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We are delighted with what our guests have said in both the national and international press. Here are some reviews of our bike tours and a couple of accolades.

Reviews

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Innsbruck to Verona

Austria / Italy

Innsbruck to Verona / From the Alps to Lake Garda

2017

Bonnie and I finished our Innsbruck to Verona trip about two weeks ago, and I'm just getting around to writing you now (sorry to take so...
Bonnie and I finished our Innsbruck to Verona trip about two weeks ago, and I'm just getting around to writing you now (sorry to take so long) to tell you what a wonderful time we had. Beautiful mountain scenery, great weather, excellent food and superb wine; it doesn't get any better than that! I can see why you said that this is one of Girolibero's most beloved tours. We are already looking forward to next year. I will try to get myself into good cycling condition for the Piedmont tour.

Gary, Canada

St. Moritz, Bernina and Como Lake

Italy / Switzerland

St. Moritz, Bernina and Como Lake / Alps hopping for gourmands

2017

We went on the tour 24/6 - 1/7/17. It was a fantastic holiday - one of the best and I' ve been doing biking tours since 1989 - Vietnam -...
We went on the tour 24/6 - 1/7/17.

It was a fantastic holiday - one of the best and I' ve been doing biking tours since 1989 - Vietnam - California - Europe. The bikes were very, very good - better than our own bikes. It was a beautiful scenic route - very good idea with Bernina Express - and it was sunshine that day! The hotels were very good and for once in all these years, we were so lucky to have rooms with view to the sea or the mountains The logistic was perfect all the way through. Excellent.

We have also been biking on Sardina with you, but through a danish company and it was excellent too.
Thank you so much for a great holiday!

Afterwards we stayed two nights in Bellagio and went to Ghisallo and the museum - on e-bikes lovely! The plan was also to go on e-bike from Cadenabdia to Laglio - George Clooney invited for coffee - but it was sunshine and Sunday, so it wasn't lovely at all with lots of traffic and especially motorcyclists - but as long they stay in Italy its ok.

Lots of biking greetings

Poul and Marete, Denmark

Innsbruck to Venice

Austria / Italy

Innsbruck to Venice / From the Alps to the Adriatic

2017

Everyone had a great trip! They’re ready to do it again! We had no real problems on either trip! We had a great time. We owned the...
Everyone had a great trip! They’re ready to do it again!

We had no real problems on either trip! We had a great time.

We owned the Lake Garda ferry. It was like a private excursion! Very few other people. It was very pleasurable!

Sometimes we couldn’t locate a hotel but with GPS and phones we worked through those issues. A couple of hotels were a little warm because
of the hot weather and their weak AC systems. But food and wine solves those problems quickly!

We did have to split the group on the 2nd ferry crossing going from Venice. It would have been very difficult if we travelled on a busy day! The first ferry from Venice was very confusing for us as there was at least a .5 Km line of traffic stopped to pay tolls and waiting in line. We just pushed through on our bikes and walked up to the toll station to get our bike tickets. I would recommend that you tell your customers to do this as there was no guidance or information for bikers. Just push through, get your ticket, then wait by the ramp/boarding area. The second crossing utilizes a large and a small ferry. We needed to split into 2 groups to cross at this point. No problem. It just takes time.

Porec was beautiful and the hotel was very nice, Great buffet for breakfast and supper! Actually, the hotels were all very good. We didn’t want to leave Hotel Rosa or Crystal Hotel. Beautiful and so relaxing! The staff at Hotel Al Pini were super helpful and patient with us.

You (and company) did a fantastic job with reservations and taking care of the electric bike switch for three of us. Your attention to detail is commendable as we had no reservation problems. And that was a lot of rooms to get right!
The bikes worked well and were in excellent shape. All of the restaurant reservations went smoothly and the food was fine and Ristorante Paccagnella was the stand-out favorite. They had some really special foods for us.

The guide books worked well especially once we realized to read them carefully in advance! In English we put our adjectives before the noun but in Italian the adjective goes after the noun - and remains like that in the translation.
That’s where we had some confusion if we read to quickly while biking. It's a little thing but it can cause a few problems! Nice job on the arrows. A few had become hidden but we worked through that problem with guide.

So, we thank you for all the work you did and for ordering the beautiful weather ( a little hot some days!) That’s two years that we carried our raincoats and didn’t need them.

I hope we can meet again. I’m working on 2018 trip now. Some people want to get to Norway, Sweden, Finland. Some want France, Spain. Who knows where we will end up!

Michael, USA

Venice to Poreč

Croatia / Italy / Slovenia

Venice to Poreč / The lands of the Ancient Republic of Venice

2017

Everyone had a great trip! They’re ready to do it again! We had no real problems on either trip! We had a great time. We owned the...
Everyone had a great trip! They’re ready to do it again!

We had no real problems on either trip! We had a great time.

We owned the Lake Garda ferry. It was like a private excursion! Very few other people. It was very pleasurable!

Sometimes we couldn’t locate a hotel but with GPS and phones we worked through those issues. A couple of hotels were a little warm because
of the hot weather and their weak AC systems. But food and wine solves those problems quickly!

We did have to split the group on the 2nd ferry crossing going from Venice. It would have been very difficult if we travelled on a busy day! The first ferry from Venice was very confusing for us as there was at least a .5 Km line of traffic stopped to pay tolls and waiting in line. We just pushed through on our bikes and walked up to the toll station to get our bike tickets. I would recommend that you tell your customers to do this as there was no guidance or information for bikers. Just push through, get your ticket, then wait by the ramp/boarding area. The second crossing utilizes a large and a small ferry. We needed to split into 2 groups to cross at this point. No problem. It just takes time.

Porec was beautiful and the hotel was very nice, Great buffet for breakfast and supper! Actually, the hotels were all very good. We didn’t want to leave Hotel Rosa or Crystal Hotel. Beautiful and so relaxing! The staff at Hotel Al Pini were super helpful and patient with us.

You (and company) did a fantastic job with reservations and taking care of the electric bike switch for three of us. Your attention to detail is commendable as we had no reservation problems. And that was a lot of rooms to get right!
The bikes worked well and were in excellent shape. All of the restaurant reservations went smoothly and the food was fine and Ristorante Paccagnella was the stand-out favorite. They had some really special foods for us.

The guide books worked well especially once we realized to read them carefully in advance! In English we put our adjectives before the noun but in Italian the adjective goes after the noun - and remains like that in the translation.
That’s where we had some confusion if we read to quickly while biking. It's a little thing but it can cause a few problems! Nice job on the arrows. A few had become hidden but we worked through that problem with guide.

So, we thank you for all the work you did and for ordering the beautiful weather ( a little hot some days!) That’s two years that we carried our raincoats and didn’t need them.

I hope we can meet again. I’m working on 2018 trip now. Some people want to get to Norway, Sweden, Finland. Some want France, Spain. Who knows where we will end up!

Michael, USA

From Venice to Mantua

Italy

From Venice to Mantua / Aboard Ave Maria

2017

First, we were literally staggered by the welcome we received, as two tired English approached the 'Ave Maria', an hour before the official...
First, we were literally staggered by the welcome we received, as two tired English approached the 'Ave Maria', an hour before the official time to board, and were greeted by Irene, as warmly as if we had been members of her family! By the end of the holiday at Mantua we realised that our first impressions of Irene, had been considerably enhanced: she is a formidably, competent, calm and consistently reliable person / team leader. However she is not one to be messed with! We saw how well she handled a lackadaisical ticket office at Mantua railway office etc.

Daniela, the other and more senior tour leader, now enjoying a week's well earned break back at her home, at Vicenza, is a real gem. She and Irene, rode with us on every cycle ride, leading, and where necessary smoothing out any small problems. They each went to great lengths to make our holiday the success it undoubtedly was .

.. I believe everyone of the 40 guests would have felt much the same.

Additionally, it was a refinement to add to the overall enjoyment that the other passenger/ cyclists were so nice. These were Americans ( including some well behaved teenagers), Germans, Norwegians, Swedes, as well as English. Sadly, there was no Scot. We all got on well.

My one regret was that I was unable to tell the CEO of the company, our collective gratitude for building a company, acquiring the boats, the staff, then in devising the routes and brilliant maps that we were issued with. He did visit the 'Ave Maria' a day before we arrived in Mantua, and met several people, but sadly I was not one of them...

I have not mentioned the Captain of the 'Ave Maria': Riccardo. He really 'leads from the front', and was always to be seen helping out: everything and everyone. An astonishing act of leadership...
My last job, long, long ago, in the British Army was instructing /assessing Officer Cadets. Riccardo, the Captain of the Ave Maria, would had he been one of 'my' cadets have revived a fine report from me!

The route taken by the 'Ave Maria' exceeded our expectations, massively. So, too did the daily cycle rides, and the variety of places we we so ably shown around. My wife and I are well travelled. NO holiday has been better resourced from every angle. So, thank you all at GIROLIBERO! And, yes, we have been to Italy before.

We would definitely like to travel next year with 'Girolibero ', especially if you would have the tour from Venice to Porec GUIDED. I wonder WHETHER they might consider this? Please do!!

Many thanks

Richard, UK

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