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Weser-Hills tour in Germany

‘Following in Theodor Fontane’s footsteps”

June 12 - 19 / 2021

Departure date: 12 june 2021
Average biking distance per day (KM) 30 to 45

Highlights

Bike, Barge and Cruise through the ‘Weser-hills’ landscape & along the midland canal in Germany – Bike the Weser-Cycling-Route, one of the most popular German cycling routes – Explore the cultural highlights of Hannover & Braunschweich - Follow in Theodor Fontane’s footsteps and visit small villages in typical March style – Cruise the Weser river & the Midland canal – Tourists are hard to find - Entrance to the ‘Herrenhausen gardens & Autostadt, the home of Volkswagen included – Extend your holiday in Bremen, This 1200 years old Hanseatic city has so 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 (KM): 30 to 45
Bike, Barge and Cruise through the ‘Weser-hills’ landscape, where tourists are hard to find. Explore the 'Herrenhausen gardens' & Volkswagen-car-city. (Entrance included).
€ 1.635,- p.p.
12 cabin(s) available

Day-to-day itinerary

Day 1 (Sat): Bremen - Verden

Check in: 3:30 PM – 5 PM Merlijn sails to Verden, 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. While sailing, you will enjoy the scenery of the ‘Weser-bergland’ already. After dinner you may want to stroll through the equestrian city of Verden, the mecca of the Hanoverian horse, a world-famous and powerful German warm-blood breed of horse.

Well worth seeing in Verden are the historical old city center along the Aller River with its pedestrian area ‘Große Straße’ (Big street). The Cathedral Quarter at the Lugenstein with its bars, the town hall, the ‘Domherrenhaus’ (Cathedral Chapter House), the 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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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