Moselle – Cochem to Metz Bike and Boat
CategoryBike and Boat
Self Guided or Guided
Start / FinishCochem / Metz
Distance155 miles/249 kms
Explore the 3 countries of the Moselle river by bike and boat, enjoying easy daily rides along idyllic riverside cycle paths. Stay aboard a very comfortable and well appointed barge, mooring somewhere new each evening.
It’s hard to imagine a better way of exploring the scenic meanders of the Moselle river than on this relaxing, 7 night bike and boat holiday aboard the lovely Princesse Royal. Her very comfortable cabins and well appointed public areas make the ideal base for this scenic cycling adventure. Each day you will disembark somewhere new for a relaxing bike ride along the Moselle riverbank through breathtaking scenery.
You’ll see all the highlights of this beautiful river including charming medieval wine villages, steep, cascading terraces of verdant vineyards as well as the historic cities of Trier, Thionville and Metz. You’ll cycle in Germany, Luxembourg and France as you follow the river’s course upstream.
The daily rides are easy and within the abilities of any adult with a basic level of fitness. The vast majority of the time you will be pedaling on riverside cycle paths with little or no climbing. E-bikes are an available option if you have an concerns about your ability to complete the distances comfortably
Itinerary & Map
Day 1: Arrive Cochem
Make your way to Cochem where the Princessa Royal is waiting for you. Embarkation and check-in is at 2 p.m. Settle into your cabin and then meet your fellow travellers, crew and bike guides for a welcome meeting where you will learn more about the coming week. Cochem is a beautiful old town overlooked by an impressive castle and after the welcome meeting your guides will invite you to join them for a guided stroll around this picturesque little place. The Princessa Royal remains at her mooring in Cochem overnight.
Day 2: Cochem – Zell, 24 miles/39 kms
After a hearty breakfast we mount up for our first ride of the holiday. We follow a lovely riverside cycle path to Beilstein, one of the best-preserved medieval villages on the Moselle. Castle Metternich stands guard above the village and the view from the ramparts is definitely worth the climb.
We then carry on beside the river, passing steep slopes covered with vineyards that seem to cascade down to the water’s edge. Our goal today is the pretty wine village of Zell an der Moselle where the Princesse Royal is waiting for us. The town is surrounded by vineyards and this is an ideal place to sample some excellent local Moselle wines. The Princesse Royal remains moored in Zell overnight.
Day 3: Zell an der Moselle – Bernkastel-Kues, 27 miles/45 kms
Today’s ride follows the meanders of the river passed a succession of small charming wine villages each surrounded by regimented terraces of seemingly endless vineyards. Around lunchtime we arrive in the village of Traben-Trarbach which is known for its Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) architecture. From here, some more, very pleasant riverside cycling delivers us to our overnight stop, the very pretty medieval village of Bernkastel-Kuese. The village square, surrounded by pretty half-timbered houses, dates back to the middle ages and is absolutely delightful. The Princesse Royal remains moored in Bernkastel-Kues for the night.
Day 4: Bernkastel-Kues – Neumagen – Schweich – Trier, 18 – 34 miles/28 – 54 kms
From Bernkastel-Kues the Moselle valley becomes broader, enabling it to accommodate even more vineyards. On today’s ride we will pass some of the most famous wine villages on the whole river such as Brauneberg, Piesport and Trittenheim. The latter of these sits on a particularly pretty bend in the river and keen photographers may be tempted to climb the opposite bank for a wonderful panoramic view of this perfect setting. A few more kilometers of idyllic riverside cycling delivers us to the village of Schewich where the Princesse Royal is waiting for us. We then enjoy an early evening cruise to Trier. the oldest city in Germany founded in 15BC by Caesar Augustus. The Princesse Royal moors in Trier for the night.
Day 5: Trier – Saarburg, 18 miles/28 kms
There is time this morning to explore the intriguing city of Trier a little more before we set off on the bikes along the riverbank once more. After a short distance we bid the Moselle river ‘auf wiedersehen’ and start to follow the smaller but no less beautiful Saar river southwards. Our destination is the charming and picturesque old town of Saarburg. In the centre of this splendidly quaint town we can admire the 20 meter waterfall and ancient water-mill. The Princesse Royal remains moored in Saarburg overnight but the galley is closed this evening allowing you to make your own meal arrangements in one of the town’s many fine restaurants.
Day 6: Saarburg – Remich, 27 – 32 miles, 45 – 53 kms
Today we have a a choice between a longer but easier ride following the Saar and Moselle rivers to Remich or a shorter option that cuts the corner by traversing some quite hilly terrain. Either way we will eventually cross the Moselle into the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg where we will visit a winery specialising in ‘Cremant’ sparkling wines. Just before finishing the ride in Remich we stop to admire the remains of a palatial Roman villa. We rejoin the Princesse Royal at her mooring in the peaceful little town of Remich where she remains for the night.
Day 7: Remich – Schengen – Thionville – Metz, 18 miles/30kms
A breakfast cruise delivers us to the small unassuming village of Schengen. The name will probably sound familiar as it was here in 1985 that the Schengen Agreement was signed. This agreement meant that citizens of member countries could travel freely within the Schengen zone without the need for passport or border control. Not long after starting our ride in Schengen we cross from Luxembourg into France. Delightful riverside villages punctuate our progress along the french Moselle as it meanders its way westwards. In the ancient city of Thionville we admire the medieval ramparts and quaint old streets before reboarding the Princesse Royal for an early evening cruise to the ancient city of Metz. Stunning architecture, including a breathtaking cathedral, and quaint twisting cobbled streets make this a fitting place to end our exploration of the Moselle river.
Day 8: Departure
After breakfast it is time to disembark and head for home or your next adventure.
Dates & Prices
|2021 Arrival Dates|
|Cochem to Metz|
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|Princesse Royal - superior|
|Twin - sole use||£2257||£1956|
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|Deposit per person||£260|
7 x Breakfast, 6 x Packed lunch, 6 x Dinner (Excludes one dinner in Saarburg)
Welcome drink and daily briefing
Daily coffee and tea
Maps & route information
Fully guided cycling tours with a tour leader
GPS route data
Helmet and water bottle
Wi-Fi on board
Bike hire (see supplements)
Special dietary requests, excluding vegetarians (€50, payable locally)
Entrance fees and excursions (not mentioned under inclusions)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£220)
Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 7 speeds. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.
Electric bikes are also available.
We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are provided on arrival.
Princesse Royal (formerly Magnifique)
The Princesse Royal is a wonderful boat and offering an excellent standard of accommodation and facilities.
She has 16 lower deck cabins, 11 twin cabins (11 m²) with two single beds set next to each other, 4 premium twin cabins (14 m²) with two single beds next to each other and a small sitting area and 1 single cabin (7 m²). On prior request, the beds in most twin cabins can be set together as a double bed. On request, an additional bed is available in some twin cabins (as fold away bunk bed, above one of the other beds). Each cabin has en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and wash basin. All cabins have individually regulated air-conditioning, ventilation system, central heating and flat screen TV, mini-safe and hairdryer; the portholes in all cabins are fixed for safety reasons.
On the upper deck, there is a tastefully decorated spacious salon with restaurant, bar and lounge with wide screen TV, large windows to enjoy the scenery and free Wi-Fi. There are also two, partly covered teak sun-decks with tables and chairs, and on the elevated aft deck you will also find a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and BBQ.
Fly to Frankfurt International Airport ( FRA) then take a train, via Koblenz to Cochem. Or, fly to Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (HHN) and take 45 minute taxi ride to Cochem
Train to Luxembourg and then a bus to Luxembourg airport. Alternatively, take a train to Strasbourg and then a bus to Strasbourg airport.