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Merzig to Mainz or Mainz to Merzig by Randy S. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
My wife and I did a July cruise on the Merlijn that started in Merzig, Germany and ended in Mainz, Germany. What an adventure. Henk (our captain) navigated the ship perfectly as we sailed the Saar, Moselle and Rhine Rivers over 8 days and 7 nights. We were told that the Merlijn barge was converted in 2006...but the rooms and decor were still very modern. We were pleasantly surprised at the size of our rooms and bathroom. Our two twin beds were placed together, creating a very comfortable king sized bed with "air" controlled mattress firmness. As a 6'3" tall man, the shower accommodated me well, with an adjustable shower head. An inexpensive laundry service provided clean clothes daily if needed.
Jantien (our cruise director and chef) provided great service and the food was excellent....even providing a vegan menu option for my wife. We enjoyed getting to know our fellow passengers, sitting with different people at each meal. Jantien was always there to provide any additional details or service if needed.
We really enjoyed Lia, our bike tour guide. She was very knowledgeable and spoke fluent English, but was fluent in other languages as well. She knew her stuff and provided excellent details along the way. She even walked into the towns and villages with a small group of us at the end of each day.
We enjoyed seeing the beautiful German countryside from a far different perspective than a typical visit would entail. We couldn't recommend a trip on the Merlijn more....and plan to do another bike and barge tour in the future, but next time, we will bring friends too.
Golden City of Prague by Suasan O. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
In the height of the tourist season 4 of us booked the Golden City of Prague bike/barge and enjoyed every aspect of this route and three nights on the boat in the heart of city. The Florentina is a fabulous accommodation for this venture up the Vltava and Elbe Rivers. The staff provide good but not obsequious service. The food served was a pleasant surprise and our guide was helpful and informative. I would recommend that bikers have experience in wayfinding or be able to download maps to assist them. Along with this skill, the presentations (in English) and the written descriptions/maps in the booklets kept us on track. Much of the bike trails are along the rivers' edge and the condition varied from paved to gravel to rough, but that just made it more interesting.
All the Czech people we encountered were helpful and friendly. We enjoyed the historic towns of Litomerice, Melnick, the birthplace of Dvorak and the many Lobkowicz palace(s.) We did a short bike ride to Terezin and absorbed the ancient and recent history of this fortress. In Prague we especially enjoyed our tour of the Municipal House and a gallery exhibit of Mucha. For modern art and architecture seek out art installations by the contemporary artist David Cerny and the "Dancing House." I was very impressed with the hard work and pride of the Czech people and their commitment to building a new economy.
Boat: MS Florentina
Countries: Czech Republic
Golden City of Prague by John F. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Our favorite part: Viewing Prague at night from Charles bridge
Bavaria Tour by Francis D. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Lack of access to bicycles/ guide did not do anything but lead the route.
South Holland Tour by Pak Ching A. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most memorable part: Getting to know many friends from different countries.
Boat: Anna Maria Agnes
Bruges to Amsterdam by Esti G. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The group was lovely, the guide knew a lot and explained it very good, (he shouldn't bring his 7 years old son with him!) we think that a biking tour guide must have good, modern flat-wheel repairing set!!!
Countries: Belgium, Netherlands
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Kristie J. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most memorable: The scenery in Venice, Lodi and Chiogga.
Boat: Ave Maria
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Diane C. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Wide range of scenery and experiences especially going on the barge through the tunnel and excellent guiding by Fred.
Countries: Belgium, France
Istria to the Adriatic by knut S. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most memorable: The local tour operator (Good Places) arranged a lunch and wine tasting at a small winery/restaurant. Excellent food, good wines, tour of the winery, interesting lessons about local wines in Croatia, excellent service and a welcoming atmosphere.Suggestion: We enjoyed staying in the small hotels with atmosphere and a la carte dinners much more than the big resort hotels serving big buffet dinners. So please look for cosy, smaller hotels with atmosphere.
Countries: Slovenia, Croatia, Italy
Amsterdam to Cologne by Kevin D. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
What a dream vacation! Eating like a king every morning & night, and riding far enough in the time between to feel like you're burning it all off. My wife and I had a wonderful time with the three couples from our church who made the trip with us; the pace was leisurely enough for the least athletic of us, yet brisk enough to keep everyone's attention, with lovely scenery throughout. We're only back a few weeks and already thinking about where to take our next biking vacation! Thanks for such a memorable trip.
Boat: Sailing Home
Countries: Netherlands, Germany
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Michael & Cynthia K. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The overall experience of the barge & bike tour through wonderful countryside, villages & towns was excellent. The barge skipper/owner & staff were very good & most pleasant. The meals were of a high standard & variable throughout the two weeks.The bikes were also very good. I had ordered an electric bike with our booking but the order did not go through. However, the ordinary hybrid bike provided did the job so I happily stayed with that.We were also to have a double bunk, but that request did not get through either, but that was OK.
Northern Normandy by Kathryn K. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
We enjoyed the freedom of making our own decisions with our self-guided tour. We did not necessarily follow the maps and we chose to do completely different things on two days. The area was beautiful with a lot of different environments to enjoy. The hotel had wonderful staff who refused you nothing. The food was delicious and different. We were forced to use our French since there is very little English spoken in the area. We enjoyed the immersion into the community.
Merzig to Mainz or Mainz to Merzig by Lynda B. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
What a delight to pedal with a small group meandering along three major scenic Germany rivers in the company of a caring, experience guide, then settling into a comfortable bed on the Merlijn. I highly recommend the Merzig to Mainz route and don't miss the climb to the castles.
Drenthe - Holland’s Venice by Andrew L. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Our self-guided bike trip to Drench had outstanding scenery due to well-chosen routes, lovely accommodations with excellent food, friendly people, and the best beer in the world. There were problems with the bicycles from the beginning that were met with skepticism when I called for a replacement for one of them, and the directions were sometimes terrific, and other times terrible. There was one incident with the directions where it called for a left turn, but was actually a right. If these problems could be corrected so they don't happen again, this trip would be 5 star and I would recommend it without hesitation.
Istria to the Adriatic by Michael E. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Tour route was beautiful, some costal some inland, hotels and food were excellent, I liked the smaller hotels much better than the large one as the small ones were very personal. Local wines were great. Had so much fun that I'm thinking about the next trip.
Bruges to Amsterdam by Dena L. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The guide was great, the scenery was amazing! Better food for lunch. Screen on the window so the bugs cant get in or put in air conditioning!
South Holland Tour by Sian W. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The biking was wonderful with a great variety of landscapes and villages to see.
Danube Bike Path - Regensburg to Passau by Svetlana S. 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
We have great quality time with family with balanced load of fitness and sightseeing. Excellent tour organization with very comfortable hotels (except Passau). Hotels central location gave us opportunity to enjoy historical city center and local cuisine with great comfort. We liked our bikes and found it very comfortable for our ride pace. It was nice sightseeing tour with great places to visit on the way. Additionally, we were lucky to have great weather. So everything was perfect and we plan out next trip. :)
Tripsite Traveler - Lake Constance by Bob Snyder 11 months ago • Permalink/Reply
This is a great diary of our trip!
Countries: Austria, Germany, Switzerland
Champagne Tour by Barry B. 12 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Crew, guide, staff were attentive, cordial and helpful. Barge was clean and comfortable. Bike routes were very scenic and interesting. Mary Ann, our guide was very knowledgeable, and simply terrific. Will we go again?....absolutely yes.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Karen L. 12 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The most memorable part of the trip were the people I had the opportunity to meet including the staff who were extremely courteous.
Boat: MS Normandie
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Donna H. 12 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Everything was great! Even when the ship had a mechanical problem, the staff made sure everyone was happy.
Boat: MS Carissima
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Donna B. 12 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Best Part: The small towns and villages we biked along the way.
South Holland Tour by Thelma K. 12 months ago • Permalink/Reply
I learned and saw things from the Netherlands that I had never seen before. I loved the cycling through the dunes.
Dalmatia from Dubrovnik Plus by Janet C. 12 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The guides were excellent for our amazing bike rides and boat vacation. The boat was well-appointed with clean, comfortable rooms. Our food was delicious and plentiful! We loved the beautiful scenery and would love to go back. Wonderful!
Bruges to Amsterdam by Kim F. 12 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Could not be happier with every aspect of the trip. The meals were outstanding and the scenery was beautiful.
Best of Northern Zealand by Lisabeth C. 12 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Tip: Be sure to visit Karen Blixen's House and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.
Countries: Denmark, Sweden
Brussels to Bruges Bike and Boat Tour by Patricua O. 12 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The tour guide was excellent. Also the Captain and crew were excellent. It was a wonderful way to meet people, get some exercise, sightsee and enjoy lovely food. The Quo Vadis has an excellent chef. All of the crew spoke English, German and I believe also French and Spanish. They looked after the group so well, nothing was too much trouble. I would recommend this tour without hesitation.
Boat: Quo Vadis
Along the Danube - Passau, Bratislava, and Vienna by Vince K. 12 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable: Arriving in Budapest just at dark and seeing the city all lit up and riding through the Wachow valley. The visits to the cities, Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, were too short and left us wanting more. This particular boat was geared more towards German speaking guests and English was a poorly translated afterthought.
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia
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