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  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Tracy F. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    The entire trip was wonderful! The food was great, accommodations were perfect and the scenery is spectacular.

    Boat: MS Arkona

  • Bruges to Amsterdam
    by Carol K. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Magnifique III was so much better than imagined. Great looking barge inside & out! Dining room glowed, friendly bar, wonderful creative chef. I’m a “foodie” and never expected such fresh delicious meals. Room accommodations small neat clean would have liked little more room so 2 people could unpack their suitcases.
    Staff was friendly attentive and did their jobs efficiently. Bike trip was well planned, I personally would have liked to have been able to stop a few more times to enjoy scenery surroundings & picturesque small towns.
    I recommend a bike/barge trip through Tripsite... I would consider another!

    Boat: Magnifique III

    Countries: Belgium, Netherlands

  • Around Lake Constance
    by Andrea S. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Most memorable thing from our Lake Konstanz trip?? How in the world do I pick?? The Biergartens? Picnics in medieval towns? Watching World Cup with locals in small family cafés? The acres of apple orchards? Seeing zeppelins flying over crystal blue water? Feeling the thunder of Rhein Falls? Getting lost and finding amazing parks and kind people? It was the BEST vacation we’ve ever had, and we’re already talking about which one to do next year!

  • Bavarian Lakes
    by Jeffery G. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    From forest paths at the outskirts of Munich to steep gravel trails en route to the source of the Isar, the tour featured a mind-blowing range of scenery and terrain. We pedaled more than 300 km in five days. Just one rainy day; we had to imagine the approach to Garmisch-Partenkirchen would've been all the more impressive under clear skies! Our bikes were custom made for touring, with seamless gear shifting and panniers. We built a couple of rest days into the schedule (we're by no means Tour de France contenders) but on a "day off" I got back on the horse and did a loop through the rolling forests and farms between Bad Tölz and the lakeside town of Bad Wiessee, on sparkling Tegernsee, a favourite of kitesurfers. By the final stage, Bad Tölz to Munich, the Alps had receded but the spectacular landscapes continued: woods, ravines and the crystal clear Isar River never far from our puncture-resistant tires. An amazing experience.

    Countries: Germany

  • Highlights of Dalmatia Plus
    by Tami & Hilary 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    This is a truly fantastic tour – a trip of a lifetime, which we thoroughly recommend! A luxury experience, on a gorgeous new boat, with fantastic food and incredibly thoughtful and skilled guides and crew…. With daily swimming in glistening, aquamarine seas and beautiful bike rides with stunning views. It was stimulating, energizing, relaxing and peaceful all at the same time. We would score it 12 out of 10!

    The e-bikes are brilliant! We had never used e-bikes before, but they are high quality bikes, very comfortable with comfortable saddles, easy to operate and maneuver, not at all cumbersome, with a quiet engine. You can use the pedal assist as much or as little as you like, so you can get a totally natural, high calorie-burn biking experience, or an almost effortless ‘glide’ up gorgeous hills! The guests on our tour were all different ages and fitness levels, with different biking experience, and we all loved the e-bikes. We were all able to do the rides the way we wanted, at the pace we wanted – it was so flexible and made riding a joy.

    The crew and guides were fantastic! We had a crew of 8 plus 2 guides, for 13 guests. Everyone was friendly and attentive, while also being very sensitive to giving us the space to relax and truly be on holiday. Our rooms were beautifully cared for, so they were calm retreats when we came back from our bike rides. It was inspiring to see the captain and sailors’ skillful work sailing and docking the ship. Theo was always on hand to help us with anything we needed and share insights about local cuisine. We felt so comfortable and cared for.

    A particular highlight was the food. One of us was vegetarian and the other a meat-eater, and we were both incredibly impressed with the food. It was high quality, imaginative, varied and delicious – way better than either of us had hoped – a true highlight.

    Our guides, Ivana and Meine were wonderful people to spend time with, so knowledgeable and confident about every detail of the tour. Everything was very well organized, without feeling regimented. They were excellent at explaining the bikes, the routes, and at flexing around our needs and adjusting to the weather to make sure we had a wonderful experience. They were always there and happy to help and answer questions. One Croatian, one Dutch, both with excellent English and German, they brought a wealth of experience and could connect with everybody.

    The ship, the New Star, was extremely comfortable and well designed. It is brand new, spotless, with a luxury feel. It is really big – especially for the low number of guests we had – so plenty of places to relax – either in groups, or alone / in a couple, as you wish. Cabins were very comfortable - extremely well air-conditioned (a delight after a sunny bike ride), sizeable, with everything you need, including sinks big enough to do quick hand-washing (You can dry things in a couple of hours in the sun, on the clothes lines under the deck railings).

    We’ve never been on a bike trip before, but are very impressed with Island Hopping. The company has been doing this for twenty years and you can tell – they really understand what makes a great experience for guests. All the connections / docking / links to city tours etc were very easy (it’s true the Port in Dubrovnik is a little distance from the old town, but there’s an easy bus connection) and the tour has great variety – different types and lengths of ride, with a rest day in the middle to explore and swim at gorgeous waterfalls!

    Before we arrived, we were a bit worried by the heat in July, but there is often a lovely breeze across the sea, and the speed you can go up hills on the e-bikes meant we were rarely too hot. The tour guest numbers tend to be lower in July and August, so that can actually be a real benefit. We also know this tour is one of the pricier ones, but it includes the bike rental, and felt worth every penny – the boat, food, level of service – everything was top quality.

    We are looking at another trip and will definitely go with Island Hopping again. Thank you for a great experience, Island Hopping!

    Countries: Croatia

  • Amsterdam to Bruges
    by Gail W. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Although this was a bike-barge trip, I did not bike; rather, I stayed on the barge each day as it progressed along the rivers and canals. It was very pleasant and relaxing watching the scenery. Each day I was able to disembark at least once prior to arrival at the destination for the night to walk around nearby towns or along paths. The crew was extremely gracious and accommodating to my presence on the barge.

    Boat: Magnifique III

    Countries: Netherlands, Belgium

  • Amsterdam to Bruges
    by Peter M. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    It would be difficult to pick one specific memory as the most significant. I loved the companionship of my fellow riders. I recall one beautiful afternoon as we rode through countryside reminiscent of a Van Gogh painting. I was impressed by the open friendly manner of the local people in the small towns through which we rode.

    Boat: Magnifique III

    Countries: Netherlands, Belgium

  • Bruges to Amsterdam
    by Paul M. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Great ship, staff and scenery.

    Boat: Magnifique II

    Countries: Belgium, Netherlands

  • Bruges to Amsterdam
    by VeeAnn C. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Everything was fantastic. Each day they gave route instructions. I tried to follow along with the instructions with the ride, but in reality, I would have missed several turns if I had not stayed with the group. So even though theoretically, you can do self-guided, I think in reality it would have been a mistake. I believe the first day the route guidance indicated some photo places that we did not stop at. Either the guide didn't want to, or we had gone a slightly different route. I do think the guides modified the routes slightly based on wind, riders etc. But all in all FABULOUS trip - thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Boat: Magnifique II

    Countries: Belgium, Netherlands

  • Bruges to Amsterdam
    by Rhoda S. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Our bike and barge trip with Tripsite from Brugges to Amsterdam was a wonderful trip we will remember always! The Magnifique II was luxurious, the food was amazing, the scenery was gorgeous, and our bike guides were fantastic. Overall we would recommend this company to all our friends and we are already planning our trip for next year!

    Boat: Magnifique II

    Countries: Belgium, Netherlands

  • Bolzano - Mantova - Venice
    by Anne S. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    We loved the beautiful, amazing mountain scenery (with very few hills) of the first three days. The written instructions, though, are of a badness difficult to describe. We rated the tour 4/5, and the lost star were because of the extremely poor instructions. If we hadn't had maps and stickers on sign posts, we wouldn't have been able to make it through. The frustration really distracted from the overall enjoyment of the trip - an English speaker with an accurate odometer really needs to rewrite the directions. For example, they talked about "crossing a railway" (or maybe a "railway bridge"), so we spent about 20 minutes trying to find a way to cross the railway - but really it meant to pass underneath an elevated railway crossing. Also, the symbol used to indicate a warning (I think of a turn easy to miss) is a hand pointing to the right. One not unnaturally assumes that this means a right turn. It does not.

    Otherwise the barge, scenery, activities, food, and guides are all exactly what we hoped for and have experienced on earlier trips. No problems with luggage transfers, and the hotels for the first part of the trip were all great.

    Boat: Ave Maria

    Countries: Italy

  • Bike and Sail the Ijsselmeer
    by Paul V. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Great scenery, wide, flat, bike paths along with pleasant sailing in lovely weather.

    Boat: Elizabeth

    Countries: Netherlands

  • Highlights of Dalmatia Plus
    by Javier C. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    This is an amazing trip. The ship is brand new. Doesn't feel crowded ever. The places visited are gorgeous. The views are breathtaking. The biking is very doable. No need to be afraid of hills; with these ebikes, most people will be able to do them. Plenty of time to explore ports and villages. It's hard to get lost during bike rides. Not too many bathroom facilities along the route, but every village has a number of cafes and restaurants that will let you use facilities. Bring sunscreen and good sunglasses. Ivana and Matjia, our guides, were fantastic--very accommodating. Be prepared for some improvisation, since wind conditions may force captain to alter route. Dubrovnik is nice, though too crowded, and the ship moors a bit far (30 minute walk). The other cities and towns are more visitable and relaxing, and the ship docks right downtown. Overall, one of the best trips of our lives.

    Boat: New Star

    Countries: Croatia

  • Castles of the Loire
    by Linda H. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Excellent routes, well marked and the Châteaus are breath taking. Make sure you have a rain coat.

    Countries: France

  • Around Paris
    by Linda H. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Sailing into Paris in the seine was spectacular, what a way to get acquainted for the first time and also enjoy how Parisiennes live and play along the river. Make sure you bring your sunscreen.

    Boat: Clair de Lune

    Countries: France

  • Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova
    by Art W. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    The food on the barge was terrific--as was our guide Fabio.
    Come prepared for 5 serious days of biking as well as bringing the right/complete biking clothes.

    Boat: Vita Pugna

    Countries: Italy

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Larry B. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Biking along river was the greatest. Budapest and Bratislava wonderful. Time in Vienna too rushed. Strongly advise participants to take an extra day or two in Passau before the trip—a lovely small town.

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • South Holland Tour
    by Scott P. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Our trip through south Holland was a history lesson with activity all in one. We had the day to enjoy countryside, beautiful gardens, canals and the old brick homes and cities along the way. Each morning we had fresh local baking to start our day and pack a lunch. We enjoyed a wonderful three course supper every evening experiencing different cuisines and fresh local produce. Many evenings a history walk was included after supper, finishing the day with some information on the city we were near. The week went by too quickly. ( I would recommend bringing earplugs to help sleep as some of the mooring places were noisier than where we live.) All in all a very wonderful holiday, we would do it again.

    Boat: Wending

    Countries: Netherlands

  • Dolomites to Venice
    by Shirley D. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    I feel the bike should have been rated moderate-not easy moderate!

    Countries: Italy

    • Dolomites to Venice
      by Jehiel from Tripsite 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

      Hi Shirley,
      Thanks for submitting this feedback. We try to provide as much information as possible regarding the difficulty rating in the "Skill Level" section above, including daily distances, road conditions, and even vertical climb. It's sometimes hard because there are many variables that factor into rating a tour, including things that vary from person/person. When in doubt, we recommend ample conditioning before your trip or reserving an ebike which allows you to adjust how much assistance you receive from the electric battery. Hope this helps!

      Countries: Italy

  • Around Lake Constance
    by Tama L. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    My dissatisfactions, two nights in the suburbs of Constance, out of the way, should not be used. Konono staff excellent, but cost us for taxi to get there and back to the train. Route book imprecise. What is the route sign we were supposed to follow? What good is a dotted line on a map when there are multiple routes? Which are more scenic? Less hilly? Passing by cafes? Unpaved in a forest? Exactly how do you get to the Rhein Falls ferry? Book never mentioned the three elevators that take you up and down. We had frustrations every day.
    Is it a beautiful trip? Absolutely. The Mozart and Park Villa are beautiful hotels, although not air conditioned.

    • Around Lake Constance
      by Jehiel from Tripsite 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

      Hi Tama,
      Sorry to hear you were dissatisfied with certain aspects of this tour. As far as the hotel locations, we always try to provide the best hotels possible (location, quality, reputation) but this is based on availability. This region is very popular and hotel development hasn't quite caught up with demand.
      In reference to the Route Book....we strongly recommend that clients also request GPS tracks to supplement Route Books. The tracks are more interactive and tend to be more precise. If requested, these tracks can be downloaded beforehand and used with a GPS or your smartphone. See this Blog to learn more.
      Im glad you still had an enjoyable time and appreciated the beauty of this region. We hope to help you plan your next trip!

  • Oslo Fjord
    by Kazi Ahsan S. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    The tour itinerary was very well coordinated. Very easy to follow the routes. Would like similar tours in the Northern part of Norway eg, Lofoten Islands.

    Countries: Norway, Sweden

  • Istria to the Adriatic
    by Ivette S. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    The perfect trip for families with young adult children. We enjoyed the different kind of roads, the food, the sights, every town we stayed at. Our guide Matic was excellent. We are looking forward to a new adventure with Tripsite.

    Countries: Slovenia, Croatia, Italy

  • Amsterdam to Bruges
    by Ray C. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Most Memorable Part? The travel through the countryside and villages. The trip exceeded our expectations. The two guides, Tom and Hillo knew their stuff and created a culture of camaraderie for the bikers. This trip provided an opportunity to witness life in the countries of Holland and Belgium.

    Boat: Magnifique II

    Countries: Netherlands, Belgium

  • Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova
    by Heather P. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    A thoroughly satisfying experience in all departments!
    The staff were welcoming and friendly, instructive and knowledgeable. I felt entirely safe in their hands.
    Accommodation has been well designed and thought out. I shared a cabin with a friend and it was easy to find our own space within a relatively confined space.
    The food was DELICIOUS! The meals exceeded expectations and were presented beautifully; the chefs having entertained us with their 'Two Ronnies' routine at the outset of each repast. I have made a batch of refreshing lemon and ginger cordial since my return, which is perfect for a hot summer day and reminds me of a very happy holiday.
    The bike was a delight to ride. I'm not a regular cyclist and I found the daily trips enjoyable and, with the regular stops, entirely within my capabilities. The one day off I had, sailing along the canal, added an extra dimension as it was so restful and enjoyable to watch the wildlife and the scenery glide by.
    The guided trips were enlightening and I now have a 'feel' for the part of Italy we traversed.
    From the start we felt like guests at a houseboat party. It was interesting to meet and enjoy meals with others from various countries and backgrounds.
    I shall be talking about this holiday for a long time thanks to you all.

    Boat: Ave Maria

    Countries: Italy

  • Amsterdam to Bruges
    by Linda P. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    The bike and barge from Amsterdam to Bruges on the Magnifique was extraordinary! Whether you were aboard the boat or the bike there was never "a bad view". The route was a great mix of small villages, farmland and cities - our guides were fun and knowledgeable about the history of each region. Thanks to the fantastic staff of the Magnifique, the entire trip was memorable. Our fellow guests were a wonderful mix of folks from many countries and it was fun getting to know them. Thank you Tripsite for making the booking of this trip so easy - I would highly recommend your company to anyone considering this type of trip.

    Boat: Magnifique

    Countries: Netherlands, Belgium

  • Dolomites to Venice
    by Scott M. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    The views on this tour were breathtaking. Northern Italy is so beautiful. For a mountainous region the pedaling was not difficult. Take your time and soak it in. Great food and drink in the region.

    Countries: Italy

  • Luxury Castles of the Loire
    by Michael S. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    The Loire environment was wonderful, and the well planned routes through the area, with so much off road or quiet road cycling was exceptional. The accommodation and overall organization was of excellent standard.
    The one piece of feedback that you should receive concerning the bicycles is that they needed servicing. There was significant slippage of the gears throughout the trip, on both bicycles. This can very simply be fixed with appropriate servicing of the chain and rear cluster.

    Countries: France

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