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Hooked on Cycling: Crooks on Bikes?

BeatninkBeatnink Posts: 2
edited February 2019 in Tour & expedition
So we signed up for a tour of the beautiful island of Kefalonia in Greece, using Hooked on Cycling as the organiser. On the surface it looked all good: as you would expect bike hire, accommodation, transfer of luggage all included. It did seem a bit expensive, but hey no hazzles. It wasn't till we tried to organise an extra night accommodation that things went from hooked to crooked. Despite asking for a cost first, we were immediately confirmed for an expensive place. And when we tried to cancel, we were told that they would deduct a substantial part of the deposit. At that point we sniffed a rat and sure enough, it quickly became clear that Hooked on Cycling charged like wounded bulls for 'organising our trip' when in fact we realised we could do it for a fraction of the cost ourselves.

So we did what we should have done straight away: we booked our own accommodation & bike hire and organised a better itenerary. All very easy, reasonable prices, and great service (in particular from who charged a minimum for the luggage transfers). We cancelled our trip booking with Hooked on Cycling and lost the full deposit (half of the full trip costs) but still saved quite a bit of money overall.

Moral of the story. DIY bike holiday tours are worth checking out first. If you do want to get it organised for you, go with a local operator. And avoid organisations like Hooked on Cycling who are in it for an easy buck by simply doing the Internet bookings on your behalf from another part of the world.

p.s. We loved cycling around Kefalonia!


  • cougiecougie Posts: 22,512
    Sorry which part makes them crooks ?
  • cougiecougie Posts: 22,512
    Sorry which part makes them crooks ?
    I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles
  • Wanted to book a cycling /boat holiday came upon Hooked on cycling and liked what they offered until a friend pointed out they were reselling holidays by "Island Hopping" but at approx 20% more than buying direct from Island Hopping. We booked from Island hopping direct all very easy and saved over £700
  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,599
    I don't do smileys.

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  • bianchimoonbianchimoon Posts: 3,942
    one post to draw attention to your own lack of sales and marketing awareness? A better title would have been "I've been foolish, but I've learned my lesson"
    All lies and jest..still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest....
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