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Bruges to Amsterdam Bike Tour by Jim C. 4 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Meeting the native people from the Netherlands and Belgium. Meeting other cyclists on the tour routes.
Countries: Belgium, Netherlands
Bruges to Amsterdam by Michael O. 5 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Sailing Home was a great boat, well finished, very clean, lots of room and nice staff. The trip from Bruges to Amsterdam was very scenic and flat country yet the riding did not offer the flexibility friends had experienced with other tours. We had expected to ride 30kms (+or- 10) a day and were somewhat surprised to hear the daily ride was 60 kms. That said, on one day, it was possible to ride 20 kms in the morning then 40 kms in the afternoon as the bike route crossed the boats route. There were nine in our group and to a person we thought it would have been far better to have the boat dock at mid day for people wanting to ride a shorter distance, then head to the overnight stopping point. We would have liked the option to stop in some local villages, had lunch in a cafe and strolled at some of the scenic spots. It is not supposed to be the Tour de France.Would we do it again, yes, but at our own pace, so we would do it 'self guided' next time as I don't think our guide could comprehend our desire to enjoy all the joys of the ride.
Boat: Sailing Home
Tulip Tour - 10 Day - Amsterdam to Bruges by John G. 5 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The Tulip Tour was overall a great experience. The staff on the Quo Vadis did an excellent job and the accommodations were very comfortable. The 24 passengers was a nice size group.
Boat: Quo Vadis
Countries: Netherlands, Belgium
Bruges to Amsterdam by Ann A. 5 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Seeing the original Brooklyn (Breukelen, Netherlands) Bridge, and all the other quaint and charming towns between Brugge and Amsterdam was wonderful and worth every pedal!
Bruges to Amsterdam by April S. 5 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Awesome experience...biked along canals, by windmills and visited cities...literally smelled the roses. Must do!
Amsterdam to Bruges by Joyce H. 8 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Recommendation...do the riding prior to your trip that they suggest. I did not and had an uncomfortable bum for a few days, lol.
Boat: Magnifique II
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Jillian M. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The experience of being able to see the countryside, remote villages and sites at a slower pace with the experience and knowledge of a guide is the highlight. It is good to leave your luggage onboard the barge and know you return each evening to great food and rest.
Countries: Belgium, France
Bruges to Amsterdam by Ann A. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The Brugge to Amsterdam trip was a very flat, easy trip and we recommend it for beginner barge and bikers. Our main criticism was that although the guides were very nice and helpful, we would have liked more information and history on the sights along the way, and more picture stops.
Bruges to Amsterdam by Michel D. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
We were very happy with the biking experience, the food, the scenery, our new biking friends, our wonderful guide and the rest of the employees on the boat. We were disappointed at the end of the trip when we were advised that we had possibly been exposed to bed bugs. Adding to the disappointment, ship staff blamed us for having brought the bed bugs aboard the ship.
Other than this issue, we had a wonderful trip!
Boat: Liza Marleen
Bruges to Amsterdam by Ed W. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Bike , boat, staff and fellow travelers all great fun. Memorable trip for me and still talking about to my mates at home in Australia.
Bruges to Amsterdam by Jim W. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Beautiful scenery. If you are an experienced cyclist, consider splitting off with a smaller group. The group was too large with varied skills, making the ride less than it could have been.
Bruges to Amsterdam by Freddie O. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
I actually crashed my bike at the end of the first day, tried riding an ebike the next day but found it too painful. Therefore I spent the remainder of the trip on the barge, totally loved it. My suggestion for others would be to make sure to train, most of the people on our trip felt that they were being pushed and that the distance biked each day was too far. Also, for myself I felt that the bike was just too big for me and that contributed to my accident. Our guide (Fred) was delightful as were the crew of the Gandalf and the meals were fabulous. So, overall a great experience in spite of the spill.
Bruges to Amsterdam by Francine G. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: The people and the beer!!
Boat: La Belle Fleur
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Rodney W. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: The friendliness of the local villagers and our fellow travellers.
Amsterdam to Bruges by Debbie H. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Always have two guides. I can’t imagine having only one for such a diverse level of skills. We had one guide who lacked interpersonal skills. She lost her temper several times at several clients. I was one of those on the receiving end.
Amsterdam to Bruges by Neal P. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
It was so wonderful to cycle through 2 beautiful countries taking in the scenery and ambiance.
Amsterdam to Bruges by Peter W. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The trip wasn't exactly as I understood it would be. The staff were absolutely great, couldn't be any better. The guide was also very good, knowledgeable and patient. However, it seems to me that the objective of each day's ride was to get from point A to point B; we didn't stop enough to enjoy & explore the sites along the way. Also, I wonder about riding thru farmers' fields. Perhaps that was the only way to reach certain destinations. We needed better introductions in the first meeting. We should have introduced ourselves at that meeting. We were 32 strangers together for 8 days, let's start with introductions.The food was pretty average. Breakfast was fine; once in a while there was hot food served but you had to be aggressive to get any, there wasn't enough to go around. Food available for lunch was fine, no complaints. Dinners were disappointing. We didn't need gourmet dinners, we needed substantial meals. The best meal was the BBQ, there was enough food. Other meals were inadequate. Dinner on the last night was abysmal and the dessert was a joke, 1/2 a glass of liquid. I would like to see bar prices posted and a statement produced on the last day. I have no idea if I was charged the correct amount or not; not that I don't trust the staff, as I said they were great. In spite of sounding like a chronic complainer, my wife and I are talking about doing another Bike & Barge trip, we really enjoyed this one. Don't take my comments as negative criticism, take them as suggestions for improvement, no one is perfect.
Bruges to Merzig (no longer available)by Jan B. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Great vistas of remarkable vineyards. More WWII history info prior to the trip and designated site visits would truly be great.
Countries: Belgium, Germany, Netherlands
Bruges to Amsterdam by Jim W. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Great experience, although a very large group to be riding together. The food was good but not great. Made some friends and really enjoyed the trip.
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Kurt A. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The Zwaantje and crew are top notch, and present a great value. Some of the routes in northern France had a little too much traffic. Riding in Belgium and Netherlands seems nicer. Once is enough for this tour.
Amsterdam to Bruges by Sue N. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The most memorable part of our trip was people we met, we made some fantastic new friends. The Dutch countryside was especially beautiful, just like out of a fairy tale. Lots of other great countryside and small villages as well, quaint and old European.The rooms on the Fluvius were poorly ventilated, and the A/C was extremely noisy. The dining room, lounge, bar and upper deck were great.One of our rides included having to take a short ferry ride. We were all asked to pay .70 cents for this. Many of us felt that was being extremely cheap, and should have been included. Really...70 cents!!!!For each day of cycling we were only given 1-500ml bottle of water. This is not even close to daily requirements, especially given that on several days we were riding in 30 degrees C. It should have been at least 2L/person/day.Our guide lacked enthusiasm. He told us to fill our empty water bottles in the bathrooms, he talked about bathroom breaks in the pre-ride briefing but despite being told (during the ride) that we'd need a break, he just kept going. Rarely did he stop for photos; there was some beautiful countryside that many of us would liked to have captured. For the most part, the only time he stopped was for coffee and lunch. He did not seem overly concerned about safety; when there was a car coming from behind the riders would shout "CAR" and that kept getting shouted up the line. One time I was behind the guide, so we both heard it at the same time...the guide then very flippantly said "Good for the car". Crossing major intersections was dicey; many times he would cross despite the traffic, while the group would then wait on the other side until it was CLEARLY safe to go. This seemed to frustrate him. My bike was great, but it would have been nice to have a water bottle holder mounted on the frame, and include a cycling water bottle for it, which people could then take home. Not all bikes were the same; some had 2 hand brakes, while others had a hand brake and a foot brake, which took some getting used to for those that were assigned that type of bike. There was no option to swap.The Fluvius crew were amazing. Very, very hard working, yet personable and great senses of humor! Shout outs to Alex, Nadia, Marianna, David & Captain Arno!!! (PS, we hope everything is okay with Nadia's mom).Despite the negatives, we had a great time, met some amazing people, saw stunningly beautiful countryside, had lots of fun & laughter. And, we would go again!!
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Trent A. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Most memorable part: Going through the locks. Tip would be to practice cycling up hills.
Bruges to Amsterdam Bike Tour by Darren T. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The most memorable part: The views and experiences we shared together as we ride along.
Bruges to Amsterdam by Franziska P. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Love the boat ride, also liked the bikes and bike riding as well as our tour guide.The food was too American, it could have been more European. The scenery waslovely and the trails terrific. Weather fantastic. Would do it again.
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Deborah P. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Needed the second guide as group unwieldy for one. Unlike prior trips, guide gave little info on trip sites/locales, despite being quite personable.
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 8 day by Rick H. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The most memorable parts were Keukenhof gardens and fellow bikers. Disappointed that a week long "tulip tour" ended up being about 3 hours of tulip tour. Primarily focused on 1953 Delta Plan, interesting but spent too much time...days, on it. Enjoyed seeing Kinderdijk windmills. Would have been nice to see more small towns and tulip fields.
Amsterdam to Bruges by Jim M. 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This was our 2nd trip this year. We signed up for a 3rd already. Barge and bike is wonderful.
Amsterdam to Bruges by Lynda C. 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The the scenery was very very enjoyable as were the other guests on board the boat. The major problem or I should say the major dissatisfaction came from the fact that the bikes were too big and too heavy. I am an experienced bike rider and usually feel comfortable on most bikes but these truly were very very uncomfortable for me and I know for some of the other smaller women on the trip, dangerous. My only other comment would be about the guide..... I felt his attitude was very condescending in the first few days he was barely a guide his aim was to get from point A to point B in whatever amount of time he deemed necessary without any consideration for the inexperienced bikers on the trip. The slower bikers trailed way behind perhaps in some cases almost a quarter of a mile behind him and he barely looked back to see if they were there or for that matter even struggling. I volunteered to sweep and finally in frustration stopped him and told him he must go as slow as the slowest biker. I thought it was rather interesting too that he made a point constantly of telling us that if we either went on our own or staggered behind and became lost that he would make no accommodation to look for us. He repeated on several occasions that we were to read the map, read the map! We laughed when we realized that he had actually gotten us lost because his GPS had run low on batteries and he missed a turn. Now this was a man who told us he had done this exact trip 16 times this year! Yes you can see that I was very unhappy with his attitude towards his guests, the people who were his bread and butter.
Amsterdam to Bruges by Brenda B. 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Food and scenery fantastic! Jack, bike tour guide was rude at times. Also expected everyone to keep up with his ebike. Several women spoke to him and he got a little better and used a sweep and someone to wait at turns. I expected something a little more leisurely so could take pictures along the way. I did not expect a road race even though I could keep up. However, inspite of this, I have recommended the trip to friends as it is a wonderful experience. I do hope you retrain your bike guides to be kind.
Amsterdam to Bruges by Roberta S. 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The bikes were not in excellent condition. Some needed work on them. A guide better versed in local traditions and history would have been nice.
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