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Metz to Cochem or Cochem to Metz by Leo R. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The total crew got involved in the trip and were always available to assist us with any problems or questions. It helped to break the ice with other bikers and soon we were one cohesive and fun group.
Countries: France, Luxembourg, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium
Metz to Cochem or Cochem to Metz by Patricia B. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most memorable are the meals. The daily ports and after dinner walks. 1 issue - directions to the barge were horrible.
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Jeffrey D. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most memorable part? There were so many, but Chantilly Castle and the Montmontre area of Paris that we had a tour of immediately come to mind. Make sure that you can ride a bike and can manage at least 30 miles on a route with the same level of climbing, otherwise use an e-bike to help you along. Bring 2 pairs of street shoes, as some days they might get wet. Remember that there will be an opportunity to leave a tip at the end, and it should be about 5-6% of the booked price. Drink wine and beer, talk to people, don't be shy about anything and remember to have fun.
Countries: Belgium, France
Metz to Cochem or Cochem to Metz by Wendy & Robert K. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
It is very hard to say what was the best, as everything was so great, beautiful, and interesting. The staff and bike guide went above our expectations, we would recommend this trip to all.
Around Paris by Laura W. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
So many memorable parts it's hard to pick just one. On this trip, I'll say the warmth of the chef and captain, the meals were outstanding, and I loved meeting and cycling with people from all over!
Boat: Clair de Lune
Metz to Cochem or Cochem to Metz by Richard R. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
We thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip but the weather was a bit average - no rain but lots of cloud and a bit cool.The food was great as were the crew, the bikes, the other passengers and the boat. We thought Wouter (the guide) needs to "loosen up" a bit and learn more of the history etc. of the region. We also found the first couple of days on the bikes a bit boring, too much forest and not enough villages etc.All in all very good!!
Metz to Cochem or Cochem to Metz by Garnet T. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The whole trip exceeded our expectations but the barge Iris and the crew were outstanding.
Lochs and Castles by Helena K. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most memorable part: Cycling challenge of the unexpected and spectacular scenery.
North Holland Tour by Alene G. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
This was our first time at a bike & barge trip and it was a great adventure! Staff was amazing and the other guests all gelled - we all worked together to have a fun experience. Getting to see various areas in Northern Holland up close was amazing. Be prepared for weather changes! Layer and bring clothes for rain! But most of all be prepared for a great vacation!
Prague to Krakow by Armando A. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
My wife and I did the 13 day Prague to Krakow self guided cycling tour the last week of August thru the first week of September 2017.We both enjoyed it immensely. Europe Bike Tours spent a couple hours with us reviewing the trip material. The paperwork Vitek went over with us included:A contact list and program itinerary.A description of the day, route description, problematic turns/crossroads/tips, highlights, bike repair shops, medical care, places to eat, plus a graph showing distance and climbed meters.Turn by turn directions for each day.Regional maps with the trip route highlighted.Plus a map of the town we were staying in each night.Hotel vouchersA GPS route was also available which we used and highly recommend.(It makes the biking more care free as you do not have to reference maps constantly, which saves a lot of time.)
We were provided with hybrid (crossover) bikes which were very comfortable and suitable for the terrain. The terrain varied immensely from paved trails to rough trails through the woods.The bikes held up well. We had no flat tires or any other mechanical issues. The bikes had a bag on the front to hold what you needed during the day plus a cover in cased it rained. Helmets’ were also provided.We chose the standard hotel accommodations. They were all good and some were exceptional. The hotel location was always great; right in the center of town. The luggage transfer was great. Our luggage was at the next accommodation by 4pm or earlier each day.
We purchased the half board dinner option which we would not recommend. Although the food was good to excellent in all the locations except for two, I was led to believe that we would receive 3 main course options and this was not true. You took what you got. We do not feel there were any benefits with this option. There were plenty of restaurants available to choose from for the same cost where you could select from a full menu. Prague and Krakow are both beautiful cities, with incredible architecture and history. Both cities have stately market squares, bridges spanning the rivers which run through them, plus numerous parks, cafes, restaurants, cathedrals, clock towers, castles, palaces, etc. We added four extra days to our trip giving us 2 extra days in both cities which allowed us time to explore them, which was totally worth it.The cycling route takes you through beautiful towns and countryside. It follows rivers where ever possible.
Overall I highly recommend Europe Bike Tours. Vitek took very good care of us ensuring all went well.
Countries: Czech Republic, Poland
Prague to Krakow by Jehiel 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Hi Armando! Thank you so much for this thoughtful review. We are very proud to work with such a great local partner to bring the highest quality bike tours to you! We hope to help you plan your next trip!
Tailor made bike tours in Holland by James U. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
We just completed an 18-day independent cycle tour with Tripsite. They mapped out a custom route, provided GPS and map navigation, amazing hotels in the centre of the communities, and luggage transfer.The the day we met cycle company representative in Amsterdam and throughout the trip we had the support to ensure our trip was memorable.Every hotel was an experience with a local flavour in the centre of town. It was close to shops, dining, and filled with friendly people.The cycling was fun with lots to see and the opportunity to visit towns, sites, and some great riding.If you want a great trip either a custom, pre-packaged, group, or independent, Tripsite is your first and only choice.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Colin M. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The most memorable part of the trip? Everything: the boat, staff, accommodations, food, cycling director, bicycles were far better than I expected. The daily orientations by the cycling director were very informative, not only about cycling conditions, but also about refreshment stops and sightseeing. This trip could not have been better.
Boat: MS Normandie
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
Camino de Santiago Bike Tour by Kelly . 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
My friend and I rode the Camino de Santiago from Porto the coastal route. Scenery was wonderful!We did the self-guided tour using the Garmin gps. Once we got familiar with reading the gps the route was fairly easy to follow. We started with only 1 Garmin, but got a second gps on the second day of our tour. I highly recommend having 2! We found it very helpful double checking the route between the two of us. The accommodations were outstanding! And each hotel had such a nice breakfast each morning!Everyone we had contact with was helpful and friendly. The description of the route "easy to moderate" would be accurate for persons who are physically active on a regular basis. Portions of the route could be very difficult for some. I would suggest more emphasis on long days riding than the mileage. The bikes were very comfortable, but heavy in comparison to the bikes we are accustomed to riding. And the route conditions vary so much along the way that it is slow bicycling. This was my first cycling trip and I loved it! Would highly recommend it!
Countries: Portugal, Spain
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Myra B. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Friendly knowledgeable staff, delicious food, great bikes! It truly was the vacation of a lifetime, and we can't wait for the next one!
Boat: Ave Maria
Around Lake Constance - 12 Day by John and Janet B. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The most memorable part was clearly the scenic routes, food, friendly people and cities selected for lodging. Great hotels! Tripsite delivered on services as promised. We were disappointed/frustrated with the lack of route details and direction into and out of the cities. Despite the network of paved bike trails/paths, we spent too much time confused asking locals for direction to our destination. Perhaps for persons accustomed to biking in Europe, the vague directions presented no difficulty, but for persons from America not familiar with the signage and more accustomed to turn by turn cue sheets, we were frequently challenged to find our path. Asking directions from local residents did give us an interesting opportunity to communicate across languages. We would recommend you add more detailed directions into and out of cities.Thanks for your arrangements to make our trip possible. We really did enjoy our bike tour around Lake Constance.
Countries: Austria, Germany, Switzerland
Bavarian Lakes by Patsy and John V. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: Getting lost! The Bavarian Lakes region is lovely and not many travelers that I know have been there. Despite a cool rainy spell, we enjoyed our ride. When it was pouring rain for 2 days, Eurobike transferred us with our luggage and we were quite happy that they allowed this. The lakes and historic old towns were interesting and the countryside was outstanding. September may be a little late in the season to do this ride; the temperature was in the 50's and 60's and the rain was a problem.
Tauber River Valley Romantic Road by Raylee F. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most memorable part: The scenery, food and the cycling on quiet roads or bike paths.
Amsterdam to Bruges by Kathy B. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
I really enjoyed everything about the trip: the scenery, towns and villages, camaraderie, guide, food , music evening. All was wonderful!
Countries: Netherlands, Belgium
Brussels to Bruges Bike and Boat Tour by Dorothy M. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Wow, our trip was phenomenal! The barge was excellent, the food was gourmet (seriously) and the riding was great! Although rain was predicted everyday, we never rode in the rain. The weather improved and we saw rain twice while on the barge. The Magnifique II and the crew could not have been better. We are already looking forward to a trip next year!!!
Boat: Magnifique II
Amsterdam to Bruges by Sue N. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The most memorable part of our trip was people we met, we made some fantastic new friends. The Dutch countryside was especially beautiful, just like out of a fairy tale. Lots of other great countryside and small villages as well, quaint and old European.The rooms on the Fluvius were poorly ventilated, and the A/C was extremely noisy. The dining room, lounge, bar and upper deck were great.One of our rides included having to take a short ferry ride. We were all asked to pay .70 cents for this. Many of us felt that was being extremely cheap, and should have been included. Really...70 cents!!!!For each day of cycling we were only given 1-500ml bottle of water. This is not even close to daily requirements, especially given that on several days we were riding in 30 degrees C. It should have been at least 2L/person/day.Our guide lacked enthusiasm. He told us to fill our empty water bottles in the bathrooms, he talked about bathroom breaks in the pre-ride briefing but despite being told (during the ride) that we'd need a break, he just kept going. Rarely did he stop for photos; there was some beautiful countryside that many of us would liked to have captured. For the most part, the only time he stopped was for coffee and lunch. He did not seem overly concerned about safety; when there was a car coming from behind the riders would shout "CAR" and that kept getting shouted up the line. One time I was behind the guide, so we both heard it at the same time...the guide then very flippantly said "Good for the car". Crossing major intersections was dicey; many times he would cross despite the traffic, while the group would then wait on the other side until it was CLEARLY safe to go. This seemed to frustrate him. My bike was great, but it would have been nice to have a water bottle holder mounted on the frame, and include a cycling water bottle for it, which people could then take home. Not all bikes were the same; some had 2 hand brakes, while others had a hand brake and a foot brake, which took some getting used to for those that were assigned that type of bike. There was no option to swap.The Fluvius crew were amazing. Very, very hard working, yet personable and great senses of humor! Shout outs to Alex, Nadia, Marianna, David & Captain Arno!!! (PS, we hope everything is okay with Nadia's mom).Despite the negatives, we had a great time, met some amazing people, saw stunningly beautiful countryside, had lots of fun & laughter. And, we would go again!!
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Kim B. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Everything was memorable. I took this trip with my sister not having any expectations. Besides the great accommodations, food & scenery, there were strangers from 8 different countries that became a bike family for 8 days. It was a wonderful trip.
Boat: Vita Pugna
Frankfurt to Bamberg or Bamberg to Frankfurt by Rick F. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
I am not a bike rider and was very concerned about how difficult it really would be. Well, it wasn't that difficult and was very enjoyable. The bike trails are amazing and stunning. This was the first Bike Barge experience and it was fantastic. There is no better way to experience Germany. The staff on the Merlijn are amazing. The food was delicious and plentiful. The experience on a smaller vessel was as good or even better than on a cruise ship and I have been on over 25 cruises all over the world. I highly recommend this adventure.
Amsterdam to Bruges by Lynda R. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
We had a wonderful time. The accommodation was above expectations, very clean and more roomy than expected. The food was excellent, plentiful, diverse and attractively presented. The staff was welcoming, helpful and made the trip extremely enjoyable. There were extras above what we expected...guided trips into the various cities in the evening and even entertainment with Music and dancing. We stayed with the guide every day and appreciated his expertise at choosing routes that were scenic and avoiding as much of the traffic when we did have to go through the cities.
Frankfurt to Bamberg or Bamberg to Frankfurt by Gwen H. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Enjoyed the trip immensely. Scenery was fantastic. Ship and staff were excellent. Food was accommodating for vegetarians, non fish eaters and was plentiful. Would like to see an additional excursion included with the tour. Beer tasting night and castle tour were excellent.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Andy R. 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The bike journeys were terrific taking us through beautiful towns and scenery! The last day's trip to Melk was spectacular BUT it was recommended that we take the ferry across too early on the ride. This sadly led to a long and unnecessarily arduous climb to Melk that could have been avoided by staying on the other side of the river and crossing at Melk. That said, we very much enjoyed the trip!
Boat: MS Carissima
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Ann karen watson 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
This was a fabulous trip. Truly amazing. The food was the best surprise of the week!! It was delicious!!! Our tour guide Tamara was excellent, she made every day very very interesting. She went above and beyond. Can't wait to do another trip with Tamara!!
Metz to Cochem or Cochem to Metz by Garnet 10 months ago • Permalink/Reply
A group of 8 friends from Western Canada recently completed the Metz to Cochem tour on the Iris and all of us have nothing but good things to say about the experience. The barge Iris was everything we expected and more. Immaculately clean, well equipped, comfortable rooms and beds, small but efficient bathrooms, great lounge and dining areas, outside sitting area, etc., etc. The crew was outstanding in every way from Chef Bas to guide Wouter, to crewman AJ and so on. The crew added so much to the overall experience and always with humour, local knowledge and great attention to detail. The daily rides were a feature that we looked forward to each morning and the scenery was wonderful each day. And to top it all off, the weather for the most part cooperated for the whole trip. I can't recommend the barge, the crew and the trip highly enough and as a group, we are already talking about our next barge/bike tour
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