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  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by J. Wagemakers 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    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

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by K. Kehrberg 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    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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  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by R. Hennigan 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    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!!

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna
    by E. Heide 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    We would have like more written details of the areas we were seeing. We also would have liked a stronger wifi connection. Food and service was excellent.

    Boat: MS Normandie

    Countries: Austria, Germany

  • Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna
    by E. Correll 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Bicycling Passau to Vienna with the MS Normandie was a great experience. The bicycle route was mostly flat and in top condition. The views along the way were scenic and enjoyable. The small villages were charming and the larger cities were very beautiful. Our accommodations and meals on the boat were wonderful. One of my favorite experiences of the week was the optional trip to the opera house in Vienna. I am especially glad I didn't miss it. This was my third Tripsite tour and overall this adventure was everything and more that I had hoped for. I would highly recommend it to anyone that loves cycling. I think it is suitable for all skill levels. I will say that on this tour the guides daily instructions were minimal. His input was very basic and quite a disappointment compared to past guides. No photo slide show with instructions such as, "when you see this landmark or sign be sure to turn here." The guide books with maps that were provided were of great assistance, however, and we were able to compensate for the most part by carefully following these written instructions. There was also a small tourist guide book in each room from which you could read about points of interest in each city and village along the way. As I said, overall this was a fantastic week and my friend and I loved every minute!

    Boat: MS Normandie

    Countries: Austria, Germany

  • Four Country Tour
    by Pilar Parra 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Hice este viaje en septiembre de 2015 junto a mi marido. Fue un viaje inolvidable. Era el primer tour en bicicleta y nos encantó. El servicio de traslado de equipaje y los hoteles estupendos. Queremos repetir este año por otros paises.
    Recomendaciones para futuros viajeros:
    - La entrada a Zurich es un poco complicada, sí sería necesario un mayor detalle en las rutas.
    - El trayecto en tren desde la estación de Gais se hace desde una estación que no está detallada en la ruta, sería necesario explicarlo mejor en las indicaciones.
    - También sería necesario detallar la localización de salida del ferry desde Wessen.

  • Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna
    by J Lillis 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Wonderful trip. Our room smelled really bad when we arrived. Mentioned it to the cleaning staff and they said it was the air conditioner. They were on the problem immediately and made sure we had no further problem. Bit of confusion with bike insurance, but on contacting Tripsite on our return this was dealt with immediately (thank you!). Might want to consider having a basic first aid kit onboard I fell in Vienna and badly sprained my ankle - no breaks fortunately. Had to get ice from he bar as there was nothing else available they couldn't give me much as it was needed for the drinks.

    Boat: MS Normandie

    Countries: Austria, Germany

  • Around Lake Constance
    by hermann friedmann 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Great trip, through beautiful area. No problems with bikes or hotels. Staff at all hotels was helpful, accommodations great and all our luggage was always waiting for us.

    Strongly recommend emailing pdf version of bike route maps and direction two weeks prior so they can be read and the directions studied. This is especially important in the city of Konstanz and suburbs due to lack of bike route signs in those areas. Had it not been for some friendly English speaking locals, we would have been seriously lost several times.

    Also would be a good idea to provide directions to the next bike path segment from the each hotel as well as the from the end of each bike path segment to the next hotel.

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Vivien Watts 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    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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  • Tripsite Traveler: Linda Fajen
    by Sharon Cratsenberg 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    We certainly agree that our 10 days riding from Passau to Vienna was awesome. However we chose to have Tripsite arrange hotels along the river each night and deliver our small suitcase to our new location each day. Our luggage was always there when we arrived. We began our ride September 28, 2015 and had perfect weather. We saw about 10 other bikers which meant we had the entire route to ourselves. The ride is beautiful. We understand the summer has "bike jams." We loved being in the small villages each afternoon so we could wander through the towns and enjoy the area. Definitely should be on an active person's bucket list!

    Countries: Germany, Austria

  • Tripsite Traveler: Linda Fajen
    by Jehiel 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Chris, Glad you enjoyed the post! We would love to help you plan your Danube adventure! Linda was aboard the Theodor Körner...and as you can see from the blog, she absolutely had a blast!

    Countries: Germany, Austria

  • Tripsite Traveler: Linda Fajen
    by Chris Dear 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Sounds like a fabulous trip. Which boat/ barge were you on? Would love to do the Danube!

    Countries: Germany, Austria

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Judy Lucas 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    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.

    Boat: My Story

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Deborah Waldo 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

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

    Boat: My Story

  • Four Country Tour
    by Jeanie Lundell 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    The first day out, my e-bike had a low tire and faulty valve - not a great start, but the rest was very good. Sometimes, the route was to as clearly marked as we would have preferred. Nevertheless, I've told several friends about this trip and one is considering booking reservations! Thanks for everything.

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Anna Brasier 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    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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  • Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna
    by Susan Dawood 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Never brought it up to the bike staff, but gears on my bike were difficult to manage. I attributed it to my having small hands, but I also thought the gears should be replaced soon, for the next "small handed" guest.

    It was a wonderful experience and we were fortunate to have beautiful weather the entire week.

    Boat: MS Normandie

    Countries: Austria, Germany

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Susan Oman 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    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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  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Leslie Kerluke 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    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.

    Boat: My Story

  • Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna
    by David Pomfret 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    We had a fantastic time it was a highlight of the trip; can't say about the bikes as we had our own.

    Boat: MS Normandie

    Countries: Austria, Germany

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Elise Manners 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    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!

    Boat: My Story

  • Around Lake Constance
    by Tammy Schmidt 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    We could not have had such an amazing trip without the help from Tripsite. Anna from Tripsite worked with me on all of my hotel request, allowing us to customize our trip. We were able to choose the towns we preferred to stay in around the lake. Anna recommended hotels over other hotels and reserved lake view rooms which we requested. Our biking trip around Lake Constance would not have turned out as spectacular if it were not for Anna's hard work. I don't think we will use another tour company. The Barge/bike trip offers it all. An added bonus of traveling by boat is that you don't have to pack up every morning like you would have to with other tours that move your stuff from hotel to hotel with a van. The stress of packing up every morning is not there with this tour.
    On the Barge/boat trips you simply wake up, go have your coffee and breakfast before you set off on your bike no packing required. When you return to the boat after the day's biking there is no unpacking or waiting to be assigned a room, it is off to the showers and out on the deck to join your new friends. We love the friends from around the world that these tours have allowed us to meet. It is a cultural exchange and add to the interest factor of traveling abroad. Thanks Tripsite, the Oppenheimers will be finding some more boat/bike tours that Tripsite offer, maybe Turkey or Greece.

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Susan Martin 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    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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  • Around Lake Constance
    by Hazem Zayed 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    It was a great trip very well organized the team is very supportive, will definitely repeat with my wife and kids I enjoyed big time.

  • Danube Bike Path - Vienna to Budapest
    by Mary Sandra Duggan 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    We enjoyed the trip very much and are planning another. We enquired about the the free shirts for repeat customers but haven't gotten them. The website is not clear about ordering them.

    Countries: Austria, Hungary, Slovakia

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Steve VanderWeide 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    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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  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Bill Fleshman 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    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.

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • Munich to Salzburg
    by Vickie Butte 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Yes, but only to the most experienced rider as the route is very diverse and at times rugged which would be very difficult for the average rider. coupled w/the bike/equipment is substandard making the ride even more difficult than it should be.

    Countries: Austria, Germany

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Patricia Scullin 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

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

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  • Around Lake Constance
    by Eileen Biggs 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    We were pretty unlucky with the weather. Exciting trip in spite of that

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