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Germany: Mosel river, Koblenz – Merzig or vv

Duration: 7 Days
Price: € 950
Level: Easy
  • A charming wine-district with a rich history

    The countryside on both banks of the Mosel is splendid, the cool wines taste deliciously, the picturesque little towns have rich histories and the conditions for cycling are excellent indeed. Here you find the perfect mix of ingredients for a fine bike and barge vacation.

    Our cruise starts in Koblenz, the city situated on the spot where the Rhine and the Mosel merge. Koblenz is an interesting and friendly town.

    From Koblenz we follow the Mosel upstream, along the endless vineyards and the enchanting old cities like Cochem, Zell 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. The trip ends in Merzig.

    Itinerary: Koblenz – Cochem – Zell – Bernkastel-Kues – Trier – Saarburg – Merzig.

  • No available dates  in 2018

  • Barge Allure (20 passengers / 10 cabins)

    The Allure started cruising in 1998. Jossie Verkerk, the former owner, redesigned the barge with its sleek lines herself and turned it into a comfortable and friendly passenger barge. From that moment on, the Allure has been hosting successful bike & barge vacations in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Since 2011 the Allure has a new owner: Martien van de Velde. He operates the Allure with new élan. Under his management the Allure is still a very popular small river barge for boat & bike tours.
    The Allure has a cozy lounge (air-conditioned) with wide screen TV, a small sitting area and a bar. The barge also has a beautiful large deck, where the meals of excellent quality, can be served if the weather is fine. On nice evenings or while cruising you can enjoy the scenery from the sundeck.
    In the lounge the Allure 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.
    In front there are 10 comfortable guest cabins. 9 twin cabins (9 m2, single beds) and 1 double cabin (9 m2, double French bed). Each cabin has a private shower, toilet and basin. Windows can be opened and the cabins have central heating. The corridor is air-conditioned. In each cabin you will find a small safe and hair dryer.

  • Day 1 (Sat): Koblenz
    14.00 h Arrival
    14.30 h Welcome speech and crew introduction
    15.00 h Safety lecture and test ride
    18.00 h Welcome drink
    18.30 h Dinner
    20.00 h Town walk through Koblenz.
    Koblenz is a corruption of the Latin Confluentes, which means confluence. The Romans gave that name to the camp they built around 14 after Christ, at the spot where the rivers Rhine and Mosel converge. In World War II the town was almost entirely destroyed, but a number of precious monuments are still worth a visit, such as the Deutsches Eck, the Romanesque basilica St. Kastor and the Kurfürstliches Schloss.

    Day 2 (Sun): Koblenz – Cochem
    Bike tour: ca 40 km.
    8.00 h Breakfast during sailing.
    9.00 h Our bike tour today starts in Winningen and our first stop is Moselkern. The village Moselkern is world famous for its Burg Eltz. This stronghold is one of the most impressive medieval buildings of Western Europe. It is not easy to reach thoug, we have to hike the last part to the castle. After our visit of Burg Eltz, we continue our bike tour to Cochem one of the most frequently visited whine-towns of the Moselle. Cochem is a cozy, characteristic town with wine cellars and half-timbered houses.
    18.30 h Dinner

    Day 3 (Mon): Cochem – Zell
    Bike tour: ca 40 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h We follow the Mosel further upstream and cruise to the charming little city Zell. But first we pass Beilstein where you can admie the Black Madonna in the chapel of the Carmelite Monastery high on the hill.
    Zell is beautifully situated on the Mosel, where the river meanders through the hills in many loops. The Hoherott (452 m) and the Corrayer Berg (425 m) are the bestknown wine regions.
    18.30 h Dinner

    Day 4 ( Tue): Zell – Bernkastel-Kues
    Bike tour: ca 45 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h Today we cycle first to Traben-Trarbach.
    Traben-Trarbach is surrounded by woods and extensive vineyards and is the major center of wine trade in the Mosel region.
    Our final destination is Bernkastel-Kues. Bernkastel is a frequently visited, old and picturesque town, with the best wine regions of the Mid-Mosel. We visit wine cellars and relish the wine. Pride of the town is the market square, with its timber-framed houses.
    1830 h Dinner
    20.00 h Townwalk

    Day 5 (Wed): Bernkastel-Kues – Trier
    Bike tour: ca 50 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h From Bernkastel upstream 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 located 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 6 (Thu): Trier – Saarburg
    Bike Tour: 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 Dinner in town

    Day 7 (Fri): Saarburg – Merzig
    Bike tour: ca 40 km
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h Our bike tour first brings us through the Saarschleife at Orscholz. In a sharp turn the Saar meanders through the densely forested valley. You have a beautiful view on top of the Cloef. Later we continue to Mettlach, where we will visit the famous earthenware factory of Villeroy et Boch.
    After that we will return to the barge in Merzig, where we will enjoy a farewell dinner.
    18.30 h Diner

    Day 8 (Sat): Merzig
    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
    – Use of bed linen and towels
    – Daily cleaning of the cabin
    – Welcome drink
    – Entrance Burg Eltz

    Not included
    – Reservation fee € 15
    – Bike rental (incl. pannier, helmet and water bottle) € 80
    – 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: On the Iris 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. On the Allure is only 1 guide.

    Bike rental
    Allure: 8 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)

    The trip starts in Koblenz
    The ship will be moored at the Peter Altmeier Ufer in Koblenz.
    We expect you on board the ship on Saturday at about 14.00 hours.
    If you cannot arrive on time, will you please notify us by telephone or e-mail?

    CONTACT:
    Tel Allure: +31(0) 619531474
    Tel Office: +31 (0) 299313071
    e-mail: info@eurosailtravel.com

     
    Mooring Koblenz

    Koblenz weergeven op een grotere kaart