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Metz to Cochem or Cochem to Metz by Richard R. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
We thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip but the weather was a bit average - no rain but lots of cloud and a bit cool.The food was great as were the crew, the bikes, the other passengers and the boat. We thought Wouter (the guide) needs to "loosen up" a bit and learn more of the history etc. of the region. We also found the first couple of days on the bikes a bit boring, too much forest and not enough villages etc.All in all very good!!
Countries: France, Luxembourg, Germany
Metz to Cochem or Cochem to Metz by Garnet T. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The whole trip exceeded our expectations but the barge Iris and the crew were outstanding.
Metz to Cochem or Cochem to Metz by Garnet 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
A group of 8 friends from Western Canada recently completed the Metz to Cochem tour on the Iris and all of us have nothing but good things to say about the experience. The barge Iris was everything we expected and more. Immaculately clean, well equipped, comfortable rooms and beds, small but efficient bathrooms, great lounge and dining areas, outside sitting area, etc., etc. The crew was outstanding in every way from Chef Bas to guide Wouter, to crewman AJ and so on. The crew added so much to the overall experience and always with humour, local knowledge and great attention to detail. The daily rides were a feature that we looked forward to each morning and the scenery was wonderful each day. And to top it all off, the weather for the most part cooperated for the whole trip. I can't recommend the barge, the crew and the trip highly enough and as a group, we are already talking about our next barge/bike tour
Burgundy - Paris to Auxerre by Lee N. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The Tripsite folks were always right there for me whenever I asked a question. Our guide, Albert, was a tremendous guide and was always there to help with any language barrier. I have certainly recommended Tripsite to others that I have been telling about my trip and they can't believe that I got such a great value for the money I spent. Thank you All!
Provence - Wilderness of Camargue by Robert M. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Our bike guide was terrible. He was lost several times each day and didn't the happenings of each town so we all missed the running of the bulls and he shouted & criticized all riders.
Mainz to Metz by Alex B. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Amazing scenery, fantastic hosts, first class accommodations - a winner all around! Highly recommended, and would take another trip on the Merlijn in a heartbeat.
Countries: Germany, France
Breisgau & Alsace Wine Road by Diane H. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
It was a fantastic way to experience several new cultures, communities and cities all while loving the interactive journey! We loved the challenge of finding our way and the delightful anticipation of our next destination and accommodation - which always truly splendid! Without speaking the language, ( German or French ) we met several wonderful nature loving and kind ppl who helped us when we seemed to veer off the route. We always got to the next destination and spent time exploring area and local cuisine. The best part of my experience was the sense of overwhelming ahh and appreciation I experienced when I had my 'around the corner 'experiences' - meaning that I suddenly came upon a fantastic site that I did not anticipate in magnitude or beauty and there I was, right there with it! Beautiful. Thank you sincerely for the amazing trip! We loved every moment and strongly recommended to to all the soul inspired adventurers out there!! Xo
Countries: France, Germany
Mainz to Metz by Jenny S. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Highlights: Our daily biking trips, having a varied ride each day with different kms, visits and scenery, plus even a hike to a castle as well. My only suggestion is to keep this spontaneity as each day is an adventure with the known luxury of the barge awaiting us at the end of each ride.
Mainz to Metz by Gina F. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part? That is so hard to answer because there were so many of them. I do plan to enter your contest very soon. As for tips or suggestions for others...By all means considered a Tripsite bike trip for your next vacation. It has so much to offer. And don't let your fear of being able to complete the daily bike rides stop you. We had in our group of 21: an 80-year-old, a person with a "boot" on his foot due to an injury, a person with a sore back, and several people who don't bike regularly. All of them were able to not only complete our daily rides, they did so with no struggles and enjoyed themselves. E-bikes can be used by those who have trouble with longer or more challenging rides. There is something about riding in a group that bonds cyclists together. You go slow enough to have conversations and see all the details you could miss when going by bus or car, yet fast enough to cover miles of interesting terrain.
Mainz to Metz by Paul R. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Most memorable part: Discovering new and very interesting places with good friends.
Mainz to Metz by Charles O. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Traveling on the Merlijn is always a delight. The accommodation are great and the food was delicious. Our trip along the Mosell was utterly charming. This was my third sailing with Jantien and Henck and I hope it wasn't my last.
Mainz to Metz by Noel J. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Memorable and very satisfying tour. The Merlijn and her crew were wonderful, friendly, and efficient, even while operating one member short (due to illness). The route along the Rhein and Moselle Rivers was beautiful, historic, and made for great cycling. The extras offered by the tour, wine tasting trip, winery tour, Roman mosaic and others, were highlights, and the food on board was great. I'll be back.
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Diane C. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Wide range of scenery and experiences especially going on the barge through the tunnel and excellent guiding by Fred.
Countries: Belgium, France
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Michael & Cynthia K. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The overall experience of the barge & bike tour through wonderful countryside, villages & towns was excellent. The barge skipper/owner & staff were very good & most pleasant. The meals were of a high standard & variable throughout the two weeks.The bikes were also very good. I had ordered an electric bike with our booking but the order did not go through. However, the ordinary hybrid bike provided did the job so I happily stayed with that.We were also to have a double bunk, but that request did not get through either, but that was OK.
Northern Normandy by Kathryn K. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
We enjoyed the freedom of making our own decisions with our self-guided tour. We did not necessarily follow the maps and we chose to do completely different things on two days. The area was beautiful with a lot of different environments to enjoy. The hotel had wonderful staff who refused you nothing. The food was delicious and different. We were forced to use our French since there is very little English spoken in the area. We enjoyed the immersion into the community.
Champagne Tour by Barry B. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Crew, guide, staff were attentive, cordial and helpful. Barge was clean and comfortable. Bike routes were very scenic and interesting. Mary Ann, our guide was very knowledgeable, and simply terrific. Will we go again?....absolutely yes.
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Trent A. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Most memorable part: Going through the locks. Tip would be to practice cycling up hills.
French Alps Lake Tour by Deborah F. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Aside from the amazing scenery my most memorable experience was the night we stayed in a 12th century farmhouse that had been painstakingly restored to a grand chateaux complete with gardens and guest house.
Countries: Switzerland, France
Around Paris by Catherine (Carrie) 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
My mom and I booked the trip from June 3- 10, 2017 from Moret-sur-Loing to Compiegne. What a fantastic holiday!! The biking was incredible and the bikes were in excellent shape - very easy to ride. Wieger was an excellent guide both on and off the bikes. We experienced France from a totally different perspective - biking in the forests, into Fontainebleau and having a picnic in the garden; stopping along the Seine for coffee at a small cafe; biking into Paris to Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. Every night Wieger would give us a small tour of the town we were moored in. The meals that Thea made each day were 5* - excellent!! The Clair de Lune was a lovely place to call our home each night and our captain Marco was very accommodating and friendly. We highly recommend this trip - what a fantastic experience!!!
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Karry & Brent M. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Besides the beautiful scenery, the staff on the boat were so friendly and helpful. They worked as a team, and the relationship with the guests was wonderful. We made many new friends, and had such a good time. Leaving, we had tears in our eyes. We loved the wineries and tasting many new wines. Although we understand the purpose of corkage fees, we thought they were too high, as we came back with one or two new ones every day! Loved the trip!
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Vivian C. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The routing in Bordeaux was great. Amazing scenery, passing through little towns and managing our way through a city or two made for an amazing adventure. One day I had a big problem with my bike and with a phone call I had a young man show up and fix it. He was my hero.
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Lori C. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Loved the beauty of the rolling hills, vineyards and chateaus. Due to the hills, I would rate 2 of the days more moderate to difficult, leaning more to moderate. The maps and booklets are hard to follow, definitely have 1 person in your group get the GPS, it should be mandatory with all the turns. There is only a deposit required. The staff were attentive, hard working and fun! The food was exceptional. We highly recommend this tour!
Famous Villages of Provence by Liz G. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Accommodations faultless. Bike company efficient and I loved my bike. Maps very inadequate, we should not have been on "on ramps" to or navigating 4 lane highways, check out the maps through Cavaillon for example. More moderate than recreational cycling especially the hills. Great on an E bike if you had one. Scenery exquisite. Weather too! Thank you to Mary for organizing or extra nights in Avignon, another great hotel.
Famous Villages of Provence by Harvey A. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
"easy to moderate" was at the outset incorrect, it was "moderate to difficult" when one considers the length and incline of the hills. Also, our group of twelve experienced 3 flat tires, the first time in many years of biking in Europe, and each was on an e-bike. The hotels, on the other hand were exquisite!
Around Paris by Bob McKechnie 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Had a great time on this tour through Paris on the Clair de Lune. Marco, Thea, and Weiger were all great. A Dutch boat and crew through Paris! The daily rides were good. Anyone who has cycled around towns and flat trails could do it. Cycling into Paris city centre was a thrill. Food was very good on the boat.
Around Paris by Anne S. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The most memorable part was biking immediately after Fountainbleu, through the park's woodlands.
Champagne Tour by Martha Y. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The most memorable part of the trip was the scenery and atmosphere.
Famous Villages of Provence by Jehiel 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Hello Edward,Thank you for sharing this feedback! We are very sorry you felt rushed in the welcoming meeting and bike fitting. We have spoken to our local operator to prevent this from happening again. I can assure you that the bikes have been tuned and are maintained to the highest quality! Best,
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Madeline N. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Two items that were not as expected. The literature states two guides but there was only one guide. This means there could only be one guided ride per day. So provide two guides or change the description of the trip to say only one guided ride per day. Our pre-trip information provided a location for the where the barge would be moored in Paris. We selected a hotel near this location and planned activities based on this location. The boat did not dock at this location. We were not told that the location was changing. The boat docked. We didn't know where we were at and our guide also didn't know where we were at. Guide was very good. This was an issue with the boat captain.
Famous Villages of Provence by Karen A Thompson 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
This tour should be rated moderate/difficult. There are many steep climbs. I had an E bike so not bad for me. The non E bikers had a big job. If everyone had an e bike, a very enjoyable journey. The scenery was gorgeous. The hotels were beautiful and welcoming. The maps provided by the trip organizer and rather GPS could have been more detailed.
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