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Mosel & Saar 8 Day Bike and Barge Tour (Guided)

  • 8days
  • Germany

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Guided Bike and Barge Tour visiting Roman Villas and Public Baths 

This tour along the Mosel and Saar combines the best of the German ‘Bundesländer’ Rheinland Pfalz and Saarland. While cycling from Cochem to Mettlach you’ll discover the legacy of the Roman Empire, go beyond your limits and meet the ‘Queen of grapes’.

Go back in time and visit the Roman villas and public baths along the two rivers. In Trier you can visit the Porta Nigra. This ancient gateway is one of the best known monuments from the Roman era. On day six you go literally beyond your limits when we take a trip to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in the village of Wasserbillig. While cycling through one of Germany’s major wine-growing areas this is an excellent occasion to taste a lot of different wines and see where they grow and how they are made. Get acquainted with the excellent but uncomplicated wines from the Saar and the so called ‘Spitzenweinen’ along the Mosel like the ‘Zeller Schwarze Katz’. The main ingredient for those wines is the Riesling, a white grape variety which dates back to the 15th century and is crowned the ‘Queen of grapes’.

Highlights:

  • Cochem
  • Saarschleife Merzig
  • Vineyards of Calmont
  • Moselle-Maare Cycling trail

Tour Character - Level 1

Distance: 35-50 km average per day. Altitude: 0-100 hm average per day. The lightest cycling holiday; over mostly flat terrain, with not too long daily distances (average 50 km). Short spicy slopes with height differences of up to ± 100 meters occur.

Accomodation:

This barge is specialized in Bike and Barge tours in the Netherlands, Belgium and in Germany. On board you will find a cosy dining room, a sun deck/a deck for the bicycles.

The barge is known for the high quality of the meals and the friendly atmosphere on board. The crew consists of the captain, chef and hostess for 14 guests. Weather permitting dinners can be served on the sundeck. Since 2019 the barge has been equipped with air-conditioning in all cabins. Hair dryers are available on board. There is limited storage space in the cabin. We recommend 1 suitcase per person. You can slide the suitcase under the bed.

Included in this Tour:

  • All nights on board, bed-linen and towels (cabin upgrades available - Luxury double cabin 1,780 EUR p.p)
  • Breakfast and dinner on board
  • Lunch packages when on the road
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Free WiFi is limited available in lounge and on deck
  • Tour guide, cycles with the group
  • Moselle-Maare cycling trail
  • Min. 3 city walks with tour guide
  • Route information
  • Bike maps, 1x per cabin
  • Ferry fares on the route

Not included:

  • Bicycle rent (optional)
  • Bicycle insurance (optional) € 30- per bicycle
  • Bicycle insurance electric bike (optional) € 40,- per bicycle
  • Entrance fees to museums; approx. € 25,-
  • Personal insurance/ Cancellation insurance (optional)
  • Other drinks on board (cash payment on board)

If you would like to rent a Touring bike (100 EUR) or E-Bike (195 EUR), please contact [email protected] when booking

Notes:

  • If you have special meal requirements we ask you to mention this when booking. Diets which need a special preparation or special ingredients can only be offered in limited form. We will do our best  to meet your needs, but we also ask for your understanding as due to limited logistic possibilities on a barge we are not able to prepare complete specialized menus. In case of Celiac; gluten free diet; lactose free diet; vegan meals there is an additional charge of € 75, – per diet per week (possible on request up to 14 days prior to start of the tour). If ordered upon arrival this supplement is € 100,- per diet per week, to be paid on spot.
  • The program is subject to change without notice.

Arrival / departure:

  • Boarding time on Sunday is between 2 PM and 3 PM. 
  • The nearest airport to the embarkation point of the barge is Frankfurt Airport (FRA). You need to take the train to Cochem. Travel time is a about 2 hours.  The price for a one-way train ticket (2nd class) is about € 35,-.
  • Cochem has a train station. From the station it is walking distance to the mooring place of the barge (1.5 km/ 1 mile). You also can take a taxi to the barge (5 minutes).
  • The tour ends one week later on Sunday morning after breakfast before 9.30 AM. You will spend the night from Saturday on board in Mettlach.
    From Mettlach station you can take the train to Frankfurt Airport (FRA). Travel time is at least 2 hrs and 45 minutes. The train leaves every hour and a one-way ticket (2nd class) costs about € 50,- per person. 

This Tour also operates from Mettlach to Cochem 

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  • Day 1

    Cochem

    Embarkation between 2 pm and 3 pm. Starting in the beautiful city Cochem with a lot of shops and terraces. Cochem is famous for its wines and dominated by the old Reichsburg.

  • Day 2

    Cochem - Zell 44km

    The tour starts with a nice ride to the beautiful village of Beilstein, décor of many movies. Through five remarkable bends you’ll meander along the river to the famous vineyards of Calmont. The steepest slopes have a gradient of 65%, which makes it quite difficult for the farmers to tend their vineyards. Time for lunch on the banks of the river. Endpoint of today is the city of the black cat, Zell. The story goes that when a few wine merchants from Aachen had to choose which wine barrel they should buy a black cat jumped upon one of the barrels to defend it. Of course this made it clear for them which barrel they should buy.

  • Day 3

    Zell - Bernkastel - Kues 40km

    As if it had imbibed a drink or two, the Mosel makes its way through a green and fascinating landscape with vineyards and forests. Just after leaving Zell you will bike to the “Marienburg” where you will be awarded by a splendid view over the Mosel Meander. Along the way you’ll find some beautiful towns and villages like the beautiful double city in Jugendstil, Traben Trarbach and the so called ‘Winzerdorf’ Wolf. The final destination is Bernkastel-Kues, a medieval town with romantic narrow streets, remarkable half-timbered houses and picturesque nooks and crannies.

  • Day 4

    Mosel-Maare cycling trail 55km

    In the morning the cycle bus takes you to Daun, to the start of the Moselle-Maare cycling trail, possibly the most famous cycling trail of the central Moselle. The track is built on an old railway line. There is no simpler way to cycle to the Moselle valley than on the former railway line through the Volcanic Eifel! The road runs through the landscape of volcanoes and crater lakes, along magnificent viaducts and past old railway stations. Light as a feather, it continues to roll on the Moselle bike path to Bernkastel-Kues.

  • Day 5

    Bernkastel-Kues - Nearby Trier 50km

    Along today’s route you’ll find a lot of Roman villas and public baths but also relics of other ancient civilizations as the Celts. All those historical buildings are placed on the slopes along the ever winding river. ‘Special by the day’ is the ‘Piesporter Goldtröpfchen’, a lovely local blended white wine that we are going to taste in a local wine-bar. The visit to the town of Neumagen-Dhron is interesting for its many Roman remains. This used to be an old Roman fortress and the place where the famous Roman wine ship was found, a ship carved out of stone. A copy of the Wine Ship can be seen in the village centre. We spend the night at a mooring place near Trier.

  • Day 6

    Nearby Trier - Saarburg 35km

    During today’s tour we first take time to pay a visit to Trier, the oldest city of Germany, where you can visit some more Roman legacies like the Porta Nigra, the Basilica of Constantine the Great and the amphitheatre. After lunch we leave the Mosel behind and go South along the Saar. Before you take ‘exit Saar’ we can take a detour and cross the border into the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. One thing’s for sure, you’re not the first tourist in the area: it was around the year 365 A.D. that the Roman teacher and poet Magnus Ausonius wrote his hymn Mosella: ‘Greetings, river, framed by perfumed vineyard-covered hills, Framed by grass river of greenest shores. Your strong waters carry ships, flowing in easy waves. Along the stream, and a glittering lake your depths emulate.’ For the night you’ll stay in Saarburg. Don’t forget to take a walk through the old town centre with the famous waterfalls and pay a visit to the old city castle.

  • Day 7

    Saarburg - Mettlach 35km

    From Saarburg you cycle south along the Saar. Around the little village of Saarhölzbach you leave Rheinland Pfalz behind and enter the Saarland. The history of this little village goes back to the year 802 and the government of Charlemagne, also known as Charles the Great, king of Franks, king of Italy and the first Holy Roman Emperor. Today we will have lunch in Mettlach, a little town along the Saar River where you can visit the famous Villeroy & Boch porcelain museum. Today’s highlight is the beautiful Saarschleife (Saar loop). You will have the opportunity to hike to a panorama-point where you can have a great view over the whole region. After this interesting hike we double back for a few kilometres to our final destination Mettlach.

  • Day 8

    Mettlach

    After breakfast: disembarkation at 10 AM. If you have an early flight, ask the the tour leader to arrange a taxi to the Airport.

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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Aug 27 2023 Sep 03 2023 14 Single rooms 2,025€
Double rooms 1,580€
Sep 10 2023 Sep 17 2023 14 Single rooms 2,025€
Double rooms 1,580€
Sep 24 2023 Oct 01 2023 14 Single rooms 2,025€
Double rooms 1,580€
Oct 08 2023 Oct 15 2023 14 Single rooms 2,025€
Double rooms 1,580€

Car rental in Germany

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Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email [email protected] for a competitive quote

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