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James W.3 months ago
Caprice Provence - Wilderness of CamargueFrance
This was our sixth bike and barge trip. Our over-all experience was great!! The food was fantastic, the service from staff was excellent, and the bikes were better than our own. The Caprice is older and very tight quarters, both in the cabins and in public areas. This was a small inconvenience compared to the total experience.
Maureen K.4 months ago
Suzanne R S.4 months ago
Mickey, our tour leader, took us out after dinner on the barge, on a walking tour in Arles. I had been asking when we would see the location of where The Bedroom at Arles was painted. That is where she took us. In addition, we saw the location of where Starry Night was painted. She let me bring a friend from our sister barge.
Nancy H.4 months ago
Crew and guide were fantastic. Our dinners were amazing. Chef put much thought into selecting and preparing our evening meal always paired with a fabulous wine. Enjoyed recapping our day’s ride after dinner with our guide, Mickey. Each day brought a new adventure of riding. Lots of variety.Might include a walking tour of Avignon as part of the trip.
Patricia B.4 months ago
We loved riding through the beautiful countryside and stopping to see the important landmarks along the way.
David M.4 months ago
Arles (Van Gogh & Roman buildings), Barbegal Acqueduct, Les Baux, olive oil mill visit, Pont du Gard. Camaraderie on board the Caprice and while riding. The hospitality and warmth of the Caprice crew. So many other great sites and experiences too. Our guide Miki was great; bike routes were pleasant and relatively free of traffic interference. I felt safe while riding and saw a lot little things along the ride that interested and pleased me - things you don't see from a car, train, or bus.One area needing improvement: Poor WIFI aboard the Caprice. Higher capacity and more reliable WIFI would have been appreciated.
Tripsite • 4 months ago Tripsite Staff
Hi David! Thanks so much for submitting this feedback. We agree wifi is important when traveling and unfortunately wifi on boats can be unreliable. We have partnered MyWebSpot and use it when we travel. Hope this helps for future trips. Thanks again!
Kathleen M.4 months ago
The guide, the itinerary and the chefs were superb!! 5 stars for them!! But the boat, and specifically the boat owners, get a 1 star. How cheap can they be??!! They didn't even provide a plastic bike water bottle. And they charged a hefty fuel surcharge, even after the price of fuel had plummeted. This was my third bike and barge, and I will never go on another barge owned by this company.
anna • 4 months ago Tripsite Staff
Thank you so much for your feedback. We always recommend bringing your own reusable water bottle as most boats are looking to limit their plastic usage. I understand the fuel surcharge is super inconvenient, no one enjoys charging this! Unfortunately, gas prices in France continue to be historically high. We look forward to eliminating this surcharge in the near future. I do hope you were able to enjoy the tour despite your negative experience with the boat, if we can do anything else for you don't hesitate to reach out!
Rose V.4 months ago
We really enjoyed our trip through the Provence region of southern France! Our guide, Michaela, was very knowledgeable of the history of the area, kept us on low trafficked roads on our bicycles, and was in general a lot of fun. Additionally, our eBikes were in great condition and we enjoyed using them throughout our tour. The only downside was our cabin on the Caprice as we both have allergies and there was a persistent mildew/mold smell which necessitated keeping the A/C on relatively high to dissipate it. The cabin was also quite small for us traveling as a couple—one of us literally had to crawl over the other to use the bathroom. The hardworking staff is to be commended.
deborah g.4 months ago
Great aspects=the guide, food, staffLess were the comfort of the beds and space in the bathroom
Elizabeth S.5 months ago
Our guide, Michaela, started each beautiful ride through the country side with such a positive attitudes and great information!Loved the trip up to Le Baux!
Silvia S.6 months ago
The route and group were amazing! The cities are very nice and historical… what I fell could be better is reception of participants of tour… inviting each one to identify oneself with others, to make a group… And I think our guide wasn’t so careful with the group… so quick some days… with no explanation about the beautiful little towns we were!! So pity!! And they could help us about car parking before tour… You could have better support to guests.
RAYMOND C.7 months ago
Biking through the small villages was very picturesque. Only regret was not having a GoPro to video as we were riding through.
Joanne K.8 months ago
All of it was wonderful. Guide Michela was fun and a great leader. There was a nice mix of stops for tours and riding. Scenery was beautiful. Also Liked the boat cruises from the deck. Hills and wind made it a little more of a challenging of a ride. Crew and cooks took good care of us. Would recommend.
Anne H.8 months ago
Beautiful area. The small towns were charming.
The hills were a little more difficult than I anticipated. Suggestion for others would be to prepare for a lot of hills.
Great staff. The staff went out of their way to make all guests comfortable. Our group of 9 fit in well with the 11 others on tour. The close quarters make this necessary. The Staff works hard at making sure that all feel welcome.
Kathleen D.9 months ago
Riding through the French countryside and small towns.
Rita W.9 months ago
Riding through the fields of fruit trees, medieval villages, sipping beverages in the little outdoor cafes, tasting olive oil in the factory, learning to use the bike to it's potential, and enjoying the ambiance back on the boat with spectacular meals.
Robert K.1 year ago
Staff and food were wonderful. Caprice barge has nice upper deck and dining facility. But cabins are beyond tiny, which we could have been happy with (and given 5 stars) if not for the following: Each guest is issued one towel set to be changed only once during the 8 night stay. The problem is during a humid or hot athletic trip, there's no way to dry the towels or to wash or dry athletic clothing, no place to hang them in ventilated area. We packed light with intent to wash, and couldn't. Clothing was "toxic" by end of trip! On an active trip, there needs to be laundry available, even if guests do it themselves. We found out on last day of trip there was full size washer/dryer on boat, but not accessible to guests.
Connie P.1 year ago
Our tour guid was amazing (Melanie) She made sure everyone was safe and I believe everyone enjoyed themselves it was just a lot of fun what a great time with good friends and Melanie
JoAnn D.1 year ago
I loved the integration of sight seeing and bike riding. The visit to the olive oil producer was very interesting. Also loved the opportunity to see the Cezanne Immersive theater. Melanie was a wonderful tour guide and made the trip very fun.
Angela T.1 year ago
Our original trip was cancelled due to Covid and we took the Camargue trip in its place. It turned out to be a lovely replacement. I had felt this covered ground I previously knew but seen from the perspective of biking round places previously seen the trip added such a new and fresh layer, as well as previously unknown places, that it was like seeing things for the first time. The boat was comfortable and the food really excellent thanks to the innovative hands of chef Sara. Highly recommended.
The crew was very helpful and engaging.
Jeanne H.1 year ago
The bicycle riding and scenery while pedaling is most memorable.
Barry B.1 year ago
Compared to our other trips, the Caprice felt very cramped i.e very limited on deck room for groups. Probably should add a Caprice clothes line to dry clothes, minor but very handybreakfast was ok but repetitive, other trips had a buffet and especially cooked hot itemssuppers were hit or miss, I thought ok but most of our group thought mediocreguide was excellent as were bike stops, especially the Aqueduct-Pont du Gard, Palais des Papes, swimming in the med, light show. Probably should add a visit to a winery. Consider precharging for some events i.e. colosseum, light show kamisky and Cezanne) , museums,--Palais des Papes, Van Goughs asylum etc) rather than make them optional as some folks are tightwads and really miss out on a fuller experience.Cycling guidebook is excellent
Harold N.1 year ago
The trip overall was well organized and executed in all respects with one exception. The crew were all very competent, friendly and helpful. The meals and service were also excellent, well prepared and presented. Our only complaint was with the execution of the required COVID test which was necessary within 72 hours of our departure. We were lead to believe that this important and necessary test would be all arranged by the crew and we would know where to go and what to do. This was NOT the case. Our group had to research and find the location of the testing on our own with some difficulty. There was much difficulty locating the testing site at the appointed time. We think the charge of 50 Euros per person was excessive. We did not fault our crew as they obviously had no idea that arranging COVID testing was their responsibility.
Lorraine L.3 years ago
Most Memorable Part? The sites we biked toTips: Perhaps separating the electric bikes from those like me who used our own pedal power or 2 leaders for 20 bikers vs the one leader. Our group depended on fellow bikers as volunteers and we were fortunate in having several expert bikers in our group!!!
Sheilagh M.3 years ago
Riding through the south of France along quiet country roads with the occasional stop to learn about the history and people of the place.
John C.3 years ago
The crew of the boat Caprice was wonderful. Each crew member did their utmost to make the trip perfect for everyone. The food was outstanding, our compliments to the chef Joseph who prepared a gourmet meal every night. The tour guide Alessandra was wonderful and kept the group moving along together. The size of the tour was perfect, 20, the route was ideal and that part of France was beautiful. Highlights were the Ponte du Gard, the villages in Provence, Avignon and the tour of the winery and La Moulin d'Huile. We also enjoyed the company of the others on the tour very much.
Suggestions: bring raingear if it's the rainy season, stop in the cafes in the little towns along the way for beer, wine, french fries or desserts.
Charlotte A.3 years ago
Most Memorable Part: Riding through the countryside and small villages, visiting Arles and Les Beaux.
Andrew O.3 years ago
It is impossible to single out a single most memorable time. The food was delicious, the tour guide wonderful, the cycling routes took us to a variety of historical, cultural, and geographical places. We saw castles, an abbey, art, old villages, wildlife, walled cities, mountain top views, and took several short cruises on the river, The days were full, we had downtime when needed but were always kept busy if desired.
Catherine Ann H.3 years ago
Cycling through historic monuments and the Camargue wilderness was magnificent!