What to expect
Experience the waterways and Baltic islands of northeast Germany, travelling from Berlin to the Baltic Sea by boat and bike. Following gentle towpaths and waterside routes, you’ll ride through leafy forests, wildlife-rich wetlands and charming towns. To give your legs a break, you can enjoy a full rest day as you cruise between the Polish city of Szczecin and the medieval town of Wolgast.
Full of historic and natural landmarks, you’ll cycle past everything from Baroque castles to Germany’s oldest working boatlift, the Niederfinow. Home to storks, cranes and otters, riding through the Lower Oder Valley National Park is a halfway highlight before you explore the islands of Usedom and Rügen by bike - Germany’s largest island, Rügen is cherished for its chalk cliffs, sunny beaches and holiday vibe. Your tour concludes in the Hanseatic city of Stralsund - a fascinating place to linger, with its cobbled streets and gabled architecture.
Please note that this tour operates in reverse on alternate weeks.
At a glance
- Delightful cities of Berlin, Szczecin and Stralsund
- Leafy forests, historic towns and rich Oder Valley wildlife
- Alluring German resort islands of Rügen and Usedom
- Gentle waterside cycling with a full rest day on board
Day 1 (Sat):
Arrive in Berlin
Make your way to Berlin and step aboard the MS Princess at 4pm. A truly fascinating city, it’s well worth arriving early to stroll along Berlin’s Kurfürstendamm avenue, walk through the Nicolai Quarter on Spree Island or visit the Brandenburg Gate.
Please note that this tour operates in reverse on alternate weeks.
Day 2 (Sun):
Berlin – Eberswalde
24 miles (38 km)
Follow a meandering cycle route northwards to Oranienburg, past the Ruppin See (lake) wetlands. In Oranienburg, you can stop at the Baroque castle with its park, museum and orangery before meeting the boat and cruising along the Finow Canal through the heart of Eberswalde city.
Day 3 (Mon):
Eberswalde – Schwedt
20/40 miles (32/64 km)
Cycle along the Finow Canal towpath, passing forests and rolling hills. En route to Hohensaaten, experience Germany’s oldest working boatlift, the Niederfinow (optional tour). From Hohensaaten, you then have the option of either sailing or cycling to Schwedt.
Day 4 (Tue):
Schwedt – Szczecin
19 miles (30 km)
Ride through part of the Lower Oder Valley National Park, looking out for black storks and corn cranes. Continue through the town of Gartz to Mescherin, where you’ll rejoin the boat. Sail to the Polish city of Szczecin, one of the Baltic Sea’s largest ports, and join an optional walking tour to the castle and historic city centre.
Day 5 (Wed):
Szczecin – Wolgast (rest day)
Enjoy a full day relaxing on board as we sail along narrow passages and cross the Bay of Szczecin to Wolgast – a waterside town with a medieval centre, Wolgast is also the gateway to the river island of Usedom.
Day 6 (Thu):
Wolgast – Lauterbach
9 miles (15 km)
Enjoy a morning cycle on Usedom island, riding through the Zecherin district and past Karlshagen harbour to Peenemünde – home to a fascinating WWII museum. Rejoin the boat and set sail for Lauterbach on Rügen Island at 6pm, arriving at around 9pm. Today there is the possibility of swimming in the sea if the weather is good.
Day 7 (Fri):
Lauterbach – Stralsund
30 miles (48 km)
Cycle to Putbus, Rügen’s oldest resort town, then ride past rolling hills to the town of Garz and the village of Groß Schoritz – birthplace of the author and poet, Ernst Moritz Arndt. Continue through Rügen’s main town of Poseritz to the village of Gustow, with its pretty brick church. Leaving the island, cycle over the bridge to meet the boat at Stralsund.
Day 8 (Sat):
Depart from Stralsund
Disembark after breakfast at 9.00am and make your way home.
The captain reserves the right to alter the itinerary due to changes in weather and other conditions.
Berlin to Stralsund
The comfortable MS Princess has 49 twin cabins (10.5m²) in total which hold up to 102 passengers. There are seven twin cabins on the upper deck, four of the main deck cabins have fold-out beds and accommodate a third person (max 70kg). Cabins at the front or rear of the boat are cheaper as there may be some engine noise. All cabins have a shower & toilet, a hair dryer, phone, satelite TV, a safe (charge), and central air conditioning (windows do not open). The beds can be converted into a sofa and seating area during the day.
There is a brightly decorated restaurant, a cosy saloon and a sun deck. All decks can be reached by a stair lift (max 100kg) as well as staircase.
Stralsund to Berlin
This is the reverse itinerary from Stralsund to Berlin and operates on alternate weeks.
Dates & Prices
Please click on a departure date for price options at a glance - 2020 departures
- 7 nights accommodation: MS Princess with en-suite and air-conditioning
- Board basis: Full board including breakfast, packed lunch for cyclists, coffee & tea in the afternoon and three course dinner
- Services of an English speaking on-board guide with daily briefings of the bike tours
- Maps and route information (one per cabin) - GPS tracks available on request
- Daily cabin cleaning
- Mooring fees
- Welcome drink
- Bedlinen and towel change as needed
- Flights and transfers
- Bike hire
- Cycle helmets
- Transfers to/from the docking points
- Entrance and sightseeing fees
- Tips, city maps
Bike Hire & Extras
Pannier per bike, handlebar bag, repair kit, inner tube, pump and lock per cabin all included at no extra cost when you hire a bike
7 gear hybrid with hand and back pedal brake with pannier. Hand brake bikes on request.
News, Reviews & FAQs
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What's the etiquette with crew tips?
Tips are at your own discretion, an envelope is always left in the cabins on the last day.
Will the itinerary ever change?
For Boat & Bike tours the boat will generally keep to the advertised itinerary, however the captain may have to adapt the itinerary due to the river or sea conditions.
How much space will I have in my cabin?
There is limited space in the cabins, so pack light and take a soft suitcase.
Can I stay on the boat during the day and not cycle?
Yes, you can relax on the boat or explore when you arrive at each destination instead of cycling.
Can the boat cater for special dietary requirements?
Please advise us of any special requirements at time of booking and we will notify the boat operator in advance. Understandably, kitchen galley space is limited and it may not be possible to provide specialist products (eg. Gluten free). We suggest you bring a few items with you and, in some cases, these can be provided at a supplement.
Will I be cycling with other people?
Although there is no organised group, self-guided guests regularly find they come across their fellow passengers along the route during the day and may even get together to form their own cycling groups.
What does my on-board Tour Leader do?
Your on-board Tour Leader provides daily briefings ahead of the next day's ride. These are always beneficial, including information on the local area, main sights, and tips on good places to stop en route.
Can I book by myself?
Absolutely! Boat & Bike tours are very sociable and a good choice for single travellers wishing to mix with other guests and share your common interest of cycling.
What other customers have said
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This made a perfect family holiday for parents with a teenage son. Enough activity cycling and visiting sights along the route. A relaxing base on the boat. We really appreciated being able to skip a day of cycling on the one day it tipped with rain! There was a cupboard of board games and books on board - we rediscovered Scrabble. There was wifi available (at a small cost), but we actually went off-line for the week - it just happened naturally! The food was plentiful - more than enough to satisfy an ever hungry teenage boy. The breakfasts were particularly amazing. The lounge and sun-deck were spacious enough and we never felt hemmed in on the boat.Sharon Low, UK, August 2017
An interesting tour on a comfortable ship. Flat easy cycling with one longer day.Jill Westerman, UK, August 2017