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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
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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.
Countries: Netherlands, Belgium
Amsterdam to Bruges by Mary Netto 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This trip surpassed my expectations! I would consider additional trips with this tour group in the future. Our chef was excellent and very accommodating of my food allergy.
South Holland Tour by Lynda Vera 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Excellent trip, guide & staff. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Only downside was the cabin or perhaps the pillow was a bit musty - had allergic symptoms/ loss of sleep during the night but was fine during the day.
Bordeaux Wine Country by Alex Ladouceur 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Some hotels definitely better than others. Also some of the road directions were not translated well. Overall, however, generally satisfied with the trip but the service could use some improvements.
Camino de Santiago Bike Tour by Margie Hovan 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Spain & Portugal were delightful but the guides worked so hard at keeping us safe & happy that they made the trip an exceptional experience. I will definitely tell friends that this was a wonderful trip.
Countries: Portugal, Spain
Green Hills of Abruzzo by Joel Angiolillo 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Excellent trip. High quality, bikes, guides, lodging. No complaints. Very well organized. (except for the weather. :-).
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by Joanne White 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This Bike and Barge tour was amazing, best holiday ever!
Boat: Ave Maria
Bolzano to Venice by Julia Haschke 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
It seemed the first hotels during the trip were very nice, and declined as the week went. Might've been a coincidence but it was a bit disappointing. The guides were amazing, as was the route in northern Italy. Was very happy with the experience, and was very organized and went very smoothly.
Vietnam by Beth Ridenour 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We enjoyed everything as it was a well rounded experience in two fascinating countries.
Boat: Vietnamese Junks
Countries: Vietnam, Cambodia
Romantic Road & the Bavarian Lakes by Lázaro & Ana Karla 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We went to this tour, my wife and I, on september 2015. We enjoy at first Oktoberfest, the amazing beer festival. Then we went to Augsburg, a very nice town, to start the journey. The trip Augsburg-Worthsee was easy, but we got lost a litle bit to leave Augsburg. We have to ask for directins some times. After leaving the city, everithing goes easy.The hotel in Worthsee, actually, in Inning, was very comfortable.We faced some troubles in the tour to Murnau, but it was our fault: we turned following red signs instead of blue, that was the right color.After some wrong small trips, we finaly got to Murnau. All small cities in this tour are amazing. The churches, even in rural area, are very rich and beautiful.This bike tour around Bavarian was one of the most incredible trip we ever did. We higly recommend this trip.
Bike and Sail the Zuiderzee Coast by Deborah Bruyns 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
My sister and I have taken many bike and barge tours. This trip was the first that we were disappointed with accommodations, staff, meals. We were not the only ones who felt this way. Sorry I would not recommend the tour. I will continue to monitor your website for future excursions.
Montargis to Paris by Catharine McCalmon 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The crew and barge were just terrific. The food was excellent and plentiful. The French towns and scenery were a delight.
Four Country Tour by Jeanie Lundell 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The first day out, my e-bike had a low tire and faulty valve - not a great start, but the rest was very good. Sometimes, the route was to as clearly marked as we would have preferred. Nevertheless, I've told several friends about this trip and one is considering booking reservations! Thanks for everything.
Countries: Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland
Saigon to Bangkok by Paula Sweeney Fletcher 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
My husband and I were very happy and pleased with the overall experience. We were particularly pleased with the professionalism and the attentiveness of our guides. In ranking our guides we would rank Thailand first, then Vietnam and then Cambodia in third place. We were a group of 15 people and for the most part compatible. The ride was challenging but that was what we wanted and the guides took our suggestions into consideration. We thought the experience was well planned with a good mix of sight seeing good local dinners and snacks and history of the places we visited.
Countries: Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Anna Brasier 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Ship broke down and we were bused to Budapest vs cycling in, that was disappointing, but not to be helped. Jurgen our guide was very good.
Kvarner Bay Plus by Martin Walsh 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This was an excellent trip. We have already recommended it to friends.
Boat: Andela Lora
National Parks of Dalmatia Plus by Blake Butcher 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The tour was great. Croatia was super. The guides were great. The food and accommodations were excellent. I want to go back. I have and will continue to recommend this to everyone.
Around Paris by Gary Koolhof 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The staff was very friendly and they made our trip outstanding!
Boat: Clair de Lune
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