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Green Hills of Abruzzo by William Adams 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Beautiful area, great accommodations and bikes. The first agriturisimo had the best food we have ever had in Italy. The biking was much more challenging than we were expecting. It would have been more accurate to describe it as moderate/difficult, but not as easy/moderate as it was listed in the trip description. We would have enjoyed the biking more if we had been better prepared. The guides were great.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Mike Tansey 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Recommended for novice cyclists only. Not challenging enough for experienced cyclists.
Boat: Vita Pugna
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Patricia Leigh Trivette 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We should have trained more for endurance. The guides were wonderful and took such good care of us. The bicycles were amazingly comfortable. Beautiful dinners nightly. Thank you all.
Boat: Ave Maria
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Jennifer Scott 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Great guides made the trip for us. Allowing 2 bike groups with different strengths was the best way.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Katherine Graves 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We loved this trip! It was so fun for our family of four. Our two boys, ages 11 & 14, enjoyed biking and stopping off to swim in the ocean, trying new delicious food, and learning from our wonderful guide, Fabio. The boat was very nice and the crew were lovely.
We had record setting beat the week we were there and yet still had a fantastic trip. The rooms stayed reasonably cool with the AC-- that was a life saver to have available.
If I had to change anything, I'd probably like to have the boat docked closer to Venice proper so it would be more accessible on arrival and through the first couple days. We made it work-- all a good adventure. The scenery on the bike route was relaxing-- not terribly dramatic, but really nice for small town explorers, birders, and those who enjoy farmland/pastoral scenery. Pros: delicious food, easy cycling terrain, excellent City/town tours, comfortable rooms, great value, easy logistics when you don't have to move your stuff each day, meeting nice people from all over the world.Cons: weather was exceedingly hot in July (but would do it again anyway!)
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Richard Hoffmann 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We had a fantastic time on the Ave Maria and we're lucky to have Hein as our guide.....great guy!
Lake Garda and the Adige River Cycle route by Adrian Maciejewski 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
During my trip I didn't obtain the maps and associated documents which made parts of my trip extremely frustrating.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by James Varah 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Our tour guide Marco was ok, but not outstanding. His commentary was adequate, but we got more from the notes provided.
Amalfi Coast - Tyrrhenian Sea - Bike & Boat by Frank McDowell 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
"The ""recommend this trip (Tyhrennian Sea)"" question is a difficult question to answer. Scenery is great. Pompeii great. Guide good. Some passengers had issues with the Capt. At the end of our third day out we were secured to our sister boat in such a way that we had to walk across the railings (not on deck) to transfer to our vessel. It was unsafe, and honestly, uncomfortable for the women. When a few of our female passengers shared their opinion with the Capt he dismissed their concerns. In fairness, he had slipped and broken several ribs while handling bikes and was probably not in the best mood. When we finished biking on this same day (very hot) the crew/guide made all of us wait while they loaded the bikes. We all thought that was odd. They did not offer an explanation. The scenery was very good, guide was a nice guy and very knowledgeable. The crew was mixed. Cook & first mate great. Barista not so much. Capt....I don't know. After his accident he left to recover. Forgot about our second night. The harbor was unprotected from the prevailing wind direction and we rocked on 2-3 waves all night. No one slept-crew included. I told Marilyn if we encounter another night like that I was getting a room. It was miserable. The rest of the anchorages were fine. After writing this I changed my survey answer from Yes to No. I would send them to Metz if they want easy biking and Croatia for difficult.
On the plus side...The Metz (Merlijn 2013) & So Dalmatia tours (San Snova 2015) was excellent in every way. Crew, boat, scenery, guides. We'll return to Europe but events in Paris probably have many of us thinking about different options.
Boat: Deriya Deniz
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Jim Sapp 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Guide stopped to much for cappuccino, kept us bunched up, which was unsafe, had a sick person that should of been hospitalized. Want more milage not museums.
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