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Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Paul K. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Having a guide for this trip was very beneficial. For the first 3 days our guided group consisted of 30+ people. This was too large of a group and was pretty much a pain. We eventually broke into a group of 8 riders with Dorian as our guide, that was perfect. We were able to travel at a much more leisurely pace, visit many wineries, tasting rooms, small villages and churches.
Castles of the Loire by Linda H. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Excellent routes, well marked and the Châteaus are breath taking. Make sure you have a rain coat.
Around Paris by Linda H. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Sailing into Paris in the seine was spectacular, what a way to get acquainted for the first time and also enjoy how Parisiennes live and play along the river. Make sure you bring your sunscreen.
Boat: Clair de Lune
Luxury Castles of the Loire by Michael S. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The Loire environment was wonderful, and the well planned routes through the area, with so much off road or quiet road cycling was exceptional. The accommodation and overall organization was of excellent standard. The one piece of feedback that you should receive concerning the bicycles is that they needed servicing. There was significant slippage of the gears throughout the trip, on both bicycles. This can very simply be fixed with appropriate servicing of the chain and rear cluster.
Mainz to Strasbourg or Strasbourg to Mainz by Brad W. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Much of the bike ride was difficult to navigate. Signs on the road are not always clear. Expected more country rides but much of the bike ride was through cities with many vehicles (somewhat dangerous). If we elect to travel with Tripsite again, we will do more research to determine ease of navigation along the bike route and how much of the route is through traffic.
Boat: MS Arlene II
Countries: Germany, France
Provence - Wilderness of Camargue by Patrick S. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The most memorable part for me was the camaraderie formed within the group. Mainly because our guide, Helmut, was so personable and caring. Also, Tripsite did a great job filling our time with memorable adventures. I'm so glad I chose to use an e-bike.
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!
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Jillian M. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
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. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
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.
Mainz to Strasbourg or Strasbourg to Mainz by Peter and Denise Marzo 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
We were on this tour from June 16-23, 2018. First let me say that we had a fabulous time and I'll attempt to breakdown both the good and the challenging.1. The boat was outstanding (5 star)2. All the meals were nothing short of scrumptous (all three..every day) (5 Star)3. The SE staff were knowledgable, polite and always willing to help. (5 Star)4. Embarking and disembarking was seamless. (5 Star)5. Our onboard guide was outgoing and fun to talk to. (5 Star)6. The rooms were tight, but manageable. two single beds, good storage for your clothes and a small but efficient washroom. 7. The bikes were well serviced and enjoyable to ride. If you're not a seasoned cyclist, don't worry, the gears were easy to change and many of the people opted for the ebike option which really helped.8. Biking directions were a challenge. At first we thought it was a language issue, but many of the German people were getting lost as well. We saw no vineyards, one castle, and we traveled through many cities. We had three in our group take spills, mainly because of the city routes we had to take. The "Look for Signs" were often non-existant or hard to find and we found that our group of 10 cyclists were spending too much time conferencing, trying to find the correct route.Twice we encountered local people who actual lead us to get us back on track. This was definitely challenging, but boy did we bond!! We stopped in small towns having lunch in the town squares, trying local beers and cheeses. Restaurants willing to let us eat our bagged lunches in their restaurant when we bought some drinks. Suggestions:1. Arrive a couple of days early to explore Mainz, it's a beatiful city.2. We flew in and out of Paris and the train system is amazing, but I would suggest closer Airports (Frankfurt to get to Mainz and Paris for Strasbourg).3. Get comfortable being lost and embrace the journey. We always found our way and have some incredible stories about our rides.4. Talk to the locals they are magnificent and were always willing to help. The bottom line is that we are already planning our next bike and barge adventure, there are lots to choose. My actual rating would be a 4.5 out of 5
Around Paris by Howard B. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The attentiveness and skill of the crew was most memorable. Chris was an awesome guide, encouraging everyone and being a wealth of knowledge about the environs. Conor was personable and available to share her knowledge and experience. Kim is a great cook and quite a character. Together, they overcame the limitation of an outdated too small barge to create an environment that allowed the riders to really enjoy the countryside and each other.
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 Marco, Captain | Clair de Lune 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Thank you for your feedback hope to see you again.
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 Debbie S. 12 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The Italian barge staff and guide Carlos made the group feel like family. We laughed so much every day. It was sad to leave at the end of the week. Cycling, scenery was all very nice.
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 Carla 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Hi Helena,Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us feedback. We're thrilled you enjoyed this tour! I want to apologize that the bicycle did not meet your expectations. I've updated the description of the bicycle so we can avoid any shortcomings in the future. Sincerely,Carla
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 Margie A. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
The Elodie bike/barge trip was fabulous in terms of scenery, routes, staff, food. However, 2 couples on the barge were not able to keep up with our very leisurely pace. I would advise your company to stress level of fitness for participants, and also to recommend 2 guides for different ability levels.
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Lisa S. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
We traveled on the ship Bordeaux in France. The bike routes were beautiful, but the instructions provided by not so great. No worries, we had maps and a GPS, we made each day into an adventure!!!
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.
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
Lorraine Tour by Elizabeth C. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
I took the Lorraine Tour this September. I was happy I chose to go Toul to Wasserbillig direction since it ended in a greener, more rural area. I love the countrysides and small villages best so this ended my week on the most positive note for my personal taste. There were interesting towns/cities to see along the way but this was also a bit more industrialized in some areas than tours I have taken in the past. If you are from the American midwest (I grew up in Ohio) you will swear you have been transported home many days it looks so similar. Others on our tour found it quite beautiful however. I was very impressed with the WWII memorials along the way. Even though I prefer a self guided tour I found our tour guide to be very pleasant and considerate of our physical abilities. I was disappointed with the conditions of the path one (our longest) day since I have been accustomed to fully paved trails on all my other tours. That day was exhausting due to the conditions of the route. They say this will eventually be fully paved at some point though. The La Belle Fleur was an excellent, clean, comfortable, and well maintained boat. The staff took good care of us and the food was fine. I especially enjoyed the camaraderie of the very small group. Having taken both large and small bike-boat tours I think this is one of the best aspects of a small tour. If I were traveling solo this size group would definitely be my preference. Overall, another wonderful week doing what I love and loving what I did.
Boat: La Belle Fleur
Countries: France, Germany, Luxembourg
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