Saar River near Merzig, Germany. Flickr:Wolfgang Staudt

Shopping in Bernkastel-Kues along the Mosel River in Germany. Flickr:Franz-Josef Molitor
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Merzig to Cochem

Germany Bike + Barge Tours

Bike and boat along the Saar and Moselle Rivers

  • Cycle along the Saar and Moselle rivers on this bike and barge tour in Germany through charming cities and villages. You begin in either Merzig, not far from the French border, or Cochem, a charming town along the Moselle. As you pedal to Saarburg, you pass through the Saarland, a small and somewhat mysterious region of Germany that possesses some of the most beautiful forests in all of Germany. Mountains laced with vineyards will be your backdrop as you travel this beautiful river landscape.

    Other highlights of this tour include:

    • Saar loop
    • Trier
    • Mehring
    • Bernkastel

    The entire Mosel area is simply enchanting, synonymous with magnificent landscapes, romantic wine villages, and lovely biking and boating!

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  • 2020

    Twin/double: $ 2744 £ 1352 $ 2,369 1495 $ 2825 kr 16679 $ 1,678 Single supplement: Only on request!

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental (per day, advanced reservation required): $ 55 £ 27 $ 48 30 $ 57 kr 335 $ 34

    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.

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    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Frankfurt International Airport (FRA).

    Local Travel

    Frankfurt Airport is well connected by public transportation. Frankfurt Airport Train Station, located next to Terminal 1, offers connections to popular German cities via Deutsche Bahn, the national railway company of Germany. There are local S-Bahn lines (lines S8 and S9) that take travelers into central Frankfurt in about 10-15 minutes and to other cities in Germany. Train travel from the airport to Merzig is about 3 hours and will entail one or two transfers depending on the time of departure and type of train. Frankfurt to Cochem is approximately 2 1/4 hours with one or two transfers.


    For those tours starting in October, this time of year is known as "Golden October" for good reason. If the weather cooperates, you will enjoy the colors of autumn. Cooler temperatures mean lovely brisk riding and fewer tourists as well! Do check local conditions prior to arrival. In most of Germany, the climate is moderately continental, with cold winters and warm summers. Please check local conditions before your arrival. A good website to research weather-related facts is


    Electric bikes are available onboard and can be rented on a per diem basis. Advanced reservation is required.


    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.

Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations on the Deluxe class boat, the Merlijn

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 6 nights
  • Breakfasts, packed lunches, and 5 dinners
  • City tour of Trier
  • Wine tasting in Traben Trarbach
  • Tour guide
  • Daily cleaning of rooms
  • 27-speed hybrid bike of the brand Sensa, a famed Dutch company. Bikes come equipped with hydraulic disc brakes, waterproof pannier, water bottle, towel, and universal helmet
  • Unlimited coffee, tea, and hot chocolate
  • Harbor fees
  • †Wifi
  • †Important to note, due to steel construction of the ship, cruising locations, and other factors, Wifi signal speed and strength may not be what you are accustomed to and may not meet your expectations. If you are dependent on a constant, strong, fast, and reliable signal at all times, please consider a personal hot spot. See our FAQ page.
  • What’s Not Included

    TourBike + Boat
    Length7 days
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    Tour Dates


    Merzig to Cochem:
    July 25, 2020

    Cochem to Merzig
    August 1, 2020

    Skill Level

    This is an easy, guided bike and boat tour with average daily distances between 20 and 42 km

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    Day-To-Day Itinerary

    Merzig to Cochem Map

    Merzig to Cochem

    Day 1: Arrival in Merzig
    Day 2: Merzig - Saarburg, 20 mi.  (32 km)
    Day 3: Saarburg – Trier, 12 mi. (20 km)
    Day 4: Trier – Bernkastel Kues, 26 mi. (42 km)
    Day 5: Bernkastel Kues – Traben Trarbach
    Day 6: Traben Trarbach – Cochem, 23 mi. (37 km)
    Day 7: Departure from Cochem 

    **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: Arrival in Merzig
    Embarkation begins in Merzig at 3:30 pm. The crew will welcome you on board and while you enjoy a welcome drink you will get information about the ship, the tours, and the bicycles. After dinner there is time for a stroll through Merzig, with edifices dating back over eight centuries and opportunity to visit museums as well.

    Day 2: Merzig - Saarburg, 20 mi. (32 km) 
    Today’s tour takes you through the wonderful Saarland region. More than any other region, it symbolizes the "rendezvous in Saarland", junction of water and land. From Merzig it’s about 10 km to the excellent viewpoint over the landscape and the Saar loop, the renowned river bend of the Saar. As the route continues to Saarburg, it passes through the village of Mettlach.

    Once you arrive in Saarburg, you may complete your trip with a city tour and enjoy a splendid view over the city and the Saar valley. You will be impressed by the narrow alleys, framework houses, Baroque constructions, as well as the 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. Dinner this evening will be at your own expense in one of the many restaurants in Saarburg. 

    Day 3: Saarburg – Trier, 12 mi. (20 km) 
    Your adventure continues by following the Saar River ‘downstream’. At Konz the Saar meets the Mosel river, and along its banks, you continue your bike tour to Trier. A guided city tour through this magnificent city is on the agenda. Trier was the Roman capital of the western part of the Roman Empire. There are still many remainders such as the Porta Nigra, the gigantic city-gate, and the Roman Baths. 

    Day 4: Trier – Bernkastel Kues, 26 mi. (42 km) 
    Enjoy your breakfast while cruising from Trier to the holiday resort Mehring. The Roman poet Ausonius sang of the beautiful landscape more than 2000 years ago and the Romans built many splendid country villas here. After visiting Neumagen-Drohn, you will bike further on to Bernkastel-Kues, where magnificent framework houses line the marketplace. Overnight will be in this lovely city.

    Day 5: Bernkastel Kues – Traben Trarbach 
    Bernkastel is a lovely town and there is opportunity to explore a bit more in the morning. Back on the bike, the route leads again along the meandering Mosel river, passing charming villages and vineyards. Tonight Henk and Jantien, owners of the Merlijn and your host and hostess, will offer you a wine tasting at the winery Friedrich Storck. 

    Day 6: Traben Trarbach – Cochem, 23 mi. (37 km) 
    ​As you enjoy breakfast, the barge takes you to Zell, famous for its vineyard Zeller Schwarze Katz. From here, the cycling begins along the Mosel and passses through many charming villages, such as Alf, Sankt Aldegund, with opportunity to visit a wine cellar. You'll also visit Bremm and finally Beilstein. After exploring this interesting medieval village the final biking will lead to Cochem, where the Merlijn will await. Farewell dinner and overnight stay in Cochem.

    Day 7: Departure from Cochem 
    Disembarkation at 9 am, after breakfast.

    Cochem to Merzig

    Day 1: Arrival in Cochem
    Day 2: Cochem - Zell - Traben Trarbach, 28 mi. (45 km)
    Day 3: Traben-Trarbach - Bernkastel Kues, 28 mi. (45 km)
    Day 4: Bernkastel Kues - Trier, 28 mi. (45 km)
    Day 5: Trier - Saarburg, 16 or 34 mi. (25 or 55 km)
    Day 6: Saarburg - Merzig, 20 mi. (32 km)
    Day 7: Departure

    Detailed itinerary coming soon!

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    Tour Reviews

    • Lynda A. 5 months ago     Verified Reviewer

      Relaxing cycling through vineyards, watching the grapes being harvested and visiting the villages and castles aling the way

      Boat: Merlijn

    • Ravi M. 5 months ago     Verified Reviewer

      The entire trip was memorable , all 6 days of it , right from the moment we boarded till we disembarked everything was perfect, absolutely no complaints.
      The Barge Merlijn, the owners, Coen and Christina and their entire team were par excellence ! Our guide , Lia was fantastic, with great sense of Humour and was prompt in taking care of any bike related issues . The food was exquisite, the most delectable vegetarian food we ate lovingly prepared by Christina. The bike paths thru the Vineyards and the varied landscapes were perfect along the river Saar and Mosel. It was in reality doing a leisurely tour on a bike. The hike up the mountain to view the Saar Loop was awesome , a perfect picture postcard scene . will definitely recommend this tour on the merlijn.

      Boat: Merlijn

    • Tom R. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      This was a great trip that the group from Spokane (Tom & Mary Kay R. Mike and Mary M., Jan and Mark B., John and Helen W. -UK) recommends to anyone interested in seeing a beautiful part of Germany. It was not just the scenery that was great, but also how the Merlijn ""crew"" always made you feel at home and took care of any problems. Special thanks to Jantien, Henk and Jacques!

      Boat: Merlijn

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    Merlijn Germany, Netherlands Deluxe Class Boat "The Divine Miss M" as we lovingly call the Merlijn is a diva, for sure. What can we say? Is it the luxurious cabins with most comfortable beds you have ever slept in? Is it the lovely dining area with the large windows and skylight that let the air, light, and sun pour in? Or perhaps it is the sun deck, where you can relax with newfound friends, sharing good wine and good conversation. We think you will find it is the entire divine package! Step onboard and discover for yourself!