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Dalmatia from Dubrovnik Plus by Janis W. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The trip exceeded our expectations! The guides, Senad and Lucija where both excellent. There were a few safety issues that came up on the trip and they knew exactly how to handle them. They were both professional and personable and were a huge part of the trip being so enjoyable.
Dalmatia from Dubrovnik Plus by Kelly F. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The boat staff and guides were fantastic! Would like to have had more time to roam the old cities of Korcula and Ston. The food was very good and plentiful- perhaps, the daily menu could be posted so one could pace themselves.
Portugal, Land of Contrasts by Phyllis T. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Matt Butler and Paul Nesti of Adventure Bug were stellar. Enjoyed meeting them and riding with them very much. They did a spectacular job ensuring a wonderful and safe trip. Five stars!
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Reid H. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The staff on the boat were terrific, especially Sebastian. The breakfasts were the same every day which really got old quickly. Their new bikes had terrible shifters and were really heavy. The route descriptions led us to be lost on many days and we finally had to rely on Google maps.The scenery was great and when we got on less well-traveled roads, the riding was great. Unfortunately we spent too much time (IMHO) on roads with a lot of traffic.
Dalmatia from Dubrovnik Plus by Joanne P. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Fabulous guides who were very knowledgeable about the history of the region we were cycling in. Great people on the trip...met many interesting folks of various abilities who all got on bikes and enjoyed the rides.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Diane D. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Everything was great. I really enjoyed our guides, Tammy and Ronnie. The staff on the boat were great. Our bikes were top notch. The tour and countryside were scenic. I loved biking on the sea wall. I thought the other bikers were friendly and easy to get along with.
Frankfurt to Bamberg or Bamberg to Frankfurt by Michael G. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The owners of the barge were outstanding, in every way!
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Ross M. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Sometimes we were unsure if we were on the route or not. Maybe could have had some additional signage along route.
Boat: MS Normandie
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Jehiel 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Hi Ross!Thanks for sharing this feedback. Route markers along the route can be a tricky thing because they can be taken down or moved. However, we have shared your feedback with our local partner and work to make the route easier to navigate. Glad you enjoyed your trip!
Lorraine Tour by Barbara T. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This trip was most enjoyable and the cities and scenery were gorgeous.
Boat: La Belle Fleur
Countries: France, Germany, Luxembourg
Frankfurt to Bamberg or Bamberg to Frankfurt by Kristl A. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The scenery was wonderful. We loved going thru the German countryside. The personnel were wonderful, they genuinely like what they do. The tour guide was fabulous! We suggest more attention to bike maintenance and using better bikes. They could have better quality and more attention to fitting bikes would be great! Thanks so much!
Lorraine Tour by Deborah C. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This was a very nice trip. Scenery, bike routes, side trips were all very good. We had a terrific guide who interacted well with the group. The barge was very nice and the owners/crew were exceptional. The dinners could not have been better - Els is an amazing cook.
Venice to Florence by Mary C. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This tour was a lovely way to experience the quiet county roads and villages of Italy.
Frankfurt to Bamberg or Bamberg to Frankfurt by Gregg Z. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Boat staff was terrific.
Frankfurt to Bamberg or Bamberg to Frankfurt by Sandra V. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Loved the entire experience. Barge accommodations and food amazing. Staff superb. Lea, our biking guide had such knowledge of area and was an expert at leading a group of different ability bikers. Also solving any problem which would arise. Cannot say enough positive about the Merlijn and her staff. Wonderful trip on so many levels. Kudos to Jantien and Henk for providing me with a trip to cherish!
North Holland Tour by Cathy G. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I already have recommended this trip to several people. By far this trip was the best trip I have ever been on. Thank you.
Boat: De Holland
Frankfurt to Bamberg or Bamberg to Frankfurt by Cathie C. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We had a great time!! Our guide was fabulous!! Staff on the boat couldn't have been better. I would definitely recommend this tour. We would go on another trip on this barge in a heart beat!!
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Kathleen W. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The most awesome trip and staff! The barge was clean and well equipped. The staff was stellar, the meals great, the guided bike rides the best. No room for improvement and I hope to do another Bike and Barge on the Merlin. I especially enjoyed the bike routes, touring small villages along the way, and the guide Lia who was well informed about the area and Germany in general.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Blaine N. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The boat, staff and food were all exceptional. A quality operation for sure. Having the owner Pierpaulo stop in for a visit and having dinner together was a nice touch. We booked this trip for a group of riders with a wide range of abilities and it worked very well for all.
North Holland Tour by Kim E. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Complete day from start to finish! Staff were super friendly and efficient! Breathtaking views of countryside and timeless villages! Supper dining was plentiful, varied and delicious! Basic rooms were always tidy and clean. Wow...what an incredible adventure.
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Gordon M. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The most memorable part of my trip was seeing the brilliant lights on the fabulous architecture of the historic buildings of Bordeaux. I was so impressed with these images against the skyline and the reflecting "mirror" pool in front of the buildings. We spent an evening walking along the boardwalk by the Garonne River and we could enjoy this breathtaking scenery.
Cologne to Bamberg by Jeffrey C. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The itinerary times/distances covered was not necessarily followed because of where the barge could dock and time allowed to get through the locks. Minor problem. People should have been given more instruction/introduction for the ebikes. Guide was excellent except he was not always knowledgeable about the route. His first time in that area. Otherwise, my wife and I loved the trip. Extremely difficult if not impossible to name a most memorable part of the trip!
Boat: Quo Vadis
Cologne to Bamberg by Carol M. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The guide, Cornel, was great, despite the fact that this was his first time guiding this route.
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Joanne M. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The most memorable part of my trip was being asked to push the large domino to start the "domino effect" which was a practice run for the "FAB Festival in Bordeaux". One evening, we walked by the colourful "Water Mirror", which is a famous kind of fountain in Bordeaux, and we stopped to examine one of the large dominoes which was made out of a white limestone substance. One of the organizers of the "FAB Festival" invited me to start the dominoes. I was thrilled to have such an honour. Everyone cheered. I will never forget it!
Amsterdam to Bruges by Bruce Reynolds 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Just got off the Magnifique II a couple of weeks ago and my wife and I along with three other couples in our group had a fabulous time. Captain Paul, first mate Kevin, Chef Leroy, and Tesa went up and beyond duty helping and serving all of us. With temperatures above normal and the lost of one additional crew member they never missed a beat. The meals were excellent,Tesa always had a smile on her face while pouring us a glass of wine,Kevin could be found helping dock the boat, getting a beer for someone,adjusting the height of a bike seat and many,many more duties. Capt. Paul not only guided the ship throughout our trip,but jumped right in to clear dinner dishes ,tend bar and always willing to answer questions we might have about the Netherlands and Belgium. Marcel our guide did just that,telling us about certain structures we passed by, folklore and tours on foot through some of the towns we stayed in at night. A great trip
Boat: Magnifique II
Countries: Netherlands, Belgium
Southern Dalmatia by Kathy H 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The Southern Dalmatia tour was the 2nd of a 2 week back to back bike tour we took in Croatia (first week was National Parks of Dalmatia). The cycling on this tour was considerably more challenging compared to our first week ... "moderate to difficult" is an appropriate descriptor if a non-electric bike is used. With more challenging cycling there less emphasis on site-seeing while cycling. However one hour walking tours before dinner at destination sites were interesting and appropriate.
The Croatian Coast and countryside is absolutely beautiful with it's small towns and marinas in every cove. Cruising among the islands in a beautifully clear sea was an unexpected highlight... and a welcome break after a morning or afternoon of strenuous cycling. The frequent opportunity to swim off the boat was amazing!
Romantica was a clean sailing yacht with good amenities. Although rated as "Comfort Plus", we would consider it on the lower end of that scale (relative to some of the other "bike and barge" boats that we have been on). But we recognize that "you get what you pay for" and the Romantica was in our view good value.
We found the ship's crew to be accommodating and friendly. The food was fabulous with 4 course lunches and dinners that went beyond our expectations (thank goodness we burned calories during biking!). Our guides Jelena and Ivan were very professional and explanatory, had great command of the group and emphasized "safety first". They contributed significantly to the quality of our biking and enhanced the total tour experience greatly.Overall, we had a fabulous 2 weeks of biking in Croatia. We so appreciate the assistance of Tripsite in helping us plan this trip (and others). We look forward to another "bike and sail" next fall.
National Parks of Dalmatia by Kathy H 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This was our first "bike and sail" and we found it quite different than the "bike and barge" tours we have done in the past. There was less cycling (cycling distances were less than advertised and usually only in the morning or afternoon) and more cruising. However, cruising among the islands in a beautifully clear sea was an unexpected highlight... and often a welcome break after a morning or afternoon of moderate cycling! One hour walking tours before dinner at destination sites were interesting and appropriate. The Croatian Coast and countryside is absolutely beautiful with it's small towns and marinas in every cove. Swimming off the boat was such a fabulous experience!The Romantica was a lovely clean sailing yacht with good amenities. The rating scale for the "bike and sailing yachts" however is different than the "bike and barge" boats; Romantica was rated as "Comfort Plus" but we would consider it on the lower end of that scale (relative to some of the other "bike and barge" boats we have been on). We recognize that "you get what you pay for" and the Romantica was in our view good value. The-food was outstanding - with 4 course lunches and dinners that were delicious!In summary, a great trip - and we look forward to another "bike and sail" next fall.
Salzburg & the 7 Lakes by Neil Blanks 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Just came back from an exceptional Salzburg Lakes holiday.I'll start with the good - fantastic scenery (so green), friendly well-appointed hotels, not too difficult route (a few hills from time to time but appropriate for the "easy to moderate" level, well sign-posted. Even the continuous rain on the first day didn't dampen our spirits. This was my second time with "Tripsite" (went to Provence, France two years ago) and I feel compelled to add a few negative comments by comparison. Most of the maps and brochures were in German and not English. The quality of the bikes was less than expected. Far worse was the comedy of errors on the bike handover - no saddle bags, no repair kit, no pump, no apology. We only got the missing equipment at the end of the first day of riding. My thanks to the Tripsite Team, who did their best to intervene on our behalf.In conclusion - don't let the negative comments stop you from booking this trip. I would however recommend to Tripsite to have a serious word with their local agents to prevent such mistakes in the future. And, yes, I'm already planning the next trip !!
Along the Danube - Passau, Bratislava, and Vienna by Craig M. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Great trip but two minor issuesRoom - hopeless shower curtain meant water went all over the floor. Other rooms had screens so why not all rooms?Ride into Bratislava is ugly - need to find a better to arrive at this lovely city. A real low point in an otherwise fantastic itinerary - last 3 days were sublime.
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia
Amsterdam to Bruges by Claudette S. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The food was exceptional! The Chef put a lot of effort to please.Presentation was amazing.
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