Get to know Merlijn

When you enter the Merlijn via the Upper deck entrance, you will first see 2 lounge chairs to rest your feet after boarding. Next to this there is the stairway to the 12 luxurious passenger cabins situated on the Main deck. After the stairs you will find our nice Board-Boutique.

Afterwards you will see the Bar & Lounge area, here you can threat yourself to an aperitif or a drink.

In the aft part you can find the Restaurant area, here you will enjoy your meals.

The 12 luxurious passenger cabins are all 11 m² in size with two air comfort beds, a desk, a wardrobe, a hairdryer and a safe. Each cabin has its own private bathroom with a shower, sink & toilet. 

The entire ship is climate controlled and you can adjust the temperature in your own cabin.

Your deluxe Cabin

Merlijn has 12 spacious deluxe cabins for her passengers

Each cabin measures 11 square meters (118 square feet) and is equipped with:

  • private bathroom (shower, sink & toilet)
  • shampoo, soap & tissue papers
  • hair dryer
  • desk & chair
  • safe
  • cupboard with a shelf & rod
  • 2 comfortable airbeds. You can adjust the softness of the mattress with the remote control.


We can set-up the beds as you desire, just let us know in your booking.

  • double: 2 beds next to eachother
  • twin: 2 beds separate from eachother


Daily cabin service

Upper deck

The upper deck covers 90 m². It is comfortably furnished in a modern style with a restaurant area and lounge near the bar.

4 seasons long you can enjoy fresh air, water & nature in all weather on Merlijn's 40 m² front sun deck and on the 15 m² aft terrace 'Captains deck', the favorite place from the Captain.

While enjoying one of these area's, you will understand what we mean with; 'the magic of water'


The cuisine is a delight, prepared in a galley equipped with all modern appliances. Our chef not only provides you with breakfast but will also prepare a packed lunch if you wish to go cycling. The evening meal is sumptuous. Needless to say, we will take account of any of your dietary needs.

The Bikes

Our bikes are a big part of your bike & barge cruise, that's why we want to provide you with the best quality bike possible, the brand is Sensa, from the Netherlands. Choosen as 'bike of the year' in 2018.

  • 4 frame sizes
  • hydrolic disc brakes
  • 27-gears

Also we will provide you with:

  • waterproof bike-bag
  • personal water bottle (also a souvenir from Merlijn)
  • helmet

Our E-bikes are from the German brand Gudereit, it comes with hydrolic brakes, 7 gears and a Bosch engine. With it's smart technology it will only support you when needed, that's why everyone can ride it!

17 may 2018

Barging and Biking through the Netherlands, April 21st - 28th 2018

My dear friends of the Merlijn

How I miss you all - I miss your "Dear Guests" every morning and evening! What a wonderful trip. Thank you so much for your gracious hospitality - I now know what my Dutch friends mean by 'gezellig'!
Hope to join you again in 2020.
Karen Commeret, USA