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Iron Donkey Bicycle Touring References (2012)

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We wanted to thank you for the good time we had cycling with Iron Donkey! The accomdations were great, the maps were excellent, and it was a great intoduction to Ireland
Ed Heide
Connemara self-guided 2012

Just to let you know, we finished our Cotswolds tour on Wednesday, had a nice day Thursday in Bath (took a bus to Stonehenge in the morning, walked around in the afternoon, and saw a wonderful production of The Tempest in the evening).  Our trip was quite wonderful; the weather a pleasant surprise.  329 miles in 7 days, and really no hitches.  Accommodations all fine.  No major problems with the route or cue sheets, occasionally confusing but we always were able to figure it out.  Thanks for everything, we had a great time. Hope to do another trip sometime in the next couple of years.
Tom and Elizabeth Gates
Cotswolds self-guided 2012

We had a great time. Organisation, meeting and bag transfers worked well...We liked the mix of accommodations which were all very good. You were quite right. There was no chance of starving on this tour! Favourite place to stay...Rocca dei Capperi agriturismo. Very relaxing...everything tasty and homemade/grown....fantastic views… This little corner of Sicily has such a lot to offer. We enjoyed the ruins at Selinunte (big photo opportunity) and were pleased with our extended stay in Monreale taking the time to visit the cathedral there.
Philip Ingram
Western Highlights self-guided 2012

Trip options and descriptions were excellent - (some complaints about 1 or 2 routes being too tough from the ladies, but the guys thought otherwise - you can't please everyone). Accommodations all “top-notch”. We'd use I.D. again!
Doug Clark
West of Ireland self-guided 2012

Thank you so much for guiding and watching over us this past week. It was a pleasure getting to know you.
Michael Bisceglia
Clare and the Burren guided 2012

We had a great time! … We thought that the routes were lovely, and about the right degree of challenge given how little we'd been able to ride in the spring. … It was a great tour, and we'll consider another Iron Donkey tour when we're back on this side of the pond. Thanks again for all your help!
Brian Ogilvie and Jennifer Heuer
Scottish Borders self-guided 2012

Thank you for the best vacation trip ever! Great scenery, wonderful food and tremendous support from Iron Donkey - hope to do it again.”
Jack Speed
Best of the West guided tour 2012

I found the Extended Tuscany Tour to be excellent in every respect.  The route was great, including the iconic hill towns as well as quieter and lesser visited ones, and covering a broad swath from the Tuscany coast to Umbria.  The directions were clear and easy to follow with many references to keep the rider on track
David Ganz
Extended Tuscany self-guided 2012

Chris and I have our Ireland Bike Tour on our I-Pad and when we show it to people they are so impressed! We then tell them to go to Iron Donkey and talk to Wilma! Thanks for helping us have the trip of a lifetime!
Dick and Chris Woosencraft
Connemara self-guided 2012

The tour was awesome..will highly recommend the company/tour.
Louisa Pickering
Northern Spain guided 2012

We had a blast.  It wore the girls out a bit, but it made all the meals and Guinness all the more enjoyable.  Your selection of B&B's was outstanding.  Despite riding over 200 miles I gained 5 pounds.  The bicycles were also top notch.  We had no problems at all.  We hope to try a different region of Ireland in two years.  Thanks again!
Bern Stearns
Connemara self-guided customised 2012

A short message to let you know that our summer trip by bicycle in Connemara was wonderful. We bought a trailer back to France in September: that's now our favourite way to carry the children to school in the morning.
Bastien and Beatrice Guelton (France)
Connemara customised family trip

Our western Sicily bike tour was fantastic…the bike ride route was fantastic.  We really enjoyed the ride from Castellammare to Nubia and the biking from Mazara del Vallo to Segesta the best.  But really all the routes were pefect.  The paving was smooth, the routes were easy to follow, and for the most part traffic was light. 
Joanna Covington
West Coast self-guided 2012

This is a little late follow up, but I just wanted to let you know how much I truly enjoyed my self-guided tour in Wales in October.  The route was difficult for sure, but I was rewarded with the beautiful Welsh countryside every day.  I fell in love with Wales and met a lot of really great folks along the way.  Tony was one of them and I wanted to pass on to him my thanks.  I continued my travels after my bike journey was finished but that week in Wales was definitely the highlight.  I hope to do such a thing again with Iron Donkey.  Thank you and happy holidays.
Keri Gronewald
Heart of Wales self-guided 2012

My feedback is all positive. The rental bikes were excellent (better than my bike at home), Mike in Killarney was prompt and efficient, the routes were perfect in length and challenge (that short ride up into the Gap was a great way to finish), and the accommodations were each wonderful in their own different way. The kindness of the B&B owners was disarming.
Andrew Bill
Southwest of Ireland self-guided  2012

I had a fabulous time on my Iron Donkey tour.  Thank you for being so well-organized and attentive.  I loved the narrow country roads with grass growing up through the middle of the asphalt.”
Fred Carson
Connemara, Clare and the Burren self-guided 2012

We had a great trip!! (Sorry for the delay, came back to an entire avalanche of work)
Overall, the bikes were great, the routes were great, the hotels were great, and the food recommendations were great. And now I think I need a new adjective! It was truly beautiful there, and we had a most enjoyable time. Craig also loved that we rode on bikes that Giovanni's company made! We're moving to Vancouver next month, so I'm not sure when we'll be back in Europe for another bike trip, but I would definitely recommend Iron Donkey to my friends! The trip was very affordable compared to all the other bike tours we looked at, and we were super happy with it! I definitely wish I were sitting in a stone square right now eating gelato instead of writing the grant I have to submit next week!
Jennifer Williams and Craig Watson
Custom Tuscany self-guided 2012

Thank you again for all of your hospitality--that ride was one of the most stunning I've done, and I have fallen in love with Ireland.
Chris Barber
Clare and the Burren guided 2012

Just a note to say that we had a wonderful cycling trip.  Accomodations were great.  Routes were fun and somewhat challenging.  Perfect!  No problems with the bikes.  Great job.   Thanks!   We look forward to our next one.”
John Murray
Southwest of Ireland self-guided 2012

Just a quick word of thanks.  Our self-guided Iron Donkey tour could not have been better.  Met some great people, ate well, saw some incredible views, picked up some interesting history.  Accommodations were excellent.  Especially liked Sea Mist in Clifden.  Our bikes were the best we've had on tour and functioned flawlessly.  Thanks for putting it all together for us!  Hope it's not too long before we meet again.
Barbara and David Davis
Connemara self-guided 2012

It was a very nice taste of West Ireland.  Th bikes, planning, lodging were top.  Thank you. 
Andre Simonpietri
Connemara luxury self-guided customised 2012

We loved everything about our self-guided cycling trip with Iron Donkey through Tuscany and Umbria and the choice of accommodations was excellent.  Things we especially liked were the two day stay at the hotel in Montepulciano (sp?) with it's fabulous balcony; the quiet country lanes; the bike path along the Tiber and the gorgeous views… Overall, this tour was one of the top highlights of our eleven month trip backpacking around the world.  Feel free to use our comments.
Bob Downes and Jeanette Wildman
Siena self guided 2012

A few words to tell you how happy my wife and I were about our holidays in Ireland with your program. Everything went on perfectly, weather, bicycles, guesthouses… We work all year and it is  veryimportant for us that everything on our vacation goes smoothly, just the way it went with Iron Donkey. We are already thinking about going back to Ireland. Thank you so much.
Pascal and Regine Botquelen (France)
West of Ireland self-guided 2012

Drew and I had a great time on our trip.  Thank you!  Our favorite aspects were probably the Brunello wine of Montalcino and the loop from Montepulciano, especially Pienza, which was gorgeously scenic.  We have very positive things to say about most every restaurant we ate at.  Hard biking plus Tuscan feasting is a true match made in heaven.
Augusta Niles and Drew Branden
Custom tour of Tuscany self-guided 2012

We both had a brilliant time and got more than we expected. Michelle's first experience with a touring bike has left her with very good impressions.  Many thanks to Iron Donkey for a memorable experience.
Mark Boast (Australia)
Connemara self-guided 2012

Just wanted to take a moment to tell you how much we enjoyed our trip to Ireland and how much we appreciated all that you did to make the trip an amazing experience.
Mark Gleeson
West of Ireland self-guided customised 2012

Once again, everything went smoothly…. Thanks for facilitating another great cycling vacation.  Once again, I'd be happy to work with Iron Donkey again and have recommended you to a party exploring a trip to Ireland or Scotland next year.
Steven Zlotowski
Le Marche self-guided 2012

Today we finish this fantastic trip and we are very happy to have experienced this vacation. Bikes and hotels were very good - thank you again for a very enjoyable expereince.
Alfonso Enriquez (South America)
Connemara self-guided 2012

I wanted to thank you for a great trip.  I enjoyed it very much and I will keep you in mind for my next adventure!
Wade Stone
Guided Clare and the Burren 2012

Thank you so much for the incredible bicycle adventure in County Clare!  It was fabulous; each day better than the last.  Art and I so appreciated your patience, support, and professional follow through.  The B & Bs were fabulous - hosts were so welcoming and interesting, the places were easy to find, and the breakfasts were to die for!  The routes were - well, Art said they were the best biking roads he's ever been on, and he's been on many!
Barbara Davis
Clare and the Burren self-guided 2012

It's been two weeks since our trip, and it was hard getting back to work, I was looking for you to show me another map every morning. I wanted to tell you that you were the most wonderful guide, always with a smile. You made the trip truly memorable, it was easy to see your love for Ireland, and was easy for me to understand... it really is a pretty and friendly place to visit.
Pat Garneau
Guided Clare and the Burren 2012

I wanted to thank you for arranging such a memorable trip. Tony prepared us well and gave us a patient sendoff. The beauty of the Connemara landscape will be a lasting memory, even for an old man like myself, who has trouble retaining new memories. Our hotels at Leenane and Inishmore were fine, and every B & B was charming and had a great view. As we suspected, the bicycling was a challenge for two elderly casual cyclists, but we rose to the challenge and felt the tired muscles and sore butts more than repaid by the Irish countryside, music, friendly people, and sense of accomplishment.
Mitch Silver
Connemara self-guided 2012

Thanks for the opportunity to comment. I had a great time, loved "my" bike, the routes, accomodations and the towns we stayed in. I would definitely consider another self-guided trip with Iron Donkey…we all enjoyed the trip and thought the routes and accommodations were excellent.
Deb DePietro
Tuscany & Umbria self-guided group tour 2012

Your bicycle tour was absolutely awesome in my opinion.  Great feelings of fulfillment for me. You  do a terrific job of making it a total pleasure for your riders in every way possible. You're extremely organized, tuned in to all our individual needs & fulfilling our every whim, need & questions. The hotels, meals & choice of our route were perfect. The rooms were clean & nice. The food was plentiful & yummy. Lots of hot water for showers daily. I loved the roads & quieter areas you chose for us to ride on; as the scenery of the rolling hills, sheep, cattle, horses, babbling brooks, water rapids, loughs & Connemara views were absolutely spectacular! Our whole group was impressed & really very pleased with the week! I'd like to say thank you once again for a wonderful experience. I'll never forget it. Great memories for me to remember & cherish.
Maureen Kreck
Guided Connemara 2012

The trip to Ireland was a huge success!! We could not have asked for better weather or a better bike tour!!!  Thanks for all your help  -  pictures to come soon!
M Stefano
Connemara self-guided customised 2012

Just wanted to write to tell you I had a great time on my tour.  All the lodging locations you picked were wonderful and the hosts very accommodating.  If I find myself looking to bike in your area again I will certainly contact you.
Topher White
Southwest of Ireland self-guided customised 2012

This was my second trip with Iron Donkey, the first was in Ireland.  Whenever I plan another bike tour, you will be my first and last place to look.  Everything you do for your customers is excellent:  website, booking, accommodations, bike routes and other support.  Great value for the money.  I was particularly pleased with your willingness to customize the bike tour to fit my schedule and preferences. I could not have been more pleased with the results--an awesome bike tour experience through Tuscany.  Thanks again for your service to make it all happen.
Gabe Buchholtz
Western Tuscany self guided 2012

It was a great great trip!  Giovanni was gracious, patient, highly knowledgeable - you and your clientele are so lucky to have him as the point person for everything about the bikes and biking in Italy.
Donna Spiegelman and Elaine Schear
Custom tour of Tuscany self guided 2012

We have recommended Iron Donkey to several friends and are already thinking about our next trip. Really glad we decided on Umbria as well. Beautiful scenery, excellentfood and wine, certainly not as overcrowded with tourists as someother locations in Italy during the summer months.
Glenn and Susan Voelz
Umbria self guided 2012

I’d love to comment on my trip with Iron Donkey! The routes were thoughtfully planned. The bicycle was appropriate to the terrain and in perfect mechanical repair. The accommodations were in towns large enough to offer great food and small enough to make entering and exiting on a bicycle easy; even for someone who is used to driving on the right side of the road.…Thanks for a great trip Ian. I would recommend Iron Donkey to any level of rider and will use you again when I cycle in the UK.
Karen Lorenz
Costswolds self-guided 2012

The trip was wonderful!... The routes were beautiful and just the right amount of exertion for us. … The ride down from Assisi on the "Way of the Olives" was a highlight.… we are highly likely to book another ride with you in the future, and will be recommending you to friends. We are already talking about customizing a much longer trip but with 2 or 3 night layovers at each stop -- a way to combine biking with serious sightseeing.
Adair New
Umbria self-guided 2012

We had a wonderful time bicycle touring Tuscany. The accommodations were excellent, small older hotels always located right in the center of cities… We basically had an excellent trip. Your web site was very good and explained things very well. All of the communication that we received beforehand was also very clear and helpful. Thanks for providing us with an excellent bicycle tour.
Donn Christesen
Tuscany custom self-guided 2012

We had a wonderful time and felt we received very good value for the tour price.  Congratulations on being able to arrange such a great tour for us.
Barry Anderson
Tuscany self-guided 2012

Can't speak highly enough about the whole experience! You were extremely attentive and prompt in the booking process. Giovanna was really lively and professional and covered everything necessary for the adventure. While the bike was really different to what I normally ride (a single speed!) the bike was nice and light and easy to ride. The accommodation was all beautiful and central. Perhaps the most important thing - the destinations were beautiful. Also the directions were FANTASTIC and easy to follow- even for me who often struggles with directions/ maps! And I loved that there were a variety of routes each day. I couldn't be more satisfied with the whole experience! Feel free to post this on the website if you wish. Thanks again for a great and hassle free bike tour.
Jemma Donaghey
Siena self-guided 2012

We had a wonderful tour. The bikes were perfect for the type of riding and geared well for riding the hills of Tuscany and Umbria... Accommodations were perfect for the locations. In the centers of the old towns and within easy walking distance of the sights. We were given a number of itineraries from which to choose. I'm sure any type of riders would have been satisfied. … I would recommend Iron Donkey to others (and already have) Thank you for a fun vacation.
Carolyn Jones
Tuscany & Umbria self-guided group tour 2012

Our photos of the English countryside are strunning. Beautiful green pastures blue skies and golden rape seed fields. It sometimes took our breath away. The bikes you supplied were great…The cycle route you mapped out was full of magnificent scenery. Roads were very safe . We wish drivers in Australia were as courties to cyclists  as the English were. I’m so glad I came across The Iron Donkey web site we will be recommending you to all our cycle mates. Thanks Ian we hope someday to return and do it all again .
Jan and Terry Kilday
Costswolds self-guided 2012

I wanted to give some feedback on our recent trip. It was a whole lot of fun in large part because of your planning and expertise in the area. The bikes you provided were great (one person in our group had trouble but my experience and others I heard from thought the equipment was excellent). The accommodations were also a high point with interesting places to explore off-bike. I also liked that you pointed out a few enroute highlights on the direction sheets…Thanks, I'd definitely do it again!
Laura Estes
Tuscany & Umbria self-guided group tour 2012

Thank you.  That was a fantastic trip.  The riding was unbelievable, the accommodations were perfect, the transportation arrangements were flawless.  The value for money was great.  I will be booking with Iron Donkey again!
Joe McFarlane - part of Timerman group (21 September)
Tuscany self-guided group tour 2012

On behalf of David and myself I want to give you all a resounding thumbs up on our self-guided bike tour!!!  We had a wonderful tour that was beautiful, challenging and a new way to experience the wonders of Italy.  Giovanni, who is a wonderful emissary set us up perfectly and spent as much time as we needed getting us oriented and ready to ride.  The equipment worked perfectly and we didn't miss our own bikes a bit, in fact, I learned that I need to reconfigure my own bike to lessen some stress issues I've been struggling with.  David and I will definitely do another trip in the future and as we have many cycling friends we will be sure to let them all know about our wonderful experience with Iron Donkey.  Keep up the good work!!!
Shayna Worley and David Parrish
Siena self-guided 2012

My dad and I had the best trip ever! It was truly the trip of a lifetime and I'm so glad that we decided to go to Northern Spain. The booking process was very easy and your support was excellent! You answered every question/concern that I had along the way. The hotels were great! All three stars it seemed. They all were centrally located and easy to find within town. …. Amazing! We really enjoyed biking through towns which tourists didn't go to. It was real Spain and we loved it! We loved the culture, the food and we even started speaking the language! The people were so nice and the scenery was so beautiful. Everyday brought an awesome adventure filled with sounds and smells that you would never get in a car or a tour bus. The sound of cow bells in forever in my mind and when I hear one I will definitely think of Northern Spain. It is such a peaceful place and relaxing. Having to sit down for every meal and learning not to be in a constant hurry was great.… the tour was absolutely amazing and we loved every minute of it! Thank you!
Taran Dorrington
Costa Verde & Picos self-guided 2012

I’m writing to tell you that (despite the dirty weather) Roxanne and I had a wonderful time on our Wessex and Cotswolds tour. Not only was the country every bit as beautiful as we hoped it would be, and the route you chose a pleasure to ride, we enjoyed all of the B&Bs.  Each of the proprietors went above-and-beyond to take care of us and our wet and dirty gear…And thank you for taking time to personally explain our route to us, and to take care of the tandem bags while we rode. Roxanne and I are already talking about which of your tours we’d like to do next.
Pat and Roxanne Schneider
Cotswolds and Marlborough Downs 2012

We had a great time on the biking trip... we both loved it!  We enjoyed the scenery, people, sights, history, etc etc.  The details of the tour went well, our hosts and hostesses were super friendly, the accommodations were pleasant and in great locations.  … All in all, we had a great time and really appreciate Iron Donkey's help in making this a wonderful experience!
Amy Kemp & Kelly Ivors
Scottish Borders self-guided 2012

If the scenery weren't enough, the people we met were tremendous. If we stopped to talk, it was hard to get going again, as the conversation just flowed like old friends meeting after a long absence. Loads of bikers, my favorite was a fully kitted out had to be seventy year old who gave us tips on the Brecon Loop. Not everyone wants a vacation that delivers a sense of accomplishment, but this trip certainly did. One word-Wow.  Thanks for helping us make it happen
Pat and Beth O’Brien
Heart of Wales self-guided 2012

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