Moselle – Metz to Cochem Bike and Boat

  • Category

    Bike and Boat
    Self Guided or Guided
  • Grade

    Easy to Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Metz / Cochem
  • Distance

    155 miles/249 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeRivers and LakesWine Lovers
  • Accommodation

    Superior
  • Tour code

    008-115CDEB
Price From £1220

Overview

Explore the Moselle river by bike and boat enjoying easy daily rides along idyllic riverside cycle paths. On this route you will follow the river through three countries – France, Luxembourg and Germany. 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.

Cochem - Moselle River

Cochem – Moselle River

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 Metz, Thionville and Trier.

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

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Day 1: Arrive Metz

Metz Cathedral

Metz Cathedral

Make your way to Metz 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. Metz is a fascinating town with a beautiful cathedral and a rich history thanks to its location on an old Roman trading route. After dinner your guides invite you to join them for a guided stroll around this historic town. The Princessa Royal remains at her mooring in Metz overnight.

Day 2: Metz – Remich, 26 – 31 miles/41 – 49 kms

Moselle Cycle Path

Moselle Cycle Path

A breakfast cruise delivers us downstream to the town of Thionville where we start our first ride. After admiring the city’s medieval ramparts and winding cobbled streets we set off through the glorious french countryside. Our route leads us through some charming sleepy villages and we also pass the impressive fortress that stands guard over the riverside town of  Sierk-les-Bains.

A little further on we pass from France into Luxembourg. The only indication you have passed from one country into another is a very small sign on the side of the path – there are no border or passport controls at all. This frictionless travel between many countries in mainland Europe came into being in 1985 with the signing of the Schengen Agreement. Funnily enough, the next village you cycle through is the unassuming village of Schengen itself where this historic agreement was signed.

In the village of Nennig we stop to admire the remains of a palatial Roman villa. We then rejoin the Princesse Royal at her mooring in the peaceful little town of Remich where she remains for the night.

 

Day 3: Remich – Saarburg, 24 – 29 miles/40 – 48 kms

Saarburg

Saarburg

In this region, the river Moselle marks the border between Luxembourg and Germany. Our ride starts off on the German side (the eastern side) before switching to the Luxembourg side further downstream. Here we stop to visit a winery that specialises in the ‘Cremant’ sparkling wine. Afterwards we have a choice to make as there are two options. You may opt to go with the group who will continue to follow the river (first the Moselle and later the Saar). This is the easier but slightly longer option. Alternatively you may prefer to join the group that will leave the river and cut across country via a network of quite hilly country lanes. This is a tougher route but shorter in distance than following the river. Either way, both routes will deliver you to the charming and picturesque old town of Saarburg. In the centre of this splendid, quaint town we can admire the 20 meter waterfall and ancient water-mill. The Princesse Royal remains moored in Saarburg overnight

Day 4: Saarburg – Trier, 19 miles/32kms

Trier

Trier

After breakfast we set off with the bikes following the course of the river Saar back to where it meets the Moselle. We then follow the Moselle downstream to the historic city of Trier. As today’s ride is relatively short we should arrive around lunchtime and the rest of the afternoon is yours to explore this fascinating place which is in fact Germany’s oldest city. Founded in 15BC by Caesar Augustus the town flourished and quickly grew. There are many ancient relics and monuments in the city but none more famous than the Porta Nigra city gate which was built around 18AD. The galley on board is closed this evening so you are free to make your own arangements at one of the many fine restaurants in Trier. The Princesse Royal remains moored in Trier for the night.

Day 5: Trier – Schweich – Neumagen – Bernkastel-Kues, 16 – 32 miles/27 – 53 kms

Trittenheim

Trittenheim

A breakfast cruise downstream delivers us to the town of Schweich from where today’s ride will start. We now enter the ‘Romantic Moselle’, the affectionate nickname of this beautiful wine region. The scenic cycle path leads us through some of the most famous wine villages on the river including Trittenheim, which enjoys a truly stunning location on a majestic bend in the river, Neumagen-Drohn and Piesport. Eventually the cycle path leads us to the town of Bernkastel-Kues with its charming market square surrounded by beautiful half-timbered buildings. The Princesse Royal remains moored in Bernkastel-Kues for the night.

Day 6: Bernkastel Kues – Zell an der Mosel, 27 miles/45 kms

Zeltingen

Today we continue to follow the riverside cycle path through the beautiful wine region. The Moselle valley is more narrow now and regiments of terraced vineyards adorn the steep hillsides that sweep down to the riverbank. We visit Traben-Trarbach, a town famous for its Jugendstil Art Nouveau architecture. A few more meanders  of the river deliver us to the prety wine village of Zell an der Mosel. Here there are plenty of opportunities to get to know the many good wines that are produced in this region. The Princesse Royal remains moored in Zell for the night.

Day 7: Zell and der Mosel – Beilstein – Cochem, 24 miles/39 kms

Beilstein

Beilstein

Our final ride offers some truly stunning scenery and as such provides a fitting finale to our Moselle cycling adventure. The valley gets even tighter now and the terraced vineyards seem to cling to the steep hillsides. Near the village of Bremm we can look up at some of the steepest vineyards in Europe with an average pitch of 60 degrees. A little further on we reach 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. A couple more bends in the river and we arrive in Cochem – journey’s end. Cochem is a beautiful old town overlooked by terraced vineyards and an impressive looking castle. Again, we highly recommend the climb to Reichsburg Castle to enjoy the view along the river.  Our final night aboard the Princessa Royal is spent in this perfect little village.

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast it is time to disembark and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2020 Arrival Dates - scroll down for 2021 dates
Metz to Cochem
April1125
May923
June6

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2020 Prices - scroll down for 2021 prices
008-115CDEB
Per person
01 Apr
to
30 Jun
01 Oct
to
31 Oct
Princesse Royal - superior
Double/Twin £1437 £1246                
Triple* £1389 £1198                
Single £1869 £1620                
Twin - sole use £2156 £1868                
Premium Twin £1629 £1437                
Premium Triple £1581 £1389                
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Deposit per person £350

Price Includes

7 nights aboard the Princesse Royal. See practical information
7 x Breakfast, 6 x Packed lunch, 6 x Dinner (Excludes one dinner in Trier)
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
Ferry fees
Wi-Fi on board


Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Drinks on-board
Special dietary requests, excluding vegetarians (€50, payable locally)
Gratuities/Tips
Entrance fees and excursions (not mentioned under inclusions)

Supplements

Regular bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£86)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£210)

Notes

* Triple share only applicable for 2 adults and 1 child under 16 years old
2020 Arrival Dates
Metz to Cochem
August28
September25
October23

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2020 Prices
008-115CDEB
Per person
01 Jul
to
30 Sep
01 Oct
to
31 Oct
Princesse Royal - superior
Double/Twin £1464 £1269                
Triple* £1415 £1220                
Single £1903 £1649                
Twin - sole use £2195 £1903                
Premium Twin £1659 £1464                
Premium Triple £1610 £1415                
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Deposit per person £340

Price Includes

7 nights aboard the Princesse Royal. See practical information
7 x Breakfast, 6 x Packed lunch, 6 x Dinner (Excludes one dinner in Trier)
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
Ferry fees
Wi-Fi on board


Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Drinks on-board
Special dietary requests, excluding vegetarians (€50, payable locally)
Gratuities/Tips
Entrance fees and excursions (not mentioned under inclusions)

Supplements

Regular bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£88)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£214)

Notes

* Triple share only applicable for 2 adults and 1 child under 16 years old

Practical Information

Bikes

An example of the bike provided on this tour.

An example of the bike provided on this tour.

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.

Accommodation

Princesse Royal (formerly Magnifique)

MS Magnifique barge - Twin Cabin

Princesse Royal – Twin Cabin

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.

Magnifique

Princesse Royal

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.

Getting There

Arrival:

Fly to Luxembourg Airport or Strasbourg Airport. Take train to Metz from Luxembourg or Strasbourg main station.

Departure:

Frankfurt International Airport ( FRA) – Take a train from Cochem to Koblenz and then another train to Frankfurt International Airport ( FRA)

Frankfurt-Hahn Airport(HHN) – take a 45 minute taxi ride from Cochem to Frankfurt-Hahn Airport(HHN)

 

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