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Boat/Barge: Patria • REMOVE • About Patria
Louise R. 3 months ago Verified Reviewer
This was my first bike and barge trip. The most memorable part of the trip was the constant attention and effort of the staff, from the captain down, to make the trip special. Entertainment (they have abundant talent), tours of the engine room, attending to the passenger's needs - were all beyond my expectations. For example, while sitting on the deck on a chilly night after everyone else had gone in, a crew member brought us blankets. I am definitely looking forward to our upcoming trip!
Leonidas R. 7 months ago Verified Reviewer
Lynn F. 8 months ago Verified Reviewer
Our first trip with Tripsite (bike/barge on the Mosel River) was fantastic! Our “barge” was charming, neat, well run... my idea of a barge. The bikes were good, our route along the river could not have been more beautiful, with the little towns and all the vineyards. The food was great, the other passengers were nice and friendly, staff were wonderful, the weather perfect... we all had a great time.
Greg T. 11 months ago Verified Reviewer
Relaxing, easy route coupled with comfortable boat made for a memorable trip.
Terry P. 1 year ago Verified Reviewer
Most Memorable Part? Scenic bike rides along with meeting a lot of nice people.
Jim R. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer
Best part: The scenery along the way. But I really enjoyed the staff on the Patria for a trip up the Mosel River in Germany. It was very laid back can of trip but the staff and food were great.
Greg S. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer
My Moselle River Bike and Barge tour (October 2018) exceeded my expectations in every way. Barge was comfortable, food excellent and cycling experience was wonderful. I cannot wait to do something similar in the near future. I would recommend this style of travel to anyone who enjoys cycling and wants to experience great scenery and lovely towns.
David A. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer
On day 4 my wife's front tire went off the bike trail into a 18 inch drop due to road construction . She dislocated her shoulder and broke her arm . We had to fly home in California for surgery . Two surgeries later she is almost back to normal and we hope to return to Germany next year to repeat the Mosel river trip and also a Croatia bike trip. We enjoyed the short time we had. We didn't have insurance so lost our money and then some. We are saving for another thru Tripsite because everything else wonderful.
Lou R. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer
Stuart D. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer
The boat and crew were all fantastic and the cycling was fun and easy through beautiful scenery.
Paul W. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer
The trip was very good throughout so it's hard to pick one thing as the highlight. Exploring the Roman remains in Trier was something we won't forget, and so was singing sea shanties on deck with the crew!
Wallace R. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer
Great trip and a lot of fun. The staff was excellent and Carsten made sure we got to where we were supposed to go.
Gerald R. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer
Great trip but had some problems with bikes. I've had better bikes on other trips.
Richard S. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer
The best part was the setting with the river and the villages that we visited.
James R. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer
I just liked the laid back atmosphere of this trip and boat. The boat was simple and the crew were very friendly. It is not high end and I like that for its simplicity. It makes it very easy to relax on this trip.
Kevin M. 3 years ago Verified Reviewer
Route was easy. We especially liked the fact that the boat stayed overnight where each day's ride ended. Our guide was a replacement so we don't think he was familiar enough with the route to give us the best guidance.
D. Valkenaar 3 years ago Verified Reviewer
The boat staff were outstanding! The boat dinners were outstanding! The boat breakfasts and lunches were just okay.
The biggest downside to the trip were the totally inadequate route guides. They were not written for new-to-the-route riders. On one hand, they assumed the user was familiar with the route and knew where they were going. On the other hand, they seemed to have been written by someone who had never ridden the route, who just looked at a paper (or electronic) map to write the guide.
Finally, the on-boat guides were of minimal help. While they seem to have ridden the route, they did not explain the complexities a new rider would encounter along the way. They did, however, explain the highlights to look for on each route.
With those two exceptions, the trip was wonderful! As for the most memorable, being dog people, we really liked having the captain's dogs on board.
Shirley Correll 4 years ago Verified Reviewer
Bicycle and boat are the best vacations ever! Can't wait for my next tour! Hope to make this an annual thing. :)
Neil Webley 4 years ago Verified Reviewer
Overall we enjoyed the Bike and Barge along the Mosel River. However it seemed to be too much effort for the guide to interact with the English speaking clients.Maybe he's been doing it too long.Thank You
Leonidas Roussinos 4 years ago Verified Reviewer
All of your staff at the office are fantastic! We love talking to you and we truly appreciate your efforts and quick response to our questions and requests. Looking forward to Bordeaux next September.
Amy Rowland 4 years ago Verified Reviewer
We had an absolute blast on this trip and made great friends with the other English-speakers. The route was beautiful and full of things to discover, and the biking was very manageable, even for my 75 year old mother. The downside was that our boat included a very large group that had booked together, so we felt slightly apart from the majority of the passengers and the separate language orientation sessions intensified this. I know you don't run these tours, but I wonder if having the sessions together and providing English language translation in writing on the Power Point would be another option? Encouraging switching up the seating at meals might also help. One last comment is that it would be helpful for the maps to include information on the location of public toilets along the route. We are not comfortable using the riverbank as our toilet as our guide recommended.
Thomas Rorabaugh 4 years ago Verified Reviewer
We enjoyed the trip but felt our guide could have provided more detail on points of interest along the way.
Maribel Colon 4 years ago Verified Reviewer
We had a wonderful trip. Some routes could had better directions since in several occasions we got lost, yes we made the best out of the experience. The staff was excellent, at critical times during the trip the staff pull together and made the trip as comfortable and pleasant. They are champions, no doubt about it!!!
Susan Roeterink 4 years ago Verified Reviewer
Trip was excellent. the boat is really bare bones but that was okay. Wifi was spotty and difficult at times.
Margaret Bishop 4 years ago Verified Reviewer
Wonderful trip through the vineyards on the wine wagon!
Fred Veenbaas 4 years ago Verified Reviewer
It was a great way to see the countryside.
Sandra Wagner 4 years ago Verified Reviewer
The bikes were new and serviced and washed daily to keep them in excellent condition. The boat staff were wonderful and very hard-working. Much time and skill went into meal preparation, and the meals were delicious and attractively presented, both breakfasts and dinners. There was plenty of food to package into lunches to take on the trail. Each day's ride along the Mosel was on flat hard-surfaced trails with beautiful scenery and easy to follow directions that took us through pretty little towns. We thoroughly enjoyed this trip and would definitely use Tripsite again.
Robb Mary 4 years ago Verified Reviewer
We were switched to the Mosel at the last minute and apparently our guide didn't feel the need to learn much about this route. He was less than helpful and in a few cases gave wrong information that cost some individuals time and energy.
Lynn Farrell 4 years ago Verified Reviewer
We had the most wonderful time on our bike/barge trip; the beautiful weather that week added to it. That was my first trip with Tripsite. The Mosel River was nothing short of spectacular. I have told anyone who would listen about this trip & have passed Tripsite's name & number along to many other people. Can't wait to do another trip!
Shirley Elizabeth Correll 4 years ago Verified Reviewer
I absolutely loved my Tripsite tours last year and this year. Bicycle and boat is my favorite way to travel! Can't wait for next years tour! (which I plan to book very soon)
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