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Maastricht to Paris by Jacqui Eger 3 days ago • Permalink/Reply
Just completed the inaugural tour of the Elodie from Maastricht to Paris. This was our fifth barge and bike and was certainly one of the best ever. The Elodie is a charming barge, spotlessly clean and well maintained with a comfortable salon where we had our meals, sat drinking, reading or playing games. The crew of Captain Chango, Chef Hans and guide Nina were outstanding in every respect. Our meals were amazing and the weather forecasts from Chango always entertaining. We were lucky enough to enjoy some nice weather where we could sit out on deck under the largest umbrella I have ever seen! A wonderful itinerary but being new the first couple of days we had a few miss turns but no one minded and we always called it an adventure. Our guide Nina made it all so enjoyable. We are already looking forward to another trip on the Elodie.
Countries: Netherlands, Belgium, France
Heart of Holland by Elsie R. 6 days ago • Permalink/Reply
I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the “Heart of Holland” Bike and Barge Trip aboard the Lena Maria. I was a party of four ladies (3 Canadians and 1 USA) whose trip began on May 11. We had a fantastic trip.
Our guide, Francien, was excellent! She did an excellent job of leading the biking events...stopping for breaks when needed and keeping us moving at a comfortable pace. The evening “Next Day” sessions gave us a good idea of what to expect the next day. The stops at the 17 windmills, the cheese factory, and the flower auction site added to the day’s plan. The two evening guided city walks gave us time to explore onfoot, too. Lastly, Francien kept close watch on her biking group while leading us through city traffic and country roads. The biking trip was an excellent way to see the countryside.
The crew on the Lena Maria was excellent...the food was wonderful (great Chef!) and the hostess was very welcoming. The barge was a very welcome sight at the end of a day of biking:-)
I am pleased to say that this 72-year old lady biked every day of the trip without needing an electric bike! In fact, I just might take another bike and barge trip. Many of my friends have expressed interest in joining our next adventure!
Boat: Lena Maria
Amsterdam to Bruges - 11 days by Lyn 2 weeks ago • Permalink/Reply
We recently completed the 11 day Amsterdam to Brugge tour on the Quo Vadis. We really enjoyed ourselves. The boat was very nicely appointed, the cabins are not large and the bathrooms small but very adequate, lots of hot water which is really appreciated after a day of cycling. Food was very good, especially the dinners. The staff did everything to make our trip enjoyable and mixed well with the guests. We had 2 excellent guides who both had extensive knowledge of the history and geography of both countries. The tour itself gave us a really good taste of the Netherlands and Belgium, from the beautiful countryside, through the dunes at the North Sea, over the dams that prevent the floods, past and into windmills, into the cities and large towns like Rotterdam, The Hague, Ghent and a day visiting the World War 1 sites around Ypres. We were very fortunate the on most days the wind assisted our travels and we had very little rain. All and all a great adventure.
Boat: Quo Vadis
Countries: Netherlands, Belgium
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 8 day by Molly R. 1 month ago • Permalink/Reply
Our guide Cornel was great with fun stories and historic information provided throughout our trip. Loved the digestive walks after dinner of the various towns we were docked at. The staff of the Merlijn couldn't have been nicer or more professional and the boat was very clean and comfortable. Food was pretty basic and could be improved, but that was not a high priority to me. Overall great trip and have already recommended it to many people.
Countries: Belgium, Netherlands
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 8 day by Rita R. 1 month ago • Permalink/Reply
"It is difficult to say what the most memorable part of the trip was as each and every day brought wonderful new sights and experiences. Biking along fields filled with tulips and a stop at the Keukenhof Gardens would certainly rate as one of the highlights of the trip. The staff and bike guide definitely made the trip special as they went above and beyond to ensure we were satisfied. Food was great with a plentiful breakfast buffet and a different menu each night. Our lunches were made and packed each day and boy, theses sandwiches and treats sure tasted great after putting some miles in. The dining/lounge was large and spacious and made for a great place to interact with the other guests. Bedrooms/bathrooms were nor overly spacious but were very clean and the beds were comfortable.This was our first trip of this kind and also our first trip to Europe and the Crew of the Merlijn made it a wonderful experience we will never forget. Thank you Coen, Cristina, Klara, Luliana, Lili and our tour guide Cornel. Memories to last forever.
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 8 day by Rosemary SZ. 1 month ago • Permalink/Reply
I highly recommend this trip. We were on the Merlijn. It was a charming barge with a very friendly and helpful staff. I was amazed just how comfortable the beds were and how roomy the bathrooms were. Our guide was very informative and had a great sense of humor. The guests, even though all so different , became friends. Leaving the barge was bittersweet. I cannot wait to go on another. The only thing I wish was a bit better, was the food. But then I consider myself a bit of a foody and so my expectations might be too high.
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 8 day by Jane J. 1 month ago • Permalink/Reply
The biking was wonderful, the digestive walks in the evening were great and the camaraderie of the group was fantastic.
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 8 day by Mark R. 1 month ago • Permalink/Reply
A wonderful way to experience the Netherlands. Our guide Cornell was informed and professional. Captain, mates and staff provided all the conveniences of home.
Tulip Tour - 8 Day by Jean B. 1 month ago • Permalink/Reply
The expected/promised highlights on our 8 Day - Tulip Tour (Keukenhof Gardens, the Royal Flora Holland Auction, Zaanse Schans and a visit to a cheese farm on an island in Rijpwetering) were wonderful. But it was the unexpected stops introduced by our guides that were most memorable. The visit to a windmill making paper from recycled rags, watching the release of cows for the first time in the spring near Spaarndam , the stop at the Aalsmeer Crash Museum and a visit to the Hortus Bulborum in Limmen made our trip extra special.
Amsterdam to Maastricht by James 1 month ago • Permalink/Reply
This is our 1st B&B and we're trying to decide between Ams - Bruges or Ams - Matstrich. What do you think?
Tulip Tour - 10 Day - Amsterdam to Bruges by Ed H. 1 month ago • Permalink/Reply
What a great trip. Would like to do another.
Tulip Tour - 10 Day - Amsterdam to Bruges by Kim K. 1 month ago • Permalink/Reply
Everything was fantastic. It was the whole experience altogether.
Tulip Tour - 10 Day - Amsterdam to Bruges by Jody S. 1 month ago • Permalink/Reply
The staff, food and barge accommodations were perfect.
Tulip Tour - 10 Day - Amsterdam to Bruges by Chuck P. 1 month ago • Permalink/Reply
The entire trip was memorable. The boat staff was terrific, the meals from Frank our chef, were gourmet quality, the weather sunny tho a bit chilly first days, the tulips were in full bloom, our bike leader had contacts in many cities and we had private evening tours from local guides, the boat was comfortable and always well maintained. I think the only caution I might offer is we started the tour in downtown Amsterdam at the train station and for those of us with limited bike experience going thru the city was a challenge keeping the group together thru traffic, turns, bridges, stop lights. A more rural start would have been better was the general consensus, but that aside virtually everything well received.
Tulip Tour - 8 Day by Michael & Margaret G. 1 month ago • Permalink/Reply
We had a wonderful time on the barge Iris, biking through the Netherlands. The trip was well planned and the information given each day really highlighted the sights that we saw. The visits to the various venues were full of information and gave us a nice view of life in Holland. We could not have asked more from our guides, Wouter and Sarah. Each day when we rode up to the barge at its new dock site, the crew welcomed us and asked about our day. The meals were excellent with a different area of the world serving as the source for the menu each evening. Wines had been chosen to go with each serving. The rooms were as expected on a ship and very clean. they offered an easy base for our adventure. We had a very good time and we thank the guides and the crew including the chef.
Tulip Tour - 8 Day by Elizabeth S. 1 month ago • Permalink/Reply
We had a wonderful Tulip Tour week on the Quo Vadis. We had excellent tour guides who were knowledgeable and personable. In addition to the planned events, we "happened upon" many extras, including "a cow dance," farmers shearing sheep, a WWII museum and some regal looking deer in the dunes at the North Sea. The ship was comfortable, the staff friendly and the food was great. Highly recommendable!
Tulip Tour - 4 Day by Andrew N. 1 month ago • Permalink/Reply
I was clearly the fattest and least fit of the 12 guests on this 4 day bike and barge tour. My bride and I found all aspects of the tour to be above our expectations. The barge itself was something of a tardas. No the rooms were not massive but enough for two and well planned. The showers are small but hot and the beds surprisingly comfortable. The meals were beautiful. As a group we asked if the meals would be all traditional meals. I do not think this was the cooks intention so she changed every meal for us. Splendid food, warm and plenty to go round. The bikes were better than expected. Each day we traveled more KM with about 35 on the third day. I have to admit towards the end I did nearly give up. Note for next time break in your bottom and get a few km into your legs. Overall a great experience. We saw a lot of nature both of the animal and plant kind. Flowers cheese and at night a city walk. Our hosts and guide spoke English well and were a delight to spend time with. Go on book the tour, you know you want to.
Boat: Flora (formerly Jelmar)
Tulip Tour - 8 Day by Susan D. 1 month ago • Permalink/Reply
We had the perfect week for our Bike & Barge adventure! We brought rain gear but never had to use it. First day it was rather cold 39 degrees when we started out biking with wind, but of course it is the land of windmills. I was glad I had an ebike. The guides were knowledgeable and our experiences very local. They knew the market days, unique cafes, great places we wouldn’t have wanted to miss. The tulips were all in bloom and we biked through seas of color. The captain and crew of our barge, “Quo Vadis” were absolutely the best and individually got to know us all. I would highly recommend this trip to all. You don’t have to be an avid biker to enjoy this trip, all levels were welcomed.
Tulip Tour - 8 Day by Carl B. 1 month ago • Permalink/Reply
The Crew and Guides were exceptional! Boat was more than we could ask for.
Tulip Tour - 8 Day by Coert & Christelle 1 month ago • Permalink/Reply
We had a wonderful time on the Iris April 2019. This exceeded our expectations by far. Excellent staff.... Gijs, Gerhard, Aline, Tina and guides Mieke and Harm-Jan. The food, boat, the scenery (Tulips!!) were great, but most of all the cycling. The weather was perfect and since we were the only South African couple, we enjoyed the company of at first strangers and then sing-along travel friends! Memories made forever!
Tulip Tour - 7 day by Todd O. 2 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Best part: Biking through the Dutch countryside and being exposed to the Dutch people and their wonderful culture, history, and way of life.
Tulip Tour - 7 day by James D. 2 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Merlijn and her crew were outstanding hosts for our Tulip Tour. Our guide, Ilsa, was knowledgeable and full of energy and interesting information everywhere we toured.
Tulip Tour - 8 Day by Will E. 2 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The Tulip tour was wonderful. Loved the Quo Vadis and it’s crew and enjoyed the biking. Our guide Rikko was so well informed and enthusiastic about the places we saw. Everything about the tour was first-rate.
Tulip Tour - 5 day by Charles G. 2 months ago • Permalink/Reply
My wife and I were part of the 5 day Super Tulip Tour. I can't say how amazing it was. The boat was top notch, the dinners were fantastic, the guides were AMAZING, and the route was beautiful. We are ALREADY planning our next trip.
Amsterdam to Bruges by Kathleen Keller 2 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Hi Sandra,Sounds like a great trip! I’m considering but am not able to get any of my friends to join me. We’re ther single travelers on the trip? And would you recommend for a single woman? Thanks, Kathy
Amsterdam to Bruges by Steve 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Hi, Thanks for sharing Peter. Did you find any teenagers on board (18 to 19 year old)? I'm taking my twin daughters on 3 years. Thankssw
Amsterdam to Bruges by Anne H. 5 months ago • Permalink/Reply
We’ve had so much fun on our previous two trips we’re going on third with fourteen of best friends.
Friesland 11-City Tour by Diane K. 5 months ago • Permalink/Reply
We both enjoyed the coast line part of biking. The least would have been biking through tons of farmers fields, pretty but enough. Tips would be to check your map every morning and your trail numbers. Take your time, we tended to hurry too much. Wanting to get to the next hotel before evening. The distances look long but you eat up the miles quickly on your bike. Beautiful scenery and nice people. Good food at every stop. We recommend bringing skin cream and proper biking shorts. My husband did suffer a little with skin rashes.
Bruges to Amsterdam Bike Tour by Jim C. 5 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Meeting the native people from the Netherlands and Belgium. Meeting other cyclists on the tour routes.
Bruges to Amsterdam by Frederika H. 5 months ago • Permalink/Reply
We had a fabulous trip by bike and barge from Brugge to Amsterdam booked through Tripsite.com. The accommodation was intimate, quaint and very clean. The staff were true professionals and the food delicious. We highly recommend this tour!
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