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Ionian Islands by Deborah L. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Great Staff and Crew and Fellow Passengers.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Prosper B. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
My most memorable part of these trips are always at the halfway mark when I realize they are almost over and I want them to go on and on forever. Italy is so beautiful and the ride to Montava is an extension of that beauty.
My suggestion is simple: Do it. Don't wait. Go on a big cruise ship when you are too old to walk, but as for now, if you're able to bike, you're able to bike tour. Touring is different than racing. Its relaxing and invigorating, spiritual and memorizing. Seeing Italy at ground level and at 11 mph is the only way to experience it, in my book.
Boat: Ave Maria
Ludwigsburg to Koblenz by Spencer H. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: The expertise of our tour guide Lea
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Christine D. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Our guide, Hein, was the absolute best. Knew everything about history, culture, architecture, food... Had a great sense of humor. Best guide in 10 bike/barge trips.
Bruges to Amsterdam by Linda M. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
The tour guide was great. He took us to wonderful little locations for coffee & lunch breaks while biking. He clearly had built relationships with people at the stops. He took us for walks into town in the evening and knew history of buildings &/or towns.The bikes were in great condition.The captain (& his dog) were great, circulating and getting to know the passengers.The food was very good and the young crew worked very hard.I would go again with this barge, captain & tour guide in a heartbeat.
Countries: Belgium, Netherlands
Coastal Andalusia by Peter H. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Our guid Jeff Lacey was outstanding and and certainly added to the enjoyment of the trip which was very well organized.
Ludwigsburg to Koblenz by Robert E. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Compared to previous tours, the Merlijn was very well organized on board, but maybe over-organized to the point it was less fun and spontaneous. Very low key with lots of rules - no partying for sure. Also, we found the food was very disappointing by comparison. Highlights included the actual cycling, with beautiful countrysides, storybook towns, the wine tour, etc and the cycling guide was excellent. We were also fortunate to have another good group on the tour which was both interesting and fun. All in all, a satisfactory trip.
Bruges to Amsterdam by Nancy S. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Hard to pick the most memorable part, I continued to be awed every single day! The food was amazing kudos to the chef for sure! The staff on the Fluvius were so hard working and made sure everything from our rooms to our social times were perfect. absolutely amazing! The tour guides were so helpful, patience and lots of fun, to say the least!Tripsite made every step from the booking to the beginning of the adventure so easy, keeping us informed, answering all the questions etc., etc. (And we had many!)Can’t thank you all enough!Looking forward to my next trip with Tripsite.
Camino de Santiago Bike Tour by Janine B. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
I loved this trip, even tho it rained two days we were riding the Camino. Our guide was very knowledgeable and so patient and kind. My only concern was the bicycle was too large for me and there was no other option in the shop. I am 5' 1" tall and was on the same bike as my husband who is 5' 11". I needed a smaller bicycle. But I managed. It also did a Bike and Barge with Tripsite three years ago and was very pleased.
Countries: Portugal, Spain
Coastal Andalusia by Val M. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
The scenery was awesome and the whole trip was fantastically organized and Jeff Lacey our guide was tremendous. We would recommend this trip to all our friends and will in all probability do another one in a year or two.
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Sarita L. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Everything was great. Just did not like the room and bathroom size.
Ludwigsburg to Koblenz by Roger S. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: A return with friends for a second trip and working on next year. We had a great guide very informative and fun to be with. Enjoy the riding and barging
Bike and Wine Basel to Strasbourg by Sara G. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
First day ride and exceptional lunch along the canal. Recommend more info on options to stop, eat, etc along the routes. Also recommend better bike maintenance - both bikes had shifter/derailer issues. Transfer of bikes and luggage went very smoothly. Hotels were all great, except the one in Freiburg - run down and rude front desk staff.
Countries: France, Germany, Switzerland
Bruges to Amsterdam by Bruce H. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
I enjoyed the bonding that occurred with our fellow travellers over our shared biking experiences. The pathways and route were amazing. Tips for others: Be prepared to have a great time.
Riccione - Villages & Castles by Rebeca L. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
The guide and all personnel from hotel Dory are wonderful. They make you feel like home and the attention of Tripsite was fast and good because they look for the best trip according to my demanding.
Mainz to Ludwigsburg by George S. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
One of our best vacations ever! Met some great people. The owners and staff of the boat provided exceptional service. We're making plans to travel with them again.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Patricia M. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
The staff were wonderful and attentive and the biking equipment was excellent. It was tremendously satisfying to enjoy this beautiful part of the world on bike and then return to the comfort of the boat each evening. Looking forward to the next trip!!
Boat: MS Normandie
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
Riccione - Villages & Castles by Lori D. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: There were several-seeing the David in Florence and riding through Rimini and to the Santini Winery.
Dalmatia from Dubrovnik Plus by Susan M. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Great views and biking. The ebike really helped on the climbs but you still get a workout if you want one. Great weather and scenery and great guides. It was nice to get off the bike and go to Bosnia mid week. Eating so much on the boat wasn't my favorite and the fact that we had to pay extra for the day at the farm/winery seemed a bit cheap as I know other tours pay for these types of things. Having to get instructions in two languages (German and English) seemed a bit long. But the boat was nice and enjoyed it. If you are a swimmer you might might to come a bit earlier in the season.
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Susan M. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
We enjoyed St Emilion which we explored on our own. We should have been told what there was unusual to see in all of the ports that we were in at the beginning of the trip so that if reservations were necessary at sights that interested us we could have made them. Sebastian worked very hard at making sure that we had a great time on the boat. We were part of a learning experience and work in progress for Pascal.
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by wendy 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Thanks for your feedback Susan! Yes, information should definitely be shared at the beginning of the tour and typically is but we do apologize as the regular tour guide for this tour was not on board the week of your departure so there was some lack of details. St Emilion is also my favorite!
Dalmatia from Dubrovnik Plus by Patricia S. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
The islands of Croatia are exquisite and the boat Harmonia is beautifully designed and cared for. Cycling in Croatia was breathtaking.
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Linda R. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
The scenery was wonderful. Biking around the French countryside — what could be bad? HOWEVER, this trip should not be taken unless the client is assured that the barge has replaced their current bikes (as they say they will for 2018) with lighter bikes in perfect working order. They should make sure that there are bikes of all sizes, so that a small person (I am 5’) will get a properly fitted bike. I biked the entire week on a 6-speed rusty heavy old bike. Even the bell and kickstand didn’t work.
Thanks Linda and we agree! As you mention, new bikes (smaller and lighter frames in particular) will be purchased for 2018!
Heel of Italy by Shelia P. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Scenery on the day from Santa Maria di Leuca to Otranto was spectacular. Overall excellent trip. Would not hesitate to recommend.
National Parks of Dalmatia by Sue P. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
The scenery and the weather made this a wonderful trip-- however, the participants were unusually amiable and everyone got along famously. One of the waiters was a real clown and kept us all entertained at mealtimes. The chef and his assistant put out some amazing food, and so much of it! The bikes were probably as good a fit as possible on this kind of trip. Our guides were great-- one wouldn't have known this was the end of their season. I can't think of anything that might have been improved upon. Good work!
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Tama L. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: St. Emilion and the disco party on the boat the last night
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Susan E. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
The trip was amazing: excellent food prepared by our 2 chefs; our guide was well-prepared, thoughtful, good-natured; the route was beautifully planned and educational, the bikes were more comfortable than my own, the weather was fortunately perfect, and we had a great group to bike with. The experience went way beyond my expectations . Can’t wait to plan the next biking adventure.
Boat: Vita Pugna
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Ronnie L. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Bordeaux is an exquisite area of France. Exploring it on a bike made it that much more enjoyable. The scenery and visiting wine Chateaus that have been in business for generation was quite spectacular. The city of Bordeaux may be my favorite city of all the European cities I've visited. It's very easy to use the public transportation, there is much to see, explore and experience there. For future listings, I would rate this trip as at least moderate in cycling difficulty. There was one flat day, one day of rolling cycling, and 3 day of pretty challenging hills, especially on heavy hybrid bikes. On any future tour I will definitely consider using an ebike. Many if not all of the European women used them. I met many interesting and lovely people from other countries on this tour. It was delightful!
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