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Moselle + Saar Rivers by Bike + Boat

MV OLYMPIA

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Route

Tour profile / Level 1

The quality of the cycle paths along this route is excellent. Most of the path along the Moselle is paved and does not have any gradients of note. This makes the trip suitable even for relatively unpractised cyclists.

Itinerary Koblenz – Saarburg

Day 1: Koblenz (Bonn* or Andernach**)
Individual arrival. Embarkation as from 4 pm, the crew will welcome you on board. You will spend the evening and first night in Koblenz

Day 2: Koblenz  Alken  Moselkern – Cochem, approx. 29 km
The ship will bring you to Alken. The bike tour starts here and brings you to Moselkern, and then on to Cochem. Cochem is a lovely little town with historical half-timbered-houses and a picturesque Old town.

Day 3: Cochem  Beilstein  Zell an der Mosel, approx. 39 km
The bike tour will first take you to Beilstein, which you can explore during a short tour on your own. Pass Europe’s steepest vineyard at Bremmer Calmont. Today’s tour ends in the wine village of Zell on the Moselle, where you should taste the good wines of the Moselle.

Day 4: Zell an der Mosel  Traben-Trarbach  Bernkastel-Kues, approx. 43 km
The bike tour from Zell brings you to romantic Traben-Trarbach, where Jugendstil architecture shows its best side. After that the middle aged market place of Bernkastel-Kues invites you for a rest. You will reach the ship in Kues after a tour through town.

Day 5: Bernkastel-Kues  Piesport  Mehring, approx. 48 km
Cycle tour to Piesport, the oldest winegrowing community along the Moselle. Further on you come to Neumagen-Dhron which is the oldest wine city of Germany. After the lunch break the tour continues to Mehring.

Day 6: Mehring  Trier, approx. 26-28 km
You will cycle via Pfalzel to Trier, where the ship is waiting for you. Trier is one of the oldest cities of Germany. Its Roman roots are still visible in impressive buildings as the Porta Nigra, the Konstantin basilica and the Amphitheatre.

Day 7: Trier  Wasserbillig (Luxemburg)  Saarburg, approx. 39 km
Today you will be cycling along the river from Trier via Wasserbillig in Luxembourg to Saarburg, also called "little Venice". In its centre you will find a waterfall of 20 meters deep.

Day 8: Saarburg
After breakfast disembarkation and end of tour by 9 am. Individual departure.

 

* Applies to the tour with departure on May 03 2025: Embarkation in Bonn instead of Koblenz, departure Bonn 5 pm, arrival in Andernach at 10 pm. Departure on day 2 from Andernach at 7 am. Arrival in Alken at 10 am. The further course according to the timetable above.

** Applies to the tour with departure on August 08 2025: Embarkation in Andernach instead of Koblenz, departure on day 2 from Andernach at 6 am, arrival in Alken at 10 am. The further course according to the timetable above.

Itinerary Saarburg – Koblenz

Day 1: Saarburg
Individual arrival, embarkation as from 4 pm, the crew will welcome you on board at about 6 pm. You will spend the first night and evening in Saarburg. In the evening you will have the opportunity to explore Saarburg.

Day 2: Saarburg  Wasserbillig (Luxemburg)  Trier, approx. 39 km
Today you will cycle from Saarburg along the idyllic nature reserve of the abandoned meander of the River Saar. Further on to Wasserbillig in Luxemburg and from here to the Igeler Säule. Later you will reach Trier, where the ship will be waiting for you. In the afternoon you can explore the city.

Day 3: Trier  Mehring, approx. 26-28 km
After breakfast you will cycle via Pfalzel to Mehring, the largest winegrowers’ community in the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region.

Day 4: Mehring  Piesport  Bernkastel-Kues, approx. 47 km
You will reach Bernkastel-Kues by bike. 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.

Day 5: Bernkastel-Kues – Traben-Trarbach  Zell an der Mosel, approx. 43 km
Today’s bike tour brings you to romantic Traben-Trarbach, where Jugendstil architecture shows its best side. Continuing to Zell, well known wine village on the Moselle. Here, you shoud taste the good wines of the Moselle.

Day 6: Zell an der Mosel  Beilstein  Cochem, approx. 38 km
The perfect maintained historical centre of Beilstein, "the Sleeping Beauty of the Mosel", is waiting for you. Today’s tour ends in Cochem with the Reichsburg. Cochem is a lovely little town with historical half-timbered-houses and a picturesque Old town.

Day 7: Cochem  Alken  Koblenz (Andernach**), approx. 53 km or rest day on board
Today, you can enjoy a rest day on board and discover the city of Koblenz in the afternoon. Experienced cyclists can also cycle from Cochem to Koblenz and visit "Eltz" castle.

Day 8: Koblenz/Andernach**
After breakfast disembarkation and end of tour by 9 am. Individual departure.

 

** On tour departing on August 02 2025: Disembarkation in Andernach

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Please keep in mind that your riverboat is on the one hand your "vacation hotel" but on the other hand also a working machine that moves with engine power and has to be operated constantly, even at night (partly with lock and bridge passages). We recommend that guests who are particularly sensitive to noise bring earplugs.

Services

  • 7 nights in outside cabins with shower/WC in the booked cabin category 

  • Full board (7x breakfast buffet, 6x packed lunch for the bike tours or lunch snack, 6x coffee and tea in the afternoon, 7x 3-course evening menu)

  • Welcome drink 

  • Daily bike tour briefing on board 

  • On board tour guide 

  • Bed linen and towel change as required

  • Daily cabin cleaning 

  • All passenger and port fees 

  • Digital travel documents/Cycling App

  • GPS data

Dates & Prices

Dates

Merkmale

    Season / Period
    Type
    S1   03.05. - 10.05.25
    Koblenz - Saarburg
    Embarking in Bonn
    S2   26.07. - 02.08.25
    Koblenz - Saarburg
    S2   09.08. - 16.08.25
    Koblenz - Saarburg
    Embarking in Andernach
    S2   23.08. - 30.08.25
    Koblenz - Saarburg
    S2   06.09. - 13.09.25
    Koblenz - Saarburg
    S2   20.09. - 27.09.25
    Koblenz - Saarburg
    S1   04.10. - 11.10.25
    Koblenz - Saarburg
    S2   10.05. - 17.05.25
    Saarburg - Koblenz
    S2   02.08. - 09.08.25
    Saarburg - Koblenz
    Disembarking in Andernach
    S2   16.08. - 23.08.25
    Saarburg - Koblenz
    S2   30.08. - 06.09.25
    Saarburg - Koblenz
    S2   13.09. - 20.09.25
    Saarburg - Koblenz
    S1   27.09. - 04.10.25
    Saarburg - Koblenz

    Extras

    Discounts for 3rd person in cabin
    on request
     
    Bikes & equipment
    7-speed-bike coaster break or free wheel, incl. insurance 89
    E-bike incl. insurance 199
    Own bike 39
       
    Other
    special diet (to be paid on spot) 50

    Best - Price - Guarantee

    If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
    All prices per person in EUR

    Ship

    Welcome on board the MS OLYMPIA!

    Facilities

    Comfortable and cosy river ship with family environment.  The ship was refurbished in 2015/2016. The panoramic salon with bar in gentlemen club-style and the bright and friendly restaurant are waiting for you to pass relaxing hours here. A spacious, partly shaded sun deck and storage space for bicycles.


    Technical data

    Length 88.50m
    Width 10.50m
    Draught 1.30m
    Capacity max. 96 passengers.
    Flag: Switzerland
    Built: 1984
    Refurbished:  2015/2016
    Crew approx. 21


    Catering

    Full board consists of breakfast buffet, packed lunch for cycle tours or lunch snack, coffee/tea in the afternoon, 3-course-menu for dinner


    Cabins

    A total of 49 comfortable outside cabins for a max. of 96 guests.
    All cabins boast en-suite bathroom, hair dryer, telephone, TV, individual air conditioning/heating, fridge, safe und large panoramic window. On the Upper deck, cabins feature opening windows. 

    • Main deck: 21x two-bed-cabins (about 11 qm)
    • Upper deck: 22x two-bed-cabins (about 11 qm)
    • 4 cabins of bigger size at the stern of the ship (12 qm, 3 of which feature twin beds; during the trip increased noise perception) as well as two single cabins about 9 qm).

    Languages on board

    German, English

    Bicycle

    Bicycles inclusive panniers

    Touring bikes

    Our bikes are state-of-the-art quality bikes based on proven brand quality of the bicycle manufactory Velo de Ville. All Velo de Ville bikes use only braking systems from renowned manufacturers such as Magura or Shimano. Minimum body height for our rental bikes: 1.50 m

    The following rental bikes (including pannier) are available for you:

    • 7-speed UNISEX touring bikes
    • 8-speed E-bikes

    E-bikes | Electrical bikes | Pedeclecs

    We provide you with modern quality e-bikes (pedelecs) with Nexus 8-speed hub gears, gradually selectable aid of pedaling power, puncture-proof tires and deep UNISEX comfort entry. The electric bikes from Velo de Ville are equipped exclusively with Bosch mid-mounted motors and fully integrated 500 Wh Bosch batteries. The design of the batteries allows them to almost disappear into the frame. This gives you better weight distribution and a low center of gravity without missing the convenience of easy entry. You save your battery by starting with as low a support as possible and increasing as needed. Please note that with the newer models of our e-bikes it is not possible to attach handlebar bags due to the additional fixed speedometers and wider handlebars.

    IMPORTANT: Please reserve ebikes early, as they are only available in very limited numbers.


    Breakdowns

    Bicycle breakdowns can happen, also when bikes are well serviced and maintained, flats can be fixed by yourself. If there’s a difficult repair, you may call the local representative. Please don´t get any repairs done on the bike without informing the touroperator/local representative and their approval.


    Own Bikes

    If you bring your own bicycle, please pay attention to the following aspects: You are personally responsible for your own bike on board and ashore. Protect your bike against theft on board, as well as on land with a lock. The bikes will be brought on board and from board by the crew. Due to the local conditions we cannot prevent scratches and damages on the bikes. Please understand that we cannot accept any liability. The bikes on board are exposed to weather conditions because the parking is not covered. Please bring along your own spare material and repair kit for your bike.

    Useful

    Arrival - Parking - Departure

    Arrival by plane

    Tourstart Koblenz: Airport Cologne/Bonn (CGN), Frankfurt am Main (FRA), Düsseldorf (DUS)
    Tourstart Saarburg: Airport Saarbrücken (SCN)


    Arrival by car

    Tourstart Koblenz
    Parking garage, approx. € 140,-/week; reservation not possible, there is a public bus to the city center. Parking in Koblenz at Ehrenbreitstein station (unguarded, reservation not possible), approx. € 15,-/week.
    Please note: In Koblenz, the car cannot be loaded or unloaded in front of the ship!

    Tourstart Saarburg
    Parking lot near the dock, approx. € 25,-/week. or
    parking space near the train station in Saarburg (unguarded, reservation not possible), approx. € 10,-/week.


    Arrival by train

    Train station: Koblenz, Saarburg


    Transfers

    by train: duration approx. 2 hrs, cost approx. € 25,-/person (group ticket may be bookable on board)


    Participants

    minimum participants 75 pax


    Additional information

    Limited number of free wheel bikes available on request.
    We ask you to refrain from bringing hard cover luggage, because storage space in the cabins is very limited.

    Own bikes/helmets: Please bring your own helmet as there are no rental helmets available on board! You can purchase a helmet for € 40,- on board.
    Bringing of own bikes is only possible only on request and for a surcharge.

    Schedule- and programme changes: The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

    Travel documents: EU-citizens need a valid personal ID or passport!

    Special dietary requests will be respected as far as possible. Please inform us on booking an at least 2 weeks prior to departure. Surcharge approx. € 50,-

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    • Per-Tour information 5
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    • Board 4
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    • Travel documents 6
    • Per-Tour information 5
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    • Route description 6
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    Itinerary!!! Would like to start cycling earlier in the mornings, the daily meeting was too long and too late in the morning.
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    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 6
    • Per-Tour information 5
    • Accomodation 6
    • Board 6
    • Route description 6
    • On-site assistance 5
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    Would definitely do boat & bike again …

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    • Booking handling 5
    • Travel documents 6
    • Per-Tour information 5
    • Accomodation 6
    • Board 6
    • Route description 6
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 5
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