Enjoy the marvelous bike trails by the rivers Saar and Moselle, walk up to the viewpoints and marvel at fantastic panorama’s. The Moselle, with a length of 544 km, is the Rhine’s longest tributary and it is also the second most important shipping route in Germany. The Saar, which has the greatest abundance of water and a length of 246 km, is the Moselle’s longest tributary. Discover Saarburg – the Saar’s “Little-Venice” and visit the castle before reaching the ancient Roman town of Treves. Visiting the emperor’s thermea, the Porta Nigra and the historical Old-Town is an absolute must!
Through the flat landscape you will reach green vineyards and enjoy Traben-Trarbach, Zell and Bernkastel-Kues by the Moselle. Further highlights of your bike trip will be enjoyable transfers on the sundeck of your ship, plus a short trip to the castle of Eltz. The last stage of your trip will be to Koblenz with it’s “Deutsches Eck” where the Moselle and Rhine rivers meet.
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
Day 1- Individual journey to Saarburg
Welcome on board, embarkation starts at 4.00 pm, then a Welcome Meeting at 6pm before dinner.
Day 2 – Saarburg – Wasserbillig (LUX) – Trier, 38 km
Today you will cycle from Saarburg along the idyllic nature reserve along the River Saar. Further on to Wasserbillig in Luxemburg and from here to the Igeler Säule. Later you will reach Trier, where the ship will be waiting for you. In the afternoon you can explore the city in a special kind of way by booking a city walk with a “traditional Roman”
Day 3 – Trier-Mehring, approx. 28 km
After breakfast you cycle via Pfalzel to Mehring. This village is surrounded by vineyards, forests and meadows and is one of the biggest wine growing villages in the Moselle-Saar-Ruwer region. Even the Romans appreciated the beautiful landscape 2000 years ago.
Day 4 – Mehring – Piesport-Bernkastel-Kues, approx. 46 km
Today you’ll reach Bernkastel-Kues by bike. The market place from the Middle Ages with many wood timbered houses invites you for a rest. On your way you come to Neumagen-Dhron which is the oldest wine city in Germany. Further on you reach Piesport, the oldest wine growing community along the Moselle. Here you can book a guided tour and visit the Roman cellars and the vineyards. In the evening you will have the chance to visit a local winegrowers place and enjoy a wine tasting with the famous Moselle wines (optional, bookable on board).
Day 5 – Bernkastel-Kues–Traben Trarbach-Zell, approx. 43 km
Today’s bike tour brings you to romantic Traben-Trarbach, where Jugendstil architecture shows its best side. Continuing to Zell, a well known wine village on the Mosel. In the evening you will have the chance to visit a local winegrowers cellar and enjoy a wine tasting with the famous Moselle wines (optional, bookable on board).
Day 6– Zell – Beilstein – Cochem, approx. 39 km
Cycle through the perfectly preserved historic old town of Beilstein the “Sleeping Beauty on Moselle“. Join the boat again in Cochem with its fortress and quaint half-timbered houses and picturesque Old Town.
Day 7 – Cochem- Alken – Koblenz, approx. 30 km
Today you cycle to Alken, one of the oldest villages along the Moselle. Here your boat is awaiting you, then enjoy the beautiful passing landscape from aboard. The MS Patria brings you to Koblenz where the Moselle and Rhine meet.
Day 8 – Individual journey home
After breakfast the tour is completed, say farewell and start your journey home or stay for some extra days.
NOTE: On alternate weeks this ship travels in the opposite direction.
MS Patria – 3+ star
MS Patria is a cosy river ship with restaurant, saloon (air-conditioned) and sun deck. It has a length of 68 m, a breadth of 7, 70 m and space for 66 guests. There are 15 cabins on the Main deck, and a further 18 cabins on the Promenade deck. The cabins are twin-bedded, with a size of 9 m². Each cabin has a window (which can be opened on Promenade deck only), shower/toilet and air-conditioning. Plenty of good, simple fare is awaiting you on board.
RATING – Easy
Mostly paved and flat cycle paths along the rivers, with a few small hills; Some public roads in the towns; suitable for novice cyclists, families, and experienced cyclists alike.
AIRPORT / TRANSFERS
The nearest international airport is Frankfurt, with regular rail transfers available directly from the terminal (75 minutes). These are available at approx. $55.00 one way.
|Saarburg to Koblenz||Season 1: October 13
Season 4: May 26, Sep 29
|Koblenz to Saarburg||Season 3: October 6
Season 4: Sep 22
|Saarburg to Koblenz||Season 1: October 12
Season 2: April 13
Season 3: April 27, May 11
Season 4: June 8, 22 July 6, Aug. 3, 17 Sep.31, 28
|Koblenz to Saarburg||Season 1: April 6
Season 2: April 20
Season 3: May 4, Oct. 5
Season 4: July 27, Aug. 10, 24 Sep. 21
|Price per person||CAD||$980|
|Upgrade to Upper (Promenade) deck||$195|
|Season 2 surcharge||$160|
|Season 3 surcharge||$320|
|Season 4 surcharge||$480|
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Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment