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Midland-canal & Rhine-river tour in Germany

July 31 - August 07 / 2021

Departure date: 31 july 2021
Average biking distance per day 35 to 55 KM


Bike, Barge and Cruise 2 different worlds; along the midland canal & the Rhine river in Germany – Tourists are hard to find - Bike the Teutoburg forest – Explore the cultural highlights of Hannover, Braunschweich, Münster, Düssedlorf & Cologne – Visit the Castles of Lüdinghausen – Drink ‘Kölsch-beer’ in Cologne - Cruise the Midland canal & Rhine river - Entrance to the ‘Herrenhausen gardens & Autostadt, the home of Volkswagen included.

*the minimum number of participants for this trip is 14

Midland-canal & Rhine-river tour in Germany
Departure port: Wolfsburg Destination: Cologne Travel time: 8 days Countries: Germany Average biking distance per day: 35 to 55 KM
Bike, Barge and Cruise 2 different worlds; along the midland canal & the Rhine river. Where tourists are hard to find, you cycle through forests, visit castles & great city's
€ 1.635,- p.p.
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7 cabin(s) available

Day-to-day itinerary

Day 1 (Sat): Wolfsburg – Midland-Canal

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 and at 3 PM there will be a 45 min. guided tour through the park. Instead you can also visit the charming city centre of Wolfsburg.

4 PM - You are welcomed onboard, 5 PM - Merlijn sails away. 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. Enjoy the afternoon cruising until dinner is served. After dinner we will dock and stay overnight in a rural surrounding.

Day 2 (Sun): Midland-Canal – Braunschweig – Peine - Hannover
Day 3 (Mon): Hannover – Kohlenfeld – Minden
Day 4 (Tue): Minden – Bad Essen – Bramsche - Münster
Day 5 (Wed): Münster – Senden - Datteln - Oberhausen
Day 6 (Thu): Oberhausen - Düsseldorf
Day 7 (Fri): Düsseldorf – Zons – Cologne
Day 8 (Sat): Cologne

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 the Herrenhausen gardens

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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05 june 2017

Bremen - Magdeburg - Spandau May 6th - 19th 2017

Hi friends of Merlijn!

Bob and I wanted to thank you for another great trip on the Merlijn. We always enjoy your hospitality and cooking! We especially enjoyed your German friend Klaus. The day we left for the airport Lia and Klaus graciously carried our luggage to the taxi stand and made sure we were safely on our way to the airport. Flights were good all the way home. Have a great summer. We are already looking forward to another trip on the Merlijn and hopefully with Klaus!