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Around Paris by Richard O. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Our guide, Chris, was exceptionally talented. He answered questions clearly and completely, and he offered many interesting comments about the various sites we traveled through. Our captain, Connie, was also thoroughly competent and provided additional insight about our travels, especially thru the various locks. Meals were good. Breakfast was standard European and I appreciated their encouraging us to prepare sandwiches and snacks for lunch. Be aware that the instructions for meeting the tour bus from the train station, Gare du Nord, were incomplete: You have to continue walking about 100 meters on Rue de Maubeuge beyond Rue Ambroise Pare to find the bus. Also, this bike trip was considered "easy" based on the relatively flat terrain and modest miles ridden. However, the paths were not always very smooth; we experienced rocky, bumpy, pitted and muddy roads for much of the trip. In general, however, this was a very memorable trip; I'd do it again!
Boat: Clair de Lune
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Raine P. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The routes were described well before each ride and usually easy to follow, however at least one person in your group should have a GPS. The guide and scenery were exceptional. The food was great but it was difficult getting vegetarian food for dinner even though I had requested vegetarian when I signed up.
Provence - Wilderness of Camargue by Jenny D. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The trip was amazing!! From pink Lakes, to Pink Flamingos, White Sandy Beaches, to the Punta Du Gard, Castles, Sunsets, Fields of Lavender, and Van Gough. This trip was a feast for the senses. What a fun trip. I've already booked my next one. This was excellent!!
Around Paris by Molly C. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Overall the trip was great. Route was rated as easy, but it was a little more difficult than expected. Lots of traffic in Paris and trails and streets were often more like off-road or mountain biking. That should be made clear from the beginning.
Around Paris by Mary W. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
This tour of the Seine was delightful. The boat and crew were top notch. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the history and bike routes of the area. And the weather was c'est bon. It was the trip of a lifetime.
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Judy C. 12 months ago • Permalink/Reply
It was absolutely amazing from start to finish. The weather was warm, sunny, and perfect for biking. The country roads, surrounded with miles of vineyards, and the canal bike paths were beautiful. The small towns and villages were charming and delightful destinations; there was always an old castle or church to explore. The picnic lunch that we packed each morning allowed us to experience a variety of "picnic" spots. One day we were on the steps of the University of Bordeaux; another day sitting along the Garonne River in St. Macaire.
The boat, with just our family plus another couple, was terrific. We got to know the crew quite well-- actually, all on the boat became one big family. It was the trip of a life-time for all 15 of us. Everyday a grandchild would come up to me and say, "Mema, this is the best trip I've ever been on. I am having so much fun." From the youngest, at age 12, to the oldest at 78, we are left with memories that will never be forgotten.
Provence - Wilderness of Camargue by Judith K. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
The bike tour was terrific and exactly what our group was looking for. Biking along quiet country lanes and through vineyards. Our Italian cabin crew was fabulous.
Trizay by Helena Knight 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
My husband and I did this tour in September 2017 and loved it. Easy cycling, superb food and fabulous warm service at the hotel. Beautiful location and great rides. WeAlso took our bikes by car and then rode bikes across and around Ile de Re. Fabulous week. Only shortcoming were the bikes that were more city cruisers not as advertised. But fabulous holiday
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Georgia M. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Travelling on the boat with a small group of international people is such a great way to experience the world - and the bike tours are brilliant.
Metz to Cochem or Cochem to Metz by Brain F. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: The scenery, the people, the food, and the cycling.
Countries: France, Luxembourg, Germany
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Jenny & Ted Miles Johnson 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
The staff members were superb!!! Another great experience on a bike & barge trip!Some suggestions:We should have known in advance, that appointments were necessary to visit a winery. A daily visit to a winery would have been nice, where the staff of the boat could have made the appointments.In the write up for this particular bike & barge (Bordeaux), it would have been nice for the write up to let people know, that there are a few hills (12-15%) to ride up daily.Even bicyclist in decent shape had a tough time riding up these 12-15% grades, due to the heavy bicycles. Maybe, letting people know, that it’s advisable to get an ebike, can resolve the uphill climbs issue.Also, for not getting lost on the daily bike routes; The availability of the gps was a big plus and a necessary piece of equipment, for a successful & pleasant daily bike trip. Overall, the staff & owner of the barge were very helpful & were there for you, when you were in need of something!
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Angela R. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
The whole trip was great. Other passengers on the barge were great, weather was good, one couldn't ask for anything better. The Tripsite staff were extremely helpful and I have always found them to be most professional.
Countries: Belgium, France
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Stephen M. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Visiting Arles was particularly memorable, but we very much enjoyed the trip itinerary.
Provence - Wilderness of Camargue by Gilles P. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Loved the "flag" system. Excellent guide (Antonella) that made it possible to stop and discover the sites. Adored stopping in bistros and similar. Great suppers.I would recommend splitting a group of 21 in two or even three smaller parts when on public roads; the flag system assures you that you will not get lost from your group.OK, when do we leave?Gilles XX
Mainz to Metz by Noel J. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Jantien and Henk, our hosts on the Merlijn, were the daily highlight. Amazingly gracious, spirited, knowledgeable people.
Countries: Germany, France
Champagne Tour by Ray S. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part? How beautiful the country looked. Our first time to Europe. France made a big impression and hope to return. Merci beaucoup
Around Paris by Ginny D. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Tips: Pack light. Bring layers of clothing. People great. Barge crew and bike guide wonderful!!
Around Paris by Jenny D. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
The trip was amazing!! It was exactly as described. There were no surprises. The bikes were very comfortable and perfect for the trip we were on. The boat and the sights were amazing. I loved the staff, the food, and the guide. If you are new to biking, I highly recommend spending some time on a bike before you go just to get used to handling it in both traffic and on dirt trails in the forest. Enjoy!
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Michelle H. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part? The scenery & the crew from the Feniks.
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Brent M. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: The friendly relaxed and welcoming atmosphere of the barge and staff.
Paris to London by Peter M. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: Scenery along the route and the knowledge and experience of our guide.
Countries: France, England
Metz to Cochem or Cochem to Metz by Leo R. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part? Excellent group that interacted very well from the onset.
Around Paris by Robert M. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: Biking into Paris with a very experienced and supportive guide.
Castles of the Loire by Ann S. 1 year 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.
Champagne Tour by Barry B. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
When a vacation is better than your expectations, as it was, it is vundarbar.
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Robert W. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: Getting to pilot the boat for a few minutes.
Loire Valley Bike and Boat by Janet N. 1 year 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. 1 year 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. 1 year 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.
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Jacqueline T. 1 year 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.
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