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Midland-canal & Rhine-river tour in Germany

July 11 - 18 / 2020

Departure date: 11 july 2020
Average biking distance per day (KM) 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, Düsseldorf & 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.

Midland-canal & Rhine-river tour in Germany
Departure port: Wolfsburg Destination: Cologne Travel time: 8 days Countries: Germany Average biking distance per day (KM): 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
€ 1.525,- p.p.
5 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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12 july 2019

Magdeburg to Berlin, June 2019 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.