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Iron Donkey Bicycle Touring References (2013)

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We really enjoyed our trip - the hotels were wonderful, the routes were great and clearly designed to keep us off the major roads wherever possible and for the most part the cue sheets were easy to follow.  Both Nick, who met us in Siena with the bikes, and Giovanni, who answer one telephoned question I had and later came to bring our suitcases, were very professional and helpful. We have been looking at Iron Donkey trips over the last few years and are really glad that we chose to do this Tuscany trip .  We liked the self-guided focus that you have and since neither of us speaks any real Italian, and we didn't have time to research hotels and routes, we are really glad we decided to go with you.  Thanks for the great trip!
Barbara and Bill Buchner
Tuscany 2013

We are back home now after a great time in Ireland! Our cycling tour with Iron Donkey was fantastic!  First off thanks for providing us with excellent bikes! The bikes wereTrek bikes and almost new which I am sure you are aware of!  The shifting and brakes worked so well and we had no problems. Thanks to Norman who provided a great in-service and route planning in the morning!--and for putting on our own bike seats!The B&B homes you provided were just super! The coastal scenery and Giant's causeway were so awesome in their beauty! When travelling by bike one gets to meet so many more people! We found the Irish the most friendly and caring of all others in our travels! Thanks again for everything!
Orv and Elly Neufeldt
Causeway Coast 2013

We really enjoyed the trip, the great landscape and the wonderful cities we were able to see. It is a very special feeling to arrive in historic spots like San Gimignano or Massa Maritima by bike - special of course also due to the effort it means to climb all the way up ;-)
We felt exceptionally well taken care of last year as well as this. Thanks for arranging two quite different, but equally impressive weeks of cycling in England and Italy.
Fiona Steinert and Birgit Schrentewein
Western Tuscany 2013

We had a great experience cycling in Sicily.  We had a great time, fine weather, Nice people, nice nature and good roads for cycling.  And of course fine food and drinks.
Kjell Olav Leirvåg
West Sicily 2013

We are a bit sad to leave Sicily. It is a charming area with friendly people, stunning scenery, and some of the best food in the world! Thank you for your part in providing us the opportunity to ride our tandem through your country.
Nancy and Hunter Stall
Western Highlights Sicily 2013

Now that we are back in Canada I wanted to write to you to say thank you for organizing a fantastic cycling adventure for us. We really enjoyed it. I loved the areas we cycled through and felt we hit the top spots in and around Galway. I also very much appreciated the two night stays —the tour was well planned and the pace offered us so many options to cycle and also enjoy the area.”
Lorna Bailie
Clare & the Burren & Connemara customised self-guided 2013

Now that the dust has settled and hard to believe that summer is almost over – we just wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU for a fantastic trip. Everything was just superb from the route, bikes, pre-briefing and the accommodations. We are already talking about where we are doing our next cycling vacation, and hands down it will be booked through Iron Donkey. Thank you for giving us a trip of a life time!!
Rita, Andrew and Kenneth Beveridge
Tuscany custom 2013

Just wanted to say that we had a great trip and really appreciated all the planning that went into it. I was really grateful to be riding on such back country roads and really felt safe with the very courteous drivers when we were on the more main roads. The routes were great as were the accommodations! The 2 women at the place in Westport were especially accommodating, letting us take the bike apart in the courtyard and they got into teasing my husband who loves to joke around. All of the food was great, especially the breakfast at the Seamist. The country is so beautiful and the people very friendly.
Sue Suggs
West of Ireland self-guided 2013

A splendid trip!!!!!  Your bikes were tops we can't speak highly enough of doing a trip like this, and we will be happy to endorse you and the tour. 
Shelby and Becky Scott
Wessex 2013

Heading home from a blissful week in Sicily and 5 days of glorious, challenging and beautiful bicycle riding.  We loved the accommodations and the routes (as promised) were quiet, picturesque, and less travelled.  The moving of bags, pick-ups and drop offs went smoothly and efficiently. Thanks again for all your assistance in arranging this trip with such short notice.
Rena Buckstein
Custom tour Sicily 2013

Thank you Iron Donkey for making our "self- guided" tour extra special. The route roads for us were so nice and quiet and we enjoyed using the panniers.
Walter and Theresa Kludt
Connemara self-guided customised 2013

A brief note to thank you for our experience bicycling in Ireland. Therese and I were very happy with all aspects of our experience with you and Iron Donkey. We found the accommodations great, the proposed routes interesting and beautiful, the bicycles fine, and your attention outstanding. We will recommend you and Iron Donkey to our friends.
Jim and Therese Jacobs
Connemara self-guided 2013

we had an amazing trip, thoughi think we may have overestimated how much extra bicycling we wanted to do after spending 3 hours at dinner every night.  :>)  Anyway, the scenery was gorgeous, we loved the towns, and the routes were terrific.
Elizabeth Golubitsky
Umbria 2013

We had a wonderful trip.   We really enjoyed all of the accommodations.  We felt like we had stepped down in the world when we stayed at a hotel in Pamplona after leaving the ride.  It was definitely not up to the same standards we stayed in on the ride.  We will definitely recommend your company to anyone who asks and hope to be able to work with you again in another country sometime soon.
Judy Smith
Custom group tour North of Spain 2013

Thanks for a wonderful Iron Donkey bike tour around Connemara & County Mayo last week. We really enjoyed it – and appreciated all your organizational support, info, stories, and tips along the way! It all still feels like a dream.
Jack Johnson
Connemara guided 2013

We have just completed our trip and we are at the airport in Shannon. I wanted to say “thank you for helping us plan the well thought out trip of Connemara and Dingle. The B and B’s were so comfortable and friendly. And the hotels were just what were expected.
Again, thank you for assisting with such a well planned trip.
Patricia Auerbach
Connemara self-guided customised 2013

The plans and arrangements you made for us were absolutely perfect, all hotels were excellent, and the cycling routes were truly beautiful. We did the entire primary riding suggestions, and we also rode most of the longer optional rides. The terrain was occasionally challenging, but never too hard, and the roads and scenery were always spectacular. We’ll definitely be back, and we’ll look forward to riding with Iron Donkey again.
Gary Epstein
West of Ireland customised self-guided 2013

My husband Owen and I wanted to thank you for organizing and planning our tour of Tuscany this fall. We had an amazing time, the routes were beautiful and the riding was fantastic. Italy was made for bicycling.We thought the accommodations were really stellar, as well as your recommendations for our stops. The cue sheets were easy to read and understand, and we loved having so many options for route type and length each day. We will definitely book with you again when we return to bicycle Italy some more. Thank you again, grazie mille!
Candace and Owen Schuh-Jensen
Custom Tuscany 2013

Just wanted to thank you for your help with our tour of the west of Ireland.  We really enjoyed the trip and thought Ireland was a fantastic place for bicycle touring. We really liked seeing the incredibly beautiful area and meeting lots of wonderful people.  Also, the B&B's that you arranged for us were terrific. Thanks again.
Bruce Bailey
West of Ireland customised self-guided 2013

We are now back into the swing of routines. Our family had the best time on your suggested itinerary. Mileage was perfect for each of us. Some of our group took advantage of the longer routes. Accommodation upgrades were perfect, as well as, all directions and maps. We will definitely book your company again!
Nancy Mann
Connemara self-guided customised 2013

I just wanted to thank you and Iron Donkey for setting us up on such a fabulous family bike trip.  Of course it helped that the weather cooperated too!
However, everything went just as planned and I also want to particularly thank you for making sure our bikes were in great mechanical condition, driving us up that hill at the beginning, and arranging our transport back to our car at the end.
Jen Keller (family tour)
Connemara self-guided customised 2013

Before I get too involved in my life here, I just want to thank you for a great tour of Ireland’s west coast. And I especially want to acknowledge how much I think we all appreciated Mick Langan as our guide. He was extremely knowledgeable, resourceful, and possessed a great sense of humour. What I really liked about Mick is how he seemed to adjust to all the personalities within the group. I think we all felt he put a very personal stamp on our cycling experience. I would heartily recommend Iron Donkey to my friends.
Jerry Collins
Connemara guided 2013

Let me say again what a wonderful trip we had. We just loved everything about it - the bikes, the weather, the accomodations, the routes – everything.
Beth Schroeder
West of Ireland, self-guided customised 2013

The self-guided bike tour was fantastic! We loved the breathtaking scenery, challenging rides,and evening pub suppers with Guinness!
Peggy Bergin
Southwest of Ireland self-guided 2013

Ashley and I are finally back in the U.S. after our marriage-and-cycling wedding tour in Ireland – we had a fantastic time. Many, many thanks for helping arrange our tour, for answering our questions, and for the little hints you dropped at all the B&Bs we stayed at! It seemed everyone we met had wind of our marriage, and it seemed we got a little special treatment here and there all along the way. Very kind of all of you! As you probably know, we lucked out with nearly perfect sunny weather for our cycling. We greatly enjoyed the routes and B&Bs and towns we cycled through. We'll certainly recommend Iron Donkey to others in the future – especially if a wedding is part of the plans!
Matthew Muspratt
Southwest of Ireland self-guided 2013

Ken and I are back at home after our trip to Ireland.
We wanted to send you a note thanking you for your help in planning our trip.  This adventure will stand out as being one of the best vacations we've had and you played a huge role in it.!
Jocelyn de Boer
West of Ireland customised self-guided 2013

We are now on the train from Boyle back to Dublin after a superb cycling trip. We really only had solid rain for the last 10 miles into Belcoo, otherwise outstanding weather. 
Thanks for the great bikes, excellent directions (we didn't get lost), and for a great trip.
Elizabeth, Arthur, Eileen, and Neal
Northwest Ireland self-guided 2013

I wanted to send you a quick email saying how much we appreciated our Iron Donkey trip!   We are experienced cyclists and searched on-line for an outfit that would provide custom, self-guided tours in Ireland.  Your website was great your personalized interest in exactly the type of trip we wanted unique, and your itinerary was spectacular.   The terrain was exactly what we hoped for – challenging and rural – and the views, natural beauty and history were all extraordinary.
Andy Stewart
Custom tour Causeway Coast  2013

This has been the best trip ever.  We are so sad to leave the bikes behind...good friends. The bikes performed excellently...no problems, no flats.
Jack Meyer
West of Ireland self-guided 2013

I just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful experience with Iron Donkey.  The trip exceeded my expectations in every way.  The equipment was top notch, the routes were easy to follow with several options each day.  Our bags never failed to beat us to our destination and the lodgings were wonderful. I think it was my nicest holiday to date.  I will definitely recommend Iron Donkey to my friends.
Ellyn McIntosh
Connemara self-guided 2013

We very much enjoyed our ride from Ennis to Kilkee, Lisdoonvarna, Kinvara and Galway. The weather was fantastic, of course, and the scenery spectacular. We especially enjoyed riding to the lighthouse on the Loop Head peninsula, the Cliffs of Moher (although a bit too commercialized), the Black Head Loop and the ride through the Burren. The town of Lisdoonvarna was delightful, and the Perfumery was a very pleasant surprise. All in all, it was a wonderful experience, and we very much appreciate the efforts of Iron Donkey to put this all together.
Ken Neville
Clare and the Burren self-guided 2013

A quick note to let you know what a magical time we had on our tour. Every moment went beyond our expectations. We can't thank you enough for your guidance on the tour -- we are already talking about coming back next year for the southern and northern sections! Too short, but it leaves us wanting more - what could be better?
Kelly and Kevin Ogrodnik
West of Ireland customised self-guided 2013

II wanted to let you know what an absolutely wonderful time we had on the Best of the West tour. The accommodations, the food, and the scenery all exceeded our expectations; our fellow bikers were delightful company; and the Irish people we met were truly charming hosts.
Kathy and Steve Schultz
Best of the West guided tour 2013

Everything went well and we had a great trip. Weather, biking, food, and the b&b's were the highlights. Thank you for a great vacation
Chris Hubbard
Southwest of Ireland self-guided customised 2013

Bob & I had a wonderful bicycling trip through Northern Ireland. The scenery was fantastic, & people were very friendly. Food was GREAT.
Karen & Bob Stubenvol
North of Ireland custom tour 2013

Many thanks for setting up our trip to Le Marche.  My wife and I enjoyed it immensely.  The weather was not ideal; we dodged showers for the first couple of days.  But the biking was excellent, the accommodations were lovely, and the service was outstanding.  Giovanni, in particular, was extraordinarily informed, gracious, and helpful. We definitely plan to use your company again in the future.  
William Fisher
Le Marche 2013

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