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Art W.5 years ago
Vita Pugna Mantova to Venice or Venice to MantovaItaly
The food on the barge was terrific--as was our guide Fabio.Come prepared for 5 serious days of biking as well as bringing the right/complete biking clothes.
April S.5 years ago
Had an absolute great time on this Tour. Venice was amazing and Mantova as well. Our cook was Erica who is wonderful chef. Every meal was impressive— creative and delicious. This was my fifth bike/barge tour and she is definitely the best cook. Really enjoyed my fellow Travelers, as well.Vita Pugna
Jill McGowan • 4 years ago
You mentioned that you had been on 5 boat/barge trips. Which was your overall favorite?
April • 4 years ago
That’s a hard question. They all were special in different ways. But if I had to pick a fav it would be the Paris-Bruges trip.
Robert V.5 years ago
Every aspect of the trip was as expected or better.
Joanne B.5 years ago
The best parts of the trip were the staff, the food and the camaraderie. The bike rides, the scenery and the towns visited could not have been better. It was an all around outstanding vacation!!!
Rita L.5 years ago
Most Memorable Part: Being part of a bike family for a week with wonderful people from several countries! And our tour guide, Helmut ... Capt. Giovanni ... Crew/Chefs Sylvia and Samule, who made the week even more special! Riding through the small towns was fun!! Ready to go again!!!
Susan E.5 years ago
The trip was amazing: excellent food prepared by our 2 chefs; our guide was well-prepared, thoughtful, good-natured; the route was beautifully planned and educational, the bikes were more comfortable than my own, the weather was fortunately perfect, and we had a great group to bike with. The experience went way beyond my expectations . Can’t wait to plan the next biking adventure.
Laurie P.5 years ago
Most Memorable Part: The beautiful scenery of Italy and the connections we made with the other guests!!!
Rosemary B.5 years ago
Vita Pugna Bolzano-Mantova-VeniceItaly
Most Memorable Parts: the swimming off the boat, out in the ocean after a hot bike ride, were amazing.The historical information from our tour guides was outstanding.The food was DELICIOUS.Sunsets out on the water were glorious
Cynthia W.5 years ago
Everything was excellent! There were a limited number of available rental helmets, I highly recommend bringing one's own from home.
What a wonderful week!! Excellent staff...Captain, Helmut, Silvia & Samuele! Food was 5-Star, very comfortable accommodations! Helmut was a great guide, knowledgeable and made sure we all had a good, safe time! Bike riding was so much fun and we saw many different towns and sights we would have missed in a bus! Meeting so many wonderful, fellow bikers from different countries was so enjoyable! This trip was more than I ever expected!! Loved it!! Definitely will travel with Tripsite again!!! Bike On!!!!
Kim B.5 years ago
Everything was memorable. I took this trip with my sister not having any expectations. Besides the great accommodations, food & scenery, there were strangers from 8 different countries that became a bike family for 8 days. It was a wonderful trip.
Ann karen watson5 years ago
This was a fabulous trip. Truly amazing. The food was the best surprise of the week!! It was delicious!!! Our tour guide Tamara was excellent, she made every day very very interesting. She went above and beyond. Can't wait to do another trip with Tamara!!
Carmel M.5 years ago
Every aspect of the trip made for a memorable experience. Having done both the hotel to hotel and the guided section gave us a truly great opportunity to see a part of Italy that is so varied in both history, culture, food and landscape.
William H.6 years ago
Great trip. Irene was a great guide. She adopted my suggestion that she wait for the stragglers to catch up to the stopped leaders so the stragglers could have a short rest also. Her suggested side tours were great. Our chefs, Samuel and Enrico were great as well. Superb food. First class trip.
A. Harris7 years ago
A fabulous experience. We will seriously consider further barge/bike holidays with you.
JoAnn Grand7 years ago
The biking was not as scenic as other trips I have been on. However the food, staff and guide were excellent.
Alfred Lilly7 years ago
Understanding the trip was planned for little difficulty, expected that the terrain would be flat, but was hoping for more scenery and countryside to take in while biking. Perhaps if there was an option of having a sag vehicle for those who couldn't/didn't want more difficult terrain so the option was available for those who could do more ... and see more. Overall great experience, friendly crew and excellent food!
Brian J Craig7 years ago
Our Guide, Rosita was excellent, friendly, pleasant and very knowledgeable. Would recommend her anytime.
Mike Tansey7 years ago
Recommended for novice cyclists only. Not challenging enough for experienced cyclists.
Christopher Manning7 years ago
Route guides(arrows)could in some areas(particularly in the Bolzano to barge section when riders on their own) be more clearly marked and better positioned.Steph,our guide,and the boat crew combined to make this a special experience.
Gail Whitty7 years ago
I love our leader Michaela and we want to do another trip with her. I have recommended the Pugna boat Mantova-Venice trip to many people.
James Varah7 years ago
Our tour guide Marco was ok, but not outstanding. His commentary was adequate, but we got more from the notes provided.
Sandra Ware7 years ago
Tedious farm land, 30 mile an hour winds. Our guide and staff were fabulous! Put them on a little more picturesque route and I would say yes. Marco was absolutely wonderful!
Claudia Abdinoor7 years ago
Our group had the misfortune of 25mph+ headwinds for 4 consecutive days through barren landscape. My hesitation to recommend this trip is not however based on the weather but rather the lack of interesting terrain. I liken this biking to a trip thru Nebraska. Our stops in the villages were poorly timed, shops were closed and our short stop precluded investigating any historical attraction. The charming aspects of European villages, exploring the local cuisine were non existent. Every day we were advised to bring a sandwich. In complete contrast, the bike/barge trip in France visited medieval villages and provided enough time to enjoy a meal in a bistro. Understandably this trip along the Po might be selected by those not willing to bike the hills but biking for hours on an elevated levee and looking at clods of freshly tilled earth is hardly a huge endorsement for this option.
Alexandra Lapko7 years ago
Our first bike and barge experience made unforgettable by creative, delicious and healthy meals, an outstanding guide with a great sense of humour, extensive knowledge of the areas we cycled through, and much patience and warmth. We arrived as nervous neophytes and left feeling we were part of the family....and cycling athletes to boot!
Bill Goss9 years ago
This was our first experience with an inclusive tour and we were a bit apprensive about the lack of freedom. No worries! It was a great trip and we would do it again. The small boat/group was key. Great food, excellent tour leader and first rate crew. We would not want to be in a larger group. Three cheers for the older and smaller boat!