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Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by Avace W. 1 week ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Guides were amazing. They worked hard to make sure all guests mingled with guests from other countries. Games played encouraged teams working together and finding new information about the villages we visited. Always extra surprises..like visiting the mussel fishermen, panoramic vista of Venice from rooftop. Training on how to use ferry system in Venice invaluable. I didn't think we could get a better tour than our 2018 trip, but this one exceeded all expectations. From snow in the mts. near Bolzano to swimming in the Adriatic, the differences in scenery was dramatic and thrilling. Bikes...so comfortable and fit perfectly. Didn't even need to wear my bike padding! Plenty of time to look around when we went thru villages. What can I say. This tour was the best!
Boat: Ave Maria
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by Sandy H. 1 week ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Fabulous trip. Filled with adventure. Highlights included guide, staff, food and overall camaraderie developed with a great group of people!
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by Gorge M. 1 week ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Menu and food prep. much better than other bike and barge/cruises we've been on.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Connie M. 1 week ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The Venice to Mantua tour was excellent. We particularly enjoyed the stops for cultural and natural sites of interest. The food was wonderful and the staff very helpful.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Greg S. 1 week ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
It is hard to specify just one thing. The barge was great, the food superb and the staff could not have been better. Even though the weather wasn't great, we had a wonderful time. We're looking forward to booking our next tour.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Sandra B. 1 week ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
This was our 4th Bike & Barge trip with Tripsite. Our most recent was on the Vita Pugna from Mantova to Venice early May, 2019. We loved our first trip and didn't think it was possible, but somehow, they just keep getting better! Our guide, Hein, was knowledgeable, friendly, and personable. The staff was wonderful and the dinners were amazing! At each port, they shopped daily for fresh foods and wine, and served us the local specialties of the area. Each night before serving, they described the menu, explained how it was prepared, and paired it with a local wine recommendation.The cozy, comfortable barge accommodates 20 guests. Even though we represented 6 different countries, there were no differences at all. Everyone was enthusiastic, energetic, fun, friendly and helpful. The bikes were exceptional and made the rides smooth and comfortable. I usually struggle to keep up, but didn't have any problems this time. The bikes contributed to my ease, and the pace was ideal! The routes were well planned, the scenery was lovely, the designated stops were interesting, informative and great fun! Since the boats and owners, countries, food, scenery, cultures and customs are all different, we don't compare trips. We just embrace the differences and look forward to our next (5th) adventure with Tripsite. They're so great to work with and have always made every effort to accommodate their guests.
Boat: Vita Pugna
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Catherine P. 1 week ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The entire trip was great. Have highly recommended it to others!
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Berry B. 1 week ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Our guide (Sylvia) embellished every part of the day, the staff was very friendly, cooperative, accommodating and full of fun...great trip, thanks
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by Barbara C. 1 week ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The most memorable part of the trip was the gorgeous scenery around Lake Garda. I wish we could have spent more time there, but much of our time was wasted trying to find the boat. The directions definitely need improvement.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Teresa H. 1 week ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The food was absolutely delicious! We had a very entertaining, informative guide and the rest of the staff on the barge were great! I can’t say enough great things about our experience!!
Bolzano to Venice by Nancy A. 1 week ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
This was our eighth cycling tour but our first self-guided. We thoroughly enjoyed cycling through the north of Italy along lovely bike trails away from the crush of other tourists. The guidebooks gave us plenty of suggestions for side trips and places to explore. Leaving Bolzano, the route took us up along a tree-shaded old railway path, with a clifftop castle on one side and a valley of orchards spread out on the other, all within sight of the snow-capped mountains; it was a perfect way to start our adventure.
Bolzano to Venice by Donna M. 1 week ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The overall experience was excellent! We selected a self-guided trip, and were thrilled to enjoy the countryside and magical villages at our own pace. The signage was a bit tricky to figure out at the start, but once we learned where to look, the directions were spot on.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Susan J. 2 weeks ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Just finished the Venice to Mantova about the Vita Pugna. This trip was amazing and exactly as advertised with easy cycling on flat roads. Normally I would have liked more miles but with a record breaking heat wave (topping at 44C one day) that week, the distances worked out well. The chefs Sylvia and Irene are hugely talented and every meal was a delight. I really can't praise the food enough! Fabio did an excellent job as guide and is extremely knowledgeable about the area and gave excellent advice. Eduardo the captain was also very personable and friendly, overall a super crew who obviously enjoyed working together. Our international group had a great time cycling together despite the heat. I hope to do this trip again someday.
Piedmont by Kenneth L. 2 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
We toured Barolo wine country. This is a prosperous part of Italy but the young women wore tattered blue jeans. We had great food and wine. The countryside is beautiful. There were some parts of the route that were on roads with big trucks and others on gravel or dirt (in our case muddy with rain) road. There were long uphill climbs with 16% grade, thank goodness for the excellent bicycles. It was a great experience that I recommend. We have done multiple trips with Tripsite and all have been wonderful.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Sue F. 2 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Our fabulous 2019 vacation was aboard the Vita Pugna (very clean and comfortable) biking from Mantova to Venice. We were well taken care of by Captain Edoardo, crew/chefs Silvia and Barbara (delicious meals and afternoon snacks plus breakfast!) and our wonderful guide Fabio. I can’t say enough about each one of them, the patience of Fabio is extraordinary. He went above and beyond to make sure each guest was comfortable cycling and informed of routes/plans throughout the week. At the end of the tour he went out of his way to assure that each person knew exactly how to get to their destination when departing the barge. The biking (the bikes were in great shape!) was fun/well organized, the food was outstanding, the landscape/pubs/villages/museum/cheese factory/cappuccino stops, etc. were wonderful. We loved the night walks and the walking tours by local guides. Tripsite provided second to none customer service through our booking process. They were quick to answer any questions/concerns I had, and I love the online chat feature! We are looking at another bike/barge for 2020 and after going through another company a couple of years ago, will only use Tripsite now. Kudos to all and thanks so much for making our 2019 vacation one for the books!
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by David & Patsy A. 6 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
We loved the scenery and it was such a relaxing bike ride we decided to go on our own rather than go with the group with the guide. The green arrow stickers saved us many times. Loved all the small villages on the way and stopped at a few every day for a cappuccino which was excellent. There was a few errors on the routes however we figured them out and pointed the errors to the guides when they occurred.
Sicily - Mt Etna, Taormina, and the Ionian Sea by Margot S. 6 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The bike route for your trip to Sicily takes us through farms of the regions. Very interesting to see how so many tomatoes and eggplants grow in green houses.
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by Katherine G. 6 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Despite the crowds and chaos in Trento on day one of our cycling (Bolzano to Trento) due to the Alpine Black Feather military reunion, it is now one of my favourite memories and stories that I share! I also really enjoyed seeing all the beautiful poppies, gardens and farmers fields. The route guides had some errors and you could tell that they were translated by someone who’s first language is not English but we usually managed to figure things out. We preferred to cycle independently from the group as people rode too slow for us and being clustered together we were concerned about all of us crashing into each other. We loved being able to rendezvous with our guides and the rest of the group for the Carrosel Museum visit, the cheese factory etc. The staff on the Ave Marie Barge were fabulous, they all worked together, even the Captain helped set the table. The food was excellent and the chef was a real character. The bikes were excellent, we were provided with a pannier and a box style bag for our handle bars. It wasn’t necessary to bring a small backpack as they like you to remove and carry the bags with you when you lock up your bike. It was a great vacation and we hope to do another cycling trip in the near future.
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by Sue H. 6 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Couldn't ask for more. We absolutely loved our bike/barge tour in Italy from Bolzano to Mantova to Venice in August on the Vita Pugna. The staff were fantastic and our guide Michela was amazing. We had a lot of fun, met some great people and visited some very beautiful places. The biking was not difficult. The food on the Barge was first class and plenty of it. Would absolutely recommend this trip. Can't think of the most memorable part of the trip it was all amazing. The first three days was challenging following the instructions, but we got there in the end. Was sorry to say goodbye to everyone.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Wendy S. 6 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The most memorable part of our Mantova to Venice trip was visiting chioggia, the carnival museum and the cheese factory.
Umbria by Jack E. 7 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Tripsite staff are very knowledgeable , helpful and friendly. Anna found us an ebike on short notice on our Italian tour.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Marsi Q. 7 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Best part? Riding through small towns that most tourists don’t see...like Bergantino. The small group on the barge.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Patricia T. 7 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
I remember the day on a slightly "tricky" route into Chioggia. When we could bike into the town and rest our bikes for the first look-around -- what an enchanting place in such good company. We knew there would be another gourmet dinner that evening on the barge. Looking forward to another trip through Tripsite.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Lynn Y. 7 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Best part? The wonderful food served everyday
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by Nancy B. 7 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part? Riding our bikes back to the barge in Venice in a rainstorm. The laughter and camaraderie was priceless.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Carole H. 7 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Ave Maria barge was so very comfortable with wonderful staff & fabulous fresh locally sourced food, beautifully presented.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Wendy D. 8 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
My husband and I love Tripsite. We are about to embark in 2019 on our third such bike and barge holiday. We did Brussels to Bruges in 2017, Mantova to Venice this year (2018) and have already booked for 2019 to do a 6 country river boat and bike trip down the Danube. We find the combination of being on the water in a comfortable barge enjoying great food and company, coupled with daily activity a wonderful combination and experience. Biking through the various countries during the day after a hearty breakfast, packed to enjoy a wonderful packed lunch along the way is an altogether thrilling and fulfilling experience. We highly recommend Tripsite and the wonderful holidays they offer. All the work is coordinated. All you do is get out and enjoy your vacation.Well done Tripsite! A job well done.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Casimira R. 8 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Our guides were amazing made sure no one was left behind. I wish there would have been transportation for us from the train station to the boat. Other than that the trip was amazing and I would highly recommend this.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Bernadette G. 8 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
This trip was the perfect balance for experiencing Italy as well as being physically active. The most memorable part of the trip was being with a group of like-minded active and curious people!
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Danna J. 8 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The knowledge about the country that our guide, Hein, provided at sporadic times. He was very astute to stop on a hillock for a small respite when there was no “cafe” in sight. Great information.
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