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  • Loire Valley Bike and Boat
    by John G. 7 months agoPermalink/Reply

    The group was excellent. We had a great time together. Jean and I were the only Americans aboard but everyone spoke English.
    This trip, rated moderate, was the most challenging of the four tours we have booked thru Tripsite since 2012. It stretched us to the limits of our biking abilities.
    The tour was thru pleasant countryside but lacked the highlights of our previous tours- no Eiffel Tower, Venice canals or Pont du Gard.
    The barge itself was a weak point, although it was not advertised as a strength.
    Most disappointing was the food, especially the evening meals featuring mostly starches- pasta, mashed potatoes, quinoa and rice. Don't know whether this was a budget or skills problem.
    The guide was excellent, competent, friendly and caring.
    The bikes themselves were mostly good although there were some minor problems-with a tire once and an ebike battery that didn't fully charge overnight. Giro Libero bikes were in better condition than those of Hat Tours based on our two tours with each of them.
    The Loire Valley tour was enjoyable, but the weakest of the four trips we have taken.
    Our fondest memories will be those of great conversations, lots of laughs with new friends we will probably never see again and a sense of accomplishment for what was for us an arduous trek.
    As a tip for others, as I mentioned to bike and barge rookies, check out other trips as advertised in Tripsite's catalog.

    Boat: Anna Maria IV

    Countries: France

  • Loire Valley Bike and Boat
    by Janet N. 8 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Comfortable riding each day through lovely French countryside. A map of the day’s route for personal use would be a big help. Stefan and Florence are delightful, welcoming hosts providing excellent delicious meals. Make sure to spend a day on the barge during your trip - a definite highlight.

    Boat: Anna Maria IV

    Countries: France

  • Loire Valley Bike and Boat
    by Jennifer M. 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    We knew the barge was old, but weren't prepared for the very tiny, cramped cabin space which was definitely not the one advertised!
    Most of the bicycles were in fairly good condition, but my husband got one on which the chain kept coming off and had a fall because of that.
    The barge operators, Stephan and Florence, were lovely and worked very hard to provide a good experience, cooking traditional French meals each evening complete with dessert. The tour guide, Jan, did an excellent job keeping the cycling group on track and adjusting our days to accommodate the extreme temperatures during the hottest week of the summer!

    Boat: Anna Maria IV

    Countries: France

    • Loire Valley Bike and Boat
      by Jehiel 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

      Hi Jennifer!
      Thank you for sharing feedback for this tour. I'm sorry you found the cabins too small for your liking but we mention on the boat page that the "...ship is especially suited to motor the narrow French" and provide pictures of the cabins and dimensions. I am glad you had a great trip and enjoyed Stephan, Florence, and Jan. We hope to help you orgainize your next trip!

      Boat: Anna Maria IV

      Countries: France

  • Loire Valley Bike and Boat
    by T. Gihring 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Sorry, it rained the entire trip. Route and scenery would have been fine if not for that. Barge has seen better days. Staff (Stephan and Florence) are very pleasant.
    Suggestion: Give the tour riders a sew-on patch to remember the tour.

    Boat: Anna Maria IV

    Countries: France

  • Loire Valley Bike and Boat
    by Sharon Kravitz 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    The trip was organised very well. The international crew made the trip more interesting. We were glad that Peter had some flexibility in what we experienced. He was an excellent guide. We would have liked to stop at a few more wineries. Also we always seemed to be pulling into villages as they closed for lunch.

    Boat: Anna Maria IV

    Countries: France

  • Loire Valley Bike and Boat
    by Carmel Manley 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    We are return users of Tripsite, we have found both the service from Tripsite and the tours (now 3 in total) have all been excellent. Great tours because of the combination of places, organisation and staff. Am looking forward to taking part in more in the future.

    Boat: Anna Maria IV

    Countries: France

  • Loire Valley Bike and Boat
    by Bruce Belman 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Great trip. Everything we were hoping for.

    Boat: Anna Maria IV

    Countries: France

  • Loire Valley Bike and Boat
    by Laurie Frarey 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    There seemed to be tension between the owners of the barge and guy doing the cooking, cleaning and maintenance. The guy was trying to do the job of more than 2 people by himself. One day when he needed help with a cranky generator the captain was in a bar. We did not get clean towels half way through as promised. I have been on 2 bike and barge trips and this had the worst staff. The guide was good but left slower riders at several critical junctures. It did not happen often. Seems the system works best when the owner is captain. Means he is present and accountable.

    Boat: Anna Maria IV

    Countries: France

  • Loire Valley Bike and Boat
    by Lorraine 4 years agoPermalink/Reply

    We did this trip in Sept. 2014. Great biking, but barge has seen better days.

    Boat: Anna Maria IV

    Countries: France

  • Loire Valley Bike and Boat
    by Bob hartley 7 years agoPermalink/Reply

    We had a wonderful time. Martine and Margery were the best. Loved the trip

    Boat: Anna Maria IV

    Countries: France

  • Loire Valley Bike and Boat
    by Kris Byrns 7 years agoPermalink/Reply

    We did this tour in 2008 and had a wonderful time.

    Boat: Anna Maria IV

    Countries: France

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