Update on the Ukein’, Barge, & Bike trip to Italy 2019

Our new Ukein’, Barge, & Bike Adventures in Europe are proving to be very popular.  The trip from Montargis to Paris in September of this year filled right away and we have already filled the barge we were planning to take from Mantua to Venice in September of 2019.  So we are moving that trip onto the larger, “comfort plus” barge,  Ave Maria.

This not only allows us to take a few more people on the 2019 trip, but it opens up some additional options for folks who would prefer single or triple cabins.

The Ave Maria started its life as a sand digger sailing along the Po River in the 1970s. It has since been redesigned by a renowned Italian architectural firm and was rebuilt as a floating hotel  to “meet the most challenging clients’ requests.”

It has a restaurant and a lounge, two sundecks, dedicated bike parking, and 17 air-conditioned cabins with a variety of configurations, including more opportunities for single, triple, and even quad cabins, each with a large window and “en-suite” facilities. And, it will be ours…..all ours!

And while the Ave Maria moves from port to port during the day, we will be exploring the beautiful Italian countryside by bike.  (Electric bikes are available for those who are concerned their biking skills may not be up to par. And….you can always opt to stay on the barge.) There will be at least one world class ukulele instructor on board (and, possibly, a special ‘ukulele guest from Italy) in addition to the bike guide, chef, captain, crew, you, and nothing but ‘ukulele aficionados and their significant others!

Please visit the website to learn more about this unique ukulele opportunity and find out how you can get involved. And remember, these trips fill quickly. So even though 2019 might seem like a long way off, you should secure your spot now to make sure you and your ukulele are not left behind!


We need a little help from you!

The ball hasn’t even dropped on 2017, but we  are already looking ahead to see what kind of ‘ukulele mischief we can get into in 2019, primarily our next ‘Ukein’, Bike, & Barge Adventure.

With the exception of a shared cabin available for a man, our September, 2018 trip in France, from Montargis to Paris, is full.  However, there has been so much interest in it that we are planning to do another one to a different destination in 2019.

Belgium? Holland? Italy?

Spring? Fall?

There are lots of choices, which is why we need some help from you.

If you are at all interested in joining us on one of these Ukein, Bike & Barge adventures, please  take a moment to fill out the 2019 Ukein’, Bike, & Barge Survey.  This not only helps us create a trip that will work for you, it will put you on the list of folks who hear about it first. (That’s why our 2018 trip sold out before we even announced it to the public.) It just takes a moment, and there is no obligation.

If you’d like to share a cabin with another gentleman (and I can attest to his character!) on our 2018 trip from Montargis to Paris, please let us know and we will get you the necessary information.