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Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Oscar Martinez 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We have been on seven or eight bike and barge trips in the past and this one was, by far, the best. From the greeting upon arriving, to the spacious and comfortable accommodations and exquisite food. The guide was pleasant and very informative ( great sense of humor, too ) Our hotel reservations in Venice were cancelled at the last minute, but he was able to get us a room. The Ave Maria is a beautiful boat with everything you need. We can't say enough about every crew member. Part of the scenery was not as nice as on other trips, but that couldn't be helped. People at Tripsite were always very helpful and quick to respond. We had a wonderful time. We will highly recommend this Tripsite adventure!
Boat: Ave Maria
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges by Alica Kline 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Food was great, would have liked more flexibility on cycling.
Countries: Belgium, France
Koblenz to Merzig by Ivy Higgs 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We were a bit late in the season so weather not great. Food brilliant.
Tulip Tour - 8 Day by Sharon Bozman 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Had a wonderful time. The crew were amazing. Fred the guide was very attentive, knowledgeable, and always willing to help. Well organized with unique side trips. The food was great and the crew were all very friendly and helpful. What a beautiful country and lovely way to experience it. I will definitely recommend it to my friends.
Loire Valley Bike and Boat by Sharon Kravitz 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The trip was organised very well. The international crew made the trip more interesting. We were glad that Peter had some flexibility in what we experienced. He was an excellent guide. We would have liked to stop at a few more wineries. Also we always seemed to be pulling into villages as they closed for lunch.
Boat: Anna Maria IV
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Jill Roach 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We loved everything about this trip. The bikes were in excellent condition, the cruise director was very helpful, the boat's staff was super attentive. The boat is definitely older but it was very clean and we loved having drinks on the top deck every night under the stars. My two teens had a great time as well and the staff was wonderful to them. The scenery was incredible and the tour excursions were a great value and well worth it.
Boat: My Story
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges by Linda Scotten 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Though not a 'delux' trip the staff and other passengers made it such a memorable trip! It might not suit everyone but we loved it!
Countries: Belgium, Netherlands
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Diana Collins 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Even with the age of the boat (1970's!!), we totally enjoyed the cruise. The staff was great and the food was wonderful. The bikes were comfortable and in good repair.
Amsterdam to Bruges by Donna Ogilvie 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This was an excellent trip. We were well taken care of on The Merjlin. The cabin was set up well, their attention to detail, everything was designed to ensure we had the best vacation experience -right down to fresh flowers on board. I have recommended The Merjlin to everyone who asks about my trip.
Countries: Netherlands, Belgium
Bolzano - Resia Pass - Mantova by Adrian Maciejewski 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
During my trip I didn't obtain the maps and associated documents which made parts of my trip extremely frustrating.
Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen by Margaret Bishop 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Wonderful trip through the vineyards on the wine wagon!
Riccione by Jean-Jacques Tremblay 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
My last trip cycling experience with the Dory Hotel in Riccioni Italy was splendid and one of the best ever!!
Amsterdam to Bruges by Denise Hansen 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Our Amsterdam to Bruges 7 days bike and barge was the highlight of our 90 day trip! Loved it all, and many people have viewed my travelpod and also our coffee table book of photos. It is a long way to come from NZ but I have been drooling over the Croatia bike and barge trips for 2016.....
Amsterdam to Bruges by Ted Hansen 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Thought I'd find it hard, not really being a biker, and I got a sore backside on occasion, especially when we got lost and pedalled a few extra kms, but just loved the whole experience. (even piked out on the last rainy day and motored into Bruges, felt I earned it!)
Southern Burgundy by Louis Boero 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Great accommodations and the food was excellent. Quality and condition of bikes could have been better.
Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna by Brent McLean 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Would be nice to sit with other people at meals. Everyone was great and it felt like we were on a camping trip.
Boat: MS Normandie
Countries: Austria, Germany
Koblenz to Merzig by Charles Coggins 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Excellent staff, excellent food. Very professional.
Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna by Hong Gao 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
It was a great trip, thank you.
Koblenz to Saarburg by Fred Veenbaas 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
It was a great way to see the countryside.
Heart of Alsace (no longer available)by Eileen Traykovski 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We were not able to bike because I broke my arm 2 weeks before our trip but nevertheless had a wonderful time. The accommodations were first rate, as well as the food, matched by the friendliness of the inn keepers. We found plenty of things to do other then biking; hiking along the bike path as well as hikes in the countryside, museums and train trips to interesting towns.
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by Christopher Manning 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Route guides(arrows)could in some areas(particularly in the Bolzano to barge section when riders on their own) be more clearly marked and better positioned.Steph,our guide,and the boat crew combined to make this a special experience.
Boat: Vita Pugna
Camino de Santiago Bike Tour by Donna DeLeo 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The scenery was spectacular, the challenge was invigorating, the people were interesting, the guides were ever helpful and informative. Loved everything.
Countries: Portugal, Spain
Camino de Santiago Bike Tour by Lynn Conrad 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The trip included wonderful biking-many bike paths, trails and traffic-free lanes. It was made special -even inspiring- by following the route of St James--the Camino -- a historic pilgrimage route.Having tour guides made the trip stress-free thus more enjoyable. Their knowledge covered all aspects of the trip: best routes,history of the area, the best places to eat, out-of-the way special sites, translation and more.
Tulip Tour - 4 Day by Fiorindo Sinibaldi 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Holland is beautiful. The bike route goes through too many urban areas and not enough countryside. The groups are too large. Our group had 28 people and only 1 guide. It was impossible for him to keep an eye on all the people. As an example, it would take 3 or 4 light changes for the group to all cross a main road. Sometimes the group would be spread out as much as 1 kilometer. My wife fell off her bike and broke her hand because the group was always speeding up and slowing down. One day we even lost a rider for a while. The tour guide seemed very informative, but did not explain much, and seemed cold most of the time. That is my honest opinion. Thank you.
North Holland Tour by Sue Cousineau 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
1. Food was mediocre - not great...lots of canned or frozen vegetables. Meat was consistently over cooked and dry. There was lots of choices for breakfast and we especially liked the variety to make our lunches. Had to pay for hot water, tea & coffee after 4:00 pm was a ridiculous and cheap policy which angered many. 2. Room service - towels were not replenished each day as expected until the guide told us to put them in the shower to indicate we wanted towels refreshed each day. This was a problem of no signage to indicate this practice and that the guide forgot to tell us until day 4 when someone complained.3. Maps and route descriptions - we always marvel at the signage for cycling in the Netherlands. Our country should adopt this method. But we were only given one map/booklet per room. Again, a very cheap practice as all travelers are paying cyclists and each want their own maps. Can't guarantee that those who room together actually cycle together. This again angered many in our group all of whom are avid cyclists who have traveled extensively by bike in Europe.4. Route - Wonderful! Northern Netherlands is so beautiful, the route selected was varied and very picturesque, and towns we visited were charming.5. Staff - Every staff person, but one, was extremely polite, helpful and courteous, from the kitchen staff, the captain, servers, and bike support fellas. The one exception was our guide who was rigid, rude, impatient and grumpy. He warmed up as the week progressed but his welcoming manner was less than desirable. He didn't seem to like to deal with women or English clients, as we saw that he got along very well with the German clients. It could have been a factor of language and fatigue due the fact that it was the end of the season.
Boat: De Holland
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Maureen Molony 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We had a great time, the staff worked very hard to please, and it was a very good trip.
Brussels to Bruges Bike and Boat Tour by Terry Brannigan 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We loved the size of the group. We are now ready for a self guided trip.
Boat: Quo Vadis
Bruges to Amsterdam by David Rossetti 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We were plagued by hot weather in early June. It was pleasant before and after our trip. Not your fault. The rest was great.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Janet Creighton 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Everything was great. The only thing we didn't like was the guide we had for our guided tour. All other staff were fantastic.
Multi-Adventure Tour from Trogir by Moira Brennan 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Loved that the trip was flexible enough to accommodate my 8-year-old son who didn't have a lot of biking experience but who was eager to learn! We had an AWESOME time!
Boat: Princess Diana
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