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 cyling

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

Tour Dates

2016 Dates
Wasserbillig to Toul
September 17, October 1, and Ocotober 15, 2016

Toul to Wasserbillig
September 24, and October 8, 2016

2017 Dates

Wasserbillig to Toul
August 19, September 2, September 16, September 30, October 14, 2017

Toul to Wasserbillig
August 26, September 9, September 23, October 7, October 21, 2017

Where You’ll Stay

Aboard the comfort class boat, the La Belle Fleur

What’s Included

  • Accommodations on board for 6 nights
  • *Breakfast, packed lunches, and dinners
  • Coffee and tea on board in the afternoon
  • Tour guide that cycles
  • Route information
  • Port and lock fares
  • 8-speed bicycle equipped with pannier bag, water bottle holder, helmet, and bike lock
  • *Special diets and vegetarians, please advise at time of booking. A supplemental fee for some requests may be incurred.

What’s Not Included

  • Entrance fees to museums
  • Excursions
  • Any other beverages other than those mentioned
  • Bicycle protection
  • Arrival and departure transfers (available for supplement, see pricing)
TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length7 days
From934 Rates
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Skill Level

This France bike 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 shortest day is 9 miles. Terrain is varied with rolling hills.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

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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 - Frouard, 34 or 15 mi. (55 or 25 km)
Day 6: Frouard - Liverdun, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 7: Liverdun - Toul, 11 mi. (17 km)

DAY 1: Wasserbillig, 9 mi. (15 km)
The crew of the La Belle Fleur welcomes you on board 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 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 with that 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 defence 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 - Frouard, 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 Frouard. 

Day 6: Frouard - Liverdun, 19 mi. (30 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 in the afternoon, the team of the La Belle Fleur says goodbye. 

Toul - Wasserbilling

Day 1: Arrival in Toul
Day 2: Toul - Liverdun, 11 mi. (17 km)
Day 3: Liverdun - Frouard, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 4: Frouard - 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, 32 mi. (35 km), departure

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Customer Feedback

  • C. Whytehead 2 months ago

    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.

  • S. Midha 3 months ago

    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 months ago

    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 months ago

    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 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 10 months ago

    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. 3 years ago

    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 Comfort 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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