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Mary B.2 years ago
Primadonna Along the Danube - Four Country TourAustria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
The most memorable part of the trip was sitting on the top deck in the evening, wrapped in a blanket, watching the clouds sail past the moon as the barge moved on to our next city on the Danube.Ensure you respond to the call to choose a table for meals on the barge if you wish to sit with or close to friends.Stay an extra night in Passau if you have the time...there is a lot to see and do.If possible, do some cycling before your trip to prepare you for the daily tours.If you would prefer to cycle with a guide let your agent know and they may be able to arrange it. It may be an option and worth an extra cost if it would make your trip more enjoyable.
Margaret Molineux2 years ago
Lorraine TourFrance, Germany, Luxembourg
We didn't know what to expect on such a small barge/boat: however it was very enjoyable Our hosts were great and always helpful even when we knew it was a busy time for them. Being a small group and despite some language differences, we all bonded and managed to communicate well. Our leader Anna was particularly competent and took us through some interesting situations without a glitch. We will be known as the group who loves limericks as one guy in our group started by writing one for each cyclist...then of course we all started to write them. The last dinner was quite hilarious. You can't beat these tours for economy, traveling through history and spectacular scenery and commaradorie. I left off one star as the rooms and bathroom were super small and hard to manouver in. Everything else, including the meals, were something to write home about.!
Stuart A.2 years ago
La Belle Fleur Lorraine TourFrance, Germany, Luxembourg
Enjoyed the staff, the group we met and the overall tour. I got to visit a part of France I might never have seen. Really enjoyed the champagne bottling winery the last day.
Maria L.2 years ago
The best part was the Tirol, and the lakes were amazing.
Lisa H.2 years ago
Arkona Along the Danube - Four Country TourAustria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
The beautiful bike paths along the Danube and the great food on the MS Arkona. Found the unguided bike tour confusing. Comfortable beds but loud vibrating boat motor at night made it impossible to sleep. Yay sleeping pills.
Kieron G.2 years ago
Carissima Along the Danube - Four Country TourAustria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
My wife and I just finished this trip with another couple. First of all, remember that you get what you pay for. This cruise is much cheaper than Viking or Avalon or some of the others so you can't expect as much opulence or fine cuisine. That said, everything was fine. The food was good but not great. The walls to the cabins are thin so if the person in the room next to you is a loud talker, you will hear every word. Also, try to avoid the lowest level of rooms - the windows don't open and are noisier as you are close to the engine. The trip it self was great. The cycling was easy and scenic. We had Axel as our guide, and seriously, he ruins you for any other guide. If we went on another cruise, it would have to be with Axel - any other guide would suffer in comparison I suspect. He is Austrian with a very keen sense of humour (He would have to be as he is an Arsenal fan). He went above and beyond.
Denise G.2 years ago
We had a mixed experience on this trip, having completed two other bike and barge trips on smaller boats (and smaller waterways). This is a wonderful region for riding - much of the route follows bike paths that parallel the river and provide gorgeous views of river towns. Unlike our other trips, participants ride on their own without a guide, and this worked well for us. Because the boat travels from Passau to Budapest and back again, there is quite a bit of travel time on the boat. At times, we enjoyed watching the scenery, but this also meant that our time on land was quite limited. Food was decent and several options were available at each meal. The dining room was noisy and it does take quite a bit of time to serve everyone, with the staff clearly working hard! During our tour, there were engine problems which resulted in a change in itinerary. The company struggled to manage this and identify reasonable options. In the end, they have promised us a partial refund, which seems quite fair. We would have preferred that this offer had come sooner in the process, without the numerous conversations that were needed to help the company understand the concerns of passengers.
Carla - Partner at Tripsite • 2 years ago Tripsite Staff
Hi Denise, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us your feedback. It's unfortunate the ship had engine troubles during your tour. These ships are machines and sometimes things can go wrong. I know it is always a very stressful time for everyone involved. Our local partners work hard to make the best of the situation. I'm glad in the end everything worked out fine. Another adventure in the books! I hope you will be back for more....Thank you again! ~Carla, Partner at Tripsite
Paula H.2 years ago
Normandie Along the Danube - Four Country TourAustria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
This trip provides a chance to explore the rural areas along the Danube by bike and to visit the great cities of Budapest and Vienna. There is a lot packed into this trip.
Sandi B.2 years ago
Cycling past the remnants of the Iron Curtain. WOW!There were so many highlights, but having Axel as our guide certainly added a great deal to our daily rides. Thanks Axel!
Peg Hanson2 years ago
Around Lake ConstanceAustria, Germany, Switzerland
Annette • 2 years ago
I have found I download the app mapsme and put in the hotels before I leave home. I can still access this by satellite and not needing data when getting near. or can probably do the same with the Google maps app and again use offline...also helpful en route.Pleased the trip went well, we are looking into it for next year.
Peter and Denise Marzo2 years ago
Mainz to StrasbourgGermany, France
Susanna from Tripsite2 years ago
Terrence Zito2 years ago
Theodor Körner Along the Danube - Passau, Bratislava, and ViennaAustria, Germany, Slovakia
We had a great time along the Danube river! The cycling was very good and the bikes adequate. The crew of the Theodor Korner were especially nice and competent. The tour guide was really on his game! Unfortunately, the boat itself needs a thorough rehab- our stateroom had an odd odor and was extremely noisy due to mid-ship engines. If we decide to do the Danube tour again we will choose a different boat!
Charles H.2 years ago
Wachau valley was my favorite part...small towns, great shops and wine.
Kathy S.2 years ago
Along the Danube - Four Country TourAustria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
We loved our trip on the Danube! From the first day to the last, we enjoyed the food, scenery and new friends. Would definitely recommend.
Elizabeth C.2 years ago
Anieta W.2 years ago
The boat and the bikes were good, the food was good and sufficient, the crew was friendly and helpful. The scenery was not always beautiful, part of the tour leads through industrial area.
Garnet T.2 years ago
Iris Metz to CochemFrance, Luxembourg, Germany
The Barge Iris was outstanding to say the least. 24 guests were the perfect number, not too many, not too few, the crew was over and above terrific, the food was something we looked forward to each day and the whole experience was memorable.
Mary P.2 years ago
Merlijn Magdeburg to BerlinGermany
Most Memorable Part: The beautiful fields of poppies
Pauline L.2 years ago
Theodor Körner Along the Danube - Passau to ViennaAustria, Germany
We really loved going through the locks on the Danube and the rides everyday were fabulous with the detailed instructions. There was a castle, ruin, vineyard or cafe around every bend!
Sara G.3 years ago
Bike and Wine Basel to StrasbourgFrance, Germany, Switzerland
First day ride and exceptional lunch along the canal. Recommend more info on options to stop, eat, etc along the routes. Also recommend better bike maintenance - both bikes had shifter/derailer issues. Transfer of bikes and luggage went very smoothly. Hotels were all great, except the one in Freiburg - run down and rude front desk staff.
Shelly F.3 years ago
It was our 35th anniversary and we had lots of alone time to tour ourselves but also met the nicest people on the boat
Sue H.3 years ago
I really enjoyed the first and last days a lot which were in the beautiful countryside along the Danube. It was good to see the cities but the visits too short to really visit anything in depth. I recommend the Mozart concert which I really enjoyed. I loved meeting people from other countries and wish we could have had meal seating change every couple of days to mix with other people who also were interested in meeting others.
Margery K.3 years ago
Most Memorable Part: Riding on the bike paths without having to worry about road traffic.
Linda S.3 years ago
Mainz to CologneGermany
The most memorable part of the trip - this is in reference to Cologne to Mainz trip on the MS Andante Sept 16-23, was the scenery and the visits to the small towns along the way. It would have been more enjoyable if we had been able to go through some of the small towns along the way instead of just going by them as we followed the route along the river. The guide did mention some things to see along the way for some of the routes we followed. Some detours and construction was not mentioned or alternate routes given along the way. Tips for others if someone is sick on board there should perhaps be some guidelines given for keeping yourself healthy or tips for not spreading the "bug". The dinners were the most disappointing food on this trip. Few fresh veggies, the entres were often not well prepared nor were they tasty options (eg fish was on the menu frequently and was soggy, or prepared the same way again and again).
Robert M.3 years ago
Scenery was beautiful. Biking was not overly strenuous. All in all very enjoyable.
Melinda C.3 years ago
The ability to view many little towns throughout the trip along with the amazing historical buildings. The daily bike routes could have been clearer, or at least exact precise maps to follow.
Lou R.3 years ago
Corol M.3 years ago
Most Memorable Part: Beautiful scenery! Great attention by bike staff.
Jan B.3 years ago
Quo Vadis Bruges to MerzigBelgium, Germany, Netherlands
Great vistas of remarkable vineyards. More WWII history info prior to the trip and designated site visits would truly be great.