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Pearls of the Alsace Wine Route by Kenneth Larsen 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We started with the book with maps and directions. Although it was pretty good, we got lost a couple times with that. I think on the 3rd day we met the woman who wrote the directions and she got us the file for my Garmin. That gave us turn by turn directions with no mistakes. Everyone we met was very pleasant. The trip was great. The bikes were a bit heavy.
Countries: France, Switzerland
Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna by Susan Knight 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Amazing scenery, great company, delicious food, kind staff and somewhere comfy to sleep - with no unpacking! However,the crux of these trips stems from the quality of the guides. Our first trip, to Vienna, Had a guide that knew the route well, but smoked at every stop, and wanted to always eat dinner at somewhere he could buy alcohol; we preferred to eat our rolls in the fresh air, which sometimes was tricky. He tended to ride off without checking we were all ready, leaving riders behind until someone caught him. Our second trip (Merzig to Koblenz) had a lady guide who was not at all familiar with the area, but used her GPS to locate landmarks and routes (sometimes taking the shortest, not the most scenic). She didn't give an initial safety talk, she changed the route from the easy one offered to a more scenic but quite difficult one, causing one older, inexperienced lady to fall (end of trip for her and her husband,, hospitalisation for almost a fortnight, skingraft). Our replacement guide tried hard, but couldn't seem to match the route to the one we'd booked, so we missed seeing things we'd looked forward to. So our last trip, Koblenz to Amsterdam, was not one we would recommend unless they sorted the route out. Apart from the above, we'd recommend this mode of travel.
Boat: MS Normandie
Countries: Austria, Germany
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Patricia Trivette 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Depending on the potential participants: Even though we had read the pre-trip information several times, we were still surprised that the biking days were of pretty similar length ... we had thought there would be longer days mixed in with medium and shorter length days. Overall we were very happy with the trip and most impressed with the people who took care of us: guides and boat crew. The Ave Maria seems perfect for its job. We will be looking at other trips with you.
Boat: Ave Maria
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Nancy Cuono 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Scenery would have been a bit better if we'd gone two weeks earlier. Mid October was a bit late.
Metz to Cochem or Cochem to Metz by Terry Benson 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Had a wonderful time. Only problem was the weather, very very cold.
Countries: France, Luxembourg, Germany
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Clara Fleischhauer 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We enjoyed this trip very much. This was our first bike and barge trip and we would do it again. The entire staff was great and the guides were super. I did not hear one complaint about anything from any of the guests on board. That is testimony to a job well done in seeing to the comfort of the passengers and the enjoyability of the bike ride.
Metz to Cochem or Cochem to Metz by Lois Requist 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The guides are young and very athletic. People who sign up for this level of bicycling aren't usually top bikers, unless they are doing it to be with friends or spouse. I think a bit more thought could be put into the introductory ride the first day, bridge crossings, sudden merging into traffic, sudden turns to go steeply uphill. I've done much longer bike rides, but at this age, I didn't want that much challenge.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Jackie Shepherd 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Aside from all the other wonderful parts of the experience, I cannot say enough about our guides and vessel staff. My good experience began with the Tripsite contacts well before the trip was ever made.
Elena on the Danube by Art Shotwell 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
My wife and I took this trip in late Sept/early Oct 2015. We had no rain. Had a wonderful time. We know we missed things along the way and are considering the same trip next year or another one along the Danube. The staff on the My Story were great. Food was very good. And, the room seemed roomier than similar ones I saw on other Web sites for more expensive (non-biking) river cruises.
Koblenz to Amsterdam (no longer available)by Angela Rayner 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We had a lady guide, who was very quiet and we had a large group (20) which made her job difficult as the people at the back could not hear her. Some of her instructions were not clear and maybe there should have been an instruction on road usage in Europe eg keep to the right hand side of the road (coming from Australia) . Understanding the various traffic lights was also a bit of an issue as we come from a relatively small country town with NO traffic lights and no cycle paths we had to be extremely careful negotiation some of the busier roads as there were 2 sets of traffic lights to negotiate while crossing the roads. It was a wonderful trip and greatly enjoyed by all. The only thing that marred the experience was an unfortunate accident on the very first day which resulted in a serious leg injury.
Countries: Germany, Netherlands
Koblenz to Amsterdam (no longer available)by Cheryl New 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Our 1st guide was not quite as good as our 2nd. She wasn't as clear on her instructions as she could have been.On the barge we had to ask for our sheets to be changed after 2 weeks. Everything else was clean and well run. Ours may have been an oversight. This in no way stopped us from having a great holiday. Loved everything from start to finish. Would love another trip on the same boat.
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Ruth Hoffmann 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This was a fun, easy ride. Our 2 guides made the trip into a party, even when it was raining. This was the first time I had a really good bed to sleep in - just like at home. The rooms were a good size as were the showers. The crew was fun and we made pasta for our dinner one night. The food was fresh and excellent, and there was plenty of it. These are also the best bikes I have had on my trips. Super, easy and fun trip.
Camino de Santiago Bike Tour by Mary Daly 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I felt this was more of a moderate to difficult ride not easy to moderate the tour guides treated us like family.
Countries: Portugal, Spain
Camino de Santiago Bike Tour by Sally Fischbeck 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
A wonderful experience! We biked on paths, boardwalks, back roads, through woods, along the beautiful Atlantic coast, beside pilgrims walking to Santiago, through city streets and sidewalks, and more! We opted to stay in 4 star hotels, which I would definitely recommend (converted palaces, monasteries, etc.).
Camino de Santiago Bike Tour by Klazina van Buren 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I never expected this trip to show that much variety in scenery, was awesome.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Claudia Bonomi 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The guide Mr. Leslie was extremely eficiente, the routes very thoughtful and well signposted. I considered it a fascinating experience!
Boat: My Story
Countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary
Bruges to Amsterdam by Lynn McCormack 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We really enjoyed our trip, our guide Thomas was excellent. As always with group travel, the mix was interesting and generally older than us and less fit. We have travelled with a group before but usually we are the oldest so this was different dynamics and did set the tone somewhat. Would look at a trip again when we are older or with our own group to fill the barge.Thanks,Lynn
Countries: Belgium, Netherlands
Bolzano to Verona by Emily Peh 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Providing maps with a larger scale would be very useful especially when going onto roads. Road names would help too as sometimes we can't tell if we're lost based on looking at the map because there are no road names. Without my phone's GPS I would be completely lost. There are also some Eurobike signs which point in opposite directions which is sometimes a bit confusing.
Brussels to Bruges Bike and Boat Tour by Maryellen Doyle 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Barge Quo Vadis was intimate and comfortable. Although small, our cabin had sufficient shelving available to store our clothes (we used ebags pouches to keep biking stuff and hanging out later stuff organized). Our very large roller duffels collapsed enough to store under the beds. The bathroom was fine and we eventually realized the shower squeegee was for the floor - to bring the water towards the drain in middle. Wifi was very limited as the captain made his hotspot available to us but that only seemed to work at the end if the dining room closest to his quarters. We would have liked more seating areas as you had a small sofa/ chairs seating area bordering the dining tables but once filled you would have to sit at a dining table to read etc. The outside seating area actually would seat twenty but appeared smaller....would have liked a bigger outside area too. The staff was wonderful. The bikes were great and i loved my ebike (you have to pedal every bit as much as on a regular bike but you are always "assisted" so you never break a sweat or have to huff puff if encountering an incline or a headwind. In truth i probably would have liked some kind of arrangement where we had the option to do a bit more touring on foot/ time in cute little towns, vs all the time on the bike. We did see things I never would have seen on my own and Belgium is fascinating....hence the wish to actually have had a bit more time in towns like Mechelen where we had a one hour lunch stop and then were on our way. For my next trip i would also invest in a pair of rain pants. I did not know about them but all the Swiss ladies jumped into them as well as their rain jackets when clouds opened up three times as we cycled. One other wardrobe tip...we were spending four weeks in Europe and packing was an issue. I did not bring sneakers which i would only have used while biking, then having to lug for three weeks through fashionable France. Instead my black Sketchers, GO WALK line, did the trick for both a great bike shoe and a walking shoe in France. We really enjoyed the trip in general and would just search out a barge with a bit more public space were we to do a future trip. "
Boat: Quo Vadis
Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova by Claudia Abdinoor 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Our group had the misfortune of 25mph+ headwinds for 4 consecutive days through barren landscape. My hesitation to recommend this trip is not however based on the weather but rather the lack of interesting terrain. I liken this biking to a trip thru Nebraska. Our stops in the villages were poorly timed, shops were closed and our short stop precluded investigating any historical attraction. The charming aspects of European villages, exploring the local cuisine were non existent. Every day we were advised to bring a sandwich. In complete contrast, the bike/barge trip in France visited medieval villages and provided enough time to enjoy a meal in a bistro. Understandably this trip along the Po might be selected by those not willing to bike the hills but biking for hours on an elevated levee and looking at clods of freshly tilled earth is hardly a huge endorsement for this option.
Boat: Vita Pugna
Dalmatia from Dubrovnik Plus by Pamela Broz 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This tour delivers excellent value, service and amenities. In addition to excellent cycling, we were treated to three guided historic city tours, a 5-Star picnic in a historic, rural pavilion, and refreshing swim stops in the Adriatic. Every meal featured a unique salad and entree made with fresh ingredients. The staff are professional, accommodating and the service superb.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Joyce Lear 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I thought we would bike every day, not a problem, but it would have been nice to know.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Susan Martin 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Upon boarding, there was confusion regarding our room assignments. All 12 of us in our party were assigned different rooms than our vouchers indicated, even on different decks. Fortunately, the cruise director was able to sort everything out, but not without some angst on the part of the hotel manager, who was in the midst of boarding all the passengers at the start of the trip.
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Kathy Showers 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I felt bad the employees hadn't had a break since the beginning of the season. Leslie the tour director was burnt out. He was a little defensive when we mentioned some of the route was poorly signed. Many people missed some turns. Other than that we loved the tour, food, staff and have recommended this to many friends!
Tuscany - Montecatini to Florence by M.C. Radcliffe 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Everything surpassed my expectations. I would be happily do it again! Thank you for your good services! I want to know where I can find a bike seat like the one I used on your tour . . . it was the most comfortable bike seat I've had the pleasure to sit on! ;-)
Along the Danube - Four Country Tour by Terry Hill 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Excellent trip. Look forward to trying another one.
Venice to Poreč by Magdalena Cheung 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I found the trip operator a bit disorganized. Nobody told us that the tour guides & map etc were put in our room, and we did not know until the briefing time. During the briefing we went through the material kit, but we were not offered any additional info. The options re the accessories with the bike were not chosen by us, but the operator insisted we chose it and refused to exchange reading board for bike bag.The map and guide do not always match. We expected bike route would be traffic free and for bike only, but apparently 90% of the time it was not the case. The bike was a bit heavy for me, especially I am only slightly over 100lbs.
Countries: Italy, Slovenia, Croatia
Heart of Alsace (no longer available)by Eileen Schuler 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I broke my arm 3 weeks before our trip to Alsace so was not able to bike; instead of cancelling my husband and I decided to go anyway and we are so glad we did. We would never have discovered the lovely town of Osthouse and especially the beautiful renovated Hotel de la Ferme; we discovered some beautiful walks in the region, over meadows, woods and rivers. L'Hotel de la Ferme is very charming with a lovely garden and a ping pong table which we had fun with. The dining area at the hotel was very comfortable with a delicious, plentiful breakfast buffet; fruit of every kind, cheeses, breads and cakes. Lunch was always a hearty piece of french bread with butter and cheese! And dinner, 2 nights at the hotel and the rest of the evenings at the Aigle d'Or, a 4 star restaurant which has been in the family for 40 years, were always a fun surprise and delicious.Our room was on the second floor with a balcony and was very spacious, especially by European standards. Bathroom, sitting area, beds, everything comfortable, clean and very quiet. Our hosts could not have been nicer. They offered to pick us up and bring us back to the train for a small fee and took us to an amazing modern museum in Erstein. All in all a wonderful vacation!
Green Hills of Abruzzo by Greg Thomas 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The Green Hills of Abruzzo was great. The guides were wonderful and the accommodations were were perfect (some better than others but all good). The difficulty listed on the Tripsite Guide lists the trip as Moderate but I think it would be more fair to categorize the routes as Moderate to Difficult (based on the elevation changes). We recommend the trip highly.
Danube Bike Path - Regensburg to Passau by Erin O'Conner 4 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Wonderful trip. Great descriptive guide book. Look forward to another trip soon.
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