Bike Tour Reviews 2311 to 2340 of 3391

 

  • Connemara
    by Mark R. 4 years ago     Permalink/Reply     Verified Reviewer

    The person who dropped off the bikes did not have the tools to adjust the handle bars, so the bikes did not fit well.
    The saddle (bike seat) was the type that would be commonly found on a road bike and not on a touring bike.
    The gears were not aligned correctly, so it was extremely difficult to shift gears. Sometimes, in order to shift gears, it was required to repeatedly shift the gears up and down before the bike would shift into the lower or upper gear.

    Countries: Ireland

    • Connemara
      by Jehiel, Tour Specialist 2 years ago     Permalink/Reply     Staff

      Thanks for the feedback, Mark. Our local partner has since changed bike outfitters.

      Countries: Ireland

  • Along the Danube - Four Country Tour
    by Vicki H. 4 years ago     Permalink/Reply     Verified Reviewer

    I loved every moment of the trip. The boat and the meals were far better than I had expected, the staff was super friendly and the fun activities were great. I look forward to booking another trip. I recommend that people read their information prior to daily outings as there is a lot to absorb. Also, take time on the first day to be sure your bicycle is a good fit. It was a magnificent adventure!

    Boat: My Story

  • Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine
    by Elaine C 4 years ago     Permalink/Reply     Verified Reviewer

    The scenery in the Bordeaux region was lovely, as were the people we encountered along the way. Some of the staff were extremely helpful and added to our overall enjoyment of the trip.
    We thoroughly enjoyed our days of cycling, despite the many problems my husband experienced with his bicycle (locked brakes, flat tires, a pump that didn't work, loose bearings in the pedals...)
    More accurate written descriptions and an updated GPS would have helped with the navigation on the our self-guided routes.
    Asking for a dinner without red meat resulted in being served an omelette on more than one occasion (not a great alternative).
    Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable trip!

    Boat: Bordeaux

    Countries: France

  • Mallorca
    by John E. 4 years ago     Permalink/Reply     Verified Reviewer

    The most memorable part of this trip were the rides down empty country roads, loving the scenery and quiet. A great choice of roads!

    Countries: Spain

  • Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges
    by Christine C. 4 years ago     Permalink/Reply     Verified Reviewer

    This was a fun trip full of historic sites. Would have liked to have maps so we could go off at our own speed sometimes. The side trips for additional mileage were great. Got to ride some of the "Tour de Flanders" route with cobbles and hills. Chantilly was fantastic! Also took a side adventure to a roman ruin, something we weren't expecting in that part of France.

    Boat: Zwaantje

    Countries: Belgium, France

  • Koblenz to Merzig
    by Patti P. 4 years ago     Permalink/Reply     Verified Reviewer

    The scenery was spectacular and our guides were knowledgeable, so much fun and made our journeys safe and memorable. This was a top notch holiday for us.

    Countries: Germany

  • Koblenz to Merzig
    by Marilyn P. 4 years ago     Permalink/Reply     Verified Reviewer

    The scenery was amazing! Crew were excellent! Food was delicious! Can't wait to go again!

    Countries: Germany

  • Amsterdam to Bruges
    by Lynda C. 4 years ago     Permalink/Reply     Verified Reviewer

    The the scenery was very very enjoyable as were the other guests on board the boat. The major problem or I should say the major dissatisfaction came from the fact that the bikes were too big and too heavy. I am an experienced bike rider and usually feel comfortable on most bikes but these truly were very very uncomfortable for me and I know for some of the other smaller women on the trip, dangerous. My only other comment would be about the guide..... I felt his attitude was very condescending in the first few days he was barely a guide his aim was to get from point A to point B in whatever amount of time he deemed necessary without any consideration for the inexperienced bikers on the trip. The slower bikers trailed way behind perhaps in some cases almost a quarter of a mile behind him and he barely looked back to see if they were there or for that matter even struggling. I volunteered to sweep and finally in frustration stopped him and told him he must go as slow as the slowest Read more… biker. I thought it was rather interesting too that he made a point constantly of telling us that if we either went on our own or staggered behind and became lost that he would make no accommodation to look for us. He repeated on several occasions that we were to read the map, read the map! We laughed when we realized that he had actually gotten us lost because his GPS had run low on batteries and he missed a turn. Now this was a man who told us he had done this exact trip 16 times this year! Yes you can see that I was very unhappy with his attitude towards his guests, the people who were his bread and butter.

    Countries: Netherlands, Belgium

    • Amsterdam to Bruges
      by Carla 3 years ago     Permalink/Reply     Staff

      Hi Lynda,
      Thanks so much for your feedback.
      I'm sorry you had a hard time with the bikes aboard the Fluvius.
      Regarding the tour guide, we encourage all of our guests to speak up when something is not going right so we can do our best to remedy the situation immediately. We agree, during your tour that the guide was not on his best behavior and have since had to consider a replacement for him.
      There has been some confusion aboard the Fluvius about the role of your tour guide. Because there are 30+ bikers aboard the Fluvius, he cannot be counted on to lead and look after all riders at all times. The guide's role is not to lead the group, but to be sure all riders get from point A to point B safely. If one rider has a flat tire or another becomes lost, it is the guide's job to "rescue" the rider.
      For most boats under 30 passengers, the guide will lead and look after the bikers for the day's route. But for some bigger boats, Read more… i.e. 30+ passengers, the guide's role is a bit different. You can read on the "What's Included / What's Not Included" section of the tour page the difference between the guide's role.

      Countries: Netherlands, Belgium

  • Amsterdam to Bruges
    by Nancy W. 4 years ago     Permalink/Reply     Verified Reviewer

    A wonderful experience as my first bike tour. Enjoyed most everything about the trip, even with the boat breaking down and a new bike route added for the day. However, my first hour was stressful as I had been given the wrong pier to meet the boat. Fortunately, the sister boat was able to give me directions. Two other guest had the wrong directions to pier also.

    Boat: Tijdgeest

    Countries: Netherlands, Belgium

    • Amsterdam to Bruges
      by Carla 3 years ago     Permalink/Reply     Staff

      Nancy - I'm so glad you hear you had a great experience on your first bike tour.
      We're SO sorry you could not find the boat upon arrival. We always give an emergency phone number in these kinds of situations so don't be afraid to call us right away, the next time around! :-)

      Countries: Netherlands, Belgium

  • Amsterdam to Bruges
    by Brenda B. 4 years ago     Permalink/Reply     Verified Reviewer

    Food and scenery fantastic! Jack, bike tour guide was rude at times. Also expected everyone to keep up with his ebike. Several women spoke to him and he got a little better and used a sweep and someone to wait at turns. I expected something a little more leisurely so could take pictures along the way. I did not expect a road race even though I could keep up. However, inspite of this, I have recommended the trip to friends as it is a wonderful experience. I do hope you retrain your bike guides to be kind.

    Boat: Fluvius

    Countries: Netherlands, Belgium

  • Amsterdam to Bruges
    by Roberta S. 4 years ago     Permalink/Reply     Verified Reviewer

    The bikes were not in excellent condition. Some needed work on them.
    A guide better versed in local traditions and history would have been nice.

    Boat: Fluvius

    Countries: Netherlands, Belgium

  • Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine
    by Leonidas R. 4 years ago     Permalink/Reply     Verified Reviewer

    The barge BORDEAUX and all of the staff were great. The rooms small as expected but comfortable. The food at dinner was adequate and well presented but certainly not excellent for taste and quality. Breakfasts were ok often some of the hot food was served cold. Plenty of food and variety for breakfast.
    The guide, Scott, is a very nice person and tried extremely hard to help everyone but the maps and supplied route instructions are poor. Need a lot of work to become usable for everyone. No problem for me as I had a GPS unit with me. All of the time the routes include highways and roads. There are NO dedicated bike paths and that should be made clear on the trip description so people come in full knowledge of that issue. Such roads are likely to be unsafe for many ""first time"" riders. For that reason I would not recommend this trip to others. There are far safer bike routes in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, with just as nice and memorable scenery and Read more… more ""lived in"" towns with cafes and bier gardens than this tour had to offer. After the first 20 Chateaux one gets easily bored seeing another Chateaux for the next 5 days. Generally the scenery was ok but having to dodge traffic is not fun at any time. Also spending 2 or 3 nights at Cadillac at the end is really a poor location and very little to do there. This trip is not quite ready yet.
    I will be riding again next year with Tripsite but we will go back to the countries mentioned above.

    Boat: Bordeaux

    Countries: France

  • Innsbruck to Bolzano
    by Philip S. 4 years ago     Permalink/Reply     Verified Reviewer

    The most memorable part of this trip was riding through kilometers of apple orchards on a beautifully paved bike trail.

    Countries: Austria, Italy

  • Innsbruck to Bolzano
    by Phil & Kim 4 years ago     Permalink/Reply     Verified Reviewer

    What an awesome bike trip!!
    Well organized, incredible scenery, great hotels, mild/moderate difficulty.
    Recommend to anyone in reasonable fitness level.

    Countries: Austria, Italy

  • Burgundy - Paris to Auxerre
    by Jacqueline Eger 4 years ago     Permalink/Reply     Verified Reviewer

    We loved this trip. The captain and crew could not have been more accommodating. Due to low water levels, we started our tour a little further north of Dijon than usual and as a result were a day ahead of schedule. This prompted the Captain to make a small detour down the lovely Canal du Nivernais where we had some of the best biking of all. We were blessed with great weather and enjoyed most dinners out on the deck. And coming into Paris - who knew there was a 2km long underground canal through the city! A wonderful experience. Look forward to another trip on the Feniks in the future.

    Countries: France

  • Paradise in Portugal
    by j michael Cunningham 4 years ago     Permalink/Reply     Verified Reviewer

    My wife, I and two friends took this trip in September. The farmhouse was a wonderful place to stay and rooms and common areas are very comfortable. Pool and grounds are lovely. The farm's owner has a classic car collection that is an added bonus if you are able to see it. Breakfasts are excellent. The staff we dealt with --Maria, Manuela and Johanna--were beyond great. They consistently went out of their way to make sure we had the best trip possible. Bikes were well maintained and appropriate for the terrain. I have been on three self-guided bike trips in Europe and the daily directions here were excellent--the best I have seen. The only caveat I have about the trip is that the difficulty level should be moderate and not easy. Daily trips were challenging beyond an easy category. In fact, four of the five days riding instructions listed the route as a medium bike ride. Other than that a great trip and good value. I gave the trip four stars rather than five due to Read more… the difficulty level.

    Countries: Portugal

    • Paradise in Portugal
      by Jehiel 3 years ago     Permalink/Reply     Staff

      Thank you for submitting this feedback. Based on your detailed feedback, we have changed the difficulty level to easy-moderate. With this tour being a based tour, there are many possible cycling routes to chose from and with varying degrees of difficulty.
      Thanks again for your input. We hope to help you plan your next trip!

      Countries: Portugal

  • Auxerre to Paris
    by Robert O. 4 years ago     Permalink/Reply     Verified Reviewer

    The best part of this trip would be a toss-up between the ride in light rain from Joigny to Sens, the cruise up the Loing to Moret sur Loing, and the arrival at our mooring in Paris with Place de la Bastille in the background.
    Linde, our guide, was very good. The roads/trails were a bit rougher in some places than we anticipated. We anticipated cramped quarters and they were as expected but quite serviceable. The bike worked well but a mountain bike with suspension would have been nice in some spots.

    Countries: France

  • Magic of Croatia
    by Elliot F. 4 years ago     Permalink/Reply     Verified Reviewer

    The variety of scenery around Karlovac Croatia was awesome: rivers, farms, war ruins, small mountains, churches and more. The hotel was very nice and well-located along the river for a refreshing swim. The fixed menu was the same two night in a row until we finally asked for something different. Biking to the sister property in the mountains was far more strenuous than most would handle, so I'd caution anyone against staying at the rural hotel or biking there unless you are in fantastic shape. We loved it, of course. The only suggestion I'd make is for the hotel to provide printed maps and suggested routes. They had us rely upon a website and we have a difficult time matching up the website information with the routes described in the trip brochure/materials. We ultimately did fine (with one notably long detour upon getting lost!), but we like a logistical challenge. Others less inclined might become quite frustrated. Overall, it was an excellent trip and excellent value!

    Countries: Croatia

  • Burgundy - Paris to Auxerre
    by Gerti L. 4 years ago     Permalink/Reply     Verified Reviewer

    This was a great bike and barge trip, although we originally had not chosen this one. Our original trip around Paris ,unfortunately was cancelled just shortly before we were supposed to leave. The staff at Tripsite was very helpful and we were able to book the Bourgogne one on the Feniks. The bike routes had to be changed a bit, due to the barge being delayed on the canal a few times. That meant a lot of riding along the canals, which made it easy riding, but not quite as interesting. However, the "plan B" as a whole turned out to be very nice and we saw many beautiful and interesting sites. The only complaint would be that there were a lot of mosquitoes, which of course is not the captain's fault. Next time I would come up with some kind of solution to put some "screens" on the windows, so we won't wake up in the morning full of mosquito bites...... Our guide was great, as was the whole crew. The cook was fantastic and we had the most wonderful meals Read more… during our tour. Good thing we did a good amount of bike riding, or we would have ended up putting on quite a few pounds.... All in all, we highly recommend this bike and barge trip.

    Countries: France

  • Bruges to Amsterdam
    by Maria P. 4 years ago     Permalink/Reply     Verified Reviewer

    It was a wonderful way to see the country. Wonderful fellow travelers and the crew couldn't gave been more accommodating . So much fun!

    Countries: Belgium, Netherlands

  • Sicily and the Aeolian Archipelago
    by David M. 4 years ago     Permalink/Reply     Verified Reviewer

    My grades given to this trip show my displeasure with several items encountered while on our trip. First, the pickup at the airport was bungled by "Pepe" our guide. He did not have a sign for us to recognize the tour! It was a miracle he finally found us. The boat was laid out well, the crew was very pleasant, however none of the 3 crew members spoke fluent english (necessary for the Americans, Canadians, Dutch, and German passengers). My major complaint was regarding the cabin Air Conditioning. The captain only turned on the AC from 6PM to Midnight. In August, the temperature was in the mid 80's - too hot to sleep in an enclosed cabin after midnight! I would discourage any potential guest not to take this trip unless the captain changes his AC rules and provides cooling throughout the night!
    The food was OK with little variation from day to day but the last "onshore meal" at a local restaurant was inedible!! Skip the restaurant meal and eat onboard Read more… (not a current option) or give the guests an upscale restaurant or eliminate the meal altogether and each guest is on their own for the last supper.

    Countries: Italy

    • Sicily and the Aeolian Archipelago
      by Jehiel 4 years ago     Permalink/Reply     Staff

      Hi David,
      Since our return from this trip, changes have been made to the difficulty rating as well as the tour page and travel documents to better represent the tour. We are also working with our local partner to make improvements based on your input. Thanks for sharing this feedback. It was very nice meeting you and Susan!

      Countries: Italy

  • Amsterdam to Bruges
    by Lise B. 4 years ago     Permalink/Reply     Verified Reviewer

    I thought there weren't enough safety precautions: riding too close, no warning of slowing or stopping. Would have liked more stops along the way for photos.

    Loved the Magnifique II! The food was spectacular! Variety of routes/terrains.

    Boat: Magnifique II

    Countries: Netherlands, Belgium

    • Amsterdam to Bruges
      by Jehiel 4 years ago     Permalink/Reply     Staff

      Hello Lise,
      I can tell you that your safety is ours, as well as our local partners first priority. When you are on a tour we encourage you to express your concerns with your guide or others on the trip, this goes for safety as well you desire to stop for photos. Thanks for sharing this feedback!

      Countries: Netherlands, Belgium

  • Mantova to Venice or Venice to Mantova
    by Earl D. 4 years ago     Permalink/Reply     Verified Reviewer

    I loved the small villages. The international mixture of the group made for excellent discussion among the group. Food on the barge was excellent!

    Countries: Italy

  • Auxerre to Paris
    by Pat T. 4 years ago     Permalink/Reply     Verified Reviewer

    The boat was great and food wonderful. All staff couldn't have been nicer.

    Countries: France

  • Bolzano - Mantova - Venice
    by Daniel G. 4 years ago     Permalink/Reply     Verified Reviewer

    We did the 3-day self-guided tour from Bolzano to Lake Garda to Mantua first and that was a great adventure for us. The food and people we met on the boat was also a wonderful experience.

    Countries: Italy

  • Auxerre to Paris
    by Janet E. 4 years ago     Permalink/Reply     Verified Reviewer

    I am a tag-along non-bicycler, but I was really happy on the barge reading, drinking coffee and watching the enchanting scenery.

    Countries: France

  • Munich to Vienna
    by Evan C. 4 years ago         Verified Reviewer

    A big thank you to all your staff and to Austria for making my journey a wonderful experience.

    Countries: Austria, Germany

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