Moselle & Saar: Beautiful river valleys, vineyards and towns
8 days / 7 nights | Ship: MS Patria | Self guided bike tours
What could provide a more pleasant break than a trip to the Saar and Moselle, two rivers which wind through enchanting countryside, where castles on the hills guard the route and you can visit market squares surrounded by timbered houses? Is it any wonder that Moselle wines have such a good name? The journey through the Moselle valley between Koblenz and Trier traverses some of Germany’s most beautiful countryside. You will meet winegrowers and bottlers on the way, but also cyclists from all around the world.
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 are but a few of the highlights during this trip. The quality of the cycle paths along this route is excellent. Most of the path along the Moselle is paved or asphalted and does not have any gradients of note. This make the trip suitable even for relatively unpractised cyclists. You will live and travel on board the MS PATRIA, which has been a favourite ship for bike-boat holidays for many years.
Day 1 (Sat): Koblenz: Arrival and embarkation
Embarkation as from 4 PM; the crew will welcome you on board. You will spend the evening and first night in Koblenz.
Day 2 (Sun): Koblenz – Alken | Alken – Moselkern – Cochem (Cycling 30 km / 19 miles)
The ship will bring you to Alken. The bike tour starts here and brings you to Moselkern, and then on to Cochem. Optional: You can visit the Reichsburg.
Day 3 (Mon): Cochem – Zell on the Moselle (Cycling 40 km / 25 miles)
The bike tour will first take you to Beilstein, which you can explore during a short tour. Pass Europe's steepest vineyard at Bremmer Calmont. Today's tour ends in the wine village of Zell on the Moselle. Optional: Wine tasting in the evening.
Day 4 (Tue): Zell on the Moselle – Bernkastel-Kues (Cycling 45 km / 28 miles)
The bike tour from Zell brings you to romantic Traben-Trarbach, city of Jugendstil, and via wine city Kröv to Bernkastel. Grand half-timbered houses surround the middle aged market place . You will reach the ship after a short tour through town.
Day 5 (Wed): Bernkastel-Kues –Mehring (Cycling 45 km / 28 miles)
Cycle tour to Neumagen-Dhron, the oldest wine city of Germany. After the lunch break the tour continues to Mehring.
Day 6 (Thu): Mehring – Trier (Cycling 25–30 km / 16–19 miles)
You will cycle via Pfalzel to Trier, where the ship is waiting for you. Trier is one of the oldest cities of Germany. Its Roman roots are still visible in impressive buildings as the Porta Nigra, the Konstantin basilica and the Amphitheatre.
Day 7 (Fri): Trier – Wasserbillig – Saarburg (Cycling 40 km / 25 miles or more)
You have two choices today: you can either cycle from Trier to Saarburg along the banks of the Saar River or you can elect to take it easy and enjoy the beautiful scenery from your barge the MS Patria Saarburg, also known as “Little Venice”, features Saarburg Castle (Saar Castle), a massive complex mentioned in official documents as early as 964, the Saarburg Waterfall on the River Leuk and many historical buildings. If you elect to cycle from Saarburg to Mettlach you can visit the “Villeroy & Boch” factory before returning to Saarburg
Day 8 (Sat): Saarburg
After breakfast: disembarkation and end of tour.
Itinerary from Saarburg to Koblenz
Day 1 (Sat): Saarburg: Arrival and embarkation
Embarkation as from 4 PM; the crew will welcome you on board. You will spend the first night and evening in Saarburg . In the evening you will have the opportunity to explore Saarburg: in its centre is a waterfall of 20 meters deep.
Day 2 (Sun): Saarburg – Wasserbillig (Lux) – Trier (Cycling 40 km / 25 miles)
A bike tour from Saarburg to the old Saarschleife and then on to the Igeler Säule. From here you will cycle to Wasserbillig in Luxemburg. In the afternoon you will reach Trier, where the ship will be waiting for you. Optional: guided tour in Trier.
Day 3 (Mon): Trier – Mehring (Cycling 25–30 km / 16–19 miles)
After breakfast you will cycle via Pfalzel to Mehring, the largest winegrowers community in the Moselle-Saar-Ruwer region.
Day 4 (Tue): Mehring – Bernkastel-Kues (Cycling 45 km / 28 miles)
You will reach Bernkastel-Kues by bike. The market place from the Middle Ages with many wood timbered houses invites you for a rest.
Day 5 (Wed): Kues – Traben-Trarbach – Zell (Cycling 45 km / 28 miles)
Today's bike tour brings you to romantic Traben-Trarbach, city of Jugendstil, and the largest wine village on the river, Zell, well known through the wine "Zeller Schwarze Katz".
Day 6 (Thu): Zell – Beilstein – Cochem (Cycling 40 km / 25 miles)
The perfect maintained historical centre of Beilstein, "the Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle", is waiting for you. Today's tour ends in Cochem with the Reichsburg. In the evening optional wine tasting (included) at a local winegrower.
Day 7 (Fri): Cochem – Alken (Cycling 30 km / 19 miles) | Alken – Koblenz
After a beautiful last cycling tour the ship waits for you in Alken, one of the oldest cities along the Moselle. Sail to Koblenz, where you will stay for the night.
Day 8 (Sat): Koblenz
After breakfast: disembarkation and end of the tour.
Note: All distances are "approximate distances" of recommended bike tours. When a guest does not want to cycle one day, she/he can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next harbour.
Please note: All cycling distances stated above are approximate only.