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Review of Great Bike Tours

Great Bike Tours
Ranked #4 of 19 things to do in Shelburne
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Owner description: Great Bike Tours caters to all of your cycling needs: we rent bicycles on an hourly basis; we offer self-guided tours on a daily basis; and we offer fully-supported multi-day bike tours to destinations near and far. If you're looking for quality Vermont bike rentals – on a daily basis – then look no further than Great Bike Tours. We will deliver the bikes to you (for a reasonable fee), or even better, come and stay at our Lodge (the Amee Farm Lodge) in Pittsfield, VT and rent some bikes while you're here. We'll provide everything you need for a wonderful bike ride in Vermont. Our trained bike tour leaders will expertly fit you to a bike, adjust your helmet for you, and send you safely on your way. We have several bike models to choose from, and all of our bikes are brand new. If you enjoy yourself so much that you'd like to take part in a fully-supported multi-day bike tour, then please check out our wide assortment of tours (Florida Keys, Golden Isles of Georgia, Virginia's Colonial Williamsburg, Nantucket & Martha's Vineyard, Central Vermont, and New Zealand)
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“Wow! Fantastic trip and guides.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2014

Thank you Simon, Jessica and Elliott for a great trip to New Zealand! This is a magical place and we were glad to rely on your deep experience and contacts to put together a wonderful trip.

The pace was just right for us--we are middle aged, fit but not fanatic, who showed up in New Zealand in the middle of our winter of sloth--haha. We really enjoyed starting on cushy mountain bikes on a scenic rails to trails passage through the high plains heart of the country. This gave us a chance to get our legs under us and participate in a really nice part of the country. We appreciated the combination this trip afforded of great biking and days off at the best spots to explore the surrounding sites and attractions.

There were lots of highlights on this trip but Simon's connections with local innkeepers and guides ensured that we experienced special accommodations, good food, and fun times. This place is far away and it is comforting to rely on a company that has been there to ensure a smooth trip. We particularly enjoyed the Otago rail trail, the wilderness lodges and great guided hikes, Wanaka, and biking the scenic west coast.

This trip is a very enjoyable way for moderately active people who like biking to experience a broad swath of New Zealand, and we highly recommend it. Bravo!

Visited February 2014
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Omaha, Nebraska
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“NZ 2014 with Great Bike Tours, Again”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2014

This was our second tour of New Zealand with Great Bike Tours (GBT), the first being in 2012 with our oldest daughter and her family. This time it was with our youngest daughter and 11 year old granddaughter. And once again both New Zealand and GBT provided us with an experience that will provide wonderful family memories for decades to come.
Simon, Jessica, and Elliot have brought their many combined years of experience of leading bike tours in NZ to design and facilitate a fun-filled 12 days that was a delight for each of our family members. These folks don't take their leadership role as a job, but rather as a mission to provide each of their guests the best of what the south island has to offer.
In our 23 years of doing bike tours we don't claim to have been everywhere on the planet, but we've been to a lot of places on our tandem bike, and none approach NZ in everything we look for in a bike tour. Great Bike Tours has provided us with an adventure that has enriched our family in countless ways. They do live up to their name.

Visited February 2014
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oceancitymd
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“Willamsburg Bike Tour with Great Bike Tours October 2013”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2013

This was my 23rd. bike tour and of all the leaders I have known over the years, Simon, and his staff of Jessica and Chris, are the absolute best. They are knowledgable, totally prepared for any evenuality and are able to make any situation fun. They pick to beat accomodations, restaurants, and attractions.This tour was special because our Inn was so delightful, and located 1 block from Historic Williamsburg, we walked to most restaurants, and had time to esplore the Historic Area. I give this my highest recomendation. Michael Quillin

Visited October 2013
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SimonBurrows, Owner at Great Bike Tours, responded to this review, November 2, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We are glad that you liked your bike tour of Colonial Williamsburg, and are flattered that you've rated our guides as the best of your 23 tours. We look forward to having you on tour again, hopefully in Cape Cod in 2014, and promise that our guides will be EVEN BETTER!
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Middletown, Rhode Island
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“Terrific Bike Trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2013

My wife and I just completed a delightful week biking in the Williamsburg area with Simon, Jessica and Chris. The folks at Great Bicycle Tours could not have been more helpful. Our Inn accommodations were on the historic site and were most convenient and pleasant, particularly since we could unpack only once. The bikes were new and fitted nicely for each of us. During the trip, minor adjustments were completed promptly and cheerfully. The restaurants we used were within walking distance and the meals were superb. Our Farewell Dinner was a sight and a taste sensation to behold. We have been on more than a dozen bike trips in North America and Europe and this trip ranks with the best anywhere. This was our first trip with GBT and will not be our last. Thanks, Kate & Pete

Visited October 2013
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SimonBurrows, Owner at Great Bike Tours, responded to this review, November 2, 2013
Thank you for your kind comments about your recent bike tour to Colonial Williamsburg, VA. We're so pleased that you liked the Inn, the bikes, the restaurants, and our staff. We love travelling with the "three sisters" and their husbands, and we look forward to our next exciting trip together!
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“Great customized service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2013

Simon, Jessica and the crew run a first-rate bicycling company. We were a group of 14 from Oregon who spent a week with them in Vermont during October. They took care of everything from bikes, to meals and lodging. My husband and I couldn't have been happier. They work hard to ensure that everything runs smoothly, including your bike. A professional bike mechanic was always with us to provide assistance when things need tweaking. They even cooked meals for us when we wanted to eat in, but also shuttled us to local restaurants. We had the opportunity to mix riding with many cultural experiences, such as museums and mom and pop maple syrup vendors. It would be hard to beat the level of personalized care they provide. We would go with them again in a heartbeat.

Visited October 2013
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SimonBurrows, Owner at Great Bike Tours, responded to this review, November 2, 2013
It was so fun to have your group of 14 cyclists from Oregon join us last month. We loved putting together a custom trip for you guys -- when we know what you want, and we deliver on it, it makes the whole experience so much more satisfying for all parties involved. So, where would your group of 14 like to go to next?
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