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Koblenz-Saarburg 8-day Bike & Barge Tour (PAT)
As far as cycle touring destinations in Europe go there are few better than the Moselle and Saar River Valleys in Germany. 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, soak up the sights of untouched nature, meet local winegrowers and bottlers and get the opportunity to relive the rich history of the region.
It is without doubt a cycle tour not to be missed!
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 from medieval times, magnificent vineyards and the Porta Nigra -a large Roman city gate in Trier, Germany. You'll also visit a headland in Koblenz known as the “German Corner” where you'll find a statue of William l, a German emperor who was responsible for unifying Germany. The surrounding region sits at the junction of the Moselle and Rhine Rivers in Koblenz and Saarburg and is widely referred to as “Little Venice”. These are just a few of the highlights of this unforgettable trip!
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 68 metre-long barge ship for bike-boat holidays. Capable of accommodating a maximum of 68 guests, this will be your sailing home away from home for the week. Completely modernized, it 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. Each has 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). This authentic river barge also 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 tables and chairs to accommodate all guests and a cycle shed. The ship sails under the Dutch Flag because it sailed in The Netherlands for many years. Since 2011 she has been sailing exclusively in Germany and and has become a very popular ship for boat & bike tours.
Language on board: German and English.
If you would like to rent a bike (75 euros) or e-bike (165 euros) please contact our office when making your booking:[email protected]
Upper deck cabins available at an extra charge from 639 euro p.p. to 949 euro p.p.
Transfers: Between Saarburg and Koblenz by train (in 2 hrs. for about € 24 p.p., group tickets can be bought on board with the tour manager) or minivan as from 4 persons (approx. € 75 p.p., bike: € 15). Limited number available, arranged by the tour manager on board, to be paid on site.
Excursion program organised, bookable and payable on board
Try a 2-week Bike & Barge Tour by combining the Koblenz/Saarburg tour with a Bad Wimpfen to Koblenz Bike & Barge tour on the same ship
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The barge awaits you in Koblenz where the crew will welcome you on board from 4pm. Your first night will be spent in this fascinating and historic city, 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.
Koblenz – Alken | Alken – Moselkern – Cochem (Approx. 28 km/17 mi.)
This morning your barge sails to Alken where, following the distribution of bicycles, you will start pedalling via Moselkern to Cochem, your destination for the day. Cochem is a lovely little town that features historical half-timbered-houses, a picturesque old town and Reichsburg Castle.
Cochem – Beilstein - Zell on the Moselle (Approx. 39 km/24 mi.)
After breakfast you will cycle to Beilstein, one of the best preserved historical villages along the length of the Moselle. Towering above the village, which you will have the opportunity to explore, are the ruins of Castle Metternich. After leaving Beilsten you will pass Europe’s steepest vineyard – with slopes between 50 and 55 degrees - at Bremmer Calmont. Today’s tour ends in the wine village of Zell on the Moselle, well known in the wine industry for the wine “Zeller Schwarze Katz”. In Zell you should use the opportunity to get to know the good wines of the Mosel.
Zell on the Moselle – Bernkastel-Kues (Approx. 46-49 km/28-30 mi.)
Today you will cycle from Zell to the romantic village of Traben-Trarbach, located on the left bank of the Moselle and famous for its Jugendstil (art nouveau) architectural style. From there you pass through the wine city of Kröv – famous for producing the popular Kröver wine - to Bernkastel-Kues, your destination for the night. The grand half-timbered houses that surround Bernkastel-Kues’s market place date back to the Middle Ages and are a photographer’s delight. You will reach the ship in Kues after a tour through town..
Bernkastel-Kues –Piesport – Mehring (Approx. 46 km/28 mi.)
Today’s cycle tour is all about the history of wine growing along the Moselle. After breakfast you will cycle to Piesport, the oldest winegrowing community along the Moselle where, if you are interested, you can take part in an optional excursion (bookable on board) of a guided tour to historic Roman cellars and vineyards. Later in the morning you will cycle to Neumagen-Dhron, widely recognised as the oldest wine growing city in Germany. After the lunch break the tour continues to Mehring, another village famous for its fine white wine, where your floating hotel will be waiting for you.
Mehring – Trier (Approx. 26 km/16 mi.or 29 km/18 mi.)
You will cycle via Pfalzel to Trier, where the ship is waiting for you. In the afternoon you can explore the city in a special kind of way. Book a city walk with a “traditional Roman”. Trier is undoubtedly the historic highlight of the tour. 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 – Wasserbillig (Lux) – Saarburg (38 km/23 mi.)
Today you will be cycling along the river from Trier via Wasserbillig in Luxembourg to Saarburg, also called “little Venice”. The cityscape is characterized by narrow streets, half-timbered houses, Baroque buildings, colorful fishermen and boatmen houses and ofcourse the waterfall of 20 meters deep
End of tour. After breakfast: disembarkation until 9am
*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 10am.
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|Jul 18 2020||Jul 25 2020||68||Single rooms||1,254€|
|Aug 01 2020||Aug 08 2020||68||Single rooms||1,254€|
|Aug 15 2020||Aug 22 2020||68||Single rooms||1,254€|
|Sep 12 2020||Sep 19 2020||68||Single rooms||1,254€|
|Sep 26 2020||Oct 03 2020||68||Single rooms||1,254€|
|Oct 10 2020||Oct 17 2020||68||Single rooms||944€|
|Apr 10 2021||Apr 17 2021||68||Single rooms||799€|
|Apr 24 2021||May 01 2021||68||Single rooms||1,099€|
|May 08 2021||May 15 2021||68||Single rooms||1,249€|
|May 22 2021||May 29 2021||68||Single rooms||1,249€|
|Jun 19 2021||Jun 26 2021||68||Single rooms||1,249€|
|Jul 03 2021||Jul 10 2021||68||Single rooms||1,249€|
|Jul 31 2021||Aug 07 2021||68||Single rooms||1,249€|
|Aug 14 2021||Aug 14 2021||68||Single rooms||1,249€|
|Aug 28 2021||Aug 28 2021||68||Single rooms||1,249€|
|Sep 25 2021||Oct 02 2021||68||Single rooms||1,249€|
|Oct 09 2021||Oct 16 2021||68||Single rooms||949€|
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