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Premium Authentic Holland & Germany tour

‘The route North”

May 20 - 27 / 2023

Departure date: 20 may 2023
Average biking distance per day 25 to 50 km


This Bike & Barge Cruise, shows you the most authentic places of two neighbouring countries, both with their own unique atmosphere and history.

Bike, Barge & Cruise the authentic northern part of Holland and Germany – A combination of stunning landscapes, beautiful lakes & rivers, charming Dutch villages and historic German cities. Visit the charming Dutch harbours of Hoorn & Enkhuizen, inextricably linked to the Dutch East India Company, and experience the ‘northern’ atmosphere in the provinces of Friesland & Groningen, the rural gems of the Netherlands. You’ll traverse the stunning flat landscape on good & solid cycle paths, and cruise the IJsselmeer, Holland’s largest lake. Then, it’s on to the Weser, a small German river, before visiting the ancient German cities of Leer and Oldenburg. There is an excursion to the Meyer shipyard in Papenburg, a family business where the world’s largest cruise ships are built. Visit (or extend your stay in) the city of Bremen, with its outdoor cafes on the ‘Schlachte’, the boardwalk on the Weser river, the Bremer ‘Stadtmusikanten’ (town musicians), and stroll through the wonderful narrow streets & famous market places of the unique Bremen ‘Schnoorviertel’ quarter.

Premium Authentic Holland & Germany tour  | ‘The route North”
Departure port: Amsterdam Destination: Bremen Travel time: 8 days Countries: Germany, Netherlands Average biking distance per day: 25 to 50 km
This Bike & Barge Cruise, shows you the most authentic places of two neighbouring countries, both with their own unique atmosphere and history. Excursion to the Meyer shipyard
€ 1.740,- p.p.
All cabins booked by a travel agency

Day-to-day itinerary

Day 1: Amsterdam – Hoorn

Check in starts in the afternoon, then Merlijn will set sail for Hoorn, where we’ll stay overnight. There will be a welcome drink and introduction of the crew. Also, we’ll inform you about the tour and the ship, and give you a safety briefing. Dinner will be served during the cruise. In the evening there is a city walk through charming Hoorn.

Day 2: Hoorn – Enkhuizen – Lemmer. Bike tour: approx. 28 KM
Day 3: Lemmer – Sneek – Leeuwarden. Bike tour: approx. 30 or 52 KM
Day 4: Leeuwarden – Stroobos – Groningen. Bike tour: approx. 47 KM
Day 5: Groningen – Delfzijl – Papenburg. Bike tour: approx. 35 KM
Day 6: Papenburg – Oldenburg. Bike tour: approx. 27 or 42 KM
Day 7: Oldenburg – Vegesack – Bremen. Bike tour: approx. 40 KM
Day 8: Bremen

Your bike & barge cruise will include:

  • 7 nights on board Merlijn
  • welcome drink
  • daily cleaning of your cabin
  • supply of bedding, towels, facial tissues, hand soap, soap, shampoo, sewing kit, vanity kit, bathrobe & slippers.
  • culinary care: 7 breakfast buffets, 6 packed lunches and 6 x 3-course dinners
  • coffee, tea and iced water
  • services of a tour guide
  • daily information about the trip of the next day
  • use of 27-speed bicycle, including a waterproof pannier, towel and universal helmet
  • we will provide you with your own water bottle
  • GPS-tracks on most routes
  • canal, bridge & harbour fees.
  • all ferry fares en route
  • entrance and tour of shipyard Meyer
  • guided city tour


Your bike & barge cruise does not include:

  • one dinner
  • drinks other than those mentioned
  • inbound and outbound journey
  • city maps (though a few are available on board)
  • bike maps
  • insurance
  • gratuities


For your comfort, we rent out electric bikes at € 30,- each per day, reservations in advance are advisable.


The general terms and conditions of Merlijn de magie van water B.V. apply to all bookings, offers and agreements. Please find them on our website under ‘Terms & Conditions’.
Merlijn complies the General Data Protection Regulation to protect your privacy. Please find them on our website under ‘Privacy statement’.
We reserve the right to modify schedule and/or program. If (part of) the route is not navigable due to weather conditions and/or other nautical reasons and/or is closed off due to circumstances and/or for safety reasons, the operator and/or the captain has the right to change the schedule. This includes changing the location of departure and/or arrival and temporarily suspending departure. Nautical and/or meteorological reasons are understood to mean, among others, weather conditions, the tide, obstruction of waterways/shipping lanes, and the condition of the ship. Closed off due to circumstances and/or safety reasons are understood to mean, among others, terrorism, diseases, natural disasters. Changes in schedule and/or program do not give the customer the right on free cancellation.

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06 july 2019

Malchin - Berlin 'Premium Amazone of the north'

Dear Coen and Cristina, your extended family crew, and of course Felix our tour guide, You all made our first trip to Germany a fantastic and memorable time. The boat and accommodations exceeded our expectations, and your service and food on board (and the packed lunches off board) was the best! Felix, our tour guide is a great addition to your family team and his daily entertainment on the trails, and knowledge of the historical sites and bakeries along the way each day seemed to make our day just that much better. Thanks for a great time, and we look forward to doing it all over again on the Merlijn for another trip down the road! Best to you all and hope you have great year ! Bob and Faith McDonald, So Burlington, Vermont USA"