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Bike and Barge Germany: Oder Berlin – Stralsund | MS Princess

From the cosmopolitan city of Berlin with its extensive forests in the North you first travel to the Oder-Havel-Kanal over Oranienburg and Eberswalde to Schwedt. The quiet and unique beauty of the Oder landscape accompanies you right up to the Polish town of Szczecin with its magnificent castle. Your journey takes you along the unique Bodden coast over Usedom to the largest island in Germany, to Rügen, with its famous chalk cliffs. The objective and final destination for your journey is the old Hanseatic city of Stralsund. What can be more beautiful than to experience many interesting things on cycling tours about the country and the people, about the culture and nature and after that returning to your floating hotel?

Discover the very varied flora and fauna of these river landscapes, the baroque castles, Gothic brickwork and the North German spa and health resort architecture.

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  • Dates/Prices Oder Berlin – Stralsund

  • Ship information

    MS Princess

    Thanks to its dimensions, the comfortable MS PRINCESS is the ideal boat for cruises on the Oder River. It has a brightly decorated restaurant and a cosy salon. The MS PRINCESS has a total of 49 outer cabins. The boat has 42 two-bed cabins on the main deck, of which four can handle three-person occupancy thanks to their fold-out Pullman beds (bearing capacity of the third bed is max. 70 kg) and seven two-bed cabins on the upper deck. All cabins are about 10.5 m2 in size, have a shower and toilet, hair dryer, phone, Sat.-TV, safe (for a fee) and central A/C (the windows on both decks cannot be opened). The two separate beds can be turned into a sofa and seating area during the day. All decks, including the sun deck, can also be reached by a stair lift in addition to the stairs. The stairs are very steep (chairlift on the passenger and sun deck, max. 100 kg).

    Technical data: Year of construction: 1981, number of passengers: max. 102; length: 80 m.; width: 9.5 m.; draught: 1.30 m; height 4 m. Speed: 20 km/h.; flag: Holland.

    Currency used on board: Euro. Mastercard and Visa credit cards are accepted.

  • Program Oder Berlin – Stralsund

    Tour Details Germany: From Berlin to Stralsund | MS Princess

    Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Berlin
    Individual arrival in Berlin. Embarkation at 4:00 PM. Berlin is always worth a trip. Maybe you’ll have some time and a notion to take a stroll on the Kurfürstendamm, take a walk through the Nicolai Quarter on Spree Island or take gander at the Brandenburg Gate. The possibilities of Berlin are almost endless.

    Dag 2 (Sun): Berlin – Oranienburg (Approx. 38 km/23 mi.) | Oranienburg – Eberswalde
    The well-marked bike route meanders northward through the Ruppin sea area to Oranienburg. Sightseeing tip: the Baroque castle with its park, museum and orangery. This is your embarkation point, after which you will sail to Eberswalde. In the heart of the city, in the Finow Canal, is the oldest working lock in Germany, which has been a technical monument since 1978.

    Day 3 (Mon): Eberswalde – Hohensaaten (Approx. 23-64 km/14-38.4 mi.) | Hohensaaten – Schwedt
    First you will bike through the splendid landscape on the Treidel bike route along the Finow Canal, passing by forests, glades and small hills in the direction of Niederfinow (boat lift – a tour is always an option) to Hohensaaten. There you will get back on board and sail to Schwedt or if you still like to cycle you go by bike (add. 32 km).

    Day 4 (Tue): Schwedt – Mescherin (Approx. 30 km/19 mi.) | Mescherin – Szczecin
    Today you will bike through a part of a unique, cross-border nature reserve, the “Lower Oder Valley National Park”, then on to Gartz and Mescherin, where you will get back on the boat. Then you will sail to Szczecin, the green city on the mouth of the Oder and one of the largest ports on the Baltic Sea. The reconstructed castle of the dukes of Pomerania situated in the city’s historic centre is worth seeing. Tip: A guided walking tour through Szczecin (optional).

    Day 5 (Wed): Szczecin – Wolgast, day of rest on board
    Today you will spend all day on board of the ship. After one last narrow passage, the boat will arrive in the expansive waters of the Bay of Szczecin (Oder Lagoon). After the crossing, you will reach Wolgast, the „Gateway to Usedom Island”. The Medieval historic centre with its town hall and the Church of St. Petri are interesting sights in any case.

    Day 6 (Thu): Wolgast – Peenemünde (Approx. 15 km/9 mi.) | Peenemünde – Lauterbach
    In the morning you will bike through Zecherin and Karlshagen Harbour to Peenemünde (tip: historical/technical museum in the former power plant). When the weather is fine you may feel like cycling the “beach-route” via Trassenheide and Zinnowitz alternatively. In Peenemünde you will get back on board and at about 6 pm you sail to Lauterbach in the southeast of Rügen Island (arrival around 9 pm).

    Day 7 (Fri): Lauterbach – Stralsund (Approx. 48 km/29 mi.)
    today you should not miss a visit to the nearby city of Putbus (about 2 km) with its well-known circus. Classical buildings line this circular “square”, where all the streets converge. Your bike tour on this day will take you through Putbus, Garz, Groß Schoritz, the birthplace of Ernst Moritz Arndt, Poseritz and Gustow with its well-known village church over the Rügen Dam to Stralsund, where the boat will meet you. As a city with an important past, a stroll through the historic centre, which is situated on an island, will take you past numerous exceptional sights.

    Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Stralsund
    Breakfast and then disembarking and the end of your journey.

    Details: In italics printed parts will be covered by the ship.

    All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
    When you do not want to cycle one day, you can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
    Program and details barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

  • Program Stralsund-Oder Berlin

    Tour Details Germany: From Stralsund to Berlin | MS Princess
    From the old Hanseatic city of Stralsund you will sail along the unique Bodden coast to Germany’s largest islands, Rügen and Usedom. The Bay of Szczecin will lead you to the Polish city of Szczecin with its magnificent castle. You will then continue on through the peaceful, unique Oder landscape to Schwedt and then to Eberswalde and Oranienburg on the Oder-Havel Canal through an expanse of forests until you have reached your destination, the metropolis of Berlin.

    Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Stralsund
    Individual arrive in Stralsund. Embarkation at 4:00 PM. Maybe you’ll have some time and a notion to take a stroll through Stralsund’s historic centre, which is situated on a small island. As a city with an important past, you will see numerous exceptional sights.

    Day 2 (Sun): Stralsund – Lauterbach (Approx. 48 km/29 mi.) | Lauterbach – Peenemünde
    Your bike tour on this day will take you through Stralsund over the Rügen Dam to Gustow with its well-known village church, then past Poseritz, Groß Schoritz, the birthplace of Ernst Moritz Arndt and Garz to Putbus (tip: Don’t miss the famous circus. Classical buildings line this circular “square”, where all the streets converge). Then it’s off to Lauterbach in the southeast of Rügen Island. You will board the boat here. Around 6.30 pm departure to Usedom.

    Day 3 (Mon): Peenemünde – Wolgast (Approx. 16 – 20 km/9 – 12 mi.)
    Today you have plenty of time to explore the Usedom Island. Tip: historical/technical museum in the former power plant or alternatively you choose the “beach-route” via Trassenheide and Zinnowitz. Afterwards you will bike past Karlshagen Harbour and Zecherin to Wolgast, also known as the “Gateway to Usedom Island”. The Medieval historic centre with its town hall and the Church of St. Petri are interesting sights in any case.

    Day 4 (Tue): Wolgast – Szczecin, day of rest on board
    Today you will spend all day on board. You will cross the expansive waters of the Bay of Szczecin (Oder Lagoon) and reach Szczecin, the green city on the mouth of the Oder and one of the largest ports on the Baltic Sea. The reconstructed castle of the dukes of Pomerania situated in the city’s historic center is worth seeing. Tip: A guided walking tour through Szczecin (optional).

    Day 5 (Wed): Szczecin – Mescherin | Mescherin – Gartz – Schwedt (Approx. 30 km/19 mi.)
    In the morning you will sail from Szczecin to Mescherin. Biking past Gartz you will bike through a part of a unique, cross-border nature reserve, the “Lower Oder Valley National Park” before reaching Schwedt, today’s destination. Tip: A guided walking tour through Szczecin (optional).

    Day 6 (Thu): Schwedt – Hohensaaten | Hohensaaten – Niederfinow – Eberswalde (Approx. 32 km/19.2 mi.)
    In the morning you will sail from Schwedt to Hohensaaten. Then a bike ride in the direction of Niederfinow (boat lift – a tour is always an option) through the splendid landscape, passing by small hills, glades and forests – the last section will be on the Treidel bike route along the Finow Canal – to Eberswalde. In the heart of the city, in the Finow Canal, is the oldest working lock in Germany, which has been a technical monument since 1978.

    Day 7 (Fri): Eberswalde – Oranienburg  | Oranienburg – Berlin (Approx. 38 km/23 mi.)
    In the morning shipping to Oranienburg. Sightseeing tip: the Baroque castle with its park, museum and orangery. Then the well-marked bike route will take you southwards through the Ruppin sea area to Berlin.

    Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Berlin
    After breakfast, disembarkation and individual trip home.

    Details: In italics printed parts will be covered by the ship.

    All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
    When you do not want to cycle one day, you can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
    Program and details barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

  • Included

    INCLUDED:
    – 7 Nights in an outside cabin with shower/toilet in the booked category;
    – Program according to details from/to Berlin or Stralsund (Germany);
    – Full board (breakfast, packed lunch for bike tours or noontime snack, three-course-dinner);
    – Coffee and tea in the afternoon;
    – Bed linen and towels (changes as needed) on board; daily cleaning of the cabin;
    – Welcoming drink;
    – 1x road book with route maps for individual tours per cabin;
    – All port and lock taxes
    – Daily bike tour instruction;
    – On-board manager.

    NOT INCLUDED:
    – Transfers to/from the ship in Berlin/Stralsund;
    – Other transfers;
    – Rental bicycle;
    – Reservation fee;
    – Entrance fees & excursions;
    – City plans;
    – Parking fee;
    – Drinks on board;
    – Personal (travel) insurances;
    – Gratuities (at your discretion).

    Reservation fee: €15 per booking/group (obligatory)
    Rental Bike, with 7 speed, hand- and backpedal brake, pannier bag and rental bike insurance: €70
    Rental E-Bike, pannier bag and rental bike insurance: €165 (only on request, limited available)

  • Cabin types and prices 2017

    DEPARTURE DATES:
    Germany: From Berlin to Stralsund | MS Princess dates July 01 – July 08 / July 15 –  July 22 / July 29 –  August 05
    Germany: From Stralsund to Berlin | MS Princess dates July 08 – July 15 / July 22 – July 29 / August 05 – August 12

    Price 2017 per person in EUR:

    Three-bed cabin on the main deck 599
    Two-bed cabin on the main deck astern* 749
    Two-bed cabin on the main deck 849
    Two-bed cabin on the upper deck 1,049
    Two-bed cabin on the main deck for single use (limited available) 1,269

    *Cabins at the front and rear of the ship; perceptive engine and generator noise (regardless is ship is in motion or not)
    Single and triple cabins are limited and only on request available. Please contact us if you want to book such a cabin.

    €   70  Rental fee for a 7-gear unisex bicycle with hand and back pedal brake and saddle bag
    € 165  Electric bicycle (must be reserved in advance, limited number)
    €    15  Reservation fee per booking/group (obligated)

  • Cabin types and prices 2018

    DEPARTURE DATES ship Princess 2018:
    Germany: From Berlin to Stralsund | June 23 – June 30 / July 07 – July 14 / July 21 – July 28
    Germany: From Stralsund to Berlin | June 16 – June 23 / June 30 – July 07 / July 14 – July 21 / July 28 – August 04

    Price 2018 per person in EUR:

    Three-bed cabin on the main deck 599
    Two-bed cabin on the main deck astern* 759
    Two-bed cabin on the main deck 859
    Two-bed cabin on the upper deck 1,059
    Two-bed cabin on the main deck for single use (limited available) 1,279

    *Cabins at the front and rear of the ship; perceptive engine and generator noise (regardless is ship is in motion or not)
    Single and triple cabins are limited and only on request available. Please contact us if you want to book such a cabin.

    Rental fee for a 7-gear unisex bicycle with hand and back pedal brake, pannier bad and rental bike insurance: € 70
    Electric bicycle, pannier bad and rental bike insurance: € 165 (must be reserved in advance, limited number)
    Reservation fee per booking/group (obligated): €  15  

  • Good to know

    GENERAL INFORMATION:
    Embarkation:
    at 4 pm,
    Disembarking: after breakfast at 9:30 am
    Rental bicycles on board: Smooth-running 7-gear unisex bicycle with hand and back pedal brake and saddle bag, made by KTM (special design). Electric bicycle (limited number, an early booking is necessary). Please indicate your body height by booking. 
    Bike tours: the bike tours are individual and unguided. They cover distances between 15 and 45 km. All of the stated distances are approximate distances for the recommended bike tours.
    Languages on board: German, English
    Bike routes/level of difficulty: You will mostly be biking on car-free paths, rural country roads with little traffic and asphalted bike lanes but also on dusty field paths and dirt roads, with a few short sections on federal highways. “Pleasure-biking” – The routes are mostly flat with some hilly parts, although there will be a few steep inclines and downgrades. If you don’t feel like a bike ride on a particular day, you can spend the day on the ship
    Luggage: Please make sure that your vacation luggage includes good rain wear (jacket and pants), a bike helmet, a sun hat and sunglasses as well as sports shoes.
    Diet: (for example lactose or gluten free diet) on request and at surcharge possible. Has to be requested at least 14 days before the departure date.
    Schedule/timetable: The schedule and program are always subject to change. If a certain route cannot be taken due to high or low tides, the Skipper retains the right to change the route for reasons of safety without this constituting any legal entitlement to a claim. Because your boat will generally dock at the next port on the same day, your time frame for some activities and sight-seeing will be limited. Due to a very low overhead clearance of some bridges the sundeck will be closed from time to time.
    Optional city tours: the optional guided walking tours in Schwedt and Szczecin can be booked on board only.
    Travel document: Members of EU states need a valid ID card or passport for this trip.

    Transfer by train from Berlin to Stralsund or v.v. approx.: €46 p.p.

    PARKING FACILITIES IN BERLIN:
    For example: Parking Garage “Hallen am Borsigturm” (1.600 parking spaces), always open, ca. € 10/day, about 800 m from mooring point.
    When you travel by car to Berlin, you will need a milieu sticker for Berlin. Look for more info and purchase your sticker here.

    PARKING FACILITIES IN STRALSUND:
    Several parking garages in the neighborhood of the docking places, See-, Hafenstraße, harbor island area, e.g. Parkhaus am Ozeaneum garage for about € 28 for 2 days, each additional day €6. No reservation possible (barring changes).

    CONTACT:
    Boat Bike Tours BV
    ’t Prooyen 3-B
    1141 VD Monnickendam
    The Netherlands
    Tel: +31 299 313071
    Fax: +31 299 313065
    info@boatbiketours.com
    www.boatbiketours.com

    Minimum number of participants for this tour is 50.

    Legal notice: Tour operator for this tours is SE Tours GmbH, Bremerhaven, Germany. The tour operator is entitled to cancel the tour if the minimum number of participants has not been reached. If the tour will not take place, all deposits/payments will be fully refunded. Other conditions may apply to this tour. We recommend purchasing a travel and cancellation insurance.

    Updated: July 7th, 2017

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