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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.
Countries: Netherlands, Belgium
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.
Countries: Germany, France
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.
Boat: Liza Marleen
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.
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.
Boat: MS Carissima
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
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
South Holland Tour by Doyle S. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: The trip to kinderdijk was fantastic.
Amsterdam to Bruges by Colin O. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Bike / barge trip was great. However, there was a family on board with 3 children under age of 6. This affected our daily bike trips and the atmosphere on the barge. Children under the age of 12 should not be accommodated on these trips- especially when the parents, let alone the children have had little biking experience- especially considering the distances we needed to travel.
South Holland Tour by Christa V. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
The combination of beautiful bike routes and coming back to amazing meals each evening made for a vacation I would consider doing again.
Along the Dalmatian Coast by Monika M. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
It was 38 degrees in Croatia with very little shade to be found on the biking route. Tip: Recommend an Ebike.
Koblenz to Saarburg by Paul W. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
The trip was very good throughout so it's hard to pick one thing as the highlight. Exploring the Roman remains in Trier was something we won't forget, and so was singing sea shanties on deck with the crew!
St. Moritz to Innsbruck by Elyse Jacob B. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: The 3rd day of riding downhill. Tip: The first two days are difficult. When you train for this trip be sure to train on hills.
Countries: Austria, Switzerland
Amsterdam to Bruges by Carol H. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Barge: in our premium room neither the bed lights, the TV or the hairdryer worked. The Jacuzzi was cold. Clearly the barge had electrical issues. Routes: the trip description said we could follow the routes and bike on our own, stop for photos, etc. This was not possible as the routes changed, the stops were prescriptive by the guide, and were for coffee/beer/bathroom breaks, rather than impromptu photo breaks Routes: we would have liked to have spent more time in the Netherlands, less time in Antwerp. The "photo op" on the top of the museum in Antwerp was a waste of time. Group dynamics: we lucked out; group dynamics were great!
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Ted & Sylvia G. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
The whole trip was great. We thoroughly enjoyed it and didn't want it to come to an end.
Golden City of Prague by Jan W. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Just finished this trip, in August 2017. We had a 2 bed (twin) room and had plenty of space for our suitcases and also to unpack for a week. Loved the international favor of all the guests, my group of 3 were the only Americans. Biking was easy but with a few challenging hills to keep you interested. Many people used electric bikes, but my 7 speed bike was fine. ( I bike in Northern NJ so I am very use to hills) Experience following a cue sheet would be recommended to anyone who goes on this trip. But most of the routes were easy to follow, although wrong turns is always part of the adventure! Although most of the information said Euros on board, you can pay your ship bill (bar bill) with Czech Koruna, Euros or Credit card. But any excursions you book had to be paid with Euro cash. Food on board was good and seconds were always offered. Boat is docked in the Old Town very close to Charles Bridge. Easy to arrange your own walking tours if you find like I did, the boat offered tours of Prague were a bit high. Wonderful biking in the county side, visiting Castles, and just enjoying the Czech Republic. We had a few grandparents and teen grandchildren on our trip. Each night our tour guide met with the English speaking riders to review the next day's route. I have done many bike and barge trips before, and this was the most comfortable barge I have been on. I would recommend this bike and barge trip for anyone who wants to enjoy Prague and the Czech Republic.
Boat: MS Florentina
Countries: Czech Republic
Merzig to Mainz or Mainz to Merzig by Randy S. 1 year 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. 1 year 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.
Golden City of Prague by John F. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Our favorite part: Viewing Prague at night from Charles bridge
Bavaria Tour by Francis D. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Lack of access to bicycles/ guide did not do anything but lead the route.
South Holland Tour by Pak Ching A. 1 year ago • Permalink/Reply
Most memorable part: Getting to know many friends from different countries.
Bruges to Amsterdam by Esti G. 1 year 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. 1 year 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. 1 year 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. 1 year 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
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