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Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Linda S. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This was the second trip on the MS Carissma from Sept 24 - Oct 1- along the Danube. Great scenery- the best of the two trips. The river views of vineyards, historical sites were really beautiful. The staff on the boat were exceptionally customer focused and responsive to needs. The food was very good and well presented with the exception of the fruit plate which needed a little more imagination to meet the standard set by the other menu items. The hired tour guide for our group was not able to answer questions about the history or other information on some of the sites we spent time in or passed along the way. He knew the route well but other information was not forthcoming as he said "it did not interest him" when he did not know. Tips - do some research on some of the stops along the way to determine if the site is worth a stop along the way. Make good use of the extra time in Vienna and Budapest.
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Beverly K. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
It was great from beginning to end. The only thing I might suggest would be perhaps a better map on a couple of the days for our biking excursion. We found our way, but got a little confused in a couple of spots. Staff was excellent, tour guide bent over backwards for us, food was delicious, etc. Working with Susanna prior to our trip was so easy and she answered all my questions. I would do it again!
Boat: MS Normandie
Along the Danube - Passau - Vienna - Budapest aboard the Primadonna by Susan W. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The cruise was wonderful supported by a fantastic crew on the ship who went out of their way to provide a very positive experience.I had left my phone at a restaurant on the bike route and it was returned to me within 3 hours...I was so grateful.Having a tour guide would have been very helpful on certain days of the trip...ie Vienna.I was very disappointed with the fact that the biking portion of the Wachau valley that was in the itinerary had been eliminated without our knowing until the night before.it was to have been a highlight for our group and the cruise company said that it was Never a part of the biking route.!We rented e bikes at an extra cost for the 4 of us because of the distance to be covered that day and otherwise would not have.
All of the cycling group received the same information from Tripsite about the Wachau valley and we were all disappointed.
Otherwise I would highly recommend this trip but do feel that you should update your itinerary so that people aren't disappointed.
Countries: Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
Along the Danube - Passau - Vienna - Budapest aboard the Primadonna by York C. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Great trip. Boat and river cruise portion of the trip was more than expected. Service and the crew on the boat were excellent, including the food.Quality of bicycles was excellent. They were mechanically perfect. The only down side of the entire trip were the nightly route planning meetings and the quality of the maps and route guides. It was obvious that the tour leader giving the route agenda had never ridden the bike paths. Her English was not very good which made it even more difficult to understand the route(s). We had to fend for ourselves (asking people on the street for directions) numerous times because the routes were just not made clear. Also, the route was not what was not the same as what was spelled out on the website.Overall, we were very satisfied with the trip.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Mary Lyn H. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Loved the itinerary and biking routes! Barge suggestions:Dinner seat assignments-- still place with others of the same language, but not necessarily from the same country.The upper outdoor covered lounge allowed smoking which meant the entire area could be filled with smoke! This type of trip is for active, healthy lifestyle people...smoking should be confined to a small area in front of the pilot house (or not at all).
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Colin M. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The most memorable part of the trip? Everything: the boat, staff, accommodations, food, cycling director, bicycles were far better than I expected. The daily orientations by the cycling director were very informative, not only about cycling conditions, but also about refreshment stops and sightseeing. This trip could not have been better.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Dale B. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Best Part: The ride from Vac to Esztergom! Beautiful.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Barbara E. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This was my first time to cycle by the Danube and it far exceeded my expectations. The whole experience was awesome. I loved to be able to exercise while enjoying the pretty scenery and exploring villages and meeting people from other countries. Such a wealth of history and culture!! Truly amazing!
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Byron E. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I will definitely do another bike and barge, it was terrific. My only complaint would be that the food provided for the vegetarians was not well thought out. It wouldn't take much to make this a fabulous plant-based experience. The staff tried as best they could...but it was lacking. But, overall, the trip was fabulous.
Along the Danube - Passau - Vienna - Budapest aboard the Primadonna by Linda T. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We really enjoyed our experience on the Primadonna! Food was delicious and staff were very attentive. Biking the countryside was a definite highlight! Our most spectacular and memorable part of the trip would be cruising into Budapest at night! It was breath taking!! We really had a great time and look forward to doing another bike trip soon.
Along the Danube-Iron Gates by Jim S. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We traveled aboard the Theodor Korner, a classic river boat with loads of character and an extremely helpful and courteous staff. We enjoyed sharing the experience with fellow travelers we met on board. Dinners were great as were evenings spent on the deck relaxing with a drink and discussing the day's ride and excursions with our new friends. There is no better way to see and experience places - villages, cities, and rural countryside - than by bike and a boat and bike trip can't be beat for convenience and comfort. We also liked that this tour lasted for two weeks, allowing us to feel truly connected to the places we were visiting.
Boat: Theodor Körner
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Romania
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Heather F. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We really enjoyed the rides through the countryside in this trip. Our cruise director was fun and very helpful. He gave us many tips for the route and how to experience the culture of the places we went.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Ted & Sylvia G. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The whole trip was great. We thoroughly enjoyed it and didn't want it to come to an end.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Karen L. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The most memorable part of the trip were the people I had the opportunity to meet including the staff who were extremely courteous.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Donna H. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Everything was great! Even when the ship had a mechanical problem, the staff made sure everyone was happy.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Donna B. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Best Part: The small towns and villages we biked along the way.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Jill S. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The staff and food were excellent, as well as the ambiance of the river boat, not too crowded, a good mix of nationalities, great info dissemination and communication with passengers. Very relaxed and customer service was wonderful.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Roberto Marcelo B. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
El recorrido fue modificado a los 3 dias por desperfectos en el barco, razon por la que no conocimos Bratislava ni Budapest!! A pesar de ello.. la ruta Lintz Passau con arribo de laas bikes en Viena fue satisfactorio.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Morris T. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the Tripsite Bike and Barge Danube River Tour! The cruise was so relaxing, it was a real vacation! How do I start? The MS Carrisma , what a boat! The Danube River! The food, every meal a delicious event to enjoy! The staff was always cheerful, friendly, helpful and so cosmopolitan! Every one from the Captains, bar crew, boat crew, cruise crew, housekeeping crew, kitchen crew and the waiters. They made our trip experience a very memorable event in our lives, which we will never forget! Too many things to do and see in eight short days. We plan to do this trip again!
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Loree K. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The bikes were in excellent condition The maps were hard to read and did not even show what country we were in on the route, however the route was clearly marked. That saved us many times. The carry out lunch was great. Maybe some variation in granola bars throughout the week. Meals were good. Staff seemed rushed and understaffed at dinner. It was overall a great trip. Suggestions for others: pack light!
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Jeanne S. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The boat its self is quaint. The cycling was scenic, beautiful and had a variation of easy to moderately challenging rides for an average cyclist, pretty doable for anyone. My only suggestion is to provide more water and provide it daily weather if cycling or not. In saying that, do bring yourselves 4 to 6 large bottles of water. Packing -nothing too heavy do plan on layers, it was warmer than expected . If you bring alcohol on to the boat you can only drink in your room.Crew were great as was the guide and the food prepared by the Cook!!!
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Neil M. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Cycling along the Danube of course was the highlight for sure.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Courtney R. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Touring by bicycle is the best! It's a great way to take in the scenery, small villages, and larger cities while getting a little exercise along the way. It was a very relaxing trip and I was glad to be a part of a larger group on the trip. The food and cycling directions could be improved, but the service and itinerary were great.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Diana W. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The best combination, boat and bicycle, without packing in every place. Every morning a new city to visit and the best way is by bike where you can experience the sound of the win through the forest, the river just by your side and beautiful villages where always will be a huge church and a restaurant to have a beer.And unforgettable experience, I just love to do it and would like to experience again.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Andy D. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The trip was very well organized, the scenery was beautiful, boat staff very helpful. All the meals were great. The packed lunch was a nice feature for the day rides. Rooms were very nice, lounge staff treated us well.We liked the City of Budapest very much, glad we had the day to explore.Biking through wine country on the last day was a great way to finish the experience.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Beth M. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The most beautiful part of the bike trip was he Danube Bend, eye candy around every corner! The thermal pools at Szechenyi in Budapest are not to be missed! It is the largest medicinal bath in Europe. Plan on spending 3-4 hours there, it is an unbelievable experience. Also, in the Jewish Quarter you can feel & experience Jewish life before WW II inside old shops; the communist period of Hungary at retro restaurants; and contemporary Budapest through street food and street art.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Peter M. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The most memorable part was our free time in Budapest. What a beautiful city.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Mark L. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
My wife and I enjoyed the variety of the destinations and getting off the boat to explore small villages, ruins and interact with the local people.The staff was very friendly and always helpful.One tip we would suggest is to make every effort to be on top deck or in the parlor to see the cities we visited during arrival and departure.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Judith M. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The combination of biking in the beautiful countryside and also being on the water on a boat for my lodging was wonderful and just enough time to enjoy the cultural hubs of the amazingly beautiful cities. I loved it all and for me just the right combination of it all.I would suggest that the navigation on the bike routes was confusing at times so the next time to enjoy it more I would opt for being guided on the biking versus self-guided.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Charlene B. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The most memorable part of the trip was the wonderful friendships made being a part of the guided tour group. There were six English speakers and seven Germans including the guide. Truly a remarkable experience. Budapest was also a memorable location. One tip we could recommend would be a portable hot spot. Wifi was not very good because it is satellite feed. Which caused issues with paying for some trips with a credit card.
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