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Along the Danube - Passau - Vienna - Budapest aboard the Primadonna by Mary B. 7 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The most memorable part of the trip was sitting on the top deck in the evening, wrapped in a blanket, watching the clouds sail past the moon as the barge moved on to our next city on the Danube.Ensure you respond to the call to choose a table for meals on the barge if you wish to sit with or close to friends.Stay an extra night in Passau if you have the time...there is a lot to see and do.If possible, do some cycling before your trip to prepare you for the daily tours.If you would prefer to cycle with a guide let your agent know and they may be able to arrange it. It may be an option and worth an extra cost if it would make your trip more enjoyable.
Countries: Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
Mainz to Ludwigsburg by Deborah G. 7 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The rides along the Rhine and Neckar rivers were beautiful. My two favorite memories are very different. The first one was riding through the vineyards during harvest. The other special memory was traveling over the bridge into Heidelberg with the castle on the hill to the left and the archway into the old city framing the the entrance to the city beyond. It was something I hope I always remember.
Along the Danube - Passau, Bratislava, and Vienna by Cheryle C. 7 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Our bike tour guide was terrific. It was wonderful to not have to worry about missing sites. Riding in Vienna was made easy by 2 tour guides. Our group was like family by the end of the trip. The director of the boat made sure we made it to the opera night on time despite heavy traffic and extra security due to an important government meeting. Our rooms were immaculate. Our second trip with Tripsite and we plan on doing another next year!
Boat: Theodor Körner
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia
Camino de Santiago Bike Tour by Jane S. 7 months ago • Permalink/Reply
So much of this biking trip was on trails or roads with views of the Atlantic Ocean almost the entire way. It was a gorgeous ride which gave us the opportunity to experience so much of the beauty of the Portuguese and Spanish coastline. The trail we rode was for the most part the same one being used by the pilgrims on the spiritual journey to Santiago de Compostela, Spain which is where our trip also ended. That in itself was so inspiring, seeing the many folks from all over the world making that trek.If I had one suggestion it would be to find an alternative to biking through the city of Vigo and its metropolitan area. That was the most stressful part of the trip and unfortunately where we got lost the most.
Countries: Portugal, Spain
Southern Dalmatia by Deborah A. 7 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: The islands have breath-taking views of the blue Adriatic Sea and the red roofs of the villages.
Boat: Kapetan Jure
Mainz to Ludwigsburg by Vikki Z. 7 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Every day our biking adventure was a delight. We especially loved riding along lovely pathways through the vineyards, stopping to watch both mechanical and manual harvesting, with the fabulous aroma of ripened grapes filling our senses. Coupled with beautiful early morning sunrises while on the Neckar River....mists rising off the water, castles nestled into the forested hillsides, this entire trip was a delight.
South Holland Tour by Colleen S. 7 months ago • Permalink/Reply
I very much enjoyed the beauty of the Netherlands countryside. Amazed by the extent to which the country is so bicycle friendly!
Boat: De Amsterdam
South Holland Tour by Daniella from Tripsite 7 months ago • Permalink/Reply
This tour is incredible. It is all in one: beaches, dunes, historic towns, beautiful scenery, taste richness. Idyllic rides crossing the countryside passing by dreamy little towns while enjoying the caring of a dedicate and welcoming boat crew which felt like family. Getting up in the morning was a blessing. Every pedal took us to a new horizon of beauty, iconic landscapes and charming quarters which involved us in a good state of mind and body. Your whole self responds to this amazing atmosphere of enjoyment. History and culture just embraces you for the whole time. Meals are delicious; trying the local cheese, fruits, street food, or just finding a picturesque corner for a coffee is priceless. Getting back to our boat (Liza Marleen) was like arriving at home after an exciting and rewarding adventure. The captain and her crew knew exactly what we needed to replenish our energy while making every meal a pleasure. We were also lucky to get warm and long days, so as an extra, we got to jump into the inviting waters to extend a little more the incredible experience of each day. Our 7 years old daughter loved everything, even the cultural aspects of it is an invitation to all ages and tastes. I recommend this tour to every and anyone. It is definitely a bucket list top item.
Boat: Liza Marleen
How to Survive a Long Flight by Carole 7 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Ear protectors and/ or a headband for windy cycle days and ear plugs for at night on plane or on boat or hotels.
How to Survive a Long Flight by Jehiel from Tripsite 7 months ago • Permalink/Reply
These are great tips, Carole!
Bike and Safari South Africa by Mary M. 7 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The trip experience was beyond my expectations. Loved all the close encounters with the animals. The guides were very knowledgeable and always there to assist when needed. Home cooked meals were delicious. The scenery was outstanding. We toured orchards, farm lands, hills and mountains, and, of course the game farms. You do need to feel comfortable on a mountain bike and riding off road, where there is occasionally rough terrain. I definitely recommend this trip.
Countries: South Africa
Atlantic West Coast & Sintra by Thomas W. 7 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Our bicycle trip through Portugal (Atlantic West Coast Sinatra) was a trip that will not be forgotten soon. Starting with Bernardo who picked us up at Lisbon airport, then bicycling through the small villages, the countryside, the seaside and ending up in Caicais, words alone cannot describe what an absolutely marvelous time we had. Almost the entire bicycle trip was ridden on bicycle paths or roads with limited automobile traffic, the only exception was Sintra where the traffic was higher, but was tolerable. Our hotels exceeded our expectations as did the bicycle ride itself. Being able to choose where we wanted to eat, from the small restaurant in Sao Pedro Moel where the restaurant owner was our waiter and chef, and the fish was out of this world good, to having picnics along the way, we always had an excellent meal. We cannot recommend this trip more highly and want to say thanks to Tripsite for helping us find a great, enjoyable and challenging bicycle ride through Portugal. We will have to bring our friends on this trip in the future.
Andalusia - Seville to Granada by Thomas W. 7 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Our group of twelve had a most enjoyable time riding through the country side of Andalusia Spain. Jeff, our guide, did a great job meeting up with us, providing directions, fixing flats, offering excellent suggestions for lunch and dinner, plus telling us some of the out of the way areas we should check out during our ride. We have been using Tripsite for several years and every bicycle trip we have been on has more than exceeded our highest expectations. We are looking forward to many more bicycle trips using Tripsite in the future.
Camino de Santiago Bike Tour by Carlos da Mata 7 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Olá,Gostaria de saber se você fazem somente o aluguel da bike e quanto seria para um período de 7 dia saindo de Porto e indo para Santiago pela Costa.
GratoCarlos da Mata
Photo Friday: Around Romantic Bruges by William Sowle 7 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Hi Carol, Looks like a great trip. You indicated a future bicycle trip to Spain. I spent two months there in April and May of 2018 with Tripsite planning three individual routes: Mallorca, Gerona, and along the Ebro River. I also did a week in Costa Brava on my own. Excellent, one of my best ever. I had sent a blog of my trips to Tripsite, but have not seen them posted yet. I also visited (by train) Barcelona, Bilbao, Segovia and Madrid. Amazing places all. All the best, Bill
Innsbruck to Venice by Kathy Feeley 7 months ago • Permalink/Reply
We found the signage very poor on this tour especially getting out of Verona.We ended up out in the suburbs for 3 hours and wasted half a day,getting tired and frustrated.Please improve this ,it would make the trip more enjoyable.Green arrows need to be much more frequently placed.Sometimes we got to a T intersection and even with the instruction book had no clue which way to turn.Bikes were great!Hotel in Padua was not in a nice area,though close to the station.Did not feel safe at night given all the refugees hanging around outside the hotelGenerally the hotels would be better if they were closer to the town center in each cityScenery lovely ,some great countryside and villages.Enjoyed the trip but stressed out looking for green arrows that we often could not find.Definitely need GPS.
Countries: Austria, Italy
Innsbruck to Venice by Carla from Tripsite 7 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Hi Kathy - Thanks so much for your feedback. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the trip overall. I wanted to point out that for this tour, and many other tours, we can offer GPS tracks. Cycling with GPS makes for stress free cycling! Even if you make the wrong turn, the GPS will redirect you correctly. You can download the tracks onto your GPS device or an app on your smart phone. Here is a really great blog about riding with GPS.
Around Paris by Elizabeth McCarthy 7 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Guides had no map, and got us lost daily. They spoke no French, so could ask no one for help. Because of the getting lost daily, we didn't get to see the towns in which we were moored for the night. Kitchen ran out of bread, so I had to buy my sandwich one day. Rooms were not cleaned except for trash being removed once. Boat was moored in Paris 1/2 hour walk away from where the captain said he would be, with not notifying guests. A complete and total DISASTER!!!
Boat: Clair de Lune
Along the Danube - Passau - Vienna - Budapest aboard the Primadonna by Jeanne D. 7 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The serene beauty of the country side of Germany, Austria and Hungry. Riding a bike through these wonderful countries was very special. The barge ride was very relaxing after a day of riding.
National Parks of Dalmatia by Terri D. 7 months ago • Permalink/Reply
There were so many memorable parts to the trip - from the hardworking, entertaining crew to the scenery to the great care given by the guides. Overall an amazing trip that offered great value, challenging rides, history and fun!
Pearls of the Alsace Wine Route by Lise H. 7 months ago • Permalink/Reply
First of all we had spectacular weather on our 8 days of riding on the Alsace Wine Route, from Strasbourg to Basel in late September. +/- 30 miles a day was perfect. It allowed us to get to our destination in the early afternoon, rest up and then go and explore the villages. The scenic beauty was off the charts. It was early fall and the grapes were still on the vine with the leaves turning an autumn yellow color. That with a backdrop of the green hills set us up for some beautiful photographs. The backroads that we took were frequented by locals out for a walk and when passing by, everyone would say bonjour to each other. We loved that! We are already looking at other trips through Tripsite. Great memories.
Countries: France, Switzerland
Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna by Allison B. 7 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part? Quaint towns, lovely countryside, old world charm. Our trip will linger in our minds.
Countries: Austria, Germany
Innsbruck to Bolzano by Barry N. 7 months ago • Permalink/Reply
It’s quite difficult to review this trip as there were many great experiences like the scenery after we escaped the narrow valley from Innsbruck to about Imst but there were some cons. In the beginning of the trip we felt the cycle path, even though fantastic to have, was often too close to the railway or an autobahn (and the associated noise) to make for wonderful riding. The hotels and half board were mostly good but some noisy and the one in Imst not only noisy but also the food was definitely (for half board), poor. Some hotels were standouts - the small excellent hotel in Mals and the food in the hotel in Meran. The guides were not accurate with addendums with corrections and GPS (as per our previous bike trip) would have been better.
Cologne to Bamberg by Joanne B. 7 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Great Bike & Barge with the QuoVadis. Food was excellent, friendly people, lots of exercise. We will do this again, maybe a seven day instead of ten :)
Boat: Quo Vadis
Cologne to Bamberg by Jacqueline E. 7 months ago • Permalink/Reply
It would be hard to decide on the most memorable part of the trip as there were so many. The barge Quo Vadis was exceptional in every way. Clean, bright and comfortable and so obviously cared for by the owners Captain Rendert Jan and his wife Ina. They had a great chef, Franco, whose meals were so good I even ate things I normally wouldn't. Our guide Peter led us with enthusiasm and humour and we enjoyed lovely scenery and many historical sites along the route from Cologne to Bamberg. The cycling was mostly on good bike paths away from traffic and where we did have to ride for short periods on the road, the drivers were considerate. We are looking forward to our next trip, hopefully again on the Quo Vadis.
Bike and Safari South Africa by Elizabeth S. 7 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Our South Africa bicycle and safari tour was a trip of a lifetime. This tour was a unique experience. Our guide was a local who shared "her South Africa" with us. We cycled private game parks with giraffes, kudos, zebras and much, much more. We even got to pet a cheetah. We saw most of the big five on our game drive in Kruger as well as many species of birds, impala, wild dogs, wart hogs, and much more. I will never forget watching the elephants crossing the road right in front of us. We cycled by spectacular scenery, stayed in excellent accommodations and enjoyed great food. We were very glad that we brought binoculars with us.
Bordeaux to Sarlat by Debbi Z. 7 months ago • Permalink/Reply
We loved traveling through the small french villages and stopping for great places for lunch. We have so many memories but our favorite town was Sarlat. I wish we would have spent more time there. The staff at all the hotels were so nice and had a special place for us to keep our bikes. It made it so easy. We loved our trip and were a little worried about being self-guided. It worked out well and we will do it again. At the end we were not ready to say goodbye to our bikes.
Lorraine Tour by Brenda H. 7 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part? Staff on boat, people traveling and the scenery.
Boat: La Belle Fleur
Countries: France, Germany, Luxembourg
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Rod C. 7 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Everything was memorable, the other guests, crew, routes, guide, barge and food. 14 days with a break in the middle was just right for timing.
Countries: Belgium, France
Danube Bike Path - Donaueschingen to Ulm by Susanne R. 7 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The diversity in hotels was a nice feature. Luggage transport was always timely. The distances allowed for extra kms to visit historical points of interest.
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