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Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Jen Herold 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We had a fantastic trip on the Fleur, It was well above our expectations. The crew were fun and helpful in every way. ( food was excellent )Bikes were easy to ride, i would take a gel seat cover for extra comfort. Cabins were bigger than expected and the bathrooms clean with a instant hot water.Our guide was informative, she took us into places that you would not normally enter.We had a fun team of riders, thanks guys from the Smurfs xxx
Countries: Belgium, France
Southern Alsace by K. Hagan 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This is our third trip with Tripsite and this was our least favorite so far. The scenery was not particularly stunning and in France we were on more roads than we would have preferred. We also stayed in larger cities such as Basel and Freiburg than in previous trips. It is a personal preference, but we prefer the smaller towns such as the ones we encountered on our trip from Amsterdam to Brugge and from Prague to Dresden.
On the positive front, the lodging and equipment were the best that we have had from the three trips. The hotels were quite nice and truly were 4 star accommodations. The bikes had cushy seats and comfortable handlebars. Even the panniers were a step up with easy snap on and off functionality and very good water proofing.
We enjoyed the trip and it was high quality as we have enjoyed with Tripsite. The scenery just wasn't as nice and that's why we rank this as our least favorite of our trips so far. Have no fear, we will go again next year and are already looking at the Barcelona/Girona trip. We love working with Tripsite and will be long-term customers!
Countries: Switzerland, Germany, France
Champagne Tour by D. Quigley 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Your tour was so damn good l find l'm getting naught done cause l want to go again - tomorrow. Seriously, l received courteous service that was pertinent and addressed any of the issues that l might have experienced. Personally, l think the whole Bike and Barge tour was run to the highest professional standards under what were adverse weather conditions. You can't plan for the tidal wave like flood of water that swept down the rivers and the very fact that you were able to 'tap-dance in the snow' and continue to operate at all does you no amount of credit. So from me, a big thank you to all the staff and keep up the good work. it was indeed a distinct pleasure for me to bear witness as other professionals surmounted adversity and came out on top.D. Quigley - Melbourne, Australia.
Around Paris by S. Bingham 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This was the first Bike and Barge experience for my husband and I, and we feel very lucky to have had our initiation into this traveling experience with Marco, and the crew of Claire de Lune. What a fabulous way to see the sights so very few visitors get to see! The barge accommodations were tight, but efficient, and as advertised. Be sure to pay attention to the packing instructions sent out ahead of time! Our tour leader was extremely knowledgeable and very flexible with our small group of 7. Highlights were definitely riding through Paris, and "barging down" the tunnel under the Bastil. However, riding through the picturesque little French villages, countryside and forests were also what made this trip so special. We would highly recommend this tour, and hope to travel again on this barge, or one very much like it, on our next Bike and Barge trip.
Boat: Clair de Lune
Lorraine Tour by Sunita 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I really enjoyed my first Barge and Bike Tour(June11th to June 17th)Sanders and Els were very Good. I would like to give them 10 out of 10 for their Hospitality. Our Bike Guide Arie was Great.
Boat: La Belle Fleur
Countries: France, Germany, Luxembourg
Loire Valley Bike and Boat by T. Gihring 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Sorry, it rained the entire trip. Route and scenery would have been fine if not for that. Barge has seen better days. Staff (Stephan and Florence) are very pleasant.Suggestion: Give the tour riders a sew-on patch to remember the tour.
Boat: Anna Maria IV
Champagne Tour by Jehiel 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Hi C. Bauer,Thank you so much for your comment. We have contacted our local partner and assure you we are working very hard to improve this tour based on your feedback. Thanks again for sharing!
Champagne Tour by D. Uram 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
For the most part the trip was wonderful, I would like to put most of my answers right in the middle of satisfied and not satisfied, I just thought the scenery and the landscape etc. was not what I expected. That is not your fault, enjoyed my trips to Italy and Germany were much more scenic
Provence - Wilderness of Camargue by C. Slater 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Nothing bad or ugly. Scenery got better as we moved north. Group on our trip (both crew and guests) were great. Enjoyed the Soleo.
Champagne Tour by C. Bauer 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The guide seemed lost most of the time. He didn't know where to stop for a picnic and one day we ate our lunches at a bus stop. I realize cafes mostly close in France between 12 and 2, but his lack of knowledge of where to find a toilet after lunch was a problem. He chastised us for being slow to re-organize, but then later we'd stop for no reason and wait for up to a half hour with no info from him. He was good at describing architecture.
Provence - Wilderness of Camargue by J. Farina 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The trip was great! Mostly all positive. Tom and I would like to have the pace a bit faster....that was the only negative.
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by M. McDonnell 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Nearly everything excellent. The only downside was the cycling was promised to have the option of two different rides each day i.e. a long or a short ride with two different guides. There was only one guide so both options were compromised into one medium length ride each day. Many on the tour would have preferred a longer ride most days.
Lorraine Tour by J. Probst 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I fully enjoyed the Lorraine/Moselle bike trip (May 14-20, 2016) with the staff of La Belle Fleur. This was my first bike and barge trip and it certainly was a stress free and relaxing way to see the region. The owner/operators of the boat (Sander and Els) were not only very professional, but charming, enthusiastic, and helpful. Els was also a superb cook so our meals were always delicious. Pieter was the perfect guide (and quite the character!), fun to bike with, patient, knowledgeable of the route and the potential sights, and willing to change the agenda to meet the interests of his clients. The pace was leisurely and we had ample time to view both the valley scenery and the grand old cities along the route. The bikes were in good repair and suitable for the mostly level countryside we were traversing. Another delightful aspect of the trip was that the route was mostly off the busy roads and on dedicated bicycle paths (except, of course, in the cities). The weather, though often cloudy and brisk with occasional light sprinkles of rain, was never a problem. The passengers got along well together and we had fun evenings relaxing aboard ship along with the crew. One week of biking seemed just the right amount of time. I came home with many wonderful memories of people, places, and experiences. I can highly recommend this trip and this boat company. The folks at the Tripsite office in the U.S. were also very responsive and easy to work with so they get my "thumbs up" award too!
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by S. Mather 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
It was well above our expectations in every way, cabins, staff, cleanliness and the gourmet meals all the time. Fantastic experience.
Paris to London by E. Greer 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Everything did not go perfectly all the time but we had a great time and the guys from Girolibero were always doing their best to help out when needed.
Countries: France, England
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by B. Milroy 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Everything exceeded expectations. I would definitely recommend the Fleur and trip
Bordeaux to Sarlat by M. Flynn 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Our trip was well organized logistically and the biking routes were beautiful. I highly recommend Tripsite and will be booking future trips with them. Thanks for a fantastic week of biking.
Kevin Purdy: Mosel River Bike Tour Through Time by Kevin from Trailsnet 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
You would love both the wine and beer and probably the food too, Keith. And the wonderful bike trail connecting them all makes it paradise on earth. I highly recommend this incredible bike tour!!
Countries: France, Germany
Kevin Purdy: Mosel River Bike Tour Through Time by John Murtari 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Great photos of the scenery and the food! I normally like Italy, but you've convinced me to travel farther north!
Provence - Wilderness of Camargue by Carla 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Hi Rebecca - Your concern has been voiced and heard! In 2016 it will no longer be policy that you cannot stay on board. You are welcome to stay on board and there will even be suggestions on activities for non-bikers.
Mosel Bike Tour by Kevin from Trailsnet 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This bike tour had it all: great scenery, wonderful food, delicious wine and the perfect itinerary. The rental bike was fantastic, the accommodations were comfortable, the luggage shuttle was reliable & the guidebook was helpful/informative.
I was surprised at how much there was to do and see along the way. Each town was interesting & historically fascinating. Touring this region by bicycle is the only way to go. It allows you to stop in each village/town along the way to sample the food & explore the sites. The guidebook that is provided with your tour is quite helpful; but I encourage you to stop in as many towns as possible, even if they aren't listed in the book. You'll be surprised at the hidden charms you will discover on some of the side roads.
The bicycle route (mostly bike paths) can be found on either side of the Mosel River. And, in most cases, you can't go wrong. Once again, the guidebook provides suggestions for which side to choose. But either side is fascinating. And since the vast majority of the route is car-free, you feel safe and free to watch the scenery rather than the traffic. I hope to go back sometime and explore the places I missed on my first tour.
Countries: Germany, France
Provence - Wilderness of Camargue by Charles Hancock 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I was greatly appreciated to allow us to drink and enjoy the wine we purchased without any extra charge.
Discover the Dordogne-old version (no longer available)by Dianne Cunningham 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Initial bikes provided were in very poor state. They were replaced when we contacted local agent at the end of the first day.
Provence - Wilderness of Camargue by Margot Horan 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Barge/cycling trips are a fantastic way to explore the countryside and towns - you see so much more when you are cycling. One vivid memory of a cycling trip through northern France was stopping to look at poppies growing along the side of the road. I love the fact that you do not have to pack up each day - it is a very relaxing experience. The diversity of people who do these trips also adds to the experience. The trips that I have done in the last three years had fantastic staff who were very friendly and knowledgeable. I have done two barge/bike trips and look forward to doing more in the future.
Bordeaux Wine Country by Alex Ladouceur 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Some hotels definitely better than others. Also some of the road directions were not translated well. Overall, however, generally satisfied with the trip but the service could use some improvements.
Montargis to Paris by Catharine McCalmon 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The crew and barge were just terrific. The food was excellent and plentiful. The French towns and scenery were a delight.
Around Paris by Gary Koolhof 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The staff was very friendly and they made our trip outstanding!
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Paavo Kivisto 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Issues related to the boat: bad smell, cabin room was cozier than we would choose in the future. Laundry facilities were inadequate. We really enjoyed the trip, the guide and the experience!
Heart of Alsace (no longer available)by Lynn Tindula 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I would recommend the trip only if the biking instructions we changed. Alsace is a wonderful area and the people, food, and accommodations were great! But the instructions for the bike routes were too confusing and unclear and not in English. They were in Dutch - not even French or German!
Provence - Wilderness of Camargue by Ross Densky 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This is the second barge and bike trip we took with Tripsite and I would have to say we liked the scenery more on the Taste of Burgundy than we did with Provence. Riding the in the Camargue got a little boring. Other than that we enjoyed the overall trip.
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