieter and cyclists are treated with a good general level of respect.

Most people have heard of the Tour de France and the country can arguably be considered the cultural home of cycling. We will cycle through some of the iconic landscapes that you may have seen whilst watching “The Tour” and most notably we will take in the unforgettable Mont Ventoux and Gorge de Verdon en-route to Nice.

France enjoys much better weather than the UK so chances of a dry and sunny tour are much more likely than if tackling LEJOG although it must also be noted that it can get very hot in the summer months, especially in the south.

France is also well known for it’s gastronomy and also fine wines and we will do our best to ensure that you sample plenty of the delights on offer. Added to that a rich culture, medieval villages and stunning architecture, all of which makes France an ideal place for a long distance cycle tour. Covering the country from the English Channel to the Mediterranean enables you to visit many of Frances most beautiful and interesting places.

We have been organising UK end to ends or Lands End to John o’Groats tours since 2010 and have safely seen countless happy cyclists complete the challenge. Now we are focusing on a different adventure with the Channel to the Med tour.

Our French end to end will run in much the same way as our LEJOG tour with the ‘magic van’ providing refreshments throughout the tour. Your bags will be transported for you each day and we will be having a mixture of restaurants and some fantastic picnic lunches with an emphasis on finding local specialities to ensure that you sample the fantastic food on offer – you certainly won’t go hungry!

You are provided with detailed route notes and for those with Garmins we also have GPX files of the route (or you can hire a device from us with the route loaded on). A tour leader cycles at the back of the group and there is a support vehicle on hand should you require assistance. We also carry a few spare bikes just in case you have any major mechanical problems.

The tour is similar to our 10 Day LEJOG tour in terms of difficulty although the initial section is slightly easier but the final section is harder as there are a number of long climbs as we cycle through the Massif Central. Covering approximately 840 miles over 10 days we average around 84 miles a day with some longer days in the flatter areas and some shorter days in the hillier areas especially when we climb Mont Ventoux (there is an option to cycle round it).

We will start our tour at the port of Ouistreham near Caen on the north coast of France and cycle southwards through the stunning scenery of areas such as the Loire Valley, Puy-de-dome and Provence before we finish the tour on the south coast near Nice.

THE 10 DAY CHANNEL TO MED IS A TOUGH CHALLENGE AND SHOULD ONLY BE ATTEMPTED BY FIT AND COMPETENT RIDERS

2021 Dates:

Tuesday 4th – Saturday 15th May 2021 Only 1 mens sharing place left

Tuesday 22nd June – Sat 3rd July 2021 Places Available

Tuesday 14th – Saturday 25th September 2021 Tour Full

Prices for 2021 are £1795 for shared twin or double in B&Bs & hotels, £2195 single B&Bs & hotels and £2345 for sole occ of a double in B&Bs & hotels.

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THE 10 DAY CHANNEL TO MED IS A TOUGH CHALLENGE AND SHOULD ONLY BE ATTEMPTED BY FIT AND COMPETENT RIDERS

2021 Dates:

Tuesday 4th – Saturday 15th May 2021 Only 1 mens sharing place left

Tuesday 22nd June – Sat 3rd July 2021 Places Available

Tuesday 14th – Saturday 25th September 2021 Tour Full

Prices for 2021 are £1795 for shared twin or double in B&Bs & hotels, £2195 single B&Bs & hotels and £2345 for sole occ of a double in B&Bs & hotels.

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Channel to the Med – 10 Day Tour Route

Tue: Arrival Day
Arriving into Ouistreham by either the morning or overnight ferry will see us safely in place ready for ‘Le Grand Depart’ the following morning.

Wed: Ouistreham to Alencon (89 miles) Elevation Gain: 3880ft / 1182m
After the obligatory photographs and adjustment of Lycra we gear up for our Gallic adventure with a gentle start to the day along the Suisse Normand cycle way. This smooth tarmac surface follows the river Orne, meandering along the banks of the river. We will pass through Caen and follow the river through a lovely gorge surrounded by woodland. A lovely lunch with a view will stand you in good stead for the latter part of the day, as the terrain becomes hillier. We round off the day making our way through the forest of Andaine to our first nights accommodation in the lively town of Alencon.

Thu: Alencon to Azay Le Rideau (101 miles) Elevation Gain: 3044ft / 927m
Today starts us off fairly gently and then gives way to undulating roads through the pretty villages and countryside of France. The undulations eventually give way to easier terrain and we stock up on energy for the afternoon with our usual Peak Tours lunch feast!.  Today and tomorrow will see us putting some extra miles behind us to reap what we sow in days to come. At the end of the day’s cycling the grand buildings and chateaux by the river of Azay le Rideau await our arrival.

Fri: Azay le Rideau to Crozant (102 miles) Elevation Gain: 3439ft / 1048m
The longest day of the trip today as leaving the Loire region behind we will continue southwards alongside the River Indre. Passing through Chatillo-sur-indre.  Our mostly flat route takes us into the Brenne National Park. This calm, quiet area is known for its many lakes, interesting habitats and rare aquatic species. Further along we will join with the River Creuse and continue through Argenton where the route starts to get a little hillier as we pass by a number of viewpoints en-route to Crozant.

Sat: Crozant to Eyegurande (90 miles) Elevation Gain: 6752ft / 2058m
Leaving lovely Crozant behind we head south to the Limousin region, characterised by gorges, woods, rivers and moorland. This beautiful but challenging day is a little shorter to allow for the climbing. After a great lunch in the picturesque village of Moutier d’Ahun  we crack on through this undulating national park to the convenient stop off point of Eyegurande.

Sun: Eyegurande to St Flour (75 miles) Elevation Gain: 6545ft / 1994m
We will start to notice the hills increase today as we continue to the foothills and into the volcanic region of the Massif Central.  Today’s ride will provide good practice for some of the larger climbs which lie in wait for us further south! Another cracking day with lakes, gorges, fine views and all that’s inspiring in this fantastic country to cycle in.  The afternoon will see us arrive at the attractive town of St Flour, often used as a staging post in the Tour de France.

Mon: St Flour to Les Vans (98 miles) Elevation Gain: 9285ft / 2830m
Once we have left St Flour a hilly road takes you over to the Viaduc de Garabit where the road descends to a scenic lake. A nice ride by the lake is followed by a big climb and a number of ups and downs. The day continues with a long winding descent into the town of Mende and then a lovely winding and undulating road continues through woodlands with some stunning views on to the  pretty town of Les Vans in the Ardeche.

Tue: Les Vans to Malaucene  (84 Miles) Elevation Gain: 5481ft / 1670m
In the morning we head past the iconic natural bridge of Pont d’Arc in Vallon. The scenery is stunning as we cycle above the limestone gorges of the Ardeche with fantastic vistas around every bend. Further along the road descends and we will pass through St Martin before we catch our first glimpse of Ventoux, the revered mountain that will be ever present for the next few days. Our day’s ride ends at the lovely town of Malaucene at the start of the climb to Ventoux.

Wed: Malaucene to Oraison (74 miles) Elevation Gain: 9842ft / 2999m
Following in the footsteps of some of the previous Tour de France greats, we’ll begin today’s ride with a climb of the iconic Mont Ventoux. This classic ride is a tough climb but you will be rewarded with fine panoramic views over area. A long descent takes you down into Sault where you will have a well deserved brew. For those who don’t fancy Ventoux there is an easier route to Sault which is also a fantastic ride. Either way we will continue through the lavender fields and small villages to the outskirts of Oraison for a well deserved rest!

Thu: Oraison to Castellane (77 miles) Elevation Gain: 8656ft / 2638m
One of the toughest but most rewarding days of the trip today as, with the ever present smell of lavender we leave Oraison passing through a number of ancient towns and villages and the landscape changes to steep sided valleys with a number of fantastic views opening up. Passing by the picture postcard town of Moustier St Marie, one of the most spectacular sections of the tour awaits as we venture into the Gorges du Verdon. The azure waters of the Lac de Saint Croix marks the start of the “glorious ascent” to the top of the canyon. After the gorge the route is mostly flat and down hill as the route takes us along the top of the gorge then down to the strikingly aquamarine Verdon River which we follow to all the way to Castellane.

Fri: Castellane to Nice (50 miles) Elevation Gain: 3374ft / 1028m
Our final day in the saddle is another stunning ride. A climb away from Castellane reveals superb views back over the town before the road flattens out and continues along a lovely valley surrounded by mountains. Further along we will cycle along the top of the Gorge de Loup and descend for about 20 miles all the way down to Nice. The scenery is stunning on our ride to the coast. As we near our final destination we will meet the coast and cycle along the sea front beaches and soak up the sun and maybe a dip in the Med before out final photo’s and group meal.

Sat: Departure Day
Following our final night’s accommodation in Nice, today is departure day. The guides will be leaving around 8am as they have to drive back to the UK but Nice Airport is within easy reach from the Hotel you will be staying at and public transport and taxi’s are readily available to transfer you there.

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What’s Included?

The tour price includes 10 nights accommodation, 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches, snacks, tea, coffee, & hot chocolate, full trip support including a tour leader that cycles with the group, back up van with spare parts and a few spare bikes, detailed route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, certificate, luggage transfer each day, lots of fun!

What’s Not Included?

Evening meals, cycle hire (available for a fee), ferry to France,  accommodation in Ouistreham, transport from Nice.

Group Size

The group will be a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 25 people. We feel that this size of group works best as there will always be enough in the group for some good company but there won’t be so many people that it becomes overcrowded.

Accommodation

Accommodation is in clean and comfortable, B&B’s, guesthouses and hotels. Either sharing a twin or a double room or, if you would like your own space then you can choose the single room option, or sole occupancy of a double. Most of the rooms are en-suite however there maybe a few nights where your room isn’t en-suite (sole occupancy of a double is guaranteed e/suite).

Route

Covering approximately 840 miles over 10 days we average around 84 miles a day with some longer days in the flatter areas and some shorter days in the hillier areas especially when we climb Mont Ventoux (there is an option to cycle round it).

Food

All of your breakfasts and lunches are included in the price of the trip. Many of the guesthouses in France only provide a basic breakfast and for this reason we always have an early brew stop with extra food available. Lunches will be provided each day in a cafe or restaurant. Evening meals can be bought at your accommodation or in a nearby pub/restaurant. We also have fruit, biscuits, nuts etc in the back up van that you are welcome to pick at throughout the day.

Back Up

An experienced tour leader will cycle with you each day and be on hand to help with any bike problems that may occur. You will have detailed route notes so that you can go slower or faster than the leader if you prefer or you can cycle with the tour guide at the back so that you don’t have to navigate at all.

A back up van will leap frog the group a number of times each day so that help is never far away. We carry a range of spare parts so that repairs can be made en-route and we will have a spare bike available in the event that your bike has a serious breakdown.

Bikes

We highly recommend that you use a bike that you are used to and feel comfortable riding. Your bike should be fully serviced and in good condition before you start, this will reduce the risk of mechanical problems and unnecessary stoppages along the way. It should be noted that if you have your bike serviced before the tour then it is a good idea to ride it a few times to allow things to ‘bed in’ before joining the tour. Either a road bike or a touring bike is preferable. We have a range of road and touring bikes available for hire if you don’t have your own bike. We will take your bike over for you if you bring it to us before hand and we will take it back for you at the end of the tour as well (free of charge if you drop off and pick up or we can box the bike and post it to you for a charge). Please note that Peak Tours will not be held responsible for any damage cause in the transportation of the bikes, problems are very rare indeed and we have a very safe, tried and tested system. Any bikes with DI gears need to bring their chargers with them for the trip and riders also need to be aware that it may be necessary to remove the saddle and in some cases with DI gears, unplug the cable (although we try to avoid this). We also remove the front wheel of most bikes being transported and place them in wheel bags, if anyone has a wheel that requires a specific tool you would need to provide that too please.

Fitness

This tour is suitable for someone with a good level of fitness and who wants a challenge. If you do plenty of training beforehand you should have no problem completing the ride. We will have a training day in the Peak District available if you would like to join the group before the main event.

It must be stressed that a good amount of training before the ride will make your tour much more enjoyable and ensure that you finish your ride. We are always happy to advise you about training plans in preparation for the ride.

Clothing & Equipment

Clothing for all weathers is recommended so waterproofs are essential. A full recommended kit list is provided & we are always happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Insurance

It is highly recommended that you take out adequate insurance to cover against, personal accident, loss of belongings and cancellation cover.

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What happens at the start of the tour?

We will start the tour from Caen in France. The first day cycling is on Wednesday so it is advisable to get to Caen (Ouistreham) either on Tuesday or early Wednesday morning.

To get to Caen you can take the ferry from Portsmouth. We will be around throughout the day on the Tuesday before the tour and can pick you up from the station in Portsmouth when you arrive. We will take the Morning Ferry which leaves at 8.15 and arrives in Ouistreham at 15.00 on Wednesday morning. If we have enough people booked onto the tour then we will have a 2nd van that will be on the afternoon ferry at 14.45. We will have time for some breakfast and aim to start cycling around 8.30 on Wednesday morning. Details of ferry services can be found here http://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/

Accommodation is included on Wednesday night but the ferry fare isn’t included in the tour price.

What happens at the end?

At the end of the tour we will finish in Nice and have a celebratory last night meal and no doubt a few drinks as well. Nice has a large airport which has flights to London, Southampton, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle, Edinburgh & Belfast.

As an example you can fly from Nice to Manchester for 64 euro’s and the flight takes 2 hours 25 minutes (prices liable to change).

How do I transport my bike?

Your easiest option is to drop your bike off with us beforehand and will will take it over for you and bring it back at the end of the tour – there is no charge for this option. We are based in Glossop, Derbyshire so this may not be a convenient option for you.

Another option is to take your bike with you at the start of the tour and at the end of the tour you can either take your bike with you on the plane (we will provide a cardboard box and packing material for you and help you to box your bike). Alternatively we can take your bike back to the UK for you and box your bike and post it too you – there is a charge of £80 for this option.

Another option is to rent a bike from us.

Whatever arrangements you make we will be happy to help.

How difficult is the tour?

The tour is comparable to the Lands End to John O’Groats tour in terms of difficulty.

The fitter you are & the more training that you do beforehand will add to the enjoyment of your tour and improve your chances of succeeding the challenge. If you need any advice about fitness please contact us and we will be happy to discuss any questions & concerns that you may have.

What mechanical knowledge do I need?

We don’t expect you to be an expert bike mechanic but there are a few simple skills that will be a great benefit to you. The most important skill you need to know is how to fix a puncture. It is quite likely that at some point you will have a puncture or two so it is essential that you carry a puncture repair kit & a spare tube or two with you. It is also helpful if you know how to change your brake pads and adjust your brakes & gears however this isn’t essential. Our guides will help you with any repairs & adjustments en-route.

What are the lunches like?

Lunches will mostly be picnic lunches situated in some picturesque places. We will source local specialities and provide plenty of delicious French food every day of your tour, you certainly won’t go hungry. We will have plenty of food available and will cater for any special dietary requirements.

Will I be left behind?

No, a tour leader cycles at the back of the group so that you won’t be left behind if you are worried about cycling too slowly. Throughout the group there will be a mix of abilities & cycling speeds so you will usually be able to cycle with others that cycle at a similar pace. Some people like to cycle fast whilst others prefer to take their time, stop for coffee & cake or stop to take photos etc so whether you are a ‘speed demon’ or more of a ‘tourer’ there usually will be someone to cycle with each day.

What are the groups like?

Obviously each group is different but generally they are a fun, friendly, helpful & adventurous bunch. There will be people of all ages and from all walks of life. We tend to get quite a few older riders although there will always be a few younger riders as well. So far our youngest rider (for the 10 day Lands End to John o’Groats tour) was 15 & the oldest 80. We think that a group of 20-25 is ideal as there will be plenty of people with similar interests & character without being such a big group that it becomes too much.

Generally the group will be split 50/50 between people travelling alone & people that travel as a pair such as two brothers, two friends, two partners. There will be plenty of people to socialise with throughout the day and in the evening.

Many of the people on this tour will have cycled LEJOG with us previously so you may even bump into someone you know!

What happens in the evenings?

Once you have arrived at your accommodation you should have chance for some time to relax, have a shower etc before the evening meal. We usually arrange somewhere to eat for the evening meal so that we can all get together & you won’t be left alone if you would like to eat with others. Quite often will simply arrange a certain pub to meet up & just drift in when you are ready whilst at other places we have a set time to eat – it just depends on the location.

Does the support vehicle follow the group?

No, the back up van doesn’t drive behind the group at all times but the van shouldn’t be too far away if you require assistance. In the morning we have a group brief and set off cycling, meanwhile the backup driver will collect all the luggage from the various B&B’s and hotels. Once all of the luggage has been loaded, the support vehicle will leapfrog the group stopping when necessary. The backup driver will be at the lunch stop should you need anything from the van & in the afternoon will go on ahead to ensure that your luggage is in place before you arrive.

How much luggage can I take?

There is limited space in the back up van to store luggage. We therefore request that you try to keep your luggage size to a minimum and try not to bring too much with you. Washing clothes can be done en-route so you shouldn’t need to bring a clean set of clothes for every day. The ideal size for luggage is 70 x 50 x 30 cm and a weight of 15-18kg (or less).

What training should I do?

The more the better. We will provide a training guide for you so that you can build up your cycling strength and prepare for the ride in the correct way. It is important that you cycle two long days back to back whilst training & also that you cycle on some hills. We hold training weekends at the start of the season so that you can meet with others in the group, ask any questions you may have & also test yourselves amongst the hills of the Peak District.

What bike should I use?

The most suitable bike for this trip is a road bike, however it is entirely up to you what type of bike you use.

Please ensure that your bike is fully serviced and in good working order before the start of the trip.

Tyre inflation & rubber composition is important & a tyre width of 25cm is recommended for this tour. Please ensure that you have hard wearing tyres with plenty of tread.

You are going to cycle 840 miles so it is important that your bike won’t let you down. You may want to fit new brake blocks, tyres & inner tubes before you start the ride and also bring 3-4 spare inner tubes, pump, puncture repair kit and multi-tool to carry with you each day. It is essential that you are able to fix a puncture.

It is also advisable to have lights from & rear lights on your bikes and try to be a visible as possible.

Can I hire a bike from you?

It is advisable to use your own bike if possible however we realise that it is not always possible to use your own steed so you may wish to hire one. We have two types of road bike and three types of hybrid/touring bikes bike available. Details of these bikes can be found by clicking on the ‘Tour Extras’ tab.

All of our hire bikes come fitted with cycle computer, pump, 2 water bottle cages, bell and front and rear lights. There is also a small saddle bag with a spare tube, multi-tool, puncture repair kit & tyre leavers. We can also provide a helmet for you at no extra cost.

What gear should I take?

We provide a suggested kit list so please contact us if you would like a copy sending to you.

What is the male / female ratio?

This varies with each group. There are usually more guys than gals but an average would be about 1/4 ladies & 3/4s gents.

Why France?

France is a wide and diverse country which contains a variety of different and changing landscapes. France is also 1/4 as densely populated as the UK and much more rural so the roads are quieter and cyclists are treated with much more respect.

France is the cultural home of cycling and everyone has heard of the Tour de France. We will cycle through some of the iconic landscapes that you will have seen whilst watching the tour and most notably we will take in Mont Ventoux en-route to Nice.

France enjoys much better weather than the UK so chances of a dry and sunny tour is much more likely than if tackling LEJOG although it must also be noted that it can get very hot in the summer months, especially in the south.

France is also well known for it’s gastronomy and also fine wines and we will do out best to ensure that you sample plenty of the delights on offer. Added to that a rich culture, medieval villages and stunning architecture all of which makes France an ideal place for a long distance cycle tour. Covering the country from the English Channel to the Mediterranean enables you to visit many of Frances beautiful and interesting places.

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If you wish to change any part of your booking after our confirmation invoice has been issued, you must inform us in writing (which includes by email) as soon as possible. This should be done by the first named person on the booking. Whilst we will do our best to assist, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to meet your requested change. Where we can meet a request, all changes will be subject to payment of any costs and charges incurred by us and/or incurred or imposed by any of our suppliers in making this change. You should be aware that these costs could increase the closer to the departure date that changes are made and you should contact us as soon as possible. Where we are unable to assist you and you do not wish to proceed with the original booking we will treat this as a cancellation by you. A cancellation fee may be payable in accordance with clause 9.

Transfer of Booking:

If you or any member of your party is prevented from travelling, that person(s) may transfer their place to someone else, subject to the following conditions:

  1. that person is introduced by you and satisfies all the conditions applicable to the holiday;
  2. we are notified not less than 7 days before departure;
  3. you pay any fees, charges or other costs arising from the transfer; and
  4. the transferee agrees to these booking conditions and all other terms of the contract between us.

You and the transferee remain jointly and severally liable for payment of all sums. If you are unable to find a replacement, cancellation charges as set out in clause 9 will apply in order to cover our estimated costs. Otherwise, no refunds will be given for passengers not travelling or for unused services.

Important Note: Certain arrangements may not be amended or transferred after they have been confirmed and any alteration could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100% of that part of the arrangements.

9. If You Cancel Your Booking Before Departure

If you or any other member of your party decides to cancel your confirmed booking you must notify us in writing (which includes by email). Your notice of cancellation will only take effect when it is received in writing by us at our offices and will be effective from the date on which we receive it.

Since we incur costs in cancelling your arrangements, you will have to pay the cancellation charges as follows:

Cancellation Charge
More than 60 days before start date Deposit
60 - 0 days 100%

Important Note: Certain arrangements may not be amended after they have been confirmed and any alteration or cancellation could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100% of that part of the arrangements in addition to the charge above.

If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges.

Where possible, we will deduct the cancellation charge(s) from any monies you have already paid to us.

10. If We Change or Cancel

As we plan your holiday arrangements many months in advance we may occasionally have to make changes or cancel your booking and we reserve the right to do so at any time.

Changes: If we make a minor change to your holiday, we will make reasonable efforts to inform you as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before your departure but we will have no liability to you. An example of a minor change would include change of accommodation to another of the same or higher standard.

Occasionally we may have to make a significant change to your confirmed arrangements. Examples of "significant changes" include the following, when made before departure:

  1. A change of accommodation area for the whole or a significant part of your time away.
  2. A change of accommodation to that of a lower standard or classification for the whole or a significant part of your time away.
  3. A change of outward departure time or overall length of your arrangements by more than 12 hours.
  4. A significant change to your itinerary, missing out one or more destination entirely.

Cancellation: We will not cancel your travel arrangements less than 60 days before your departure date, except for reasons of Events Beyond Our Control or failure by you to pay the final balance. We may cancel your holiday before this date if, e.g., the minimum number of clients required for a particular travel arrangement is not reached.

If we have to make a significant change or cancel, we will tell you as soon as possible and if there is time to do so before departure, we will offer you the choice of:

  1. (for significant major changes) accepting the changed arrangements; or
  2. having a refund of all monies paid; or
  3. if available and where we offer one, accepting an offer of an alternative holiday (we will refund any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value).

You must notify us of your choice within 7 days of our offer. If we do not hear from you within 7 days, we will contact you again to request notification of your choice. If you fail to respond again, we will assume that you have chosen to accept the change or alternative booking arrangements.

Compensation

In addition to a full refund of all monies paid by you, we will pay you compensation as detailed below, in the following circumstances:

  1. If, where we make a significant change, you do not accept the changed arrangements and cancel your booking;
  2. If we cancel your booking and no alternative arrangements are available and/or we do not offer one.

The compensation that we offer does not exclude you from claiming more if you are entitled to do so.

Period before departure in which we notify you Amount you will receive from us*
More than 60 days £0
60-43 days £10
42-29 days £20
28-15 days £30
14-0 days £40

*IMPORTANT NOTE: We will not pay you compensation in the following circumstances:

  1. where we make a minor change;
  2. where we make a significant change or cancel your arrangements more than 60 days before departure;
  3. where we make a significant change and you accept those changed arrangements or you accept an offer of alternative travel arrangements;
  4. where we have to cancel your arrangements as a result of your failure to make full payment on time;
  5. where the change or cancellation by us arises out of alterations to the confirmed booking requested by you;
  6. where we are forced to cancel or change your arrangements due to Events Beyond Our Control (see clause 11).

If we become unable to provide a significant proportion of the arrangements that you have booked with us after you have departed, we will, if possible, make alternative arrangements for you at no extra charge and where those alternative arrangements are of a lower standard, provide you with an appropriate price reduction.

11. Events Beyond Our Control

Except where otherwise expressly stated in these Booking Conditions we will not be liable or pay you compensation if our contractual obligations to you are affected by "Events Beyond Our Control". For the purposes of these Booking Conditions, Events Beyond Our Control means any event beyond our or our supplier's control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all reasonable measures had been taken. Examples include warfare and acts of terrorism (and threat thereof), civil strife, significant risks to human health such as the outbreak of serious disease at the travel destination or natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes or weather conditions which make it impossible to travel safely to the travel destination or remain at the travel destination, the act of any government or other national or local authority including port or river authorities, industrial dispute, labour strikes, lock closure, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, chemical or biological disaster, unavoidable technical problems with transport and all similar events outside our or the supplier(s) concerned's control.

Brexit Implications: please note that certain travel arrangements may be affected as a result of the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union. Please rest assured that this is something we will continue to monitor and will advise our customers as soon as possible if we become aware of any confirmed bookings that will be affected. However, since this is something which is completely unprecedented and outside our control, we would treat any such changes as Events Beyond Our Control, and whilst we will endeavour to provide suitable alternative arrangements or refunds where possible, we will not be liable to pay you any compensation.

12. Special Requests

Any special requests must be advised to us at the time of booking e.g. diet, room location, a particular facility at a hotel etc. You should then confirm your requests in writing. Whilst every effort will be made by us to try and arrange your reasonable special requests, we cannot guarantee that they will be fulfilled. The fact that a special request has been noted on your confirmation invoice or any other documentation or that it has been passed on to the supplier is not confirmation that the request will be met. Failure to meet any special request will not be a breach of contract on our part unless the request has been specifically confirmed by us. We do not accept bookings that are conditional upon any special request being met.

13. Disabilities and Medical Problems

We are not a specialist disabled holiday company, but we will do our utmost to cater for any special requirements you may have. If you or any member of your party has any medical problem or disability which may affect your booking, please provide us with full details before you make your booking so that we can try to advise you as to the suitability of your chosen arrangements. We may require you to produce a doctor's certificate certifying that you are fit to participate. Acting reasonably, if we are unable to properly accommodate the needs of the person(s) concerned, we will not confirm your booking or if you did not give us full details at the time of booking, we will cancel it and impose applicable cancellation charges when we become aware of these details. If, during your holiday, we become aware of a medical problem or disability which may affect your health and safety or the health and safety of others, which you did not disclose at the time of booking, we reserve the right to postpone, restrict or cancel your involvement in any cycling activities, at the tour leader's sole discretion.

14. Accommodation Provisions

B&B OPTION & DOUBLE OR TWIN/TRIPLE

If you choose the B&B only option you will stay in a mixture of B&B's, hotels and country pubs. If you are travelling with a friend then you will be roomed together in a twin or if you're with your partner then you will be in a double room (or a twin if you prefer). If you are travelling alone then you will be roomed with another member of the group in a twin or triple room (same sex). The actual stopovers may change from the advertised accommodation providers, if this happens then an equivalent standard of accommodation will be used nearby. The majority of the rooms you stay in will be en-suite however you may stay in a couple of rooms that are not en-suite.

SINGLE ROOM OPTION

If you choose the single room option, you will have your own room for the duration of the holiday. This will be in either a single room or single occupancy of a double room in a mixture of en-suite and non en-suite rooms.

SOLE USE OF A DOUBLE ROOM OPTION

If you choose this option, you will have a guaranteed double room to yourself throughout the tour. You will always have an en-suite each night of your holiday. There may be an exceptionally rare occasion when you have a separate bathroom but this is very unlikely. Occasionally you may have a twin room to yourself if a double room isn't available but again, this is rare.

YHA (YOUTH HOSTEL) OPTION

This option is only available for the fourteen day LEJOG tour. If you choose the YHA option you will stay in a mixture of hostels, hotels & B&B's staying in dormitory rooms, single rooms, twin rooms & triples.

15. Complaints

We make every effort to ensure that your holiday arrangements run smoothly but if you do have a problem during your holiday, please inform the relevant supplier (e.g. your hotelier) and your tour leader immediately who will endeavour to put things right. If your complaint is not resolved locally, please contact 07495 023 022 or 01457851462.

If the problem cannot be resolved and you wish to complain further, you must send formal written notice of your complaint to us at our office, ideally within 28 days of the end of your stay, giving your booking reference and all other relevant information. Please keep your letter concise and to the point. This will assist us to quickly identify your concerns and speed up our response to you. Failure to follow the procedure set out in this clause may affect ours and the applicable supplier's ability to investigate your complaint, and will affect your rights under this contract.

You can access the European Commission Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) platform at http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr/. This ODR platform is a means of registering your complaint with us; it will not determine how your complaint should be resolved. Please Note: the ODR platform is unlikely to be available for use by UK consumers at such a point that the UK ceases to be a member of the European Union.

16. Your Behaviour

All our customers are expected to conduct themselves in an orderly and acceptable manner and not to disrupt the enjoyment of others. If in our opinion or in the opinion of any hotel manager, tour leader or any other person in authority, your behaviour or that of any member of your party is causing or is likely to cause distress, danger or annoyance to any other customers or any third party, or damage to property, or to cause a delay or diversion to transportation, we reserve the right to terminate your booking with us immediately. In the event of such termination our liability to you and/or your party will cease and you and/or your party will be required to leave your accommodation or other arrangements immediately. We will have no further obligations to you and/or your party. No refunds for lost accommodation or any other arrangements will be made and we will not pay any expenses or costs incurred as a result of termination. You and/or your party may also be required to pay for loss and/or damage caused by your actions and we will hold you and each member of your party jointly and individually liable for any damage or losses caused by you or any member of your party. Full payment for any such damage or losses must be paid directly to the hotel manager or other supplier prior to departure. If you fail to make payment, you will be responsible for meeting any claims (including legal costs) subsequently made against us as a result of your actions together with all costs we incur in pursuing any claim against you. We cannot be held responsible for the actions or behaviour of other guests or individuals who have no connection with your booking arrangements or with us.

17. Our Responsibilities

  1. We will accept responsibility for the arrangements we agree to provide or arrange for you as an "organiser" under the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018, as set out below and as such, we are responsible for the proper provision of all travel services included in your package, as set out in your confirmation invoice. Subject to these Booking Conditions, if we or our suppliers negligently perform or arrange those services and we don't remedy or resolve your complaint within a reasonable period of time, and this has affected the enjoyment of your package holiday you may be entitled to an appropriate price reduction or compensation or both. You must inform us without undue delay of any failure to perform or improper performance of the travel services included in this package. The level of any such price reduction or compensation will be calculated taking into consideration all relevant factors such as but not limited to: following the complaints procedure as described in these Booking Conditions and the extent to which ours or our employees' or suppliers' negligence affected the overall enjoyment of your holiday. Please note that it is your responsibility to show that we or our supplier(s) have been negligent if you wish to make a claim against us.
  2. We will not be responsible or pay you compensation for any injury, illness, death, loss, damage, expense, cost or other claim of any description if it results from:
    1. the acts and/or omissions of the person affected; or
    2. the acts and/or omissions of a third party unconnected with the provision of the services contracted for and which were unforeseeable or unavoidable; or
    3. Events Beyond Our Control (as defined in clause 11).
  3. We limit the amount of compensation we may have to pay you if we are found liable under this clause:
    1. loss of and/or damage to any luggage or personal possessions and money: the maximum amount we will have to pay you in respect of these claims is an amount equivalent to the excess on your insurance policy which applies to this type of loss per person in total because you are required to have adequate insurance in place to cover any losses of this kind.
    2. Claims not falling under (a) above and which don't involve injury, illness or death: the maximum amount we will have to pay you in respect of these claims is up to three times the price paid by or on behalf of the person(s) affected in total. This maximum amount will only be payable where everything has gone wrong and you or your party has not received any benefit at all from your booking.
    3. Claims in respect of international travel by sea and rail, or any stay in a hotel:
      1. The extent of our liability will in all cases be limited as if we were carriers under the appropriate Conventions, which include The Athens Convention (with respect to sea travel); The Berne/Cotif Convention (with respect to rail travel) and The Paris Convention (with respect to hotel arrangements). You can ask for copies of these Conventions from our offices. Please contact us. In addition, you agree that the operating carrier or transport company's own 'Conditions of Carriage' will apply to you on that journey. When arranging transportation for you, we rely on the terms and conditions contained within these international conventions and those 'Conditions of Carriage'. You acknowledge that all of the terms and conditions contained in those 'Conditions of Carriage' form part of your contract with us, as well as with the transport company and that those 'Conditions of Carriage' shall be deemed to be included by reference into this contract.
      2. When making any payment, we are entitled to deduct any money which you have received or are entitled to receive from the transport provider or hotelier for the complaint or claim in question.
  4. It is a condition of our acceptance of liability under this clause that you notify any claim to us and our supplier(s) strictly in accordance with the complaints procedure set out in these conditions.
  5. Where any payment is made, the person(s) receiving it (and their parent or guardian if under 18 years) must also assign to us or our insurers any rights they may have to pursue any third party and must provide ourselves and our insurers with all assistance we may reasonably require.
  6. Please note, we cannot accept any liability for any damage, loss or expense or other sum(s) of any description:
    1. which on the basis of the information given to us by you concerning your booking prior to our accepting it, we could not have foreseen you would suffer or incur if we breached our contract with you;
    2. relate to any business;
    3. indirect or consequential loss of any kind.
  7. We will not accept responsibility for services or facilities which do not form part of our agreement or where they are not advertised on our website. . For example any excursion you book whilst away, or any service or facility which your hotel or any other supplier agrees to provide for you.
  8. Where it is impossible for you to return to your departure point as per the agreed return date of your package, due to "unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances", we shall provide you with any necessary accommodation (where possible, of a comparable standard) for a period not exceeding three nights per person. Please note that the 3 night cap does not apply to persons with reduced mobility, pregnant women or unaccompanied minors, nor to persons needing specific medical assistance, provided we have been notified of these particular needs at least 48 hours before the start of your holiday. For the purposes of this clause, "unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances" mean warfare, acts of terrorism, significant risks to human health such as the outbreak of serious disease at the travel destination or natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes or weather conditions which make it impossible to travel safely back to your departure point.

18. Excursions

Excursions or other tours that you may choose to book or pay for whilst you are on holiday are not part of your contracted arrangements with us. For any excursion or other tour that you book, your contract will be with the operator of the excursion or tour and not with us. We are not responsible for the provision of the excursion or tour or for anything that happens during the course of its provision by the operator.

19. Insolvency Protection

In accordance with the requirements of the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018, we provide full financial protection for all package holidays that we sell, by way of a separate account held by HSBC.

If you book arrangements other than package holiday from us, your monies will not be financially protected. Please ask us for further details.

20. Passport, Visa and Immigration Requirements & Health Formalities

It is your responsibility to check and fulfill the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We can only provide general information about this. You must check requirements for your own specific circumstances with the relevant Embassies and/or Consulates and your own doctor as applicable. Requirements do change and you must check the up to date position in good time before departure.

Most countries now require passports to be valid for at least 6 months after your return date. If your passport is in its final year, you should check with the Embassy of the country you are visiting. For further information contact the Passport Office on 0870 5210410 or visit https://www.gov.uk/browse/citizenship/passports.

Special conditions apply for travel to the USA, and all passengers must have individual machine readable passports. Please check https://uk.usembassy.gov. For European holidays you should obtain a completed and issued form EHIC prior to departure.

Up to date travel advice can be obtained from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, visit https://www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Non British passport holders, including other EU nationals, should obtain up to date advice on passport and visa requirements from the Embassy, High Commission or Consulate of your destination or country(ies) through which you are travelling.

We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

21. Conditions of Suppliers

Many of the services which make up your holiday are provided by independent suppliers. Those suppliers provide these services in accordance with their own terms and conditions which will form part of your contract with us. Some of these terms and conditions may limit or exclude the supplier's liability to you, usually in accordance with applicable International Conventions. Copies of the relevant parts of these terms and conditions are available on request from us or the supplier concerned.

22. Prompt Assistance

If, whilst you are on holiday, you find yourself in difficulty for any reason, we will offer you such prompt assistance as is appropriate in the circumstances. In particular, we will provide you with appropriate information on health services, local authorities and consular assistance, and assistance with distance communications and finding alternative travel arrangements. Where you require assistance which is not owing to any failure by us, our employees or sub-contractors we will not be liable for the costs of any alternative travel arrangements or other such assistance you require. Any supplier or transport supplier may however pay for or provide refreshments and/or appropriate accommodation and you should make a claim directly to them. Subject to the other terms of these Booking Conditions, we will not be liable for any costs, fees or charges you incur in the above circumstances, if you fail to obtain our prior authorisation before making your own travel arrangements. Furthermore, we reserve the right to charge you a fee for our assistance in the event that the difficulty is caused intentionally by you or a member of your party, or otherwise through your or your party's negligence.

23. Delays, Missed Transport Arrangements and other Travel Information

If you or any member of your party misses a transport arrangement, it is cancelled or you are subject to a delay of over 3 hours for any reason, you must contact us and the transport supplier concerned immediately.

We cannot accept liability for any delay which is due to any of the reasons set out in clause 11 of these Booking Conditions.

24. Foreign Office Advice

You are responsible for making yourself aware of Foreign Office advice in regard to the safety of the countries and areas in which you will be travelling and to make your decisions accordingly. Advice from the Foreign Office to avoid or leave a particular country may constitute Events Beyond Our Control. (See clause 11).

Company Details

Peak Tours Limited
38 Storth Meadow Road, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 6UZ.
Registered in England 7992506
VAT No 130935822

DUE TO ‘BREXIT’ AND THE EVER DECREASING VALUE OF THE POUND WE MAY HAVE TO APPLY A SMALL SURCHARGE TO THIS TOUR IF THE SITUATION DOESN’T IMPROVE. PRICES WERE SET BEFORE THE ‘BREXIT’ VOTE AND SINCE THEN THE POUND HAS PLUMMETED AGAINST THE EURO. IF THE POUND CONTINUES TO FALL THEN UNFORTUNATELY WE WILL HAVE TO APPLY A SMALL SURCHARGE TO THE TOUR. IF WE DO HAVE TO APPLY A SURCHARGE THEN YOU WILL BE ENTITLED TO CANCEL AND HAVE A FULL REFUND. WE HOPE THAT THIS WONT HAPPEN BUT IT IS NECESSARY TO MAKE OUR CUSTOMERS AWARE.

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I have used Peak Tours on three occasions in the last five years: Channel to Med, Moselle to Mozart and Mizen to Malin.  I have also used the services of three other cycle tour operators during the past decade. I have no doubt that Peak Tours offer the very best value and quality of service. Their routes are a pleasure to ride, their guides are knowledgable, thoughtful and attentive, and, importantly, good company to ride with.  The overall Peak Tours package, including the service before and after a trip, beats the others hands-down. I cannot recommend them too highly.

David Smith 2020

Fabulous team of Emma, Tony and Mike - all with complimentary skills to get the job done in a calm, efficient and friendly manner giving excellent customer service and leaving every one of us feeling special and looked after.  We were also conscious of excellent support in the background from Peak Tours HQ team and from Isabelle who couldn't be with us in this occasion but was nevertheless a great encouragement in the background via WhatsApp.

Rob Wark 2019

The route had plenty of variety and lots of interest along the way. It also felt very safe most of the time.  The notes were really helpful in alerting us to difficult bits of the ride or stretches of fast or heavy traffic. I also appreciated the advanced warning of particular areas or sites of interest.  The group size was just right- a great group of cyclists, lots of camaraderie and real fun to ride with. My second tour but my first hard challenge. It was an amazing holiday and I look forward to my next adventure with Peak Tours.  

Robert Vesey 2019

It was my first commercially organised multi-day tour and I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of it.

Given that the group only had one thing in common it bonded exceptionally well as demonstrated by the desire to eat together whether planned or not. I think credit for creating the comfort bubble needs to go to the guide team who worked tirelessly, endlessly and with great cheer for the whole trip. Thanks Emma, Tony and Mike. 

My recommendation is to keep on doing that, let the cyclists take care of the cycling, and continue to benefit from repeat business.  

Terry 2019

Fantastic......and I WILL highly recommend Peak Tours. I am very envious of those English riders who can so easily choose any of your routes. Travel from Australia denies me that spontaneous opportunity.   All three guides were brilliant.

Ross Haywood 2019

A spectacular ride that rewarded cycling effort with some stunning vistas. At times every corner brought a new photo opportunity. The organisation was excellent and enabled me to concentrate on just chilling and riding. The roads were mainly car and pot hole free and as smooth as a billiard table. It was a delight to see rural France away from the big cities and immerse yourself into true French culture. 

David Giles 2019

The route was superb.  To cross France with very little busy road riding and hitting so many superb sites was quite outstanding.

Stuart McCulloch 2019

Attention to detail prevailed as always with Peak Tours.  A most memorable trip. I can’t think how, for me, it could have been better. 

Nikki Hunt 2019

The group size was just right.  I wanted to do as a solo rider rather than with personal friends and intermingle along the way. It was perfect for me as I rode a high percentage on my own yet throughout each day I spent time with pretty much everyone over the 14 days.  I will be back and I've heard you are doing a Spain across the Pyrenees tour. I will be very interested in that as were Team Canada. I will certainly recommend you to all my cycling friends at my two clubs and beyond.

Michael Hobster 2019

Superb tour.  Isabelle, the tour leader is a consummate professional. 

Angus Bantock 2019

Isabelle was very organized and provided for every need. We were blessed to have her as our lead guide and she truly made the trip unforgettable. Alberto was a great mechanic and both Dyland and Alberto helped with everything very well. They both made lovely picnic lunches.  We had such a wonderful time cycling in France! The trip was very well organized and we loved the route everyday! We would highly recommend this tour to all of our friends!

Anon 2019

I thought the whole thing was absolutely brilliant. A life-enhancing experience. The route was so fantastic and building in Mont Ventoux was brilliant. The PT team were excellent and the other riders were friendly and delightful.

Sebastian Macmillan 2019

A most memorable trip. I can’t think how, for me, it could have been better!

Nikki Hunt 2019

We loved every moment and cannot rate the experience highly enough. A huge thank you to everyone involved!

Sarah and Mark Lock 2019

We had a such a wonderful time cycling in France! The trip was very well organized and we loved the route everyday! We would highly recommend this tour to all of our friends!

Anon 2019

I do not know France very well and had not been to any of the places on route (apart from Nice), so it was wonderful to see the landscape and scenery, and it was much appreciated how you managed to find the long cycle path from Ouistreham, and the quiet minor roads along the route.

I couldn’t have wished for better food. Loved the picnics – especially Martins pizza day! Isabelle was constantly slicing fruit, which was delicious. It was a lovely touch to get ice lollies on the hot days – thank you.

The group evening meals were great, particularly the final meal in Nice which was absolutely fantastic!

Nothing was too much trouble and I had absolute confidence that the brew van would be where Isabelle said it would; that lunch would be organised, and that bags would be at the right hotel on arrival.

Phil Higgins August 2018

Peak Tours is a brilliant organisation from my point of view. I have now done 3 tours and plan more. Everybody in the company has always been friendly and helpful – much appreciated.

Nick Hall May/June 2018

Far exceeded our expectations. Looking forward to where we’ll go next.

Alvin & Sara Kirk May/June 2018

Cycling on the quiet French roads with their smooth surfaces was an absolute pleasure. The length of each days cycling was manageable, and I particularly enjoyed the day cycling above the Ardeche Gorge and the Gorge du Verdon.

A very well organised tour from start to finish.

 

This is the third Peak Tours trip (LEJOG and Mizen to Malin) and I enjoyed this one as much, if not more than, the others.

John Holmes May/June 2018

Beyond expectations! Looking forward to next one!

John Murrell May/June 2018

The scenery on the route was forever changing and very beautiful.

Amazing organisation and all guides/support would bend over backwards to make sure that we got a safe and well organised experience. Nothing was ever a problem and they continued to do things for the group after the tour had finished.

Katie Goodliffe September 2018

May I congratulate you on the trip I have just done from the Channel to the Med? It has exceeded my expectations in every way. The route was so well planned, and the hotels have been fine – especially the ones with a pool which I went in on every opportunity at the end of a long day’s slog! Some of the hotels have been quirky, and I have quite liked that! I hadn’t used a Garmin properly before this tour and I was so thrilled at the way it worked out…on the odd occasion I needed to use the trip notes they came in very handy. Thank you!

Nothing was too much bother for any of the guides and they all went the extra mile to ensure I had a wonderful trip.

I think we all enjoyed the picnic lunches. The places we stopped at were perfect!

I have travelled extensively, and this trip will be put down as one of my best. Well done Peak Tours.

Charlotte Lawledge August 2018

What an adventure. That has to be one of the best things I have ever done in my life.

After about the first week in I was really wishing there was a rest day built in to the tour, as it would have been good to regroup in one of the prettier more comfortable places, but by the end I’m not sure, as my fitness improved and aches and pains gradually disappeared and we just seemed to get into the rhythm of it.

Thank you again, I’m still buzzing. Its going to be pretty tough to top that.

Val Gardner June 2018

The route was fantastic. I loved it. Great small traffic free roads. We saw so many gorgeous things. Was tough. Lots of climbing. Well organised.

Loved the picnic lunches. Great variety and the guys catered for the vegetarians (5 of us in our group) very well. Great attention to hand and foot hygiene paid by Isabelle and very willing to meet requests. Loved the small touches like ice lollies in the Gorge du Verdon.

One of the best things I have ever done. It was amazing.

Val Gardner June 2018

The low traffic on the route, with mostly great asphalt roads was superb.

We felt informed via email and all our questions were addressed very well. Group joining went as described, so we think top marks here as well!

We do many organised rides, so we know how bad it can get. For this tour the organisation was excellent. The number of concerns from our perspective was impressively very low.

Greg Schultz June 2018

Stunningly wonderful route. From rolling countryside to dramatic mountains and gorges. And final the Med in which we all bathed. Wow!

The group was made up of people from all walks of life but with a common love of biking. Some were ‘proper’ cyclists, whereas I’m just a bike rider, but we all gelled so well I think.

Clearly a huge amount of work went in to organising and sorting out this tour via places I’d never heard of. Su-bloody-perb!

Having been amazed by LEJOG I didn’t think it could be matched. It wasn’t: it was exceeded. Isabelle was wonderful, and Graham and Connie were the same. Where do you find these amazing people? They are efficient, hardworking and super friendly.

How do you improve on perfection? You can’t! Well done to all concerned.

Gary Green September 2018

Really enjoyed everywhere we stayed, excellent accommodation choices.

The route was amazing, amazing, amazing.

The food provided was better than excellent. Some of the picnics – WOW!

Peak Tours – The best!

In terms of scenery – the best tour for me so far.

Alan Irwin September 2018

The tour organisation was brilliant Just superb. Everything worked perfectly.

This is the second time I have done this tour and to be honest, I would even consider doing it again in a few years!!

Nick Moss September 2018

I had a great time

Well planned trip

Well organized

I don’t think I have any suggestions to improve it

Martin Harvey September 2018

Probably enjoyed it even more than LEJOG

  • Type of cycling & the road surfaces were superb
  • Scale of challenge – particularly the climbing
  • Scenery
  • Group camaraderie

Ian May August 2018

The pre-comms were great - the detail about right - felt very secure that everything was being well handled - and the start is always a bit of a shaky time so it is great that you give us so much reassurance and information on what to expect, what to do and what not to do.

The route was brilliant - whoever created it is a genius - it just flowed and built to the Ventoux climax - couldn’t have been better

So, all in all - another great Peak Tours experience.

Thanks again for creating such amazing personal life changing experiences - I’ll be back!

Tony Barton September 2018

Peak Tours picnics became legendary. Very healthy. Very tasty – better sometimes than the evening meals at local restaurants.

Excellent all-round tour organisation.

It would be difficult to image it being any better without paying premium rates for pointless upgrades. Don’t change. You’re the best.

Justine Longmore September 2018

The tour organisation was perfect.

The tour overall was just excellent!

Jon Seed September 2018

The route kept us off busy roads and we got to see some lovely countryside.
We thought LEJOG last year was good, this was better still!

Myles Agar September 2018

The more I reflect on the tour the better the organisation seems. Thanks for providing the experience of a lifetime.

James Mcgee June 2018

Full marks. Fantastic trip.

Rod Matheson August 2018

The route was just fantastic, everything I hoped for.

The tour leader and back up were top notch, could not be bettered.

Every cyclist should do this tour!!!

Steve Jones August 2018

The food provided at brew stops and picnic lunches was ideal for riding, there was enough of it, and it allowed and even encouraged proper refuelling. Set dinners were good too, notably the last night in Nice.

We have done quite a lot of tours, some very good ones too, but this is the best organised of the lot. There is a very evident focus on an enjoyable /memorable experience for all the riders and safety too. Isabelle is an absolute star in her organisation and establishing rapport with hotels and restaurants.

This is an absolutely top quality product, fantastic route and organisation. Customer service is magnificent.

Nigel & Jane Rees August 2018

We loved the variety and quirkiness of some of the accommodation. This all added to the /French experience.

The route had well chosen roads with fantastic scenery.

The pre-planned support was excellent. When there are problems it does rely on a very proactive and hard-working team leader and support, this is exactly what we had.

Martin & Pauline Casey June 2018

I admit I was surprised with the high quality of the accommodation. I also enjoyed the variety. We stayed in amazing hotels and a 300 year old room. Our “worst” room was interestingly odd. I am amazed how you find such interesting places. Plus, what a great value.

Every day I marvelled over the amazing route. Most rides have a fair amount of stupid junk miles to get between the good parts. This had almost none. Amazing! I loved the small quiet roads, the villages, the mountains, the fields. Many times, I thought “this is genius!” You got us to amazing places and hooked them together on a wonderful, interesting way.

Communication was excellent.  I had lots of questions, coming from California was a challenge. All my questions and concerns were answered quickly.

It was a lifetime event for us, I have nothing but praise. Its obvious why you have so much repeat business. The riders on this trip constantly praised your company. Many were return clients.

‘I’ve just mailed my tour evaluation to you. Though I gave you highest marks in every category, it really isn’t enough. I feel compelled to write you to say how amazing and wonderful your tour was.

 

Your web site was grand. It was full of useful and humorous info. It was a huge factor in helping us choose your touring company from distant California.

 

Your leaders were wonderful in so many ways. They were organized, supportive, sensitive, helpful, and just plain fun. I can’t say enough about how they worked together to make it a lifetime experience. If you have special awards for great support staff, they should be crowned.

 

The route was stunning. I don’t know how you did it, but the roads were great, and the traffic was minimal. Someone really worked hard on the route, and it showed every day. I loved every mile but maybe 3 at the most. It was impressive, Well done!

 

The accommodations exceeded my exceptions by a huge factor. We stayed in an amazing high tech over the top hotel one night and a 300 year old room another. The variety was wonderful, and I enjoyed each night.

 

The food… Oh the food. I am in tears. I am in California, a great place to live. But where is my daily French cheese? My fresh bread? And how did you include the meals you did at the price you charge? The last night dinner was particularly amazing.

 

Thanks for a memory that will be relived over and over again. No wonder so many on our tour were repeat customers of Peak.

 

Take care. I wish all of you continues success in your endeavours.’

Curtis Corlew June 2018

Will recommend it to everyone we cycle with.

One thing we really like about Peak Tours, is how easy you make the transportation of our bikes both to the start point and then back home. We really appreciated being able to meet the vans on the motorway to drop off our bikes the evening before the ferry crossing. We find the courier service you organise for returning our bikes very convenient too. Many thanks!

Derek & Jill Ridyard June 2018

I’ve done 3 tours with Peak Tours now – this was easily the best. I loved it!

Mel Johnson June 2018

The changes in scenery day to day were stunning. Ventoux was as tough as I’d been led to believe and the other climbs were also challenging but provided a real sense of satisfaction when you reached the summit!

The whole experience was terrific. From the time I dropped my bike off at Glossop to the time I collected it after the ride, It was a memorable couple of weeks.

Peter Millington June 2018

Fabulous route, so few cars, wonderful scenery, wild flowers everywhere. Well done!

Judy Wrightson June 2018

Really good mix of B&Bs and hotels, fascinated by the old monastery in St. Flour and Le Demeure St. Ours in Loche.

The route was a great experience, from the flatter areas in northern France through to the massive central, the vineyards, the lavender fields and the total change through to the southern med area. Achieved a long standing ambition of cycling up Mont Ventoux and visiting the Tom Simpson memorial.

The tour organisation was first class, well done everyone.

I have already recommended the tour to several friends, rode LEJOG last year – 2017 – and thoroughly enjoyed it, but the C2M was the better by far – a great experience.

Graham Bullass May/June 2018

The route was just brill.

The best organised tour I have been on.

David Blomfield May/June 2018

I honestly don’t know how you could better the tour organisation.

Exceptional!

Professional!

Mary Ahern May/June 2018

The route was amazing, great, excellent. Evan had some great swim stops. Good safe ‘brew’ stops, great lunch stops. Contingency plans for weather conditions.

Renee August 2018

This is my second adventure with Peak Tours and I travel from New Zealand to take up the challenge. I can’t fault the organisation, the communication and the planning of Peak’s Tours. Absolutely nothing is left to chance. I do marvel at the routes that are planned which cover such varied and interesting landscapes, villages,(is there anybody there?), wonderful quiet roads and you really get to see the beauty of this magnificent country.  Each day offers so much variety and as people say every day gets better. How does that happen??
Oh the brew van what a fabulous sight it is. Just where Isabelle said she would be and with so much nourishing food. Picnic lunches were just the best and cafe lunches really good for a little change.
Our hard working French tour leader Isabelle is one out of the box! She really puts her heart and soul into making this trip so memorable. Her passion for France and her love of people makes her the ideal guide for a trip to be cherished.
A special thanks to Paul and Martin who were always there when you needed them and even if you didn’t need them there they were. Nothing was a problem when it came to bike maintenance.

Helen Weaver June 2018

Loved cycling the route – from what I can remember I think it has improved – although I know this is the 10 day version.

Good roads, fabulous scenery and a good balance of the days so tougher days were shorter mileage. There was lots of climbing and, I have to say, I was glad I warmed up on the Cols trip.

Brew stops were good as usual, I like the way we get things from bakeries! Lots of fruit, but it’s the Haribo that keeps me going ? Nigel makes a great picnic which allows you to eat what you feel like; however, the lunches were also good.

Another great tour – really enjoyed it. Up to Peak Tours usual standards. I never hesitate to recommend you because you consistently deliver excellent cycling trips.

Always ended the day looking forward to another day in the saddle.

One very happy customer ?

Helen Evans Sept 2018

It’s a great route, generally simple, attractive initial days then really excelling through the Ardeche, Ventoux and Gorge du Verdon days – spectacular.

The food provided was generally good, I preferred the wonderful picnics. Good brew stops run by Nigel & Matt.

As long as there is a route I find attractive, i.e. one with a similar degree of interest and challenge, then I won’t look beyond Peak Tours. (This is my first organised multi-day bike trip).

Simon Ringham Sept 2018

I loved the route, as each day offered different views and challenges. I thought the last day was of a good level of challenge and a great round up. Some of the other tours have quite a hard final day and I’m pleased that this trip ended a little more gently and with a sense that we had arrived.

The brew stops provded by Isolbel were truly fantastic, with lots of local fruit and a cgood set of staples like nuts, banana’s etc. There were plenty of hot and cold drinks though you might need to retire one of the flasks!

I adored the picnic lunches. They were great fun and very tasty, even in the challenge of the hotter days in southern France. Nigel and the team chose some really great locations for both the brew stops and lunch.

I loved the tour and was terribly sad to find the tour had finished. It’s my 3rd tour with you and I thought it was just an incredible experience.

Anonymous, Aug 2017

Fantastic selection of hotels and the way they varied from the very fancy to the pretty basic (the monastery) added to the interest of the whole tour.

So well thought out. I felt as if I saw the great variety of countryside there is to see in France. The shortening of the distances on the days with heavy climbing was just right.

Nigel, Sam and Isobel made a fantastic team. The did everything they possibly could to ensure everyone had the best possible holiday.

Helen Weaver, August 2017

This tour was brilliant. Well done, we all said Peak Tours was our best trip compared to other operators.

Martin Gloster, August 2017

All the hotels were either of an excellent standard or rather interesting. Where else can you stay in a converted monastery with it’s own attached chapel. Wonderful stuff, no complaints at all.

Very few busy roads, excellent views and scenery, interesting little villages. Again, absolutely wonderful. Distances were nicely achievable each day, but with a great sense of achievement.

As a vegetarian I did have some worries about finding enough to eat, but there was always plenty for me on the trip and Isabelle was wonderful when we had pre-booked meals, she always phoned ahead to make sure there was something on the menu for me. She is a real asset to the company and especially to this trip.

Wonderful team leaders, Nigel is so enthusiastic and is magnificently supported by Isobel and Sam. They worked well as a team but Nigel in particular is ideal. The hotels were good, the vans were where they were supposed to be when they were supposed to be. All bags arrived, can’t fault it.

Roland Dearman, Aug 2017

What a route!! Outstanding, almost perfect.

As someone who has spent their life organising I thought you and your team outstanding.

Nigel, Sam and Isabelle were fantastic and actually above and beyond.

Will be doing again probably, it was that good.

Chris Grime, Aug 2017

It was a lovely route, using smaller roads wherever possible and giving us a different insight into the different regions of France.

This was my first long cycle tour and it surpassed my expectations. Many thanks to all at Peak Tours for enabling me to tick off something that’s been at the top of my bucket list for years!

Rob, Isabelle and Chris are all lovely people who all wanted us to really enjoy the trip and they are naturals at keeping everyone happy. Even when we set off in pouring rain they could raise a smile from us. Rob and Chris both kept those of us flagging at the back going!

Kate Whitaker, Sept 2017

Excellent. Traffic free until Nice. Was surprised how deserted a lot of the route was. Will be looking forward to another Peak tours trip soon.

 

James and Virginia Lamb, Sept 2017

Had a fabulous time

 

Mike Earrey, Sept 2017

Fantastic quiet roads, interesting scenery – not to mention the downhills!

 

Janet Webber, Sept 2017

As with LEJOG, the route was excellent, taking us to areas it would be difficult to explore by car. Thanks Steve.

Plenty and varied options at brew stops including local delicacies (Thanks Isabelle!) Picnic lunches were very enjoyable. Always plenty of choice wherever you were in the peloton. A nice group of varying riders mixed well so it didn’t take long to learn everyone’s name. For me it ran like clockwork – if there were issues it didn’t show.

I had a great time on LEJOG in 2015 and have had an excellent time on this tour. I have no hesitation in recommending Peak Tours and I have on several occasions

I can’t think of anything which could improve the tour. I am amazed that you can get 26 riders from one end of the country to the other, feed and water them in style, provide comfortable accommodation each night and get them home safely.

Keep doing what you’re doing, it works!

Thanks to everyone

 

Peter Adam, Sept 2017

Good route, good weather and good company. What’s not to like?

 

Paul Tomlinson, 10 day tour September 2017

A work of genius – interesting, beautiful roads – excellent road surfaces, not too busy – a real triumph! Well done to whoever devised the route!

 

Thor Beverley, 10 day September 2017

Relied on the Garmin 95% of the time. The accompanying information about the history and region was very informative and appreciated. Route notes, when used were spot on.

 

Bernice Ellis, Sept 2017

It was really good to get the emails before, everything was 100% clear, no hiccups at all.

Rob Chris and Isabelle were so good, I personally couldn’t fault them. Glossop office and staff all great too, we really felt looked after properly.

 

Simon and Liz Whelan June/July 2017

The route was really good. Only a couple of sections with busy traffic but otherwise no problems..Picnics were superb. Restaurant lunches good but some took too long. Van snacks excellent. Tour leaders were first class, could not have been more helpful, supportive, positive.

10/10, loved it!

 

Mark Bottomley Jun/July 2017

The guides make a huge difference on the trip, and the ones we had were really good.  I certainly appreciated getting to the hotel and finding the luggage waiting for is in the room (rather than dumped in the lobby like on some of the Marmot Tours we’ve been on) and I also was glad to see that the guides seemed to have time for everyone, rather than treating you as a second class citizen if you’re not one of the fastest (which I’ve also experienced on one trip).

The brew stops and picnic lunches were great.

 

Matt Young June/July 2017

My 4th tour with you. That must tell you something!

Best one I have done yet! You do what you do extremely well, can’t think of anything you should change.

 

Colin Sewell, June/July 2017

The picnic lunches were excellent and the brew stops were good. This trip has been my focus after my triple bypass operation in September. It certainly has helped my recovery. This tour was all I hoped for and more. Thank you for organising such great trips.

 

 

Graham Gregory September 2017

As Nigel our guide told us, each day gets better and better and boy was he right! Stunning scenery and magical descents!

 

 

Alan Dunger September 2017

How would I rate the tour? Excellent.

Any recommendations? I absolutely loved this trip.  I have done the LEJOG with Peak Tours previously, but that was with a friend who I ride with regularly.  This time I came with my husband who is a lot fitter than me so I was a bit anxious as to how that would work out and also how he would feel being on an organised trip. But I needn’t have worried.  Friends and family keep on commenting on how happy he looks in my photos and we both had an absolutely brilliant time and made friends who I’m sure we will see again.

 

 

Jacqueline Payne September 2017

Well what can I say...have just had a most FANTASTIC time, despite the weather (which wasn't that bad and actually made cycling more comfortable in my eyes...) it was an amazing 2 weeks. Am extremely glad to report that the organisation, office back up, brew stops, general helpfulness and willingness to go the extra mile of the Peak Tours Team, have not wained in the intervening years since I did the inaugural Dover to Cape Wrath tour in 2013!!

 

Janet Webber September 2017

Just to let you know that we have had a fantastic time on the Channel to Med tour - only one more day to go - sadly!!!

I want to adopt Rob - he is such a lovely lovely guy ?! He is superb, kind, gentle, so supportive and encouraging!

Isabelle is fantastic - we all love Isabelle, such a kind and thoughtful lady and so organised.

Chris's first experience and he is doing well ?. He is very keen to please and has worked hard throughout the tour.

We will continue to sing the praises for Peak Tours - so well organised, attention to detail, attitude etc etc - all pitched perfectly!

 

 

Pauline and Mick Bedwell Sept C2M

I daren’t tell my wife, but this is the best holiday I can ever recall having - I’d do it all again tomorrow!

Rod Wark August 2017

I'll start with the same complaints that I had after I completed LEJOG in June, the tour and the distance were not long enough! Never have I enjoyed my cycling more than this year having been granted 2 passes by my wife to complete 2 fantastic tours.

The accommodation varied from very basic to very smart which added to the experience. The route could not be faulted from the flat lands of the north, to the tough climbs of Mont Ventoux and the Verdon gorge, and the fast technical descents are the very reasons why I ride a bike. The GPX files were spot on I did not use the route notes. The food was very good although I did miss the bowl of porridge and fry up I had on LEJOG but we were in France to experience the culture as well as ride so that's ok. Isabelle and the brew van were legendary particularly on the wet days when a cuppa, slice of cake and a warm smile was all I needed to crack on with it. I was lucky to ride with some fantastic people the group size was just about right as it split into small groups of similar abilities, however the day we ascended Mont Ventoux the group was a whole as we all waited at the summit until everybody had made it. The organisation of the tour was very good everything it seemed to run like a well oiled machine.

Now a word about the guides, 3 totally different people but what a team they were, I thought they were all outstanding. Nigel's passion and enthusiasm for what he does is a credit to him, Isabelle is such a nice warm lady who cares so much about what she does always with a smile on her face, Sam who was always there ready to help whenever he was needed, I thought they were all a credit to Peak Tours.

The tour overall was excellent just what I was looking for in a cycling holiday, in fact I would certainly do C2M again without hesitation. I would also recommend Peak Tours to anybody without a doubt.

 

 

Ivan Matthews August 2017

I did the Channel to Med 5th to 20th May with Peak Tours and can only describe it as absolutely fantastic. The route was unbelievable, the scenery too beautiful to describe in words, impressive chateau’s, medieval towns, castles, mountains, vineyards and a great group of fellow cyclists of varying ages and abilities. What more could you want

The route is as described on Peak Tours website. All the hotel accommodation was good and as usual with Peak Tours they were often at the top of a short climb but all were in lovely locations. The route along the top of Gorge of Verdon was spectacular and well worth the climb of getting to the top…

The tour guides, Rob, Tony and Isabelle were exceptional, they could not have been more helpful. The brew wagon followed the same format as the LEJOG, coffee stop between start and lunch and another between lunch and destination, lunch was sometimes in café, pubs or as a relaxing picnic under the trees.

 

Mal Dinsdale May 2017

The route, route notes and gpx were superb. From one stunning section to another. I loved the variety from gentle climbs to those two 15 mile down hills in a single day. The scenery was breath taking and the rides through it were awesome.

 

John Pringle May/June 2017

Amazing! Roads are so quiet compared to LEJOG. Scenery is stunning and varied. Hills are a challenge without being frighteningly steep both for climbing and descending Highlights were the climb out of Mont Dore, the ascent of Ventoux and the Gorges Du Verdon -the latter was a wonderfully chilled out day with beautiful views and plenty of time to enjoy them. Once we’d got out of Caen, there were no cities or busy roads until Nice, which was a lovely change from the UK. We found that the amount of distance and ascent on most days was perfect for having a good days riding but still having time in the evening to look around the towns.

Lunches were fantastic. The picnics were really well done and Rob and Mark got a bit competitive about providing the best! There was plenty of choice and good quality fresh food and the local fruit tarts were much appreciated. The lunches provided by the cafes and restaurants were also great. Brew stops were superb. Isabelle did a great job of getting fresh seasonal fruit and cutting it up for us so we could try everything without having to eat too much. There was also plenty of choice in terms of sweets, biscuits and dried fruit and nuts so that all tastes were catered for.

 

Cath and Julian Walls May/June 2017

As one of the guides said, it gets better and better as the ride progresses. He wasn’t wrong. I particularly appreciated the country routes and the fact that we largely avoided urban areas. Some of the scenery was truly breath taking, and introduced us to areas we had not known about before. So, full marks on the route.

The picnics were brilliant with plenty of choice and flare. Those meals in restaurants were also v good. The balance was about right for hotel meals versus eating out.

I thought LEJOG was brilliant but this was even better. And all of us in the group agreed. It was a great two weeks and I just loved cycling through beautiful and often dramatic countryside. The organisation worked seamlessly and all we had to worry about was if we had the energy and strength to get up the hills. And the brew van made sure we did!I would recommend this tour to one and all – and already have!

 

 

Nicholas Martin May/June 2017

Great trip I really enjoyed it. Excellent route showing a lot of the stunning scenery of France on predominately quiet roads (best way to see France) Very good hotels for the price we paid for the trip (does not need to be better) Some of the isolated hotels showed signs that they are struggling but this added to the character of the trip. (They were not dirty). Food at breakfast and lunch was very good again adding to the character and Mark and Rob had a health competition going for the best spread. (I miss the cheeses already). Obviously with any trip there are factors that cannot be catered for, the weather and group but particularly the group was extremely good. (You cannot go to Frances mountain regions in summer without the occasional thunder storm).

I would like to thank Rob, Mark and Isobelle for the support in making the trip so good. Particularly Isobelle who was always working hard to make sure the trip ran smoothly, from constantly cutting up fruit at the brew van to being on the phone in the afternoons, as she checked we all passed safely by.

 

 

Keith Elliot May/June 2017

Great trip I really enjoyed it. Excellent route showing a lot of the stunning scenery of France on predominately quiet roads (best way to see France) Very good hotels for the price we paid for the trip (does not need to be better) Some of the isolated hotels showed signs that they are struggling but this added to the character of the trip. (They were not dirty). Food at breakfast and lunch was very good again adding to the character and Mark and Rob had a healthy competition going for the best spread. (I miss the cheeses already). Obviously with any trip there are factors that cannot be catered for, the weather and group but particularly the group was extremely good. (You cannot go to Frances mountain regions in summer without the occasional thunder storm).

I would like to thank Rob, Mark and Isobelle for the support in making the trip so good. Particularly Isobelle who was always working hard to make sure the trip ran smoothly, from constantly cutting up fruit at the brew van to being on the phone in the afternoons, as she checked we all passed safely by.

Keith Elliot May/June 2017

What a fantastic trip, so much better than LEJOG in so many ways. Here are my thoughts.

 

I thought the route was absolutely incredible. Every day we were enveloped by beautiful farmland, wild flowers, rustic vistas and small hamlets with pretty churches etc. The changing landscape from farmland to woodland and gorges made for an outstanding 2 weeks. As the runt of the litter and the one that didn’t go in a peloton and spent every day telling the rest of the group that it was about journey not destination, you did me proud!

The guides:

Isobel - I felt I had made a new friend. She is spirited, dedicated and undoubtedly her French helped us out in more ways than we would have been aware of on a daily basis. She cares about people’s experience and was very nurturing and organised. Great sense of humour and a thoroughly fantastic person to spend 2 weeks with, I loved her.

Rob - I had been on the Lejog with Rob and again I felt I was cycling with a friend. I loved Rob’s leadership which is understated, non-confrontational and non-didactic. He worked tirelessly to make sure we all had our bikes working and that we enjoyed the journey. A remarkable human being too, who is just a joy to spend time with. The advantage of being the slowest on the journey was that I got to have some lovely conversations with Rob at the back. He is a real find!

I would absolutely book Peak tours again and would look for tours that had Isobel and Rob on them. They are a credit to the company and are fantastic individuals.

I adored the holiday, thank you for all your efforts in the office and out in France to make it a truly memorable trip.

 

Louisa Perry May/June C2M

I am crap at filling in forms- I normally get me PA to do it! So my feedback is; it was a great trip and I enjoyed it hugely.

The guides and organisation were exemplary and they all looked after us very well- even the return of my bike went like clockwork.

It is a more enjoyable ride than Lejog as it is more of a holiday, but Lejog is more iconic. I was also delighted not to go on a bus this time as I am not used to public transport! (Rob knows what I mean)

In all seriousness it was excellent; Isabelle fed us well and Rob was an excellent leader-you should increase both their salaries!

I will be back for Cape Wrath or Italy-perhaps next year or the year after, but nothing can compare with Mont Ventoux, what a climb…

 

 

Charles Ryland May 2017

I had an immense time on the tour. Channel to Med is a terrific itinerary. I love France anyway, but I was enchanted by the remote, majestic scenery and gorgeous historic villages and towns you took us through. All three of the guides were fabulous. Nothing was too much trouble and they were unfailingly delightful. I have to single out Rob for his poise and credibility as tour leader.  Isabelle was the loveliest mother hen to all of us. Tony was helpful above-and-beyond when it came to my eternal bike hypochondria. They made every aspect of the tour a pleasure, and when that turned out to a bit of stretch (torrential rain, bloody hills), they were adept at adapting plans to increase comfort and morale at just the crucial times.

With regard to the comparison to the 14-day LEJOG, I thought C2M was overall more tiring (while one of my groupmates thought it was less gruelling than the 10-day LEJOG). The uphill gradients on the French route are less sharp, but they are so *long*. I managed to stay on my bike for the whole of LEJOG, even up the Lecht, but Mont Ventoux absolutely emptied me out (but was amazing too!). I ended several days absolutely shattered. I relish that feeling, but one does need to be prepared for it! The "Everest" comparison for the overall ascent in the two trips of two-thirds versus twice the height (or whatever it is) came to feel really relevant.

I hadn't been on a bicycle for the previous 8months, so I did find the limits of not doing any specific preparation (expect to be nose-to-tarmac on some of the long hills; and be ready and enthused for a little light strolling and pushing up one iconic mountain...)

However, my experience was also that a basically active and determined person would be stretched and thrilled by the journey. I feel inspired. And I'm going to treasure forever our 84yo groupmate's motto, that "anyone who hasn't got off and walked up a hill, hasn't tried a hard enough hill"

 

Elly Webb May 2017

It was a fabulous trip! Although very nervous at the start, not knowing what to expect, I can only say that I have enjoyed every minute of it.

The group was indeed very nice and helpful for each other, but this was made possible thanks to the never ending good work of Isabelle, Rob and Tony.

You can be proud of having such professional and service minded guides! They are much more than guides, nothing was too much, no matter when or where you were asking for something….

Thanks again for your nice organization and the good work of Isabelle, Rob and Tony!

 

 

Benneth De Proft May 2017

I love your tour concept. Thanks for making my trips possible. I would never have thought that at 62 I would be cycling France from the Channel to the Med, as I was not sporting at all when I was younger. The support is amazing and now my family and friends think I’m an inspiration. I’m not – I just persisted in training and got support!

Gilly Cooper, September/October 2016

Bloody awesome route – well done. Great roads, quiet roads, stunning views. Now … if you could only make Ventoux a bit flatter!

Vicki Barber, September/October 2016

The route was amazing – mostly relatively traffic free and the fabulous descents made up for (almost) the climbs! The brew van will always be a fond memory! The hotels were good also and everyone said how great it was to have the bags in our room at the end of each day. We ran a gite business here in France for 7 years and had hire bikes & prepared routes for our guests so we have a idea of how much preparation has been put into the routes etc – you have done a great job with all the work that must have been necessary and you have a great bunch of people working for you!

Gordon and Jane Barnes, September/October 2016

Overnight stops were very good in general. Some were ultra modern and others ‘full of character’ as they were in the middle of nowhere. A really good variety and each night there was a very interesting town/city/village to explore, some stunning medieval sites. There was always a great variety of food at brew stops and the picnic lunches.

John Pointon, September 2016

I just wanted to tell you what a fantastic team you have at Peak Tours. The Channel to Med bike ride that I've just done under the expert guidance and care of Nigel, Richard and Dan was just perfect! From start to finish, and I include the 'head office' contingent of Dave, Lee and yourself in the accolades, the service was professional, efficient and friendly, which gave the clients the comfortable feeling that everything was sorted and in control.  As a relative newcomer to the sport of cycling, this was even more appreciated by me than it was with the 'experts'!  More than this, however, was the constant vigilance and care given to ensure the safety and welfare of the 23 cyclists on the trip by all three of your staff - and all done with unstinting goodwill and a boisterous sense of humour so important on a hard expedition.

Ernie Clark, September 2016

The tour organisation was excellent from first communication to the final dinner – all needs catered for.

Keith Rawlinson, September 2016

The accommodation was very good. All clean, good food, nice staff. The tour was very, very good value. I had a great time!

John Austin, September 2016

Excellent route through less travelled roads. Would recommend any of the trips I have taken with Peak Tours to any competent cyclist.

David Varga, September 2016

Tour Organisation. Excellent+. Beyond expectation. Meeting people off the train in Portsmouth was a very nice bonus. Tour Overall. Outstanding. In comparison with other companies I have used for similar trips, Peak Tours are better in almost every way. In particular, you offer the best value by miles.

Dave Smith, September 2016

An amazing trip which far exceeded my expectations.

Richard Beer, September 2016

Wonderful route. The best road riding I have ever done. Overall, an awesome tour! Great leadership, support, great route, great hire bike from Peak Tours.

Rick Metzger, September 2016

I would have no hesitation in recommending this tour to friends, family and others. I’d like to do another similar trip in the future – maybe Italy.

Chris Morgan, September 2016

The picnic lunches and brew stops were excellent – substantial and a great variety. The tour organisation was very slick!

Ann Marie Latham and Helen Cassady, August 2016

The route meant that the cycling went at the perfect speed to travel and see many beautiful areas of France that I would never have been to otherwise. The trip has clearly been planned to perfection.

Laura Mattock, August 2016

A great route, loved it all. The prospect of Mont Ventoux was something to focus on and aim for. Every day I felt it couldn’t get better, but it did.

Janet Cordingley, August 2016

The route was amazing. I hate to think how much effort it took to find so many quiet roads across the country, north to south. The cafes were nice but the picnic lunches were fantastic. The best holiday I have ever had. It was brilliant. I have recommended you to all my friends.

Phil Winterbourne, June/July 2016

The route was excellent - quiet roads, great surfaces and magnificent scenery. The picnic lunches were excellent and far better than I expected. I was also amazed at what good sites were selected for the brew and lunch stops – always either a good view, or shelter from the sun and never problems with traffic. Obviously, a lot of research goes into this.

I would not fault anything with the tour – being met at the railway station, your great service in taking my bike from Glossop and returning it from Nice made things so much easier. Arriving and leaving hotels was so easy with our bags being taken to our rooms. I cannot think of anything where the organisation was lacking.

This completely lived up to expectations and more. I loved the whole experience and would recommend others to take this journey. It was brilliant. The input from Peak Tours, with the organisation, the guides and the overall informal, but highly efficient, attention to detail was, as always, superb. Thank you.

Graham Dent, June/July 2016

Brew stops and lunches were fantastic – Isabelle (the guide) always looking for new treats for us!

Sylvia and John Chudley, June/July 2016

Well organised without being over-organised. We’re all grown adults and it’s good to have that recognised! The route was so well planned in terms of terrain and difficulty, building up to Ventoux and then the Gorges du Verdon. It just got better and better. Loved the picnics.

Marjory Grieg, June 2016

It started off great and just got better. I highly recommend it, a fantastic two weeks.

Simon Joyce, June 2016

This was a spectacular trip and fantastically well organised. Thank you very much.

Rachel Pattinson, June 2016

Full marks for the route planning. Magnificent country. Challenging ascents (but not beyond anyone’s capability) and descents … and Mont Ventoux!

Robin Hollands, June 2016

We both want to thank you for organising such a fantastic French tour. Both of us had such an amazing time, more of a holiday for me & a great holiday / hard challenge for Nicky. Having done a LEJOG I kind of knew what to expect, but Nicky was super impressed with just how well organised the tour was & how smoothly the tour ran. Undoubtedly, having 3 such fantastic guides really contributed to the success of our Caen to Nice cycle trip.

Anonymous

The route was simply outstanding. The tour was amazingly organised.

Adrian Zissos, May 2016

It was all just brilliant! John and I have never known such superb organisation which made it all run like clockwork. The ethos of Peak Tours clearly comes from the top and makes for really successful holidays that everyone loves. We had a wonderful time – thanks a million.

Anonymous

The tour organisation was brilliant – thanks. We really had the most amazing trip and were very impressed with Peak Tours’ service all round.

Willow, June 2016

I was so impressed by the route. We rarely saw traffic and the scenery was spectacular. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in cycling in France.

Dan Jeffers, May 2016

The tour organisation was absolutely superb. As a participant getting on with the ride, the whole tour seemed to go like clockwork, seamlessly behind the scenes. All three guides were excellent and came across as a very efficient effective team. I greatly appreciated the fact that our luggage was in the room on arrival at the hotels – it is that level of service that really ‘makes the day’ when we arrive tired after a days cycling. The coordination between the guides and the hoteliers seemed to be excellent. Briefings were comprehensive and thorough and the brew van and lunches were extremely well organised and much appreciated. I used a pre-loaded Peak Tours Garmin which was excellent. Having said that, the route notes were also excellent, as indicated by fellow riders who relied on them

Philip Brodie, May 2016

Best cycling I’ve ever done.

Chris Rooney, May 2016

I thought nothing could beat Peak Tours LEJOG. I was wrong.

Vajrin Malin, May 2016

All the routes for each of the days were fabulous. It was rare to have a section of busy road or go through towns. The route notes were amazingly accurate.

Clare Hearnshaw, May 2016

All accommodations were clean and the owners were courteous. I don’t know how you managed this in France!

Anonymous C2M 2015

Compared to other companies doing similar trips this was real value for money.

Peter Norwood C2M September 2015

The quality of the accommodation was much higher than expected.

Claire Young C2M September 2015

The accommodation definitely exceeded my expectations, a quiet selection of roads with some stunning scenery. The tour was first rate both in terms of enjoyment and value for money.

Mike Rosam C2M September 2015

On the whole we had an unbelievably fantastic tour and we are looking forward to selecting another tour with Peak Tours!

Lisa and Gary Eato C2M September 2015

Really lovely route, all of it. Well thought out and put together.

Karen Madgwick C2M September 2015

The food and accommodation were excellent. A good combination of group meals and DIY. The accommodation varied from the modern to the historic, many were quirky and interesting. I found them excellent and enjoyable. It is a great treat to have the bags in the room after a day’s cycling. The route was tough and challenging, both the ascents and descents, and the climbs stretched my abilities. But it was rewarding and the route was extremely well researched, with the particularly tough days interspersed with slightly easier ones. Overall I had a great time, and I know my friends Ian and Richard did too. I cant really think of any significant change to improve the experience. The Peak Tours formula of luggage transfer, briefings, brew stops and great team is a winner. It seemed to me that about 40-50% of those on the tour had been on a Peak Tours trip before, which is great testimony to what you offer. Well done. I have encouraged a friend in our cycling group to book a LEJOG next year and Ian and I are looking at Germany next year. A wonderful two weeks, very enjoyable and exhilarating. Thanks for everything.

David Wynn C2M September 2015

The route was really well worked out, despite the difference in mileage on some days the rides were similar in duration. I was on LEJOG in 2012 and didn’t think it could get much better. However, the guides made the Channel to Med tour a trip to remember for all the right reasons.

Sharon Whitehead C2M August 2015

I loved every minute of it, it was the best two weeks I’ve had since LEJOG. Thanks to you all.

Janet McRoberts C2M August 2015

The scenery is simply stunning. The route balanced so more distance on the easier days and shorter days when there was more climbing. Peak Tours does this so well making trips a pleasure , where you look forward to the next days cycling. Peak Tours are just great, you really understand how to make these trips work. Nigel, Isabel and Sam worked very hard to make things work on the ground. The success reflects the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. Peak Tours are truly client focussed, and provide excellent value for money not to be forgotten cycle tours. Their organisation is excellent and this tour is absolutely amazing. I cannot thank Steve and his team enough for providing yet another excellent holiday.

Helen Evans C2M August 2015

I find it hard to criticise anything. I wanted a challenging cycle ride which was well organised with a route which let me experience the amazing changes in the French countryside as you travel from the North to the South, and stayed in excellent hotels on the way. What I got exceeded my expectations.

Des McCarron C2M July 2015

Lovely quiet roads and cycle ways. France is perfect for cycling as there are no hedges to block views, and cycling through different areas was wonderful. I shall remember the sunflower and corn fields and cute cows, the smell of lavender and the outstanding views.

Trish Winterbottom C2M July 2015

The route was amazing, views to die for. Did not realise how beautiful France was.

Clive Hill C2M July 2015

I hired a Garmin from you with the route pre-loaded which worked brilliantly, so didn’t rely on the route notes very much but they are an essential back up and well written and presented.

Duncan Gregory C2M June 2015

The route was amazing, really appreciate the effort the team has put in to finalising it.

Andrew Carpenter C2M June 2015

The route was perfect. My ideal France trip starts in Normandy, follows the Loire Valle, Crosses Mt. Ventoux, goes through the Verdon Gorge and ends in Nice. You hit all the right buttons as far as I am concerned.

Jim Jenkins C2M June 2015

Every Km was an absolute joy. I enjoyed every minute of it and feel very lucky to have been involved in one of your first Channel to Med’s.

Andy Wagner C2M June 2015

The route was really excellent (interesting, relaxing, very challenging at times) and the lack of traffic was just delightful. Im sure it took a tremendous amount of work to put it together – it paid off, well done.

John Short C2M June 2015

The route was great as it stayed away from busy roads and visited some lovely little villages.

Jim Broomhall C2M June 2015

The brew vans were fantastic, always a welcome sight on the road and the picnic lunches were brilliant!! Lovely spread of food, drink and desserts!! I know they were a lot of work for the guys but they were so much better than the 3 course lunch time meals that were served in the restaurant or cafes. The picnics could be as quick or as slow as you wanted, a much lighter meal and it was relaxing too. They were fab!

Kay Murfin C2M June 2015

I was very happy with the accommodation and the smaller family run nature of the hotels. The route was really great. Quiet roads and fantastic scenery. My goal was to get a feel for the French countryside and the route really delivered on that.  I did not expect such good background notes. I know my mother really enjoyed reading the copy I gave her. She knew where I was each day. She probably wont book on herself though as she’s 86! Really liked the lunches and the different local produce. Picnics with local breads and cake are one of my favourites and you guys did and great job on that front. The buffet meals were excellent as well. The organisation could not be faulted in my view. I am really impressed by how well this tour was organised, it was as though it had been done many times before. I cannot fault this trip apart from a bit of rain at the start which I do hold Steve accountable for! I am so impressed by the professional planning and the attention to detail that has gone in. France, its countryside, the food and beer delivered on the rest but even that was partly due to the excellent route planning that caused us to cycle through some absolutely beautiful parts of the country and it continued to get better as the days went on. I thought the cycle lengths each day were just right enough to challenge but not enough to dispirit the average cyclist like me. While the leaders were laid back which set a good mood among us there really was no mistaking the professional attention paid to each detail of the trip. I am really impressed and no one has paid me a penny to say all this. Rarely do I part with money for a holiday and get such value back.

Andrew Thomas C2M May 2015

The tour took in some wonderful scenery and many lovely villages. Fantastic to have climbed Ventoux – that is an important part of the trip, but other days, especially Gorges de Verdun were particularly wonderful too. Lovely to cycle along miles of nearly car-free roads! Peak Tours’ attention to detail and careful planning are evident through the tour, much appreciated and really contributed to our enjoyment of the tour because everything runs so smoothly. We recognise how hard you have all worked in achieving this – both in putting the tour together and in how hard and long you work each day in supporting every aspect of the trip. The efficient, detailed and but relaxed organisation is why we choose peak tours – we know what we are going to get and its exactly what we want. We loved this Channel to Med tour. We have come back exhausted and exhilarated. From our experiences on Lejog we had high expectations and we were not disappointed in any way. This was wonderful – in all ways a superb trip. More of a physical challenge than LEJOG because of the long climbs in the second week, but entirely manageable and enjoyable because of the challenge.

Nancy and Alan C2M May 2015

We were very happy with all our accommodation on the tour. The Hotel on the first night (Hotel Beryl) was very good. Also particularly good was the B&B in Sault, the B&B in Loches, the Hotel la Beuze in Aubusson was very comfortable and the Brice in Nice also. These stand out, but everywhere was clean, comfortable and with very pleasant and accommodating managers/owners.

Nancy and Alan C2M May 2015

This was a fantastic tour. The route was superb, taking us through some beautiful and spectacular scenery. Steve, Nigel and Sam made every effort to make the tour a success. Another Peak Tours success.

John Herbert C2M May 2015

I thought the route was great – some really good climbs (apart from the obvious big 2!) and fantastic countryside. And could the roads be any quieter, I don’t think so! Exceeded my expectations.

John Hackett C2M May 2015

A brilliant couple of weeks in good company with a well organised organisation. Great fun and hopefully to be repeated on other tours in years to come.

Peter Chapman C2M May 2015

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