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Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Joseph Hludzenski 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Our group was more than well treated. The staff and officers on the barge went out of their way to help us and make the entire trip one to remember. The tour director really put himself out for everyone on board. He even helped us to solve a problem after we had left the boat at the end of the trip. It was outstanding.
Boat: My Story
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
Metz to Cochem or Cochem to Metz by Margaret Munro 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Even for a novice biker I was looked after and given the opportunity to cycle shorter legs and enjoy the sailing on the boat. Bikes - we had a couple of bikes that had gear problems, otherwise they were fine.
Countries: France, Luxembourg, Germany
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Diane Malone 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Yes, yes, I would and have recommended this trip to friends. It was very relaxing, fun, offering beautiful scenery, helpful staff! visiting the small villages was a treat. The route and route guide was user friendly. Hope to bike this way again soon.
Mainz to Basel (no longer available)by David Miller 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Garrit, our bike tour leader, was a novice on this route as well as a poor communicator to the english speaking clients. The docking area changed at each stop from the printed instructions, and the maps and turn-by-turn instructions were only partly correct! Everyone got lost at some point in the trip!! I had asked for GPS routing for my bike Garmin GPS but was told the route was to new and that it was not available! I think some accurate preparation would have made the trip more pleasant.Second - the route along the Rhine is not scenic (as on the Danube) with few small towns to stop and look/snack on the way. The most notable sights were gravel pits and cement manufacturing. Of course, that is not the fault of the tour operator, however, they should have provided a detailed description of the small towns on the way (although not on the river) to give us the option of exploring the interesting ones and forgetting about the towns with 3 streets and no interesting sights.
Boat: MS Andante
Countries: Germany, Switzerland, France
Around Lake Constance by Nigel Finney 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The Konstanz trip and bikes were very good. The Danube trip bikes were not as good and the scenery needed to be varied more since riding alongside the Danube got a touch boring after a while. (Review from Around Lake Constance and Danube Bike Path - Passau to Vienna)
Countries: Austria, Germany, Switzerland
Mainz to Basel (no longer available)by Norbert Glatt 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Boat staff need to learn how to be more polite and friendly. The management seems to be in the military service.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Howard Christie 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Trip maps were difficult to decipher in some cases and needed more explanation. There were too many questions of ""which way do we go?, we must have missed our turn, where's the ferry?
Why couldn't we get a cup of coffee or tea before 7am or 4pm? Why couldn't we get a beer in the lounge right after returning from ride? Why couldn't we drop off our panniers before 4 on Friday when the man in charge was sitting at his desk doing nothing? The crew for the most part was accommodating but the Teutonic influence was in evidence too often, and I am 50% German. My grandfather having served for Germany in the First World War.
Mainz to Basel (no longer available)by Gregory Akin 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The Rhine from Mainz to Basel, for the most part, is industrial and not as picturesque as other European bike and barge routes we've enjoyed. There were a few cities (Heidelberg, Germany and Strausbourg, France) which were beautiful and offered much to do, but we were expecting the scenic bike routes with quaint towns for cake and coffee, or beer stops along the way and were sorely disappointed. But the most disappointing aspect of this trip was the inability of the on-board guide to give proper instructions nor enlighten us of things to see or visit. We found out about popular sites from all channels except the guides. In Strausbourg, while chatting with tourists, we heard of an amazing evening light show projected onto an enormous cathedral - huge crowds gathered to enjoy this historic presentation, yet nothing was mentioned of it by our guide. We have needed so little guidance to enjoy our bike and barge trips, but this one missed the mark. Based on previous trips that we've done, we'd convinced 2 other couples to join us and they were underwhelmed and disappointed as well. The barge and accommodations were adequate, though rooms were random sizes no matter which deck you choose. One couple paid extra for the upper deck, but their room was much smaller than another couple's on the lower level. The staff and meals on this barge were top notch and we can't say enough about the gourmet chef and tireless staff.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Patricia Scullin 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The food could be a lot better, and we would even pay more. Other than that the trip was lovely.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Joe Rine 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Wow! Last year we did a bike and barge; Koblenz to Saarburg on the Patria and loved it. This tour on the MV Story was even better. Boat was a bit more upscale, food and service was better; and the biking along the Danube was beautiful. The City visits were very good.The hotel Manager on the boat, Paval, was tremendous. And under his leadership the rest of the staff was also very, very good. My wife rented an E Bike which was well worth the money. The 21 speed I got was also very nice for a comfort bike. The other guests were also great!
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Tess Tholstrup 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
What I didn't like was the fact that the ships organisers would have known that the Water levels in the Danube would not be sufficient for the boat to moor in Budapest long before they told us. I feel that we weren't told as it would have put in jeopardy people attending the trip.
Otherwise everything else exceeded my expectations. The only staff member who could have done better was the guy in charge of the bike courses.
Around Lake Constance by Ray Damijonaitis 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Good job in organizing the trip. The only suggestion I would have is for the route organizers to take construction projects into account when giving the directions . We encountered 2 cases which made us deviate from the stated route. One of which go us quite turned around.
In any case it ultimately added to the adventure.
Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen by Maribel Colon 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
It was everything we expected and more! Beautiful scenery, made great new friends, attentive staff, fantastic meals and wonderful weather. Our first experience, fantastic! We shall return!
Around Lake Constance by Hazem Zayed 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
wonderful tour around the Constance perfect roads visited Switzerland, Austria and Germany perfect organizing and extremely caring team despite that we made the booking at the very last minute.Hazem Zayed
Around Lake Constance by ryan 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
This is an awesome bike tour, great work.
Mainz to Basel (no longer available)by Paula Birch 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
I really enjoyed the bike/boat tour on the Rhine. Accommodations on the boat were very good and the meals were excellent. On our arrival we found that our boat was not at the dock as listed but had changed locations and was on the other side of the river. This created a longer taxi drive thus a much bigger fare (54 euros instead of 21 euros) for the 3 of us in each taxi. We had a briefing each morning by our tour guide and on almost every day, the directions were not detailed enough. One of the people we biked with had a GPS and with that and along with discussions among all of us, we managed to find our way back. I really feel this was a big gap and should be rectified before another tour. However it was a wonderful experience and we met many lovely and interesting people. I would love to do a different bike/boat tour at some time in the future.
Around Lake Constance by Harry Krebs 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Trip was great fun and as promised. I recommend this bike ride. We road in September and it was a little warm so I recommend an early start to enjoy all the sights along the way .
Kevin Purdy: Mosel River Bike Tour Through Time by Audrey 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Ok, you've convinced me to add this trip to my wish list!
Countries: France, Germany
Kevin Purdy: Mosel River Bike Tour Through Time by Keith Bimson 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Great article, Kevin. I can't figure out which would draw me there more: the scenery or the food. Okay, I admit, it's actually the bier.
Three Country Tour by Cheryl Williams 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Hello some feedback from our bike trip to better the experience.
We had a flat tire and the bike pumps didn't work. We were in a group of four and none of them worked. Also there were no tire tubes! Should we have taken some with us? If so I didn't read that suggestion in the info provided.
We only had two saddlebags No knobs on kick standsNo stem capsOdometers only worked on one bike and one bike didn't have one at allBells didn't work on all bikesThe handle bars were loose on one bike and that was quite worrisome going down hillsOn the bike trip from Dresden to Wittenburg we did a couple of years ago we were sized to our bike by a nice gentle man who took the time to explain aspects of the bike and we appreciated his efforts. We didn't have that attention this time so wondered if the bikes actually were road worthy, especially when we came to facing a fairly challenging route. The feed back from the bike shop in Huckelhoven was that the man caring for the bikes or owning the bikes was not as committed to his responsibilities to do so.. Just a comment they passed on and I am passing on to you.
We do appreciate the ease with which to book these bike trip through emails on line etc. the hotel people along the trip were so friendly and accommodating and made us feel very welcome. Thankyou Cheryl
Countries: Netherlands, Belgium, Germany
Koblenz to Saarburg by Amy Rowland 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
My mom and two sisters and I did this trip last month to celebrate my mom turning 75 this summer. We had a blast! The boat was comfortable and food was delicious, including lots of healthy salads and fruit. The crew was top-notch; keeping things running smoothly and on-time. The riding was wonderful every day, even with a few rainy days. The routes were fun, and full of countless "photo-ops" with picturesque villages, castles, churches and vineyards. We rarely had to climb any hills or interact with cars, so the riding really was suitable for beginners or seniors. We werewith the smaller "English-speaking" group, so had our orientation to the next day's route the evening before. Somehow, despite the four of us thinking we were paying close attention, we always managed to forget something about the route instructions, but part of the fun challenge was finding our way back to the route when we took a wrong turn or crossed the wrong bridge. By the last few days, we started adding a few side trips and explorations to our routes, but still always managed to find our way back to the Patria in time for the coffee, tea and fancy cakes in the early evening. Though the majority of our fellow passengers spoke German, and we don't speak the language at all, we still felt very welcomed. Our only suggestion would be for someone to provide notation on the maps of the public w.c.'s available along the route. As an all-female group, we spent a little more time than we wanted to tracking those elusive locations along the route. Thanks for a great vacation!
Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna by Harvey & Sharon Rishe 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Although we are seasoned travelers and fairly fit cyclists, we were new to bike & boat touring, and as a result we probably drove TripSite's Carla crazy! But her patience never faltered; she was generous and gracious with answers to our interminable questions and we arrived in Passau well informed and ready to have a great time.
Our expectations were met and exceeded. Not only had Carla prepared us well, but Rad & Reisen proved to be a world class organization. The accommodations were lovely, the gourmet meals splendid, the route information excellent, the professionalism and friendliness of the crew impeccable, and the camaraderie among fellow travelers delightful. Not to mention the gorgeous Danube scenery, the interesting villages, and beautiful Vienna!
We were so happy with TripSite and Rad & Reisen that we are already researching our next bike and boat trip with them! Thank you for a lifetime of wonderful memories.
Harvey & Sharon RisheSalt Lake City, Utah
Countries: Austria, Germany
More Than Travel: The Final Days by Clare MacKeigan 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
I have been on 4 bike and barge tours and I still think the scenery along the Moselle was my favourite!!
Photo Friday: Emily Hull-Parsons by Carla Sprout 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing, Emily!
Countries: Netherlands, Austria, Germany
Remagen - Rhine Valley by Dennis Milling 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
September 2014...Arrived Frankfurt from Australia and caught train to Remagen. The walk from the station to the hotel took all of 30 seconds....the delightful receptionist had us booked into our room within a few minutes. Rooms were 10/10. Meals throughout our 7 day stay were all satisfying and scrumptious. Rental cycles albeit a bit on the heavy side were most reliable and well geared..and we should know as we rode up most of the cycle paths which the provided cycle maps suggested we ride down. One of the highlights was the Remagen Wine Queen celebrations held over the weekend in the Alstdt...plenty of wine beer food singing and dancing. Our weeks stay was so enjoyable we are going back in 2015.
Koblenz to Merzig by Dennis Milling 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Walked onto the Allure at Koblenz in Sept 2014 and immediately knew that the week ahead would be enjoyable. Skipper Martin's smiling face was ever present and the crew were simply obliging. Our cycle guide was a scream...we lost her regularly as we stopped off for the occasional German ale. It was with heavy heart that I left the Allure in Merzig 7 days later.
Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna by K. Augustyn 5 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
I will say that this Danube barge/bike trip was probably one of the best vacations I have ever taken. My friends who took the trip with me feel the same way and we are considering doing another one next year. We will definitely consider the barge/bike cruises that you have to offer. Again, thank you very much!
Koblenz to Saarburg by Joe Rine 5 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Wow, just finished the Koblenz to Saarburg on the Patria. The Patria and crew was great; meals were very good and plenty of food. Drinks were reasonable on board. Room was small, but enough storage and bunk was comfortable. Biking was very good, despite the three rainy days. Most important this is a cozy atmosphere where you can hang out at the Lounge at night, have a few drinks and socialize. We asked for a guitar and Gottfried, the tour guide found us one. Much to the enjoyment and maybe consternation...we did a sing along a couple nights. already planning next years trip!
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Margaret Collins 5 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The four country tour on the My Story was an amazing adventure. From the time we boarded the boat til the last evening it was very well organized. The staff were friendly and fun and helpful. The bikes were comfortable and the staff made sure they fit each person. The bike rides each day were well planned with lots of information on the wonderful stops along the way. The meals were amazing with lots of choices.
Thank you so much to trip site and the staff on the My Story for making our holiday a very memorable one. We enjoyed out trip so much we are looking forward to doing another one in the near future.
Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna by Joanne MacRae 5 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
This was our best trip to Europe as it involved lots of fresh air and exercise in a dream like setting. We sang "the Sound of Music" as we cycled across the German border into Austria.
The bicycles were top notch. The food on board was fabulous and the customer service was excellent. We were so pleased with the Pack and Pedal Europe organization for giving us lots of valuable information before we arrived on board. We felt we were well prepared for the bike and boat adventure. The whole experience exceeded our expectations! I would definitely advise anyone to take the "Comfort Relaxed Tour" as it identified us with a group of fellow cyclers on journey with an experienced guide who introduced us to the culture and cuisine of local villages in Austria. We appreciate all of the travelling tips and advice we received from Pack and Pedal as all of our inquiries were answered promptly. I highly recommend this tour to anyone. The bicycles were in top working order and cycling on the paved pathways along the Danube was a breeze for anyone in decent physical shape. We can't wait to return and take another trip!
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