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Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Oscar Martinez 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The whole experience was awesome! Mantova is a great little place to visit. Lots of history, architecture, fine people, good restaurants. The barge was comfortable, spacious, clean. Food excellent. Staff extremely courteous, helpful, upbeat. Bikes were adequate for the terrain, sturdy, in excellent condition. Some of the trails were uneven, even rocky, but I personally had no issues. Some of the less experienced riders felt a little uneasy on them. The city of Venice was a disappointment (crowded, polluted and dirty) but Venice is Venice... The whole bike 'barge adventure was, plain and simple, unforgettable. Highly recommended. Thanks to everyone for making it so special!!!
Boat: Ave Maria
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Ann Peloqui 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Barge part of it was excellent, riding for 2 of the days got to be long and monotonous, scenery always the same, but staff did great job. I'm probably critical a bit because I did a Holland bike ride that was so scenic.
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.
Venice to Poreč by Al E. 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This was our 13th Tripsite Tour and as always, it was exceptional. The bike route was well marked, the bikes were new and well serviced and the Hotels were excellent. It was a very interesting ride. Thanks to Hennie and Carla for recommending the Tour.Al and Sue
Countries: Italy, Slovenia, Croatia
Dolomites to Venice by Barbara Wahlbrink 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
What a delight! A unique itinerary that was wonderfully planned. Cozy hotels, great food, good support and awesome scenery of course - an experience we will never forget. Thanks, Tripsite! We are already dreaming about our next cycling adventure!
Venice to Florence by Donna Buck 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Tripsite personnel...Just wanted say that "the girls" had a "blast" on this trip. This was the first one for 2 of the riders and the second one for another rider. Venice was great fun and the water taxi at night was beautiful. Taking the ferries and riding along the water was wonderful. Even the rain a few days did not dampen our spirits. Every little town along the way was a gift to us as we peddled through or visited the sites in the evening. The hill up to the tuscan views was a leg burner and had to be walked but well worth the effort as we rode down into Florence. Thanks from all of us for coordinating a bucket list item for Deb and a great memory for all!
Amalfi Coast - Tyrrhenian Sea - Bike & Boat by Brian 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
As Jana said, Riccardo from Verde-Natura was the first bike guide we've had and he made things so much easier and enjoyable. He was constantly checking on all the riders and never seemed to mind going back downhill to check on slower riders. Everyone on the Deriya Deniz went to great pains to make sure each of us had what was needed - even supplying food for our picnic lunches. The last evening, we all got a wonderful surprise that was so much fun...but I'll not divulge their secret! The crew really was remarkable. For instance, we had an early morning flight from Naples to Palermo on the last morning of the trip. In order to get to the airport at the proper time, we had to wake at 4:30 am. Every single crew member plus Riccardo got up to see us off at 5:00 am making sure once again, we had what we needed or desired. I cannot imagine a better experience in this singularly beautiful location and highly recommend this trip!
Boat: Deriya Deniz
Amalfi Coast - Tyrrhenian Sea - Bike & Boat by Jana 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Incredible! This was our sixth bike trip and our first guided bike and boat trip, and it wins the prize. Our Italian guide, Riccardo, was informative, kind, patient and always looking out for our safety, (He also knew the best places for gelato, gratina, pizza and of course, beautiful off the beaten path trails, parks and picnic spots.). The boat was gorgeous (immaculately clean) and our cabin much roomier than I anticipated. The captain was awesome (the epitome of the leader of the vessel, but also with a sense of humor); first mate truly did everything from helping unload bikes to driving us on the dinghy to shore; the chef prepared marvelous dinners, and Olga did everything else to ensure a great trip. Then, there is the biking! Wow! I have never had such exhilarating rides as on the Amalfi Coast. Words and photos simply cannot convey the majesty and overwhelming beauty. The other islands visited were also lovely. And, even though the water was cold, swimming off the boat while anchored at the Isle of Capri is a memory I will never forget. Our fellow travelers were from Switzerland, Germany, Phillipines and Canada and we so enjoyed their company. Thank you to our wonderful boat crew, Riccardo, our guide from VerdeNatura, and Mary from Tripsite for providing an adventure of a lifetime!
Amalfi Coast - Tyrrhenian Sea - Bike & Boat by Lindsay (from Canada) 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
My dad and I did this trip together in May 2014 - we both love cycling and being outdoors! The views were breathtaking.. breakfasts on board were superb with tons of espresso. The extra uphill biking in Ischia with the guide - totally worth the views at the end! Plus we got to relax at the top with an ice cold bottle of peroni. Boat is the best way to travel, by far, but bring some earplug in case it's noisy at night!! Every night I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow, from long days of biking and exploring. The crew on board was helpful and courteous - our guide was amazing and very knowledgeable (a Quebec native who now resides in Italy). We used TripAdvisor for tips on a good hotel to stay at to fly in & out of Naples (Napoli). It was an amazing experience, and I fell in love with the culture of Italy. I loved the country so much, we extended our trip and went to Rome and Florence on our own after the bike tour was done! I can't wait to do another bike tour.
Heel of Italy by Ruyter Aquino 5 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Gostaria de salientar o quanto foi positivo nosso passeio, desde a bike, hospedagem, transporte de bagagem e roteiro. A Tripsite e a Girolibero estão de parabéns pela parceria. Ano que vem acredito ter mais viagem pela Tripsite. Obrigado
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by Debbie 5 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We did the Bolzano to Mantova bicycle trip, what an awesome experience. We loved every moment of it. Thank you for the wonderful trip, the hotels were excellent, the road maps we could not have done without. The signs from Pescheria to Mantova were not as good as the beginning - less to follow but on the whole I trip that we can recommend. The Ava Maria - 5 star, with a crew led by captain Connie and tour guide Helmut, not to mention the excellent food. Well organised and worth every penny
Dolomites to Venice by Yarden Dor 5 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I just came back from this trip two days ago and all I can say is "wow!"
Not only were the views absolutely amazing and dramatically different each day, but the tour itself exceeded my expectations! All the hotels were clean and comfortable, and you can really tell that the individuals who organize the trip truly care about what they do as well as your satisfaction! The directions were super easy to follow each day and even provided further detail about certain key cities or building.
Such an enjoyable trip! Will definitely book another! Thank you for a great time!
Dolomites to Venice by Natana Shek 5 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I have done many self guided trips across Europe. This trip I did with my two daughters. This was by far the best organized and coordinated trip I have every done. The support, the hotels and the bikes were outstanding. The people involved in coordinating bike delivery and some transport were engaging and very interesting sharing the history of the landscape and area. The ride itself was magnificent with no two days being the same. I highly recommend this trip and this tour operator!
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Jim Elkan 5 years ago • Permalink/Reply
What can I say?
This was our 10th trip, I believe, with Pack and Pedal and it was outstanding! The Ave Maria was a beautiful boat; modern, clean and roomy. The three of us from Kansas City: Stanley, KartaPurhk and myself enjoyed the company of 27 others and it was a week of great riding, camaraderie and superb food. The crew of the Ave Maria: Tullio and , Luciano got the boat to where it needed to be safely and on time every day. The chefs: Vera and Erica prepared wonderful meals each day while catering to individual's specific dietary needs. Helmut, our bike guide was patient and knowledgeable. It's not easy herding 25-29 bicyclers safely each day from point A to point B and back to the boat each late afternoon. a "well done" to Helmut.
The real highlight of the trip for the three of us was getting to meet Hennie for the first time when she visited the Ave Maria. What a delightful person she is!
The trip exceeded all of our high expectations and we look forward to our European trip next year through Tripsite.
Riccione - Villages & Castles by Mary B 5 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This was my second biking holiday. Like the first one to Croatia, Hennie and her staff took care of all the details. All I had to do was enjoy.
With five riding-group levels to choose, those who wanted to do extreme riding could. Those of us with lesser ambitions could still enjoy challenging rides interspersed with photo stops and cappuccino breaks. My group, Bikeness, rode along the Adriatic coast, through the rolling hills of Emilia-Romagna, and up the mountainous terrain to San Marino.
Each day we returned to Hotel Dory to fabulous food and fellowship.
This trip was a delight.
Riccione by Mary 5 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Great trip. Accommodations and staff were top notch. The addition of the Bikeness group was a great way to test out my biking ability after knee surgery. There is something for bikers of all levels
Tuscany Road Bike Tour by Jerome Sims 5 years ago • Permalink/Reply
My daughter and i just finished trip and it was a fantastic week. Rental bikes were awesome. And set up for the climbing. Beautiful countryside and a trip you should consider taking. A + trip all the way around and hotels were great and Hotel San Lino food was awesome. Book it today. Thanks
Riccione - Villages & Castles by susan muldoon 5 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This was my first bike tour and I cannot wait to book my next tour with TripSite!!! The hotel and staff were wonderful, I also liked that the cyclists were divided into groups with people with similar abilities. Met very interesting people enjoyed the proximity to the beach and shopping. The sights were beautiful and the food, well the food and cocktails were never-ending! Absolutely loved this tour and Hennie and her staff made sure everything ran smoothly. Thank you, Hennie!!!
Riccione - Villages & Castles by Bonnie 5 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Wonderful experience! The biking was great and such a good way to see the countryside. The food was fresh, typical Italian, and delicious. I had a terrific time.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by P. Clayton 5 years ago • Permalink/Reply
In May of last year we embarked on yet another Bike and Barge trip with the assistance of your organization. We were on the great barge Ava Maria, Montova to Venice. We have travelled extensively over the last 40 years but have never had such a great experience as this. The trip was well planned led by a terrific tour director who was not only knowledgeable but great fun. The staff of the barge were exceptional providing all on board with a superb experience, great food and friendly service. As has been my experience with Tripsite in the past, my expectations were exceeded and given that we are now planning another adventure in France with of course Tripsite. Thank you for MAKING our vacation!
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by Jerry & Betsy Wilson 6 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Just completed this trip - we'll summarize by just saying "OUTSTANDING"! Enrico (our guide) couldn't have been better - surely gave us more info (and time!) than we expected. The boat's crew was outstanding too - food couldn't have been better! And we loved the cycling...even with (in spite of?) two days of rain. Our tandem bike was (surprisingly, for a rental tandem) easy to ride and control, even through some of the tight turns in the towns on the tour. Hard to find/fit tandems that are enjoyable to ride for both cyclists - Girolibero did their homework! We're already planning another tour for next year, and what a feast to choose from!
J & B Wilson, 10/23/2013
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Bill Goss 6 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This was our first experience with an inclusive tour and we were a bit apprensive about the lack of freedom. No worries! It was a great trip and we would do it again. The small boat/group was key. Great food, excellent tour leader and first rate crew. We would not want to be in a larger group. Three cheers for the older and smaller boat!
Boat: Vita Pugna
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Linda Wagner 6 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We took the Venice to Mantova tour in September, 2013. The AveMarie is a luxurious boat. We were very happy with our cabin and our accomodations. The crew was exceptional and went out of their way to meet any needs. Martina, our guide, was also exceptional. The food was excellent. The bikes were standard, sturdy hybrids, all in good repair. The roads and bike paths were 90% flat and easy but 10% harrowing because of traffic! Wear a helmet. The camaraderie made the trip special; I think the Girolibero crew gets credit for creating a sociable atmosphere that made the trip fun for everyone.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Bill Power 6 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We took Mantova to Venice tour Aug. 10th. The guide (Amermario) was top notch. The food was heavenly. The five person crew did everything possible to make us comfortable-including one unscheduled stop to pick up a rain soaked 30 riders! Ave Marie was super-including wi-fi!
Innsbruck to Bolzano by Rita Coutre 6 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We recently completed the Innsbruck to Bolzano bike tour and it was incredible. The scenery along the route was spectacular! The difficulty of the trails was reasonable with very little vehicular traffic except in the towns. The hotels were also very nice and well located. The only exception was Hotel Chrys in Bolzano. the hotel was rather dated and it was quite a distance from the center of town. However, the incredibly helpful staff at the Chrys made up for its less than ideal location. I would highly recommend this tour and would love to do it again one day. Biking allowed us to see areas and small towns we never would have visited if we were travelling via car or train.
Countries: Austria, Italy
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by E.R 6 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Great Trip! Directions were clear & detailed for the self-guided portion. Maps could have been better by showing North orientation.
Guide on boat was fantastic! very knowledgeable and eager to please. Took us many places and gave us background info on things. Volunteered to take us on a tour of Venice and showed us how to use the water-bus system to get around on our own. Nicest boat and best guide I have had after many bike & barge trips.
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by Bolzano-Mantova-Venice 6 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We had great weather which helped make the trip so enjoyable. Heins, our guide, was fantastic.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Tom Schnell 6 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Our trip, Venice to Mantova April 27th 2013, was absolutely spectacular. What can I say, the venue, facilities, amenities, equipment, guides, cooks, etc ...all exceeded expectations. Our chief guide and host, the friendly and indefatigable Hein Hoefnagels, was superb in making a last minute route and program change due to the unexpected Po river springtime flooding issue.. A very fun time, meeting some great people, learning about and seeing many historical sites.. this truly was an unforgettable experience.. My Bucket List , instead of being reduced by one, has probably been 'added to' for a repeat. !!
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Becky Thacher-Bell 6 years ago • Permalink/Reply
My husband and I went on the Venice to Montova trip September 2012 and had a wonderful trip. Our guide Fabio was fabulous and the food was so good, I was worried I'd put on a few pounds. But with all the biking, I think I lost a few. The barge was so comfortable and the crew did everything possible to make our stay comfortable. We loved the towns and the sights, especially Montova and Venice. Such fascinating country. The terrain was flat enough that the biking was very manageable. One day we did more than expected, about 45 miles and it was windy, but we made it with the great bikes. We are definitely planning on taking another bike and barge trip through Tripsite!
Tuscany Road Bike Tour by Greg McPhee 7 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We did this tour in July and it was fantastic. The tour was very well organised, good directions and signposting. The weather was hot as you would expect and the ride challenging. I would recommend that people to some hill training before undertaking this ride. All the villages were on hilltops. Great scenery, food, wine - all that you would expect in Tuscany. The only downsides were that the tour does not in fact go through Lucca as the guide indicated. Also there were 3 of us and the bikes ranged from Dura-ace equipped carbon frame bike to a heavy aluminium frame bike with a granny gear. Other than that it was well worth it and certainly lived up to our expectations. The Italian drivers were also very respectful of cyclists.
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