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Bordeaux - Castelos, Rios & Vinho by Rick M. 3 weeks ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
The boat was quite old and noisy. Due to either river conditions or dock accommodations, the skipper had to move the boat off the dock multiple times during the days and at night, disrupting sleep for many of the guests. Air conditioning did not work in several of the cabins, and the crew was very slow to repair. At our "welcome aboard" briefing, we were told that there were 130 life vests on board the vessel, and that was the extent of the safety briefing - nothing about where they were located or how to don them. No word about where fire extinguishers were located. Nothing about how to get off the boat in an emergency. If there was an AED on board, it was well hidden!
Several of the young ladies in the crew were very friendly and helpful to the passengers, but others were not very helpful at all - The Captain could best be described as an old Curmudgeon. Time for him to retire! The bikes were Read more… old and somewhat worn out. Very little help from the crew with getting them set up and ready to roll each day. The first day of "bike fitting" was pandemonium, with 80+ people all trying to get their bikes at once. Probably could have been a little better organized - as could several other aspects of the trip. Our guide was trying very hard to do the best he could, but he was handicapped by a lack of experience and local area knowledge. His regular job was working in the office for the boat company, and I suspect he was pressed into service as a guide, probably because so many people requested the guided option.
The food was generally good, but there was no choice during evening meals. If you happened not to like duck, too bad!
While the crew and the company had no control over the weather, it rained almost every day, and to top it all off, I found I really prefer California/Washington wines to any we tasted in the Bordeaux region.
While this was our first barge experience, we have taken many other cycling trips, with other companies. In general, they have all been far more organized an better executed than this trip. The bikes were always better in quality and better maintained by the crew. The tour leaders were far more informed and informative about the areas we were riding in.
Bottom line: I will not take another bike/barge trip through your company, nor can I recommend your trips to others.
Amsterdã a Bruges Tour de Bike by Guilherme G. 2 months ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Maps must be improved.We got lost more than one time.The signs are very poor in many places.Local people are not used to the signs used in the bike route used in the maps. So they could not help us.
The first day of the trip is too long. It would be better to do it in two days.
The normal package hotels are not good. For few cities we payed for upgrade hotels. This ones were very nice.
Countries: Holanda, Bélgica
Bordeaux - Castelos, Rios & Vinho by Diane F. 2 months ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Bruges a Amsterdã by Judy L. 3 months ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Coming around a corner in rural netherlands and seeing a tradition windmill complete with thatched roof! Beautiful!
Boat: Sailing Home
Countries: Bélgica, Holanda
Road of 100 Castles - Münsterland by Elizabeth T. 3 months ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
1. There were only about 10 castles on the tour. Most of the castles were not open to the public to visit.2. The maps and written instructions given to us upon arrival were in German which we do not know. There was an option to download these instructions onto a smart phone but we were not given this information until on day 3 of the tour. We had made no provisions to attach a smart phone to our bike and protect it from the weather.3. The scenery was pleasant for a few days but became boring as there was not much difference each day.
Countries: Alemanha, Holanda
North Holland Tour by LEONIDAS ROUSSINOS 4 months ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Ao longo do Danúbio – Passau a Viena by Margaret E. 4 months ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Most Memorable Part: The biking and comradery of the other bikers on the trip.
Countries: Áustria, Alemanha
Ao longo do Rio Danúbio- O poderoso Canyon do Iron Gates by Dennis E. 4 months ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Most Memorable Part: The black mold (or something) that had many people coughing in their rooms. I had to take allergy pills each night.
Boat: Theodor Körner
Countries: Áustria, Alemanha, Eslováquia, Hungria, Serbia, Romênia
Ao longo do Rio Danúbio- O poderoso Canyon do Iron Gates by Robert W M. 4 months ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
The crew & food were great & acceptable respectively. There were very few vegetables served. The ship was terrible, moldy, poor lighting nonexistent waste baskets except in private rooms. The ship had a strong sewer odor which our cabin boy could not remedy. This problem involved several rooms. We would not return to the The(odor) Körner.
Vale do Loire by Jayne Allerton 4 months ago Verified Reviewer
Parques Nacionais da Dalmácia by MARIA JOSE R. 5 months ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
As a summary, this National Park 'bike & Boat' trip Read more… was far from expectations.
Champange Tour by Mark H. 5 months ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
The general biking was above average , with some awesome sites visited.As far as the accommodation was concerned this was below average.Although the space was confined more emphasis could have been done to the quality and hospitality of stay.
Tour Rio Elba e Praga by Lia P. 5 months ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Countries: República Checa
Costa Prateada de Portugal by Jeanne W. 6 months ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Porto was extraordinary as was Aveiro. The bike routes were primitive or sand covered. Local company was extremely nice and accommodating. Portuguese people couldn’t have been friendlier.
Cracóvia até Varsóvia by Elizabeth C. 8 months ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Norte da Normandia by Kathryn K. 1 year ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
We had a great time touring the area. The hills were a challenge! The hotel food was varied and tasty.
Bordeaux - Castelos, Rios & Vinho by Beth M. 1 year ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
I am commenting on the Bordeaux tour which I decided to go on last minute. If I had done my research on the boat & room size I wouldn’t have gone. My husband is 6’6” and the cabin was too small & very uncomfortable. I don’t know how it gets the Comfort Plus rating, all of the cabins on the lower level with the exception of one were all very small, & from other fellow pax comments, the upper level was not much better. This was our third trip with TripSite, we thoroughly enjoyed the 2 prior trips. We are sorry to say that the Bordeaux trip was underwhelming as far as scenery & bike routes.
Highlights of Dalmatia E-Bike and Boat by Susan G. 1 year ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Two of the islands with national parks were removed due to weather concerns. High wind and rough seas evident with the first one, the second the weather did not happen and some of the guests thought we were taken to our final port of Zadar a day early (two nights there instead of one) perhaps for the convenience of the crew. Release the captain a day early, save on fuel? Food on the boat was institutional. Bikes were very comfortable and handled well, but should have rear-view mirrors. Guides Ivana and Kristofer have a lot of personality and were very engaging. Some of the scenery was spectacular. Guided walks provided for us at some of the ports were excellent. Tripsite should send trip info farther in advance of the trip. When it finally did arrive, it included info about flying to Dubrovnik, etc. By then, we and likely most other clients had made plans.
Pelo Danúbio – Passeio por quatro países by David F. 1 year ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Breakfast good. Bagged lunches okay but not great and they only had sparkling water which I don't like and can't drink. No option to get still water without paying extra. Dinners good but not great. Only one meal very good. Most upset about not being able to drink the water from the room sink (which was announced over the PA system just before dinner after we had been onboard for a few hours)and then having to pay for still safe water for the cabin, breakfast, lunch and dinner.Bike barge nightly talk about the following day was always the second talk of the evening (made for later evenings or no room in the bar). Would have liked to share the first time slot for half of the evenings.Concierge staff outstanding and serving staff in the dinning room good.
Countries: Áustria, Alemanha, Eslováquia, Hungria
Ao longo do Danúbio – Passau a Viena by Mok L. 1 year ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
The Danube / bike path was wonderful , My bike was a red girls bike that clunked “hate it”, my wife’s ebike was great, the food was good except the hair in couple of dishes, the tour dir and the hotel mgr were friggen rude (not just us to about 14 others ) would Never take a SE tour again. The people we met on board were great, Austria was very nice. Omg Austria wine was fantastic. thx Mik
PsStill like Tripsite’s
Boat: MS Normandie
Vale do Loire by Patti P. 1 year ago Verified Reviewer
The best part was traveling with friends. I would have enjoyed more information about the area and towns we were traveling through.
Boat: Anna Maria IV
Along the Danube - Passau, Bratislava, and Vienna by Tim Devine 1 year ago Verified Reviewer
The biking itself was fabulous. The staff looked after the bikes well, and the routes were lovely. My problems are with the boat itself, and there are several significant issues. First, our room was next to some machinery near the bridge that woke us up frequently during the night. The bathroom smelled bad, and other guests on a lower floor had major issues with smells too. The boat broke down on one occasion, and we had the feeling that it was on its last legs. The food was okay, sometimes good, sometimes not so good. The staff were very good, although the music was mostly orientated to non-English speakers. I know that this is not a Viking riverboat, but I have a reasonable expectation of having a comfortable and fairly quiet room. Never again on this boat.
Countries: Áustria, Alemanha, Eslováquia
Pelo Danúbio – Passeio por quatro países by Faith S. 1 year ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
I was disappointed in this tour, the scenery was mostly uninteresting and much more difficult than expected due to high winds on 2 days. I am short and was given a crappy bike to ride, having been told I could not fit on the e-bike I wanted. However, after 2 days of suffering my tour guide was able to find me a bike that fit (even after the company itself said it could not accommodate). The ship itself was wonderful, with big bright cabins and excellent food. I was on the guided comfort relax package, and the tour guide was way too laid back for my taste. I thought we did not have much time in the big cities to explore.
Boat: MS Carissima
Montargis to Paris by Ann B. 1 year ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
The time on the boat was fun and enjoyable. Your description of the bike ride being easy to moderate was way off. It should have been described as hard to difficult!! It was very misleading.
Parques Nacionais da Dalmácia by Audrey F. 1 year ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
The quality of hybrid bike was a piece of junk compared with the bike I used in Amsterdam with a group was much better quality two years ago. I would have enjoyed cycling if the bike was in a better quality. The food was too heavy. Other than that, the scenery was beautiful.
Ao Redor do Lago Constança by Tama L. 2 years ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
My dissatisfactions, two nights in the suburbs of Constance, out of the way, should not be used. Konono staff excellent, but cost us for taxi to get there and back to the train. Route book imprecise. What is the route sign we were supposed to follow? What good is a dotted line on a map when there are multiple routes? Which are more scenic? Less hilly? Passing by cafes? Unpaved in a forest? Exactly how do you get to the Rhein Falls ferry? Book never mentioned the three elevators that take you up and down. We had frustrations every day.Is it a beautiful trip? Absolutely. The Mozart and Park Villa are beautiful hotels, although not air conditioned.
Countries: Áustria, Alemanha, Suíça
Balkan Mountains by Margaret J. 2 years ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Difficulty not explained accurately. Bike not a hybrid. Definitely more a mountain bike. Please include fruit at meals and please provide laundry facility somewhere on trip.
Pelo Danúbio – Passeio por quatro países by Mary Beth R. 2 years ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Scenery was gorgeous, food was superb. Accommodations good.If you took Albert out of the equation I would give much higher ratings. He was inadequate with trail details. His info was hard to follow on the maps. Someone described him as a Peacock. Very apt. The rest of the staff was very good although you need another person in the dining room. Way to many people for the amount of people serving.Don’t advertise that you have WiFi....you really don’t .....
Bordeaux - Castelos, Rios & Vinho by Lisa S. 2 years ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
We traveled on the ship Bordeaux in France. The bike routes were beautiful, but the instructions provided by not so great. No worries, we had maps and a GPS, we made each day into an adventure!!!
Bruges a Amsterdã by Andrea R. 2 years ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Most Memorable Part: Riding through area of windmills.We were frustrated by the slow pace of our group.
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