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Highlights of this tour

Gentle biking amongst stunning vineyards

Learn about Roman history in Trier

Taste the region’s fine Riesling wines

Ship with max. 68 passengers

Guidance
  • Fully-guided: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
  • Semi-guided: Daily briefing by the tour leader, independent cycling but tour leader available ICE.
  • Independent: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
guidance Individual
Difficulty
  • Level 1: easy tours, very flat terrain
  • Level 2: quite easy tours, mostly flat terrain
  • Level 3: requires a higher level of exertion, medium hilly terrain
  • Level 4: for experienced cyclists, hilly terrain with climbs
Difficulty level 1 Difficulty level 1
Duration of the tour.
tijd2 Created with Sketch. 8 days

Bike and Barge Germany: Moselle & Saar rivers, Koblenz – Saarburg or vice versa | Patria

As far as cycle touring destinations in Europe go, there are few better than the Moselle and Saar river valleys in Germany. During a cycling cruise you can find out and experience yourself. In one word: it is a “stunning” region, highlighted by an enchanting countryside, fairy tale castles, award-winning vineyards on impossibly steep slopes and historic medieval towns and villages.

The Rhine’s peaceful little sisters, the Moselle and Saar rivers, meandering from one picturesque village to the other, offer unsurpassed views of castles high on the hills, stone-clad fortresses, picture perfect wineries and much, much more. On a day to day basis, as you cycle through this magical region, you will visit culturally rich cities, will soak up the sights of untouched nature, will meet local winegrowers and bottlers and, importantly, will get the opportunity to relive the rich history of the region. It is without doubt a cycling cruise not to be missed! The cycle paths along the banks of the Moselle and Saar Rivers do not have any gradients of note and are asphalted or paved.

The Moselle, with a length of 544 km, is the Rhine’s longest tributary and is also the second most important shipping route in Germany, while the Saar, with a length of 246 km, is the Moselle’s longest tributary. The history of the region along the banks of the Moselle and Saar Rivers dates back to the Roman Era, some 2000 or so years ago. For guests on a cycling cruise there is so much to see…: beautiful timbered houses dating back to medieval times, vineyards, the Porta Nigra in Trier, built in Roman times, the oldest defensive structure in Germany, the “German Corner” at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers in Koblenz and Saarburg, widely referred to as “Little Venice”, are just a few of the highlights of this memorable trip.

Tip for a two-week journey:
It is possible to combine two beautiful tours to create a particularly diverse 15-day boat and bike holiday on the Patria. The journey along the Moselle and Saar Rivers takes you from Koblenz to Saarburg; the return trip taking place the following week from Saarburg back to Koblenz. On various dates the Patria also sails along the Rhine and Neckar Rivers from Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen and returns a week later, with highlights including the fascinating cities of Heidelberg, Worms, Mainz and much more.

Day to day program Saarburg to Koblenz

Parts that are printed in italics will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended cycling tours

The planned itinerary is subject to change due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons and other unforeseen circumstances. If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).

Day 1 (Sat): Saarburg

The Patria awaits you in Saarburg where the crew will welcome you on board between 4  and 5 p.m. You will spend your first night and evening in Saarburg, a welcoming city that you are encouraged to explore. Highlights include 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. You will be officially welcomed on board by the captain and crew at 6 p.m..

Day 2 (Sun): Saarburg – Wasserbillig (Lux) – Trier (38 km/24 mi.)

After the distribution of bicycles, your first day of cycling will see you pedal from Saarburg along the idyllic nature reserve of the abandoned meander of the River Saar. Continue to Wasserbillig in Luxemburg and from here to the “Igeler Säule”. Later you will reach Trier, your destination for the day, where the Patria will be waiting for you. If you are interested you can book a guided city walk in Trier (not included). A walk through the 16 B.C. founded Trier is an overwhelming journey through the millennia, with no other place in Germany able to give you a better chance to experience the time of the Romans. Highlights include impressive structures such as the Porta Nigra, the Konstantin Basilica and the Roman Amphitheatre.

Day 3 (Mon): Trier – Pfalzel – Mehring (26 km/16 mi. or 29 km/18 mi.)

After breakfast you will cycle from Trier via the charming village of Pfalzel to Mehring, famous for its white wine and home to the largest winegrowing community in the Moselle-Saar-Ruwer region.

Day 4 (Tue): Mehring – Piesport – Bernkastel-Kues (47 km/29 mi.)

You will reach Bernkastel-Kues by bicycle. The market place from the Middle Ages with many wood timbered houses invites you for a rest. On your way you come to Neumagen-Dhron which is the oldest wine city of Germany. Further on you reach Piesport, the oldest winegrowing community along the Moselle. Here is the largest ever found Roman wine complex North of the Alps. You should take the time to enjoy the popular wines.

Day 5 (Wed): Bernkastel-Kues – Traben-Trarbach – Zell on the Moselle (43 km/27 mi.)

Today’s cycling tour will take you to the romantic village of Traben-Trarbach, located on the left bank of the Moselle and famous for its Jugendstil (art nouveau) architectural style. Further along the Moselle your destination for the night is Zell on the Moselle, well known in the wine industry for the wine “Zeller Schwarze Katz”. In Zell you should use the opportunity to get to know the good wines of the Mosel (optional, not included).

Day 6 (Thu): Zell – Beilstein – Cochem (39 km/24 mi.)

Beilstein, ‘the Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle’ and one of the best preserved historical villages along the length of the Moselle is the highlight of today’s cycling tour. Towering above the village, which you will have the opportunity to explore, are the ruins of Castle Metternich. Today’s tour will end in Cochem, a lovely little town that features historical half-timbered-houses, a picturesque old town and Reichsburg Castle.

Day 7 (Fri): Cochem – Alken (29 km/18 mi.) | Alken – Koblenz 

After breakfast your final day of cycling will see you pedal to Alken, one of the oldest cities on the Moselle, where the Patria will be waiting for you to sail to Koblenz, where you will spend your final night on board. Koblenz, a fascinating and historic city, has been an important defensive and economic center for centuries. Highlights include the old castle of Ehrenbreitstein which dominates the right bank of the Rhine, the 12th century Alte Burg Castle and old Koblenz town.

Day 8 (Sat): Koblenz

End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.00 a.m.

Good to know

Parts that are printed in italics will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended cycling tours

The planned itinerary is subject to change due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons and other unforeseen circumstances. If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).

Cycle tours: The daily cycling tours are non-guided, independent tours. You will ride individually with the help of a detailed cycling map and printed route notes (available on board). The on-board tour manager will provide you with all necessary tour information during her/his daily briefings. The on-board tour manager doesn’t cycle her-/himself but can always be reached on her/his cell phone.
During days when two bicycle options are possible, not all mentioned highlights can be visited during the short cycling option.

Bike routes / degree of difficulty: The quality of the bike paths is very good. The Moselle cycle path runs mostly on paved or asphalted roads without significant gradients. Therefore, this trip is also suitable for untrained cyclists.

In case you prefer a day of rest, you can skip the cycling tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.

On the arrival day is it possible to bring your luggage on board from 10 PM.

Optional Excursions: tour legs and the ship‘s time in port permitting, an optional excursion programme will be organised. Excursions can only be booked and paid (in cash) aboard the ship.

Luggage on board: We recommend waterproof rain gear, bike helmet, sun hat and sports shoes. We would like to ask you to do without hard-side luggage, as storage space in the cabin is very limited!

Travel documents: EU-citizens (without special situations like dual citizenship, main residence abroad or a limited-validity passport) are required to have a valid passport or ID-card, not expiring within six (6) months of the return of your cruise. We kindly ask non-EU citizens, EU-nationals with multiple citizenship or anybody who has to respect special legal entry requirements for the country to visit, to inform about visa and entry documents at the competent embassy.

This tour is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.

Day to day program Koblenz to Saarburg

Parts that are printed in italics will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended cycling tours

The planned itinerary is subject to change due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons and other unforeseen circumstances. If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).

Parts that are printed in italics will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended cycling tours

The planned itinerary is subject to change due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons and other unforeseen circumstances. If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).

Day 1 (Sat): Koblenz

The Patria awaits you in Koblenz where the crew will welcome you on board between 4 and 5 p.m. You’ll spend your first night in this fascinating and historic city, an important defensive and economic center for centuries. Highlights include the old castle of Ehrenbreitstein which dominates the right bank of the Rhine, the 12th century Alte Burg Castle and old Koblenz town.

Day 2 (Sun): Koblenz – Alken | Alken – Moselkern – Cochem (29 km/18 mi.)

Your tour starts this morning as the Patria sails to Alken where, following the distribution of bicycles, you will start pedaling via Moselkern to Cochem, your destination for the day. Cochem is a lovely little town that features historical half-timbered-houses, a picturesque old town and Reichsburg Castle.

Day 3 (Mon): Cochem – Beilstein – Zell on the Moselle (39 km/24 mi.)

After breakfast you will cycle to Beilstein, one of the best preserved historical villages along the length of the Moselle. Towering above the village, which you will have the opportunity to explore, are the ruins of Castle Metternich. After leaving Beilstein you will pass Europe’s steepest vineyard – with slopes between 50 and 55 degrees – at Bremmer Calmont. Today’s tour ends in the wine village of Zell on the Moselle, well known in the wine industry for the wine “Zeller Schwarze Katz”. In Zell you should use the opportunity to get to know the good wines of the Mosel (optional, not included).

Day 4 (Tue): Zell on the Moselle – Bernkastel-Kues (43 km/26 mi.)

Today you will cycle from Zell on the Moselle to the romantic village of Traben-Trarbach, located on the left bank of the Moselle and famous for its Jugendstil (art nouveau) architectural style. From there you pass through the wine city of Kröv – famous for producing the popular Kröver wine – to Bernkastel-Kues, your destination for the night. The grand half-timbered houses that surround Bernkastel-Kues’s market place date back to the Middle Ages and are a photographer’s delight. You will reach the ship in Kues after a tour through town.

Day 5 (Wed): Bernkastel-Kues –Piesport – Mehring (47 km/29 mi.)

Today’s cycling tour is all about the history of wine growing along the Moselle. After breakfast you will cycle to Piesport, the oldest winegrowing community along the Moselle.  Here is the largest ever found Roman wine complex North of the Alps. Later in the morning you will cycle to Neumagen-Dhron, widely recognized as the oldest wine growing city in Germany. After the lunch break, the tour continues to Mehring, another village famous for its fine white wine, where your floating hotel will be waiting for you.

Day 6 (Thu): Mehring – Trier (26 km/16 mi. or 29 km/18 mi.)

You will cycle via Pfalzel to Trier, where the ship is waiting for you. Trier is undoubtedly the historic highlight of the tour. A walk through the 16 B.C. founded Trier is an overwhelming journey through the millennia, with no other place in Germany able to give you a better chance to experience the time of the Romans. Highlights include impressive structures such as the Porta Nigra, the Konstantin Basilica and the Roman Amphitheatre.

Day 7 (Fri): Trier –  Wasserbillig (Lux) – Saarburg (38 km/23 mi.)

Today you will be cycling along the river from Trier via Wasserbillig in Luxembourg to Saarburg, also called “little Venice”. The cityscape is characterized by narrow streets, half-timbered houses, Baroque buildings, colorful fishermen and boatmen houses and ofcourse the waterfall of 20 meters deep.

Day 8 (Sat): Saarburg

End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.00 a.m.


Prices & information

Prices & availability

Below you see an overview of the available (blue) dates; the yellow dot means that this date has 2 or less cabins available, orange is ‘on request’ and red means that on this date there aren’t any cabins available. Then click on the preferred date. After this, choose your ship (some tours have only one ship, and therefore there is no choice), the number of cabins in the required (and available) category, any desired additional products, and ‘local costs’ (such as special dietary needs, which you usually pay for onboard). On the right side, you’ll find the ‘Booking Summary.’ After completing your preferences and necessary information click ‘Book now’ to finalize your booking.

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Pricing overview - 2020
Cabin type For Season A Season B Season C Season D
Twin cabin on lower deck 2 pers. €499 €629 €749 €849 Twin cabin on upper deck 2 pers. €639 €739 €849 €949 Twin lower deck for single use 1 pers. €794 €944 €1104 €1254 Twin upper deck for single use 1 pers. €959 €1109 €1269 €1419
Included in this tour

8 days/7 nights

7 x breakfast

Packed lunches or noontime snacks

7 x 3- or 4-course dinner

Coffee and tea on board till 4 PM

Welcome drink

Use of bed linen and towels

Daily cleaning of the cabin

Climate-controlled cabin (lower deck)

Daily briefings by multilingual (German/English) on board tour manager

Independent cycling tours (on board tour manager can be reached on his cell phone)

GPS tracks

Maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)

Excluded in this tour

Drinks

Coffee and tea on board after 4 PM

Bicycle rental or E-bike rental incl. pannier bag (bicycle only included for departures on April 11 and 18; Oct. 10 and 17, 2020)

Helmet (not available on board)

Personal insurances

Gratuities (at your discretion)

Entrance fees and excursions

City maps

Fees for ferries

Transfers to/from the docking place

Parking fees

Wi-Fi (unlimited data package to be purchased on board: € 10 per device)

Additional options & information 2020

Rental bicycle: €75 per week (bicycle only included for departures on April 11 and 18; Oct. 10 and 17, 2020)
Rental E-Bike: €165 per week (only on request, limited number available)
You can find a description of the bicycles when you click on ship.

Transfers:
Between Saarburg and Koblenz by train (in 2 hrs. for about € 24 p.p., group tickets can be bought on board with the tour manager) or minivan as from 4 persons (approx. € 75 p.p., bike: €15). Limited number available, arranged by the tour manager on board, to be paid on site.

Excursion program: when the cycle stages and docking times make it possible an excursion program is compiled, which is bookable and payable only on board. Depending on the nationalities of the participants the excursions are available if necessary bilingual German-English.

Minimum number of participants: 40 guests (must have been reached within 21 days prior to departure).



Reviews

Germany: Saarburg – Koblenz or vice versa Rated 8.8 out of 10 based on 12 reviews
5 stars

Leslie Watson

Moselle River on the Patria. The scenery was breathtaking and the riding flat and easy. The towns where we stayed overnight were wonderful. Accommodations were pretty good for the limited space. The food – especially the dinners – were exceptional. The only improvements I would suggest is to have drinking water available without having to pay 3.50 euros for a…

4 stars

Moshe Navot

Saar to Koblenz on board Patria. The lower floor rooms were not ventilated properly. The chef was amazing. The Captain was a real commander. The stuff was very polite and helpful. The ship is out of date concerning the decor and internal design. We enjoyed every moment.

5 stars

Rudolf Imhof

Perfect holidays One is active and one gets good service on board . Nice crew.

4 stars

Christine Petersen

My man and I thought this Mosel Boat-Bike tour was a fabulous experience. The Valley is just beautiful, with the vineyards, the trees, the birds and the river wending its way through the beautiful countryside. There were many small and charming villages to admire from both an historical perspective and because the buildings, castles and churches were unique. There was…

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max. 68 passengers
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