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

8 Days£780GBP

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


Itinerary

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.

Meals:  B,L,D

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.

Meals:  B,L,D

Disembarkation after breakfast until 9am.

Meals:  B


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. 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

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

M
Mid Season
H
High Season
DN1
2021-High season is 1 May to 25 Sep. Mid season is 24 Apr and 2 Oct. A supplement applies to mid and high season departures. For 10 Apr and 16 Oct departures only - a discount (D) applies for main deck, and the upper deck supplement does not apply. 2022- 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.
IT1
Trip begins in Koblenz.
IT2
Trip follows a reverse itinerary beginning in Saarburg - refer to the second itinerary in trip notes.

Total Priceper person from

£780GBP

Options & Supplements*
  • Discount for 10 Apr & 16 Oct 2021, 30 Apr & 29 Oct 2022 (D) - main deckGBP£-81
  • upper deck twin supplement (n/a for 10 Apr & 16 Oct 2021 departures only)GBP£100
  • Electric Bike SupplementGBP£90
  • Single Supplement - main deck - standard seasonGBP£270
  • Single Supplement - main deck - high/mid seasonGBP£340
  • Single Supplement - upper deck - standard seasonGBP£410
  • Single Supplement - upper deck - high / mid seasonGBP£450
*Prices listed are per person

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Our well priced trips offer great value for money. Included in your package are comprehensive route notes, maps & guide books along with bag transfers and locally run accommodation. We take the stress out of organising your holiday.

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We have have been operating active self guided holidays for over 45 years. We handle all the necessary logistics so that you can relax and explore your destination at your own pace. Many of our tours depart daily, giving you even greater flexibility.

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