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Our trip was WONDERFUL! I spent 10 months getting excited and ready for this trip and was a bit worried that my pre-trip anticipations may have been too much. I was wrong. The trip was everything I had hoped for and more! The organization was perfect, the bikes were great, the routes were beautiful with stellar directions, and the scenery was picture postcard perfect! Giovanni was very thorough and he prepared us for a great trip. Our meals and accommodations exceeded my expectations. The climbs always had something worthwhile waiting at the top! The roads were smooth and the drivers were cycle friendly. I hope to be able to take another trip with you in the near future.
Scott Kahney, Texas, USA
Self-Guided Tuscany, October 06

Well done! The Wessex guided tour was terrific. Stonehenge, Avebury, Cheddar Gorge, white chalk horses, fantastic routes & splendid vistas: the list simply goes on & on. The individual traveler should never hesitate to sign up for one of your tours. By the pure nature of the trip, you know you'll be spending time with like-minded, good people enjoying the very best the region has to offer. Thanks again for a great week!
Ellen Gainer, Pennsylvania, USA
Guided Group Wessex, September 06

We would like to thank you and your staff for the wonderful self-guided tour that you organized for us in Northern Ireland. The bikes were great and tailored exactly to the requirements we sent you, the accommodations were superb. We particularly want to commend you for the routes you chose. It was such a blessing to have almost all of our riding on hard-surfaced, virtually traffic-free lanes and side roads. We also really appreciated the combination of core route and extensions so that we could tackle a more ambitious total ride with the extensions on days when the weather was better and we were feeling energetic. Thanx for helping us have a wonderful ride through terrific scenery and friendly pubs, and we are eager to come again soon.
Jane and Doug Pritchard, Toronto, Canada
Custom Self-Guided Tour of Northern Ireland, September 06

We had a wonderful time with you for our 2 weeks in Ireland. We ran into a man at the airport in Chicago who did a 2 week tour with you last year. You are famous and everyone agrees that you provide a wonderful bike trip.
Margaret and Allen Kent, Colorado, USA
Custom Group Tandem Tour of West of Ireland, August 06

The whole trip was positive. We don't have any complaints.
Stan and Ellen Knotts, Texas, USA
Guided Group Connemara, August 06

Thank you for a fabulous bicycle vacation. We had a terrific time and were very sorry to see the trip end. We are ready to come back tomorrow. You made the trip very pleasant - it is a joy to be in your company.
Mary Kate and Fred Reeves Hoche, Pennsylvania, USA
Guided Group Connemara, August 06

Thank you for arranging an awesome tour. The routes and B&B's were all incredible. I really enjoyed my trip, even the parts where I was riding through freezing rain on my way to Clifden. I will definitely recommend the Iron Donkey Tour to everyone I know. Having the directions and the shower and bed waiting every evening made the trip so perfect. I can't tell you how many people I passed with their backpacks and maps, worrying about where they were going and where they would stay when they go there. Your planning made it a perfect trip! Every moment helped to create an unforgettable journey that I will enjoy for a long time. I came home with about 2000 photos on my harddrive.
Kate Renner, Washington DC, USA
Self-Guided Connemara and The Burren, August 06

Thanks for a great trip. Everything went according to plan and we had a very enjoyable holiday. Your directions, the accommodations and the bikes were perfect. The daily mileage was just what we wanted and the points of interest well worthwhile. We booked this trip knowing nothing of Iron Donkey but came away with a very warm feeling towards this company.
Keith Rodger, Ontario, Canada
Self-Guided Connemara, July 06

Absolutely fantastic tour! We both agree that it was our best vacation ever. Thanks so much for all your effort.
Tom and Jennifer Hamilton, Tenessee, USA
Guided Group Connemara, July 06

What a wonderful group it was and especially the attention you paid us. I would certainly do another Iron Donkey tour. The routes you picked out were magic. The thing that impressed me the most besides the lovely landscapes were the way drivers in Ireland were incredibly respectful of bikers.
Mima Accettura, Vancouver, Canada
Guided Group Connemara, July 06

The Cotswolds is a wonderful region for biking. I am so glad that you advised us to tour there - it was just perfect! I think that Bath is one of my all time favorite places, and I can't wait to go back there. We are planning to do the Wessex tour in 2008!
Pam and Steve Richards, Vancouver, Canada
Self-Guided Cotswolds, July 06

We cannot tell you how wonderful our trip was! We had a terrific time! Everything was superb, from the cycling routes to the hotels! The airport transfers worked out perfectly, and were right on time. And the luggage transfers from hotel to hotel also went very smoothly; a nice treat not to have to carry your stuff. The cycling routes you have laid out for the Connemara, Clare and Burren tour are wonderful. For the most part we took your extended routes and we loved the challenging hills, the quiet back roads, the beautiful scenery, everything! You even had some roads not on the maps! It is obvious your routes were carefully scouted and planned and take full advantage of the countryside. The rides to Leenane, Westport and the Westport Loop were among the most spectacular. We also wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed the hotels on this tour. They were all wonderful and it was a pleasure to stay in each of them. We were always greeted by warm and friendly proprietors, lovely, clean and unique homes, wonderful hospitality and absolutely delicious full Irish breakfasts! It was wonderful all around, and thank you again so much! All our connections, luggage transfers, hotels and routes were very well put together and worked out beautifully and the cycling was fantastic! Everything was just great! We know how much time and hard work go into all these arrangements and we appreciate it very much.
Jennifer Donolo and William Richards, Ontario, Canada
Self-Guided, Clare Burren and Connemara, August 06

We had a fabulous time on our bike tour. We were so very impressed with our trip. It was so well organized! Everything evolved like clockwork. All the biking directions were easy to follow; we didn't make one wrong turn and the towns and countryside we passed through so well represented Tuscany; stunningly beautiful. Your selection of hotels was wonderful. They were conveniently located and so easy to find. The proprietors were welcoming and very understanding when we came in soaking wet having been caught in a hail storm! And, we were very impressed with how efficiently the bags were transferred. The bikes turned out to be much more than we expected. The tool box you provided had everything we needed or may have needed, although the bikes only ever needed air in their tires! We met other bike tourists en route and comparing our equipment, itinerary and directions we felt we had chosen companies very well! We will certainly recommend Iron Donkey to others and hope to return for another trip ourselves in the not-too-distant future. It was a truly memorable trip.
Sally and Wayne Hardwick, Nevada, USA
Self-Guided Tuscany June 06

Touring Ireland with your support made for the vacation of a lifetime. Every road we turned on, every hill we climbed over, every river we crossed introduced us to scenery more spectacular than we had seen before. The trip planning was phenominal, the support excellent and the B and B's you booked were first rate. As we said to each other daily and I now repeat to you, this was the best vacation ever.
John and Joyce Grady, California, USA
Self-Guided Connemara and The Burren June 06

The tour was just what we wanted! We enjoyed seeing all the attractions that we had read about (it has always been one of my ambitions to see Stonehenge!), we loved the quaint B & B's, we loved the English pubs. Most of all, we loved the cycling routes! How did you manage to find all those wonderful country lanes?
Geraldine O'Hara, Chicago, USA
Self-Guided Wessex, June 06

We wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our Iron Donkey trip. The towns you chose, the B&Bs, the routes and instructions, the bikes -- everything was fantastic. The trip has definitely opened our eyes to cycling holidays as the way to see a place.
Paul Machlis, California, USA
Self-Guided Connemara, June 06

Frank French (Bridgman, Michigan); SG Connemara, June 06
A sincere thank you for a marvelous tour! Our expectations were not only met, but exceeded. The vistas and panoramas were spectacular -- Ireland is indeed a most beautiful country. The places we stayed at were all great, and the proprietors most gracious.
Frank French, Michigan, USA
Self-Guided Connemara, June 06

THANK YOU. You have really done your research in producing these tours and we will recommend them to all our friends. (No Kidding!)
Jackson Family, Iowa, USA
Self-Guided Connemar & The Burren, June 06

Thank you for the wonderful cycling tour--you never disappoint!! Could we have gotten better weather??!! Your routes were terrific as always.
Kate Harrington, New York, USA
Guided Group Cotswolds, May 06

It was a great tour and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The routes were wonderful and showed that you took great care to select them.
Larry Fuchs, New York, USA
Guided Group Cotswolds May 06

We just wanted to thank you again for a great trip. We were so lucky to have picked Iron Donkey! Your attention to the details of organization make for a wonderful itinerary, and all we had to do was pedal. Although we never had any problems, your personal interest in each person's trip and concern for them makes the rider feel very comfortable. We look forward to another trip with Iron Donkey in the near future.
Beth White, Maine, USA
Self-Guided Clare, Burren and Connemara May 06

The Ireland biking trip was FABULOUS! We had a fantastic time and gathered some beautiful photos to record it! Thanks so much for putting together such a great trip!
Chris Barton, California, USA
Self-Guided Connemara May 06

The cue sheets are the best I have ever seen in over 30 years of bicycle touring, and we were given us lots of care and personal attention.
Jay & Pat Anderson, Bolanzo, Italy
Self-Guided Tuscany, April 06

We had a fabulous experience. The routes you created were great! We enjoyed especially the small roads and the strada bianchi that meandered among the fields and olive groves and up and down the rolling hills--the roads we would never have found on our own if we were mapping the trip. Your cue sheets were excellent--very clear and easy to follow.
Michael Rosenstein, Maine, USA
Self-Guided Tuscany and Umbria April 06

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