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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.
Sicily by Peggy H. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
We went to Sicily in May 2018. Biking was beautiful especially along the sea. Inland there were some areas that had lots of trash. No problems with directions. One or two hills a day.
Along the Danube - Passau, Bratislava, and Vienna by Janene M. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Each day of the tour had its own special treat. A castle one day, a palace the next. The opera experience in Vienna was amazing. A day cycling through the vineyards with a relaxing place to sample wines. Crossing the river through the lock. The guide always explains in advance the best places to visit on the ride.
Boat: Theodor Körner
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia
Dalmatia from Dubrovnik Plus by Ulla D. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The guides, the boat, the food, the staff all contributed to making this a perfect vacation. Swimming off the boat into beautiful water after a long bike ride was perfect. Biking the hills required lots of stamina, but the scenery at the top was worth the work. Thanks to everyone for making this a fun trip.
Dalmatia from Dubrovnik Plus by Theresa S. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The staff and the crew went together to create an experience that we won’t soon forget. From first class food and accommodation to well maintained equipment and tour guides who at every possible opportunity went out of their way to make sure that there was nothing that could be improved on. I finished the tour knowing that while I couldn’t have done it without an e bike, the enthusiasm, excellent coaching and mental route preparation by Lucy and Ben made each day while still a challenge, a wonderful scenic outdoor adventure.
National Parks of Dalmatia by Phil M. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
I've done three "Bikes and Barges" trips that I booked through Tripsite, This was far and away the best one. The advance preparations made by the staff of the Romantica were excellent. The two directors were competent, knowledgeable, and friendly. The meals were balanced and well prepared and served in ample portions (truth be told more than ample!). The bike rides were well planned and beautiful. This was truly a delightfully awesome experience. Highly recommended.
National Parks of Dalmatia by Gord H. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Croatia was beautiful. Every time you thought you saw the most beautiful place we would go to another more spectacular place. Bikes were good esp the e bike for my wife who had asma. The guides did everything they could to make the trip special. The boat stopped lots for swim breaks. Food on board was very good. Our server Klatko made the meals special. The only negative is that all the staff smoked as most people in Croatia. I would recommend a double room on upper deck for more privacy and to get away from staff smoking. All in all I would definitely recommend this trip to everyone.
Bruges to Amsterdam by Janet M. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The guides were truly terrific.The routes and stopping cafes were wonderfully thought out. Bathrooms at stops were very clean. Pace of rides was perfect for a first time experience.The food on board was outstanding. Chef Alex was sensational!The lunch meat, cheeses,and bread selections were great for making our road food.This was our first Bike and Barge experience. It was wonderful!Thanks to everyone!
Countries: Belgium, Netherlands
Danube Bike Path - Passau to Vienna by Maxine W. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
We four had a blast biking thru vineyards. Nice flat well marked path.
Countries: Germany, Austria
Tuscany - Florence, Siena, and the Chianti! by Jay M. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Nice to bike along the Mediterranean coast and a chance to swim at a few beaches. Also nice to bike through the agricultural areas and seeing tomatoes and eggplant growing and watermelons being harvested.
Balkan Mountains by Margaret J. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Difficulty not explained accurately. Bike not a hybrid. Definitely more a mountain bike. Please include fruit at meals and please provide laundry facility somewhere on trip.
Tulip Tour - 10 Day - Amsterdam to Bruges by Michael B. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
A lengthy bike trip through the Netherlands gives you an opportunity to drill down into their culture on a wider scale. It helps that they all speak English. The Dutch really seem to have figured it (life) out. We have much to learn from them and bring back their best practices...such as their capability to get anywhere in the country safely on a bike. How cool is that?
Countries: Netherlands, Belgium
Koblenz to Saarburg by Terry P. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part? Scenic bike rides along with meeting a lot of nice people.
Bolzano - Mantova - Venice by David & Patsy 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part? The poppy fields along the bike ride was especially beautiful. Instructions need some updating.
Boat: Ave Maria
Bavarian Lakes by Susanna from Tripsite 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
If I have to describe this tour in a few words I would say: Green landscapes, horses, Beer gardens, Rivers&Lakes with mountain views. Through every forest, I rode through, I was surrounded of beautiful melodies of singing birds. The beautiful landscapes are filled with horse ranches, hayfields, and rivers. As further south you go the mountain range starts appearing at the horizon that boarders with Austria. The locals are very friendly and the hotel staff was always helpful with local recommendation. I also loved my bicycle with its NuVinci internal gearshift, it made it so much easier to shift on the uphill terrain.All of my hotels were clean and comfortable. I especially enjoyed the hotels run by its owners in the smaller towns. The map and route booked is a great help but you want to ask for the GPS-tracks. I got lost 2x because I wasn't paying attention on the maps. I strongly recommend downloading the GPS-Tracks on your smart device or GPS device.I did this tour in mid-May and I remember dealing with headwinds while riding south. This made the skill level of this tour feel harder than what I expected. Looking at the climate of the area June - October has definitely calmer winds. Ask me if you any questions.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Mary Beth R. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Scenery was gorgeous, food was superb. Accommodations good.If you took Albert out of the equation I would give much higher ratings. He was inadequate with trail details. His info was hard to follow on the maps. Someone described him as a Peacock. Very apt. The rest of the staff was very good although you need another person in the dining room. Way to many people for the amount of people serving.Don’t advertise that you have WiFi....you really don’t .....
Boat: MS Carissima
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
Authentic Holland by Theresa G. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
We were a family of 6 adults (aged 22-62) who did our first bike/barge trip and we are so fortunate that we booked the Merlijn and did the Amsterdam trip. It couldn't have been a better trip. Everything was perfect from the accommodations to the food to the bike ride itself. Most of all though it was the crew on the Merlijn that made it so fun for all of us. Henk & Jantien are so friendly and accommodating and their staff, Gisbert (sp) who led the daily bike tours & Jaqui & Clara who do a little of everything were all so kind and awesome with everything they did. The bikes are very new and ride great. The E-bikes are a whole lot of FUN. If you feel too guilty about using an E-bike you can turn it off and pedal like a regular bike. Jantien even went out of her way to get a birthday cake for our daughter-in-law. Henk leads an excellent Karaoke night which should not be missed. It was truly a great family vacation had by all. Thank you crew of Merlijn.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Janet H. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Wonderful time with friends. The maps and route descriptions need to be more exact.
Along the Danube - Passau, Bratislava, and Vienna by Saundra F. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The scenery, along our bike route was like a dream! So spectacular! I felt I could bike forever! We did a video of all of us peddling through the lush trees! It could be a commercial for happinesses!
Along the Danube - Passau, Bratislava, and Vienna by Glenn S. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: The scenery and history while cycling though the Danube river valley.
South Holland Tour by Martha B. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Scenery was excellent, dinners on the boat were superb, and the guide (Peter) was friendly, helpful, and competent. Suggestion--let there be hot water for tea or coffee available any time--not just till 6PM. Also, supply plastic bags for packing lunches--or advise people to bring their own.
Boat: De Amsterdam
National Parks of Dalmatia by Denise T. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
With only 16 cabins on the boat, it was easy to interact with everyone, creating a fun and intimate multicultural biking experience.
Along the Danube - Passau, Bratislava, and Vienna by Carol J. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
The daily biking was wonderful. Every day was a new adventure with many different points of interest each day. A good variety of biking and places to see. Our guide was excellent. He was personable, extremely informative and shared all his knowledge of the area where we travelled each day. Juergen (sp?), our guide, was always patient, personable, enthusiastic and a lot of fun. Meals, staff and entertainment on the ship was excellent.....our beds were made up every evening and linens and towels changed daily as well....excellent job!!....my friend and myself booked a bike and barge through Tripsite last year and recommended to 16 other friends who booked with us for this trip this year. I will definitely recommend to others again for next year..... not sure where yet....but will be checking into that in the fall. Fabulous trip!!
Boat: Andela Lora
Amsterdam to Maastricht by Jim M. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
This was our 4th Barge and Bike Tour. This and all of the tours have been wonderful. Really enjoyed the country side and the little towns along the tour.Our guide talked about some fascinating history as we rode thru the Netherlands. The windmill tour that our guide arranged was outstanding.
Bruges to Amsterdam by Maria C. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
I enjoyed the countryside trails most. The trip was really totally good. As a biker whose biking skills are a bit rusty, it was a challenge, and I am glad I could do it!
Boat: Liza Marleen
Bavaria Tour by Teresa H. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
Loved the whole experience! The scenery was beautiful and we got to experience the country in a way you could not with a car or by train. We quickly bonded with the other people and became friends!
Boat: La Belle Fleur
Around Paris by Mary W. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
This tour of the Seine was delightful. The boat and crew were top notch. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the history and bike routes of the area. And the weather was c'est bon. It was the trip of a lifetime.
Boat: Clair de Lune
Bruges to Amsterdam by Michel D. 3 months ago • Permalink/Reply
We were very happy with the biking experience, the food, the scenery, our new biking friends, our wonderful guide and the rest of the employees on the boat. We were disappointed at the end of the trip when we were advised that we had possibly been exposed to bed bugs. Adding to the disappointment, ship staff blamed us for having brought the bed bugs aboard the ship.
Other than this issue, we had a wonderful trip!
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