2019 tour - France
Thursday 6th - Monday 10th June 2019 inclusive
(these are the full dates, however, people can amend to suit their own schedules)
Thursday 6th June: Outbound flights to Bordeaux
Night out in Bordeaux
Overnight in Bordeaux
Friday 7th June: Ploughmans CC v Saint Aulaye CC in Chenaud (35 overs)
Evening meal post-match
Overnight in Marmande
Saturday 8th June: Ploughmans CC v Damazan CC in Damazan (35 overs)
Evening meal post-match
Overnight in Marmande
Sunday 9th June: Ploughmans CC v Stade Bretou CC in Eymet (35 overs)
End of Tour Dinner
Overnight in Marmande
Monday 10th June: Daytime agenda (still TBC)
Return flights to London from Bordeaux
As with previous tours, the Club will be encouraging individuals towards certain flight options but these are by no means set in stone. Individuals can arrange flights to suit their own needs, even mixing and matching flights if you so desire. Going on the 'preferred' flights will mean transportation to/from airports will be provided within the overall cost. For anyone outside the preferred options, airport transfers may have to be covered by those people themselves. Unless, that is, individuals arrive/depart at such times that we're able to pick them up en route somewhere.
Bear in mind if you book other flights, the times vary wildly and you may require an early morning taxi or overnight in a Premier Inn, thus negating the difference in price. The 'preferred' flights just appear to be the most sensible option. We understand, however, if work commitments etc. mean you can’t do the whole tour. Fortunately, Bergerac airport is a decent arrival/departure point in terms of where we’re going to be, so if you are looking to travel in and out of France at different times to the main party, then Bergerac flights are what you need to source.
NB: All flights to be booked by individuals themselves. 'Ash Airways' may well be in operation again but flights are YOUR responsibility, not the club's. There is no point us doing a Group Booking as airlines always put a premium on those.
Flight options: (contd.)
FROM/TO LONDON GATWICK
Departure date: 06/06/19
From: London Gatwick to Bordeaux (Direct)
Departure time: 15:55hrs
Arrival time: 18:35hrs
Return date: 10/06/19
To: Bordeaux to London Gatwick (Direct)
Departure time: 21:55
Arrival time: 22:30
Cost: £60pp* (based on no hold luggage)
*Flight costs are based on search done on 07/11/18. They are subject to change the longer people leave them!
NB: If unable to book on these exact flights, there are other options. Either with EasyJet on the same day or in and out of other airports.
Bordeaux – Thursday 6th June (1 night)
Hôtel Restaurant Campanile Bordeaux Gradignan
Allée des Demoiselles
T: +33 5 56 80 63 33
If you require a single occupancy room that is obviously more but we may be able to "absorb" the cost and even it out for everyone once we know exact figures.
Marmande – Friday 7th – Monday 10th June (3 nights)
Hôtel Restaurant Campanile Marmande
D813 Ave. Francois Mitterand
T: +33 5 53 94 39 80
Cost of accommodation for full Tour: £180 per person
(allows for a handful of single occupancy rooms)
Unlike previous Tours, our hosts are unable to help with transport. Primarily because of the distance between each other and the distances we have to cover. France is a bloody big country!! Having said that, a quick Google Maps test suggests no single journey is more than 2hrs, with some around 30mins.
French public transport is woeful so the best way for us to undertake these journeys is by hiring our own Tour coach and driver (yes, a fun bus!). The finer details of this are still to be ironed out as we’re waiting on a few other quotes so the cost is a bit of a guesstimate. We think we’ve budgeted enough but this cost may increase per head slightly.
Expected cost of transport: £50 per person
There are several cricket clubs in the area and they are all very friendly with each other. To the point where they are able to pool players, so none of the nonsense of PCC having to provide the oppo with players as we did in Croatia. Players are both local and ex-Pats and the standard varies but we will pick our teams accordingly to ensure a competitive match at each venue. The proposal is that we will play 3 x 35 over matches on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Two of the grounds have synthetic wickets, still waiting to hear on the other one!
Tour Fees: £50 per person
This covers the cost of match day facilities, balls, kit bags (excess baggage), teas and refreshments during each match and a Tour polo shirt for everyone (and a few extras as gifts for our hosts).
Meals: £100 per person
We’re a little bit more self-sufficient here...
Breakfast – provided by hotels
Lunches – a lunch kitty will be required and it will probably require a trip to a local supermarché en route to games. Our hosts say lots of tourists arrive for games with a picnic, which they have before taking to the field.
Evening meals – at present, the plan is for our hosts to provide a post-match meal on Friday and Saturday and the cost is included. This leaves three other evening meals. One of which is the End of Tour Dinner – the plan for this, as usual, is we expect it to be held at a local restaurant and, hopefully, in the company of some of our hosts. The cost for this Dinner is included. The other two evening meals (Thu & Mon) will be the responsibility of each individual and paid for accordingly (i.e. not included in the price). This is partly because not everyone will be at the beginning and/or end of the tour.
TOTAL COST PER PERSON ON FULL TOUR = £380 + whatever your flights cost*
Which, if paid in 5 monthly instalments (Jan-May) = 72 per month. NB: Total balance must be paid in full to the Club before departure. Please also remember this is a price based on the full tour. The overall cost for full tour may well come down once final number of tourists is confirmed. We may also be able to run a snacks or drinks kitty if the exchange rate works in our favour – Brexit will determine that!
In a nutshell
For your money you get:
- Your B&B for 4 nights (cost obviously comes down if you stay less nights)
- Your transport in France
- Tour Fees (fees, facilities, match balls, refreshments, teas)
- Meals (well, nearly all of them)
- The much-coveted Tour polo shirt
- Cricket kit (pads, bats, etc.) provided by the Club. You just need to pack your whites and trainers.
Obviously, on top of this you will need to pay for your flights and budget for a certain amount of beer/extra food money.
Finally, the Club recommends that you take out your own travel insurance policy for the duration of the Tour.
So… Think about it for all of 5 seconds and then say yes!