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Friendly, comfortable and well-guided cycling

18 May 2016

Mike and Susan Thorne

We were accommodated on the Gandalf. The cabins are basic but comfortable and there was more than sufficient room to stow our gear. Meals were substantial and very well cooked and good provision was made for vegetarians. A wide range of bread, cheese and cooked meats was available at breakfast for making packed lunches. The cycling was easy. I cycled 30 to 70 km per day, which sometimes included additional routes not cycled by most members of the party. Typical distances a were 30 to 55 km per day over mainly flat terrain (but be aware that strong headwinds could be an issue). Electric bikes were available for those who wanted them during the week. There was a very friendly, communal atmosphere with guests from various nations, including a local couple, Germans, Canadians and several from the UK. Ages were typically 60-70+, but there were some younger people. The cycling was excellently led by a guide with good knowledge of the routes and features of interest. In addition, he took care to wait for any stragglers. However, it was also possible to cycle independently, with contact being maintained by mobile phone as necessary. The route of the Hanseatic Tour passes through a number of delightful small towns of historic interest. Coffee shops abound and we had plenty of time to make good use of them. Also, the Gandalf changes moorings through evening and morning sailings, so there is also the experience of travelling on the rivers and canals (and it is also possible to travel with the boat during the day rather than cycling). Overall, an excellent tour. Strongly recommended for the recreational cyclist, as there is no pressure to do more than you are comfortable with. The aim is clearly to provide a good holiday experience irrespective of cycling proficiency.

Reply from Boat Bike Tours 18 May 2016

Starting the day with so many positive words is a good start! Thanks so much! Of course we sent your review forward to tour leader Fred and captain Hans and we hope all the guests on board the Gandalf are so satisfied als you are. We would to welcome you again, on board of the Gandalf or on board one of our other barges.

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