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  • Along the Danube-Iron Gates
    by Mary R. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Wendy - This tour was a little different than our first bike and barge which was on the Mosell in Germany. On that tour we rode bike trails almost exclusively and we were not traveling such a great distance on the river so our rides were quite leisurely with not having to really be back to the boat until dinner time. However, because of the long distance on the Danube to get to the Iron Gate and back, many of the ride had to be completed in a much shorter time frame so were more about the bike ride and less about the villages and towns in between. Two or three of the days were primarily on bike trails but the rest were either on the road or a couple times across dikes that were long and boring. However, overall, we enjoyed the experience, especially crossing into the various countries and the time in the capitals. There were only six of the 110 that were from the US so we really enjoyed the diversity of the 10 countries represented on the boat. As far as the weather, I would check the average temperatures for the area for both April and June. Our temps of 90 degrees F during the day were quite unusual for the area. The average temperatures in June were supposed to be comfortable in the low 70's during the day and low to middle 60's at night. I haven't checked April but it might be quite cool then and not sure about rain.

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Dean Y. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Great bike routes. Vast majority on nice bike paths.

    Boat: MS Carissima

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Annette Horner 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Hi, I hope this is the Marilyn (Roos) Kuntze I am looking for! I have tried to contact you for several years through the only email address I had for you. Obviously, it no longer works. Please contact me, I would love to reconnect with you! Annette (Caldwell) Horner

  • Bremen to Magdeburg
    by Darlene D. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    The Merlijn and it's crew are extraordinary! Jantien and Henk treat guests like family. We had a great time riding in central Germany. Lots of agriculture, forests, small villages and history. Our guide, Ilsa, is extremely knowledgeable and makes the rides fun and interesting. Thank you for a wonderful and memorable trip!

    Boat: Merlijn

    Countries: Germany

  • Bremen to Magdeburg
    by Judy J. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    The crew of the Merlijn were fantastic and very concerned with guests comfort. It was a great combination of leisure and biking, a well seasoned and flexible guide, and great food beautifully presented.

    Boat: Merlijn

    Countries: Germany

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Donald V. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    The staff on the boat were wonderful. Very helpful, friendly and hard working. The food on the boat was excellent. They consistently turned out perfectly prepared delicious meals. The bicycles were in excellent condition and performed perfectly. I thoroughly enjoyed this trip.

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • Mainz to Strasbourg or Strasbourg to Mainz
    by Peter and Denise Marzo 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    We were on this tour from June 16-23, 2018. First let me say that we had a fabulous time and I'll attempt to breakdown both the good and the challenging.
    1. The boat was outstanding (5 star)
    2. All the meals were nothing short of scrumptous (all three..every day) (5 Star)
    3. The SE staff were knowledgable, polite and always willing to help. (5 Star)
    4. Embarking and disembarking was seamless. (5 Star)
    5. Our onboard guide was outgoing and fun to talk to. (5 Star)
    6. The rooms were tight, but manageable. two single beds, good storage for your clothes and a small but efficient washroom.
    7. The bikes were well serviced and enjoyable to ride. If you're not a seasoned cyclist, don't worry, the gears were easy to change and many of the people opted for the ebike option which really helped.
    8. Biking directions were a challenge. At first we thought it was a language issue, but many of the German people were getting lost as well. We saw no vineyards, one castle, and we traveled through many cities. We had three in our group take spills, mainly because of the city routes we had to take. The "Look for Signs" were often non-existant or hard to find and we found that our group of 10 cyclists were spending too much time conferencing, trying to find the correct route.
    Twice we encountered local people who actual lead us to get us back on track. This was definitely challenging, but boy did we bond!! We stopped in small towns having lunch in the town squares, trying local beers and cheeses. Restaurants willing to let us eat our bagged lunches in their restaurant when we bought some drinks.
    Suggestions:
    1. Arrive a couple of days early to explore Mainz, it's a beatiful city.
    2. We flew in and out of Paris and the train system is amazing, but I would suggest closer Airports (Frankfurt to get to Mainz and Paris for Strasbourg).
    3. Get comfortable being lost and embrace the journey. We always found our way and have some incredible stories about our rides.
    4. Talk to the locals they are magnificent and were always willing to help.
    The bottom line is that we are already planning our next bike and barge adventure, there are lots to choose.
    My actual rating would be a 4.5 out of 5

    Countries: Germany, France

  • Along the Danube-Iron Gates
    by Wendy 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Did you just do the trip? I am seriously considering this trip with my husband. Would end of April or mid June be better? Those are the 2019 dates offered we are considering.
    Any other tips/advice or details you can add would be appreciated. Thanks

  • Along the Danube-Iron Gates
    by Mary R. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    The cruise through the iron gate was a highlight of this trip. Cruise director did a great job throughout the cruise. Weather was much warmer than average and many days of biking were at 90 degrees F on roads and trails with little cover or shade so were somewhat more difficult than anticipated. It was a great experience but people need to be aware that most of the riding in the Eastern European countries are on the side of roads sometimes without a bike lane and there was some traffic.

  • Prague to Dresden - A Tale of Two Rivers
    by Josephine S. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    I have just returned from a most pleasant bike trip Prague - Dresden. The well paved and mostly flat bike paths made the cycling quite easy and enabled us to enjoy the wonderful scenery of the countryside. The hotel rooms were clean and spacious, especially the Chateau Liblice, which was a real treat. We were well fed and got plenty of drinks. The Czech and german beers are excellent, the wines are not bad either. Our guide Vitek made every possible effort to meet all our expectations.His stories helped me enrich the knowledge about the country, its history, people, traditions. But above all Vitek is a very nice, kind and friendly person.
    Thank you Vitek for all the fun we had and for making me enjoy every minute of the trip.

    Countries: Czech Republic, Germany

  • Along the Danube - Passau, Bratislava, and Vienna
    by Janene M. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Each day of the tour had its own special treat. A castle one day, a palace the next. The opera experience in Vienna was amazing. A day cycling through the vineyards with a relaxing place to sample wines. Crossing the river through the lock. The guide always explains in advance the best places to visit on the ride.

    Boat: Theodor Körner

    Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia

  • Danube Bike Path - Passau to Vienna
    by Maxine W. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    We four had a blast biking thru vineyards. Nice flat well marked path.

    Countries: Germany, Austria

  • Danube Bike Path - Passau to Vienna
    by Maxine W. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    We four had a blast biking thru vineyards. Nice flat well marked path.

    Countries: Germany, Austria

  • Koblenz to Saarburg
    by Terry P. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Most Memorable Part? Scenic bike rides along with meeting a lot of nice people.

    Boat: Patria

    Countries: Germany

  • Bavarian Lakes
    by Susanna from Tripsite 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    If I have to describe this tour in a few words I would say: Green landscapes, horses, Beer gardens, Rivers&Lakes with mountain views. Through every forest, I rode through, I was surrounded of beautiful melodies of singing birds. The beautiful landscapes are filled with horse ranches, hayfields, and rivers. As further south you go the mountain range starts appearing at the horizon that boarders with Austria. The locals are very friendly and the hotel staff was always helpful with local recommendation.
    I also loved my bicycle with its NuVinci internal gearshift, it made it so much easier to shift on the uphill terrain.
    All of my hotels were clean and comfortable. I especially enjoyed the hotels run by its owners in the smaller towns.
    The map and route booked is a great help but you want to ask for the GPS-tracks. I got lost 2x because I wasn't paying attention on the maps. I strongly recommend downloading the GPS-Tracks on your smart device or GPS device.
    I did this tour in mid-May and I remember dealing with headwinds while riding south. This made the skill level of this tour feel harder than what I expected. Looking at the climate of the area June - October has definitely calmer winds.
    Ask me if you any questions.

    Countries: Germany

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Mary Beth R. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Scenery was gorgeous, food was superb. Accommodations good.
    If you took Albert out of the equation I would give much higher ratings. He was inadequate with trail details. His info was hard to follow on the maps. Someone described him as a Peacock. Very apt. The rest of the staff was very good although you need another person in the dining room. Way to many people for the amount of people serving.
    Don’t advertise that you have WiFi....you really don’t .....

    Boat: MS Carissima

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Janet H. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Wonderful time with friends. The maps and route descriptions need to be more exact.

    Boat: MS Carissima

  • Along the Danube - Passau, Bratislava, and Vienna
    by Saundra F. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    The scenery, along our bike route was like a dream! So spectacular! I felt I could bike forever! We did a video of all of us peddling through the lush trees! It could be a commercial for happinesses!

    Boat: Theodor Körner

    Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia

  • Along the Danube - Passau, Bratislava, and Vienna
    by Glenn S. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Most Memorable Part: The scenery and history while cycling though the Danube river valley.

    Boat: Theodor Körner

    Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia

  • Along the Danube - Passau, Bratislava, and Vienna
    by Carol J. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    The daily biking was wonderful. Every day was a new adventure with many different points of interest each day. A good variety of biking and places to see. Our guide was excellent. He was personable, extremely informative and shared all his knowledge of the area where we travelled each day. Juergen (sp?), our guide, was always patient, personable, enthusiastic and a lot of fun. Meals, staff and entertainment on the ship was excellent.....our beds were made up every evening and linens and towels changed daily as well....excellent job!!....my friend and myself booked a bike and barge through Tripsite last year and recommended to 16 other friends who booked with us for this trip this year. I will definitely recommend to others again for next year..... not sure where yet....but will be checking into that in the fall. Fabulous trip!!

    Boat: Andela Lora

    Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia

  • Bavaria Tour
    by Teresa H. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Loved the whole experience! The scenery was beautiful and we got to experience the country in a way you could not with a car or by train. We quickly bonded with the other people and became friends!

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

    Countries: Germany

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Sandra Bersin 6 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Terri, We toured on our own. We wanted the flexibility of stopping where we wanted, for as long as we wanted. We ran into a festival in Vienna, browsed the booths, watched traditional dancing, had a beer and shared a regional dish. We then visited the Naschmarkt where I was able to find the only store with a full selection of Zotter Chocolates. We also had time to enjoy a slice of Sacher Torte at the Sacher Cafe.
    In Budapest, we pedaled up to Buda Castle, the Royal Palace and stayed for the changing of the guards. It's like a little city up there! After the palace, we visited the Great Market. The guide discouraged guests from riding independently in Budapest because of bike thefts, but we brought an extra lock. It was a busy time and place, so we weren't worried.
    In Budapest, we also visited the Széchenyi Thermal Bath in the evening on our own. The guide/cruise director never mentioned them, but we follow the advise of travel journalist Rick Steves where ever we go in Europe and he never fails us! It pays to do your own homework before going. Have a great trip!

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Terri 6 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Sandra B...Did you take the guide package or tour on your own.

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Sandra B. 6 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Biking through Budapest was most memorable! We were amazed at the fabulous bike paths through the city. The car traffic was courteous to bikers and honored the cross walks. Biking through Vienna was great, too. Not quite as well defined, but it was so different to have the freedom to explore the cities, visit sites and landmarks via bike, and much more efficient than walking.

    Boat: MS Carissima

  • Prague to Dresden - A Tale of Two Rivers
    by Barbara 6 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Just returned from five days of cycling through the Czech and German countryside from Prague to Dresden: A Tale of Two Rivers. A wonderful experience - beautiful countryside, quaint accommodations, good food and excellent service. Lukas and company of Europe Bike Tours do all they can to please and support their riders. Try it - you'll love it!

    Countries: Czech Republic, Germany

  • Danube Bike Path - Regensburg to Passau
    by Emily P. 6 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Beautiful scenery, bike path was quite clearly marked as well without having to constantly refer to the map booklet, especially once we got onto the Danube trail. The booklet also had details on where we could find rest stops with food which was very handy. It was a great cycle experience for me and my companion, even though he's an inexperienced cyclist (it's only his 5th time or so on a bike!) we both enjoyed it very much--helps that the route is largely flat, the bike was very comfortable and we came prepared with extra seat padding just in case! The route also felt very safe, with minimal sections with road traffic. Accommodations were clean, comfortable and near the bike path, however the Deggendorf stop didn't have air-conditioning which I imagine may be a little uncomfortable later in the summer. One especially memorable moment was stopping by Walhalla, perched on a hill overlooking the Danube--incredibly peaceful with the most amazing views.

    Countries: Germany

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Thomas A. 6 months agoPermalink/Reply

    The trip was beyond our expectations. We have taken other bike and boat tours and this was superior to the others. The food on board the boat was wonderful. The cities visited were beautiful and interesting. We took the guided bike tour and the guide, Jurgen Gehrke, was wonderful. I would encourage anyone interested in a bike and boat trip to seriously look into this trip.

    Boat: MS Carissima

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Avace W. 6 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Having a guide who provided all the extra touches for touring for our perfect sized group of 10. Dinners on the boat were very dragged out with no opportunity to change tables and meet other guests. Food was beautifully presented, but the petite portions left me starving after a day of biking. I made sure to stock up on a big breakfast. Director made a big deal of tipping whereas this could have been explained ahead of time, so more time could have been spent on what to see in the quaint, darling villages. More info on what to see along the way would have enhanced the adventure. We did a lot of homework ahead of time on what to look for in each village and that helped us to appreciate the history and stories. Highly recommend a guide, but keep groups small for safety and management purposes.

    Boat: MS Carissima

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Barbara C. 6 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Our private guide, Axel, was excellent. I strongly recommend a guide because it took away all of the worry about maps, directions and getting lost. He was also very knowledgeable about the history and geography of the areas we visited. I would definitely do another bike tour with Axel.

    Boat: MS Carissima

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Lou Ann C. 6 months agoPermalink/Reply

    The scenery was amazing and fortunately, the weather cooperated and made it even more perfect. My only “suggestion” (not complaint) was that coffee was not available in the rooms. Being an early riser, a lot of us “seniors” prefer to have our coffee in the room while getting ready for breakfast! :).

    Boat: MS Carissima

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