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  • self guided cycle
  • 7 nights barge
  • 7 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
  • 7 Breakfasts

8 Days$1149USD

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Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10

Trip Code: MOS

Trip highlights

  • Cycling through the stunning Moselle Valley
  • Wine tasting in Kues and learning of the ancient wine growing traditions of the region
  • Experiencing the areas rich history through its impressive castles and towns
  • Relaxing on board the comfortable barge

Originating in the Vosges Mountains in the French region of Alsace, the fabled Moselle River flows north along the Luxembourg border and into Germany for 545km in total before it meets the Rhine River at the cultural city of Koblenz. The picturesque valley formed by the river is home to a rich tradition of wine making, Germany's oldest town and a strong Roman and medieval heritage. The section between Koblenz and Cochem is known as 'castle country' due to its abundance of castles including the fairytale Eltz Castle considered to be one of the finest in Germany. Based on a comfortable barge, this cycle journey along the Moselle and its tributary, the Saar, offers an ideal balance of activity, history, culture and relaxation.

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On arrival in Koblenz, you are welcome on board the MS Patria, a river boat with a comfortable atmosphere, between 4 and 5pm. The captain and his crew will welcome you on board at approximately 6pm. Located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, the city has been an important defence centre for the region over its more than 2000 year history. Its impressive fortifications are still in good condition today and it's worth exploring these, as well as the old town with its ancient churches.

Meals:  D

The first section of the route today between Koblenz and Alken will be by boat. At Alken the cycle begins by crossing the river via a bridge and continuing along the banks of the Moselle. The first stop is Moselkern, a small town located at the confluence of the Elz and Moselle rivers. You can park your bike in the hikers carpark before walking (around 35 minutes) through the Elztal valley to Eltz Castle. Eltz Castle is considered one of the best preserved castles in Germany and has been privately owned by the Edlen Herren und Grafen (Lords and Counts) von und zu Eltz for more than 800 years. Guided tours are available in English. Continue cycling to the town of Cochem, overshadowed by the impressive Reichsburg Castle dating from 1051. The town is surrounded by vineyards and is located in the bend of the river providing stunning scenery and an old world atmosphere.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning you will cycle along the windings of the river Moselle to Beilstein. After a short walk around this city you will pass the steepest vineyard in Europe, Bremmer Calmont. Continue to Zell an der Mosel, which is well-known for the vineyard "Zellar Schwarze Katz". In the evening you will have the chance to visit a local winegrower where you can enjoy a wine tasting of some of the famous Moselle wines (supplement applies).

Meals:  B,L,D

Today you will cycle to Traben-Trarbach, the city of Art Nouveau which displays historic architecture at its best. Afterwards you continue through the well-known village Krov to Bernkastel. Bernkastel-Kues is an ideal place to stroll around with its stylish medieval market square surrounded by half timbered houses. You will find the barge in Keus after cycling through the town.

Meals:  B,L,D

Cycle tour to Piesport, the oldest winegrowing community along the Moselle. Here you can book a guided tour and visit the Roman cellars and the vineyards. Further on you come to Neumage-Dhron, the oldest wine village in Germany. Here you can visit the clone of a Roman wine boat. After lunch the cycle continues on to Mehring, a typical winegrowing village, where the boat is waiting for you.

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The cycle this morning takes us past the small town of Pfalzel and on to Trier, considered to be Germany's oldest city, where the boat will be waiting there for you. In the afternoon you can explore the city in a special kind of way. Book a city walk with a "traditional Roman". There are numerous Roman and medieval sites of interest such as the Roman gateway, the Porta Nigra, which is not surprising given its incredible history and important position in the Roman Empire. Note: on some departures the overnight stop will be in Konz instead of Trier.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today you will be cycling along the river to Saarburg, also known as "Little Venice". As you explore the town you will enjoy the narrow alleys, half-timbered houses, baroque buildings and colourful fisher and boat houses. In the centre of town you'll also find a waterfall which is 20 metres deep.

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Disembarkation after breakfast until 9am.

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On arrival in Saarburg, you are welcome on board the MS Patria, a river boat with a comfortable atmosphere, from 4pm. The captain and his crew will welcome you on board at approximately 6pm. Saarburg, known as "Little Venice", is a beautiful town with narrow alleys, half-timbered houses, baroque buildings and colourful fishing and boat houses.

Meals:  D

Your first bike tour starts after breakfast and leads you to the Old Saar loop and onto Igeler Saule and Wasserbillig in Luxembourg with its well-known Baroque church and two grand towers. In the afternoon you will reach Trier where the boat will be moored. In Trier you have the option to take a city tour (additional cost). Trier was once the Roman seat of government and is known for its Porta Nigra, a gigantic city gate. Note: on some departures the overnight stop will be in Konz instead of Trier.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today you will cycle 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. The Romans appreciated the beautiful landscape 2000 years ago.

Meals:  B,L,D

Cycle from Mehring along the river to Bernkastel-Kues. Bernkastel is an ideal place to stroll around with its stylish medieval market square surrounded by half timbered houses. We recommend having a break at the market square. On your way you visit Neumagen-Dhron which is the oldest wine city of Germany. Further on you reach Piesport, the oldest wine growing community along the Moselle. You should take the time to enjoy the popular wines.

Meals:  B,L,D

You cycle on the river to Traben Trarbach where Jugendstil architecture (a type of German Art Nouveau style) is on display. Continue to the biggest wine village in this region, “Zell”. In the evening you can taste the famous Moselle wines at a local vineyard (supplement applies).

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we cycle to Beilstein with its beautiful city centre, before continuing on to the town of Cochem. Overshadowed by the impressive Reichsburg Castle dating from 1051, the town is surrounded by vineyards. Located on a bend in the river it provides stunning scenery and an old world atmosphere. There will be time to explore its cobblestone streets and picturesque Old town.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today the cycle route takes you to Alken, one of the oldest villages along the Moselle. Further along, you will visit the Burg Eltz then continue on to Koblenz, where the Moselle and Rhine rivers meet and your boat is awaiting you. You can choose to stay on board today if you prefer and enjoy the passing beautiful landscapes from the boat.

Meals:  B,L,D

Trip concludes after breakfast.

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  • 7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 7 dinners, tea and coffee in the afternoon - breakfasts are buffet style consisting of breads, cereals, cheese, meats, fruit, yoghurt and breakfast beverages. Picnic lunches are assembled at breakfast time. Dinners are 3 courses served in the dining room. Special diets may be catered for on request (e.g. lactose-free and gluten-free diet) however there will be an extra fee (payable locally). Please advise us at the time of booking or at least 21 days prior to departure. If necessary, some special dietary supplements may need to be brought with you.
  • 7 nights accommodation in main deck cabin on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (supplement applies for other categories of berths on main or upper deck). We do not match travellers together so if you are travelling solo you will need to book a single cabin (limited and on a request basis).
  • Welcome drink and information meeting on first evening aboard
  • Bicycle, 7 speed with hand and back pedal brakes or freewheel hubs with hand brakes only (the latter must be reserved in advance - limited number). The bike is supplied with a waterproof pannier and bicycle insurance (8 speed electric bike available on request for a supplement)
  • Information pack including route notes & maps per cabin. GPS Tracks are available on request.
  • Cruise director on board - does not cycle with the group, provides daily briefings
  • All harbour, lock and bridge dues
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Linen and change of towels as required

  • Travel to and from Koblenz / Saarburg
  • Drinks other than afternoon tea and coffee on board
  • Meals not detailed in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry etc.
  • Helmet - mandatory on all bike tours, you are encouraged to bring your own well-fitted helmet. No hire facility is available, you may be able to purchase from bike shops locally.
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing fees
  • Tips - while tipping is not obligatory, it is customary to offer a tip if the guide and crew have done a good job. As a guide we would recommend around EUR30-60 per person (to be distributed between the guide/s, captain and crew).
  • Travel insurance - mandatory *cruise cover may be required - check with your insurer
  • Catering for special diets (except Vegetarian). A supplement is payable for lactose or gluten free diets - EUR25pp (subject to change) paid locally on board. See below for further details regarding catering for dietary requirements.
  • Tour guide - this is a self guided tour

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Departure dates

* Guaranteed status denotes minimum trip numbers have been met, however the trips operation will be subject to there being no COVID-19 restrictions or other government travel advisories. Please contact us for further information.


Mid Season
High Season
High season is from 28 May to 30 Sep, Mid season is 7 May and 1 Oct. A supplement applies to mid and high season departures. For 30 Apr and 29 Oct departures only - a discount (D) applies for main deck, and the upper deck supplement does not apply.
Trip begins in Koblenz.
Trip follows a reverse itinerary beginning in Saarburg - refer to the second itinerary in trip notes.

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Options & Supplements*
  • Discount for 10 Apr & 16 Oct 2021, 30 Apr & 29 Oct 2022 (D) - main deckUSD$-111
  • upper deck twin supplement (n/a for 10 Apr & 16 Oct 2021 departures only)USD$130
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$130
  • Single Supplement - main deck - standard seasonUSD$380
  • Single Supplement - main deck - high/mid seasonUSD$470
  • Single Supplement - upper deck - standard seasonUSD$560
  • Single Supplement - upper deck - high / mid seasonUSD$630
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Moselle Barge & Bike trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.

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