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Boat/Barge: Sailing Home • REMOVE • About Sailing Home
Bruges to Amsterdam by Michael O. 6 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Sailing Home was a great boat, well finished, very clean, lots of room and nice staff. The trip from Bruges to Amsterdam was very scenic and flat country yet the riding did not offer the flexibility friends had experienced with other tours. We had expected to ride 30kms (+or- 10) a day and were somewhat surprised to hear the daily ride was 60 kms. That said, on one day, it was possible to ride 20 kms in the morning then 40 kms in the afternoon as the bike route crossed the boats route. There were nine in our group and to a person we thought it would have been far better to have the boat dock at mid day for people wanting to ride a shorter distance, then head to the overnight stopping point. We would have liked the option to stop in some local villages, had lunch in a cafe and strolled at some of the scenic spots. It is not supposed to be the Tour de France.Would we do it again, yes, but at our own pace, so we would do it 'self guided' next time as I don't think our guide could comprehend our desire to enjoy all the joys of the ride.
Boat: Sailing Home
Countries: Belgium, Netherlands
Amsterdam to Cologne and Cologne to Amsterdam by Gail M. 6 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Great staff making us feel very welcomed and well cared for, from our guide Pete to the lady captain. I would highly recommend this company.
Countries: Netherlands, Germany
Amsterdam to Bruges by Margaret W. 6 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Best part of trip traveling with friends old and new. Beautiful scenery. Great food. A great challenge. Looking forward to my next trip
Countries: Netherlands, Belgium
Amsterdam to Bruges by Denis E. 7 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most memorable part? Scenery and food and small group size
Amsterdam to Bruges by Catherine S. 7 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Our trip on the Sailing Home Amsterdam to Brugge was far more than we expected. The cabins are spacious enough for 2 people and the bathroom was well equipped and plenty enough space. The outside deck area was very social and the best way to finish the day with sundowners and your fellow cyclists. Loved this trip and would highly recommend.
Amsterdam to Bruges by Steve S. 9 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The scenery - Bruges was like a storybook. The food - The chef on our barge went out of her way to accommodate my family’s vegan requirements, and she did it with style.
Amsterdam to Bruges by Pam B. 9 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Enjoyed the accommodations, crew was great, and cycling was easy . Looking at another Bike & Barge adventure!
Amsterdam to Bruges by Suzanne D. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Amsterdam to Bruges July 2018. We loved the whole aspect of cycling to meet our barge (our floating hotel) at the end of each day. The accommodations on the Sailing Home were great and the barge is a handsome one. Staff were friendly and relaxed but attentive and personable. Our cycling guide Karline was very competent and kindly took us into almost every town each night for a walking tour. Her historical knowledge of the areas in the Netherlends and Belgium we visited were an unexpected bonus. The food was great on board and most enjoyable. I will definitely recommend this trip to others.
Holland Southern Tulip Tour by Ruth M. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
I loved being part of the Southern Holland Tulip Tour! The biking was wonderful, the scenery was unparalleled, and the Sailing Home was comfortable and well appointed. Staff was uniformly pleasant and accommodating. I enjoyed bonding with the other riders in the group , mostly from the Central and Western US and Canada. Our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining, however I feel that keeping our large group of 26 riders together on the rides was a challenge, and he would have benefited from the use of "corners" to make sure that all the riders were clear on the turns. Also, we were each given a booklet with the daily ride routes, but it would have been helpful to go over the next days map each evening so that we could visualize the lay of the land.Great trip all around and I am hoping to join another in the future!
Holland Southern Tulip Tour by Curtiss M. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
We came to see the tulips and that was definitely accomplished. Albeit a bit late for most of the major fields, but Keukenhof was spectacular. Cycling through the polders and quiet countryside was also very enjoyable.On the negative side, the last days cycling into Amsterdam and departure from the boat was a bit rushed.
Holland Southern Tulip Tour by Angela T. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Loved the comfortable accommodations on the barge.
Amsterdam to Bruges by Lisa G. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
This was our first trip and we weren't sure what to expect. We had a phenomenal time. It was just the right level of difficulty in riding and a perfect amount of time to explore the area. The barge was a good, clean place to stay and the staff did an excellent job keeping it clean and keeping us well fed. We would highly recommend to our friends.
Amsterdam to Cologne and Cologne to Amsterdam by Susan P. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The whole experience was wonderful. Pete was an excellent guide, crew and cook great and the group was very friendly.
Amsterdam to Cologne and Cologne to Amsterdam by Katherine H. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Enjoyed biking through the fields of heather, beautiful! Tip for others: use a gel seat!
Amsterdam to Cologne and Cologne to Amsterdam by Gordon M. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We had an exceptional guide. He had a lot of local knowledge and often altered our route in order to extend our cycling experience.
Amsterdam to Bruges by Mik L. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: Amsterdam and a week of perfect weather
Bruges to Amsterdam by Kevin Armstrong 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I have done this trip from Amsterdam to Bruges as well. I found this version to not be as enjoyable. The reason was there was not as much on the route to see and take in. I think that there are some differences do to which barge you are on which may restrict the routes. Bruges is amazing as was Amsterdam but in between nothing exciting. The barge was amazing (Sailing Home) with a wonderful chef. I love this style of touring and have done 8 of them and will do more!
Amsterdam to Cologne and Cologne to Amsterdam by Kevin D. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
What a dream vacation! Eating like a king every morning & night, and riding far enough in the time between to feel like you're burning it all off. My wife and I had a wonderful time with the three couples from our church who made the trip with us; the pace was leisurely enough for the least athletic of us, yet brisk enough to keep everyone's attention, with lovely scenery throughout. We're only back a few weeks and already thinking about where to take our next biking vacation! Thanks for such a memorable trip.
Amsterdam to Cologne and Cologne to Amsterdam by Lesa B. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This is the BEST way to experience Europe! The countryside, scenery and little villages were breathtaking! We absolutely loved the food and experience on the barge! An experience for ALL your senses!
Amsterdam to Cologne and Cologne to Amsterdam by Jennifer W. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This was such a fabulous way to explore a new country that we had never been to before! Waking up in a new town every day, with all of our food & lodging needs cared for, and our only job was to SEE NEW SCENERY! Such a fun way to get up close & personal with the people & culture of the Netherlands & Germany! The staff was amazing, food was DELICIOUS, bikes were practically NEW. We are already researching our NEXT bike & barge trip! THE BEST!!!
Amsterdam to Bruges by Marie-Claude R. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The most memorable parts were the scenery, the cute villages, the windmills and the dunes with great people and staff.
Holland Southern Tulip Tour by Darle S. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The biking and scenery was amazing. The collective group, including staff, became family. The best was the fields in bloom with tulips and such. Wow!
Holland Southern Tulip Tour by Penelope H. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This trip was absolutely wonderful. Even with a day or two of challenging weather.....with the right clothes it didn't matter. We were surrounded by such beauty every day and the people of the Netherlands are top notch.....you really couldn't find people that are sweeter and friendlier anywhere. Five Star Plus!!!
Amsterdam to Cologne and Cologne to Amsterdam by Robin V. 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Fantastic dinners & wonderful guide, captain, staff!
Amsterdam to Cologne and Cologne to Amsterdam by Susan B. 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Loved the Netherlands countryside. Beautiful flowers and farmland and great trails. Also the friendly and professional staff.
North Holland Tour by K. Jevons 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
It was a great bicycle trip. Beautiful countryside, bike paths were excellent and the guide "Hugo" was exceptional. Barge was perfect. We were able to see the real Holland, not the typical tourist city Holland. Communication and arrangement of the tour with Tripsite was very good. Thanks.
Holland Southern Tulip Tour by S. Breaugh 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Overall I really enjoyed our trip. However, our guide Piet left a lot to be desired. He got us from the boat and back each day but that was about it. We had very few stops during the day for water breaks or photos. He did not provide any "tour guide" type of information like history or pointing anything out of interest, or even a clear idea of the details of the following day. While we got to all the towns on the itinerary, everything was pretty much closed after dinner so we couldn't do any sightseeing in towns on our own. The guide on our sister ship "Liza Marleen" did much more with her group.
On the plus side, the barge Sailing Home was excellent and the crew was great - very friendly and helpful. Our chef Markus was amazing.
I had an electric bike and I loved it. It made the trip much easier and enjoyable. Highly recommend it for inexperienced bikers.
Holland Southern Tulip Tour by B. Dewey-Kirschman 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The tour was wonderful! We had clear weather the entire week and a great group of people to ride with. The "Sailing Home" really was comfort plus, with an attentive and helpful staff.
Holland Southern Tulip Tour by C. Sheeran 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Loved it all! Wonderful staff, wonderful route, wonderful fellow passengers, wonderful guide! We could not have asked for anything more except less wind as we rode through the windmill area into a very strong headwind! Hardest day's riding we've ever done! But hey, this is Holland renowned for "wind"mills!! Keukenhof was amazing, everyone should visit this place once in their lifetime!
Amsterdam to Cologne and Cologne to Amsterdam by David Fish 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
It was our first bike and barge trip and we loved it so much we've already booked next years trip!
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