Moselle & Saar Bike & Boat: Koblenz to Saarburg

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  • 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.

What To Expect

This bike & boat tour will suit those who want easy cycling on dedicated paths. Explore the fascinating countryside of western Germany with its plethora of vineyards, castles, and towns and villages that resemble a scene out of a storybook. Enjoy a glass of Moselle wine, sitting in the beautiful market square of Trier, before relaxing aboard the MS Patria with your fellow guests.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

Bike and Boat | A combination of cycling and cruising or sailing, your overnight accommodation will be on boat or barge style accommodation.

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travelers, Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities, First Timers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Historical Journeys

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Activity Level & Terrain

Upon arrival on the boat you will be supplied with printed instructions and detailed maps for each daily bike tour. There is also an onboard 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 that have a smooth paved surface. Cycle alongside the Moselle & Saar Rivers, through countryside surrounded by vineyards and historic 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.

Accommodations

You will spend each night on the boat in your comfortable cabin. Your boat is always docked at night and only sails during the day.

MS Patria

The 68 meters 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.

Meals

All meals onboard 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 are available until 4:00 pm.

Included
  • 7 Nights in a standard twin cabin
  • All meals, including breakfasts, lunches & 3-course dinners
  • A welcome drink and daily coffee and tea until 4pm
  • Daily briefing of the bike routes from an English-speaking Tour Leader
  • Printed instructions, detailed maps and an Information Pack
  • Bike rental (modern 7-speed-hybrid bike with pedal brakes and panniers)
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Getting to Koblenz & Getting from Saarburg
  • Transfers to docking areas
  • Fees for entrances or excursions
  • Drinks on board
  • Gratuities
Extras
  • Upgrade to Electric Bike Rental

When To Go

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

Getting to the Start

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 the train and bus times and schedules on the Deutsche Bahn website.

Getting from the End

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.

Equipment

Bike Rental

The bikes onboard 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 onboard, 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.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Koblenz & Embarkation Day 2: Cycle to Cochem 18 miles / 29 km Day 3: Cycle to Zell on the Moselle 24 miles / 39 km Day 4: Cycle to Bernkastel-Kues 26 miles / 43 km Day 5: Cycle to Mehring 29 miles / 47 km Day 6: Cycle to Trier 18 miles / 29 km Day 7: Cycle to Saarburg 23 miles / 38 km Day 8: Onward Travel

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