CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

 

Please click here to read reviews of The Slow Cyclist on the independent review site, Trusted Shops. Alternatively scroll down for client testimonials we have received over the last couple of years. 

 

 

"Thank you for a most wonderful trip to Transylvania.  There were many highlights but if we had to pick out a few (apart from the stunning scenery) we would go for the lovely picnic in the woods with home-made pork pies, the barbecue with local dancers, Sergiu playing his violin and of course the company. We will be looking to see where else you might be planning cycle trips although Georgia (for next year) is tempting already!"

Paul & Tina Over - Transylvania, April 2017

 

 

"Simply fantastic. I honestly can’t put it into words. The Slow Cyclist team were superb and all of the extra surprises really did make the trip so special. Your Rwandan guides were just awesome – so much fun to be with all week you couldn’t help but love them."

Kerry Jackson - Fundraising, Hope & Homes for Children, Rwanda, September 2016

 

 

"It was such a wonderful, extraordinary time you gave us all.....one I will never forget. Every single surprise you organised for us was not better than the last but of equal thrill. I felt you took us into every part of the Transylvanian culture, history, people and also a touch of politics via Cornel. Sergiu's enthusiasm matched with his knowledge for the history was totally absorbing. Most extraordinary of all was the interaction, laughs and fun we had with you all. It goes without saying we never expected such comfortable beds, hot water, delicious food and all the flowing wine you provided. I have told various friends that two of the party were gluten free and that they were catered for at every single meal. You wouldn't get that with many tour operators. If that is what you are! But it certainly doesn't describe you and your team!" 

Helen Raikes - Transylvania, June 2016

 

 

"An absolutely fantastic trip. I just wish it was longer! I have been singing your praises to everyone I know and have a lot of jealous friends and colleagues."

Darcy Ahl - Transylvania, July 2016

 
 

"Ride Rwanda was impeccably organised. The trip of a lifetime."

Mark Grinonneau - Rwanda, September 2016

 

 

"Truly memorable. The team were constantly attentive. The knowledge of the guides was immense. We would wholeheartedly recommend this trip, sooner rather than later as (Transylvania) can’t be kept a secret forever." 

Patsy & Richard Batchelor - Transylvania, October 2016


"Brilliant holiday. Unique."

Christopher Newton - Transylvania, June 2016

 

 

"We really got a good feel of life in Transylvania and the whole experience was hugely enriching."

Geraldine Higson - Transylvania, October 2016

 

 

"You were so hospitable, and the range and depth of the things you kept us busy with was truly special."

James Beazley - Transylvania, July 2016

 

 

"I so enjoyed my week with you, can't believe how much you spoiled us. Enormous thanks...I won't forget that holiday."

Felicity Nicol - Transylvania, June 2016

 

 

"A fabulous holiday...thank you so much. The scenery, the flowers, the forests, the history, the beauty of it all spoke for itself, but the thought and extra touches that you put in made all the difference. A surprise around nearly every corner!
Both Cornel and Sergiu were brilliant and we felt very lucky to be guided by such qualified and nice people." 

Tania Ruck-Keene - Transylvania, June 2016

 

 

"Thank you for making Paul's birthday such a huge success. I was very impressed by the hard work you all put in and every single thing I took part in was wonderful. I had never tried mountain biking and I am a complete convert thanks to the unbelievably beautiful route and brilliant bikes. Perhaps the lunch in the meadow was the unforgettable experience but it is too hard to judge. In a word - marvellous. I hope to see you soon back in Romania or perhaps Georgia!"

Marianne de Giorgio - Transylvania, May 2016

 

 

"Thank you for the seamless organisation of a truly amazing weekend in a charming world. Everything was perfectly organised - transfers, accommodation, trips, guides, meals. We enjoyed every moment. You were all just brilliant."

Peter Hope - Transylvania, May 2016

 

 

"I can't begin to tell you quite how much I enjoyed my holiday. I was so eagerly anticipating my Slow Cyclist experience and everything about it exceeded my hopes. With your knowledge of the countryside and attention to detail you have created something really special. I can't think of a single thing I would change. Rural Transylvania is so beautiful and I was completely captivated by your friends and their hospitality and all the places we stayed in."

Sarah Robinson - June 2016

 

 

"What a really, really marvellous time we had in ravishing Transylvania! We are all quite obsessed with it and can't thank you enough for all the behind the scenes work you and your splendid team did to make everything so easy and so enjoyable for us. Slow Cycling certainly delivered everything I had hoped for and far more...so well organised without being in any way officious. The food was unbelievably good and food here is going to taste so bland. The picnics, particularly with the wagon and the foal running alongside, were so special it seemed like a dream. I really loved the cycling and was never once made to feel like the rather wobbly and breathless cyclist that I actually am. I really didn't want to leave and intend to return."

Eithne O'Sullivan Webb - Transylvania, May 2016

 

 

"Outstanding. All delivered with serene efficiency and a personal touch."

Philippa John - Transylvania, May 2016

 

"The best holiday I've ever been on."

Andrew Wright - Transylvania, September 2015


 

"It was great to have some truly local guides as well as someone sensitive enough to bridge the cultural divides! All the local people we met, places we visited and people we ate with added to the authenticity of the trip and made us feel we experienced Romania in a way we would never have been able to if it hadn’t been for the uniqueness of your tour. Everywhere we stayed was beautiful and to be able to explore by bike without carrying any of our stuff was a real treat. Thank you so much for such an amazing week."

Emma Metters - Transylvania, September 2015

 

"An unforgettable weekend."

Francesca Barra - Transylvania, May 2016


 

“Lush valleys, terraced hillsides, monster volcanoes... Rwanda’s dramatic landscape just doesn’t quit and biking it was the perfect way to soak in the epic scenery and energy of the people we met. Every day provided something new as we moved across the country. Thrilling and beautiful with every pedal stroke. What a trip!”

John Heermans - Rwanda, November 2015

 

 

"It was absolutely amazing, and exceeded my expectations in every way. The cycling was more interesting, challenging and varied than I'd expected. The sense of freedom whizzing down the hills, and weaving through the trees was awesome! The non-cycling experiences couldn't have been any more authentic - lunch in the barn, wandering through orchards, making a tile, meeting William Blacker, seeing the shepherds, the wandering livestock, rolling through villages observing people going about their daily life... I bet when most people think of Romania quality food isn't the first thing to spring to mind. It was all absolutely delicious - so fresh, local and tasty, and was definitely one of the highlights. And being a mum of 3 and not having to think about buying or preparing a single meal or snack for the entire time was luxury! So now I'm left wondering where on earth I am going to go next and what I could do that will match this experience!"

Rebecca Evans - Transylvania, September 2015

 

 

“I think the word 'unique' is bandied about way too often in travel, but I really think that’s appropriate in this case. My head is overflowing with great memories. Now I’ve got Rwanda under my belt, I’m looking forward to Transylvania next year!”

Will Hide worked on the travel desk of The Times for 12 years and now writes on travel in a freelance capacity for most UK national newspapers and many magazines. He cycled with The Slow Cyclist in Rwanda in November 2015.

 

 

"I've been reflecting on the past week and how amazing it all was. I had very little idea of what to expect from the trip but witnessing village life from the seat of a bicycle, meeting old wooden carts drawn by horses on tiny paths, cycling through fields and coming across sheep stations/cheese-makers, being welcomed into local houses to eat and sleep, eating just-picked fruit and drinking milk that was pretty much straight from the cows next door are all things that I had not bargained for, and are memories that I am sure will not shake. I am slightly averse to group tours by definition so I loved that this trip didn't feel like one. It had an air of the bespoke about it, or rather, like plans could easily be changed to accommodate weather, pace and preferences, or unforeseen events like archery competitions, building site visits and tea with old-mate authors! I thought Cornel and Sergiu were hilarious and fantastic. Their willingness to share their knowledge of the history and culture of the region was a delight. At the expense of sounding cheesy, because they were so warm and quirky, I stopped seeing them purely as our guides after about an hour. I had so many laughs with both of them. Your own passion for Romania was infective and I've found myself already thinking about my return trip. Thank you Oli for a really incredible experience and one that I will not forget in a hurry."

Nicky Mathieson - Transylvania, September 2015

 

"I had the best time... you looked after us all brilliantly. Thank you for such a great trip."

Andrew Ferguson - Transylvania, September 2015


 

"You have created a truly unique way of experiencing Transylvania. I absolutely loved every minute, from watching the cows come home to eating in people's homes, the beautiful countryside and the wonderful accommodation. The cycling challenged me too, which is always a good thing. Thank you!"

Hayley Fay - Transylvania, September 2015

 

 

"It was so special for our guests to see up close the villages the Global Heritage Fund UK is helping to restore, to meet the people who live there, experience the fantastic local food and drink and come back transfixed by this magical place."

Cathy Giangrande, Director, Global Heritage Fund UK - Transylvania, June 2015

 

"I am still buzzing as I remember what a beautiful country and people we met."

David Laslett - Transylvania, September 2015


 

"Thank you for an amazing trip. I feel very lucky to have discovered that part of the world before too many others! It really did feel like a little piece of heaven."

Catherine Tytherleigh - Transylvania, June 2015

 

 

"There is nothing more thrilling than arriving in a quiet, untouched village and chancing upon a gypsy horse and cart, trotting to deliver milk to the dairy, or laden with hay. These are experiences which cannot be manufactured and that I will always treasure. You and your team delivered such experiences in spades."  

Chris Wills - Transylvania, June 2015
(To read Chris' Blog Post about the trip click here)

 

 

"I fell in love with Transylvania. Our 3 day trip felt like we were away for weeks as it was so instantly immersive. It was the ideal way to switch off from the daily grind, get fit and healthy in stunning countryside and discover an enchanting country in a very unique and fun way. Everyone we met and stayed with were so welcoming and relaxed and it felt effortlessly organised. Highly recommended!"

Lucy Howkins - Transylvania, May 2015

 

 

"Home cooking rather than restaurant food was a real highlight. And the place – tranquil, inspiring. Incredible in every way. Thank you"

Tom Hanslein - Transylvania, June 2015

 

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