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Mercurio: mercurio-bike-travel.com 

Have holidayed with Mercurio 3 times - can't wait to go again! Every t is crossed, every i is dotted. Andre is kind, calm, cheerful. Airport pickup/dropoff is welcome. Company is varied and always fun and interesting. Bikes, panniers, hotels, meals, snacks - all top quality. Value for money: second to none. I holiday on my own with them, and instantly feel part of the group. - Susan Fisher, Mold, N. Wales

All aspects of the tour were beautifully organised - including hotels, sensible start times, ideal pace, clear instructions, breaks at particular points along the way, great picnic lunches and appropriate attention to individual concerns throughout the trip. - Elsie Hill, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

After corresponding with the owner, Andre, we decided his tour was the best fit. Although we were the only Americans in a group made up of folks from the U.K, Germany, and Australia, we hit it off with everyone. Andre, who led our trip, delivered a flawless experience from Passau to Vienna--with wonderful food, accommodations, and attention to detail while cycling. Even when he had to make adjustments on-the-fly as a result of the record flooding, the journey went seamlessly. Andre's assistant, Michael, also made sure we were comfortable and well-fed. We would recommend Mercurio to all our friends--and hope to take another trip - George F., Pinckney, MI

I was impressed by the careful planning that led to an easy flow and complete enjoyment of the trip. Equally as impressive, was the exceptional value provided for the modest cost of the trip. The pace was just right to absorb our surroundings. The emphasis on small group size contributed to a better immersion into the local culture. Food and lodging arrangements were perfect for this trip, placing us within towns or areas of significance. We were giving access to all items on the menu at very nice restaurants at our overnight stops. Certainly a positive feature. The equipment was of high quality, and of well known brands. The final leg to Vienna was aboard a dinner cruise boat, which provided a wonderful conclusion to our trip. All travel, both to and from and during, were provided which complimented an easy going trip. Mercurio will be my first choice for my next bicycle trip. - J. Lucas, Pinckney, MI

Passau - Vienna August 2012. A fantastic bike tour that was organised by Mercurio. Food, accommodation and support could not be faulted. Bikes were in excellent condition. Andre ensured that everyone had a memorable time. Our daily picnics, escorted guided tours in certain locations were most enjoyable. Would definitely do another tour with Mercurio and would happily recommend it to others. - Sue C., Palmerston North, New Zealand

I was extremely apprehensive booking my first cycling tour alone and with people I had never met. However the holiday was very enjoyable, the cycling relatively easy, the food, accomodation and company excellent. The outstanding feature was the guides who could not have done more for you. I thoroughly recommend it. - Dr. D. Maxton, Shropshire, UK

Andre's attention to detail was superb and the whole trip went smoothly. Food and accommodation excellent and I would do the tour again tomorrow. I have no hesitation in recommending Mercurio Tours to anyone, last but not least they are truly value for money. - Lis Cole, Hove Sussex

My wife and I enjoyed a cycle tour along the Danube with Mercurio Bike Travel. We couldn’t have been more satisfied with this company. Mercurio’s owner was our on-the-trail guide, and provided outstanding personal attention to every detail of the tour, from lodging and restaurants to individual cyclist’s needs. Mercurio is well suited for cyclists wanting an invigorating and congenial holiday without the challenges of long daily mileage and strenuous hill climbs. The cost of a Mercurio tour is more than reasonable, given that it includes a full-time guide, high quality lodging, meals, and guided tours of towns along the cycle route. Jim Sontag, Bethesda, MD

Mercurio is a small but overwhelmingly friendly and well organised company, providing English
speaking cycling tours in Germany. The tours are competitively priced and I doubt whether you would get
such attention to detail anywhere else. All hotels, guesthouses and eateries were carefully chosen and did
not disappoint, the cycle routes were easy and enabled all participants to enjoy the ride. There is
absolutely nothing negative to say about Mercurio, we are already planning our next trip with them. Highly
recommended!
- A. Baxter, Blandford Forum, UK

What makes Mercurio different from cycling tours? - Deal directly with the owner, Andre, from first contact via internet search he replied immediately and comprehensively. Every hotel was perfect in quality/location/cleanliness. Safety and comfort was high on priority - bikes were excellent, and the route as well as cycling/comfort break ratio was perfect. Each evening meal- excellent quality restaurants - full a la carte menu choice (always translated in English - another attention to detail). Daily picnic lunches were 'feasts'! Each day included a 'cultural' input Daily prepared infomation sheet of our overnight destination and suggestions of what to do/see. Timings/distances were always accurate and dependable but also negotiable within the group. Andre cycled with us for the full holiday and his back up team ready to assist at anytime. There is nothing that they had not thought of/or prepared to deal with. - S. Dunning, Troon, Scotland

If you like the idea of gentle cycling on traffic free routes in wonderful countryside in good company then this is the tour for you. Excellent hotels, great dinners and picnics and dedicated organisation are a bonus!! - Peter Catterall, Colne Lancashire

This is a well organised holiday Andre is a good guide & I would recommend this holiday to anyone, as I have done already. - Chris & Neil Clark, Barrow, UK

An extremely well organised holiday. As non-cyclists for most of the year we chose a holiday suitable for beginners and the pace was just right. There was plenty of time to relax and visit each town on our route at the end of a days cycling. Regular 'healthy snacks' during the day and wonderful picnics in the countryside were very welcome. The attention to detail given by Mercurio enabled us to have a fabulous relaxing and stressfree holiday. Our guide was attentive, friendly and supportive throughout the week. No hesitatation in recommending to others. -Pauline Guppy, West Sussex, UK

This was the best vacation ever! Andre and Clemens had everything set up perfectly. The accommodations were wonderful and the historical tours were great. I would definitely go with them again! Mercurio rocks! - Erin Hodgess, Houston, TX

Excellent cycle tour. Well organised. It does 'what it says on the tin' and more - D. Wild, Scarborough

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