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Umbria by J. Wark 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
All hotels were great except Hotel Magione. We were the only guests and I don't think they wanted us there. The breakfast was not up to snuff and there was NO English station on the TV. Given the level of difficulty of the hills, the bikes were very heavy (steel) especially when we had to walk up hills. Ok for flat but not hilly. We loved the restaurant near the hotel in Togiano and went twice. Unfortunately, we did have rain......
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges by C. Martin 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I really enjoyed this trip. The barge was very spacious and the food was excellent. The staff were friendly and the atmosphere was very relaxing. The biking was just right and our bike guide was wonderful. Felix was knowledgeable and very helpful to all. I will certainly recommend this trip to others and can hardly wait to do another bike and barge trip.
Countries: Belgium, Netherlands
Tulip Tour - 7 day by N. Tucker 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We had a blast on this trip! My first Bike and Barge through Tripsite. Our captains, Hank and Yantine, made us feel like part of the family. The boat was very clean and we loved the table designs at each sitting! Our guide, Francine, made us feel very welcome and really went out of her way to provide us friendly travel tips as we continued on our journey! Thanks for such an awesome time!
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by K. Sattler 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Only thing missing was quality wifi on the boat. The trip more than met our expectations
Boat: My Story
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
Tripsite Traveler - Tulip Tour with Nancy Arehart by Jacqueline van Neutegem 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I was born and raised in the netherlands too, but am also astonished by the beautiful pictures you have taken! I also enjoy your style of writing: it inspires me! Three years ago we made a sailing trip with 'Zwaantje' from Schiedam to Parijs: it was marvellous! I wish you much fun next year!
Authentic Holland by L. Fesyk 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
It would have been nice to have a group photo at the end. It seemed a little confused at the end. Also, with other trips I have been on the guide circulates an email list and anyone who wants to join it can. That way it is easy to connect with other participants to exchange photos etc. Other than that it was a great trip. I'd definitely like to do another one! I think the Gandalf is the best boat in the fleet (or so I hear from others).
Bruges to Amsterdam by D. Yeabsley 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I would have liked for the table assignments to have been mixed up a little bit so we could get to know more people. I also think the sweep should have a walkie talkie so he can let the guide know when he has missed a turn. This was a fabulous trip! The guide, staff, food, tour and accommodations were perfect!
Amsterdam to Bruges by K. Teerlink 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The Bike and Barge was one of the Highlights of our tour of Holland. The boat is comfortable and the food is great! Yes the room are small but that is no worry since there is so much to do. You can sit on the bow of the barge in comfortable chairs after a day of biking. Everything is planned out well. The meals, bike tours, city walks etc all start on time like clockwork. The guides are informed and you learn bits of history as you pedal. Really a great way to see and learn about a country. I would highly recommend this trip to the bike enthusiast.
Countries: Netherlands, Belgium
South Holland Tour by P. Watson 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Due to the length of the cycling routes, there should have been better quality bikes. All gears should have been in working order.
Boat: Anna Maria Agnes
Authentic Holland by L. Roussinos 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This is a great route and the cycling areas are excellent in so many ways. Scenic paths through forests, parks, graphic small towns and with well defined directions given daily by the guide. The barge cabins were quite adequate in size and even though the bathroom was small it served the purpose for the week long trip. Having porthole windows that we were able to open was great in order to bring in fresh air. The disappointment was that the barge was not very clean overall (dust and cobwebs), there was very little deck space to enjoy the views during cruising and having two large dogs on board did not help matters.The food quantity was good but hardly any quality in it. Four out of seven meals were rice oriented, little meat substance and overall not comparable to other similar meals on other barge and bike trips we have taken and the first time we have ever had "fish" lasagna!Breakfasts were by far the best meals and there was always plenty to go around and to prepare for your take away lunch. The crew were friendly and welcoming. I would most definitely recommend this trip if done on a better ship. The trip gets 5 out of 5 stars, the ship hardly 3 out of five.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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