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.


    • Koblenz, Cochem, Saarburg, the stars of the Moselle and Saar Rivers
    • Alluvial landscape and cycling
    • Wine cultural landscape of the river valley
    • Architectural treasures of Traben-Trabach
    • Top notch accommodation on board the Merlijn
    • And many more!

    Be sure to check out our full list of bike and barge tours in Germany.

  • Merlijn 2019: £ 1254 $ 2,527 1450 NOK 13896 kr 12827 $ 1,668

    Merlijn 2020: £ 1293 $ 2,605 1495 NOK 14327 kr 13225 $ 1,719 Single supplement: On request

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    2019 tandem or electric bicycle (price per day): £ 22 $ 44 25 NOK 240 kr 221 $ 29

    2020 tandem or electric bicycle (price per day): £ 26 $ 52 30 NOK 288 kr 265 $ 35

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    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Frankfurt

    Local Travel

    Take the train from the airport to Koblenz. Train to Koblenz takes approximately 1.5hrs and costs approximately €20. Train from Merzig back to Frankfurt airport is about 3 hours, costing anywhere from 35 to 50 Euros.


    Check local listings prior to departure. Average temperature in °F for the Koblenz area: October, 57°


    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveller's responsibility to insure proper documentation.

Where You’ll Stay

Aboard the comfort plus boat, the Merlijn

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 6 nights on board
  • Welcome cocktail
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 three- course dinners, and packed lunches for cycling
  • Coffee, tea, and water
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Guided city tour in Trier
  • Wine tasting in Traben Trarbach
  • Entrance to the Castle of Eltz
  • 24 speed hybrid bicycle including bike bag, towel, water bottle and helmet
  • Tour guide
  • Daily route information
  • Bike maps
  • Harbor and bridge fees
  • WiFi (can't always be guaranteed)

What’s Not Included

Length7 days
From1450 Rates
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Tour Dates


Koblenz to Merzig: September 7, 2019


Koblenz to Merzig: October 3 and 17, 2020

Merzig to Koblenz: September 26, October 10, and 24, 2020

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

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. 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 rivBefore 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

  • Wayne M. 1 year ago

    It was such a wonderful trip right from the minute we boarded the barge. The people we met, the sights, the bike paths, the weather were all wonderful.

    Boat: Merlijn

  • Nicola F. 1 year ago

    Highlights: The Mosel and Saar rivers/the Barge Merlijn

    Boat: Merlijn

  • Ruth B. 1 year ago

    Loved cycling through wine country & hiking twice on side trip.

    Boat: Merlijn

  • Cindy K. 1 year ago

    Most Memorable Part: Scenery along the Mosel and Saar

    Boat: Merlijn

  • Paul A. 2 years 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 years 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 years ago

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

  • Chris Pavich 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years ago

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

    Boat: Allure

  • Charles Coggins 3 years ago

    Excellent staff, excellent food. Very professional.

    Boat: Allure

  • Dorothy Kenyon 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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.

    Boat: Allure

  • Dennis Milling 4 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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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.