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Merzig to Mainz or Mainz to Merzig by Gina & Pat G. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Everything was perfect! I cannot pinpoint one specific part but can say that we felt welcomed from the moment we stepped on the barge, all needs were met, including some that we had not thought of ourselves! It was the details to make this trip relaxing, stress free, comfortable, fun, full of laughter, memorable! I really like sweet wine and Jantien went out of her way to get the best sweet wine. Jantien, Henk and the rest of the staff as well as our guide were always one step ahead for all our needs: waterproof caps for the helmets on a drizzly day, drying our shoes and jackets when we returned, helping a passenger find a dentist when they lost a cap, the beautiful fresh flowers and special table decor for all our meals, impeccable service, the cleanliness of the ship, stamps and mail service to send our postcards, making dinner reservations, arranging taxis, laundry service, sharing the cultural differences both for education and comedy, and being social with the entire group and not just as boat owners. We thoroughly enjoyed them accompanying us on a few outings, offering fun surprises like a staff member playing the part of the Loreley as we passed the statue on the shoreline. We have never felt so relaxed, laughed so much, and felt so pampered!! Jantien, Henk, Lia, Miele and the rest hold special places in our hearts and we look forward to seeing them again in the future! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Christopher 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The experience on the barge far exceeded the expectations for my wife and the other 6 members of the group. The quality of the food, the excellence (and friendliness) of service , and the outstanding visuals of the meal presentations were an absolute delight. If I were asked for recommendations (I left these comments on the end of cruise comment card), would be to improve internet service and to make sure there is at least one English speaking television channel available.Other than that, everything was wonderful.
Boat: MS Carissima
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Jenny K. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: Waking up each morning at a new port in the middle of no where with castles and beauty all around. Tip: Take all the bottled water you are able to as not freely available (although I drank the ship's water and it was fine). Don't rely on internet.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Joseph D. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
It was a fantastic trip. I will definitely recommend it to friends and family!
Kvarner Bay Plus by Heather & Bob D. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
We were totally looked after with no glitches and great service.
Boat: Andela Lora
Balearic Islands by Vincent Z. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
I have booked 4 trips with Tripsite. Two others on boats and this was my favorite. Sailing the boat was really fun. The crew and guides top notch. The food was the best yet. It's always great to mingle with people from all over the globe and find out we are all the same.
Camino de Santiago Bike Tour by Jacalyn C. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The self-guided cycling tour of the Camino in Portugal and Spain was a great way to experience the Camino with our own small group.
Countries: Portugal, Spain
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Sidney P. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The whole experience was more than I expected. Just join in and enjoy life.
Koblenz to Merzig by Nicola F. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Highlights: The Mosel and Saar rivers/the Barge Merlijn
Venice to Poreč by Wes J. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Great scenery and a very good vacation. I recommend taking the boat out of Trieste to avoid the traffic.
Countries: Italy, Slovenia, Croatia
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Andrea S. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
We really enjoyed the bike rides in the country side, and visiting the wineries, especially the day Viktor took us to Clos de Bigos. Staff on the boat was great. Boat is older and can get very damp in the lower cabins. The cabin did have air conditioning which is very nice. The areas we visited were beautiful, and we were surprised at how beautiful Bordeaux is.
National Parks of Dalmatia by Terri Z. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The guides Dora and Marcus were great. The ship Romantica, and its crew were wonderful and the food was more than I expected. There was only one day where the riding seemed a bit short and not a great route but it was still a great view when we got to the top of the too steep hill. The whole trip was definitely a great experience and the scenery and other passengers on the trip couldn't have been better.
Koblenz to Merzig by Ruth B. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Loved cycling through wine country & hiking twice on side trip.
Koblenz to Merzig by Cindy K. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: Scenery along the Mosel and Saar
Along the Danube - Passau, Bratislava, and Vienna by Margery K. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: Riding on the bike paths without having to worry about road traffic.
Boat: Theodor Körner
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Elaine D. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
This was our first bike and barge trip. The 4 countries trip was awesome. Albert was an amazing tour guide and was available all the time to ask questions of and chat with. His info sessions were informative, we would have missed a great deal without his tips and suggestions. Amazing food. Friendly staff willing to do anything to make the trip memorable. No hassles ever! Wish coffee during the day was included but no big deal. We were on the top level with big picture windows. Immaculate boat, the Carissma. We booked the spa and enjoyed the expansive area, chilled fruit juices, robes and towels. Nice hot tub for two, romantic. We are already looking for another Tripsite bike and barge next year. This is an amazing way to see cities, get some exercise and fresh air, enjoy the countryside and visit little villages for coffee or drinks. We did city bike tours in Budapest &Vienna (booked on board) and they were well worth the money. Before the trip we had a number of questions and Mikky at Tripsite was great with answers. I was so happy she answered right away! Thanks for a memorable week.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Linda S. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
This was the second trip on the MS Carissma from Sept 24 - Oct 1- along the Danube. Great scenery- the best of the two trips. The river views of vineyards, historical sites were really beautiful. The staff on the boat were exceptionally customer focused and responsive to needs. The food was very good and well presented with the exception of the fruit plate which needed a little more imagination to meet the standard set by the other menu items. The hired tour guide for our group was not able to answer questions about the history or other information on some of the sites we spent time in or passed along the way. He knew the route well but other information was not forthcoming as he said "it did not interest him" when he did not know. Tips - do some research on some of the stops along the way to determine if the site is worth a stop along the way. Make good use of the extra time in Vienna and Budapest.
Mainz to Cologne by Linda S. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The most memorable part of the trip - this is in reference to Cologne to Mainz trip on the MS Andante Sept 16-23, was the scenery and the visits to the small towns along the way. It would have been more enjoyable if we had been able to go through some of the small towns along the way instead of just going by them as we followed the route along the river. The guide did mention some things to see along the way for some of the routes we followed. Some detours and construction was not mentioned or alternate routes given along the way. Tips for others if someone is sick on board there should perhaps be some guidelines given for keeping yourself healthy or tips for not spreading the "bug". The dinners were the most disappointing food on this trip. Few fresh veggies, the entres were often not well prepared nor were they tasty options (eg fish was on the menu frequently and was soggy, or prepared the same way again and again).
Amsterdam to Bruges by Peter W. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The trip wasn't exactly as I understood it would be. The staff were absolutely great, couldn't be any better. The guide was also very good, knowledgeable and patient. However, it seems to me that the objective of each day's ride was to get from point A to point B; we didn't stop enough to enjoy & explore the sites along the way. Also, I wonder about riding thru farmers' fields. Perhaps that was the only way to reach certain destinations. We needed better introductions in the first meeting. We should have introduced ourselves at that meeting. We were 32 strangers together for 8 days, let's start with introductions.The food was pretty average. Breakfast was fine; once in a while there was hot food served but you had to be aggressive to get any, there wasn't enough to go around. Food available for lunch was fine, no complaints. Dinners were disappointing. We didn't need gourmet dinners, we needed substantial meals. The best meal was the BBQ, there was enough food. Other meals were inadequate. Dinner on the last night was abysmal and the dessert was a joke, 1/2 a glass of liquid. I would like to see bar prices posted and a statement produced on the last day. I have no idea if I was charged the correct amount or not; not that I don't trust the staff, as I said they were great. In spite of sounding like a chronic complainer, my wife and I are talking about doing another Bike & Barge trip, we really enjoyed this one. Don't take my comments as negative criticism, take them as suggestions for improvement, no one is perfect.
Countries: Netherlands, Belgium
Along the Danube - Passau, Bratislava, and Vienna by Robert M. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Scenery was beautiful. Biking was not overly strenuous. All in all very enjoyable.
Amsterdam to Cologne and Cologne to Amsterdam by Katherine H. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Enjoyed biking through the fields of heather, beautiful! Tip for others: use a gel seat!
Boat: Sailing Home
Countries: Netherlands, Germany
Provence - Wilderness of Camargue by Nancy R. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: Cycling itself throughout southern France
Provence - Wilderness of Camargue by Beverly P. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Amazing scenery - good guide, manageable route, fantastic food. Only thing that could have been improved was wifi on the boat. If more than two or three people were using it, it was impossible to connect and always very slow.
Provence - Wilderness of Camargue by Michelle S. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
We really enjoyed our trip. It was nice to have our own group on the boat. Everyone had a great time, the crew was great, the food was awesome and you can't beat the places we visited. Thank you for a great trip!
Bruges to Amsterdam by Andy K. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: Riding through beautiful villages and countryside! We stopped in beautiful places to eat lunch, rest and take pictures. Our guide Alfonse was amazing! Our last night, we took a private boat cruise on the canals in Amsterdam, arranged by our guide! AWESOME TRIP!
Countries: Belgium, Netherlands
Provence - Wilderness of Camargue by Gloria P. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The routes of this trip were fantastic, even though the Lavender was not in bloom the fragrances hung in the air as we rode by the harvested fields. We rode to some of France's National Monuments which was special in of itself. I thought the routes and itineraries were great. I always looked forward to what they had planned for us next. Our guide and all the staff on the barge were all wonderful and so happy to share this journey with us! The food was excellent - who knew there would be such fine dining on the barge! This is an adventure not to be missed!
Amsterdam to Bruges by Kathleen H. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
I loved every minute of it! :) Thank you so much for a great adventure!
Boat: Magnifique II
Bruges to Amsterdam by Andrea R. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: Riding through area of windmills. We were frustrated by the slow pace of our group.
Amsterdam to Bruges by Diane B. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Every part of this excursion exceeded my expectations. The Magnifique II is a fabulous boat, with very comfortable accommodations. The staff was excellent, all worked very hard and the teamwork was amazing. Cycling routes were fabulous and Thomas was absolutely an excellent guide. The food was first rate, LeRoy did a great job. It was a fabulous trip.
Heart of Holland by Bruce N. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: Biking the rural/countryside of Holland
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