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Bruges to Amsterdam by Houry S. 1 year ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
I loved the biking through the country roads and the small towns that we stopped at were awesome!! This trip allowed us to visit and see places that the average tourist doesn't experience. Loved it!! Can't wait for another trip.
Countries: Belgium, Netherlands
Amsterdam to Bruges by Carol D. 1 year ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Absolutely stress free opportunity to experience real heart of Netherlands and Belgium. Really enjoyed meeting new like-minded tripping companions.
Countries: Netherlands, Belgium
Bruges to Amsterdam by Jackie S. 1 year ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Our guide, Geert, would take us on an after dinner historical walking tour of each town where we were staying the night. Geert was extremely knowledgeable about every place we went. Between all we saw during the day while we were biking, and the after dinner walking tour, we learned so much! If Geert is your guide, don't miss a minute of his walks!
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Jillian M. 1 year ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
The experience of being able to see the countryside, remote villages and sites at a slower pace with the experience and knowledge of a guide is the highlight. It is good to leave your luggage onboard the barge and know you return each evening to great food and rest.
Countries: Belgium, France
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by August D. 1 year ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
It's a shame that the incompetence and the misogynistic attitude of one person can affect what could have been a fantastic trip, our guide on several occasions got lost and we ended up doing many more kilometres of riding including a very long and steep hill climb that we had to walk in the hot sun.I can not praise the Captain and crew of the Zwaantjie more highly it's a shame he has no control over the guides that are allocated to various trips.
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 11 day by Michael B. 1 year ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
A lengthy bike trip through the Netherlands gives you an opportunity to drill down into their culture on a wider scale. It helps that they all speak English. The Dutch really seem to have figured it (life) out. We have much to learn from them and bring back their best practices...such as their capability to get anywhere in the country safely on a bike. How cool is that?
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 11 day by Dave C. 1 year ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
The crew on the Zwaantje was fantastic. We loved the meals that Frank prepared. Fred is a great tour guide.
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 11 day by Jo S. 1 year ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Riding through the tulip fields...the sight and the smell was indescribable...pictures couldn't do it justice...
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 11 day by Janice B. 1 year ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
I loved tulip day and going to Keukenhof Gardens
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 11 day by Roberts W. 1 year ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
The tulip fields the way they smelled going into Keukenhof gardens it was marvelous the whole trip was fabulous. The captain and wife on Zwaantje was so great cook was magnificent they were so welcoming and Fred the guide was so knowledgeable of the area love loved the trip.
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 11 day by Connie W. 1 year ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
The best part of the trip was the congenial atmosphere on the barge, the camaraderie amongst the guests, and the excellent guided biking experience.
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 11 day by Shari Lukens 2 years ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Incredible! Amazing! Living the dream! There are no words to describe how exceptional this trip was. It was like "living the dream" really!. The beautiful, ever changing countryside of Holland was gorgeous. Every turn and corner brought a new landscape. From the moment I was chatting with Carla and Anna from Tripsite, to our home for 10 days on the Zwaantje was exactly what I expected and hosts Martijn and Marjorie were amazing. So caring for your every need and ensuring your trip is everything you wanted it to be. Frank the chef - well, let's just say the gourmet meals were impressive and delicious, and Fred our cycling guide was above and beyond. I'll be back! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for such an incredible experience. Simply amazing.
Champagne Tour by Ray S. 2 years ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Most Memorable Part? How beautiful the country looked. Our first time to Europe. France made a big impression and hope to return. Merci beaucoup
Champagne Tour by Barry B. 2 years ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
When a vacation is better than your expectations, as it was, it is vundarbar.
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Alan S. 2 years ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
After bicycling over 300 miles it was good to relax and see Paris from the water as we cruised to our final moorage on the Seine.
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Jerry K. 2 years ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
We met a lot of really nice people. We were surprised that our guide was largely unfamiliar with the route!
South Holland Tour by Adrianus S. 2 years ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
My wife and I were part of a custom tour charter excursion as sibling/spouse reunion. The cycling portion of the trip was wonderful and accommodations on board were wonderfully. Great captain, hosts, and cooks did a wonderful job. We would love to do it again!
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Jeffrey D. 2 years ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Kurt A. 2 years ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
The Zwaantje and crew are top notch, and present a great value. Some of the routes in northern France had a little too much traffic. Riding in Belgium and Netherlands seems nicer. Once is enough for this tour.
Most memorable part? There were so many, but Chantilly Castle and the Montmontre area of Paris that we had a tour of immediately come to mind. Make sure that you can ride a bike and can manage at least 30 miles on a route with the same level of climbing, otherwise use an e-bike to help you along. Bring 2 pairs of street shoes, as some days they might get wet. Remember that there will be an opportunity to leave a tip at the end, and it should be about 5-6% of the booked price. Drink wine and beer, talk to people, don't be shy about anything and remember to have fun.
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Diane C. 2 years ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
Wide range of scenery and experiences especially going on the barge through the tunnel and excellent guiding by Fred.
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Michael & Cynthia K. 2 years ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
The overall experience of the barge & bike tour through wonderful countryside, villages & towns was excellent. The barge skipper/owner & staff were very good & most pleasant. The meals were of a high standard & variable throughout the two weeks.The bikes were also very good. I had ordered an electric bike with our booking but the order did not go through. However, the ordinary hybrid bike provided did the job so I happily stayed with that.We were also to have a double bunk, but that request did not get through either, but that was OK.
Crew, guide, staff were attentive, cordial and helpful. Barge was clean and comfortable. Bike routes were very scenic and interesting. Mary Ann, our guide was very knowledgeable, and simply terrific. Will we go again?....absolutely yes.
Champagne Tour by Martha Y. 2 years ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
The most memorable part of the trip was the scenery and atmosphere.
Champagne Tour by Michael F. 2 years ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
The Captain and crew were just wonderful. While the sights were certainly great, like cheese making, Champagne tasting, visitng the ruins and the WWII cemeteries it was the warm welcome from the Captain and crew that really made this trip. There was nothing they wouldn't do for us including getting fresh baguettes every day, finding out our personal preferences for drinks after a long day in the saddle, and in general giving 110% to keep everyone happy. I strongly recommend the Captain and crew of the Zwaantje! I also must mention a big thank you to Carla and her crew at Tripsite for their assistance in getting us additional e-bikes. Without the e-bikes some of us just wouldn't have made the hills, with them we enjoyed every minute. Thank you!
South Holland Tour by Sya C. 2 years ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
The most memorable part was the wonderful hospitality we experienced on the Zwaantje. The captain and staff were great and I could recommend them to anyone. It was a fantastic way to enjoy a siblings reunion.
South Holland Tour by John O. 2 years ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
The crew on the barge were fantastic. The trip exceeded our already high expectations.
South Holland Tour by Cornelis S. 2 years ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
We were very pleased with the bike/barge tour on the Swaantje. Being a slightly smaller boat, it took us right into the heart of the towns. Boat staff most friendly and accommodating. Our bike guide Felix was a gem. Great sense of humour and understanding of everyone's concerns.
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Christine C. 3 years ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
This was a fun trip full of historic sites. Would have liked to have maps so we could go off at our own speed sometimes. The side trips for additional mileage were great. Got to ride some of the "Tour de Flanders" route with cobbles and hills. Chantilly was fantastic! Also took a side adventure to a roman ruin, something we weren't expecting in that part of France.
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Tony Davies 3 years ago Permalink/Reply Verified Reviewer
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