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Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by M. Collins 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
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.
Boat: My Story
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
Four Country Tour by K. McKay 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Ok so.... all the hotels were perfect and suited to the atmosphere of our biking trip except for the Einstein Hotel in St. Gallen which was not in keeping with the "atmosphere" of the trip...a little too fancy if you get my drift. Also some of the breakfasts left a little to be desired but this could also have been from us just getting tired of eating the same type of food every day. The people in the hotels were all so friendly and accommodating! The bikes were perfect especially for my 6'2" husband. I had trouble with my gears one day, the next day a new bike arrived. Best service! The first ride (I think 65 kms from Lake Constanz to Zurich) was long and boring! Bike path most of the way. Not sure what could be done about that. The rest of the rides were awesome through little towns, gorgeous scenery. We will be booking our next bike tour with you next year!
Countries: Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland
Along the Danube - Passau, Bratislava, and Vienna by S. Woodhouse 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We very much enjoyed coming back to the Theodor Korner each afternoon and the camaraderie on board this boat. Previously we have been on hotel to hotel cycling trips, which we have also enjoyed, but this time we enjoyed not having to pack up each morning. The staff were all delightful, the meals excellent and the cycling / sightseeing just right for us. Even the rain a couple of days didn't dampen our spirits. The only thing to mention that Tripsite had wrong on the info we were sent was that we were told that credit cards could not be used for purchases on board. In fact we were able to use a credit card.
Boat: Theodor Körner
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia
Along the Danube - Passau, Bratislava, and Vienna by S. Irwin 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The details of the transfer from Munich Airport to Passau was not described in the online information, but detailed in the updated information leaflet found in the cabin once aboard (too late). The online leaflet needs to be updated with details of where the transfer desk can be found at Munich Airport.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by S. Burwell 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
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.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Jehiel 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
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!
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by A. Roebelen 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
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
Danube Bike Path - Vienna to Budapest by Ron Zauski 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
A great adventure... We found the trail well marked throughout the journey; several times, at moments of confusion, we found discreet signs or stickers from a biking organization pointing the way. Budapest was exotic. Vienna was ultra-clean and organized. Bratislava had quaint, old-European, windy roads to explore. But my favorite parts of the trip were smaller towns and villages of Gyor, Bad Deutsch, the castle at Hainburg, the Hotel Bow Garden in Komarno, Slovakia (it is an old synagogue with a bowling lane at the reception desk!), and the jewels in the basilica in Esztergom. This is my third trip with Tripsite in 6 years; I am already seeking ideas for the fourth.
Countries: Austria, Hungary, Slovakia
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by V. Assis 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
It was better than I could imagine! Thank you all.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by K. Thibodeau 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We found this to be one of our best trips ever!
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by S. Garson 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
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.
Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna by H. Hausch 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Really liked our trip director Andreas. The Theodor Koerner excellent boat with superb staff.
Countries: Austria, Germany
Along the Danube - Passau, Bratislava, and Vienna by J. Gellerd 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This has been one of the greatest vacations for my husband and I, due to the luxury quality of the ship-hotel and the superior quality of the staff/services. The "Very satisfied" has to have 5 more stars! Thank you very much! We fervently advertise it among friends and beyond!
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by B. Burwell 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
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.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by R. Bass 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
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.
Danube Bike Path - Vienna to Budapest by Michael Jenks 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
WOW!!!!Everything was outstanding. All my fears were for naught...Hotels knew to expect us, knew where to store our bikes, and knew our names!
Bratislava, as someone mentioned, was under construction, but should be ok by summer 2016.
18 thumbs up! Will do this exact trip again and again if I could!
Around Lake Constance by L. Zantingh 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This was the most amazing vacation we have had. For our 40th we decided to do a self- guided bike tour around Lake Constance. The first day was a struggle due to many hills, but that was by far the most difficult day. The hotels were clean and the breakfast was fantastic. When biking you see so much more of the countryside, the historical towns were simply breathtaking. On one day we needed to take a boat from point A to B due to an injury and it was very easy to access. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone.
Countries: Austria, Germany, Switzerland
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by K. Sattler 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Only thing missing was quality wifi on the boat. The trip more than met our expectations
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by J. Wagemakers 3 years ago • Permalink/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.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by K. Kehrberg 3 years ago • Permalink/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.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by R. Hennigan 3 years ago • Permalink/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!!
Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna by E. Heide 3 years ago • Permalink/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.
Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna by E. Correll 3 years ago • Permalink/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!
Four Country Tour by Pilar Parra 3 years ago • Permalink/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 ago • Permalink/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.
Around Lake Constance by hermann friedmann 3 years ago • Permalink/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 ago • Permalink/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.
Tripsite Traveler: Linda Fajen by Sharon Cratsenberg 3 years ago • Permalink/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 ago • Permalink/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!
Tripsite Traveler: Linda Fajen by Chris Dear 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Sounds like a fabulous trip. Which boat/ barge were you on? Would love to do the Danube!
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