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July
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8 Night Tour De France Tour – 22 – 30 July 2018.

PER PERSON SHARING: € 2260; PER PERSON SINGLE: € 2570

 

INCLUDED
Airport Transfers 8 Special Meals
8 Nights of B&BBicycle Hire
Permanent Follow Vehicle
NOT INCLUDED
Drinks
Coffee Stops
Own Meals
Items of Personal Nature
Gratituities
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
5 Day Experience of the Tour de France featuring:

–  Cycling part of Medium Mountain Stage 15 en route to Carcassonne

–  Departure of High Mountain Stage 16 at Carcassonne

–  Cycling through the cols of Aspin and Tourmalet

–  Arrival of High Mountain Stage 17 at Saint Lary Soulan.

–  Arrival of High Mountain Stage 19 at Laruns

 

2 Days  of Cycling and Touring in the Aveyron featuring:
  • The St Affrique fresh produce market; cycle to the troglodyte village of Peyre; the Millau bridge; the Roquefort cheese caves.

Cycle to Brousse Le Chateau, one of the “Most Beautiful Villages in France”

 

Airport transfers from/to Toulouse Blagnac airport/city centre

 

8 Nights of B&B at the beautiful Les Magnolias/other hotels

 

8 Special Meals (including at least 5 semi-gastronomic Dinners/Lunches) at Les Magnolias or other carefully selected restaurants

 

Bicycle hire (high quality racing, road, mountain or electric bicycles)

 

 

Additional information

Duration8 days
1

Sunday 22/07, Day 1 – Bike Kit-out and Coupiac

Arrive at Toulouse Blagnac Airport, own transport/airport pick-up and transfer to Les Magnolias.  All flight arrivals to occur prior to 11.30 am.  Light own lunch at the ancient village of Lisle Sur Tarn en route.   Afternoon bicycle kit out and swim at Les Magnolias.    Optional late afternoon ride to Coupiac (slight climb through mountain and forest road).  Special dinner at Les Magnolias.

Distance: Optional 18 kms ; Overnight: Les Magnolias – DB&B

2

Monday 23/07, Day 2 – Carcassonne

Breakfast at Les Magnolias. Depart by minibus to Carcassonne including a stunning 50 km forest and mountain ride en route, passing through the beautiful villages of Salvetat-sur-Agout, Saint Pons De Thomieres, Beaufort and the Col de Lore (optional, featured for the first time on the 2018 Tour de France map!).  Own light lunch en route.  Site seeing and Special dinner at Carcassonne. Overnight at Hotel Montmorency situated within walking distance of the old city of Carcassonne…

Distance: 50 kms; Overnight: Hotel Montmorency  – DB&B

3

Tuesday 24/07, Day 3 – Departure of High Mountain Stage 16 at Carcassonne

Walk to Tour Departure point in city centre.  Light breakfast en route.  Experience the festive atmosphere of the Tour’s challenging Stage 16 Carcassonne-Baganeres-de-Louchon departure.   Depart on 3 hour drive to Bareges, just 11 kms from the top of Tourmalet (!) including a 30-50 km ride en route between the two famous cols of Aspin and Tourmalet!!  Light lunch en route.  Special dinner at or nearby Bareges.  Overnight at Bareges.

Distance: 30 -50 kms (flexible); Overnight: Bareges Residential Hotel – DB&B

4

Wednesday 25/07, Day 4 - Arrival of High Mountain Stage 17 at St Lary Soulan

Breakfast at Bareges.  Drive to St Lary Soulon including a 25 km ride over the col of Tourmalet or Aspin.  Own light lunch en route.  Experience the arrival of the challenging Stage 17 at St Lary Soulan.  Return to Bareges.  Special dinner close to Bareges.   Overnight at Bareges.

Distance: 35 kms; Overnight: Bareges Residential Hotel – DB&B

5

Thursday 26/07, Day 5 – Site seeing in Lourdes

Breakfast at Bareges.  Drive to the famous city of Lourdes for a site seeing and nature day.  Optional 50 km ride close to Lourdes.  Special lunch in Lourdes.  Own dinner and overnight stay at Lourdes.

Distance: Optional 50 kms; Overnight:  Lourdes – LB&B

6

Friday 27/07, Day 6 – Arrival of High Mountain Stage 19 at Laruns

Breakfast and morning at Lourdes.   Light lunch at Lourdes.  Drive to watch the arrival of the very challenging Stage 19, featuring the cols of Aspin, Tourmalet and Aubisque!!  Return to Plaisance via Special dinner stop at Albi.  Late arrival in Plaisance.

Distance: No planned cycling Overnight: Les Magnolias – DB&B

7

Saturday 28/07, Day 7 – St Affrique fresh produce market; Roquefort cheese caves; Millau

Breakfast at Les Magnolias.  Drive with bikes to St Affrique’s charming fresh produce market.  Ride 45 kms from St Izaire to the troglodite village of Peyre, via the stunning St Rome Sur Tarn.  Beautiful long ride along the Tarn river, past quaint old farmhouses and lively local rural activity.  Own lunch at Peyre.   View of the tallest cable-stayed bridge in the world from Peyre and drive to the Roquefort cheese caves.  Optional tour of the caves. Return to Plaisance.  Special dinner at Les Magnolias.

Distance: 45 km; Overnight: Les Magnolias – DB&B

8

Sunday 29/07, Day 8 – Brousse-Le-Chateau

Breakfast at Les Magnolias.  Return ride to Brousse-Le-Chateau, 52 kms, one of the “Most Beautiful Villages in France”.  Explore the Brouse Le Chateau village, its chapel, cemetery and quaint chateau.  Own lunch at Brousse. Return ride via flat Tarn or mountain route.  Relaxing at Les Magnolias pool and terraces.  Special dinner at Les Magnolias or nearby restaurant.

Distance: 52 kms; Overnight: Les Magnolias – DB&B

9

Monday 30/07, Day 9 - Departure

Breakfast at Les Magnolias.  Depart Toulouse Blagnac airport, pick up of all participants at Les Magnolias at earliest hour to allow for earliest flight departure.

Basic Checklist
Cycling shoes, cross trainers (own cleats – all bikes have standard flat pedals)
Cycling socks
Cycling Gloves
Cycling Shorts / Casual Shorts
Cycle Shirts / Casual shirts
Cycling Jacket + Warm Jacket
Helmet (also available for hire)
Small daypack (for in the bus)
Casual shoes / sandals
Jeans / Casual Long Pants
Underwear
Wind Breaker
Sun Hat
Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Torch and batteries (not necessary)
Swimming Costume
Toiletries, including lip balm & personal medication
Camera
Spending money
Energy bars – if you feel it is necessary
First Aid kit – Disprin, plasters, Imodium etc.

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Disclaimer 1

Disclaimer 2

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INSURANCE: It is a condition of your contract with us that you must take out adequate travel insurance suitable before you travel to cover yourself for cancellation, curtailment, injury or illness during your holiday with Macs Adventure. We do not check insurance policies for suitability, but reserve the right to request a copy. You are responsible for indemnifying us in full in the event that we incur any losses or expenses arising out of your failure to take out adequate insurance cover.

SUITABILITY & BEHAVIOUR: All our holidays, tours and courses are graded and it is your responsibility to ensure that you are physically fit, adequately experienced and suitably equipped to compete the holiday. If you have and medical conditions, allergies or special dietary requirements you must inform us and your leader (where appropriate). We will endeavour to pass on any dietary or special requests to our suppliers but cannot guarantee that they will be able to meet your request. Your booking is accepted on the basis that you understand and accept the inherent risks involved in adventure or activity travel and that you undertake the treks, tours and activities of your own free will. If you decide that you are unable to continue the holiday you will be responsible for making your own alternative arrangements at your own expense. If in our reasonable opinion your behaviour is likely to cause injury, upset or distress to third party or damage to property we are entitled to terminate the holiday of the person(s) concerned, without prior notice and they will be responsible for making alternative arrangements and no refunds will be given.

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OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

  • No helmet no ride
  • Support vehicle always available for the fatigued
  • Ride snacks, i.e. energy drinks and energy bars must be for your own account
  • Cyclist must adhere to guides instructions at all times
  • You need to be 16 years or older to cycle in Big Game areas
  • If using your own bike, it must be covered by personal insurance
  • No children under the age of 12 years old are permitted on the bush braai or night drive
  • No passport – no entry

The rental includes:

  1. Quality and well maintained mountain bikes of different sizes. Hard Tail bikes will be provided as standard. Soft tails can be arranged on request. Bike technicians will be on tour with spares and will repair any punctures and damages within reason.
  2. The equipment remains the property of the supplier and you may not sell, hire out or part possession with the equipment.
  3. You must not misuse the equipment and must return it in the same condition as when received (ordinary wear and tear excepted). The supplier is entitled to charge for any damage caused to the equipment during the period of hire. The renter agrees with his/her signature to stand surety for any loss/damage occurred.
  4. You must ensure that the equipment is adequately secured when not in use. In the event of the equipment being lost or stolen, you may be liable for the replacement value of the equipment.
  5. Delivery and collection:
    Bikes will be supplied on arrival. The cost of bike hire is R350 per day.
  6. Payment can be done in cash or via credit card (MasterCard).

Passports and Visas

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information offered below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

British passport holders and most European and Commonwealth Passport holders do not require a visa to travel to South Africa. Please note that all travellers to South Africa who do require a visa are required to have a minimum of 2 blank consecutive pages in their passport i.e. a left hand page and a right hand page to enable an entry visa to be issued. Please note that new regulations from the 1 June 2015 mean that any child under 18 travelling to South Africa needs to be in possession of an unabridged birth certificate with the names of both parents. If a child under 18 is only travelling with a single parent, they will also have to have an affidavit, no less than 3 months old, from the absent parent confirming the child can travel with the other parent; a court order granting full legal guardianship of the child; or a death certificate of the deceased parent. Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations and Travel Health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad. There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid and Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis is essential if travelling in the greater Kruger area, and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up‐to‐ date information.

Helmets

Helmets must be worn by all cyclists in South Africa.

Currency Information

The national currency of South Africa is the South African Rand (ZAR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication of approximately 18 to the UK£ and 14 to the US$.

Credit Cards can be used in major shops and restaurants but will not be accepted at curio stalls and some smaller shops.

Travellers Cheques can be cashed at banks in major towns, but access can be limited on some trips. Please contact info@escapecycletours.com for further info. We suggest that you bring cash. Please bear in mind, however, that due to the nature of the tour, it would be better to bring sufficient funds with you for the duration of the trip.

ATM availability/Credit Card Acceptance/Travellers cheques

ATMs are available at Johannesburg airport. There may also be some ATMs en route ‐ please check with your guide at the start of your trip.

Insurance ‐ are you adequately covered?

You must have adequate travel insurance, and if you are joining a trip which goes to high altitude, you must check that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Electricity

In South Africa the standard voltage is 230 V. The standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power sockets that are used are of type C / D / M / N.

Group, Staff and Support

The group will generally be between 4 and 12 people. The trip is led by an experienced and knowledgeable cycling guide/mechanic and a driver, both also have incredible knowledge of the wildlife and plant life and are on hand to answer any questions you might have. All our guides are Theta Certified. Please note that anyone aged under 18 must be accompanied by (and share accommodation with) a parent or legal guardian.

  • Bike Hire: R350 per day
  • Single room surcharge of 10%
  • South African Airways (SAA) offers free transport of your bike
  • Additional travel plans in South Africa
  • R50 cross boarder fee
  • 10% Discount on self-drive option

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