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Customer reviews: Cycling Holidays in France

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.

Mrs Donaldson
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
27/11/2018

The bedroom at the Auberge was very small in the roof.

Ms Macrae
Classic Burgundy Cycling
27/11/2018

Friendly and helpful staff make this a carefree holiday where you can focus on having a great holiday.

My second cycling trip with Headwater and won’t be my last. A memorable holiday of real quality. I’m already looking forward to next year.

Mrs Farr
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
26/11/2018

Fantastic holiday for family group of various ages.

Barry and I throughly enjoyed our experience in Provence cycling with Headwater. The only difficul thing was to get a good cup of coffee!

Our cycling holiday in the Luberon was typical Headwater style. Friendly rustic hotels, minor road routes, places to visit, great scenery and great local food and wine. Other cyclists on the same route were great company when we bumped into them.

Mr Francies
Gastronomic Burgundy Cycling
23/11/2018

Possibly mixing gastro dining and cycling is a mistake as you are very tired after 6-7 hours cycling. The trip was well organised - through vineyards, forests, by a canal and through small villages but had more hard hills than expected and there were few high gears on the bike. But overall a very pleasant way to see a beautiful part of France

Mr Hyatt
Classic Burgundy Cycling
23/11/2018

Please see below. I do not wish to make any review comments for publication

Mrs Allanson
Gastronomic Burgundy Cycling
22/11/2018

Great variety and contrasts

Mrs Williams Smith
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
22/11/2018

Really lovely way to enjoy rural France. Lots of fun good wine and food.

Mrs Rawle
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
06/11/2018

Our tenth Headwater cycling holiday and we decided to repeat the first one we did. It was nice to see the Blue Book in Le Manoir des Portes and to see our previous comments. It was also nice to see Steve, our holiday rep, again. We flew from Southampton to Rennes where there was a long delay to get through passport control but Steve waited patiently to pick us up. The cycling routes have been improved and the RideWithGPS application was very helpful. There was an excellent choice of places to eat in Dinard and Dinan; where the Hotel Le d'Avaugour did not have a restaurant. The Evran loop (on the rest day at Dinan) was very pleasant but take a picnic, as we didn't find a shop in Evran.

the organisation was excellent and we benefited from having a rep on arrival and departure-steve helped us in many ways and was always contactable.the food choices were too limited but the food was always acceptable.

Mr Quaddy
Dordogne Gastronomic Cycling
01/11/2018

The briefing by the reps about the bikes and the Ride with GPS app was very good. The route notes were also useful. The bicycles were excellent. The ladies needed the electric bikes in the Dordogne because they had not done much cycling preparation beforehand. The meals at each hotel were very good. The country side was beautiful and there were many interesting sites to visit.

Dr Atkinson
Vineyards of Vaucluse Cycling
01/11/2018

Wonderful holiday in a beautiful region with an excellent and charming rep. Marred by the anxiety for me (Jane) over the working of the new app, battery running out before reaching the destination and the lack of good and accurate back up directions. The apps need a bit of tweaking but will be good. Attachment to bikes need to be stronger and visible in strong sunlight.

Mr Radich
Gastronomic Burgundy Cycling
29/10/2018

We greatly enjoyed our Burgundy tour. Arrangements were faultless. Accommodation was excellent. We had the best of cheerful support from Glyn. We found electric bikes to be essential.

Mrs Everitt
Vineyards of Vaucluse Cycling
29/10/2018

The excellent weather ensured that our holiday was most enjoyable. The GPS routes were generally appropriate for the level of holiday and for our electric bikes but short stretches were very challenging gradients and one route in particular was impossible to negotiate on electric bikes due to gravel, stones and boulders. There were also a few inaccuracies. The accommodation was all generally good as were the dining arrangements. Overall we would recommend this holiday; the area is beautiful and interesting and the route is varied and well thought out.

Mr Holt
Cotes du Ventoux Cycling
23/10/2018

Enjoyable rides, more challenging than expected remember French towns close on Sunday especially off season!

Mrs Alp
Classic Burgundy Cycling
16/10/2018

The 7 day bike holiday from Auxerre to Auxerre was perhaps the highlight of our 6 weeks in Europe. The local guides, Helen and Mike were amazing and made our trip so special. They went that extra mile to make sure all went well, always with a smile. The accommodation was great as were the meals and thank goodness for electric bikes at our age...a great investment! We will definitely use Headwater's services again to another destination when we travel again.

Dale and Peter

Australia

Mrs Macdonald
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
15/10/2018

A second brilliant holiday with Headwater. Taken early October, a few sites were closed, but there was still plenty to see. Excellent organisation and help from Marc in particular. I had an e-bike, which was interesting, and took some getting used to, but was helpful on the hills, as I am not a regular cyclist. The food was magnificent, especially at "Auberge de la Caillere" where we were taken as the restaurant at the Auberge du Centre was closed.

Mrs Bergin
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
10/10/2018

Cycling in France is one of the best ways of experiencing the lovely regions with all they have to offer

Ms Wheatley
Gastronomic Burgundy Cycling
27/09/2018

This type of holiday suits us perfectly - we like to be outdoors and active, and we also appreciate top quality hotels and restaurants. The e-bikes are essential for us, and are great fun. It’s great to have our luggage transported, and to have the restaurants pre-booked. It would be good to have a glass of recommended quality wine of the region included with the gastronomique menu. The backroad routes were perfectly put together and the route notes accurate. It was re-assuring knowing that Glyn would come immediately if a problem arose - we did in fact have a puncture and he was there within 40 minutes.

Mrs Sanderson
Classic Burgundy Cycling
19/09/2018

Another excellent holiday with Headwater. The accommodation and food at the chosen hotels was ideal. Lots of activities and alternative cycle routes to do on our free days. The cycling days were well planned and just the right distance and difficulty level. Mike and Helen were excellent and provided us with lots of helpful advice. We have been on many Headwater cycling holidays, this rates as one of the best.

Mrs Wilkie
Vineyards of Vaucluse Cycling
19/09/2018

French showers were hand held and in bath and not very good. The towels provided were all of very poor quality. This was the same in all our hotels, therefore it must not be high priority to French citizens. Otherwise hotel standards were excellent. Sadly age was against us in relation to the use of Ride with GPS. Of the four of us, one had a garmin which did not give him satisfactory results, one had nothing, I had a smart phone which seemed to have a will of it's own as far as working was concerned. Very occasionally it was excellent and made all the difference to the quality of my ride, Sometimes it started off OK and then became silent, usually it was hopeless and I finished by not using it at all. BUT, I am not good with modern technology and may have to take at least some of the blame for this. Our fourth member could usually, but not always, get the verbal instructions, so we mainly followed her. When she failed us we found the written text not entirely accurate. Our grandchildren would have managed without question, but at our age it was a challenge that at times threatened our enjoyment. Certainly when it worked it was wonderful, but that made it all the more annoying the rest of the time.

Mr Grant
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
14/09/2018

The Backroads of Brittany cycling holiday was SO enjoyable! The countryside was spectacular, hotels lovely and the food amazing! The Headwater Rep , Steve Barrington, was very helpful and provided us with many local sites of interest, walks and restaurant recommendations. We have been on 8 cycling holidays with Headwater and they have all been very excellent. We enjoy the varied styles of hotels (all to a high standard) and Headwater are very helpful and efficient.

Mrs Forsythe
Classic Burgundy Cycling
13/09/2018

Burgundy is a lovely part of France for cycling with quiet roads and a good variety of beautiful countryside

The Gastronomic Burgundy 4 night cycling holiday is a lovely break but a bit rushed, there was not enough time to explore your destinations or venture to Beaune or Dijon. The cycling routes were a good mix of vineyard tracks, canal tow paths and quiet country roads through forests and pasture land. We found the distances meant there was limited time for the suggested sight seeing trips. On day two we visited Chateau de Savigny-les-Beaune for it's eclectic and extensive auto collections and on day four had a brief tour and tasting at Chateau Pommard. Les Deux Chevres was a delight - (btw they offer inhouse wine tastings and trips to vineyards - cannot comment on how they are as sadly we had no time to sample them)

Mr Alston
Gastronomic Burgundy Cycling
12/09/2018

A very enjoyable holiday.

Mr Dunn
Gastronomic Burgundy Cycling
12/09/2018

The first impression comes from the wonderful concise on-line brochure.

The human side comes from the sales consultant and we were lucky to deal with Jo Chaplin. She's very patient and very thorough and professional.

We were met by our rep Glyn when we arrived at our destination. He was delightful. Nothing (and I mean NOTHING) was too much to ask from this absolute gent! He helped us to fined a cobbler, drove us to the airport, made repairs to bikes, drove us around etc.

Thanks to Headwater for a fabulous and unforgettable holiday.

Mr Knowles
Gastronomic Burgundy Cycling
12/09/2018

Very interesting and good accommodation, great food, varied and scenic countryside, bike distances just about right

Marvellous area . Notes for cycling extremely poor . The hotel at Roussillon CLOSED at 8.00pm .and had no gin and no beer . It was like a travel road house !

A very enjoyable cycling holiday. The route was well researched using very quiet roads whenever possible, passing through lovely and varied countryside with stops in all the interesting hilltop villages. The hotels were all very comfortable and meals where provided were excellent. Our guide Mark was knowledgeable and couldn't have been more helpful.

Mr Heath
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
12/09/2018

Fabulous holiday. Very well supported.

Mrs Allen
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
12/09/2018

Fun group activity with lovely food, wine and poppies

Dr Monte
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
12/09/2018

We had such a wonderful holiday cycling through the country lanes and vineyards. Coupled with fabulous food and wine, what else could one ask for.

Mr Katesmark
Vineyards of Vaucluse Cycling
12/09/2018

An excellent and varied exploration of the Vaucluse region of Provence, with opportunites to visit ancient Roman ruins, mediaeval villages and legendary Cotes-du-Rhone vineyards.

Mr Bowen
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
11/09/2018

An excellent leisurely cycle route in beautiful countryside. Chateau de Chissay accommodation was outstanding, and L'Aubiniere first class. Wonderful food in all locations - in truth, probably too much for six successive nights.

Mr Reid
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
11/09/2018

I found the bicycle was too big and heavy for me. This did spoil the holiday a bit for me. In the Auberge de Centre we were in a very small room in the Annexe which we didn't like very much. But overall the holiday was very good. The Headwater staff were helpful when we had to come home a day early.

Horner
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
10/09/2018

Despite some adverse comments above, we enjoyed the holiday very much, partly because we were with a group pf friends. The food was excellent, but I doubt we could have survived many more six course meals. We were surprised that Marc didn't check with us that everything was OK during the holiday, and that no account was taken of our age (over 75) or level of fitness. 27 miles incorporating a number of fairly steep hills was at the upper limit of our abilities.

Mrs Chivers
Cotes du Ventoux Cycling
10/09/2018



Headwater has never disappointed. We have travelled with Headwater at least 6 times. The hotels are always full of character and the food good. We had a problem with a persistent puncture and Mark came twice to fix. I left a necklace in one of the room safes. All the hotels replied promptly. It was found at Chateau Mazan who sent it back very effeciently and quickly

Mr Smith
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
07/09/2018

A peaceful and engaging easy-going trip seeing parts of France off the usual tourist track. Not too far even for less-than-fit folk like ourselves. We missed the companionship we've had on other trips, but actually it was lovely to come and go as we pleased, in our own time.

Mr Skinner
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
07/09/2018

Warm welcomes, great food and lovely leisurely rides through beautiful countryside

We had a brilliant time

Mrs Stevens
Dordogne Gastronomic Cycling
07/09/2018

Great easy cycling for the most part amongst beautiful countryside with interesting places to visit all along the way.

Mr Davey
Chablis Vineyards Cycling
06/09/2018

Been travelling with Headwater for some years. Holiday was as good a ever: reps, hotels, route all excellent, but somehow seemed to get at cross-purposes with booking this year and there were minor problems and misunderstandings. Might be me, might be just one of those things or has there been a change of regime or system? Relais St Vincent outstandingly good.

Mrs Denton
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
06/09/2018

Very well organised. Great quality of hotels and gastronomic. Bike GPS system was excellent. As a technophobe I was initially very cautious but it was easy to use and a must have!

Mr Thake
Dordogne Gastronomic Cycling
06/09/2018

Lovely area, great hotels mostly, very enjoyable

Really enjoyable way to experience local cultures and get ‘off the beaten track ‘ good local representative support .

Mr Ricketts
Wine Villages of Alsace Cycling
05/09/2018

The usual efficient organisation, with just a couple of exceptions this time when Head Office did not inform the local rep about my customised arrangements for cycling routes and the dinner reservation on my last night, which the hotel did not initially accept. This was all sorted out within hours and did not detract from my enjoyment of the holiday as a whole. I'll be back again next year.

Mr Hughes
Vineyards of Vaucluse Cycling
05/09/2018

A good concept for a cycling holiday and overall, a lovely and enjoyable time. Fabulous scenery and well selected routes to follow.

Excellent organisation made it all very easy. Great bikes - 21 gears and gel seats made it a comfortable ride. Routes were very quiet or completely off-road, very well chosen. Very nice meals and the Chateau de Chissay in particular was a lovely place to stay.

Mr Maffei
Cotes du Ventoux Cycling
04/09/2018

VERY NICE HOLIDAYS!! Nice cycling, with wonderful food and wine.

Mr Rogers
Dordogne Gastronomic Cycling
04/09/2018

A lovely way to explore this beautiful and historic area of France while building up a good appetite for a classic french meal

Mr Barlow
Dordogne Gastronomic Cycling
04/09/2018

We had a relaxing week in the Dordogne, with cycling and beautiful food every day. The routes, although appearing short, are very hilly in places and are not to be taken lightly. We really would recommend kayaking on this trip, as there were lots of opportunities alongside the cycling and it added a great extra dimension. There are lots of ancient monuments and castles to explore, but simply soaking up the medieval architecture is a treat in itself. In August, it was nearly 40 degrees so be prepared, and get the cycles done early, so you have time to relax. Try the local vin de noix, and all the lovely cheeses and meats. After all, you will cycle them off! And do NOT forget insect repellent!!

Mr Smith
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
03/09/2018

Excellent experience. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

Miss Williams
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
03/09/2018

Great variety of hotels, wonderful food, nice quiet routes through beautiful scenery, very relaxing as the thinking has already been done so we don't have to .

Mrs Mackenzie
Vineyards of Vaucluse Cycling
03/09/2018

Really enjoyed the holiday and out rep Mark was extremely pleasant and helpful. As we were 4 ladies we had requested twin rooms and this was confirmed by Headwater. However this was not the case in three of the hotels which provided double beds with single duvets. This was a 1+ cycle and we had elected for electric bikes which proved to be the right choice.

Mr Crooks
Cotes du Ventoux Cycling
23/08/2018

Location/routes are excellent as is the food and value, just a shame many of the bedrooms are so basic

We thoroughly enjoyed our short (5 day) cycling holiday with Headwater. The arrangements worked like clockwork and the two local reps were outstanding. The Hostellerie des Clos was a fantastic place to stay and the food was amazing. The cycle routes were beautiful with lots to do on route.

Mrs Van Der Merwe
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
17/08/2018

Nice to know that you can just sit back and everything has been well researched and taken care of - accommodation, bicycles and other transport, routes etc. Also assuring to know that there is back-up when needed.

Mrs Price
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
13/08/2018

The Loire Chateaux gastronomic experience was exceptional. The three chateaux we chose to visit (it would be overload to visit all the chateaux on offer) were fascinating each in a different way. We loved the many gardens we experienced and appreciated the daily swims. The weather was hot! So the cycling seemed harder than it should have done. The contrasting menus each evening were a highlight. We delayed wine purchase until our last day. That also was highly successful....

Mrs Ackroyd
Cotes du Ventoux Cycling
13/08/2018

Lovely accommodation, great food and gentle cycling.

Mrs Hampton
Classic Burgundy Cycling
13/08/2018

Another cracker of a holiday from Headwater.The availability of an E-bike enabled my husband to cycle with our small group after his hernia op,otherwise he would have been travelling with the luggage! Thanks, Headwater!

Mr Johnson
Classic Burgundy Cycling
03/08/2018

Three of us (sixty somethings) completed the 8 day Classic Burgundy cycle holiday in July 2018. We have used Headwater on a previous cycle trip, and again, we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday which was superbly organized by Headwater. The Ride with GPS was great to use, all accomodation was 'spot on' and very comfortable and the food provided was outstanding. Each day's cycling was about right for us - just a few hills, but so what! Scenery magnificent. In-country reps met us at the train station as pre-arranged and their own suggestions to enhance our holiday were greatly appreciated. Another great cycle holiday with Headwater and I am sure there will be more... Headwater are extremely organised and very responsive to our enquiries when developing holiday options.

Mr Kelly
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
01/08/2018

We had an outstanding holiday. The Headwater team making the booking arrangements could not have been more helpful, informed, or responsive. Sharon and Marc, our reps, were were extremely knowledgeable, helpful and welcoming. All of the arrangements worked so well - it was a delight for the 4 of us to cycle through the beautiful Loire Valley surrounded by vineyards and sunflower fields, visiting the stunning chateaus on the way, and then relishing wonderful dinners in the lovely hotels each evening. It met all of our expectations, and we will definitely do more holidays like this, and would be very happy to highly recommend the Headwater team - they were great.

Mrs Hutchison
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
31/07/2018

This Brittany cycling holiday allowed us to explore an interesting and lovely part of France, though it was harder than the published rating would have us believe. Headwater's local rep was absolutely excellent with his advice and help. Altogether this was yet another splendid Headwater holiday!

Ms Heard
Classic Burgundy Cycling
31/07/2018

Another great Headwater Cycling Holiday with lovely, virtually traffic free, quiet roads / cycle paths. An interesting collection of hotels, so different from each other but all small, intimate and full of character with great food, especially in Chablis. The cycling was delightful and varied from vast open countryside to the pretty meandering canals and rivers. Finally, our reps Helen and Mike, they were so supportive, nothing was too much trouble, especially on our arrival; when at the train station before ours the train changed direction and we found ourselves speeding towards Dijon- a long story but with a happy ending... Also for their help in the use of GPS........ Thank you

Cycling through the French countryside was a real pleasure and to end the day in a swimming pool of one of the lovely hotels, looking forward to the superb meals was all anyone could ask from a hoilday.

Mr Kelly
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
30/07/2018

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this trip in July 2018. Food was very good, bikes were in excellent condition and the cycling was not difficult. Accommodation was also good. Would have no problem recommending if you like biking holidays.

Mr Shorney
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
30/07/2018

An excellent wy to enjoy the rolling french countryside with rivers and chateaux gallore. Pretty easy riding with lovely hotels and gigantic meals ,etc.

Mrs O'Sullivan
Wine Villages of Alsace Cycling
30/07/2018

Fantastic. Great bikes, cycle paths, places of interest, good choice of places for lunch breaks, good accommodation, wonderful local agent with practical information.

We loved every minute and are especially grateful to Marc and Sharon for going the extra mile to help mum and dad with transport after they had given up on their bikes! Food was magnificent and we loved cycling through forests, sunflower fields, vineyards - a wonderful and unforgettable holiday. Well done headwater for getting everything right.

Mr Mace
Classic Burgundy Cycling
18/07/2018

Our reps Helen and Mike could not have been more accommodating and diligent. The Hotels were excellent and superbly situated. The bikes were good. The routes were quiet. All in all an excellent holiday.

Mr Yates
Classic Burgundy Cycling
18/07/2018

Well organised simply a great break allowing us to relax with no worries and full confidence in the back up.

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Ms Prashant
Chablis Vineyards Cycling
16/07/2018

Brilliant experience! Headwater has planned everything in great detail: routes, lovely boutique hotels, dinners. Most importantly, Helen went out of way to make sure I was comfortable throughout the holiday. She ensured that I had a perfect holiday , simply amazing!

beautiful area for cycling and easy to manage distances

Mrs Fawthrop
Gastronomic Burgundy Cycling
09/07/2018

Excellent traditional accommodation and good gastronomic French food. However unless you have a GPS or other device a proper map holder and maps are essential. Rep/guide excellent and helpful dealing with some-one who has no mobile!!

Mr Weinz
Cotes du Ventoux Cycling
09/07/2018

We do quite a bit of cycling, and found the Headwater bikes heavier than typical. We found the first day’s cycling uninteresting, because there wasn’t much lovely scenery (compared to all of the other days) and there was no tow we found worth exploring. It made us question the selection of your starting hotel/location. It also seemed much more physically challenging than advertised. Admittedly, a hot, strong headwind is part of that evaluation. But there was considerable climbing/uphill involved.

That said, we thoroughly enjoyed the remainder of the trip.

Mr Furlong
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
09/07/2018

Cycling through lovely countryside with the opportunity to visit many places of interest including chateaux

Mr Moran
Chablis Vineyards Cycling
04/07/2018

The cycling was superb with a huge variety of scenery including vineyards,canals,beautiful villages and panoramic views. The weather was gorgeous and the routes were on quite country roads and canal paths with hardly any traffic. Our Reps Helen and Mike were fantastic and so helpful and informative we had some great laughs they were so friendly they made sure we were seated comfortably on our bikes and even changed saddles for Better comfort it was reassuring that we had excellent support on hand. We visited many vineyards in Chablis and mike and Helen collected the wine we bought. The food was delicious and the welcome in hotels were so friendly. Thank you Headwater and Mike And Helen for giving us a superb holiday



Bill & Heather.

Mrs Fletcher
Gastronomic Burgundy Cycling
15/06/2018

The food on this holiday is very good, as was the standard of the hotels. I would recommend it as a proper gastronomic experience.

Mrs Cowell
Cotes du Ventoux Cycling
15/06/2018

Always interesting, off the beaten track and a chance to meet the local population and enjoy the quiet and peace of the countryside.

Mr Duke
Chablis Vineyards Cycling
07/02/2018

Very Good overall, we enjoyed the rural sightseeing in this region and the opportunity to meet the local friendly people in the villages and the vineyards we visited. All accommodation was very good (with the exception of Ligny). Food was excellent with a wide variety in most cases. Planning of stops essential with shops closing during the day! Our tour guides, Helen & Mike, a pleasure to deal with and did their job very well. This was our first headwater holiday and we will certainly consider holidaying with them again. Declan & Marie (Ireland)

Mrs Sanderson
Gastronomic Burgundy Cycling
02/02/2018

Without exception, the quality of the hotels and the meals either taken at the hotels or at prearranged restaurants was excellent throughout. The cycling routes were of the right distance and had good variation of terrain from canalside to vineyards to meadows. A very enjoyable holiday that was well organised.

Mrs Trenaman
Gastronomic Burgundy Cycling
02/02/2018

My partner and I loved this holiday. We are not regular cyclists but are reasonably fit and active, aged 58 and 60. The level of cycling was enough to provide a bit of a challenge at some points, but well within our capabilities. We enjoyed the varied and beautiful countryside offered by the itinerary. We did the optional cycle on day 3 and would not have wanted to miss this as it was a beautiful day and an easy cycle. The gorgeous garden at Chateau de Berbirey is well worth a visit. We added an extra day to the end of the itinerary so were still able to spend a day in historical Dijon which is a must. The tour lived up to the title of gastronomic - we loved all the restaurants from the quirky Berger du Temps on the first night to the swanky one Michelin star L'Hostelerie on the last night. (We went to l'Hostelerie because the usual choice Jardin des Ramparts is closed on Monday). All the hotels were lovely but I especially enjoyed the Deux Chevres, thanks to owner Paul, his sensational cellar (definitely try his great value private wine tasting of local wines) and lovely breakfasts. We used the gps trip notes which generally worked well. I would recommend adding directions from Deux Chevres to the train station and back again (important on the optional day 3 ride) as well as more information about historical sites passed during the itinerary, which would have added to our enjoyment of the wonderful scenery. Our on site contact Lyn was extremely helpful and friendly. Thank you for a holiday which lived up to all our expectations.

Very well organised, with excellent directions and achievable distances to cycle daily. Cycles very good condition, well maintained, clean and comfortable to ride. All staff willing and able to support if required.

Mr Curtis
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
02/02/2018

A challenge rewarded by every dining experience

Overall, a lovely holiday with great cycling, accommodation and food - everything we have come to expect from a Headwater holiday.

Mr Davey
Chablis Vineyards Cycling
01/02/2018

Excellent booking staff and regional reps. Hotels and meals very comfortable with regional character. This part of rural France is very attractive, has many places of great interest, and above all, is wonderfully quiet.

Mrs Lewin
Cotes du Ventoux Cycling
01/02/2018

A perfect way to experience nature and culture in this region of Provence.

Headwater could provide water bottles and helmet options for travellers outside Europe. We were fortunate previous visitors had left 2 helmets for our use this visit.

Mr Quick
Dordogne Gastronomic Cycling
01/02/2018

Great cycling, fabulous food, quiet roads in a busy area, plenty of local places of interest, well done Headwater.

Mr Dowse
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
01/02/2018

A very well thought out cycling tour of a most interesting area. Good to have alternate days of cycling and sightseeing. The distances on the cycling days were, for us, just right. The route guidance app was invaluable.

Mrs Mcginn
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
01/02/2018

The extremely quiet roads, beautiful chateaux and wonderful food made this a thoroughly enjoyable trip.

Mr Newberry
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
01/02/2018

Excellent choices for cycling of all grades with good routes calculated to give relaxing distances between comfortable cycle friendly hotels, and plenty of time to go sightseeing.

Mr Billingham
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
31/01/2018

Great bikes , routes and on the whole hotels

Miss Ward
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
31/01/2018

A relaxing holiday in rural France, with quiet cycling on good roads and lots of amazing food.

Mr Sheffield
Chablis Vineyards Cycling
25/01/2018

Very well organised, all our questions & queries dealt with, any requests for help dealt with promptly, gave us confidence that if we needed help it would quickly be there. Good local knowledge, well planned routes through lovely countryside. Excellent. Lovely helpful friendly reps. All the wine we purchased along the way made it safely back to base for us to take back home with us. No negative comments to make at all.

Mr Page
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
25/01/2018

Very enjoyable.

Mr Druett
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
25/01/2018

Perfect cycling holiday.

Mr Graham
Chablis Vineyards Cycling
12/01/2018

This was everything we had hoped it would be. Very relaxed. Great quality of hotels and food. Excellent scenic routes. Brilliant!

Mr Jenkinson
Dordogne Gastronomic Cycling
12/01/2018

We like the Headwater cycling format to the extent that we cannot remember the number of holidays we have been on.

Mr Cross
Vineyards of Vaucluse Cycling
12/01/2018

Despite being of the same modest grading as our two previous HW cycling holidays, this was significantly harder, because of the heat (over 34 degrees) and some long uphill stretches, especially on the Lafare-Vaison day. However, it was worth it for the lovely scenery, the downhill bits, and the hotels, two of which had lovely pools, and some excellent food, especially at Hotel Montmirail (if only it had air-con as well!) and at La Dame d'Oie at Pernes. Plenty of opportunities to sample the Provence Rose, Muscat de Beaumes de Venise and Gigondas wines. The archaeological sites and mediaeval town at Vaison la Romaine are well worth the 'rest' day.

Our first visit to this part of France, Beautiful coast and countryside, our first cycling holiday, glad we had battery assisted bikes, it made us feel 18 again each time we came to a hill, not bad for two seventy year olds.

Mr Hognadottir
Hilltop Villages of Provence Cycling
08/01/2018

Incredible 200 km of beautiful countryside, cuisine and culture of Provence! Loved every minute despite 35° heat and 35% elevation. La vie est belle!

Mr Roberts
Chablis Vineyards Cycling
02/01/2018

A genuine taste of traditional France

Mrs Simpson
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
02/01/2018

Excellent all round, really easy cycling, lovely chateaus to visit, accommodation good, food at hotels amazing, hate to 'moan' but after 3 days I just needed a light salad!

Mr Holt
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
02/01/2018

Really enjoyed cycling and food L'aubiniere

Mr Shallcross
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
02/01/2018

A great way for a very keen and a not so keen cyclist to enjoy an excellent cycling holiday together.

Miss Underdown
Cotes du Ventoux Cycling
02/01/2018

Surprisingly easy going for the independent traveller, yet adventurous, with a touch of comfort

Mr Haddow
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
02/01/2018

Lovely route, lovely hotels and great bikes - some of the hills were longer and steeper than anticipated, the last day is particularly tough for a 1+ ride.

Mrs Fok
Classic Burgundy Cycling
02/01/2018

Most enjoyable holiday. Lovely rural scenery and ebikes a revelation!!

Mr Robb
Classic Burgundy Cycling
02/01/2018

This was one of the best Headwater holidays we've had, maybe made more enjoyable due to having e-bikes for the first time! We enjoyed the quiet routes through lovely and varied countryside, although most of the small villages we passed through were so quiet as to seem almost deserted. We were glad of our excellent reps' advice to take a picnic and drinks from our starting point before setting off. Our reps, Mike and Helen, couldn't have been more helpful, from meeting us after arriving late due to a delayed flight and hour long passport control at CDG airport, to always responding immediately to texts with our queries about battery charging etc.

Good holiday. But do check with Headwater the timings of connections with arrival by air and transfer across Paris. You would be better spending more on the TGV which would leave later.

Mrs Stephenson
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
29/12/2017

Fantastic holiday. My husband is a keen cyclist and I am not, but I loved it. The routes were just the right distance and not too many hills. Add in great food and wine tasting and it was a perfect holiday. We made good use of the wine collection service! Already planning which holiday to book next!

Mr Tuffnell
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
29/12/2017

Easy cycling, superb countryside, delicious food and lovely people.

Chilvers
Cotes du Ventoux Cycling
29/12/2017

Very friendly and approachable reps. Nothing too much trouble. Good support with cycling information.

Mr Mcbrien
Dordogne Gastronomic Cycling
29/12/2017

Excellent holiday in a truly beautiful part of the Dordogne. Extremely comfortable hotels with some fantastic cycling and so many varied places to stop including villages, chateaus, gardens,caves etc which meant every day was a different experience. However, a word of caution. If you are not a reasonable cyclist consider an e bike or choose more direct routes between hotels which avoid some good hill climbs.

Mrs Hood
Cotes du Ventoux Cycling
12/12/2017

Excellent , few errors in information re places visited. Above strange error in travel arrangements. Otherwise great holiday.

Mr Beeson
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
12/12/2017

Great way to explore, great fun in a group.

We had a lovely holiday. The weather was perfect, the area very beautiful and interesting and the hotels were good, but we found the bikes very heavy and poorly geared for the fairly hilly nature of some of the routes.

Excellent short break in a beautiful region of France. Just the right balance if cycling and relaxation with my teenage daughter.

Mrs Craig
Dordogne Gastronomic Cycling
13/09/2017

Most enjoyable holiday cycling through beautiful quiet countryside with stunning views. There were plenty places of interest from Chateaux to Caves. The food and accommodation was of a high standard. The Vielle Auberge in Souillac could have been more comfortable but we forgave it for the food.

After reading previous reviews, we hired electric bikes this year. This was a good decision as, although we still had plenty exercise, we enjoyed each days cycle without feeling terminally exhausted. We saw more as we always chose the longer route. It is a very hilly region and definitely a grade 2 cycling holiday.

Mr Millar
Dordogne Gastronomic Cycling
11/09/2017

Nice area though hillier than we expected when we booked. Well maintained bikes, though rather heavy. Good food. We were lucky that we had a cooler than average week for August.

Mr Katesmark
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
08/09/2017

Recovering from recent back surgery, this was the ideal rehabilitation program for me and my family. We had never visited Brittany before and found it an excellent introduction to this lovely region of France; the route for the week was perfectly balanced with activity and rest days and the hotels very well located to explore the ancient and historic towns of Northern Brittany. Our nine year old daughter was very proud of covering 163 km in a week without having to get off her steed 'Scooby' and push once - and the excellent cycling app took about an hour a day off the cycling time as the navigation was almost faultless. Also - the one day it rained, Steve the rep appeared like magic at the restaurant where we had holed up for lunch with the offer of a lift for the last soggy stretch to the hotel - very much appreciated!

Mr Brittain
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
17/08/2017

Fautless. The service was excellent from booking to picking up our bikes. Hotels were all unique and food wonderful. We found the cycling a bit much but the countryside was amazing and empty. GPS a great asset.

Mr Savage
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
14/08/2017

Very pleasant cycling on quiet country lanes and tracks, interesting chateau visits, wine tasting and fabulous evening meals.

Mr Brown
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
14/08/2017

1st class service from rep & hotels. Easy cycling over interesting terrain + amazing food

Dr Monte
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
14/08/2017

It was simply beautiful. Wonderful food, cycling and scenery.

Mr Hough
Classic Burgundy Cycling
09/08/2017

Excellent holiday overall staying in some beautiful locations. Cycling was just at the right standard for me and my more mature father. Hotels were well chosen, particularly the Auberge de beursaudiere and the Glycines. Reps Helen and Mike were friendly and helpful when needed. Can't think of anything negative!

Ms Moxon
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
09/08/2017

Our first cycling holiday and we absolutely loved it. Easy routes to follow, wonderful scenery and amazing food. Wonderful. We were very glad that we travelled by Eurostar.

We had a great experience with Headwater, cycling the hill-tops of Provence in 35-40C heat. The Reps were great;, the bikes eminently suitable for the route; the hotels generally good; the food superb; and we both enjoyed the few days that we had.

Mr Davey
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
03/08/2017

Fantastic accommodation and food , just make sure you bring well padded cycling shorts, they are a must even with gel covered saddles.

Mr Francies
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
07/07/2017

Quoting half the actual price is poor otherwise a well-organised holiday

Mrs West
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
20/06/2017

A great way to visit chateaux in the Loire Valley. All the hotels had pools which were much appreciated after the cycling and the standard of food was very good.

Mrs Pryor
Dordogne Gastronomic Cycling
20/06/2017

The Dordogne is a beautiful area. Good routes on quiet roads but testing hills! Accommodation is very good and the food lived up to the expectations as advertised. If anything the four course evening meal every night is too much but no doubt others will disagree! We felt the grading system was slightly underrated as at times the hills were testing given the very warm sunny days we enjoyed. Overall a lovely week in a lovely part of the world. Thank you

Dr Penney
Gastronomic Burgundy Cycling
07/12/2016

Excellent organisation and friendliness of staff/guides at Headwater. We opted for cycling in Burgundy with the gastronomic option. We're all foodies to a degree but found it was all just too much of a good thing and relished the thought of beans on toast when we got back to the UK. The problem with 5 course meals for a group is that when the meal's over it's time for bed! A wholesome beef casserole would have gone down a treat with time afterwards for a drink or two. The bikes were great and fit for purpose, most of them new.

Lovely holiday in beautiful part of world

Mrs Sanderson
Landscapes of the Luberon Cycling
30/11/2016

Excellent route with just the right amount of easy flat cycling and some more strenuous hilly sections. Beautiful part of France with plenty to see and do whilst cycling. Lots of good lunch options too. Another well put together holiday which we thoroughly enjoyed.



Mrs Craig
Gastronomic Burgundy Cycling
29/11/2016

This was our best holiday so far with headwater. Each hotel was better than the last. The hotel Le Clos was quaint with lovely breakfasts served in the garden . A new owner was taking over when we were there. Le Deux Chevres was excellent, a very comfortable room and excellent breakfasts and packed lunch. The Chateau Sainte Sabine was stunning. Our room was beautiful with a lovely view over the park .

We cycled every day. From Gevrey Chambertin we cycled into Dijon on our 'rest day' . At Sainte Sabine we did the suggested cycle. On our extra day at Beaune we cycled into town along the cycle path. We were glad that we had booked the extra day to recover at Le Clos. Beaune was very interesting .

All the meals were excellent and well earned! The transport to restaurants, when required, well organised.The distances were doable by 2 slightly elderly occasional cyclists! There are two steep climbs but the views are worth it and offset by some easier stretches by the picturesque canal .

Mrs Bulmer
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
29/11/2016

Overall a very enjoyable holiday. Although not difficult, I do think a reasonable amount of fitness is required. Not sure this was made clear in the brochure.

The two holidays we have had with Headwater were extremely enjoyable. Our first was a walking holiday and the second was a cycling holiday.

Mrs Elliott
Cotes du Ventoux Cycling
29/11/2016

Suited us well as a mixture of cycling plus time to relax. We cycled each day and were pleased we visited the suggested towns. Pools at the hotels a great advantage. Always a gamble finding a lunch venue in unknown villages but we never had a bad meal all week.

I think we found only two signposts missing but it was easy to work the route out.

Mr Ponting
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
29/11/2016

A well organised cycling tour thoroughly enjoyed by us both. Hotels were very well selected for the type of holiday, with much good food to enjoy whilst there.

The luggage transportation was good and the Headwater Rep, Steve was amazing! well done to him for all he did for us!

Mr Cummings
Vineyards of Vaucluse Cycling
29/11/2016

This holiday is as described. Cycling more difficult at start but definitely got easier. The hotels tended to be on the edge of villages but this didn't matter too much as they had lovely swimming pools and the weather was very hot and sunny.

Mr Bruce
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
11/11/2016

Easy cycling, great countryside and good accommodation but take protection against mosquitoes.

Mr Towers
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
09/11/2016

I would advise potential customers to double check that the cycle rating reflects reality. For the Brittany Coastal holiday there is clearly a major discrepancy which completely ruined our holiday.

Mr Raper
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
31/10/2016

An opportunity to experience something different in a beautiful part of the world with the benefit of the professional way Headwater looked after us.

Great all round experience

Dr Garton
Vineyards of Vaucluse Cycling
31/10/2016

Takes you on new journeys

We have been on a few other trips with headwater and this was our least favorite. There are a number of problems with the instructions. The area is not as scenic at the time of year we rode as others. The distances are quite short with little to do once the ride is over. There are things that need to be thought out and tips and pointers given such as availability of taxis to St. Remy and restaurant/store availability. Still a number of bugs that need to be worked out.

Mrs Huddart
Vineyards of Vaucluse Cycling
14/10/2016

Hilltop villages of Provence

This was an excellent holiday, lovely scenery and good hotels and we had a lot of fun. Days 1 and 3 are quite challenging and justify the 2 bike plus rating but the other days are not overly taxing, and there is no shame in pushing your bike up the hill into Gordes! If you start the cycling bit of this holiday on a Sunday there is an excellent market in Isles sur la Sorgue where you can get picnic supplies...although pushing the bike through the packed town was a bit challenging.(I would give this holiday 5 stars)



Vineyards of the Vaucluse

Pleasant cycling through some enjoyable countryside, and lots of good wine! Le Grand Jardin is one of the loveliest places we have stayed. The food at Castel Mireio was delicious and the service (unlike a previous reviewer we didn't find it slow) and welcome very friendly. We are not quite sure it merits anything higher than a one bike rating - some of the distances for full days cycling were a bit short (but we had done 'Hilltop Villages of Provence' the week before so this may have coloured our view). It is not a very touristy area (apart from Vaison la Romain) so many places you visit are quite quiet.

(I would give this holiday 3 stars)

This holiday has given us the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful villages in Provence under our own steam and away from the crowds you'd find on a typical coach trip The exercise of cycling during the day is a great appetite-sharpener for enjoying some excellent food and local wines in the evening.

Mrs Shepherd
Cotes du Ventoux Cycling
04/10/2016

A pleasant way to experience 'off the beaten' track regions through a very manageable itinerary and allowing for a high level of independence whilst in the comfort of knowing the back up is there if required. The quality of both bikes and hotels excellent - would use Headwater again.

Mr Valentine
Landscapes of the Luberon Cycling
04/10/2016

A lovely area to holiday, with beautiful scenery, and great hotels (we particularly liked the Mas and the Bastide for their settings, and the welcome from the owner of the Hotel Ste Anne was extremely helpful and welcoming - she had lots of ideas about what to do and see around Apt, and gave us details of rides in the area). Our first reps were clearly new to the area but were very helpful. We'd definitely book another Headwater holiday.



The notes for Day 2 (the section for Isle-sur-la-Sorgue to Fontaine de Vaucluse) are confusing. We think you've got your D25 and D24 mixed up, and perhaps the distances as a result as well.



The notes for Day 4 (the section for Roussilon to St Saturnin les Apt) in the paragraph starting 'Continuing on, with the mines...' mentions 'Go straight over the roundabout...) You would only do this if returning back to the roundabout after having taken the 1st exit to go to the shops and the café. If you hadn't taken the 1st exit, but taken the 3rd, you'd be left wondering where the second roundabout was that you were supposed to go straight across!

Mr Newberry
Classic Burgundy Cycling
29/09/2016

A great introduction to the pleasure of a cycling holiday, wonderful varied scenery with ever changing views at every turn and well chosen stopovers.

Mrs Little
Vineyards of Vaucluse Cycling
26/09/2016

A wonderful taste of Provencal scenery, wine and food!

Mr McGinn
Classic Burgundy Cycling
23/09/2016

Good, bikes, good hotels, delicious food and wine, what more could you wish for.

Mrs Caruthers
Dordogne Gastronomic Cycling
14/09/2016

If you like being outdoors and lots of exercise, this is a perfect balance to stay active and work up an appetite to indulge in the gastronomy and wine. Compared to the South East of England the lack of traffic and potholes is wonderful!

Mr Bennett
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
14/09/2016

An excellent first bike trip to the Loire, with 8 nights seeming just about right. We could not have eaten much more of the multiple courses of excellent food. Lovely experience to visit so many interesting towns, villages and chateaux en route, without having to drag the luggage around. Some beautiful countryside and riverside landscapes to explore. Comprehensive maps, directions and travel tips - as well as very helpful and professional Reps - were very useful to help us get the most out of the trip.

A really lovely week touring a rural area of Provence. The scenery within the Luberon valley, protected by the two wooded and rocky ridges was delightful, shame we missed the lavender in bloom (late August) but the fruit trees and vineyards were pretty scenic. The grading is fair, one or two climbs to the hillside villages worth it for the views and a welcome cool drink! Accommodation on the whole, whilst modest, was acceptable, the highlights being the pool at Les Mas de Senecole and the 'Country Home' lounge at L'Hermitage. Not terribly taken with St Saturnin les Apt as a stop, either as a village and particularly unimpressed with the Hotel St Hubert. Routes well planned on country lanes and bike tracks but still offering interesting stop off points - we loved the Caves at Thouzon, not least for its cool temperatures on a hot day! Great reliable support from reps Laura and Tim.

Headwater response:
Dear Mr Holt,
Thank you for taking the time to write in with your post-holiday feedback. It was great to read you enjoyed a lovely week in Provence.
We were however sorry to read of your disappointment with Hotel St Hubert. Over the course of the summer, we monitor the feedback we receive from our customers. We then use this feedback to help us to improve our holidays for future customers. With this in mind, we have made the decision to change this hotel for the 2017 season. We are sure you will agree, this will help us continue to enhance this holiday.
We were pleased to read you rated our reps support highly. I am sure they were delighted to read your comments.
In closing, we would like to thank you for choosing Headwater and look forward to welcoming you on another of our holidays in the future.
Kind regards,
Headwater Customer Service team

Ms Catterall
Gastronomic Burgundy Cycling
05/09/2016

Lots of planning 'legwork' saved by going through Headwater. Hotels all carefully chosen for their individuality. We had the back up of a large organisation but the personal service of, what seemed, a much smaller one. Great standard of evening meal on the Gastronomic tour.

Mrs Fuller
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
30/08/2016

lovely holiday with easy cycling through attractive countryside and interesting hotels each with their own charms.

Mr Francies
Classic Burgundy Cycling
30/08/2016

Harder work than I expected - August too hot for long cycles - Restaurants selected weere good

Mrs Riviere
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
30/08/2016

This is a great family holiday: the cycling was pretty easy for all of us (the children were 15, 13 and 10), but there was enough challenge for us to feel proud of ourselves by the end of the week. The routes were incredibly easy to follow, and took us through wonderfully varied terrain - through beautiful fields of sunflowers, past vineyards, through shady forests and along the rivers Cher and Loir. Every day brought something new to see or do. The roads were all quiet and there were lots of well-maintained cycle paths. The hotels were well-chosen and welcoming, and the only downside of the week was that we ate far too much delicious food! The back-up from James and Hazel, the local reps, was fantastic, and the bikes themselves were excellent. We're looking forward to another cycling holiday soon!

Mrs Granville
Landscapes of the Luberon Cycling
30/08/2016

Great hotels and food - a great trip in a beautiful region..

Mr Breach
Chablis Vineyards Cycling
23/08/2016

A great holiday, well organised and not as physically demanding as we imagined. Steve was a very knowledgeable and accommodating host. Please let him know that I was reunited with my wedding ring and that I think we found the hidden aircraft factory that he told us about.

Mrs Moynihan
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
23/08/2016

We had a superb holiday cycling in the Loire Valley. At times I felt i was cycling through a picture postcard, the scenery was so beautiful. The cycling was manageable for our 12 year old twins and the bikes were an excellent standard. The roads were quiet and the French were very polite and patient with cyclists (unlike British drivers!). The food was excellent quality

Mrs Shorney
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
23/08/2016

Beautiful scenery, wonderful dining and comfortable cycling in a lovely part of the country

Mrs Ricketts
Cotes du Ventoux Cycling
23/08/2016

We had a lovely cycling holiday on the Cotes to Ventoux tour. The reps were great in picking us up and explaining about the bikes and timings etc. The hotels were lovely especially the first 2, which had the best food too! It was nice cycling along at our own time and the notes were good in explaining where to go so didn't get lost.

Mrs Jackson
Cotes du Ventoux Cycling
23/08/2016

Being able to easily visit several locations made the holiday much more interesting, and so nice not to have to think about where to park the car. Electric bikes gave us so much freedom to see more things at our age (66 and 76!)

Ms Kimsey
Cotes du Ventoux Cycling
23/08/2016

We enjoyed our holiday in the lovely countryside and the cycling routes were scenic but it would have been nice to cycle past some lavender fields as they feature so prominently in postcards and appear in the brochure. We particularly enjoyed the traditional country hotel at the beginning of our holiday including breakfasting outdoors and the outdoor dining and leisure area of Montmirail was particularly nice. It is nice to return from a cycle to a relaxing swim. The food and wine is generally excellent and gives the opportunity to try some regional specialities. We really enjoyed our holiday.

Mr Berndsen
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
23/08/2016

Great cycling. Authentic hamlets, nice quiet route.

Mr Bridges
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
23/08/2016

Bikes and Cycling routes excellent. Very good choices of varied hotels - all very good locations. The Brittany coast is best seen by bike!

Mr Peacock
Landscapes of the Luberon Cycling
19/08/2016

The 'multi-choice' approach to answering disguises the variable nature of the accommodation and cuisine. The route notes (for cycling) were written in almost narrative style and A4 landscape which may be appropriate and helpful to walkers but were cumbersome and awkward to follow for cyclists. Some defences were clearly lifted from walking notes e.g. references to maps not available to cyclists.

Mr Guthrie
Vineyards of Vaucluse Cycling
19/08/2016

Headwaters choice of hotels / restaurants resulted in us having some superb meals.

Mrs Cornish
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
17/08/2016

Gentle cycling through beautiful countryside - with stunning chateaux to visit - fabulous fragrances in the air - luxurious accommodation and wonderful food and wine. At the end we were fitter - but possibly fatter too!

Ms Young
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
16/08/2016

The area is beautiful with many castles to visit and easy to cycle. Food is gourmet & delicious, many restaurants and cafes on route. Plenty of history. Weather is great. Though problems I mentioned need to be dealt with.

Mrs Ainscough
Hilltop Villages of Provence Cycling
16/08/2016

Great cycling location with generally very quiet roads, beautiful countryside and pretty villages perched on hilltops - definitely a great way to explore the region - you can smell the lavender fields and really enjoy the countryside. Both Keith and Claire were excellent reps - really friendly, helpful and flexible in every way. The food at Dame L'Oie in Perne la Fontaine was superb as was the food at Hotel de Sable. Quality of the bikes was very good. The itinerary for the rest day at Maubec was a little underwhelming as we felt the villages weren't that picturesque with few options for coffee/stop-offs and only managed to get lunch at the last stop in Robion. We would have preferred to go back to Lacoste and Menerbes which we had whizzed through the day before.

Mrs Evans
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
16/08/2016

Fantastic service from Steve and great routes to cycle. The Manoir des Portes served the most wonderful food. Both the Manoir and the Hotel Printania were full of character and gave wonderful service. Thank you!

Mr Hutchison
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
16/08/2016

I can't imagine any other type of holiday that is so satisfying in terms of exercise combined with relaxation, visiting new places, and truly excellent food & drink.

Mr Merryweather
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
08/08/2016

Leisurely cycling tour through beautiful and quiet countryside with leisurely breaks at excellent hotels, providing sufficient time to visit chateaux and gardens along the way.

Mr Strauss
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
25/07/2016

We can warmly recommend the Loire Gastronomic Cycling holiday which is particularly suitable for the reasonably fit and active over-65s. The hotels are excellent and all had swimming pools, the meals were really delicious and the cycling was not too strenuous. The countryside is stunning, as are the many chateaux along the route which are of special interest and add greatly to the enjoyment of the holiday.

Mrs Southwell
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
25/07/2016

Great holiday - easy cycling on quiet roads and cycle routes - delightful reps and first class hotels and food. A very successful Gastronomic holiday.

Mr Druett
Cotes du Ventoux Cycling
25/07/2016

Exxcellent trip,superb reps,only complaint food at Les Pins - an uninspired menu for the demi pension. No choice,poor value

Mr Clarke
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
25/07/2016

Careful consideration of grading and your own physical ability. Whilst every care is taken - cycling can be strenuous. Using electric bikes solves everything! ( But less exercise- but great for hills and admiring the country side! Using e-bikes helps multi generational inclusion and would enable less strong cyclists to participate easily on harder routes.

Mr Clayton
Classic Burgundy Cycling
25/07/2016

OK but accommodation, especially Auberge de la Chappelle, which was pretty poor, ordinary for the price and not representing good value.

Headwater response:
Dear Mr Clayton,
Thank you for taking the time to provide your post-holiday feedback. Please be assured, we do review all of the feedback we receive to ensure we continue to improve and develop our holidays for the future.
With this in mind, we were sorry to read of your dissatisfaction with the Auberge da la Chappelle. You may be pleased to hear that we have made some changes to this holiday for the 2017 season, these include a revamp to some of the routes and we will no longer be using the Auberge da la Chappelle.
We are sure you will agree that these changes will continue to add to the overall enjoyment of this holiday.

We would like to thank you for your continued loyalty and look forward to welcoming you on another of our holidays in the future.
Kind regards,
Headwater Customer Service team

This area of Brittany is excellent for cycling with lots of off road cycling to interesting towns with lovely views. The long time Headwater rep here goes out of his way to provide support. He is the best rep we have had after over a dozen Headwater holidays.

Mr Crooks
Cotes du Ventoux Cycling
15/07/2016

Wonderful relaxing holiday

Mrs Long
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
15/07/2016

E bikes were excellent although son enjoyed physical demands of ordinary bike. Need to see them on more routes and more routes on an easy grading. Hotels can be a bit variable, all had their plus points but especially French Hotels can be a bit shabby. Need detailed larger scale maps are necessary to support the route notes which can be confusing. Food generally very good. The e bikes need to be able to manage demands of terrain and the needs of the riders.

Mr Cleugh
Dordogne Gastronomic Cycling
15/07/2016

This was our first trip with Headwater (recommended by our New Zealand travel agent) and we are very pleased with our choice and will definitely look at another cycling trip in the future- most likely in France. We were particularly impressed with by the friendliness of all the hotel staff we encountered - and their helpfulness!!

Mrs Cant
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
15/07/2016

all in all - good trip, excellent gear - too much food!

Mr Ridyard
Gastronomic Burgundy Cycling
02/07/2016

Excellent organisation and support, fantastic accommodation and food, very enjoyable cycle routes

Mrs Chester
Landscapes of the Luberon Cycling
02/07/2016

Cycling through wonderful rural landscapes; visiting beautiful hilltop villages

We had a fantastic holiday, The scenery, food and accomodation were great. Although we are both pretty fit my wife isn't such a keen cyclist but she really enjoyed this. The reps were really helpful when my wife wanted to swap to an E-bike towards the end when it got really hot, and now she wants to go again which I never thought would happen! I would really recommend this holiday and the E- bikes for those less enthusiastic about cycling

Mrs Colquhoun
Dordogne Gastronomic Cycling
30/06/2016

This was not our best holiday with Headwater the weather in the Dordonge was just awful and we had to contend with a train strike none of which Headwater could have done anything about. We dried out on the last three days in Sete which was lovely. Electric bikes are wonderful

An exciting and demanding adventure with the reward of wonderful food in beautiful surroundings.

Mr Crossley
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
16/06/2016

Good alternative holiday

Dr Garton
Chablis Vineyards Cycling
14/06/2016

great support right from time of booking, challenges such as French floods tackled proactively, very comfortable, civilised cycling

Mrs Gourlay
Cotes du Ventoux Cycling
14/06/2016

We found the holiday extremely well organised, we had no problem with arrangements from start to finish despite the problems France are having at the moment with strikes. The reps Jon and Neu were the best we have experienced on any Headwater holiday, they worked hard to ensure the experience was as good as it could be. We were also impressed with the bikes, which were easy to operate and very comfortable.

Mrs Ramsden
Vineyards of Vaucluse Cycling
14/06/2016

Superb cycling location with generally very quiet roads, beautiful countryside and pretty villages perched on hilltops. The reps were really helpful in every way and we enjoyed our time with them. Whilst staying at the Hermitage hotel we ate in the local town at the restaurant - Dame L'Oie which was superb. At Vaison la Romaine we ate at La Barantavelle which was a wonderful meal and far superior to the alternative restaurant in the Old Town. The most disappointing was Castel Mirei as although the owners were very helpful, both breakfasts and evening meals were very poor with extremely slow service and the room was very 'tired' with traffic noise from a side road interrupting any peace. There is however a decent sized pool and small cool sitting room with cold drinks to purchase which were very welcome.

The cycling instructions were generally easy to follow though we would welcome more distances being included between turning points and perhaps a small trip metre on the bike which we have had on other holidays with one of Headwater' s competitors.

Headwater response:
Dear Mrs Ramsden,
Thank you for taking the time to complete your post-holiday questionnaire. Please be assured, all of the feedback we receive is valued and used to help enhance our holidays for the future.
It sounds from your feedback that you had an enjoyable holiday and made the most of your time in this region. We were pleased to see you found the service provided by our reps useful and enjoyed spending your time with them.
We were however sorry to read of your disappointment with Castel Mirei, whilst we agree there are a number of great features to this accommodation, we have taken the decision to replace this hotel for the 2017 season.
We are also making some exciting changes to the way we produce our route notes.
Over the past couple of summers, we have received many requests to make the notes electronic and downloadable so customers can use them on their smart phone or tablet device. We are going to trial this in the cycling resorts that feature experienced Headwater reps, and for all of our new cycling holidays. Then once we gain feedback, we plan to roll this out to other resorts for future seasons.
We will, of course still provide hard copy notes for any customers that prefer this style and for our non-rep regions.
We hope you will agree, these changes will help to continue to enhance this holidays for the future.
In closing, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued loyalty, we look forward to welcoming you on another of our holidays in the future.
Kind regards,
Headwater Customer Service team

Mr Fox
Cotes du Ventoux Cycling
07/06/2016

A most enjoyable holiday in Provence - beautiful surroundings and the villages could always serve great coffees! Good to have a chance to explore locally on alternate days, on the bus or on the bikes. Excellent accommodation and support from Jon and Neu.

Mr Jones
Chablis Vineyards Cycling
06/06/2016

Good holiday, scenic routes and very pleasant towns and villages. Excellent support from local Headwater staff Stephen Miles - you are lucky to have such an experienced person on board.

Mr Roberts
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
06/06/2016

The holiday overall was good with two provisos



It is a misnomer to call it a coastal cycling holiday. Very litle time was spent cycling along the coast or even close to it.



It is harder than a 1 cycle holiday. It fits into the description of a 2 cycle holiday without a doubt. Too many times were spent walking the bicycle uphill. Only one of the 5 days could be considered 1 cycle.

Dr Brech
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
26/10/2015

Another excellent Headwater holiday. This was one of the flattest ones we have done with some undulation only on the first and last days. Most of the route was on tracks through the forest, cycle paths and minor roads - it was only crossing the river in Amboise that we encountered alarming traffic. The hotels were all good, the food excellent. Along with other Headwater guests, we found the meals at the Manoir Bel Air too overwhelming - but it was easy to ask to drop a course. Lots of different chateaux to visit and we spent an additional two days in Chitenay which enabled us to go back and spend a complete day in Blois (an easy cycle ride through the forest and on cycle-tracks) and to further explore the area.

Mr Coombs
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
15/10/2015

We really enjoyed the holiday which was very well organised. The only slight downsides were that the route notes were ambiguous on occasion and we got lost on a few occasions meaning that the distances were somewhat longer than they should have been and it would have been really appreciated if all 4 hotels had carried our luggage up to our room. Two hotels did this but it was no fun after a long day's cycling having to carry all our bags up 2 flights of stairs.

Mr Gower
Dordogne Gastronomic Cycling
09/10/2015

An excellent way to see the countryside without the stress of organising all your own itinerary.

Mrs Iron
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
06/10/2015

In one word.....relaxing......because of the fantastic accommodation in great locations, simplicity of directions and easy routes with plenty of see and do along the way, topped off with superb food every evening! Hassle free holiday, thank you.

Mrs Sanderson
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
01/10/2015

We have done many Headwater cycling holidays, and this was very good. The routes were relatively easy, but there were plenty of options to do your own thing too. Accommodation and food great.

Dr Dixon
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
30/09/2015

Excellent concept of relatively easy cycling (30km/day) in pleasant countryside. Plenty of places (e.g. chateaux) to visit on the way. Some fantastic food experience (i.e. at l'Aubiniere) that merits the word 'gastronomic'. L'Auberge du Centre was competent too. Chateaux de Chissay was the one disappointment - with poor levels of service - going through the motions but not really getting it unlike l'Aubiniere. They also had large tour parties (Taiwanese in our case) at Chissay which detracted from the experience and the service level in particular.

Mrs Kyle
Chablis Vineyards Cycling
29/09/2015

A wonderfully relaxed holiday with broad open views and interest on the journey every day.

Mr Maher
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
23/09/2015

This is a very pleasant holiday and easy enough for people over 65. There is plenty of interest in the towns along the way - and plenty of chateaux, if that's your go. The weather was a bit mixed in mid-September, but we had good company on the ride which made up any disappointment. We had done the Loire Gastronomic a decade earlier, but the route has changes significantly and it was thoroughly enjoyable. Our ride this time was trouble-free, but the Headwater agents were very helpful always at hand if needed.

Mr Otiv
Gastronomic Burgundy Cycling
21/09/2015

An excellent holiday with well researched routes off the beaten track , very clear written instructions given . Lovely villages and gardens en route , giving a good taste of France at its most typical. The hotels selected were all excellent and varied in nature.

Mr John
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
21/09/2015

We had initially considered a Headwater walking tour of Loire as my wife is not a confident cyclist. But reading the website comments - decided Loire region was quite poor walking country but great cycling country. My wife more than coped with the itinerary and we are both raring to go on our next Headwater cycling holiday next year when we will both be 69!

Hotels and meals all excellent but we did feel that the rooms we stayed in at Chissay were a bit tired and in need of renovation, hence the fair rating.

Your HQ staff gave us excellent advice and James and Hazel as tour managers were the most brilliant ever encountered and helped make an excellent experience.

Mr Beaney
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
18/09/2015

The food was excellent but having 5 course gourmet dinners every night was probably more than we really needed. The hotels were all very comfortable and very different with genuinely excellent restaurants and helpfull staff.

Mrs Craig
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
18/09/2015

We had an excellent, well organised holiday ,in beautiful surroundings with delicious food and wine. It was at the correct standard for our level of cycling.

The reps were efficient, friendly, and well informed. The three hotels were very different but all very comfortable with excellent food.

This was our third cycling holiday in France with headwater and by far the best. Previous holidays , Brittany and Canal du Midi, were not such good value and conditions more challenging.

Mr Athroll
Classic Burgundy Cycling
16/09/2015

An initial problem with the rail tickets (we were not allocated seats with those with whom we were travelling) was sorted out speedily and new tickets allocated. In addition, due to the illness of one of the party members Ross picked up 2 members along with the luggage on the last cycling day. This removed a lot of stress/worry of getting back to Auxerre.

Overall a thoroughly enjoyable holiday (despite the illness) and the weather was kind too!

Apart from the Auberge in Clamecy the rating of the food relates to breakfast only as meals were taken elsewhere.









Ms Jackson
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
15/09/2015

I am only learning to cycle, so some of the route was hard for me but the rep, Steve, was brilliant, very supportive and made sure I relaxed and built my confidence. The scenery was stunning and the route varied. Lovely holiday.

Mr Browne
Classic Burgundy Cycling
15/09/2015

Easy cycling with great wine tasting opportunities.

Excellent all round except evening meal at the Relais.

Most enjoyable

Mrs Bawn
Gastronomic Burgundy Cycling
14/09/2015

Amazing holiday, well thought out. All hotels were unique and special. Beautiful cycling routes. Try.practising cycling at home before you go. It would improve the enjoyment of the holiday.

Mr Valentine
Dordogne Gastronomic Cycling
14/09/2015

Excellent routes, great hotels, fabulous countryside, lots to see and good food to fuel your journey!

Mr Patterson
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
04/09/2015

The gastronomic cycling holiday was a great way to see the Loire valley up close. The notes for cycling were easy to follow and enabled us to enjoy the holiday at our own pace. The bikes were well maintained with a comfy gel saddle which ensured no aches and pains were felt in unwanted places! On this holiday you can keep fit and build up an appetite for the excellent French cuisine and wines which you enjoy guilt-free and come home the same weight as when you left.

Mr Grubb
Chablis Vineyards Cycling
01/09/2015

Exceeded our expectations, really enjoyable experience. Our rep, Ross, was always on hand, with advice even acting as a taxi service taking us to and from the local restaurant for evening meals and also to Vezelay for the day, nothing was too much trouble.

Will be looking forward to booking our next cycling holiday!

Mr Herron
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
25/08/2015

Fabulous holiday, very well planned. We were immersed in the countryside and every day we saw beautiful places that we would never have seen travelling by car. Every night we ate a sumptuous meal of fabulous quality. A real joy.

Mr Davey
Chablis Vineyards Cycling
21/08/2015

This holiday is an ideal introduction to Headwater. Rep, Ross Brown, was excellent: knew the area well, had very good relationships with local hotels, very helpful and inspired confidence. Hotel Normandie excellent urban base to begin the holiday. Relais St Vincent is a quite outstanding hotel, full of character, very comfortable, superbly run and offering excellent food in a fine dining room. Vermenton relaxed, informal and welcoming, and food at Accolay excellent. Varied and interesting route with places to visit and wonderful rides on fine towpaths beside the rover Yonne.

Mrs Ball
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
14/08/2015

This was my 16th cycling holiday with your company in the last 12 years! Had a really good time but the grading should be a 2 bike holiday as it was tough with lots of really steep hills. I was with my daughter and she found parts of it challenging. We stayed in the walkers hotel in Dinan as the cyclists was full at the time of booking. I paid 100 euros to upgrade to a room at the back of the hotel as the front was too noisey. The room was small with a large bathroom but not really worth the amount extra I paid. I think you should maybe look to have a different hotel in Dinan as there seemed to be lots of good hotels with more competitve rates which would be better. The proprietor and staff at the Hotel d'Avaugour were not welcoming and at times quite rude. There was no hot water on the first morning. As for your rep STEVE - he is amazing. So helpful, kind and thoughtful. You need to look after him. He is taking lots of photos for your monthly competition! I hope to book with you again next year. Josephine Ball

Mr Cumberlidge
Dordogne Gastronomic Cycling
14/08/2015

Extremely enjoyable, well organised and busy with an excellent mix of quiet countryside cycling and fascinating places to see and visit.

Mr Higgins
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
11/08/2015

Excellent all round except for the dreadful welcome at Bel Air (the lady is a bit hit and miss we understand) of which we made light hearted remarks!

The highlight hotel was the Auiberge du Centre at Chittenay where FOUR people took our bags to our room when we arrived.

We have been many many times with Headwater and find the routes marvellous and varied with fantastic food and hotels. All the arrangements were excellent.

Mr Reynolds
Classic Burgundy Cycling
10/08/2015

Our first cycling holiday and it was a PERFECT introduction! Looking forward to the next one.

Mrs Unwin
Chablis Vineyards Cycling
03/08/2015

A great way of getting to know a small area of France and savouring local life. On a bike you see and hear things and also meet people that would pass you by if travelling by car.

Mrs Fowler
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
30/07/2015

Excellent way to enjoy an area. Taste the food and visit the local areas of interest.

Mr Juckes
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
24/07/2015

Had a fabulous time especially in view of the fact that we organised it within 24hours! Great work from Headwater on that.

Weather was brilliant too even with the 39degree heat day. It was always very supportive to know that we could call James and/or Hazel anytime form anywhere and they would help us. We did. One day, we didn't make the whole distance and were picked up without any issues at all.

I didn't take a helmet and I do feel it is compulsory for me, whatever the law. I think a bigger 'heads-up' re taking a helmet could be made, plus at least for the girls, take cycling pants.

All the meals were sensational. The routes were scenic and thoroughly enjoyable, especially the dedicated bike tracks and those along the rivers.

Loved the entire experience and working with this company. Five stars. Thank you.

Mr Curtis
Classic Burgundy Cycling
24/07/2015

Annual fitness check up for the occasional cyclist and food lover

Ms Zehr
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
21/07/2015

We were very happy with the entire trip. The accommodations and food were amazing. I've already recommended this vacation to several friends.

Mrs Riseborough
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
21/07/2015

I appreciated the choice of routes given on one of the days and the rep gave us many tips to add to our enjoyment eg a restaurant off the beaten track and certain view points. He also made sure we were aware of any obstacles on our route such as road closures.

Mr Fletcher
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
17/07/2015

Really good holiday, challenging and rewarding.Loved the routes through the byways, hamlets and villages.

Steve gave us lots of confidence, we felt that if there was a problem, he would soon sort it.

However we did think it was quite expensive and the hotels and meals though very good did not quiet reach

the standard that we might have expected. In 2007 we did a Loire valley cycling tour with Inntravel and their

hotels and dinners were superior

Mr Turnbull
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
13/07/2015

We had a fabulous holiday, the support we got from our reps (particularly James) was of a really high standard, and definitely added to the holiday experience.

The hotels (especially Vallagon and Chissay) definitely lived up to or surpassed expectations.

This sort of holiday was new to us, but we would definitely do it again.

Mr Wignall
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
13/07/2015

Chateaux of the Loire is an excellent intro to Headwaters cycling holidays, excellent bicycles with professional support, gently rolling hills, routes on quiet country lanes through golden fields of ripening crops, and welcome warming sunshine . With ample opportunity to visit the numerous Chateaux on route, whilst staying in a variety of outstanding Hotels/Chateaux all with superb menues to choose from, and most with swimming pools what more is there to wish for ?. This was out 8th holiday with Headwater and it is definitely in the top 3.

Mr Holt
Gastronomic Burgundy Cycling
08/07/2015

Perfect mix of activity and opportunity to explore with time built in for relaxing. The 'two night stop' arrangement works well and whilst it helps to travel light, you soon get efficient at packing and unpacking. Even with a few challenging cycling moments (especially the visit to chateauneauf from St Sabine) it is hard to cycle off all the beautiful food and wine taken on board! Each day offered something different, both in terms of scenery, sightseeing and accommodation. The ebike was much appreciated by one of our party to help with some of the longer climbs.



We have now taken two cycling holidays with Headwater - the Carinthian Lakes, Austria and Gastonomic Burgundy, France, which were both in their first season, but were really well put together and we enjoyed the first so much we brought some friends with us on the second!

Mrs Pryor-Jones
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
07/07/2015

We luckily met another couple on our trip with similar interests so it was lovely to meet up in the evenings with them, could have been solitary on our own.

Wouldn't do Gastronomique as food was too much and very similar menu at each hotel, No Air Con at hotel on 1st and last night and it was very hot when we were on holiday. The villages we cycled through had few shops and often seemed closed when we went through them but on the whole this wasn't a major problem. The chateaus were lovely and the hotel staff on the whole very helpful. The bikes were very good.

Mrs Howard
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
30/06/2015

I am truely impressed with Headwater , Steve was fantastic , we rode together on 2 days.

Mick the film maker/photographer joined on the last day , really great company.

I'd love to see the movie you made of me cycling to promote Headwater .

Mr Vaile
Chablis Vineyards Cycling
29/06/2015

An excellent and relaxed holiday made all the better by a very helpful and knowledgeable local representative, Ross Brown. The cycle routes along the canal and river paths especially on the final day, were delightful. Wine tasting and buying opportunities were frequent and fun and the wine collection service worked flawlessly.

Mrs Colquhoun
Classic Burgundy Cycling
25/06/2015

Overall a good holiday well organised excellent friendly reps and a good variety of hotels some excellent some very good weather could have been a little better!

Mrs Caulkin
Chablis Vineyards Cycling
24/06/2015

Excellant holiday with one of the best travel reps we have come across .He put himself out to help us and nothing was too much trouble

Mr Baker
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
23/06/2015

Apart from the excellent food and accommodation, the cycling was about as perfect as it can get: smooth, quiet gently undulating roads, considerate drivers, friendly people and good weather but not too hot. Plenty to see and visit.

Mr Broad
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
22/06/2015

The easy way to enjoy a cycling holiday abroad

Mr Moss
Chablis Vineyards Cycling
17/06/2015

Ross was great as a tour guide, and very helpful in pointing out places of note/interest. Countryside and views were glorious, and the villages were delightful. However, 2 things stuck out on this tour: This was a level 1 tour but there were several 1-plus hills on the route - i think that could be better explained; and most of the pretty villages we visited were empty of life, no people, no animals, no cafes/bars or facilities - i think that needs to be better explained too, as it was a disappointment to find them shuttered up. Auxerre was interesting, and Chablis and Vezelay very pretty with plenty to see and do, but not much in between. Our 2 nights with external dinners in Vermenton were great - superb choice of restaurants, and Ross was a very considerate driver, waiting for us to finish late on both occasions!

Mrs Henderson
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
17/06/2015

Most enjoyable. Well planned and varied routes with excellent dining in the evening. Something for everyone.

Mr Ricketts
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
15/06/2015

As with my previous Headwater holiday in Brittany last year, the organisation and logistics of this holiday worked like clockwork, luggage was collected and delivered to successive hotels in time for my arrival. In all but one instance the hotel reception was excellent and the quality of the dining experience was commensurate with fine dining. In one hotel only, the restaurant was busy and the front of house staff were flustered and made several mistakes with my menus and orders, but this was compensated by the quality of the food and the wine suggestions of the other staff. One evening our group was taken by taxi for the evening meal to a nearby Hotel/Restaurant as our hotel's restaurant was closed for the evening. This was done with efficiency and the dining experience worth the trip. The Rep, James, made every effort to meet me when I arrived and to explain things to me and took the trouble to see me off as I left. The Reps were very helpful, sending me a postcard with their contact details on before I started the holiday, giving me the confidence that they would be there to help if anything went wrong, which I am glad to say did not happen. If you like French food and good wines this is a good choice for you. I am a keen cyclist and prefer to cycle further each day than the Headwater brochure routes. I appreciate the flexibility Headwater adopt with me in negotiating support for a longer route than the one in the brochure. I will be booking with Headwater again next year.

Mrs Thomas
Classic Burgundy Cycling
15/06/2015

Lovely to have everything arranged for us ; quiet cycling routes and accommodation planned by people with local knowledge and luggage taken care of . All we had to do was relax and enjoy the holiday !

Not Headwaters fault , but coming back on May 31st , we arrived at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport to find that we had been put on Standby and had no seats allocated . We have since learned that this is common practice by airlines but we did spend a stressful couple of hours before being told that we could get on the 13.05 flight for which we had reservations .

Mrs Carroll
Dordogne Gastronomic Cycling
15/06/2015

Fantastic holiday all round. Accommodation, food, service etc all excellent if a little bit variable. The cycle routes were well planned and took us through some lovely areas. Would definitely recommend an e-bike for anyone who is not a regular cyclist or accustomed to hill work. The food was very good all round if a little heavy on the gourmet- we will not want to see any more frois gras or duck for a long time! The one exception is the bistro at Hotel Pere Leon - best avoided and easily done with the plethora of good alternatives in Toulouse.

Mr Redman
Chablis Vineyards Cycling
26/05/2015

Excellent, good fun and good value.

Mr Betts
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
21/05/2015

We were a family group of six with ages ranging from 30 to 67 and we all enjoyed the whole experience. One of our party was a vegetarian which we recognised might be a bit of a challenge for the hotels, given that this was a gastronomic experience, but she was quite happy with the range of vegetarian options available.

Mr McGinn
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
17/10/2014

We find Headwater a very professional organisation. The cycling routes and notes are well thought out and the reps are knowledgeable and very helpful.

Mrs Dietz
Dordogne Gastronomic Cycling
16/10/2014

We especially appreciated the well-chosen routes through beautiful countryside on little roads with little traffic. A highlight is the long downhills we enjoyed from ridges to river level.

Mr Smith
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
16/10/2014

Compared to other companies, our view is that 'Headwater', is at the top of the tree.

Mr Bell
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
08/10/2014

Beautiful area of France with easy cycling days,many interesting places to visit and, at the end of the day, mouth watering food to enjoy.

Mrs Sanderson
Classic Burgundy Cycling
08/10/2014

Lovely area with some very good cycle routes. The accommodation and meals were excellent. The cycling was relatively easy, however you could add extra mileage and create longer routes if you wanted.



We had a very enjoyable and relaxing holiday which was organised without fault.

Mr Henderson
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
08/10/2014

Easy cycling. Good hotels with excellent food and accommodation in the main. Weather in late September was brilliant which made visits to chateaus etc more spectacular. All in all we had a really good holiday.

Mr Hickman
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
08/10/2014

The holiday met all our expectations, as the description in your brochure proved to be accurate in all respects. The level of accommodation, in fact, exceeded expectations as did the dining experiences. Whilst not a budget holiday, you provided excellent value for money.

Dr Brech
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
06/10/2014

This was a good holiday made more enjoyable by perfect weather throughout. The cycling was varied and the terrain different and interesting. We spent two extra days in Dinan (we prefer 10-night tours) and found plenty to do. There were lots of opportunities for cafe stops throughout the tour. There were some hills but we four pensioners just walked up them - the countryside would have been less interesting without them! None was longer than 700 metres - nothing like the 3-km walks onto the Lot Valley causses or the 5-km slogs in the Jura. The rep, Steve, was excellent. We had heard good reports of him from other cyclists on earlier Headwater holidays and he fully lived up to his reputation. The loan of large-scale maps (1:25,000) was an excellent idea and should be taken up everywhere. And when we had our first bike problem in four years of Headwater cycling (a seized wheel bearing), he had the problem fixed with a new wheel within 30 minutes of the call for assistance. Informative, interesting and always cheerful, he is the gold standard to which every Headwater rep should aspire.

Mrs Binns
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
19/09/2014

Varied locations made for an interesting cycling holiday, time given for exploring some of locations on foot or otherwise. Helpful information given

Mr Norman
Classic Burgundy Cycling
19/09/2014

excellent route but day excursions not clear. change hotel in clamacy as poor accommodation and food try hotel poste .

Mr Taylor
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
16/09/2014

This was our nineteenth Headwater cycling holiday and once again they delivered.

An excellent selection of hotels in a variety of locations with accurately classified routes in between.

We drove through the Tunnel but with the benefit of hind site we might have considered travelling to St Marlo as foot passengers, to be collected by their representative and taken to the first hotel.

The countryside is charming, the coastal views amazing and once again it was rain free - that's only 3 days rain in 152 days of Headwater cycling holidays.

I would not hesitate to recommend this holiday, but do a little practice on the bike before you go to get the full enjoyment.

Ms McVeigh
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
16/09/2014

Great holiday with plenty of exercise. Beautiful châteaux to visit and lovely hotels to stay with lots of fabulous food. Good idea to have a 'sat nav' or map on your mobile phone as route directions not totally accurate!

Mr Dunn
Classic Burgundy Cycling
11/09/2014

This was absolutely our best holiday to date. Excellently planned, organized and looked after by our rep - Ross, we felt free to enjoy the delights of the Burgundy region. We loved the bikes and the routes made sure we saw the very best of the countryside and avoided any major roads. The opportunity to swim at designated places in the river Yonne was the icing on the cake - it was truly a 'Swallows and Amazon' experience. Fabulous scenery, weather, food and of course, wine - sheer bliss. Can't wait to go again - anywhere - as long as it's organized by Headwater. Thank you so much.

Headwater response:
Dear Mr Dunn,
Thank you for taking the time to complete your post-holiday feedback questionnaire. We were delighted to see that you enjoyed your time in the Burgundy region of France and that you rated this holiday your best to date! It really does sound like you had a great time. It was also great to see that you felt well looked after by our Rep Ross, he was thrilled to receive your lovely comments too. We look forward to welcoming you on another of our holidays in the future.
Yours sincerely,
Headwater Customer Service team.

Mrs Barr
Chablis Vineyards Cycling
08/09/2014

Contacted Headwater at very short notice to arrange our cycling holiday and the help and advice given by holiday adviser was excellent [Karen Ross]. Cycling days easy apart from Ligny to Vermenton,mileage was perfectly manageable [31 miles] but have to admit to walking through village of Courgis [this is allowed as we are OAPs] and view was worth it. Would strongly recommend buying supplies as mentioned in the notes before starting out each day as there were no cafes open at all. Area was beautiful very picturesque and peaceful. Thoroughly enjoyed our cycling holiday again - this was our 7th Headwater Cycling Holiday and are already planning our 8th.

Mr Browne
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
05/09/2014

An excellent holiday with beautiful countryside and varied activities. Steve was the best rep we have ever had and his extra maps, information made the holiday that much more enjoyable. It was reassuring to have a spare inner tube and the bikes were well maintained.

Dr Taylor
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
05/09/2014

Great bikes, great service and a great holiday...thanks!

Mrs Lidgley
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
29/08/2014

Splendid! An escape from the normal!

Mr Craven
Chablis Vineyards Cycling
27/08/2014

Good bikes, variable accommodation. Good daily distances and accurate grading. Very willing but inexperienced rep. has the potential to be a very good rep but needs to get out cycling, driving or walking the routes and making his own notes.

Mr Carter
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
27/08/2014

We are in our mid seventies and we wished to see if we could still manage to cycle the routes. We managed but found there to be more hills than anticipated and on reflection we would have been better to have taken our own bikes, particularly for my wife, this was not a reflection on the bikes provided but just what we were familiar with.

We have used Headwater a lot in the past but cannot remember the division created by those who paid extra for higher standard. It was strange in restaurants seeing some being given better located tables thus removing any possibility of conversation, they also received much superior rooms. I suppose it reflects the age we now live in but in the past there was more a feeling of adventure and sharing it with other travellers.

Mrs Rawcliffe
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
22/08/2014

Our Rep John was very helpful and we were aware that if we needed assistance he was only a phone call away

Also very friendly welcome

The hotels and food were great especially after a long day cycling

Will use you again next year!

Mrs Cox
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
18/08/2014

Great holiday hampered only by poor weather at times but our reps were fantastic. Chissay was lovely. How marvellous to stay in such an historic place. Every single member of staff was very helpful and friendly. We could not fault it. We could not make much use of the pool as it was not warm enough. Hotel Aubiniere was more modern and very comfortable with lovely food. again the staff were great. The Auberge was much more cramped and very busy. We struggled to be able to find somewhere to put the bikes as the shed was so full. Out of the three this was our least favourite but the food was good if a bit over fussy. A great holiday but would not want to do it for longer as the food becomes too much by the end. If we did it again we would do it without the gastronomy just simple meals.

Mr Stamper
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
18/08/2014

Overall, this was a very enjoyable experience, one of the best we have experienced in France. We really appreciated the sea view room at the Hotel Printania.

Mrs Culligan
Dordogne Gastronomic Cycling
05/08/2014

Thoroughly enjoyed our holiday the excellent hotels and food were welcome relief at the end of a challenging day's cycling. Beautiful countryside and villages to visit on route.

Ms Marshall
Chablis Vineyards Cycling
31/07/2014

This was our first experience of a Headwater holiday and we'd certainly do another one. I was a bit apprehensive about the level of fitness required for the cycling, but it was easily manageable - although I'm glad I did some training beforehand. The bikes and routes were great - all we had to do was enjoy the scenery en route and get to the next destination. Loads of suggestions of things to do and places to visit - but no pressure to do anything. Bliss.

Mrs Barry
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
28/07/2014

It was a lovely relaxing holiday. Amazing weather and the cycling routes were really easy to navigate and through beautiful parts of France. We did though feel we had earned out gastronomic dinner at the end of the day - which was perfect! Two of the hotels were lovely, at Chateau de Chissay and Hotel L'Aubiniere the facilities and food were heavenly but we didn't feel the other hotel Auberge du Centre was not quite at the same standard.

Mr Marston
Chablis Vineyards Cycling
24/07/2014

A very well organised holiday with outstanding tour manager, top quality bikes, excellent hotels with very high standard of cusine in a lovely area of France

Mr Curtis
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
23/07/2014

A taste of the Loire, in more ways than one. The meal at Manoir Bel Air is possible the best you will ever encounter

Mrs Griffith
Chablis Vineyards Cycling
21/07/2014

Every detail of the holiday had been researched well which resulted in a complete and professional package. The routes, hotels and food were all excellent and from the first welcome by Ross a feeling of confidence and helpfulness was portrayed - all surpassed expectations.

Ms Bronger
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
21/07/2014

Hotel rooms and area were great. We did upgrade every night. But don't expect the hotel food to be enough to keep you cycling the next day. Funky food with drizzle. The menu was repeated each night. We could have done with twice the amount we were given each night. Very expensive wine at all the hotels. Pleased we have been there but would not go on this holiday again.

Mrs Lamont
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
14/07/2014

Headwater provide a fair all around holiday

Mr Otiv
Dordogne Gastronomic Cycling
14/07/2014

A very rewarding type of holiday. A very good way to get insight into a particular region.

Mr Crockett
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
10/07/2014

Brilliant holiday, made us exercise!

Hills were a challenge.

Mr Fiske
Classic Burgundy Cycling
10/07/2014

The 'one plus' category was about right if you did not take any of the optional trips on the 'at' days or alternative routes. If you do, that will make it a 'two' bike holiday. For example, the hills in and out of Vezelay are challenging so once there we did not want to make any trips out only to have to climb back again.



On previous Headwater holidays we have always cycled the suggested routes on the rest days.

Mr Hyne
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
05/07/2014

Another excellent holiday with Headwater despite the disappointing weather! Delicious food again only wish we could have been there longer.

Mrs Griffiths
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
03/07/2014

Another amazing Headwater holiday - everything excellent as usual! John, our Rep, was really enthusiastic and informative - he was keen to find out what we were particularly interested in and then suggested relevant ideas which made the holiday extra memorable. He also gave a very professional demonstration of repairing a puncture.

Mrs Thorp
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
27/06/2014

A great holiday, well organized.

Mrs Thomas
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
23/06/2014

a great holiday with lovely places to stay at night with food that is to die for. during the day we stopped at great locations with good facilities for lunch and exploring, would love to go again as it was a great experience thank you

Mrs Mills
Dordogne Gastronomic Cycling
22/06/2014

This was a fantastic hotel. The best hotel was in montignac, however the worst eating experience was in motignac at the terrace restaurant next to the building site of lascaux 4. In our opinion you should consider foregoing the 'gastronomic title' for one night and let your customers eat at one of the many riverside restaurants and save the taxi fare and let them upgrade their meal with the difference.

Mr McLean
Chablis Vineyards Cycling
13/06/2014

A more relaxing and fun way to have a cycling holiday which is well organised from the beginning.

Mrs Demont
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
13/06/2014

Fabulous area for easy cycling, with empty roads and lots of interesting places to visit on 'rest' days. A variety of good hotels in very peaceful locations.

Mr Ricketts
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
12/06/2014

Although there was an unexpected change to the accommodation at the end of the holiday the helpfulness of Steve meeting me off the St Malo ferry on the first day of the trip removed any further obstacle to the enjoyment of the holiday as my car was already located where I needed it to be for the return trip to the ferry on my last day. The bags were always present at the hotel to which I was moving when I arrived. The whole trip was made very enjoyable by the glorious weather and after the first transfer day any worrries I had about my baggage being transported were gone and I was able to enjoy the whole of the trip with a relaxed frame of mind. I would definitely consider a similar trip with Headwater now I am confident about their efficiency.

Excellent especially having the back up of an excellent rep.accom was good but maybe 4 gourmet meals were a bit over the top.

Mrs Grover
Dordogne Gastronomic Cycling
05/06/2014

This must have been 15th Headwater holiday for me and I have no complains about any of them. My late husband and I have used two other companies in the past (one in Germany and one in France) but always came back to Headwater. The formula is excellent (rest day between cycling or walking), the hotels are always good and very often really excellent. The reps are very helpful. You know someone else has done the background work researching for suitable roads to cycle and hotels to stay, yet it feels like an adventure as you have to find your way from one hotel to the other. I have recommended Headwater for several of my friends looking for active holidays and hope I will do many more myself in the future.

Mrs FraserBallanty
Loire Gastronomic Cycling - Short Break
04/06/2014

Met always with courtesy, and once allocated our very good bicycles and paniers /locks etc there were well planned routes which were usually on either quiet roads or on well marked cycle tracks. Never too hilly and plenty of places to pass through or stop for a delicious patisserie. Wonderful to be free of luggage, knowing that the bags would be transferred to the next overnight stop in yet another lovely place.

Breakfasts were fresh and healthy. Dinners were to die for with the most wonderful range of local produce intriguingly converted into the most elegant presentations, and delicious flavours. What a great combination with all the daily exercise on our bikes being followed by the reward of such wonderful menus! The wine lists too reflected the local Tourraine grape varieties. We slept soundly every night in great comfort!

Mrs Lindsay
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
03/06/2014

Thanks to careful planning by Headwater our holiday ran smoothly from the initial phone call to our journey home. It was our first experience using Headwater, it exceeded all our expectations and we look forward to another holiday with them in the future.

Mr O'Loughlin
Classic Burgundy Cycling
03/06/2014

Helpful Headwater staff . Location was a bit boring compared to the Loire or the Dordogne regions.

Mr Ingram
Chablis Vineyards Cycling
30/05/2014

Well organised travel arrangements. Good overall accommodation. Welcoming and knowledgeable staff. Rep support very good and while not needed by ourselves we spoke to others who had been helped. Wine collection service tried and tested - it works! (Thank you, Ross).



In our experience (May 2014) finding an open cafe and 'facilities' was not always easy.



Next trip with Headwater is already booked! Enough said!

Mrs Logan
Chablis Vineyards Cycling
03/12/2013

A good holiday with excellent cycles and this time a good rep/agent and his wife although we could have had more information on how to adjust the bikes if needed before we set off. Maps are poor and it is worth photocopying your own before leaving home to help you plan your trips. Route guidance is reasonable most days.

Dr Whittington
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
31/10/2013

I really enjoyed this area of France and to cycle around made it that much more special.

Mrs Stewart
Dordogne Gastronomic Cycling
21/10/2013

This was a really excellent holiday despite the cycling being a little harder than expected. The food throughout was outstanding. Keith and Claire were friendly and helpful giving excellent advice and support.

Mr Patterson
Chablis Vineyards Cycling
09/10/2013

A wonderful week's escape. Just what we were looking for. Peaceful cycling in idyllic rural France.

Mrs Love-Fordham
Dordogne Gastronomic Cycling
06/10/2013

The holiday was terrific. Lots of wonderful villages, castles, and caves. The biking routes were well planned and very enjoyable. This was our third Headwater Holiday and all of them have been phenomenal. The food was great too, The trip notes were excellent. The bikes were very good bikes. The holiday was not exactly leisurely. If one does just the trips on travel days, it still would not be leisurely due to many tough hills. If you do the optional trips on 'lay over days,' the accumulation can be quite exhausting. However, many of the really great things to see are on 'layover days' - so resting on these days is not really an option. Personally, we enjoyed the level, but agree with others that the level needs to be at least moderate. I would rate this trip as moderate to challenging. The good news is that even if you are not an active cyclist, you can always hop off your bike and push it to the top of the difficult hills - pushing is not as difficult as it might sound. And once you get to the top, it is worth the effort for long rides with great views on quiet roads. The sights Headwater recommends in the notes are perfect! The Headwater reps (Keith and Claire) were very helpful and went out of their way for us.

Mrs Craig
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
25/09/2013

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday. It was very well organised with varied routes on almost deserted roads through beautiful countryside and coastline.

Because it was very windy we found it more tiring than expected. Although the landscape is fairly flat there are some steep climbs.

All the hotels(which were very different) were comfortable and the food of a high standard.

Mr Valentine
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
24/09/2013

This is an excellent holiday for those that can afford it. Loads to see and do if the weather isn't wonderful. Easy cycling. Good food all the way around the trip.

Mrs Lythell
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
24/09/2013

Very well organised holiday. Quality reliable reps. Food and accommodation was good.

Mrs Coburn
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
23/09/2013

The title 'gastronomique' is deserved - the food was wonderful. The cycling was generally easy and the many chateaux were a delight. Special treats Clos-Luc in Amboise; the gardens in Chaumont; the delightful Cheverny.

Ms Webster
Dordogne Gastronomic Cycling
21/09/2013

Very good. We have always enjoyed our Headwater holidays.

Cycling in the Loire is a great way to see the area, with the opportunity to visit at least one Chateau a day (so that by the end one is 'chattered'!). The accommodation arranged by Headwater, amazing food, and efficient back-up, all provide for a memorable holiday.

As you can tell from the above 'excellent' rating we had a very happy and memorable holiday and returned home feeling relaxed and fit. The holiday exceeded our expectations and we appreciated the level of planning and preparation that had been done by Headwater and by Steven (our Rep in Lamballe) to ensure that we had a trouble free and carefree time in Brittany. We loved it and are already thinking about which Headwater cycling holiday we could do next summer.



With regards to the rating for 'level' of cycling - it was perfect for us, we are regular cyclists and 30 miles a day is a good average for us, but when we booked, we wondered if we would fine it too easy as it was classed as 'easy' and ok for people who hadn't been on a bike recently. I don't think I would have found it very enjoyable if I had been in that category. That's my only constructive criticism of the brochure - otherwise, we had a ball!! Many thanks.

Great Holiday with excellent support from helpful staff at our destination.

Mr Wilkinson
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
12/09/2013

Very good holiday.

Mrs Russell
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
12/09/2013

We thought the food was at times too good, we were not expecting either the standard or quantity - which was at times off putting. The cycling distances were far enough and at our age, with the quality of bikes (could be better) not sure if we will do it again. This was I think our sixth cycling holiday with you, but the first for five years: age is catching up with us, it was sometimes a slog. We have electric bikes at home and we would definitely go on another Headwater holiday if you could organise them.

We were supposedly not on the Gourmet Menu, however it felt as if we were and to be honest, while lovely, the food was just over the top at times. There was a mix up with our arrival, totally my fault, however if Marg had just called or texted me from the station when we weren't there, (she had my number), then we would have saved ourselves a very expensive taxi ride. The reps were helpful when a bike chain jammed, although it took them an hour to reach us, and at times we thought they were very 'stretched': it seemed to be a very busy time. Hotel accommodation was generally a little lower than expected for the cost and Room 28 at the Hostellrie du Chateau was the worst: very cramped and smelt due to the sewage pipe outside the bedroom window. However, that was the friendliest hotel owner by a mile: Madame was delightful. Generally, we felt the standard of accommodation offered to Headwater guests was that of getting the poorer rooms in the hotels, but I do appreciate that often rural French hotels of this type are like that. We did have a major, irreparable puncture, fortunately discovered in the early evening of an 'off' day - when we were just planning to go for a short ride to the next village. The bikes are 'okay' but I am sure there are better ones. John was contacted and came as soon as he could, but it clearly added to the pressure the couple were under. John did ask us for money for the return transfers, claiming we were not on their list, however when I checked our invoice it definitely stated that they were included in our costs.

Nothing major to complain about, I guess we're getting a bit pickier as we get older.

Mr Bush
Chablis Vineyards Cycling
10/09/2013

Really enjoyable holiday with excellent routes worked out and plenty of scope for variation if you wanted to do a bit more. Lots of 'hidden gems' along the way with the notes signposting them really well. Really useful to have the pointers to cafes and restaurants along the route, or to know that a particular village had no bakery or the cafe was closed on Tuesdays! The bikes were incredibly comfortable and great to ride and having chosen the less strenuous holiday option, we found that we could manage them easily despite not having cycled any great distance for some years .

Mrs Heller
Dordogne Gastronomic Cycling
10/09/2013

1. Be prepared for one disappointing hotel amongst the other gems



2. If cycling, some training beforehand will enhance your holiday

Mr Higgins
Dordogne Gastronomic Cycling
09/09/2013

The Dordogne is a beautiful area for cycling, but be aware this is a hilly route. The benefit is that the cycling works off all the wonderful food you will be presented with at the hotels.

The hotels, with the exception of Le Quercy are first class,but the food is excellent at all.

Ms Warren
Classic Burgundy Cycling
08/09/2013

Headwater provide all the component parts for an excellent acivity holiday: great equipment and instructions, helpful and knowledgeable guides, and a great choice of locations and hotels.

Mr Alden
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
28/08/2013

great fun holiday adventure

Mr Godsall
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
26/08/2013

This was our first cycling package holiday and we very much enjoyed it; just the right level of route for reasonably fit beginners. Carefully planned holiday with excellent information and service from Headwater.

Mr Taylor
Classic Burgundy Cycling
15/08/2013

hassle free and relaxing with no worries

Mr Henderson
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
11/08/2013

All in all we enjoyed the holiday. Helped that weather was good. Rep was good. Cycling was not easy at times but there was nothing that we could not manage (Even though walked up a few hills). Scenery was good but we were disappointed that two of the cycling days were not coastal routes. Sable D'0r Le Pins to Dinard particularly dull.

Mrs Cranfield
Chablis Vineyards Cycling
09/08/2013

Please note we stayed in Chablis not Ligny so comments re that hotel relate to Chablis. That was to our advantage as Chablis a much better centre and the food at the hotel was superb. Keith and Judith were excellent reps. All in all a very good holiday.

Mr Sharp
Classic Burgundy Cycling
05/08/2013

Once again Headwater delivers. The entire holiday experiance was fantastic ( this was our third Headwater holiday - and we are already planning TWO next year) and will live long in the memory - even those Burgundian undulating hills!

Mr Cooper
Chablis Vineyards Cycling
03/08/2013

NB For Relais St. Vincent above please Read Hostellerie des Clos, Chablis. A delightful holiday; beautiful scenery, lovely food; excellent accomodation and hospitality. The only weak link (by Headwater's high standards) is the Hotel Normandie, where the accomodation is average only and the staff businesslike rather than hospitable. Otherwise Keith and Judith are first-rate reps and his bikes are the most comfortable we've ever ridden. Mark and Alison at Vermenton and the staff at Chablis we all delightful and very attentive.

We thought Headwater was a very professional outfit who had taken a great deal of trouble to ensure high standard of restaurants and cycle equipment and back up. We greatly enjoyed our time at Vermonton both accomodation and restaurant were excellent.

Mr Davey
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
26/07/2013





Holiday very good and food very good but level of accommodation was poor.

Mr Lodwick
Chablis Vineyards Cycling
18/07/2013

Very well organised from start to finish, Keith, our rep was excellent and very professional. Our cycling trip was absolutely brilliant couldn't fault it in any way.

The food which was included as half board was absolutely fabulous and we will recommend headwater to our friends.

Mr Fenton
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
18/07/2013

The cycling and support from the reps was very good. Unfortunately apart from the one hotel I would not rate the holiday as a gastronomic experience.

Mr Asbrey
Classic Burgundy Cycling
14/07/2013

This was an well organised holiday, backed up with excellent support from the people on the ground. Very impressive bikes. All the hotels had certain core values. clean, great food.lovely staff, Great service,

The routes were interesting and challenging. We loved it. It was good fun.

Mrs Mackenzie
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
11/07/2013

Overall experience excellent, weather fabulous, scenery beautiful - all-in-all our holiday came up to our expectations as with previous Headwater Cycling holidays.

Mrs Callens
Classic Burgundy Cycling
06/07/2013

This is a lovely, relaxing yet energising holiday for reasonably fit people of all ages. We are in our early sixties and only cycle a few times a month and never for more than 15 km at a time. The route in Burgundy is mostly flat, in beautiful countryside along the river Yonne and the Canal de Nivernais. We did find the second half of day 5 (to Vezelay) quite hard and had to walk a few stretches but that helped to return the blood flow to some nether parts. We liked the flexible arrangements, with the option between a shorter and a longer route on some days. Being able to have a rest day on alternative days was also good, especially where there were interesting things to do locally. We particularly enjoyed roaming through picturesque Clamecy on the Sunday morning, visiting the church (where there was a well attended mass), then having a drink in La Taverne, followed by a light lunch in the Hotellerie de La Poste. Most of the afternoon was spent in the Musee Romain Rolland, where we particularly enjoyed the brilliant Charles Loupot posters and the history of the ' Flotteurs' We discovered the delightful secret garden at the Auberge de la Chapelle a little late in the day but would highly recommend it to other travellers. We would definitely consider another cycling holiday with Headwater but would prefer to have the B&B option on all days in order to maximise flexibility.











Mr Venn
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
04/07/2013

Excellent Holiday: Food Excellent. Some of the hotels in need of some upgrading. Bikes great. See me separate email!

Graham Venn

Mrs Forbes
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
29/06/2013

Gentle exercise with time to appreciate the rural surroundings; superior and varied accommodation; wonderful food and wine. We have never slept better!!

Ms Jorgensen
Backroads of Brittany Cycling
28/06/2013

We were two 'grand old ladies' travelling together, the other quite inexperienced with this kind of holiday, and cycling every other day she met with great approval! Steve, the Headwater representative did absolutely everything to make the vacation a perfect one, and also his wife joined in. His historical and geographical knowledge is unique! The landscape was beautiful, and so was the people we met. The route was calm and easy to follow, except from some misunderstandings, but that I am used to, and is also the charm about it : ) Headwater was a new and good experience. Coming from Norway, this was my first cycling tour with a non-Scandinavian company.

I have told a lot of friends about the walks and the cycling tours Headwater has :))

Mrs Thomas
Classic Burgundy Cycling
28/06/2013

Cycling through Burgundy was a wonderful experience. The fields sprinkled with bright red poppies and blue cornflowers was breathtaking. We had a 'day off' cycling in Veselay and wandered around the town and basillica. We also went to vespers in the Basillica which was amazing.

The food was also excellent in the hotels/restaurants chosen by Headwaters.

Cycling in a surprising hot spell was more difficult than anticipated, but still manageable and the last few days when it had cooled down were a joy.

Mrs Rodely
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling
24/06/2013

A wonderful holiday for food lovers with excellent accommodation and super cycling for 'softies' - the routes were nice and flat, passing through some lovely countryside with many interesting places to visit on the way.

Mr Griffiths
Loire Gastronomic Cycling
18/06/2013

This is not a cheap holiday as the Gastronomic label confirms. I've not eaten 5-6 course meals for 6 nights on the trot before, but you can get used to it very easily when the courses aren't huge. The cycling, chateaux and shivering in icy swimming pools were all great. We really enjoyed it.

Ms Giggey
Classic Burgundy Cycling
18/06/2013

Headwaters is an excellent holiday company, provides very good information about the holidays and is extremely good value for money. The only small concerns I personally had was how unfit I really was (there were more hills than I had anticipated even at Level 1! ) and the service at the Hotel de la Poste et du Lion d'Or was a bit confusing e.g. when we arrived, there was no obvious bar service and the hotel receptionist eventually found and brought us our long - anticipated drinks outside. For dinner, we were given the exact menu 2 days in a row (with no plat du jour or alternatives) and we weren't sure if that was the arrangment or not. When we asked about it, the waiter also seemed confused. However, the Chef then provided an alternate menu that was absolutely one of the most beautiful meals I have ever eaten; the presentation was superlative and the tastes even better than that!



Regarding cycling instructions: 99% were spot on! Small confusion at Chateau Censoir - the statement that ' the marine port is to your right' when leaving the town is confusing - suggest removing that bit and just note 'from the square, with the Mairie on your left, carry on to the junction and and then turn right'. In terms of the 'industrial area' for 2 kms when leaving Clamecy: we found the path totally paved and there were some small industries across theothe side of the river/canal? but that section also had lovely vegetable gardens etc. and really wasn't unpleasant at all. And finally,if one choses to take the train back from Cravant to Auxerre, there are no instructions as to getting back to the Hotel Normandie,nor is the rail station located on the map of Auxerre. But other than that, I was in awe of the detail provided for the routes. Thank you!



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