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Around Lake Constance by Sinéad D. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This was my 4th cycling holiday but this year the quality of bikes was poor, only had 7 gears, had 21 gears every other year and did not like the back pedal brake.
Most memorable part was Stein am Rhein, and also liked the fact we could stop cycling and jump into the lake whenever we wanted.
Countries: Austria, Germany, Switzerland
Around Lake Constance by Shirley P. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Hotels varied. My daughter stayed at Hotel Krenn-- not great. Food in Rhein am Stein not good. Hotel St Leonard and Hotel Cholsteroff had the best food. The rides were fantastic, would say the last day was a bit boring and less scenic (especially the second half). Would have been nice to include the Rhine falls. Would love to do it again as there were many sights we didn't get to see! Loved the trip and have highly recommended it back home.
Amsterdam to Cologne and Cologne to Amsterdam by Robin V. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Fantastic dinners & wonderful guide, captain, staff!
Boat: Sailing Home
Countries: Netherlands, Germany
Amsterdam to Bruges by Bob O. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Truly a wonderful experience. I was the tour organizer for a group of 12 tandem cyclists. Hennie and her staff at TripSite and the Captain and crew of the Quo Vadis were truly above and beyond expectations. This was a life bucket trip for all involved and all were very satisfied with the entire experience!
Countries: Netherlands, Belgium
Amsterdam to Cologne and Cologne to Amsterdam by Julie M. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The trip was an awesome experience! Loved everything!
Tripsite Traveler: Pedals, Petals, and Pastimes with Peg Cass by Mary Higgins 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The trip looks awesome. Loved the blog and the accompanying pictures - not just the scenery, but the FOOD as well.
Berlin to Malchin and Malchin to Berlin by Rita D. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
EVERYTHING stands out! From the greeting & service by the staff, (Lydia/Denisa) the guide Jack, the Captain & Jontein who ran the whole enterprise, Merlijn. The food. Lovely ever-changing table settings, The ample, fresh cabins, fresh flowers, excellent bikes and super maintenance & care, knowledgeable, friendly guiding thru the towns, memorials, history of the area. Capable, expert, amazing,skill of the Captain thru the narrow canals & rivers. The homegrown entertainment. We are putting a deposit on '18. ('17 is BOOKED!)
Countries: Germany, Poland
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Jim S. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
What stands out is the friendly competent crew - Coba, Marianne and Petra, the gourmet chef - Franco, the experienced knowledgeable guides - Piet and Wouter. Together they made the two week journey both comfortable and memorable.
Countries: Belgium, France
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges (copy) (no longer available)by Jim S. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Amsterdam to Cologne and Cologne to Amsterdam by Susan B. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Loved the Netherlands countryside. Beautiful flowers and farmland and great trails. Also the friendly and professional staff.
Champagne Tour by Paul L. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The Zwaantje barge crew were most excellent - great accommodations, food and customer service!! I would take another bike and barge trip with this group....it was an experience of a lifetime!
Champagne Tour by Fulton A. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Mega-kudos to the Zwaanje crew, headed by Martin. They're an extraordinary group.Our guide, Mintje, was good and well-intentioned, but she sometimes didn't grasp entirely the group's priorities. The route was fantastic -- scenery, length of rides, etc. The tours (champagne, brie, etc., were excellent, especially the family-owned company, Nowak. We learned things and had a lot of fun.We appreciated how Martin and Mintje responded to our requests for flexibility in developing distance options for less- and more-eager riders.Also, availability of electric bikes made it possible for spouses (of both sexes) to accompany on rides they usually wouldn't be able to do. We know electric bikes are controversial in some corners, but they made the trip possible for some of our group.One last thing ... TripSite's PDF summarizing the ride, proposing packing lists, giving directions and tips, was excellent. Congratulations.
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.
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.
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!
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