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Weser-Hills tour in Germany

‘Following in Theodor Fontane’s footsteps”

May 27 - June 03 / 2023

Departure date: 27 may 2023
Average biking distance per day 30 to 45 km

Highlights

Bike, Barge and Cruise through the ‘Weser hills’ landscape and along the midland canal in Germany. Bike along the Weser Cycling Route - one of the most popular German cycle routes, and explore the cultural highlights offered by Hannover & Braunschweig (Brunswick). Follow in Theodor Fontane’s footsteps, and visit small villages in typical March style. Cruise the Weser River and Midland Canal, as we head away from the standard tourist route. Take a look around the ‘Herrenhausen Gardens and Autostadt, the home of Volkswagen, through the included tours, and ultimately consider extending your holiday in Bremen, a 1200 year-old Hanseatic city that has much to offer.

 

Do you want to travel longer on the Merlin? This is an excellent trip to combine with the next Bike & Barge cruise WOLFSBURG - BERLIN, combined your tour will be from Bremen to Berlin and you will travel the Weser & whole Midland-canal connection.

Weser-Hills tour in Germany | ‘Following in Theodor Fontane’s footsteps”
Departure port: Bremen Destination: Wolfsburg Travel time: 8 days Countries: Germany Average biking distance per day: 30 to 45 km
Bike, Barge and Cruise through the ‘Weser-hills’ landscape, where tourists are hard to find. Explore the 'Herrenhausen gardens' & Volkswagen-car-city. (Entrance included).
€ 1.740,- p.p.
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12 cabin(s) available

Day-to-day itinerary

Day 1 (Sat): Bremen - Verden

Check in: 3:30 PM – 5 PM. Merlijn will set sail for Verden, where we’ll stay overnight. We’ll present you with a welcome drink and introduce the crew. We’ll also inform you about the tour and the ship, and give you a safety briefing. While sailing, you can already see the lovely scenery of the ‘Weser Bergland’ as we pass by. After dinner, you may want to stroll through the equestrian city of Verden, home to the auctions of the Hanoverian horse, a world famous and powerful German Warmblood breed. Other Verden attractions incude its historical old centre along the Aller River, and the ‘Große Straße’ (big street) pedestrian area. The Cathedral Quarter at the Lugenstein is another gem with its bars, town hall, ‘Domherrenhaus’ (Cathedral Chapter House), vintage train and much more.

Day 2 (Sun): Verden – Nienburg
Day 3 (Mon): Nienburg – Stolzenau – Minden
Day 4 (Tue): Minden – Sachsenhagen - Hannover
Day 5 (Wed): Hannover – Peine
Day 6 (Thu): Peine - Braunschweig
Day 7 (Fri): Braunschweig - Wolfsburg
Day 8 (Sat): Wolfsburg

Your bike & barge cruise includes:

  • 7 nights onboard Merlijn
  • welcome drink
  • daily cleaning of your cabin
  • supply of bedding, towels, facial tissues, soap
  • culinary care: 7x breakfast buffet, 6x packed lunches and 6x 3 course dinners
  • coffee, tea, hot chocolate and ice water
  • service of a tour guide
  • daily information of the trip on the next day
  • use of 27-speed bicycle, including a bike bag, towel and helmet
  • we will provide you with your own water bottle
  • canal, bridge & harbour fees
  • entrance to the Herrenhausen gardens
  • entrance and guided tour Volkswagen autostadt

 

Your bike & barge cruise doesn’t includes:

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

For your comfort we rent electric bikes € 30 each per day, reservations ahead are advisable.

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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"