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West meets East Germany tour

‘Following in Theodor Fontane’s footsteps”

June 19 - 26 / 2021

Departure date: 19 june 2021
Average biking distance per day 25 to 50 KM


Bike & Culture your way from east to west Germany. – Bike the cultural bike-route Transromanica & tour Brandenburg – Visit the home of Volkswagen 'Autostadt' - Explore the Cultural highlights of Magdeburg, Brandenburg and Potsdam – Spend a full day in the stunning city of Potsdam - Follow in Theodor Fontane’s footsteps and visit small villages in typical March style – Exploring the cradle of the Prussians -  Cruise the midland-Canal, the Havel river and the lakes around Berlin. Many options for culture lovers as well for bikers. 


*the minimum number of participants for this trip is 14

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

West meets East Germany tour | ‘Following in Theodor Fontane’s footsteps”
Departure port: Wolfsburg Destination: Berlin/Spandau Travel time: 8 days Countries: Germany Average biking distance per day: 25 to 50 KM
After designing this trip we needed a new slogan because Bike & Barge didn’t cover the load! We named it: ‘Bike & Culture”, a perfect combination between biking and culture !!
€ 1.635,- p.p.
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Day-to-day itinerary

Day 1 (Sat): Wolfsburg

Check in: 1:30 PM – Drop-off your luggage and cross the canal by walking a bridge. There you will find the home of Volkswagen ‘Autostadt’. You can explore the museum on your own, at 3 PM there will be a 45 min. guided tour thru the park.

4 PM - You are welcomed onboard, we will show you your room, offer a welcome drink and introduce the crew. Also we inform you about the tour, the ship and give you a safety briefing. After diner there is time to make a digestive walk thru the city of Wolfsburg. Overnight stay in Wolfsburg.

Day 2 (Sun): Wolfsburg - Calvörde - Magdeburg
Day 3 (Mon): Magdeburg – Burg - Genthin
Day 4 (Tue): Genthin – Brandenburg
Day 5 (Wed): Brandenburg – Werder – Potsdam
Day 6 (Thu): Potsdam extra day
Day 7 (Fri): Potsdam – Berlin Spandau
Day 8 (Sat): Berlin

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 guided tour Volkswagen autostadt
  • entrance to Sanssouci castle

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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12 july 2019

Magdeburg to Berlin 'West meets East Germany tour"

Thank you, Coen and Christina! This was our third trip aboard the Merlijn and we had a wonderful time. Your hospitality is excellent—our whole family enjoyed the cruise—and we recommend your bike and barge trips for people who appreciate great biking, comfortable accommodations, and an all-around great experience. Merlijn continues to be magic on the water and we look forward to our next cruise with you.