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Picturesque Moselle by Bike + Boutique-Boat

Coblenz-Merzig / Merzig-Coblenz

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Flat, well-prepared bike paths and side roads - well suited for children!

Route Koblenz – Merzig

Day 1: Koblenz
The ship awaits you in Koblenz, where the crew will welcome you on board from 2 pm. You will spend the first afternoon and night in Koblenz, which invites you to beautiful exploratory walks. During the Second World War, the city was almost completely destroyed. The few monuments that have survived, such as the Deutsches Eck, the Romanesque Basilica or St. Kastor and the Electoral Palace, are well worth a visit.

Day 2: Koblenz – Alken – Moselkern – Cochem, approx. 37 km
After distributing the bikes, today’s bike tour starts to Moselkern, while the boat sails to Alken. The village of Moselkern is world famous for its Eltz Castle. The way there is not easy to reach and you have to walk a good distance. After visiting Eltz Castle, the bike tour continues to Cochem, which is one of the most visited wine towns in the Moselle region. Cochem is a cozy, charming town with many wine cellars and half-timbered houses.

Day 3: Cochem – Beilstein – Zell an der Mosel, approx. 37 km
After breakfast, cycle to Beilstein, one of the best preserved historic towns on the Moselle. The ruins of Metternich Castle tower high above the village, where you will have the opportunity to explore. After leaving Beilstein, you will pass the steepest vineyard in Europe at Bremmer Calmont - with slopes between 50 and 55 degrees. Today’s tour ends in the wine-growing town of Zell an der Mosel, famous for its "Zeller Schwarze Katz" wine. In Zell you should take the opportunity to get to know the good wines of the Moselle.

Day 4: Zell an der Mosel – Bernkastel-Kues, approx. 45 km
Today you cycle from Zell an der Mosel to the romantic town of Traben-Trarbach, which is located on the left bank of the Mosel and is known for its Art Nouveau architecture. From there, you will pass through the wine town of Kröv - known for its popular Kröver wine to Bernkastel-Kues, your destination for tonight. After a tour of the town, you will cycle to the ship waiting for you in Kues.

Day 5: Bernkastel-Kues – Neumagen – Schweich – Trier, approx. 27 or 54 km
Upstream from Bernkastel, charming vineyards extend in many places. Today you will pass the well-known towns of Piesport and Trittenheim. Piesport produces some fine white wines. Especially the "Piesporter Goldtröpfchen" enjoys great popularity. Trittenheim is located in a sharp hairpin bend of the Moselle. It is surrounded by mountains with extensive vineyards. From Schweich you can take a boat to the lively and interesting Trier, considered one of the oldest cities in Germany. The most famous monument is the city gate Porta Nigra, built around 18 AD.

Day 6: Trier – Wasserbilig (Lux) – Saarburg, approx. 38 km
Today you will follow the Saar River to our next destination, Saarburg. Saarburg is a fascinating old town in the most beautiful part of the Saar Valley, where the banks are densely forested. The castle of Saarburg was built here in the middle of the 10th century. In the center of the town we come across a 20 meters high waterfall. At the foot of this waterfall there is an old mill powered by a stream. Most of the old houses in this part of the town are completely preserved and date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. Tonight you will have the opportunity to visit a restaurant of your choice here for dinner.

Day 7: Saarburg – Merzig, approx. 37 km
Your last cycling day takes you first through the Saarschleife, a natural wonder at Orscholz. From the top of the Cloef you can take in this beautiful river loop as the Saar meanders through the densely forested valley. Later you continue to Mettlach, where you can visit the famous ceramic factory of Villeroy & Boch. After that you’ll return to the barge in Merzig, where you will enjoy a farewell dinner.

Day 8: Merzig
End of your tour: disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30am.

Route Merzig – Coblenz

Day 1: Merzig
The ship awaits you in Merzig, where the crew will welcome you on board from 2pm. You will spend your first night and evening in Merzig. Sights are the Romanesque basilica of St Peter from the 12th century, and the former castle of Archbishop Sötern (1625), a jewel of baroque architecture that now serves as a town hall.

Day 2: Merzig – Saarburg, approx. 39 km
After the distribution of bicycles, on your first day of cycling you will pedal to Mettlach where you may visit the famous ceramic factory of Villeroy & Boch. On your way there, you cycle through the Saarschleife, a natural wonder at Orscholz. From the top of the Cloef you can take in this beautiful river loop as the Saar meanders through the densely forested valley. In the afternoon you will return to the barge in Saarburg. The castle of Saarburg was built here in the middle of the 10th century. In the town’s center you’ll encounter a 20-meter-high waterfall with an old mill at its base, which is driven by a stream. Most of the old houses in this part of town date back to the 17th and 18th centuries and are still intact, giving Saarburg its picturesque look.

Day 3: Saarburg – Wasserbillig (LUX) – Trier, approx. 32 km
Today’s tour travels from Saarburg following the idyllic nature reserve along the meandering banks of the River Saar. Continue to Wasserbillig in Luxemburg and from here to the monument of “Igeler Säule”. You will later reach Trier, your destination for the day, where the Flora will be waiting for you.  A walk through Trier, founded in the year 16 BC, is an overwhelming journey through the millennia, with no other place in Germany able to give you such a sense of the Roman era. Highlights include impressive structures such as the Porta Nigra, the Konstantinbasilika and the Roman Amphitheatre.

Day 4: Trier – Schweich / Schweich – Bernkastel, approx. 27 - 54 km
Downstream from Trier, lovely vineyards traverse the landscape in many places. The white Mosel wine has become a household name far abroad, and for good reason. Today you cruise past Trittenheim and Piesport, both big names. The town of Trittenheim lies in a sharp hairpin bend in the Mosel, surrounded by mountains covered with extensive vineyards. The Laurentiuskapelle, with its gothic choir, sits right in the middle of the vines. Piesport produces a number of beautiful white wines, of which the “Piesporter Goldtröpfchen” in particular enjoys great fame. You final destination is Bernkastel-Kues, whose medieval marketplace, with its many wood-timbered houses, invites you for a rest.

Day 5: Bernkastel-Kues – Traben-Trarbach – Zell an der Mosel, approx. 48 km
Today’s cycling tour takes you to the romantic village of Traben-Trarbach, located on the left bank of the Moselle and famous for its Jugendstil (art nouveau) architectural style. Further along the Moselle your destination for the night is Zell on the Moselle, well known in the wine industry for the wine “Zeller Schwarze Katz”. In Zell we recommend taking the opportunity to get to know the good wines of the Mosel.

Day 6: Zell – Beilstein – Cochem, approx. 39 km
Beilstein, the “Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle”, is one of the best-preserved historical villages along the length of the river, and is the highlight of today’s cycling tour. Towering about the village are the ruins of Castle Metternich, which you’ll have the opportunity to explore. Today’s tour ends in Cochem, a lovely little town that features historical half-timbered houses, a picturesque old center, and Reichsburg Castle. Dine in town tonight according to your own wishes.

Day 7: Cochem – Karden – Winningen – Koblenz, approx. 38 km
Today you travel to Karden by barge, from where you will visit the queen of German fortresses, the impressive Burg Eltz. You are still in the midst of wine territory and will cruise past Klotten, Pommern, Karden and Alken, amongst others. These are all typical Mosel towns, with nice timber-framed houses and, of course, their own wines. The “Pommerner Sonnenuhr” comes highly recommended. From Winningen you will join the Flora for a final cruise to the tour’s destination: Koblenz. This fascinating and historic city has been an important defensive and economic center for centuries. Highlights include the old castle of Ehrenbreitstein, which dominates the right bank of the Rhine; the 12th century Alte Burg Castle; and old Koblenz town.

Day 8: Koblenz
End of your tour: disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30am.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program.

Please keep in mind that the ship is both your hotel and a machine that needs to be maintained and operated - both during the day and at night. Operational noise is therefore unavoidable.

Services

  • 7 nights in booked cabin incl. breakfast

  • Full board (7x breakfast, packed lunches, 6x 3-course dinner) - excl. 1x dinner

  • Coffee and tea on board

  • Welcome drink

  • Use of bed linen and towels

  • 1x cleaning of the cabin during the tour

  • Daily briefings by the crew

  • Fully guided cycling tours

  • Some short walking tours

  • GPS tracks

  • Use of a waterproof pannier bag

  • Fees for ferries

  • Wi-Fi

  • For the evironment’s benefit:
    1 biodegradable water bottle
    The CO² emitted during this trip will be compensated by the NGO Justdiggit.

Dates & Prices

Dates

Merkmale

    Season / Period
    Type
      24.08. - 31.08.24
    Koblenz - Merzig (MV FLORA)
      07.09. - 14.09.24
    Koblenz - Merzig (MV FLORA)
      21.09. - 28.09.24
    Koblenz - Merzig (MV FLORA)
      31.08. - 07.09.24
    Merzig - Koblenz (MV FLORA)
      14.09. - 21.09.24
    Merzig - Koblenz (MV FLORA)
      28.09. - 05.10.24
    Merzig - Koblenz (MV FLORA)
      31.08. - 07.09.24
    Koblenz - Merzig (MV ALLURE)
      14.09. - 21.09.24
    Koblenz - Merzig (MV ALLURE)
      28.09. - 05.10.24
    Koblenz - Merzig (MV ALLURE)

    Extras

    Bicycles & Equipment
    7-speed 90
    E-Bike 225
    own bike/own E-bike 10/25
    Helmet 10
       
    Extras
    Diet (lactosefree, glutenfree), payable locally 65
    Limitation of liability 7 speed rental bike 10
    Limitation of liability rental E-bikes 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

    Ship

    Welcome on board!

    Our ships convince with comfort and a pleasant atmosphere - let Flora and Allure enchant you!


    MV FLORA

    The Flora is a small, cozy and comfortable passenger ship that has been successfully sailing the Green Heart of Holland Tour for several years.
    The nostalgically furnished salon with bar has a quaint atmosphere and serves as a dining and lounge area. WLAN (Wi-Fi) is available. The sun deck is a great place to enjoy the evenings on board and during the cruise you can let the landscape glide by. >>more


    MV SARAH

    The Sarah  is a comfortable and cozy passenger barge. The boat is spaciously built for a small group of passengers and offers an attractive , "feels-like-to-be-at-home" atmosphere. The Sarah has ten comfortable cabins (10m²). On the upper deck you will find the cozy open lounge , a dining area and a bar and a beautiful sundeck, partially with awning. >>more

    Bicycle

    Rental-Bicycles & equipment

    The following bikes are available for rental:

    • UNISEX-touring/trekking bicycles with a comfortable, deep entrance and 7-or 8-speed-hub circuit with hand pedal brake, as well as paniers.
    • E-Bikes
    • Other bikes: children’s bike, tandem, children’s seat, bikes with back pedal... on request

    Electric bikes | E-Bikes | Pedelecs

    We provide you with modern quality e-bikes with 7- or 8-speed hub gears and step-by-step selectable assistance for pedalling power. The range of the battery depends on the support level, riding style, body weight and terrain.

    IMPORTANT: book early, because of limited capacity!


    Bicycle breakdowns

    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 tour operator/local representative and their approval.


    Bringing of own bikes

    Bringing your own bicycles is ony available in a limited number and a fee needs to be paid as there is not much space. Due to safety reasons you must not charge your E-Bike batteries in your cabin!

    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. The fees for parking of own bikes on board you can find under prices.

    Useful

    Arrival - Parking - Departure

    Arrival by plane

    Arrival Merzig: Luxembourg (LUX)
    The best is to take a taxi, approx. 50min

    Arrival Koblenz: Karlsruhe (QKA)
    The best is to take a taxi, approx. 2h 45min


    Arrival by train

    Arrival Merzig: Bahnhof Merzig (Saar)
    You can take a bus RB71 direction Homburg (Saar) HBF until you reach the station Merzig Center, approx. 13min

    Arrival Koblenz: Koblenz HBF
    You reach the center by foot in 15min


    Arrival by car

    Arrival Merzig: In Merzig there are a lot of parking areas. You can find some >>here

    Arrival Koblenz: In Koblenz there are a lot of parking areas. You can find some >>here


    Additional information

    Diet: (i.e.: lactosefree, glutenfree) possible on request, supplement € 65,- payable locally. Must be booked at least 14 days prior to departure.

     

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