Tour of Gran Canaria Road Bike
Canaries & Spain, Bike - Road Cycling, 8 days - from £995 (land only) - from €1,395 (land only) - from $1,620 (land only)
By: Andy Goodwin, E.Sussex, UK
Really helpful when phoning to enquire advising only one space left so would need to book quickly - so I did!
Nice range of hotels throughout the trip. Not normally a fan of buffet food but it works well for hungry cyclists! Maria did a great job backing up Ray and her support , drinks refills and snacks were most welcome. The ride was challenging for me and I was regularly one of the last to finish but at no time did I feel pressured to speed up.
Ray ran the trip well and gave good advice throughout.He made the right call on the last day not to ride in to the mountains due to the bad weather even though he knew we all wanted to go, and found a suitable alternative route which was a real bonus. His knowledge of the roads and weather systems of the island was excellent, and I felt very confident with him at the helm.
By: Jeffrey Glebocki, Arizona, USA
KE staff, particularly Gemma, were great to work with. I always received a timely reply, and I she didn't have an answer right away, she circled back to me shortly afterwards with the necessary information. Great customer service.
Ray and Maria (our guides) delivered an outstanding holiday experience. They anticipated everything, they were able to respond to everyone's questions and needs (and moods), and they were alot of fun as well.They know their work and their business thoroughly, and how to ensure customers were well taken care of. The chemistry between Ray and Maria also was a complement to making sure things ran smoothly and all details were taken care of. Lots of positive energy, suppport, laughter and kindness.
My objective for this holiday was fully met - that is, to ride a bike every day on a beautiful island and discover a new part of the world. Ray and Maria put together an experience to meet that objective. My only observation is that the cycling was really hard given the mountainous terrain of Gran Canaria. It might make sense to rate this trip a bit tougher than for the average "weekend warrior" (that would be me) and give people a clearer sense of the intense nature of the climbing involved. That said, it was a fantastic experience and one I am really happy to have had the chance to experience.
By: Clement Rouleau, Etterbeek, Belgium
First class! I can't find anything negative to say about the local agent/trip leader. Ray and Maria looked after the group extremely well and responded to the individual needs of the each of the riders in the group. Ray knows the Island very well and was able to ensure the group had wonderful experience from start to finish. I really felt that the group was in solid hands.
Most enjoyed - Not having to worry about all the logistics required to support such a trip (hotels, restaurants, stops, routes, etc) and knowing that someone in the group (trip leader) knew the area very well.
By: Rob McGregor, Widnes, UK
You can't beat the warm weather and cycling in Gran Canaria in November. The roads are smooth, quiet and most drivers are considerate to cyclists. Highlights were climbing Serenity, and the descents of the last day towards Masopalomas.
Most enjoyed - The warm weather when it's cold back home, the smooth roads, and riding with the rest of the group. The ride along the sea cliffs on Day 5 was another highlight.
By: Rosie Haddock, Lanarkshire, UK
Our guide was very professional but fun at the same time. Considerate and good instruction. Awesome holiday - would highly recommend to any keen cyclist.
By: Catherine Worth, Middlesbrough, UK
The accommodation was fabulous, with beautiful rooms, vast quantities of varied food, swimming pools and friendly staff. We were able to keep our bikes in our rooms. The cycling in Gran Canaria is wonderful, with stunning scenery, great climbs and descents and very good road surfaces. The route was well planned and allowed for extensions on a couple of days when things were going well. Weather fabulous! Don't expect to loose weight though - the food is too plentiful and too good! In 6 days we cycled all over the island - can't recommend this trip highly enough.
Our guides Ray and Maria were fantastic. We were looked after really well, and they organised excellent bikes for us all. Ray was very professional and safety conscious, but also managed to be encouraging and hilarious. Maria drove the support van and always seemed to be around when most needed. They made a fantastic team and helped turn an excellent holiday into a truly memorable one.
This trip was brilliant. A superb way to kick start the season's training. Great cycling and great fun. The fantastic cycling in lovely scenery on good roads in superb weather with great companions and brilliant guides.
By: Richard Balmford, Hampshire, UK
I Most enjoyed; challenging but achievable riding, and the fact that it involved a round tour rather the rides from a fixed base. In this instance I picked a trip which matched a fixed week, the KE trip looked exciting, provided good information, and the staff were very helpful.
By: Alasdair McGregor, Widnes, UK
Excellent holiday, highly recommended. Already considering doing it again! Ray helped make the holiday, good leader on and off bike.
Most enjoyed - The cycling! Island was far more beautiful than expected. All accommodation was good and varied.
By: Helen Kavanagh, Stockport, UK
The whole holiday was fantastic! Ray & Maria were professional, enthusiastic, supportive & fun. The cycling was superb with great bikes, smooth roads, very few vehicles (& well behaved drivers), & stunning views with a great variety of landscapes. It was challenging but achievable & I feel great to have completed it.
By: Alasdair McGregor, Cheshire, UK
This is the second time I have been on this holiday so I knew what to expect, enjoyed it so much last time decided to do it again. Five of us on the trip returned from last year as was so enjoyable (and I'd happily go again). Good riding, good group, good accommodation and excellent leadership and support from Ray and Maria. They both showed good flexibility and planning when poor weather forced a change in riding, were always cheerful and helpful.Just thank you to all at KE and Ray and Maria in Gran Canaria for another excellent holiday.