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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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11 cabin(s) available

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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14 july 2019

Malchin - Berlin 'Premium Amazone of the north"

Dear Coen & Christina, Thanks for making our second tour even better than our first, an amazing accomplishment! Greatly appreciated your sharing of your home, and you certainly made our entire group feel like members of your extended family; you truly love what you do and it shows. Your crew and our guide was prepared for every contingency and assured that we had "smooth sailing" through out our visit and journey. The meals and sack lunches prepared were absolutely fantastic! We are looking forward to booking our third tour in the very near future, keep up the good work you two, and we'll visit with you again soon. Kind Regards, Brad and Gwen Hontz