Reviews

  • What an amazing trip. I’d been looking forward to this hike in the Pyrenees for a long time and exceeded my expectations. The unrivalled knowledge and guidance provided by Max, the superb company, delicious local cuisine and the breath taking views made it an unforgettable experience. Highlights included summiting the Canigou at sunrise, taking a dip for some cold water therapy and finishing the trip at the local restaurant in La Bastide. For anyone looking to reconnect with nature and take on a challenge, I highly recommend Max and Connect Retreats.

    Alex
    9/27/2019
  • Had an incredible experience on our 3 day hike up Mt. Canigou. Max was very knowledgeable about the surrounding land, as well as providing us with valuable hiking tips. Looking forward to when they offer more hiking trips because I would love to go back.

    DURO threads
    9/24/2019
  • I had an amazing time hiking in the Pyrenees. I and three friends from Copenhagen flew to Perpignan where Max picked us up and drove us to the farm where we would spend the first and last night of the trip.

    The hike itself was great, and the scenery breathtaking. The highlight was surely experiencing the sunrise at the peak of the Canigou. For any experienced hiker or otherwise physically active person, the hikes are slightly challenging but definitely doable. I always had a pleasant feeling of tiredness at the end of the day.

    Max has been a fantastic guide! He has been caring and authentic, preparing tasty food and coffee and providing sleeping bags and backpacks throughout our stay. The whole trip was very well organized.

    I can highly recommend Connect Retreats to anyone. I will happily come again for another retreat:)

    Leonard Grohmann
    9/08/2019
  • Max did a great job of hosting and leading us along with his brother Guy who also joined up on the hike. Max knew the local area really well and the food and drink were always fantastic. Had a great experience hiking Le Canigou, a lot of snow near the top for us so we enjoyed some scrambling to get to the summit.

    Would definitely recommend Max and connect retreats to my friends.

    James Corcoran
    9/20/2019
  • Max really looked after us, the food and drink were both great. The farm and the family were really welcoming.  It all added up to a memorable experience. 

    The walking was enjoyable, there were a few steep bits but nothing too arduous. The scenery was absolutely stunning and I loved staying in the mountain refuges. Thank you to Max and the whole group for helping me summit Le Canigou - those who were there know 😆.

    I arrived stressed and just a little bit tense and left with a renewed outlook having pressed the reset button.

    Get some more walking routes Max and I won't hesitate joining you again :)))

    Rich 78
    6/13/2019
  • The retreat was a fantastic experience! I would recommend this to anyone who loves walking and camping or anyone seeking an escape from office life! Stunning views, wondering company and rather unexpectedly, wonderful food and the chance to try local beer and wine too! Max and his brother Guy were brilliant guides and made the trip so much fun. Thank you Max, I can’t wait to come back and do it again!

    Alexandra Corcoran
    9/21/2019
  • My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the retreat, from the hiking itself to the wonderful views, food and company! Max is a super guide who looked after us all very well. My sister is vegan and was well catered for the whole way up and down the mountain!

    This retreat is a great way to explore the beautiful Pyrenees, as Max knows the area very well. The retreat is well organised so that aside from the hiking Max also showed us around the farm and took us to his favourite swimming spot and restaurant!

    We would highly recommend this retreat for anyone looking to get outdoors and be active while at the same time getting a very relaxing break away!

    Gemma Bewley
    9/09/2019
  • Unforgettable experience. Great way to see a part of the Pyrenees that is off the beaten path. Max was a knowledgeable guide and very organized. The food was great, and we learned a lot about the local land and culture as well. Would definitely recommend!

    Kyle Stimpson
    9/23/2019

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