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2 nights, including breakfast

July 16 - 18 / 2021

Departure date: 16 july 2021


Normally we provide with the authentic and luxurious cruise ship "Merlin", active sailing vacations throughout Europe. But just like the Big Rivers festival, Merlin has this year by the known reasons another twist. We remain docked in our home port of Dordrecht and rent our rooms to you. Our slogan is still 'Merlin the magic of water', something we like to let you experience even if it is only for a short stay!

Especially for "BACK TO THE RIVERS" we offer this 3-day package so you can enjoy the festival carefree. Enjoy the music during the day, rest during the night in one of our Deluxe 2-person cabins and in the morning a full breakfast to start the day! 

With this package you stay Friday and Saturday night on board of Boathotel Merlijn. Those who enjoy the good life can extend the package for € 99, - per night, per room (excluding breakfast). Please indicate this when booking in the comments or send us an e-mail. We will arrange payment for additional nights later when you come on board.

Location: Boathotel Merlijn is moored in the Riedijkshaven, about 500 meters walk from the event on the Energiekade. (see map)

Coming with public transport? Dordrecht Centraal train station is 1200 meters away, approx. 20 minutes walk.

Coming by car? Navigate to: Schuttevaerkade 167 in Dordrecht, you can only park the car next to the ship to let out luggage.

Parking is possible in the adjacent parking garage 'Riedijkshaven', the address of the garage is: Noorderstraat 37. The rate is €1,50 per hour with a maximum of €15,- per day.


Click here for the 'Back to the rivers" program


Good to know is that we work completely Corona proof and we also expect you to follow our house rules. Besides the general Corona rules it is required to be quiet between 23:00 and 7:00, in and around the boat, and the terrace is closed, smoking inside is prohibited and outside only where indicated, pets are not allowed. After booking you will receive a health check, we ask you to fill it out at check-in.

In the unlikely event that the festival is cancelled, you will of course be refunded. If the festival is rescheduled, we will most likely reschedule our package as well. For other reasons you can't just cancel without costs, and our general conditions apply which you can find on this website. 

BACK TO THE RIVERS Hotel Package | 2 nights, including breakfast
Departure port: Dordrecht Destination: Dordrecht Travel time: 3 days Countries: Netherlands
Are you going to the music event "BACK TO THE RIVERS" and do you want to spend the night in style on a luxury cruise ship? Then you're at the right place at the Merlijn!
€ 149,- p.p.
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10 cabin(s) available

Day-to-day itinerary

Images and location

Sequence of arrangement:


Friday, July 16:

  • Check-in from 15:00. (Baggage can be dropped off at 10:00).
  • After booking you will receive a health check by mail, we ask you to fill it out and bring along at check-in.
  • The program of Back to the rivers ends at 23:00. 
  • For the sake of the neighborhood and the other guests on board, we expect you to come back on board in peace and quiet.
  • The reception desk will be occupied until 23:30.

Saturday, July 17:

  • Breakfast will be served between 8:30 and 10:30 (this may be done in 2 groups due to the 1.5 meter distance).
  • Enjoy a nice cup of coffee or tea on our terrace before the festival program starts again, or make a nice walk through Dordrecht.
  • We can rent bicycles for € 15, - per day, for the active among us, we have several cycling routes available.
  • Also today we expect you to come back on board in peace and quiet and the reception desk will be occupied until 23:30.

Sunday, July 18:

  • Breakfast will be served between 8:30 and 10:30 (this may be done in 2 groups due to the 1.5 meter distance).
  • If you have not booked an extra night check out before 11:00 (your luggage can stay until the afternoon).
  • If you did manage to get an extra night then your Sunday can look just like the day before!

Included in the package:

  • 2 nights in one of our 2-person Deluxe rooms (11m2) with private bathroom; shower, toilet and sink.
  • When booking you can indicate whether you would like a double bed or 2 separate beds (more information about this at room description).
  • 4 Extensive breakfasts.
  • Free coffee, tea and chilled water in the morning.
  • The price of the package is based on 2 persons per room, booking alone is possible on request but does not give you a discount.
  • When booking, you pay the whole amount in advance.

Not included:

  • Meals other than breakfast.
  • Expenses on board.
  • Overnight stay Sunday evening (can be booked additionally for €99,- per room, excl. breakfast).
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28 july 2018

Berlin/Spandau to Magdeburg, July 14th 2018

Dear friends,

Patti and I had a wonderful time on our trip.   You were all so focused on ensuring everything was perfect for our group. 

I came with very high expectations and they were greatly exceeded!  As an engineer I was so impressed with the barge.

Thank you once again for treating us to such a fine adventure! 

Regards, Ed Buehler