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  • Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna
    by Jim and Margaret Molineux 1 year agoPermalink/Reply

    We have just returned from our boat/bike adventure and enjoyed it immensely. Being the only English speaking passengers on the trip, we were in the care of the multilingual SE bike tour guides; Bernd, Andreas and Wolfgang. And look after us they did. With all the tours and information in German, we would have missed so much if it hadn't been for Bernd showing up everywhere to translate for us. The staff on board were helpful, courteous and efficient. Food was gourmet and even with cool and often wet weather, tours were interesting and biking was exhilarating. Bikes were brand new, maps were clear and information given beforehand made navigating easy. Ebikes are the way to go if climbing hills is difficult; although it is mostly flat.
    We would absolutely do this again with Trip Site or SE Tours.

    Boat: MS Normandie

    Countries: Austria, Germany

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Ross M. 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Sometimes we were unsure if we were on the route or not. Maybe could have had some additional signage along route.

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Pat L. 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    The most memorable part was Day 6 Rossatz - Pochlarn was the most scenic part of the trail. Magical small villages - wish the whole route could have been like this. Most of the trail was uneventful, some of the trail was in poor shape and rough riding.
    Unfortunately, there was a language barrier between the Americans and the tour guide, so instructions were not always clear, and we needed to fend for ourselves most of the time. Certain sections of map were confusing and trail was not well marked. We made it though, and enjoyed the adventure!
    Beautiful cities and villages to visit - wish we would have had more time to explore! All in all very good trail ride and good trip!

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by M. Linwood 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    We found the boat comfortable and the staff really helpful and friendly. The trip was most relaxing and a good insight into the Danube countryside.

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by L. Schmidlin 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Was a great trip. Boat and tour guide were outstanding. Some of the staff were a bit stand-offish, but within reason. Just didn't make you feel 100% welcomed all the time (made you feel more of a guest than family) but again, well within reason. Got lost a few times so perhaps the maps could be a bit more directed, but again, not bad. Overall, it was a great experience and I would highly recommend it. Thanks - Larry

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by A. Roebelen 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    The bike path signs were sometimes hard to follow and we got off course a few times.
    The staff of the boat, The Normandie, was fabulous. The food was better than we expected and they were very accommodating with our lunches. The wifi was very disappointing.

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna
    by H. Hausch 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Really liked our trip director Andreas. The Theodor Koerner excellent boat with superb staff.

    Boat: MS Normandie

    Countries: Austria, Germany

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by J. Wagemakers 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    This adventure was more than we expected. The boat was very well equipped, and our cabin was comfortable and larger than we expected. The staff was very friendly and dealt with all of our needs, and the meals were fabulous. Our bikes were well maintained and were well suited for the route we rode. The scenery was amazing and we come home with a collection of pictures and memories.

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by R. Hennigan 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Our Normandie trip from Passau to Budapest was spectacular! The weather, the boat, the food, the fellow bikers, the countryside and the bikes were all a delight. We were also pleased to learn that our guide rode each day. He was very knowledgeable; however, under stress was verbally contentious and short with guests. It became almost comical and so we learned to stay out of his way during certain times of the day. Nevertheless, the trip was a dream and we thank-you!!

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna
    by E. Heide 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    We would have like more written details of the areas we were seeing. We also would have liked a stronger wifi connection. Food and service was excellent.

    Boat: MS Normandie

    Countries: Austria, Germany

  • Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna
    by E. Correll 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Bicycling Passau to Vienna with the MS Normandie was a great experience. The bicycle route was mostly flat and in top condition. The views along the way were scenic and enjoyable. The small villages were charming and the larger cities were very beautiful. Our accommodations and meals on the boat were wonderful. One of my favorite experiences of the week was the optional trip to the opera house in Vienna. I am especially glad I didn't miss it. This was my third Tripsite tour and overall this adventure was everything and more that I had hoped for. I would highly recommend it to anyone that loves cycling. I think it is suitable for all skill levels. I will say that on this tour the guides daily instructions were minimal. His input was very basic and quite a disappointment compared to past guides. No photo slide show with instructions such as, "when you see this landmark or sign be sure to turn here." The guide books with maps that were provided were of great assistance, however, and we were able to compensate for the most part by carefully following these written instructions. There was also a small tourist guide book in each room from which you could read about points of interest in each city and village along the way. As I said, overall this was a fantastic week and my friend and I loved every minute!

    Boat: MS Normandie

    Countries: Austria, Germany

  • Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna
    by J Lillis 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Wonderful trip. Our room smelled really bad when we arrived. Mentioned it to the cleaning staff and they said it was the air conditioner. They were on the problem immediately and made sure we had no further problem. Bit of confusion with bike insurance, but on contacting Tripsite on our return this was dealt with immediately (thank you!). Might want to consider having a basic first aid kit onboard I fell in Vienna and badly sprained my ankle - no breaks fortunately. Had to get ice from he bar as there was nothing else available they couldn't give me much as it was needed for the drinks.

    Boat: MS Normandie

    Countries: Austria, Germany

  • Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna
    by Susan Dawood 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Never brought it up to the bike staff, but gears on my bike were difficult to manage. I attributed it to my having small hands, but I also thought the gears should be replaced soon, for the next "small handed" guest.

    It was a wonderful experience and we were fortunate to have beautiful weather the entire week.

    Boat: MS Normandie

    Countries: Austria, Germany

  • Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna
    by David Pomfret 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    We had a fantastic time it was a highlight of the trip; can't say about the bikes as we had our own.

    Boat: MS Normandie

    Countries: Austria, Germany

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Bill Fleshman 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    This is the 3rd travel group I've put together through tripsite and each was very enjoyable. My groups ranged in size from 3 to 12. The first was a land bike trip in Provence, France and the next two were bike and boat trips on the Mozel and the Danube. I am not associated with a tour company but found working with Tripsite personnel, Mary, Carla and others, to be easy even for a novice like me to put together such trips. I have worked with other agencies but have found Tripsite to be more "reachable" and available at any time I had questions. I will continue to use them for future group and individual trips.

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Steve Slinkard 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Guides should have provided a little more detail (distance between turns, landmarks, areas to pay extra attention, etc)

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Gail Black 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    I enjoyed staying put at night better than the barge moving at night. We have done both and I enjoy walking around in the evening.I also would not have so many ferry crossings in the next trip. Puts a time factor in the ride.

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Kathryn Smith 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    The tour guide, Jan (not sure of the spelling) was amazing! He was funny, helpful and friendly. All the logistics with the bike stuff worked very smoothly.

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna
    by Brent McLean 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Would be nice to sit with other people at meals. Everyone was great and it felt like we were on a camping trip.

    Boat: MS Normandie

    Countries: Austria, Germany

  • Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna
    by Hong Gao 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    It was a great trip, thank you.

    Boat: MS Normandie

    Countries: Austria, Germany

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Lois Farmer 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    At times the trip leading gave incomplete information regarding routes, detours and conditions although the German speaking people received better information - he should use a specific outline when giving such information to be sure it is complete.

    The food was great except for the Wiener Schnitzel which was not interesting at all. A real disappointment in fact. (I have traveled to Austria often and know a less than impressive meal when I receive it.)

    I had booked an extra night in Passau but could not use it due to airline delays. I called Tripsite which could not reimburse me, which I understand. However, I have twice requested a statement from them that I cannot be reimbursed so that I can use it for my trip insurance - I still have not received it.

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Kimberley McEwan 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    We loved the Along the Danube cycling trip. The entire tour was very well organized and we really had no complaints. It was a great way to travel and sightsee several countries and the Fall was a great time of year. We are planning our next cycling trip already.

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna
    by Sharon Cratsenberg 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Perfect weather, gorgeous scenery, wonderful riding--loved every minute of the trip.

    Boat: MS Normandie

    Countries: Austria, Germany

  • Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna
    by Corinne Bauer 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Fabulous guides, wonderful scenery, food, very helpful Tripsite staff. Will be taking another trip as soon as I can!

    Boat: MS Normandie

    Countries: Austria, Germany

  • Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna
    by John Bowyer 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Wonderful trip along the Danube. If you are biker you will find the bikes lacking. My wife with her spinal cord injury used an electric assist which worked very well.

    Boat: MS Normandie

    Countries: Austria, Germany

  • Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna
    by Susan Knight 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Amazing scenery, great company, delicious food, kind staff and somewhere comfy to sleep - with no unpacking! However,the crux of these trips stems from the quality of the guides. Our first trip, to Vienna, Had a guide that knew the route well, but smoked at every stop, and wanted to always eat dinner at somewhere he could buy alcohol; we preferred to eat our rolls in the fresh air, which sometimes was tricky. He tended to ride off without checking we were all ready, leaving riders behind until someone caught him. Our second trip (Merzig to Koblenz) had a lady guide who was not at all familiar with the area, but used her GPS to locate landmarks and routes (sometimes taking the shortest, not the most scenic). She didn't give an initial safety talk, she changed the route from the easy one offered to a more scenic but quite difficult one, causing one older, inexperienced lady to fall (end of trip for her and her husband,, hospitalisation for almost a fortnight, skingraft). Our replacement guide tried hard, but couldn't seem to match the route to the one we'd booked, so we missed seeing things we'd looked forward to. So our last trip, Koblenz to Amsterdam, was not one we would recommend unless they sorted the route out. Apart from the above, we'd recommend this mode of travel.

    Boat: MS Normandie

    Countries: Austria, Germany

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Beverly Rudeen 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    With 100 passengers & half German speaking/half English speaking I would recommend 2 guides instead of one. At times our guide seemed overwhelmed with questions, assistance, etc....

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Kimberley McEwan 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    The Bike and Barge cycling trip was a great way to experience new countries. The cycling paths along the Danube are excellent and the riding was very enjoyable. We will be looking at other bike and barge options through Tripsite.

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Janet Humphrey 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    They need to provide better maps or route sheets. Manager of the boat (Peter) was very unfriendly and sometimes rude.

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna
    by Margaret Knode 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Staff was incredible. Only change I would make is in the dining room. To be allocated to a table with the same people for every meal was restrictive. We go on trips to meet people from different countries and to make new friends. On speaking with other travellers they mentioned that open seating would have made the whole experience that much more enjoyable. We thoroughly enjoyed our dining companions, but what if you didn't you were stuck all week.

    Can't say enough about how accommodating the staff were, especially in the dining room. Many thanks! Want to do the trip again next year add bring my siblings.

    Boat: MS Normandie

    Countries: Austria, Germany

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