Biking through Krems, Austria. Photo via Flickr:MuntyPix
Cobblestone street in Krems, Austria. Photo via Flickr: Mikel Ortega

Along the Danube River in Szentendre, Hungary. Photo via Flickr:cordyph
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Along the Danube - Four Country Tour

Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary Bike + Barge Tours

Cycle the Danube Bike Path – along one of Europe’s most famous rivers

  • This bike and boat tour along the Danube River has proven to be one of our most popular bike tours and with good reason. Between the Austrian and Hungarian alluvial landscape and the Danube River Bend, natural beauty awaits as well as art, culture and history.

    From the charming Bavarian "Three River City" of Passau straight into the heart of the once glorious Imperial and Royal Monarchy, you will bike along the famous Danube Cycle Path through four countries and visit three of the most enchanting European capitals: the lively Vienna, City of Music, the Slovak coronation city of Bratislava, and Budapest, the Hungarian "Danube Queen".

    Highlights:

    • Wachau region and landscape
    • Romantic towns and castles
    • Danube National Park
    • Hungarian Danube Bend

    **This Danube bicycle tour is also offered as a guided tour called the Comfort Relax Guided Tour (additional fee) on the MS Carissma in which you cycle along the Danube in a group guided by a local tour guide who is familiar with the region.



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  • 2017

    MS NORMANDIE

    April 29

    &
    Sept 30

    May 13 & 27  
    Sept 2 & 16

    June, July, 
    & Aug 

    Main deck £ 750 $ 1,182 815 NOK 7878 kr 7272 $ 945 £ 803 $ 1,264 872 NOK 8429 kr 7781 $ 1,012 £ 852 $ 1,341 925 NOK 8942 kr 8254 $ 1,073
    Upper deck £ 879 $ 1,385 955 NOK 9232 kr 8522 $ 1,108 £ 934 $ 1,472 1015 NOK 9812 kr 9057 $ 1,177 £ 980 $ 1,544 1065 NOK 10295 kr 9503 $ 1,235
    Single cabin £ 1109 $ 1,747 1205 NOK 11648 kr 10752 $ 1,398 £ 1165 $ 1,834 1265 NOK 12228 kr 11288 $ 1,467 £ 1211 $ 1,907 1315 NOK 12712 kr 11734 $ 1,525

    Port charges: £ 54 $ 86 59 NOK 570 kr 526 $ 68 (2017) Electric bike: £ 87 $ 138 95 NOK 918 kr 848 $ 110 Helmet purchase (payable on board): £ 37 $ 58 40 NOK 387 kr 357 $ 46 Discount for no bike rental: £ 64 $ 102 70 NOK 677 kr 625 $ 81 Twin cabin, single use: approximately 50% surcharge applies!

    2017

    MS CARISSMA

    MainMiddle Upper
    2 bed cabin, Eco £ 633 $ 998 688 NOK 6651 kr 6139 $ 798 £ 725 $ 1,143 788 NOK 7617 kr 7031 $ 914  -----
    2 bed cabin £ 690 $ 1,086 749 NOK 7240 kr 6683 $ 869 £ 818 $ 1,288 888 NOK 8584 kr 7924 $ 1,030 £ 910 $ 1,433 988 NOK 9551 kr 8816 $ 1,146
        

    Port Charges: £ 54 $ 86 59 NOK 570 kr 526 $ 68 (mandatory from age 12 up) Season supplement:

    May/August: £ 92 $ 145 100 NOK 967 kr 892 $ 116 June/July & September: £ 138 $ 218 150 NOK 1450 kr 1338 $ 174

    Single CabinApril/OctoberMay/AugustJune/July & Sept
    Upper deck only: £ 1323 $ 2,084 1437 NOK 13891 kr 12822 $ 1,667 £ 1461 $ 2,301 1587 NOK 15341 kr 14161 $ 1,841 £ 1530 $ 2,410 1662 NOK 16066 kr 14830 $ 1,928

    *Some cabins on the promenade deck have a connecting door and can be rearranged to a spacious DELUXE-suite with living room and bedroom (prices on request) or can be used for families as connecting cabins.

    Children's discount available.

    Helmet purchase (payable on board): £ 23 $ 36 25 NOK 242 kr 223 $ 29

    Discount for no bike rental: £ 64 $ 102 70 NOK 677 kr 625 $ 81

    Discount for bringing own bicycle: £ 51 $ 80 55 NOK 532 kr 491 $ 64

     

    2018

    MS CARISSMA

     MainMiddle Upper
    S1:  2-bed cabin-Eco £ 662 $ 1,043 719 NOK 6950 kr 6416 $ 834 £ 782 $ 1,231 849 NOK 8207 kr 7576 $ 985  ---
    S1:  2-bed cabin £ 726 $ 1,144 789 NOK 7627 kr 7040 $ 915 £ 874 $ 1,376 949 NOK 9174 kr 8468 $ 1,101 £ 938 $ 1,478 1019 NOK 9850 kr 9093 $ 1,182
    S1:  2-bed single use------
    £ 1366 $ 2,152 1484 NOK 14345 kr 13242 $ 1,721
    S2:  2-bed cabin-Eco £ 754 $ 1,188 819 NOK 7917 kr 7308 $ 950 £ 874 $ 1,376 949 NOK 9174 kr 8468 $ 1,101  ---
    S2:  2-bed cabin £ 818 $ 1,289 889 NOK 8594 kr 7933 $ 1,031 £ 966 $ 1,521 1049 NOK 10140 kr 9360 $ 1,217 £ 1030 $ 1,623 1119 NOK 10817 kr 9985 $ 1,298
    S2:  2-bed single use------ £ 1504 $ 2,369 1634 NOK 15795 kr 14580 $ 1,895
    S3:  2-bed cabin-Eco £ 800 $ 1,260 869 NOK 8400 kr 7754 $ 1,008 £ 920 $ 1,449 999 NOK 9657 kr 8914 $ 1,159  ---
    S3:  2-bed cabin £ 864 $ 1,362 939 NOK 9077 kr 8379 $ 1,089 £ 1012 $ 1,594 1099 NOK 10624 kr 9806 $ 1,275 £ 1076 $ 1,695 1169 NOK 11300 kr 10431 $ 1,356
    S3:  2-bed single use------ £ 1573 $ 2,478 1709 NOK 16520 kr 15250 $ 1,982

    Season 1 (S1): April / October
    Season 2 (S2): May/ August  
    Season 3 (S3): June/July & September

    Twin cabin for single use only on Upper deck possible!

    Children's discount available!

    Port Charges: £ 54 $ 86 59 NOK 570 kr 526 $ 68 (mandatory from age 12 up)

    *Some cabins on the promenade deck have a connecting door and can be rearranged to a spacious DELUXE-suite with living room and bedroom (prices on request) or can be used for families as connecting cabins.

    ECO cabins are located in the front/rear part of the ship (operating noise possible)

     

    2018

    MS NORMANDIE

    April 28 &
    Sept 29

    May 12 & 19  
    Sept 1 & 15

    June, July
    & Aug 

    Main deck £ 818 $ 1,289 889 NOK 8594 kr 7933 $ 1,031 £ 892 $ 1,405 969 NOK 9367 kr 8646 $ 1,124 £ 929 $ 1,463 1009 NOK 9754 kr 9003 $ 1,170
    Upper deck £ 947 $ 1,492 1029 NOK 9947 kr 9182 $ 1,194 £ 1021 $ 1,608 1109 NOK 10720 kr 9896 $ 1,286 £ 1058 $ 1,666 1149 NOK 11107 kr 10253 $ 1,333
    Single cabin upper deck only  £ 1177 $ 1,855 1279 NOK 12364 kr 11413 $ 1,484 £ 1251 $ 1,971 1359 NOK 13137 kr 12126 $ 1,576 £ 1288 $ 2,029 1399 NOK 13524 kr 12483 $ 1,623

    Electric bike:  £ 87 $ 138 95 NOK 918 kr 848 $ 110  

    (E-Bikes: advance reservation, limited number, come with pannier bag & rental bike insurance)
    Helmet purchase (limited number available, payable on board): £ 37 $ 58 40 NOK 387 kr 357 $ 46 Discount for no bike rental: £ 64 $ 102 70 NOK 677 kr 625 $ 81

     

    extra options

    2017:
    MS Carissma

    Comfort Relax Package: £ 198 $ 312 215 NOK 2078 kr 1918 $ 249 Electric bike: £ 87 $ 138 95 NOK 918 kr 848 $ 110 Extra nights Passau:
    3 star

    twin/double room: £ 52 $ 81 56 NOK 541 kr 500 $ 65 Single room: £ 75 $ 117 81 NOK 783 kr 723 $ 94 4 star

    twin/double room: £ 59 $ 93 64 NOK 619 kr 571 $ 74 Single room: £ 77 $ 122 84 NOK 812 kr 750 $ 97 Transfers (Carissma only):
    One-way: £ 68 $ 107 74 NOK 715 kr 660 $ 86 Round-trip: £ 110 $ 173 119 NOK 1150 kr 1062 $ 138

    Private Mini-Bus Transfer (1-8 people) (Carissma only):

    One-way: £ 249 $ 392 270 NOK 2610 kr 2409 $ 313

    Round-trip: £ 481 $ 757 522 NOK 5046 kr 4658 $ 606

     

    2018:
    MS Carissma

    Comfort Relax Package: £ 202 $ 318 219 NOK 2117 kr 1954 $ 254 Electric bike: £ 87 $ 138 95 NOK 918 kr 848 $ 110 Extra nights Passau:
    3 star: 
    twin/double room: £ 52 $ 83 57 NOK 551 kr 509 $ 66 Single room: £ 75 $ 119 82 NOK 793 kr 732 $ 95 4 star: twin/double room: £ 60 $ 94 65 NOK 628 kr 580 $ 75 Single room: £ 81 $ 128 88 NOK 851 kr 785 $ 102 Transfers (Carissma only):
    One-way: £ 68 $ 107 74 NOK 715 kr 660 $ 86 Round-trip: £ 110 $ 173 119 NOK 1150 kr 1062 $ 138

    From/to Munich city centre/train station to Passau: £ 37 $ 58 40 NOK 387 kr 357 $ 46 /person one-time surcharge (1-8 pers.)

    please note

    If you want to reserve a helmet, please inform at time of booking.

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

Tour Dates

2017
Aboard the MS Carissima:
Every Sunday from April 30 to October 8, 2017
Comfort Relax Guided Tour: July 16, August 13, September 3, September 17, and October 1, 2017. Other dates are possible with groups of 10 or more. Maximum number of participants in guided group: 22

Aboard the MS Normandie: Saturday departures:July 8, July 22, August 5, August 19, September 2, September 16, September 30, 2017 

 

2018
Aboard the MS Carissima:
Every Sunday from April 29 to October 7, 2018
Comfort Relax Guided Tour: May 6, May 20, June 3, June 24, July 15, August 12, September 2, September 16, and  September 30, 2018. Other dates are possible with groups of 8 or more. Maximum number of participants in guided group: 22

Aboard the MS Normandie: Saturday departures: April 28, May 12, May 19, May 26, June 9, June 23, July 7, July 21, July 28, August 4, August 18, September 1, September 15, September 29, 2018

 

Where You’ll Stay

Aboard the comfort plus boats, MS Carissma or MS Normandie.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights accommodations on board a comfort plus class ship
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Daily cleaning of cabin
  • Full meals (breakfast, packed lunch or lunch on board (non-cyclists), dinner. Choice between two or three dinner entrees each evening
  • Late night snack (MS Carissma for 2018)
  • 1/2 liter of water daily (MS Carissma & Normandie)
  • 1x Gala Dinner with farewell cocktail
  • Afternoon Coffee break
  • Daily music after dinner
  • Tour guide on board (does not cycle with group)
  • 21-speed unisex bicycle or 7- speed on request (MS Carissma)
  • GPS tracks (MS Carissma)
  • 7-speed unisex bicycle (Normandie)
  • Bicycle protection (Normandie)
  • Port fees (Normandie for 2018)
  • Information packet with route book (one per room)
  • Also included with the Comfort Relax Package aboard the MS Carissma
  • Cycling tour guide
  • 4 Ferry rides (Engelhartszell, Au, Visegrad, and Szob)
  • Cider tasting in the Upper Danube Valley
  • Wine tasting in the Wachau region
  • Guided city tour by bike in Vienna and by bus in Budapest

What’s Not Included

  • All beverages, including extra water, except for those mentioned: Additional water is 2.25 euro per bottle
  • Port fees: €59
  • Helmets - we recommend bringing your own but adult helmets can be purchased on board (Carissma €25) (Normandie €40)
  • Bicycle protection aboard the Carissma
  • Trip insurance

Extra Stay

Recommended in Passau, the City of Three Rivers!

TourBike+Boat
TypeBoth
SkillEasy
Length8 days
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Skill Level

This is a relatively easy tour following the flow of the Danube. Route is mostly flat with some rolling hills, especially coming out of the Danube valley. It takes place on good, asphalt bike paths very suitable for beginners and children.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Along the Danube - Four Country Tour Map

Ms Carissma Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Passau, Passau - Engelhartszell
Day 2: Great Loop | Engelhartszell - Aschach, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 3: Devin - Bratislava, 27 mi. (43 km)
Day 4: Budapest / Szentendre, 33 mi. (54 km)
Day 5: Danube Bend - Esztergom, 26 mi. (43 km)
Day 6: Vienna (day of rest)
Day 7: Wachau / Krems - Melk, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 8: Departure from Passau

Day 1: Board in Passau. Sail to Engelhartszell
Boarding begins at 4:30 PM in Passau in the southeast of Germany, located at the Austrian border. Situated at the confluence of the rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz, Passau is known as "The Three Rivers City".  At 6:00 pm the boat departs from Passau.

Day 2: Great Loop | Engelhartszell - Aschach, 26 mi. (42 km)
Your first day’s cycling begins with a ride through the classic scenery of the ‘Great Loop’ Donauschlinge, one of the most beautiful sections of the Danube. Along the way you will encounter tiny villages and cozy cider taverns. In Austria’s only Trappist monastery at Engelhartszell, you can taste their delicious liquors and cheese. The famous ‘Schlogener View’ provides a wonderful panorama of the surrounding Austrian countryside. The boat welcomes all cyclists back on board in the charming market town of Aschach.

Day 3: Devin - Bratislava,  27 mi. (43 km)  
You pedal along the former “Iron Curtain”, crossing the green line and reaching the imposing Imperial Palace of Hof with its beautifully terraced gardens and idyllic manor farm. Follow the bike path through Austria’s “vegetable garden” to the coronation city of Bratislava at the slopes of the Little Carpathians and discover the hidden alleyways and sights of Bratislava on an optional city tour.

Day 4: Budapest, roundtrip to Szentendre, 33 mi. (54 km)
The entrance to Budapest, Hungary’s capital is stunning. You can explore the beauty of Budapest by bus or a guided bike tour (optional) to discover many of the highlights of this unique city. The Danube River runs straight through it, splitting the city in two. Budapest is bustling but peaceful, a friendly metropolis and a place where old treasures blend with the modern. Long gone is its communist shadow.  You will get a first-hand experience of Hungarian culture at an option evening show with traditional music and dance.You can also choose to cycle to the charming town of Szentendre with its Mediterranean atmosphere and lively art scene. Experience Hungarian culture up close and personal at an evening show with traditional music and dance (optional).

Day 5: Danube Bend - Esztergom, 26 mi. (43 km)
The wooded hills of Pilis, Visegrád, and Börzsöny mirrored in the meandering Danube create a wonderful landscape that has become a nature lovers paradise. Amidst the Danube river, the idyllic isle of Szentendre exudes silent Puszta Romance. You cycle via the baroque village of Vác (influenced by the architects of Austria's empress Maria Theresa) to the bishop town of Esztergom with its gorgeous basilica-Hungary's largest Catholic Church. Night cruise to Visegrad.

Day 6: Vienna (day of rest), Sightseeing tour by bike or bus - approx 3.5 hrs.
Discover Vienna's most beautiful attractions. During the bike tour of Vienna you will experience up close the most famous examples of architecture; the imperial Hofburg, St. Stephens Cathedral, the gorgeous boulevard "RingStraβe" with the State Opera House, the Burgtheater and town hall, as well as the colorful "Hunderwasserhaus" and the Ferry wheel, which is situated directly at the Prater. Relaxation can be found at one of the numerous small coffee bars. The evening ends impressively with a Waltz and Opera Concert at the Hofburg(optional), or at a wine tavern.

Day 7: Wachau / Krems - Melk, 22 mi. (37 km)
Small dreamy towns, apricot trees, vineyards, castles, monasteries and ruins along sloping hills await you. This is pure biking bliss! In Spitz, inviting wine taverns beckon along  the bike route. In Dúrstein's narrow alleys, you will have to walk your bike. This town is famous because Richard the Lion-Hearted was imprisoned here in 1193. The ruined castle above the town can be reached by a good hike with great river views. In Weißenkirchen (possibility for a wine-tasting – optional) you will find enticing wine taverns right along the bike path. You owe it to yourself to take a break! After a ceremonial gala dinner, lots of fun and entertainment can be experienced during a crew show.

Day 8: Departure from Passau.
As you cruise back up the Danube enjoy the early morning sunshine as you wind your way to Passau, where you will arrive at approximately 9:30 AM and you’ll disembark about 30 minutes later. Due to possible unforeseen mooring delays, it is recommended that you do not make travel arrangements out of Passau until after 11:30 AM.

Excursions offered on board the MS Carissma:

Bratislava: 
City tour by old time excursion train and walkabout
Budapest:
Sightseeing tour by bike or bus                                               
Traditional Hungarian folklore show & (Budapest by night for 2018)
Vienna: 
City tour by bus
City tour by bike
Waltz and Operetta Concert in one of Vienna's famous palaces.
Wachau: 
Wine tasting with a local wine grower 

MS Normandie Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Passau, Passau - Engelhartszell
Day 2: Engelhartszell -Brandstatt-Bratislava- Great Loop, 29 mi. (46 km)
Day 3: Bratislava, 34 mi. (54km)
Day 4: Budapest, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 5: Danube Bend - Esztergom, 16 - 37 mi. (25 - 60 km)
Day 6: Vienna - Nussdorf (Korneuburg may also be possible) - Day of rest 
Day 7: Wachau / Rossatz - Melk - Pöchlarn, 26 - 32 mi. (42 - 52 km)
Day 8: Passau

Day 1: Saturday, Passau – Engelhartszell
Individual arrival in the "Three River City". Passau attracts many with the world's greatest church organ at the Stephansdom and it’s charming Old Town. Embarkation will be at 5 pm and departure around 7 pm. 

Day 2: Engelhartszell -Brandstatt-Bratislava- Great Loop, 29 mi. (46 km)
The day starts in Engelhartszell with the only Trappist monastery in Austria, towards the "Great Loop" - one of the most beautiful regions of the Danube. The route leads through small villages with typical taverns. The ship awaits in Brandstatt after which an evening sail is enjoyed towards Bratislava. 

Day 3Bratislava, 34 mi. (54km)
The ship arrives in Bratislava around noon from which the cycling begins via Hainburg to the imposing Imperial Palace of Hof with its beautifully terraced gardens and idyllic manor farm and then further on to Devin. During a tour by train and by foot in the evening (optional) you can discover hidden alleys of Bratislava. The ship motors to Budapest during the evening hours.

Day 4: Budapest, 25 mi. (40 km) or Day of rest
In the early morning, you enjoy the panoramic view of the Danube's gorgeous landscape on the Sundeck. The gateway to Budapest is overwhelming, as many of the famous tourist features are situated directly next to the river bank. In the afternoon, you can explore the city during a city tour by coach (optional). Nearby, you find the Margaretheninsel which is outstandingly qualified for small bike tours or the charming town of Szentendre with Mediterranean atmosphere and lively art life. In the evening you can enjoy Budapest by night with folklore program (optional). In the night shipping to Visegrad

Day 5: Danube Bend - Esztergom, 16 - 37 mi. (25 - 60 km)
The Danube bend is the curve of the river in Hungary, close to the city of Visegrád. It is considered one of the most beautiful segments of the Danube River. The cycling itinerary begins in Visegrad with its famous fortress and the ruins of the former palace. You can choose from 2 different routes: the longer one includes a side trip to the island of Szentendre and the baroque village of Vác, which has been influenced by the architects of the Austrian empress Maria Theresia. The other route leads you directly to the bishop-town of Esztergom, with its gorgeous basilica – Hungary's largest Catholic Church – overlooking the village. During the evening hour, the boat motors to Vienna.

Day 6: Vienna - Nussdorf (Korneuburg may also be possible) - Day of rest   
Be sure to visit the most famous places in Vienna like the St. Stephens Cathedral and the Hofburg. You can take a city tour by bike or bus (optional, not included)  down the gorgeous boulevard "Ringstraβe" with the Burgtheater, the State Opera House and the town. The day ends with a Waltz and Operetta concert hall which takes you back in history. This is optional and not included. In the night the boat motors to Rossatz or Dürnstein (Wachau).

Day 7: Wachau / Rossatz - Melk - Pöchlarn, 26 - 32 mi. (42 - 52 km) 
Your last biking day is a special highlight! Amidst small dreamy villages, apricot trees, vineyards, castles, monasteries, and ruins, this gentle hilly landscape enchants everybody. A powerful ruin looms above the small Baroque town of Dürnstein, while the blue tower of the monastery church is a landmark of Wachau. In Weißenkirchen, you will find comfy wine taverns right along the bike path. You owe it to yourself to take a break! You’ll board again in the small village Pöchlarn. After the farewell gala dinner, you start “sailing” back to Passau

2018: In Spitz (possibility for a wine-tasting – optional)

Day 8: Passau
Every journey draws to an end. Once again you enjoy on deck the first sunbeams and the peaceful silence of the Danube Valley. Take a last sight at the Schlögener Schlinge ("Great Loop") before you arrive relaxed at Passau. Arrival is at approximately 10 AM, disembarkation is at 10:30 AM. Due to possible unforseen mooring delays, it is recommended that you do not make travel arrangements until after 12 PM. 

Excursions offered onboard the Normandie:

Bratislava: 
City tour by old time excursion train and walkabout
Budapest:
Sight seeing tour by bike or bus                                                      
Budapest by night or Concert in Hofburg or Palais Auersperg or other
Wachau
Wine-tasting (optional)
Vienna: 
City tour by bus
City tour by bike
Waltz and Operetta Concert at the historic halls of the Vienna Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

*Important Information:

In case of flood or low tide, the shipping company reserves the right to bridge parts of passages with buses. In extreme situations, the shipping company reserves the right to cancel the journey on short notice. No legal right shall be constituted of both situations. (Water level is force majeure). The same applies for officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on locks or bridges or in case of undeserved breakdown of engine or power unit. 

Please be aware that these ships, the MS Carissma and the MS Normandie, like all other ships on the Danube, are not just your "floating hotels" but also a machine, running engines,  also during the night. Especially crossing locks and bridges - and the preparation work - may cause noise. If you are sensitive to noises, please bring your own ear plugs.

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Customer Feedback

  • Jill S. 6 hours ago

    The staff and food were excellent, as well as the ambiance of the river boat, not too crowded, a good mix of nationalities, great info dissemination and communication with passengers. Very relaxed and customer service was wonderful.

    Boat: MS Carissma

  • Morris T. 6 hours ago

    My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the Tripsite Bike and Barge Danube River Tour! The cruise was so relaxing, it was a real vacation! How do I start? The MS Carrisma , what a boat! The Danube River! The food, every meal a delicious event to enjoy! The staff was always cheerful, friendly, helpful and so cosmopolitan! Every one from the Captains, bar crew, boat crew, cruise crew, housekeeping crew, kitchen crew and the waiters. They made our trip experience a very memorable event in our lives, which we will never forget! Too many things to do and see in eight short days. We plan to do this trip again!

    Boat: MS Carissma

  • Loree K. 1 week ago

    The bikes were in excellent condition The maps were hard to read and did not even show what country we were in on the route, however the route was clearly marked. That saved us many times. The carry out lunch was great. Maybe some variation in granola bars throughout the week. Meals were good. Staff seemed rushed and understaffed at dinner. It was overall a great trip. Suggestions for others: pack light!

    Boat: MS Carissma

  • Jeanne S. 2 weeks ago

    The boat its self is quaint. The cycling was scenic, beautiful and had a variation of easy to moderately challenging rides for an average cyclist, pretty doable for anyone. My only suggestion is to provide more water and provide it daily weather if cycling or not. In saying that, do bring yourselves 4 to 6 large bottles of water.
    Packing -nothing too heavy do plan on layers, it was warmer than expected .
    If you bring alcohol on to the boat you can only drink in your room.
    Crew were great as was the guide and the food prepared by the Cook!!!

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • Neil M. 2 weeks ago

    Cycling along the Danube of course was the highlight for sure.

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • Vitali B. 3 weeks ago

    I am very glad that I did this trip: the boat, cabin, food, bike, everything was very good. But there were some challenges, which I would like to mention.
    1. The tour guide (Jan, his first name) was not rude, but more like indifferent to your problems. Very often his answer was ""It's up to you. You want this, go this way, you want that, go that way."" Hr didn't try to understand your problem and to find the best solution for your situation.
    2. Bike path pavement sometimes was bad and poorly marked. For people with not good vision (like myself) it was a big problem. European bikers are more aggressive speed wise and more comfortable in the crowded environment. It was a problem to have pedestrians and bikers in both directions at the same time. So, for me it was easy to complete 50-60 kilometers physically, but it was stressful psychologically to be in such crowded place.
    3. Unguided tour is a challenge: you can get lost, something can happen to you, your bike, and no help is available. One person locked a bike and lost a key. I even do not know how he came back on the boat. I am writing all these problems to give future fellow travelers more real picture before making a decision to take this trip, and moreover how to prepare yourself for the trip. My mistake was that I was thinking that if I can do 40 miles on the bike, I am ready for the trip. Physical part is not enough. You should be ready physically, but also you should be able to function in the crowded city environment at low speed, be able to repair your bike, if needed, to read a map, and not to expect that all people in the world like Americans. Sorry for being so long, but I really wanted to give the most truthful picture of my experience.

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • Courtney R. 4 weeks ago

    Touring by bicycle is the best! It's a great way to take in the scenery, small villages, and larger cities while getting a little exercise along the way. It was a very relaxing trip and I was glad to be a part of a larger group on the trip. The food and cycling directions could be improved, but the service and itinerary were great.

    Boat: MS Carissma

  • Diana W. 4 weeks ago

    The best combination, boat and bicycle, without packing in every place.
    Every morning a new city to visit and the best way is by bike where you can experience the sound of the win through the forest, the river just by your side and beautiful villages where always will be a huge church and a restaurant to have a beer.
    And unforgettable experience, I just love to do it and would like to experience again.

    Boat: MS Carissma

  • Andy D. 4 weeks ago

    The trip was very well organized, the scenery was beautiful, boat staff very helpful. All the meals were great. The packed lunch was a nice feature for the day rides. Rooms were very nice, lounge staff treated us well.
    We liked the City of Budapest very much, glad we had the day to explore.
    Biking through wine country on the last day was a great way to finish the experience.

    Boat: MS Carissma

  • Beth M. 4 weeks ago

    The most beautiful part of the bike trip was he Danube Bend, eye candy around every corner! The thermal pools at Szechenyi in Budapest are not to be missed! It is the largest medicinal bath in Europe. Plan on spending 3-4 hours there, it is an unbelievable experience. Also, in the Jewish Quarter you can feel & experience Jewish life before WW II inside old shops; the communist period of Hungary at retro restaurants; and contemporary Budapest through street food and street art.

    Boat: MS Carissma

  • Peter M. 4 weeks ago

    The most memorable part was our free time in Budapest. What a beautiful city.

    Boat: MS Carissma

  • Mark L. 4 weeks ago

    My wife and I enjoyed the variety of the destinations and getting off the boat to explore small villages, ruins and interact with the local people.
    The staff was very friendly and always helpful.
    One tip we would suggest is to make every effort to be on top deck or in the parlor to see the cities we visited during arrival and departure.

    Boat: MS Carissma

  • Judith M. 4 weeks ago

    The combination of biking in the beautiful countryside and also being on the water on a boat for my lodging was wonderful and just enough time to enjoy the cultural hubs of the amazingly beautiful cities. I loved it all and for me just the right combination of it all.
    I would suggest that the navigation on the bike routes was confusing at times so the next time to enjoy it more I would opt for being guided on the biking versus self-guided.

    Boat: MS Carissma

  • Charlene B. 1 month ago

    The most memorable part of the trip was the wonderful friendships made being a part of the guided tour group. There were six English speakers and seven Germans including the guide. Truly a remarkable experience. Budapest was also a memorable location. One tip we could recommend would be a portable hot spot. Wifi was not very good because it is satellite feed. Which caused issues with paying for some trips with a credit card.

    Boat: MS Carissma

  • Joella D. 1 month ago

    This trip was an excellent opportunity for travel with our mother who could stay on the boat while my sister and I biked through the countryside - meeting back up for meals and comparing experiences. Tripsite was very helpful and we got to know one of our Tripsite staff as she joined our trip to learn more about the tour and help others in the future. She couldn't have been nicer or more helpful.

    Boat: MS Carissma

  • Charles H. 2 months ago

    Biking through the Wachau valley and the small towns was most memorable. Staff/guides could be more customer focused and less argumentative with guest/customers. First day of biking was too rushed to complete prior to boat departure ... ride did not accommodate leisurely stops. Guides did not provide enough information on daily routes to assist with historical sites, lunch/rest stops, places to visit or provide assistance on route to ensure guests made it back to the ship. This trip did not meet the standards that previous (5 trips) Tripsite trips offered in the past that we booked.

  • Clare C. 2 months ago

    I don't know how I could possibly pinpoint one part of the trip as the most memorable as it was all so absolutely fantastic. I was expecting it to be good but is was beyond my wildest expectations.
    Take a day in Passau either before or after the trip to walk around the beautiful historic town. The cathedral is so worth a visit, it's absolutely magnificent with an organ that has more pipes than any other in the world.
    The boat was excellent, accommodations better than expected, the food was amazing and the staff friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble. Remember to book your spa time as you will have that privately for an hour. There is nothing quite like sitting in the hottub while cruising down the Danube after a days ride.
    Visit the Trappist monastery before you ride on your first day and see the reliquaries in the church-pretty weird, and don't forget to stop for refreshments before you take your bike across on the ferry at the Danube bend. The bikes are really comfortable and take your time to enjoy the magnificent scenery on this ride. You will see old castles up on the cliffs and picturesque villages across from the bike path.
    In Bratislava we took our time to walk up to the castle which give great views over the city and looks beautiful when lit up at night. Take a slight detour from the route to ride over the "flying saucer" bridge. When you are riding to Bratislava take your time to look at Prince Eugenes palace with its magnificent Baroque gardens.
    Go up on deck to take full advantage of the cruise into Budapest. To say that every picture I took here was postcard quality is no lie. Rather than do the guided tour we jumped on the hop on hop off bus so we could make it up to the castle and anywhere else you might want to see. This was actually my favorite City as it was so beautiful and it didn't seem as packed with tourists and it's very walkable. The views at night from our cabin were fantastic with the city lights and the view across the river.
    The next day was a beautiful scenic ride by the river with another ferry ride to Esztergom where you really should walk up to the cathedral and the huge statue that overlooks the river.
    Vienna was our next stop and we took a tram and subway up to the city center. Tours were offered but we did this one ourselves, and I think that biking this city would be worth it as it is so set up for cyclists. There was a Jesuit church here that was more magnificent than any other church I saw on the trip. I had never seen rainbow colored corkscrew marble columns before. It was truly spectacular. Visit an art museum too if you get the chance. The architecture here was spectacular and we watched people waltzing in one of the central parks.
    Our final day was riding through the vineyards of Austria and little villages along the river. Stop for some wine tasting but not too much as this is the day you will probably have to ride against the wind on the final part of the ride.
    The rides were so much fun and anyone could do them, electric bikes were available for the less able. There is so much to do and see, and you can make great new friends.
    All I can say is sign me up for next year and while I would do this trip again in a heartbeat, I want to try a new one.
    Thanks!!!

  • Beverly C. 2 months ago

    The best part was seeing the countryside by bike.

  • Steve C. 2 months ago

    While the scenery was wonderful, I don't think that I could recommend this type travel to someone who would like to take more time to see the sites. This tour, just in my opinion, is much better suited for someone prioritizing cycling over site seeing. I (and some others in my group) discussed how there was a "rushed" feeling to the trip. That being said, the itinerary is posted online for all to make an informed decision. Lastly, there was almost a sense that we, the customers, were an inconvenience to many of the staff until the second to last day when there was an announcement that a tipping envelope would be left in each cabin. Staff personalities completely changed for the better on the last day and a half. This opinion was quietly shared by most of us who had done this type of tour numerous times before.

  • Frank V. 2 months ago

    The most memorable part was cruising down the river during dinner.

  • Robin T. 2 months ago

    My first Tripsite vacation, first bike/barge trip, first trip to the 4 countries.....loved it. Somewhat poor attitudes of hotel manager, Peter and the guides did not spoil my trip...in fact, became a bit of a joke to us. I would not let it stop from booking another trip.

  • Jennifer Formolo 2 months ago

    The food and scenery were magnificent. The boat was better than I had expected. Don't pay extra for the upper deck cabins on the Normandie because they are identical with the exception of being able to open the window on the upper deck. Our tour guide was rude. He spent a lot of time talking to the Germans and very little time talking in English. He scolded us if we asked questions that could be found in our book or were only relevant to the next day's bike trip. Peter at the front desk was also very rude. He made you feel stupid for asking any questions. He is in the tourist business and should expect questions and answer them gracefully. I wouldn't tell someone to avoid this trip, because of the beauty, but don't expect a lot from the staff. The rest of the staff were quite nice, but there were three men that should not be in this business!!

  • Molly S. 7 months ago

    Having a guide for the biking. He was terrific. We had a route change which led to a boring day biking. They do not give you water at the table. Too many people on the boat. Lining up for things to buy tickets. Did not like having to buy a drink package. Too expensive.
    Staff was very pleasant. Our guide was fabulous.

  • Gordon M. 8 months ago

    The e-bike option really made the trip for me. It allowed me to bicycle each day, get plenty of exercise, and not overdo it. As a result, I was able to enjoy the sites and experience much more.

  • Roger H. 9 months ago

    There were many memorable parts of this trip. The vineyard/bike trails around Melk were very nice.

  • Rollie B. 9 months ago

    The people I was on the trip with we all had a just terrific time. A truly wonderful trip with a great staff great a wonderful trip.

  • Harry L. 9 months ago

    The trip was very nice. Everything was nice. If I can figure a route will do it again next year!

  • Rebecca V. 9 months ago

    Biking thru Wachau valley. Our guide, Hugo, was not real informative. We had to drag info from him. He was better later in the week when we kept asking. Wine tasting was fun. Loved quaint villages.

  • Sandra L. 9 months ago

    Everyone was amazing: Welcoming; friendly; accommodating; delicious food and informative.

  • Mele M. 9 months ago

    I organized a trip with 20 friends and family to take the boat and bike trip up the Danube. I was a bit concerned because my co-travelers varied in age and fitness. I was delighted to find that with the option of the electric bikes and choices of long or short bike paths, everyone was accommodated. The entire group had a magical time. They loved the boat, the staff, the food, and particularly enjoyed the feeling of accomplishment after cycling through gorgeous towns and scenery.
    I have organized many group trips in the past, and this one allowed me to enjoy myself more fully because I knew that the crew was taking care of my friends and family's needs, and I didn't have to be dealing with questions or problems. Because we had such a large group, we could all break up into smaller groups and enjoy the sights, knowing that we would all converge later on the boat and share our stories from the day.
    Even though we already had a large group, we all made new friends on the boat.
    I take an international adventure trip every year, and I would put this one among the top of my list!

  • Gordon M. 9 months ago

    The e-bike option really made the trip for me. It allowed me to bicycle each day, get plenty of excercise, and not overdo it. As a result, I was able to enjoy the sites and experience much more.

  • Shannon P. 9 months ago

    The incredible countryside through which we traveled both by boat and on bike as well as the wonderfully hard-working, pleasant and attentive staff who made my trip so memorable. Lastly, the food was fantastic!

  • John F. 9 months ago

    The ride through the Wachau valley was by far the most memorable. We were happy with the overall trip. The staff were very helpful and cheerful. The one disappointment was with the info from the cruise director on the trip. At times it was inaccurate. This trip could be improved by updating the notes in the bike route, providing information and maps on side trips to the villages we biked through. Many bikers were concerned to vary from the route to find other attractions for fear of getting lost. One section of the trail was on a small sidewalk yet the cruise director and the printed information did not mention this. A lot of bikers were confused. It seems like the cruise director never biked the route or it has been too long ago.

    • Carla 9 months ago

      Hi John,
      Thanks so much for your feedback! I'm forwarding to the cruise director - it sounds like he needs a refresher on the route. This winter we'll be working on getting these route descriptions updated and improved.
      Thanks again!

  • Ross M. 9 months ago

    Sometimes we were unsure if we were on the route or not. Maybe could have had some additional signage along route.

    Boat: MS Normandie

    • Jehiel 9 months ago

      Hi Ross!
      Thanks for sharing this feedback. Route markers along the route can be a tricky thing because they can be taken down or moved. However, we have shared your feedback with our local partner and work to make the route easier to navigate. Glad you enjoyed your trip!

  • Saul L. 10 months ago

    The trip overall was great. The boat is showing its age, and the cabins are adequate but not overly comfortable.
    The route descriptions provided by the cruise director could have been much better. Simply using visuals to indicate map directions would have helped a lot. There was some unnecessary confusion on our trip. A friend who took the trip two weeks earlier on the same boat with the same crew made the same comment.
    Overall the lovely scenery, the interesting people on board and the beautiful cities we visited made this trip very worthwhile.

    Boat: My Story

  • pam 10 months ago

    Two ladies and I ( all in our 60's) just finished this tour on My Story. Having no experience with bike/barge I was not sure what to expect. What we got was a fabulous trip through some of the most scenic and beautiful country I've ever seen. Our tour guide, Stephan, was charming and informative. This tour was run by Rad and Reisen. They did a great job of marking the routes, although a few times we did get a little turned around. The food was top-notch and the staff did an excellent job of entertaining the travelers. I was impressed by the over-all professionalism. The riding was easy and on mostly asphalt with very few inclines. Only draw back was the size of the cabins. The pictures are a little misleading. When the second bed was lowered there was almost no room to walk by each other. You needed to be a contortionist to use the bathroom. But, since you really didn't spend a lot of time in the room it was tolerable. All in all would highly recommend this trip.

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  • Vicki H. 10 months ago

    I loved every moment of the trip. The boat and the meals were far better than I had expected, the staff was super friendly and the fun activities were great. I look forward to booking another trip. I recommend that people read their information prior to daily outings as there is a lot to absorb. Also, take time on the first day to be sure your bicycle is a good fit. It was a magnificent adventure!

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  • Pat L. 10 months ago

    The most memorable part was Day 6 Rossatz - Pochlarn was the most scenic part of the trail. Magical small villages - wish the whole route could have been like this. Most of the trail was uneventful, some of the trail was in poor shape and rough riding.
    Unfortunately, there was a language barrier between the Americans and the tour guide, so instructions were not always clear, and we needed to fend for ourselves most of the time. Certain sections of map were confusing and trail was not well marked. We made it though, and enjoyed the adventure!
    Beautiful cities and villages to visit - wish we would have had more time to explore! All in all very good trail ride and good trip!

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • M. Linwood 12 months ago

    We found the boat comfortable and the staff really helpful and friendly. The trip was most relaxing and a good insight into the Danube countryside.

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  • M. Mander 12 months ago

    The most memorable part: The staff on board the ship, our guide, the beautiful sights and most importantly the people we met in the countries we visited. They were warm, welcoming and really made you feel like a special visitor.

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  • Mark Mander 12 months ago

    Started our tour July 17th. Things went smoothly after they had gotten the engine fixed which caused a change in our first days agenda. They really came through in making up for the inconvenience. Staff on the ship and Stephan our Rad and Reisen rep were great.

    All in all it was an excellent vacation, very well organized. All the ships staff were friendly and willing to go that extra step to make it a great experience. The food was wonderful, accommodations great.

    I thought our Rad and Reisen biking guide Hugo did an excellent job navigating our group from spot to spot. Despite having quite a large group( English, German and Dutch speaking) he was able to spend time with all of us making sure we had a great experience. He was very personable and got our group from point A to B safely, making sure we had time to see and experience the many special places communities along the Danube.

    He even went above and beyond to make my experience extra special. Having MS meant that I could not participate in the walking tours. He took it upon himself to make sure I was included by providing me with my own tour using bicycles. This would have been a night off for him and he knew that I would not be able to take part due to my limited ability to walk any distance due to my MS. It was one of my more memorable experiences thanks to Hugo.

    He certainly looked after all of us and was accessible day and night to answer any questions and assist to make our trip an experience of a lifetime.

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  • L. Schmidlin 12 months ago

    Was a great trip. Boat and tour guide were outstanding. Some of the staff were a bit stand-offish, but within reason. Just didn't make you feel 100% welcomed all the time (made you feel more of a guest than family) but again, well within reason. Got lost a few times so perhaps the maps could be a bit more directed, but again, not bad. Overall, it was a great experience and I would highly recommend it. Thanks - Larry

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  • J. Lockwood 1 year ago

    Only bad was some hills and a very long bridge (wife is afraid of heights and had to walk the over mile long bridge).

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  • M. Collins 1 year ago

    The boat was not in location we were told it would be. But once there the boat was good. The tour guide didn't seem to know the route as well as he should have. The directions on the maps could have been a lot better But we did have a great time but would recommend a different route next time.

    Tripsite was great. Would highly recommend booking with them.

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  • S. Burwell 1 year ago

    The plan changed from recommending biking in Budapest...to it not being recommended - and therefore no briefing/description of the route was provided. While the stickers on signposts helped to guide the way, the book could have been more fully annotated. The boat was too full, there were not enough dishes for all passengers, dinner took 3 hours (2 hours too long). Bikes were generally in good repair and available when promised. Although the food was very good, bottled water was not provided every day as contracted.

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  • A. Roebelen 1 year ago

    The bike path signs were sometimes hard to follow and we got off course a few times.
    The staff of the boat, The Normandie, was fabulous. The food was better than we expected and they were very accommodating with our lunches. The wifi was very disappointing.

    Boat: MS Normandie

    • Jehiel 1 year ago

      Hi A. Roebelen,
      Sorry to hear you found the bike route confusing. We have passed your feedback on and are working to make the route more clear. As for wifi, quality and availability can vary from boat to boat. We suggest purchasing portable travel wifi, an affordable and easy way to stay connected while traveling. You can find all the details on our FAQ page.
      Thanks for your feedback!

  • V. Assis 1 year ago

    It was better than I could imagine! Thank you all.

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  • K. Thibodeau 1 year ago

    We found this to be one of our best trips ever!

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  • S. Garson 1 year ago

    I know that there was a mid cruise change of cruise directors and neither were particularly helpful. We basically did the routes ourselves and there could have been better instructions. We had a wonderful trip though.

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  • B. Burwell 1 year ago

    Biking - generally excellent. There is one day - Budapest - that is described as a biking day in most of the material we saw but when we were on the boat the tour director tried to discourage us from biking that day. There was a good reason for that - the route was confusing and included a VERY busy road for a few km. It should be removed from the promotional material as a biking day,

    Boat - another boat broke down and several people were transferred to empty cabins on our boat. I think as a result there was more people on board than could be handled at dinners. Dinners went on for 2-3 hours just because the staff couldn't deal with all the guests. The good itself was fine when it finally arrived.

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  • R. Bass 1 year ago

    We had a problem with sewage odor in our room - which they boat crew was unable to fix - Also room was hot and we had to use a fan. When we complained to Rad and Reisen about the temperature they denied that the AC was not working. We complained to Rad and Reisen and they issued us a 10% refund which Tripsite matched. We appreciated your concern attentiveness to these problems and you willingness to offer some compensation.

    Despite these problems, overall the trip was great - good people, great rides and beautiful scenery and points of interest. We would definately book another trip with your company, but not with Rad and Reisen.

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  • K. Sattler 1 year ago

    Only thing missing was quality wifi on the boat. The trip more than met our expectations

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  • J. Wagemakers 1 year ago

    This adventure was more than we expected. The boat was very well equipped, and our cabin was comfortable and larger than we expected. The staff was very friendly and dealt with all of our needs, and the meals were fabulous. Our bikes were well maintained and were well suited for the route we rode. The scenery was amazing and we come home with a collection of pictures and memories.

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • K. Kehrberg 1 year ago

    The itinerary was excellent. A nice blend of bike routes and city site seeing along the way. We spent a couple days in Vienna before the trip and then used our Vienna day to bike on the island. Glad we didn't have to cram Vienna into a few hours. It was our cruise director's first trip and his enthusiasm was greater than his organizational skills in his presentations.

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  • R. Hennigan 1 year ago

    Our Normandie trip from Passau to Budapest was spectacular! The weather, the boat, the food, the fellow bikers, the countryside and the bikes were all a delight. We were also pleased to learn that our guide rode each day. He was very knowledgeable; however, under stress was verbally contentious and short with guests. It became almost comical and so we learned to stay out of his way during certain times of the day. Nevertheless, the trip was a dream and we thank-you!!

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  • Vivien Watts 2 years ago

    Overall great trip, really loved it. Did feel the duration and arrival time in Vienna was disappointingly limited - nowhere near long enough to see sufficient in daylight hours.

    Unfortunately one major problem became apparent. The tour director was charming and affable when presenting to an audience, but his manner often vacillated (changed) when talking with individuals. On many occasions he was rude and dismissive, including sometimes making derogattory comments. Due to his public persona (welcoming and friendly), I was really shocked by this. At times he gave the impression that he was putting on an act, that he really did not like or enjoy his job and the guests were an infuriating annoyance to him. Even allowing for tiredness and stress, I do not think there is any excuse for rudeness to friendly (and paying) customers. I was not the only one to observe his changeable attitude or bear the brunt of his dismissive rudeness. As it wasn't possible to pick what his response would be (ie positive or negative), I only spoke to him when spoken to. I shudder to think of his treatment of the genuinely lovely and diligent cleaners and kitchen staff. Perhaps it's time for Leslie to retire.

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  • Judy Lucas 2 years ago

    As this was our 1st bike and boat experience, we did not know what to expect. We are recreational cyclists, not cycling fanatics, and were very happy with this trip and look forward to saving up to do another similar adventure.

    I do have 2 comments. The meal situation. It was disappointing not to have the opportunity to mix with more of the passengers as we were at a table by ourselves and had to stay at this table for every meal - even breakfast - every day. As it was a breakfast buffet and not everyone arrives for breakfast at the same time, being free to sit wherever, would definitely encourage more socializing amongst all passengers. Also, some nights, even though the staff was definitely hustling, it took more than 2 hours to be served our main course. It would seem that a few more staff members could help with this loooong wait after a long tiring day.

    Also, there was a definite, obvious bias each day towards the larger group of German speaking passengers when it came to the briefing on the bike route. They were always briefed first and always went over the allotted time leaving the briefing for the English speaking passengers a very rushed affair, leaving no time for clarifications and a late start each day. This did result in some people getting lost. Alternating which group was briefed first might alleviate this problem.

    Having said this, it was a tremendous trip and I would definitely recommend it to any recreational cyclist. Wonderful scenery with fantastic suggested rest stops made it an exceptional adventure. Thank you for all your help in making this a superb, memorable experience. Your service was outstanding. Thank you again.
    Judy.

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  • Deborah Waldo 2 years ago

    Food was not we are accustomed to on trips of this type.

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  • Anna Brasier 2 years ago

    Ship broke down and we were bused to Budapest vs cycling in, that was disappointing, but not to be helped. Jurgen our guide was very good.

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  • Susan Oman 2 years ago

    I liked the ease of being in a larger boat vs a small barge. There was plenty of room in the lounge and other public places so we could get some quiet time. Also a little more anonymity on the larger boat and self guiding was fun.

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  • Leslie Kerluke 2 years ago

    Enjoyed the trip fully but thought there could have been a little better information on riding and expected timeline for rides, as we often rode faster than necessary and didn't know we could stop along the way for sight seeing etc. Our cycle guide was very nice but did not have all the information to answer our questions or help us to maximize our sight seeing experience.

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  • Elise Manners 2 years ago

    The whole trip was fantastic! I have already recommended it to many of my friends and one group have already booked a trip for next year!

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  • Susan Martin 2 years ago

    There was a mixup checking in to the cabins on the boat. The boat staff assigned us different rooms than the vouchers from TripSite indicated. Glad I had my voucher, otherwise we wouldn't have been placed in the upper deck room we paid for. I think the mixup affected everyone in our group of 12, and unfortunately some people were not as fortunate as we were and ended up in lower deck cabins when they reserved upper deck ones.

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  • Steve VanderWeide 2 years ago

    We did have rain quite a few days on her trip. But we were prepared and so we wore our raingear. Our guide Pieter, was very good at watching the weather and getting us inside or out of the rain if he could

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  • Bill Fleshman 2 years ago

    This is the 3rd travel group I've put together through tripsite and each was very enjoyable. My groups ranged in size from 3 to 12. The first was a land bike trip in Provence, France and the next two were bike and boat trips on the Mozel and the Danube. I am not associated with a tour company but found working with Tripsite personnel, Mary, Carla and others, to be easy even for a novice like me to put together such trips. I have worked with other agencies but have found Tripsite to be more "reachable" and available at any time I had questions. I will continue to use them for future group and individual trips.

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  • Patricia Scullin 2 years ago

    There was a chemical odor in the hallway outside our room, and the food was not good.

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  • Ronald Allard 2 years ago

    Was not always easy to "stay on course" on the bike tours. Directions and/or course markings could have been better.

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  • Carol Reimann 2 years ago

    Awesome experience! Can't wait to plan my next adventure with you.

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  • Julie Kummel jkummel@rain.org 2 years ago

    Some of the routes were complicated, but we had good backup from our staff, and possibility of getting lost was reduced considerably. The bikes were in excellent condition, the staff were friendly and very knowledgeable--it was a very enjoyable trip and I would do it again.

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  • Doug Okey 2 years ago

    Have recommended the 2 trips we did to all our friends and they are very keen to go.

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  • Michael Sudheer 2 years ago

    A wonderful experience made even better by the friendly and so very helpful staff. Thank you!

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  • Steve Slinkard 2 years ago

    Guides should have provided a little more detail (distance between turns, landmarks, areas to pay extra attention, etc)

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  • Art Shotwell 2 years ago

    My wife & I had a wonderful four country bike-boat trip on the Danube. Saw wonderful little towns, met good friends on the trip, and enjoyed good food and wine.

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  • Gail Black 2 years ago

    I enjoyed staying put at night better than the barge moving at night. We have done both and I enjoy walking around in the evening.I also would not have so many ferry crossings in the next trip. Puts a time factor in the ride.

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  • Sandra Stocks 2 years ago

    Despite nasty weather conditions, which no one can control, the crew made our trip fun and exciting.

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  • Kristi Sinkus 2 years ago

    AC did not work
    BargeBoat needed updating
    Crew was accommodating
    but moody
    Overall my biking experience was terrific!"

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  • Rafael Camarota 2 years ago

    My wife and I enjoyed eating off the boat. It was our choice to have more local flare and maximize time off boat. It did feel wasteful. It would be great if there was a reduced meals option or an option to "donate" meals or value of meals to charity.

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  • Gary Saelens 2 years ago

    Great bike/boat trip along the Danube!

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  • Mary Anne Gilbert 2 years ago

    This trip is for the person who does not want any surprises. There was nothing wrong with the food or the bikes or the staff. However there was also no sense of discovery, as every detail of your day was planned out for you, what to order when you stopped for lunch at the only place recommended, what sights to see in the cities, etc. I personally like to explore along the way and take my time in the countryside. This is the only Tripsite trip I have taken that has left me feeling a bit let down, and I have taken several.

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  • Kathleen Josten 2 years ago

    The captain crew and trip leaders all went out of their way to make us feel at home and special. The bikes were ready when they needed to be. The dinners were ready on time. We were prepared for the next day's ride. I could not ask for a better experience! The My Story crew and Lesley as trip leader were the best!

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  • Sandra Dusseault 2 years ago

    The guide was awful. We would only stop when he wanted to, and that was on the side of the path so that he could have a cigarette. When we suggested a stop in a small village, or somewhere interesting, he would say no. When I told him that I was going to go ahead on my own, he spoke to me like I was a child, telling me I was to stay with the group. The route descriptions in the evening were excellent...the main guide was fantastic, it was just the guide that we paid extra for that soured our trip.
    The boat was great, the staff was phenomenal. Our rooms were really good, an incredibly clean.

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  • Joseph Rine 2 years ago

    Boat and staff were fantastic. Daily rides were good, but routes could have been better. The Devlin loop circled us around several gravel dikes for about 10 miles. Trails were rough and not well marked. But there were miles of great bike paths along the Danube that we motored past on the boat....

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  • Kathryn Smith 2 years ago

    The tour guide, Jan (not sure of the spelling) was amazing! He was funny, helpful and friendly. All the logistics with the bike stuff worked very smoothly.

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  • Paul Finger 2 years ago

    We couldn't be happier. Everyone from the trip "arrangers" to all the personnel on the barge could not have been more helpful. This was our first trip like this, everything was superb.

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  • Susan Joe 2 years ago

    Would have been nice to have a guide but our trip was the last of the season so no guide was available.

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  • Jill Roach 2 years ago

    We loved everything about this trip. The bikes were in excellent condition, the cruise director was very helpful, the boat's staff was super attentive. The boat is definitely older but it was very clean and we loved having drinks on the top deck every night under the stars. My two teens had a great time as well and the staff was wonderful to them. The scenery was incredible and the tour excursions were a great value and well worth it.

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  • Diana Collins 2 years ago

    Even with the age of the boat (1970's!!), we totally enjoyed the cruise. The staff was great and the food was wonderful. The bikes were comfortable and in good repair.

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  • Maureen Molony 2 years ago

    We had a great time, the staff worked very hard to please, and it was a very good trip.

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  • Janet Creighton 2 years ago

    Everything was great. The only thing we didn't like was the guide we had for our guided tour. All other staff were fantastic.

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  • Lois Farmer 2 years ago

    At times the trip leading gave incomplete information regarding routes, detours and conditions although the German speaking people received better information - he should use a specific outline when giving such information to be sure it is complete.

    The food was great except for the Wiener Schnitzel which was not interesting at all. A real disappointment in fact. (I have traveled to Austria often and know a less than impressive meal when I receive it.)

    I had booked an extra night in Passau but could not use it due to airline delays. I called Tripsite which could not reimburse me, which I understand. However, I have twice requested a statement from them that I cannot be reimbursed so that I can use it for my trip insurance - I still have not received it.

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  • Don Beck 2 years ago

    Trip of a lifetime! My Story boat a bit dated, but the entire staff was wonderful!

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  • Lori Cicero 2 years ago

    We enjoyed our trip immensely and recommend it to everyone! The boat was nice, just vintage. The bike routes were well thought out, relatively easy and well marked. Some meals on the ship were good and a couple were not. We preferred eating out on the sightseeing days anyways. Overall it was a great value for the overall price. Can't wait to do another one in a different country!

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  • Don Hyland 2 years ago

    A great way to travel on the Danube from Passau to Budapest and back. Our 4 days of biking were on well marked and scenic trails. Glad to have the opportunity to climb the hill overlooking the Danube Loop. Loved biking through small towns such as Melk, Durnstein and Krems. Would recommend this trip on the MS MY STORY.

  • Kimberley McEwan 2 years ago

    We loved the Along the Danube cycling trip. The entire tour was very well organized and we really had no complaints. It was a great way to travel and sightsee several countries and the Fall was a great time of year. We are planning our next cycling trip already.

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  • Deborah Stone 2 years ago

    Accommodations were too cramped. Our first boat trip had more adequate rooms.
    Breakfast was great but supper was so so. Not good vegetarian options .

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  • Alan Robson 2 years ago

    Great tour down the Danube.

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  • Ken Scheske 2 years ago

    We have recommended this trip to all of our cycling friends, it was one of the best trips we ever had in Europe - and we have had a lot. So far we have cycled in Scotland, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Denmark and Sweden and then of course the barge trip. Keep up the good work, would love to do another one.

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  • Sue Ernst 2 years ago

    I've passed your site along to others.

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  • Pam Davis 2 years ago

    Great trip!

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  • Dennis Marshall 2 years ago

    Great value for money. Barge had broken airconditioning for 24hours+ so was unpleasant for a while. Highly recommend this trip to anyone as a great balance between active and passive holidaying. Stay overnight in key cities for 2 nights would be better, eg> Vienna. Thank you.

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  • Janis Benedict 2 years ago

    Wonderful bike trip along the Danube. Have already recommended to several friends. Look forward to doing another trip. Prefer the self-guided, plenty of time to stop and take photos.

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  • Carolyn Myers 2 years ago

    This was a wonderful trip - we took our 17 year old grandson and he had a great time with the bicycling and visiting the cities along the route. The staff on the barge was so kind and helpful and the food was outstanding!! The bicycle leader was very well versed in the route and explained the itinerary every evening. We love to take Barge and Bike trips and have taken several Tripsite trips - enjoyed them all.

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  • Kathy Showers 2 years ago

    We loved the trip! The route and scenery was amazing and we will cherish the friends we made. This tour wasn't posh - it was an active tour - I'd rather get out and experience the culture from the seat of a bicycle than from the deck of my suite. The staff was first class, food was good and the room adequate. I couldn't ask for more beautiful and safe routes each day but got lost once. My husband, who was a bit hesitant about riding 25 miles each day, did great, and is ready to plan the next trip! Tripsite was very professional and helped with all questions and concerns. We will take our next cycling trip in the next few years and will use Tripsite! Thanks!

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  • Claudia Bonomi 2 years ago

    The guide Mr. Leslie was extremely eficiente, the routes very thoughtful and well signposted. I considered it a fascinating experience!

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  • Joyce Lear 2 years ago

    I thought we would bike every day, not a problem, but it would have been nice to know.

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  • Susan Martin 2 years ago

    Upon boarding, there was confusion regarding our room assignments. All 12 of us in our party were assigned different rooms than our vouchers indicated, even on different decks. Fortunately, the cruise director was able to sort everything out, but not without some angst on the part of the hotel manager, who was in the midst of boarding all the passengers at the start of the trip.

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  • Kathy Showers 2 years ago

    I felt bad the employees hadn't had a break since the beginning of the season. Leslie the tour director was burnt out. He was a little defensive when we mentioned some of the route was poorly signed. Many people missed some turns. Other than that we loved the tour, food, staff and have recommended this to many friends!

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  • Terry Hill 2 years ago

    Excellent trip. Look forward to trying another one.

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  • Linda Nicoli 2 years ago

    Only hitch in the whole experience was confusion when we arrived at the boat for check in. In our group of twelve, those who had paid extra for upper deck rooms were assigned lower deck rooms and vice versa, causing a few flared tempers and a less than welcoming start to our excursion. After that was sorted out everything went smoothly. We liked some of the extra excursions more than others but the biking was really the highlight of the trip. Biking through the Wachau Valley with vineyards climbing the mountains on either side, many with castles on top, through charming villages - priceless!

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  • Beverly Rudeen 2 years ago

    With 100 passengers & half German speaking/half English speaking I would recommend 2 guides instead of one. At times our guide seemed overwhelmed with questions, assistance, etc....

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  • Mary Anne Gilbert 2 years ago

    I had a good time on this trip, however, there was not enough time on the bicycle. As well, compared to the other biking trips we have taken, this one was very dependent on time. We did not have all day to get to the next spot. I felt rushed on three of the days, and we only biked on four. Also you lose the sense of discovery when every spot is picked out for you ahead of time, as to where to eat, shop, etc. The cruise staff were wonderful, but it seems to me that they think people only want to see cities, whereas I love the countryside and the villages. I would not do a combined boat and bike again.

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  • Susan Viggiano 2 years ago

    Great way to do an active vacation. Will definitely book again!!

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  • Kimberley McEwan 2 years ago

    The Bike and Barge cycling trip was a great way to experience new countries. The cycling paths along the Danube are excellent and the riding was very enjoyable. We will be looking at other bike and barge options through Tripsite.

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  • Janet Humphrey 2 years ago

    They need to provide better maps or route sheets. Manager of the boat (Peter) was very unfriendly and sometimes rude.

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  • Brenda Alberico 2 years ago

    Would be helpful if bikes had water cages

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  • Merle Brinkman 2 years ago

    Thanks for providing us with a lifetime of memories.

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  • Jim Watson 2 years ago

    Overall we had an outstanding trip. The boat was a little better than we expected but very well maintained and managed by the staff and crew. Leslie, our cruise director, was fabulous. I think we overwhelmed the boat with our large group and American ways. Leslie did a great job of balancing our fun trip and the ship's need to do their jobs in a certain way. We will definitely look to Tripsite for another boat/bike adventure in the years to come.

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  • Marilyn Kerfoot 2 years ago

    Main reasons for not recommending: Too many people. I would prefer a smaller group especially for lunches and stops along the way. Too much time needed for logistics with such a large group. (That being said, Leslie and the crew did a great job being as efficient as possible with this given the numbers involved.) The trip was marketed as meals all included. However, it was clear that we were "expected" to eat lunch at restaurants during our biking days. That would have been okay except we were always at the same place as dozens of other people (mostly people from our own boat who had not elected to take the guided trip option) so that the experience was not at all enjoyable. The restaurant staff were obviously harried at having to deal with such a large group at one time.
    We always seemed to be in a rush to get back to the boat before its departure. I hadn't realized that the boat would have such a tight schedule to get from one docking point to another. I would have paid slightly more to have better food. There was way too much pork served; I felt starved for good quality, fresh vegetables by the time the tour ended.

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  • Don Beck 2 years ago

    The crew on My Story were amazing! Lesley the cruise director did a great job as did the entire staff. Five star service!

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  • Robert Vinton 2 years ago

    Food was only average. Breakfast buffet was good, but the dinners were mixed. If you could find a way to upgrade the dinners, that would be great and worth more money. For biking trips, given it is a healthy, active crowd, even more healthy meal preparations would likely be welcomed. We did appreciate the vegetarian options though Vegan would also be nice. Overall a wonderful trip though, we enjoyed it very much.

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  • Peter Parnegg 2 years ago

    I know you know this, but the My Story is an old boat. Our bathroom smelled really bad. The food was average. The staff was incredible. The biking was spectacular. Leslie, our tour manager could not have been better. This was an incredible trip and it was a great value because the boat was old it wasn't very expensive. The folks at tripsite we excellent as well.

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  • Deborah Stone 2 years ago

    We were to have 1 rest day in Vienna but had 2 rest days. The second being Budapest. We liked the city but would have preferred to see more of Hungary from our bikes. My husband is not an historic buff so was bored with sight seeing.

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  • Joseph Hludzenski 2 years ago

    Our group was more than well treated. The staff and officers on the barge went out of their way to help us and make the entire trip one to remember. The tour director really put himself out for everyone on board. He even helped us to solve a problem after we had left the boat at the end of the trip. It was outstanding.

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  • Diane Malone 2 years ago

    Yes, yes, I would and have recommended this trip to friends. It was very relaxing, fun, offering beautiful scenery, helpful staff! visiting the small villages was a treat. The route and route guide was user friendly. Hope to bike this way again soon.

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  • Howard Christie 2 years ago

    Trip maps were difficult to decipher in some cases and needed more explanation. There were too many questions of ""which way do we go?, we must have missed our turn, where's the ferry?

    Why couldn't we get a cup of coffee or tea before 7am or 4pm? Why couldn't we get a beer in the lounge right after returning from ride? Why couldn't we drop off our panniers before 4 on Friday when the man in charge was sitting at his desk doing nothing? The crew for the most part was accommodating but the Teutonic influence was in evidence too often, and I am 50% German. My grandfather having served for Germany in the First World War.

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  • Patricia Scullin 2 years ago

    The food could be a lot better, and we would even pay more. Other than that the trip was lovely.

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  • Joe Rine 2 years ago

    Wow! Last year we did a bike and barge; Koblenz to Saarburg on the Patria and loved it. This tour on the MV Story was even better. Boat was a bit more upscale, food and service was better; and the biking along the Danube was beautiful. The City visits were very good.
    The hotel Manager on the boat, Paval, was tremendous. And under his leadership the rest of the staff was also very, very good.
    My wife rented an E Bike which was well worth the money. The 21 speed I got was also very nice for a comfort bike.
    The other guests were also great!

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  • Tess Tholstrup 2 years ago

    What I didn't like was the fact that the ships organisers would have known that the Water levels in the Danube would not be sufficient for the boat to moor in Budapest long before they told us. I feel that we weren't told as it would have put in jeopardy people attending the trip.

    Otherwise everything else exceeded my expectations. The only staff member who could have done better was the guy in charge of the bike courses.

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  • Margaret Collins 3 years ago

    The four country tour on the My Story was an amazing adventure. From the time we boarded the boat til the last evening it was very well organized. The staff were friendly and fun and helpful. The bikes were comfortable and the staff made sure they fit each person. The bike rides each day were well planned with lots of information on the wonderful stops along the way. The meals were amazing with lots of choices.

    Thank you so much to trip site and the staff on the My Story for making our holiday a very memorable one. We enjoyed out trip so much we are looking forward to doing another one in the near future.

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  • Judi 3 years ago

    If you want a great bike-and-barge trip, the My Story "4 Country Tour" should be high on the list for consideration. All of the staff are polite, courteous and helpful, full of energy and enthusiasm to help make your trip a pleasure. We didn't have the best weather, but even so, the rides were beautiful, safe and fun. They were accurately described as easy to moderate and the morning briefings with the maps were most helpful. As an American, I was so impressed with the European bikeways, which are well maintained in all the countries visited. The staff, cruise director and hotel director were terrific and ready to help with any concerns. They saw to it everyone had a great time! The bike tour of Budapest and the music concert in Vienna were our favorite extra tours. I would recommend this trip for anyone who would like a vacation with exercise to work off the great food and who wants to see a lot of country in a short time.

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  • Jose Mª Duque Heras 3 years ago

    * Impresión general: muy buena, satisfechos con la organización

    * el equipo entregado y la infraestructura muy buena

    * personal y atención : buenos

    * régimen de comida muy bien

    * rutas programadas: muy adecuadas, fáciles y atractivas

    * como aspecto negativo: falta de guias en español

    Gracias por todo

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  • Wendy Davey 3 years ago

    What a fantastic trip. From the moment we were on board we knew it was going to be well organised and professional. The barge "My Story" was always very clean and the food was fantastic along with the staff very helpful and accommodating. The cycling along the Danube was picture perfect. All the extra tours were well organised. Wonderful memories! Thankyou.

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  • Marilyn Kuntze 3 years ago

    I did the four country tour along the Danbue with 11 others. We booked through Tripsite. From the beginning I was impressed with the friendly and professional backup from the staff. The trip was better than expected. The boat "My Story" -friendly staff, delicious Food, nice atmosphere. We had good weather, tours well explained and organized with no time pressure. My husband and I did the trip six years ago and enjoyed it and recommended it to friends and Family in the USA. I believe that all were very pleased with everything, This is ideal for a bike that is doing something like this for the first time.

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  • Dean Pond 3 years ago

    We have just returned from your four country tour on My Story. We were very satisfied with the accommodation despite a malfunction the last night which resulted in our being moved to another room. Our accommodation was kept extremely clean and the staff were very accommodating. We enjoyed the cycling and found the day to day schedule manageable. Although this was only the second week of operation for the season with a new staff, the meals were well prepared and quite enjoyable. We were seated with other English speaking travellers and it was interesting comparing the day's cycling and sightseeing. We will certainly consider another bike-boat tour.

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  • Barb Adams 5 years ago

    Our group had a WONDERFUL time. I am one of six who went to celebrate 20 years of biking together. I loved all the rides, but the ride on the last day Krem-Melk was the best! I liked the fact that the cruise director had everything lined out for the rides and actually went with us. He also pointed out good places to stop along the way for local treats. I loved going to the small villages along the way, especially Vac in Hungary. I also liked all the activiities the boat crew had planned, a music quiz contest, skits and dancing on the last night and Roland on the piano-organ. The food on the boat was so delicious; something to celebrate each country we were in. It waas wonderful touring through Budapest and Vienna. I highly recommend this trip!

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  • Paula Wickstrom 5 years ago

    It was a wonderful bike & barge tour- we biked about 168 miles in 6 days; the trails were great and easy to ride with beautiful scenery along the way. We started out with great breakfasts and ended with fabulous dinners. Met many nice people on the "My Story" barge. Great experience all around.

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  • Jan Engwer 5 years ago

    This was a fabulous trip - even better than what I expected. We were able to spend a fair amount of time in most of the major cities and the bike trails took us through some gorgeous countryside, and there were many quaint villages along the way where we were able to shop and dine. The bike trails were wide, paved and level, and a couple of the longer routes offered shorter options by taking a ferry to cut off some of the distance. The entire "My Story" experience was delightful. The captain and all the crew members were very accommodating and friendly, the other guests were fun and young-at-heart, the rooms and beds were comfortable and clean, and the food was exquisite!!! The daily biking trips were well-planned and organized, and the extra tours, particularly the biking tours through Vienna and Budapest, were well worth the money. Even the weather cooperated nicely - we had sunshine every day and temperatures in the 70's (Fahrenheit). Perfect weather for biking.

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Along the Danube - Four Country Tour Boats + Barges

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MS Normandie Austria, Hungary, Germany, Slovakia Comfort Plus Class Boat Last refurbished in 2011, the MS Normandie has a total of forty-nine 2-bed cabins and two single cabins with one bed. The cabins are equipped with two lower beds, shower / toilet, shampoo and soap, TV, safe, hairdryer, individually controlled air conditioning and panoramic windows. The windows on the upper deck can be opened. The beds during the day turn into sofas. The 1-bed cabins have a lower bed. On the upper deck you will find the cozy Panorama Lounge with bar and on the main deck, a lovely restaurant.

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MS Carissma Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary Comfort Plus Class Boat Introducing a new Comfort Plus/Deluxe vessel on the Danube!

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