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Around Stockholm: Land of Lakes and Castles by Elyse B. 2 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most memorable-spending time in Trosa.Carmen was very friendly and great to have the owner of the company do the introduction and drive to starting point. Materials were very well organized and detailed. Be sure bikes and equipment are properly serviced before trip and equipment in good working order.
Bruges to Amsterdam by Jackie S. 2 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Our guide, Geert, would take us on an after dinner historical walking tour of each town where we were staying the night. Geert was extremely knowledgeable about every place we went. Between all we saw during the day while we were biking, and the after dinner walking tour, we learned so much! If Geert is your guide, don't miss a minute of his walks!
Countries: Belgium, Netherlands
Everything You Need to Know About Bike Touring With a GPS by Sue 2 months ago • Permalink/Reply
I was able to download the gps file to my bikehub app. I could see each of the sections. I chose the first and then was unable to go back to the others. None were saved. What am I doing wrong?
Everything You Need to Know About Bike Touring With a GPS by Jehiel from Tripsite 2 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Hi Sue!It's hard to say because every app is different. It could be an issue or even a limitation with the bikehub app. I recommend spending some time on their FAQ sections and watching instructional videos...I do this almost every time I am trying to familiarize myself with a new program. I hope this helps!
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Sherry D. 2 months ago • Permalink/Reply
This was a perfect way to spend a holiday. The food was AMAZING! The staff was personable, kind, and so very efficient with all they do. I was pleasantly surprised with all the paved bike paths and the number of cyclists out traveling on vacation. It was inspirational to interact with them along the way. Thank you, Normandie and staff. We had a fantastic time!
Boat: MS Normandie
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
Amsterdam to Bruges by Donna E. 2 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Really enjoyed the dedicated bike paths, the small villages/towns we stopped in for breaks. My only concern was the sometimes intermittent contact with the ship (cell service) and contingency plan should a participant become ill or injured or if the bike broke down.
Countries: Netherlands, Belgium
Bruges to Amsterdam by Kim C. 2 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The trip, from start to finish, far exceeded our expectations. We were welcomed aboard by a very lovely crew and shown to our cabin. Accommodations, while "cozy" were clean, attractive and storage spaces were very thoughtfully planned; it never felt claustrophobic. Meals were as good as any four star restaurant and my gluten free needs were met without any problems. I cannot say enough about the crew and our guides; they were outgoing, caring, accommodating and fun to be around. I can say as much for the guests. I felt as if I was with old friends (not just the "old friends" with which we were travelling.) The bikes were in good condition and guides made sure everyone had a bike to fit their size. The tour, scenery, quick visits to churches and castles, even the little unexpected things, like vending machines filled with chilled strawberries, remain fixed in my memory as the most special experiences. We were very lucky that the weather was perfect each day. The ride and short stops in beautiful little towns added to this wonderful trip, and our guides, Tom and Hilko made each stop interesting and fun. I could go on, but suffice it to say, this will not be our last trip with Tripsite!
Boat: Magnifique II
Bruges to Amsterdam by Jo-Anna K. 2 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The whole trip was fantastic. The food was amazing, staff was wonderful and the barge was comfortable and gorgeous. Bruges and Ghent were our favorite stops.
Boat: Magnifique III
Bike and Sail the Ijsselmeer by Merinda N. 2 months ago • Permalink/Reply
It is difficult to highlight one part of the trip as the whole experience was excellent. I have done bike/boat tours before and the accommodation on this historic ship was by far the best ever. The rural scenery in the Netherlands is extraordinarily beautiful and the Issjelmeer is stunning. Actually, perhaps the best thing was the staff. We felt like personal guests on this trip and as if the staff were long time personal or family friends. The organization was informal but efficient and the food was home cooked and excellent. There was a variety of activities from cycling to sailing; exploring historic villages and towns and swimming in the sea. Best ever trip.
Boat: Leafde Fran Fryslân
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Kim F. 2 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Mantova to Venice was wonderful. Very pretty scenery with lots of unique places to stop.
Boat: Vita Pugna
Prague to Dresden - A Tale of Two Rivers by Brad C. 2 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The Prague to Dresden bike ride was an amazing vacation. Everyday there were beautiful sites and scenery that made the journey a really memorable trip. Each night we lodged in picturesque towns along the route and always near the city square where we enjoyed great dining and sightseeing. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a really unique biking vacation in the heart of Europe.
Countries: Czech Republic, Germany
Berlin to Malchin and Malchin to Berlin by Nancy B. 2 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The most memorable part of our bike and barge trip from Malchin to Berlin was the day we biked on the Isle of Usedom. The landscape was beautiful, the beach front area was full of interesting shops and restaurants where we ate spaghetti ice, a childhood favorite treat of my husband. He has waited years to share this moment with our kids. We topped off the day with a swim in the Baltic Sea which was full of big waves and surrounded by soft, white sand.
Countries: Germany, Poland
Berlin to Malchin and Malchin to Berlin by Kathryn H. 2 months ago • Permalink/Reply
One of my favorite parts of the trip was jumping off the boat into the canal. It was the end of a long, fun day of bike riding. The canal was clear and perfect for jumping. Everyone jumped off and everyone did fun tricks. The funniest was when Paul fell off and I never could keep a straight face around him again (Paul didn't get hurt except his pride btw). Captain Henk even put down a ladder to make climbing to the dock easier.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Sandi B. 2 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Cycling past the remnants of the Iron Curtain. WOW!There were so many highlights, but having Axel as our guide certainly added a great deal to our daily rides. Thanks Axel!
Boat: MS Carissima
Bruges to Amsterdam by Ellen R. 2 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The entire barge and bike trip was superlative! But what impressed me the most biking and barging aboard the Magnifique besides the excellent accommodations, great and varied food, breathtaking scenery, and cultural stops, was the professionalism of the staff. The Bruges to Amsterdam crew of six were constantly working to make our week safe, enjoyable, and deplete of any hitches. If you have never even thought of a trip like this because you deemed it too adventurous, please reconsider! The 30 miles per day of riding were pretty easy even for a casual rider, and for anyone who has concerns about “keeping up” or has some physical limitations, e- bikes were available that leveled the playing field. I think that biking through a country really gives you an appreciation and in-depth feeling you would never get by touring more traditionally. And all those calories burned allows more ingestion of Belgium’s famous chocolates and fries! Absolutely loved this trip!
Danube Bike Path - Passau to Vienna by Diane W. 2 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The beautiful scenery along the river was the most memorable part of the trip. We also loved all the little cafes right by the path for lunch and breaks.
Countries: Germany, Austria
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Ursula T. 2 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Biking along the Danube and in the evening sitting watching the sunset on the top deck. I would like more time on the bike, but happy we got to see so much!
Boat: MS Arkona
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Tracy F. 2 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The entire trip was wonderful! The food was great, accommodations were perfect and the scenery is spectacular.
Bruges to Amsterdam by Carol K. 2 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Magnifique III was so much better than imagined. Great looking barge inside & out! Dining room glowed, friendly bar, wonderful creative chef. I’m a “foodie” and never expected such fresh delicious meals. Room accommodations small neat clean would have liked little more room so 2 people could unpack their suitcases. Staff was friendly attentive and did their jobs efficiently. Bike trip was well planned, I personally would have liked to have been able to stop a few more times to enjoy scenery surroundings & picturesque small towns. I recommend a bike/barge trip through Tripsite... I would consider another!
Around Lake Constance by Andrea S. 2 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most memorable thing from our Lake Konstanz trip?? How in the world do I pick?? The Biergartens? Picnics in medieval towns? Watching World Cup with locals in small family cafés? The acres of apple orchards? Seeing zeppelins flying over crystal blue water? Feeling the thunder of Rhein Falls? Getting lost and finding amazing parks and kind people? It was the BEST vacation we’ve ever had, and we’re already talking about which one to do next year!
Countries: Austria, Germany, Switzerland
Bavarian Lakes by Jeffery G. 2 months ago • Permalink/Reply
From forest paths at the outskirts of Munich to steep gravel trails en route to the source of the Isar, the tour featured a mind-blowing range of scenery and terrain. We pedaled more than 300 km in five days. Just one rainy day; we had to imagine the approach to Garmisch-Partenkirchen would've been all the more impressive under clear skies! Our bikes were custom made for touring, with seamless gear shifting and panniers. We built a couple of rest days into the schedule (we're by no means Tour de France contenders) but on a "day off" I got back on the horse and did a loop through the rolling forests and farms between Bad Tölz and the lakeside town of Bad Wiessee, on sparkling Tegernsee, a favourite of kitesurfers. By the final stage, Bad Tölz to Munich, the Alps had receded but the spectacular landscapes continued: woods, ravines and the crystal clear Isar River never far from our puncture-resistant tires. An amazing experience.
Highlights of Dalmatia Plus by Tami & Hilary 2 months ago • Permalink/Reply
This is a truly fantastic tour – a trip of a lifetime, which we thoroughly recommend! A luxury experience, on a gorgeous new boat, with fantastic food and incredibly thoughtful and skilled guides and crew…. With daily swimming in glistening, aquamarine seas and beautiful bike rides with stunning views. It was stimulating, energizing, relaxing and peaceful all at the same time. We would score it 12 out of 10!
The e-bikes are brilliant! We had never used e-bikes before, but they are high quality bikes, very comfortable with comfortable saddles, easy to operate and maneuver, not at all cumbersome, with a quiet engine. You can use the pedal assist as much or as little as you like, so you can get a totally natural, high calorie-burn biking experience, or an almost effortless ‘glide’ up gorgeous hills! The guests on our tour were all different ages and fitness levels, with different biking experience, and we all loved the e-bikes. We were all able to do the rides the way we wanted, at the pace we wanted – it was so flexible and made riding a joy.
The crew and guides were fantastic! We had a crew of 8 plus 2 guides, for 13 guests. Everyone was friendly and attentive, while also being very sensitive to giving us the space to relax and truly be on holiday. Our rooms were beautifully cared for, so they were calm retreats when we came back from our bike rides. It was inspiring to see the captain and sailors’ skillful work sailing and docking the ship. Theo was always on hand to help us with anything we needed and share insights about local cuisine. We felt so comfortable and cared for.
A particular highlight was the food. One of us was vegetarian and the other a meat-eater, and we were both incredibly impressed with the food. It was high quality, imaginative, varied and delicious – way better than either of us had hoped – a true highlight.
Our guides, Ivana and Meine were wonderful people to spend time with, so knowledgeable and confident about every detail of the tour. Everything was very well organized, without feeling regimented. They were excellent at explaining the bikes, the routes, and at flexing around our needs and adjusting to the weather to make sure we had a wonderful experience. They were always there and happy to help and answer questions. One Croatian, one Dutch, both with excellent English and German, they brought a wealth of experience and could connect with everybody.
The ship, the New Star, was extremely comfortable and well designed. It is brand new, spotless, with a luxury feel. It is really big – especially for the low number of guests we had – so plenty of places to relax – either in groups, or alone / in a couple, as you wish. Cabins were very comfortable - extremely well air-conditioned (a delight after a sunny bike ride), sizeable, with everything you need, including sinks big enough to do quick hand-washing (You can dry things in a couple of hours in the sun, on the clothes lines under the deck railings).
We’ve never been on a bike trip before, but are very impressed with Island Hopping. The company has been doing this for twenty years and you can tell – they really understand what makes a great experience for guests. All the connections / docking / links to city tours etc were very easy (it’s true the Port in Dubrovnik is a little distance from the old town, but there’s an easy bus connection) and the tour has great variety – different types and lengths of ride, with a rest day in the middle to explore and swim at gorgeous waterfalls!
Before we arrived, we were a bit worried by the heat in July, but there is often a lovely breeze across the sea, and the speed you can go up hills on the e-bikes meant we were rarely too hot. The tour guest numbers tend to be lower in July and August, so that can actually be a real benefit. We also know this tour is one of the pricier ones, but it includes the bike rental, and felt worth every penny – the boat, food, level of service – everything was top quality.
We are looking at another trip and will definitely go with Island Hopping again. Thank you for a great experience, Island Hopping!
Amsterdam to Bruges by Gail W. 2 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Although this was a bike-barge trip, I did not bike; rather, I stayed on the barge each day as it progressed along the rivers and canals. It was very pleasant and relaxing watching the scenery. Each day I was able to disembark at least once prior to arrival at the destination for the night to walk around nearby towns or along paths. The crew was extremely gracious and accommodating to my presence on the barge.
Amsterdam to Bruges by Peter M. 2 months ago • Permalink/Reply
It would be difficult to pick one specific memory as the most significant. I loved the companionship of my fellow riders. I recall one beautiful afternoon as we rode through countryside reminiscent of a Van Gogh painting. I was impressed by the open friendly manner of the local people in the small towns through which we rode.
Bruges to Amsterdam by Paul M. 2 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Great ship, staff and scenery.
Bruges to Amsterdam by VeeAnn C. 2 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Everything was fantastic. Each day they gave route instructions. I tried to follow along with the instructions with the ride, but in reality, I would have missed several turns if I had not stayed with the group. So even though theoretically, you can do self-guided, I think in reality it would have been a mistake. I believe the first day the route guidance indicated some photo places that we did not stop at. Either the guide didn't want to, or we had gone a slightly different route. I do think the guides modified the routes slightly based on wind, riders etc. But all in all FABULOUS trip - thoroughly enjoyed it.
Bruges to Amsterdam by Rhoda S. 2 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Our bike and barge trip with Tripsite from Brugges to Amsterdam was a wonderful trip we will remember always! The Magnifique II was luxurious, the food was amazing, the scenery was gorgeous, and our bike guides were fantastic. Overall we would recommend this company to all our friends and we are already planning our trip for next year!
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by Anne S. 2 months ago • Permalink/Reply
We loved the beautiful, amazing mountain scenery (with very few hills) of the first three days. The written instructions, though, are of a badness difficult to describe. We rated the tour 4/5, and the lost star were because of the extremely poor instructions. If we hadn't had maps and stickers on sign posts, we wouldn't have been able to make it through. The frustration really distracted from the overall enjoyment of the trip - an English speaker with an accurate odometer really needs to rewrite the directions. For example, they talked about "crossing a railway" (or maybe a "railway bridge"), so we spent about 20 minutes trying to find a way to cross the railway - but really it meant to pass underneath an elevated railway crossing. Also, the symbol used to indicate a warning (I think of a turn easy to miss) is a hand pointing to the right. One not unnaturally assumes that this means a right turn. It does not.
Otherwise the barge, scenery, activities, food, and guides are all exactly what we hoped for and have experienced on earlier trips. No problems with luggage transfers, and the hotels for the first part of the trip were all great.
Boat: Ave Maria
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