Neues Rathaus in Hannover, Germany. Creative Commons:Thomas Wolf

Great beers to try in Germany! Flickr:Leon Brocard

Bremen to Wolfsburg

Germany Bike + Barge Tours

  • This cycling tour in Germany takes you through the ‘Weser-hills’ landscape and along the midland canal. Cycle the Weser-Cycling-Route, one of the most popular German cycling routes and explore the cultural highlights of Hannover and Braunschweich. Follow in Theodor Fontane’s footsteps and visit small villages in typical March style. Cruise the Weser river and the Midland canal. Visit the ‘Herrenhausen gardens and the famous Autostadt, home of the Volkswagen. We recommend that you extend your holiday in the capital city of Berlin or in Bremen, a 1,200 year old Hanseatic city that has so much to offer.

    Highlights:

    • The Weser River and Midland Canal
    • The Weser Cycling route
    • Herrenhausen gardens
    • The Autostadt
    • The historic city of Bremen

    We offer many more bike and boat tours in Germany, be sure to look at our comprehensive list!

  • Price $ 2953 £ 1473 $ 2,546 1635 $ 3047 kr 18252 $ 1,817

    extra options

    Electric bike rental (rate is per day): $ 54 £ 27 $ 47 30 $ 56 kr 335 $ 33

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    A non-refundable admin fee of 20 Euros per person is included in the deposit amount.

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    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    The largest international airport to your tour start and end is Berlin, which has 2 airports, Tegel (TXL), the main international airport located 10 km from Berlin, and Schoenfeld (SXF), located 23 km from Berlin. Schoenefeld serves low-cost airlines. Another option is to fly to Bremen International Airport (BRE) which is a small international airport.

    Local Travel

    Berlin’s airports are both very well connected to the city center of Berlin and the surrounding area. Tegel (TXL) does not have a train station in the airport but you will take the bus line TXL to the main train station in Berlin from which you can travel easily onward to Bremen. Train travel takes approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes and does entail transfers. If you fly to Bremen, it takes only eleven minutes for passengers to reach the airport from the city center. The tram stops directly in front of the terminal. At the end of your tour in Wolfsburg, the boat docks close to the train station. Remember that once you arrive in Berlin city center, you will then take a bus to Tegel.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before arrival. There are many wonderful sites that you can visit to research regional weather conditions and to see current weather reports. Average high/low temperatures in °F for the region are: July 73/55º

    Remarks

    Electric bikes available for this tour and can be rented on a per diem basis. Advanced reservation required. See pricing.

    DOCUMENTS

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Where You’ll Stay

Aboard the beautiful and very popular deluxe class vessel, the Merlijn

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights in climate-controlled cabin
  • Welcome drink
  • Daily cleaning of your cabin
  • Tour presentation
  • 7 breakfast buffet, 6 packed lunches, and 6, three-course dinners
  • 27-speed hybrid bike of the brand Sensa, equipped with hydraulic disc brakes, waterproof pannier, water bottle, towel, and universal helmet
  • Supply of bedding, towels, facial tissues, and soap
  • Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and ice water
  • Tour guide
  • Canal, bridge, and harbor fees
  • Entrance to the Herrenhausen gardens
  • Entrance and guided tour Volkswagen Autostadt

What’s Not Included

  • One dinner
  • Drinks other than those mentioned as included
  • Electric bike can be rented. Advance reservation required. E-bikes are German designed Gudereit brand, 7 speed, and come equipped with hydraulic brake and Bosch engine. Same accessories as for the touring bike are included.
  • Entrance fees not mentioned as included
  • Organized city tours
  • City maps
  • Bike maps
  • Gratuities
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance

Extra Stay

Always recommended!

TourBike + Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From1635 Rates
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Tour Dates

June 12, 2021

Skill Level

Easy, guided boat and bike tour with daily distance ranging from 30 to 45 km on a mainly flat route.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Bremen to Wolfsburg Map

Day 1: Bremen - Verden
Day 2: Verden - Nienburg 
Day 3: Nienburg - Stolzenau - Minden 
Day 4: Minden - Sachsenhagen - Hannover 
Day 5: Hannover - Peine 
Day 6: Peine - Braunschweig 
Day 7: Braunschweig - Wolfsburg 
Day 8: Wolfsburg 

*Average daily distances between 30 and 45 km per day. All distances are approximate. The itinerary is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances, including but not limited to weather, last-minute mooring changes, and restructuring of locks or bridges.

Day 1: Bremen - Verden 
Check-in on board begins at 3:30 pm.  At 5 pm, the Merlijn sails to Verden, where you stay overnight. After a welcome drink, there is a presentation, introducing the crew, informing you about the week ahead. While sailing, you will enjoy the scenery of the ‘Weser-bergland’. 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 is 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: Verden – Nienburg 
Today your bicycle tour will start in Verden and we will follow the Weser-Cycling-Route along the Weser river, one of the most popular German cycling routes. Enjoy the impressive landscape of the ‘Weser-bergland (Weser-hills) while biking one of the best bikeways of Europe. On the way, make a stop in Hoya, the city of earls. Here you can follow the tracks of the famous Earl of Hoya during a stroll through the historical city center. Afterward, cycle to Nienburg, where the Merlijn awaits you. This city offers many places of interest, like the ‘Spargelbrunnen’ (Asparagus Well), the bronze statue of the Magic Bayard Horse (Ros Bayard), and the parish church St. Martin, the main church of the city due to its impressive 72-meter tower! 

Day 3: Nienburg – Stolzenau – Minden 
After breakfast, continue cycling along the Weser-Cycling-Route to Stolzenau, crossing a beautiful and varied landscape. You'll see untouched nature for as far as you can see! In the Weser Hills, you can discover and experience nature at its best. In Stolzenau, you will board the Merlijn again and cruise to Minden. In the afternoon you will experience two Hydrological highlights: the Weser Lock and Aqueduct. First, pass through the impressive lock where the Merlijn will be raised for 13 meters right up to the Midland Canal. After dinner is a walk to the Midland aqueduct, where the Midland canal crosses the Weser river. Overnight stay in Minden at the Midland Canal. 

Day 4: Minden - Sachsenhagen - Hannover 
In the morning, cruise the Mittelland-kanal-brucke (aqueduct) over the Weser river up to Sachsenhagen, where today’s bicycle tour starts. Cyle towards Hannover, passing the beautiful Natural Preserve Steinhuder Lake. Tonight you will enjoy the local cuisine in one of the many restaurants in Hannover. The docking place of the Merlijn, on the midland canal, is at the edge of Hannover Transport to the city center can be arranged. 

Day 5: Hannover - Peine 
In the morning, you will first ride your bike to the beautiful ‘Herrenhäuser Gärtens’ (Herrenhausen gardens), located in Herrenhausen an urban district of Hannover. This group of gardens is made up of ‘the Great Garden, the Berggarden, the Georgengarden and the Welfengarden, they are a heritage of the kings of Hannover. The entrance to these gardens is included. After your visit, bike to Peine.

Day 6: Peine - Braunschweig 
Today’s bike tour is a short one and will lead you to the city of Braunschweig, a large and modern city with a rich past, where you can find refreshing green oases of leisure alongside the bustle of inner-city life. First mentioned in records in 1031, Braunschweig continued to evolve, from the 12th century on strongly influenced by the House of Guelf and the Hanseatic tradition. Magnificent historical buildings such as Dankwarderode Castle and St. Blasii Cathedral in the heart of the city, as well as streets lined with historic houses, still bear witness to Braunschweig’s eventful past. The boat stays here overnight. 

Day 7: Braunschweig - Wolfsburg 
Begin cycling after breakfast. The tour will lead you partly along the midland canal and also through the green landscapes of Germany. Today's destination is Wolfsburg where the Merlijn will await you. The boat will dock next to the ‘Volkswagen Autostadt’. Included is a one hour, guided tour in the Autostadt. You can spend the rest of the afternoon in the museum or visit the city center of Wolfsburg. Farewell dinner and overnight on board. 

Day 8: Wolfsburg 
Individual departure after breakfast. 

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    Merlijn Germany, Netherlands Deluxe Class Boat "The Divine Miss M" as we lovingly call the Merlijn is a diva, for sure. What can we say? Is it the luxurious cabins with most comfortable beds you have ever slept in? Is it the lovely dining area with the large windows and skylight that let the air, light, and sun pour in? Or perhaps it is the sun deck, where you can relax with newfound friends, sharing good wine and good conversation. We think you will find it is the entire divine package! Step onboard and discover for yourself!

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