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Moselle Romance by Bike + Premium-Boat

Cochem-Metz / Metz-Cochem

Map Moselle Bike and Boat

Route

Tour profile / Level 1

You ride mostly on bike paths, farm roads and on dirt roads and have hardly any inclines to overcome. The quality of the Moselle Cycle Path is excellent. There are practically no unpaved or poorly passable stretches of road. The route runs almost exclusively on asphalt paths.

Route Cochem – Metz

Day 1: Cochem
Embarkation and check-in from 2 pm in Cochem. After the welcome, the tour guide will take you on a walking tour of Cochem. Cochem is a cozy and characteristic Moselle town with steep vineyards, wooded hills, medieval castle and a picturesque town center with beautiful half-timbered houses. You can visit the castle or drink a glass of wine from the region. The program includes a visit to the Reichsburg Castle. 

Day 2: Cochem – Zell, approx. 39 km
After breakfast, cycle to Beilstein, one of the best preserved historic villages along the Moselle. The ruins of Metternich Castle loom over the village and you will be given the opportunity to explore them. After leaving Beilstein, you will pass the steepest vineyard in Europe at Bremmer Calmont, with inclines between 50 and 55 degrees. Today’s tour ends in Zell an der Mosel, known in the industry for its "Zeller Schwarze Katz" wine. In Zell you should take the opportunity to get to know the good wines of the Moselle.

Day 3: Zell on the Moselle – Bernkastel-Kues, approx. 45 km
Today you cycle from Zell an der Mosel to the romantic village of Traben-Trarbach, which is located on the left bank of the Mosel and is known for its Art Nouveau style. From there you will cycle through the wine town of Kröv - known for its popular Kröver wine - to Bernkastel-Kues, your destination for the night. The large half-timbered houses surrounding the marketplace of Bernkastel-Kues date back to the Middle Ages and are a photographer’s delight. After a city tour, you will reach the ship in Kues.

Day 4: Bernkastel-Kues – Neumagen – Schweich – Trier, approx. 28 or 54 km
Today you will pass Brauneberg, Piesport and Trittenheim. Piesport produces some good white wines. Especially the Piesporter Goldtröpfchen enjoys great fame. Trittenheim is located in a sharp sharp curve of the Moselle. It is surrounded by outstretched vineyards. In the morning or early afternoon you will reach Neumagen, which was already an important center for wine production in Roman times. Here you have the option to disembark already or to continue cycling to Schweich. From Schweich you will cycle to Trier, the oldest city in Germany and a lively and interesting university town.

Day 5: Trier – Saarburg, approx. 28 km
In the morning, your guide will lead you through Trier and there will also be plenty of time to discover Trier on your own. After lunch, you will get on your bike and continue your journey along the rivers Moselle and Saar to Saarburg, a charming old town situated on the most beautiful part of the Saar. Here the banks are densely forested. The castle of Saarburg was built here in the middle of the 10th century. In the middle of Saarburg town center there is a 20m high waterfall. At the foot of the waterfall there is an old mill, which is driven by the river. In this part of the town, the oldest houses are from the 17th and 18th centuries, giving the town its picturesque appearance. Today there is no dinner on board. You can visit one of the restaurants of Saarburg.

Day 6: Saarburg – Remich, approx. 45 or 53 km
Today there are two tour options: One is easier, but a little longer and goes along the riverbank. The more challenging option leads over hilly landscapes. With both options, you will pass the border between Germany and Luxembourg on the way and get to know the small country and its wine regions. You’ll visit a winegrowers’ cooperative specializing in Cremant, which is also considered the Champagne of the Moselle. Near Remich, your destination today, you can visit a wonderful Roman mosaic floor - with 3 million individual tiles, it depicts images of a gladiatorial contest.

Day 7: Remich – Schengen – Thionville – Metz, approx. 30 km
During breakfast, take a boat to Schengen, where today’s bike tour begins. Almost every European knows about the Schengen Agreement, but hardly anyone knows that the agreement owes its name to this small town on the 3-country border. Once you arrive, you’ll cycle through the beautiful Moselle Valley into France, passing the castle of Sierck-les-Bains on the way. You will continue to Thionville, where you will arrive at the end of the morning or early afternoon. Here the ship will be waiting for you to continue to Metz. Metz offers much beautiful historic architecture, flora and pubs.

Day 8: Metz
End of the trip. Disembarkation after breakfast, by 09:30. Individual departure

Route Metz – Cochem

Day 1: Metz 
Embarkation and check-in from 2 pm in Metz. After the welcome, you will have time to do a trial tour on your bike. After dinner, the guide will take you on a walking tour of Metz. Metz offers a lot of beautiful architecture, flora and pubs. We recommend coming to Metz one or more days early to have enough time to discover this interesting city.

Day 2: Metz – Remich, approx. 41 or 49 km
During breakfast, you will take a boat to Thionville. Outside of Thionville, today’s bike tour begins. Among other things, you will pass the castle of Sierck-les-Bains, one of the palaces that were inhabited by counts of Lorraine. Through the beautiful Moselle valley you will reach the border between France and Luxembourg at Schengen. Almost every European knows about the Schengen Agreement, but hardly anyone knows that the agreement owes its name to this small town on the 3-country border. In Nennig, near Remich, you can visit a wonderful Roman mosaic floor - with 3 million individual tiles, images of a gladiatorial contest are depicted here.

Day 3: Remich – Saarburg, approx. 40 or 48 km
The Moselle River forms the border between Germany and Luxembourg here. You start the bike tour on the German side of the river, but soon continue on the Luxembourg side. In Luxembourg we visit a winegrowers’ cooperative that specializes in "Cremant", which is also considered the Champagne of the Moselle. Today there are two tour options: One is easier, but a little longer and goes along the river bank. The more challenging option takes you over hilly landscapes. No matter which option you choose, today you will head to Saarburg, a charming old town and located on the most beautiful part of the Saares River. Here the banks are densely forested. The castle of Saarburg was built here in the middle of the 10th century. In the middle of the town center there is a 20m high waterfall. At the foot of the waterfall there is an old mill, which is driven by the river. In this part of the town the oldest houses from the 17th and 18th centuries have been preserved and give the town a picturesque flair.

Day 4: Saarburg – Trier, approx. 32 km
After breakfast, the guide will take you on a short bike ride to Trier, arriving in the morning or early afternoon. After a guided walk, you will have time to discover Trier on your own. Trier is the oldest city in Germany and offers exciting historical sights. There is no dinner on board today. You can visit one of Trier’s restaurants.

Day 5: Trier – Schweig – Neumagen – Bernkastel-Kues, approx. 27 or 53 km
During breakfast, the ship departs for Schweig, where today’s bike tour begins. You have now reached "the romantic Moselle". Here you will find countless beautiful, stretched out vineyards. First we pass Trittenheim and Piesport. Trittenheim is located in a sharp bend of the Moselle. Piesport produces some good white wines. Especially the ’Piesporter Goldtröpfchen’ enjoys great fame. In the morning or early afternoon you will reach Neumagen. Here you have the option of already disembarking or to continue cycling to Bernkastel-Kues. Bernkastel is a lively, historical and picturesque town with the best wine region of the Middle Moselle. The pride of the town is the market square with its picturesque half-timbered houses. If you walk to the castle, you can enjoy a wonderful view.

Day 6: Bernkastel-Kues – Traben-Trarbach – Zell on the Moselle, approx. 45 km
Your bike tour today will take you to the romantic town of Traben-Trarbach, located on the left bank of the Moselle and known for its Art Nouveau architecture. You will then continue along the Moselle to your destination for today’s stage, Zell an der Mosel. Among wine connoisseurs, this town is known for its wine "Zeller Schwarze Katz". In Zell you will have extensive opportunity to get to know the good Moselle wines.

Day 7: Zell - Beilstein – Cochem, approx. 39 km
Beilstein, the "Sleeping Beauty on the Moselle," is one of the best-preserved historic villages on the banks of the river and the highlight of our bike tour today. You will have time here to explore the mighty ruins of Metternich Castle, which tower high above the village. Then it’s on to the destination of your trip, the typical Moselle town of Cochem with its cozy wine taverns, impressive castle and pretty half-timbered houses, surrounded by steep vineyards and wooded slopes. A perfect place for a glass of wine from the region. On the agenda is a visit to the Reichsburg Castle.

Day 8: Cochem
End of the trip. Disembarkation after breakfast until 09:30. Individual departure

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Due to varying wind and weather conditions, as well as organizational necessities, we reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary.

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. Noise due to operation is therefore unavoidable.

Services

  • 7 nights

  • Full board (7x breakfast, packed lunch, 6x 3-course dinner)

  • Coffee and tea on board

  • Welcome drink

  • Bed linen and towels

  • Daily cabin cleaning

  • Fully guided bike tours (from 22 guests: 2 guides and 2 groups)

  • Daily program meetings

  • Some short walks

  • Ferry fees

  • Entrance fee Cochem Castle

  • Wine tasting

  • WLAN

  • GPS tracks

  • Detailed maps and information material per cabin

  • Rental helmet

  • Waterproof luggage carrier bag

  • For the sake of the environment
    1 biodegradable water bottle.
    The CO² emitted during this trip will be compensated by the NGO Justdiggit.

Dates & Prices

Dates

Merkmale

    Season / Period
    Type
    S3   02.07. - 09.07.24
    Metz - Cochem (MV MAGNIFIQUE I)
    S2   16.07. - 23.07.24
    Metz - Cochem (MV MAGNIFIQUE I)
    S2   30.07. - 06.08.24
    Metz - Cochem (MV MAGNIFIQUE I)
    S2   13.08. - 20.08.24
    Metz - Cochem (MV MAGNIFIQUE I)
    S3   27.08. - 03.09.24
    Metz - Cochem (MV MAGNIFIQUE I)
    S3   10.09. - 17.09.24
    Metz - Cochem (MV MAGNIFIQUE I)
    S3   24.09. - 01.10.24
    Metz - Cochem (MV MAGNIFIQUE I)
    S2   08.10. - 15.10.24
    Metz - Cochem (MV MAGNIFIQUE I)

    Extras

    Discounts
    3rd bed in Premium cabin (Princess Royal) -50
     
    Bicycles & Equipment
    7-speed 100
    E-Bike 250
    own bike/own E-bike 10/25
       
    Extras
    diet (lactosefree, glutenfree), payable on spot 65

    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!

    On this bike and boat trip you will be accompanied by an elegant ship, which will serve as a means of transportation for you, but first and foremost as your floating accommodation. Let yourself be enchanted by the PRINCESSE ROYAL or the MAGNIFIQUE I. No matter which ship you choose for your trip, it will be an unforgettable experience on board!


    MV PRINCESSE ROYAL

    On the stylish, classically elegant MS Princesse Royal there are 16 cabins for max. 35 guests. Comfort is provided by the salon with large windows, two sun decks with chairs, whirlpool and barbecue station. >>more


    MV MAGNIFIQUE I

    The MS Magnifique I is a lovingly upgraded and remodeled former passenger ship that will join the fleet in 2024. On the upper deck is a tastefully decorated salon with a restaurant area, a nice bar and a lounge area with seating areas, air conditioning, TV and large panoramic windows.  >>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 Cochem: Cologne (CGN)
    It is best to take a cab from Cologne - Cochem, about 1h 30min. 
    Arrival Metz: Metz-Nancy-Lorraine (ETZ)
    You can take a cab from the airport, ca. 30 min


    Arrival by train

    Arrival Cochem: walking distance from the train station, ca. 10 min
    Arrival Metz: walking distance from the station about 20 min


    Arrival by car

    Arrival Cochem: In Cochem there are enough parking garages (for a fee and payable on site).
    Arrival Metz: In Metz there are enough parking garages (for a fee and payable on site). 


    Additional information

    Dietary food on board possible: Please inform us when booking, cost € 65,- payable on spot.

     

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    Travel stories

    5,5 of 6 Stars | 2
    5.6 31.07.2023 | Beni B. Moselle Romance by Bike + Boat

    Wonderful trip

    The ship was very good and all the crew were wonderful
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 6
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
    • Accomodation 6
    • Board 6
    • Route description 5
    • On-site assistance 5
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 5
    • Price-performance ratio 5
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    5.7 23.07.2022 | James S. Moselle Romance by Bike + Boat Princesse Royal

    Oh, Mosella!

    Hugo & Arendina were wonderful guides - their styles are different, and both wonderful. I enjoyed boat life, the singing and the friendliness. Next time I?ll get an e-bike!
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 6
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
    • Accomodation 6
    • Board 5
    • Route description 5
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 5
    • Price-performance ratio 6
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