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Castles of the Loire by Ann S. 9 months ago • Permalink/Reply
I have enjoyed the Castles of the Loire bike trip in France very much. This was my first organized bike trip. The scenery was beautiful, and the architecture was stunning. The meals were delicious. I have recommended this trip to my friends. I am looking forward to my next bike trip in France.
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Rodney W. 9 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: The friendliness of the local villagers and our fellow travellers.
Countries: Belgium, France
Champagne Tour by Barry B. 9 months ago • Permalink/Reply
When a vacation is better than your expectations, as it was, it is vundarbar.
Lorraine Tour by Anieta W. 9 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The boat and the bikes were good, the food was good and sufficient, the crew was friendly and helpful. The scenery was not always beautiful, part of the tour leads through industrial area.
Boat: La Belle Fleur
Countries: France, Germany, Luxembourg
Metz to Cochem or Cochem to Metz by Garnet T. 9 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The Barge Iris was outstanding to say the least. 24 guests were the perfect number, not too many, not too few, the crew was over and above terrific, the food was something we looked forward to each day and the whole experience was memorable.
Countries: France, Luxembourg, Germany
Provence - Wilderness of Camargue by Gloria P. 9 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The Itinerary was very well planned out and the staff were all amazing!!!! This was the perfect trip for our group!!!!
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Robert W. 9 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: Getting to pilot the boat for a few minutes.
Loire Valley Bike and Boat by Janet N. 9 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Comfortable riding each day through lovely French countryside. A map of the day’s route for personal use would be a big help. Stefan and Florence are delightful, welcoming hosts providing excellent delicious meals. Make sure to spend a day on the barge during your trip - a definite highlight.
Boat: Anna Maria IV
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Richard N. 9 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: Riding through the small villages from Bruges to Paris. Nina was a great guide also. I really enjoyed the night walks for a better inside view of village life... the Van Gogh experience was the highlight for me.
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Alan S. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
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. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
We met a lot of really nice people. We were surprised that our guide was largely unfamiliar with the route!
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Jacqueline T. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Get an ebike if you have any doubts about your ability to do the biking. I am not a biker but was able to do the hills around Bordeaux because of the ebike. Most memorable moments was just the ride through the vineyards themselves, past the chateauxs.
Champagne Tour by Karyn P. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part? Everything! The other cyclists, the barge crew, the food and of course the Champagne was all amazing!
Metz to Cochem or Cochem to Metz by JoAn R. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Parts: Biking, local information, meals.
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Jeffrey D. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The trip was excellent, as attested by this being our 4th one. We will definitely be booking more. The route was good, although France lacks the same quality of bicycle paths that Belgium and The Netherlands have. There was a bit of climbing and some of the women in the group were very happy to have an electric bike option for those climbs. The barge was very clean and quite nice. The staff was excellent and really made you feel as part of the family. They went over and above for most everything. The food was very good and plentiful. The highlight of the Brugge to Paris ride would have to be Chantilly and entering Paris on the barge. The sights were incredible and seeing them from the water gave a whole different experience. The guides were great and the system of having "corners" and a "sweep" meant that no-one got lost and we could still ride at different paces. I am convinced, and I tell this all the time to anyone who listens, that these bike/barge trips are the best value for your money, period. There is no better way to see a country, than by bicycle.
Tripsite Traveler: Metz to Mainz with Gina Friedlander by michael wasserman 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
WHERE WILL THE NEXT BIKE/BARGE TRIP BE ?
Countries: France, Germany
very nicely put together.
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by wendy 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
This tour is a mix of days with flat/easy riding and days with occasional hills/moderate riding hence the rating easy/moderate. It is important to keep in mind that our ratings are based on riders who ride often and are accustomed to riding on varied paths and terrain. There are times that you will be on shared roads and depending on the time of day, you may encounter some traffic so we recommend a vest like our reflective one.
Thanks Linda and we agree! As you mention, new bikes (smaller and lighter frames in particular) will be purchased for 2018!
Thanks for your feedback Susan! Yes, information should definitely be shared at the beginning of the tour and typically is but we do apologize as the regular tour guide for this tour was not on board the week of your departure so there was some lack of details. St Emilion is also my favorite!
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Sarita L. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Everything was great. Just did not like the room and bathroom size.
Bike and Wine Basel to Strasbourg by Sara G. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
First day ride and exceptional lunch along the canal. Recommend more info on options to stop, eat, etc along the routes. Also recommend better bike maintenance - both bikes had shifter/derailer issues. Transfer of bikes and luggage went very smoothly. Hotels were all great, except the one in Freiburg - run down and rude front desk staff.
Countries: France, Germany, Switzerland
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Susan M. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
We enjoyed St Emilion which we explored on our own. We should have been told what there was unusual to see in all of the ports that we were in at the beginning of the trip so that if reservations were necessary at sights that interested us we could have made them. Sebastian worked very hard at making sure that we had a great time on the boat. We were part of a learning experience and work in progress for Pascal.
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Linda R. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The scenery was wonderful. Biking around the French countryside — what could be bad? HOWEVER, this trip should not be taken unless the client is assured that the barge has replaced their current bikes (as they say they will for 2018) with lighter bikes in perfect working order. They should make sure that there are bikes of all sizes, so that a small person (I am 5’) will get a properly fitted bike. I biked the entire week on a 6-speed rusty heavy old bike. Even the bell and kickstand didn’t work.
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Tama L. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: St. Emilion and the disco party on the boat the last night
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Ronnie L. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Bordeaux is an exquisite area of France. Exploring it on a bike made it that much more enjoyable. The scenery and visiting wine Chateaus that have been in business for generation was quite spectacular. The city of Bordeaux may be my favorite city of all the European cities I've visited. It's very easy to use the public transportation, there is much to see, explore and experience there. For future listings, I would rate this trip as at least moderate in cycling difficulty. There was one flat day, one day of rolling cycling, and 3 day of pretty challenging hills, especially on heavy hybrid bikes. On any future tour I will definitely consider using an ebike. Many if not all of the European women used them. I met many interesting and lovely people from other countries on this tour. It was delightful!
Provence - Wilderness of Camargue by Pete & Norma T. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Guide, Antonella, crew, food, tour and route were fine, but the Estello was not, surely not "comfort plus". The boat is tired, lounge furniture was dirty, lead to believe the boat was not equivalent to Ave Maria but close, Girolibro providing better boats than FR companies. Were tied up close to a FR boat, was better. Cabins in comparison to other boats we have booked are poor, shower was not separate from remainder of the head so everything was soaked after shower. Since we booked the entire boat for Coastal Cruisers, even though no one seemed to complain, we expected better. Your bike and barge tours continue to be good value with folks who provide services compensating for "tired boat".
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Jehiel 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Hi Delia!Thanks for sharing this feedback. I want to clarify that under what's included for the Fleur it mentions "Tour guide (in 2018, there will be two guides)". This will allow for two groups, different cycling speeds, and will fix this issue. As far as dinner is concerned, the eating time is based on the logistics of the ship (routing, cooking, cleaning) and is not meant to make you feel like a young campers. Despite this issues, I'm glad you had a great time!
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Delia D. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The food was great and loved the coffee machine. Would like dinner at 7:00 pm rather than 6:30 pm to give us more time to relax and enjoy the day. No one ever eats in France before 7:30 pm and I felt like we were being treated as young campers. The Fleur needs new towels. The existing are rough and not vey absorbent. It was a very happy and congenial crew. Bert, Petra, Ellen and Aga. Thomas was most accommodating... Bike trails were good. We had the unusual situation where the majority ie 12 out of 20 bikers were of Olympian caliper. Their preferred speed was 30 to 35 kms an hour and the rest would have liked between 15 and 20 kms. and hour. We all coped but it meant you couldn't relax and enjoy the scenery. Two guides would have been the solution as promised.
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Eldon W. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The excellent staff and guide combined with the great mix of rural and forest countryside and the history in the cities and towns along the way.Tripsite should do a better job of editing the text on their website. There were several incorrect descriptions.
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