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Boat/Barge: Merlijn • REMOVE • About Merlijn
Bruges to Amsterdam by R. Wood 3 years ago Verified Reviewer 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.
Countries: Belgium, Netherlands
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 8 day by C. Martin 3 years ago Verified Reviewer 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.
Tulip Tour - 7 day by N. Tucker 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
We had a blast on this trip! My first Bike and Barge through Tripsite. Our captains, Hank and Yantine, made us feel like part of the family. The boat was very clean and we loved the table designs at each sitting! Our guide, Francine, made us feel very welcome and really went out of her way to provide us friendly travel tips as we continued on our journey! Thanks for such an awesome time!
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 8 day by S. Carlson 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Some of the other people that came on the trip were not prepared to ride a bike 20-25 miles per day. They said that they had not ridden a bicycle since they were a youth. Consequently, this significantly held up the entire group. I would recommend emphasizing the importance of being in good riding condition for the bike/barge trips. Thank you.The staff of the Merlijn absolutely made the entire trip a pure delight! We would definitely sail with them again in the future!
Tulip Tour - Bruges to Amsterdam - 8 day by S. Kraushaar 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Second time on the Merjlin. We would definitely book a third. Bike/Barge trips are so much fun!
Countries: Netherlands, Belgium
Tulip Tour - Bruges to Amsterdam - 8 day by T. Hottentot 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
It was a wonderful trip. The hostess is exceptional, the food fabulous, the guide very good and all the passengers were nice to be with.
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 8 day by L. Chandler 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
I loved this trip. The Merlijn was well-above my expectations. Very clean and well setup. Everything on the boat was perfect. Now if only we had had better weather. :)
Tulip Tour - 7 day by J. Geall 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
We had a super time. My only suggestion is have a snack for post bike ride and pre dinner. We arrived starving so that would be great. Otherwise this was just an amazing way to see Europe.
Tulip Tour - 7 day by T. & C. Tucker 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
We had a total of six people who we traveled with. All had a positive option of he barge and the bikes. The owners, Hank and his wife gone over the top to make sure everyone had a good time and responded to any issues or problems. Our bike tour guide was outstanding and explained many of the sites. Great value.
Tulip Tour - 7 day by J. Ruetz 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The only comment I have is "I want to do another bike and barge trip."
Tulip Tour - 7 day by C. Wells 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
I had a wonderful time and will recommending the trip to others!
Tulip Tour - 7 day by Marilyn Mendelson 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Ode From An Enthusiastic Tripsite User
I had never worked with Tripsite before.Their competent planning received a high score.All details were covered, everything was first rate.They delivered what they promised, now isn't THAT great?!!I'll remember this fab trip my whole life through.Listen up, fellow travelers, Tripsite's for you.
Berlin to Malchin and Malchin to Berlin by Joyce Thompson 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
We had a great time; the bike guide (Tom) did a super job. Hope we have this same great experience on our next trip.
Countries: Germany, Poland
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 8 day by Mary Barchiesi 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
We loved our trip so much that I just chartered another boat for 36 people in Croatia for September 2016 with another company. Better working deal than tripsite. The boat owners were rigid and probably not as congenial as they could have been. It was their boat, not our trip. I organized a group of 12 and were not demanding at all. The tour guide was over the top just amazing!!!! All in all a wonderful experience!
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 8 day by Elizabeth Yates 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Yes, I have recommended this trip to several people and will continue to do so. So many people have never heard of such a trip. One of my friends has already booked on our same barge (Merlijn) for next year! The staff, the rooms, the food and scenery were absolutely wonderful.
Bruges to Amsterdam by Howard Shuster 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Great trip. The owners of the Merlijn were =Spectacular! We hope to find a time to travel with them again. The Barge was amazing for such a compact vessel. The rooms were surprisingly large as was the bathroom. The Barge was immaculate at all times. What a fun trip!!
Bruges to Amsterdam by Christine Dear 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
This was my second trip on the Merlijn. Brought a group with me both times. Everything was fabulous. Jentien did an excellent job as chef and Henk, as the captain, was great. Our guides were excellent and most capable in emergencies. The towns we visited we interesting and our guides were able to fill us in on the history of the area. The bikes were in excellent shape. No flats! Will definitely travel with them again.
My experience for our group with Tripsite was also the best. Have told many about your wonderful service. Thank you!
Bruges to Amsterdam by Dick Shover 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Our barge hosts were fabulous, as was our food. Guide on the bikes also was truly wonderful. It was a great experience.
Bremen to Magdeburg by Barbara Shah 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Very good experience generally. However, a slower cyclist was asked to pick up their pace or consider using an e-bike or bike alone - not good! A very different experience from the previous year's trip on Iris - Amsterdam to Bruges - where everyone was welcomed no matter what skill level.
Bruges to Amsterdam by James Green 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Barge was exceptionally good. The bike tour had some very good portions and a couple of sections that were not very enjoyable. Overall it was a great trip.
Bremen to Magdeburg by Sharon Brunhuber 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
I've taken a few trips over the years - always on the Merlijn. Top notch vessel and crew. Guides have always been great. Tripsite is a pleasure to book through and always very helpful.
Tulip Tour - 7 day by Melinda Johnson 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
I have booked a couple trips through tripsite.com and frequently recommend them to my friends. What separates Tripsite from the pack is their service, value and expertise. I am looking forward to working with them on my next adventure!
Mainz to Metz by James Gibson 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Only the good, no bad. This was our second bike/barge experience and we will do more. On our last trip we brought 12 family and friends with us. They all loved it.
Countries: Germany, France
Mainz to Metz by Barbara Berling 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Loved the trip and the Merlijn. Hoping to do another tour in 2017.
Tulip Tour - 7 day by Debby Repensky 4 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Loved the trip!!
Tulip Tour - 7 day by Liz and Bill Chudoba 5 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Highly recommend Trip Site for our bicycling vacations. We, family and friends booked the Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Amsterdam. Had a fantastic time again on the MERLIJN. Knew one week was not enough, after our 1st tour in 2011 in Germany, we had to book the following week also - Amsterdam to Brugge. The highlight of course were all the flowers in the Keukenhof. This is a must see for all flower lovers. Trip Site employees in PA were very easy to work with and will book all our tours for us. In fact we will return to the MERLIJN on September 27 to October 4th 2014 for wine country.
Tulip Tour - 7 day by Susan Cumming 5 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
This is a great way to travel in Europe. The flowers were beautiful at Keukenhof and the Merlijn provides wonderful accommodations! This was our second trip through Tripsite and we are going again.
Bamberg to Mainz (no longer available)by Chris Dear 6 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Our bike group of 11 cycled with the Merlijn on August 17,2013. This was a 10++. Everything was spectacular. Henk, the captain, and Jentien did everything possible to make this the very best. Our rooms, the food, the bikes, our guide-Klaus-, the crew, the ship were great. We are so spoiled. Everyone on board was like family. We sang, did kareoke, danced and of course went biking. The Main trail was all paved and easy. Klaus made it interesting for us by going over car bridges, rail bridges and little ferries. We were introduced to the "cornering" system, which we found very helpful. Do not think twice about booking a tour on the ship Merlijn. Thank you Tripsite for helping arrange this for our group. Our pre and post barge trip to Wurzburg and Berlin was alo lots of fun.
Tulip Tour - 7 day by CONSUELO PAGANI VIEIRA MACHADO 6 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Amei o passeio!! Tudo foi maravilhoso, desde a recepção calorosa na chegada, o barco todo decorado de flores e tulipas, aconchegante, a turma que fez o passeio conosco, os jantares maravilhosos feitos pela chef de cozinha simpatissíssima (que é dona do barco), o guia Sietsen que é super 10, as paisagens maravilhosas que apreciávamos nas pedaladas - plantações de tulipas de todas as cores, cisnes nadando próximos de nós, patinhos e aves coloridas, almoço em frente aos moinhos, as lindas vilazinhas e as cidades bucólicas do interior da Holanda, tudo muito lindo, e mto bem organizado. À noite, ainda tinha a roda de viola que o colega Eric tocava divinamente! E todos nós cantando juntos! A turma toda calorosa, que parecia que nos conhecíamos há anos... só deu vontade de voltar. Ano que vem, quero fazer outro roteiro e já estou convidando as pessoas no Brasil. VALE A PENA, MARAVILHA, Parabéns pessoal da Tripsite, Daniella Pontes, muito atenciosa, que nos atende muito bem! Grande abraço a todos vocês! CONSUELO e JANUZA - BRASIL 2013. (Vitória - ES).
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 8 day by Mary & Bill Perkins 6 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The tour was packed with history, beauty & a real feel of how the people live there lives - thanks to Lia our guide. Food, decor & Jantien's hospitality aboard the Merlijn was second to none. The crew went out of there way to make this truly a memorable cycling vacation.
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