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Amsterdam to Bruges by Kurt W. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
This was our first bike and barge trip, and we loved every aspect of it. Yes, the weather was a challenge, but even that was rewarding in retrospect. The guide and crew were great, the food was wonderful, and the boat was very comfortable (and a good size). We got to know all our fellow passengers and that was the icing on the cake. Now I'm spending way too much time, probably, reading about where to take our next trip!
Countries: Netherlands, Belgium
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Lou R. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
We participated on this Bike N Barge tour in May of 2017. The Carissima is a former "Viking Cruises" ship which is now doing the bike and barge tours for a year or so and it provides such luxury in accommodations, living quarters, dining rooms, swimming pool and so on that is unlikely to find on any other ship and tour of this type. The bike paths are by most standards quite good and the scenery is simply wonderful. The first day or riding the Engelhartszell - Aschach bike path is majestic and the Great Loop of the Danube unforgettable. The Wachau / Krems - Melk trail on the last riding day is by far the best and most interesting. We also rode our bikes on our own through the city of Bratislava and also through most of Budapest which is by far one of the nicest cities east of the Iron Curtain. We did not take a day of rest in Vienna. We rode our very comfy e-Bikes for 4 hours throughout the city and stopping at the huge number of venues for photos as time in Vienna is absolutely very limited. If there is something wrong with this trip is the fact that this ship does not stay overnight in any of the main stops on the tour so it lacks the opportunity to explore the city at night and enjoy some of the local events and specialties. The ship leaves almost as soon as your requested time of return from cycling is scheduled and you spend much of the time on the ship deck watching the river go by. The tour guides were outstanding and the directions given are flawless. Having been given the gps routes in advance was immensely helpful. By the way, while e-Bikes are not essential they are good to have if you plan to climb the hills to see the castles and other high up the horizon venues on this tour. If you stay on the assigned paths regular 7-8 gear bikes are just fine. The Hungarian dance evening excursion is quite good and recommended and so is the Vienna Orchestra evening excursion if it is your first ever classical music show. It provides some of the well known classical music by well known music geniuses but leaves a lot to be desired if you are well aware of this musical era. The orchestra is small just 16 or 17 musicians in a small and poorly designed venue for that type of music. 3 out of 5 for this excursion. The overall trip is well designed and gives nice riding opportunities, great views, lots of culture, great comfort and the Danube is a treat. The meals on Carissima are less than good in quality and taste but better than most for showing off. The breakfast are excellent. The rest is average at best. The crews are all top quality for service and attendance. I dislike sitting at the same table with the same 6 persons every days every meal. It supresses the opportunity to meet people and reduces the fun of getting to know others from different countries, cultures, ethnicity and customs. For the reasons of not overnight stops and the food quality and table seating system we rate this at a 7 of 10 stars or 3.5 on this scale.
Boat: MS Carissima
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen by Lou R. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Once again the "Patria" gave us a wonderful trip with an excellent crew from top to bottom. The rooms are small but comfortable and spotlessly cleaned on a daily basis. The food on this ship never ceases to amaze. Breakfast and dinner for such a lot of guests it is always served with smiles, tirelessly by outstanding servers and the chef is a master in producing meals of top restaurant quality. Bravo. The guide Carsten was "spot on" with his PowerPoint presentations, never shy of answering any and all questions and always riding the course. The handouts were excellent. Not to be missed is the wine tour in Nierstein, a fun outing without the pretentious tasting and showy put-ons. Must make sure you arrive 2-3 days early at Koblenz as it is a great place to explore on your own on a rental bike. Also after Bad Wimpfen take a short train ride and stay a couple of days in Heidelberg to see and enjoy the many historical venues. Yes, it is a touristy place, but worth it. Castles and more castles the first 2 days, vineyards and fields the next 2 and rolling hills the last 2 days gives you a trip that showcases everything that is so much fun in the "Bike and Barge" style of vacationing. Enough bike riding every day to enable you to have the extra glass of wine or cold beer at dinner. This trip is a 10 out of 10 hands down, particularly if it is sunny and dry as it was for us this September of 2017. Our 6th trip with Tripsite and we looking forward to the next one in 2018. Thank you all.
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Veronica H. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Bordeaux the best city on trip for us. Trip is not easy because of traffic and hills---scary!!!
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Cynthia W. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Everything was excellent! There were a limited number of available rental helmets, I highly recommend bringing one's own from home.
Boat: Vita Pugna
Bruges to Merzig (no longer available)by Dave C. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Passenger/participant/staff group dynamics were excellent. Barge had no laundry service, so go prepared with the necessaries to look after it yourself.
Boat: Quo Vadis
Countries: Belgium, Germany, Netherlands
Bruges to Merzig (no longer available)by Gordon W. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Biking through wine country in Germany and going into the fields themselves. Take this trip!
Bruges to Merzig (no longer available)by Kristine & Joe S. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
This trip exceeded our expectations on every level. We'd never done a bike and barge excursion and decided to jump in with both feet on this trip. To say that we were thrilled is an understatement. The incredibly comfortable boat, the friendly and hardworking crew, the delicious meals, the fantastic guide, the varied and beautiful route... it was all more than we imagined. I can't tell you what a pleasure it was to experience three countries and their cultures with the intimacy that a bike tour allows.
We're experienced travelers and think through our options carefully. The combination of activity, education, relaxation and total immersion was so appealing... and this excursion did not disappoint. To top it off, given everything that is included, this trip is a tremendous value. We can't wait for our next adventure with Tripsite!
Bruges to Merzig (no longer available)by Gail C. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
The trip started out with high winds and rain but it didn't dampen the spirit of the group. We were always going downhill with the wind on our back! The comfort of the barge and delicious meals were outstanding. The Mosel valley was probably the highlight for scenery and seeing the grape harvest in full swing. Our wine tasting evening was one of the best we have ever experienced. The Captain wanted us to have a real experience and we did.
Dalmatia from Dubrovnik Plus by Gary A. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
The guides were excellent and the biking was gorgeous!
South Holland Tour by John B. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Cycling gave us a good look at south Holland. Wonderful variety. Passed through peaceful farm land and enjoyed the many small towns we passed through. Getting lost from time to time forced us to interact with locals and many of those occasions turned into highlights. Found the Dutch people to be most helpful.
Boat: Anna Maria Agnes
St. Moritz to Innsbruck by Ronald Z. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: The small towns set in the beautiful mountains with it clean air and pleasant residents.
Countries: Austria, Switzerland
Along the Danube - Passau, Bratislava, and Vienna by Linda B. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Biking through the Wachau Valley was spectacular, thus it was the highlight. The staff on the "barge" were super friendly and helpful. The biking was easy if a person is reasonably fit. A little practice doing long distance biking is a good idea.
Boat: Theodor Körner
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia
Bruges to Merzig (no longer available)by Leanne S. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Especially enjoyed the days cycling through the vineyards along the Mosel River.
South Holland Tour by Gaye S. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
It was quite an adventure! Best way to see the real country and people of Holland.
Around Paris by Paul D. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Gourmet dining aboard the Clair de Lune was five star fabulous! The tour guide, Henry, was extremely knowledgeable about the area, and inspired the highest level of confidence in his ability to handle any situation. The Clair de Lune was very clean and in excellent condition. All the staff were wonderfully friendly, helpful and welcoming.
Boat: Clair de Lune
Amsterdam to Bruges by Timothy S. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Our guide was very knowledgeable and engaging. A suggestion for others would be to prepare for wind if going during that time of year. The route may be very flat but the possibility of a constant headwind can make it feel uphill. Knowing this, some guests may opt for using an eBike.
Bruges to Merzig (no longer available)by Harvey C. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
We loved Germany the best. The coffee stops were the best. Great brats and pastry.
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Richard O. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
We were on the 9-16 Sep sailing on the Bordeaux from Castets-en-Dorthe to Libourne. The provided daily road maps were difficult to follow and easily confusing; most folks saved the $200 euro apiece, and did the self-guided rides -- and folks were going off trail everywhere. Luckily, I had downloaded Ulmon maps, so I could always find my way back to the trail. They did offer 3 bike computers with pre-loaded maps which were very helpful. You state they can be rented for $15 euro, actually, they are available for free, with a $100 euro refundable deposit, unless it is lost or stolen. Otherwise, the trip was a delight, and great kudos to the bike guide Victor, the ship's owner Pascale, and her fine crew.
Along the Danube - Passau, Bratislava, and Vienna by Corol M. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: Beautiful scenery! Great attention by bike staff.
Venice to Florence by Janice V. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: Riding through vineyards and orchards.
North Holland Tour by Jill L. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
A number of things stand out. First, the size of the room (which was shown as 4 single beds but ended up being a tiny room with two bunkbeds where we could not all stand in the room). Second, the fact that after active days covering 50 Kms or more there was no water provided (a bottle of water was provided at breakfast only) and no food available in the hours before dinner. Third, all meals had to be taken at the same assigned table reducing any opportunity to mingle with other guests. Fourth, on an active holiday with healthy active people, the meals did not include any colorful vegetables. The staff were mostly lovely and the rides were picturesque, but the overall experience was not positive.
Boat: De Holland
Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna by John J. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part? The people I met on board - staff and guests - and the scenery.
Boat: MS Normandie
Countries: Austria, Germany
Around Paris by Virginia D. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable part: Going through the locks on the barge in Paris. The kindness of our fellow bikers and staff.
Along the Dalmatian Coast by Barry D. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Catching bronchitis in our rain sodden cabin as it leaked all night.
Bruges to Merzig (no longer available)by Jan B. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Great vistas of remarkable vineyards. More WWII history info prior to the trip and designated site visits would truly be great.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Rita L. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
What a wonderful week!! Excellent staff...Captain, Helmut, Silvia & Samuele! Food was 5-Star, very comfortable accommodations! Helmut was a great guide, knowledgeable and made sure we all had a good, safe time! Bike riding was so much fun and we saw many different towns and sights we would have missed in a bus! Meeting so many wonderful, fellow bikers from different countries was so enjoyable! This trip was more than I ever expected!! Loved it!! Definitely will travel with Tripsite again!!! Bike On!!!!
Along the Danube - Passau - Vienna - Budapest aboard the Primadonna by Susan W. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
The cruise was wonderful supported by a fantastic crew on the ship who went out of their way to provide a very positive experience.I had left my phone at a restaurant on the bike route and it was returned to me within 3 hours...I was so grateful.Having a tour guide would have been very helpful on certain days of the trip...ie Vienna.I was very disappointed with the fact that the biking portion of the Wachau valley that was in the itinerary had been eliminated without our knowing until the night before.it was to have been a highlight for our group and the cruise company said that it was Never a part of the biking route.!We rented e bikes at an extra cost for the 4 of us because of the distance to be covered that day and otherwise would not have.
All of the cycling group received the same information from Tripsite about the Wachau valley and we were all disappointed.
Otherwise I would highly recommend this trip but do feel that you should update your itinerary so that people aren't disappointed.
Countries: Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
Along the Danube - Passau - Vienna - Budapest aboard the Primadonna by York C. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Great trip. Boat and river cruise portion of the trip was more than expected. Service and the crew on the boat were excellent, including the food.Quality of bicycles was excellent. They were mechanically perfect. The only down side of the entire trip were the nightly route planning meetings and the quality of the maps and route guides. It was obvious that the tour leader giving the route agenda had never ridden the bike paths. Her English was not very good which made it even more difficult to understand the route(s). We had to fend for ourselves (asking people on the street for directions) numerous times because the routes were just not made clear. Also, the route was not what was not the same as what was spelled out on the website.Overall, we were very satisfied with the trip.
Frankfurt to Ludwigsburg by Patricia M. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
It was magical from start to finish, the personalized service for our group of 22 was amazing , we loved it!
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