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Bolzano to Venice by Lauren M. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
No, I wouldn't recommend this trip. The hotels were not in the best areas of the city (even with paying extra for the nicer hotels) and there was much more biking on busy streets with cars than expected.
Provence - Wilderness of Camargue by Lynn L. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I really enjoyed the off-road trails and quiet back roads near Aigues Mortes.
Along the Danube - Passau, Bratislava, and Vienna by Susan D. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The Wachau Valley was our favorite! Our only complaint is that the toilet in our room was backing up sewer gas. Would have really welcomed a bathroom fan to duck it away or an improved sewer trap to prevent this.
Boat: Theodor Körner
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia
Along the Danube - Passau, Bratislava, and Vienna by Jehiel 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Hi Susan,Thanks for sharing this feedback. Sometimes these things are hard to correct because of the construction of the ship. However, we are working with our local partner to make improvements to this boat for next season based on your feedback. Thanks again!
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Deborah O. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Barge, service, guide, food, comfort, weather and on and on...all great.
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Joyce K. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We really enjoyed the trip but the self-guided instructions could have been better. We relied on Google maps more than we should have had to; would have been quite lost without it. We were a very small group and we all got along very well and became friends throughout the week.
Merzig to Cochem by Tom R. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This was a great trip that the group from Spokane (Tom & Mary Kay R. Mike and Mary M., Jan and Mark B., John and Helen W. -UK) recommends to anyone interested in seeing a beautiful part of Germany. It was not just the scenery that was great, but also how the Merlijn ""crew"" always made you feel at home and took care of any problems. Special thanks to Jantien, Henk and Jacques!
Auxerre to Paris and Paris to Auxerre by Bruce C. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Barge was great, crew was excellent, could use more air conditioning, bikes need new pedals with more grip, very slippery especially when wet, boat could review policy of not letting riders use their own pedals.
Tripsite Traveler: Fulton Armstrong by Cheryl 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Fulton, are you riding the bike from destination to destination and the boat you are staying on is following Along on a canal? Just trying to get an idea of how this works. Going with someone who doesn't ride a bike.
Tripsite Traveler: Fulton Armstrong by Fulton A. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Hi, Cheryl.Yes, that's the basic approach: Bikers leave the boat and go "inland" to enjoy the countryside and towns while the boat follows the canals to the destination for that night. But non-riders (of whom there have been four or five on each of the trips I've made) also have a great time. Cruising the canals gives them great vistas, fresh air, and quiet time to read or nap or chat or write postcards for their bike-bound companions! On many routes, captains and guides also find a half-way point along the route where riders come near the canal -- and end their rides for the day or people can join them.I love this model of touring for a bunch of reasons. You get to see truly stunning things from your bike or your easy chair on the boat. You unpack/pack only once. Your bed is just a couple minutes' walk from the center of these cool river towns. And you never see the same thing twice!--Fulton
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Roger H. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
There were many memorable parts of this trip. The vineyard/bike trails around Melk were very nice.
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Rollie B. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The people I was on the trip with we all had a just terrific time. A truly wonderful trip with a great staff great a wonderful trip.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Harry L. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The trip was very nice. Everything was nice. If I can figure a route will do it again next year!
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by Christine W. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The scenery on the self guided from Bolzano to Mantua. The expert guide (Hein ), the food and the staff on the boat. They all went out of their way to make it a very pleasant experience. We could not have asked for a better crew.
Boat: Ave Maria
Prague to Dresden - A Tale of Two Rivers by Cheryl W. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Mostly we enjoyed the country side. We did not have the greatest weather but we made the most of it.
Countries: Czech Republic, Germany
Extremadura: Spanish Land of Conquistadors by Tom W. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We would be happy to take longer detours to avoid main roads.
Bolzano to Venice by Jake M. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The most memorable part was the wine tasting along the way!
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Rebecca V. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Biking thru Wachau valley. Our guide, Hugo, was not real informative. We had to drag info from him. He was better later in the week when we kept asking. Wine tasting was fun. Loved quaint villages.
Amsterdam to Bruges by Gerald R. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
A great trip. The area was great loved the villages we rode through.
Countries: Netherlands, Belgium
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Nancy M. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Everything was memorable from the wonderful cabin to the great gourmet food to the wonderful leader Hein and fabulous staff. The route is scenic and we made stops at interesting places like the Rides Museum, Grano Padana, and the non-bird sanctuary! Loved it and have highly recommended it to friends.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Sandra L. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Everyone was amazing: Welcoming; friendly; accommodating; delicious food and informative.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Mele M. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I organized a trip with 20 friends and family to take the boat and bike trip up the Danube. I was a bit concerned because my co-travelers varied in age and fitness. I was delighted to find that with the option of the electric bikes and choices of long or short bike paths, everyone was accommodated. The entire group had a magical time. They loved the boat, the staff, the food, and particularly enjoyed the feeling of accomplishment after cycling through gorgeous towns and scenery. I have organized many group trips in the past, and this one allowed me to enjoy myself more fully because I knew that the crew was taking care of my friends and family's needs, and I didn't have to be dealing with questions or problems. Because we had such a large group, we could all break up into smaller groups and enjoy the sights, knowing that we would all converge later on the boat and share our stories from the day.Even though we already had a large group, we all made new friends on the boat.I take an international adventure trip every year, and I would put this one among the top of my list!
Merzig to Mainz or Mainz to Merzig by Peg H. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Klaus, Jantien and Henk!!!! This is a fantastic bike and barge trip. The rooms were the best we have ever had (this is my 3rd bike and barge trip). Very spacious bathroom and lots of storage in the room. Klaus, our guide, was the main reason I loved this trip. He didn't just cycle along the river trail. He took us through villages, back alleys, cobblestone streets, pastures, and hillsides. We never knew what adventure the day would bring. LOVED IT!! We learned about the history, geography and economics of the area. Jantien, our angel of the Merlijn, made every day fun and prepared wonderful meals. Henk capably mastered all the locks and made us laugh frequently! The level of cycling is very easy and can be accomplished by anyone. Miles and miles of vineyards, castles and churches. DON'T MISS THIS ONE!
Bruges to Amsterdam by Robert E. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Most memorable was the friendliness, patience and helpfullness of the staff!
Countries: Belgium, Netherlands
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 excercise, and not overdo it. As a result, I was able to enjoy the sites and experience much more.
Bruges to Amsterdam by Spencer H. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The barge crew were exceptional. The cook treated each guest as a friend. Accommodated our request for a birthday cake. He even baked it on his own time. The scenery was exactly as anticipated.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Shannon P. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The incredible countryside through which we traveled both by boat and on bike as well as the wonderfully hard-working, pleasant and attentive staff who made my trip so memorable. Lastly, the food was fantastic!
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Richard A. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
My companion and I broke from the main group and visited a small vineyard and were given a complete tour including a tasting by the owner
Tripsite Traveler: Golden City of Prague by Jan VandenHengel 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Nice write up, brother. Give my best to Fengler!
Countries: Czech Republic
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