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Topic: Fever One Tour : Castres December 2023
Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Subject: Fever One Tour : Castres December 2023
Date Posted: 17 July 2023 at 7:23am
I am pleased to announce that we have 5 confirmed so far. Many thanks to Tim D for his four names. Once we have established the favoured routes etc all confirmations will be listed on this topic. 



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Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 24 July 2023 at 7:05am
Ok folks we have 7 confirmed as of this morning travelling from Bristol on 8th December, returning on 11th. My intention is to book hotel & flights on 31/07/2023 so if anyone is still interested please send me your full names, addresses & DOB so I can make necessary arrangements. Also please confirm hotel needs. 

The tendancy is for flights to increase in price as time goes by so if anyone wants to join the tour later they are more than welcome but we can't rely on costs given now. 


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 27 July 2023 at 7:39am
Final update before flight/hotel booking. We now have 10 confirmed so mini bus transfers to and from airport/hotel is now financially feasible. The current buses under consideration both ends have some additional capacity ( 14). Full confirmed itinerary will be listed here next Tuesday hopefully.


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 27 July 2023 at 9:00am
Hotel rooms booked at the Renaissance Hotel, 17 rue Victor Hugo - 250 metres from centre & rated Excellent & 9.6 for location on booking.com. Castres ground is apparently 2.5 kms from hotel. 500-600 metres to the river. More to follow. 


Posted By: Fscarlet
Date Posted: 27 July 2023 at 9:15am
Whats the pricing looking like at the moment?


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 27 July 2023 at 9:41am
Originally posted by Fscarlet Fscarlet wrote:

Whats the pricing looking like at the moment?

Hotel rooms booked are around £1400 for 10 people in 4 doubles & 2no singles for 3 nights - singles cost more of course pro rata. Flights are going to come in at £205 - £230, transfers to and from Bristol around £35-£40 per head each way & something similar Toulouse Airport to Castres Hotel. 


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 01 August 2023 at 9:49am
Ok folks Fever I is up and running. To date we have 13 confirmed - 12 travelling from PYS with one joining us at Bristol Airport. All rooms have been booked at the central Renaissance Hotel. Flights are confirmed with EasyJet out of Bristol on 8th December at 1440 arriving Toulouse 1725; returning on 11th December at 1055 arriving 1150.

6 large cabin bags, 1 23 kg hold baggage & 13 carry on cabin bags are booked. With regard to seats - on booking certain requested seats I was not allowed to mix and match so I took the executive decision and confirmed all seats so we have 13 together in three rows on both flights. Cost is £6.99 each way per person. 

I now would like to turn to transfers. I have a confirmed cost for a bus ( max 14 people + luggage) from PYS to Bristol at £750.00 return. Spreading that cost over the 12 travelling it would work out at a little over £30 each way. In my opinion that is cost effective when compared with the cost of travelling to Bristol by car sharing when you add in parking costs. If anyone disagrees please PM. I hope to confirm this booking by the end of the week. 

I am still working on bus transfers the other end but it will be something similar. A bus transfer from Toulouse airport direct to the hotel for me is worth paying a little extra as opposed to the train journey which involves 2 changes and takes around an hour longer each way. I will report back on costs.

For anyone who is still considering the trip & for whatever reason cannot commit now please do not feel you have missed the chance. PM me if you would like updated costs etc and we can see what we can do. Future confirmations will of course have to take into account flight & hotel availability. 


Posted By: Rob o'r Bont
Date Posted: 01 August 2023 at 10:11am
Strong effort here Gareth, well done. I wish I could come but maybe a future trip. 

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Posted By: 157cb
Date Posted: 01 August 2023 at 10:13am

  Brilliant work Gareth! and a huge thanks! Cant wait !


Posted By: From the far side
Date Posted: 01 August 2023 at 10:22am
I must say I am looking forward to Fever One Tour. Bring it on. Thanks for the motivation and organisation Gareth


Posted By: Bill Bison
Date Posted: 01 August 2023 at 10:50am
Thanks for your efforts, Gareth
Can't wait!


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Posted By: scarletpimp
Date Posted: 01 August 2023 at 11:08am
Gareth GPR Rochester....a man in a million!
Like everyone else, so grateful  for your efforts,  and looking forward with great anticipation. 


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Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 01 August 2023 at 11:21am
Strong effort here Gareth, well done. I wish I could come but maybe a future trip. 

Rob - thank you mate. Hopefully this will be the start of many. Have you had the hip sorted yet - I keep forgetting to ask. If not good luck. 


Posted By: Eastern outpost
Date Posted: 01 August 2023 at 12:06pm
Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

Strong effort here Gareth, well done. I wish I could come but maybe a future trip. 

Rob - thank you mate. Hopefully this will be the start of many. Have you had the hip sorted yet - I keep forgetting to ask. If not good luck. 
Sentiments echoed on both fronts.

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Posted By: Rob o'r Bont
Date Posted: 01 August 2023 at 5:21pm
Originally posted by Eastern outpost Eastern outpost wrote:

Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

Strong effort here Gareth, well done. I wish I could come but maybe a future trip. 

Rob - thank you mate. Hopefully this will be the start of many. Have you had the hip sorted yet - I keep forgetting to ask. If not good luck. 
Sentiments echoed on both fronts.
Cheers both. Hip Op went well thanks.  Got it done the first week in February and managed to catch the last few games of the season. Got it done with the aid of a robot believe it or not.  Great result as robot gets it spot on every time. Smile

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Posted By: Eastern outpost
Date Posted: 01 August 2023 at 5:29pm
Originally posted by Rob o'r Bont Rob o'r Bont wrote:

Originally posted by Eastern outpost Eastern outpost wrote:

Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

Strong effort here Gareth, well done. I wish I could come but maybe a future trip. 

Rob - thank you mate. Hopefully this will be the start of many. Have you had the hip sorted yet - I keep forgetting to ask. If not good luck. 
Sentiments echoed on both fronts.
Cheers both. Hip Op went well thanks.  Got it done the first week in February and managed to catch the last few games of the season. Got it done with the aid of a robot believe it or not.  Great result as robot gets it spot on every time. Smile
Excellent news

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Posted By: reesytheexile
Date Posted: 01 August 2023 at 6:33pm
Originally posted by Eastern outpost Eastern outpost wrote:

Originally posted by Rob o'r Bont Rob o'r Bont wrote:

Originally posted by Eastern outpost Eastern outpost wrote:

Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

Strong effort here Gareth, well done. I wish I could come but maybe a future trip. 

Rob - thank you mate. Hopefully this will be the start of many. Have you had the hip sorted yet - I keep forgetting to ask. If not good luck. 
Sentiments echoed on both fronts.
Cheers both. Hip Op went well thanks.  Got it done the first week in February and managed to catch the last few games of the season. Got it done with the aid of a robot believe it or not.  Great result as robot gets it spot on every time. Smile
Excellent news
Great news Rob - look forward to dancing The Can Can with you at the Scarlets Xmas Party 😉 and what an effort from GPR masterminding the Castres trip. Such a lot of work . Da iawn Gareth 👏👏


Posted By: Rob o'r Bont
Date Posted: 01 August 2023 at 10:56pm
Originally posted by reesytheexile reesytheexile wrote:

Originally posted by Eastern outpost Eastern outpost wrote:

Originally posted by Rob o'r Bont Rob o'r Bont wrote:

Originally posted by Eastern outpost Eastern outpost wrote:

Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

Strong effort here Gareth, well done. I wish I could come but maybe a future trip. 

Rob - thank you mate. Hopefully this will be the start of many. Have you had the hip sorted yet - I keep forgetting to ask. If not good luck. 
Sentiments echoed on both fronts.
Cheers both. Hip Op went well thanks.  Got it done the first week in February and managed to catch the last few games of the season. Got it done with the aid of a robot believe it or not.  Great result as robot gets it spot on every time. Smile
Excellent news
Great news Rob - look forward to dancing The Can Can with you at the Scarlets Xmas Party 😉 and what an effort from GPR masterminding the Castres trip. Such a lot of work . Da iawn Gareth 👏👏
Not sure about the Can Can David, more likely to be Hip Hop.

See what I did there. Smile


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Posted By: reesytheexile
Date Posted: 01 August 2023 at 11:19pm
Originally posted by Rob o'r Bont Rob o'r Bont wrote:

Originally posted by reesytheexile reesytheexile wrote:

Originally posted by Eastern outpost Eastern outpost wrote:

Originally posted by Rob o'r Bont Rob o'r Bont wrote:

Originally posted by Eastern outpost Eastern outpost wrote:

Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

Strong effort here Gareth, well done. I wish I could come but maybe a future trip. 

Rob - thank you mate. Hopefully this will be the start of many. Have you had the hip sorted yet - I keep forgetting to ask. If not good luck. 
Sentiments echoed on both fronts.
Cheers both. Hip Op went well thanks.  Got it done the first week in February and managed to catch the last few games of the season. Got it done with the aid of a robot believe it or not.  Great result as robot gets it spot on every time. Smile
Excellent news
Great news Rob - look forward to dancing The Can Can with you at the Scarlets Xmas Party 😉 and what an effort from GPR masterminding the Castres trip. Such a lot of work . Da iawn Gareth 👏👏
Not sure about the Can Can David, more likely to be Hip Hop.

See what I did there. Smile
. Ha ha ! Touché 😂 ( or Foxtrot Oscar ? 😂)


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 05 August 2023 at 9:21am
To all those confirmed on the trip. I would strongly recommend that you take out Travel Insurance ASAP. I have just checked online - available for single trip cover at around £10.00 which includes COVID-19 cover. 

Collecting mini bus transfer prices at the moment - will report back soon. 


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 08 August 2023 at 7:09am
Ok have a lowest price from SMC coach hire of £750.00 return - PYS - Bristol Airport. At just over £30 each way I believe that is good value & means we travel as one. I intend to pay the £310.00 deposit requested by Friday unless I get resistance from fellow travellers. 

Working on the French transfers at the moment. 


Posted By: From the far side
Date Posted: 08 August 2023 at 9:40am
Thanks yet again. Travelling together is a great idea. I am all for it. You should not have to bear the initial cost of your endeavours so let us know when you want further contributions from us.Great work.


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 11 August 2023 at 9:40am
Ok fellow Fevers have paid the deposit for the Uk transfer. Have a price also of £750.00 for the french transfer - I think I can squeeze a little better there so will keep trying. 


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 24 August 2023 at 6:58am
Quick update. £750.00 still the best price received so far for the Toulouse/Castres transfers but I have been a little hindered as August tends to be the holiday season for many French people. Hoping to get things finalised by the end of the month.


Posted By: Rob o'r Bont
Date Posted: 19 September 2023 at 9:43am
Asking for a friend sort of a question. Do you good folk know where the Scarlets fans will be seated for the Castres game?

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Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 16 October 2023 at 8:44am
Originally posted by Rob o'r Bont Rob o'r Bont wrote:

Asking for a friend sort of a question. Do you good folk know where the Scarlets fans will be seated for the Castres game?

Sorry I didn't answer this question Rob - I am hoping to get the tickets sorted in the next couple of weeks. Will post where once I know. 


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 16 October 2023 at 8:45am
Ok I am finalising Toulouse/Castres transfers this week. Still the best price I have is £750 but have some new contacts. 


Posted By: Rob o'r Bont
Date Posted: 16 October 2023 at 4:58pm
Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

Originally posted by Rob o'r Bont Rob o'r Bont wrote:

Asking for a friend sort of a question. Do you good folk know where the Scarlets fans will be seated for the Castres game?

Sorry I didn't answer this question Rob - I am hoping to get the tickets sorted in the next couple of weeks. Will post where once I know. 
Thanks Gareth.

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Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 24 October 2023 at 2:05pm
I have finally booked our transfers from Toulouse to Renaissance hotel, collection at 1725 hours at Toulouse Airport 8th December with drop off approximately 80/90 minutes later at Hotel in Castres. Return journey collect outside hotel at 0705 for 1055 flight on 11th.

Vehicle/s have capacity for 16no with luggage. Cost is 898 Euros which is £780 roughly. As for tickets I am planning on purchasing direct from the Castres site as we will get batter options. There is an outside chance that we may have some complimentary tickets.

Once the tickets are resolved I will then contact all travellers with a final account made up of the French transfer above, the balance of the Bristol transfer & any cost associated with the tickets.


Posted By: From the far side
Date Posted: 24 October 2023 at 3:03pm
 Brilliant work Gareth. I am so looking forward to the first fever travel away trip. Let’s hope team performance has picked up by then.


Posted By: 157cb
Date Posted: 24 October 2023 at 3:07pm

   Fantastic work 👏 Gareth!


Posted By: ap sior
Date Posted: 24 October 2023 at 3:48pm
Best of luck all. I'm planning Zebre in May.


Posted By: Bill Bison
Date Posted: 24 October 2023 at 9:21pm
Thanks Gareth. We are really looking forward to the trip. Not many sleeps left Smile

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Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 28 October 2023 at 8:50am
Ok this morning the Castres site is showing coming soon for the Scarlets tickets so I will keep checking. 


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 29 October 2023 at 12:18pm
Over the next couple of weeks I will posting some info on bars/restaurants etc which may be of interest to all travelling. There is an Irish Bar - The Quay 200 metres from the hotel which auspiciously is on the way to the ground (1.5kms from hotel). One problem I note is that it only opens daily at 1600 hours according to the online info. I will be making other enquiries.

There is also a Sports Bar nearer the ground - probably 1km from the hotel which appear to be open all day. If anyone has any useful info please share. 


Posted By: 157cb
Date Posted: 29 October 2023 at 12:25pm

   I have heard the Irish bar is a cracking pub Gareth , spoke to a fellow Scarlet who has visited Castres previously. 


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 29 October 2023 at 12:27pm
Originally posted by 157cb 157cb wrote:


   I have heard the Irish bar is a cracking pub Gareth , spoke to a fellow Scarlet who has visited Castres previously. 

Thanks Mark - think it only right that once we reach the hotel you & I, in the interest of the tour party of course, have a little stroll to check it out. Wink


Posted By: 157cb
Date Posted: 29 October 2023 at 1:06pm
  
   Spot on Gareth! Got to sample there Guinness ,be rude not too .


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 29 October 2023 at 1:09pm
Originally posted by 157cb 157cb wrote:

  
   Spot on Gareth! Got to sample there Guinness ,be rude not too .

My thoughts exactly - closing time is 0200 every night - little harsh I think but when in France & all that!!!!


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 31 October 2023 at 8:41am
Sports Bar which is open all day is about 500 metres from the hotel & 1200 metres from the ground. Appears to be a good place pre match for drinks/food & watching games on the Sunday. With the Irish Bar opening at 1600 hours til late & nearer the hotel (200m) it could be a good place to end the evening/night.

Our hotel is well situated close to the river Agout with Castres famous for the Goya Museum (close by); cuisine wise the area is famou for roasted camambert & 5 week aged charolaise beef. My personal plan will be to have a walk along the river on Saturday morning to get some coffee/croissants on my way to the Sports Bar for pre game drinks/snack. Probably make my way back to Irish Bar post game for more of the same.

Sunday is similar with further walks along the river but I intend to book a table for lunch at Amelio Melo ( 1200-1330 hours). Rated No 3 restaurant from 127 by Tripadvisor. That should set me up nicely for an afternoon of rugby at the Sports Bar & a final visit to the Irish Bar. One of those two mornings I hope to pay a visit to the Goya Museum. If anyone is interested in joining me for the lunch on Sunday let me know & I will make the booking. 




Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 31 October 2023 at 8:48am
With regard to the restaurant I intend booking next Saturday so if you can let me know by then - cheers. 


Posted By: From the far side
Date Posted: 31 October 2023 at 9:00am
Count me in


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 01 November 2023 at 7:04am
Originally posted by From the far side From the far side wrote:

Count me in

Thats a table for two so far. Thumbs Up


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 01 November 2023 at 7:05am
With regard to the Goya Museum the website confirms opening times are 1000-1900 hours on Saturday & Sunday. 


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 01 November 2023 at 1:05pm
Table for 4 and counting. Interestingly Castres sit joint top of the top 14 after 4 games with 14 points a 3-1 win ratio which includes a win last weekend away to la Rochelle. Tough game if they take the competition seriously. 


Posted By: Eastern outpost
Date Posted: 01 November 2023 at 4:56pm
Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

Table for 4 and counting. Interestingly Castres sit joint top of the top 14 after 4 games with 14 points a 3-1 win ratio which includes a win last weekend away to la Rochelle. Tough game if they take the competition seriously. 
Le Marseillais was at the match with his eldest son. To say her was completely gobsmacked with Les Rochelais throwing away their big half time lead is an understatement.

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Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 02 November 2023 at 6:30am
Table for 7 and counting.


Posted By: GordonLewis
Date Posted: 05 November 2023 at 9:39am
Dear Gareth
I have booked flights and hotel for my wife and I some time ago. This is our first away trip and I was unaware of this forum or the organised trip. I think we are on the same flights, and possibly the same hotel! (Renaissance???)
Would it be possible for us to share your transfer to and from Toulouse Airport and Castres? Gordon Lewis  gordonhlewis@yahoo.co.uk



Posted By: Eastern outpost
Date Posted: 05 November 2023 at 10:08am
Originally posted by GordonLewis GordonLewis wrote:

Dear Gareth
I have booked flights and hotel for my wife and I some time ago. This is our first away trip and I was unaware of this forum or the organised trip. I think we are on the same flights, and possibly the same hotel! (Renaissance???)
Would it be possible for us to share your transfer to and from Toulouse Airport and Castres? Gordon Lewis  gordonhlewis@yahoo.co.uk

Welcome to the forum, Gordon. Looking forward to reading your posts. Good to have new members. 

You’re in good hands with Gareth and the centre of Castres is lovely. 


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Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 07 November 2023 at 9:45am
Ok we now have 15 on the tour with 14 transfers from Llanelli & 15 from Toulouse airport. Castres website still showing coming soon for tickets.


Posted By: Ymaohyd23
Date Posted: 07 November 2023 at 11:01am
There are 7 of us in our group flying over on the Friday from Heathrow to Toulouse, then getting a train i think to Castres, travelling back to Toulouse on the sunday for a night out there before flying back Monday. Will have to try and get tickets for the same part of the ground 


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 07 November 2023 at 11:10am
Originally posted by Ymaohyd23 Ymaohyd23 wrote:

There are 7 of us in our group flying over on the Friday from Heathrow to Toulouse, then getting a train i think to Castres, travelling back to Toulouse on the sunday for a night out there before flying back Monday. Will have to try and get tickets for the same part of the ground 

Once I get the tickets I will pot the location & cost on this topic.


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 13 November 2023 at 7:25am
OK three weeks on Friday is kick off. Still getting coming soon on the Castres website for tickets - will keep trying. Not greatly concerned as Ann promised to send me a link when she had heard from Castres about our allocation. 

For those who wanted a booking for lunch on Sunday - the Amelie Melo has been closed for the past two weeks so unable to make the booking yet. Will give them another week, if still closed I will book an alternative. I will assume everyone (7) still want the booking unless I hear to the contrary. 


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 20 November 2023 at 6:40am
Castres beat Toulouse on Saturday & sit joint top of the Top 14 after 7 games with 5 wins.


Posted By: Ymaohyd23
Date Posted: 21 November 2023 at 1:47pm
Tickets are now on sale mate


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 21 November 2023 at 2:10pm
Originally posted by Ymaohyd23 Ymaohyd23 wrote:

Tickets are now on sale mate

Just booked 15 tickets in Block RUI P rows 20 (15-18), 21 (13-18) & 22 (14-18). Look decent seats around 10m line cost 35 euros each.


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 21 November 2023 at 2:15pm
OK I confirm the above tickets now bought 15no in a block of 3 rows together 35 euros each. Also the 7 who wanted to attend the Sunday lunch booking I have provisionally booked the L'Eden restaurant which is just North of the Goya Museum near the river for 1230 hours. Original restautrant Amelie Melo has been temporarily closed for three weeks.

That just about concludes preparations with balance of payment now due for the journey to/from Bristol. I will send everyone a final account over the next couple of days. 


Posted By: From the far side
Date Posted: 21 November 2023 at 4:19pm
Brilliant. Thanks and well done Gareth.


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 22 November 2023 at 6:22am
Originally posted by From the far side From the far side wrote:

Brilliant. Thanks and well done Gareth.

Thumbs Up


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 22 November 2023 at 8:20am
Lunch on Sunday now up to 11No.


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 02 December 2023 at 6:31am
OK fellow fever tourists. i have all the necessary details for online check in which I will do today. On Monday I intend printing here a full itinerary so we all are fully updated. Also I will detail the luggage arrangements made & weather forecast for Castres. If anyone can think of anything else they would like to know just ask. 


Posted By: 157cb
Date Posted: 02 December 2023 at 11:06am

  Hi Gareth what hotel are we staying in please ?


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 02 December 2023 at 11:38am
Originally posted by 157cb 157cb wrote:


  Hi Gareth what hotel are we staying in please ?

Renaissance Mark. 


Posted By: Eastern outpost
Date Posted: 02 December 2023 at 1:39pm
Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

Originally posted by 157cb 157cb wrote:


  Hi Gareth what hotel are we staying in please ?

Renaissance Mark. 
Are homing devices included in the trip? Embarrassed

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Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 03 December 2023 at 7:10am
Originally posted by Eastern outpost Eastern outpost wrote:

Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

Originally posted by 157cb 157cb wrote:


  Hi Gareth what hotel are we staying in please ?

Renaissance Mark. 
Are homing devices included in the trip? Embarrassed

Now there's an idea. Perhaps everyone could be issued with a tracker on the bus journey to Bristol airport. As the organiser I, of course, have total access to the data generated. Where did I put the number for the editor of the Sun.............


Posted By: Eastern outpost
Date Posted: 03 December 2023 at 8:37am
Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

Originally posted by Eastern outpost Eastern outpost wrote:

Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

Originally posted by 157cb 157cb wrote:


  Hi Gareth what hotel are we staying in please ?

Renaissance Mark. 
Are homing devices included in the trip? Embarrassed

Now there's an idea. Perhaps everyone could be issued with a tracker on the bus journey to Bristol airport. As the organiser I, of course, have total access to the data generated. Where did I put the number for the editor of the Sun.............
It went out with the trash a decade or two agoBig smile

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Posted By: ap sior
Date Posted: 03 December 2023 at 9:08pm
Just wanted to wish those going to Castres all the very best. I hope you all travel safely and enjoy. I hope that a change of competition will lead to a change in our fortunes as happened last year.

I'm planning on going to Parma for the Zebre match on 17/5/24.


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 04 December 2023 at 7:07am
Originally posted by ap sior ap sior wrote:

Just wanted to wish those going to Castres all the very best. I hope you all travel safely and enjoy. I hope that a change of competition will lead to a change in our fortunes as happened last year.

I'm planning on going to Parma for the Zebre match on 17/5/24.

Thanks very much. I will consider it a success if we get everyone there & back in one piece - anything else is a bonus. Wink


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 04 December 2023 at 7:19am
Castres weather forecast for the weekend -

Friday high 10 low 8 light rain/moderate breeze
Saturday high 10 low 8 misty/moderate breeze
Sunday high 13 low 9 light rain/light winds
Monday high 13 low 8 light rain/light winds.


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 04 December 2023 at 7:26am
Castres luggage - the 13 taking part on the tour have the following allowances -

All 13 allowed small cabin bags 45cm x 36cm x 20cm

6 have paid for large cabin bags 56cm x 45cm x 25cm these are 1. Gareth Roberts, 2 Mark Lewis 3. Timothy Davies 4. Gaynor Davies 5. Royston Davies 6. Beverley Davies.

1 has paid for 23kgs in the hold - Mark Thomas.

You have been warned - extra luggage = money making chance for EasyJet.





Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 04 December 2023 at 7:45am
Castres Itinerary -

8th December - SMC coach leaves PYS car park at 0900 hours - 14no 1 to join at airport.
Flight from Bristol/Toulouse takes off 1430 arrives 1715 ( 1 hour ahead in France)
Transfer from Toulouse to Renaissance Hotel around 1730 by ZIP Transfers ETA Castres 1930 - 15no.


9th December - match day kick off 1615 - tickets will be issued on coach to Bristol. 

10th December - 11 of us booked for lunch at L'Eden Restaurant, booked via Fork number 1893978532 in my name - Gareth Roberts for 1230. Address 9 Place Jean Jaures, tel 33563719264. Goya Museum is close by & opens at 1000 daily.

11th December - transfer from Renaissance to Toulouse airport by ZIP Transfers at 0705 hours prompt outside hotel. Flight from Toulouse to Bristol take off 1100 hours arrive Bristol 1200 hours. Collected by SMC for return to PYS around 1500 hours. 

Our resident French expert - Steve ( Eastern Outpost) is kindly mixing with the enemy to get a lowdown on places worth visiting. I will share any info on the coach transfer.

My number is 07485234417 - any problems/issues give me a call & we can try to sort. 


Posted By: 157cb
Date Posted: 04 December 2023 at 7:36pm
[QUOTE=ap sior]Just wanted to wish those going to Castres all the very best. I hope you all travel safely and enjoy. I hope that a change of competition will lead to a change in our fortunes as happened last year.

I'm planning on going to Parma for the Zebre match on 17/5/24.
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  Scarlets are looking at a trip for supporters to Zebre and are awaiting flight availibility from Bristol .


Posted By: Boisbach
Date Posted: 04 December 2023 at 9:43pm
Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

Castres luggage - the 13 taking part on the tour have the following allowances -

All 13 allowed small cabin bags 45cm x 36cm x 20cm

6 have paid for large cabin bags 56cm x 45cm x 25cm these are 1. Gareth Roberts, 2 Mark Lewis 3. Timothy Davies 4. Gaynor Davies 5. Royston Davies 6. Beverley Davies.

1 has paid for 23kgs in the hold - Mark Thomas.

You have been warned - extra luggage = money making chance for EasyJet.




Yes great advice GPR re extra luggage.
I had to pay £48 extra each way Bristol to Belfast recently.
Easyjet have clamped down massively.

My small suitcase been on many an easyJet trip no problem, but they wouldn’t let it thru this time, it was approx 6cm too big due to the wheels, I cudnt get the wheels off.
4 others in our group got pulled as well.

It seamed people taking rucksacks where all ok, but they were pulling small suitcases.


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 05 December 2023 at 6:41am
With regard to hotel costs. I was of the opinion, mistakenly, that individual rooms would be settled on checking out. However I have been informed today by Booking.com that my card has been charged with around 1700 euros which relates to the first 10 people I booked for. Therefore safest option is for me to settle all hotel accounts, obtain receipts and check/agree with each room. Probably easier in the long run. 


Posted By: Wil Chips
Date Posted: 05 December 2023 at 7:26am
A bit of classic money grabbing by booking agencies there GPR...good on you for plotting your way through it.

Have a great trip and bring back a W (or 1 or 2 points).


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 05 December 2023 at 7:36am
Originally posted by Wil Chips Wil Chips wrote:

A bit of classic money grabbing by booking agencies there GPR...good on you for plotting your way through it.

Have a great trip and bring back a W (or 1 or 2 points).

We'll do our best Wil.Smile


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 05 December 2023 at 11:48am
I am not getting much luck with my restaurant selections on this trip. I booked L'Eden through The Fork booking service & they are now telling me that the restaurant is showing as temporarily closed. They did not seem to understand my question - why did they accept the booking if they were not going to be open.

So revised plan is that I am going, as I always do when visiting a new city/town, to go on a recce walk early doors Saturday morning. I will visit the restaurant and look out for alternatives & report back on prospects at the game when we are all together. If the other members of the 11 can also keep their eyes open for a potential Sunday lunch venue that would be very helpful. How early doors is going to depend a great deal on Mark & my cultural visit to the Irish Bar on arrival Friday evening!!!!!!Cool


Posted By: reesytheexile
Date Posted: 05 December 2023 at 1:34pm
Well done GPR . Military style detailed planning ( aka planning your veg garden 😉) . You have done a sterling job which I am sure your fellow foot soldiers really appreciate. Have a great trip everyone. Allez le Scarlets ! 


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 05 December 2023 at 1:37pm
Originally posted by reesytheexile reesytheexile wrote:

Well done GPR . Military style detailed planning ( aka planning your veg garden 😉) . You have done a sterling job which I am sure your fellow foot soldiers really appreciate. Have a great trip everyone. Allez le Scarlets ! 

Thanks reesy - much appreciated. Thumbs Up


Posted By: cymraes
Date Posted: 05 December 2023 at 5:52pm
Travel safely everyone, I'm sure you'll make your voices heard. 


Posted By: Eastern outpost
Date Posted: 05 December 2023 at 6:35pm
Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

Originally posted by reesytheexile reesytheexile wrote:

Well done GPR . Military style detailed planning ( aka planning your veg garden 😉) . You have done a sterling job which I am sure your fellow foot soldiers really appreciate. Have a great trip everyone. Allez le Scarlets ! 

Thanks reesy - much appreciated. Thumbs Up
Service above and beyond, Gareth Clap

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Posted By: scarletpimp
Date Posted: 05 December 2023 at 7:05pm
Originally posted by Eastern outpost Eastern outpost wrote:

Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

Originally posted by reesytheexile reesytheexile wrote:

Well done GPR . Military style detailed planning ( aka planning your veg garden 😉) . You have done a sterling job which I am sure your fellow foot soldiers really appreciate. Have a great trip everyone. Allez le Scarlets ! 

Thanks reesy - much appreciated. Thumbs Up
Service above and beyond, Gareth Clap

Yesterday I sent Garsth a message which reflects the above. 

My wife and I enjoy our holidays, and  we go away several times a year.
I am quite savy looking for deals, otherwise we probably  could afford  to go as often. 
All this  tales time, particularly  as my wife suffersca form of early onset dementia.  I need to plan and leave nothing to chance.
For this reason I understand  ,and totally appreciate  what Gareth has done. It's a quite extraordinary  effort really. 

For me,  not have  to worrry about the minutia of every organisational detail is for once, heaven, and myself and all the other scarlets travelling on ' fever tours' have Gareth for all of this . DIOLCH

Looking forward very much to the rugby, but even more,  to  forging new friendships and enjoying some marvellous  French culture .



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Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 06 December 2023 at 6:30am
Originally posted by scarletpimp scarletpimp wrote:

Originally posted by Eastern outpost Eastern outpost wrote:

Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

Originally posted by reesytheexile reesytheexile wrote:

Well done GPR . Military style detailed planning ( aka planning your veg garden 😉) . You have done a sterling job which I am sure your fellow foot soldiers really appreciate. Have a great trip everyone. Allez le Scarlets ! 

Thanks reesy - much appreciated. Thumbs Up
Service above and beyond, Gareth Clap

Yesterday I sent Garsth a message which reflects the above. 

My wife and I enjoy our holidays, and  we go away several times a year.
I am quite savy looking for deals, otherwise we probably  could afford  to go as often. 
All this  tales time, particularly  as my wife suffersca form of early onset dementia.  I need to plan and leave nothing to chance.
For this reason I understand  ,and totally appreciate  what Gareth has done. It's a quite extraordinary  effort really. 

For me,  not have  to worrry about the minutia of every organisational detail is for once, heaven, and myself and all the other scarlets travelling on ' fever tours' have Gareth for all of this . DIOLCH

Looking forward very much to the rugby, but even more,  to  forging new friendships and enjoying some marvellous  French culture .


I'll 2nd the bit about forging new friendships Pimp. Thank you both for your comments.


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 06 December 2023 at 12:54pm
Forecast for Sunday changed for the better - sunny intervals & light wind high 14 low 10. 


Posted By: RR1972
Date Posted: 06 December 2023 at 1:30pm
Safe trip folks and enjoyo


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 06 December 2023 at 1:40pm
Originally posted by RR1972 RR1972 wrote:

Safe trip folks and enjoyo

Thanks my friend - hope to see you on Fever 2.Wink


Posted By: 157cb
Date Posted: 06 December 2023 at 7:57pm

   Rumours  floating around the Scarlets squad requested to be on same flight, has Scarlets 🤒 fever tours . Watch this space fellow travellers...Wink


Posted By: GordonLewis
Date Posted: 06 December 2023 at 7:57pm
Hi Gareth. I'd like to echo all the comments about your excellent organisation. It makes it so easy for everyone else, and it is much appreciated.
As to restaurants, Hilary and I have booked a meal on Friday evening in Resto des Halles, although I'm not sure if they open on Sunday. I'm sorry I won't be in the Sports bar with you; I'm sure there will be plenty of opportunities for a pint over the weekend.



Posted By: ewbank2
Date Posted: 07 December 2023 at 12:31am
Safe travels fellow Turks. 3 of us heading to Toulouse tomorrow night via Gatwick arriving into Castres Friday lunchtime. A bientot

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Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 07 December 2023 at 6:50am
Originally posted by GordonLewis GordonLewis wrote:

Hi Gareth. I'd like to echo all the comments about your excellent organisation. It makes it so easy for everyone else, and it is much appreciated.
As to restaurants, Hilary and I have booked a meal on Friday evening in Resto des Halles, although I'm not sure if they open on Sunday. I'm sorry I won't be in the Sports bar with you; I'm sure there will be plenty of opportunities for a pint over the weekend.


Thank you Gordon. Check if the restaurant is open for Sunday lunch please & if you enjoy the meal give me the number when we get to the game. Our Sunday lunch plans are a little confused until I get  a chance to physically check the L'Eden on Saturday so all suggestions welcome.

As for a pint something tells me the Irish Bar at 190 metres from our hotel may see quite a bit of action. On match day I am thinking of calling in to the Sports Bar which is open all day until late & is on the way to the ground just before you cross the river - maybe see you there. 


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 07 December 2023 at 6:53am
Originally posted by 157cb 157cb wrote:


   Rumours  floating around the Scarlets squad requested to be on same flight, has Scarlets 🤒 fever tours . Watch this space fellow travellers...Wink

Steady in Mark - we are going to have to draw the line with the boys and insist they leave us and go to bed at 1200 hours from the Irish Bar - there is sense in everything mun!!!!!


Posted By: Eastern outpost
Date Posted: 07 December 2023 at 8:45am
Bon voyage everyone

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Posted By: townboy
Date Posted: 07 December 2023 at 9:18am
Safe trip to you all,enjoy the weekend hope we can get the win to make the trip even better..Great work again GPR in organising this trip


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 07 December 2023 at 9:19am
Originally posted by townboy townboy wrote:

Safe trip to you all,enjoy the weekend hope we can get the win to make the trip even better..Great work again GPR in organising this trip

Many thanks.


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 07 December 2023 at 9:23am
Originally posted by ewbank2 ewbank2 wrote:

Safe travels fellow Turks. 3 of us heading to Toulouse tomorrow night via Gatwick arriving into Castres Friday lunchtime. A bientot

And to you. Suggested meeting place pre game is the supporters bar under the North Stand. Take care may see you there. 


Posted By: GordonLewis
Date Posted: 07 December 2023 at 9:56am
Just checked and sorry it's closed on Sundays. We'll find somewhere...


Posted By: GordonLewis
Date Posted: 07 December 2023 at 9:57am
Sorry Gareth. Just checked and it's closed on Sundays


Posted By: GPR - Rochester
Date Posted: 07 December 2023 at 10:23am
Originally posted by GordonLewis GordonLewis wrote:

Sorry Gareth. Just checked and it's closed on Sundays

No problem - we will find somewhere I am sure. Trying my best to stay out of the Irish bar at least for a few hours. Big smile Have a good meal tomorrow night. 


Posted By: tim d
Date Posted: 11 December 2023 at 9:02pm
Just wanted to thank Gareth for organizing the trip. It couldn't have gone any better ( except the result) and it was nice to put faces to names . A great gang of people. Hopefully another one in the future. 

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Posted By: Bill Bison
Date Posted: 11 December 2023 at 10:20pm

This weekend:

Great experience at the Renaissance Hotel (Harry Potter Room, The Chamber of Secrets), with Rafael the manager and his team, so helpful and welcoming.

Castres, the people, the Christmas Market, the light show on the river, the Irish Bar, the effort from the team at the match, the food, all so memorable.

Most importantly, met with so many new friends, and the organisation of the trip by Gareth was perfect.

Thanks Gareth



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