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Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Myra B. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Friendly knowledgeable staff, delicious food, great bikes! It truly was the vacation of a lifetime, and we can't wait for the next one!
Boat: Ave Maria
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Kim B. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Everything was memorable. I took this trip with my sister not having any expectations. Besides the great accommodations, food & scenery, there were strangers from 8 different countries that became a bike family for 8 days. It was a wonderful trip.
Boat: Vita Pugna
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Ann karen watson 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
This was a fabulous trip. Truly amazing. The food was the best surprise of the week!! It was delicious!!! Our tour guide Tamara was excellent, she made every day very very interesting. She went above and beyond. Can't wait to do another trip with Tamara!!
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by Carmel M. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Every aspect of the trip made for a memorable experience. Having done both the hotel to hotel and the guided section gave us a truly great opportunity to see a part of Italy that is so varied in both history, culture, food and landscape.
Istria to the Adriatic by Yael S. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
The trip was beautiful and what I would describe as completely worthwhile work/play.
Countries: Slovenia, Croatia, Italy
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Kristie J. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Most memorable: The scenery in Venice, Lodi and Chiogga.
Istria to the Adriatic by knut S. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Most memorable: The local tour operator (Good Places) arranged a lunch and wine tasting at a small winery/restaurant. Excellent food, good wines, tour of the winery, interesting lessons about local wines in Croatia, excellent service and a welcoming atmosphere.Suggestion: We enjoyed staying in the small hotels with atmosphere and a la carte dinners much more than the big resort hotels serving big buffet dinners. So please look for cosy, smaller hotels with atmosphere.
Istria to the Adriatic by Michael E. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Tour route was beautiful, some costal some inland, hotels and food were excellent, I liked the smaller hotels much better than the large one as the small ones were very personal. Local wines were great. Had so much fun that I'm thinking about the next trip.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Barbara S. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Excellent dinners after cycling along some wonderful and varied routes. The tour guides were excellent and kept a great pace for all cyclists. Different activities and surprises along the routes almost every day. Highly recommend this trip. If you plan to travel in July, be prepared for hot weather.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Nancy L. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
My most memorable part was the daily bike riding thru the beautiful scenery. My only suggestions would be to spend a little list time at the beaches.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Harry L. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
The scenery, the biking experience, excellent travel guide, Helmut, the outstanding crew, other bikers and the canals were very memorable. Our only suggestion would be to shorten the time at the beaches.
Around Venice by Mary Ann G. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
We were doing the tour "Around Venice". We did not get to finish our tour due to unusual weather, as we had heatstroke on the second day of cycling during an unprecedented heatwave. We continued by train and bus.Therefore, I feel we cannot really make a recommendation about the cycling part of this tour. We were very disappointed as we have never been unable to complete a tour before this. All other aspects of the tour and staff involved along the way were excellent. Our bikes were picked up by the tour company, so we did not have to worry about getting around with them when we weren't feeling well. Hotels were great, and Italy has the best ice cream on the planet! (And due to the heat, we ate quite a bit.) Fortunately it is very easy and inexpensive to get around by bus and train, and we had lots of time in each lovely town to rest and recover, while exploring. This is a really beautiful part of the world.
Umbria - Gastronomy Bike Tour by Gary H. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
This trip was a last minute decision. We chose an unguided trip because my wife wanted to maximize her opportunity to speak Italian and we felt comfortable since we have taken an unguided one with Tripsite before. The best part is hard to select- the dinner below Assissi that we learned to cook with the chef, Rosita, in the hotel, the couple sitting next to us at a table in Spello-the woman jumping up every few minutes to hug and kiss her boyfriend while we were eating a fantastic dinner, the sounds of Mozart's Requiem floating out of a small auditorium, sung by 15 young people while we were eating at a fantastic Pizza place in Torgiano. What else? Well, of course the local food, the local wine, the towns in the valley and on top of the hills and the incessantly changing views. We both felt it was a special vacation and we were totally relaxed. Do I have any suggestions? Not really, we are still fighting the bends raising our heads above the memories to our life back here. We'll be back.
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by Janet L. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
We were glad that we did the independent bike ride starting in Bolzano 3 days before meeting up with everyone on the barge. The scenery and biking were incredible, especially on the alternate route. We did go solo the first day and got very lost 3 times! The next day we tagged along with others on the same trip. The directions could be more explicit ( Ex. It would be helpful to state directions that avoided questioning routes i.e. ""go this way, not that way""; caution - fork in road- bear right, but not up that 14% grade hill!) And what is a fly-over? (An overpass, we found out later) And what is considered a ""fountain""? (It's a small water spigot at a bikers rest stop). However, it was an adventure we won't forget. We learned we needed to have GPS through Google or another mapping/biking program. This would allow us to be more independent and ride self guided as biking with 28 or more people and 2 guides is slow going. The biking is on flat terrain, very easy. However, many days you bike around 30 miles, with many stops for breaks, tours, and sights. It was very warm in early June. Bring lip sunscreen and regular sunscreen! The Ave Maria is fantastic, our rooms were cozy but totally comfortable. The boat is in mint condition. Food is amazing! Our 2 chefs were top notch. Staff are fun and we really were lucky to have a great group of fellow travelers. Ronnie and Silvia were our guides and they were great. They were very patient, helpful and fun to be with. We had a competition one night, all the 5 groups from different countries did a skit. It was hilarious!! Also, arriving in Venice by boat at the end of the tour is the best way to go in our opinion. We stayed an extra day in Venice and took water buses to some of the islands. It was cooler there, we saw beautiful places and we used up our 3 day transit pass. I could go on and on, but suffice it to say, we had an unforgettable, wonderful trip and are thinking of where to go on our next bike and barge adventure!
Heel of Italy by Monika M. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Matera, the town where the bike tour started was an unexpectedly positive surprise and experience: breathtakingly beautiful!!
Bolzano - Resia Pass - Mantova by June B. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Not only did the scenery make a life long memory, the friendships we made will always be cherished and kept for another trip. Book early for better hotel stays, sometimes the party gets split up into different hotels and all hotels are not the same. The ability to get in the heart of all the different cities is incredible and would not happen if we had rented a car vs biking from city to city, the highlight city was Bolzano Italy, picture perfect, plenty of highlights to see, the best view was biking down in to lake Garda form the steep hill in Riva breath taking views make sure to pack a bottle opener and pick up some wine and cups for the fairy ride ! We cannot wait to plan our next bike tour.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by William H. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Great trip. Irene was a great guide. She adopted my suggestion that she wait for the stragglers to catch up to the stopped leaders so the stragglers could have a short rest also. Her suggested side tours were great. Our chefs, Samuel and Enrico were great as well. Superb food. First class trip.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Doreen C. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
The most memorable part was stopping for lunch in a vineyard!
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Carol K. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
The most memorable part was the chef and guides!!
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Audrey L. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
I returned May 9, 2017 from Italy from the best trip of my life. It started out from a conversation with a retired flight attendant a year ago and became a reality on April 29, 2017 when I had the great pleasure of boarding The Ave Maria from Mantua Italy to Venice Italy. From start to finish it was perfection. The boat was quite accommodating with our 3 bunk cabin, lovely dining room and sun deck to visit with our group of sixteen from Michigan, Nevada, Florida and Texas. The crew of 4 were fantastic and the food was superb. Everyday something different and delicious. The bike riding and touring through the countryside was phenomenal all because our guides Hein and Alain were exceptional. At age 64 I have enjoyed a lot of different destinations, but this trip by far exceeded every expectation I had and I would attribute it all to the fabulous crew and guides. Thank you so very much!
The most memorable part was the guides and crew of the ship - the customer service was OUTSTANDING!!!!!
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by Martha B. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Outstanding guide, great staff on boat, wonderful food. The beautiful scenery from Bolzano to Mantova was probably the most memorable. Really happy we took the additional 3 days before boarding the barge.
Heel of Italy by Jacqueline A. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Scenic Coastal ride. The most memorable part was visiting and staying overnight in unique and incredible towns and sites.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Anne H. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I would absolutely recommend this trip. We felt we were very lucky to have Hein as our guide. His insight was wonderful.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Marianne L. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The scenery on this trip,while biking, was not memorable or especially unusual which was to be expected given the flatland of our itinerary. I was hoping it would be more dramatic but not surprised that it wasn't. Still I loved being there and next time will consider a more challenging terrain which ought to improve the views. ( ps lunch stop venues need more thought- in general unattractive.)Memorable: the towns of Mantova and Ferrara were lovely and I enjoyed having time to spend in them , instead of merely riding through. The food was glorious and I felt the staff went the extra mile for us with a few perks and personal attention if needed. Clearly they like their jobs and it showed.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Patricia E. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The entire staff was impeccable. They aimed to please and all had wonderful personalities. My only regret was wifi being shut down at 11pm. This was the best time for me to talk to loved ones. Other than that, it was great. Feedback from my group was positive.
Bolzano to Venice by Lauren M. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
No, I wouldn't recommend this trip. The hotels were not in the best areas of the city (even with paying extra for the nicer hotels) and there was much more biking on busy streets with cars than expected.
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by Christine W. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The scenery on the self guided from Bolzano to Mantua. The expert guide (Hein ), the food and the staff on the boat. They all went out of their way to make it a very pleasant experience. We could not have asked for a better crew.
Bolzano to Venice by Jake M. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The most memorable part was the wine tasting along the way!
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Nancy M. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Everything was memorable from the wonderful cabin to the great gourmet food to the wonderful leader Hein and fabulous staff. The route is scenic and we made stops at interesting places like the Rides Museum, Grano Padana, and the non-bird sanctuary! Loved it and have highly recommended it to friends.
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