Dining and shopping in Nancy, France. Photo via Flickr:Juergen Adolph

Biking along the Mosel River. Photo via Flickr:Michal Osmenda
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Lorraine Tour

France, Germany, Luxembourg Bike + Barge Tours

Bike in Europe along the Moselle and Saar Rivers!

  • The lovely setting for this bike and boat adventure in France is the green heart of Lorraine, a region of culture and history. The art and architecture in cities like Nancy and Metz will delight the art lovers. Rodemack, listed among the most beautiful villages in France will be a highlight with its surrounding well preserved fortified walls and for the historians, the WWI battlefields have a beauty all their own. The Maignot Line, a vast fortification that spread along the French/German border will fascinate. For those that travel for the culinary experience, you will not be disappointed and will find the signature foods and wine of the region, hearty and satisfying.

    Beginning in Wasserbillig and ending in Toul, or reverse, depending on your tour date, you will cycle recently constructed and beautifully maintained bicycle paths and historic towpaths beside the Moselle and Saar Rivers and French canals.

    Highlights:

    • Lovely villages
    • History
    • Art and Architecture
    • Stress-free cycling

    If your interest is to cycle France, check out all of our tours! As well as our bike tours in Germany, and Luxembourg!

  • Price $ 1736 £ 892 $ 1,582 1054 $ 1816 kr 11236 $ 1,202

    Single supplement: $ 659 £ 339 $ 600 400 $ 689 kr 4264 $ 456

     

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental, limited: $ 189 £ 97 $ 173 115 $ 198 kr 1226 $ 131 Supplement for special diets and vegetarians (to be paid on board): $ 82 £ 42 $ 75 50 $ 86 kr 533 $ 57

     

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Luxembourg International Airport (LUX)

    Local Travel

    A bus service connects the airport with the central train station in Luxembourg through the bus lines 9 and 16. From the central train station to Toul, France, it is about a 2 1/2 to 3-hour train ride (depending on departure time) with one transfer in Nancy. To Wasserbilling, it is only a 35-minute train ride.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions prior to arrival. A good website to use to research regional weather including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is a weatherbase.com. Average high/low temperatures for the region in degrees Fahrenheit are: June 70°/52°, July 74°/56°, August 75°/55°, September 68°/50°, and October 57°/43°.

    Remarks

    There are 5 electric bicycles available on a first come, first serve basis.

    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. 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 traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Tour Dates

Wasserbillig to Toul
August 29, September 12*, September 26, and October 10*, 2020
Toul to Wasserbillig
September 5, September 19*, October 3, and October 17*, 2020

*Please note, the following dates are SELF-GUIDED

 

Where You’ll Stay

Aboard the standard class boat, the La Belle Fleur

What’s Included

  • Accommodations on board for 6 nights
  • All meals
  • Coffee and tea on board in the afternoon
  • Tour guide that cycles with the group (only on specific tour dates)
  • Some guided city tours
  • Route information
  • Port and lock fees
  • 24-speed bicycle equipped with pannier bag, water bottle holder, helmet, and bike lock (for use only during planned guided cycling routes)
  • *Special diets and vegetarians, please advise at time of booking. A supplemental fee for some requests may be incurred.

What’s Not Included

TourBike+Boat
TypeBoth
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length7 days
From939 Rates
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Skill Level

This bike and boat tour is classified as an easy to moderate guided bike and boat tour with an average daily distance of approximately 25 miles. Longest day is 34 miles and the shortest day is 9 miles. The terrain is varied with rolling hills.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Lorraine Tour Map

Wasserbillig to Toul

Day 1: Arrival in Wasserbillig, short bike ride through the surrounding area, 9 mi. (15 km)
Day 2: Waserbillig - Remich - Nennig, 21 mi. (35 km)
Day 3: Nennig - Schengen - Thionville, 24 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Thionville - Metz, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 5: Metz - Pompey, 34 or 15 mi. (55 or 25 km)
Day 6: Pompey- Liverdun, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 7: Liverdun - Toul, 11 mi. (17 km)

*All distances are approximate. The itinerary is subject to change, even on very short notice, due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, docking location changes, lock repairs,  etc.

DAY 1: Wasserbillig, 9 mi. (15 km)
The crew of the La Belle Fleur welcomes you on board at the Rue de la Moselle in Wasserbillig at around 3 PM, in the border village of Wasserbillig. You will enjoy a short bike ride along the Sauer; a tributary of the Moselle river where the boat will be moored. While cycling, you will pass through several typical German Villages.

DAY 2: Wassserbillig - Remich - Nennig, 21 mi. (35 km)
After breakfast, you will cycle to Remich, the pearl of the Moselle River. En route,  there is an opportunity to visit the small village of Ehnen with its wine museum. After a walk through the old streets and narrows alleys,  your bike tour continues to the old Roman villa in Nennig with its beautiful, well-kept tiles.

DAY 3: Nennig - Schengen - Thionville, 24 mi. (40 km)
Today you will ride into France and the scenery will change too. The narrow Moselle valley becomes flatter and wider. This gives you the opportunity to make a deeper acquaintance with the country. But before we leave Luxemburg we visit the small but famous village of Schengen. There were once one of the most important treaty’s was signed, is now a European museum.
But a visit to the Maginot-line is certainly also a part of the program today. The underground defense system stretches across the whole area, which was meant to protect France, and at the same time make all facilities available for pure survival. In other words, you’ll be looking at a masterpiece of wartime architecture.
When it is coffee time, La Belle Fleur expects you in Thionville; a city that was rich in metal industry, but today it is primarily a city of beautiful buildings, left behind by the many conquests, such as the Romans, the Luxembourgers, and the Spaniards. 

Day 4: Thionville - Metz, 22 mi. (35 km)
Cycling along the Moselle, this is a day dedicated to all that made this region great, exploring the industrial heritage, nature, and perfect examples of cultural achievements. You will cycle along shady bike paths pass old steel mills. After arriving in Metz, guided city walk will be offered including a visit to the Centre Pompidou, the Cathedral. You will enjoy the atmosphere of the many squares and terraces. 

Day 5: Metz - Pompey,  34 or 15 mi. (55 or 25 km)
Now it’s time for a somewhat more adventurous trip; the old towpaths of the Moselle take you to the picturesque Pont-à-Mousson. Or you can stay on board and start your bike tour at Pont-à-Mousson.

After a visit to this city, which has a typical character because it is situated on both banks of the Moselle, you’ll bike through an old canaled part of the Moselle. As you ride through, you will be amazed by the beauty of the area, as you eventually arrive at one of those typical quiet little French villages of Pompey.

Day 6: Pompey - Liverdun, 22 mi. (35 km)
Today the cycle path leads you along the connecting channel between the Moselle and the Meurthe to Nancy. After a visit to this metropolitan city, the tour continues to the old fortress-city of Liverdun. There, the La Belle Fleur will await you at an idyllic spot. 

Day 7: Liverdun - Toul, 11 mi. (17 km)
From Liverdun, cycle in the direction of Toul. A small, charming fortress-city with a rich history situated at the Moselle’s riverside. After a cup of coffee around 2 pm, the team of the La Belle Fleur says goodbye. 

Toul - Wasserbillig

Day 1: Arrival in Toul
Day 2: Toul - Liverdun, 11 mi. (17 km)
Day 3: Liverdun - Pompey, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 4: Pompey - Metz, 34 or 15 mi. (55 or 25 km)
Day 5: Metz - Thionville, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 6: Thionville - Schengen - Remich, 29 mi. (40 km)
Day 7: Remich - Wasserbillig, 22 mi. (35 km), departure

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Please note distances are approximate.  The itinerary is subject to change due to safety or other unforeseen circumstances.  

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Tour Reviews

  • Carol B. 1 week ago     Verified Reviewer

    The bike tour was immensely enjoyable. Even though it rained 6 of 7 days, it was still a highlight of our vacation in Europe. Thanks to Tripsite's instructions, we were well prepared for various weather from rain to warm and cool weather. Taking a barge is a great way to travel without unpacking each night, returning to the same room and delicious meals served on board. I hope to take a bike trip again trying out another river.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • Gloria M. 2 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The adventure of biking through beautiful Luxembourg, Germany, and France. One can view scenry in a different manner compared to driving a car or viewing as a passenger. Biked thru small villages, metro cities, and rural countries.

    The delicious gourmet dinners at the end of each trip will always be treasured.

    The route instructions need a lot of improvement. It should not take 6 hours to bike 22 miles!

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • Prosper B. 2 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The scenery, the fellow riders the entire experience was so rewarding.
    The boat however left a lot to be desired. The dining room windows were small and you felt confined. The food was below what i’ve experienced on my 6 other tripsite bike/barge tours.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • Sheila S. 3 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Most Memorable Part: How Saunder, Els, and Rola were all so committed to making sure we had a great trip with terrific cycling, fantastic food, and comfortable accommodations.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • Carol E. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    We had a wonderful time on our trip from Bruges to Amsterdam, everyone was so friendly and helpful...we have booked another trip next Sept.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • Brenda H. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    Most Memorable Part? Staff on boat, people traveling and the scenery.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • Margaret Molineux 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    We didn't know what to expect on such a small barge/boat: however it was very enjoyable Our hosts were great and always helpful even when we knew it was a busy time for them. Being a small group and despite some language differences, we all bonded and managed to communicate well. Our leader Anna was particularly competent and took us through some interesting situations without a glitch. We will be known as the group who loves limericks as one guy in our group started by writing one for each cyclist...then of course we all started to write them. The last dinner was quite hilarious. You can't beat these tours for economy, traveling through history and spectacular scenery and commaradorie. I left off one star as the rooms and bathroom were super small and hard to manouver in. Everything else, including the meals, were something to write home about.!

  • Stuart A. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    Enjoyed the staff, the group we met and the overall tour. I got to visit a part of France I might never have seen. Really enjoyed the champagne bottling winery the last day.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • Elizabeth C. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    I took the Lorraine Tour this September. I was happy I chose to go Toul to Wasserbillig direction since it ended in a greener, more rural area. I love the countrysides and small villages best so this ended my week on the most positive note for my personal taste. There were interesting towns/cities to see along the way but this was also a bit more industrialized in some areas than tours I have taken in the past. If you are from the American midwest (I grew up in Ohio) you will swear you have been transported home many days it looks so similar. Others on our tour found it quite beautiful however. I was very impressed with the WWII memorials along the way. Even though I prefer a self guided tour I found our tour guide to be very pleasant and considerate of our physical abilities. I was disappointed with the conditions of the path one (our longest) day since I have been accustomed to fully paved trails on all my other tours. That day was exhausting due to the conditions of the route. Read more… They say this will eventually be fully paved at some point though. The La Belle Fleur was an excellent, clean, comfortable, and well maintained boat. The staff took good care of us and the food was fine. I especially enjoyed the camaraderie of the very small group. Having taken both large and small bike-boat tours I think this is one of the best aspects of a small tour. If I were traveling solo this size group would definitely be my preference. Overall, another wonderful week doing what I love and loving what I did.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • Anieta W. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The boat and the bikes were good, the food was good and sufficient, the crew was friendly and helpful. The scenery was not always beautiful, part of the tour leads through industrial area.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • Joanne F. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We truly enjoyed this trip, with beautiful flowers in every town and swans everywhere. One night, we had a bevy of swans peaking in at us as we ate dinner!. The bikes are great, with comfortable seats and smooth gearing. The dinners were always a delicious surprise. Sanders and Els were wonderful hosts, and our guide, Seitze, was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the Mosel area, including Roman aqueducts, medieval castles, World War II sites, and, of course, the history of the EU. Nancy was my favorite big city but we also had a night time walking tour of a little town overlooking the Mosel, called Liverdun...where delicious Madelines come from! Very cute town. We went in early September and the cabins were a bit warm even at night. You can open windows, but it could be uncomfortable in the summer. Biking was mostly flat so not difficult but I definitely got some exercise. Another favorite: stopping for coffee and pastry each morning!

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • Barbara T. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    This trip was most enjoyable and the cities and scenery were gorgeous.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • Deborah C. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    This was a very nice trip. Scenery, bike routes, side trips were all very good. We had a terrific guide who interacted well with the group. The barge was very nice and the owners/crew were exceptional. The dinners could not have been better - Els is an amazing cook.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • Susan W. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The boat was well maintained. Beds were comfy for bunks. Our cabin [#9] had huge bathroom. With the hot Aug temps, a fan would have been appreciated. Bring a small personal 4" or 6" USB fan if you can find the space in your luggage. A small soaking pool on the deck was a welcome relief from the heat.

    Meals were basic, but tasty and filling. Els did a nice job of accommodating my dietary restrictions. Ample cooler filtered water was available on the boat - remember your water bottle. Lunches were packed in zip lock baggies. Bring your own insulated lunch bag / Tupperware to keep your lunch fresher.

    GIANT bike were like new and well maintained. I was disappointed we could not use the bikes during the city stops that were part of the day trips or after dinner when we returned to the barge. Even though the bikes have locks, Sander and Els don't allow this to minimize theft risk. Besides my husband and I, all participants were in there mid-60s to Read more… mid-70s and didn't seem to mind.

    Our guide, Weiger, did an outstanding job of leading our daily tour as well as guiding us through the cities we were docked in at night. He managed the multiple languages within our group with ease. The participants on our trip were German [6], Spanish [3], Austrailian [2] and American [2-us]. By the end of the week, our group had bonded even though our shared vocabulary was easily less than 50 words!

    The countryside between Thionville and Wasserbillig was very beautiful and what I had envisioned - river and hills covered with vinyards. The other days were nice paved bike trail with the river on one side and trees on the other. I could have taken a picture and convinced friends that I was still in the US Midwest. I guess that is why there are so many French and Germans in Wisconsin and Iowa! I think I would have preferred more time off of the trail and in the countryside, but perhaps if we did do that, the car traffic would cause me to have a different opinion. Certainly the cities we stopped in were old and had a quaint European feel.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • C. Whytehead 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    A good combination of biking and seeing the sites along the way. Plenty of time in the cities (Nancy, Metz) to wander around. This trip was not about putting on the miles every day on the bike but a good balance of biking and site seeing. Easy biking along canal paths mostly. Our guide got turned around a couple of times getting out of the cities. Els and Sander were great hosts on the barge. Very friendly. Els cooked me a birthday dessert one day that we enjoyed with our group after a day of biking. It was very hot in July and the air movement in the rooms was limited. A small fan would have been very much appreciated. As it was we slept with our door open (as did the others) just to get more air circulation. The barge is in very good condition. The bikes were brand new this season. They are owned by Els and Sander and not leased through a secondary company so they were in good working order.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • S. Midha 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Beautiful way to travel from Luxembourg to France. Bike quality was very Good. Our Bike Guide Arie was very knowledgeable. Every evening we had Four course Gourmet Dinner. Sander and Els were the best Host and Owner of the Barge.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • Sunita 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    I really enjoyed my first Barge and Bike Tour(June11th to June 17th)Sanders and Els were very Good. I would like to give them 10 out of 10 for their Hospitality. Our Bike Guide Arie was Great.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • J. Probst 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    I fully enjoyed the Lorraine/Moselle bike trip (May 14-20, 2016) with the staff of La Belle Fleur. This was my first bike and barge trip and it certainly was a stress free and relaxing way to see the region. The owner/operators of the boat (Sander and Els) were not only very professional, but charming, enthusiastic, and helpful. Els was also a superb cook so our meals were always delicious. Pieter was the perfect guide (and quite the character!), fun to bike with, patient, knowledgeable of the route and the potential sights, and willing to change the agenda to meet the interests of his clients. The pace was leisurely and we had ample time to view both the valley scenery and the grand old cities along the route. The bikes were in good repair and suitable for the mostly level countryside we were traversing. Another delightful aspect of the trip was that the route was mostly off the busy roads and on dedicated bicycle paths (except, of course, in the cities). The weather, though Read more… often cloudy and brisk with occasional light sprinkles of rain, was never a problem. The passengers got along well together and we had fun evenings relaxing aboard ship along with the crew. One week of biking seemed just the right amount of time. I came home with many wonderful memories of people, places, and experiences. I can highly recommend this trip and this boat company. The folks at the Tripsite office in the U.S. were also very responsive and easy to work with so they get my "thumbs up" award too!

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • Donald Stockwell 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Our guide was not good, would ride off too fast, often the tail end riders were lost and confused as they could not keep up. Everything else was excellent!

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • George F. 6 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We had a wonderful time on the Lorraine tour last year starting from Toul. One of the fellow passengers arrived late and in a state because she had difficulty finding the barge -- taxis and the police did not know where to direct her. A great landmark to cite is the Grands Moulins Aubry. It is a prominent building readily seen from the highway, and the barge moors in the canal just adjacent to the one by the moulin. We ourselves walked around for a day before finding the spot. Your Google map is spot on -- we found it right away after consulting it -- but internet access was not readily available. All of this to say: Your clients would find the spot without difficulty if you were to direct them to "the canal right beside the one at Grands Moulins Aubry" in your travel instructions. I hope you find this note helpful. Looking forward to our next trip with you.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

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La Belle Fleur Netherlands Standard Class Boat The La Belle Fleur was built in 1929 and converted into a passenger ship in 1993. The former inland freighter, which has been restored into a hotel barge, is 44 meters long. The boat features cabins for 19 guests, a tastefully designed lounge area, and an expansive sun deck complete with tables and benches.

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