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Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Jim S. 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
What stands out is the friendly competent crew - Coba, Marianne and Petra, the gourmet chef - Franco, the experienced knowledgeable guides - Piet and Wouter. Together they made the two week journey both comfortable and memorable.
Countries: Belgium, France
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges (copy) (no longer available)by Jim S. 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Champagne Tour by Paul L. 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The Zwaantje barge crew were most excellent - great accommodations, food and customer service!! I would take another bike and barge trip with this group....it was an experience of a lifetime!
Champagne Tour by Fulton A. 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Mega-kudos to the Zwaanje crew, headed by Martin. They're an extraordinary group.Our guide, Mintje, was good and well-intentioned, but she sometimes didn't grasp entirely the group's priorities. The route was fantastic -- scenery, length of rides, etc. The tours (champagne, brie, etc., were excellent, especially the family-owned company, Nowak. We learned things and had a lot of fun.We appreciated how Martin and Mintje responded to our requests for flexibility in developing distance options for less- and more-eager riders.Also, availability of electric bikes made it possible for spouses (of both sexes) to accompany on rides they usually wouldn't be able to do. We know electric bikes are controversial in some corners, but they made the trip possible for some of our group.One last thing ... TripSite's PDF summarizing the ride, proposing packing lists, giving directions and tips, was excellent. Congratulations.
Discover the Dordogne-old version (no longer available)by Jeff E. 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Fantastic trip! An amazing area of France to explore by bike. The views were amazing, lots of interesting history, great food and drinks. The tour was well organized and staff were friendly and helpful.Our only comment: it was rated as 'moderate', and ratings are averages and are relative of course, but there were sections of the route that were quite difficult, e.g. steep dirt/stone roads that we had to walk the bikes up (and we are in good condition and have done a lot of bike tripping before). Should probably note this in the description.
Lorraine Tour by C. Whytehead 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
A good combination of biking and seeing the sites along the way. Plenty of time in the cities (Nancy, Metz) to wander around. This trip was not about putting on the miles every day on the bike but a good balance of biking and site seeing. Easy biking along canal paths mostly. Our guide got turned around a couple of times getting out of the cities. Els and Sander were great hosts on the barge. Very friendly. Els cooked me a birthday dessert one day that we enjoyed with our group after a day of biking. It was very hot in July and the air movement in the rooms was limited. A small fan would have been very much appreciated. As it was we slept with our door open (as did the others) just to get more air circulation. The barge is in very good condition. The bikes were brand new this season. They are owned by Els and Sander and not leased through a secondary company so they were in good working order.
Boat: La Belle Fleur
Countries: France, Germany, Luxembourg
Around Paris by Michael 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This was our first bike/barge tour and we loved it. Riding through the French countryside was wonderful and it felt like we were in a Van Gogh painting. The boat was nice and the crew was great, with a welcoming attitude and GREAT meals! The bikes were perfect and I'm a bike snob. We made new friends from around the world. Do it, you won't regret it!
Boat: Clair de Lune
Champagne Tour by D. Power 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The staff on the Zwaantje made the trip!
Famous Villages of Provence by Y. Silverberg-Urian 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
At the start there was mix-up with our believing we were in Option A (written on receipt) but placed in Option B. Small issue but a surprise. Otherwise, maps worked fine once more used to the + or - aspect figured in to almost all mileage. We had a wonderful time!
Metz to Cochem or Cochem to Metz by D. Fish 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The trip was enjoyable. Only drawback was that follow along Moselle River, some of the scenery of the vineyards became boring after a while. On previous trips we traveled more inland, seeing sights and then meeting up with barge at next destination.
Countries: France, Luxembourg, Germany
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by L.G. Germishuys 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Really impressed by the effort and kindness of the staff on the boat.
Metz to Cochem or Cochem to Metz by Jehiel 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Hi C. Morrison,Im sorry that you were disappointed with the last day of riding. I can assure you that your safety is one of our top priorities and we try our best to ensure routes are safe and easy to navigate. In spite of the rain, I hope your overall experience was positive!
Metz to Cochem or Cochem to Metz by C. Morrison 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Had a wonderful time. The staff was very accommodating in making modifications due to the previous heavy rains and high water. The last day bike tour of Metz was disappointing in that it is a very difficult city to navigate on bikes with a number of people.
Champagne Tour by D. Miller 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The ship, captain and crew were wonderful. Our guide was totally unacceptable!
My only complaint regarding the boat was due to the small cabins. The French locks are narrow, so the boat is narrow, making the rooms a bit to small for my comfort.
Our main concern was the unprepared tour group leader. She was constantly undecided on how to proceed. I think it was more trying to please the group than not knowing what to do. There should have been a route guide for each person (all we received was a large map with no route shown on it). She needed to be a leader rather than a friend!
Provence - Wilderness of Camargue by N. Foley 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
My travel advisor (Carla) is already aware that, although we registered as two vegans and sent a reminder a week or so before we left for Europe, the information had not been transferred to the chef. So we ate as vegetarians (eggs and dairy) for the trip rather than eschewing all animal products as is our preference.
Our trip leader was not experienced on the route, having only travelled it once before in the opposite direction, and this meant a few wrong turns to be corrected... But Ronnie was as pleasant, friendly, encouraging, and multilingual as you could ask for! The only problem I encountered with the bikes was the lack of suspension -- which meant for a bruised tail bone after the first day when we travelled a very bumpy, broken pavement back road on the return from Chateauneuf de Pape ;-)
Metz to Cochem or Cochem to Metz by Richard Oliver 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We sailed on the Iris, from Cochem to Metz, 18-25 June. It was a most delightful and joyful experience. Even with initial high water from unseasonal flooding and occasional detour from the bike paths, it was an incredibly memorable experience -- the crew, the tour guides, the food were all top notch, and the camaraderie among the other bikers was phenomenal. Special thanks to our two bike leaders and guides, Roelie and Wouter, who were fantastic in making the rides safe and mostly easy, and with an in-depth knowledge of historical sites. A special treat was having the ship's owner on board, Lenny was very engaging and most pleasant. Aline, the chef, served delicious meals, especially the final banquet was a true feast! Again, our thanks to Lenny and the entire Iris crew.
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by C. Machado 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Try and offer more non-meat entrees for dinner. Too much meat. Also, try and incorporate rail trails( voies ferrees) when possible. They provide relaxed cycling without worrying about constant traffic.Very friendly staff and good display of professionalism. Bikes were easy to ride! And, it was hard to have to drink only what the boat offered. Can we have more choice, especially in wine country like Bordeaux? Thanks for everything.
Lorraine Tour by S. Midha 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Beautiful way to travel from Luxembourg to France. Bike quality was very Good. Our Bike Guide Arie was very knowledgeable. Every evening we had Four course Gourmet Dinner. Sander and Els were the best Host and Owner of the Barge.
Champagne Tour by M. Dumestre 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I highly recommend the Swaantje barge. The captain is both technically experienced and oriented toward customer satisfaction. The staff was very attentive to passenger needs.The bike guide was competent, but needed a bit more familiarity with the routes.
Champagne Tour by C. Robinson 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Rooms really small; Guide was lost a lot; Staffers not very good with knowledge of E bikes;But food was great..staff was kind..trip was pretty.
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
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.
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.
Loire Valley Bike and Boat - 2019 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.
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