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Inspiration, Stories / October 12, 2012

In the client's words: the best parts of cycle touring

We love hearing back from clients when they return home – we get everything from quick “It was awesome!” notes to multi-page trip reports, plus lots of great pictures. Client Paul Litsky recently posted this note on our Facebook and we had to share it. It’s an incredible testimonial to exploring the world by bike, hitting on all the things that make these trips so memorable…the people, the food, the sights, the ambiance, the uncommon access, and the interactions.

“Just got back from our tour of the Neckar and Rhine rivers. I really want to thank the folks at BikeTours.com for helping us book this tour. There’s no way we could have found it without them. They answered all our questions and even copied and emailed the last-minute itinerary to us so we would get it before we left for Europe.

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The Litskys prepare to board their “floating hotel” after a day of cycling along Germany’s Rhine River.

The 7-day tour itself was just great. Each day we biked around 40 km. We could have completed it in 3 or 4 hours. But why rush when there were castles to explore, wineries to sample, and quaint villages to visit. I’m convinced biking is the best way to see a country. Most of the places we saw were not accessible by car. And walking doesn’t leave time to explore. At night we slept on the MS Patria, a converted barge. Somehow the crew managed to put together great meals. Suppers included 2 salads, soup, a main dish, and dessert. Breakfasts were – well, very German with fresh bread, lots of cheeses, lots of meats, yogurt, fresh fruit, and vegetables. The cabins were tiny but included a private bathroom and shower. There was a roomy lounge and tables on the upper deck with wine, beer, and mixed drinks.

Germany bike and boat tour
Mari Litsky with fellow Patria passengers and new friends
We were the only Americans on this tour but the owner told us he is getting all the tour materials translated to English and hopes to increase the number of international travelers. Language was not a problem. The ship crew all spoke English. And we made friends with lots of the German cyclists. After a glass or two of fine Rhine wine, language differences seem to disappear!
I would recommend this tour for people interested seeing unspoiled German countryside, who like to make new friends and share cross-cultural experiences. History buffs will enjoy many of the historic towns along the way. Wine connoisseurs will appreciate the world famous grapes. And I just liked the people we met along the way.”

Tags from the story:

Bike and boat, Client profiles, Germany

BikeTours.com Staff
11 years ago

Glad you enjoyed your trip, Jim and Joby! We place a lot of faith in the local knowledge of our operator partners and know it provides a unique perspective for our clients.

For anybody else interested in this tour, here's a shortcut: http://www.biketoursdirect.com/Austria/dolomites-trieste

Jim and Joby Patterson
11 years ago

We've recently returned from a Bike Tours Direct ride from the Dolomites to Trieste run by Fun Active Tours/Italy Bike and it was wonderful! The routes were well-marked and we couldn't have found some of them without the local knowledge of the organizers. The bike paths along the Drau and Gail Rivers in Austria were pleasant and relaxing. We biked through Italy-Austria-Slovenia and back to Italy. All the hotels except the last were excellent, and it was OK. We were on a self-guided ride and saw few Americans. We'll use this company again.

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