Along the Mosel River on Koblenz to Saarburg Germany Bike Tour. Photo via Tour Operator

Bernkastel Keus is a postcard town in Germany. Photo via Flickr:Bert Kaufmann
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Koblenz to Saarburg

Germany Bike + Barge Tours

Bike along the Mosel River to Germany’s ‘Little Venice’!

  • The Mosel River Valley is an idyllic setting and a perfect place for a bike and boat tour. Two rivers wind through this enchanting countryside, Castles guard the hilltops amid the climbing vineyards and forests within the great Germany-France-Luxembourg triangle. You will constantly be reminded of the rich and diverse history as you cycle, from the Romans who settled here and left Porta Nigra in Trier, to medieval villages with gingerbread houses, vineyards, and the spectacular Saar River bend. Enjoy all the highlights of the Saar and Mosel Rivers, which were important routes for the Roman Empire, whether for war or trade. You will explore from the comfort of your floating hotel, always there to meet you after an exciting day of cycling.


    • Koblenz, gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage "Oberes Mittelrheintal" (Upper Middle Rhine Valley)
    • Cochem, scenic and historic
    • Wine village of Zell
    • Trier, oldest city in Germany
    • River path cycling
    • Wine of the Mosel!

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

  • 2020

    Koblenz to Saarburg 

     Season ASeason BSeason CSeason D
    Twin cabin/lower deck $ 959 £ 475 $ 829 519 $ 979 kr 5851 $ 591 $ 1199 £ 594 $ 1,037 649 $ 1224 kr 7316 $ 739 $ 1560 £ 772 $ 1,348 844 $ 1592 kr 9514 $ 961 $ 1744 £ 863 $ 1,508 944 $ 1780 kr 10641 $ 1,075
    Twin cabin/upper deck $ 1218 £ 603 $ 1,053 659 $ 1243 kr 7429 $ 751 $ 1402 £ 694 $ 1,213 759 $ 1432 kr 8556 $ 865 $ 1744 £ 863 $ 1,508 944 $ 1780 kr 10641 $ 1,075 $ 1929 £ 955 $ 1,668 1044 $ 1969 kr 11769 $ 1,189
    Twin cabin single-use /lower deck $ 1504 £ 745 $ 1,300 814 $ 1535 kr 9176 $ 927 $ 1781 £ 882 $ 1,540 964 $ 1818 kr 10867 $ 1,098 $ 2215 £ 1097 $ 1,915 1199 $ 2261 kr 13516 $ 1,366 $ 2493 £ 1234 $ 2,155 1349 $ 2544 kr 15207 $ 1,537
    Twin cabin single-use /upper deck $ 1809 £ 895 $ 1,564 979 $ 1846 kr 11036 $ 1,115 $ 2086 £ 1033 $ 1,804 1129 $ 2129 kr 12727 $ 1,286 $ 2520 £ 1248 $ 2,179 1364 $ 2573 kr 15376 $ 1,554 $ 2798 £ 1385 $ 2,419 1514 $ 2856 kr 17067 $ 1,725

    Season A: April 11, 2020
    Season B: October 10, 2020
    Season C: April 25, 2020
    Season D: May 23, June 6, June 20, July 18, August 1, August 15, September 12, and September 26, 2020

    Saarburg to Koblenz

     Season ASeason BSeason CSeason D
    Twin cabin/lower deck $ 959 £ 475 $ 829 519 $ 979 kr 5851 $ 591 $ 1199 £ 594 $ 1,037 649 $ 1224 kr 7316 $ 739 $ 1560 £ 772 $ 1,348 844 $ 1592 kr 9514 $ 961 $ 1744 £ 863 $ 1,508 944 $ 1780 kr 10641 $ 1,075
    Twin cabin/upper deck $ 1218 £ 603 $ 1,053 659 $ 1243 kr 7429 $ 751 $ 1402 £ 694 $ 1,213 759 $ 1432 kr 8556 $ 865 $ 1744 £ 863 $ 1,508 944 $ 1780 kr 10641 $ 1,075 $ 1929 £ 955 $ 1,668 1044 $ 1969 kr 11769 $ 1,189
    Twin cabin single-use /lower deck $ 1504 £ 745 $ 1,300 814 $ 1535 kr 9176 $ 927 $ 1781 £ 882 $ 1,540 964 $ 1818 kr 10867 $ 1,098 $ 2215 £ 1097 $ 1,915 1199 $ 2261 kr 13516 $ 1,366 $ 2493 £ 1234 $ 2,155 1349 $ 2544 kr 15207 $ 1,537
    Twin cabin single-use /upper deck $ 1809 £ 895 $ 1,564 979 $ 1846 kr 11036 $ 1,115 $ 2086 £ 1033 $ 1,804 1129 $ 2129 kr 12727 $ 1,286 $ 2520 £ 1248 $ 2,179 1364 $ 2573 kr 15376 $ 1,554 $ 2798 £ 1385 $ 2,419 1514 $ 2856 kr 17067 $ 1,725

    Season A: October 17, 2020
    Season B: April 18, 2020
    Season C: May 2 and October 3, 2020
    Season D: May 30, June 13, June 27, July 25, August 8, August 22, and September 19, 2020


    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental on April 11, April 18, October 10, and October 17: $ 305 £ 151 $ 264 165 $ 311 kr 1860 $ 188 Electric bicycle rental: $ 166 £ 82 $ 144 90 $ 170 kr 1015 $ 103 (Limited number available)
    Transfer back to Koblenz/Saarburg:
    Transfer by minibus is possible (min. of 4 persons is necessary): $ 139 £ 69 $ 120 75 $ 141 kr 845 $ 85   Supplement for transfer with personal bike: $ 28 £ 14 $ 24 15 $ 28 kr 169 $ 17


    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    A non-refundable admin fee of 20 Euros per person is included in the deposit amount.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Closest larger international airport to your tour start (and end) is Frankfurt International Airport (FRA).

    Local Travel

    Tour starts in Koblenz:
    The Frankfurt Airport(Flughafen) station is the largest airport train station in Germany and currently has multiple terminals connected by corridors including the "Fernbahnhof" which hosts long distance trains, and the "Regional Bahnhof" for regional travel. From either station, you can access trains to Koblenz. Depending on departure time, you can expect 0 to 1 transfers and travel times between 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
    Tour starts in Saarburg:
    You can expect train travel from 3 1/4 to almost 4 hours with one transfer.
    End of tour:
    Your tour guide can assist you with purchasing tickets. You can take a transfer by minibus (a minimum of 4 people is necessary). Price is approximately € 70 per person. Limited space, reservation for the transfer required in advance, to be paid on spot. Transfer back to Saarburg or Koblenz by minibus approx. € 75 per person. If you have brought your own bike, there will be an additional €15 charge.
    Alternatively, you can take the train back to your start point. Ride is approximately 1hr 45 mins, €30/person. Train tickets can be booked upon arrival at the train station.


    Please check local conditions before arrival. The Mosel wine region has a northernly continental climate. A good website to research average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and other weather-related facts is Average high/low temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit in the region are: April, 56/39°, May, 66/47°, June, 71/53°, July, 73/55°, August, 75/56°, September, 65/49°, and October, 55/43°.


    Optional Excursions: depending on the day’s itinerary and the ship‘s time in port,  an optional excursion program may be organized. Excursions can only be booked and paid (in cash) aboard the ship. Please be aware that you will be part of an international group of people.

    Travel documents:

    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. It is your responsibility to insure that you have proper identification. For US citizens, the U.S. Passports & International Travel  website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc.  It is important to research before you travel as airlines will not permit boarding if you do not have the required valid documents. 

    We recommend that you make copies of your important documents and papers (insurance cards, etc.). Leave a copy at home and have a copy with you. In the unfortunate situation that you lose your original documents, having copies facilitates the replacement process.

Tour Dates


Koblenz to Saarburg

Season A: April 11, 2020
Season B: October 10, 2020
Season C: April 25, 2020
Season D: May 23, June 6, June 20, July 18, August 1, August 15, September 12, and September 26, 2020

Saarburg to Koblenz

Season A: October 17, 2020
Season B: April 18, 2020
Season C: May 2 and October 3, 2020
Season D: May 30, June 13, June 27, July 25, August 8, August 22, and September 19, 2020

Skill Level

This is an easy self-guided bike and boat tour. Routes follow country roads and bike paths, the majority of which are asphalted. The route is generally flat. Very small inclines when entering or exiting towns or going over bridges. The total distance you will cycle is 139 mi. (225 km).
*There is an onboard tour director who presents each day’s itinerary the evening before. He is available by cell phone during the cycling itinerary for assistance but does not necessarily cycle with the group.

Where You’ll Stay

On the comfort class boat, the Patria.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 8 days/7 nights
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners (packed lunches for cyclists and light lunch for guests who remain on board)
  • Coffee break in the afternoon
  • Daily cabin cleaning service
  • Route descriptions and maps (one set per cabin)
  • GPS tracks (2020)
  • Welcome drink and tour presentation
  • Onboard tour director,
  • Daily tour meeting.
  • Port fees
  • 7-gear unisex bicycle with hand and back pedal brake or freewheel hubs (must be reserved in advance, limited number)
  • Bicycle protection

What’s Not Included

  • Individual arrival and departure transfers
  • Entrance fees or excursions as per itinerary
  • Ferry fees as per itinerary
  • Drinks (other than those mentioned)
  • Travel Insurance

Extra Stay

Extra nights in Koblenz or Saarburg available on request.

TourBike + Boat
TypeSelf Guided
Length8 days
From519 Rates
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Koblenz to Saarburg Map

Day 1: Board in Koblenz
Day 2: *Koblenz - Alken | Alken -Moselkern - Cochem, 18 mi. (29 km)
Day 3: Cochem - Zell on the Mosel, 24 mi. (39 km)    
Day 4: Zell on the Mosel - Bernkastel Kues, 26 mi. (43 km)
Day 5: Bernkastel Kues - Piesport - Mehring, 29 mi.  (47 km)
Day 6: Mehring - Trier, 16-18 mi. (26 - 29 km)
Day 7: Trier - Wasserbillig -  Saarburg, 23 mi. (38 km)
Day 8: Departure from Saarburg

*Parts in Italic are by boat.

All distances are approximate. The above-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: Board in Koblenz
Individual arrival to the boat. Embarkation at 4 pm.   

Day 2: Koblenz - Alken | Alken - Moselkern - Cochem, 18 mi. (29 km)
The boat sets sail in the morning to Alken, where your first bike tour will begin and bring you to Mosel-kern. Today's destination is Cochem, a lovely little town with historical half-timbered houses and a picturesque Old Town.  Inexperienced cyclists can spend the day onboard and use the day off to visit Cochem in the afternoon

Day 3: Cochem - Zell on the Mosel, 24 mi. (39 km) 
Today's cycling tour will first take you to Beilstein, which you can explore during a short tour. Along the route is Europe’s steepest vineyard at Bremmer Calmont, the tour ends in the wine village of Zell located on the Mosel.  In the evening you will have the chance to visit local winegrower places and enjoy the famous Moselle wines, wine tasting optional, bookable on board.

Day 4: Zell on the Mosel - Bernkastel Kues, 26 mi. (43 km)
The bike tour from Zell brings you to romantic Traben-Trarbach, where Jugendstil architecture is shown in its glory. After that, the medieval marketplace of Bernkastel-Kues invites you to relax and do some shopping. You will reach the ship in Kues after a tour through town. In the evening is an opportunity to taste the famous Moselle wines at a local winegrower's place. (not included in the tour price, bookable onboard.)

Day 5: Bernkastel Kues - Piesport - Mehring, 29 mi. (46 km)  
Today begins with a cycle tour to Piesport, the oldest winegrowing community along the Moselle. Here you can book a guided tour and visit the Roman cellars and the vineyards. Further on, you come to Neumagen-Dhron which is the oldest wine city of Germany. After a lunch break, the tour continues to Mehring.

Day 6: Mehring - Trier, 16-18 mi. (26 - 29 km)
Via Pfalzel, you cycle to Trier where the boat will be waiting. Trier is said to be the oldest city in Germany. The Roman roots are recognized in the magnificent Porta Nigra and Constantine's Basilica, and the amphitheater.

Day 7: Trier - Wasserbillig - Saarburg, 23 mi.  (38 km)
You cycle along the river from Trier via Wasserbiling into Luxembourg to Saarburg, also called the "little Venice". 

Day 8: Departure
End of tour after breakfast 9 AM

For Saarburg to Koblenz, the itinerary is reversed.

Saarburg to Koblenz

Day 1: Arrival in Saarburg. Embarkation 4 pm
Day 2: Saarburg - Wasserbillig - Trier, 23 mi. (38 km)
Day 3: Trier - Mehring, 16-18 mi. (26-29 km)
Day 4: Mehring - Piesport - Bernkastel Kues, 29 mi. (47 km)
Day 5: Bernkastel Kues - Traben-Trarbach-Zell on the Mosel, 26 mi.  (43 km)
Day 6: Zell-Beilstein- Cochem, 24 mi. (39 km)
Day 7: Cochem–Koblenz, day of rest on board | alternative,  Cochem–Alken–Koblenz, by bike, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 8: Koblenz, disembarkation after breakfast.

Day 1: Arrival in Saarburg. Embarkation 4 pm
Embarkation begins at 4 pm. You will spend the first night and evening in Saarburg. In the evening you will have the opportunity to explore Saarburg. In the center of the city is a waterfall that is 20 meters.   

Day 2: Saarburg - Wasserbillig - Trier, 23 mi. (38 km)
Today you will cycle from Saarburg through the idyllic nature reserve of the meander of the Saar River. Further on to Wasserbilling in Luxemburg and from here to the Igeler Saule. The ship awaits in Trier. Here you can book a guided city walk. 

Day 3: Trier - Mehring, 16-18 mi. (26-29 km)
After breakfast, you will cycle via Pfalzel to Mehring, the largest winegrowers’ community in the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region.

Day 4: Mehring - Piesport - Bernkastel Kues, 29 mi. (47 km)
You will reach Bernkastel-Kues by bike. The market place from the Middle Ages with many wood-timbered houses is the perfect place to rest. Piesport is the oldest winegrowing community along the Moselle. There may be an opportunity to book a guided tour and visit the Roman cellars and the vineyards. In the evening you will have the chance to visit a local winegrowing establishment and enjoy a wine tasting with the famous Moselle wines (optional, bookable onboard).

Day 5: Bernkastel Kues - Traben-Trarbach-Zell on the Mosel, 26 mi. (43 km)
Today’s bike tour brings you to romantic Traben-Trarbach, where Jugendstil architecture shows its best side. Zell is a very well known wine village on the Mosel. In the evening you will have the chance to visit local winegrower places and enjoy the famous Moselle wines, wine tasting optional, bookable on board.

Day 6: Zell-Beilstein- Cochem, 24 mi. (39 km)
The perfect maintained historical center of Beilstein, “the Sleeping Beauty of the Mosel” is on the agenda this morning. Today’s tour ends in Cochem with the Reichsburg. Cochem is a lovely little town with historical half-timbered-houses and a picturesque Old town.

Day 7: Cochem–Koblenz, day of rest on board | alternative,  Cochem–Alken–Koblenz, by bike, 31 mi. (50 km)
Today you can spend the day on board and relax on the sundeck. Enjoy the beautiful Mosel landscape passing by and stroll along the “Deutsche Eck” in Koblenz in the afternoon, where the Mosel and Rhine flow together. Experienced cyclists can cycle from Cochem to Koblenz and visit Burg Eltz. Your tour guide will discuss the day's options on board.  

Day 8: Koblenz, disembarkation after breakfast

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  • Don and Sheryl E. 3 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    This was our first bike/barge trip. We loved the bike trails along the river ... did not like the times we were in busy traffic...when we left Koblenz day 1. The patria was a great place to call was awesome and accommodations were fine.

    Boat: Sarah

  • Thor M. 3 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The scenery was beautiful, and all the bike paths were very well maintained. As expected the German towns we visited were charming. The Ship and crew were great. It was the end of the season, so while the bikes were in pretty good shape, most of them were probably ready for an annual maintenance/overhaul.
    Food on board was tasty, and plentiful. The accomodations on board were fine. Everything was very clean.
    The trip was very good value.
    We enjoyed our fellow guests, and as mentioned, the crew were friendly, accommodating and efficient.
    Tripsite did a good job of arranging the trip. If you towards the beginning or end of the season, be prepared for all weather, although it is all doable.

  • Louise R. 10 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    This was my first bike and barge trip. The most memorable part of the trip was the constant attention and effort of the staff, from the captain down, to make the trip special. Entertainment (they have abundant talent), tours of the engine room, attending to the passenger's needs - were all beyond my expectations. For example, while sitting on the deck on a chilly night after everyone else had gone in, a crew member brought us blankets. I am definitely looking forward to our upcoming trip!

    Boat: Patria

  • Leonidas R. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    I have completed 7 bike and barge trips with Tripsite and every one of these trips has been a wonderful and memorable experience. The latest one was a trip from Koblenz to Saarburg and even though we had already done this trip on the Patria on the reverse we wanted to enjoy the Mosel River once again as it truly is the most picturesque and enchanting route in Germany. The MS Patria and her crew are dedicated in making the trip a success by providing us with clean and comfortable even though small cabins, an outstanding menu on each and every night by a chef who for a very good reason has been on this ship for a very long time and a bike maintenance crew second to none. The bikes are ready when you get there and every night they are cleaned, inspected and ready for the next days adventure. That has made me and Clara to take 3 trips on the Patria and have enjoyed every one of them and have become a family with some of the crew members. Every route has its own beauties to show and every Read more… trip provides a very different taste of Europe. The Danube is fantastic, the Rhine is a water highway and the Neckar and Mosel are simply beautiful. Budapest is a great city of the east, Passau a small gem, Koblenz dazzling, Heidelberg an absolute delight and Bordeaux has it all. We have made life long friends and we enjoyed every day we have been on board one of the ships from Amsterdam, to Bruges, to Dusseldorf, to Manheim and beyond. Highly recommend to every one who enjoys cycling and the beauty of traveling through small and wonderful towns and cities to take advantage of these comparatively low cost river cruising and get to have fun and exercise. Thank you to all the crews and to all the staff at Tripsite but an especially HUGE hug to the crew on the MS Patria.

    Boat: Patria

    • Donna Collier 3 months ago    

      Hi Leonidas,

      We are looking at doing this trip and wonder whether later part of August or September is preferable. Worried that August might be really busy. Also you did both directions, for a first trip is Saarburg to Koblenz preferable? I read downriver direction better for wind but did you find wind a factor in any of your three trips on the Moselle? We talked to some people on another trip who enjoyed this trip very much but not sure what time of year they went. Thanks very much.


      • LEONIDAS ROUSSINOS 2 months ago    

        Sorry I did not see this until just today Feb 11 2020.
        Either direction the trip is just great and this boat and crew are second to none. It is by far the best river to ride particularly for first timers and for those who do not wish to ride many hours per day. An easy, wonderful, fun trip and in my opinion best time is early September when every little town on the river has a wine festival in the evening. Oh what fun....

  • Lynn F. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    Our first trip with Tripsite (bike/barge on the Mosel River) was fantastic! Our “barge” was charming, neat, well run... my idea of a barge. The bikes were good, our route along the river could not have been more beautiful, with the little towns and all the vineyards. The food was great, the other passengers were nice and friendly, staff were wonderful, the weather perfect... we all had a great time.

    Boat: Patria

  • Greg T. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Relaxing, easy route coupled with comfortable boat made for a memorable trip.

    Boat: Patria

  • Terry P. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Most Memorable Part? Scenic bike rides along with meeting a lot of nice people.

    Boat: Patria

  • Jim R. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Best part: The scenery along the way. But I really enjoyed the staff on the Patria for a trip up the Mosel River in Germany. It was very laid back can of trip but the staff and food were great.

    Boat: Patria

  • Greg S. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    My Moselle River Bike and Barge tour (October 2018) exceeded my expectations in every way. Barge was comfortable, food excellent and cycling experience was wonderful. I cannot wait to do something similar in the near future. I would recommend this style of travel to anyone who enjoys cycling and wants to experience great scenery and lovely towns.

    Boat: Patria

  • David A. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    On day 4 my wife's front tire went off the bike trail into a 18 inch drop due to road construction . She dislocated her shoulder and broke her arm . We had to fly home in California for surgery . Two surgeries later she is almost back to normal and we hope to return to Germany next year to repeat the Mosel river trip and also a Croatia bike trip. We enjoyed the short time we had. We didn't have insurance so lost our money and then some. We are saving for another thru Tripsite because everything else wonderful.

    Boat: Patria

    • Jehiel from Tripsite 2 years ago     Staff

      Hi David,
      We are so glad to hear that your wife is expected to make a full recovery. As I'm sure you would agree, travel insurance is very important, especially because accidents like this can happen to anyone.
      We can't wait to help you plan your next trips and experience a full tour! :)

  • Richard S. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Highlights: The historical landmarks, castles, churches. My suggestion is to go when the weather is warmer. The April weather was colder than I like.

  • Stuart D. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The boat and crew were all fantastic and the cycling was fun and easy through beautiful scenery.

    Boat: Patria

  • Paul W. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The trip was very good throughout so it's hard to pick one thing as the highlight. Exploring the Roman remains in Trier was something we won't forget, and so was singing sea shanties on deck with the crew!

    Boat: Patria

  • T Garner 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Excellent value for money. Food was great and the crew were fantastic. Great fun on the bikes and beautiful places to visit. Only let down was the tour guide Jochen Winkler. Did the basic of roles and did not engage clients.

  • Rita de CAssia Graf 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Momentos mágicos vivemos no Rio Mosel.
    Nossa casa foi o Patria,nosso guia o Reinert,atencioso e amigo.
    Tudo correu bem, ate o clima colaborou.
    Comida excelente, foi um sonho!

  • Gerald R. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Great trip but had some problems with bikes. I've had better bikes on other trips.

    Boat: Patria

  • Richard S. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The best part was the setting with the river and the villages that we visited.

    Boat: Patria

  • James R. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    I just liked the laid back atmosphere of this trip and boat. The boat was simple and the crew were very friendly. It is not high end and I like that for its simplicity. It makes it very easy to relax on this trip.

    Boat: Patria

  • Kevin M. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Route was easy. We especially liked the fact that the boat stayed overnight where each day's ride ended. Our guide was a replacement so we don't think he was familiar enough with the route to give us the best guidance.

    Boat: Patria

  • D. Valkenaar 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The boat staff were outstanding! The boat dinners were outstanding! The boat breakfasts and lunches were just okay.

    The biggest downside to the trip were the totally inadequate route guides. They were not written for new-to-the-route riders. On one hand, they assumed the user was familiar with the route and knew where they were going. On the other hand, they seemed to have been written by someone who had never ridden the route, who just looked at a paper (or electronic) map to write the guide.

    Finally, the on-boat guides were of minimal help. While they seem to have ridden the route, they did not explain the complexities a new rider would encounter along the way. They did, however, explain the highlights to look for on each route.

    With those two exceptions, the trip was wonderful! As for the most memorable, being dog people, we really liked having the captain's dogs on board.

    Boat: Patria

  • Shirley Correll 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Bicycle and boat are the best vacations ever! Can't wait for my next tour! Hope to make this an annual thing. :)

    Boat: Patria

  • Neil Webley 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Overall we enjoyed the Bike and Barge along the Mosel River. However it seemed to be too much effort for the guide to interact with the English speaking clients.
    Maybe he's been doing it too long.
    Thank You

    Boat: Patria

  • Leonidas Roussinos 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    All of your staff at the office are fantastic! We love talking to you and we truly appreciate your efforts and quick response to our questions and requests. Looking forward to Bordeaux next September.

    Boat: Patria

  • Amy Rowland 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We had an absolute blast on this trip and made great friends with the other English-speakers. The route was beautiful and full of things to discover, and the biking was very manageable, even for my 75 year old mother. The downside was that our boat included a very large group that had booked together, so we felt slightly apart from the majority of the passengers and the separate language orientation sessions intensified this. I know you don't run these tours, but I wonder if having the sessions together and providing English language translation in writing on the Power Point would be another option? Encouraging switching up the seating at meals might also help. One last comment is that it would be helpful for the maps to include information on the location of public toilets along the route. We are not comfortable using the riverbank as our toilet as our guide recommended.

    Boat: Patria

  • Susan Roeterink 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Trip was excellent. the boat is really bare bones but that was okay. Wifi was spotty and difficult at times.

    Boat: Patria

  • Fred Veenbaas 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    It was a great way to see the countryside.

    Boat: Patria

  • Sandra Wagner 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The bikes were new and serviced and washed daily to keep them in excellent condition. The boat staff were wonderful and very hard-working. Much time and skill went into meal preparation, and the meals were delicious and attractively presented, both breakfasts and dinners. There was plenty of food to package into lunches to take on the trail. Each day's ride along the Mosel was on flat hard-surfaced trails with beautiful scenery and easy to follow directions that took us through pretty little towns. We thoroughly enjoyed this trip and would definitely use Tripsite again.

    Boat: Patria

  • Lynn Farrell 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We had the most wonderful time on our bike/barge trip; the beautiful weather that week added to it. That was my first trip with Tripsite. The Mosel River was nothing short of spectacular. I have told anyone who would listen about this trip & have passed Tripsite's name & number along to many other people. Can't wait to do another trip!

    Boat: Patria

  • Shirley Elizabeth Correll 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    I absolutely loved my Tripsite tours last year and this year. Bicycle and boat is my favorite way to travel! Can't wait for next years tour! (which I plan to book very soon)

    Boat: Patria

  • Amy Rowland 5 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    My mom and two sisters and I did this trip last month to celebrate my mom turning 75 this summer. We had a blast! The boat was comfortable and food was delicious, including lots of healthy salads and fruit. The crew was top-notch; keeping things running smoothly and on-time. The riding was wonderful every day, even with a few rainy days. The routes were fun, and full of countless "photo-ops" with picturesque villages, castles, churches and vineyards. We rarely had to climb any hills or interact with cars, so the riding really was suitable for beginners or seniors. We werewith the smaller "English-speaking" group, so had our orientation to the next day's route the evening before. Somehow, despite the four of us thinking we were paying close attention, we always managed to forget something about the route instructions, but part of the fun challenge was finding our way back to the route when we took a wrong turn or crossed the wrong bridge. By the last few Read more… days, we started adding a few side trips and explorations to our routes, but still always managed to find our way back to the Patria in time for the coffee, tea and fancy cakes in the early evening. Though the majority of our fellow passengers spoke German, and we don't speak the language at all, we still felt very welcomed. Our only suggestion would be for someone to provide notation on the maps of the public w.c.'s available along the route. As an all-female group, we spent a little more time than we wanted to tracking those elusive locations along the route. Thanks for a great vacation!

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  • Joe Rine 5 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Wow, just finished the Koblenz to Saarburg on the Patria. The Patria and crew was great; meals were very good and plenty of food. Drinks were reasonable on board. Room was small, but enough storage and bunk was comfortable. Biking was very good, despite the three rainy days. Most important this is a cozy atmosphere where you can hang out at the Lounge at night, have a few drinks and socialize. We asked for a guitar and Gottfried, the tour guide found us one. Much to the enjoyment and maybe consternation...we did a sing along a couple nights. already planning next years trip!

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  • Shirley Lazurko 7 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We traveled with another couple from Saarburg to Koblenz and enjoyed every part of the trip, even biking in the rain during a couple of days! The bikes we used were better than our bikes at home, the gears changed easily and the bike was comfortable. We were provided with suitcases to put onto the bikes so we could easily store our lunch, water bottles, coat, camera etc. Every morning started with a clear and concise presentation on the route we were taking during the day. We received booklets that contained information on our route and descriptions on what we were going to see along the way. The bike paths were paved and we rarely had to worry about vehicle traffic along the way. We toured beside the Mosel River, past many kilometers of vineyards growing on steep slopes; we toured through small villages with castles overlooking the countryside. We took time to stop in villages along the way to enjoy some of the local wines and beer and apple strudel. The barge experience was Read more… excellent - the staff were very helpful and interested in helping you with any issues that arose. Our only recommendation would be to have WiFi available for the guests so we could easily keep in touch with families through email however most of the villages did have internet cafes. Overall the experience was excellent and we are already looking at booking our next bike trip through this site - Italy here we come!

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  • Chantal Pollock 8 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    To the staff of Pack & Pedal Europe Inc,

    This e-mail is in reference of our booked Bike and Boat trip on the MS Patria from Saarburg to Koblenz on the Mosel River in Germany for the week of May 5, 2012. Overall, our experience was excellent.

    The staff was very professional, courteous and useful. Also, most of the staff dealing directly with the guests had a reasonable knowledge of English. The boat, the public rooms and the cabins were all in good shape and clean, The guide was very knowledgeable about the Mosel region, very accessible and useful. The bikes were in very good working order. The food was delicious, fresh, varied, on time and most of the time it was 5 to 4 courses for suppers. The Mosel River is very scenic with Roman ruins, medieval castles, many pretty little villages with fun and interesting market squares and many vineyards on slopped hills. There were many opportunities to taste Mosel Riesling wines from the various little villages. Read more… From now on, we will stock our personal bar at home with wines from the Mosel region.

    As a handicapped person with limited mobility, the overall experience was excellent. The staff was always available to offer their assistance as necessary. They soon understood that I required limited assistance. The captain and his wife both invited me to sit with them on the sun deck in the navigation room when the boat was travelling which was both interesting and very pleasant. It was a good thing that my cabin was on the main deck. Although doable, my cabin was at the far end of the hallway and sometimes a bit of a challenge because of the distance. However, I think it was the only accessible room on the boat. My cabin was roomier which was convenient to store the wheelchair out of the way when not in use. The bathroom was small but accessible with a stool in the shower. The lift chair to descend to the lower level to the dining area worked most of the time and temperamental for the last few days. When the chair lift was temperamental, the staff did their best to fix it or to bring the food of our party to the upper deck. The lift chair was bulky and an older model. A few grab bars on the boat such as in the public washrooms and in the cabin shower would of been useful. When boarding or exiting the boat to dry dock, the plank to walk on had rope hand rails which made it a bit tricky because it wasn't solid as opposed to solid hand rails.

    Again, I will reiterate that we had an excellent experience and would highly recommend it to our friends. Our bike and boat trip was a rich experience of history, geography, economy and culture about the Mosel region.

    Very sincerely,


    Ontario Canada

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Patria Germany Comfort Class Boat The MS Patria is a cozy river ship with restaurant, saloon, and sun deck. It is 68 meters long, approximately 8 meters wide, and can accommodate 68 guests. The upper deck in the front of the ship has a beautiful lounge and bar with big windows, as well as a separate restaurant area on the lower deck. The boat also has a partially covered sun deck for relaxation. The guest cabins are each 7 square meters.