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Saarburg to Koblenz 8-day Bike & Barge Tour (OL)

  • 8days
  • Germany

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Saarburg to Koblenz 8 day Bike & Barge tour

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 importantly get the opportunity to relive the rich history of the region.

It is without a 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 2,000 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!

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.

Tour Character:

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.

Accommodation:

Comfortable and cosy river ship with family environment. The ship was refurbished in 2015/2016. The panoramic salon with bar in gentlemen club-style and the bright and friendly restaurant are waiting for you topass relaxing hours here. A spacious, partly shaded sun deck and storage space for bicycles. 49 outside cabins, comfortable and cosy with en-suite bathroom, hair dryer, tel-ephone, TV, individual air condition-ing/heating, fridge and safe. Main deck 21x 2-bed-cabins (approx. 11m2), panoramic window (not opening win-dows). Upper deck 22x 2-bed-cabins (approx. 11m2) + four 2-bed-cabins of bigger size at the stern of the ship (= 2-bed-cabins astern: perceptive engine and generator noise when ship is in motion and in locks, approx. 12m2, three of them feature twin beds) as well as two single cabins (approx. 9m2). Panoramic windows to be opened

Language:

This tour is conducted in German and English.

Included in the Saarburg to Koblenz tour:

  • 8 days/7 nights in booked cabin category with private facilities 
  • 7x Breakfast, 6x Picnic lunch during bike tours or noontime snack, 7x three course dinner, 6x coffee or tea in the afternoon
  • Daily room cleaning, changing of towels and bed cloths as necessary
  • Program according to route
  • Welcome drink
  • GPS Tracks
  • All charges for harbours, bridges and locks
  • Daily briefings of the bike tours
  • Tour guide on board
  • Printed instructions and detailed maps for the daily bike tours, 1 set per cabin

Not included in the tour:

  • Transfers to/from the docking place in Koblenz or Saarburg
  • Rental bicycle 
  • Other transfers
  • Parking fee
  • Entrance fees & excursions
  • Fees for ferries
  • Drinks 
  • Personal insurances
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Dietary requirements on request/surcharges may be calculated
  • Helmets 40 EUR

Extras:

Upper deck cabins from 1099 EUR p.p 

If you would like to rent a bike (79 EUR) or e-bike (189 EUR), please contact our office when booking: [email protected]

Notes:

  • Transfers: Between Saarburg and Koblenz by train (in 2 hrs. for about € 25 p.p.)
  • Excursion program organised, bookable and payable on board
  • The interior of the ship is a non-smoking zone: smoking is only allowed on the sun deck. As a safety measure, a statutory smoking ban applies in all cabins, this means that all cabins and rooms on board are non-smoking areas. 
  • Please indicate your body height when you book a bike so an appropriate size is given
  • Languages on board: German, English 
  • Excursions: we offer a small excursion program, that can be booked directly on board at the cruise director only. You will get a brief description together with your travel documents. Depending on the number of participants some excursions could be carried out in 2 languages (German/ English)
  • Embarkation 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Disembarkation from 09:30am
  • Minimum number of participants 75 guests, max 96 (must have been reached within 21 days prior to departure)
  • To bring your own bike On request only–due to lack of space on sun deck
  • Luggage we recommend: rainwear, bicycle helmet, sunhat and sneakers.
  • Schedule and program changes:  Basically, we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program. If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal). Same applies to previously unknown administrative orders of lock or bridge repairs.
  • Travel documents EU-citizens (without special situations like dual citizenship, main residence abroad or a limited-validity passport) are required to have a valid passport or ID-card, not expiring within six(6) months of the return of your cruise. We kindly ask non-EU citizens, EU-nationals with multiple citizenship or anybody who has to respect special legal entry requirements for the country to visit, to inform about visa and entry documents at the competent embassy.
  • This trip is not suitable for guests with reduced mobility 
  • We recommend that you take out a travel health insurance with repatriation coverage as well as baggage, accident and travel cancellation insuranc

Covid 19 info

  • All guests must be fully vaccinated or recovered (so-called 2G-rules i.e. 2G stands for “geimpft”=vaccinated or “gene-sen”=recently recovered). Unfortunately, unvaccinated guests or guests without a valid certification of recent recovery from Covid-19 may not participate in our trips. Government restrictions are changing regularly and rapidly. All cruise guests are required to keep themselves updated about current restrictions in good time prior to departure. All cruise guests are solely responsible for complying with applicable Covid-19 travel regulations. For the safety of all persons present on board, you are obliged to wear a mouth and nose protector and to observe the rules of distance and hygiene.

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  • Day 1

    Embarkation: Saarburg

    Board in Saarburg where the crew will welcome you from 3pm - 5pm. You will spend your first night in Saarburg a welcoming city that you are encouraged to explore..

  • Day 2

    Saarburg – Saarschleife – Igele Säule – Wasserbillig (Lux) – Trier Approx.38km

    Today you will cycle from Saarburg along the idyllic nature reserve of the abandoned meander of the River Saar. Further on to Wasserbillig in Luxemburg and from here to the Igeler Säule. Later you will reach Trier, where your barge is already waiting for you.

  • Day 3

    Trier – Mehring Approx. 26km or 29km

    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 wine-growing community in the Moselle-Saar-Ruwer region..

  • Day 4

    Mehring – Piesport - Bernkastel-Kues Approx. 47km

    Today 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 visit Neumagen-Dhron which is the oldest wine city of Germany. Further on you reach Piesport, the oldest wine growing community along the Moselle. You should take the time to enjoy the popular wines.

  • Day 5

    Bernkastel-Kues – Traben-Trarbach – Zell Approx. 43km

    From Bernkastel-Kues to Traben-Trarbach the route continues along the right bank of the Moselle. You follow the meanders of the Moselle and reach Zell on the Moselle. Known for the “Zeller Schwarze Katz” wine location. In Zell you should take the opportunity to get to know the good wines of the Moselle.

  • Day 6

    Zell – Beilstein – Cochem Approx. 39km

    The perfect maintained historical centre of Beilstein, “the Sleeping Beauty of the Mosel”, is waiting for you. Today’s tour ends in Cochem with the Reichsburg. Cochem is a lovely little town with historical half timbered houses and a picturesque Old town.

  • Day 7

    Boat tour of Cochem - Koblenz, day of rest on board or alternative : Cochem – Alken - Koblenz Approx. 50km

    Today you can spend the day on board and relax on the sundeck. Enjoy the beautiful Moselle landscape passing by and stroll along the “Deutsche Eck” in Koblenz in the afternoon, where Moselle and Rhine flow together. Experienced cyclists can cycle from Cochem to Koblenz and visit Burg Eltz.

  • Day 8

    Disembarkation: Koblenz

    After breakfast: disembarkation and end of the tour.

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Patria

Our bike and barge tour certainly exceeded our expectations. The captain and crew were very welcoming and always went out of their way to ensure all our needs were met. While the cabin was on the small size, it was certainly adequate in the circumstances as we were mostly cycling during the day or socialising in the common areas of the vessel at other times. Being a small boat meant we got to know all fellow travellers by sight and got to know quite a few very well. We were the only Australians on board, with around 30 British, quite a few Germans, six Canadians and two Swedes. At the end of the first day's cycling we had quite a few sore spots but thankfully we rode these out the next day and suffered no ill effects from then on. Although the weather was quite often cloudy and misty, particularly in the mornings, it proved to be perfect for bike riding. Winds were generally slight and we only experienced a half an hour's rain on one day. We were certainly disappointed when the tour concluded. The highlights for us were travelling through numerous tiny villages and taking in the history of the region through which the Saar and Moselle rivers meander. We also enjoyed getting to know our fellow cyclists and sharing anecdotes with them. At the end of the tour we hired another vehicle and drove around the middle Rhine region before heading to the Essen area where we had a wedding to attend (the principal reason for our visit to Germany). After the tranquility of the barge and bike experience, this came as quite a shock to us in terms of congestion and development. Wendy and Nigel Summertown, Australia

Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
May 13 2023 May 20 2023 96 Single rooms 1,349€
Double rooms 1,099€
May 27 2023 Jun 03 2023 96 Single rooms 1,349€
Double rooms 1,099€
Aug 19 2023 Aug 26 2023 96 Single rooms 1,349€
Double rooms 1,099€
Sep 02 2023 Sep 09 2023 96 Single rooms 1,349€
Double rooms 1,099€
Sep 16 2023 Sep 23 2023 96 Single rooms 1,349€
Double rooms 1,099€
Sep 30 2023 Oct 07 2023 96 Single rooms 1,299€
Double rooms 999€

Car rental in Germany

If you would like to drive yourself before or after your tour, ask us for a quote on any brand new Renault, Peugeot or Citroen vehicle for driving in Europe.

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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