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Route:

Technical Characteristics:

Tour Profile: Easy. The quality of the cycle ways along the route is excellent.  Most of the stretches are paved or asphalted, and lead alongside the Rhine dikes without any gradients of note.

Distance: 225 km

Travel Season: Saturday departures from Koblenz:  Season A: April 30 and October 29, 2022
Season B: October 15, 2022
Season C: October 1, 2022
Season D: May 28; June 11; June 25; July 23; July 31; August 6; August 20 and September 17, 2022

Saturday departures from Saarburg:  Season A: October 8 and October 22, 2022
Season B: May 7, 2022
Season C: June 4; June 18; July 2; July 30; Aug 13; August 27;
September 24, 2022

On the Moselle and Saar, the 68 meters long MS PATRIA, which can accommodate a maximum of 68 guests, is your sailing home. The ship is modernized for boat bike tours and provides 15 cabins on the main deck and 19 cabins on the upper deck. All cabins are small and practicable (approximately 7 m²), with two beds standing in a right angle, with window (to be opened on the upper deck, but for safety reasons fixed on the main deck), shower + toilet, individually regulated air conditioning in all cabins on the main deck, as well in the restaurant and salon. This authentic ship has a nice salon with bar and large windows in front of the top deck and a separate restaurant on the main deck. On the partially covered sun deck there are sitting places (tables + chairs) for all guests and a cycle shed. The ship sails under Dutch Flag and management and had its sailing area in The Netherlands for many years. As from 2011 its sailing area is in Germany and it is a very popular ship for combined boat and bike tours.

The history of this region even goes back to the Roman Era, some 2,000 years ago. Beautiful timbered houses, vineyards, the Porta Nigra in Trier, the “German corner” (conjunction of Moselle and Rhine) in Koblenz and Saarburg (also known as “little Venice”) are but a few of the highlights during this trip. 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.

Itineraries

Day 1

Arrival to Koblenz

Embarkation between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. You will spend the evening and first night in Koblenz.

Day 2

Koblenz - Alken by ship, Alken – Moselkern - Cochem 29 km

By ship to Alken, where your bike tour starts. You are cycling to Moselkern and then on to Cochem. Cochem is a lovely little town with historical half-timbered houses and a picturesque Old town. For inexperienced cyclists we recommend spending the day on board and use the day off to visit Cochem in the afternoon.

Day 3

Cochem - Zell on the Moselle 39 km

The bike tour will first take you to Beilstein, which you can explore during a short tour on your own. Pass Europe’s steepest vineyard at Bremmer Calmont. Today’s tour ends in the wine village of Zell on the Moselle. You should take the time to enjoy the popular wines.

Day 4

Zell on the Moselle - Bernkastel-Kues 43 km

You cycle today from Zell to romantic Traben-Trarbach, where Jugendstil architecture shows its best side. After that the middle aged market place of Bernkastel-Kues invites you for a rest. You will reach the ship in Kues after a tour through town.

Day 5

Bernkastel-Kues - Mehring 47 km

Cycle tour to Piesport, the oldest winegrowing community along the Moselle. Visit the Roman cellars and the vineyards on your own. Further on you come to Neumagen-Dhron which is the oldest wine city of Germany. After the lunch break the tour continues to Mehring.

Day 6

Mehring - Trier 26 - 29 km

You will cycle via Pfalzel to Trier, where the ship is waiting for you. Trier is one of the oldest cities of Germany and its Roman roots are still visible in impressive buildings as the Porta Nigra, the Konstantin basilica and the Amphitheatre.

Day 7

Trier - Saarburg - Wasserbillig – Saarburg 38 km

Today you will be cycling along the river from Trier via Wasserbillig in Luxembourg to Saarburg, also called “little Venice”. In its centre you will find a waterfall of 20 meters deep as well as many baroque buildings and fisher houses.

Day 8

Departure from Saarburg

Disembarkation after breakfast until 9:00 a.m. Individual journey home.

Prices

    Included:

    • 7 nights’ accommodation in an outside cabin with private facilities and air conditioning
    • Program according to itinerary
    • Full board: 7x breakfast, 6x light lunch on board (non-cyclists) or packed lunch for cyclists, 6x coffee or tea in the afternoon, 7x dinner
    • Daily cabin cleaning, changing of towels and bed linens if wanted
    • Welcome drink
    • All fees for harbours, bridges and locks
    • Daily meeting for the cycle tours
    • Tour guide on board (does not cycle with the group)
    • Printed instructions and maps for daily individual bike tours (one per cabin)
    • GPS tracks for cycle tours

    Not Included:

    • Arrival and departure
    • Transfers to/from the docking place in Koblenz/Saarburg
    • Entrance fees and excursions
    • City maps
    • Ferry fares
    • Drinks on board
    • Gratuities (at your discretion)

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