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Missoula, Montana by Michelle Wood 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Nice blog, Mary. Have been a supporter and member of Adventure Cycling for years. Wonderful organization. Glad you enjoyed your stay. Paul will be cycling from Sandpoint, Idaho to Helena in mid-July. Will pass through Missoula on that ride and hope to visit Jessica and family.
Amsterdam to Bruges Bike Tour by Cornelius Mast 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The Mast FamilyBike tour Bruges to Amsterdam,June 14-20, 2015
We really enjoyed the trip. The scenery was beautiful and we got a good overview of the coasts, farm land, waterways, historical sites and the cities. The hotels were very nice, comfortable, varied and had good restaurants in the hotels. The breakfast buffets were great. We particularly enjoyed the smaller hotels. Luggage transfer worked well.The routes were easy to follow for the most part once we got “tuned into” finding the route signs. With the maps we were also able to alter the route to see some other sites we were interested in.A couple of things would have made the trip easier: Equipment: More specific information about the bikes, which differ from those we normally ride, before the trip started would have helped us to get a good start the first day. An extra tube for the tires would have helped since some tires required multiple patches. Route: The route on day 2 from Vlissingin to Noordgouwe included a ferry across Veerse Meer. When we arrived at the location on Monday we were told the ferry did not run Monday in June (this was in the detail route description but was in Dutch, not in English). We spoke to some local residents who told us the (lengthily) alternate but mentioned that since there were so many of us we could speak to the ferry staff and see if they would run for us (which they nicely did). Our trip would have been much more pleasant (and a couple hours shorter) that day if we had had this information up front. Availability of help: It was not easy to contact you when we needed to report an equipment issue after finishing a route after your office hours. We had to resort to emailing you so you did not get the message until the next day. We received an email that we would be called and the battery replaced but we never received a call, maybe because we had a US cell phone. So on the 3rd day someone finally showed up with a replacement bike. This would have been a better situation if: We could have contacted you after office hours. The bike people had contacted the desk at the hotel rather than trying to call our phone.
Countries: Netherlands, Belgium
Amalfi Coast - Tyrrhenian Sea - Bike & Boat by Brian 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
As Jana said, Riccardo from Verde-Natura was the first bike guide we've had and he made things so much easier and enjoyable. He was constantly checking on all the riders and never seemed to mind going back downhill to check on slower riders. Everyone on the Deriya Deniz went to great pains to make sure each of us had what was needed - even supplying food for our picnic lunches. The last evening, we all got a wonderful surprise that was so much fun...but I'll not divulge their secret! The crew really was remarkable. For instance, we had an early morning flight from Naples to Palermo on the last morning of the trip. In order to get to the airport at the proper time, we had to wake at 4:30 am. Every single crew member plus Riccardo got up to see us off at 5:00 am making sure once again, we had what we needed or desired. I cannot imagine a better experience in this singularly beautiful location and highly recommend this trip!
Boat: Deriya Deniz
Amalfi Coast - Tyrrhenian Sea - Bike & Boat by Jana 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Incredible! This was our sixth bike trip and our first guided bike and boat trip, and it wins the prize. Our Italian guide, Riccardo, was informative, kind, patient and always looking out for our safety, (He also knew the best places for gelato, gratina, pizza and of course, beautiful off the beaten path trails, parks and picnic spots.). The boat was gorgeous (immaculately clean) and our cabin much roomier than I anticipated. The captain was awesome (the epitome of the leader of the vessel, but also with a sense of humor); first mate truly did everything from helping unload bikes to driving us on the dinghy to shore; the chef prepared marvelous dinners, and Olga did everything else to ensure a great trip. Then, there is the biking! Wow! I have never had such exhilarating rides as on the Amalfi Coast. Words and photos simply cannot convey the majesty and overwhelming beauty. The other islands visited were also lovely. And, even though the water was cold, swimming off the boat while anchored at the Isle of Capri is a memory I will never forget. Our fellow travelers were from Switzerland, Germany, Phillipines and Canada and we so enjoyed their company. Thank you to our wonderful boat crew, Riccardo, our guide from VerdeNatura, and Mary from Tripsite for providing an adventure of a lifetime!
Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna by Harvey & Sharon Rishe 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Although we are seasoned travelers and fairly fit cyclists, we were new to bike & boat touring, and as a result we probably drove TripSite's Carla crazy! But her patience never faltered; she was generous and gracious with answers to our interminable questions and we arrived in Passau well informed and ready to have a great time.
Our expectations were met and exceeded. Not only had Carla prepared us well, but Rad & Reisen proved to be a world class organization. The accommodations were lovely, the gourmet meals splendid, the route information excellent, the professionalism and friendliness of the crew impeccable, and the camaraderie among fellow travelers delightful. Not to mention the gorgeous Danube scenery, the interesting villages, and beautiful Vienna!
We were so happy with TripSite and Rad & Reisen that we are already researching our next bike and boat trip with them! Thank you for a lifetime of wonderful memories.
Harvey & Sharon RisheSalt Lake City, Utah
Boat: MS Normandie
Countries: Austria, Germany
Photo Friday: Maureen Lin by Debbi 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I just got back from one of the best vacations I have ever had....I biked and sailed the islands of Croatia on board the Odesij. Simply great. We biked about 200 miles over six days...and sailed from island to island. Our host Bernard was great and the other guests on board made the trip fantastic!! WONDERFUL!!!
Countries: Switzerland, France
Photo Friday: Maureen Lin by Barbara 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I'm feeling a strong wander bicycle, travelust after seeing these pictures. Thank you
Tulip Tour - 4 Day by Beth 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Took the Jelmar out of Amsterdam and spent 4 days cruising and biking with our guide Fred. Our captain was sure of himself (reference the other comment above) but that is what I look for in a boat captain. Captains must know what they are doing when they traverse the locks, etc. The other folks on the trip were super chilled out and positive throughout. We lucked out and had perfect weather and biking conditions. Highly recommended and the tulips were at their peak!!!!
Amalfi Coast - Tyrrhenian Sea - Bike & Boat by Lindsay (from Canada) 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
My dad and I did this trip together in May 2014 - we both love cycling and being outdoors! The views were breathtaking.. breakfasts on board were superb with tons of espresso. The extra uphill biking in Ischia with the guide - totally worth the views at the end! Plus we got to relax at the top with an ice cold bottle of peroni. Boat is the best way to travel, by far, but bring some earplug in case it's noisy at night!! Every night I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow, from long days of biking and exploring. The crew on board was helpful and courteous - our guide was amazing and very knowledgeable (a Quebec native who now resides in Italy). We used TripAdvisor for tips on a good hotel to stay at to fly in & out of Naples (Napoli). It was an amazing experience, and I fell in love with the culture of Italy. I loved the country so much, we extended our trip and went to Rome and Florence on our own after the bike tour was done! I can't wait to do another bike tour.
Along the North Sea - a Tulip Tour by Martha 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
My husband and I had a wonderful trip. Doing loop rides from one location, instead of moving from one city to another each day, was perfect. It allowed us to become familiar with the area (so many restaurants to try!) and to modify the routes if we desired (for example, one day we cycled to the train station and took a train to Leiden instead of doing a long ride). The folks at TripSite are not kidding when they claim that the Netherlands is a bike friendly place. Certainly the nicest and safest cycling we have experienced! It is hard to say which route was my favorite but Widje AA has a taste of everything - dunes, blub fields, canals, windmills, and charming villages.
More Than Travel: The Final Days by Clare MacKeigan 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I have been on 4 bike and barge tours and I still think the scenery along the Moselle was my favourite!!
Tulip Tour - 5 day by Nancy Van Sas 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
My husband and I have just returned from our honeymoon from Netherlands. Five of the 10 days were spent on La Belle Fleur with Sander and Els. I cannot say enough positive things about this bike and barge. I have been planning this trip for 8 years, so there were very high expectations that had to be met, which they successfully accomplished. The barge was very cozy with wonderful food served daily, including traditional dutch cuisine. The bikes (Gazelle) were great in traditional dutch style. Our guide was knowledgeable and kept us on pace of a very full 5 day schedule. I highly recommend this trip if you are looking for an adventure and to experience the country in true Dutch style. I know I will be back to explore more of this beautiful country, hopefully aboard the La Belle Fleur for another adventure.
Boat: La Belle Fleur
Photo Friday: Emily Hull-Parsons by Carla Sprout 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing, Emily!
Countries: Netherlands, Austria, Germany
More Than Travel by Barb 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This blog is touching Mary. "Grow deeply and permanently in the ideas of living." Safe travels my friend. Until we meet again may God gold you in the palm of his hand. The Pictures are great. I'm exciting for the next big read!
More Than Travel by gea 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Go Mary!! I cannot wait to hear about your adventures - after all, you are traveling for all of us. Enjoy it, sweet Mary, you deserve every moment of this trip!
Remagen - Rhine Valley by Dennis Milling 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
September 2014...Arrived Frankfurt from Australia and caught train to Remagen. The walk from the station to the hotel took all of 30 seconds....the delightful receptionist had us booked into our room within a few minutes. Rooms were 10/10. Meals throughout our 7 day stay were all satisfying and scrumptious. Rental cycles albeit a bit on the heavy side were most reliable and well geared..and we should know as we rode up most of the cycle paths which the provided cycle maps suggested we ride down. One of the highlights was the Remagen Wine Queen celebrations held over the weekend in the Alstdt...plenty of wine beer food singing and dancing. Our weeks stay was so enjoyable we are going back in 2015.
Koblenz to Merzig by Dennis Milling 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Walked onto the Allure at Koblenz in Sept 2014 and immediately knew that the week ahead would be enjoyable. Skipper Martin's smiling face was ever present and the crew were simply obliging. Our cycle guide was a scream...we lost her regularly as we stopped off for the occasional German ale. It was with heavy heart that I left the Allure in Merzig 7 days later.
Update from Hennie: Pindaya, Myanmar, area of the Danu Tribe by jan 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Really cool pics, Mom!
Update from Hennie in Hong Kong by Jim Elkan 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Hennie,You should be wearing a helmet!!! At our age, we don't have that many brain cells..We need to protect the ones we have left..I enjoy your blogs..Have a great trip..Jim
Countries: Burma, Thailand, Vietnam
Southern Dalmatia by Frank McDowell 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
My wife and I did the So Dalmatia tour aboard the San Snova in Sept '14. Beautiful country, excellent crew and guides and great group of bikers. It was a wonderful experience with good value.
Boat: San Snova
Holland in a Nutshell - a Tulip Tour by Dixie Criddle 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This was our first self-guided bike tour and we absolutely loved it. We found the accommodation very satisfactory. We chose to pay extra for our evening meals, which was very convenient after a hard day of cycling. We did find some routes difficult to follow and often became lost, but this was just part of the fun! We would like to suggest a few ideas to make the map reading a little easier. Perhaps a key could be included in the map notes plus more landmarks and an overall map of Holland would be beneficial. We found the Dutch people went out of their way to assist us and the scenery was lovely. We also think Hilversum was too big. Thank you for a great tour!
Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna by K. Augustyn 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I will say that this Danube barge/bike trip was probably one of the best vacations I have ever taken. My friends who took the trip with me feel the same way and we are considering doing another one next year. We will definitely consider the barge/bike cruises that you have to offer. Again, thank you very much!
Tulip Tour - 5 day by Peg Hanson 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I had a wonderful experience with Sander, Els, and Arie (sp). The food was amazing, the bikes were comfortable and efficient..enjoyed the walking tours and all the history information. Would recommend to anyone that wants a comfortable easy tour.
Albanian Highlights Tour by Linda and Marcel 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We absolutely LOVED the Albanian Highlights Tour. It was everything the description promised and much more. I would rate it A+++ (and higher) for the quality of the guiding, equipment, meals accommodation, snacks, and cultural experience. Junid and Armand were so organized and treated us like treasured family guests. No corners were cut, right until every last one of us was dropped off at our individual destination on the final day. Definitely value for money. I will admit that the terrain and elevation (up and down) was challenging for both of us, but we felt a great sense of accomplishment that we were able to rise (literally) to the demands. The description of 'moderate to difficult' is accurate. The van was always there if we needed it, and thankfully we didn't. But back-up for a flat tire or other unexpected problem was not far behind. In my opinion, cycling (or riding in the van) with 'Cycle Albania' is really the only way to experience Albania to the fullest.
Loire Valley Bike and Boat by Lorraine 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We did this trip in Sept. 2014. Great biking, but barge has seen better days.
Boat: Anna Maria IV
Provence - Wilderness of Camargue by Laurie Hurowitz 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We have just returned from this bike and barge, our 2nd trip arranged by Tripsite. We were on the E'Stello (sister ship of the Soleo), and went from Aigue Mort to Avignon. We had a wonderful time! The trip was as described in terms of mileage, terrain, and sights along the way. The barge crew were all excellent, as was our guide. We were a group of 20, including Americans, Canadians, and Brits. I highly recommend this tour.
Koblenz to Saarburg by Joe Rine 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Wow, just finished the Koblenz to Saarburg on the Patria. The Patria and crew was great; meals were very good and plenty of food. Drinks were reasonable on board. Room was small, but enough storage and bunk was comfortable. Biking was very good, despite the three rainy days. Most important this is a cozy atmosphere where you can hang out at the Lounge at night, have a few drinks and socialize. We asked for a guitar and Gottfried, the tour guide found us one. Much to the enjoyment and maybe consternation...we did a sing along a couple nights. already planning next years trip!
Famous Villages of Provence by Neil and Reute 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This was our first biking trip so I can't make comprisons. All I can say is "absolutely fantastic". The detail and accuracy of the maps and directions is impressive. The scenery magnificent. The hotels and restaurants well chosen. There were a few hills on the way but the itinerary allows plenty of time to get from place to place. Having a couple of nights in each hotel is a benifit. Definitely recommended.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Margaret Collins 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The four country tour on the My Story was an amazing adventure. From the time we boarded the boat til the last evening it was very well organized. The staff were friendly and fun and helpful. The bikes were comfortable and the staff made sure they fit each person. The bike rides each day were well planned with lots of information on the wonderful stops along the way. The meals were amazing with lots of choices.
Thank you so much to trip site and the staff on the My Story for making our holiday a very memorable one. We enjoyed out trip so much we are looking forward to doing another one in the near future.
Boat: My Story
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
Discover the Dordogne-old version (no longer available)by Jim and Dianne 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Chateau and countryside were beautiful. All accommodation and meals were very nice. We loved the Bergerac wines and came to like the regional specialty of goose foie gras.
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