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Freewheeling Adventures

Hubbards, Canada
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About Freewheeling Adventures
Since 1987 Freewheeling Adventures has been running cycling tours in Canada, Europe, South America and Iceland. For an extraordinary active holiday experience, you can choose from bicycle tours, walking tours, sea-kayak paddling trips, or multisport adventures. You can go guided with small groups, or self-guided; you can reserve trips privately or join a group, and you can make special requests. You will find our service exceptionally flexible and accommodating, and our commitment extraordinarily reliable.
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Lynda wrote a review Aug. 4
17 contributions2 helpful votes
We had two guides with us, Ian and Mac: The support they gave us was excellent. The hiking was moderately difficult which suited our group very well. Excellent picnics created by the guides were a real highlight. All meals and accommodation were wonderful. The attention to detail from Freewheeling made for an incredibly enjoyable trip. We would recommend this company to any adventuresome souls.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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sandragant wrote a review Jul. 2022
Saratoga, California46 contributions34 helpful votes
We've been on many supported bike trips and the support on our recent bike trip on Prince Edward Island was the best support we've ever received. Freewheeling Adventures did a wonderful job of arranging places to stay and recommending restaurants and activities. Their representative, Ian Hay was AMAZING. As expected he delivered and retrieved the bikes and moved our luggage from hotel to hotel. Unexpected, he briefed us about alternative routes and activities, he texted us with recommendations (the ice cream place and hand pie places were stellar) and, when the weather became miserable he took us sightseeing on PEI.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Penny K wrote a review Nov. 2021
Fort Frances, Canada4 contributions4 helpful votes
What an adventure! Cabot Trail was absolutely beautiful. We booked our trip for the end of September to enjoy fall colors...we had some, but we were a bit early. If I were to do it again, I might go mid-October and brave the cold. This was my first guided bike tour. I wouldn't do it any other way! Freewheeling is a fantastic Company with a great story! We had a fantastic guide, Nicola, whom I would request for any tour in the future. Also had the opportunity to meet and get to know Ian, who again, I would request as a guide. We were absolutely spoiled! Food was impeccable. Loved the picnics! Everything was organized for us. We didn't have to worry about anything but where we were going (Ride with GPS app is fantastic) our bikes, and how to dress for the day! I can't wait to book with Freewheeling again. Next stop - Iceland!! (I hope). Thank you Freewheeling for making this such an amazing first guided cycling trip!! Thank you Nicola for being an amazing guide!!!
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Christine L wrote a review Aug. 2019
Millinocket, Maine, United States6 contributions2 helpful votes
Absolutely fabulous guides on our recent bike trip to the Cabot trail. Fourth bike trip with freewheeling, never disappointed. Your safety and comforts are always met with great accommodations, locations, delicious picnics, and intelligent, hard working guides. Highly recommend. Yes, this is a challenging ride!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Debra B wrote a review Mar. 2019
80 contributions20 helpful votes
First, let me say my husband and I have been remiss in not reviewing Freewheeling Adventures prior to now. We have taken five different trips with FW since 2015 (when we were 59). All of them have been self-guided. Full disclosure: Please understand that we are not athletes. We are grandparents who enjoy riding bikes and pushing ourselves a bit. Yes, we ride a lot in the spring (once the snow melts) before we take these trips, so we're in fairly decent shape by July. Our first FW trip, the Prince Edward Island sideroads tour, was fabulous. We enjoyed the first-rate accommodations, great breakfasts, and amazing views, as well as the fun people we met. Ian, our "minder," was wonderful; he parked at strategic road corners and cheered us on. One of the highlights was staying at the same chateau where William and Kate spent their honeymoon. We had tea on the lawn. Wowza! We were so impressed by our PEI adventure that in 2016 we decided to do two FW trips: from Passau, Germany to Vienna, Austria, and then from Vienna to Budapest. The two weeklong self-guided bicycle tours were end-to-end with a day in between in Vienna. In short, we had a ball. The route was generally downhill along the Danube River, and the route was absolutely magnificent. The Passau to Vienna leg we would highly recommend for families with older children. The Vienna to Budapest trip was amazing, a bit more challenging navigation-wise (and there was, occasionally, mud). Some of the posted comments about mistakes in the written directions we found to be true; however, we have learned to expect that self-guided tours will more than likely include a certain amount of adventure, and sometimes navigation puzzles are part of that adventure. We always learn how to ask for directions before taking our trips: I was able to ask in Hungarian, my husband asked in German! If you don't ever want to have to ask for directions, we recommend a guided tour. No surprises there! But we prefer to be independent and set our own pace. Our next double-header was in 2018: we took FW's Amsterdam to Antwerp self-guided bike trip (Martin, our "minder," checked in on us once or twice each day. Thanks, Martin!) Again, the accommodations were amazing. We did find that although navigating in the Netherlands and Belgium is made easier by its bike trail node/map system, the 90 km days were a bit long for us. It takes time to stop, consult a map, consult written directions, and then veer off in the right direction. When you factor in that it's easy to lose track of time when you're taking photographs, we often didn't get to our hotel until later in the day. (We're also getting older.) The following week, we did the Brittany/Normandy self-guided bike tour, but at the last minute upgraded to e-bikes. The 5th day, from Ville-Dieu to Bayeux, really did us in (apparently that was a "moderate" day): a lot of steep climbs, and my husband, who's a big guy, missed having a granny gear -- our e-bikes didn't gear down that far. We walked a few hills, for sure! But the visits to Mont St. Michel and the D-Day beaches were well worth the effort and we would highly recommend this trip to the adventurous. Our indefagitable "minder," Jacques, took great care of us (thanks, Jacques!). Here's what we've learned: (1) If you are younger and very in shape, you'll have no trouble with FW's moderate tours. We've found the easy tours are more to our liking. (2) FW doesn't scrimp on the accommodations. If you're looking for a bare-bones trip, this isn't it. All of our bookings on the five tours were delightful, and some were absolutely fabulous places to stay! (However, we learned that on holidays in foreign countries, it's a good idea to book dinner reservations ahead if you'll be staying at a remote chateau with a limited number of tables.) (3) FW will bend over backward to accommodate last-minute changes. The company supplied e-bikes for us in lieu of regular bikes with a few days' notice and without complaint. We felt safe and well cared for on all of our trips. (4) Unless you have a tour guide, rest assured you will likely get lost in large cities. European cities don't always post the names of the streets on corners or buildings, and GPS systems can go wonky around big buildings. If you don't have a sense of humor, self-guided tours can be a bit frustrating at times. Also remember: Europeans have construction seasons, too, and detours, especially on local streets where bikes are often routed, aren't always announced in advance. If you can't handle navigating with a map and a cell phone once in a while, a tour guide may be your best bet. We can't say enough good things about Freewheeling Adventures. We know that if we book through FW the accommodations, equipment, support, and care for our well-being will meet or exceed our expectations. We're looking forward to more adventures in the future.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Response from Funontwowheels, General Manager at Freewheeling Adventures
Responded Mar. 19, 2019
Thank you for your kind review. We love what we do, especially when we know you are so delighted with the results, and we can read such nice appreciative feedback. We look forward to planning for you again!
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