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  • Amsterdam to Bruges
    by Lai C. 1 year agoPermalink/Reply

    The most memorable part was fellow cyclists and our very helpful and knowledgeable guide.

    Countries: Netherlands, Belgium

  • Tulip Tour - 8 Day
    by Mallory W. 1 year agoPermalink/Reply

    Honestly, it was a dream from booking to end. I had quite a few questions that Tripsite answered within hours, but the greatest surprise was the Quo Vadis. It was incredible; my first riverboat but most definitely not my last. The ship lulled me to sleep, Chef Frank cooked the best meal of my life every night, and Captain Rendert was so accommodating and intelligent. He surveyed the weather, the course, everything everyday, and tailored it to our crew. I can't wait for my next cruise!

    Boat: Quo Vadis

    Countries: Netherlands

  • Tulip Tour - 5 day
    by Ana B. 1 year agoPermalink/Reply

    Excellent trip!

    Countries: Netherlands

  • Tulip Tour - 5 day
    by Ann H. 1 year agoPermalink/Reply

    The most memorable part was the people we met.

    Countries: Netherlands

  • Amsterdam to Bruges
    by Carla 1 year agoPermalink/Reply

    Hi Lynda,
    Thanks so much for your feedback.
    I'm sorry you had a hard time with the bikes aboard the Fluvius.
    Regarding the tour guide, we encourage all of our guests to speak up when something is not going right so we can do our best to remedy the situation immediately. We agree, during your tour that the guide was not on his best behavior and have since had to consider a replacement for him.
    There has been some confusion aboard the Fluvius about the role of your tour guide. Because there are 30+ bikers aboard the Fluvius, he cannot be counted on to lead and look after all riders at all times. The guide's role is not to lead the group, but to be sure all riders get from point A to point B safely. If one rider has a flat tire or another becomes lost, it is the guide's job to "rescue" the rider.
    For most boats under 30 passengers, the guide will lead and look after the bikers for the day's route. But for some bigger boats, i.e. 30+ passengers, the guide's role is a bit different. You can read on the "What's Included / What's Not Included" section of the tour page the difference between the guide's role.

    Countries: Netherlands, Belgium

  • Amsterdam to Bruges
    by Carla 1 year agoPermalink/Reply

    Nancy - I'm so glad you hear you had a great experience on your first bike tour.
    We're SO sorry you could not find the boat upon arrival. We always give an emergency phone number in these kinds of situations so don't be afraid to call us right away, the next time around! :-)

    Countries: Netherlands, Belgium

  • Tripsite Traveler - Tulip Tour with Nancy Arehart
    by Charla Parker 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Nancy...What a great blog. Your photos are wonderful, as always! You are living the retirement that the rest of us dream of having someday.

    Countries: Netherlands

  • Tripsite Traveler - Tulip Tour with Nancy Arehart
    by Michele Finley 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    It is wonderful to see how your retirement has turned into this creative adventure for you, both in travel and photographic artistry! Mark and I hope to begin soon!

    Countries: Netherlands

  • Amsterdam to Bruges
    by Jim M. 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    This was our 2nd trip this year. We signed up for a 3rd already. Barge and bike is wonderful.

    Countries: Netherlands, Belgium

  • Tripsite Traveler: Fulton Armstrong
    by Fulton A. 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Hi, Cheryl.
    Yes, that's the basic approach: Bikers leave the boat and go "inland" to enjoy the countryside and towns while the boat follows the canals to the destination for that night. But non-riders (of whom there have been four or five on each of the trips I've made) also have a great time. Cruising the canals gives them great vistas, fresh air, and quiet time to read or nap or chat or write postcards for their bike-bound companions!
    On many routes, captains and guides also find a half-way point along the route where riders come near the canal -- and end their rides for the day or people can join them.
    I love this model of touring for a bunch of reasons. You get to see truly stunning things from your bike or your easy chair on the boat. You unpack/pack only once. Your bed is just a couple minutes' walk from the center of these cool river towns. And you never see the same thing twice!
    --Fulton

    Countries: Netherlands

  • Tripsite Traveler: Fulton Armstrong
    by Cheryl 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Fulton, are you riding the bike from destination to destination and the boat you are staying on is following Along on a canal? Just trying to get an idea of how this works. Going with someone who doesn't ride a bike.

    Countries: Netherlands

  • Amsterdam to Bruges
    by Gerald R. 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    A great trip. The area was great loved the villages we rode through.

    Boat: Magnifique

    Countries: Netherlands, Belgium

  • Bruges to Amsterdam
    by Robert E. 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Most memorable was the friendliness, patience and helpfullness of the staff!

    Countries: Belgium, Netherlands

  • Bruges to Amsterdam
    by Spencer H. 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    The barge crew were exceptional. The cook treated each guest as a friend. Accommodated our request for a birthday cake. He even baked it on his own time. The scenery was exactly as anticipated.

    Countries: Belgium, Netherlands

  • South Holland Tour
    by Helen M. 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    The scenery was beautiful and the barge was lovely. The most memorable part of the trip was the people - the Dutch are friendly and helpful, and the Angela Esmee crew was exceptional!

    Boat: De Holland

    Countries: Netherlands

  • North Holland Tour
    by Cathy G. 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    I already have recommended this trip to several people. By far this trip was the best trip I have ever been on. Thank you.

    Boat: De Holland

    Countries: Netherlands

  • North Holland Tour
    by Kim E. 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Complete day from start to finish! Staff were super friendly and efficient! Breathtaking views of countryside and timeless villages! Supper dining was plentiful, varied and delicious! Basic rooms were always tidy and clean. Wow...what an incredible adventure.

    Boat: De Holland

    Countries: Netherlands

  • Amsterdam to Bruges
    by Bruce Reynolds 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Just got off the Magnifique II a couple of weeks ago and my wife and I along with three other couples in our group had a fabulous time. Captain Paul, first mate Kevin, Chef Leroy, and Tesa went up and beyond duty helping and serving all of us. With temperatures above normal and the lost of one additional crew member they never missed a beat. The meals were excellent,Tesa always had a smile on her face while pouring us a glass of wine,Kevin could be found helping dock the boat, getting a beer for someone,adjusting the height of a bike seat and many,many more duties. Capt. Paul not only guided the ship throughout our trip,but jumped right in to clear dinner dishes ,tend bar and always willing to answer questions we might have about the Netherlands and Belgium. Marcel our guide did just that,telling us about certain structures we passed by, folklore and tours on foot through some of the towns we stayed in at night. A great trip

    Boat: Magnifique II

    Countries: Netherlands, Belgium

  • Amsterdam to Bruges
    by Claudette S. 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    The food was exceptional! The Chef put a lot of effort to please.
    Presentation was amazing.

    Boat: Magnifique II

    Countries: Netherlands, Belgium

  • Bruges to Amsterdam
    by Margeret M. 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    I cannot say enough about the whole trip. The Barge accommodations were perfect for all my needs, the food aboard the MS Fluvius was way beyond what I expected - such a variety and the quality and quantity were superb. The staff on board could not have been more obliging - so eager to help so much fun. Our Guide was just simply the best (Jack/Jacques) knowledgeable and helpful, concerned always for our safety and our enjoyment. All our stops for coffee breaks and lunch breaks were also well planned. Would I recommend this trip to my friends? You Bet!! Look forward to going again - Thanks Tripsite

    Countries: Belgium, Netherlands

  • Bruges to Amsterdam
    by Trudy D. 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    The bike-friendly paths through magnificent landscapes in Belgium and the Netherlands was outstanding.

    Countries: Belgium, Netherlands

  • Bruges to Amsterdam
    by Michele Y. 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    The most memorable part of this trip was our impromptu swim off the boat. Jumping from the top and getting 22 of us in the water including the Captain.

    Countries: Belgium, Netherlands

  • Around the IJsselmeer
    by Nancy M. 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    We had done 2 boat and bike trips before doing this hotel to hotel trip. We knew the mapping system so could take the daily maps and go with it. Had it been our first trip it might have been hard. That said, it was our best trip yet!

    Countries: Netherlands

  • Amsterdam to Bruges
    by Lynda C. 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    The the scenery was very very enjoyable as were the other guests on board the boat. The major problem or I should say the major dissatisfaction came from the fact that the bikes were too big and too heavy. I am an experienced bike rider and usually feel comfortable on most bikes but these truly were very very uncomfortable for me and I know for some of the other smaller women on the trip, dangerous. My only other comment would be about the guide..... I felt his attitude was very condescending in the first few days he was barely a guide his aim was to get from point A to point B in whatever amount of time he deemed necessary without any consideration for the inexperienced bikers on the trip. The slower bikers trailed way behind perhaps in some cases almost a quarter of a mile behind him and he barely looked back to see if they were there or for that matter even struggling. I volunteered to sweep and finally in frustration stopped him and told him he must go as slow as the slowest biker. I thought it was rather interesting too that he made a point constantly of telling us that if we either went on our own or staggered behind and became lost that he would make no accommodation to look for us. He repeated on several occasions that we were to read the map, read the map! We laughed when we realized that he had actually gotten us lost because his GPS had run low on batteries and he missed a turn. Now this was a man who told us he had done this exact trip 16 times this year! Yes you can see that I was very unhappy with his attitude towards his guests, the people who were his bread and butter.

    Countries: Netherlands, Belgium

  • Amsterdam to Bruges
    by Nancy W. 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    A wonderful experience as my first bike tour. Enjoyed most everything about the trip, even with the boat breaking down and a new bike route added for the day. However, my first hour was stressful as I had been given the wrong pier to meet the boat. Fortunately, the sister boat was able to give me directions. Two other guest had the wrong directions to pier also.

    Boat: Tijdgeest

    Countries: Netherlands, Belgium

  • Amsterdam to Bruges
    by Brenda B. 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Food and scenery fantastic! Jack, bike tour guide was rude at times. Also expected everyone to keep up with his ebike. Several women spoke to him and he got a little better and used a sweep and someone to wait at turns. I expected something a little more leisurely so could take pictures along the way. I did not expect a road race even though I could keep up. However, inspite of this, I have recommended the trip to friends as it is a wonderful experience. I do hope you retrain your bike guides to be kind.

    Boat: Fluvius

    Countries: Netherlands, Belgium

  • Amsterdam to Bruges
    by Roberta S. 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    The bikes were not in excellent condition. Some needed work on them.
    A guide better versed in local traditions and history would have been nice.

    Boat: Fluvius

    Countries: Netherlands, Belgium

  • Bruges to Amsterdam
    by Maria P. 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    It was a wonderful way to see the country. Wonderful fellow travelers and the crew couldn't gave been more accommodating . So much fun!

    Countries: Belgium, Netherlands

  • Amsterdam to Bruges
    by Jehiel 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    Hello Lise,
    I can tell you that your safety is ours, as well as our local partners first priority. When you are on a tour we encourage you to express your concerns with your guide or others on the trip, this goes for safety as well you desire to stop for photos. Thanks for sharing this feedback!

    Countries: Netherlands, Belgium

  • Amsterdam to Bruges
    by Lise B. 2 years agoPermalink/Reply

    I thought there weren't enough safety precautions: riding too close, no warning of slowing or stopping. Would have liked more stops along the way for photos.

    Loved the Magnifique II! The food was spectacular! Variety of routes/terrains.

    Boat: Magnifique II

    Countries: Netherlands, Belgium

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