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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.
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
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.
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.
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.
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.
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