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References 2007

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We loved the bicycles! They were well sized and had excellent gearing. We only had one flat between the six of us the whole trip. We loved the accommodations (when we got to them). They were beautiful, clean, and very friendly. Each place had it's own ambiance and charm. The food was excellent! I would like to thank you and your company for all of the logistics and organizing that you provided for us. All in all, I enjoyed myself very much.
Sean and Susan Whalen (USA)
Self Guided Tuscany 2007

A group of 8 friends from Northern Lower Michigan were interested in a self guided tour through Tuscany. Many tour companies were contacted and interviewed. We were experienced cyclist wanting to ride 40 to 60 miles each day and experience many hilltop towns. Iron Donkey was willing to listen to what we envisioned for this trip and created a customized self-guided tour to make our dreams come true. We experienced a warm welcome, easy to read maps, beautiful accommodations, extremely great food and wine, and memories that will last a life time. Siena, Montepulciano, Cortona, Arezzo and Florence were incredibly fascinating, but we will never forget waking up to the fog lifting from the rolling meadows outside of Montalcino. We look forward to our next adventure with Iron Donkey!
Matt and Judy Vajda (USA)
Italy custom self-guided tour, Tuscany 2007

Thank you so much for our trip in Ireland, it couldn’t be better we had the time of our lives. The riding was fantastic, the B&Bs were top notch, the scenery was incredible. Well planned, wonderful people.
Edwin and Rebecca Greenfield (Canada)
Ireland self-guided tour of Clare and The Burren 2007

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Ireland and cycling there. The country side was beautiful and it was fun to spend so much time riding with so little traffic. Riding was a great way to see the country. All of your arrangements for luggage transfers and lodging worked without any problems. Thanks for helping making our first trip to Ireland very enjoyable.
Tricia and Ed Troike (USA)
Ireland self guided tour of Clare and The Burren 2007

The trip was excellent, and we very much enjoyed it. The bikes were excellent—we didn’t know that hybrids could be configured with the type of tires these had, and they were perfect. The itinerary was also wonderful.
Isaac Sobol (Canada)
Italy self guided tour of Umbria 2007

I want to let you know that my tour of Yeats Country & South Donegal, 1 – 10 June, was even more spectacular than I had imagined. Having the weather hot and sunny for almost the entire trip was a nice surprise (how did you arrange that?).The routes were all superb, of course; all of the accommodations were fantastic, and each was special in some way. Belcoo, in particular, was a wonderful place to spend the last two nights. The setting is outstanding, and my room opened directly onto the lake via large glass doors. The hosts were happy to let me take one of their boats to row out onto the lake and enjoy the long, sunny evening (which was a wonderful change from cycling!). Again, more thanks than I can express for a superb holiday. I’m telling everyone I know that they should go, and I hope to return and ride around more of the country soon.
Joan Byron (USA)
Ireland self guided tour, Yeats Country and South Donegal 2007

Can't begin to tell you what a great time I had on my vacation thanks to Iron Donkey. 300 great pictures and hundred of stories to tell. I can't tell you how much I appreciate the professionalism of the Iron Donkey staff in making this one of the best vacation I've ever had. I really do leave my brain at home when I'm on vacation and don't have time to deal with all the little details and logistic that it takes to enjoy oneself when traveling in another country. I'm hoping to go to Italy next year with Iron Donkey
Fred Pickett (USA)
Ireland self guided tour, Connemara 2007

I've just returned from a 10 day custom tour of the Tuscany region in Italy (with the Vajda group). I was thrilled with the experience! And since I was not as experienced as some of the other riders, I loved that you had made a short course as well as a long route. If anyone asks about a reference to a bike touring company, you can be sure you have my recommendation. Thanks for a truly enjoyable vacation.
Karen Hypio (USA)
Italy, custom self guided tour of Tuscany 2007

Just wanted to send you a quick note and commend you on a great job for our Italy tour 6/7-17. The hotels were great, our Italian contacts were great, everything went very well, we had a great time!
Steve Westphal (USA)
Italy self guided Tuscany tour 2007

Danny and I had the BEST time . We were a little slack, and did not do any of the extensions, but the basic trip just could not have been nicer. The routes, the bikes , the scenery, and the accommodations were just grand.
Debbie Cameron (Australia)
Ireland self guided tour of Connemara 2007

Thank you so much for all of your help in preparation for and with the execution of our bike tour. We had an absolute blast and look forward to recommending your company to friends and family and even doing another trip next year. It was a pleasure doing business with you.
Duncan Nadler (USA)
Ireland self guided tour of Connemara and The Burren 2007

We just returned from our Italian biking adventure! We had a superb time – the Italian people were wonderful, the scenery was unbelievable and the arrangements made by Iron Donkey for equipment/lodging/transfers were great. The routes laid out were exceptional. The views of vineyards, olive groves, wheat fields and villages were beautiful. Thanks for another great trip!
Eric Vollrath (USA)
Italy self guided tour of Tuscany 2007

We never had a chance to tell you how much we enjoyed ourselves. Great weather and a great itinerary!
Lane Smith (USA)
England self guided tour of Cotswolds 2007

Thank you for a wonderful self-guided trip through Umbria. My entire family (husband Randy, myself, and both our 13 and 14 yr old sons Kenzie and Lucas) had a wonderful trip. The itinerary was excellent. The hill towns provided a challenge everyday and a wonderful visual reward after the climbs. The accommodations in Sansepalcro, Assisi, and Bevagna were our favorites. The food in Sansepalcro at our lodging and a Trattoria in Assisi were outstanding culinary and camaraderie experiences. Thank you for a very well planned trip, fun accommodations, delightful people at each stop, understandable directions for our self-guided portion, and excellent support. This trip will be a life long wonderful memory for my entire family!
Kristie Shappell (USA)
Italy self guided tour of Umbria 2007

I’m still smiling and laughing to myself about all the enjoyable events of our visit to Ireland. On our way home, we concluded that it was truly a character-building cycling experience, and we actually have no regrets about the weather whatsoever! It would not have been quite as memorable if we had just had warm and sunny weather day after day. Thanks again for all the arrangements for our group. It was terrific!
Shari Silverstein (USA)
Ireland custom tour of Connemara 2007

The trip was great and as expected your arrangements worked out well.
Simeon Schwartz (USA)
England custom tour of Cotswolds 2007

Thank you so much for such a nice trip. I have never had such n an easy bike to ride! All of our accommodations were great and you were such helpful people to work with. I really appreciated the way you helped me with other arrangements that did not include the bike ride, but the other things we were doing in your beautiful country!
Judy Smith (USA)
Ireland self guided Connemara 2007

Thank you for organizing a fantastic tour of Tuscany for us in May. The bikes were top notch and although light, were robust enough for the unpaved roads. They had excellent brakes and gears. The hotels were excellent!
Christine and James Maguire (UK)
Italy self guided Tuscany extended tour 2007

Thank you for the wonderful experience my children had in Ireland. All of the accommodations, food, transfers, bikes, bike routes, information, made their trip something they will never forget. They came home with great stories about the breathtaking scenery and all the interesting and friendly people they met.
Stephanie Tames (USA)
Ireland self guided Connemara 2007

Thanks again for a great experience, I'm already thinking about the next one! I have many fond memories and appreciate all you did for me!
Tanis Marshall (Canada)
Ireland guided group Connemara 2007

We want to let you know you have each played a special part in making Ireland such a fun place to ride a bike! We have noticed that whenever anyone at home asks how our trip was we start by saying what a great group of people we had the pleasure of riding with for a week! Thank you!
Patrice Ott (USA)
Ireland guided group Connemara 2007

I can't thank you for your kindness and patience with me in the planning and with us when we rode! The kids were just bubbling over by the time we got back. They love every minute of their adventure. We saw the real Ireland, learned about the culture and the history. You and your drivers did such a great job giving us background about the country, the politics and the people. It was a pleasure dealing with you!
Susan Duquette (USA)
Ireland custom group tour of Clare and the Burren 2007

Thank you for the great trip. We had a wonderful time. We were indeed very lucky with the weather, as every day was nice. It was a great route that you gave us, magnificent scenery and amazingly good roads; especially for being back country roads for the most part. Your tour was great value for the money.
Geoff Bennett (USA)
England self guided tour of Cotswolds 2007

I wanted to drop you a quick note for setting up an unforgettable bike tour last week. We had a great time. Everything was just the way you said it would be. I will be sure to refer anyone to Iron Donkey that is interested in the same kind of trip.
Brian Morrisroe (USA)
Ireland custom self guided tour of Connemara 2007

Thank you for doing such a great job in handling our bike trip. We really enjoyed the rides, which were on great routes. The maps and directions were excellent and we never got lost. All of the eating recommendations were excellent. The bikes worked well and the hotels and B&B's were all good and enjoyable.
Craig Iscoe (USA)
Ireland self guided tour of Connemara 2007

We had a blast. The bikes were great. The route each day was great. All of our B&B’s were wonderful. Our hostesses offered good choices for eating and were very gracious and helpful with all of our questions. Our baggage was always there before us. We had a wonderful adventure learning about B Road (and lesser) England. We even experienced a herd of cows on the Levels. It felt like a very gentle earthquake. Thanks for a fabulous vacation.
Meg and Mike Town (USA)
England self guided tour of Wessex 2007

Have to tell you that the Tuscany tour was everything I had hoped it to be and more. I had a real Tuscany experience. The biking was great, the hotels were great, the routes and tour guides were excellent. The dinners were wonderful – they must have been. I gained 7 pounds even with all the biking. Working hard now to take it off. Had a little rain but even that turned out to be good. During one brief shower we took refuge at a pottery factory. The owner or manager saw us and gave us a complete tour – a serendipitous bonus. When he was finished the sun was out and we continued to finish a great ride.
Larry Fuchs (USA)
Italy guided tour of Tuscany 2007

Just a short note to tell you how much I loved the trip. It was delightful in all ways. You did a great job directing us and were so pleasant to be with.
Ann Chandler (USA)
Ireland guided group tour of Connemara 2007

We had a great time on our self-guided bike tour of the Causeway Coast and Glens of Antrim. The B&Bs were first rate and the routes you selected gave us some of the best scenery available. Thank you for making this vacation a very enjoyable one.
Marshall & Karen Keith (USA)
Ireland self guided tour of Causeway Coast and Glens 2007

I don’t know quite where to start with the list of the things we enjoyed on our Iron Donkey self guided tour of Connemara. (September 10-17) We had a great time and I know it was because of all the details you attended to on our behalf. The BIKES WERE WONDERFUL. We had no problems with equipment, your directions and maps were excellent resources. We all appreciated Tony’s attention to detail and his suggestions when reviewing the itinerary with us. The B&Bs were just great in every respect. Each one was unique, comfortable and we were welcomed by friendly hosts and hostesses. What a great introduction to Ireland for us! Thank you for your superb services. I know there is a great deal of detailed logistics that went into making this experience so positive for us – thanks for the hard work. I can tell you that it did make a difference. We are busy telling everyone we know about how your great business helped us have a most wonderful vacation.
Gloria Fauerbach (USA)
Ireland self guided tour of Connemara 2007

We never told you how much we enjoyed our bike tour in July. The scenery was spectacular, the maps were very accurate (we never got lost once), the accommodations were perfect, the bikes were reliable, and the people were all very friendly. Of course our favorite part was going to the island. We couldn't believe how beautiful it was there on the ocean. Thanks again for a great trip. We are glad we chose Iron Donkey. You certainly have a good reputation out on the road. Good luck to you!
Elizabeth Poupore (USA)
Ireland self guided Connemara 2007

We are have just about readjusted to our ‘back to the real world’ re-entry from a wonderful trip to Ireland. We just wanted to say thanks on setting up a truly memorable trip cycling the Northern Ireland coast. Everyone was outrageously friendly. It is beautiful country. Your directions/maps were clear and useful I appreciated the alternative extensions. We did not always take them, but those, along with the maps, gave us some flexibility which we enjoyed. We had a couple days about tie for our longest days, roughly about 45 miles, which took far longer than our equivalent lengths rides here at home. But then, we aren’t usually stopping at such a wide variety of sights (or hefting full panniers up the climbs). We so enjoyed the self guided format, we only had to worry about our own schedule. The bikes matched the task perfectly. Sturdy frames, good range of gearing, wider tires. We also liked the mix of coastline riding, and the treks inland around/up the glens. Nice change of scenery. And then back to the coast to finish each day. Well done. We’d recommend your services to anyone interested in a truly great bike trip!
Michael Drake (USA)
Ireland self guided tour of Causeway Coast and Glens 2007

We had a fantastic time. Great job! The hotels were awesome … the villa out of Bonconvento, views out of Monalchino, the terrace in Montepulciano…and the hotel in Cortona were big highlights.
Dan Monroe (USA)
Italy self guided Tuscany Extended tour 2007

We just returned from our Tuscany tour. We had a great holiday, everything went as you planned, the bikes were superb and the accommodation perfect. We did Ireland with you last year and again everything was great. Thanks for giving us all some great memories. Iron Donkey has not let us down yet!
Keith Roger (Canada)
Italy self guided Tuscany extended tour 2007

Just wanted to say a thank you for organizing our holiday and the choice of acommodation on our tour. We have good memories of the Causeway Coast and the people we met and would love to explore the Glens some more.
Marian & Alan Benjamin (UK)
Ireland self guided tour of Causeway Coast and Glens 2007

I just wanted to say thank you for all of your help with my bicycle tour last week. I had a wonderful time!! The bike was great, the accommodations were wonderful, and I really enjoyed the routes. Please feel free to use me as a reference for future travelers, especially any solo riders or vegetarians/vegans.
Paula Rickert (USA)
Ireland self guided tour of Clare & the Burren 2007

The whole trip was well laid out and what was unexpected to us was that at the end of the day the accommodations were so luxurious - a definite plus. We have only good things to say about Iron Donkey to our friends back home.
Winn Leslie (USA)
Ireland self guided Connemara 2007

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