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Cruise and cycle your way down the Moselle River
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Highlights

  • Sailing and cycling through the enchanting winelands of Moselle and Saar.
  • Meeting local winegrowers and other cyclists from all over the world.
  • Discovering Art Nouveau Traben-Trarbach, a famous wine trade city.
  • Flexibility to cycle or relax on board the MS Patria.
  • Cycling past the steepest vineyard in the world, Bremmer Calmont.

This incredible journey combines cycling and cruising down the Saar and Moselle Rivers. Wind your way through enchanting countryside, world famous for wine making and where hill-top castles overlook medieval market squares.

The quality of the cycle paths are second to none; mostly flat they meander through picturesque towns and villages, such as Trier, Zell on the Moselle and the fairy-tale hamlet of Beilstein. You’ll also enjoy the camaraderie on board the MS Patria with your fellow travellers.

Day 1: Arrive Koblenz

Your cycling cruise in Germany begins in  Koblenz which stands on the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers.


Board the MS Patria from 4pm and your first evening and night will be spent in Koblenz, which may be explored at your leisure. As this city is fortified you can wander through its ancient streets up to the fortress.


Overnight: Koblenz


Day 2: Sail to Alken. Cycle to Cochem via Moselkern

After breakfast sail to Alken, one of the oldest cities along the Moselle River and from here begin today’s bike tour. The first stop is Moselkern where you may pause for lunch, before heading into Cochem, a picturesque town filled with half-timbered houses.


Cycle: 27km


Overnight: Cochem


Day 3: Cycle to Zell on the Moselle via Beilstein

Today your bike tour will take you first to Beilstein, a tiny village surrounded by steep vineyards and with a Marktplatz and acenturies old stone synagogue. Set above the town is a hilltop castle, Burg Metternich. Continue on passing Europe’s steepest vineyard at Bremmer Calmont. Today’s tour ends in the wine village of Zell on the Moselle.


Cycle: 35km


Overnight: Zell on the Moselle


Day 4: Cycle to Kues via Traben-Trarbach and Berkastel

Set off directly from Zell to romantic Traben-Trarbach, an Art Nouveau city and once (aside from Bordeaux in France) the most important wine trading city in the world.  Cycle from another wine city, Krov, to the win town of Bernkastel-Kues, the hub of the Middle Moselle region. Overnight in historic Kues, where grand half-timbered houses surround the medieval market place. Take a short tour and join in an optional wine tasting at a local vineyard.


Cycle: 45km


Overnight: Kues


Day 5: Cycle to Mehring via Piesport

Cycling to Piesport brings you to the oldest wine growing community along the Moselle. On the cycle trail you will be surrounded by pretty woods and meadows and upon arrival in the town you can book a guided tour (supplement payable) to visit the Roman cellars and vineyards.  Further on you come to Neumagen-Dhron which is the oldest wine city in Germany and after a break for lunch, cycle to Mehring.


Cycle: 50km


Overnight: Mehring


Day 6: Sail to Pfalzel. Cycle to Trier

Sail to Pfalzel and then cycle through glorious countryside to Trier, where the boat will be waiting for you. Trier is one of the oldest cities in Germany and its Roman roots are still visible in impressive buildings such as the Porta Nigra, the Konstantin Basilica and the Amphitheatre. Explore this historical city before falling asleep in you cosy cabin.


Cycle: 25-35km


Overnight: Trier


Day 7: Sail to Saarburg. Cycle loop to Mettlach

Today you can sail to Saarburg, then begin your cycling route, which takes you in a loop through Mettlach. Or you may choose to have a longer cycle day and cycle all the way from Trier to Saarburg, a delightful town which is also named “little Venice”. In the town centre you can view its 20m waterfall. Should you opt to take the loop cycle you can include a visit to “Villeroy & Boch”, a famous ceramics maker.  


Cycle: 20-65km


Overnight: Saarburg


Day 8: Onward Travel

Dismbark and make your way home via Frankfurt, Cologne or Luxembourg.


Accommodation & Boat Information

You will spend each night on the boat in your comfortable cabin. Standard twin cabins are on the lower deck, and it is possible to upgrade to the upper deck at a supplement.


Your boat is always docked at night and only sails during the day.


MS Patria


The 68 meter long MS Patria can accommodate a maximum of 68 guests. It has 34 cabins all of which are  twins (approx. 7m², 2 single beds next to each other) with a window (the windows on the upper deck can be opened, but for safety reasons those on the lower deck are fixed), shower & toilet, and individually regulated air conditioning in all cabins on the lower deck, as well in the restaurant and salon. Bed linen is provided and there will be a daily cursory cleaning of your cabin. There are 15 cabins on the lower deck and 19 cabins on the upper deck (a supplement is payable for cabins on the upper deck). This authentic ship has a nice salon with a bar and large windows in front of the top deck. A  separate restaurant is located on the lower deck. On the partially covered sun deck there is seating for all guests and a place to store your rental bike.



MS Patria Standard Twin Cabin




MS Patria Salon/Lounge

Single Cabins & Solo Cyclists

Single cabins are available although a supplement is payable.


This trip is also available to solo cyclists (with a supplement) and is perfect as there are plenty of people to chat with every day.


Availability

You can start your Moselle and Saar Bike & Boat: Koblenz to Saarburg tour on selected Saturdays between April and October.


Single Cabins & Solo Cyclists

Single cabins are available although a supplement is payable.


This trip is also available to solo cyclists (with a supplement) and is perfect as there are plenty of people to chat with every day.


A children's discount is available on request. 


Grade, Terrain & Experience

Upon arrival on the boat you will be supplied with printed instructions and detailed maps for each daily bike tour. There is also an on-board multi-lingual tour leader who will give daily briefings of the cycle tours. This person can also be reached by mobile/cell phone should there be a breakdown or emergency.  


This tour is graded easy to moderate as the daily distances range between approximately 25-50 km (on one day there is an option of a 65km ride if you wish to take it). The majority of the routes are on dedicated cycle paths which have a smooth paved surface. Cycle alongside the Moselle & Saar Rivers, through countryside surrounded in vineyards and historical towns, cities and villages. This tour is well-suited to those who have never taken a cycling holiday before as it is flat and predominantly traffic-free and you also have the option of skipping the cycling and relaxing on board.


Meals

All meals on board are included.  A sumptuous breakfast, lunch on board for non-cyclists, or picnic lunches for cyclists. Each evening you can look forward to a three-course dinner. Daily tea and coffee is available until 4:00pm.


Bikes

The bikes on board are 7-gear unisex hybrid bikes with pedal brakes and are included in the cost of your trip. There are also E-bikes available upon request (at a supplement). All rental bikes are equipped with a pannier (saddle bag) although helmets are not available on board, we strongly recommend that you bring your own helmet with you for safety reasons.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat and sun screen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard cycling gear, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.


Getting to Koblenz

Koblenz is accessible to Frankfurt Airport and there is a direct train from here to Koblenz which takes around 1hr15. You can also fly into Cologne Airport and from here you can take a train into the centre of Cologne and then catch another train to Koblenz. The total journey time is also around 1hr15. Please check train and bus times and schedules on the Deutsche Bahn website.


Getting from Saarburg

You can either return to Koblenz by train in order to take your onward journey home via Cologne or Frankfurt Airport. A transfer by minibus will also be offered by the Tour Leader while you are on board the boat at a cost of around €70 per person (supplement is payable for transporting your own bike, should you not be renting one). It is possible to fly out of Luxembourg Airport, which is closest. Take a bus to Hamilius and from here another bus to the airport. Again please check the Deutsche Bahn website for more information.


Getting to Koblenz

Koblenz is accessible to Frankfurt Airport and there is a direct train from here to Koblenz which takes around 1hr15. You can also fly into Cologne Airport and from here you can take a train into the centre of Cologne and then
catch another train to Koblenz. The total journey time is also around
1hr15. Please check train and bus times and schedules on the Deutsche Bahn website.


Getting from Saarburg

You can either return to Koblenz by train in order to take your
onward journey home via Cologne or Frankfurt Airport. A transfer by
minibus will also be offered by the Tour Leader while you are on board
the boat at a cost of around €80 to €90 per person. It is possible to
fly out of Luxembourg Airport,
which is closest. Take a bus to Hamilius and from here another bus to
the airport. Again please check the Deutsche Bahn website for more
information.

Included

  • 7 Nights in a standard twin cabin
  • All meals, including breakfasts, lunches & 3-course dinners
  • Welcome drink
  • Daily coffee and tea until 4pm
  • Services of a English-speaking Tour Leader
  • Daily briefing of the bike routes
  • Printed instructions, detailed maps and an Information Pack
  • Bike rental (modern 7-speed-hybrid bike with pedal brakes and panniers)

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Getting to Koblenz
  • Getting from Saarburg
  • Transfers to docking areas
  • Fees for entrances or excurions
  • Drinks on board
  • Gratuities

Extras

  • Cabin upgrades
  • Upgrade to Electric bike hire
  • Single Cabin supplement
  • Solo Traveller (Cabin) Supplement

We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.

How fit do I need to be?

This tour is graded easy to moderate as the daily distances range between approximately 25-50 km (on one day there is an option of a 65km ride if you wish to take it). The majority of the routes are on dedicated cycle paths which have a smooth paved surface. Cycle alongside the Moselle & Saar Rivers, through countryside surrounded in vineyards and historical towns, cities and villages. This tour is well-suited to those who have never taken a cycling holiday before as it is flat and predominantly traffic-free and you also have the option of skipping the cycling and relaxing on board.

Which is the best airport to fly to?

The best option is to fly into either Frankfurt or Cologne Airport.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this trip is extremely popular especially during peak season, which is in April, May and September.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need comfortable sports shoes, comfortable clothes for cycling, waterproof jacket and trousers, a helmet and a sunhat. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.

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A great way to holiday

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    Comments about macs adventure Moselle & Saar Bike & Boat: Koblenz to Saarburg:

    The concept of a bike cruise is fantastic and the area of Moselle-Saar was fantastic. The fellow travelers were keen also to ride so there was a lot of friendship. Although the boat was quaint, the food and the service was fantastic given having to cater for 60 people. One negative comment was that the guide for the trip used materials that should have been updated. She did not cycle with us very often and her knowledge of when cafes would be opened, the value of ferry fares or the history of the area was either outdated or not provided. Another negative comment was the bikes were very heavy and hard to handle.

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    Great Cycle Trip

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      Comments about macs adventure Moselle & Saar Bike & Boat: Koblenz to Saarburg:

      The one thing that surprised us was that we were expecting this to be a "Macs Adventure" group, or largely so on the trip. It turned out that it was a German tour company that ran the trip and that half their passengers were German and only two (of 68 passengers) from the UK. Just unexpected. That being said, it was the best bike/boat trip I have ever been on. Really well organised. Super crew. The rooms were very comfortable for this type of trip. Good meals (although a bit on the Teutonic side). The other passengers were also very nice, although the average age was probably 55. I would defintely take another bike/boat trip with this tour company.

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