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Tripsite Traveler: Champagne Tour - From Épernay to Paris by Jeff Kroger 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
What a fun time! Having a beer or two on the top deck of the Zwaantje each night was a great way to finish the day. The Zwaantje bar was well stocked and very reasonably priced.
Tripsite Traveler: Champagne Tour - From Épernay to Paris by Paul Labbe 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Fulton....thank you for capturing the essence of our trip of a lifetime in the Champagne countryside of France...not to mention the wonderful experiences along with sharing them with old friends and meeting new ones. Looking forward to our next adventure!!
Tripsite Traveler - Tulip Tour with Nancy Arehart by Charla Parker 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Nancy...What a great blog. Your photos are wonderful, as always! You are living the retirement that the rest of us dream of having someday.
Tripsite Traveler: Where on Earth is Moravia? by mike 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Great blog post! I also really enjoyed the pictures. The pictures and the captions gave me a sense of what these places are like. I especially liked the food photos. I do have to end this comment with a question, why not Munich, Germany?
Countries: Czech Republic, Poland, Austria
Tripsite Traveler - Tulip Tour with Nancy Arehart by Michele Finley 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
It is wonderful to see how your retirement has turned into this creative adventure for you, both in travel and photographic artistry! Mark and I hope to begin soon!
Mosel and Saar by Linda F. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I felt that the guide could have put more effort into letting us know what we were seeing. When we came upon a historic site such as a church, castle or such his standard comment was, "here is a church, you can go in and look at it if you want". We sat in front of the Porta Negra in Trier and were told it was a Roman ruin. Nothing more. My e-bike malfunctioned and I had to ride a regular bike the next day. I had ordered an e-bike because I have a health condition and was quite embarrassed that I held the rest of the group up while I walked the regular bike up small hills.
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Nancy P. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We had a very enjoyable trip with beautiful scenery, good rides and pretty good weather most of the time. The Route maps and detailed instructions could be improved upon. There were several mistakes on which way to turn as well as confusing instructions. Luckily, we had GPS with us to help out in various situations. The food was very tasty, esp. the dinners. Great young chef. One thing which bothered us was that we were told not to bring any wine aboard the boat - we were to only purchase wine that was available on the boat via the token machine. Odd, since we were traveling and bicycling in Bordeaux WINE country, visiting chateaus daily!! We think that there should be another arrangement in that area. It's apparently a financial situation although it was explained that they didn't want wine spills in the cabin. A damage deposit could be arranged if that's really the issue. Otherwise, the staff, bikes and experience was great. This was our 3rd Bike/Barge trip with TripSite. Gladly recommend it often to others. We especially enjoyed St. Emilion (tour of monolithic church was amazing!) and riding to/from Blaye and touring the Citadel.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Molly S. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Having a guide for the biking. He was terrific. We had a route change which led to a boring day biking. They do not give you water at the table. Too many people on the boat. Lining up for things to buy tickets. Did not like having to buy a drink package. Too expensive. Staff was very pleasant. Our guide was fabulous.
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
My first experience on an electric bike by Karen M 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I used an e-bike on our trip from Amsterdam to Bruges. Most of the time I rode without assist, but on an occasional hill or riding into a hearty wind, it made a HUGE difference. Instead of getting frustrated or exhausted, I was able to enjoy the scenery whilst everyone on the standard bikes had their heads bowed in concentration!
Tripsite Traveler: Pedals, Petals, and Pastimes with Peg Cass by Denise early 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Great post about a great trip
Andalusia - Seville to Granada by Bob S. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The written notes for the trail description were poorly written and not accurate. Our guide made up for this with proper verbal description for each segment.The hotels were all superb with the the one exception ( Hotel Torre Palma) where the breakfast was lacking, just some pastries, bread, coffee and juice and no fruit, cheese, meat or yogurt.Overall the trip was excellent and we surely enjoyed our extra knowledgeable guide Jeff.
Along the Danube - Passau, Bratislava, and Vienna by Elisabeth P. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
It is difficult to say what the most memorable part of the trip was since every bit of it was exceptional: the scenery, the friendly staff, the other guests, the food, all were above expectations. Add to that the fact that we had perfect early Fall weather, sunny but not too hot, we felt like we had spent a week in heaven.
Boat: Theodor Körner
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia
The Receptive (and Responsible) Traveler by MaryAnn Ley 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I loved reading your perspective and it's very inspiring. I too, vow to be a receptive traveler. One of my favorite things to do is travel and meet people and participate in the local culture. We have been on 2 bike trips and have fallen in love with this type of vacationing. Planning our next trip- Croatia!
Countries: Albania, Croatia, Hungary, Greece, Slovenia, Turkey, Serbia
Amsterdam to Bruges by Jim M. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This was our 2nd trip this year. We signed up for a 3rd already. Barge and bike is wonderful.
Countries: Netherlands, Belgium
Koblenz to Merzig by Paul A. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I speak as one who has done three previous bike/barge tours via Tripsite. It was marvelous, "gezellig," being the Dutch term. Capt. Rendert Jan and his excellent crew went out of their way to please the passengers, including providing a guitar for my wife to practice with. The scenery along the Mosel is like a fairy tale. The bikes ran perfectly. The food was plentiful and excellent. Considering that it was late October, even the weather cooperated--except for the first day when our small and perhaps unwise contingent got drenched. We had a bonus because it was the last trip of the season so we stayed on past Koblenz for two nights and left the Quo Vadis in Arnhem where we overnighted in a hotel in order to catch the crack high speed train to the Frankfurt airport. Said crack high speed train broke down in Cologne and we barely made our flight.
Boat: Quo Vadis
Around Paris by Janet Ashley 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We took this trip from Compiegne to Moret-sur-Loing in September. It was just perfect in every way. There were eight in our group and Marco made us feel like family. The bike ride along the Seine was just beautiful with views one would never see from a car. There is so much activity along the river and in the evening we were guided around the towns where the barge was moored for the night. The bike ride through Paris was personally terrifying for me, but was also a thrill. I would probably do it again. Our guide Yought was full of stories and also very supportive. I could not have done it without him. WE all appreciated Kim who prepared wonderful meals with great variety and was always there to welcome us back at the end of the day. This was the perfect bike/barge trip. We are now thinking about taking a trip in Holland with the Clair de Lune.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Gordon M. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The e-bike option really made the trip for me. It allowed me to bicycle each day, get plenty of exercise, and not overdo it. As a result, I was able to enjoy the sites and experience much more.
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by Martha B. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Outstanding guide, great staff on boat, wonderful food. The beautiful scenery from Bolzano to Mantova was probably the most memorable. Really happy we took the additional 3 days before boarding the barge.
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Pat R. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Would have liked more time biking. 2 days had less than 10 miles. We were in the guided group and were told the group would decide how much to bike on those days-we were never asked as a group-the guide decided himself we would do the shorter distance. Barge "purser"-a woman-not very friendly or helpful or available. Trip booked as a Bordeaux start and end, but the location of start and end of trip changed and we had to pay extra to get ourselves to Cadillac and back to Bordeaux from Libourne. The boat company should have provided that transfer free of charge. The 2 wine tasting charges should have been included in the trip charge. The boat charged 20 euros for a bottle of wine in the wine country of Bordeaux and we were not allowed to bring on any wine from the outside. You could buy a nice bottle of wine for less than $10.00 in town. Disappointed that we had twin beds-expected a double in the suite room.
Heel of Italy by Jacqueline A. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Scenic Coastal ride. The most memorable part was visiting and staying overnight in unique and incredible towns and sites.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Anne H. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I would absolutely recommend this trip. We felt we were very lucky to have Hein as our guide. His insight was wonderful.
Boat: Ave Maria
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Marianne L. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The scenery on this trip,while biking, was not memorable or especially unusual which was to be expected given the flatland of our itinerary. I was hoping it would be more dramatic but not surprised that it wasn't. Still I loved being there and next time will consider a more challenging terrain which ought to improve the views. ( ps lunch stop venues need more thought- in general unattractive.)Memorable: the towns of Mantova and Ferrara were lovely and I enjoyed having time to spend in them , instead of merely riding through. The food was glorious and I felt the staff went the extra mile for us with a few perks and personal attention if needed. Clearly they like their jobs and it showed.
Castles of the Loire by Rod C. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The amazing all inclusive 3-4 course dinners at the end of the day were great. The castles were great to see.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Patricia E. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The entire staff was impeccable. They aimed to please and all had wonderful personalities. My only regret was wifi being shut down at 11pm. This was the best time for me to talk to loved ones. Other than that, it was great. Feedback from my group was positive.
Cologne to Bamberg by Grace F. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Overall, the trip was good. There was, however, a disconnect among what our trip itinerary described and what the guide and the captain thought in terms of mileages and what entrance fees were included. The guide used the corner system. That means that the entire group has to ride together and do the same mileages each day. The trip description notes that each participant will receive maps and be able to ride on their own. We did not receive maps and therefore it made it impossible to ride on our own.
Koblenz to Saarburg by Kevin M. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Route was easy. We especially liked the fact that the boat stayed overnight where each day's ride ended. Our guide was a replacement so we don't think he was familiar enough with the route to give us the best guidance.
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