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Germany: Moselle river, Koblenz – Merzig

Duration: 7 Days
Price: € 1029
Level: Easy
  • A charming wine-district with a rich history

    As far as cycle touring destinations in Europe go, there are few better than the Moselle and Saar river valleys in Germany. During a cycling cruise you can find out and experience yourself. In one word: it is a “stunning” region, highlighted by an enchanting countryside, fairy tale castles, award-winning vineyards on impossibly steep slopes and historic medieval towns and villages.

    The Rhine’s peaceful little sisters, the Moselle and Saar rivers, meandering from one picturesque village to the other, offer unsurpassed views of castles high on the hills, stone-clad fortresses, picture perfect wineries and much, much more. On a day to day basis, as you cycle through this magical region, you will visit culturally rich cities, will soak up the sights of untouched nature, will meet local winegrowers and bottlers and, importantly, will get the opportunity to relive the rich history of the region. It is without doubt a cycling cruise not to be missed! The cycle paths along the banks of the Moselle and Saar Rivers do not have any gradients of note and are asphalted or paved.

    The Moselle, with a length of 544 km, is the Rhine’s longest tributary and is also the second most important shipping route in Germany, while the Saar, with a length of 246 km, is the Moselle’s longest tributary. The history of the region along the banks of the Moselle and Saar Rivers dates back to the Roman Era, some 2000 or so years ago. For guests on a cycling cruise there is so much to see…: beautiful timbered houses dating back to medieval times, vineyards, the Porta Nigra in Trier, built in Roman times, the oldest defensive structure in Germany, the “German Corner” at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers in Koblenz and Saarburg, widely referred to as “Little Venice”, are just a few of the highlights of this memorable trip.

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

     

  • TOUR DATES 2019 – Allure: No dates available

    Cabin type Max passengers Price
    Twin
    Single (on request)
    2
    1
    € 1029
    € 1544

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  • 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
    The Allure awaits you in Koblenz where the crew will welcome you on board from 2 p.m. You will spend the first afternoon and night in Koblenz, a welcoming city to explore. 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 – Alken | Alken – Moselkern – Cochem (40 km/25 mi.)
    Your tour starts this morning as the Allure sails to Alken where, following the distribution of bicycles, you will start pedaling to 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, you have to hike the last part to the castle. After your visit of Burg Eltz, you continue your 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.

    Day 3 (Mon): Cochem – Beilstein – Zell on the Moselle (39 km/24 mi.)
    After breakfast you will cycle to Beilstein, one of the best preserved historical villages along the length of the Moselle. Towering above the village, which you will have the opportunity to explore, are the ruins of Castle Metternich. After leaving Beilstein you will pass Europe’s steepest vineyard – with slopes between 50 and 55 degrees – at Bremmer Calmont. Today’s tour ends in the wine village of Zell on the Moselle, well known in the wine industry for the wine “Zeller Schwarze Katz”. In Zell you should use the opportunity to get to know the good wines of the Mosel.

    Day 4 (Tue): Zell on the Moselle – Bernkastel-Kues (43 km/26 mi.)
    Today you will cycle from Zell on the Moselle to the romantic village of Traben-Trarbach, located on the left bank of the Moselle and famous for its Jugendstil (art nouveau) architectural style. From there you pass through the wine city of Kröv – famous for producing the popular Kröver wine – to Bernkastel-Kues, your destination for the night. The grand half-timbered houses that surround Bernkastel-Kues’s market place date back to the Middle Ages and are a photographer’s delight. You will reach the ship in Kues after a tour through town.

    Day 5 (Wed): Bernkastel-Kues – Schweich | Schweich – Trier (47 km/29 mi.)
    From Bernkastel upstream lovely vineyards stretch out in many places. The white Moselle wine is a household word far abroad.
    Today you 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. From Schweich you will all join the Allure 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.

    Day 7 (Fri): Trier – Wasserbillig (Lux) – Saarburg (38 km/23 mi.)
    Today you 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. Dinner in town at your own account.

    Day 7 (Fri): Saarburg – Merzig (45 km/29 mi.)
    Your last bike tour first brings you 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 you continue to Mettlach, where you may  visit the famous earthenware factory of Villeroy et Boch.
    After that you will return to the barge in Merzig, where you will enjoy a farewell dinner.

    Day 8 (Sat): Merzig
    End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 a.m.

    Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.
    All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
    The planned itinerary is subject to change due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons and other unforeseen circumstances. If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).

  • Day 1 (Sat): Merzig
    The Allure awaits you in Merzig where the crew will welcome you on board from 2 p.m. 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 the archbishop Sötern (1625) right now in use as town hall, a jewel of the baroque architecture.

    Day 2 (Sun): Merzig – Saarburg (45 km/29 mi.)
    After the distribution of bicycles, on your first day of cycling you will pedal to Mettlach where you mat visit the famous earthenware factory of Villeroy et Boch. Later you continue 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. In the afternoon you will return to the barge in Saarburg. Saarburg, 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 you 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.

    Day 3 (Mon): Saarburg – Wasserbillig (Lux) – Trier (38 km/24 mi.)
     Today’s tour goes from Saarburg along the idyllic nature reserve of the abandoned meander of the River Saar. Continue to Wasserbillig in Luxemburg and from here to the “Igeler Säule”. Later you will reach Trier, your destination for the day, where the Allure will be waiting for you.  A walk through the 16 B.C. founded Trier is an overwhelming journey through the millennia, with no other place in Germany able to give you a better chance to experience the time of the Romans. Highlights include impressive structures such as the Porta Nigra, the Konstantin Basilica and the Roman Amphitheatre. Dinner in town at your own account.

    Day 4 (Tue): Trier – Bernkastel (43 km/27 mi.) 
    From Trier downstream lovely vineyards stretch out in many places.The white Mosel wine is a household word far abroad. Today you cruise past Trittenheim and Piesport, both big names. 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. Piesport produces a number of beautiful white wines. Especially the ‘Piesporter Goldtröpfchen enjoys great fame. Final destination is Berkastel-Kues. The market place from the Middle Ages with many wood timbered houses invites you for a rest. 

    Day 5 (Wed): Bernkastel-Kues – Traben-Trarbach – Zell on the Moselle (43 km/27 mi.)
    Today’s cycling tour will take 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 you should use the opportunity to get to know the good wines of the Mosel.

    Day 6 (Thu): Zell – Beilstein – Cochem (39 km/24 mi.)
    Beilstein, ‘the Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle’ and one of the best preserved historical villages along the length of the Moselle is the highlight of today’s cycling tour. Towering above the village, which you will have the opportunity to explore, are the ruins of Castle Metternich. Today’s tour will end in Cochem, a lovely little town that features historical half-timbered-houses, a picturesque old town and Reichsburg Castle.

    Day 7 (Fri): Cochem – Moselkern | Moselkern – Koblenz (40 km/25 mi.) | Alken – Koblenz 
    Today you go to Moselkern by barge, from where you visit the queen of the German fortresses, the impressive Burg Eltz. You still are in the middle of the wine regions and you cruise past for instance Klotten, Pommern, Karden and Alken. These all are typical Mosel towns, with nice timber-framed houses and of course their own wines. The Pommerer Sonnenuhr can be recommended. From Lehmen you bike into the direction of the final destination of your tour: 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.

    Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.
    All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
    The planned itinerary is subject to change due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons and other unforeseen circumstances. If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).

    Day 8 (Sat): Koblenz
    End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 a.m.

  • Included in the cost of the tour
    – 8 days / 7 nights
    – 7 x breakfast
    – Packed lunches
    – 6 x 3-course dinner
    – Coffee and tea on board
    – Welcome drink
    – Use of bed linen and towels
    – Daily cleaning of the cabin
    – Daily briefings
    – Fully guided cycling tours 
    – Some short walking tours
    – Use of a helmet
    – Use of a waterproof pannier bag
    – Water bottle
    – Fees for ferries
    – Winetasting on board
    – Entrance Burg Eltz
    – Wi-Fi

    Not included
    1 x dinner 
    – Drinks
    – Bike rental or E-bike rental
    – Personal insurances
    – Gratuities (at your discretion)
    – Entrance fees and excursions excursions (not mentioned under included)
    – Transfers to / from the docking place
    – Parking fees

    Bike rental: € 85 per week
    E-bike rental: € 175 per week (only on request, limited number available)
    Gluten free or lactose free diet: € 50 per week. only on prior reservation and payment

  • The daily cycling tours will be accompanied by one knowledgeable and multi-lingual tour leaders
    During days when two bicycle options are possible, the tour leader will make a choice to guide the longer or the shorter option after consultation of the group. Not all mentioned highlights will be visited during the short bike option.
    In case you prefer a day of rest, you can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
    On the arrival day is it possible to bring your luggage on board from 11 a.m.

    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.

    Type of bike
    The bicycles on board are touring/trekking bikes of the brand Velo de Ville with 7 speed and handbrakes, a lock and pannier bag.
    E-bikes: There are only 4 E-bikes of the brand Stella Arturo with 3 support levels and handbrakes, a lock and pannier bag.

    The trip starts in Koblenz or in Merzig
    In Koblenz the ship will be moored at the Peter Altmeier Ufer.
    In Merzig you will find the ship at “Leinpfad” on the eastbank of the Saar river.
    We expect you on board the ship on Saturday at about 2 p.m. 
    If you cannot arrive on time, will you please notify us by telephone or e-mail?

    Legal notice: Boat Bike Tours is not the organizing operator, but the travel agent for this tour; this is a so called ‘partner tour’.
    Tour operator is Allure Active Leisure in Burgerveen (NL).

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

     
    Mooring Koblenz

    Koblenz weergeven op een grotere kaart