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Tulip Tour - 5 day by Kim D. 6 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Our Bike and Barge trip on the new Magnifique III was the BEST! The boat was beautiful, the food was fabulous, the the guides and staff were so helpful and friendly. We'll never forgot all of the beautiful sites - windmills, tulips, and baby animals - just to name a few. Memories that will last a lifetime. I cannot recommend this vacation highly enough!
Boat: Magnifique III
Tulip Tour - 10 Day - Amsterdam to Bruges by Laurie M. 6 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The people who we met in the trip made it memorable. Cornel was a wonderful guide who made everything fun and interesting as we were biking. Everyone on the Quo Vadis made us feel so welcome. Food was fantastic. Loved meeting all the other bikers and had lots of great times together.
Countries: Netherlands, Belgium
Tulip Tour - 10 Day - Amsterdam to Bruges by James K. 6 months ago • Permalink/Reply
My wife and I did a 10 Day Barge and Bike trip from Brugge to Amsterdam during Tulip season. The boat Quo Vadis was really excellent. The rooms were small but quite comfortable. The dining room and lounge were well appointed and welcoming. Everything was always spotlessly clean! The crew was incredibly hospitable catering to any need. Captain RJ was knowledgeable, experienced and and very approachable. The evening walks he led in towns were great fun. Also really enjoyed sitting in the wheel house and chatting as he navigated rivers and canals.
The food was basically gourmet with delightful surprises every dinner. Fresh bread was baked on board every day and breakfast was a mix of american style eggs, bacon, etc and European style meats, cheeses, fruit, veggies, etc. Chef Franco deserves many accolades for his commitment to healthy and delicious food.
Our bicycle guide was extremely competent. He knew the roads and towns well and was able to make changes to routes as needed on the fly. An example would be an extra loop on some roads when he spotted blazing fields of tulips off in the distance. Our timing was good as there were acres of fields in full bloom as we rode down tiny country roads with no other tours, tourists or buses anywhere to be seen but our little bicycle group. It was sublime! Wind mills, polders, dykes, historic locks & bridges dating back centuries, and wonderful local festivals in the central squares of small towns on Kings Day - all to be seen on an 'organic' level from the saddle of a bike. It really doesn't get much better! And our guide, Cornell, knew the history and had a story to tell about so many places. He also knew the best places to stop for a coffee break, a picnic lunch or a hot bowl of soup and a slice of Dutch Apple Pie ... maybe even a great spot to get a good Belgian beer. Thanks Cornell!
It is almost impossible to pick one favorite thing as best of trip. The fields of tulips, the Kings Day Festivals and the gourmet food would all have to rank high on a list of many highs. Towns? Brugge, Antwerp, Delft, Amsterdam - all high on the list and each for different reasons. History, culture, shops, vibrancy, beautiful town squares & lovely streets are all a part of European charm! I don't know what else to say other than we will do another and Bike and Barge trip through the wine region of Germany in the future. It's just such a great way to get a more intimate experience when traveling.
Boat: Quo Vadis
Tulip Tour - 10 Day - Amsterdam to Bruges by Ronald R. 6 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Memorable parts: The other guests, the scenery, and the barge experience. The Tulip time is also the rain time, so be prepared with proper clothing. Even though the weather may not be ideal, the experience more than makes up for it.
Tulip Tour - 10 Day - Amsterdam to Bruges by Alix L. 6 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Qua Vadis boat, staff, tour route all exceeded my expectations. The food is fabulous and the chef, Franco, made me fabulous gluten free options. I loved the small group, our guide was knowledgeable and fun. He made sure to take us on loops that would show us major sights. R.J. And Ina, owners and captain, are personable and accommodating. I would recommend any tour on the Quo Vadis.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Jeanne W. 6 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most memorable part? All of it! Fantastic! Most memorable: Hein! And Marco! The whole staff! Loved every minute. Loved the e-bike too.
Boat: Ave Maria
Provence - Wilderness of Camargue by Judith K. 6 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The bike tour was terrific and exactly what our group was looking for. Biking along quiet country lanes and through vineyards. Our Italian cabin crew was fabulous.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Patti S. 6 months ago • Permalink/Reply
I was so impressed with the level of service and detail on this trip. Completely exceeded all expectations from the guides and the rides to the food and the lodging. So much fun! It didn’t hurt that we had perfect weather. Hoping to do it again!
Tulip Tour - 4 Day by Karen B. 6 months ago • Permalink/Reply
I am a very experienced cyclist (raced in my younger days). The condition of the bicycles left something to be desired. For example, the headsets of the bikes were not tightened after the handlebars were straightened out as they were distributed to the group. The loose headset contributed to an accident that resulted in an injury.
I suppose it is a common type of bicycle in Holland, but the upright positioning and lack of rake on the front fork made the bike inherently unstable. I got used to it pretty quickly, but some of the group never did. Only about half of our group were regular cyclists, and that made riding in/with the group an exercise in self-protection. Fortunately, my brakes worked well.
Also, lessons on how to cycle in the Netherlands (rules of the road, etc.) could have been more complete and reinforced each day. Our group tended to bunch up whenever stopped, blocking the way for others, and again, verging on dangerous. The guide said nothing. After one of our group said something to the guide, he finally started paying more attention to keeping the group together at traffic signals. Another part of the group tended to ride in the pedestrian lanes- they stopped doing that after getting a thorough tongue-lashing from a Dutchman walking his dog.
All this said- the general content of the trip was wonderful- the tulips, the cities, the countryside... we thoroughly enjoyed that. Would we do it again? Unsure... perhaps if we could be with a more experienced group.
Amsterdam to Bruges by Julie R. 6 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Overall, it was a great trip - boat and crew, bikes, guide, fellow passengers. Where this trip fell short of a previous bike boat trip that I did, was that this trip lacked interesting stops along our cycle route. It felt more like getting from point A to point B with a brief coffee or lunch stop - no tours along the way. From my understanding in talking with the boat owner/captain, the cycling routes and stops are planned by Bike Boat Tours.
Tulip Tour - 10 Day - Amsterdam to Bruges by Rosann G. 6 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorial Parts: the biking routes and scenery.
Tulip Tour - 4 Day by Kim K. 6 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: The fabulous guides, scenery and staff!
Tulip Tour - 5 day by Christiane and Pascale D. 6 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The kindness and attention of Sanders and Als, owners of the barge, the delicious and beautifully presented meals, the bike tours so different every day, the size of the boat allowing super relations with the others, Rola the so friendly and helpful guide and to top it all, 5 days of perfect sunny hot weather....ordered by Tripsite, no doubt!!
Boat: La Belle Fleur
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges by Frederick S. 6 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Our trip aboard Quo Vadis exceeded our expectations; the food and crew were great. We ended riding more than the itinerary suggested (averaging about 35 miles per day), but we lucked out and head great weather the entire trip.
Countries: Belgium, Netherlands
Tulip Tour - 10 Day - Amsterdam to Bruges by Tom L. 6 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The Quo Vadis was super! The food, accommodations, staff and bikes were all terrific. However, we were unprepared for the traffic and city riding intensity. Marsha is an experienced recreational rider but had no idea how to deal with traffic. She completed the first day and began another, but turned back after the first half kilometer and packed it in after that. City traffic and congested cycling is something only urban folks experience, so we and others were unprepared. We were were really expecting a leisurely paced scenic tour, not the frantic paced marathon we got. The trip was listed as easy, but a 12 mph average speed for 36 miles is ridiculous for most recreational cyclists, especially when you’re there for scenery and cultural experience along with cycling. Additionally, once you start for the day, there is no practical way to drop our. So, if we were to look for another bike barge trip, we would be looking for:Quo Vadis or equal20-25 mile days maximum 8-10 mph average speed maximum Route mapsRouting to avoid urban trafficMore short stops to smell the flowers. Ultimately, we were disappointed in the cycling portion of the trip feeling it was not so much for tourists who like to ride. We (and others) felt the guide placed too much emphasis on covering miles and not enough on making it pleasurable. Tripsite staff is superb and did everything they promised. Thanks.
Tulip Tour - 7 day by Lynda A. 6 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part? Cycling in the warm spring weather seeing the fields of spring bulbs in bloom with windmills almost always in view.
Tulip Tour - 10 Day - Amsterdam to Bruges by Beth P. 6 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The first day was the best...but then the next day took over that stature and then the next day...and so on for all glorious 10 days of our sojourn. Around every turn was another beautiful vista, filled with the aroma of hyacinths, the colors of tulip fields, the beauty of windmills and the charm of 16th century villages. Our accommodations were impeccable, the captain, cook and staff were thoughtful, accomplished and accommodating. Did I mention the food? The food was deserving of a Michelin star! Our bikes were perfect for the terrain (the Netherlands is gloriously flat - for a biker from the hills of NEPA that was a treat!). Our fellow bikers were great company - everyone had a sense of camaraderie and fun. This was my second Tripsite excursion and it won't be my last!
Tulip Tour - 8 Day by Patrick L. 6 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Janteen's food was superior - even better than the other bike barges, and that's setting the bar pretty high.Nico and Chango are great guys. Fun to chat with and good at their professions. The small group, cozy quarters on the Elodie, excellent crew, great riding companions, the people of The Netherlands - and, of course, the tulips - made this the best bike and barge trip ever.
Tulip Tour - 8 Day by Elizabeth T. 6 months ago • Permalink/Reply
This was my first Bike and Barge trip . Now I am hooked and am making plans for another trip next year. There were many many WOW moments on the trip., on the barge, on the bikes and during the nightly tours of the cities visited. This is the only means to really learn about, see and interact with the country.Everything on this trip was memorable from the staff, the guide ,the other tour participants and off course the scenery and the people and customs of The Netherlands
Thank you TRIPSITE for the excellent service!
Tulip Tour - 7 day by Eileen S. 6 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Exceeded my expectations. Best value for great experience.
Tulip Tour - 5 day by Linda N. 6 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The Netherlands is a unique and beautiful country. We loved everything we saw. The flower auction was amazing. The Keukenhof was not to be missed. Our only problem was riding in a group single file through Amsterdam. We were strung out so long it sometimes took 2 or 3 lights to get through an intersection. We were so far back from the guide we couldn’t say “let’s stop and check out that windmill”. We were spoiled. On the Danube trip we could go at our own pace with detailed maps. I would suggest people download the map app and go it alone. But really, how can you complain about springtime and hyacinths?
Tulip Tour - 10 Day - Amsterdam to Bruges by Stephen R. 6 months ago • Permalink/Reply
It was a very well organized trip with no unexpected “surprises” at the end. RJ and his staff were very friendly and helpful. His barge was very clean and comfortable. The cabins are definitely small so pack lightly. The WiFi is slow but we were able to use Facebook and email. The bikes were all new. We found that the bikes are heavier than our hybrids. My wife used a ebike everyday and really enjoyed the trip. If your spouse isn’t a big rider, rest assured that the ebike is the way to go. The other guests were very compatible and most were repeat customers of Tripsite. We would definitely book with Tripsite again.
Tulip Tour - 10 Day - Amsterdam to Bruges by John G. 6 months ago • Permalink/Reply
A tour of the Netherlands has to be a "bucket list" item for any biker. It is a fascinating country with great history and scenery. Travelling on the Quo Vadis for the Tulip Tour was a great way to experience the smell of the hyacinth fields along the country roads.
Holland Southern Tulip Tour by Angela T. 6 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Loved the comfortable accommodations on the barge.
Boat: Sailing Home
Amsterdam to Bruges by Karina M. 6 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: Riding through the tulip fields and the Kuekenhoff gardens on the same day is a memory that will stay with me forever.
South Holland Tour by Dave C. 6 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The De Amsterdam is more like a cruise ship than a barge, very nice cabin, very nice dining room.
Boat: De Amsterdam
Tulip Tour - 10 Day - Amsterdam to Bruges by Dave C. 6 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The crew on the Zwaantje was fantastic. We loved the meals that Frank prepared. Fred is a great tour guide.
Tulip Tour - 10 Day - Amsterdam to Bruges by Jo S. 6 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Riding through the tulip fields...the sight and the smell was indescribable...pictures couldn't do it justice...
Tulip Tour - 10 Day - Amsterdam to Bruges by Janice B. 6 months ago • Permalink/Reply
I loved tulip day and going to Keukenhof Gardens
Tulip Tour - 10 Day - Amsterdam to Bruges by Roberts W. 6 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The tulip fields the way they smelled going into Keukenhof gardens it was marvelous the whole trip was fabulous. The captain and wife on Zwaantje was so great cook was magnificent they were so welcoming and Fred the guide was so knowledgeable of the area love loved the trip.
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