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Saar & Mosel 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 bike and barge tour along the Saar and Mosel combines the best of the German ‘Bundesländer’ Saarland and Rheinland Pfalz. While cycling from Mettlach to Cochem you’ll discover the legacy of the Roman Empire, Saarschleife, Castles; 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. While cycling through one of Germany’s greater 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:

  • Port Nigra
  • Saarschleife
  • Vineyards of Calmont
  • Medieval town Bernkastel-Kues

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 in Mettlach is Frankfurt Airport (FRA). There is a direct train connection to Mettlach. The train leaves at least every hour and travel time is about 3 hours. The price for a one-way train ticket (2nd class) from Frankfurt Airport to Mettlach is about € 50,-
  • The nearest train station to the embarkation point of the barge is Mettlach Train Station.  Walking distance from the train station to the barge is about 500 meters. A taxi from the train station to the barge takes about 5-10 minutes and costs about € 10,-.
  • 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 Cochem.
    From the barge in Cochem it is walking distance to the train station (1.5 km/ 1 mile). or you can take a taxi (5 minutes).  You can take the train to Frankfurt Airport (FRA). The train leaves twice per hour and it takes about 2 hrs. to travel to the airport. The price for a one-way train ticket (2nd class) is about € 50,-.

This Tour also operates from Mochem to Mettlach 

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  • Day 1

    Mettlach 15km

    Your tour starts in the beautiful Saarland town of Mettlach, home of Villeroy & Boch and with a lot of shops and terraces. At 4 PM we will make a short trip along the Saar River to a beautiful mooring-place near the Saarschleife (Saar loop).

  • Day 2

    Saarschleife - Saarburg 35km

    After breakfast we bike to the Saar-Canyon. Here we have the opportunity to hike to an outlook site on top of the Saar-Canyon where we have a magnificent panorama over the faraway surroundings. The hike is not steep and takes 1 hour uphill and half an hour downhill. At lunchtime we will arrive back in the town of Mettlach where we will have lunch and can visit the town with its outlet-shops. Of course we won’t forget to visit the biggest attraction of the town: The Villeroy & Boch porcelain museum including a cup of coffee in the beautiful Museum-Café. We will end this day-trip in the very scenic town of Saarburg with its huge waterfall in the middle of town.

  • Day 3

    Saarburg - Nearby Trier 35km

    During today’s tour you switch rivers, leave the Saar behind and follow the Mosel. One thing’s for sure, you’re not the first tourist in the area: it was around the year 365 A.D. that the river inspired the Roman teacher Magnus Ausonius to write 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.’ We can take a detour and cross the border into the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. In the afternoon we ride on to Trier where you’ll stay for around 3 hours. This city is known for its Roman legacies like the Porta Nigra, the Basilica of Constantine the Great and the amphitheatre. After visiting there is one hour cycling to the mooring-place of the barge.

  • Day 4

    Nearby Trier - Bernkastel-Kues 50km

    Just like yesterday the Romans are still present today. Along the route you’ll find a lot of old Roman villas, public baths and other relics of ancient civilizations. All the historical buildings are placed on the slopes along the winding river. Especially the town of Neumagen-Dhron is interesting for its Roman remains. This used to be a Roman fortress and the place where the famous Romna whineship was found. The end point of today is the medieval town of Bernkastel-Kues with its romantic narrow streets, remarkable half-timbered houses and picturesque nooks and crannies. There’s the opportunity for a wine-tasting-excursion in a winery.

  • Day 5

    Mosel-Maare Cycling Trail 55km

    In the morning the cycle bus takes you to Daun, to the start of the Mosel-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 6

    Bernkastel-Kues - Zell 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. Along the way you’ll find some beautiful towns and villages like the so-called ‘Winzerdorf’ Wolf and even further around the next curve you’ll be surprised by the beautiful double city in Jugendstil, Traben Trarbach. Just before Zell you will bike to the “Marienburg” where you will be awarded by a splendid view over the Mosel Meander. The ship waits for you in the city of the black cat, Zell. The story goes that when some 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 needed to buy

  • Day 7

    Zell - Cochem 35km

    The day starts with a ride to the almost vertical vineyards of Calmont near Bremm. Here you can take a hike up the slopes and see yet another wonderful bend in the Mosel river. After lunch we ride on to the beautiful village of Beilstein, décor of many movies. After the visit we cycle the last part of the trip along the Mosel to Cochem, the final destination of this cycling week. Cochem is famous for its wines and dominated by the old Reichsburg.

  • Day 8

    Cochem

    End of the tour after breakfast, before 10 AM.

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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Sep 03 2023 Sep 10 2023 14 Single rooms 2,025€
Double rooms 1,580€
Sep 17 2023 Sep 24 2023 14 Single rooms 2,025€
Double rooms 1,580€
Oct 01 2023 Oct 08 2023 14 Single rooms 2,025€
Double rooms 1,580€
Oct 15 2023 Oct 22 2023 14 Single rooms 2,025€
Double rooms 1,580€

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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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