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Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by A. Harris 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
A fabulous experience. We will seriously consider further barge/bike holidays with you.
Boat: Vita Pugna
Dolomites to Venice by C. Baird 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The Guide gave us very little information about either the equipment or route before he left us. Just simple things would have helped significantly. He was abrupt, especially with women and certainly less than helpful. The guidebook was good for the most part, but some sections were completely useless. Some of this may have been due to translation, but improvements are needed. When we entered cities, we always had to ask for assistance.We have taken about 10 European bike trips and expect some difficulties finding our way, but have never encountered the degree of problems we had on this trip.
Amalfi Coast - Tyrrhenian Sea - Bike & Boat by T. Petersen 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Loved our guide, the food quality and variety was the only disappointment.
Boat: Deriya Deniz
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by E. Lowell 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
It was a wonderful trip! I liked that we got to be on the barge when it moved (one time at the end of the day and another in the morning). The food was outstanding and I liked that the chefs described dinner and suggested wine pairings. The barge was very comfortable - even with 3 in a cabin.
Our son (22 years old) was outnumbered by the over 50 crowd but Hein made him feel welcome. Only suggestion - mirrors on the bikes (although I realize that makes them difficult to store and move) and a brief intro on riding in groups.
Boat: Ave Maria
Amalfi Coast - Tyrrhenian Sea - Bike & Boat by W. Watkins 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We had the time of our life and look forward to our next bike and boat tour. Thanks so much for everything!
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by V. Miller 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This trip gets a +10!! The staff (Tamy, Ilena, Luciano, Enrico, Guilio & Alberto) were amazing - fun, personable, knowledgable, friendly and engaging. They were truly a team and clearly enjoyed each other which ripples out to the experience of the guests. I loved that they gave a 'brief' the night before to let us know what to expect the next day. The food was creative, fresh and lovingly prepared. The accommodations on the AveMarie were great -- the cabins were well thought out with lots of storage so that the room felt spacious. The dining room was lovely with plenty of space to relax. The price of wine/beer was very reasonable and loved that we could keep a tab and pay it at the end, so easy.
Oh yea the bikes --- a good ride and comfy enough for the distances ridden. The routes were well planned, even the few times we had to ride in traffic. The trip leaders were excellent at managing the group and making it fun, no matter what we were doing.
For the whole week I felt well cared for :)I am already dreaming of my next trip.Kindly -- Victoria
P.S. The bad and the ugly -- honestly I don't have anything to contribute for improvement.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by J. Scott 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The crew were AMAZing! Every single one of them. Tami is an amazing guide - super friendly and helpful. All of the crew helpful and a delight. I would definitely go on this type of trip again because of my experience on this trip.
Venice to Poreč by MARCOS FERRAZ 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Estamos super-satisfeitos com voces e a Giro Libero. Tudo transcorreu muito bem de forma profissional e organizada, superando ate nossas expectativas.O material distribuido (mapas e guias) foi otimo; as bikes todas aguentaram bem sem darem qq problema, em otimo estado de manutencao e apropriadas ao trajeto; o percurso muito bem marcado; o funcionario da reuniao inicial foi pontual e nos atendeu muito bem e orientou sobre tudo; os hoteis super de acordo com o contratado, bem localizados e confortaveis; enfim, um passeio que nos alegrou em muito com paisagens lindas e repleto de experiencias culturais.
Countries: Italy, Slovenia, Croatia
Tripsite Traveler: Cheri Emahiser by jehiel 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Glad to hear you enjoyed the post, Colleen!
Amalfi Coast - Tyrrhenian Sea - Bike & Boat by M. Hunt 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We had a long line of riders of various abilities even though it was basically a flat ride. There should have been an official sweeper at the end of the line. Our guide was a great guy but seemingly casual in this regard. Toilets on the boat needed continual tweaking - a bit unnerving. Loved the crew- all hard working, super upbeat and friendly.
Amalfi Coast - Tyrrhenian Sea - Bike & Boat by E. Greer 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Everything did not go perfectly all the time but we had a great time and the guys from Girolibero were always doing their best to help out when needed.
Amalfi Coast - Tyrrhenian Sea - Bike & Boat by V. Milner 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Well organised overall. In honesty the food was at times ordinary with great emphasis on fish & pasta. Bit more variety would have been good. Riccardo (tour guide) was excellent - he really made the tour worthwhile with his enthusiasm and knowledge. Not all staff on board were as friendly or able to communicate which did make a big difference to the overall atmosphere on board. We did have some difficulties with the booking process initially which remained unresolved in that we were unsure of why someone was phoning us from US.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by L. Chambers 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This was my first bike & barge. The bar has been set very high!
Umbria by J. Wark 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
All hotels were great except Hotel Magione. We were the only guests and I don't think they wanted us there. The breakfast was not up to snuff and there was NO English station on the TV. Given the level of difficulty of the hills, the bikes were very heavy (steel) especially when we had to walk up hills. Ok for flat but not hilly. We loved the restaurant near the hotel in Togiano and went twice. Unfortunately, we did have rain......
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by L. Bockelmann 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The entire bike-barge trip on the Ave Maria far exceeded our expectations. I would highly recommend this trip.
Bolzano to Venice by Oswaldo and Rachel 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We have just arrived from our trip. It was amazing! We strongly recomend
Heel of Italy by J Murphy 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The maps and route details were hard to follow at points, but the trip was very good: the ride, hotels and fellow cyclists.
Travel Tips with Robert Zang by Si Sin Szuba 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Love Tripsite been on the bike trip self guided tour in 2011 from Salzburg to Bulapest was great and 2014 was Lake Constance and both my husband and me, we enjoyed very much.2015 new found love hikking in Mount Blanc was great experienceBut Tripsite is very friendly, good price; good choice of accommdation and breakfast always the best
Countries: Germany, Italy
Tripsite Traveler: Cheri Emahiser by Colleen Steer 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Excellent article & the accompanying photos were fabulous. I would love to follow in your footsteps, or rather your bike treads. Thanks
Tuscany - Florence, Siena, and the Chianti! by mary 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This is Mary from Tripsite and this was my very first Tripsite tour back in 2010, I believe. I was traveling alone and self guided so flexibility was required, not to mention that my first cycling day was the coldest on record for years! ( I was cycling in early April.) I did get turned around a few times as I learned to read the route descriptions and follow the maps but each Tuscan hilltop was a reward in and of itself. From this tour I learned that when cycling self guided do expect: 1. To get turned around at least once or twice 2. That the Italians will always tell you to go straight 3. That the ancient streets many times do not have their names clearly visible 4. That most of the towns are located on a hill. 5. That Tuscany is simply stunning! Highlight: seeing Florence from afar from a hilltop and then cycling down and into the ancient city itself. I also learned that some of the best experiences happen when you least expect it! I am giving this a four star because personally I felt the bike was very heavy (but thankfully geared low enough for the hills!)
Green Hills of Abruzzo by Joel Angiolillo 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Excellent trip. High quality, bikes, guides, lodging. No complaints. Very well organized. (except for the weather. :-).
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by Joanne White 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This Bike and Barge tour was amazing, best holiday ever!
Bolzano to Venice by Julia Haschke 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
It seemed the first hotels during the trip were very nice, and declined as the week went. Might've been a coincidence but it was a bit disappointing. The guides were amazing, as was the route in northern Italy. Was very happy with the experience, and was very organized and went very smoothly.
Tuscany - Montecatini to Florence by Claire Radcliffe 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We loved our Tripsite journey! We would love to do another ride one day, maybe next year! It was better than what we expected! Challenging and scenically! We trained hard beforehand and we're thankful that we did! I would recommend a Tripsite journey for anyone who is considering its! Thank you!
Tripsite Traveler: Barbara Wahlbrink by Karla Goodridge 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
2 birds with an empty nest. Can't think of a better way to fly. 'Twas a great trip and a successful adventure. Next time can you take 2 old crowd? Karla(I didn't know how to take off a star for the rain days.)
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by JoAnn Grand 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The biking was not as scenic as other trips I have been on. However the food, staff and guide were excellent.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Terrence Kinal 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Crew and guides were friendly and extremely helpful. Meals and snacks were great! Good sense of comradery due to the small number of passengers. Good bikes, rides were interesting and manageable.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Alfred Lilly 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Understanding the trip was planned for little difficulty, expected that the terrain would be flat, but was hoping for more scenery and countryside to take in while biking. Perhaps if there was an option of having a sag vehicle for those who couldn't/didn't want more difficult terrain so the option was available for those who could do more ... and see more. Overall great experience, friendly crew and excellent food!
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Lois Benson 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The crew aboard the Ave Maria was cheerful and helpful, especially Michaela, who went above and beyond in helping with departure plans. The food was wonderful. A group of 30 is a lot of work for the cycling guides, but I would have liked a few more rest breaks along the way, especially on the day to Ferrara.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by James & Kimberly Engel 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We have decided that this is the only way we now want to see other countries, up close and personal! What a wonderful experience!Loved getting exercise every day while viewing the beautiful countryside. Even better was ending our ride with wine, a delicious dinner and new friends!
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