Germany's Magical Moselle by Bike & Boat
Koblenz to Saarburg & Vice Versa Self 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. 29 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. 39 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. 43 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. 47 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. 26-29 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 – Wasserbilling - Saarburg (approx. 38 km):
Cruise or cycle between Trier, via Wasserbilling in Luxemburg, and Saarburg, also known as “little Venice”. In the town centre you will see a waterfall 20 meters deep. Saarburg overnight.
Day 8 Saturday Saarburg:
After breakfast: disembarkation and end of tour.
Your Journey - Saarburg to Koblenz
Day 1 Saturday Saarburg:
Embarkation from 2-4 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 (approx 38 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. 26-29 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. 47 km):
Cycle to Bernkastel-Kues and soak up the atmosphere of its medieval market place lined with many authentic wood timbered houses. Continue to Neumagen-Dhron which is the oldest wine city of Germany.
Day 5 Wednesday Bernkastel-Kues – Traben-Trarbach – Zell on the Moselle (ca. 43 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”. In the evening you have the option to visit local winegrowers and enjoy a wine tasting of the famous Moselle wines.
Day 6 Thursday Zell – Beilstein – Cochem (ca. 39 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 Castle.
Day 7 Friday Cochem – Alken | Alken – Koblenz (ca. 39 km):
After a beautiful last cruise to Alken, one of the oldest cities along the Moselle, you then mount your bikes for the last stage to Koblenz, where you will stay for the night.
Day 8 Saturday Koblenz:
Disembark after breakfast.
Easy and flat cycling suitable for everyone – electric bikes can be requested.
Your comfortable cruiseing riverboat is 88 m long and accommodates a maximum of 96 guests. The ship has been modernised for boat and bike tours. There are 49 outside cabins (approx. 11 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 21 cabins on the lower deck and 26 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.