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  • Koblenz to Saarburg
    by Terry P. 3 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Most Memorable Part? Scenic bike rides along with meeting a lot of nice people.

    Boat: Patria

    Countries: Germany

  • Koblenz to Saarburg
    by Jim R. 8 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Best part: The scenery along the way. But I really enjoyed the staff on the Patria for a trip up the Mosel River in Germany. It was very laid back can of trip but the staff and food were great.

    Boat: Patria

    Countries: Germany

  • Koblenz to Saarburg
    by Greg S. 8 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Wonderful experience that exceeded my expectations. Keen to do a similar trip again.

    Boat: Patria

    Countries: Germany

  • Koblenz to Saarburg
    by David A. 9 months agoPermalink/Reply

    On day 4 my wife's front tire went off the bike trail into a 18 inch drop due to road construction . She dislocated her shoulder and broke her arm . We had to fly home in California for surgery . Two surgeries later she is almost back to normal and we hope to return to Germany next year to repeat the Mosel river trip and also a Croatia bike trip. We enjoyed the short time we had. We didn't have insurance so lost our money and then some. We are saving for another thru Tripsite because everything else wonderful.

    Boat: Patria

    Countries: Germany

  • Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen
    by Lou R. 12 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Once again the "Patria" gave us a wonderful trip with an excellent crew from top to bottom. The rooms are small but comfortable and spotlessly cleaned on a daily basis. The food on this ship never ceases to amaze. Breakfast and dinner for such a lot of guests it is always served with smiles, tirelessly by outstanding servers and the chef is a master in producing meals of top restaurant quality. Bravo. The guide Carsten was "spot on" with his PowerPoint presentations, never shy of answering any and all questions and always riding the course. The handouts were excellent. Not to be missed is the wine tour in Nierstein, a fun outing without the pretentious tasting and showy put-ons. Must make sure you arrive 2-3 days early at Koblenz as it is a great place to explore on your own on a rental bike. Also after Bad Wimpfen take a short train ride and stay a couple of days in Heidelberg to see and enjoy the many historical venues. Yes, it is a touristy place, but worth it. Castles and more castles the first 2 days, vineyards and fields the next 2 and rolling hills the last 2 days gives you a trip that showcases everything that is so much fun in the "Bike and Barge" style of vacationing. Enough bike riding every day to enable you to have the extra glass of wine or cold beer at dinner. This trip is a 10 out of 10 hands down, particularly if it is sunny and dry as it was for us this September of 2017. Our 6th trip with Tripsite and we looking forward to the next one in 2018. Thank you all.

    Boat: Patria

    Countries: Germany

  • Koblenz to Saarburg
    by Stuart D. 1 year agoPermalink/Reply

    The boat and crew were all fantastic and the cycling was fun and easy through beautiful scenery.

    Boat: Patria

    Countries: Germany

  • Koblenz to Saarburg
    by Paul W. 1 year agoPermalink/Reply

    The trip was very good throughout so it's hard to pick one thing as the highlight. Exploring the Roman remains in Trier was something we won't forget, and so was singing sea shanties on deck with the crew!

    Boat: Patria

    Countries: Germany

  • Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen
    by Wallace R. 1 year agoPermalink/Reply

    Great trip and a lot of fun. The staff was excellent and Carsten made sure we got to where we were supposed to go.

    Boat: Patria

    Countries: Germany

  • Koblenz to Saarburg
    by Gerald R. 1 year agoPermalink/Reply

    Great trip but had some problems with bikes. I've had better bikes on other trips.

    Boat: Patria

    Countries: Germany

  • Koblenz to Saarburg
    by Richard S. 1 year agoPermalink/Reply

    The best part was the setting with the river and the villages that we visited.

    Boat: Patria

    Countries: Germany

  • Koblenz to Saarburg
    by James R. 1 year agoPermalink/Reply

    I just liked the laid back atmosphere of this trip and boat. The boat was simple and the crew were very friendly. It is not high end and I like that for its simplicity. It makes it very easy to relax on this trip.

    Boat: Patria

    Countries: Germany

  • Koblenz to Saarburg
    by Kevin M. 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Route was easy. We especially liked the fact that the boat stayed overnight where each day's ride ended. Our guide was a replacement so we don't think he was familiar enough with the route to give us the best guidance.

    Boat: Patria

    Countries: Germany

  • Koblenz to Saarburg
    by D. Valkenaar 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    The boat staff were outstanding! The boat dinners were outstanding! The boat breakfasts and lunches were just okay.

    The biggest downside to the trip were the totally inadequate route guides. They were not written for new-to-the-route riders. On one hand, they assumed the user was familiar with the route and knew where they were going. On the other hand, they seemed to have been written by someone who had never ridden the route, who just looked at a paper (or electronic) map to write the guide.

    Finally, the on-boat guides were of minimal help. While they seem to have ridden the route, they did not explain the complexities a new rider would encounter along the way. They did, however, explain the highlights to look for on each route.

    With those two exceptions, the trip was wonderful! As for the most memorable, being dog people, we really liked having the captain's dogs on board.

    Boat: Patria

    Countries: Germany

  • Koblenz to Saarburg
    by Shirley Correll 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Bicycle and boat are the best vacations ever! Can't wait for my next tour! Hope to make this an annual thing. :)

    Boat: Patria

    Countries: Germany

  • Koblenz to Saarburg
    by Neil Webley 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Overall we enjoyed the Bike and Barge along the Mosel River. However it seemed to be too much effort for the guide to interact with the English speaking clients.
    Maybe he's been doing it too long.
    Thank You

    Boat: Patria

    Countries: Germany

  • Koblenz to Saarburg
    by Leonidas Roussinos 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    All of your staff at the office are fantastic! We love talking to you and we truly appreciate your efforts and quick response to our questions and requests. Looking forward to Bordeaux next September.

    Boat: Patria

    Countries: Germany

  • Koblenz to Saarburg
    by Amy Rowland 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    We had an absolute blast on this trip and made great friends with the other English-speakers. The route was beautiful and full of things to discover, and the biking was very manageable, even for my 75 year old mother. The downside was that our boat included a very large group that had booked together, so we felt slightly apart from the majority of the passengers and the separate language orientation sessions intensified this. I know you don't run these tours, but I wonder if having the sessions together and providing English language translation in writing on the Power Point would be another option? Encouraging switching up the seating at meals might also help. One last comment is that it would be helpful for the maps to include information on the location of public toilets along the route. We are not comfortable using the riverbank as our toilet as our guide recommended.

    Boat: Patria

    Countries: Germany

  • Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen
    by Thomas Rorabaugh 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    We enjoyed the trip but felt our guide could have provided more detail on points of interest along the way.

    Boat: Patria

    Countries: Germany

  • Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen
    by Maribel Colon 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    We had a wonderful trip. Some routes could had better directions since in several occasions we got lost, yes we made the best out of the experience. The staff was excellent, at critical times during the trip the staff pull together and made the trip as comfortable and pleasant. They are champions, no doubt about it!!!

    Boat: Patria

    Countries: Germany

  • Koblenz to Saarburg
    by Susan Roeterink 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Trip was excellent. the boat is really bare bones but that was okay. Wifi was spotty and difficult at times.

    Boat: Patria

    Countries: Germany

  • Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen
    by Margaret Bishop 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Wonderful trip through the vineyards on the wine wagon!

    Boat: Patria

    Countries: Germany

  • Koblenz to Saarburg
    by Fred Veenbaas 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    It was a great way to see the countryside.

    Boat: Patria

    Countries: Germany

  • Koblenz to Saarburg
    by Sandra Wagner 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    The bikes were new and serviced and washed daily to keep them in excellent condition. The boat staff were wonderful and very hard-working. Much time and skill went into meal preparation, and the meals were delicious and attractively presented, both breakfasts and dinners. There was plenty of food to package into lunches to take on the trail. Each day's ride along the Mosel was on flat hard-surfaced trails with beautiful scenery and easy to follow directions that took us through pretty little towns. We thoroughly enjoyed this trip and would definitely use Tripsite again.

    Boat: Patria

    Countries: Germany

  • Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen
    by Robb Mary 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    We were switched to the Mosel at the last minute and apparently our guide didn't feel the need to learn much about this route. He was less than helpful and in a few cases gave wrong information that cost some individuals time and energy.

    Boat: Patria

    Countries: Germany

  • Koblenz to Saarburg
    by Lynn Farrell 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    We had the most wonderful time on our bike/barge trip; the beautiful weather that week added to it. That was my first trip with Tripsite. The Mosel River was nothing short of spectacular. I have told anyone who would listen about this trip & have passed Tripsite's name & number along to many other people. Can't wait to do another trip!

    Boat: Patria

    Countries: Germany

  • Koblenz to Saarburg
    by Shirley Elizabeth Correll 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    I absolutely loved my Tripsite tours last year and this year. Bicycle and boat is my favorite way to travel! Can't wait for next years tour! (which I plan to book very soon)

    Boat: Patria

    Countries: Germany

  • Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen
    by Sabina Zutter 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    I ordered an electrical bike and found it VERY TOP heavy, causing me to take a fall and injure my hip.

    Boat: Patria

    Countries: Germany

  • Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen
    by Thomas Rorabaugh 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Information provided by tour guide about towns and attractions very limited, and sometimes inaccurate, compromising planning and enjoyment of the daily ride.

    Boat: Patria

    Countries: Germany

  • Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen
    by Maribel Colon 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    It was everything we expected and more! Beautiful scenery, made great new friends, attentive staff, fantastic meals and wonderful weather. Our first experience, fantastic! We shall return!

    Boat: Patria

    Countries: Germany

  • Koblenz to Saarburg
    by Amy Rowland 3 years agoPermalink/Reply

    My mom and two sisters and I did this trip last month to celebrate my mom turning 75 this summer. We had a blast! The boat was comfortable and food was delicious, including lots of healthy salads and fruit. The crew was top-notch; keeping things running smoothly and on-time. The riding was wonderful every day, even with a few rainy days. The routes were fun, and full of countless "photo-ops" with picturesque villages, castles, churches and vineyards. We rarely had to climb any hills or interact with cars, so the riding really was suitable for beginners or seniors. We werewith the smaller "English-speaking" group, so had our orientation to the next day's route the evening before. Somehow, despite the four of us thinking we were paying close attention, we always managed to forget something about the route instructions, but part of the fun challenge was finding our way back to the route when we took a wrong turn or crossed the wrong bridge. By the last few days, we started adding a few side trips and explorations to our routes, but still always managed to find our way back to the Patria in time for the coffee, tea and fancy cakes in the early evening. Though the majority of our fellow passengers spoke German, and we don't speak the language at all, we still felt very welcomed. Our only suggestion would be for someone to provide notation on the maps of the public w.c.'s available along the route. As an all-female group, we spent a little more time than we wanted to tracking those elusive locations along the route. Thanks for a great vacation!

    Boat: Patria

    Countries: Germany

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