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Amsterdam to Bruges by Susan L. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
A fantastic tour, with knowledgeable guides that led us through Holland and Belgium. Everything aboard the Magnifique III was top notch and any concerns we had (our room was a little musty) were dealt with immediately and to our satisfaction. The biking was very enjoyable, primarily on bike paths and even when on roads the cars are very respectful of bicyclists. The routes at 50km lengths sound daunting but were the perfect length to fill the day along with frequent breaks for pictures and beer! I do recommend saddle time prior to the trip and bike shorts! The bikes were in excellent condition too. Overall one of the best vacations we’ve ever had. Highly recommend. If you are more adventurous you can download the maps on your phone and go self-guided. Many in our group did that and had no issues.
Boat: Magnifique III
Countries: Netherlands, Belgium
Green Coast of Spain by Karen G. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Scenery was great, our main problem would be that the advertising did not really give enough information as to the degree of difficulty as while we are both middle level riders some of the many up’s and downs were a lot more than the advertising suggested. The close gearing of the bikes did not help with that either.
Green Coast of Spain by Jehiel from Tripsite 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Hi Karen,Thanks for sharing this feedback. We have changed the difficulty to moderate-difficult and added more detail to the page, including daily climbs. Thanks again!
Bremen to Magdeburg by Judy J. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The crew of the Merlijn were fantastic and very concerned with guests comfort. It was a great combination of leisure and biking, a well seasoned and flexible guide, and great food beautifully presented.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Donald V. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The staff on the boat were wonderful. Very helpful, friendly and hard working. The food on the boat was excellent. They consistently turned out perfectly prepared delicious meals. The bicycles were in excellent condition and performed perfectly. I thoroughly enjoyed this trip.
Boat: MS Normandie
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
Amsterdam to Bruges Bike Tour by Janet S. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The bike ride from Amsterdam to Bruges was a great way to connect 2 tourist destinations and get a different experience going through the amazing countryside. The fact that the Netherlands is so bike-friendly makes all the difference! The local partner has a lot of experience with planning the right routes and selecting optimal locations to stop at night.
South Holland Tour by Sarah D. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
There were 3 of us from the USA traveling together. They told us to lock our bikes and take the key with us when we went into a store or restaurant. Toward the end of the trip we ( all 3 of us ) went into a store and did not luck our bikes. When we came out of the store one of the bikes was GONE. We took one of our other phones and called the USA to have the spouse lock the missing phone and track the bike on the GPS. The missing bike was 6 miles away at a big store. The shop owner called the police- the police went to the store- closed the store down for 45 minutes and locked all the 4 doors to the store. The police walked into the store looking for the red and black bike bag- saw it- walked up to the man , who was using the stolen phone and arrested him. He had stolen bikes before. They were so happy to catch him this time. The police never found the helmet and the man took $100, US dollars. They found the bike in the front of the store, as we knew the bike's # and brand. The phone was recovered. The thief was put in jail for 2 nights- we were told. The bike was returned to the barge. The victim was returned to the barge by the police. Lesson learned- NEVER LEAVE YOUR BIKE UNLOCKED and TAKE the KEY! On a lighter note- the wildflowers and wildlife a long the canals, were unbelievable! Would do it again, but lock our bikes.
Boat: De Holland
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Jillian M. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The experience of being able to see the countryside, remote villages and sites at a slower pace with the experience and knowledge of a guide is the highlight. It is good to leave your luggage onboard the barge and know you return each evening to great food and rest.
Countries: Belgium, France
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Ann W. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Best part: Riding through amazing scenery and picturesque villages in Northern Italy!
Boat: Ave Maria
Amsterdam to Bruges by Jeanie R. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
local partner gave us a unique and thoroughly enjoyable way to see a country that was new to us. We cycled through farms and villages where there were no tourists -- met local folks and saw how they lived. Our delightful and knowledgeable guide made sure that the pace of each day's cycling was do-able by people of different abilities -- often we'd cycle for an hour or two, stop for coffee; cycle for an hour or so, eat lunch. Cycle for an hour and stop for refreshment; cycle an hour and we're "home", where bowls of nuts, cookies, and tea/coffee/juice welcomed us.
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by August D. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
It's a shame that the incompetence and the misogynistic attitude of one person can affect what could have been a fantastic trip, our guide on several occasions got lost and we ended up doing many more kilometres of riding including a very long and steep hill climb that we had to walk in the hot sun.I can not praise the Captain and crew of the Zwaantjie more highly it's a shame he has no control over the guides that are allocated to various trips.
Mainz to Strasbourg or Strasbourg to Mainz by Peter and Denise Marzo 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
We were on this tour from June 16-23, 2018. First let me say that we had a fabulous time and I'll attempt to breakdown both the good and the challenging.1. The boat was outstanding (5 star)2. All the meals were nothing short of scrumptous (all three..every day) (5 Star)3. The SE staff were knowledgable, polite and always willing to help. (5 Star)4. Embarking and disembarking was seamless. (5 Star)5. Our onboard guide was outgoing and fun to talk to. (5 Star)6. The rooms were tight, but manageable. two single beds, good storage for your clothes and a small but efficient washroom. 7. The bikes were well serviced and enjoyable to ride. If you're not a seasoned cyclist, don't worry, the gears were easy to change and many of the people opted for the ebike option which really helped.8. Biking directions were a challenge. At first we thought it was a language issue, but many of the German people were getting lost as well. We saw no vineyards, one castle, and we traveled through many cities. We had three in our group take spills, mainly because of the city routes we had to take. The "Look for Signs" were often non-existant or hard to find and we found that our group of 10 cyclists were spending too much time conferencing, trying to find the correct route.Twice we encountered local people who actual lead us to get us back on track. This was definitely challenging, but boy did we bond!! We stopped in small towns having lunch in the town squares, trying local beers and cheeses. Restaurants willing to let us eat our bagged lunches in their restaurant when we bought some drinks. Suggestions:1. Arrive a couple of days early to explore Mainz, it's a beatiful city.2. We flew in and out of Paris and the train system is amazing, but I would suggest closer Airports (Frankfurt to get to Mainz and Paris for Strasbourg).3. Get comfortable being lost and embrace the journey. We always found our way and have some incredible stories about our rides.4. Talk to the locals they are magnificent and were always willing to help. The bottom line is that we are already planning our next bike and barge adventure, there are lots to choose. My actual rating would be a 4.5 out of 5
Countries: Germany, France
Along the Danube-Iron Gates by Mary R. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The cruise through the iron gate was a highlight of this trip. Cruise director did a great job throughout the cruise. Weather was much warmer than average and many days of biking were at 90 degrees F on roads and trails with little cover or shade so were somewhat more difficult than anticipated. It was a great experience but people need to be aware that most of the riding in the Eastern European countries are on the side of roads sometimes without a bike lane and there was some traffic.
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Romania
Along the Danube-Iron Gates by Wendy 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Did you just do the trip? I am seriously considering this trip with my husband. Would end of April or mid June be better? Those are the 2019 dates offered we are considering.Any other tips/advice or details you can add would be appreciated. Thanks
Bruges to Amsterdam by Jacky H. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: Sharing the beautiful scenery while biking with great friends
Countries: Belgium, Netherlands
Around Paris by Howard B. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The attentiveness and skill of the crew was most memorable. Chris was an awesome guide, encouraging everyone and being a wealth of knowledge about the environs. Conor was personable and available to share her knowledge and experience. Kim is a great cook and quite a character. Together, they overcame the limitation of an outdated too small barge to create an environment that allowed the riders to really enjoy the countryside and each other.
Boat: Clair de Lune
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine by Raine P. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The routes were described well before each ride and usually easy to follow, however at least one person in your group should have a GPS. The guide and scenery were exceptional. The food was great but it was difficult getting vegetarian food for dinner even though I had requested vegetarian when I signed up.
Provence - Wilderness of Camargue by Jenny D. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The trip was amazing!! From pink Lakes, to Pink Flamingos, White Sandy Beaches, to the Punta Du Gard, Castles, Sunsets, Fields of Lavender, and Van Gough. This trip was a feast for the senses. What a fun trip. I've already booked my next one. This was excellent!!
National Parks of Dalmatia by Denise T. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
I loved meeting new biking friends from other countries. Everything was wonderful!
Around Paris by Molly C. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Overall the trip was great. Route was rated as easy, but it was a little more difficult than expected. Lots of traffic in Paris and trails and streets were often more like off-road or mountain biking. That should be made clear from the beginning.
Bruges to Amsterdam by Michelle P. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The barge staff, tour guides and fellow bike riders were the best part of this tour! Please know that this is definitely a bike tour. We zipped through towns at a steady pace but it wasn’t unbearable for a novice bike rider like me. However there wasn’t much time to visit any towns and do some sightseeing.
Bruges to Amsterdam by Jeffrey W. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: Riding through the Belgian countryside
Boat: Magnifique II
Bruges to Amsterdam by Ann A. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The Brugge to Amsterdam trip was a very flat, easy trip and we recommend it for beginner barge and bikers. Our main criticism was that although the guides were very nice and helpful, we would have liked more information and history on the sights along the way, and more picture stops.
Silver Coast of Portugal by Marjorie S. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
We loved this trip. The route was scenic and easily navigated, the bikes were well maintained and the customer service was impeccable. It was an easy trip with the exception of one leg at the end, but electric bikes made it doable. Absolutely recommended. The only point of confusion was occasionally the GPS would point us in 2 different directions. One was the main route and the other was an optional side trip. At times it was confusing as to which way to go. Otherwise, things were exceptionally well planned. See this wonderful part of Portugal while it’s still less visited by tourists.
National Parks of Dalmatia by Carla A. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
A bike and barge trip is the perfect way for active people to tour Croatia. The biking was challenging, but doable, and the scenery made up for it all. Our guides were experts, and had our safety and enjoyment foremost in their minds. We thoroughly enjoyed the tours of the various cities, towns and parks provided when not biking. The meals on the boat were gourmet, and the accommodations quite comfortable. The crew treated us with the utmost respect and caring, plus, we got to meet lovely people from all over the world. This was one of our most memorable and fun vacations!
Prague to Dresden - A Tale of Two Rivers by Josephine S. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
I have just returned from a most pleasant bike trip Prague - Dresden. The well paved and mostly flat bike paths made the cycling quite easy and enabled us to enjoy the wonderful scenery of the countryside. The hotel rooms were clean and spacious, especially the Chateau Liblice, which was a real treat. We were well fed and got plenty of drinks. The Czech and german beers are excellent, the wines are not bad either. Our guide Vitek made every possible effort to meet all our expectations.His stories helped me enrich the knowledge about the country, its history, people, traditions. But above all Vitek is a very nice, kind and friendly person. Thank you Vitek for all the fun we had and for making me enjoy every minute of the trip.
Countries: Czech Republic, Germany
Aare Trail by Manuel Pena 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Wow. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who wants to do something out of the ordinary. Our tour started on June 3rd, and I selected the 6 day tour for my son and I and it was just the right amount of length. By the end of the last leg we were just about beat. This was an easy ride, but if you don't bike much I would recommend the E-bikes to give you a little boost along the way. The standard bike's that were given to us were in excellent condition and we had no issues throughout the trip. All of the hotels we stayed in were adequate for what was needed and were in great locations in relation to the sites of each town. Each time we arrived at our hotel we would ask the attendant for a good place to eat and they always had great recommendations. I would recommend that you ask each hotel if they have a garage to store the bike and if they don't that you definitely lock them up and remove ALL of the saddle bags from the bikes and keep the bags stored in your room for the night. Unfortunately, one of our saddle bags was stolen over night. Aside from that small incident, my son and I had a great time biking through Switzerland. Now, I'm looking forward to my next trip with my other children.
Silver Coast of Portugal by Gloria 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Did a self-guided tour with a group of 5 women - had a blast. Flat terrain, beautiful scenery. Glad we built in time to explore Porto and Coimbra, both fabulous cities. Sergio was a pleasure to work with, highly recommend this trip.
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