Diary: Trying to Book a Bike and Barge
April 19, 2022
Brent and I decided to do a trip to Germany sans bicycles (gasp) this year. It is an opportunity to do some things that would be difficult with the bikes along, such as visiting some long-lost relatives, and going to Barcelona (which doesn't seem to have a safe cycle route into the city).
Brent researched a number of Bike and Barge options, and we selected a trip along the Oder river, from Stralsund to Berlin. We're going to be flying in and out of Berlin this time, so how convenient is that!?
There were a few tour companies that offer the tour we want, but I noticed they're all on the same boat and same date, looking suspiciously like they're all resellers of a single tour. Now, when booking flights I prefer to book directly with the airline. If something goes wrong it's just so much easier to get customer service. So I suggested booking directly with the tour company themselves instead of with a "reseller".
I found the tour company and made a reservation for us, and then the real adventure began. In trying to PAY for our tour, I'm just not feeling the German efficiency...
April 20, 2022
April 21, 2022
My fears assuaged, I e-mailed Tour Lady about how to make payment.
Me: "I see that you provided bank information in the invoice. Is it possible for me to send you an e-transfer or is there some other way than sending direct to your bank account to make payment?"
April 22, 2022
So, I'm not happy about putting all of my credit card info (including the security number) on a form and sending that in but I guess that's the path of least resistance, so I fill it out and send it in.
April 26, 2022
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- The tour company's full name and address;
- Their bank's full name and address; and
- Their bank account number
- Confirm their name (from the invoice);
- Confirm their address (from my Googling);
- Confirm their bank's name (from the invoice);
- Provide the bank's address;
- Provide the bank account number.