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Traveling In Uncertain Times by Hennie van den Hengel 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Beautiful written Mary! I'm going as well. In fact I'm already gone!
Travel Tips with Robert Zang by Si Sin Szuba 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Love Tripsite been on the bike trip self guided tour in 2011 from Salzburg to Bulapest was great and 2014 was Lake Constance and both my husband and me, we enjoyed very much.2015 new found love hikking in Mount Blanc was great experienceBut Tripsite is very friendly, good price; good choice of accommdation and breakfast always the best
Countries: Germany, Italy
Tripsite Traveler: Cheri Emahiser by Colleen Steer 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Excellent article & the accompanying photos were fabulous. I would love to follow in your footsteps, or rather your bike treads. Thanks
Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna by J Lillis 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Wonderful trip. Our room smelled really bad when we arrived. Mentioned it to the cleaning staff and they said it was the air conditioner. They were on the problem immediately and made sure we had no further problem. Bit of confusion with bike insurance, but on contacting Tripsite on our return this was dealt with immediately (thank you!). Might want to consider having a basic first aid kit onboard I fell in Vienna and badly sprained my ankle - no breaks fortunately. Had to get ice from he bar as there was nothing else available they couldn't give me much as it was needed for the drinks.
Boat: MS Normandie
Countries: Austria, Germany
Tuscany - Florence, Siena, and the Chianti! by mary 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This is Mary from Tripsite and this was my very first Tripsite tour back in 2010, I believe. I was traveling alone and self guided so flexibility was required, not to mention that my first cycling day was the coldest on record for years! ( I was cycling in early April.) I did get turned around a few times as I learned to read the route descriptions and follow the maps but each Tuscan hilltop was a reward in and of itself. From this tour I learned that when cycling self guided do expect: 1. To get turned around at least once or twice 2. That the Italians will always tell you to go straight 3. That the ancient streets many times do not have their names clearly visible 4. That most of the towns are located on a hill. 5. That Tuscany is simply stunning! Highlight: seeing Florence from afar from a hilltop and then cycling down and into the ancient city itself. I also learned that some of the best experiences happen when you least expect it! I am giving this a four star because personally I felt the bike was very heavy (but thankfully geared low enough for the hills!)
Costa Brava - Dali’s Country by mary 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Mary from Tripsite, here! I biked this tour about four years ago, shortly after we began to offer it. I had lived in Spain during my college years and it was wonderful to return! I will not rate this tour 5 star because I found the welcome meeting to me inconvenient for me. I was combining two days into one and wanted to get on the road but the pickup location for the bikes is an actual bike shop which happen to be busy and I did not get started until much later than I would have preferred. There was also a point on the Greenways where I became very confused and ended up off track by several kilometers. This tour now includes GPS devices and tracks and I think that is the way to go. Bikes are very good, accommodations are lovely and unique....overall, a great tour.
Portugal’s Wild Coast by mary 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Hi everyone! This is Mary from Tripsite. I biked this tour in the fall of 2014 to check it out for all of you. The tour as written is 8% off road and I was challenged but rewarded with incredible cliff top views of the sea. (The tour can be adjusted for more on road riding if you prefer). One of my favorite memories: tackling a steep downhill, off road, I could hear this soft clanging of sorts that got louder and louder the closer I got to the base of the mountain. As I followed the path, I crossed a farmer's backyard, turned a corner, and there was a herd of sheep. The clanging sound were the sheep bells! It was an awesome moment I will never forget. I have to tell you that Portugal is now one of my favorite places! The people are unassuming and genuinely friendly. When I would bike into a town, I would wonder where the "touristy" cafes were...you know the places that overcharge for a coffee. What I found were real cafes and the locals sitting and sipping coffee or a beer. As far as the services, bikes were awesome, biking with a GPS is the way to go, scenery, spectacular!
Halkidiki Peninsula by mary 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I did this tour in April of 2015 so as to experience it first hand. Though I knew it was a supported tour vs a tour in which a guide cycles with you, I was surprised by the level of support. The guide/driver stopped frequently, at every stop and turn, to be sure we were heading in the right direction and that we were all okay. We were provided picnic lunches (at times we even got to shop for ourselves) and ate at a small family owned restaurant as well one day. The scenery is spectacular, accommodations, lovely. Guide is very informative regarding what to see and do! Bikes were not brand new by any means but certainly well maintained. Great tour!
Sri Lanka Spice Trails by A.M. Reategui 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I just finish the Spice Trails in Sri Lanka organized by Spiceroads. Excellent trip, good organization, fantastic service. Very pleased to have chosen Tripsite. Thanks Hennie!!
Countries: Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Spice Trails by T. Manning 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Great mix of biking and other activities...safari, white water rafting, beach time, etc. Beautiful scenery, mostly quiet roads, and Spice Roads does a great job with the logistics and guiding. Highly recommended!
Tulip Tour - Bruges to Amsterdam by M. Carone 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Very good trip. All different levels of bike riders, but somehow it worked! I did not feel pressured to keep up. Our guide Ari was patient and stressed enjoyment of scenery etc. - yet we averaged 25 a 30 mi./day. Wonderful!
Countries: Netherlands, Belgium
NYC and the 5 Boro Bike Tour by Jan VandenHengel 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This coming year will be my 3rd Five Boro. Whenever possible, most of us at Tripsite do this tour every year. (I believe Hennie has done it at least 10 times.) It is a glorious way to see New York City. The first Sunday in May is the only time of year you can bike on roads, like the Bronx - Queens Expressway (BQE), that are normally slammed with traffic. Drop us a line if you have questions or concerns. Someone at our office will be glad to help you out!
Countries: United States
Remagen - Rhine Valley by Kevin from Trailsnet 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I highly recommend combining this tour with the Mosel River tour. They are both wonderful bike tours, but they are also quite different and fun to compare & contrast.Whereas the Mosel River tour is a progressive tour with overnights in a different town/hotel each day, the Remagen: Rhine Valley tour is based out of a single hotel with interesting & beautiful side trips for each day's itinerary.
If you arrive in Remagen by train (highly recommended) you are literally a few footsteps away from your hotel. This is convenient for your arrival & departure as well as for a couple of the side trips. The train serves both the Rhine Valley and the Ahr Valley. They are both great for bicycle tours, but the Ahr Valley is an absolute must. It is so calm & peaceful yet filled with incredible scenic, historic & gastronomic stops. The owner of your hotel also serves as your tour-guide if you visit the Ahr Valley wine museum. And the Ahr Valley bike path is one of Germany's greatest hidden gems.
One of the most fascinating surprises on this tour was the little medieval villages found in the region. My two favorites were Linz & Urpel. Both of these villages are directly across the Rhine River form Remagen and easily accessible via ferry and biking or walking. And of course it goes without saying that Remagen is full of historical significance from medieval times all the way up to and beyond World War II. For peaceful, scenic & historical bicycle exploration, you can't go wrong with this lovely tour.
Mosel Bike Tour by Kevin from Trailsnet 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This bike tour had it all: great scenery, wonderful food, delicious wine and the perfect itinerary. The rental bike was fantastic, the accommodations were comfortable, the luggage shuttle was reliable & the guidebook was helpful/informative.
I was surprised at how much there was to do and see along the way. Each town was interesting & historically fascinating. Touring this region by bicycle is the only way to go. It allows you to stop in each village/town along the way to sample the food & explore the sites. The guidebook that is provided with your tour is quite helpful; but I encourage you to stop in as many towns as possible, even if they aren't listed in the book. You'll be surprised at the hidden charms you will discover on some of the side roads.
The bicycle route (mostly bike paths) can be found on either side of the Mosel River. And, in most cases, you can't go wrong. Once again, the guidebook provides suggestions for which side to choose. But either side is fascinating. And since the vast majority of the route is car-free, you feel safe and free to watch the scenery rather than the traffic. I hope to go back sometime and explore the places I missed on my first tour.
Countries: Germany, France
Around Lake Constance by hermann friedmann 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Great trip, through beautiful area. No problems with bikes or hotels. Staff at all hotels was helpful, accommodations great and all our luggage was always waiting for us.
Strongly recommend emailing pdf version of bike route maps and direction two weeks prior so they can be read and the directions studied. This is especially important in the city of Konstanz and suburbs due to lack of bike route signs in those areas. Had it not been for some friendly English speaking locals, we would have been seriously lost several times.
Also would be a good idea to provide directions to the next bike path segment from the each hotel as well as the from the end of each bike path segment to the next hotel.
Countries: Austria, Germany, Switzerland
Bruges to Amsterdam by Lynn McCormack 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Thomas our guide was excellent. It is surprising that people go on a bike trip with very little biking ability and poor fitness. We would love to go on another trip with a comparable barge.
Countries: Belgium, Netherlands
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Vivien Watts 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Overall great trip, really loved it. Did feel the duration and arrival time in Vienna was disappointingly limited - nowhere near long enough to see sufficient in daylight hours.
Unfortunately one major problem became apparent. The tour director was charming and affable when presenting to an audience, but his manner often vacillated (changed) when talking with individuals. On many occasions he was rude and dismissive, including sometimes making derogattory comments. Due to his public persona (welcoming and friendly), I was really shocked by this. At times he gave the impression that he was putting on an act, that he really did not like or enjoy his job and the guests were an infuriating annoyance to him. Even allowing for tiredness and stress, I do not think there is any excuse for rudeness to friendly (and paying) customers. I was not the only one to observe his changeable attitude or bear the brunt of his dismissive rudeness. As it wasn't possible to pick what his response would be (ie positive or negative), I only spoke to him when spoken to. I shudder to think of his treatment of the genuinely lovely and diligent cleaners and kitchen staff. Perhaps it's time for Leslie to retire.
Boat: My Story
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
Tripsite Traveler: Linda Fajen by Sharon Cratsenberg 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We certainly agree that our 10 days riding from Passau to Vienna was awesome. However we chose to have Tripsite arrange hotels along the river each night and deliver our small suitcase to our new location each day. Our luggage was always there when we arrived. We began our ride September 28, 2015 and had perfect weather. We saw about 10 other bikers which meant we had the entire route to ourselves. The ride is beautiful. We understand the summer has "bike jams." We loved being in the small villages each afternoon so we could wander through the towns and enjoy the area. Definitely should be on an active person's bucket list!
Countries: Germany, Austria
Tripsite Traveler: Linda Fajen by Chris Dear 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Sounds like a fabulous trip. Which boat/ barge were you on? Would love to do the Danube!
Tripsite Traveler: Linda Fajen by Jehiel 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Chris, Glad you enjoyed the post! We would love to help you plan your Danube adventure! Linda was aboard the Theodor Körner...and as you can see from the blog, she absolutely had a blast!
Prague to Dresden - A Tale of Two Rivers by Amanda Uthe 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Wonderful experience! We opted not to use the GPS and stuck to the maps. This allowed us ample opportunities to chat with locals and ask them for directions when we went off track to visit different areas of the towns on the route. Beautiful views and welcoming people made for a memorable trip!
Countries: Czech Republic, Germany
Provence - Wilderness of Camargue by Charles Hancock 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I was greatly appreciated to allow us to drink and enjoy the wine we purchased without any extra charge.
Discover the Dordogne-old version (no longer available)by Dianne Cunningham 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Initial bikes provided were in very poor state. They were replaced when we contacted local agent at the end of the first day.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Judy Lucas 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
As this was our 1st bike and boat experience, we did not know what to expect. We are recreational cyclists, not cycling fanatics, and were very happy with this trip and look forward to saving up to do another similar adventure.
I do have 2 comments. The meal situation. It was disappointing not to have the opportunity to mix with more of the passengers as we were at a table by ourselves and had to stay at this table for every meal - even breakfast - every day. As it was a breakfast buffet and not everyone arrives for breakfast at the same time, being free to sit wherever, would definitely encourage more socializing amongst all passengers. Also, some nights, even though the staff was definitely hustling, it took more than 2 hours to be served our main course. It would seem that a few more staff members could help with this loooong wait after a long tiring day.
Also, there was a definite, obvious bias each day towards the larger group of German speaking passengers when it came to the briefing on the bike route. They were always briefed first and always went over the allotted time leaving the briefing for the English speaking passengers a very rushed affair, leaving no time for clarifications and a late start each day. This did result in some people getting lost. Alternating which group was briefed first might alleviate this problem.
Having said this, it was a tremendous trip and I would definitely recommend it to any recreational cyclist. Wonderful scenery with fantastic suggested rest stops made it an exceptional adventure. Thank you for all your help in making this a superb, memorable experience. Your service was outstanding. Thank you again. Judy.
Provence - Wilderness of Camargue by Margot Horan 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Barge/cycling trips are a fantastic way to explore the countryside and towns - you see so much more when you are cycling. One vivid memory of a cycling trip through northern France was stopping to look at poppies growing along the side of the road. I love the fact that you do not have to pack up each day - it is a very relaxing experience. The diversity of people who do these trips also adds to the experience. The trips that I have done in the last three years had fantastic staff who were very friendly and knowledgeable. I have done two barge/bike trips and look forward to doing more in the future.
Tulip Tour - 7 day by Marilyn Mendelson 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Ode From An Enthusiastic Tripsite User
I had never worked with Tripsite before.Their competent planning received a high score.All details were covered, everything was first rate.They delivered what they promised, now isn't THAT great?!!I'll remember this fab trip my whole life through.Listen up, fellow travelers, Tripsite's for you.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Deborah Waldo 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Food was not we are accustomed to on trips of this type.
Amsterdam to Bruges by Patsy Duggan 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
My sister and I loved the trip and have told many people to book the barg trip. One of the best trips I have had.
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