6 independent reviews for Cycling vacations in Burgundy, France

Reviews for Cycling vacations in Burgundy, France

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review 30 Jul 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Barging! Also the optional visits: wine tasting, Longchamps chateau, and barge museum.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

The cabins are TINY. be sure you're ok with this if traveling alone and opt to share.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Not particularly.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Very enjoyable but cycling routes not as pretty as other areas of rural France. The barge crew and tour leader made up for that - their hospitality and friendliness were excellent.

review 8 Nov 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Cycling through small towns in the countryside, probably wouldn't be able to visit them otherwise.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Take warm clothes.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It was great, the itinerary was very interesting and mixed both cycling through the countryside and small villages and visiting larger towns, like Dijon and Beaune. The guide and the crew were extremely helpful and friendly.

review 22 Jul 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The formula barge and bike is perfect. You can go biking in the day, have a restful time in the evening and nights and enjoy traveling across the country.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Practise your English a little before you go on the trip if it's rusty and you're not a native speaker. It's so much easier to communicate !

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

That's most certainly one of the ideas the trip gives precedence to with this "barge and bike travel".

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Great.

review 15 Oct 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

In the morning of Day 6 we drove along a Canal, the sun was shining and the Autumn Trees were reflecting in the water - that was the best part of the trip. The Crew (Skipper, Chef and Host) were really nice. The food was excellent.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Cabins are extremely small (about 4m2). The trip did not take place as described in the trip notes. Also, it asked a different level of fitness as you described it on your web site, as it contained 3 trips of 60 km and not only one. Some of the bikes were in poor condition. I expected to drive along the Canals more, that was only done very rarely and I didn't expect to ride over hills while booking a boat & barge tour.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We ate on the boat, so at least the french Government and Shops benefited from the group. We rode bicycles and therefore didn't pollute the air. We helped to bring life back to a more and more deserted area. We were introduced to little projects (restoration of an old ship, restoration of a castle) that we were asked to support.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It was a very small group of very nice people, mostly from overseas. The food was excellent and Silvie, the host, tried to make us all feel comfortable and was the heart and the soul of the trip. However, the Tour Guide was sometimes inflexible and could not/would not make any amendments to her programme.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for choosing to travel with us in France and for taking the time to provide feedback. We were pleased that you enjoyed some aspects of your trip with us, but we were disappointed to hear about your concerns with the amount of cycling and the tour guide. We are liaising with our partner to determine what transpired during your trip. This bike and barge trip is a long time favourite with our cyclists and one from which we have generally received glowing reviews. The cycle distances are given as a guide however we would not expect this variation to be more than 10km without some explanation. We will be conducting a thorough investigation as to why your trip did not meet our usual high standards and will be in touch with you directly to rectify this matter.

review 6 Jun 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Completing 60k! I never cycled 60k before!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

I would advise them that the cabins are extremely small with very little hanging space for anything. So bring minimal amount of clothes & shower gel!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Not particularly.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

I thoroughly enjoyed the vacation & the food & cycling were excellent. The hosts on the barge are slightly eccentric.

review 2 Aug 2010

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Biking through the towns with our tour guide, Inka, who was an exceptional leader. The ride was challenging, leisurely, and culturally rewarding!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Be aware that the accommodations aboard the barge in the cabins are VERY limiting and small. I had a single that was for two people but with one, the space was limiting.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Using bikes prevented auto pollution!

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Very enjoyable.

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