Moselle and Saar Bike and Boat

  • Category

    Bike and Boat
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Easy
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Koblenz / Saarburg
  • Distance

    140 miles/225 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeRivers and LakesWine Lovers
  • Accommodation

    Comfort
  • Tour code

    033-103CDEB
Price From £519

Overview

This holiday also operates in the reverse direction. Check out our Saar and Moselle Bike and Boat also.

A bike and boat cycling holiday along the beautiful Moselle and Saar rivers. Disembark each day for pleasant riverside cycle rides through the picturesque Moselle Valley. Visit atmospheric medieval villages and towns , steeped in history and viticulture such as Cochem, Traben-Trarbach, Bernkastel Kues and Trier.

The MS Patria will be your floating hotel for the week and offers small but comfortable cabins, a sun deck as well as pleasant salon/bar and restaurant. Daily rides lead you along the beautiful Moselle Valley on well-maintained cycle paths to historic towns and villages in Germany’s most famous wine-growing region. Of course, there will also be plenty of opportunities to sample the fine Moselle wines during this highly enjoyable cycling holiday.

Highlights include the charming wine villages of Cochem, Beilstein, Traben-Trarbach and Bernkastel-Kues. The steep, cascading terraces of vineyards descending to the water’s edge along much of the route are also memorable and of course the simple pleasure of enjoying carefree cycling on scenic, riverside cycle paths.

 

The cycle rides on this trip are very easy-going and cover around 25 miles per day. There are hardly any hills and the vast majority of the riding will be on smooth, paved, riverside cycle paths. If you don’t fancy pedalling one day, you can always stay on-board and let the boat carry you past the majestic scenery to the next night’s stop.

Itinerary & Map

The captain reserves the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind, tide and weather conditions, and where required by organizational necessities.

Please note that this holiday also operates in the reverse direction. Check out Saar and Moselle Bike and Boat.

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Day 1: Arrive Koblenz

Koblenz - Germany

Confluence of the Rhein and Moselle Rivers

On arrival in Koblenz, make your way to the MS Patria and step on board. Embarkation is from 4pm. After getting acquainted with your floating base for the week you’re free to relax so why not head into town to explore the city where the Rhine and Mosel rivers meet. The Patria remains moored in Koblenz for the night

Day 2: Koblenz – Alken – Moselkern – Cochem, 18 miles/29 kms

Cochem

Cochem

The day start with a pleasant cruise upstream to the village of Alken. It’s not long before we leave the city behind and enter a greener, more peaceful world of sloping vineyards, meadows and forests. In Alken we disembark with the bikes for our first ride. The going is easy with the river our constant companion as we cycle  past terraced vineyards through small riverside towns. Our destination today is the gorgeous, perfectly preserved village of Cochem, overseen by a grand castle perched on the hillside above. There’s plenty of time to explore this charming little place as the Patria remains moored here for the evening.

Day 3: Cochem – Zell on the Moselle, 24 miles/39 kms

Beilstein

Beilstein

After breakfast we disembark and continue our ride upstream beside the Moselle River. The scenery is breathtaking with terraced vineyards cascading down the ever steepening hillsides to the winding river. We recommend stopping to explore the quaint village of Beilstein and, if you have the energy, ascending to the castle ruin that overlooks the town. From here you can enjoy wonderful views along the river valley.

Cycling on you’ll pass a stunning natural ampitheatre of vineyards  on a majestic loop of the river near the town of Bremm. Locals maintain these are the steepest vineyards in the world and they really are quite a sight.

The Patria is waiting for us in the pleasant little wine village of Zell an der Mosel and here you should definitely take time to sample the local produce. The Patria remains moored here for the night.

Day 4: Zell on the Moselle – Traben-Trarbach – Bernkastel-Kues, 27 miles/43 kms

Bernkastel-Kues

After more pleasant and carefree cycling on dedicated cycle pths beside the river we arrive in the charming wine town of Traben-Trarbach. This is actually two villages, one on either side of the river, and here you can stop and admire the Art Nouveau or ‘Jugendstil’ architecture.

After a few more meanders in the river you reach the beautiful medieval wine village of Bernkastel-Kues. The narrow, tall, half-timbered houses of the Markt Platz (Market Square) are the perfect place to sit and enjoy a refreshment whilst drinking in the atmosphere.

The Patria is moored for the night nearby so if you like you can return for an evening stroll after dinner.

Day 5: Bernkastel-Kues – Mehring, 29 miles/47 kms

Trittenheim

Trittenheim

A pleasant morning ride of roughly 18 kms brings us to the village of Piesport, the oldest wine producing community along the Moselle Valley. If you wish you can visit the Roman wine cellars and ancient vineyards above the village.

A little further on ride through Neumagen-Dhron another ancient wine village in a pretty setting.

The village of Trittenheim enjoys a truly sensational setting on a majestic bend in the river surrounded by vineyards and a little further on you reach the pleasant wine town of Mehring where the Patria is moored for the night.

Day 6: Mehring – Trier, 16 – 18 miles/26 – 29 kms

Trier - Germany

Trier

Our legs are well attuned to the cycling by now and the kilometers seem to click by more quickly as we continue our scenic cycling adventure along the Moselle Valley. Today’s relatively short ride brings us to the grand old city of Trier where there’s lots to see and do.

Trier is Germany’s oldest city and it’s Roman roots are still very visible. Be sure to visit the lovely old market square and the Porta Nigra, the famous old Roman Gate. You may also want to visit the Romanseque Cathedral, the Imperial Baths and the Ampitheatre. A simple stroll through the winding streets of the old town is highly recommended.

The Patria remains moored in Trier for the night.

Day 7: Trier – Wasserbillig – Saarburg, 23 miles/38 kms

Saarburg

Saarburg

Our final day in the saddle leads us briefly over the border to Luxembourg to the town of Wasserbillig. We then leave our old friend the Moselle River and follow a peaceful cycle path beside the Saar River to the town of Saarburg where our journey ends.

Also called Little Venice because of the river running through its centre, Saarburg is a a charming little place to conclude this highly enjoyable cycling holiday.

Day 8: Saarburg

After breakfast it’s time to head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

This holiday also operates in the reverse direction. Check out our Saar and Moselle Bike and Boat also.

2019 Arrival Dates
Koblenz to Saarburg
April620
May4
June11529
July27
August1024
September21
October5

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2019 Prices
033-103CDEB
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MS Patria - Comfort
Lower Deck
Twin £519 £617 £715 £813 £715 £519        
Single £779 £926 £1073 £1220 £1073 £779        
Upper Deck
Twin £627 £725 £823 £921 £823 £627        
Single £941 £1088 £1235 £1382 £1235 £941        
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Deposit per person £175

Price Includes

7 nights on board the MS Patria. See practical information
7 x Breakfast, 6 x Packed lunch, 7 x 3-course Dinner
Welcome drink
Daily afternoon tea and coffee
Maps & route informatiom
Services of on-board guide
Daily information meetings
Port fees
Local assistance
Bike hire: 06, 13,20 April & 12 October only

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire: Except departures 06, 13, 20 April. 12 October (see supplements)
Helmet (€40, payable locally)
Drinks on-board
Ferries, entrance fees and excursions
Special dietary requests, gluten & lactose free (€25 payable locally)
Gratuities/tips

Supplements

Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£79)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£185)

Practical Information

Bikes

E-bike and regular hybrid bike

E-bike (left) and regular hybrid bike used on this tour

The bikes provided on this tour are modern, alloy framed 7-speed hybrid models with comfortable saddle and upright riding position, perfect for sightseeing.

The bikes come equipped with a frame lock. Per twin cabins also 2 panniers, 1 handlebar bag , repair kit and pump.

E-bikes are also available subject to availability at time of booking.

Helmets are not provided but can be purchased on board (approximately 40 euros) in adult sizes only.

 

Accommodation

On-board payments: Cash and credit cards accepted.

The captain reserves the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind, tide and weather conditions, and where required by organizational necessities.

MS Patria (Comfort)

MS Patria - Salon & bar

MS Patria – Salon & bar

The MS Patria is a comfortable river cruiser offering a very good standard of accommodation and facilities. On board she offers a salon and bar with large windows on the upper deck and a separate restaurant on the lower deck. There is a partially shaded sun deck with tables and chairs to relax and enjoy the view.

 

MS Patria - cabin

MS Patria – cabin

 

Her 34 compact and practical cabins are arranged over two decks – 15 on the lower deck and 19 on the upper – and all have en-suite facilities and windows. The windows on the upper deck can be opened to fresh air. The windows in the lower deck cabins do not open but these cabins do feature air-conditioning. The majority of cabins feature two single beds situated at a right angle to each other.

Meals consist of 7 buffet breakfasts, 6 packed lunches (6 light lunches for those remaining on board) and 7 evening meals.

Getting There

Fly to Luxembourg, Frankfurt Hahn or Cologne Airport and take the train to Koblenz.

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