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Remagen - Rhine Valley by Kevin from Trailsnet 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
I highly recommend combining this tour with the Mosel River tour. They are both wonderful bike tours, but they are also quite different and fun to compare & contrast.Whereas the Mosel River tour is a progressive tour with overnights in a different town/hotel each day, the Remagen: Rhine Valley tour is based out of a single hotel with interesting & beautiful side trips for each day's itinerary.
If you arrive in Remagen by train (highly recommended) you are literally a few footsteps away from your hotel. This is convenient for your arrival & departure as well as for a couple of the side trips. The train serves both the Rhine Valley and the Ahr Valley. They are both great for bicycle tours, but the Ahr Valley is an absolute must. It is so calm & peaceful yet filled with incredible scenic, historic & gastronomic stops. The owner of your hotel also serves as your tour-guide if you visit the Ahr Valley wine museum. And the Ahr Valley bike path is one of Germany's greatest hidden gems.
One of the most fascinating surprises on this tour was the little medieval villages found in the region. My two favorites were Linz & Urpel. Both of these villages are directly across the Rhine River form Remagen and easily accessible via ferry and biking or walking. And of course it goes without saying that Remagen is full of historical significance from medieval times all the way up to and beyond World War II. For peaceful, scenic & historical bicycle exploration, you can't go wrong with this lovely tour.
Mosel Bike Tour by Kevin from Trailsnet 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
This bike tour had it all: great scenery, wonderful food, delicious wine and the perfect itinerary. The rental bike was fantastic, the accommodations were comfortable, the luggage shuttle was reliable & the guidebook was helpful/informative.
I was surprised at how much there was to do and see along the way. Each town was interesting & historically fascinating. Touring this region by bicycle is the only way to go. It allows you to stop in each village/town along the way to sample the food & explore the sites. The guidebook that is provided with your tour is quite helpful; but I encourage you to stop in as many towns as possible, even if they aren't listed in the book. You'll be surprised at the hidden charms you will discover on some of the side roads.
The bicycle route (mostly bike paths) can be found on either side of the Mosel River. And, in most cases, you can't go wrong. Once again, the guidebook provides suggestions for which side to choose. But either side is fascinating. And since the vast majority of the route is car-free, you feel safe and free to watch the scenery rather than the traffic. I hope to go back sometime and explore the places I missed on my first tour.
Countries: Germany, France
Around Lake Constance by hermann friedmann 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Great trip, through beautiful area. No problems with bikes or hotels. Staff at all hotels was helpful, accommodations great and all our luggage was always waiting for us.
Strongly recommend emailing pdf version of bike route maps and direction two weeks prior so they can be read and the directions studied. This is especially important in the city of Konstanz and suburbs due to lack of bike route signs in those areas. Had it not been for some friendly English speaking locals, we would have been seriously lost several times.
Also would be a good idea to provide directions to the next bike path segment from the each hotel as well as the from the end of each bike path segment to the next hotel.
Countries: Austria, Germany, Switzerland
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Vivien Watts 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Overall great trip, really loved it. Did feel the duration and arrival time in Vienna was disappointingly limited - nowhere near long enough to see sufficient in daylight hours.
Unfortunately one major problem became apparent. The tour director was charming and affable when presenting to an audience, but his manner often vacillated (changed) when talking with individuals. On many occasions he was rude and dismissive, including sometimes making derogattory comments. Due to his public persona (welcoming and friendly), I was really shocked by this. At times he gave the impression that he was putting on an act, that he really did not like or enjoy his job and the guests were an infuriating annoyance to him. Even allowing for tiredness and stress, I do not think there is any excuse for rudeness to friendly (and paying) customers. I was not the only one to observe his changeable attitude or bear the brunt of his dismissive rudeness. As it wasn't possible to pick what his response would be (ie positive or negative), I only spoke to him when spoken to. I shudder to think of his treatment of the genuinely lovely and diligent cleaners and kitchen staff. Perhaps it's time for Leslie to retire.
Boat: My Story
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
Tripsite Traveler: Linda Fajen by Sharon Cratsenberg 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
We certainly agree that our 10 days riding from Passau to Vienna was awesome. However we chose to have Tripsite arrange hotels along the river each night and deliver our small suitcase to our new location each day. Our luggage was always there when we arrived. We began our ride September 28, 2015 and had perfect weather. We saw about 10 other bikers which meant we had the entire route to ourselves. The ride is beautiful. We understand the summer has "bike jams." We loved being in the small villages each afternoon so we could wander through the towns and enjoy the area. Definitely should be on an active person's bucket list!
Countries: Germany, Austria
Tripsite Traveler: Linda Fajen by Jehiel 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Chris, Glad you enjoyed the post! We would love to help you plan your Danube adventure! Linda was aboard the Theodor Körner...and as you can see from the blog, she absolutely had a blast!
Tripsite Traveler: Linda Fajen by Chris Dear 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Sounds like a fabulous trip. Which boat/ barge were you on? Would love to do the Danube!
Prague to Dresden - A Tale of Two Rivers by Amanda Uthe 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Wonderful experience! We opted not to use the GPS and stuck to the maps. This allowed us ample opportunities to chat with locals and ask them for directions when we went off track to visit different areas of the towns on the route. Beautiful views and welcoming people made for a memorable trip!
Countries: Czech Republic, Germany
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Judy Lucas 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
As this was our 1st bike and boat experience, we did not know what to expect. We are recreational cyclists, not cycling fanatics, and were very happy with this trip and look forward to saving up to do another similar adventure.
I do have 2 comments. The meal situation. It was disappointing not to have the opportunity to mix with more of the passengers as we were at a table by ourselves and had to stay at this table for every meal - even breakfast - every day. As it was a breakfast buffet and not everyone arrives for breakfast at the same time, being free to sit wherever, would definitely encourage more socializing amongst all passengers. Also, some nights, even though the staff was definitely hustling, it took more than 2 hours to be served our main course. It would seem that a few more staff members could help with this loooong wait after a long tiring day.
Also, there was a definite, obvious bias each day towards the larger group of German speaking passengers when it came to the briefing on the bike route. They were always briefed first and always went over the allotted time leaving the briefing for the English speaking passengers a very rushed affair, leaving no time for clarifications and a late start each day. This did result in some people getting lost. Alternating which group was briefed first might alleviate this problem.
Having said this, it was a tremendous trip and I would definitely recommend it to any recreational cyclist. Wonderful scenery with fantastic suggested rest stops made it an exceptional adventure. Thank you for all your help in making this a superb, memorable experience. Your service was outstanding. Thank you again. Judy.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Deborah Waldo 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Food was not we are accustomed to on trips of this type.
Romantic Road & the Bavarian Lakes by Lázaro & Ana Karla 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
We went to this tour, my wife and I, on september 2015. We enjoy at first Oktoberfest, the amazing beer festival. Then we went to Augsburg, a very nice town, to start the journey. The trip Augsburg-Worthsee was easy, but we got lost a litle bit to leave Augsburg. We have to ask for directins some times. After leaving the city, everithing goes easy.The hotel in Worthsee, actually, in Inning, was very comfortable.We faced some troubles in the tour to Murnau, but it was our fault: we turned following red signs instead of blue, that was the right color.After some wrong small trips, we finaly got to Murnau. All small cities in this tour are amazing. The churches, even in rural area, are very rich and beautiful.This bike tour around Bavarian was one of the most incredible trip we ever did. We higly recommend this trip.
Four Country Tour by Jeanie Lundell 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The first day out, my e-bike had a low tire and faulty valve - not a great start, but the rest was very good. Sometimes, the route was to as clearly marked as we would have preferred. Nevertheless, I've told several friends about this trip and one is considering booking reservations! Thanks for everything.
Countries: Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Anna Brasier 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Ship broke down and we were bused to Budapest vs cycling in, that was disappointing, but not to be helped. Jurgen our guide was very good.
Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna by Susan Dawood 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Never brought it up to the bike staff, but gears on my bike were difficult to manage. I attributed it to my having small hands, but I also thought the gears should be replaced soon, for the next "small handed" guest.
It was a wonderful experience and we were fortunate to have beautiful weather the entire week.
Countries: Austria, Germany
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Susan Oman 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
I liked the ease of being in a larger boat vs a small barge. There was plenty of room in the lounge and other public places so we could get some quiet time. Also a little more anonymity on the larger boat and self guiding was fun.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Leslie Kerluke 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Enjoyed the trip fully but thought there could have been a little better information on riding and expected timeline for rides, as we often rode faster than necessary and didn't know we could stop along the way for sight seeing etc. Our cycle guide was very nice but did not have all the information to answer our questions or help us to maximize our sight seeing experience.
Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna by David Pomfret 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
We had a fantastic time it was a highlight of the trip; can't say about the bikes as we had our own.
Romantic Road & the Bavarian Lakes by Ingrid Bjerkelund 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Enjoyed the Bavarian Lakes and Romantic Road trip. Would like to cycle in Italy or Croatia next.
Koblenz to Merzig by Chris Pavich 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
One problem became evident at the time of the one significant incident when one client while riding her bicycle down a sloping gravel road ineptly/incorrectly applied her front brake only, and somersaulted, leading to a serious leg injury. The group problem as far as I am concerned was only the lack of easy communication between the cycle group leader and the last riders in the group. The designated last rider needs a device such as a small UHF transceiver, or where mobile phone coverage is a certainty a tested/checked cellphone link, to be able to immediately alert the leader of any problems behind.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Elise Manners 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The whole trip was fantastic! I have already recommended it to many of my friends and one group have already booked a trip for next year!
Around Lake Constance by Tammy Schmidt 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
We could not have had such an amazing trip without the help from Tripsite. Anna from Tripsite worked with me on all of my hotel request, allowing us to customize our trip. We were able to choose the towns we preferred to stay in around the lake. Anna recommended hotels over other hotels and reserved lake view rooms which we requested. Our biking trip around Lake Constance would not have turned out as spectacular if it were not for Anna's hard work. I don't think we will use another tour company. The Barge/bike trip offers it all. An added bonus of traveling by boat is that you don't have to pack up every morning like you would have to with other tours that move your stuff from hotel to hotel with a van. The stress of packing up every morning is not there with this tour. On the Barge/boat trips you simply wake up, go have your coffee and breakfast before you set off on your bike no packing required. When you return to the boat after the day's biking there is no unpacking or waiting to be assigned a room, it is off to the showers and out on the deck to join your new friends. We love the friends from around the world that these tours have allowed us to meet. It is a cultural exchange and add to the interest factor of traveling abroad. Thanks Tripsite, the Oppenheimers will be finding some more boat/bike tours that Tripsite offer, maybe Turkey or Greece.
Berlin to Malchin and Malchin to Berlin by Joyce Thompson 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
We had a great time; the bike guide (Tom) did a super job. Hope we have this same great experience on our next trip.
Countries: Germany, Poland
Koblenz to Saarburg by Shirley Correll 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Bicycle and boat are the best vacations ever! Can't wait for my next tour! Hope to make this an annual thing. :)
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Susan Martin 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
There was a mixup checking in to the cabins on the boat. The boat staff assigned us different rooms than the vouchers from TripSite indicated. Glad I had my voucher, otherwise we wouldn't have been placed in the upper deck room we paid for. I think the mixup affected everyone in our group of 12, and unfortunately some people were not as fortunate as we were and ended up in lower deck cabins when they reserved upper deck ones.
Koblenz to Saarburg by Neil Webley 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Overall we enjoyed the Bike and Barge along the Mosel River. However it seemed to be too much effort for the guide to interact with the English speaking clients.Maybe he's been doing it too long.Thank You
Around Lake Constance by Hazem Zayed 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
It was a great trip very well organized the team is very supportive, will definitely repeat with my wife and kids I enjoyed big time.
Berlin to Copenhagen by Caroline Thompson 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
We have taken European trips put together by Pack and Pedal Europe for 12 years and will continue to do so every summer as long as possible. They are always wonderful. I cannot think of any bad experience. I always like the hotels, and their prices are extremely reasonable, a tremendous value! I highly recommend this company for bike trips.
Countries: Denmark, Germany
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Steve VanderWeide 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
We did have rain quite a few days on her trip. But we were prepared and so we wore our raingear. Our guide Pieter, was very good at watching the weather and getting us inside or out of the rain if he could
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Bill Fleshman 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
This is the 3rd travel group I've put together through tripsite and each was very enjoyable. My groups ranged in size from 3 to 12. The first was a land bike trip in Provence, France and the next two were bike and boat trips on the Mozel and the Danube. I am not associated with a tour company but found working with Tripsite personnel, Mary, Carla and others, to be easy even for a novice like me to put together such trips. I have worked with other agencies but have found Tripsite to be more "reachable" and available at any time I had questions. I will continue to use them for future group and individual trips.
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