As far as cycle touring destinations in Europe go there are few better than the Moselle and Saar River valleys in Germany. In a word it is a “stunning” region highlighted by an enchanting countryside, fairy tale castles, award-winning vineyards on impossibly steep slopes and historic medieval towns and villages. The Rhine’s peaceful little sisters, the Moselle and Saar Rivers as they meander from picturesque village to village, offer unsurpassed views of castles high on the hills, stone-clad fortresses, picture perfect wineries and much, much more. On a day to day basis as you cycle through this magical region you will visit culturally rich cities, will soak up the sights of untouched nature, will meet local winegrowers and bottlers and, importantly, will get the opportunity to relive the rich history of the region.
It is without doubt a cycle tour not to be missed!
Picturesque villages, castles and fortresses and picture perfect wineries - Saarburg to Koblenz. The history of the region along the banks of the Moselle and Saar Rivers dates back to the Roman Era, some 2000 or so years ago. For guests on a bike and barge tour there is much to see… beautiful timbered houses dating back to medieval times, vineyards, the Porta Nigra, built by the Romans in Trier and the oldest defensive structure in Germany, the “German corner” at the junction of the Moselle and Rhine Rivers in Koblenz and Saarburg, widely referred to as “Little Venice” are just a few of the highlights of this memorable trip.
The Moselle, with a length of 544 km, is the Rhine’s longest tributary and is also the second most important shipping route in Germany, while the Saar, with a length of 246 km, is the Moselle’s longest tributary. This tour is perfect for families with children or for anyone of any age for that matter as the cycle paths along the banks of the Moselle and Saar Rivers do not have any gradients of note and are asphalted or paved. Your floating hotel for the duration of the tour will be a much loved ship for bike-boat holidays for many years.
The 68 metre-long barge is capable of accommodating a maximum of 68 guests, is your sailing home away from home for the week. She has been modernized to cater for boat and bike tours and in total has 34 twin cabins on upper and lower decks. All the cabins have two single beds in a right angle and are approx. 7 M², have a window (the windows on the upper deck can be opened, but for safety reasons those on the lower deck are fixed), a shower and a toilet. All the cabins on the lower deck also have individually regulated air conditioning as does the restaurant and salon. In total there are 15 cabins on the lower deck and 19 cabins on the upper deck (supplement). An authentic river barge and features a nice salon with a bar and large windows in front of the top deck and a separate restaurant on the lower deck. On the partially covered sun deck there are sitting places (tables and chairs) for all guests and a cycle shed. The ship sails under the Dutch Flag and management and sailed in The Netherlands for many years. Since 2011 she has been sailing exclusively in Germany and is a very popular ship for boat & bike tours.
Language on board: German and English.
Tour and accommodation on board 8 days/7 nights (Saturday-Saturday) from/to Koblenz or Saarburg, cabin in the booked category
Full board (7x breakfast, 6x picnic lunch during bike tours or noontime snack, 7x three or four course dinner)
Daily coffee and tea till 4 PM
Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible); daily short cleaning of the cabin
Board manager (multilingual English and German) with daily briefings of the bike tours
The board manager doesn’t cycle but can always be reached on his cell phone
Printed instructions and detailed maps for the daily bike tours, 1 set per cabin
Transfers to/from the docking place in Koblenz or Saarburg
Rental bicycle (are incl. on April 15 and 22 and Oct. 14 and 21 )
Entrance fees & excursions
Fees for ferries
Drinks on board
Gratuities (at your discretion)
Dietary requirements on request/surcharges may be calculated
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Rental bicycle with 7 gears, with hand- and backpedal brakes and pannier bag: €70 per week (A$107)
Rental E-Bike: €165 per week (A$255)
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The barge awaits you in Saarburg where the crew will welcome you on board from 4 pm. You will spend your first night and evening in Saarburg a welcoming city that you are encouraged to explore. Highlights include Saarburg Castle (Saar Castle), a massive complex mentioned in official documents as early as 964, the Saarburg Waterfall on the River Leuk and many historical buildings.
Saarburg – Saarschleife – Igele Säule – Wasserbillig (Lux) – Trier (Approx.26-64 km/16-39 mi.)
Following the distribution of bicycles your first day of cycling will see you pedal from Saarburg via the picturesque Saarschleife (Saar Loop) to the Igeler Säule. From here you will continue on to Wasserbillig in Luxemburg before pedalling to Trier, your destination for the day and where the barge will be waiting for you. If you are interested you can book an optional guided excursion of Trier (bookable on board). A walk through the 16 BC-founded Trier is an overwhelming journey through the millennia, with no other place in Germany able to give you a better chance to experience the time of the Romans. Highlights include impressive structures such as the Porta Nigra, the Konstantin Basilica and the Roman Amphitheatre.
Trier – Pfalzel – Mehring (Approx. 26 km/16 mi.)
After breakfast you will cycle from Trier via the charming village of Pfalzel to Mehring, famous for its white wine and home to the largest winegrowing community in the Moselle-Saar-Ruwer region. In the evening you will have time to explore the village.
Mehring – Piesport - Bernkastel-Kues (Approx. 46 km/28 mi.)
You will reach Bernkastel-Kues by bike. The market place from the Middle Ages with many wood timbered houses invites you for a rest. On your way you come to Neumagen-Dhron which is the oldest wine city of Germany. Further on you reach Piesport, the oldest winegrowing community along the Moselle. Here you can book a guided tour and visit the Roman cellars and the vineyards. In the evening you will have the chance to visit a local winegrowers place and enjoy a wine tasting with the famous Moselle wines (optional, bookable on board).
Bernkastel-Kues – Traben-Trarbach – Zell (Approx. 46-49 km/28-30 mi.)
Today’s bike tour will take you to the romantic village of Traben-Trarbach, located on the left bank of the Moselle and famous for its Jugendstil (art nouveau) architectural style. Further along the Moselle your destination for the night is Zell, well known in the wine industry for the wine “Zeller Schwarze Katz”.
Zell – Beilstein – Cochem (Approx. 39 km/24 mi.)
Beilstein, ‘the Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle’ and one of the best preserved historical villages along the length of the Moselle is the highlight of today’s cycle tour. Towering above the village, which you will have the opportunity to explore, are the ruins of Castle Metternich. Today’s tour will end in Cochem, a lovely little town that features historical half-timbered-houses, a picturesque old town and Reichsburg Castle.
Cochem – Alken (Approx. 29 km/18 mi.) | Alken – Koblenz
After breakfast your final day of cycling will see you pedal to Alken, one of the oldest cities on the Moselle, where the MS Patria will be waiting for you to sail to Koblenz, where you will spend your final night on board. Koblenz, a fascinating and historic city, has been an important defensive and economic centre for centuries. Highlights include the old castle of Ehrenbreitstein which dominates the right bank of the Rhine, the 12th century Alte Burg Castle and old Koblenz town.
After breakfast: disembarkation and end of the tour.
Daily self-guided cycling tours. All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours. When guests do not want to cycle, they can stay on board, relax and enjoy sailing. The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons . On the first day you are welcome to bring your luggage on board from 11am.
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