Customer reviews: Cycling in Austria
Here at Headwater we thrive on feedback from our customers. It's the only way we can continue to develop and, where necessary, improve our services and ensure our cycling holidays continue to be the best they can be.
Eveyone who travels with Headwater will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assesment of all aspects of their cycling holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus, of course, an overall rating and comments about their cycling holiday.
Any feedback collected is posted straight to our website - totally unedited. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.
By Mr Roberts on 05/09/2016
We were initially nervous about a holiday which was managed locally by an agency other than Headwater. Our previous experience had not been great. However we need not have worried. Donau Touristik were hugely well organised and the bikes were excellent. The cycling was just about the flattest we had ever experienced and, partly because of the excellent weather, partly because of the excellent food and accommodation, this was as enjoyable a holiday as we have ever had.
A couple of small blemishes. At Bregenz on the first night we were served only a three course meal instead of the advertised four. (We only realised subsequently about this when we returned on the final night).
Hotel Buchornerhof was not in the same league as the other accommodation. We were served the wrong food on one evening and the air/conditioning leaked. The staff's hearts did not seem to be in their work as it was in the other hotels.
One warning - wine in the hotel restaurants (especially the Swiss ones) is very expensive indeed.
These are small gripes. It was a great holiday and I'd do it all again anytime.
By Mr Grief on 30/08/2016
This was a very enjoyable holiday. We have done Headwater cycling holidays before but not for the past 8 years and with neither age nor fitness on our side, were apprehensive about embarking on this one. However, although I found the first two cycling days challenging; the first quite hilly and much of it in pouring rain, the second quite long and in temperatures not far short of 30 degrees, we loved the cycling and chose to use the bikes on many of our free days, discovering some lovely quiet country routes. I was still in training to be an 'Uphill Bicycle Pushing' champion at the end of the holiday but was definitely much fitter.
Colin and Jill made us feel very welcome from the minute we arrived at Salzburg airport and it was good to know they were at the end of the phone should we need them. Each hotel had its own character and all were good. All were welcoming and the service attentive. The food ranged from good to excellent. We chose to add two extra nights in Bad Ischl and were very pleased that we did so. It is a delightful little town and we were there during the celebrations of the Kaiser's birthday which involved a lot of dressing up in wonderful period costumes as well as music of all kinds in the parks and streets. There was also a very impressive craft fair by the river and a festival of Light Opera at the theatre where we saw a wonderful performance of Die Fledermaus.
Our two extra nights in Salzburg were also good although after the tranquillity of the hills and lakes the city was very busy and a bit overwhelming in the heat. If you are using the Marcus Sittikus hotel and like us were feeling ready something different to classic Austrian dishes, 'My Indigo' in the parallel street serves a great curry and some good beer (salads also available) at a very reasonable price. We also had a very good salad in the Pitter Garten in the same street. We enjoyed a concert of chamber music in the Marble Hall of the Mirabell palace, which was conveniently close to our hotel.
Previous holidays with Headwater had been in more remote rural areas and having read reviews of the holiday we were also apprehensive about a lot of cycling on and near main roads. The geography of the region means that very often this is the only available route for parts of the journeys but the bicycle paths were excellent, the scenery still stunning and compared with many parts of the UK the traffic reasonably light. There were stretches of lovely countryside on all days. We also did three local rides on our free days which involved very little time by main roads.
By Mr Hopkins on 19/08/2016
Austrian lakes are a fabulous location for a cycling holiday. Stunning views , with well marked cycle routes and excellent accommodation and food.
By Mrs Irving on 17/08/2016
We had a mixed experience, but overall enjoyed the holiday. The cycling was great, and the scenery was fantastic. The bikes and the route notes were both extremely high quality. Most of the hotels were wonderful, but the Familie Burgstaller was really geared to families with young children rather than older couples. The reps were 20 minutes late both collecting us from the station when we arrived and to take us back to the airport at the end, which wasn't very professional. Also our rep on arrival said that he had not cycled any of the routes for the last 3 days of our cycle trip so therefore couldn't give us any advice whatsoever about those sections of the journey! And obviously the problem with being booked onto the wrong flight from Heathrow to Vienna didn't get the holiday off to a good start.
By Mr Struthers on 17/08/2016
The area was great albeit cycling on day 1 (maybe some of day 2 also) was a bit too hilly for a one cycle holiday. Better to be one cycle plus
Hotels and locations variable but generally very good
Overall a very enjoyable holiday
Hotel food of better standard than usual (except maybe Hotel Blumendorf).
Hotel Grunberg spectacular in every way (location, food, view etc)
By Mrs Entrican on 04/08/2016
Yet another excellent holiday from Headwater. Quality accommodation, wonderful scenery and friendly and helpful reps. What more could you ask?
By Mr Christer on 25/07/2016
In our opinion cycling the Headwater way is the most relaxing and best way to really get to know and enjoy an area. The Austrian lakes scenery was spectacular. The photos in your brochure do not fully do the area justice.
By Mrs Acheson on 25/07/2016
Overall we found the holiday a great break for us. The route, notes, hotel locations, things to do etc all added to the enjoyment. Everything was well explained and set out for us.
By Mrs Robertson on 22/07/2016
An excellent holiday with a very high standard of hotel throughout. Without doubt our favourite hotel was the Lindenhof, where we had a beautiful suite of rooms all immaculately presented, and the staff were unbelievably friendly. The cycling was virtually all on cycle tracks, in the main interesting and varied but occasionally a bit dull e.g.. alongside the River Drau which seemed to go on for rather a long time. The bikes were excellent and the comfiest saddle I have ever experienced. The variety of things to do on the non-cycling days was excellent and Headwater's suggestions all very helpful. The complimentary Carinthia Card (allowing free access to various attractions) was a good idea and was made full use of on the non-cycling days.
By Dr Miller on 22/07/2016
This is a lovely area in which to cycle. The route passes through rolling farmland and around beautiful alpine lakes. Each village was storybook perfect, though all were slightly different. There are quite a few opportunities to be a tourist on the non-cycling days, with options for alpine viewing platforms, salt mine tours and cave tours. The hotels were solid choices and typically had warm, friendly staff. The food at the half-board dinners tended to be on the heavy side, so eating a light lunch would be advisable.
The bicycling is not too challenging. There are a few climbs, but I don't think any were more than 250 meters of elevation gain. It is more challenging cycling than the Passau to Vienna trip on the Danube, but easier than Umbria and far easier than Piemonte. The cycling route is a mix of dedicated cycle paths, often alongside a busy road, and cycling on quiet country roads. I would rate the trip three (out of five) stars for the quality of the cycling terrain/experience, but five stars for scenery and the charm of the villages.
During my trip, there were several days of 30+ degrees with high humidity. This is not surprising for cycling in July, but do not expect anything in rural Austria to be air conditioned, including the hotel rooms.
By Ms Taylor on 21/07/2016
I was lucky enough to win this cycling in Austria holiday and it was just amazing. Not something I would have thought of doing but may even do a similar thing again one day. Flights and transfers were great. The Reps were so helpful and couldn't do enough for us. They took luggage always at next hotel quickly too.
The electric bike I had was such a boon as there were a few more hilly bits than expected and the instructions of the routes were amazing and very detailed - well my partner did brilliantly following them so we never got lost. He had an ordinary bike which was a bit ropey but he is a cyclist so sorted it.
The scenery was amazing and cycle paths brilliant. As for the hotels they were a delight, each one had something special. Two had wonderful views from our rooms. The whole experience has been magic. Thank you so much Headwater and Silver Travel.
By Mr Beveridge on 15/07/2016
*This was a great tour. The hotels were all comfortable etc. We used electric bikes and though the routes are quite doable on an ordinary bike it enabled us to do a lot more on our 'stay put' days.
By Mrs French on 28/06/2016
We have nothing but praise for this headwater holiday around the Austrian Lakes and we received warm welcomes at the hotels. The free days offer excellent sight seeing opportunities, like the Gustav Klimpt museum and the cog railway for spectacular views. Breakfasts were second to none in the hotels and rooms comfortable.
By Mr Baker on 27/06/2016
The landscape was stunning, the bikes very comfortable and easy to handle with plenty of gears! The hotels were very comfortable and in the main, well located. The food was good and varied from traditional Austrian fare to more adventurous haute cuisine. The routes were at times rather challenging hill-wise but then, this is Austria.
By Dr Lynch on 16/06/2016
We had a great 10 days. Weather mixed but still enjoyed the amazing scenery. Would happily do it all again tomorrow. Thank you!
By Dr Leiper on 14/06/2016
Great cycle holiday on easy cycle paths with quality bikes and excellent hotels.
By Mrs Stillwell on 06/06/2016
Adventure before dementure!
By Mr Martini on 03/06/2016
We had with quite a lot of rain which could have been problematic on cycling days but actually we found it didn't detract from our enjoyment of the holiday. Some hotels were definitely better than others but there was always something about each hotels which made the stay a nice experience.
The reps were great and very keen to make sure we had everything we needed.
By Mrs Morris on 03/06/2016
This was our first organised cycling holiday and it exceeded our expectations, the quality of hotels were fabulous and we really liked that we had 2 nights in each hotel which gave us time to explore each area. On reflection we would prefer to have had dinner in the hotel halm included as finding somewhere to eat was a real hit or miss and compared to the meals we had in the hotels we didn't find anything better. From our first enquiry with headwater the whole holiday couldn't have gone smoother, Michelle (I think) tailored the holiday to fit our needs perfectly adding in 4 extra days and organising the hotel for two of them. I certainly can't recommend headwater highly enough and have already looking at where to go next. Thank you to the whole team as this has to be one of our best holidays and we have had many! A special thanks to the couple at the bike hire, they were extremely friendly and very helpful.
By Mrs Watkinson on 04/03/2016
Our cycling holiday was just the BEST! I am a non-cycling person, afraid in traffic, and not especially into sport and fitness. My husband is Mr Fit, and cycles quite a bit. This holiday was so much fun for both of us. Well within my capabilities, and although not very demanding, the cycling was enough to keep my husband happy. Can't wait to book another Headwater holiday.
By Dr Sadler on 20/01/2016
We enjoyed our visit to the area very much, and apart from the luggage problem, we had no real difficulties.
However, we did have one concern that troubled us. On previous headwater holidays, we always felt that we had the reassurance of a Headwater rep to contact in the event of any difficulty, e.g. in the event of an accident, buckled wheel etc.When we asked the Donnau lady what would happen in the event of such a situation arising, (expecting her to say we'd come out to you), we were most disconcerted to hear her say that 'you have a list of Donnau stations around the lake. If you have a problem you must go to them - they will not come to you'.
We had not realised the implication of the arrangement Headwater had with Donnau, that resulted in raising our anxiety levels if anything had gone wrong. We would certainly check with Headwater if booking a future holiday that we had a local rep at hand. If there wasn't , we would not book that particular holiday..
One last point. In places, the fine detail in the instructions was inaccurate and misleading. this delayed us on occasions.
By Mr Turner on 12/10/2015
A good way of combining cycle touring with time to explore the the surrounding areas
By Mrs McBroom on 01/10/2015
Excellent accommodation. Confidence with the equipment and support. Good maps and route details very comprehensive. Cycling down the Danube is great as the Danube cycleway is either a dedicated path or where it runs along side a road it is separate and safe. An added advantage is that it is flat and well surfaced.
By Mr Goss on 01/10/2015
Our second Headwater cycle trip, (first was Canal du Midi). Excellent route. Spectacular scenery. Reps on site very knowledgeable and helpful. 'Free' days have many interesting places to visit.
By Mr Pritchard on 30/09/2015
Very easy and enjoyable cycling through lovely scenery with excellent accommodation and many places of interest to visit.
By Dr Miller on 30/09/2015
This was my fifth cycle holiday with Headwater, and it was the most enjoyable. The cycling is very easy, and the route is very clearly marked, so there is absolutely no navigation skill required. Unlike some of the tours in rural Italy or Spain, there were numerous, widely-varied eating establishments with long opening hours right along the cycle path.
The cycling path is flat, but it passes through some varied and hilly terrain. There are opportunities to make short (and possibly hilly) detours to see some pretty villages and interesting sights along the way. One very moving side trip is to do the short day trip (about 50 km round trip from the hotel at Linz) to the memorial at the former Mauthausen concentration camp.
The high point of the tour is when it passes through the Wachau Valley, which is one of the loveliest wine growing regions I have cycled through.
I did the entire ride, even covering the short stretch from Linz to Grein, which the normal tour bypasses by shuttle van due to its being thought too industrial. Also, the tour guide recommends taking a train into the heart of Vienna in order to by-pass a slightly grimy and graffiti-covered stretch of the outskirts of the city. I did not find this stretch particularly objectionable, and there is a certain satisfaction to completing the entire cycle path from Passau to the heart of Vienna.
This would be a perfect ride for someone who is uncertain about committing to a bicycle tour. There are river boats and trains that allow one to skip cycling portions when the weather is bad or one is too fatigued. The cycling could not be any easier, and the maps and signs along the way make it all quite fool-proof.
Note that Headwater will supply participants with a spiral bound book that contains high resolution maps for the entire route. This book is easily ignored as the usual Headwater instructions are so well done, but the book does contain some historical tidbits and also suggestions for interesting detours, so it is worth a read.
A note in closing; the Passau-Vienna path is said to be very busy in the summer. I did my tour in late September and the path was wide open. Only the Wachau Valley section had any significant bicycle traffic.
By Mr Wakeford on 22/09/2015
Beautiful scenery as previously experienced around the Austrian lakes.
By Mrs Barr on 21/09/2015
This was our 8th Headwater cycling holiday and we have thoroughly enjoyed all the others but it has to be said this was the best. Scenery was stunning and the hotels excellent. First day's cycling was very hilly as we had been told and on hindsight [being now the tender age of 67 and 68 respectively] myself in particular should have taken the option of an electric bike but only for the first cycling day if that had been possible. Pushing the bike uphill did allow for time to enjoy the views and the bonus was freewheeling downhill which was brilliant. Reps Colin and Jill gave excellent information for rest days. Unfortunately we were unable to take the option of extra days at Bad Ischl but would suggest this would be a good idea for those able to do so. Once again thank you to Headwater for another excellent holiday and fantastic memories.
By Dr Leiper on 21/09/2015
Reps were excellent
Hotel Stephanie had poor response to a TV and wash hand basin issue - depite my request.
By Mr Wilson on 21/09/2015
It was a real fun adventure. The excellent support and hotels allowed for maximum enjoyment.
By Mr Nicol on 21/09/2015
our first one biking abroad and will do it again
By Mrs Lee on 18/09/2015
Very well organised, excellent representatives, good cycling along dedicated cycle paths. Let down by standard of some hotels.
By Mr Taylor on 16/09/2015
very successful and enjoyable in all respects
By Ms Nott on 15/09/2015
Excellent holiday overall.
It might have been better to have an extra day in Vienna at the end of the trip instead of a free day in Krems which was not as exciting as Vienna.
The weather could have been better too!!
By Mis Nicholson on 14/09/2015
Small hotels with very friendly service and good food. Some of the cycling was perhaps a bit above one bike level although with my fantastic e bike it was a breeze apart from down and up the steps at the underpass as the bike iwas quite heavy. Excellent reps, really knew their stuff and very helpful. We went wrong occasionally with the route notes but not drastically. The off road cycling was superb but there was quite a bit on roads - not too bad as Austrian drivers were generally very careful with bicycles. As Headwater is based in the northwest, perhaps they could offer more direct flights from regional airports: we found a really good time match with a Manchester flight to Salzburg rather than having to travel down to London. Otherwise another really first class holiday with the company.
By Mrs McCormick on 14/09/2015
A thoroughly restful holiday through stunning countryside. Excellent cycle paths which take you away from the busy roads and where you can set your own pace. The option to shorten journeys using trains or ferries was useful. Our ninth headwater holiday and one we would take again in a few years time. Switzerland is an expensive place to visit but the half board basis of this holiday offsets some of that cost. Our group of eight ranged in age from 48 to 72 and everyone found it a comfortable and enjoyable cycle. Lots to see and do on the rest days which meant that we packed a lot into each day. The fabulous chocolate, kaffee und kuchen could be offset quite easily which was a bonus!
By Mr Norman on 10/09/2015
especially excellent reps and route notes and well chosen hotels with hotel bergrose having especially good food. all the hotels were family owned which made the welcome very friendly..
By Mr Buckley on 10/09/2015
After the first day, which is quite hilly, this is a very easy cycle route through beautiful countryside. The Austrians that we met were particularly friendly, and eager to try out their English. Headwater's equipment, instructions and luggage transfers were all very good. The only negative comments we have are that 1) the half board arrangements resulted in a fairly monotonous diet across the week, with limited choice and 2) two of the hotels were a few miles out of the villages they were attached to and a long way from the lakes. The Bergrose hotel provided outstanding food, so we could forgive the distance from the lake!
By Mrs McCann on 08/09/2015
Fantastic holiday in a beautiful area. Our 8 year old twins thoroughly enjoyed the cycling and the many swimming opportunities. Lovely hotels with excellent food. The temperatures were way above average during our trip which was challenging at times, especially as it was hard to cool down the hotel rooms but at least we never got wet! Overall a wonderful experience.
By Mr Davis on 03/09/2015
Having done all of the other Headwater cycling holidays in Austria this one proved to be the best. We were pleasantly surprised by the wonderful scenery and varied and interesting cycling routes through a part of Austria we had not been familiar with. All of the hotels were very good or excellent in all respects: location, accommodation, food, and friendliness of staff. Gareth, the Headwater rep who met us at Villach rail station was excellent and could not have been more helpful and informative. Our bikes were brand new and didn't miss a beat during the whole holiday. We added on two extra nights in Munich at the end of the holiday, which proved to be an excellent decision. What a beautiful and interesting city! The 'two bike' rating of the route is probably correct - 95+% of the route is flat, gentle uphill or downhill, whilst there are three of four uphill sections where we had to get off and push. The nice thing about these was that they were followed by fantastic downhill stretches! Wish I could do it again!
By Ms Slivnitskaya on 21/08/2015
The holiday with Headwater was indeed the best holiday of my life. We went with my partner and were really impressed with the service and everything else. Reps were amazing, very helpful and we knew if we need them they come very quickly. Bikes were very good and all the equipment felt new and very high quality. In fact, I struggle to cycle now back home as my bike can not be compared with amazing Headwater one. Notes were excellent, we didn't use a map even once, I was very impressed that reps did all the walking and cycling themselves and check it regularly for updates. Hotels were very good and chosen in a very clever way, the further you go the better they get, perfect. Food was restaraunt quality and we saved a fortune on it. Hotel facilities were excellent, nearly all of them had spa and swimming pools which was a great reward after a day of cycling. I could say that neither me nor my partner are experienced cyclists, we never been to the cycling holiday before and didn't do much cycling back home. So we were quite scared and were expecting all sorts of challenges. But I have to say that Headwater made it easy. They are not cheap but you gonna get a holiday of your life. We came back home being fit, happy and much more confident with cycling and everything else too. Thank you very much, I really hope to save for another holiday in the future. I won't go with anybody else.
By Mrs O'Gorman on 17/08/2015
A fantastic holiday for a family with teenagers. Easy but very enjoyable cycling in stunning countryside.
By Mis Ward on 11/08/2015
We didn't think this holiday was representative of Headwater cycling holidays in general. This was our fourth Headwater holiday, and compared to the others (Italy, Spain and France), it was disappointing. The cycling routes were not as pretty as on other holidays, and there weren't so many nice places to stop for lunch or to admire the scenery. This was partly to do with the different culture, of course, but it also had a lot to do with the cycling routes themselves and the hotels. We didn't feel that the usual Headwater support was there, and this was partly reflected in the route notes. Although they were OK, we thought they could have been more helpful and they were at times inaccurate. The cycling was more difficult than we expected it to be, so we were glad to have the option of cutting some days short by using the ferries or trains. Although there were a lot of cycle paths, they were often alongside (or on) quite busy roads.
By Mr Duckworth on 03/08/2015
When I go on holiday I like to chill, and my wife likes to get out and go visiting places of interest. We found that this holiday covered all bases. We chose a category one purposely because we have not done anything like this before, ok there were some hills and inclines but nothing that was to difficult, we had a fantastic time.
By Mr Hornby on 31/07/2015
This is just a wonderful part of the world for cyclists who like to immerse themselves in a beautiful, safe and friendly place. As you'd expect in Austria, Switzerland and Germany, everything works so well to give you a hassle-free holiday. Everyone was so welcoming, locals as well as people providing service and quite happy to use their excellent English in place of my stumbling schoolboy German.
By Mr McMorrin on 29/07/2015
The travel arrangements/organisation and detail excellent. Two of the hotels were not nearly as good as the rest . In fact the last hotel was way below standard but the food at that hotel was excellent. The rooms were far too small there was no air conditioning and it resembled the most basic accommodation. The middle two hotels were outstanding as was Bregenz but Seegarten again had no air conditioning is not well positioned.
Overall this is an excellent holiday well put together and if the two hotels were improved upon it would be almost the perfect break
By Mr Swan on 28/07/2015
An amazing experience. We truly loved the carefree feeling it gave us. The Reps briefing was informative and gave us invaluable tips and suggestions on what to do in each location.
By Mr Murray on 24/07/2015
People we met told us that the Lakes region of Austria is a 'wet' area. Perhaps not ideal for cycling holidays?
By Mrs Kimber on 22/07/2015
The arrangements were very good and instructions easy to follow. However, we found the bikes to be very heavy, and the crossbar on the ladies' bike was far too high, to the extent that my husband had to help me on and off the bike as I could not tilt it far enough towards me to get my leg over the crossbar without it falling on me (as it did on one occasion, resulting on me banging my head (thank goodness for my cycle helmet) and skinning my elbow!
By Mr Emms on 07/07/2015
Delightful easy cycling (totally flat with excellent largely traffic free trails) in scenic countryside. Lots of opportunities to stop for coffe, cake, drinks etc
By Mrs Morton on 01/07/2015
Austria is a beautiful country to cycle in and there are good cycle tracks and paths which take you off the beaten track and help you discover the wonderful countryside. The people are very friendly and helpful but be aware there are some long steep inclines on the route.
By Mr Brown on 30/06/2015
Every day was different. The bikes were excellent as was the luggage transfer. The mix of cycling and non cycling days was a bonus and allowed one to explore the local towns. Following a river downstream provided continuity and progression as it made its way down stream.
By Mrs Gittins on 29/06/2015
Cycling easy even for us oldies,nice hotels,beautiful scenery and relaxed pace.
By Mr Lawrence on 25/06/2015
The independent cycling holiday you provided suited us perfectly as we prefer to travel/holiday independently and the service you offer takes the legwork out of the organisation of such holidays and provides a low key, assuring back up should things go wrong.
By Mr McIlraith on 24/06/2015
This was an easy ride for us and I would say ideal for less experienced cyclists. Everyone we met in hotels and restaurants was friendly and helpful.
By Mr Goulding on 22/06/2015
Austria is extremely cycle friendly - the whole route was mostly off road, very peaceful with spectacular scenery.
By Dr Fine on 17/06/2015
A very enjoyable holiday, particularly the days at Burgstaller and Lindenhof. Beautiful countryside, better appreciated from higher altitudes: I would encourage visitors to walk or cycle uphill from these two hotels for really spectacular views. The Sandwirth was a disappointment. It is an ordinary city hotel in a town/city which has little to commend it. I would have preferred extra days in the Burgstaller and/or Lindenhof, or a hotel outside the city centre. Local rep. Gareth was delightful, always helpful and nothing was too much trouble.
Dear Dr Fine,
Thank you for taking the time to complete your post-holiday feedback, it was lovely to read that you had an enjoyable holiday, taking in all of the sights and sounds this beautiful region has to offer.
We were however sorry to read of your disappointment with the Hotel Sandwirth. As we continue to improve and develop our holidays for future customers, we are sure you will be pleased to hear that we have taken on board the feedback we have received for this holiday and from this, we have decided to change this hotel for 2016. Replacing it with a hotel located very close to the Lakeside. We are sure you will agree this change will continue to improve the overall enjoyment of this holiday. We would like to thank you for travelling with Headwater this year and look forward to welcoming you on another of our holidays in the future.
Headwater customer service team
By Mrs Campion on 17/06/2015
Great cycling in some lovely scenery. Our weather was a bit mixed but all the routes are suitable for rain or sun. We made good use of the Karnten card, especialy at Bodensdorf and used both the boats and the cable car / chair lifts to get to some fantastic views. Lots to do on the days off, but we tended to cycle anyway. Fab hotel at Bodensdorf with wonderful pool and spa facilities, could have happily spent a week there!
By Mr Owen on 17/06/2015
An exceptionally well designed tour, which includes valuable 2 night stops at the en-route hotels in Linz, Melk and Krems, the first two of which are really interesting to explore. The daily distances were will within the capabilities of these two 68-71 year old occasional cyclists. The Danube routes were well signed and easy to follow.
By Mrs Devine on 17/06/2015
Lovely flat (mostly) easy cycling. Very clean hotel rooms, most with a nice view. Good food.
By Mrs Bews on 16/06/2015
We totally loved Austria. The route was fantastic and not as challenging on the bikes as we anticipated. All the lakes were fabulous. The food amazing and people so friendly. We would love to go back again. Recommend this holiday for everyone
By Mrs Harkness on 11/06/2015
The cycle route along the Danube from Paschau to Vienna was excellent - easy cycling, well signposted and extremely beautiful. We passed pretty wild flower meadows, dense forested slopes and wide terraced vineyards. The route took in many delightful towns and villages, with their pretty squares, narrow cobbled streets, castles, cathedrals and monasteries. Vienna is amazing and definitely worth staying on for a few extra days! The hotels were in great locations and the meals were very good. Headwater and their local representatives arranged a great trip for us - their customer service and attention to detail was excellent. Thank you!
By Mr Higton on 28/05/2015
This was our favourite Headwater cycling holiday, the country was just beautiful with superb views, top notch hotels and in Gareth, the best rep we've had! The locals were very welcoming and its nice to be off the usual tourist track. The weather was unpredictable but we were lucky with only a brief rainfall on 2 days. It got pretty warm though. The 6k climb on the first day was a touch testing but do-able ! We were lucky that the road around Ossiacher See was closed on Sunday 17th May for a few hours to allow free access to families to cycle and roller blade around the car free main road.
By Mr Duckworth on 27/05/2015
Another excellent Headwater holiday (our third - and we will be back). The bikes were, as always, ideal for the kind of touring; clean, well-maintained with a wide range of gears. The 'hidden lakes route' was perfect; occasionally challenging, always scenic. As usual it's imossilbe to grade the route in terms of difficulty, as so much depends on individual cycling fitness and experience. Most of us do a fair bit of cycling, and so there were no problems. Yes, the famous 6k hill on day one was bracing, but we would not have missed it, and the free wheel down the other side was awesome. The route notes this year did not, as in previous years, contain any diagrams, which we missed. The notes were accurate, and well thought out, but over-wordy. The routes as far as possible avoided main roads, which was great. Please, please consider providing Garmin routes.
Intermittant, poor wifi was a constant irritation in all the hotels. Three of the four hotels were excellent. However, the Sandwirth in Klagenfurt is a city-centre executive hatchery; perfectly helpful staff but, notwithstanding the choclate on the pillow (on first day, not the second...and when does one eat said choclate? Before or after teeth cleaning?) rather cold and clinical compared to the warm welcome at the other hotels. Central Klagenfurt itself is not the ideal place for a a cycling holiday; a more holiday orientated hotel on the outskirts or on the lake would have been much better.
The standard of food was as good as you could expect in Austria. Nouvelle cuisine has yet to arrive, so the helpings were huge!
Gareth, the Headwater rep, was outstanding; simply the best. A warm welcome, constantly cheerful and smiling. Nothing was too much trouble for him; he was always available and helpful above and beyond all that might be expected.
There was one serious problem, which Headwater needs to address. For those coming from LHR to Vienna, the lack of time to change to the Klagenfurt flight is absurd. We made it, just, by a fast walk/jog through the airport, but a three of four minute delay (LHR flight late in, minor hold up in security, stopping for a pee...whatever) and we would have missed it. Some people did miss it, and were faced with hours in Vienna waiting for the next flight out, or a wearisome train journey. This needs sorting out.
But, notwithstanding Vienna airport, this was (as is usual with Headwater) a great holiday and, as I say, we will be back.
By Mrs Heller on 26/05/2015
Just needed to justify the 'fair' rating for location. We felt that the hotels were isolated and so difficult to walk into villages. They were resort hotels. Exception in Klagenfurt but not a very interesting or attractive town.
The 'good' rather than excellent for the overall rating was really based on this not on the cycling or support we received.
I would recommend a Headwater holiday but not this particular one.
By Mr Johnston on 17/10/2014
Good cycling in an interesting area not usually visited by people from the UK
By Mrs Price on 15/10/2014
The lakes were easy to cycle around & the scenery beautiful. Fab hotels & food. People friendly & helpful. Another successful trip with Headwater.
By Mrs Hood on 14/10/2014
By Mr Martin on 08/10/2014
The holiday satisfaction, accommodation and value would all have ranked 'excellent' had it not been for the experience on nights 4 & 5. We did not aloow that to impinge on our overall enjoyment, but it was annoying and frustrating at the time.
By Mr Beeby on 26/09/2014
A very easy, relaxing and stimulating holiday. At times we would have liked to ride slightly longer distances, but accept that the intermediate hotels were all, in their different ways good.
By Mr Wilson on 25/09/2014
Hugely enjoyable, a great adventure on an achievable scale.
By Mrs Rance on 19/09/2014
Interesting and enjoyable. Pleasantly surprised by high standard of hotels and food!
By Ms Coffin on 19/09/2014
Lake Konstanz is a lovely location. The cycling is mostly very easy and having two-day stops provide an opportunity to explore around each town.
By Mr Turnbull on 19/09/2014
Another great cycling holiday. Thoroughly enjoyed our trip along the Danube. Cycling just at the right level of effort. Food grew, people great. Best organised cycling holiday so far.
By Mr Crawley on 16/09/2014
The first couple of days was through fairly uninteresting landscape. Thereafter it was fine but not outstanding. The headwater format is generally constant, but on this occasion we had no representative. It didn't really matter, but first timers could find this difficult.
By Mrs McKay on 07/09/2014
Overall great holiday. Cycling excellent. Lovely scenery and great condition of cycle paths. Some of hotels were disappointing in certain aspects - no tea/coffee; old, tired bathrooms with no bath; small room however usually made up with friendly service and excellent food. Friedrichschafen is not a very attractive town - Lindhau might be a better option. Hotel Weisses Kreuz the favourite hotel - great sized room, comfortable bed and pillows and great bathroom.
By Mrs Gambrill on 28/08/2014
We felt disappointed as there was no personal service, the Donnau company just gave us bikes without help and tried to palm of bald tyres and broken lights, luckily we insisted they change the bikes to our satisfaction but if this had been a couple who had never taken a Headwater bike holiday I would feel very sorry for them. We were very disappointed that we saw no one representing Headwater no welcome meeting as described in the literature. We enjoyed the holiday but certainly rated it as the least enjoyable out of the previous 3 trips. Cycling good, the free days poor, no suggestions of bike excursions no information found in english. No one to talk to about trips. St Gallons not that special the hand written medieval books in German advised in broshure not that exciting. The food described as 4 courses were very limited with minimal choice and 2 of the hotels were really poor.
By Mrs McIlhinney on 28/08/2014
We enjoyed the holiday, and the hotels and their service were generally very good or excellent, apart from at the Hotel Donauschlinge, where the staff were not as friendly and we felt they hurried our evening meal, bringing the second course before we had finished the first! In our view, the Hotel Zur Post in Melk was by far the most efficient, with the most helpful staff. The Steigenberger in Krems, although a very nice hotel, had less character (much more a standard 'chain' hotel) and our table in the dining room was tucked away in a rather gloomy corner, rather than the main restaurant â€“ unfortunately the weather was not good enough for us to have a table on the terrace. We were impressed by Greenways Travel, who were very efficient and prompt about delivering our bikes, transporting us from Linz to Grein and then collecting the bikes at the end. They also provided a mobile phone for us to contact them if we needed to. We were unprepared for quite how flat the ride would be, and with hindsight should perhaps have opted for something a little more challenging. I think we expected it to be more like the Moselle ride, which we did with Headwater a few years ago and which rolled up and down a little â€“ our 'best bit' on this holiday was therefore the ride from Melk to Krems through the Wachau, which was not totally flat.
By Mr Sly on 28/08/2014
The whole holiday was pretty much as expected, the bikes provided were in pretty good condition and worked perfectly well, we found the route notes a bit difficult to follow at times and took a few wrong turns but still managed to get back on the right track. The Hotel Tirolerhof was really nice and we were surprised that it was not the first choice for that stop, we spoke to the other Headwater group and they said the other hotel was 'bland and the food disappointing'. We were not impressed with the Hotel Bergrose, after being told it was the best food etc. We arrived there wet from the ride and were told they do not serve tea and coffee during the day but there is a cafÃ© next door if you want a hot drink. We were sitting in one of the rest areas playing cards the first evening at around 9pm and were asked to move into a small, cramped lounge area as they were closing the other lounge down for the night. The sauna was not switched on until 5pm each evening and dinner time was 6.30-7.30 which meant there was not time to use it, although when my brother in law tried to use it for a quick visit one evening there was a sign on the door in Austrian which he thought mentioned wearing swimming costume to use it when in fact it was the opposite, as he found out the hard way on entering, the hotel knew we were English and should have catered for that on the sign. The food, although presented very nicely, were very small portions compared to everywhere else we stayed and at times not that tasty, the 4 people in our group felt the Hotel was lacking the friendly, family run feel of all the others. The whole experience though was generally very good, the scenery was exactly as expected, a trip to the salt mines was my best day, we cycled to the ferry pick up point and caught a train back to Bad Ischl from he ferry port afterwards.
By Mr Chestnutt on 27/08/2014
A lovely relaxing holiday, amist beautiful scenery and staying in very comfortable accomodation.
By Mrs Roe on 27/08/2014
Beautiful scenery. Lakes, rivers, mountains, flowers at every turn. Cycling quite demanding. We think 2.5 bikes, especially given the 6km climb on the first cycling day.
By Mr Lloyd on 27/08/2014
Outstanding experience in terms of cycling, locations chosen, landscapes and scenery, cultural activities and overall enjoyment.
By Mrs Rawle on 26/08/2014
Pleasant and occasionally challenging cycling. Good hotels and beautiful scenery. English widely spoken. We would go again. A good addition to the Headwater portfolio.
By Mrs Williams on 11/08/2014
Good family fun
By Mrs Kimber on 04/08/2014
Super sites and fun. Not sure we would go for a holiday with 2 flights so close together next time - to stressful.
By Mr Davis on 30/07/2014
Cycling this route was very easy. The paths were almost all off-road, or well separated from the traffic, on good quality cycle paths, even in the towns and cities we visited. Hardly any inclines on the whole route, with only one where we had to get off and push. The bikes were in excellent condition and ideally suited to the task. The hotels were all of a very good standard and well located. Lake Constance is very scenic and has a relaxed holiday feel to it, no matter where you are around its periphery, with countless places to stop and eat/drink/admire the view. Overall, a very enjoyable holiday and one of the best we have done with Headwater.
By Mr Higgins on 29/07/2014
The route notes were clearly wrong in places (I made this point two yearsago!) and gave the impression of being written by someone who had not cycled the whole route.
By Mr Owens on 25/07/2014
to start on a negative we did not like the evening meal voucher facillity, the food offered on this fixed 4 course meal option wasn,t to our liking,
we would have preferred an allowance for our evening meal to choose of the al a carte menu, the quality of the fixed four course meal was rather bland and most salad and main courses were heavily caked in sauces, we felt like second class guests when other guests not on a cycling holiday had the choice of other menus and were choosing more appetising dishes, although we read in your small print that we could have requested this option it was never offered at any of the hotels,
the welcome at the first hotel was poor, the girl who handed out the documents could speak very little english so communications were a problem leading to a mix up of when the bikes could be collected. also the manager on duty that day was very surly so our first day didn.t get off to the best of starts,
thank fully though there were plenty of plus points!!
the team who sorted the bikes and transfer of luggage were exellent, Lydia and Sylvester were superb and a credit to the company.
the route notes were ok but we found on the first day that we were having to stop too many times so from day two we found it much easier to just follow the bycycle signs which kept you more or less on the right route and allowed for more enjoyable touring without the stops.
We really enjoyed our holiday and would certainly book with you again.
It would be more enjoyable though if you could give some thought to the meal situation as we were not the only ones to raise the above point.
Overall though we would give the holiday 10/10
thank you paul and pam owens
By Ms Ray on 24/07/2014
Our holiday was absolutely perfect, very well organised, fantastic bikes, great cycling routes, amazing scenery, wouldn't change a thing!
By Mrs Helps on 21/07/2014
You delivered everything you said. There are other companies but they sometimes break down the costs and options so much that it becomes tedious to work out the cost.It might look cheaper initially but by the time you have added on bike rental costs plus other options, it isn't. Headwater is simpler and clearer.
By Mr Evans on 14/07/2014
Good brochures. Excellent office liaison. Clear instructions. Well organized throughout. Highly recommended .
By Mrs Robertson on 09/07/2014
Absolutely perfect in every way. The office staff at Headwater recommended this holiday to us when we couldn't get the accommodation for our chosen holiday (Austrian Lakes). We are so grateful for her recommendation as it was a wonderful holiday. The bikes were superb and all the routes were incredibly safe and bike friendly with most of the cycling being on dedicated cycle tracks. Bliss!
By Mr English on 07/07/2014
The rep, Erhard, was the best we have ever had and produced lots of good information and even mobile phones for emergency use (not needed).
The Schlogen hotel has the most dramatic location on a bend in the river that you can imagine, and it is worth the tough climb up the hill behind to view it from the top.
Vienna is a big city in every sense with lots of grand buildings to see, and the trams make them very accessible, which we discovered thanks to the superb staff on the hotel recepion who know their town well.
The route down the Danube is beautiful and ever changing and full of interest.
By Mr Wragge on 04/07/2014
Thoroughly enjoyable adventure for all ages and the over 65s! Excellent organisation and help from travel arrangements tailored to our needs to hotel accommodation.
Excellent holiday - we look forward to coming again. Would like to see longer holidays offered - 14 days plus.
Enjoyed Blue Book comments but we were the first to make a comment this year. (Hotel Halm had never heard of the Blue Book!)
By Mrs McCormick on 28/06/2014
A fantastic opportunity to take your foot off the sometimes manic pedal of life and pedal at a much more relaxing pace. The scenery was stunning and the people very helpful. There are not as many places to stop and explore as perhaps on some of the French or Italian tours but still a wonderful holiday and we would go back to Austria again.
By Mrs Laing on 27/06/2014
By Mrs Kirby on 23/06/2014
One of the best Headwater cycling tours we've been on. Lovely scenery, good hotels, friendly people.
By Mr Hawkins on 16/06/2014
We travelled to Passau via Munich Airport followed by an over 3-hour journey by bus to Freising station, train to Passau and taxi to the hotel. We purchased on-line a Bayern-Ticket for 27 Euros for 2 people which included both the bus and train journeys. We are both in our late sixties and found the cycling easy, although adjustments had to be made for the weather. It rained on the first day but after that the weather was hot and sunny necessitating early starts. The cycle paths were clearly signed so it was easy to follow the route and German and Austrian drivers are courteous to cyclists so cycling in towns was not a problem. The hotels were varied and well chosen and near the main attractions, the only exception being the one in Krems which was up a steep hill, but the hotel's facilities make the climb worthwhile. The instructions suggested going by train from Ottensheim to Linz but the cycle path was well separated from the busy road so cycling to Linz was not a problem. Similarly, the instructions suggest travelling by train in to Vienna but the cycle route was easy and the graffiti no worse than you find on the outskirts of most cities and it cheered up the drab concrete walls even though most of it was not up to the standard of Banksy. The food provided by the hotels was generally good and the hotels were near to restaurants when evening meals were not provided.
By Mr Poultney on 16/06/2014
Easy cycling - with options to reduce length every day (only used once when one person unwell) - hotels in interesting or beautiful locations with plenty to see - good white wine area with everywhere having choice of wines by the glass (125ml) at reasonable prices.
By Mrs Alcock on 22/10/2013
I have completed your feedback form but you have got one of the hotels listed incorrect. We did not stay at Hotel Rheinfels as they did not have any available rooms. We stayed at Hotel Hoeri am Bodensee and my comments are obviously about that hotel. Apparently every year on that weekend there is a conference in Stein am Rhein which takes over all hotel rooms so this should be noted for future reference. My bike was stolen from outside Hotel Halm. The lock up arrangements for the bikes at that hotel were not adequate and these need to be improved. However the staff who helped me were brilliant and it was all sorted out very quickly.
By Mr Fleming on 26/09/2013
We had so much rain EVERY day of our cycling tour the bikes would have benefited from having a sail fitted! That said, we did enjoy the holiday in spite of the weather. Without exception the hotels offered by Headwater were of a very high standard and you are to be commended for that. The food on offer was of such a high standard that all in our group were pleasantly surprised and grateful. This first time with Headwater will not be our last.
By Mrs Thompson on 26/09/2013
Damp! Mostly easy cycling through wonderful countryside. Great opportunities for walks and train/tram excursions. Mostly wonderful food and great ice-creams. Apfel strudel usually disappointing! Made really welcome everywhere. The other people on the same holiday were great company and we chose to eat together in the evenings.
By Mrs Khurana on 24/09/2013
We had a lovely, lovely holiday. The bikes were so good we wanted to run away with them, the food was universally very good and the hotels were pretty good at providing for our vegetarian diets. The breakfast buffets were wonderful - I'm converted to Bircher muesli now. It was easy cycling with excellent route description in a very beautiful part of the world. Who would believe you can have a cycling holiday in Switzerland, Austria, Germany with no hills!
By Mrs Barr on 20/09/2013
This was the best Headwater Holiday so far . Almost the entire route was on flat dedicated cycle paths or through quiet country lanes with little or no other traffic. Each day's cycling was easy and on average only about 25 miles. ( my wife and I are OAPs and we managed each day with no problem). The real bonus with this holiday is reaching Vienna at the end of the journey. I would recommend an extra night in Vienna before returning home..
By Mr Haines on 20/09/2013
An excellent holiday cycling 285 KM from Passau to Vienna along flat safe routes. The Tulln hotel was a bit basic and the train journey to Stein was a pain but probably necessary. We followed the reps advice and went into Vienna using the island route which avoided the train route suggested. Overall the holiday ticked all the boxes as is usually the case with Headwater. Thanks, we will be back next September with our friends for another adventure!
By Mr Lachowski on 16/09/2013
This was an excellent, well designed, well organised holiday with very good back-up from Greenways Travel.
By Mr Nichols on 12/09/2013
After having many successful holidays without problem with Headwater Booking we were surprised to have difficulties getting: the rail return details confirmed; the invoice correct; the correct Reginal booklet sent through (3 tries); and the return transfer was still incorrectly notified to the local representative. Having said that your agents, Greenways' organisation was excellent leading to a successful holiday.
By Mrs Gleeson on 02/09/2013
We had a fabulous experience cycling around the Salzkammergut. Would highly recommend it for families. Nervous start on first day but great views and overall the experience could not have been better. James was very helpful. The Grunberg stood out for us due to its location, conviviality and welcome to our son who is 7. But interestingly he loved all the hotels and loved the Bergrose for the swimming pool and table tennis. We enjoyed all the hotels. The food was excellent throughout - much more varied than I had expected- and the Bergrose stands out for freshness and excellence. Wonderful cycling although a few nervous moments. We cannot wait to do more.
By Ms Berry on 29/08/2013
Great cycling, excellent maps, good routes. Hotels were possibly a bit quiet and could have been in better locations. Why St Goergen, when there were good lakeside hotels nearby? In the town hotels the noise from the traffic was really loud, so windows had to be closed leading to stifling heat. . (Bad Ishcl and St Georgen). Maybe a hotel in Strobl would have given more things to do in the evenings, or what about St Wolfgang? Smoking laws not great in Austria......would prefer non smoking hotels.
By Mrs Noble on 29/08/2013
Really good fun and quite an adventure. Worked very well for my two children of 9 and 11 who loved the cycling and swimming.
By Mrs Hellewell on 28/08/2013
Relaxed cycling largely on cycle tracks. Suitable for younger cyclists. Beautiful scenery. Lovely hotels.
By Mr Keeling on 25/08/2013
The cycling was very enjoyable with excellent cycle paths and easy to follow directions mostly. There were a couple of unclear directions towards end day at Konstanz and Steim um Rhein. Weather was very good and amenities for tennis and swimming great. No major problems with the bikes although back up was not that good according to other members of the party who had punctures etc.
By Mrs Morgan on 19/08/2013
This was our first arranged cycling holiday and was excellent from start to finish. Routes were easy to follow and not too strenuous. The weather was very much in our favour with temperature in the 26 - 34C. Hotels were good, excellent food and friendly service. Our rep James was very good and advising on things to see and do along the way. The Blue book is an excellent idea to help choose thing to do on none cycling days. Luckily we chose 3 extra days in Bad Ischl as there was lot to see and do from there.
By Mr Davis on 16/08/2013
A virtually hill-free ride through pleasant countryside neighbouring the River Danube, punctuated by stays in excellent hotels in historic towns and cities.
No shortage of shops, castles, palaces, museums, and last but not least - coffee and cake shops. The challenge is to not gain weight!
By Mr Stamp on 16/08/2013
We have been on a number of Headwater cycling holidays but the Austrian lakes cycling holiday was a disappointment. Hotels not up to usual Headwater standard, no sleep due to lack of air conditioning with temps in the high 30s, frequently kept awake by traffic noise, balconies without a view, one hotel with no choice of menu, 2 nights interrupted sleep by noisy neighbours all night.
Cycling days were either on busy roads or close by motorways. Difficulty in finding picnic spots on the journey
By Mr Hindley on 13/08/2013
Excellent family holiday with good hotels, great food, wonderful scenery and plenty to see and do.
By Mrs Thomas on 05/08/2013
Our first cycling holiday. Cycling, lakes, beautiful country side, villages, towns, mountains, and city (Salzburg) provided a great variety of sights and activities, thoroughly enjoyed by the whole family.
By Mrs Day on 05/08/2013
Fabulously organised and a really different experience for us. We loved the independence, the superb scenery and the wonderful sense of adventure. Freewheeling down hills for 10 days was something neither of us had done since our teens. A brilliant holiday! Thank you so much!
By Mr Hill on 03/08/2013
We had wonderful weather during our holiday which added greatly to the overall enjoyment of the magnificent scenery and beauty of the area and we truly enjoyed every moment of the cycling and 'stay-put' days, with plenty of different things to see and do at every location. This was complimented by the excellent accommodation and food at the hotels and organisation and equipment provided by Headwater. We are not sure another similar cycling holiday could be better than the one we have just experienced.
By Mr McBrien on 03/08/2013
The cycling holiday is a fantastic way to explore the area and be able to stop in different towns and hotels. The cycling on the headwater routes on the Austrian Lakes was very straightforward and undemanding. Those clients who wish to push themselves further on the bikes need to make an effort to use the local excellent cycling maps, either to extend the routes between hotels, or to use the 'rest' days to go for further rides.
By Mrs Bond on 29/07/2013
Wonderful scenery, cycling and wholly relaxing. We really enjoyed the whole experience.
By Mr McGinn on 27/07/2013
We had a thoroughly enjoyable trip along the Danube.
By Mrs Cockrill on 25/07/2013
Our first cycling holiday and generally it was a really good experience with an interesting variety of hotels. Beware of eating half board as in some hotels we felt we were treated like 2nd class citizens.
By Mrs Laing on 08/07/2013
Passau to Vienna cycling was an easy cycle ride ,staying at superb hotels amid beautiful towns and country-side .
By Mr Dunbabin on 05/07/2013
1) Particularly as viewed from the steamers, and from the clusters of old houses on the edge of the lake & esp. at some of the steamer landing places, the Bodensee was very beautiful; there were also a number of delightful and very old towns. BUT there has been very extensive recent building development (particularly, but not exclusively, on the southern side of the lake. So quite a lot of the bicycling was rather dull and suburban - inferior, we thought, to the Veneto Headwater holiday we took some years ago. Probably the best bit was the Rhine delta marshes on day 2 (where we also had the good fortune to see two storks gently grazing)
2) The bicycling stages were rather long. But, as the brochure said, it was easy to reduce distances by putting the bicycles on trains or steamers. Also almost all the cycle paths were well surfaced, marked, etc.
3) The conveyance of luggage between the hotels was VERY efficient
4) My wife had some difficulties with the Donau Touristik bicycles. These went, and stopped, well. BUT their - to us, unfamiliar - concentration of weight around the back wheel meant that, when suddenly checked, they could easily tip over to the left, & she fell off twice.
That said, the handing out & reception back of the bicycles in Bregenz was EXTREMELY well done. And Donau Touristik has an impressive network of hotels that would, if necessary, mend/exchange punctured or other bicycles - in Stein-am-Rhein they simply took off my punctured front wheel & substituted one from one of their own bicycles
5) a) The hotels were all of a high standard. But we personally felt the 4-course evening meals rather too much & too rich, & enjoyed the ability to secure our own simpler ones in Konstanz. (More generally, I think we preferred the 'agro-turismo' arrangements of our earlier Veneto Headwater cycling holiday.) The breakfasts were mostly very good.
b) The hotel in Stein-am-Rhein was splendidly sited, looking straight out onto the river. That I have marked the 'welcome' only as 'fair' is solely due to the fact that we arrived on its Wednesday day off, when it remains closed until 4 pm. In the event we simply went and had an iced coffee in the town's lovely market place. They also arranged for us to have our evening meal that day outside another hotel so situated in the market place, which took good care of us
6) We were, broadly, very lucky with the weather - & relished the ability usually to have our evening meal out of doors (though there were a couple of memorable storms
7) I don't know that better times could have been arranged (slightly better train ones were possible, but only by changing trains rather than travelling straight through to/from Bregenz). But we definitely had too long at the surprisingly unprepossessing Zurich airport/station
8) My guess is that, given our ages, we shall not take another Headwater holiday. But this does not indicate dissatisfaction
By Mrs Farrow on 27/06/2013
Thought the Lake Constance area was beautiful. The dedicated cycling paths made the cycling a pleasure and the mix of cycling and rest days really suited us.
By Mrs MacEachen on 20/06/2013
excellent, this was our 2nd holiday with Headwater, when apon arriving in Passau we found our hotel was unreachable due to the worst flooding in years and our cycle down the danube was now impossible they found us another holiday close by which we throughly enjoyed. You find out how good a company is when there is a problem and how they react,which Headwater was nothing short of magnificent.
By Mr Jones on 19/06/2013
Very enjoyable holiday, very good cycle routes, lovely scenery and some very pretty villages. Plenty of opportunities to use the train or boats to shorten cycle distances if necessary or preferred.
By Mr Fussey on 17/06/2013
Cycling very easy! Level or downhill on tarmac.
Hotel in Tulln is not 4 star! Although it was OK and had superb position, compared to the ratings of the other hotels on the trip it should be nearer to a 2 star.
By Mr Bellion on 06/06/2013
An excellent route - distances well judged for the terrain (easy) and, because the tracks are so well signed, the route notes are almost unnecessary. Very well presented and maintained bikes. Hotels are obviously selected for location and in some cases there is little choice. All were clean and reasonably comfortable and, where evening meals were included, they were excellent - and some were outstanding. The only thing that Headwater couldn't do anything about was the weather - we cycled just a couple of days before the dreadful flooding that swamped the entire route.
By Mr Whittaker on 04/06/2013
Every thing went smoothly, pity about the weather!
By Sir Cummins on 10/11/2012
I did not expect the holiday to be so good as it was. All went very well on my cycle.
The second days were well worth their use for exploring the area, I particularly enjoyed my journey to Salzburg.
By Mr Hainsworth on 30/10/2012
A wonderful experience and with time to explore different interesting places enroute
By Mrs Marshall on 29/09/2012
Overall a very enjoyable holiday. For us the cycling was a bit "samey" and there were sometimes too many other people on the paths, especially at weekends. The paths were certainly excellent and quite extraordinary for anyone who cycles in the UK, as was the ultra-obliging behaviour of other path users and motorists. We actually enjoyed our days off rather more when we went off piste, for example to Schaffhausen one day and Markdorf on another, when we enjoyed the greater variety of cycling and countryside.Maybe you could add some more local information and ideas for places to visit on stay put days-Friedrichshafen especially was short of information.The guides that came with the maps were in German and of limited help to us!
The wine in hotels especially in Switzerland, Hotel Rheinfels in particular, was fiendishly expensive.In spite of adverse comments we had a really good time and are looking forward to our next holiday already!
By Mrs Hayden on 24/09/2012
The Austrian Lakes cycling was wonderful and the holiday was well arranged. Our rep James was very helpful. Hotel Amadeus in Salzburg was a bit noisy but very central. The best hotel on the trip was at Gmunden (Hotel Grunberg)where the setting, food, and room were excellent and the owner very attentive. The food at Hotel Hubertoshof, Bad Ischl, was rather rushed and not to our liking although the location was convenient for the rail station and shops.
By Mrs Hollis on 24/09/2012
Mile upon mile of dedicated cycle trails, through glorious scenery and picturesque villages, all running genetly downstream - surely this is the leisure cyclist's dream?. With no inclines to test us, our biggest challenge was resisting the cream-laden cakes, the delicious ice-cream and the dangerously sweet "sturm": the half-fermented wine produced from the vineyards through which we were cycling!
By Mr Wilkinson on 24/09/2012
Well organised and professional company who clearly know the region well. The quality of the equipment was excellent and the hotels generally of a high standard. The directions were well described with almost all routes on safe cycle paths. The distances were managable even for the over 50's! The transfer of luggage between hotels worked well and on all occasions arrived in our room before we did. Would recommend.
By Ms Howell on 24/09/2012
Headwter cycling holdays are always well organised. The bikes are very good as is the accomodation. However the half board menus sometimes offer too lttle choice.
By Mr Thompson on 03/09/2012
A great trip though not quite as scenic as the Mosel and the bit into Linz in particular is, as advised best avoided. However, the route into Wien along the island, as shown on the map is an absolute delight and for that section the advice to go by train should be ignored.
By Mis Turrell on 29/08/2012
First timers with this type of holiday and it couldn't have been more enjoyable.
Every thing we could possibly needed was thought of and taken care of.
Well done Headwater and thank you for a fantastic holiday.
By Mr Davis on 18/08/2012
Superb cycling through delightful countryside. Headwater rep and organisation were first class. Well chosen comfortable hotels wih excellent food. Despite the cycling activity we managed to gain weight!
By Ms Cockshott on 13/08/2012
Another excellent Headwater holiday, generally easy cycling through stunning scenary with a warm welcome at the end. Varied hotels with good facilities & food. Plenty to do on the rest days. We were lucky with the weather, lots of sunny days with only 2 storms (in the evenings)but can be rainy in the summer. Would definately recomme (at no extra cost)nd.
By Mrs McEnery on 07/08/2012
We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday, beautiful days cycling through and stopping( We were made very welcome at 2 lively Wine Festivals en route,picturesquely positioned at the side of the lake, good food and wine and great silver bands!) at beautiful places. We are getting on a bit now but we managed brilliantly, it was the right amount of cycling for us.We treasured our bike free days and did lots of different things, using a whole variety of easily accessible modes of transport,including lovely walks.
Rheinfels waterfall was just amazing and we also loved our ferry journey up the Rheine and to the colourful garden island of Mainau. Only twice did we shorten out days a little and that was due to the heat,one time we jumped on a train for a short distance and the other was a short refreshing hop onto a ferry. It was as simple as pie with our bikes and everyone one was so helpful and friendly.
Lake Constance was a great success, thankyou Headwater.
By Mr Lambert on 07/08/2012
There was no intro welcome. Vouchers handed to us by hotel reception. Bikes by Donau.
No advice on route notes where building work affected notes (ie in Konstanz).
But then, everything worked!!
Advice on where to eat in Konstanz would have helped. Very wet when we arrived and street plan showing restaurants would have helped.
By Ms Egbe on 30/06/2012
very good. more 'hills' than would be expected on a one cycle holiday.
By Mrs Daly on 30/06/2012
Bikes, organisation, directions, beauty of countryside and routes are all excellent. Accommodation was generally good/fair. We found the hotel in Linz noisyand the room stuffy and hot and interior rather shabby. The location of the hotel in Melk was unsuitable being up a very steep hill and far from centre. Hotel de la Poste in Melk was good and Tulln hotel was picturesque and well located. Hotel Austria in Vienna ws very friendly and well located but again we found the room stuffy and rather small.
By Mr Venables on 23/06/2012
most enjoyable. My wife, not an experienced cyclist really enjoyed the cycling. L Constance is in a beautiful part of europe
By Mrs Haigh on 23/06/2012
Thoroughly enjoyed it. May consider room upgrade another time.
By Ms Stowe on 16/06/2012
we had a fantastic experience - the cycling is very good and safe
By Mrs Akers on 16/06/2012
Exactly as described in your booklet - wonderful easy cycling, lovely comfortable hotels and pretty scenery.
By Mrs Oakley on 16/06/2012
A Happy holiday which means more to us than fabulous or great - 5 stars
By Mr Horner on 11/06/2012
Great - holland next!
By Ms Sangha on 00/00/0000
The cycling routes and itinerary were fantastic and very manageable with a toddler. The local reps were very helpful and responsive.
By Mrs Wilshaw on 00/00/0000
Great cycling holiday in some of the most scenic parts of Europe we have ever seen. Carinthia is blessed with its countryside, lakes and mountains and takes good care of them for all to enjoy. Headwater was a very good experience if a bit on the expensive side for UK visitors.
By Mrs McLynn on 00/00/0000
Easy cycling, lovely scenery, excellent hotels. Cycles well maintained and maps and route notes easy to follow!
By Mr Oldham on 00/00/0000
Very easy and relaxed cycling with virtually no need for the notes as the Donauweg is so well sign-posted. Lots to do on the stay put days.