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The Baltic Sea to Berlin by Bike and Boat (and reverse)

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  • 7 nights | 23 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 2
  • Self-guided from: €759
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

*NOTE: All 2018 dates are full. Watch for 2019 dates.*

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.

What could be more wonderful than sitting on the sun deck and enjoying the splendid views of the landscape slowly going by and finding out all sorts of interesting things about the country, people, culture and nature on lovely bike tours? Discover the northern German seaside resort architecture, baroque castles, brick gothic and varied flora and fauna of these unique fluvial landscapes.

This tour is offered from Stralsund to Berlin or in reverse, from Berlin to Stralsund, on alternating dates.

Minimum number of particpants: 50

Daily program

ALL 2018 DATES ARE FULLY BOOKED. 2019 Dates coming soon.
This tour operates in two directions: from Stralsund to Berlin or from Berlin to Stralsund. Both itinieraries are detailed below.

Stralsund to Berlin
Jun 16*, 30*; Jul 14*, 28*, 2018 (*indicates fully booked date)

Day 1: Arrival in Stralsund
Individual arrival in Stralsund. Embarkation at 4:00pm. Maybe you'll have some time and a notion to take a stroll through Stralsund's historic center, which is situated on a small island. As a city with an important past, you will see numerous exceptional sights.
Overnight in Stralsund.

Day 2: Stralsund – Lauterbach (28 miles/48 km)
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 6:30pm departure to Usedom.
Overnight in Lauterbach.

Day 3: Lauterbach – Peenemünde – Wolgast (10-12 miles/16-20 km)
Today you have plenty of time to explore Usedom Island. Don't miss the historical/technical museum in the former power plant. Alternatively, you may 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 center with its town hall and the Church of St. Petri are interesting sights.
Overnight in Wolgast.

Day 4: Wolgast – Szczecin; rest day 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. You can take an optional guided walking tour of Szczecin if you like.
Overnight in Szczecin.

Day 5: Szczecin – Mescherin – Schwedt (19 miles/30 km)
In the morning you will cruise from Szczecin to Mescherin. Biking past Gartz you will arrive at and bike through a part of a unique, cross-border nature reserve, the "Lower Oder Valley National Park" before reaching Schwedt, today’s destination. You have an optional guided walking tour through Szczecin.
Overnight in Schwedt.

Day 6: Schwedt – Hohensaaten – Eberswalde (20 miles/32 km)
In the morning you will cruise from Schwedt to Hohensaaten. Then a bike ride in the direction of Niederfinow 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, the Finow Canal is the oldest working lock in Germany, which has been a technical monument since 1978.
Overnight in Eberswalde.

Day 7: Eberswalde – Oranienburg – Berlin (23 miles/38 km)
You will cruise to Oranienburg. Sightseeing tip: plan to visit 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.
Overnight in Berlin.

Day 8: Departure from Berlin
After breakfast, disembarkation and individual trip home.

Berlin to Stralsund
Jun 23*; Jul 7*, 21*, 2018 (*indicates fully booked date)

Day 1: Arrival in Berlin
Individual arrival in Berlin. Embarkation at 4:00pm. 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.
Overnight in Berlin.

Day 2: Berlin – Oranienburg – Eberswalde (23 miles/38 km)
The well-marked bike route meanders northward through the Ruppin sea area to Oranienburg. You should visit the Baroque castle with its park, museum, and orangery. This is your embarkation point, after which you will cruise 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.
Overnight in Eberswalde.

Day 3: Eberswalde – Hohensaaten – Schwedt (20 miles/32 km, with optional additional 20 miles/32 km)
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 wish you may cycle this distance.
Overnight in Schwedt.

Day 4: Schwedt – Mescherin – Szczecin (19 miles/30 km)
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 center is worth seeing. A guided walking tour through Szczecin is optional.
Overnight in Szczecin.

Day 5: Szczecin – Wolgast; rest day on board
Today you will spend all day on board. 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 center with its town hall and the Church of St. Petri are interesting sights in any case.
Overnight in Wolgast.

Day 6: Wolgast – Peenemünde – Lauterbach (9 miles/15 km)
In the morning you will bike through Zecherin and Karlshagen Harbour to Peenemünde. Make sure to see the 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).
Overnight in Lauterbach.

Day 7: Lauterbach – Stralsund (29 miles/48 km)
Your bike tour on this day will take you through Putbus 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.
Overnight in Stralsund.

Day 8: Departure from Stralsund
After breakfast, disembarkation and individual trip home.

The tour operator reserves the right to make changes of routing and programme. If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).

Dates

ALL 2018 DATES ARE FULLY BOOKED. 2019 Dates coming soon. From Stralsund: Jun 16, 30; Jul 14, 28, 2018. From Berlin: Jun 23; Jul 7, 21, 2018.

Prices

Upper deck
Per person, double occupancy
€1059
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 7-speed with hand brakes
€70
Hybrid touring bike, 7-speed with pedal brakes
€70
Electrically assisted bikes
€165
Main (lower) deck
Per person, double occupancy
€759
Mid-ship surcharge
€100
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/2-bed cabin)
€520
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 7-speed with hand brakes
€70
Hybrid touring bike, 7-speed with pedal brakes
€70
Electrically assisted bikes
€165
Discounts
Per person, triple cabin (on base package price)
€-160
Please note: Instead of operating bicycle tours ourselves, BikeTours.com represents local bicycle tour operators around the world. Review the tour operator's information and terms below, then submit your booking request through BikeTours.com. The primary benefits of booking your tour through BikeTours.com include:
  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

SE Tours GmbH Terms and Conditions

Cancellation
You can always cancel prior to departure. Cancellation, booking changes and declarations of change must always be made in writing. In this case, we will promptly send you a confirmation. In the event of cancellation, we will charge compensation in the form of a percentage of the tour price for any travel arrangements already made.

Cancellation terms

  • Up to the 84th day prior to departure 20%
  • 83rd to 42nd day prior to departure 30%
  • 41st to 28th day prior to departure 60%
  • 27th to 4th day prior to departure 80%
  • From the 3rd day prior to departure or no show 90%

1. Registration and confirmation
By registering, you make a binding offer to you for conclusion a tour contract on the basis of the booking and payment terms and conditions and the respective folder or catalogue offer. The registration can take place in writing, orally or by telephone. You also make the registration on behalf of all participants listed in the registration, for whose contractual obligations you will be liable as for your own obligations, provided that you have expressly assumed such a separate agreement by separate declaration. The contract comes into existence upon our acceptance of the registration. You will receive a written confirmation from us or your booking centre.

3. Travel details and services
The scope of the contractually agreed services is as specified in the respective offer, the general information in the catalogue and the details in the travel confirmation.

4. Service changes
Changes or deviations of individual tour services from the agreed content of the tour contract, which become necessary after the conclusion of the contract and that were not caused by us in bad faith, are permitted provided that the changes or deviations are not significant and do not impair the overall makeup of the booked tour. Any warranty claims for defects of the changed services shall remain unaffected. We will inform you or your booking centre without delay of any service changes or deviations.

4.1 Daily description
The itinerary may change if local circumstances (e.g. weather, berth is already serving other vessels or other important nautical reasons in the case of river and open sea cruises and bicycle and ship tours). In this case, the programme announced on the previous day shall be relevant.

5. Price changes
a) The tour operator may demand price increases of up to 5 percent of the total tour price if more than four months lie between the conclusion of the contract and the agreed tour price.
b) A price increase may only be demanded up to the 21st day prior to the agreed date of departure. The tour operator shall explain any price change permissible according to section 5.a) without delay after the reason for the price increase comes to its attention.
c) In the case of price increases of more than 5 percent of the total tour price after the conclusion of the contract, the traveller may cancel free of charge or request participation in another, at least equivalent tour if the tour operator is able to offer such a tour from the available portfolio without any added costs for the traveller.

6. Cancellation by the customer, booking changes, substitute participants
6.1 Cancellation
You can always cancel prior to departure. Cancellation, booking changes and declarations of change must always be made in writing. In this case, we will promptly send you a confirmation. In the event of cancellation, we will charge compensation in the form of a percentage of the tour price for any travel arrangements already made.

6.1.4 Bicycle/ship tours

  • Up to the 84th day prior to departure 20%
  • 83rd to 42nd day prior to departure 30%
  • 41st to 28th day prior to departure 60%
  • 27th to 4th day prior to departure 80%
  • From the 3rd day prior to departure or no show 90%

6.2 Booking changes
If changes with respect to the date of the tour, the destination, the place of departure, the accommodation or the mode of transport are performed at your request after booking the tour, we will charge a fee of €30.00/person for the booking change up to 50 days prior to departure. In the case of later booking changes, we usually incur the same costs as if you had cancelled the tour. Therefore, we will have to charge you for the same costs as for a cancellation, depending on the time of the booking change.

6.3. Substitute participants
It is generally possible to change the name or to designate a substitute for a booked tour. The substitute must fulfil the tour requirements, and this person's participation in the tour must not be debarred by any statutory or official regulations. If a substitute enters into the contract, you will be jointly and severally liable for the tour price and any additional costs that result from the third party's entry. In this case, the tour operator will charge a processing fee of €30.00 for ship, bus and railway tours and up to €150.00 for air travel. The cancellation fees of the airways shall apply to flights that are not part of the package tour we offer. Please feel free to ask for information on the cancellation terms before booking a flight. Moreover, an entitlement to transport shall exist only if the full tour price has been credited to one of our accounts prior to departure.

7. Unused services
If you do not use individual tour services due to early return or other mandatory reasons, we will endeavour to obtain a refund of the saved expenses from the service providers. This obligation shall not apply to insignificant services or if a refund is debarred by statutory or official provisions.

8. Cancellation and termination by the tour operator
In the following cases, we may cancel the tour contract prior to departure or terminate the tour contract after departure:
a) Without prior notice, if the traveller substantially disturbs the performance of the tour despite our warning or if the traveller breaches the contract to such an extent that immediate cancellation of the contract is justified.
b) Up to 21 days prior to departure if an announced or officially determined minimum number of participants is not reached, if a minimum number of participants is indicated in the tour offer for the respective tour.

9. Cancellation of the contract due to force majeure
If the tour is significantly impeded, endangered or impaired due to force majeure that was not foreseeable at the conclusion of the contract, the contract may be terminated by you or by us.

10. Liability of the tour operator

10.1 Our own services
Within the scope of the due diligence of a prudent businessman, we shall be liable for:-meticulous tour preparation;-careful selection and monitoring of the service providers;-correctness of the description of all tour services specified in the catalogues, unless we announce an amendment to the information of the catalogue information according to section 3 prior to the conclusion of the contract, but not with respect to the information in site, hotel or other brochures not published by us, which have been supplied to us or our booking centres or enclosed with your tour documents;-due performance of the contractually agreed tour services.

10.2 Agents
We shall be liable for faults of the persons entrusted with the performance of the services. 10.3 Third-party services If regular transport services are made use of within the scope of a tour or in addition to the tour and you receive a ticket for this purpose, this shall be construed as third-party service insofar as we expressly indicate this in the tour offer. Therefore, we shall not be liable for the performance of the actual transport service.

11. Warranty

11.1 Remedy and cooperation obligations
If the tour is not performed according to contract, you can demand remedy. Notwithstanding our paramount performance obligation, this requires your collaboration. Thus, you are under the obligation to do everything that you can reasonably be expected to do to contribute to the solution of the problem and to minimise or avoid any damage that may arise. The tour operator may also remedy the situation by rendering equivalent substitute performance. The tour operator may refuse to remedy the situation if this would cause disproportionately high expenses.

11.2 Reduction of the tour price
You may request a reduction of the tour price for any period during which the tour is not performed according to contract. The tour price shall be reduced in the proportion of the value of the tour – had it been in a flawless state – to the actual value at the time of the sale. reduction shall not apply if you culpably failed to report the defect.

11.3 Termination of the contract
If the tour is substantially impaired by a defect and if we do not remedy the situation within a reasonable period despite your request, you may terminate the tour contract in accordance with the statutory provisions; for your own benefit and to secure proof, this should be done in writing. The same shall apply if the traveller cannot reasonably be expected to participate in the tour as a result of a defect due to an important reason that is evident to the tour operator. The determination of a period to remedy the situation shall not be necessary only if remedy is impossible or if the tour operator refuses to remedy the situation or if a special interest of the traveller justifies immediate termination. In this case, you shall owe us the portion of the tour price for the services already made use of, provided that these services were not entirely worthless to you.

11.4 Damages
Not withstanding the reduction or termination, you may claim damages due to non-performance, unless the defect of the tour is based on circumstances for which we are not responsible.

12. Passport, visa, customs, foreign exchange and health regulations, health requirements
We are responsible for informing citizens of the country in which the tour is offered about passport, visa and health regulations as well as any changes to these prior to departure. Information for citizens of other countries is available from the respective consulates. You are personally responsible for the compliance with all passport, visa and immigration formalities as well as all regulations relevant to the performance of the tour. Any disadvantages arising from non-compliance with these regulations shall be borne by you, unless these were caused by us through culpable misinformation or failure to provide information. If immigration regulations are not complied with and you are therefore unable to participate in the tour, we may charge you for the respective cancellation fees. Some of the tours offered are physically demanding. Therefore, you must make sure that you fulfil the health requirements.

13. Limitation of liability
You are personally responsible for the compliance with the German Road Traffic Regulations (StVO).

13.1 Contractual limitation of liability
Our contractual liability under tour contract law for damage except for personal injury is limited to the triple tour price, provided that the damage is not caused by intent or gross negligence or to the extent that we alone are responsible for a fault of a service provider.

13.2 Limitation of tortious liability
Provided that the damage was not caused by intent or gross negligence, compensation claims against us for tort are limited to €4,100.00 for property damage. If the triple tour price exceeds this amount, the liability for property damage shall be limited to the triple amount of the tour price. These maximum liability amounts apply per customer and tour.

13.3 Statutory limitation of liability
Compensation claims against us are limited or excluded to the extent that compensation claims against the service provider can only be asserted under certain conditions or limitations or are excluded under certain conditions due to international agreements or regulations based upon such (e.g. Section 664 of the German Commercial Code (HGB) for maritime transport, the Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail (COTIF) and the innkeeper's liability pursuant to Sections 701 ff of the German Civil Code (BGB)), which are applicable to services to be performed by a service provider.

14. Exclusion of claims, statute of limitations and assignment
You may assert claims due to non-contractual performance of the tour against us within one month of the contractually designated end of the tour. After the end of this period, the traveller may assert claims if he was unable to comply with this period without any fault on his part. Claims of the traveller according to Sections 651 c to 651 f of the German Civil Code (BGB) shall expire after one year. This period begins on the date on which the tour should end according to contract. In the event of pending negotiations between the traveller and the tour operator about the claim or the circumstances establishing the claim, the limitation period shall be suspended until the traveller or tour operator refuses to continue the negotiations. At the earliest, the expiry shall take effect 3 months after the end of the suspension. You must submit all claims in writing.

15. Care duties in connection with bicycle tours/bicycle and ship tours
You shall be liable for damage or loss of bicycles and equipment assigned to you only if you detach yourself from the tour supervisor and are no longer in the sphere of influence of the tour supervisor, if you fail to comply with instructions of the tour supervisor concerning the handling and/or protection of the equipment or if you cause the damage or loss by negligence, gross negligence or intent. During individual bicycle tours without a tour supervisor, you shall be liable for damage or loss of bicycles and equipment assigned to you for use.

16. Insurance

16.1 Insolvency insurance
For the case of insolvency or bankruptcy, the tour operator has made sure that the paid tour price will be refunded to the extent that tour services are cancelled as a result. Moreover, any required expenses of the return trip will be refunded to you if such should be incurred as a result. In these cases, you will have a direct claim against R+V Versicherung AG as soon as you produce the certificate of insurance.

16.2 Travel insurance
For your own safety, we recommend duly taking out travel insurance, especially cancellation insurance and travel health insurance, including repatriation cover. These types of insurance are usually not included in the quoted tour price.

17. Jurisdiction
You can only bring legal action against us at our domicile in Bremerhaven, Germany. For any legal action that we bring against you, your domicile is relevant. The courts of Bremerhaven, Germany, shall have jurisdiction over registered merchants, persons who do not have any general place of jurisdiction in Germany and persons who have moved their domicile or habitual residence abroad or whose domicile or habitual residence is not known when the charges are filed.

18. Severability
Invalidity of individual provisions of the general booking terms and conditions does not result in invalidity of the entire booking terms and conditions or of the entire tour contract.

19. Data protection
All personal data that you make available to us for the processing of your tour are protected against misuse in accordance with the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG).

20. Amendments
Printing errors and obvious calculation errors excepted.

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  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 2
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  • Hotels or boat 4
  • Scenery 5
  • Ease of navigation 3
  • Tour documents 4
  • Local tour company services 5
  • Route selection 5
  • Guides (if applicable) 5

Reviews

Sid Nukram July 23, 2016

The crew all spoke English which was very helpful. Everyone on board was very accommodating and pleasant. The bikes we rented were perfect for the terrain we were on. Not all the trails were paved but that is not a criticism. My wife is not the avid rider that I am but she had no problem with the distances. There were many riders in their 70's so don't worry about not being able to do it.