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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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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
70 contributions18 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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michael eaton wrote a review Jan. 2019
Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom35 contributions10 helpful votes
I have been on 2 guided cycling trips in Canada with Freewheeling; the Eastern Townships of Quebec and Cape Breton, and I would certainly do more if time allowed. My experience on both trips was very pleasurable, everything was taken care, all I had to do was follow the route to the next location. The guide, accommodation, food and bike hire never left me wanting. (Please note that my trips were in the past, but TripAdvisor forces me to use a recent date.)
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Response from Freewheeling A, Owner at Freewheeling Adventures
Responded Feb. 1, 2019
Thank you for your kind review. Your enjoyment becomes ours too. We look forward to organizing for you again.
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karenkindle wrote a review Aug. 2018
Ithaca, New York1 contribution1 helpful vote
Context: We have taken 4 sponsored bike trips previously, and this one was by far our least favorite. In fairness, much of it was excellent, but the parts that weren't are so important (safety) that we know we won't be dealing with Freewheeling again. Further Context: We went directly from a 5-day kayak trip into the very demanding itinerary of the Lofoten Island tour. Given we are in our mid-sixties, this taxed our endurance more than if we had come to the trip fresh. First, the good. The Lofoten Islands are beautiful and most of the ride is on backroads with relatively little traffic. The exceptions, however, are a bit unnerving as the trucks are large and the streets may be wet. We had pretty good weather, though we did have one day with lots of rain and wind. This kind of weather is not unusual in the summer. Directions: Directions were provided both as a paper copy and as a GPS app that worked well. There were a few errors on the paper copy, but the GPS app let us know if we got off the route. Unfortunately, some of the rides went through tunnels, and a Norewegian with a lot of experience in the Lofotens had warned us about cycling through tunnels. We declined to take these rides. Lodging: All of the lodging was in nice inns or hotels, and aside from one, they served breakfast early. We especially liked the rorbuer (fisherman's cottages). Inexplicably, even though they knew we wanted to spend an extra day at the Viking museum in Borg, our lodging was over 20 km away. However, Pascal, our support person. agreed to provide us with transportation both ways. The bad: Support: Here is where the company policy really shook our confidence. Rather than assuring us that we could count on them for support, the literature emphasized that requests for support might involve surcharges if they required extra gas or personnel time. They wanted us to anticipate our needs at the start of the day, which is tough when you don't know what weather or other conditions might arise. We did our best to anticipate our needs, and Pascal assured us that we could call him, but it was still an odd and unnerving policy. Because of overlap between our trip and a guided trip the following week, we had no back-up for our last two days as Pascal needed to drive to the beginning of the route to meet the new tour. We decided not to ride the last leg without backup support. Since the inn where we had been booked was not open when he dropped us off, we had to negotiate our breakfasts (successfully) and ride to the ferry (not as successfully, though Freewheeling says they'll reimburse us). Safety: The preliminary safety discussion was really inadequate (wear helmets and ride on the right). We strongly suggest that for everyone, but especially for people who are on a self-guided tour, they should be cautioned about how windy it can be on the bridges, how steep the road is and how narrow the sidewalks are. We decided to walk our bikes rather than risk an accident on the bridges. Also, what is the safest way to ride through a tunnel? What safety gear should we bring along? We had been told that we would get reflective vests, but this did not happen. And finally, I think taking the hike would have been foolhardy, as Norwegian hikes are very rugged, and we had no support on the day we would have hiked. For us, the itinerary was not well-matched with our interests, which we probably should have anticipated from the long distances. This tour provides lots of cycling through beautiful country-side, but nothing in terms of history and culture. Our guide really didn't know much about the area as he was Canadian and hadn't guided the trip before. We did cut out a bit of the cycling to give us time for exploring, but if we were to do it again, we would chose shorter cylcing days with more time to meet people and explore the lovely little towns and museums. I would consider the trip below average, but rating it as poor seemed too harsh, so I give it 3 "stars".
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Response from Freewheeling A, Manager at Freewheeling Adventures
Responded Aug. 20, 2018
Thank you for taking the time to communicate. There are some good, kind, and constructive comments, and we will enhance our communication about the possible dangers as a result of your impressions - thank you. Our driver is instructed to be available to help you with tunnel transfers, at no extra cost; we apologize if this was not made abundantly clear. You are referring to your "guide" as if you were on a guided trip. Please, next time, consider joining a fully-supported, guided tour instead of a self-guided one. As with all our self-guided tours, we had a driver in your area at all times, available on call for extra support, but the clear expectation on a self-guided tour is that you should not expect an interpretive local guide. As we also currently say on our website: "If you expect to need extra service on a consistent basis, please consider a guided or private guided trip." We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the beauty, the quiet roads, the GPS app, the lodging, and the support you received.
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Perky1144 wrote a review Jul. 2018
Port Barrington, IL12 contributions5 helpful votes
We spent a week in July riding the Confederation Trail from tip to tip (Northwest Lighthouse to Northeast Lighthouse). From the moment we began to plan this trip, the staff (Wilma) was very helpful and accommodating. Our guides, Steve and Hailey, we extremely knowledgeable about the environment and culture of PEI. They also provided wonderful lunches on the trail, and were very flexible and helpful. Because Freewheeling keeps the tour size so small, we were able to enjoy this trip with just one other couple and had an amazing time. We look forward to riding with them again. Kathy and Mark Perkins, Port Barrington Illinois
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Response from Freewheeling A, Manager at Freewheeling Adventures
Responded Jul. 30, 2018
Thank you, Kathy and Mark. We and our guides love to hear that you enjoyed yourselves so much!
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