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Susan W.3 years ago
Primadonna Along the Danube - Four Country TourAustria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
The cruise was wonderful supported by a fantastic crew on the ship who went out of their way to provide a very positive experience.I had left my phone at a restaurant on the bike route and it was returned to me within 3 hours...I was so grateful.Having a tour guide would have been very helpful on certain days of the trip...ie Vienna.I was very disappointed with the fact that the biking portion of the Wachau valley that was in the itinerary had been eliminated without our knowing until the night before.it was to have been a highlight for our group and the cruise company said that it was Never a part of the biking route.!We rented e bikes at an extra cost for the 4 of us because of the distance to be covered that day and otherwise would not have.
All of the cycling group received the same information from Tripsite about the Wachau valley and we were all disappointed.
Otherwise I would highly recommend this trip but do feel that you should update your itinerary so that people aren't disappointed.
Jehiel from Tripsite • 2 years ago Tripsite Staff
Hi Susan,I wanted to apologize that a portion of the Wachau Valley had to be eliminated from the itinerary. This was because of the low tides and the impossibility of docking at this location. For 2018 we solved this problem. Only habours running the whole year will be part of the itinerary. Glad you still had a time!
York C.3 years ago
Great trip. Boat and river cruise portion of the trip was more than expected. Service and the crew on the boat were excellent, including the food.Quality of bicycles was excellent. They were mechanically perfect. The only down side of the entire trip were the nightly route planning meetings and the quality of the maps and route guides. It was obvious that the tour leader giving the route agenda had never ridden the bike paths. Her English was not very good which made it even more difficult to understand the route(s). We had to fend for ourselves (asking people on the street for directions) numerous times because the routes were just not made clear. Also, the route was not what was not the same as what was spelled out on the website.Overall, we were very satisfied with the trip.
Carla from Tripsite • 2 years ago Tripsite Staff
Hi York,Thanks so much for your feedback! We have good news.... the route guides & maps are currently being updated for the 2018 season. We hope to avoid any confusion in the upcoming tours.Unfortunately the guide on board was a replacement and not as knowledgable as our usual guides. On rare occasions there is sickness or other factors that prevent our normal guides from being on board. So glad to hear you still had a great tour! Sincerely, Carla
Patricia M.3 years ago
Merlijn Frankfurt to LudwigsburgGermany
It was magical from start to finish, the personalized service for our group of 22 was amazing , we loved it!
Mary Lyn H.3 years ago
Normandie Along the Danube - Four Country TourAustria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
Loved the itinerary and biking routes! Barge suggestions:Dinner seat assignments-- still place with others of the same language, but not necessarily from the same country.The upper outdoor covered lounge allowed smoking which meant the entire area could be filled with smoke! This type of trip is for active, healthy lifestyle people...smoking should be confined to a small area in front of the pilot house (or not at all).
Marianne R.3 years ago
Merlijn Frankfurt to Bamberg or Bamberg to FrankfurtGermany
Most memorable part: the intense beauty of the Bavarian countryside.
Ian & Janis M.3 years ago
Jantien was amazing! She was always available, ready to help in anyway, answer questions, run a tidy and very clean ship... in short, do anything to make our stay pleasant and stress free. It was obvious she was genuinely concerned for the happiness of her, as she called us, "Dear Guests". We looked forward every day to her well thought out and wonderfully prepared evening meals. The staff were all highly focused on the same things, a testament to Jantien's leadership. We have no hesitation in recommending Jantien and the Merlijn.
Joanne F.3 years ago
La Belle Fleur Lorraine TourFrance, Germany, Luxembourg
We truly enjoyed this trip, with beautiful flowers in every town and swans everywhere. One night, we had a bevy of swans peaking in at us as we ate dinner!. The bikes are great, with comfortable seats and smooth gearing. The dinners were always a delicious surprise. Sanders and Els were wonderful hosts, and our guide, Seitze, was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the Mosel area, including Roman aqueducts, medieval castles, World War II sites, and, of course, the history of the EU. Nancy was my favorite big city but we also had a night time walking tour of a little town overlooking the Mosel, called Liverdun...where delicious Madelines come from! Very cute town. We went in early September and the cabins were a bit warm even at night. You can open windows, but it could be uncomfortable in the summer. Biking was mostly flat so not difficult but I definitely got some exercise. Another favorite: stopping for coffee and pastry each morning!
Rita J.3 years ago
Iris Metz to CochemFrance, Luxembourg, Germany
Most memorable part: The incredible scenery and the knowledge of our guide.
Heather L.3 years ago
Jantien & Henz were supreme hosts and their barge Merlijn delightful. As for tips just sit back, relax & enjoy the marvelous holiday that they provide.
Jim M.3 years ago
The most memorable parts was the Saar River part of the ride, biking above the River with our guide and riding thru the vineyards. The little towns and the Roman History. Had no idea about the Roman history in this region before this trip. The Levees on the river. Just the general beauty of the area. The grapes growing on the sides of the mountains. Both our barge crew and all the people on the trip. FUN! FUN! FUN!
Leo R.3 years ago
The total crew got involved in the trip and were always available to assist us with any problems or questions. It helped to break the ice with other bikers and soon we were one cohesive and fun group.
Patricia B.3 years ago
Most memorable are the meals. The daily ports and after dinner walks. 1 issue - directions to the barge were horrible.
Wendy & Robert K.3 years ago
It is very hard to say what was the best, as everything was so great, beautiful, and interesting. The staff and bike guide went above our expectations, we would recommend this trip to all.
Richard R.3 years ago
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!!
Garnet T.3 years ago
The whole trip exceeded our expectations but the barge Iris and the crew were outstanding.
Colin M.3 years ago
The most memorable part of the trip? Everything: the boat, staff, accommodations, food, cycling director, bicycles were far better than I expected. The daily orientations by the cycling director were very informative, not only about cycling conditions, but also about refreshment stops and sightseeing. This trip could not have been better.
John and Janet B.3 years ago
Around Lake Constance - 12 DayAustria, Germany, Switzerland
The most memorable part was clearly the scenic routes, food, friendly people and cities selected for lodging. Great hotels! Tripsite delivered on services as promised. We were disappointed/frustrated with the lack of route details and direction into and out of the cities. Despite the network of paved bike trails/paths, we spent too much time confused asking locals for direction to our destination. Perhaps for persons accustomed to biking in Europe, the vague directions presented no difficulty, but for persons from America not familiar with the signage and more accustomed to turn by turn cue sheets, we were frequently challenged to find our path. Asking directions from local residents did give us an interesting opportunity to communicate across languages. We would recommend you add more detailed directions into and out of cities.Thanks for your arrangements to make our trip possible. We really did enjoy our bike tour around Lake Constance.
Patsy and John V.3 years ago
Most Memorable Part: Getting lost! The Bavarian Lakes region is lovely and not many travelers that I know have been there. Despite a cool rainy spell, we enjoyed our ride. When it was pouring rain for 2 days, Eurobike transferred us with our luggage and we were quite happy that they allowed this. The lakes and historic old towns were interesting and the countryside was outstanding. September may be a little late in the season to do this ride; the temperature was in the 50's and 60's and the rain was a problem.
Raylee F.3 years ago
Tauber River Valley Romantic RoadGermany
Most memorable part: The scenery, food and the cycling on quiet roads or bike paths.
Rick F.3 years ago
I am not a bike rider and was very concerned about how difficult it really would be. Well, it wasn't that difficult and was very enjoyable. The bike trails are amazing and stunning. This was the first Bike Barge experience and it was fantastic. There is no better way to experience Germany. The staff on the Merlijn are amazing. The food was delicious and plentiful. The experience on a smaller vessel was as good or even better than on a cruise ship and I have been on over 25 cruises all over the world. I highly recommend this adventure.
Gwen H.3 years ago
Enjoyed the trip immensely. Scenery was fantastic. Ship and staff were excellent. Food was accommodating for vegetarians, non fish eaters and was plentiful. Would like to see an additional excursion included with the tour. Beer tasting night and castle tour were excellent.
Andy R.3 years ago
Carissima Along the Danube - Four Country TourAustria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
The bike journeys were terrific taking us through beautiful towns and scenery! The last day's trip to Melk was spectacular BUT it was recommended that we take the ferry across too early on the ride. This sadly led to a long and unnecessarily arduous climb to Melk that could have been avoided by staying on the other side of the river and crossing at Melk. That said, we very much enjoyed the trip!
Garnet3 years ago
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
Dale B.3 years ago
Best Part: The ride from Vac to Esztergom! Beautiful.
Larisa L.3 years ago
Around Lake ConstanceAustria, Germany, Switzerland
Most Memorable Part: Biking along the forested area near Minau, biking through cobblestoned streets, and seeing a wide variety of things in such a short distance (orchards, cathedrals, castles, swans, mountains, etc).
Barbara E.3 years ago
This was my first time to cycle by the Danube and it far exceeded my expectations. The whole experience was awesome. I loved to be able to exercise while enjoying the pretty scenery and exploring villages and meeting people from other countries. Such a wealth of history and culture!! Truly amazing!
We absolutely loved our Romantic Road cycle. Cycling in Germany is very scenic. People we met were friendly & helpful. Beer was great bread and pastries delicious. The route was well marked. We had a really wonderful holiday.
Byron E.3 years ago
I will definitely do another bike and barge, it was terrific. My only complaint would be that the food provided for the vegetarians was not well thought out. It wouldn't take much to make this a fabulous plant-based experience. The staff tried as best they could...but it was lacking. But, overall, the trip was fabulous.
Carolyn H.3 years ago
We had a a great time . The only feedback I would give is that most of the passengers were German and there was very little information given in English.
Linda T.3 years ago
We really enjoyed our experience on the Primadonna! Food was delicious and staff were very attentive. Biking the countryside was a definite highlight! Our most spectacular and memorable part of the trip would be cruising into Budapest at night! It was breath taking!! We really had a great time and look forward to doing another bike trip soon.