Saarburg, Germany along the Saar River. Photo via Flickr:Wolfgang Staudt
Shopping in Bernkastel-Kues, Germany along the Mosel River. Photo via Flickr:Franz-Josef Molitor

Cycling the Saar River valley in Germany. Photo by Wolfgang Staudt
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Koblenz to Merzig

Germany Bike + Barge Tours

Bike and Boat along the Mosel and Saar Rivers

This bike and barge tour in Germany loops along the Moselle and Saar River, through quaint German towns, with picturesque half-timbered houses and baroque churches. You will pedal your way through local culture with remnants of the Roman Empire as your back drop.

Depending on your tour date, your adventure will either commence in Merzig, not far from the French border, or in Koblenz, a very old and very beautiful city with a history spanning 2000 years. The landscape is stunning and includes the famous Saar-Loop, the renowned bend in the river.

The route connects with the Mosel River in Trier and in Koblenz, the Mosel and Rhine Rivers meet. The city of Koblenz consists of the Aldstadt (old city) and the Neustadt (new city). The Aldstadt is quite compact, in the shape of a triangle, with 2 sides consisting of the Rhine & Mosel rivers, and the third side, covered by endless hills topped with fortresses. From the new city, there is a wonderful view of the river.

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Tour Dates

2017
On the Comfort plus class boat, the Merlijn:
Koblenz to Merzig: 
July 15 and September 23, 2017 Sold out.

On the Comfort Plus class boat, the Quo Vadis:
Koblenz to Merzig:
October 1 and October 15, 2017
Merzig to Koblenz : October 8 and October 22, 2017

2018
On the Comfort plus class boat, the Merlijn:
Koblenz to Merzig: 
August 18, 2017

Where You’ll Stay

Aboard the comfort plus boats, the Merlijn, the Allure or the Quo Vadis

What’s Included

  • On the Quo Vadis
  • Accommodations for 7 nights on board
  • 7 breakfasts, packed lunches or lunch on board and 3-course dinners
  • Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate
  • Cold water always available and served with meals
  • Daily cleaning of the cabin
  • 8-speed hybrid tour bike with pannier and helmet
  • Tour information and guided cycling tours
  • Daily cycling route discussion
  • City tour of Trier, guided tour of Eltz Castle and Wine tasting
  • Tourist-tax
  • On the Merlijn
  • Accommodations for 6 nights on board
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • 6 x breakfast, 4 x three course dinner, and packed lunches for cycling
  • Guided city tour in Trier
  • Wine tasting in Traben Trarbach
  • 24 speed hybrid bicycle including bike bag, towel, water bottle and helmet
  • Harbor and bridge fees
  • Tour guide
  • Daily route information
  • Bike maps
  • Coffee, tea, and water
  • WiFi (can’t always be guaranteed)
  • On the Allure
  • Accommodations for 7 nights on board
  • 21 speed hybrid bicycle rental equipped with panniers, helmet, and water bottle
  • Breakfasts, packed lunches, and 6 x dinner
  • 2 x cabin cleaning
  • Tour guide
  • Welcome drink
  • Coffee and tea
  • Bicycle protection
  • Limited amount of free Wifi available with the option to purchase more data

What’s Not Included

  • On the Quo Vadis
  • Individual arrival to the barge
  • Drinks other than mentioned
  • Excursions and entrance fees not mentioned
  • Trip insurance
  • On the Merlijn
  • Individual arrival to the barge
  • 2 x dinner
  • Trip insurance
  • Bike protection
  • On the Allure
  • Individual arrival to the barge
  • Drinks other than mentioned
  • 1 x dinner
  • Excursions and entrance fees not mentioned
  • Trip insurance
TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy
Length7–8 days
From1180 Rates
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Skill Level

This is an easy guided tour. Biking takes place on good asphalted bike paths and country roads. Daily biking distances range from 12 to 26 miles. The routes follow the flow of the rivers and are therefore mainly flat with only a few slight climbs.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Koblenz to Merzig Map

ON THE Quo Vadis

Day 1: Merzig
Day 2: Merzig - Saar loop - Saarburg, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 3: Saarburg - Trier, option, Luxembourg - Trier, 14 - 28 mi. (22 - 45 km)
Day 4: Trier, sailing to Mehring, Mehring - Bernkastel Kues, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 5: Bernkastel Kues - Traben Trarbach - Zell, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 6: Zell - Beilstein - Cochem, 23 mi. (37 km)
Day 7: Cochem - Winningen - Koblenz, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 8: Koblenz

Day 1: Merzig
Indiviudual arrival in the afternoon with embarkation beginning 03:00 PM. The crew will welcome you aboard the Quo Vadis with coffee and tea. There will be a short city tour in the afternoon providing you the opportunity to gaze at buildings from eight centuries. A highlight of your tour is likely to be Wolf Park,  a wildlife education and research facility open to the public and home to wolves, foxes, coyote and bisonwhich was founded by ethologist Werner Freund 1977.

Day 2: Merzig - Saar loop - Saarburg, 25 mi. (40 km)
The first bike tour begins after breakfast in Merzig and leads to the famous river bend of the Saarland. Locally the curve is called the Saar Cloef, which is neither German or French, but comes from the Celtic, before the Romans even arrived! The viewpoint of the great waterway sight is the Saarschleife the cliff top outlook with its fantastic view.  Once in Mettlach where you can visit the famous pottery company, Villeroy & Boch, founded in 1748. You will arrive in Saarburg in the afternoon, a city characterized by  narrow streets, half - timbered hourse, baroque buildings, and colorful fishermen and boatmen's houses. This area is known as "Little Venice."

Day 3: Saarburg - Trier, option, Luxembourg - Trier, 14 - 28 mi. (22 - 45 km)
The ride today leads first to Konz, famous for the De Roscheider Hof, and agricultural estate of the benedictines in the 14th century. By mid afternoon, you will arrive in Trier with its 2000 years of history. This beautiful town, which was established by the Romans as their seat of government and is well-known for its Porta Nigra ("Black Gate), a city gate of gigantic size. Your guide will provide a city tour and wills showcase the magnificent highlights.

Day 4: Trier, sailing to Mehring, Mehring - Bernkastel Kues, 25 mi. (40 km)
As you enjoy your breakfast, the boat navigates to Mehring. Even the Romans appreciated, over 2000 years ago, this old cultural landscape, and built their magnificent, luxurious, country villas. Once on the bike, you will pedal to Neumagen-Dhron, known as the oldest wine village in Germany. The beautiful scenery was immortalized by the Roman poet Ausonius. Following the Mosel loops, the final destination is Bernkastel-Kues. Large half-timbered houses surround the central Altenmarkt. (There is an optional visit to the birthplace of Nicholas of Cusa offered if you are interested)>

Day 5: Bernkastel Kues - Traben Trarbach - Zell, 25 mi. (40 km)
From Bernkastel-Kues to Traben-Trarbach the route continues along the right bank of the Moselle to reach the romantic Traben-Trarbach, city of Art Nouveau. Today's tour ends in the wine town of Zell an der Mosel, world renowned for the vineyard "Zeller Schwarze Katz”. Tonight the crew will offer you a wine tasting of the most know wines from the region.

Day 6: Zell - Beilstein - Cochem, 23 mi. (37 km)
First on the agenda is Beilstein where you will explore during a short tour the picturesque narrow streets and niches. The destination today is Cochem. The town square, lined with its half-timbered houses, is particularly quaint and Cochem Castle, (Schloss Reichsburg) dramatically rises above the town.

Day 7: Cochem - Winningen - Koblenz, 25 mi. (40 km)
During your cycling itinerary today, you will  take a detour into Eltztal and visit the famous Burg Eltz. Very romantically nestled in the hills, right in Waldenburg, it is one of the few of its kind that was never destroyed in its long history. After a tour in the castle you cycle to Winningen to board the Quo Vadis and navigate to Koblenz where the Moselle and Rhine meet. Farewell dinner in the evening.

Day 8: Departure

ON THE ALLURE

Day 1: Arrival in Koblenz
Day 2: Koblenz - Cochem,  22 mi. (35 km)
Day 3: Cochem - Zell, 24 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Zell - Bernkastel-Kues, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 5: Bernkastel-Kues - Trier, 24 mi. (40 km)
Day 6: Trier - Saarburg, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 7: Saarburg - Merzig, 24 mi. (40 km)
Day 8: Departure from Merzig

Day 1: Arrival in Koblenz
Embarkation begins at 3 pm. You can settle in and relax on board. At 6 pm, the official program will start with a welcome drink followed by dinner. After dinner, you can join the group and guide for a town walk through Koblenz. The Romans named this camp they built around 14 AD, 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. Koblenz is also a great town for shopping. 

Day 2: Koblenz - Cochem,  22 mi. (35 km)
This morning you'll enjoy breakfast as the boat cruises to the start of today's cycling route. Today you'll find yourself in the middle of the wine regions and cruise past for instance Klotten, Pommern, Karden and Alken. These are typical Mosel towns, with lovely timber-framed houses and of course their own wines. The Pommerer Sonnenuhr for instance is highly recommended. Follow the river upstream to Moselkern, from where you can visit the queen of the German fortresses, the impressive Burg Eltz.
Today's final destination is Cochem, one of the most frequently visited tourist places on the Mosel. Cochem is a cosy and characteristic Mosel town, with steep wine mountains, wooded hills, medieval fortresses and a picturesque center with beautiful timber-framed houses. Inside the fortress is a museum that is worth visiting. Dinner on board begins at 6:30 PM.

Day 3: Cochem - Zell, 24 mi. (40 km)
After breakfast, you will cycle along the Mosel further upstream to the charming city of Zell. This little city is beautifully situated on the Mosel, where the river meanders through the hills in many loops. The Hoherott and the Corrayer Berg are well known wine regions. Dinner on board begins at 6:30 PM.

Day 4: Zell - Bernkastel-Kues, 28 mi. (45 km)
The day begins with breakfast followed by your cycle tour to Traben Trarbach. This town is surrounded by woods and extensive vineyards and is a major center of wine trade in the mosel region. Today's final destination is Bernkastel-Kues, a popular and picturesque old town with the best wine regions of the Mid-Mosel. You have the opportunity to visit the wine cellars here and relish the wine. The pride of the town is the market square. Enjoy another delicious dinner on board. 

Day 5: Bernkastel-Kues - Trier, 24 mi. (40 km)
Cycle from Bernkastel upstream past lovely vineyards. The white Mosel wine is well known in this region.Today you pass Piesport and Trittenheim which are both popular for the wines they produce. 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 sits right in the middle of the vines. Later, bike on to Trier, an interesting and lively city, but also the oldest city in Germany. According to the Romans, Trier was founded around B.C 15 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 left the town with a respectable number of monuments, among which is the city gate, Porta Nigra, which was built around 18 A.D.

Day 6: Trier - Saarburg, 22 mi. (35 km)
Today you'll follow the Saar river to today's destination, Saarburg. It is an interesting old town situated in the most beautiful parts 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 is a waterfall that is 20 meters high. At the foot of the waterfall is an old mill which is driven by the small river. In this part of town, you'll find houses that date back to the 17th century. After dinner, enjoy a town walk to further explore Saarburg.

Day 7: Saarburg - Merzig, 24 mi. (40 km)
Today's bike tour brings you through the Saarschleife at Orschloz. In a sharp turn, the Saar meanders through the dnesely forested valley. You have a beautiful view on top of the Cloef. Later, continue to Mettlach and visit the famous earthenware factory of Villeroy et Boch. After that, return to the barge in Merzig, where you will enjoy a farewell dinner on board.

Day 8: Departure
Departure from Merzig after breakfast. 

ON THE MERLIJN

Day 1: Arrival in Koblenz, embarkation at 4 pm and cruise to Winningen
Day 2: Winningen - Cochem, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 3: Cochem - Traben Trarbach, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 4: Traben Trarbach - Bernkastel Kues - Trier, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 5: Trier - Saarburg, 15 or 34 mi. (25 or 55 km)
Day 6: Saarburg - Merzig, 20 mi. (32 km)
Day 7: Departure from Merzig

Day 1: Arrival in Koblenz, embarkation at 4 pm and cruise to Winningen
The Merlijn, your sailing hotel awaits you in the port of Koblenz. Embarkation starts at 4 pm. The crew welcomes you on board and while you enjoy your welcome drink you will get information about the ship, the daily routes, and the bicycles. Before dinner the boat cruises to Winningen, a charming wine village a little further on the Moselle river.

Day 2: Winningen - Cochem, 25 mi. (40 km)
After breakfast you will start biking to Alken and Moselkern. You will bike from here into the Eltztal and visit the castle of Eltz. Sitting on top of a cliff, the romantic castle is one of the very few that has not been destroyed during its long history. Afterwards, continue on to Cochem where the boat will be waiting. In Cochem you may want to pay a visit to the famous Reichsburg or stroll through the cozy streets in this romantic city.

Day 3: Cochem - Traben Trarbach, 28 mi. (45 km)
The Merlijn cruises to Beilstein while you enjoy breakfast. The small medieval village of Beilstein is worth a visit. Along the meandering Moselle River, you will bike via Zell, famous for its vineyard Zeller Schwarze Katz, in the direction of Traben-Trarbach. After dinner enjoy a wine tasting at a local winery. Overnight in Trarbach.

Day 4: Traben Trarbach - Bernkastel Kues - Trier, 28 mi. (45 km)
During breakfast the Merlijn takes you to Bernkastel Kues, where your bike tour begins. First you will have some time for a tour through Bernkastel-Kues. Later on, you will bike to the holiday resort of Mehring, passing Neumagen-Drohn. The Romans fell in love with this landscape more than 2000 years ago and built splendid country villas here. The Roman poet, Ausonius, wrote of the beautiful landscape in this area. In Mehring, you will board the Merlijn and cruise to Trier. Tonight you will enjoy your dinner in one of the many local restaurants in Trier.

Day 5: Trier - Saarburg, 15 or 34 mi. (25 or 55 km)
In the morning, you can further explore Trier during the guided city tour. Trier was a Roman government seat and is well-known for its Porta Nigra, a gigantic city gate. In the afternoon you will bike to Saarburg. The cityscape is embossed from narrow alleys, framework houses, Baroque constructions as well as colorful fishermen and sailor-houses. The master architect of Berlin, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, named the ensemble of romantic houses and small bridges on the Buttermarkt “Little Venice” in the 19th century. Tonight you will dine in one of the restaurants in Saarburg.

Day 6: Saarburg - Merzig, 20 mi. (32 km)
After a tour through Saarburg and a splendid view over the city and the Saar valley, you bike about 15 km to the Saar-loop near Orscholz, the renowned river bend of the Saar. More than any other region, it symbolizes the "rendezvous in Saarland", a junction of water and land. An excellent viewpoint over the landscape and the Saar loop is at the “Cloef” above and invites you to a short stay. From there, it is only 10 km to today’s destination, the city of Merzig. On your way you may want to visit the village of Villeroy & Boch: Mettlach. In Merzig, a short city tour in the afternoon gives you a chance to have a look at structures dating over eight centuries. There is also the opportunity to visit some museums.

Day 7: Departure from Merzig

 

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Customer Feedback

  • Paul A. 3 weeks ago

    I speak as one who has done three previous bike/barge tours via Tripsite. It was marvelous, "gezellig," being the Dutch term. Capt. Rendert Jan and his excellent crew went out of their way to please the passengers, including providing a guitar for my wife to practice with. The scenery along the Mosel is like a fairy tale. The bikes ran perfectly. The food was plentiful and excellent. Considering that it was late October, even the weather cooperated--except for the first day when our small and perhaps unwise contingent got drenched. We had a bonus because it was the last trip of the season so we stayed on past Koblenz for two nights and left the Quo Vadis in Arnhem where we overnighted in a hotel in order to catch the crack high speed train to the Frankfurt airport. Said crack high speed train broke down in Cologne and we barely made our flight.

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Patti P. 2 months ago

    The scenery was spectacular and our guides were knowledgeable, so much fun and made our journeys safe and memorable. This was a top notch holiday for us.

  • Marilyn P. 2 months ago

    The scenery was amazing! Crew were excellent! Food was delicious! Can't wait to go again!

  • Chris Pavich 1 year ago

    One problem became evident at the time of the one significant incident when one client while riding her bicycle down a sloping gravel road ineptly/incorrectly applied her front brake only, and somersaulted, leading to a serious leg injury. The group problem as far as I am concerned was only the lack of easy communication between the cycle group leader and the last riders in the group. The designated last rider needs a device such as a small UHF transceiver, or where mobile phone coverage is a certainty a tested/checked cellphone link, to be able to immediately alert the leader of any problems behind.

    Boat: Allure

  • Susan Donnely 1 year ago

    The journey was well organized. The crew were fantastic, friendly, obliging and fun. The food was world class delicious and beautifully presented at all times. Our guide was very nice and did her utmost to adapt to the differing expectations of individual riders. We loved that she also took us on evening walks after dinner.

    Boat: Allure

  • Ivy Higgs 1 year ago

    We were a bit late in the season so weather not great. Food brilliant.

    Boat: Allure

  • Charles Coggins 1 year ago

    Excellent staff, excellent food. Very professional.

    Boat: Allure

  • Dorothy Kenyon 1 year ago

    I loved your barge/bike trip!! Would do it again to somewhere else, but I need a travel companion!! Thats the only thing holding me back.

    Boat: Allure

  • Gregory Robinson 1 year ago

    Everything about the Allure and holiday was just amazing,a holiday we won't forget in a long time. The staff just so helpful and nothing was ever a trouble, bikes and our leaders just great. Thank you.

    Boat: Allure

  • Cheryl New 1 year ago

    While I was totally satisfied with everything, I had to ask for a change of sheets after 2 weeks. Our cycling guides tried their best but our 1st had a little communication problem. Our 2nd was great. Overall I would go back tomorrow if I could. The food was great and plenty of it. The crew marvelous. In all a great holiday. Very easy cycling.
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    Boat: Allure

  • Dennis Milling 2 years ago

    Walked onto the Allure at Koblenz in Sept 2014 and immediately knew that the week ahead would be enjoyable. Skipper Martin's smiling face was ever present and the crew were simply obliging. Our cycle guide was a scream...we lost her regularly as we stopped off for the occasional German ale. It was with heavy heart that I left the Allure in Merzig 7 days later.

    Boat: Allure

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Koblenz to Merzig Boats + Barges

Allure Photo

Allure Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg Comfort Class Boat The Allure is a very comfortable Comfort class ship. It has 10 2-person cabins, each with their own private bathroom. There is no air conditioning on the ship, however.

Merlijn Photo

Merlijn Germany, Netherlands Comfort Plus Class Boat The Merlijn has 12 luxurious cabins with two comfortable airbeds that can be pushed together or separated, a desk, a wardrobe closet, a hairdryer, and a safe. The lounge is comfortably furnished in a modern style with a restaurant area and lounge near the bar. You can enjoy fresh air, water, and nature in all weather on the sun deck. The entire ship is climate controlled and you can adjust the temperature in your own cabin.

Quo Vadis Photo

Quo Vadis Belgium Comfort Plus Class Boat The beautiful MS Quo Vadis, put into service in April 2006, is comfortably furnished and so cozy you will feel right at home. It is equipped with 12 spacious cabins with private bath, two single beds that can be pushed together, and air conditioning (windows cannot be opened). Each cabin has a safe for valuables. The ship offers a gorgeous open salon with corner seats, a restaurant, a small bar, and a sundeck with umbrellas. With a guitar and piano right on board, you can enjoy regular live music during downtime.

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