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Bordeaux - Castelos, Rios & Vinho by Wynn Washle 3 weeks ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Where to start? What an amazing adventure! Wendy at Tripsite was so gracious and easy to work with. We reserved the entire boat and she was always so responsive to our questions and needs. Pascal and her staff on the Bordeaux were first rate. Within one day, most of her staff knew everyone's first name! This was our second Tripsite bike and boat trip (Danube). The food was excellent, the bikes were newer (loved the e-bikes) and the Bordeaux region was gorgeous. We loved packing a lunch and sharing a bottle of wine in a park or overlooking a vineyard. There are some hills, so be prepared if you don't have an e-bike. GPS was also very helpful. We were never lost, but sometimes "temporarily misplaced"...but that is part of the fun of a cycling trip. Highly recommend this trip.
Bordeaux - Castelos, Rios & Vinho by Lou O. 2 months ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Guides were absolutely world-class in all respects: knowledgeable, safe, proactive and TOTALLY guest-oriented. Is there a description more favorable that "FANTASTIC?!"
Bordeaux - Castelos, Rios & Vinho by Julie W. 3 months ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
A wonderful travel experience for our first time on a barge. The staff were helpful, friendly and fun to be with, the food was first rate and the scenery and biking experiences were fabulous!
Bordeaux - Castelos, Rios & Vinho by Inga M. 3 months ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Bordeaux - Castelos, Rios & Vinho by Beth M. 9 months 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.
Bordeaux - Castelos, Rios & Vinho by Wendy from Tripsite 5 months ago Permalink/Reply Staff
Hi Beth,I'm sorry that you found the boat not up to the comfort plus standards you are used to from your other tours. Yes, the cabins on this boat are smaller than other boats in this class. To clarify the classification...in the past, boats that offered air conditioned cabins were automatically placed in the comfort plus category which is why this boat was in that class. However, we have recently reconfigured our boat classification system and now rate the Bordeaux boat in the comfort class. I personally think the scenery doesn't get much better than this beautiful region of France!
Bordeaux - Castelos, Rios & Vinho by Nicola F. 9 months ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Bike guides were wonderful. Also, walking tour of Bordeaux.
Bordeaux - Castelos, Rios & Vinho by Brian M. 9 months ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Who knew that pomegranates grew in Bordeaux or the Romans built a coliseum there? Great guides make the trip as you are exposed to knowledge and places you would have overlooked.
Bordeaux - Castelos, Rios & Vinho by Jennifer S. 10 months ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Excellent trip, well organized and lots of fun.
Bordeaux - Castelos, Rios & Vinho by Kimberly F. 10 months ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
The Bordeaux Wine Country trip was absolutely the best vacation ever! The guides were wonderful, full of interesting information and fun. Doing the guided tour allowed us to take in the scenery without having to worry about where to turn next. The scenery was so amazing. Every other word was "oh my" or "Wow"! A simple review cannot begin to convey how fantastic this trip was. We are already planning another trip with you. Thanks for the wonderful vacation.
Bordeaux - Castelos, Rios & Vinho by Sergio G. 11 months ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
The scenery and staff on board were the most memorable parts of the trip. Although the tour says easy to moderate, there are 2 to 3 days that there are a few steep hills. You need to be bike ready. Or as an alternative rent an E Bike. As long as you just want to enjoy the scenery, places, vineyards, and not in a hurry, look at the guided portion for the extra cost. The guide we had was wonderful in explaining any questions we had. There are many things said that you would not get by self guided. If you are a wine fan and history and culture, this tour is for you. Stay in the city of Bordeaux also a couple days before or after. Very vibrant city with great restaurants and things to do in the city centre. Enjoy!
Bordeaux - Castelos, Rios & Vinho by Charlie A. 11 months ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Amazing scenery and locale. The biking maps leave a lot to be desired. Some riders had a trail app and they were lifesavers for those who were left to just the paper map booklet. Very difficult to follow. Maybe more tour guides to help out.
Bordeaux - Castelos, Rios & Vinho by Doreen S. 12 months ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Bourg / Blaye was a wonderful ride with minimal traffic and enough gradient to make it interesting. The fortified town at Blaye was an interesting diversion from vineyards. In all a well organized tour with excellent staff. The bikes were a little heavy but that gave me an excuse for an extra creme brûlée!
Bordeaux - Castelos, Rios & Vinho by Sam 1 year ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
A GREAT experience on a bike & barge trip! I LOVE Bordeaux and the bike routes were beautiful !!! absolutely amazing from the start to the end.The staff members were superb and we had fun !!!I highly recommend this trip !!!
Bordeaux - Castelos, Rios & Vinho by Steve & Ginny B. 1 year ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
We cannot tell you enough good about MS Bordeaux, the Captain and his crew. It was so enjoyable to arrive on board, unpack for eight days, and relax. On other bike rides, we unpacked every night and repacked every morning. I think another bike/barge is in order. Tim LaMonte and I are researching next year’s ride already!
The food was exceptional (except for one night when the chef was off. My red mullet was raw and not cooked. Can you spell Y-U-C-K?). Every day, we packed our lunches (except when we did our walking tour of Bordeaux with Sebastian, see below.) Desserts were yummy!
The bike rides were great and we discovered fantastic wines!
There were 84 passengers on-board. A large group was from Australia, some from Canada, Switzerland and the USA. Even though those of on the non-guided ride tour rode at different speeds, we continuously found each, and other helped each other find our way Read more… and found places of interest. The camaraderie with other riders was phenomenal.
I had an e-bike. Ginny had a regular bike. On the last day, she traded it in for an e-bike! She will get one for the next tour! Tim also traded his bike for an e-bike on the last day.
In the middle of the week, we could ride our bikes on a short bike path or take a walking tour of Bordeaux, or both. We decided to have a relaxing day and took the walking tour.
Sebastian, the bartender, had the day off. We asked why he did the free walking tour on his day off. His response was simple. He loved to tell people about his country and take them on tour of his hometown, Bordeaux.
A total delight was our interaction with 19-year old Dorrian (sp?). He was the highlight of the trip. He gave the welcome briefing, the evening briefings on what to expect the next day, and was always available.
1. Dee LaMonte had a flat tire. We called Dorrian and he was there within 15 minutes
2. Dorrian was on different roads where the non-guided riders were, and always got us on the right track.
3. Every time we were not sure of where we should be, Dorrian showed up like magic!
4. Another flat tire, a telephone call, and Dorrian found us again. He took Dee LaMonte and her bike in a van to MS Bordeaux. Dorrian also offered a ride to the rest of us, however, we declined and rode the rest of the way back.
The final night on board, was the Captains Dinner, a party and lots wine flowing and lot of dancing! A perfect way to celebrate the end of our adventure!
Bordeaux - Castelos, Rios & Vinho by Lee F. 1 year ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
It was an altogether pleasant experience; the highlight was the lovely little village of Saint-Émilion.
Bordeaux - Castelos, Rios & Vinho by Jeff K. 1 year ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Beautiful chateaus. Great wine. Not allowed to drink in cabin. Cabin extremely small. Shower barely fit one person. Guide excellent. No sauna or hot tub. I would recommend this trip but not this boat (the Bordeaux).
Bordeaux - Castelos, Rios & Vinho by Neil M. 1 year ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Most Memorable Part: The accommodations, the staff and of course cycling through all the beautiful country side.
Bordeaux - Castelos, Rios & Vinho by Nelson G. 1 year ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
We had a great time riding through Bordeaux’s beautiful wine country. Our trip was enjoyable for our entire group of varying cycling abilities. The E-bikes made it easy for those that needed them. The staff was excellent and very personable. We were treated as art of the family. We are looking forward to our next cycling adventure.
Bordeaux - Castelos, Rios & Vinho by Paul K. 1 year ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Having a guide for this trip was very beneficial. For the first 3 days our guided group consisted of 30+ people. This was too large of a group and was pretty much a pain. We eventually broke into a group of 8 riders with Dorian as our guide, that was perfect. We were able to travel at a much more leisurely pace, visit many wineries, tasting rooms, small villages and churches.
Bordeaux - Castelos, Rios & Vinho by Jehiel from Tripsite 1 year ago Permalink/Reply Staff
Hi Paul,Thanks for this feedback. I agree two guides are better than one with big groups. That way you can have two different riding paces and everyone is content. I will share this feedback with our local partner! Thanks again.
Bordeaux - Castelos, Rios & Vinho by Raine P. 1 year ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
The routes were described well before each ride and usually easy to follow, however at least one person in your group should have a GPS. The guide and scenery were exceptional. The food was great but it was difficult getting vegetarian food for dinner even though I had requested vegetarian when I signed up.
Bordeaux - Castelos, Rios & Vinho by Judy C. 1 year ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
The boat, with just our family plus another couple, was terrific. We got to know the crew quite well-- actually, all on the boat became one big family. It was the trip of a life-time for all 15 of us. Everyday a grandchild would come up to me and say, "Mema, this is the best trip I've ever been on. I am having so much fun." From the youngest, at age 12, to the oldest at 78, we are left with memories that will never Read more… be forgotten.
Bordeaux - Castelos, Rios & Vinho by Georgia M. 2 years ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Travelling on the boat with a small group of international people is such a great way to experience the world - and the bike tours are brilliant.
Bordeaux - Castelos, Rios & Vinho by Jenny & Ted Miles Johnson 2 years ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
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!!!
Bordeaux - Castelos, Rios & Vinho by Stephen M. 2 years ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Visiting Arles was particularly memorable, but we very much enjoyed the trip itinerary.
Bordeaux - Castelos, Rios & Vinho by Brent M. 2 years ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Most Memorable Part: The friendly relaxed and welcoming atmosphere of the barge and staff.
Bordeaux - Castelos, Rios & Vinho by Jacqueline T. 2 years ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Get an ebike if you have any doubts about your ability to do the biking. I am not a biker but was able to do the hills around Bordeaux because of the ebike. Most memorable moments was just the ride through the vineyards themselves, past the chateauxs.
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