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Amalfi Coast - Tyrrhenian Sea - Bike & Boat by Marilyn McDowell 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The Amalfi coast section of biking was along the main roads driven by large local buses and the other tourist traffic was very heavy - although the drivers were not mean or aggressive, it was very unnerving to be biking on such busy roads. The guide seemed to be surprised that the traffic was still so heavy the 2nd week of September.
The boat anchored in Amalfi on the 3rd night, in an unprotected harbor - the boat rocked and banged all night long, no one including the crew was able to sleep, and apparently this was not an uncommon experience when in the Amalfi harbor.
On day 4, after an extremely hot day of biking we reached the boat in Cetara. For some reason, the boat was anchored along side the sister boat, not next to the pier. The crew made us wait in the hot sun until the bikes were hoisted on to the sister boat, then situated the bikes on our boat before allowing us to get on our boat to shower or get something to drink. AND since we were not next to the pier, to get from the sister boat to our boat the crew had us step up on the railing of the sister boat then step on the railing of our boat then down to the deck. Although they were assisting us, it was definitely an accident waiting to happen and totally unnecessary. On our Croatian trip in the Dalmation Islands, this type of parallel boat anchoring was common, but the boats utilized the openings in the railings to allow us to walk through the boats...
The captain fell and injured himself during this bike hoisting situation, and was certainly in pain when we finally got on the boat, but he was very rude to another passenger who commented about the inappropriateness of loading the bikes first and the ""rail balancing"" access to the boat.
Capri was a crowded disappointment, not worth the stop. Naples was also not worth the stop, large, dirty, crowded, the walking tour was not very interesting. On the positive side the Amalfi coast was absolutely beautiful and we really enjoyed the islands of Ischia and Procida with their quiet roads and small peaceful little towns.
Boat: Deriya Deniz
Around Paris by Lynne Newville 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We had the best time and have recommended the Around Paris trip to many friends. Loved the small tour group and guides. Two nights rather than one in Paris was a bonus on our tour. We would have liked more time in Arles. Guides and staff were excellent. Tiny berths but we like each other so it worked.
Boat: Clair de Lune
Multi-Adventure Tour from Trogir by Lynn and Hans de Jongh 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Our third Tripsite bike/boat tour, this Multi-Adventure Tour beginning in Trogir was fantastic - as we've come to expect from Tripsite! The Princess Diana was a lovely ship with great food and wonderful staff. Where will our next adventures take us? Who knows but it is definitely on our radar.Lynn and Hans de Jongh
Boat: Princess Diana
Amalfi Coast - Tyrrhenian Sea - Bike & Boat by Frank McDowell 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
"The ""recommend this trip (Tyhrennian Sea)"" question is a difficult question to answer. Scenery is great. Pompeii great. Guide good. Some passengers had issues with the Capt. At the end of our third day out we were secured to our sister boat in such a way that we had to walk across the railings (not on deck) to transfer to our vessel. It was unsafe, and honestly, uncomfortable for the women. When a few of our female passengers shared their opinion with the Capt he dismissed their concerns. In fairness, he had slipped and broken several ribs while handling bikes and was probably not in the best mood. When we finished biking on this same day (very hot) the crew/guide made all of us wait while they loaded the bikes. We all thought that was odd. They did not offer an explanation. The scenery was very good, guide was a nice guy and very knowledgeable. The crew was mixed. Cook & first mate great. Barista not so much. Capt....I don't know. After his accident he left to recover. Forgot about our second night. The harbor was unprotected from the prevailing wind direction and we rocked on 2-3 waves all night. No one slept-crew included. I told Marilyn if we encounter another night like that I was getting a room. It was miserable. The rest of the anchorages were fine. After writing this I changed my survey answer from Yes to No. I would send them to Metz if they want easy biking and Croatia for difficult.
On the plus side...The Metz (Merlijn 2013) & So Dalmatia tours (San Snova 2015) was excellent in every way. Crew, boat, scenery, guides. We'll return to Europe but events in Paris probably have many of us thinking about different options.
Montargis to Paris by Martin Kale 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Almost perfect in every way. Only bad was I wanted more of everything.
Provence - Wilderness of Camargue by Francis Duckworth 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We have done several bike barge trips in france and europe and other places. This one was just too crowded with tourists. Of course it was August, so that explains a lot. Our least favorite that we have done.
Dalmatia from Dubrovnik Plus by Dean Boyce 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Best holiday ever. Great staff.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Deborah Stone 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Accommodations were too cramped. Our first boat trip had more adequate rooms. Breakfast was great but supper was so so. Not good vegetarian options .
Boat: My Story
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Alan Robson 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Great tour down the Danube.
Dalmatia from Dubrovnik (no longer available)by Simon Husband 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The Harmonia was immaculate. The staff and guides were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Croatia was stunning and we would go again.
Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna by Corinne Bauer 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Fabulous guides, wonderful scenery, food, very helpful Tripsite staff. Will be taking another trip as soon as I can!
Boat: MS Normandie
Countries: Austria, Germany
Mainz to Metz by James Gibson 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Only the good, no bad. This was our second bike/barge experience and we will do more. On our last trip we brought 12 family and friends with us. They all loved it.
Countries: Germany, France
Balearic Islands by Harvey Brody 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Overall great but cabins too small. Advertise air conditioning. There was none. the staff were great. The cabins were hot, no porthole.
Provence - Wilderness of Camargue by Joan Farina 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I recommended it to Dave Ford who is joining you in September 2016 with his large gang. Do I get a free shirt?
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Ken Scheske 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We have recommended this trip to all of our cycling friends, it was one of the best trips we ever had in Europe - and we have had a lot. So far we have cycled in Scotland, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Denmark and Sweden and then of course the barge trip. Keep up the good work, would love to do another one.
Southern Dalmatia by Margaret Pattison 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
My daughter and I had a great time.
Lorraine Tour by Donald Stockwell 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Our guide was not good, would ride off too fast, often the tail end riders were lost and confused as they could not keep up. Everything else was excellent!
Boat: La Belle Fleur
Countries: France, Germany, Luxembourg
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Cheri Emahiser 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We were self-guided for 3 days. The road guides given us were written for bike riders using a GPS. No GPS was provided. Thus, the guides were a bit confusing. We didn't notice the odometers (and they were not pointed out to us during our orientation) on our bikes until it was too late. We should have attempted to track our mileage against the miles listed from point to point in the guide book. Instead, we followed the advice we were given during orientation, which was to just follow the green arrows. We got very lost one day. We followed the arrows in the wrong direction! We should have paid more attention to the road guide. It might be good to update the guides if GPS's are not going to be provided.
Boat: Ave Maria
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Sue Ernst 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I've passed your site along to others.
Provence - Van Gogh by Leslie Lami-Reed 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Staff was wonderful. Weather not so good but we had a great time.
Amsterdam to Bruges by Fred Tomlin 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Absolute top quality from stepping aboard the barge through to saying goodbye at the end! We were made to feel special and they sure delivered.
Countries: Netherlands, Belgium
Mosel Bike Tour by Sharon Robers 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Mosel trip was excellent. Danube trip, the map and instructions were worse than useless because they were actually wrong in places.
Bike and Sail the Frisian Sea by Catherine Crocket 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Our guide was not very interesting or informative.
Boat: Mare Fan Fryslan
Amsterdam to Bruges by Richard Krenn 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Was disappointed that there seemed to be less cycling per day that expected from the website description.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Pam Davis 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Loire Valley Bike and Boat by Carmel Manley 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We are return users of Tripsite, we have found both the service from Tripsite and the tours (now 3 in total) have all been excellent. Great tours because of the combination of places, organisation and staff. Am looking forward to taking part in more in the future.
Boat: Anna Maria IV
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Biran Hobbs 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Personally I would have preferred another day of biking and a day less in Venice - If people wanted to see Venice they could stay an extra day or so after.
Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna by John Bowyer 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Wonderful trip along the Danube. If you are biker you will find the bikes lacking. My wife with her spinal cord injury used an electric assist which worked very well.
South Greek Aegean Sea by Rolf Lange 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Most everything was perfect, especially our guide Lars for both trips. Only problem was lack of AC on boat so sleeping not easy.
Boat: Love Boat (formerly BB2)
Countries: Greece, Turkey
Around Romantic Bruges by Beverly Allen 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Biking in Belgium was wonderful.
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