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Traveller Rating

 

Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 7 nights barge
Meals
  • 7 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
  • 7 Breakfasts

8 Days£1240GBP

Overview

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.

Countries:

Germany

Starting Point:

Koblenz or Saarburg

Finishing Point:

Saarburg or Koblenz


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On arrival in Koblenz make your own way to the boat between 3pm and 5pm. You will spend the evening and first night in Koblenz. The captain and his crew will welcome you on board at approximately 6pm. Located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, Koblenz has been an important defensive 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. Note: 4 May 2024 departure begins in Bonn

Meals:  D

The first section of the route today to Alken is 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. You can park your bike and explore (around 35 minutes) the Elztal valley to Eltz Castle, considered one of the best preserved castles in Germany. Guided tours are available in English. Continue by bike to Cochem, which is overshadowed by the impressive Reichsburg Castle dating from 1051. Cochem is a lovely little town with historical half-timbered-houses and a picturesque Old town, surrounded by vineyards. You can choose to stay on board today if you prefer and enjoy the passing landscapes from the boat.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning you will follow the river to Beilstein, whch you can explore on foot. It has the steepest vineyard in Europe, Bremmer Calmont. Continue riding to Zell an der Mosel, well-known for the "Zellar Schwarze Katz" vineyard. We recommend taking the time to enjoy their popular wines. (optional wine tasting available, book on board)

Meals:  B,L,D

Today you will cycle to Traben-Trarbach, which displays historic Art Nouveau architecture at its best. Afterwards, continue through Krov village to Bernkastel-Kues, which 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

Today you cycle to Piesport, the oldest winegrowing community along the Moselle. Here you can book a guided tour of the Roman cellars and 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 cycle to Mehring, a typical winegrowing village, where the boat awaits your arrival.

Meals:  B,L,D

The cycle this morning takes you past the small town of Pfalzel and on to Trier, considered to be Germany's oldest city, where the boat will be waiting for you. Trier is one of the oldest cities of Germany and its Roman roots are still visible in impressive buildings including the Porta Nigra, Konstantin basilica and Amphitheatre. Note: at times the overnight stop may be in Konz.

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 houses. In the centre of town you'll also find a waterfall which is 20 metres deep.

Meals:  B,L,D

Disembarkation after breakfast until 9am.

Meals:  B

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On arrival in Saarburg make your own way to the boat between 3pm and 5pm. You will spend the evening and first night in Saarburg. 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. In its centre you will find a 20m deep waterfall.

Meals:  D

Your first bike tour starts after breakfast and leads you via the old Saar loop to Wasserbillig, with its Baroque church and two grand towers, in Luxembourg. Continue to Igeler Saule and in the afternoon you will reach Trier, where the boat awaits. Trier is one of the oldest cities of Germany and its Roman roots are still visible in impressive buildings including the Porta Nigra, Konstantin basilica and Amphitheatre. Note: on some departures the overnight stop may be in Konz.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today you will cycle to Mehring via Pflzel. Mehring village is surrounded by vineyards, forests and meadows, and is one of the largest 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, an ideal place to explore on foot, 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 some time to enjoy the popular wines.

Meals:  B,L,D

You cycle on the river to Traben Trarbach where Art Nouveau architecture is on display. Continue to the well known wine village Zell. In the evening you can taste the famous Moselle wines at a local vineyard (book on board).

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning you cycle to Beilstein with its well maintained historical 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 is time to explore its cobblestone streets, half timbered houses and picturesque Old town this evening.

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 awaits. You can choose to stay on board today if you prefer and enjoy the passing landscapes from the boat.

Meals:  B,L,D

Trip concludes after breakfast, disembark by 9am.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 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 onboard MS Olympia - Premium barge category (supplement applies for other categories of berths on main or upper deck). Season supplements apply. 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).
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Welcome drink and information meeting on first evening aboard
  • All harbour, lock and bridge dues
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Linen and change of towels as required
  • Emergency hotline

  • Travel to and from Koblenz / Saarburg
  • Drinks other than afternoon tea and coffee on board
  • Meals not detailed in the itinerary
  • Helmet - mandatory on all bike tours, you are encouraged to bring your own well-fitted helmet. These can be purchased on board € 40.- per helmet, limited number.
  • Travel insurance - mandatory *cruise cover may be required - check with your insurer
  • Tour guide - this is a self guided tour
  • A supplement will apply if you are travelling solo or book a single room.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry etc.

Cabins


Bike information


Suitability

introductory

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INTRODUCTORY - GRADE 1 This trip involves 6 days cycling of between 26km and 49km/16 to 29mi per day usually along paved cycle paths across generally flat terrain. In and out of the cities there will be some traffic. You need only carry your camera/rain gear and water bottle. Your luggage remains on the boat.The trip is a grade 1 due to the flat terrain and dedicated cycle paths and is considered suitable for beginners. Electric bikes are available - supplement applies. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.


Departure dates


Notes

H
High Season
Note:
High season applies to departures from 11 May to 27 Sep 2024
IT1
Trip begins in Koblenz. K - denotes departure begins in Bonn (4 May 2024).
IT2
Trip follows a reverse itinerary beginning in Saarburg - refer to the second itinerary in trip notes.
Note:
Upper deck rear cabins are located closer to the generator and noise may be heard while the boat is in motion or at a lock.

Priceper person from

£1240GBP

Options & Supplements*
  • Upper deck twin supplement (rear)GBP£90
  • Electric Bike SupplementGBP£110
  • Single Supplement - upper deck (single cabin) - standard seasonGBP£140
  • Upper deck twin cabin supplementGBP£140
  • Single Supplement - upper deck (single cabin) - high season (HS Supp also applies) 2024GBP£270
  • Single Supplement - main deck (single use of twin cabin) both seasonsGBP£330
  • Single Supplement - upper deck (single use of twin cabin) standard seasonGBP£460
  • Single Supplement - upper deck (single use of twin cabin) high season (HS Supp also applies) 2024GBP£510
*Prices listed are per person

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