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Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Joseph Hludzenski 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Our group was more than well treated. The staff and officers on the barge went out of their way to help us and make the entire trip one to remember. The tour director really put himself out for everyone on board. He even helped us to solve a problem after we had left the boat at the end of the trip. It was outstanding.
Boat: My Story
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
Amsterdam to Bruges by Alan Searle 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We had a great time and plan on another bike-and-barge trip sometime. We loved the mix of passengers from different countries. Some of the other passengers, using other tour companies, had a few more details of the ports of call, and this would have been helpful for us, and may be a useful selling point for Tripsite.
Countries: Netherlands, Belgium
Metz to Cochem or Cochem to Metz by Margaret Munro 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Even for a novice biker I was looked after and given the opportunity to cycle shorter legs and enjoy the sailing on the boat. Bikes - we had a couple of bikes that had gear problems, otherwise they were fine.
Countries: France, Luxembourg, Germany
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Diane Malone 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Yes, yes, I would and have recommended this trip to friends. It was very relaxing, fun, offering beautiful scenery, helpful staff! visiting the small villages was a treat. The route and route guide was user friendly. Hope to bike this way again soon.
Mainz to Basel (no longer available)by David Miller 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Garrit, our bike tour leader, was a novice on this route as well as a poor communicator to the english speaking clients. The docking area changed at each stop from the printed instructions, and the maps and turn-by-turn instructions were only partly correct! Everyone got lost at some point in the trip!! I had asked for GPS routing for my bike Garmin GPS but was told the route was to new and that it was not available! I think some accurate preparation would have made the trip more pleasant.Second - the route along the Rhine is not scenic (as on the Danube) with few small towns to stop and look/snack on the way. The most notable sights were gravel pits and cement manufacturing. Of course, that is not the fault of the tour operator, however, they should have provided a detailed description of the small towns on the way (although not on the river) to give us the option of exploring the interesting ones and forgetting about the towns with 3 streets and no interesting sights.
Boat: MS Andante
Countries: Germany, Switzerland, France
Around Lake Constance by Nigel Finney 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The Konstanz trip and bikes were very good. The Danube trip bikes were not as good and the scenery needed to be varied more since riding alongside the Danube got a touch boring after a while. (Review from Around Lake Constance and Danube Bike Path - Passau to Vienna)
Countries: Austria, Germany, Switzerland
Amsterdam to Bruges by Sanra Turner 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I loved everything about this trip from the boat, the staff, the bikes and, of course, the scenery. I highly recommend this trip for anyone who likes to take a trip up close and personal.
Mainz to Basel (no longer available)by Norbert Glatt 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Boat staff need to learn how to be more polite and friendly. The management seems to be in the military service.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Howard Christie 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Trip maps were difficult to decipher in some cases and needed more explanation. There were too many questions of ""which way do we go?, we must have missed our turn, where's the ferry?
Why couldn't we get a cup of coffee or tea before 7am or 4pm? Why couldn't we get a beer in the lounge right after returning from ride? Why couldn't we drop off our panniers before 4 on Friday when the man in charge was sitting at his desk doing nothing? The crew for the most part was accommodating but the Teutonic influence was in evidence too often, and I am 50% German. My grandfather having served for Germany in the First World War.
Boat: MS Normandie
Bike and Sail the Zuiderzee Coast by Cherie Miled 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This was my first biking trip - truly enjoyed it and am looking forward to my next trip.
Provence - Van Gogh by Alan Bartlett 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We found the map directions confusing at times--i.e. Cross bridge and 3 streets and turn right. Sounds easy enough, but actually it meant 2 major streets and a round about. We usually solved this by using Google maps. But it added stressful tens of minutes to resolve. It pretty much meant that we slightly dreaded arriving at even a little village, due to the almost guaranteed confusion. Having the route available as a google map path would have been much much much better.It's the service we pay for, not the specific route. It also made it feel like the route had not been retested for a while. Getting a bit lost wasn't all that bad, and we found some nice paths near Arles. The bikes were state of the art and high quality. None of our group liked the automatic transmission on the Bosch drive. It would frequently incorrectly shift in the middle of a climb and caused a bit of needless suffering. All in all it was a fun time. We couldn't have achieved the ride without the e-bikes.
West Flanders & Bruges (no longer available)by Patrick Roddy 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I brought my own bike, but my friends rented. I was not impressed with the fitting of the bikes. The measurements requested by the site were insufficient to get an accurate fit and we had to request a new bike (inseam should be required). If I hadn't been there to fit the bikes nobody from the tour company would have been. Also, I had to replace a bolt on one of the bike's chain guard half way through the tour. At least check that everything is torqued down before renting them.
Bruges to Amsterdam by Joel Benedito Junior 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
1) In the boat is possible to rent helmet for EU$ 5/week. This renting is good for travelers that spend more time in Europe. I'm not sure if this information is available in the Tripsite's site.
2) I ordered a E-bike for my wife. In the boat I saw that 2 kinds of E-bike are offered to the customers. My wife would love bike in a more comfortable E-bike.
3) According to the staff of the boat, I should speak German. I don't know the source of this information. This information is used to organize the passengers in the restaurant.
Countries: Belgium, Netherlands
Dalmatia from Dubrovnik Plus by Babara Mack 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
It's not that I don't recommend this trip, it's that I would recommend it with caveats. The guides were great, the cycling adequate. By this I mean, I found that on some days we started out and then, 25 minutes later, stopped in a city center for maybe 20 minutes. Why? To experience what, in 20 minutes? It would have been better to simply keep cycling. The first day of cycling I found, in particular, to be needlessly short. The barge in general was OK. The seats on the lounge chairs became uncomfortable after a while. Too thin.
The least satisfactory part of this trip was the food - I thought there would be more fish options, considering we were on the sea. The 2 fish dishes that were served were not good - one was very dry, and the other was smothered in a too-salty sauce. The desserts were memorable - for their lack of taste. The breakfasts were fine. The salads that preceded each main course were also fine. Someone mentioned that it might be worth your charging a bit more and offering better quality food. I was not the only one disappointed in the food offerings. More opportunities to swim would also have been appreciated, at least by me.Actually, upon thinking about this, I probably wouldn't recommend this program, and would encourage others to look for better options.
Mainz to Basel (no longer available)by Gregory Akin 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The Rhine from Mainz to Basel, for the most part, is industrial and not as picturesque as other European bike and barge routes we've enjoyed. There were a few cities (Heidelberg, Germany and Strausbourg, France) which were beautiful and offered much to do, but we were expecting the scenic bike routes with quaint towns for cake and coffee, or beer stops along the way and were sorely disappointed. But the most disappointing aspect of this trip was the inability of the on-board guide to give proper instructions nor enlighten us of things to see or visit. We found out about popular sites from all channels except the guides. In Strausbourg, while chatting with tourists, we heard of an amazing evening light show projected onto an enormous cathedral - huge crowds gathered to enjoy this historic presentation, yet nothing was mentioned of it by our guide. We have needed so little guidance to enjoy our bike and barge trips, but this one missed the mark. Based on previous trips that we've done, we'd convinced 2 other couples to join us and they were underwhelmed and disappointed as well. The barge and accommodations were adequate, though rooms were random sizes no matter which deck you choose. One couple paid extra for the upper deck, but their room was much smaller than another couple's on the lower level. The staff and meals on this barge were top notch and we can't say enough about the gourmet chef and tireless staff.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Patricia Scullin 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The food could be a lot better, and we would even pay more. Other than that the trip was lovely.
Bruges to Amsterdam by Karen Thomas 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We enjoyed ourselves so much that we are already planning another bike and barge trip. It would have been nice if there were a better split in English speaking guests as most of the guests spoke German and we didn't get a chance to mingle much. Tripsite was very good to work with and we would use this company again. "
Bruges to Amsterdam by Diane Denham 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We had a fantastic trip we loved everything about it. I would recommend this trip to anyone. The people we met were so nice and helpful and friendly. Our Polish chef on the boat was fantastic.
National Parks of Dalmatia by April Stanley 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
An amazing trip. Incredible scenery, beautiful boat, always warm and helpful staff. I'd love to do this one all over again. This was my fourth time with Tripsite and I really appreciated all their help choosing a great trip. Thanks!
Southern Dalmatia Plus by James Bowen 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Some issues with our room. We booked a room with two twin beds. We got a room with a double bed and bunk beds. The double bed broke the first night. It actually came apart because a brace had fallen off. Our phone charger was broken while trying to fix the bed. Our door lock malfunctioned locking us out of our room for two hours, and was difficult to use the rest of the trip. We asked for the phone charger to be replaced, but never got an answer.
Boat: Princess Diana
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Joe Rine 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Wow! Last year we did a bike and barge; Koblenz to Saarburg on the Patria and loved it. This tour on the MV Story was even better. Boat was a bit more upscale, food and service was better; and the biking along the Danube was beautiful. The City visits were very good.The hotel Manager on the boat, Paval, was tremendous. And under his leadership the rest of the staff was also very, very good. My wife rented an E Bike which was well worth the money. The 21 speed I got was also very nice for a comfort bike. The other guests were also great!
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Tess Tholstrup 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
What I didn't like was the fact that the ships organisers would have known that the Water levels in the Danube would not be sufficient for the boat to moor in Budapest long before they told us. I feel that we weren't told as it would have put in jeopardy people attending the trip.
Otherwise everything else exceeded my expectations. The only staff member who could have done better was the guy in charge of the bike courses.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Jim Sapp 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Guide stopped to much for cappuccino, kept us bunched up, which was unsafe, had a sick person that should of been hospitalized. Want more milage not museums.
Boat: Ave Maria
Around Lake Constance by Ray Damijonaitis 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Good job in organizing the trip. The only suggestion I would have is for the route organizers to take construction projects into account when giving the directions . We encountered 2 cases which made us deviate from the stated route. One of which go us quite turned around.
In any case it ultimately added to the adventure.
Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen by Maribel Colon 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
It was everything we expected and more! Beautiful scenery, made great new friends, attentive staff, fantastic meals and wonderful weather. Our first experience, fantastic! We shall return!
Provence - Wilderness of Camargue by Francis Duckworth 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Not my favorite part of France. 6th bike tour there and the least scenic and inviting.
Amsterdam to Bruges by Beth McGinnis 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We were overall extremely pleased with our trip! The only downsound was the infestation of bedbugs... The staff had bites and my husband I had bites as well. The staff took this very seriously and called a Pest Control Company ...they had their rooms treated and ended up treating our room as well. We ended up having to treat our luggage and all personal items upon our return home to Canada.. To make sure we didn't bring any into our home.....Which was quite a chore and inconvenience.
Other than this, it was an awesome time.
Around Lake Constance by Hazem Zayed 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
wonderful tour around the Constance perfect roads visited Switzerland, Austria and Germany perfect organizing and extremely caring team despite that we made the booking at the very last minute.Hazem Zayed
Around Lake Constance by ryan 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This is an awesome bike tour, great work.
Photo Friday: Larry and Melanie Hinzman by June Ann Hassebroek 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This is Melanie's aunt. It is terrific to share in lovely adventures. We traveled to many wonderful places and each one stays as fresh as when it was experienced. Now that we are 75, mostly we remember and delight in seeing through the eyes (and tastes) of others. You might consider Sri Lanka. It is tops with us.
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