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Boat/Barge: Anna Maria IV • REMOVE • About Anna Maria IV
Loire Valley Bike and Boat - 2019 by Mary P. 6 months ago Verified Reviewer
The castle tours were amazing. Sophie (coordinator on the Anna Marie IV) was adorable. Really enjoyed her and her nightly meals. The trip was not the Loire, because of water levels and sorry to say that it was just OK, but not much more. The main thing missing that I had expected was a trip to a vineyard. That would have made a big difference.
Boat: Anna Maria IV
Loire Valley Bike and Boat - 2019 by Susan M. 1 year ago Verified Reviewer
Most memorable-one big friendly group. Chef and Pilot were fine; guide and barge were adequate.
Loire Valley Bike and Boat - 2019 by Janet N. 1 year ago Verified Reviewer
Spent one day on the barge - it was a huge highlight! Through so many locks, off for a walk along the canal, lots of beautiful scenery. Bliss.
Loire Valley Bike and Boat - 2019 by Patti P. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer
The best part was traveling with friends. I would have enjoyed more information about the area and towns we were traveling through.
Loire Valley Bike and Boat - 2019 by Karen T. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer
Loire Valley Bike and Boat - 2019 by Wendy K. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer
Loire Valley Bike and Boat - 2019 by Bruce K. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer
Roman, Matilde and guide Ari, couldn't do enough to make welcome and please our entire group, especially during some minor technical difficulties that were not of their making. The quality of the bikes, whether due to model, age or degree of maintenance is something that our entire group of eighteen agreed is an area that could be looked at HAT tours; a lot of pressure fell upon the Anna Maria crew (especially Ari) to rectify faults not of their making. A less flexible and tolerant group of paying passengers might have made for an uncomfortable trip.
Loire Valley Bike and Boat - 2019 by John G. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer
Loire Valley Bike and Boat - 2019 by Janet N. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer
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.
Loire Valley Bike and Boat - 2019 by Jennifer M. 4 years ago Verified Reviewer
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!
Loire Valley Bike and Boat - 2019 by Jehiel 4 years ago Staff
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!
Loire Valley Bike and Boat - 2019 by T. Gihring 4 years ago Verified Reviewer
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.
Loire Valley Bike and Boat - 2019 by Sharon Kravitz 4 years ago Verified Reviewer
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.
Loire Valley Bike and Boat - 2019 by Carmel Manley 4 years ago Verified Reviewer
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.
Loire Valley Bike and Boat - 2019 by Julie 2 years ago
Hi, as far as scenery goes, what has been your favorite trip?
Loire Valley Bike and Boat - 2019 by Bruce Belman 4 years ago Verified Reviewer
Great trip. Everything we were hoping for.
Loire Valley Bike and Boat - 2019 by Laurie Frarey 4 years ago Verified Reviewer
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.
Hi. In terms of scenic rides, what has been your favorite tour?
Loire Valley Bike and Boat - 2019 by Lorraine 5 years ago Verified Reviewer
We did this trip in Sept. 2014. Great biking, but barge has seen better days.
Loire Valley Bike and Boat - 2019 by Bob hartley 8 years ago Verified Reviewer
We had a wonderful time. Martine and Margery were the best. Loved the trip
Loire Valley Bike and Boat - 2019 by Kris Byrns 8 years ago Verified Reviewer
We did this tour in 2008 and had a wonderful time.
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