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Berlin to Malchin and Malchin to Berlin by Christopher P. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The Merlijn is a terrific vessel and the owners, Jantien & Henk and their staff are first rate.Highly recommended.
Countries: Germany, Poland
Berlin to Malchin and Malchin to Berlin by Lisa W. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Everything was great but it was our crew that made it so special.
Bruges to Amsterdam by Judee W. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Wonderful staff - the entire trip was just great! Tome, our guide was exceptional.
Countries: Belgium, Netherlands
Discover the Dordogne-old version (no longer available)by Jeff E. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Fantastic trip! An amazing area of France to explore by bike. The views were amazing, lots of interesting history, great food and drinks. The tour was well organized and staff were friendly and helpful.Our only comment: it was rated as 'moderate', and ratings are averages and are relative of course, but there were sections of the route that were quite difficult, e.g. steep dirt/stone roads that we had to walk the bikes up (and we are in good condition and have done a lot of bike tripping before). Should probably note this in the description.
Lorraine Tour by C. Whytehead 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
A good combination of biking and seeing the sites along the way. Plenty of time in the cities (Nancy, Metz) to wander around. This trip was not about putting on the miles every day on the bike but a good balance of biking and site seeing. Easy biking along canal paths mostly. Our guide got turned around a couple of times getting out of the cities. Els and Sander were great hosts on the barge. Very friendly. Els cooked me a birthday dessert one day that we enjoyed with our group after a day of biking. It was very hot in July and the air movement in the rooms was limited. A small fan would have been very much appreciated. As it was we slept with our door open (as did the others) just to get more air circulation. The barge is in very good condition. The bikes were brand new this season. They are owned by Els and Sander and not leased through a secondary company so they were in good working order.
Boat: La Belle Fleur
Countries: France, Germany, Luxembourg
Golden City of Prague by Henk Vanden Hengel 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Wonderful tour through the northern part of the Czech Republic. The local people are quite reserved. The boat works well as a big floating hotel and the crew is well trained. Lots of people to meet on board or along the way. Prague really is the jewel in the middle of Europe. Pictures aplenty! I won't forget it.
Boat: MS Florentina
Countries: Czech Republic
Along the North Sea - a Tulip Tour by D. Van Ruiten 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The Hotel and Bike store did not know each other and the hotel had to look up on map where the bike store was. It would be better if upon arriving at the hotel, they could point us in the right direction immediately.Our GPS on the bikes were a little old - very small- so it was hard to make out sometimes - if we were following the map correctly. We had to double check on our own phones a few times which gets into roaming charges.The bikes were clean and had good tires/brakes so that was good.Both staff at hotel and bike stores were good.
Golden City of Prague by L. Tindula 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I think the most memorable part was all of the different people from other countries that we met on the boat along with meeting and learning about the Czech Republic and their people! Great tours offered as well!
Cycling in the Baltics - Tallinn to Vilnius by J. McKee 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Curonian spit was great!. Really liked being able to bike directly to the ferry in Klaipeda and ride to Nida at our own pace.Most of the hotels were very good, but did not care for location, staff, or rooms in Sigulda.
Countries: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
Around Lake Constance by Shirley Pollock 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
6 of us did this tour and pretty much have only good things to say about it. The scenery was breathtaking, the sightseeing good, although we didn't always have enough time to see everything recommended. The last day was a bit boring as we seemed to ride alongside the railway a large amount of the time. Our luggage was always at the hotel on arrival. Booking the dinner option was well worth it as after a long day one doesn't feel like having to find somewhere to eat that is agreeable to all. All in all the hotels were good. My daughter and niece had to stay in a different hotel on one occasion and it was not good. Breakfasts were generally good. Our hotel in Kressbonn was actually a little before the town and wasn't well described in the directions but 10km later we got there! We would like to do the trip again as we felt there is so much to see. I think one could spend an extra day in some places if time permits.
Countries: Austria, Germany, Switzerland
Around Paris by Michael 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This was our first bike/barge tour and we loved it. Riding through the French countryside was wonderful and it felt like we were in a Van Gogh painting. The boat was nice and the crew was great, with a welcoming attitude and GREAT meals! The bikes were perfect and I'm a bike snob. We made new friends from around the world. Do it, you won't regret it!
Boat: Clair de Lune
Camino de Santiago Bike Tour by Marci Cincotta 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Inspirational ride along the Portuguese and Spanish coastline! This trip is truly outstanding. The trip operator's personalized customer service was above and beyond! Though we did a self-guided tour, we felt very supported throughout our entire stay. The package included a walking tour of the city of Porto. Definitely take advantage of this. We had a personalized four hour tour which was rich with information and recommendations for the rest of our stay. Sergio, the owner of the tour operator checked in with us daily and even picked us up at the end to drive us back to the Porto train station to catch an early train to Lisbon. The biking route takes you along beachside boardwalks, many cobblestone roads, some mountain biking as well as some paved roads. You will ride through beaches, forests and vineyards and weave through tiny villages. The route is very well marked, especially in Spain, but the terrain can be challenging at times. While I found this a little difficult to adjust to in the beginning, I wound up enjoying the adventure and appreciating the sense of accomplishment that came at the end of each day. The stopping points each night were amazing. Each town had its own character and was filled with local charm. The hotel accommodations were outstanding. We stayed in castles and inns that were truly unique. Throughout the trip, but particularly the last few days, we encountered many people walking the camino and it was awesome to stop and chat with them at coffee stops and wish each other the typical "buen camino" along the way. We were given an accreditation booklet where were collected stamps from our various stops along the camino. At the end, we received a certificate in Santiago for completing the camino. Though we did not take this route for religious reasons, the trip proved to be very spiritual and inspirational. I would do it again!
Countries: Portugal, Spain
Bruges to Amsterdam by J. House 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Everything was A-1. I was totally surprised when our tour guide Tom managed to reunite me with my lost "zebra" luggage on a cobblestone street corner 4 days into the trip! Thanks, Tom!
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by M. Linwood 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We found the boat comfortable and the staff really helpful and friendly. The trip was most relaxing and a good insight into the Danube countryside.
Boat: MS Normandie
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
Magdeburg to Berlin by D. Dalebout 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Janine was the ultimate host and an excellent chef. She worked very hard to assure guests were satisfied with the trip.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by D. Green 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This was a fabulous trip all around! The group was friendly, and guides were helpful and knowledgeable! Dinners were delicious and varied, stronger than expected for this type of trip. We really enjoyed being able to purchase wine on board the ship, also. The riding was varied, and we really appreciated that our guides made sure to schedule a mid-morning break for coffee/water/toilet. What a great way to get a sense of this part of Italy - from small villages and farm fields to Venice - just spectacular!One suggestion for improvement: for riding in really hot weather, it would be great if there could be a little more flexibility. We rode during a heat spell (40 degrees Centigrade one day). It was difficult to shift schedules or shorten our rides due to logistics, and this created some health issues.
Boat: Ave Maria
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Jehiel 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Thank you so much for your feedback. Due to the route of the boat, it is difficult to shorten the biking portion and still meet back up with the boat. However, you are always welcome to stay aboard the boat if you you find the weather unsatisfactory. Glad you had a great trip despite the hot weather!
Magdeburg to Berlin by K. Macwilliams 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We had a lovely time. The barge and entire crew were wonderful. We were very disappointed with the bike guide though. She was not at all knowledgeable with her directions and we many times retraced steps on the bike. We feel we could have seen much more but her choices for stops were terrible. We would spend way too much time at a stop when we could have been seeing a lovely park nearby. Her choices for stops were not well planned out and some were just very disappointing. The captain, in our opinion should consider another guide for this trip. There is much to see in this area and easily done so on a bike. The guide was not good with directions and perhaps a bit more planning on her part would have made it a far more enjoyable trip. Berlin and the surrounding ares are beautiful and offer a wealth of history to be seen. We have taken other bike and barge trips and honestly, the guide truly is the person that makes or breaks the trip.
Magdeburg to Berlin by Jehiel 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Very sorry you hear you were disappointed with the guide. We will pass this information on to our local partner. Thanks again for your feedback!
National Parks of Dalmatia by D. Hansen 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The short 13 km bike trip to Vodice was not scenic and seemed not a good choice for biking at all. Otherwise, the biking was great, scenic, nice villages, good stopping places. Thanks for a great week, great crew, great food and great company of others!
North Holland Tour by J. Post 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The wifi on the barge needs to be upgraded. It was inadequate and inconsistent.This is really the only criticism I have - the rest was great. But it is important to travelers these days.
Boat: Liza Marleen
North Holland Tour by Jehiel 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Hi J. Post,I'm sorry you found the onboard wifi inadequate. We often tell our guests that onboard wifi is not guaranteed and that signals can be weak from time to time. It is because of this we recommend looking into Portable Wifi for travel found on our FAQ page.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by M. Mander 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The most memorable part: The staff on board the ship, our guide, the beautiful sights and most importantly the people we met in the countries we visited. They were warm, welcoming and really made you feel like a special visitor.
Boat: My Story
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Mark Mander 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Started our tour July 17th. Things went smoothly after they had gotten the engine fixed which caused a change in our first days agenda. They really came through in making up for the inconvenience. Staff on the ship and Stephan our Rad and Reisen rep were great.
All in all it was an excellent vacation, very well organized. All the ships staff were friendly and willing to go that extra step to make it a great experience. The food was wonderful, accommodations great.
I thought our Rad and Reisen biking guide Hugo did an excellent job navigating our group from spot to spot. Despite having quite a large group( English, German and Dutch speaking) he was able to spend time with all of us making sure we had a great experience. He was very personable and got our group from point A to B safely, making sure we had time to see and experience the many special places communities along the Danube.
He even went above and beyond to make my experience extra special. Having MS meant that I could not participate in the walking tours. He took it upon himself to make sure I was included by providing me with my own tour using bicycles. This would have been a night off for him and he knew that I would not be able to take part due to my limited ability to walk any distance due to my MS. It was one of my more memorable experiences thanks to Hugo.
He certainly looked after all of us and was accessible day and night to answer any questions and assist to make our trip an experience of a lifetime.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by L. Schmidlin 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Was a great trip. Boat and tour guide were outstanding. Some of the staff were a bit stand-offish, but within reason. Just didn't make you feel 100% welcomed all the time (made you feel more of a guest than family) but again, well within reason. Got lost a few times so perhaps the maps could be a bit more directed, but again, not bad. Overall, it was a great experience and I would highly recommend it. Thanks - Larry
Bruges to Amsterdam by Barbara Kallay 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
My husband and I had a great bike trip. Riding through the Belgium/Netherlands was delightful. The staff made the trip most memorable- Jacob (bike guide), Els (boat captain), Thomas (cook).
Amsterdam to Bruges by Debra Hendry 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Our first bike barge holiday and we loved it. Good mix of nationalities as guests. The Magnifique truly was glorious.
Countries: Netherlands, Belgium
Camino de Santiago Bike Tour by Barbara petersen 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Loved the trip and especially our guides, the hotels, the food., the scenery..The Way was interesting and challenging (some gravel, some sand, beach boardwalks, etc; walked a bit but not because it was too hilly. We actually biked theough vineyards and even under trellises of grapes!! ) If you have a choice don't start the cycling portion on a weekend during beach season. (Dodging beach goers disturbs the scenery and calm). Porto is lovely and interesting too. A great opportunity to slow down and enjoy the countryside. None of us needed to ride in the van!!!
Champagne Tour by D. Power 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The staff on the Zwaantje made the trip!
Best of Northern Zealand by A. Cooper 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Great trip. Some of the accommodations were a bit shabby but other than that is was great.
Countries: Denmark, Sweden
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