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Mainz to Metz by Jenny S. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Highlights: Our daily biking trips, having a varied ride each day with different kms, visits and scenery, plus even a hike to a castle as well. My only suggestion is to keep this spontaneity as each day is an adventure with the known luxury of the barge awaiting us at the end of each ride.
Countries: Germany, France
Best of Northern Zealand by James L. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
The scenery was excellent. The 4th leg from Helsinger to Hillerod was a very demanding trail, off beaten paths, steep hills, and the markings and mileages in the booklet directions were not accurate. Several of the bikers we talked with had the same problem. We biked as a group of 7, with 5 of us being on our third Tripsite European bike trip. If not for this leg, the rating would have been higher. Also, at the assignment of equipment, there was a lack of organization, no checklists as to who requested what equipment, and at the end, there was also no checking.
Countries: Denmark, Sweden
Mainz to Metz by Gina F. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part? That is so hard to answer because there were so many of them. I do plan to enter your contest very soon. As for tips or suggestions for others...By all means considered a Tripsite bike trip for your next vacation. It has so much to offer. And don't let your fear of being able to complete the daily bike rides stop you. We had in our group of 21: an 80-year-old, a person with a "boot" on his foot due to an injury, a person with a sore back, and several people who don't bike regularly. All of them were able to not only complete our daily rides, they did so with no struggles and enjoyed themselves. E-bikes can be used by those who have trouble with longer or more challenging rides. There is something about riding in a group that bonds cyclists together. You go slow enough to have conversations and see all the details you could miss when going by bus or car, yet fast enough to cover miles of interesting terrain.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Judee W. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Riding the Danube was the most memorable part. This trip was trying to do too many things for too many diverse folks at one time. A bike trip and a boat trip are different experiences. For biking, I think a smaller boat with more cycling is important. The staff worked hard with several languages, those who wanted to sun, those who wanted to tour cities, and those of us who wanted to bike: tough job. They did a great job, but for bikers, I think another option should be recommended. There was a great deal of confusion because of the diversity of activities. The cyclists actually lost a full day of cycling due to conflicts/changes/who knows? Descriptions of the next day's activities were very confusing, because they were trying to give instructions for a variety of different folks. We were always wondering, confused about our ride instructions for the next day. Thank goodness for the bike guides who tried their best to keep us informed!
Boat: MS Carissima
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna by Barbara H. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Fabulous bike/barge adventure in Germany/Austria! We'll be back! The cycling was on beautiful paths along the Danube. The food and service onboard were extraordinary.
Boat: MS Normandie
Countries: Austria, Germany
Mainz to Metz by Paul R. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Most memorable part: Discovering new and very interesting places with good friends.
Amsterdam to Bruges by Darryl White 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
My wife and two other couples did this trip in August 2017. The crew was great the boat is very well appointed, the rooms are small but function well. The evening meals were great, breakfast was limited most days to bread cheese and cereal. Now the bad part:The crew turns off the air conditioning at 10:30 at night and does not come back on until the morning. So one would wake up in the middle of the night sweating and not be able to go back to sleep, The bedding, our clothes and all other items in the room would get moist and moldy from condensation. The Bicycles were not the best, they were quite used and most of the seats were loose and could not be tightened which made for long days of riding...
Countries: Netherlands, Belgium
Catalonian Flavors of the Mediterranean by Melanie Hinzman 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
What a delightful bike ride. The bike rental people/shop were very helpful and they provided us with good quality equipment and bikes. We enjoyed the country paths and wonderful views. The uphills on the asphalts were not for the faint hearted... you need to be in shape. The variety of foods were truly gastronomical satisfying. The picnic basket with local produce was an appreciate "extra" to make the trip that much more special.
Amsterdam to Bruges by Karen K. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Most memorable Part: The crew on the boat, dinners and the tour on canals throughout the Netherlands and Belgium. The cheese shop was the best and also the small cafe's.
Boat: Liza Marleen
Golden City of Prague by Mary C. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Trip went way above my expectations. Everything started exactly on time, the food and entertainment was excellent. The maps and bike routes were well detailed and went through beautiful countryside. Routes also gave you many opportunities to stop and enjoy the culture of each city.
Boat: MS Florentina
Countries: Czech Republic
Istria to the Adriatic by Yael S. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
The trip was beautiful and what I would describe as completely worthwhile work/play.
Countries: Slovenia, Croatia, Italy
Brussels to Bruges Bike and Boat Tour by Wendy D. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
This was a fabulous holiday in every way. Already looking to plan another for next year. Loved every part of it. What a great way to see the country, get some exercise and vacation in style. The crew on the Quo Vadim were wonderful, the food was great and the biking experience fabulous. Well done!
Boat: Quo Vadis
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Deborah M. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Biking through the wine country around Melk. The villages were amazing and the people were friendly. I'm only 5'2" and the bike's weren't a good fit for me I needed a smaller frame but none were available. The bike I was given for the 1st day of riding was in very poor condition which made the first 27 mile ride rather uncomfortable but several people complained and the staff fixed the bikes. Make sure you get on your bike the 1st day as early as they will let you so there is time for fixes if needed before the boat leaves and you need to ride off on your first journey.
Danube Bike Path - Regensburg to Passau by Lynn L. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Not only was the bike route scenic, it felt very safe, even for the short periods we were off the bike path. The Regensburg to Passau route was perfect for our group of four adults and four teenagers. None of us are experienced cyclists so three days of biking on a flat path was a perfect introduction to bicycle touring. We loved touring each of the cities on our trip.
Mainz to Metz by Charles O. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Traveling on the Merlijn is always a delight. The accommodation are great and the food was delicious. Our trip along the Mosell was utterly charming. This was my third sailing with Jantien and Henck and I hope it wasn't my last.
Brussels to Bruges Bike and Boat Tour by Wheaton L. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Fabulous holiday in every way and great value. Already looking to book another like this trip next year. Thank you!
Amsterdam to Bruges by Joan H. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Riding through the Dutch countryside on dedicated bicycle paths was most enjoyable. The system of numbered paths is ingenious! Keeping up with the front of the group was a challenge, not always a welcome one. It's best to be a strong rider even on the "easy" tours.
Mainz to Metz by Noel J. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Memorable and very satisfying tour. The Merlijn and her crew were wonderful, friendly, and efficient, even while operating one member short (due to illness). The route along the Rhein and Moselle Rivers was beautiful, historic, and made for great cycling. The extras offered by the tour, wine tasting trip, winery tour, Roman mosaic and others, were highlights, and the food on board was great. I'll be back.
South Holland Tour by Eileen C. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
The Southern Tour from Amsterdam in the Netherlands is a wonderful trip. It was my first time on a cycling tour and I felt that I received all the information that I needed in order to prepare and to make a wonderful experience. The route had nice a diversity between cycling and stopping in Dutch cities. The crew was very helpful and friendly, and the food was great. My bicycle couldn't have been more comfortable. I highly recommend this trip.
Four Country Tour by Michael R. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Cycling through the countryside, seeing Stein-am-Rhein, the Rheinfalls, taking the boat across the Wallensee, seeing the Schattenburg in Feldkirch, and visiting the Abbey Library in St. Gallen were all highlights.
Countries: Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland
Koblenz to Saarburg by Stuart D. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
The boat and crew were all fantastic and the cycling was fun and easy through beautiful scenery.
Four Country Tour by Jeff B. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Konstance was very bike friendly, and interesting.
Amsterdam to Bruges by Neal P. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Certainly it was a wonderful trip and I would recommend it to anyone HOWEVER our chef was fired on the 3rd day (the regular chef was on vacation), our stressed out guide was less than patient with passengers and we had 3 kids, 8 years old and younger who were poorly behaved and due to the insensitivity of their parents interfered greatly with the enjoyment of our trip. This created unnecessary tension for the the guide, captain and for the passengers. This family caused great delay in the itinerary starting on the very first day. I think in future children under the age of 16 should be prohibited from these biking trips. These kids, even their parents, were incapable of riding a bike for the distances required in the itinerary. All that aside we would book a bike and barge trip again but would be certain to inquire about age requirements. Thank you.
Amsterdam to Bruges by Carla 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Hi Neal,I'm really happy you were still able to enjoy your trip despite some negative circumstances. We're really sorry this family became such a stressful part of the trip. Please do feel free to inquire about age requirements on your next trip.Happy Cycling! ~ Carla
Around Lake Constance by Kristine C. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Riding through the countryside, seeing the roadside farms along the way, was far and away one of the most beautiful parts of the trip. We enjoyed finding places to eat, visiting museums, taking an excursion to the monastery outside Stein am Rhein, and finding cool drinking fountains to refill our water bottles! We had some trouble finding the path at times, but the longer we rode, the easier it was to decipher the guide/route. We took one really long, uphill (very steep) wrong turn on day 2- at least riding back down to the correct path was easy. Overall, it was the best part of our trip! Would have loved to have seen Rhein Falls, but I think it may have been too far away.
Countries: Austria, Germany, Switzerland
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Heather F. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
We really enjoyed the rides through the countryside in this trip. Our cruise director was fun and very helpful. He gave us many tips for the route and how to experience the culture of the places we went.
Amsterdam to Bruges by Patrick S. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
The meals onboard were great! Sander was an expert chef, Eric a well informed and pleasant captain, and Nico was a constant source of entertainment. The general attitude of the he crew was above and beyond.
South Holland Tour by Walter V. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
A wonderful way to see the Netherlands and experience different parts of the country. Food on the barge was excellent. I do recommend you practice a lot before the trip to prevent saddle sores. Proper biking pants helps a lot.
Boat: Anna Maria Agnes
Prague to Dresden - A Tale of Two Rivers by Ileana G. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
The visit to Strekov castle was one of the more memorable moments. We had time to explore the ruins. Otherwise, we did not stop anywhere for long. The other spot where we stopped for a while was Terezin, site of a Nazi concentration camp. At Pillnitz castle near Dresden, we were given 15 or 20 minutes to tour the gardens if we wished. Overall, the pace was fast and the trip felt a little rushed. The description of the ride as easy is a little inaccurate. There were some hills to contend with, especially on the first day. I would have liked a little more free time in the pretty towns of Melnik and Litomerice. Most accommodations had no air conditioning, and it was very hot when I made the trip in late July-early August.
Countries: Czech Republic, Germany
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