"The first thing to say is that it was a fabulous holiday - full of new experiences, and great company. One major point to note is that unlike the 3 other on-board weeks we have been on, it was a real sailing lugger. It was as much a sailing experience as a cycling one. Annika, who captains the ship when Klaas is not there, guided us in hauling the right ropes etc to raise the sails at the right times, and once we had caught the wind, the engine was turned off. This gave the holiday an extra sense of adventure - especially the final leg from Marstal to Kiel when we were going at about 8 knots with a force 6-7 wind. As a consequence of being on a sailing boat that was dependent on the winds and the weather, we were not able to stick very closely to the advertised programme. We went clockwise, and missed out a couple of sections. This was not a problem since we had a briefing / discussion each evening or in the morning when the Capt would explain what was possible in terms of where we could reach, and then the 2 guides (who were both very good/friendly/professional) would sort out an appropriate cycle ride for us - including maps. There were 3 crew - the Capt., Annika his number 2, and Mariella his daughter who managed the kitchen. All were excellent and helped to make it a really good week. At the beginning of the week we all agreed to pay 50€ for drinks for the week - hot and cold, alcoholic and non. It was a system that worked well. All cabins had ensuites; and bunk beds - all quite small, but only what we expected. All the bikes were brand new, with 21 gears that worked well. We were each given a waterproof carrier bag to fix onto the back of your bike. It is worth warning people about the sailing aspect, since some people may find choppy seas cause sea-sickness. So come prepared with sea-sickness pills and they will enjoy it as much as we did. We would definitely consider going on the Flying Dutchman again."
Peter Bussy - The Southern Danish Isles
"Stephen Just a quick note to say thank you for sorting out our holiday at such short notice. We had a really wonderful time, plenty of beautiful scenary and some great accomodation. The route instructions were spot on and it was really helpful that all the train tickets etc. had been booked and were avialable for us in the first hotel. I'm really impressed wth the service you provided and will be looking into booking next years holiday with you. "
Julie Birchall - Salzburg to Vienna, June 2011
"We're safely home from our Danube bike trip and I just wanted to say thank you for you assistance in making it happen. We had a great time: - the bikes were fine and included handle bar bags. We noticed that another group of people on the second half of our tour did not have handlebar bags so perhaps they have to be requested. The luggage was waiting for us at every hotel even when we arrived early. The hotels were excellent and, especially in small towns, the hosts were very friendly and welcoming. One of our hosts actually drove us into town to find a restaurant for dinner. The distances were a little further than we're used to going but with the hotels already booked this was not a problem, Even the weather cooperated. For the most part it was sunny and cool, ideal biking weather. We had good rain gear with us so on the two occasions it rained we were prepared. A family of 5 Swiss people were on the same tour as us from Ulm to Regensburg and it was fun to get to know them. We all had dinner together on the last night in Regensburg. Thanks again. We hope to go on further tours through Freedom Treks and I would definitely recommend you to our friends."
Alison Barbour - Danube Donauschingen to Passau April 2011
"Amazing holiday. Very easy booking process with personal service and regular contact. Stunning scenery, great cycling, fantastic and plentiful food, friendly crew and guides. Would very happily have stayed another week!"
Louise and Jamie Cassidy - South Dalmatia Cruise and Cycle June 2011
"Just wanted to let you know that the holidayin Croatia was fantastic, the cycling was awesome and I would certainly recommend it to my friends. Thanks again for your efficiency."
Melanie Jones - South Dalmatia Cruise and Cycle, October 2011
"This was the first holiday of this type we have ever been on and we were delighted. The organisation was excellent, the route fantastic and the hotels along the way very good. We saw amazing scenery and met some nice people too. We wouldn't hesitate to go on a similar holiday with Freedom Treks."
Josie Salkey - Bolzano to Venice - June 2012
"Thoroughly enjoyed the trip. I feel it was excellent value and would certainly recommend to friends. The tour guide was very friendly and helpful."
Jacqueline Sollis - Tulip Tour - May 2012
"Very good holiday. Interesting scenery and good mix of small towns and villages along the way. Really enjoyed Koblenz and could have stayed longer there.The accommodation was beyond our expectation. Some of the hotels were memorable, In all cases the staff were friendly and helpful."
Robert Thompson - Mosel & Saar from Saarbrucken to Koblenz - June 2012