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  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Lori C. 4 weeks agoPermalink/Reply

    I adored the trip from start to finish. The scenery, the towns and cities and of course seeing everything by bike. I met wonderful people who share a love of travel and adventure. The only problem with the trip was the tour leader. He was condescending and rude to several guests. The rest of the staff was phenomenal. I would do this trip again tomorrow.

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  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Susan W. 1 month agoPermalink/Reply

    I would highly recommend this trip. The food was fantastic. The rooms were of a good size and clean. The staff were friendly and helpful. The cycle route were scenic and enjoyable. I would definitely do another.

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  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Paul H. 2 months agoPermalink/Reply

    What an unforgettable trip! We were able to take our 75 year old dad and he cycled the whole thing easily. The touring days in the cities were full, overwhelming, and inspiring for someone who's never seen the rich history of Europe. Cruising down the river while eating a 4 course dinner was a perfect finish to cycling though forests and orchards all day. It was a perfect combination of cycling, cruising, relaxing and sight seeing. I would recommend it to anyone!

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  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Paula H. 2 months agoPermalink/Reply

    This trip provides a chance to explore the rural areas along the Danube by bike and to visit the great cities of Budapest and Vienna. There is a lot packed into this trip.

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  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Sherry D. 2 months agoPermalink/Reply

    This was a perfect way to spend a holiday. The food was AMAZING! The staff was personable, kind, and so very efficient with all they do. I was pleasantly surprised with all the paved bike paths and the number of cyclists out traveling on vacation. It was inspirational to interact with them along the way. Thank you, Normandie and staff. We had a fantastic time!

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  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Larry B. 2 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Biking along river was the greatest. Budapest and Bratislava wonderful. Time in Vienna too rushed. Strongly advise participants to take an extra day or two in Passau before the trip—a lovely small town.

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  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Donald V. 3 months agoPermalink/Reply

    The staff on the boat were wonderful. Very helpful, friendly and hard working. The food on the boat was excellent. They consistently turned out perfectly prepared delicious meals. The bicycles were in excellent condition and performed perfectly. I thoroughly enjoyed this trip.

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  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Frank M. 8 months agoPermalink/Reply

    The daily briefing on what to see and do really helped to get the most out of the bike and barge tour.

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  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Charles H. 8 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Wachau valley was my favorite part...small towns, great shops and wine.

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  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Sylvia G. 8 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Everything was well organized and the staff very friendly and helpful. We loved the whole trip . The countryside was beautiful.

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  • Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna
    by Lynn F. 8 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Our trip was along the Danube to Vienna. It was a wonderful trip, the scenery was lovely, and we were lucky with the weather... it only drizzled one afternoon! The little towns we went through were really cute & charming. We felt the tour guide could have done a better job by telling us the distances between start and finish in terms of time & kilometers. We managed quite well, but it would have been nice to know. Otherwise, the whole trip was fantastic!

    Boat: MS Normandie

    Countries: Austria, Germany

  • Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna
    by Barbara H. 8 months agoPermalink/Reply

    The most memorable part of our trip was getting on our bikes daily and biking next to the river with lovely towns and countryside. Quite free!
    Our meals were just wonderful! We requested vegan meals and were delighted with each and every meal! This whole trip was special!

    Boat: MS Normandie

    Countries: Austria, Germany

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Beverly K. 8 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Excellent trip, experience, food, accommodations, etc.

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  • Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna
    by Robert L. 8 months agoPermalink/Reply

    We loved this trip! The best way to experience Europe’s beautiful rivers and countryside is over the handlebars!

    Boat: MS Normandie

    Countries: Austria, Germany

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Karen K. 8 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Most Memorable Part: The last day of our trip we cycled through small towns and vineyards. Stopped at a beautiful small church and were able to hear the choir practicing. We (6 of us) will never forget that part of the trip.

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  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Ceri B. 8 months agoPermalink/Reply

    The barge was wonderful and the staff most helpful and professional. I wouldn’t hesitate to go on another biking trip. Thank you for a job well done.

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  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Colin M. 9 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Every aspect of this trip exceeded our expectations. The boat staff could not have been more friendly and accommodating. The rooms and food were excellent. The bicycles were in top condition, and the cycling director was a wealth of information about each day's itinerary. Our friends are tired of hearing us rave about how wonderful the trip was.

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  • Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna
    by Doug N. 10 months agoPermalink/Reply

    It was a great trip. We traveled with another couple and they also very much enjoyed the trip. Room on the boat was comfortable, food was good, bikes were good. A nice combination of fresh air, exercise and comfort. Have already recommended to others.

    Boat: MS Normandie

    Countries: Austria, Germany

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Patricia M. 11 months agoPermalink/Reply

    The staff were wonderful and attentive and the biking equipment was excellent. It was tremendously satisfying to enjoy this beautiful part of the world on bike and then return to the comfort of the boat each evening. Looking forward to the next trip!!

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  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Diane F. 11 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Our bike barge trip along the Danube in October 2017 was a great experience. Biking was fabulous, the paths we're all very good for the most part. The scenery was beautiful. We were very pleased with the friendliness of the staff and all the accommodations made for us. The food was all nicely presented and abundant. Our group of eight friends definitely would like to do another trip! Great scenery, great exercise, and an overall wonderful experience!

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Sue H. 11 months agoPermalink/Reply

    I really enjoyed the first and last days a lot which were in the beautiful countryside along the Danube. It was good to see the cities but the visits too short to really visit anything in depth.
    I recommend the Mozart concert which I really enjoyed.
    I loved meeting people from other countries and wish we could have had meal seating change every couple of days to mix with other people who also were interested in meeting others.

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Beverly K. 11 months agoPermalink/Reply

    It was great from beginning to end. The only thing I might suggest would be perhaps a better map on a couple of the days for our biking excursion. We found our way, but got a little confused in a couple of spots. Staff was excellent, tour guide bent over backwards for us, food was delicious, etc. Working with Susanna prior to our trip was so easy and she answered all my questions. I would do it again!

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna
    by John J. 12 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Most Memorable Part? The people I met on board - staff and guests - and the scenery.

    Boat: MS Normandie

    Countries: Austria, Germany

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Mary Lyn H. 12 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Loved the itinerary and biking routes!
    Barge suggestions:
    Dinner seat assignments-- still place with others of the same language, but not necessarily from the same country.
    The upper outdoor covered lounge allowed smoking which meant the entire area could be filled with smoke! This type of trip is for active, healthy lifestyle people...smoking should be confined to a small area in front of the pilot house (or not at all).

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Colin M. 1 year agoPermalink/Reply

    The most memorable part of the trip? Everything: the boat, staff, accommodations, food, cycling director, bicycles were far better than I expected. The daily orientations by the cycling director were very informative, not only about cycling conditions, but also about refreshment stops and sightseeing. This trip could not have been better.

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna
    by Barbara H. 1 year agoPermalink/Reply

    Fabulous bike/barge adventure in Germany/Austria! We'll be back! The cycling was on beautiful paths along the Danube. The food and service onboard were extraordinary.

    Boat: MS Normandie

    Countries: Austria, Germany

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Karen L. 1 year agoPermalink/Reply

    The most memorable part of the trip were the people I had the opportunity to meet including the staff who were extremely courteous.

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  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Jeanne S. 1 year agoPermalink/Reply

    The boat its self is quaint. The cycling was scenic, beautiful and had a variation of easy to moderately challenging rides for an average cyclist, pretty doable for anyone. My only suggestion is to provide more water and provide it daily weather if cycling or not. In saying that, do bring yourselves 4 to 6 large bottles of water.
    Packing -nothing too heavy do plan on layers, it was warmer than expected .
    If you bring alcohol on to the boat you can only drink in your room.
    Crew were great as was the guide and the food prepared by the Cook!!!

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Neil M. 1 year agoPermalink/Reply

    Cycling along the Danube of course was the highlight for sure.

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  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Vitali B. 1 year agoPermalink/Reply

    I am very glad that I did this trip: the boat, cabin, food, bike, everything was very good. But there were some challenges, which I would like to mention.
    1. The tour guide (Jan, his first name) was not rude, but more like indifferent to your problems. Very often his answer was ""It's up to you. You want this, go this way, you want that, go that way."" Hr didn't try to understand your problem and to find the best solution for your situation.
    2. Bike path pavement sometimes was bad and poorly marked. For people with not good vision (like myself) it was a big problem. European bikers are more aggressive speed wise and more comfortable in the crowded environment. It was a problem to have pedestrians and bikers in both directions at the same time. So, for me it was easy to complete 50-60 kilometers physically, but it was stressful psychologically to be in such crowded place.
    3. Unguided tour is a challenge: you can get lost, something can happen to you, your bike, and no help is available. One person locked a bike and lost a key. I even do not know how he came back on the boat. I am writing all these problems to give future fellow travelers more real picture before making a decision to take this trip, and moreover how to prepare yourself for the trip. My mistake was that I was thinking that if I can do 40 miles on the bike, I am ready for the trip. Physical part is not enough. You should be ready physically, but also you should be able to function in the crowded city environment at low speed, be able to repair your bike, if needed, to read a map, and not to expect that all people in the world like Americans. Sorry for being so long, but I really wanted to give the most truthful picture of my experience.

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