Saar and Moselle Bike and Boat

  • 5.0
    (2 reviews)
  • Category

    Bike and Boat
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Easy
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Saarburg / Koblenz
  • Distance

    140 miles/225 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeRivers and LakesWine Lovers
  • Accommodation

    Comfort
  • Tour code

    033-103CDEA
Price From £531

Overview

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

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

The MS Patria will be your floating hotel for the week and offers small but comfortable cabins, a sun deck as well as a pleasant salon/bar and restaurant. Daily rides lead you along the beautiful Moselle Valley, to historic, handsome towns in Germany’s most famous wine-growing region. Of course, there will be plenty of opportunities to sample the fine Moselle wines during the holiday. Highlights include Trier’s ancient city centre, the charming river-side wine villages of Piesport, Bernkastel-Kues, Cochem and Zell as well as the simple pleasure of easy cycling through the blissful scenery of the Moselle Valley.

 

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.

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Day 1: Arrive Saarburg

Saarburg

Saarburg

Arrive in Saarburg and step onboard the MS Patria. Embarkation is between 4pm to 5pm. After you’re settled in your cabin you’ll have time to explore this lovely town on the banks of the Saar. A branch of the river forms a 20-metre-high waterfall right in the centre of the charming old town. The Patria remains moored in Saarburg for the night.

 

Day 2: Saarburg – Wasserbillig – Trier, 23 miles/38 kms

Trier

Trier

Your cycling adventure starts in earnest today as you pedal through an idyllic nature reserve that was once a large meander in the river itself. From here you cycle briefly into Luxembourg to visit the town of Wasserbillig on the banks of the Moselle River. You will also pass Igeler Säule before cycling on to Trier, Germany’s oldest city, where the Patria is waiting for you. Step ashore after dinner for an evening stroll around the beautiful old city centre. Be sure to visit the lovely old market square and the Porta Nigra, the famous old Roman Gate. The boat remains moored in Trier for the night.

Day 3: Trier – Mehring, 17 to 19 miles/26 to 29 kms

MS Patria - Mehring

MS Patria – Mehring

There’s time to have a further look around Trier this morning before enjoying a relaxing bike ride into the heart of Germany’s prestigious Mosel Wine Region. The river-side route is lined with vineyards and you might be tempted to stop for an impromptu tasting session before cycling on to the wine-town of Mehring, where the Patria is waiting for you.

Day 4: Mehring – Piesport – Bernkastel-Kues, 29 miles/47 kms

Bernkastel - Germany*

Bernkastel-Kues

Today’s relaxing river-side ride is a real delight. Gentle vineyard-clad hillsides give way to pretty riverside villages such as Piesport, the oldest wine growing community in the Moselle Valley, and Bernkastel-Kues, a medieval market town of half-timbered houses and bustling squares. Make sure you take the time to enjoy the popular wines on your route today.

Day 5: Bernkastel-Kues – Traben-Trarbach – Zell on the Mosel, 26 miles/43 kms

Grevenburg Castle - Traben-Trarbach - Moselle Valey - Germany*

Grevenburg Castle above Traben-Trarbach

Your cycling adventure continues today with more, idyllic, Moselle Valley scenery to keep you company. The cycle path leads you along the meandering river to Traben-Trarbach, a town known for its elegant ‘Jugendstil’ Art Nouveau buildings. After a break you’ll continue to the idyllic wine village of Zell an der Mosel where you’ll have the option to visit a local winery to sample some crisp, white Mosel wines (optional and bookable on board). The Patria moors for the night in Zell an der Mosel.

Day 6: Zell an der Mosel – Beilstein – Cochem, 24 miles/39 kms

Cochem Castle

Cochem

It’s hard to believe the scenery could get even better but today it does. Beilstein is one of the Moselle Valley’s most picturesque old towns, nestled on a beautiful stretch of the river. From here the route leads you on to 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 7: Cochem – Alken – Koblenz, 18 miles/29 kms

Alken

Alken

Your last day of cycling promises more superb scenery and culture. It’s a shortish ride to Alken, one of the Moselle’s oldest cities, and you’ll have time to explore here before re-joining the boat and cruising on into the heart of Koblenz. The city marks the confluence of the Mosel and Rhine rivers and is a pleasant place to spend the last night of your cycling adventure.

Day 8: Koblenz

After breakfast it’s time to disembark, by 9am, and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

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

2019 Arrival Dates
Saarburg to Koblenz
April1327
May11
June822
July6
August31731
September28
October12

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2019 Prices
033-103CDEA
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01 Jun
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28 Sep
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12 Oct
 
MS Patria - Comfort
Lower Deck
Twin £531 £632 £732 £833 £732 £531        
Single £797 £948 £1099 £1249 £1099 £797        
Upper Deck
Twin £642 £742 £843 £943 £843 £642        
Single £963 £1114 £1264 £1415 £1264 £963        
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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 (£74)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£173)

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

She has 34 twin cabins (7 m²) with 2 separate single beds. They are arranged over two decks – 15 on the lower deck and 19 on the upper – and all have en-suite facilities, hair dryer 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
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 Saarburg.

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 2 reviews 5.0
  • Date - 14/06/2018
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - As we have experienced in the past (this is our third Flexitreks trip) Ally and the other staff are very knowledgeable and helpful, securing our reservation as soon as possible and answering all our questions along the way.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - We enjoyed the Patria. The crew was helpful and provided great service. The meals were excellent. Our cabin, while "tight" was quite sufficient and we had ample room on board to relax in the salon or on the rooftop deck.
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : Thank you so much for the kind words.

    Product : We're glad you enjoyed your time aboard the Patria.
  • Date - 10/07/2016
  • Name - Peter Benstead
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - The ladies I telephoned could not have been more helpful regarding parking near the boat,return transfer,including bikes, back to our car at Saarburg.It was a pleasure talking to them.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - The staff could not be more helpful and friendly,they took our bikes and luggage early allowing us to wander around Saarburg for the afternoon and then sit on the sun deck until checking in time.The food was plentiful and very good, drinks not expensive. The cabin was tiny but adequate,plenty of hot showers and comfortable beds.Excellent trip.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for a lovely review Peter and thanks also for taking the time to post the great photos.