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Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Vicki H. 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
I loved every moment of the trip. The boat and the meals were far better than I had expected, the staff was super friendly and the fun activities were great. I look forward to booking another trip. I recommend that people read their information prior to daily outings as there is a lot to absorb. Also, take time on the first day to be sure your bicycle is a good fit. It was a magnificent adventure!
Boat: My Story
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
Mallorca by John E. 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The most memorable part of this trip were the rides down empty country roads, loving the scenery and quiet. A great choice of roads!
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Christine C. 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
This was a fun trip full of historic sites. Would have liked to have maps so we could go off at our own speed sometimes. The side trips for additional mileage were great. Got to ride some of the "Tour de Flanders" route with cobbles and hills. Chantilly was fantastic! Also took a side adventure to a roman ruin, something we weren't expecting in that part of France.
Countries: Belgium, France
Koblenz to Merzig by Patti P. 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The scenery was spectacular and our guides were knowledgeable, so much fun and made our journeys safe and memorable. This was a top notch holiday for us.
Amsterdam to Bruges by Nancy W. 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
A wonderful experience as my first bike tour. Enjoyed most everything about the trip, even with the boat breaking down and a new bike route added for the day. However, my first hour was stressful as I had been given the wrong pier to meet the boat. Fortunately, the sister boat was able to give me directions. Two other guest had the wrong directions to pier also.
Countries: Netherlands, Belgium
Innsbruck to Bolzano by Philip S. 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The most memorable part of this trip was riding through kilometers of apple orchards on a beautifully paved bike trail.
Countries: Austria, Italy
Innsbruck to Bolzano by Phil & Kim 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
What an awesome bike trip!!Well organized, incredible scenery, great hotels, mild/moderate difficulty.Recommend to anyone in reasonable fitness level.
Auxerre to Paris and Paris to Auxerre by Robert O. 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The best part of this trip would be a toss-up between the ride in light rain from Joigny to Sens, the cruise up the Loing to Moret sur Loing, and the arrival at our mooring in Paris with Place de la Bastille in the background.Linde, our guide, was very good. The roads/trails were a bit rougher in some places than we anticipated. We anticipated cramped quarters and they were as expected but quite serviceable. The bike worked well but a mountain bike with suspension would have been nice in some spots.
Magic of Croatia by Elliot F. 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The variety of scenery around Karlovac Croatia was awesome: rivers, farms, war ruins, small mountains, churches and more. The hotel was very nice and well-located along the river for a refreshing swim. The fixed menu was the same two night in a row until we finally asked for something different. Biking to the sister property in the mountains was far more strenuous than most would handle, so I'd caution anyone against staying at the rural hotel or biking there unless you are in fantastic shape. We loved it, of course. The only suggestion I'd make is for the hotel to provide printed maps and suggested routes. They had us rely upon a website and we have a difficult time matching up the website information with the routes described in the trip brochure/materials. We ultimately did fine (with one notably long detour upon getting lost!), but we like a logistical challenge. Others less inclined might become quite frustrated. Overall, it was an excellent trip and excellent value!
Bruges to Amsterdam by Maria P. 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
It was a wonderful way to see the country. Wonderful fellow travelers and the crew couldn't gave been more accommodating . So much fun!
Countries: Belgium, Netherlands
Amsterdam to Bruges by Lise B. 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
I thought there weren't enough safety precautions: riding too close, no warning of slowing or stopping. Would have liked more stops along the way for photos.
Loved the Magnifique II! The food was spectacular! Variety of routes/terrains.
Boat: Magnifique II
Auxerre to Paris and Paris to Auxerre by Pat T. 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The boat was great and food wonderful. All staff couldn't have been nicer.
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by Daniel G. 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
We did the 3-day self-guided tour from Bolzano to Lake Garda to Mantua first and that was a great adventure for us. The food and people we met on the boat was also a wonderful experience.
Auxerre to Paris and Paris to Auxerre by Janet E. 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
I am a tag-along non-bicycler, but I was really happy on the barge reading, drinking coffee and watching the enchanting scenery.
Munich to Vienna (no longer available)by Evan C. 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
A big thank you to all your staff and to Austria for making my journey a wonderful experience.
Countries: Austria, Germany
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Tony Davies 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
We did the bike barge trip from Bruges to Paris on the Zwantjie. We would absolutely recommend the trip. Our comments are:1. While the cabins are small, they are still adequate and good layout in the bathroom ( each cabin has it's own) . They are kept very clean. They all have AC as the porthole does not open.2. The rides was rated easy to moderate. It was MUCH harder than Bolzano to Venice so be prepared. I would say it should be rated moderate. The second week is easier than the first - perhaps due to improved fitness but also l think there are less hills.3. Meals were good and wholesome.4. Staff were incredibly obliging. Nothing was too much trouble. Thank you Martyn ( the Captain ), Michael ( mechanic ), Chris ( chef/cook ), Gosha ( amazingly efficient at serving meals/alcohol and cleaning the cabins ) and our great guides, Christain and Elia.5. Size of about 24 riders is excellent. For us, better than say 30-40 as on the Ava Maria. You get to know all the riders are we had a great group of people, Australians, Americans and Poms.6. When we stayed in Perrone we went to Villers Bretonneux. This is particularly relevant to Australians - whose troops saved the town from the Germans in WW1. A stunning memorial site -very moving. We also rode through a number of memorials to WW1 victims. Also quite moving.
Bike and Sail the Zuiderzee Coast by wayne lavender 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
My wife and I did this sailing biking trip 14 months ago ,loved the ship and family owner operation -great staff -great evening meals -also liked that it wasn't crowded so could enjoy other people on board. biking was great -rented e bikes and it was a lot of fun I would recommend the tour
Auxerre to Paris and Paris to Auxerre by Jim E. 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Another great bike and barge trip on the Elodie!
Berlin to Wolfsburg by Lynne Z. 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Second time I have done the Berlin trip (albeit the reverse itinerary and the addition of Wolfsburg ) it was as interesting if not more so the second time. The VW Plant tour was amazing.
Berlin to Wolfsburg by Regina D. 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The wonderful people on the trip & excellent staff made this trip most memorable! Would highly recommend it to friends!
Balearic Islands by Robert G. 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The best trip ever!!! Hope to do it again!
Amsterdam to Bruges by David K. 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The food was excellent. We also enjoyed the guided tours in the evenings.
Moravia by DeeDee & Steve C. 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
We've already recommended this trip and Tripsite when friends and family ask us about our experience. We'd also like to complement Bird Service--the Polish bike tour affliate who organized the trip. Bird Service did a great job arranging all transportation, hotels & dinners.
Countries: Czech Republic, Poland, Austria
Berlin to Malchin and Malchin to Berlin by Judith A. 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
I feel our guide could have been a little more organised with our daily route but I also have to remember that the biking from Berlin to Malchin is a route that has not been done very often. I am unable to pick one outstanding moment. Just being able to bike in eastern Germany & Poland was so outstanding & while biking to think of all the history of the area. It is also wonderful to think that efforts are being made to make a vast ecological area over the next few years in some of the region along canals where we were biking.
Countries: Germany, Poland
Danube Bike Path - Passau to Vienna - OV (no longer available)by Jack G. 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Very satisfied with Route, only comment the finish was not as clear a couple times to find the Hotel location.
The guide needed to be more clear on the final route to hotels .
Amsterdam to Bruges by Norma P. 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The routing was great, food excellent, barge lovely and the staff was outstanding: Nico, Eric, Jan, Martin, - would love to have them lead my next bike and barge trip. Yay for the Elodie, my favorite barge. Thanks Nico for all the help; The crew made this trip one of a kind. I'll be back.
Danube Bike Path - Passau to Vienna - OV (no longer available)by Heidi L. 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The route (along the Danube) was excellent - all paved, mostly with a view of the river and away from traffic. Markings were great and easy to follow.
We were provided with a lot of information (maps, routes, suggestions), but they were in separate books and materials. It would be helpful if they could be integrated more, or if we could have received more of the information ahead of time. It took us a couple of days to sort through the various pieces.
The best hotel was in St. Agatha. The best meals were at our hotel in Melk. Grein was a very cool town, with lots of art and theater. It was also very picturesque as we approached. The most beautiful site was the Abbey in Melk; the most meaningful was the Mauthausen Memorial. The biggest surprise was the swimming pool at our hotel in Krems. We loved the Wachau Valley, where we had vouchers for a bottle of wine and a tasting of liqueur. We also loved having the bikes available to explore Vienna, on the last day of our magical week.
Danube Bike Path - Passau to Vienna - OV (no longer available)by Jehiel 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Heidi,Thank you for sharing this feedback with us! We are working hard with our local partners to provide you with detailed and thorough information before your trip. Thanks again for your feedback!
Bruges to Amsterdam by Eldon W. 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
LIa is the best guide we've ever worked with - well informed, good managing people, qualified in every way; and went well beyond what she had to do in her position. All the riding - even in the rain and varied road surfaces - was extremely pleasant.
Because Lia is an exceptional guide; on this trip one guide for up to 30 cyclists worked well. In most cases, however, I think having only one guide for this large a group - especially a group with many novice riders - is bad practice. Also, a water bottle cage and a cyclometer on the bike would have been nice.
Bruges to Amsterdam by Jehiel 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Hello Eldon,We are glad that you had a great time and think highly of Lia! We do agree that a second guide, especially for larger groups would be preferable, however, because of the nature of the tour and the fact that many people do opt for the self-guided option, having two guide for all tours isn't always possible.
Water bottles can be easily stowed in your handle bar bag or panniers. Cyclometers aren't provided on this tour but you are always welcome to bring your own.
Thanks again for your feedback!
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