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Boat/Barge: Merlijn • REMOVE • About Merlijn
Mainz to Metz by Charles O. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Traveling on the Merlijn is always a delight. The accommodation are great and the food was delicious. Our trip along the Mosell was utterly charming. This was my third sailing with Jantien and Henck and I hope it wasn't my last.
Countries: Germany, France
Mainz to Metz by Noel J. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Memorable and very satisfying tour. The Merlijn and her crew were wonderful, friendly, and efficient, even while operating one member short (due to illness). The route along the Rhein and Moselle Rivers was beautiful, historic, and made for great cycling. The extras offered by the tour, wine tasting trip, winery tour, Roman mosaic and others, were highlights, and the food on board was great. I'll be back.
Mainz to Merzig by Randy S. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
My wife and I did a July cruise on the Merlijn that started in Merzig, Germany and ended in Mainz, Germany. What an adventure. Henk (our captain) navigated the ship perfectly as we sailed the Saar, Moselle and Rhine Rivers over 8 days and 7 nights. We were told that the Merlijn barge was converted in 2006...but the rooms and decor were still very modern. We were pleasantly surprised at the size of our rooms and bathroom. Our two twin beds were placed together, creating a very comfortable king sized bed with "air" controlled mattress firmness. As a 6'3" tall man, the shower accommodated me well, with an adjustable shower head. An inexpensive laundry service provided clean clothes daily if needed.
Jantien (our cruise director and chef) provided great service and the food was excellent....even providing a vegan menu option for my wife. We enjoyed getting to know our fellow passengers, sitting with different people at each meal. Jantien was always there to provide any additional details or service if needed.
We really enjoyed Lia, our bike tour guide. She was very knowledgeable and spoke fluent English, but was fluent in other languages as well. She knew her stuff and provided excellent details along the way. She even walked into the towns and villages with a small group of us at the end of each day.
We enjoyed seeing the beautiful German countryside from a far different perspective than a typical visit would entail. We couldn't recommend a trip on the Merlijn more....and plan to do another bike and barge tour in the future, but next time, we will bring friends too.
Mainz to Merzig by Lynda B. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
What a delight to pedal with a small group meandering along three major scenic Germany rivers in the company of a caring, experience guide, then settling into a comfortable bed on the Merlijn. I highly recommend the Merzig to Mainz route and don't miss the climb to the castles.
Berlin to Malchin and Malchin to Berlin by Richard C. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Really enjoyed the quality of the bike paths in Germany.
Countries: Germany, Poland
Berlin to Malchin and Malchin to Berlin by Patrick C. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Have done a number of trips with Tripsite and this ranks among the best. The Merlijn was a first class barge run by a first class staff! The biking through the forests and countryside of East Germany and Poland was magnificent and very ably guided. Would recommend this trip to anyone. Looking forward to next years adventure with Tripsite!!!
Berlin to Malchin and Malchin to Berlin by Emilee B. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Great Crew! Very friendly! Food was amazing. Never mind trying to pack a small suitcase, pack a big one there's plenty of room under the bed.
Magdeburg to Berlin by Theodora H. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Beautiful scenery, interesting architecture, wonderful boat, staff , food, participants , but awful reminders of wars.
Magdeburg to Berlin by Deborah R. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The most memorable part was seeing many historical sites in Berlin.
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 8 day by Julie H. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The most memorable part was riding through the beautiful countryside.
Countries: Belgium, Netherlands
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 8 day by Betsy A. 2 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The trip was fun but I don't think the description of the trip was accurate. The trip was about 85% bike riding and 15% site seeing. I would have liked more time to explore the cities we were riding through but most of the time it was too late or placed were closed. Not sure if I would do another tour like this. The riding was beautiful but I really expected more site seeing according to the trip description.
Merzig to Cochem by Tom R. 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This was a great trip that the group from Spokane (Tom & Mary Kay R. Mike and Mary M., Jan and Mark B., John and Helen W. -UK) recommends to anyone interested in seeing a beautiful part of Germany. It was not just the scenery that was great, but also how the Merlijn ""crew"" always made you feel at home and took care of any problems. Special thanks to Jantien, Henk and Jacques!
Mainz to Merzig by Peg H. 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Klaus, Jantien and Henk!!!! This is a fantastic bike and barge trip. The rooms were the best we have ever had (this is my 3rd bike and barge trip). Very spacious bathroom and lots of storage in the room. Klaus, our guide, was the main reason I loved this trip. He didn't just cycle along the river trail. He took us through villages, back alleys, cobblestone streets, pastures, and hillsides. We never knew what adventure the day would bring. LOVED IT!! We learned about the history, geography and economics of the area. Jantien, our angel of the Merlijn, made every day fun and prepared wonderful meals. Henk capably mastered all the locks and made us laugh frequently! The level of cycling is very easy and can be accomplished by anyone. Miles and miles of vineyards, castles and churches. DON'T MISS THIS ONE!
Frankfurt to Bamberg or Bamberg to Frankfurt by Michael G. 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The owners of the barge were outstanding, in every way!
Frankfurt to Bamberg or Bamberg to Frankfurt by Kristl A. 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The scenery was wonderful. We loved going thru the German countryside. The personnel were wonderful, they genuinely like what they do. The tour guide was fabulous! We suggest more attention to bike maintenance and using better bikes. They could have better quality and more attention to fitting bikes would be great! Thanks so much!
Frankfurt to Bamberg or Bamberg to Frankfurt by Gregg Z. 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Boat staff was terrific.
Frankfurt to Bamberg or Bamberg to Frankfurt by Sandra V. 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Loved the entire experience. Barge accommodations and food amazing. Staff superb. Lea, our biking guide had such knowledge of area and was an expert at leading a group of different ability bikers. Also solving any problem which would arise. Cannot say enough positive about the Merlijn and her staff. Wonderful trip on so many levels. Kudos to Jantien and Henk for providing me with a trip to cherish!
Frankfurt to Bamberg or Bamberg to Frankfurt by Cathie C. 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We had a great time!! Our guide was fabulous!! Staff on the boat couldn't have been better. I would definitely recommend this tour. We would go on another trip on this barge in a heart beat!!
Berlin to Wolfsburg by Regina D. 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The wonderful people on the trip & excellent staff made this trip most memorable! Would highly recommend it to friends!
Berlin to Malchin and Malchin to Berlin by Rita D. 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
EVERYTHING stands out! From the greeting & service by the staff, (Lydia/Denisa) the guide Jack, the Captain & Jontein who ran the whole enterprise, Merlijn. The food. Lovely ever-changing table settings, The ample, fresh cabins, fresh flowers, excellent bikes and super maintenance & care, knowledgeable, friendly guiding thru the towns, memorials, history of the area. Capable, expert, amazing,skill of the Captain thru the narrow canals & rivers. The homegrown entertainment. We are putting a deposit on '18. ('17 is BOOKED!)
Berlin to Malchin and Malchin to Berlin by Christopher P. 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The Merlijn is a terrific vessel and the owners, Jantien & Henk and their staff are first rate.Highly recommended.
Berlin to Malchin and Malchin to Berlin by Lisa W. 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Everything was great but it was our crew that made it so special.
Magdeburg to Berlin by K. Macwilliams 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We had a lovely time. The barge and entire crew were wonderful. We were very disappointed with the bike guide though. She was not at all knowledgeable with her directions and we many times retraced steps on the bike. We feel we could have seen much more but her choices for stops were terrible. We would spend way too much time at a stop when we could have been seeing a lovely park nearby. Her choices for stops were not well planned out and some were just very disappointing. The captain, in our opinion should consider another guide for this trip. There is much to see in this area and easily done so on a bike. The guide was not good with directions and perhaps a bit more planning on her part would have made it a far more enjoyable trip. Berlin and the surrounding ares are beautiful and offer a wealth of history to be seen. We have taken other bike and barge trips and honestly, the guide truly is the person that makes or breaks the trip.
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 8 day by A. Miller 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We loved the trip. Hank, Jantien, & staff were super as usual. The electric bike was a bit heavy. My(Anita) electric bike at home feels much lighter--it's smaller. Look forward to another trip on Merlijn & with Jantien & Hank. --Anita & Duncan
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 8 day by L. Reisinger 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The staff of the Merlijn were delightful and very personable. Enjoyed them thoroughly.
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 8 day by J. Klok 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Travel aboard the Merlijn is always a wonderful experience. Our guide, Felix, was excellent. This was our fourth trip and we will return for more.
Maastricht to Bruges (no longer available)by B. Curry 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The barge - The Merlijn was unbelievably wonderful with huge cabins and wonderful big bathrooms with large showers.- very nice big dining room and bar area. All super clean! Wonderful hosts! The biking I found a bit disappointing mostly biking along the canals where there were trees on each side and not being able to see the countryside. Our last day we biked thru small villages and farms and I found that great!
My e-bike was great and I was used to it in a day or so. They are much heavier than a normal bike and if a bit off balance they are harder to right. They are a great help on the hills.
Our guide Lia was lots of fun. Very sharp map reader and knowledgeable regarding the history. The passengers were mostly German and very friendly.
Maastricht to Bruges (no longer available)by F. McElroy 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Great experience! We loved the way the English-speaking and German-speaking groups coalesced - to a large part due to Jantien , our amazing hostess, chef and boat-owner!
Bruges to Amsterdam by R. Wood 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The Merlijn is a very special barge full of character and charm, beautifully appointed and owned and operated by the delightful Jantine and Henk. They along with their crew spoiled us rotten with great food and hospitality. Our bike ride was thru beautiful countryside and expertly guided and interpreted by a delightful Dutch couple, Jack and Marianne. They gave us great local insight. We thoroughly recommend the Merlijn and can't wait to return.
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 8 day by C. Martin 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I really enjoyed this trip. The barge was very spacious and the food was excellent. The staff were friendly and the atmosphere was very relaxing. The biking was just right and our bike guide was wonderful. Felix was knowledgeable and very helpful to all. I will certainly recommend this trip to others and can hardly wait to do another bike and barge trip.
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