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 Merzig is along the Saar at the level of Merzig (SAAR) TRAIN STATION: Leinpfad, Merzig, Germany (at the other side of the park, 500 m. from the train station).
The nearest airport to the embarkation point of the barge in Merzig is Frankfurt Airport (FRA). There is a direct train connection to Merzig. The train leaves at least every hour and travel time is about 2,5 hours. The price for a one-way train ticket (2nd class) from Frankfurt Airport to Merzig is about € 50,-. For the exact departure times and prices check www.db.de.
The nearest train station to the embarkation point of the barge is Merzig Saar Train Station. Walking distance from the train station to the barge is about 500m/550 yards. A taxi from the train station to the barge takes about 10 minutes and costs about € 10,-.
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 Cochem.
From the barge in Cochem it is walking distance to the train station (1.5 km/ 1 mile). or you can take a taxi (5 minutes). You can take the train to Frankfurt Airport (FRA). The train leaves twice per hour and it takes about 2 hrs. to travel to the airport. The price for a one-way train ticket (2nd class) is about € 35,-. 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 barge; 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).
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 aloud 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.