We thank you for all you've done to make this one of most favorite vacations ever...we enjoyed every minute! Ireland is absolutely lovely and we are so thankful to have had you as our Guide on our first visit.
Jay & Kathy, Maui, HI, USA. (Connemara Luxury, September 2011)
This trip exceeded even our very high expectations; magnificent views, adorable sheep(!) and the special treats (like our seaweed baths) - PLUS the perfect Renaissance Man as our guide! We're already looking forward to our next trip!
William & Mary, Boston, MA, USA (Connemara Classic; July 2011)
We have taken more than 15 bike tours over the years all over Europe with a number of different active travel companies, and all of them have been wonderful experiences, but this Connemara trip was exceptional.
We found Fresh Eire Adventures when the Connemara tour with another company was fully booked, and we were a bit leery about signing up with a small, Irish company we had never heard of. But after talking about the trip with Padraic by phone, we felt more confident and we are so glad we took that small leap of faith.
Here's a few of the things that made the tour with Fresh Eire Adventures a cut above the rest... First of all, the beauty of the Connemara is indescribable and the routes chosen by Fresh Eire Adventures were just breathtaking. We biked along a small coastal roads, sharing the roads mainly with sheep. Secondly, the level of support and guiding provided by Padraic during the tour was awesome. The support van was always available. Padraic was a wealth of historic and cultural information, delivered at the appropriate times throughout each day. And I think Padraic knows half the people in Ireland personally, and so when he found out we were interested in dogs, he arranged for us to visit a master sheepdog trainer; when he heard my knee was acting up, he arranged for a physical therapist to come to our hotel that evening, ... Finally the accommodations were first class, chosen for their beauty and charm; and likewise the food and wine were exceptional. And a bonus -- the wines (and I'm talking good wines) are included in the price of the Fresh Eire Adventures' tour unlike any of the other tour companies we've experienced.
Kurt & Cindy, Dallas, TX, USA (Connemara Luxury; August 2015)
Thank you and Lionel for an absolutely wonderful trip through the Loire Valley. The trip itself exceeded our lofty expectations after doing the Connemara trip. But what was really great was all your support for the “exceptions”: our doctor visit, revisions to our travel arrangements, picking up Rich to catch some of the Villandry tour & ride, retrieving the forgotten clothing. You just made all of that so easy to handle - we really appreciate all you & Lionel did.
Rich & Leslie, Seattle, WA, USA. (Connemara Classic; June 2014; Loire Valley; June 2015)
I paid less for this trip than some of the other tour companies I considered. We stayed in less touristy, more authentic places and the tour staff are all native Irish, so we got a real feel for the country. That being said, we never lacked for comfort -- even luxury. The seaweed bath and sauna in Connemara felt great after a day of riding.
Phoebe & Lily, Charlottesville, VA, USA (Connemara Classic; June 2011)
We enjoyed every minute of this memorable trip; the cycling, the hotels, the food, the wine, the whiskey...and meeting, and spending time, with you. Thank you again for your kindness and generosity.
Sue & George, New York, NY, USA (Connemara Classic, June 2011)
We would not hesitate to give Fresh Eire Adventures our highest recommendation. Their personalized service, attention to details, and desire to make every customer happy differentiates them from other tour companies. If you are looking for a boutique, bespoke bike tour, Fresh Eire Adventures is more than a good bet." - http://myclive.homestead.com/cycling-vacations.html
Curt & Julie, Seatte, WA, USA (Loire Valley Classic; June 2015)
Now that we are comfortable in our time zone we can look back on our trip and reflect on our wonderful day in Dublin - absolutely one of the highlights of our two week holiday. We Are grateful to our children for finding You. Thanks to you it was a memorable day. Malcolm loves to tell the story of Sweeney the Chemist and PJ playing his guitar, definitely the high point of his day. For me, I treasure the time with Oscar Wilde and that wonderful shrine. And so much more....Thank you for the book by Colum McCann. I have been reading it and crying (!). It is beautifully written. And we certainly enjoyed our dinner with you at Chapter One, a fine restaurant and fine company. We Are happy to tell people all about FreshEire and please let us know If you might be in the USA anytime. We are available on both coasts!!
Judith & Malcolm, Carmel, CA / New York, NY, USA. (Dublin Literary & Gastronomy tour, July 2015)
Your vibrant personality and great sense of humor made our first trip to France unforgettable. Maybe we can meet up with you in Ireland one day!
Andy & Denise, Atlanta, GA, USA. (Provence, April 2010)
Thank you so much for keeping track of the 'back pack' this week; I always knew you were there if I needed anything! Also...the extra touches like stopping to pick mushrooms added to the appreciation I now have of the region.
Maryann, New York, NY, USA. (Provence, April 2010)