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Premium Authentic Holland & Germany tour

‘The North route”

June 05 - 12 / 2021

Departure date: 05 june 2021
Average biking distance per day 25 to 50 KM


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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 cities of Hoorn & Enkhuizen, with its rich East-India-Company history -  Experience the ‘northern’ atmosphere in the provinces Friesland & Groningen, the country-side of the Netherlands - Bike on good & solid bike paths in a stunning flat landscape - Cruise the IJsselmeer, Hollands largest lake and the Weser, a small German river - Visit ancient German cities Leer and Oldenburg - Excursion to the shipyard Meyer in Papenburg, a family business where huge cruise ships are being build – Visit (ore extend your stay in) the city of Bremen; with its terraces on the ‘Schlachte’, the Promenade at the Weser river, the Bremer ‘Stadtmusikanten’ (town Musicians) - Stroll through very narrow streets & famous Market Places of the unique Bremen ‘Schnoorviertel’ quarter –


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

Premium Authentic Holland & Germany tour  | ‘The North route”
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 its own unique atmosphere and history. Visit to the Meyer shipyard incl.
€ 1.635,- p.p.
Cabins available through travel agent

Day-to-day itinerary

Day 1 (Sat): Amsterdam – Hoorn

Check in: 3:30 PM - 5PM Merlijn sails to Hoorn, where we stay overnight. We will offer a welcome drink and introduce the crew. Also we inform you about the tour, the ship and give you a safety briefing. Dinner will be during the cruise. In the evening there is a city walk through charming Hoorn.

Day 2 (Sun): Hoorn – Enkhuizen - Lemmer
Day 3 (Mon): Lemmer – Sneek - Leeuwarden
Day 4 (Tue): Leeuwarden – Stroobos – Groningen
Day 5 (Wed): Groningen – Delfzijl - Papenburg
Day 6 (Thu): Papenburg – Oldenburg
Day 7 (Fri): Oldenburg – Vegesack - Bremen
Day 8 (Sat): Bremen

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 and tour at Meyer shipyard


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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31 may 2018

Authentic Holland, May 19th - 25th 2018

"Dear Merlijn & staff, Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. We could not have had a more fun family vacation. It's usually only once in a lifetime that a family can all be together and have so much fun. You are the best crew ever and EVERYTHING on the Merlijn was just perfect. The boat is spotless, the food amazing, the beer & bourbon exceptional, the bicycling through the country was gorgeous and each day brought new scenery. The E-bikes were so much FUN even though some of us felt a little lazy using them! We did turn them on and off so we wouldn't feel so guilty. And singing Karioke had to have been the highlight! We didn't know he had such talent!! That was definitely a surprise. And a very special Thank-you to you for your unsurpassed hospitality and the Birthday "Surprise" for Lauren. (Definitely keep those placemats). You are the Hostess with the Mostest!

We love you all and thank you so very much. We already miss your smiling faces.

Bruce, Theresa, Donna, Nolan, Lauren & Jordan