What Our Travelers Say
"This trip exceeded our expectations!" Randonnée Tours works hard to make our customers' experience the very best and we keep in touch with many - who often return for consecutive trips! Read what they have to say about past trips in Canada, USA, France, Italy and Ireland.
Canada and U.S.A.
"We had a wonderful time in the Canadian Rockies. The accommodations were great, the food was delicious, and the hikes and views were incredible. I will gladly recommend your company to any one looking for an adventure abroad. I have been mentioning Randonnee already!" M. & D. Auld - Greenwich CT - Canadian Rockies Hiking 2010
"I am writing to thank you for the wonderful tour you arranged for my husband and myself. I can honestly say this was by far the best vacation we have ever taken! As my husband puts it, this was the first time he has been on a trip where he didn't want to go home by the end of it" and "… the trip exceeded all our expectations and hopes and we will highly recommend you to as many people as we can think of. Your staff has been extremely helpful in putting together a custom trip for us and has cheerfully answered our plethora of questions along the way. The trip was well thought out and the information we were provided with was comprehensive and extremely helpful. I wouldn't consider going on a trip like this without going through Randonnée. In fact, I fear that any other kind of vacation is now ruined for us, so I just hope you are going to be around for a long, long time."
Richard and Alissa, California - Canadian Rockies, cycling
“The scenery was magical. Just when we thought we had seen the most beautiful lakes, we saw lakes just as beautiful, but with a glacier and waterfall added! We liked the difficulty of the tour. We were looking for a challenge we couldn’t get at home. The rivers and mountains made all the uphills a pleasure.”
S. Simon & P. Knop – Canadian Rockies, cycling
"[Your area manager] was extremely helpful and very nice and supportive. He listened well to us and to the teenage girls and helped us use our open time to the max" and "the trip exceeded our expectations."
Barbara and Phil, Florida - Canadian Rockies, multi-sport
Gulf Islands, Canada:
"There was not a single glitch. [Your area managers] were wonderful. We enjoyed both bed & breakfasts - - they were very different but each nice in its own way. You did a great job with the weather too!" and "We had a great time. We are giving your name to our friends."
Ann and Jim, Florida - B.C. Gulf Islands, multi-sport
"We were in Gulf Islands Heaven! … [the area managers] were wonderful - very accommodating and helpful - and our kayaking experience was superior."
Janie, California - B.C. Gulf Islands, multi-sport
“All of our hosts went beyond our expectations. Breakfasts were spectacular. Judith on Mayne Island was exceptionally nice, accommodation simple, comfortable, host intelligent, thoughtful and great cooks! Great balance of small city (Victoria), small island (Mayne) and something in the middle (Salt Spring). Also had variable biking conditions (some flatter, some hillier) and we enjoyed kayaking in Mayne Island. The area managers were terrific. They really went out of their way for us.”
J. Weil - B.C. Gulf Islands, cycling
"[Randonnée] offered what we wanted, where we wanted, when we wanted" and "Tour was excellent. Organization good (riding instructions were almost too detailed). Island hosts and managers were all great."
Ross and Di, Australia - B.C. Gulf Islands, cycling
“All of our accommodations were great – especially the Lyall Harbour B&B. The food was delicious and the family made us feels very much at home. Everything was great!”
F. Panico – B.C. Gulf Islands, hiking
“I wanted you to know that we had the absolutely best time on our trip to the Gulf Islands. Your planning was perfect, the hikes were varied and inspiring, the B&B were all great – the one in Victoria so beautiful and elegant. The islands are beyond gorgeous, and we cannot wait to come back and explore more. Each day got better and by the time we got to Saturna we never wanted to leave! We loved all the accommodation; especially Lyall Harbour. The service provided by Randonnée was excellent. We felt very well taken care of and very efficiently organized. And we knew we had someone available if we needed help at any point. Eve Cabanel was wonderful. Thank you so much for all your help and support. It was an amazing introduction to a wonderful part of the world, and we will definitely visit again.”
V. Lusbader - B.C. Gulf Islands, hiking
Niagara Wine Region, Canada:
"Had a wonderful time - thanks! I'm looking forward to Tuscany in September" and "the trip exceeded my expectations."
Sarah, Georgia - Niagara Wine Region, cycling
“The area managers were great! We needed some changes on our bikes and they could not be more accommodating. We had great service from everyone. Very friendly and willing to help us. The accommodations were great.”
J.& N. Goodrich – Niagara Wine Region, cycling
"We choose your company because we could pick the departure date and the location fit our needs.
I was happy with the overall experience. This was my first bike trip and didn’t know how I would handle the daily riding and how it would fit in with the non riding part of a vacation it all went well." Steve Mack - Niagara Wine Region, cycling 08
"I wanted to take a minute and email you about our trip to the Niagara Wine region. We returned on Sunday and wanted you to know that we had an amazing trip! The accommodations were fantastic, the scenery was breathtaking, Steve (our coordinator) was great, and the biking was superb. It was one of the best vacations ever. We can't wait for our next trip!!! The pre-tour material was overall very informative and any questions that the material didn’t answer were answered promptly by Randonnee.
The accommodations in Niagara Falls, Port Colborne and Jordan were fabulous. We would stay at any one of those places again.
The service provided by your office and the area manager was very good and speedy.
The overall experience was excellent. This was one of the best vacations ever. We’ll definitely travel with Randonnee again. Thanks for great time. "
L. Booth - Niagara Wine Region, cycling 08
Quebec Eastern Townships, Canada:
"We found the area manager to be knowledgeable, friendly and extremely accommodating. As an example, he indulged our interests by stopping at a vineyard." B. & C Hylton, Baltimore, Maryland -
Eastern Township walking 2010
“We loved the spa Eastman, even stayed and extra day. The area manager is wonderful, a real asset for Randonnee, He helped us with every phase of the tour, including customizing the last day to match my wife capacity. The central office staff was very helpful regarding our possible taking our dog along. An excellent job by all!”
D. Schmidt & J. Lavender – Quebec Eastern Townships, walking
“The service provided by the area manager was excellent. The quality of the accommodation was excellent as were the breakfasts provided. The hosts were very friendly and helpful.”
J. Mcquade – Quebec Eastern Townships, walking
"Great info about the areas. All B&B’s were fine.
The Randonnee Tours service was great, very accommodating and helpful. We will travel with you again – we like what you offer. I. Feinberg- Quebec Eastern Townships, walking 08
Nova Scotia, Canada:
"Having you arrange places to stay and recommend sights to see and routes to travel relieved us of the planning job and made our trip much easier. " P & J .Staubitz - Cleves, OH-
Drive and Stroll Nova Scotia 2010
"Just got back from Nova Scotia and want to say that we had a fabulous trip. Thanks so much for doing your job so well. The routes were great and so were the accommodations. The Queen Anne was a particular treat. [The area managers] were great too. Not a glitch in sight!" -
Diana and Roy, Colorado - Nova Scotia, cycling
"The pre-tour material was very comprehensive… service was very good by all concerned" and "the trip exceeded our expectations."
Georgette and Robert, Washington D.C. - Nova Scotia, cycling
"We loved this vacation… Randonnée did a great job setting up these wonderful accommodations and scenic rides" and "this trip exceeded our expectations."
Phil and Mary Anne, Florida - Nova Scotia, Drive & Cycle
“A belated thank you for the Utah Trip. It was wonderful! We loved all our accommodations and the routes…”
K. Hoch – Utah, cycling
"The pretour material was excellent.
The difficulty of the tour was exactly what we were looking for.
The help by your office and the area manager was excellent, everything worked like clock-work. The area manager gave us good advice and the accommodations + breakfast were top notch. We will definitely consider other trips with you. "
G. Strathy - California cycling 08
"I never ever thought I’ d go on this type of trip but I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it. As a normally non-athletic person, I tell people that the bicycling part was the best part of the trip! The Dordogne Valley is magnificent and I don’t think we could have experienced it fully if we had been in a car or a bus! The sight, the smells, the medieval atmosphere…I could have stopped every 2 minutes to take a picture! Overall the best vacation ever!" M. Douglas - ON,Canada -
Dordogne biking 2010
"We had a 5 day Provence trip 5 years ago with your company and thoroughly enjoyed all of it. Friends were so impressed with what we had encountered; they wanted to take another bike trip with us.
The hotel in Gourdon was beyond our expectations, as was the host. We haven’t stopped gushing about the location, hotel and our host there.
As our second time using your company we found our overall experience great. The area manager was helpful and replaced a bike for one of our travelling companions without hesitation. The office staff in Canada are great and very helpful when I called with some questions. We have already recommended your company to others and won’t hesitate to do so in the future. " D. Kristjanson, Burlington Ontario - Dordogne cycling 2010
"Yours is a first-class operation start to finish. This was my 8th trip to France (I lived there 20 years ago) and had never done anything like this before, but always wanted to. I knew I was in good hands with Randonnée from the start - your company is so organized, thorough and professional - it made for a no-hassle, no-worry, truly memorable experience."
Sharon, Arizona - Dordogne, cycling
"[Area manager] told my Grandma (Barbara) that I'm the youngest person ever to do that tour. It was a lot of fun but also sometimes it got harder. I went up the hills faster than my Grandpa (David)! This tour also had tons of pretty sights to see, especially around the castles and rivers!" "This trip was one of the great experiences of my life, and I have tears in my eyes as I write this - I am a sentimental Irishman - I will never forget this wonderful fairyland, the sites, the flowers, the people, the food, the rivers the weather, etc. etc. The experience will hold a special place in my heart forever!" "My sentiments exactly!"
(12-year-old) Jessica, David & Barbara, Canada - Dordogne, cycling
"I just wanted to thank you for a fabulous trip! The entire sejour was magnificent! I am stunned at how gorgeous the region is and of course the regional cuisine definitely added to the experience."
Stephanie, France - Dordogne, cycling
"Wanted to give you some feedback on our trip - your first Drive & Stroll participants. In a word: wonderful - great - thought provoking - educational - relaxing - tiring - beautiful - delicious - I think you get the idea."
Pat, New Jersey - Dordogne, Drive & Stroll
"Excellent [service]. You always responded quickly. Terrific you had both email and 800 phone access. Although we did not need it, appreciated knowing we could call from France if problem and we knew there was someone in Vaison."
Rhoda & Rochelle, Maryland - Provence, Drive & Stroll
“We were very pleased with all the arrangements made by Randonnée. The background information, driving and hiking directions, sightseeing notes and very importantly, the accommodation arrangements were excellent. Thanks so very much for the high quality of your service and support.”
R. Harrisson - Bordeaux to Dordogne, Drive & Stroll
“We particularly appreciated the comments on restaurants and where to buy picnic material. All hotels were fine.”
J. O’Gradie – Dordogne, cycling
“All accommodations were clean, universally friendly and helpful. The area manager was great, very helpful.”
M. Barrett – Dordogne, cycling
“The background information was very interesting and comprehensive. We enjoyed each unique and charming hotel on the tour. Very good locations and very welcoming. Excellent service. The area manager was very knowledgeable and helpful. We felt well taken care of. The hotels were very welcoming and charming.”
V. Ledgett - Dordogne, cycling
“The food at all places was fabulous and I felt very good value. I found the whole area fascinating. I would recommend Madeline north of les Eyzies. I thought it was just about perfect. I was just tired at night but never exhausted. I thought that the drivers were respectful of cyclists. The area manager was very helpful. He met us on the first evening and gave us a briefing as well as setting up the bikes. We loved the Hostellerie de la Bouriane in Gourdon. M Duchamps (the owner) was a lovely man and very helpful. He made us feel at home.”
N. Valentine – Dordogne, cycling
“The pre- tour material was very helpful. It provided a good background of the history of the area. It was also helpful in preparing for what to expect travel-wise and what to bring on the trip, how to pack, etc … The tour was great. The trails were a good mix of level of difficulty with breathtaking scenery! Service was excellent! The Randonnée staff in the home office was also excellent in answering all my questions, getting us set up with the tour, providing information and in general providing excellent service with a pleasant attitude. The trip was really great. I loved it. It was a wonderful experience and I would do it again in a heartbeat!”
L. Devine – Dordogne, walking
“The tour directions were easy to follow and provided interesting information. The bikes were great. Loved the saddle bags for jackets and such, as well as the bag on the handle bar which could be unclipped and taken along to see the sights.
The hotel Pont de Louysse in Lacave was fabulous. The grounds with their varied outdoor garden rooms and beautiful flowers were spectacular. We sat outside around the pool and also beside the fallen bridge. It was very poetic. Our room was beautifully decorated with French country bed linens and antiques furniture. The large bed was heavenly. The food at their restaurant was probably the best we had during our entire stay in Europe - it was superbly prepared and presented, and it tasted so good that I will always remember it.
The hotel in La Roque Gageac, La belle Etoile was also lovely. We had a well-appointed room overlooking the Dordogne river and could watch the cruise boats and conoes going up and down as well as people moving about. The hiking and canoeing were beautiful and well within our abilities.
The area manager transported our bags daily and brought and picked up our bikes. He was very prompt and efficient. He was also generous enough to allow Marie to ride with him on the last day.
We were blown away by the natural beauty of the area, the chateaus, the castles, the caves and rock formations, and the staggering amount of pre-history. Each fortified town seemd more amazing than the next. Our trip took us through rural towns and hillsides where we ate apples and figs from wild trees and blackberries from hedges. We also got to taste the bountiful harvest of walnuts just lying on the grounds. And the meals were incredible. They are serious gastronomes in the southwest France!”
M. Bradby – Dordogne, multi-sport
“The accommodations were the best! Nicest people and places in the world. Our favorite is Les Vielles Tours, the hotel operator is one of the nicest people I have ever met. The area manager is a great guy. He even found a copy of the new Harry Potter book on the release date for our daughter and delivered it to us. He is fantastic.”
L. Root – Dordogne, custom cycling
“Eve Cabanel did a great job accommodating our request for additional add-ons and sites to see. The hotels were excellent and very friendly family hotels, helpful, great views from rooms, owners wonderful.”
L. Pennycook – Dordogne, cycling
“All 3 locations were beautiful and the hotels were lovely. The people at all the locations were very gracious and helpful. The manager at the Hotel Bourianne was particularly nice. He arranaged to have breakfast for us before the regular serving time because we had an early train. I very much appreciate Eve’s assistance in recommending all three hotels. We will tell our friends about Randonnée and the wonderful accommodations that you found for us. I found Eve Cabanel to be very helpful in planning.
We thought the Dordogne was the perfect place for a bike tour. The beauty of the area and history were outstanding. It far surpassed our expectations.”
D. Ford – Dordogne, cycling
"We loved all the accommodations. The service by your office and area manager was excellent. We loved this first experience."
M. Heller - Dordogne, walking 08
"Gourdon and the caves were a highlight. Eve Cabanel was very helpful." P. Richard - Dordogne, walking 08
"Jardins Paradis was absolutely first class - excellent food – clean facilities and superb hospitality. Laurent at the vielles tours in Rocamadour ran a very professional as well as friendly operation. The people at camping la Riviera were accommodating and helpful.
We enjoyed our holiday in Dordogne very much. " P& L
Minelli- Dordogne, cycling 08
"The pre-tour information was excellent.
The accommodation was WOW – all clean and very nice. The food at each hotel was exceptional and reasonable.
We greatly enjoyed all the destinations. Wish we would have had more time.
It wasn’t overall a leisurely tour – it was moderate to difficult because of the length and grade of the hills. However I would not recommend changing a thing – it’s the nature of this beautiful region. We are not cyclists, but we are in decent shape.
Wow. The tour of a lifetime. Memories to treasure forever. The beauty is unparalleled. "
S. Ashmore - Dordogne, cycling 08
“The pre-tour information was excellent especially the historical and cultural backgrounds, the accommodation were excellent, great food and nice people. The area manager was excellent.”
F. Bateman – Lot Valley, cycling
"My friends description of their trip was so positive and the excellent selection of trips offered by your company was sufficient. We were surprised at how easy the instructions were to follow.
Wonderful choices of hotels – staff was excellent and hotels were so unique. They were a highlight oat the end of the day of cycling.
There was almost too much to see. The route chosen was filled with so many interesting sites and the scenery was gorgeous! This was enhanced by the routes chosen – with minimal traffic we were free to take in all the sights and countryside. Our area manager was very friendly and helpful." S. & J. Jongmans - Calgary, Alberta -
Provence cycling 2010
"After reading guide books and having been there, I think you did an excellent job covering the important spots in each place. Thank you for that! My bike was terrific! A perfect fit! I was never uncomfortable.
After a full day of biking, when you arrive at your accommodations you want it to be welcoming (it was totally), clean (very), and organized (it was) with helpful suggestions for dinner (all our meals were excellent!)
Really when I describe my trip to family and friends I say the meals were excellent, the B&B’s were lovely and added to our experience. I have already given your name out to different people that love to bike!"
M. New York, NY -
Provence Cycling 2010
"It was our best vacation ever - we loved it!"
Nancy & Joshua, Florida - Provence, Drive & Stroll
“The accommodations were excellent in every way. Le Beffroi was great! Lovely room, great place and location. Crillon le Brave was an experience. Les Romarins great food and location, we loved it. Nice mix of destination, towns, cities, country. Eve Cabanel was extremely helpful and accommodating. The area manager was a sweetie and was available to help.”
P. Jeswald – Provence, cycling
“We were pleased with the hotels. The staff was very helpful when we needed assistance. I loved that each place was different and provided sites to see. The nice thing is that there are enough choices provided so we could select for hikes that matched our energy level for the day. The area manager was very friendly and helpful.”
T. Marchant – Provence, multi-sport
“We thought your service was really excellent and the service on the ground was fine. The Crillon Le Brave was excellent, beautiful room and a very good service. The tour could have been slightly longer rides but there was always extra loop options to keep you busy. It is a beautiful country for cycling and we did not find the hills too hard”
K Tracey – Provence, cycling
“We had a wonderful time. The weather was so good to us! And all the hotels you booked for us were just great. We especially loved the rich décor, delicious breakfast and helpful folks at Hotel Gounod. Our favorite hike was The dentelles de Montmiraille, Spectacular! Thank you for your help it was a grand vacation.”
J. Eldridge – Provence, Multi-sport
“The area manager is a valuable contact for Randonnée. We enjoyed her company and her capabilities. We can’t say enough good things about her!”
T. Thomas – Provence, cycling
“I was most pleased with the itinerary you provided. I give you a 10 out of 10. I was very satisfied with the level of difficulty. All in all, I had a truly memorable trip and most enjoyable time. I had very high expectations, and Randonnée has exceeded most of them. I will definitely consider a similar trip in the future and I would have no hesitation in recommending Randonnée to my friends.”
P. Hardy – Provence, 10 days
"We...wanted to thank you personally for an absolutely perfect tour of Provence. We were able to absorb so much of the sights and sounds of this beautiful area and enjoy a completely relaxing vacation thanks to the efforts of you and your staff who arranged all the details so capably and thoroughly. We were delighted that most of our walking was on trails and dirt paths, and we found the routes to be accurately described and well marked. All of our accommodations were excellent, each with its unique charm and features and all with a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. The variety of towns and villages which we stayed in and walked through gave us a good overview of Provence, even though we covered a relatively small area."
Paul & Jill, Ohio - Provence, walking
"Overall, the tour and scenery and locations were fabulous. We had so much fun seeing and smelling everything in bloom. The villages are incredibly charming, you gave plenty of good info on the sites - very detailed directions."
Astrid, Holland - Provence, cycling
"This has been an eye-opening experience for us because this form of tourism is one of the best ways to really get to know the customs and lifestyle of a certain region. In some places, we felt like we had been the only tourists there - that's a very satisfying feeling."
Rodrigo & Marcella, Virginia - Provence, cycling
"I was exceedingly happy and satisfied with the experience. It was balanced in points of interest and the required level of exertion."
Ann, California - Provence, walking
"We loved the bike route directions - they were the clearest and least ambiguous of any we have ever seen…" "Hard to improve on such excellent [tour] material."
Caroline & Steve, New York - Provence, Sampler & Vaison Short Escape
"We are distance cyclists and found that add-on loops were great. There was a ride for every energy level."
Phil & MaryAnne, Florida - Vaison, Short Escape
"I was especially appreciative of the clear written directions for the bicycling and the accuracy of the difficulty - either of those being inaccurate could have ruined a trip. I was VERY happy with the service you provided."
Arlene, Washington - Beaune & St-Rèmy, Short Escapes
“The tour was not difficult for those who cycle hills regularly, but a nice combination of scenery and challenge. It's easy with a self-supported tour for individuals to add kms to the daily route if they want to, as we did on the last day.”
A. Leedy – Haute Provence, cycling
"The inn was lovely, I have a lot of experience at picking out nice accommodation, so “meeting my expectations” is high praise.
The overall experience is excellent. We only wish we had more days to explore the area; your local guide supplied us with enough cycling and walking tours to fill a week. "
M. Ellen - Vaison la romaine short escape 08
"The pre-tour and tour material was very good.
The service provided by your office was very good. And the area manager is a treasure! We loved her. "
K. Kadonoff - Provence, cycling 08
"Excellent responsiveness on the front end, good reviews. We found the service provided by Eve Cabanel great. The area manager was very helpful. We were very pleased with our overall experience."
J. Park - Provence, cycling 08
" The tour was simply GREAT! And of course we had a great group – adding up to the trip of a lifetime. Once again I wan to thank you for your patience and diligence in setting up the tour. Quality very good. Suitability of bikes with regard to type, size, gearing, tire width and accessories was also very good. Accommodations were flat-out GREAT!"
R. Burns , Baltimore, Maryland -
Burgundy biking 2010
"Well run tour with charming B&B accommodations" R. Voelkel, Catonsville MD -
Burgundy cycling 2010
"Overall, we were surprised and impressed at how smoothly everything went - our bags were always there, people knew we were coming - (one inn) owner even worried about us when we got in a bit late! Attention to details on your part left us free to enjoy France." "The trip route notes were excellent - provided lots of helpful tips, you obviously took great pains with the directions. We feel very satisfied with what we received for what we paid. Very professional service - we had a great time - thanks. Route took us through beautiful places and 'Deep France'..."
Phil & Carolyn, Connecticut - Burgundy, cycling
“A big thanks for organizing such a wonderful Burgundian experience for us. We enjoyed every minute. Our accommodations were delightful, we really enjoyed Fare Nui in Beaune. The hosts were so engaging and managed to get all their guests involved in lively conversation. The routes were as promised – quiet country roads, little traffic, fabulous scenery, interesting towns and villages. Added details about where to shop and bank were most helpful. The bikes were fine and well tuned up.
The whole experience was a bit like being on a rally, and we loved it. All towns were interesting. A nice mix of larger and small rides were all worthwhile. Your office staff in Vancouver was most helpful. Again thank you for providing us with such a wonderful, care-free experience.”
C. Russel– Burgundy, cycling 08
"Burgundy exceeded by far over expectations. Food and wine out of this world and wonderfully welcoming people. Our best cycling tour in France from all over 6 times."
R. Pasturel - Burgundy, cycling 08
"Hotel Churchill good location, very helpful staff, La Ferme Rançonnière in crepon beautiful, Hotel L'Ecrin staff welcoming - accommodating. Once we began riding and using the directions we felt confident that the directions would get us where we needed to be. Thank you for such a wonderful experience and providing us for a memorable vacation. Normandy is a beautiful area and we couldn't have planned the experience any better."
D. Coyle – Normandy, cycling
"We expected great and this is what we got. Would use your company again as the hotels and coordination were as expected" M. Sanchez -
Montreal, QC -
Loire Valley Cycling 2010
"The book you provided, giving commentary and advice, was highly appreciated and very well done. The route was well chosen: for the vas majority of time, we were on very minor roads with very little traffic. Indeed, on the road back from Chenonceau, we didn’t meet a single car in either direction for nearly an hour."M. Herzen - Redwood City, CA-
Loire Valley Cycling 2010
"I just wanted to say thanks for a great trip, I have already recommended you to my friends. It was one of our best family trips ever. Our 14 years old daughter had a great time and was able to take things at her own pace. The routes were easy but fun, the tour was fun and interesting, the maps terrific. Our guide was very friendly and easy going, informative, and she also sensed that we like our own space, and gave us as much guidance as we wanted. " E. Ruehr - Brookline, MA-
Loire Valley Cycling 2010
"The hotels you chose are amazing and the service impeccable. We thoroughly enjoyed each one.
The food and service however are outstanding!
We loved our holiday and would definitely consider using Randonnee again. " V. Nelson, St-Lazare QC -
Loire Valley cycling 2010
"The proprietors were all lovely, helpful people. Nice to meet.
Tour was just right. If people are actually there for a athletic endeavor than they might want more. But for us, and our sightseeing and casual interests the pace and distances were just right. No hurry. No worry.
I must give an extra special thanks and kudos to area manager in Siena. This man, this person, made this part of our trip extra special, extra warm, extra insightful, extra everything. What a wonderful human being and representative of the life there in Siena and Asciano. They covered every base and made sure we and what we needed. We appreciated your professionalism and service. You all did (do) a great job. Thanks.
We had an amazing time and was blessed with great weather and the energy that was necessary to keep on the move.
The biking tours were the highlight of the trip and it would have be nice if we had done more days in both France and Italy. For sure the next time we will consider more biking. The countryside with the vineyards, sunflower fields and all the sites were picture worthy. It was a great experience.
Tuscany is a must see area and even though it was hilly and more difficult to bike the directions were very easy to follow and the routes were so beautiful. I tell people that I was on a biking, hiking and touring trip to Tuscany and it was an amazing experience. September was a perfect time to bike in Tuscany for the weather but maybe the spring would be great also because of the blooming season. You were right we should not have shortened the trip so now we will have to go back sometime.
All the people we met along the way in the different hotels were exceptional and the hotels/B&B's that Randonnee selected were very well chosen to provide the local flavor of the countries.
Eve, I want to thank you and your company Randonnee for your help and for planning a wonderful biking experiences for John and myself."
J. Martin, J. Tipton - Denver Colorado-
Lorie Valley & Tuscany cycling 2010
“We loved Clos D’amboise. Very nice breakfast, very helpful staff, beautiful garden and comfortable beds. Eve Cabanel was very helpful in planning this trip. Her responsiveness to my many questions was a major factor in our taking this tour.”
H. Parr – Loire Valley, Amboise short escape
“This tour was pretty easy and beautiful. The routes Randonnée chooses are great – small quiet back roads. The self-guided tours are great, this was my second one. Amboise and Azay Le Rideau hotels were outstanding.”
A. Hoffman – Loire Valley, Chateaux of the Loire, cycling
"Eve Cabanel was very pleasant and helpful customizing the tour. The area managers were excellent. A very pretty area to cycle." M. Gardner - Loire Valley, Chateaux of the Loire, cycling 08
"I loved the additional information. You were very clear in your instructions.
I was looking for a company that would arrange for luggage to moved between the Cinque Terre Village. You did that and we did not look for other agencies. I loved the attention to detail and the customer service I received before and after the trip."
N. Gilder, Denver, Colorado -
Cinque Terre hiking 2010
"We are big fans of your area manager, at all times he went well beyond what we expected and did everything he could to make certain that we had a great trip, which we did.
Our experiences with you have been great and in booking our next tour (we are already talking about next year) you will be at the top of the list." L. Weitzner, Atlanta, Georgia -
Tuscany cycling 2010
“All towns were interesting and different from each other. The area manager was very pleasant and helpful”
P. Sherlow - Tuscany, cycling
“We had a great time on the bike tour! Loved all the little hotels we were in The hotel Squarcialupi in Castelina di Chianti was superb! Our upgrade to Relais il chiostro in Pienza was also great. The hills provide the great scenic views and the downhill are great.”
D. Brown – Tuscany, cycling
“All four of us enjoyed the trip very much!”
We confess – we walked up some of the hills but that’s ok. At our present age 76, the distances were long, 15 years ago they would have been too short!”
Claire Pease – Tuscany, cycling
"The information packet was very well put together. The directions were excellent as were the accommodations. All the information i.e. book suggestions, clothing, insurance, equipment, weather was excellent."
Ray & Janette, California - Tuscany, cycling
"Even though we've been home a month, our memories are vivid and positive. So positive in fact, we are considering returning in the fall to see the same beautiful area in another season!!"
Robert & Karen, Canada - Tuscany, walking
"I had a wonderful trip and thought it was one of the best holidays I have had. The accommodations were lovely and because I had a bit of classic and B&B I felt like I saw a bit of everything. The proprietors of each place I stayed were welcoming and helpful."
Jenny, Canada - Tuscany, cycling
"The homepage looks very organized and we received answers to all our questions.
We had a very good time – enjoyed the scenery and the experience.
Your restaurant suggestions were appreciated and helped us to eat some good food. "
G. and D. Romao Sorenson - Tuscany, cycling 08
"All the accommodation were great, Castello, di Velona, was spectacular
Pienza was my favorite town. The locations were a nice combination of towns and country and more specifically a combination of villas, farmhouses, palaces and the castle.
We had a fabulous trip! The weather was perfect and the scenery never censed to be breathtaking. The bike routes were challenging in terms of hills but very pleasant because of the lack of traffic and the never-ending views. The accommodations were all good and got progressively better as we went. Same for the meals. It was an unforgettable trip."
B. and M. Hole- Tuscany, cycling 08
"We are fairly fit so the hills didn't bother us, they were good challenges. Mileage was great, would not want to ride too much more as we felt this was a bike tour to see Italy, not just a "bike trip". J. Maguire / D. Sawchyn- Tuscany, cycling 08
"...Great choices!!! The accomodations were lovely, clean and comfortable. My favorites were the B&B in Rocco d'Orcia, El Capitani in Montacino and the farm near Buono Vente. We especially enjoyed the agritourissimo. Good job! I found Eve Cabanel to be very Helpful and the area manager provided us with good service.
The walks were beautiful and challenging. The villages were quaint with excellent accommodations and the service was stellar. We loved Tuscany and wish to walk other areas of this great region. "
- Tuscany, walking 08
"My bike was fabulous! I had plenty of gears for the gory uphills, the wider tires absorbed the roughness of the roads, and the gears shifted like a dream. Very satisfied with our accommodations, the best room was in Bevagna, huge comfy room.
I think the best ride was the one to Todi from Bevagna, such beauty.
I fondly think of this trip often. The country and the people were so lovely and I had the best time exploring and enjoying the sights, the food, the wine, nature. I was amazed that we could pull together such a trip, Rome included, without any major problems."
I. Boyette, Tifton, Georgia -
Umbria biking 2010
"Asked for and received road bikes. Thanks!
This was our second trip with Randonnee, and we enjoyed all of the hotels and thought they were well situated.
We particularly liked Bevagna and the surrounding country, and were we to take the same tour again, we could consider the longer version of the tour which spends 3 nights in Bevagna.
This was our second trip with Randonnee. We very much enjoyed the tour and hope to travel with Randonnee again. The cycling was beautiful, with the routes well-planned through varied terrain, mostly quiet roads, breath taking scenery, and beautiful, historic towns. All in all, great cycling in a spectacular region.
The area managers were very nice and helpful in setting up our bikes and giving us their insights"
R. Klein & L. Saffire, New York NY -
Umbria cycling 2010
"We have just returned from our tour of Umbria and cannot begin to tell you how wonderful it was! We were very satisfied and pleased with the routes chosen, the accommodations, all aspects of the tour.... We would not hesitate to make another trip if able. This trip exceeded our expectations in all ways. Thank you so much."
George & Angela, Massachusetts - Umbria, cycling
"I just wanted Randonnée Tours to know that my brother and I really, really enjoyed our self-guided bicycle tours through Tuscany and Umbria, Italy It was one of the best, most relaxing vacations I have ever taken. I felt I received real value for the money paid."
Phil, Iowa - Tuscany & Umbria, cycling
"Overall, it was an incredible experience. We loved it."
Zachary & Lisa, Virginia - Umbria, cycling
"The area manager is a lovely, responsible person who tried her best to accommodate us at all times. We were truly impressed with the Puglia area and did not expect it to be so wonderful."
S. Landsman - Toronto, ON-
Puglia Cycling 2010
"A supreme tour, excellent office and area manager service."
H. Spence -ON, Canada-
Puglia cycling 2010
"I would like to thank the Randonnee Team and specifically Eve and the area manager, the local rep in Italy. Both were extremely helpful. We have worked with Eve before and appreciated her attention to detail, responsiveness and willingness to accommodate special requests.
The luxury option coupled with the challenging biking options as well as your customer service are the 3 key drivers why we have chosen Randonnee repeatedly."C. RichardsonSeattle, WA - Puglia cycling 2010
" We enjoyed Puglia none the less - what a great place for biking - hardly any traffic on the roads and the drivers are very respectful of bikes. Thanks again for your help Eve and especially for arranging the transfer to allow us to ride down to the "tip" - that was the best ride of the entire trip! "
Ringash, J. & G. -
Puglia cycling 2010
"Nice variety and good locations of hotel. The staff at all locations was helpful and we did not experience any language or luggage issues…
Eve Cabanel was good and very helpful when we called and asked questions. She was very prompt and thorough with her email as well.
Antonello did a great job providing us all materials for the trip and getting the bikes ready for us. HE was readily available by phone and helped as much as he could.The overall experience: It was a good tour for a couple with a variety of cycle touring experience. It got us to a part of Italy that we would not have seen had it not been for a suggestion from Eve Cabanel. We would definitely do it again. "
S. Danno & M. McNeill- Puglia, Cycling 08
"I have nothing but complimentary words about all aspects of this tour in Ireland. The natural beauty of the spectacular landscape and the warmth of the people certainly contribute to a most pleasant journey, but due credit must be given to Randonnee.
My compliments to Randonnee for planning an itinerary of invigorating diversity of landscape, with a variety of fascinating points of interest along the way, and just enough challenge in pedaling for a recreational bike rider."
P. Hardy - Oakville, ON -
Ireland Connemara 8 days 2010
"The trip was fabulous! … Thank you so much for helping to fit this tour into our odd schedule - it worked out perfectly!!"
Karin & Ron, Canada - Connemara, cycling
"I felt the staff was so very helpful and responded immediately to our requests, changes, etc. I would recommend Randonnée to anyone."
Margaret & Warren, Illinois - Connemara, cycling
“Many thanks to Eve Cabanel for setting up a great trip, and for being incredibly helpful with all my questions and backup information. Your personal help was invaluable. It was a good trip and I am glad I went. The route descriptions were quite accurate, and the restaurant recommendations accurate and good to boot. Again thank you for your help throughout this trip.”
A. Rosen – Connemara, cycling
"The quay house in clifden, kilmurvey house on irishmore and temple gate in ennis particular were special places to stay.The service by your office was great and had my questions answered. Wilma, the area manager was friendly and willing to stay as long as we needed. Overall, the trip met our expectation. " D. and C. Marshall Connemara, cycling 08
Camino de Santiago:
"The suitcases were always at the destination and all the hostels were ready for us and welcoming.The host in Santiago hotel was VERY helpful.The service provided by your office was excellent, Eve Cabanel was very helpful. The Area manager was excellent to deal with." R. and J. Reid - Camino de Santiago cycling 08
"It was an exceptional trip – the camino was incredible. We loved the cycling and had a fantastic time. Some trails were challenging, but we were happy every day.
The hotel in Santiago was outstanding, Beautiful, lovely breakfast and the proprietor was exceptionally helpful in every way. All in all the hotel were great and our luggage arrived each day with no problem ." J. Nield - Camino de Santiago cycling 08
" Loved the restored monastery and palace type settings.
I was happy with the level of support on the trip." B. Goldman, Coral Gables Forida -
Andalucia Biking 2010
"Fabulous accommodation Cordoba, Palma de Rio, Carmona.
We were lucky enough to arrive in Sevilla during Bienal de Flamenco and saw a great performance.
It was not a big challenge for us, but that was fine, since we really liked having energy and time to visit the towns we were in." S. Altman, New Haven CT-
Andalucia cycling 2010
"Overall, this trip was fantastic (…) we will ride again with Randonnee and have recommended you to many cyclists.
We rode one day in the storming wind and falling rain—IT WAS FABULOUS!! " L. RootPortland, OR -
Croatia Cycling 2010
"The area manager was very helpful. Guide for Hvar was excellent."
L. Grant, Vancouver, BC Canada -
Croatia Biking 2010
Accommodation overall exceeded our expectations. Loads to see and loved the locations we stayed at." B. Macdonald, Glasgow, UK -
Croatia biking 2010