Dordogne Family Activity Week (23 July)
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Canoeing down both Vezere and Dordogne river was truly magical, the water was warm enough and in parts shallow and gentle current that pulling up and letting the children swim was brilliantly easy. Spectacular scenery took my mind off any arm ache.
What did you think of your group leader?
Excellent, helpful, considerate. I felt that Paul handled everyone well, adults and children alike, we had the right balance of group and independent holiday experience. Much more preferable to some holidays when you feel like you are expected to do everything as a group and no self initiative required, we had space if we wished. He also chose some useful places to eat where the children could play and so the adults had time to talk and relax in the evenings.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Its a good choice, I booked this holiday as my first taster for a family holiday with Exodus and will definitely consider using them again to try another country. If you are planning to see the caves, book tickets before you leave for the holiday as I understand long ques and limited tickets make it tricky, and research how to get to the caves if you don't have transport of your own. I was unprepared and being in that region the caves are something which we ended up missing out.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
All I would add id that I feel Exodus could have been more help to the group leader by providing a more practical vehicle to transport a huge amount of equipment between sites, some sort of people carrier would have been easier, and maybe to make some money back the group leader may then have been able to offer to drive people to somewhere like the Lascaux caves on the free day for a fee. I also wondered why operationally the week 2 trip shouldn't be done in reverse as it seemed un-necessary for the group leader to have to pack up camp in Beynac to move it all back to Les Eyzies, when maybe the time could be spent prepping for the next group and could start in Beynac then onto Les Eyzies