• Travelcode: 081

Moselle + Saar by Bike + Boat

MV PATRIA

  • What could provide a more pleasant break than a trip to the Saar and the Moselle, two rivers which wind through enchanting countryside, where castles on the hills guard the route and you can visit market squares surrounded by timbered houses? Is it any wonder that Moselle wine has built up such a good name? You cycle through the area´s most famous villages Traben-Trarbach and Bernkastel-Kues. With a glass of Moselle wine you enjoy your evening on board - discover Germany this way, it ´s worth it!

    S P E C I A L   O F F E R: Bike rental free (7-speed-bike) for arrivals April 06. and 20. 2019

    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
    Individual arrival. Embarkation as from 4 p.m., 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. In the evening you will have the chance to visit a local winegrowers place and enjoy a wine tasting with the famous Moselle wines (excursion, optional, bookable on board).

    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. 47 km
    Cycle tour to Piesport, the oldest winegrowing community along the Moselle. Here you can book a guided tour and visit the Roman cellars and the vineyards. 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 - 29 km
    You will cycle via Pfalzel to Trier, where the ship is waiting for you. In the afternoon you can explore the city in a special kind of way. Book a city walk with a "traditional Roman". 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 - Saarburg - Wasserbillig - Saarburg, approx. 38 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 a.m. Individual departure.

    Itinerary Saarburg - Koblenz

    Day 1: Saarburg
    Individual arrival, embarkation as from 4 p.m., the crew will welcome you on board at about 6 p.m. 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. 38 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 in a special kind of way. Book a city walk with a "traditional Roman".

    Day 3: Trier - Mehring, approx. 26 - 29 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. Here you can book a guided tour and visit the Roman cellars and the vineyards.

    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. In the evening you will have the chance to visit a local winegrowers place and enjoy a wine tasting with the famous Moselle wines (optional, bookable on board).

    Day 6: Zell an der Mosel - Beilstein - Cochem, approx. 39 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, approx. 29 km
    After a beautiful last cycling tour the ship waits for you in Alken, one of the oldest cities along the Moselle. Sail to Koblenz, where you will stay for the night.

    Day 8: Koblenz
    After breakfast disembarkation and end of tour by 9 a.m. Individual departure.

  • ARRIVAL - PARKING - DEPARTURE

    ARRIVAL BY PLANE

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


    ARRIVAL BY CAR

    Parking:
    Tourstart Koblenz - parking garage, approx. € 125,-/week; reservation not possible, there is a bus line to the city center.
    Tourstart Saarburg -  parking lot near the dock, approx. € 25,-/week.


    ARRIVAL BY TRAIN

    Train station: Koblenz, Saarburg


    TRANSFERS (back to Koblenz/Saarburg)

    by train, duration approx. 2 hrs, cost approx. € 24,-/person

    or

    by minibus (min. 4 persons, € 75,-/person, to be paid on spot (reservation required), own bikes can be transported at an additional fee of € 15,-/bike.


    PARTICIPANTS

    minimum participants 40 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.

    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.

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  • Included services:

    • Tour and accommodation on board 8 days / 7 nights (Sat.-Sat.), cabin in the booked category
    • Full board (breakfast, packed lunch during bike tours or noontime snack, coffee and tee in the afternoon, three-course dinner)
    • Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels possible daily ); daily short cleaning of the cabin
    • Welcome drink and speech on the first evening
    • Daily bike tour meeting
    • all port and lock dues
    • maps and information material per cabin

    additionally on dates April 07/14/21 and October 13

    • 7-speed-rental bike
  • Choose Categories

    S1 06.04. - 13.04.19 Koblenz - Saarburg
    S2 20.04. - 27.04.19 Koblenz - Saarburg
    S3 04.05. - 11.05.19 Koblenz - Saarburg
    S4 01.06. - 08.06.19 Koblenz - Saarburg
    S4 15.06. - 22.06.19 Koblenz - Saarburg
    S4 27.07. - 03.08.19 Koblenz - Saarburg
    S4 10.08. - 17.08.19 Koblenz - Saarburg
    S4 24.08. - 31.08.19 Koblenz - Saarburg
    S4 21.09. - 28.09.19 Koblenz - Saarburg
    S3 05.10. - 12.10.19 Koblenz - Saarburg
    S2 13.04. - 20.04.19 Saarburg - Koblenz
    S3 27.04. - 04.05.19 Saarburg - Koblenz
    S3 11.05. - 18.05.19 Saarburg - Koblenz
    S4 08.06. - 15.06.19 Saarburg - Koblenz
    S4 22.06. - 29.06.19 Saarburg - Koblenz
    S4 06.07. - 13.07.19 Saarburg - Koblenz
    S4 03.08. - 10.08.19 Saarburg - Koblenz
    S4 17.08. - 24.08.19 Saarburg - Koblenz
    S4 31.08. - 07.09.19 Saarburg - Koblenz SOLD OUT
    S4 28.09. - 05.10.19 Saarburg - Koblenz
    S1 12.10. - 19.10.19 Saarburg - Koblenz

    Extras

    Discounts for 3rd person in cabin on request
     
    Bikes & equipment
    7-speed-bike coaster break or free wheel 70
    E-bike 165
       
    Transfer  
    Mini bus (min. 4 pax) 75
    own bike on mini bus (to be paid on spot) 15
       
    Other  
    special diet (to be paid on spot) 25

    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
  • WELCOME ON BOARD THE MS PATRIA

    On the Saar and Moselle, the MS PATRIA, which can accommodate a max. of 68 guests, is your sailing home. The ship is modernized for boat bike tours and has 34 cabins.


    TECHNICAL INFORMATION

    Lenght 68 m

    Width 7,7 m

    Draft 1,85 m

    34 Cabins

    max. 68 Passengers

    Flag and Management Dutch


    CABINS

    There are only twin cabins (approx. 7 m², 2 single beds standing in a right angle) with window (the windows on the upper deck can be opened, but for safety reasons those on the lower deck are fixed), shower + toilet, individually regulated air conditioning in all cabins on the lower deck (as well in the restaurant and salon).

    Lower deck: 15 Cabins, air conditioning individually regulated (windows cannot be opened)

    Upper deck: 19 Cabins (no air conditioning, windows can be opened)


    CATERING

    Full board (buffet breakfast, picnic lunch or light lunch on board, 3- or 4-course dinner)


  • Bicycles inclusive panniers:

    7-speed-bikes UNISEX with back pedal brake

    The offered bikes are touring bikes with an aluminium frame and kitted with responsive brakes and gears. Plus: mudguards, trip computers, comfort gel saddles, flat-palmed grips, Schwalbe Marathon anti-puncture tyres.

    You can choose between the following bikes:

    • 7-speed-bike with hand brake and backpedal brake

    with 28" tyres in different frame dimensions for ladies and gents.


    E-bike

    By popular demand, we have now invested in a considerable number of e-bikes, much favoured by cyclists who love the great Outdoors, but prefer to let the bike take the strain.

    With an electro bike every bike tour is a breeze! If you had few opportunities to cycle over the last weeks or if you are not sure concerning your fitness, but also with physical disabilities, every bike ride is a treat! The shiftable, low noise electric drive of our modern E-bike relieves you of some of the work and increases the pedal force up to 3 times ... So you can now book a bike tour together with cyclists who have different fitness level. Acclivity can be handled easily.
    Please note that it won’t be possible to fix the handlebar bags on some of our E-Bikes.


    Additional information
    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.

    You will have the opportunity to take out an insurance for the bicycle (not for own bicycles) for the whole journey.


    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.


  • 5,7 20.08.2018 | Arnott G. Moselle + Saar by Bike + Boat

    Vineyards and castles all the way!

    This was the third bike and boat trip we have done in Europe and were not disappointed. The crew of the Patria were excellent. Friendly, helpful and nothing was too much trouble. Dagmar was a terrific tour guide and the quality of the food was excellent. ...
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 5
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 6
    • Route description 6
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 5
    • Price-performance ratio 6
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    5,4 29.05.2018 | James F. Moselle + Saar by Bike + Boat

    Koblenz to Saarburg

    Very enjoyable week
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 6
    • Route description 6
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 4
    • Price-performance ratio 5
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    6,0 23.04.2018 | Sue B. Moselle + Saar by Bike + Boat

    Cycling down the Moselle

    We have just had a fantastic week’s holiday cycling down the Moselle. The weather was amazing, the cycling fun, and staying on the Patria was great! The food was excellent - delicious 4 course meals every night! All the staff on the Patria were very ...
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 6
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
    • Accomodation 6
    • Board 6
    • Route description 6
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 6
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    0,0 02.04.2018 | Stephen M. Moselle + Saar by Bike + Boat

    I want to do it again!

    Overall: This is a lovely tour and, without any “watch-the-clock” days, is more relaxed than the Neckar / Rhine tour, with which it can be combined, staying on the boat for two weeks, to double the cycling enjoyment. Compared to the Neckar ...
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    5,4 31.10.2017 | Helen R. Moselle + Saar by Bike + Boat

    Excellent value Autumn holiday

    We really enjoyed this holiday. The boat was comfortable and the food excellent. The cycling was easy and left us plenty of time to fit in sightseeing. I would recommend going in the Autumn when all the leaves on the vines turn a lovely golden colour. ...
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 6
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
    • Accomodation 3
    • Board 6
    • Route description 5
    • On-site assistance 5
    • Route-character 5
    • Bicycle + equipment 5
    • Price-performance ratio 6
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    5,1 20.10.2017 | Tony L. Moselle + Saar by Bike + Boat

    a very nice trip in a beautiful region

    we fully enjoyed this trip - from traveling through a beautiful region to the excellent food and very friendly crew on the boat - we would highly recommend this trip
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 5
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 5
    • Route description 5
    • On-site assistance 4
    • Route-character 5
    • Bicycle + equipment 5
    • Price-performance ratio 5
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    5,5 01.07.2017 | Christine A. Moselle + Saar by Bike + Boat

    Scenic splendour

    We were not in any way disappointed, it was a very easy ride, weather was brilliant (although to be fair the tour company has no control over this!). The towns visited were great and places stopped at well chosen! Our company at meals made for an even ...
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 5
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
    • Accomodation 6
    • Board 6
    • Route description 5
    • On-site assistance 5
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 4
    • Price-performance ratio 6
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    5,5 16.08.2016 | Richard D. Moselle & Saar by Bike & Boat

    Best ever

    Maps / tour route to be sent to us by yourself / your agent before travel ,please
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 4
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 4
    • Accomodation 6
    • Board 6
    • Luggage transport 6
    • Route description 6
    • On-site assistance 4
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 6
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    4,2 08.08.2016 | Jeff S. Moselle & Saar by Bike & Boat

    MOSEL BIKE TOUR - MS PATRIA

    Food: Dinner good but more salad needed, breakfast only adequate. Bar and drinks good, except "free wine" (Italian) on last evening. Staff good. Route documentation poor, and sometimes inaccurate - more riding alongside busy roads than stated on guides. ...
    • Overall satisfaction 5
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 3
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 3
    • Accomodation 4
    • Board 4
    • Route description 2
    • On-site assistance 5
    • Route-character 5
    • Bicycle + equipment 4
    • Price-performance ratio 5
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    5,9 27.06.2016 | Arie T. Moselle & Saar by Bike & Boat

    Great experience!

    We enjoyed very much from the tour. We did not expect much from the boat (as it is our first time) but we were very much impressed by the stuff and the food on the boat. We are looking already for next year...any suggestions?
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 6
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 6
    • Luggage transport 6
    • Route description 6
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 6
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    5,2 10.05.2016 | Mim G. Moselle & Saar by Bike & Boat

    A brilliant way to see the beautiful Moselle valley

    Whether you fly or drive the starting point of this holiday it is very easy with a good rail link to get you back to where you started. We have done the trip both ways and found Saarburg a good place to leave the car or transfer from Luxembourg Airport. ...
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 5
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 6
    • Luggage transport 5
    • Route description 3
    • On-site assistance 4
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 5
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    4,8 09.05.2016 | Colin W. Moselle & Saar by Bike & Boat

    Moselle tour

    The trip was extremely picturesque and the days were well planned with plenty of sights in between the cycling. The food on board was generally excellent and the service provided by the staff was helpful and friendly. The maps were not as accurate as ...
    • Overall satisfaction 5
    • Booking handling 5
    • Travel documents 5
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 4
    • Accomodation 4
    • Board 6
    • Luggage transport 6
    • Route description 4
    • On-site assistance 3
    • Route-character 5
    • Bicycle + equipment 5
    • Price-performance ratio 6
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    5,3 22.10.2015 | Robert S. Moselle & Saar by Bike & Boat

    Beautiful scenery

    We were quite pleased to find the wardrobe in the room - plenty of room for our clothes - and open space under the beds. The food was excellent and had lovely presentation. Our group meetings were not too long but also the tour director gave us tips of ...
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 6
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
    • Accomodation 4
    • Board 5
    • Luggage transport 4
    • Route description 5
    • On-site assistance 5
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 4
    • Price-performance ratio 6
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    5,5 31.08.2015 | Anita E. Moselle & Saar by Bike & Boat

    6 days by bike from Saarburg to Koblenz

    After a long cold Swedish spring and summer we looked forward to go to south Germany and by bike pass the Mosel and Saar rivers. Unfortunately the summer had been concentrated in this area and not trained at all we suffered a bit during this week. The ...
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 6
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
    • Accomodation 3
    • Board 6
    • Luggage transport 6
    • Route description 5
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 5
    • Price-performance ratio 5
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    5,5 18.05.2015 | Janet D. Moselle & Saar by Bike & Boat

    Making it on the Mosel

    Starting with trepidation could we do it?After the first day we were on a highWhat a joy travelling at our speed and going where we wanted toBeautiful scenery delicious food and great company we had a wonderful week
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 6
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 5
    • Luggage transport 6
    • Route description 5
    • On-site assistance 5
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 5
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