The Moselle by Bike & Boat

Koblenz to Saarburg & VV Guided Tour of 8 Days / 7 Nights

The journey through the Moselle valley between Koblenz and Trier, traverses some of Germany’s most beautiful countryside and well known wine region where castles sit atop hills and market squares are surrounded by authentic timbered houses.

The history of this region dates back to the Roman era, some 2,000 years ago. Beautiful typical houses, rolling vineyards, the Porta Nigra in Trier, the “German corner” (junction of Moselle and Rhine rivers) in Koblenz and the waterways of Saarburg are but a few of the highlights during this trip. The Moselle, with a length of 544 km, is the Rhine’s longest tributary and the Saar, which has the greatest abundance of water and a length of 246 km, is the Moselle’s longest tributary. The quality of the cycle paths along this route is excellent. Most of the path along the Moselle is paved or asphalted and does not have any gradients of note.

Your Journey - Koblenz to Saarburg

Day 1 Saturday Koblenz:

Embarkation is from 4 pm. The crew will welcome you on board. You will spend the first night in Koblenz.

Day 2 Sunday Koblenz – Alken by boat | Alken – Moselkern – Cochem (approx. 27 km):

Cruise with the boat to Alken. The bike tour starts here and brings you to Moselkern, and then on to Cochem. Optional: You can visit the Reichsburg and/or join a wine-tasting (included) at a local winegrower in an old vault.

Day 3 Monday Cochem – Zell on the Moselle (approx. 35 km):

Cycle firstly to Beilstein, which you can explore during a short tour. Continue cycling and pass Europe’s steepest vineyard at Bremmer Calmont. Today’s tour ends in the wine village of Zell on the Moselle.

Day 4 Tuesday Zell on the Moselle – Bernkastel-Kues (approx. 45 km):

The bike route from Zell passes some of the Moselle’s prettiest wine villages: romantic Traben-Trarbach; the town of Jugendstil; and Kröv to arrive Bernkastel. Admire the grand half-timbered houses with their colourful flower-filled boxes and medieval market places that have stood as the centre of village life for centuries. Return to the boat after a short tour through town.

Day 5 Wednesday Bernkastel-Kues –Mehring (approx.50 km):

Cycle tour to Neumagen-Dhron, the oldest wine town of Germany. After a lunch break cycle on s to Mehring.

Day 6 Thursday Mehring – Trier (approx. 25-35 km):

You will cycle via Pfalzel to charming Trier, one of the oldest cities of Germany. Its Roman roots are still visible in impressive buildings such as the Porta Nigra, the Konstantin Basilica and the Amphitheatre.

Day 7 Friday Trier – Saarburg | Saarburg - Mettlach – Saarburg (approx. 20-65 km):

Cruise or cycle between Trier and Saarburg, also known as “little Venice”. In the town centre you will see a waterfall 20 meters deep. Optional cycle tour from Saarburg to Mettlach and the Villeroy & Boch factory. Return to Saarburg for overnight.

Day 8 Saturday Saarburg:

After breakfast: disembarkation and end of tour.

Your Journey - Saarburg to Koblenz

Day 1 Saturday Saarburg:

Embarkation from 4 PM; the crew will welcome you on board. You will spend the first night in Saarburg . In the evening you will have the opportunity to explore Saarburg: in its centre is a 20 meter deep waterfall.

Day 2 Sunday Saarburg – old Saarschleife –Wasserbillig (Luxemburg) – Trier (ca. 31-39 km):

Bike from Saarburg to the old Saarschleife and then on to the Igeler Säule. From here you will cycle to Wasserbillig in Luxemburg. In the afternoon you will reach Trier, where the ship will be waiting for you. Optional: guided tour in Trier.

Day 3 Monday Trier – Mehring (ca. 25-35 km):

After breakfast you will cycle via Pfalzel to Mehring, the largest winegrowers community in the Moselle-Saar-Ruwer region.

Day 4 Tuesday Mehring – Bernkastel-Kues (ca. 50 km):

Cycle to Bernkastel-Kues and soak up the atmosphere of its medieval market place lined with many authentic wood timbered houses.

Day 5 Wednesday Bernkastel-Kues – Traben-Trarbach – Zell on the Moselle (ca. 45 km):

Today’s bike tour brings you to romantic Traben-Trarbach, the town of Jugendstil, then the largest wine village on the river, Zell, Most popular here is the well known wine, “Zeller Schwarze Katz”.

Day 6 Thursday Zell – Beilstein – Cochem (ca. 35 km):

Today the perfectly maintained historical centre of Beilstein, “the Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle”, is waiting for you. Today’s ride ends in pretty Cochem with the Reichsburg. In the evening optional wine tasting (included) at a local winegrower.

Day 7 Friday Cochem – Alken (ca. 37 km) | Alken – Koblenz:

After a beautiful last cycling tour the ship waits for you in Alken, one of the oldest cities along the Moselle. Cruise to Koblenz, where you will stay for the night.

Day 8 Saturday Koblenz:

Disembark after breakfast.

Terrain

Easy and flat cycling suitable for everyone – electric bikes can be requested.

Your Ship

The 68 m long MS Patria, accommodates a maximum of 68 guests. The ship has been modernised for boat and bike tours. There are 34 twin cabins (approx. 7 M², 2 single beds next to each other) with a window. The windows on the upper deck can be opened, but for safety reasons those on the lower deck are fixed. Each cabin has a shower and toilet, individually regulated air conditioning which also operates in the restaurant and salon.

There are 15 cabins on the lower deck and 19 cabins on the upper deck (supplement payable). This authentic ship has a nice salon with bar and large windows forward of the top deck and a separate restaurant on the lower deck. A partially covered sun deck provides loungers and deck chairs for relaxing.

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