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Hanseatic tour of the Netherlands

The route East

May 25 - June 01 / 2024

Departure date: 25 may 2024
Average biking distance per day 25 to 50 km/ Level: Easy


Bike, Barge & Cruise Holland’s hanseatic cities, once an alliance of port cities that made trading with each other possible. Visit these wonderfully preserved ancient cities, each with its own character, but also similarities such as city walls and city gates. Enjoy cycling through the varied Dutch landscapes on the eastern part of Holland, and stop at the local bakery to have a good coffee (the Dutch love their coffees!) Experience the overwhelming vacation by the sea feeling we felt on our first trip with the Merlijn on this itinerary back in 2019. The Veluwe lake used to be a sea and all the small towns like Harderwijk and Spakenburg used to be coastal towns until the Dutch created the new land 'Flevoland' through polders.

Hanseatic tour of the Netherlands | The route East
Departure port: Amsterdam Destination: Amsterdam Travel time: 8 days Countries: Netherlands Average biking distance per day: 25 to 50 km/ Level: Easy
Bike, Barge & Cruise Holland’s hanseatic cities, once an alliance of port cities that made trading with each other possible. Enjoy cycling through the varied Dutch landscapes.
€ 2.145,- p.p.
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12 cabin(s) available

Day-to-day itinerary

Day 1: Amsterdam – Weesp

Check in: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM, Merlijn will set sail for Weesp, where there is an overnight stay. We’ll present you with a welcome drink and introduce the crew. We will also provide information on the tour, the ship, and offer you a safety briefing. Dinner will be served during the cruise, and afterwards you can have a stroll through the first charming city (of many on this tour) called Weesp.

Day 2: Weesp – Wijk bij Duurstede
Day 3: Wijk bij Duurstede – Arnhem
Day 4: Arnhem – Deventer
Day 5: Deventer – Hattem – Kampen
Day 6: Kampen – Harderwijk – Spakenburg
Day 7: Spakenburg – Amsterdam
Day 8: Amsterdam

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


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 with General Data Protection Regulations 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 to free cancellation.

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Frankfurt to Ludwigsburg

September 25 - October 02 / 2021
The trip on the Merlijn Magic on the Water was our first Bike and Barge European vacation. From the first friendly greetings as we embarked in Frankfort day one till we docked in Ludwigsburg, everything was impeccable. The Merlijn accommodations, the owners, Coen and Christina and their entire team provided a 5-star experience. The food was delicious, fresh, and individualized as requested. After each day of biking and touring, it was a delight to know that a special gourmet dinner expertly prepared by Christina and her team was the culmination of our day. Our terrific guide, Felix lead the daily bike rides following plentiful German bike paths that meandered thru ripe vineyards, quaint villages and beautiful, lush landscapes. Thank you to Coen and Christina and their team for creating an entertaining, stress free, holiday adventure; you have set the gold standard for Barge and Bike vacations! Stu and I are looking forward to our next tour!