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Germany, Luxembourg and France: 3-country Mosel Tour

Duration: 7 Days
Price: from € 1050
Level: Easy
  • Fine German wines and rich history

    The countryside on both banks of the Mosel are splendid, the cool wines taste deliciously, the picturesque little towns have rich histories and the conditions for cycling are excellent  indeed.  Here you fine the perfect mix of ingedients for a fine bike and barge vacation. This tour takes us through a wonderful, varying region. We follow the river Mosel, partly in Germany, partly in France and partly in Luxembourg, along the endless vineyards and the enchanting old cities like Cochem and Bernkastel. It goes without saying that we will taste the local wines whenever we can.Then, of course, there is Trier, the oldest city of Germany with the Porta Nigra dating from the first century after Christ.

    After Trier we will follow the river Saar to visit charming Saarburg, with the stunning waterfalls in the city center. We continue into Luxembourg and France with their welcoming villages, where the inhabitants are proud of their sweet, smooth wines and golden “Mirabellen” liqueur (plum liqueur). Our final goal is the city of Metz with her splendid cathedral.

    Itinerary: Cochem – Bernkastel – Trier – Saarburg – Remich – Metz

    NB: From 18 guests there will be two guides and you can decide each day if you want to join the longer or the shorter ride.

  • No available dates in 2018
  • The Iris was put to sea in April 2005. The Iris is a refitted freight barge that accommodates 24 overnight passengers and 50 day passengers. Since 2011 Lenny Versteeg is the proud female owner of the Iris. You will definitely recognize her ‘female touch’ by the tasteful interior as well as by the many details that make the Iris such a pleasant place to stay. Her hospitable crew looks forward to welcome you on board.  The Iris can navigate on most rivers and canals in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
    The Iris has two decks. On the top deck there is the lounge, a roomy sitting area with wide screen TV, a cozy bar and a sun deck. On nice evenings or while cruising you can enjoy the scenery from the sundeck. In the lounge the Iris offers free Wi-Fi. Please note that due to the mobile network connection, the quality is not always stable. The whole barge has central heating and air-conditioning.
    Below deck, the Iris has 12 spacious and comfortable guest cabins (10 m2, single beds). Each cabin has a private shower, toilet and basin. The cabins have central heating and air-conditioning. In each cabin you will find a small safe and hair dryer.

  • Day 1 (Sat): Cochem
    14.00 h Arrival
    14.30 h Welcome speech and crew introduction
    15.00 h Safety lecture
    15.30 h Town walk through Cochem, a cosy and characteristic Mosel town, with steep wine mountains, wooded hills, mediaeval fortresses and a picturesque center with beautiful timber-framed houses. The fortress houses a museum.
    18.15 h Welcoming drink
    18.30 h Dinner
    20.00 h Test ride

    Day 2 (Sun): Cochem – Zell – Bernkastel
    Biketour: ca 50 km.
    8.00 h During breakfast the ship will sail to Beilstein.
    9.00 h In Beilstein you can admire the Black Madonna in the chapel of the Carmelite Monastery high on the hill. From here your bike tour starts and you follow the Mosel upstream to Zell.
    Zell is beautifully situated on the Mosel, where the river meanders through the hills in many loops. Zeller Schwarze Katz is a legendary Mosel Wine. The Hoherott (452 m) and the Corrayer Berg (425 m) are the best-known wine regions. You continue to Traben-Trarbach. This little town has some special art nouveau buildings and is the major center of wine trade in the Mosel region.
    16.00 h From Traben we sail together to Bernkastel-Kues. Bernkastel is a frequently visited, old and picturesque town, with the best wine regions of the Mid-Mosel. Pride of the town is the market square, with its picturesque timber-framed houses. A walk to the castle offers a beautiful view.
    18.30 h Dinner
    20.00 h Townwalk

    Day 3 (Mon): Bernkastel-Kues
    Biketour: ca 45 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h This morning, we shuttle by bus (approximately 45 minutes) through the Eifel Valley to the city of Daun. From there, we take an exhilarating bike ride along a former railway track that is now a cycling path. The ride includes stretches through tunnels, over bridges and by small lakes formed from volcano craters, known as maars. On the way, we can stop in Strohn for a visit to a small volcano museum. The region is scattered with “young” volcanoes about 12,000 years old.
    18.30 h Dinner

    Day 4 ( Tue): Bernkastel-Kues – Trier
    Biketour: ca 50 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h From Bernkastel upstreams lovely vineyards stretch out in many places. The white Mosel wine is a household word far abroad.
    Today we cruise past Piesport and Trittenheim , both big names. Piesport produces a number of beautiful white wines. Especially the ‘Piesporter Goldtröpfchen enjoys great fame. Trittenheim lies in a sharp hairpin turn in the Mosel. It is surrounded by mountains covered with extensive vineyards. The Laurantiuskapelle with its gothic choir is sitting right in the middle of the vines.
    Later we bike on toTrier, an interesting and lively city, the oldest city in Germany. According to the Romans, Trier was founded around 15 before Christ by Caesar Augustus under the name of Augusta Trevorum. As a trading town and administrative center, Trier flourished during the late imperial age. This Roman golden age has left us with a respectable number of monuments. Most authentic is the city gate Porta Nigra, which was built around 18 after Christ.
    18.30 h Dinner

    Day 5 (Wed): Trier – Saarburg
    Biketour: ca 35 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h Today we follow the Saar river to our next destination, Saarburg. Saarburg is an interesting old town situated in the most beautiful part of the Saar valley. Here the banks of the river are densely forested. The castle of Saarburg was built here in the middle of the 10th century. In the middle of town we come across a waterfall of 20 meters high. At the foot of this waterfall there is an old mill, which is driven by the small river. In this part of town most of the old houses from the 17th and 18th century, which give Saarburg such a picturesque look, are still intact.
    18.30 h Today there is no dinner on board. You can select one of the local restaurants of Saarburg.

    Day 6 (Thu): Saarburg – Remich
    Biketour: ca 50 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h From Saarburg, we follow the valley of the Mosel to the south into the direction of Remich. Here the Mosel forms the border between Germany and Luxembourg and Remich is on Luxembourg ground. On the way we visit a winecellar, to taste the fresh Mosel white wine. We also visit Roman mosaic floor in Nenning.
    18.30 h Dinner

    Day 7 (Fri): Remich – Metz
    Biketour: 40 km.
    8.00 h Breakfast during sailing
    9.00 h Today’s tour starts in Schengen and leads us via the beautiful valley of the Mosel across the French-German border. First we pass the castle of Sierck-les-Bains, beautifully situated on the banks of the Mosel river. On top of the hill there is a castle from the 11th century, which was at stake in the battle between the duke of Lorraine and the archbishop of Trier in the 12th century. We bike to Thionville, a versatile city with an eventful past. First and foremost Thionville is the center of steel industry of old. But the old city center shows us the old ramparts, the beautiful St.-Maximin church and the château de la Grange. Thionville is also part of the Maginot line, an enormous line of defence, built early in the 20th century against a possible German invasion.
    12.30 h Around lunchtime you cruise by barge from Thionville to Metz or you can travel by train. This city is strategically situated between Côtes de Moselle and the Plateau Lorrain. These days, the rich mediaeval city is a traffic junction, an administrative center, a center of learning, but especially a lively center of trade. A visit to the St.Etienne Cathedral, one of the most beautiful gothic cathedrals in France, is a must. This cathedral sits in the middle of the old city center, where shopping is also good.
    19.00 h Dinner

    Day 8 (Sat): Metz
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h Departure
    *All distances are approximate. The planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.

  • Day 1 (Sat): Metz
    14.00 h Arrival in Metz, strategically situated between Côtes de Moselle and the plateau Lorrain. These days, the rich mediaeval city is a traffic junction, an administrative center, a center of learning, but especially a lively center of trade. A visit to the St.Etienne Cathedral, one of the most beautiful gothic cathedrals in France, is a must. This cathedral sits in the middle of the old city center, where shopping is also good.
    14.30 h Welcome speech and crew introduction
    15.00 h Town walk and visit cathedral
    18.45 h Welcoming drink
    19.00 h Dinner

    Day 2 (Sun): Metz – Remich
    Bike tour: ca 30/50 km
    7.00 h Breakfast during sailing.
    9.00 h Safety lecture
    9.30 h First possibility to start today’s bike tour is from the lock of Richemont.
    11.00 h It is also possible to stay on board a bit longer and start from Thionville. Via the beautiful valley of the Mosel we bike across the French border into Luxembourg. We pass the castle of Sierck-les-Bains, beautifully situated on the banks of the Mosel river. On top of the hill there is a castle from the 11th century, which was at stake in the battle between the duke of Lorraine and the archbishop of Trier in the 12th century. We spend the night in Remich. Here the Mosel forms the border between Germany and Luxembourg and Remich is on Luxembourg ground. Close to Remich we may visit the small village of Nennig, where you can visit an old roman mansion. The nearly undamaged mosaic floor in the party hall is extremely beautiful.
    18.30 h Dinner

    Day 3 (Mon): Remich – Saarburg
    Bike tour: ca 45 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h Today we follow the valley of the Moselle and Saar to the north and we visit charming Saarburg. On the way, we visit a wine cellar, to taste the fresh Mosel white wine. Saarburg is an interesting old town situated in the most beautiful part of the Saar valley. Here the banks of the river are densely forested. The castle of Saarburg was built here in the middle of the 10th century. In the middle of town we come across a waterfall of 20 meters high. At the foot of this waterfall there is an old mill, which is driven by the small river. In this part of town most of the old houses from the 17th and 18th century, which give Saarburg such a picturesque look, are still intact.
    18.30 h Dinner
    20.00 h Town walk

    Day 4 (Tue): Saarburg – Trier
    Bike tour: ca 35 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h Today we bike on to Trier, an interesting and lively city, the oldest city in Germany. According to the Romans, Trier was founded around 15 before Christ by Caesar Augustus under the name of Augusta Trevorum. As a trading town and administrative center, Trier flourished during the late imperial age. This Roman golden age has left us with a respectable number of monuments. Most authentic is the city gate Porta Nigra, which was built around 18 after Christ.
    18.30 h Dinner on own

    Day 5 (Wed): Trier – Bernkastel-Kues
    Bike tour: ca 50 km
    8.00 h Breakfast during sailing
    9.00 h We start our bike tour in Schweich where lovely vineyards stretch out in many places. The white Moselle wine is a household word far abroad. Today we cruise past Trittenheim and Piesport, both big names. Piesport produces several beautiful white wines. Especially the Piesporter Goldtröpfchen enjoys great fame. Trittenheim lies in a sharp hairpin turn in the Mosel. It is surrounded by mountains covered with extensive vineyards. The Laurantiuskapelle with its gothic choir is sitting right in the middle of the vines. Our destination is Bernkastel-Kues. Bernkastel is a frequently visited, old and picturesque town, with the best wine regions of the Mid-Moselle. We visit wine cellars and relish the wine. Pride of the town is the market square, with its picturesque timber-framed houses.
    18.30 h Dinner

    Day 6 (Thu): Bernkastel-Kues
    Bike tour: about 45 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h This morning, we shuttle by bus (approximately 45 minutes) through the Eifel Valley to the city of Daun. From there, we take an exhilarating bike ride along a former railway track that is now a cycling path. The ride includes stretches through tunnels, over bridges and by small lakes formed from volcano craters, known as maars. On the way, we can stop in Strohn for a visit to a small volcano museum. The region is scattered with “young” volcanoes about 12.000 years old.
    18.30 h Dinner

    Day 7 (Fri): Bernkastel-Kues – Zell – Cochem
    Bike tour: about 45 km
    8.00 h During breakfast we sail to Traben-Trarbach.
    9.00 h Traben-Trarbach is surrounded by woods and extensive vineyards and is the major center of wine trade in the Moselle region. This little city has some interesting art nouveau buildings. From Traben you bike to Zell, a beautiful small town along the river famous for its Schwarze Katz wine. The Hoherott (452 m) and the Corrayer Berg (425 m) are the best-known wine regions. Our final destination is Cochem, a cozy and characteristic Mosel town, with a mediaeval fortress and a picturesque center with beautiful timber-framed houses. We may visit the fortress in the afternoon. The fortress houses a museum.
    18.30 h Dinner

    Day 8 (Sat): Cochem
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h Departure

    *All distances are approximate. The planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.

  • Included in the price
    – 8 days / 7 nights
    – 7 x breakfast
    – 6 x dinner on board
    – Packed lunches for bike trips
    – Coffee and tea on board
    – Tour guide (from 18 guests 2 guides)
    – Use of bed linen and towels
    – Daily cleaning of the cabin
    – Climate-controlled cabins
    – Welcome drink
    – Bustransfer to Daun
    – Entrance Reichsburg Cochem

    Not included
    – Reservation fee € 15
    – Bike rental (incl. pannier, helmet and water bottle) € 80 per bike
    – Personal insurances
    – Gratuities (at your discretion)
    – Drinks and expenses on excursions (not mentioned under included)

    On request
    – E-bike rental
    – Special diets

  • Level of difficulty
    The trip is rated as level 1: easy. 
    These holidays are appropriate for anyone with good physical condition and basic cycling skills. On virtually flat terrain, with distances up to 50 kilometers. You spend about 4 hours on your bicycle.
    NB: From 18 guests there will be two guides and you can decide each day if you want to join the longer or the shorter ride.

    Bike rental
    Allure: 8 speed Gudereit hybrid bike € 80 per week (pannier, water bottle, use of helmet included)
    Iris: 11 speed Gudereit hybrid bike € 80 per week (pannier, water bottle, use of helmet included)
    E-Bike rental: €165 per week (only on request, limited number available, early bookings strongly recommended)

    Points of departure: Cochem or Metz
    The trip begins either Cochem or Metz..
    In Cochem the barge is docked at the Üfferstrasse.
    In Metz the barge lies in the canal between the ‘Pont du Canal’ and the locks, near the Rue de Paris and the Rue George Aimé.
    You are expected aboard the Iris at approx. 14.00 h.
    If you will be arriving late Saturday night, will you please notify us by telephone or e-mail?

    CONTACT
    Tel Iris: +31 (0) 620245095
    Tel Office: +31 (0) 299313071
    e-mail: info@eurosailtravel.com

    Mooring Cochem

    SH, Cochem weergeven op een grotere kaart

    Mooring in Metz

    SH, Metz weergeven op een grotere kaart