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Mosel & Saar tour

Visit the Roman villas and public baths

Cochem
Frankfurt Airport

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Merzig
Frankfurt Airport

This tour along the Mosel and Saar combines the best of the German ‘Bundesländer’ Rheinland Pfalz and Saarland. While cycling from Cochem to Merzig you’ll discover the legacy of the Roman Empire, go beyond your limits and meet the ‘Queen of grapes’.

Go back in time and visit the Roman villas and public baths along the two rivers. In Trier you can visit the Porta Nigra. This ancient gateway is one of the best known monuments from the Roman era. On day six you go literally beyond your limits when we take a trip to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in the village of Wasserbillig. While cycling through one of Germany’s major wine-growing areas this is an excellent occasion to taste a lot of different wines and see where they grow and how they are made. Get acquainted with the excellent but uncomplicated wines from the Saar and the so called ‘Spitzenweinen’ along the Mosel like the ‘Zeller Schwarze Katz’. The main ingredient for those wines is the Riesling, a white grape variety which dates back to the 15th century and is crowned the ‘Queen of grapes’.

  • Type of tour Guided
  • Level 1
  • Duration 8 days
  • Distance 40 km
  • Porta Nigra
  • Saarschleife von Merzig
  • Vineyards of Calmont

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Sunday: Cochem, embarkation at 3 PM

Sunday: Cochem, embarkation at 3 PM

Your tour starts in the beautiful city Cochem with a lot of shops and terraces. Cochem is famous for its wines and dominated by the old Reichsburg.

Day 2

Monday: Cochem- Zell

44KM
Monday: Cochem- Zell

Through five remarkable bends you’ll meander along the river to the famous vineyards of Calmont. The steepest slopes have a gradient of 65%, which makes it quite difficult for the farmers to tend their vineyards. The lunch stop will be at the beautiful village of Beilstein, décor of many movies. Endpoint of today is the city of the black cat, Zell. The story goes that when a few wine merchants from Aachen had to choose which wine barrel they should buy a black cat jumped upon one of the barrels to defend it. Of course this made it clear for them which barrel they should buy.

Day 3

Tuesday: Zell–Bernkastel-Kues

40KM
Tuesday: Zell–Bernkastel-Kues

As if it had imbibed a drink or two, the Mosel makes its way through a green and fascinating landscape with vineyards and forests. Just after leaving Zell you will bike to the “Marienburg” where you will be awarded by a splendid view over the Mosel Meander. Along the way you’ll find some beautiful towns and villages like the beautiful double city in Jugendstil, Traben Trarbach and the so called ‘Winzerdorf’ Wolf. The final destination is Bernkastel-Kues, a medieval town with romantic narrow streets, remarkable half-timbered houses and picturesque nooks and crannies.

Day 4

Wednesday: Bernkastel-Kues, Moselle-Maare cycling trail

55KM
Wednesday:  Bernkastel-Kues, Moselle-Maare cycling trail

In the morning the cycle bus takes you to Daun, to the start of the Moselle-Maare cycling trail, possibly the most famous cycling trail of the central Moselle. The track is built on an old railway line. There is no simpler way to cycle to the Moselle valley than on the former railway line through the Volcanic Eifel! The road runs through the landscape of volcanoes and crater lakes, along magnificent viaducts and past old railway stations. Light as a feather, it continues to roll on the Moselle bike path to Bernkastel-Kues.

Day 5

Thursday: Bernkastel-Kues - Nearby Trier

50KM
Thursday: Bernkastel-Kues -  Nearby Trier

During today’s tour you switch rivers in the historical city of Konz, from here you leave the Saar behind and follow the Mosel. One thing’s for sure, you’re not the first tourist in the area: it was around the year 365 A.D. that the river inspired the Roman teacher Magnus Ausonius to write his hymn Mosella: ‘Greetings, river, framed by perfumed vineyard-covered hills, Framed by grass; river of greenest shores. Your strong waters carry ships, flowing in easy waves. Along the stream, and a glittering lake your depths emulate.’ Along the old Saarschleife you cycle to the Igeler Säule and Wasserbillig in Luxemburg. In the afternoon you’ll turn eastwards to Trier where you’ll stay for around 3 hours. This city is known for its Roman legacies like the Porta Nigra, the Basilica of Constantine the Great and an amphitheatre. After visiting there is one hour cycling to the mooring-place of the barge.

Day 6

Friday: Nearby Trier - Saarschleife – Saarburg

35KM
Friday: Nearby Trier - Saarschleife – Saarburg

After breakfast we bike to the Saar-Canyon. Here we have the opportunity to hike to an outlook site on top of the Saar-Canyon where we have a magnificent panorama over the faraway surroundings. The hike is not steep and takes 1 hour uphill and half an hour downhill. At lunchtime we will arrive in the town of Mettlach where we will have lunch and can visit the town with its outlet-shops. Of course we won’t forget to visit the biggest attraction of the town: The Villeroy & Boch porcelain museum including a cup of coffee in the beautiful Museum-Café. We will end this day-trip in the very scenic town of Saarburg with its huge waterfall in the middle of town.

Day 7

Saturday: Saarburg – Merzig

35KM
Saturday: Saarburg – Merzig

From Saarburg you cycle south along the Saar. Around the little village of Saarhölzbach you leave Rheinland Pfalz behind and enter the Saarland. The history of this little village goes back to the year 802 and the government of Charlemagne, also known as Charles the Great, king of Franks, king of Italy and the first Holy Roman Emperor. Today we will have lunch in Mettlach, a little town along the Saar River where we will  visit the famous Villeroy & Boch porcelain museum. Today’s highlight is the beautiful Saarschleife (Saar loop). You will have the opportunity to hike to a panorama-point where you can have a great view over the whole region. The highlight of today is the beautiful Saarschleife. Endpoint of today is Merzig, a small city in Saarland at about 10 km from the border with France.

Day 8

Sunday: Merzig, end of tour

Sunday: Merzig, end of tour

After breakfast: disembarkation at 10 AM.

Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
9/3/2017 - 9/10/2017 Fully Booked Cochem Zwaan Comfort Plus
9/17/2017 - 9/24/2017 Fully Booked Cochem Zwaan Comfort Plus
10/1/2017 - 10/8/2017 Limited Cochem Zwaan Comfort Plus Book now
10/15/2017 - 10/22/2017 Available Cochem Zwaan Comfort Plus Book now
Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
8/19/2018 - 8/26/2018 Available Cochem Zwaan Comfort Plus Book now
9/2/2018 - 9/9/2018 Available Cochem Zwaan Comfort Plus Book now
9/16/2018 - 9/23/2018 Available Cochem Zwaan Comfort Plus Book now
9/30/2018 - 10/7/2018 Available Cochem Zwaan Comfort Plus Book now
10/14/2018 - 10/21/2018 Available Cochem Zwaan Comfort Plus Book now

Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
Zwaan 2-berth cabin € 2150,- free of charge 30% reduction
Zwaan 2-berth cabin for single use € 1545,- free of charge 30% reduction
Zwaan 3-berth cabin € 3150,- free of charge 30% reduction
Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
Zwaan 2-berth cabin € 2170,- free of charge 30% reduction
Zwaan 2-berth cabin for single use € 1570,- 0 0
Zwaan 3-berth cabin € 3165,- free of charge 30% reduction

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
Hybrid, 24-gears Hybrid, 24-gears Batavus Boulevard €75
Electric bike Electric bike Batavus Ventoux easy €140
Child’s bike, 21 gears Child’s bike, 21 gears Bike helmet included €50
Trailer bike, 3 gears Trailer bike, 3 gears for children between 5 - 9 years €50
Child seats Child seats with bike helmet €15
Bike Helmet Bike Helmet included for children €10
Cycletours bicycle insurance Cycletours bicycle insurance No own-risk €15
Cycletours bicycle insurance E-bike Cycletours bicycle insurance E-bike No own-risk €40
Image Name Type Price per week
Hybrid, 24-gears Hybrid, 24-gears Batavus Boulevard €80
Electric bike Electric bike Batavus Ventoux easy €160
Child’s bike, 21 gears Child’s bike, 21 gears Bike helmet included €55
Trailer bike, 3 gears Trailer bike, 3 gears for children between 5 - 9 years €50
Child seats Child seats with bike helmet €15
Bike Helmet Bike Helmet included for children €10
Cycletours bicycle insurance Cycletours bicycle insurance No own-risk €15
Cycletours bicycle insurance E-bike Cycletours bicycle insurance E-bike No own-risk €40

Included

  • All nights on board
  • Breakfast and dinner on board
  • Lunch packages when on the road
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Tour guide, cycles with the group
  • Min. 3 city walks with tour guide
  • Route information
  • Bike maps, 1x per cabin
  • Ferry fares on the route

Not included

  • Reservation costs € 20,- per party
  • Bicycle rent
  • Bicycle insurance (optional) € 15,- per bicycle
  • Bicycle insurance electric bike (optional) € 40,- per bicycle
  • Entrance fees to museums; approx. € 15 per tour
  • Cancellation insurance (optional)

Special details

  • Please take good notice of our booking conditions.
  • If you have special meal requirements (vegetarian meals, or if you are on a Lactose- or Glutenfree diet), we ask you to mention this when booking.
    In case of Glutenfree diet there is an additional charge of € 50, – per week.
  • Cycletours Holidays reserves the right to cancel tours with fewer than 12 participants up to 21 days prior to the date of departure.
  • The program is subject to change without notice.

Arrival info

You are expected on our barge on Sunday at 3 PM. You can recognise the barge by the banner with ‘Cycletours’ written on it. The name of your barge ‘Zwaan’ is printed on the voucher, which you will receive separately. After arrival there’s coffee and tea on board. Other drinks are also available on cash payment.  If you want you can bring your luggage in advance from noon onwards.

The mooring place of the barge in Cochem is along the Mosel.

Airport

The nearest airport to the embarkation point of the barge is Frankfurt Airport (FRA). You need to take the train to Cochem. Travel time is a about 2 hours.  The price for a one-way train ticket (2nd class) is about € 35,-. For the exact departure times and prices check www.db.de.

Train

Cochem has a train station. From the station it is walking distance to the mooring place of the barge (1.5 km/ 1 mile). You also can take a taxi to the barge (5 minutes).

End of the tour

The tour ends one week later on Sunday morning after breakfast before 9.30 AM. You will spend the night from Saturday on board in Merzig.
From Merzig station you can take the train to Frankfurt Airport (FRA). Travel time is at least 2 hrs and 45 minutes. The train leaves every hour and a one-way ticket (2nd class) costs about € 50,- per person. For the exact departure times and prices check www.db.de.

Our barge, your hotel

Imagine a floating hotel sailing to the next stage, while you are calmly pedalling along. No lugging of luggage: that is exactly what Bike & Barge is all about! In the pleasant atmosphere on board you can have a chat, go through the day with the others, and enjoy the meals prepared specially for cyclists. In the evenings you can enjoy a drink in the salon or admire the setting sun on deck.

Do not expect a cruise ship with its passive luxury. The Bike & Barge Holidays are for people who really enjoy the physical activity of cycling and who value sociability more than wholesale luxury.

What are the cabins like?

Most cabins are 2-person cabins, but some barges also have cabins for 3 persons (2 low beds+upper bed). There are four categories: Standard Plus (cabins with private shower/toilet; bunk beds), Comfort (cabins as StandardPlus but with twin beds), ComfortPlus (cabins as Comfort, small ship) and Comfort DeLuxe (a very comfortable and tastefully furnished 5-star ship; cabins have twin beds and air-conditioning).

In all categories the cabins have central heating and a porthole or window; they are provided with running water (hot and cold), private shower/toilet and 22o voltage. There is limited storage space in the cabin. We recommend 1 suitcase per person. You can slide the suitcase under the bed.

The team, hospitality comes first

The captain/skipper, the chef and your tour guide all welcome you warmly. They are prepared specifically for these trips and will provide good and safe passage, good meals, and a friendly, pleasant atmosphere. They will, of course, also give you a great deal of interesting information during and after the cycling and sailing.
The skipper is responsible for the smooth running of things on board; the cook is in charge of the catering. A tour leader accompanies you during the bike ride and can assist in case of breakdowns. He/She will be your guide to point out the things of interest along the way and is multi-lingual (Dutch/English, some speak German and/or French).

The meals

Your chef is used to cook delicious meals for hungry cyclists. Besides an extensive breakfast, you will also be offered a packed lunch for on the road. It consists of different types of bread and sandwich fillings, juice, a snack and a piece of fruit. Lunch package needs to be prepared by yourself after breakfast. Dinner is different every day. There is a first course, main course and dessert The meals on board are included in the price, as are coffee and tea. Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks can be obtained at a reasonable charge. When you return on board after the day’s cycling, a cup of tea or coffee with a biscuit will be waiting for you. There is a bar on the barge with beer, soft drinks and wine at reasonable prices. Usually it is not allowed to use your own food and drinks aboard. In case you want to taste your own, just bought wines,  please ask the crew. They will allow you to drink your own wine but ask a cork fee of € 7,50 per bottle.

If you have special meal requirements (vegetarian meals, or if you are on a diet), we ask you to mention this when booking.
In case of Gluten Free diet there is an additional charge of € 50, – per week.

You and the group,new friends from around the world!

One of the most attractive aspects of the Bike & Barge holidays is that you encounter an international company on board, including people from e.g. USA, Canada, Australia, France, Italy, and Spain. It’s a great opportunity for you to get to know various cultures at the same time! We have people of all ages, men and women, singles and couples and also families with children (during the school holidays). Most groups are made up of 12 people on the barge Zwaan.

The most beautiful cycling routes

Our carefully selected routes will lead you along the most beautiful spots of the country. The average daily distance is around 45 kilometers. Most participants prefer riding in a group with the cycling guide, but you can also ride individually. Maps are available on board.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Can I bring along my own bicycle?

    Yes, you may.  This has no bearing on the total cost of the trip, however, please state this at time of booking.  Sometimes an additional charge may be requested for the bicycle when transfering from one place to another.

  • Does a guide accompany us?

    When mentioned ‘self-guided’, the tours are on an individual basis and no guides are provided.  We will provide you with a thoroughly detailed and comprehensive description of the routes, enabling you to follow the route correctly without problems.  Furthermore, these route descriptions are frequently accompanied with information on the main tourist attractions that you’ll come across.

  • Does a support vehicle accompany us?

    Our experience has taught us that virtually every cyclist is able to make it to the next hotel without difficulties, since you’ll be setting your own pace and have the whole day for the journey.  Should circumstances render you unable to cycle further, then our agent will obligingly find you the best manner of public transportation and/or taxi.  The costs, in such a case, must be self-incurred.

  • How do I get from the airport to the destination place and is this transfer included?

    Our sale and information department can inform you on this manner. These transfers are usually not included (see the included section for each tour).

  • How large is the group on board?

    The size of the group depends on the barge scheduled on the tour. The capacity of the barges varies between 12 and 26 participants.

More questions

Price starting from € 1045,- * * There are no extra's included in this price

Accommodations

Zwaan
Zwaan

About the barge

The Zwaan is specialized in Bike and Barge tours in the Netherlands, Belgium. On board of the Zwaan you find a cosy dining room, a sun deck/a deck for the bicycles. All 7 cabins are provided with running water (hot and cold), private shower and toilet, 220 voltage and central heating. There is limited storage space in the cabin. We recommend 1 suitcase per person. You can slide the suitcase under the bed. The Zwaan is known for the high quality of the meals and the friendly atmosphere on board. The crew consists of the captain, chef and hostess for 14/15 guests.

Cabin plan

7 cabins with private hot shower and toilet
2x Family-style room, 2/3 p with double bed + single bed
2x Friend's-style room, 2/3 p with 3 single beds (one bunk)
2x Twin-style room, 2 p with two separate beds
1x Smaller cabin in front of the barge, 2 p with double bed

  • Offical name Zwaan
  • Length 34 m
  • Width 6.1 m
  • Capacity 14 persons
  • Electricity 220 Volts

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