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  • Merzig to Mainz or Mainz to Merzig
    by Pat C. 6 days agoPermalink/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.

    Boat: Merlijn

    Countries: Germany

  • Berlin to Malchin and Malchin to Berlin
    by Kathryn H. 2 months agoPermalink/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.

    Boat: Merlijn

    Countries: Germany, Poland

  • Bremen to Magdeburg
    by Darlene D. 3 months agoPermalink/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!

    Boat: Merlijn

    Countries: Germany

  • Bremen to Magdeburg
    by Judy J. 3 months agoPermalink/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.

    Boat: Merlijn

    Countries: Germany

  • Authentic Holland
    by Theresa G. 3 months agoPermalink/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.

    Boat: Merlijn

    Countries: Netherlands

  • Authentic Holland
    by Sandra B. 3 months agoPermalink/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

    Boat: Merlijn

    Countries: Netherlands

  • Tulip Tour - Bruges to Amsterdam
    by Sandra V. 4 months agoPermalink/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.

    Boat: Merlijn

    Countries: Netherlands, Belgium

  • Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges
    by John S. 4 months agoPermalink/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.

    Boat: Merlijn

    Countries: Belgium, Netherlands

  • Tulip Tour - 7 day
    by Lynda A. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Most Memorable Part? Cycling in the warm spring weather seeing the fields of spring bulbs in bloom with windmills almost always in view.

    Boat: Merlijn

    Countries: Netherlands

  • Tulip Tour - 7 day
    by Eileen S. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Exceeded my expectations. Best value for great experience.

    Boat: Merlijn

    Countries: Netherlands

  • Tulip Tour - 7 day
    by Mary A. 5 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Our boat, the Merlijn, and its crew were fabulous! A huge thank you to Jantien and Henk for an amazing weeklong experience! This is the way to see The Netherlands! We rode bikes from one port to another, exploring the countryside, meeting local families, enjoying the beautiful fields of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, purples, reds, yellows flowing across the land. Our hosts fed us 3 wonderful meals a day, and gave us opportunities to explore each city in the evenings with our knowledgeable and dedicated guide, Ferry. We stayed a few extra days to learn all about Amsterdam as well, which was definitely worth it. So much to see and learn about. Tripsite did a great job of organizing this trip, from efficient email contacts, timely billing reminders, and tips for preparing for a unique trip such as a Bike and Barge in Amsterdam. Absolutely we recommend Tripsite, and the Merlijn in particular!

    Boat: Merlijn

    Countries: Netherlands

  • Frankfurt to Ludwigsburg
    by Suzanne F. 8 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Our boat staff were very friendly and competent and really made the effort to make sure that you were enjoying yourself. Jantien, our boat den mother and chef always made you feel so welcome and cared for. And Jacques, our guide was so knowledgeable and passionate about all the history and scenery. Absolutely a memorable experience all around. Thank you.

    Boat: Merlijn

    Countries: Germany

  • Mainz to Metz
    by Noel J. 8 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Jantien and Henk, our hosts on the Merlijn, were the daily highlight. Amazingly gracious, spirited, knowledgeable people.

    Boat: Merlijn

    Countries: Germany, France

  • Koblenz to Merzig
    by Wayne M. 8 months agoPermalink/Reply

    It was such a wonderful trip right from the minute we boarded the barge. The people we met, the sights, the bike paths, the weather were all wonderful.

    Boat: Merlijn

    Countries: Germany

  • Frankfurt to Bamberg or Bamberg to Frankfurt
    by Gwendolyn H. 8 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Most Memorable Part: Spending vacation time with my biking pals and meeting new riders on the barge. Loved Jantien and Henk! The scenery was amazing, picture book amazing.

    Boat: Merlijn

    Countries: Germany

  • Berlin to Malchin and Malchin to Berlin
    by Kerry C. 8 months agoPermalink/Reply

    The entire trip was memorable. We had dinner at a restaurant on the dock one night and celebrated a birthday. The live band was excellent and it was a great opportunity to get to know our fellow travelers.
    We booked the trip as we knew that East Germany and Poland was somewhere we would probably not travel to. We were amazed at how vast, undeveloped and beautiful the countryside is. The biking and barging was great!

    Boat: Merlijn

    Countries: Germany, Poland

  • Frankfurt to Bamberg or Bamberg to Frankfurt
    by Kathy W. 8 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Most Memorable Part? The bike touring led by Lia. She is awesome!

    Boat: Merlijn

    Countries: Germany

  • Amsterdam to Bruges
    by Robert R. 9 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Most Memorable Part: The stops along the way in the small German towns.

    Boat: Merlijn

    Countries: Netherlands, Belgium

  • Frankfurt to Bamberg or Bamberg to Frankfurt
    by Sandra V. 9 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Most Memorable Part: Visiting small towns and enjoying the culture.

    Boat: Merlijn

    Countries: Germany

  • Magdeburg to Berlin
    by Mary P. 9 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Most Memorable Part: The beautiful fields of poppies

    Boat: Merlijn

    Countries: Germany

  • Amsterdam to Bruges
    by Rob & Anne H. 10 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Toured with Merlijn on the Nekar and Rhine Rivers to Koblenz. I'd have to say that peddling thru the beautiful forest then entering the awesome vineyards had to of been the best memories of the trip! We were up to speed on the bicycling requirements, I'd suggest that the requirements and maybe a suggestion for pre training be spelled out in better detail for people planning a trip. We enjoyed the trip enough to book our third trip!

    Boat: Merlijn

    Countries: Netherlands, Belgium

  • Mainz to Ludwigsburg
    by Karen W. 10 months agoPermalink/Reply

    We cycled on the Merlijn from Mainz to Ludwigsburg. The staff, scenery, guide and accommodations were some of the best that we have experienced on our 10 bike and barge trips. Friendly, warm and caring describe Jantien and her husband.
    Hard working and most professional.

    Boat: Merlijn

    Countries: Germany

  • Ludwigsburg to Koblenz
    by Roger S. 11 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Most Memorable Part: A return with friends for a second trip and working on next year. We had a great guide very informative and fun to be with. Enjoy the riding and barging

    Boat: Merlijn

    Countries: Germany

  • Mainz to Ludwigsburg
    by George S. 11 months agoPermalink/Reply

    One of our best vacations ever! Met some great people. The owners and staff of the boat provided exceptional service. We're making plans to travel with them again.

    Boat: Merlijn

    Countries: Germany

  • Merzig to Mainz or Mainz to Merzig
    by Jocelyn M. 11 months agoPermalink/Reply

    The calmness and organization of the bike and barge event was refreshing. Barge was excellent, owners outstanding, timing and biking routes very pleasurable.

    Boat: Merlijn

    Countries: Germany

  • Merzig to Mainz or Mainz to Merzig
    by Penelope R. 11 months agoPermalink/Reply

    The scenery along the Mosel River was breathtaking, and the staff and guide on the barge and bike tours were top notch. Very quality focused and very pleasant to be with during the entire week. This is a special experience for all.

    Boat: Merlijn

    Countries: Germany

  • Merzig to Mainz or Mainz to Merzig
    by Carol T. 11 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Our bike guide was outstanding.

    Boat: Merlijn

    Countries: Germany

  • Merzig to Mainz or Mainz to Merzig
    by Gina & Pat G. 11 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Everything was perfect! I cannot pinpoint one specific part but can say that we felt welcomed from the moment we stepped on the barge, all needs were met, including some that we had not thought of ourselves! It was the details to make this trip relaxing, stress free, comfortable, fun, full of laughter, memorable! I really like sweet wine and Jantien went out of her way to get the best sweet wine. Jantien, Henk and the rest of the staff as well as our guide were always one step ahead for all our needs: waterproof caps for the helmets on a drizzly day, drying our shoes and jackets when we returned, helping a passenger find a dentist when they lost a cap, the beautiful fresh flowers and special table decor for all our meals, impeccable service, the cleanliness of the ship, stamps and mail service to send our postcards, making dinner reservations, arranging taxis, laundry service, sharing the cultural differences both for education and comedy, and being social with the entire group and not just as boat owners. We thoroughly enjoyed them accompanying us on a few outings, offering fun surprises like a staff member playing the part of the Loreley as we passed the statue on the shoreline. We have never felt so relaxed, laughed so much, and felt so pampered!! Jantien, Henk, Lia, Miele and the rest hold special places in our hearts and we look forward to seeing them again in the future! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

    Boat: Merlijn

    Countries: Germany

  • Koblenz to Merzig
    by Nicola F. 11 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Highlights: The Mosel and Saar rivers/the Barge Merlijn

    Boat: Merlijn

    Countries: Germany

  • Koblenz to Merzig
    by Ruth B. 11 months agoPermalink/Reply

    Loved cycling through wine country & hiking twice on side trip.

    Boat: Merlijn

    Countries: Germany

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