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Berlin to Copenhagen by Anthony De Costa 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Did not have to think (other than about directions) as everything was provided. All information from Tripsite was very accurate with no extra costing involved.
Countries: Denmark, Germany
Koblenz to Merzig by Gregory Robinson 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Everything about the Allure and holiday was just amazing,a holiday we won't forget in a long time. The staff just so helpful and nothing was ever a trouble, bikes and our leaders just great. Thank you.
Koblenz to Merzig by Cheryl New 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
While I was totally satisfied with everything, I had to ask for a change of sheets after 2 weeks. Our cycling guides tried their best but our 1st had a little communication problem. Our 2nd was great. Overall I would go back tomorrow if I could. The food was great and plenty of it. The crew marvelous. In all a great holiday. Very easy cycling."
Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna by Susan Knight 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Amazing scenery, great company, delicious food, kind staff and somewhere comfy to sleep - with no unpacking! However,the crux of these trips stems from the quality of the guides. Our first trip, to Vienna, Had a guide that knew the route well, but smoked at every stop, and wanted to always eat dinner at somewhere he could buy alcohol; we preferred to eat our rolls in the fresh air, which sometimes was tricky. He tended to ride off without checking we were all ready, leaving riders behind until someone caught him. Our second trip (Merzig to Koblenz) had a lady guide who was not at all familiar with the area, but used her GPS to locate landmarks and routes (sometimes taking the shortest, not the most scenic). She didn't give an initial safety talk, she changed the route from the easy one offered to a more scenic but quite difficult one, causing one older, inexperienced lady to fall (end of trip for her and her husband,, hospitalisation for almost a fortnight, skingraft). Our replacement guide tried hard, but couldn't seem to match the route to the one we'd booked, so we missed seeing things we'd looked forward to. So our last trip, Koblenz to Amsterdam, was not one we would recommend unless they sorted the route out. Apart from the above, we'd recommend this mode of travel.
Boat: MS Normandie
Countries: Austria, Germany
Metz to Cochem or Cochem to Metz by Terry Benson 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Had a wonderful time. Only problem was the weather, very very cold.
Countries: France, Luxembourg, Germany
Metz to Cochem or Cochem to Metz by Lois Requist 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The guides are young and very athletic. People who sign up for this level of bicycling aren't usually top bikers, unless they are doing it to be with friends or spouse. I think a bit more thought could be put into the introductory ride the first day, bridge crossings, sudden merging into traffic, sudden turns to go steeply uphill. I've done much longer bike rides, but at this age, I didn't want that much challenge.
Koblenz to Amsterdam (no longer available)by Angela Rayner 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We had a lady guide, who was very quiet and we had a large group (20) which made her job difficult as the people at the back could not hear her. Some of her instructions were not clear and maybe there should have been an instruction on road usage in Europe eg keep to the right hand side of the road (coming from Australia) . Understanding the various traffic lights was also a bit of an issue as we come from a relatively small country town with NO traffic lights and no cycle paths we had to be extremely careful negotiation some of the busier roads as there were 2 sets of traffic lights to negotiate while crossing the roads. It was a wonderful trip and greatly enjoyed by all. The only thing that marred the experience was an unfortunate accident on the very first day which resulted in a serious leg injury.
Countries: Germany, Netherlands
Koblenz to Amsterdam (no longer available)by Cheryl New 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Our 1st guide was not quite as good as our 2nd. She wasn't as clear on her instructions as she could have been.On the barge we had to ask for our sheets to be changed after 2 weeks. Everything else was clean and well run. Ours may have been an oversight. This in no way stopped us from having a great holiday. Loved everything from start to finish. Would love another trip on the same boat.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Claudia Bonomi 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The guide Mr. Leslie was extremely eficiente, the routes very thoughtful and well signposted. I considered it a fascinating experience!
Boat: My Story
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Joyce Lear 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I thought we would bike every day, not a problem, but it would have been nice to know.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Susan Martin 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Upon boarding, there was confusion regarding our room assignments. All 12 of us in our party were assigned different rooms than our vouchers indicated, even on different decks. Fortunately, the cruise director was able to sort everything out, but not without some angst on the part of the hotel manager, who was in the midst of boarding all the passengers at the start of the trip.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Kathy Showers 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I felt bad the employees hadn't had a break since the beginning of the season. Leslie the tour director was burnt out. He was a little defensive when we mentioned some of the route was poorly signed. Many people missed some turns. Other than that we loved the tour, food, staff and have recommended this to many friends!
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Terry Hill 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Excellent trip. Look forward to trying another one.
Danube Bike Path - Regensburg to Passau by Erin O'Conner 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Wonderful trip. Great descriptive guide book. Look forward to another trip soon.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Linda Nicoli 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Only hitch in the whole experience was confusion when we arrived at the boat for check in. In our group of twelve, those who had paid extra for upper deck rooms were assigned lower deck rooms and vice versa, causing a few flared tempers and a less than welcoming start to our excursion. After that was sorted out everything went smoothly. We liked some of the extra excursions more than others but the biking was really the highlight of the trip. Biking through the Wachau Valley with vineyards climbing the mountains on either side, many with castles on top, through charming villages - priceless!
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Beverly Rudeen 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
With 100 passengers & half German speaking/half English speaking I would recommend 2 guides instead of one. At times our guide seemed overwhelmed with questions, assistance, etc....
Mainz to Basel (no longer available)by Jessica Kiedrowski 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I was pleased with the points of interest on the tour (Strasbourg, Heidelberg, Colmar, Breisach), however, the route was very industrial at times and there was just nothing special about it. The maps and route descriptions were terrible and I'd say that was the number one complaint of fellow passengers. I talked to the guide and he said they will redo the route for next year so hopefully with some changes, it will be much better.
Boat: MS Andante
Countries: Germany, Switzerland, France
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Mary Anne Gilbert 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I had a good time on this trip, however, there was not enough time on the bicycle. As well, compared to the other biking trips we have taken, this one was very dependent on time. We did not have all day to get to the next spot. I felt rushed on three of the days, and we only biked on four. Also you lose the sense of discovery when every spot is picked out for you ahead of time, as to where to eat, shop, etc. The cruise staff were wonderful, but it seems to me that they think people only want to see cities, whereas I love the countryside and the villages. I would not do a combined boat and bike again.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Susan Viggiano 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Great way to do an active vacation. Will definitely book again!!
Mainz to Basel (no longer available)by Anna Zdancewicz 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The boat itself is nothing remarkable, but quite comfortable and clean. The staff was amazingly friendly. Route descriptions were sparse in some sections so there was some guessing involved. The maps themselves didn't have any road names on them if you did get lost they were of no use. We honestly didn't rely on the maps/route descriptions as much as the info from our daily meetings with the tour guide. There were good and bad days as far as scenery on the rides, a few days were pretty boring with not a lot to look at, while others were quite beautiful. We docked within walking distance to town on all days except one (where you had the option of one lonely restaurant). On board you are provided with maps and flyers for each overnight town. The bikes were super heavy and cumbersome (not bikes I am used to) but this is the norm in Europe. The food on board was excellent. I would recommend this trip as I know the routes are being reviewed and descriptions/maps updated.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Kimberley McEwan 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The Bike and Barge cycling trip was a great way to experience new countries. The cycling paths along the Danube are excellent and the riding was very enjoyable. We will be looking at other bike and barge options through Tripsite.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Janet Humphrey 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
They need to provide better maps or route sheets. Manager of the boat (Peter) was very unfriendly and sometimes rude.
Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna by Margaret Knode 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Staff was incredible. Only change I would make is in the dining room. To be allocated to a table with the same people for every meal was restrictive. We go on trips to meet people from different countries and to make new friends. On speaking with other travellers they mentioned that open seating would have made the whole experience that much more enjoyable. We thoroughly enjoyed our dining companions, but what if you didn't you were stuck all week.
Can't say enough about how accommodating the staff were, especially in the dining room. Many thanks! Want to do the trip again next year add bring my siblings.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Brenda Alberico 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Would be helpful if bikes had water cages
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Merle Brinkman 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Thanks for providing us with a lifetime of memories.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Jim Watson 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Overall we had an outstanding trip. The boat was a little better than we expected but very well maintained and managed by the staff and crew. Leslie, our cruise director, was fabulous. I think we overwhelmed the boat with our large group and American ways. Leslie did a great job of balancing our fun trip and the ship's need to do their jobs in a certain way. We will definitely look to Tripsite for another boat/bike adventure in the years to come.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Marilyn Kerfoot 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Main reasons for not recommending: Too many people. I would prefer a smaller group especially for lunches and stops along the way. Too much time needed for logistics with such a large group. (That being said, Leslie and the crew did a great job being as efficient as possible with this given the numbers involved.) The trip was marketed as meals all included. However, it was clear that we were "expected" to eat lunch at restaurants during our biking days. That would have been okay except we were always at the same place as dozens of other people (mostly people from our own boat who had not elected to take the guided trip option) so that the experience was not at all enjoyable. The restaurant staff were obviously harried at having to deal with such a large group at one time.We always seemed to be in a rush to get back to the boat before its departure. I hadn't realized that the boat would have such a tight schedule to get from one docking point to another. I would have paid slightly more to have better food. There was way too much pork served; I felt starved for good quality, fresh vegetables by the time the tour ended.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Don Beck 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The crew on My Story were amazing! Lesley the cruise director did a great job as did the entire staff. Five star service!
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Robert Vinton 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Food was only average. Breakfast buffet was good, but the dinners were mixed. If you could find a way to upgrade the dinners, that would be great and worth more money. For biking trips, given it is a healthy, active crowd, even more healthy meal preparations would likely be welcomed. We did appreciate the vegetarian options though Vegan would also be nice. Overall a wonderful trip though, we enjoyed it very much.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Peter Parnegg 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I know you know this, but the My Story is an old boat. Our bathroom smelled really bad. The food was average. The staff was incredible. The biking was spectacular. Leslie, our tour manager could not have been better. This was an incredible trip and it was a great value because the boat was old it wasn't very expensive. The folks at tripsite we excellent as well.
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