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We are about to embark on our third tour arranged by BikeTours.com. They have been super great to deal with, and provide excellent value. Our first trip was in Provence, and much enjoyed. We followed it up with a group of 17 to the Dalmatian Islands in Croatia. Fantastic! Now we're doing six to Vietnam. Always, the helpful staff at BikeTours.com have provided quick service to the many questions that can come up when organizing a group of travelers. I would highly recommend them to anyone! - Paul M, Vancouver, BC

My husband and I used Bike Tours Direct to plan a bespoke bike trip from Passau, Germany to Vienna, Austria using the paths along the Danube River. We had a guide to show us the best routes to take (often, the bike "path" is not obvious) and even to make great restaurant reservations for us. We also had a van and driver to accompany us. It poured rain several days and I had the lovely opportunity to ride with him as my husband and guide biked on! We upgraded the deluxe hotels on their itinerary and we were quite pleased with each accommodation. Lindsay at Bike Tours Direct was a dream to work with. This outfit was first class!! - Sylvia Dallas, Sewickley, PA

Lindsay of BikeToursDirect is responsible for creating our beautifully planned and impeccably executed custom private bicycling trip throughout India for five weeks. Her recommendations resulted in a relaxing, fascinating and culturally stimulating voyage through mystical, otherworldly Rajasthan and sultry, palm shaded Kerala. Our guides, hotels and transport could not have been any better and all travel needs were mat and exceeded - from finding a camera charger in the desert to buying a cricket bat in Agra - they're 100% recommended.- F.S. Van Winkle, San Francisco, CA

This is second time I've used Bike Tours Direct, and they've messed something up each time, not again. I suggest contacting the overseas bike tour company directly, reservations won't have to go thru a translator/middle party, to leave things out of your requests. - Mike, San Diego, CA

Very controlling experience You have to ride in a line with everyone else on the tour and you can not use the bike unless the guides are with you. The rooms on the boat were very small and storage is difficult - Steve Hirsh, West Chapel, FL

We booked a tour through Bike Tours Direct from Amsterdam to Bruges on May 4th, 2012. The tour was scheduled to start in Amsterdam on September 22 and end in Bruges on September 29. We found out when there was no boat at the Amsterdam dock, that they had changed us to a tour beginning in Bruges beginning that same day. At first they said the mistake was ours, but then admitted they had changed 8 other couples in the same way, and had not informed us. There solution was for us to take a train to Bruges and take the tour, which, due to other travel arrangements, was difficult for us. The boat operator, Boat Bike Tours, was rude as they could be when we tried to discuss our options, insisting they did not really want to discuss our problems and just to get on the train to Bruges. The President of Bike Tours Direct turned out to be of no assistance in the matter. We have not been able to get a refund of our booking fees. Be very careful if you use either of these companies. I recommend not using either. - Darrell Bartlett, Chico, CA

My wife and I recently returned from a cycling tour in Italy and we used Bike Tours Direct.com as our tour company. We could not have been more satisfied with the service and the over all experience. If you are considering a cycling vacation especially out of the country I would recommend you use Bike Tours Direct .com. You will not be disappointed and they deliver exactly what they say they will. Great job and Thank you again. - Tim Aye, West Linn, OR

BTD acts as a booking operator. When they made the original booking, there were many mistakes. When I pointed out the errors, it took a week for them to send me an acknowledgement that they were working to fix the problems. Many major errors were corrected, but the minor errors were ignored. BTD seemed annoyed when I asked them any question, if they responded at all. We had a great tour, but that was because the local tour operator in Europe was terrific, and fixed all the minor problems on the spot when I brought them up directly with them. In the future, we will work with the tour operator directly.. - A. D-W, Taos, NM

Terrific from start to finish. We had a group of 20 and we charted the entire ship. This is the third summer tour we've made with the help of biketoursdirect.com. We've already signed up for another bike and barge tour for next year. - David Lamb, Alexandria, VA

I've done four self-guided family and friend tours through Bike Tours Direct -three in France and one in Italy. ... BTD's been extremely helpful in aiding me in finding the right tour for various groups (typically 4-5 twenty-somethings and 3-5 fifty somethings) - difficulty level, accommodations, scenery, etc. BDT's ably handled multiple changes and additional requests. BTD's partners on the ground have been excellent. The bikes have been great - size as well as condition. The ground team's have been on-time, personable, and quite helpful. The inns have been fun - good locations and friendly, helpful inkeepers. I tried other companies before BTD and got less satisfactory service. - Dave O., NY, NY

We have taken 2 bike & Barge trips with them Amersdam -Brussels , The Danube Waltz from Germany to Budpest and back was great. Plan to go next year with BikeToursDirect.com - J. Warmbold, St. Louis, MO

Bike Tours Direct made a journey per bike down the Mosel River Valley a delight. Right from the beginning the staff of BTD helped and answered all my questions. This company's planning was done in all details. I never found an unpleasant encounter. This trip was the best I've ever done with a traveling company. I booked this trip for 7 ladies, we all have the same feeling. I'll use BTD again. - Eva Maria Miller, Tuson, AZ

Easy accessibility to answer questions. Bikes, maps and equipement are good. Lodging and food are good as well and personel at the hotels are very helpful and friendly. The bike route was everything we had hoped for. - H. Lemmons, Austin, TX

We have used BikeToursDirect on several occasions, arranging trips in Italy and in France. Their website has a wide array of tours that you can search and they then help you expertly refine your selection. They handle the arrangements with the local operator and on two occasions their helpful travel team modified our base trip with a tack-on stay or substitution of a hotel better suited for our large family. Their assessments of what to expect are spot-on -- the sights, the food, the route, the accommodations. I highly recommend BikeToursDirect and we will use them again. - Jon G., London, England

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