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Boat/Barge: Merlijn • REMOVE • About Merlijn
Tulip Tour - Bruges to Amsterdam - 8 day by Shawn L. 2 weeks ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The whole trip was great. The bikes were great 27 speed bikes with disc brakes, the guide showed us things you wouldn't find on your own, the barge was clean and comfortable. But the best thing was the food on the barge, especially the garlic butter. I could eat that with a spoon!
Countries: Netherlands, Belgium
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 8 day by Shirley C. 2 weeks ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
I loved the Kuekenhof gardens, I did not do the bike part as I was not able to but enjoyed my time on the barge and the food and service was great.
Countries: Belgium, Netherlands
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 8 day by Molly R. 2 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Our guide Cornel was great with fun stories and historic information provided throughout our trip. Loved the digestive walks after dinner of the various towns we were docked at. The staff of the Merlijn couldn't have been nicer or more professional and the boat was very clean and comfortable. Food was pretty basic and could be improved, but that was not a high priority to me. Overall great trip and have already recommended it to many people.
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 8 day by Rita R. 2 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
"It is difficult to say what the most memorable part of the trip was as each and every day brought wonderful new sights and experiences. Biking along fields filled with tulips and a stop at the Keukenhof Gardens would certainly rate as one of the highlights of the trip. The staff and bike guide definitely made the trip special as they went above and beyond to ensure we were satisfied. Food was great with a plentiful breakfast buffet and a different menu each night. Our lunches were made and packed each day and boy, theses sandwiches and treats sure tasted great after putting some miles in. The dining/lounge was large and spacious and made for a great place to interact with the other guests. Bedrooms/bathrooms were nor overly spacious but were very clean and the beds were comfortable.This was our first trip of this kind and also our first trip to Europe and the Crew of the Merlijn made it a wonderful experience we will never forget. Thank you Coen, Cristina, Klara, Luliana, Lili and our tour guide Cornel. Memories to last forever.
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 8 day by Rosemary SZ. 2 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
I highly recommend this trip. We were on the Merlijn. It was a charming barge with a very friendly and helpful staff. I was amazed just how comfortable the beds were and how roomy the bathrooms were. Our guide was very informative and had a great sense of humor. The guests, even though all so different , became friends. Leaving the barge was bittersweet. I cannot wait to go on another. The only thing I wish was a bit better, was the food. But then I consider myself a bit of a foody and so my expectations might be too high.
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 8 day by Jane J. 2 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The biking was wonderful, the digestive walks in the evening were great and the camaraderie of the group was fantastic.
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 8 day by Mark R. 2 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
A wonderful way to experience the Netherlands. Our guide Cornell was informed and professional. Captain, mates and staff provided all the conveniences of home.
Tulip Tour - 7 day by Todd O. 3 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Best part: Biking through the Dutch countryside and being exposed to the Dutch people and their wonderful culture, history, and way of life.
Tulip Tour - 7 day by James D. 3 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Merlijn and her crew were outstanding hosts for our Tulip Tour. Our guide, Ilsa, was knowledgeable and full of energy and interesting information everywhere we toured.
Mainz to Metz by Marc V. 6 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Bike / boat trips are such a great way of seeing a lot of the country without the hassle of having to change accommodation venue every night! You meet great interesting people who share a love of an active holiday.
Countries: Germany, France
Mainz to Metz by Sara B. 6 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The Merlijn & her staff are amazing. Our trek from Mainz to Metz was gorgeous & fully exceeded our expectations. We would’ve turned right around & done it again if we could!!!
Tulip Tour - 7 day by Lynda A. 7 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Wonderful guide and the owners of the barge were a delight
Ludwigsburg to Mainz by Vikki Z. 7 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
There is a serene, calm beauty when one is slowly boating along the Neckar River in the early fall morning, with mist rising off the water and castles nestled among the trees which are beginning to turn colour. What better way to enjoy an early cup of hot tea before having breakfast and heading out for a day's ride?
Frankfurt to Bamberg or Bamberg to Frankfurt by Robert F. 7 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Everything about the trip was great. Each day was a new mini adventure. All the members of our group were very friendly and interacted very well together. The whole trip was very well organized.
Tulip Tour - 7 day by Michael S. 8 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Our guide and crew were the best! "The Merlijn Rocks!" Our group was so compatible...It was like traveling with family. The scenery and experiences were so beautiful and to be one with your natural surroundings while on a bike was an added bonus!
Mainz to Ludwigsburg by Joan S. 8 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
We had a wonderful time riding through the vineyards along the Rhine and Neckar Rivers and explore that small, picturesque towns along the way. Our tour leader made every effort to enhance our experience with interesting information and spontaneous adventures. Very much enjoyed the evening walks as extra value. Fine trip. Be aware that road surfaces vary.
Mainz to Ludwigsburg by Deborah G. 8 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The rides along the Rhine and Neckar rivers were beautiful. My two favorite memories are very different. The first one was riding through the vineyards during harvest. The other special memory was traveling over the bridge into Heidelberg with the castle on the hill to the left and the archway into the old city framing the the entrance to the city beyond. It was something I hope I always remember.
Mainz to Ludwigsburg by Vikki Z. 8 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Every day our biking adventure was a delight. We especially loved riding along lovely pathways through the vineyards, stopping to watch both mechanical and manual harvesting, with the fabulous aroma of ripened grapes filling our senses. Coupled with beautiful early morning sunrises while on the Neckar River....mists rising off the water, castles nestled into the forested hillsides, this entire trip was a delight.
Mainz to Bamberg by Randy M. 10 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Best part was picking grapes at the community Arbor along the route. Sharing with the entire group. Our guide led us to many quant and tasty coffee, beer, wine and pastry stops...
Mainz to Bamberg by Bruce R. 10 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part? Having a cold dark stout at a hillside restaurant with the whole biking crew while overlooking the Main River and vineyards on the hillside simply beautiful.
Mainz to Merzig by Lisa S. 10 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
We were on the Merlijn from Merzig to Mainz; biking along the Mosell and Rhine Rivers. We biked through vineyards, sunflower fields and picturesque, quaint towns. This was our fifth bike and barge tour booked through Tripsite and we are looking forward to the next.
Mainz to Bamberg by Bruce & Dianna Reynolds 10 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
We just completed this tour and had a great time. Jantien prepared some amazing meals for all of us and went out of her way to help any guest who may have a question,a problem, a dietary concern or any other matter. At night after all her chores were done she would sit down with us and join in with a glass of wine to talk about the days bike tour. Henk, our captain, crew Klara and Ahmed always had a smile on their face , kept the boat spotless, ready with a glass of wine or beer after a day of biking and just nice people. Finally our guide Lia, she was one of us. Whether it was talking about a certain Benedictine Abbey, sampling barley at a brewery or adjusting a bike seat she was special.
Mainz to Merzig by Pat C. 10 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
This is a must trip for anyone who embraces the Bike and Barge experience with a small group. The Merlijn is an extremely well managed boat with the owners attending to every detail in a friendly and caring manor. This trip checks off all the boxes, good food and drink, comfortable accommodation and arguably some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe. My only suggest is to book it early as it fills up quickly and in particular on this boat.
Berlin to Malchin and Malchin to Berlin by Kathryn H. 12 months ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
One of my favorite parts of the trip was jumping off the boat into the canal. It was the end of a long, fun day of bike riding. The canal was clear and perfect for jumping. Everyone jumped off and everyone did fun tricks. The funniest was when Paul fell off and I never could keep a straight face around him again (Paul didn't get hurt except his pride btw). Captain Henk even put down a ladder to make climbing to the dock easier.
Countries: Germany, Poland
Bremen to Magdeburg by Darlene D. 1 year ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The Merlijn and it's crew are extraordinary! Jantien and Henk treat guests like family. We had a great time riding in central Germany. Lots of agriculture, forests, small villages and history. Our guide, Ilsa, is extremely knowledgeable and makes the rides fun and interesting. Thank you for a wonderful and memorable trip!
Bremen to Magdeburg by Judy J. 1 year ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The crew of the Merlijn were fantastic and very concerned with guests comfort. It was a great combination of leisure and biking, a well seasoned and flexible guide, and great food beautifully presented.
Authentic Holland by Theresa G. 1 year ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
We were a family of 6 adults (aged 22-62) who did our first bike/barge trip and we are so fortunate that we booked the Merlijn and did the Amsterdam trip. It couldn't have been a better trip. Everything was perfect from the accommodations to the food to the bike ride itself. Most of all though it was the crew on the Merlijn that made it so fun for all of us. Henk & Jantien are so friendly and accommodating and their staff, Gisbert (sp) who led the daily bike tours & Jaqui & Clara who do a little of everything were all so kind and awesome with everything they did. The bikes are very new and ride great. The E-bikes are a whole lot of FUN. If you feel too guilty about using an E-bike you can turn it off and pedal like a regular bike. Jantien even went out of her way to get a birthday cake for our daughter-in-law. Henk leads an excellent Karaoke night which should not be missed. It was truly a great family vacation had by all. Thank you crew of Merlijn.
Authentic Holland by Sandra B. 1 year ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
This was my third time on this particular barge the Merlijn. I love everything about the experience and will for sure do it again
Tulip Tour - Bruges to Amsterdam - 8 day by Sandra V. 1 year ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The Merlijn was definitely a "comfort plus" barge. Rooms and beds very comfortable; staff couldn't have been friendlier or more accommodating; Captain Henk was a genius at docking and piloting the barge; our guide Lea, was professional, knowledgeable, and fun; Jantien, the jack of all trades, did everything from ministering to ill or injured to cooking gourmet meals. This was my second trip on the Merlijn. We booked the entire barge. There were two fantastic upgrades from two years ago--new bikes and helmets and better internet. Obviously, I cannot say enough positive about this experience. Highly recommend it.
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 8 day by John S. 1 year ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
This was our first bike and barge trip. It is a great way to travel. There is time to see the area and not have to worry about finding lodging. The crew of the Merlijn was first rate. I will sign up for another trip with them. Jantien was like your mom welcoming you on your trip home.
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