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Bruges to Amsterdam by K. Hadley 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Some wait staff could have been more accommodating. We seemed burdensome at times. Running out of food & then having to wait for more or not refilled at all was an annoyance.
Countries: Belgium, Netherlands
Authentic Holland by K. de Geest 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The trip was nothing short of Fantastic! The towns we went through on the Hanseatic Route were so charming. Captain Hans on the Gandalf was so generous to me...he knows what he did! ;-) I will specifically seek out trips on the Gandalf. Fred the guide was superb...ensuring everyone got the biking experience they wanted and just a lovely guy all around!! This was my first Bike & Barge but it won't be my last...I've got friends lined up wanting to join me on my next trip...they didn't know such trips exist, but they do now!!
Bruges to Amsterdam by T. Rosencrantz 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The Bruges to Amsterdam Bike Barge trip starting May 7, 2016 on the Fluvius was fantastic from the minute we step on the barge in Bruges until the day it was over and departed the barge to take the foot ferry to Central Station in Amsterdam. Our guide Guus and the boat's crew were friendly and helpful 24/7. Loved all our fellow travelers too. The bike trips each day were through beautiful countryside and centuries old cities. The food on the boat was great. The bunks were comfy and the showers always had plenty of hot water. The bikes worked well. Our guide and our maps got us where we needed to go everyday. Even the weather was perfect! Can't wait to do another trip like this!
Bruges to Amsterdam by C. Fligner 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Fabulous trip. The guide and staff were great. The biking was perfect. I would recommend highly and without reservation. Great trip. Great biking and guide and wonderful staff. The boat was very comfortable and the country was beautiful. I recommend this trip highly and without reservation.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by J. Wagemakers 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This adventure was more than we expected. The boat was very well equipped, and our cabin was comfortable and larger than we expected. The staff was very friendly and dealt with all of our needs, and the meals were fabulous. Our bikes were well maintained and were well suited for the route we rode. The scenery was amazing and we come home with a collection of pictures and memories.
Boat: MS Normandie
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges by S. Carlson 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Some of the other people that came on the trip were not prepared to ride a bike 20-25 miles per day. They said that they had not ridden a bicycle since they were a youth. Consequently, this significantly held up the entire group. I would recommend emphasizing the importance of being in good riding condition for the bike/barge trips. Thank you.The staff of the Merlijn absolutely made the entire trip a pure delight! We would definitely sail with them again in the future!
Tripsite Traveler - Tulip Tour with Nancy Arehart by Cathie Trogdon 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Okay, I admit I'm jealous. What an inspiring retirement life you lead. I do want to know more about the Scotland hiking. That's on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing your adventures and amazing photos.
Tripsite Traveler - Tulip Tour with Nancy Arehart by Nancy Arehart 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Cathie, we had a great time (Kurt and our 2 boys, 13yo & 23yo at the time) on the WHW. I don't remember who we booked through, but we did about 5 days worth of the trail and ended at the north end. Our bags were moved forward for us, so all we had to carry were day-packs with rain gear and food. If I recall, we hiked ~12-15 miles per day. Such beautiful country! Our lodgings were in the middle of the countryside ... nothing much around except other friendly hikers :) Check out something like hillwalktours.com.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by K. Kehrberg 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The itinerary was excellent. A nice blend of bike routes and city site seeing along the way. We spent a couple days in Vienna before the trip and then used our Vienna day to bike on the island. Glad we didn't have to cram Vienna into a few hours. It was our cruise director's first trip and his enthusiasm was greater than his organizational skills in his presentations.
Boat: My Story
Tripsite Traveler - Tulip Tour with Nancy Arehart by anke clews 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Being born and raised in Holland I always enjoy seeing the Dutch landscape ... but these pictures are exceptional. I received this link through Norma, who I believe is your aunt. I am glad she did. Beautiful Holland, gorgeous pix!
Thank you so much!
South Holland Tour by V. Silberstein 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This was a fabulous trip! The best way to see the Netherlands is by boat and barge. This cruise far exceeded my expectations. The barge was homey and warm, the crew was so special. They took care of our every need, and did it in a friendly and caring manner. The chef was phenomenal! The value for your money was great. I would do this again in a heartbeat!
Boat: Liza Marleen
Amsterdam to Bruges by M. Ford 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The boat, the crew, the bikes, the food....all great. The bike guide was on her first tour and on several occasions, we had to stop, wait while guide asked for directions. In her defense, route markers were often confusing or hard to locate, making it difficult to take off on our own, or to pause along the way without group consensus. As the farewell meeting on the boat, the entire group voiced positive comments and satisfaction with the experience.
Countries: Netherlands, Belgium
Tulip Tour - 5 day by R. Vaughan 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The Magnifique II ship was beautiful and very comfortable. The ship's crew were outstanding and very friendly. We especially enjoyed touring with tour guide Tom. We would love to take another trip similar to this in other regions and countries.
Boat: Magnifique II
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges by R. Modi 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The entire trip for all 13 of us was superb !!! From the quality of the boat, the skipper, the chef, the cycle route, the guide, the food on board, all excellen !! A must do!! The quality of the cycles were excellent ! Which made the experience memorable! I did get a chance to compare it with other boat and bicycle tours, ours was far superior, practically new bicycles.
Boat: Quo Vadis
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by R. Hennigan 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Our Normandie trip from Passau to Budapest was spectacular! The weather, the boat, the food, the fellow bikers, the countryside and the bikes were all a delight. We were also pleased to learn that our guide rode each day. He was very knowledgeable; however, under stress was verbally contentious and short with guests. It became almost comical and so we learned to stay out of his way during certain times of the day. Nevertheless, the trip was a dream and we thank-you!!
Tulip Tour - Bruges to Amsterdam by S. Kraushaar 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Second time on the Merjlin. We would definitely book a third. Bike/Barge trips are so much fun!
Tulip Tour - 5 day by D. Hunts 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Highly recommend this trip!
Tulip Tour - 5 day by D. Keener 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We loved the entire trip. The bikes trips were great - always lots to see with just the right amount of time in the saddle. My sister (who is not used to much cycling) loved her electric bike.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by L. Bockelmann 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The entire bike-barge trip on the Ave Maria far exceeded our expectations. I would highly recommend this trip.
Boat: Ave Maria
Amsterdam to Bruges by J. Proller 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I would have appreciated written directions each day of the turns so that we could do a self guided trip. Also, it would help to have a staff as a sweeper to make sure the group urging in the correct direction .
Tulip Tour - Bruges to Amsterdam by T. Hottentot 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
It was a wonderful trip. The hostess is exceptional, the food fabulous, the guide very good and all the passengers were nice to be with.
Holland Southern Tulip Tour by S. Breaugh 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Overall I really enjoyed our trip. However, our guide Piet left a lot to be desired. He got us from the boat and back each day but that was about it. We had very few stops during the day for water breaks or photos. He did not provide any "tour guide" type of information like history or pointing anything out of interest, or even a clear idea of the details of the following day. While we got to all the towns on the itinerary, everything was pretty much closed after dinner so we couldn't do any sightseeing in towns on our own. The guide on our sister ship "Liza Marleen" did much more with her group.
On the plus side, the barge Sailing Home was excellent and the crew was great - very friendly and helpful. Our chef Markus was amazing.
I had an electric bike and I loved it. It made the trip much easier and enjoyable. Highly recommend it for inexperienced bikers.
Boat: Sailing Home
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges by J. Shah 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Best time we ever had. It was like coming back to home after the day cycling. Staff was very friendly and felt at home. Food was good. Look forward to come again in future for sure. The E-bikes were too good and very good for us who are not regular cyclist.
Holland Southern Tulip Tour by B. Dewey-Kirschman 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The tour was wonderful! We had clear weather the entire week and a great group of people to ride with. The "Sailing Home" really was comfort plus, with an attentive and helpful staff.
Holland Southern Tulip Tour by P. Cass 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Everything exceeded our expectations. Crew made us feel like family, food was excellent and tour was perfect including the weather and the tulips.
Authentic Holland by Kris 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This was such an amazing trip on the Gandalf with Captain Hans and Fred the guide. The description does not do this trip justice. You go through such varied terrain like forests, along the water and the towns were sooo charming! I've been to Holland many times and yet I saw such a beautiful side of Holland that blew me away!
Tripsite Traveler: Elizabeth Correll by Laura Kuhlman 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Sounds like you really enjoyed the trip. I know your feeling about biking and traveling. I think it is the only way to travel. I leave on August 12 with four friends to Bolzano, Italy and venture to Venice. Cannot wait.
Thank you for the post!
Tulip Tour - 5 day by L. Bendz 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This was my second bike and barge trip on the La Belle Fleur for the tulip tour and it was fantastic. We had an excellent guide, Koehn, who selected lovely routes thru rural settings and we saw amazing fields in bloom, the national park leading to the North Sea and the Amsterdam Forest on return. The barge sparkled and Sanders and Els were very warm and welcoming. Our room was very comfortable. The new bikes had very comfortable seats and were lighter & BETTER for riding the 13 to 23 miles/ day distances. Unfortunately we hit a week of rainy inclement weather so we wore every warm layer we had plus scarves and rain gear. Our fellow travelers from Canada and Brazil were very good sports. I can't wait to try the France river trip on the Mosel River next time!! Thank you for making this trip of memories possible!!
Boat: La Belle Fleur
Tulip Tour - 5 day by K. Vandermeer 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The trip was awesome... Even tho it rained EVERYDAY...had a great time. The guide was great and he was able to adjust route to accommodate group. The scenery was incredible and enjoyed every day . The bikes were perfect with 8 gears to meet the needs of trip...
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