Merzig on the Saar River, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Wolfgang Staudt
Still quiet in the Marktplatz of Bernkastel-Kues, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Bert Kaufmann

Vineyards align the Mosel River in Traben Trarbach, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Johan Wieland
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Merzig to Mainz

Germany Bike + Barge Tours

A bike and boat tour featuring Saarburg, Trier, and Koblenz

  • This bike and barge tour aboard the lovely Merlijn begins in Merzig, a town filled with architectual highlights that span over eight centuries of history. St Peter’s church is an impressive example of the Romanesque style. Historical farmhouses, built with a French flair, are a reminder that the French region of Lorraine isn’t far off. The Town Hall is a lovely white marvel with delicate red trim along its edges. The town’s location along the Saar River makes it ideal for nature lovers, as well. The tour ends in the lovely town of Mainz, the capital of Rhineland-Palatinate. Mainz's Old Town, its inner city, is the pride and joy of the city-scene. Broad, roomy squares, lovingly-restored half-timbered houses, and magnificent Baroque churches give the Old Town its charming, "gemütliches" character.

    Additional Highlights:

    • The Lorelei rock formation
    • Porta Nigra
    • The city of Trier
    • Wine tasting in Traben Trarbach
    • The charming town of Saarburg
    • Castle of Eltz

    COMBINE THIS TOUR with the Mainz to Bamberg tour for a fabulous 2-week holiday!

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  • 2017: £ 1104 $ 1,807 1265 kr 10704 $ 1,392

    2018: £ 1152 $ 1,886 1320 kr 11169 $ 1,452

    2018 Two-week tour Merzig to Bamberg: £ 2305 $ 3,771 2640 kr 22338 $ 2,904

    Single Supplement: On request

    extra options

    Tandem or electric bike rental (rate is per day): £ 22 $ 36 25 kr 212 $ 28

    please note

    Bike maps available for sale on board.

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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Where You’ll Stay

On the beautiful Merlijn, a comfort plus class ship.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations on board for 7 nights in double room with climate control and private bathroom
  • 7 x breakfast, 5 x packed lunch, and 5 x dinner
  • 24 speed hybrid bicycle rental with pannier bag, towel, water bottle, and universal size helmet
  • Tour guide
  • Guided city tour in Trier
  • Wine tasting in Trarbach
  • Daily room cleaning
  • Welcome drink
  • Harbor, bridges and lock fees
  • Route information

What’s Not Included

  • 2 x dinners
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance
Length8 days
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Tour Dates

July 22 and September 30, 2017

August 25, 2018

Skill Level

This is an easy, guided bike and boat tour with average daily distances between 25 and 40 km. The route is mostly flat on asphalted roads or bike paths.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Merzig to Mainz Map

Day 1: Arrival in Merzig 
Day 2: Merzig to Saarburg, 20 mi. (32 km)
Day 3: Saarburg - Trier, 12 mi. (20 km)
Day 4: Trier - Traben Trarbach, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 5: Traben Trarbach - Cochem, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 6: Cochem - Koblenz, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 7: Koblenz - Mainz, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 8: Mainz

*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: Arrival in Merzig
The Merlijn, your sailing hotel, awaits you in Merzig. Embarkation starts at 4 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 the city.

Day 2: Merzig to Saarburg, 20 mi. (32 km)
Today’s tour takes you through the wonderful Saarland region which symbolizes the "rendezvous in Saarland", a junction of water and land. From Merzig it’s about 10 km to the excellent viewpoint over the landscape and the Saar loop at the “Cloef” above. Near Orscholz you will pass the Saar-loop, the renowned river bend of the Saar. From here you will bike further on to Saarburg, passing the village Mettlach, well known for the Villeroy and Boch products. In Saarburg you can enjoy a city tour and the splendid view over the city and the Saar valley. This charming city will impress you with its narrow alleys, framework houses, baroque construction, 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.

Day 3: Saarburg - Trier, 12 mi. (20 km)
After breakfast you will continue your trip by following the river Saar river ‘downstream’. At Konz, the Saar meets the Moselle river. In the afternoon you will enjoy a guided city tour through this magnificent city. Trier was the Roman capital of the western part of the Roman Empire, and there are many remainders such as the Porta Nigra, the gigantic city-gate and the Roman Baths. Tonight you will enjoy your dinner at your own expense in one of the many restaurants in Trier.

Day 4: Trier - Traben Trarbach, 28 mi. (45 km)
While you enjoy breakfast the Merlijn sails from Trier to the holiday resort Mehring. The Roman poet Ausonius wrote of the beautiful landscape in his work. The Romans fell in love with this landscape more than 2000 years ago and built splendid country villas here. After visiting Neumagen-Drohn you will bike further on to Bernkastel-Kues, where magnificent framework houses line the marketplace. After a visit to this charming city you will board the Merlijn and cruise to Traben Trarbach. Tonight you will enjoy a wine tasting at the local winery Storck.

Day 5: Traben Trarbach - Cochem, 22 mi. (35 km)
Enjoy your breakfast while cruising from Trarbach to Zell, famous for its vineyard Zeller Schwarze Katz. Here your bike tour starts and you will cycle along the meandering Moselle through many charming villages, such as Alf, Sankt Aldegund where you can visit a cellar with lots of liquors, wines, and Mosel-mustards. You'll also cycle through Bremm and finally Beilstein. After exploring this interesting medieval village, that is still in tact, you will bike to Cochem, where the Merlijn will await you.

Day 6: Cochem - Koblenz, 22 mi. (35 km)
Today starts with a relaxing sailing breakfast, cruising up to Moselkern where your tour starts into the Eltztal and the castle of Eltz. Lying romantically on a cliff, the castle is one of the very few that has never been destroyed during its long history. After a visit you will bike to Koblenz, where the Merlijn will be docked close to the Altstadt and the German Corner. Tonight you will dine at your own expense in one of the many restaurants in Koblenz.

Day 7: Koblenz - Mainz, 19 mi. (30 km)
During your last sailing breakfast the Merlijn takes you to Oberwesel. Today is one of the highlights of the trip: sailing by the rock statue of the mermaid, Lorelei. The heavy currents and a small waterfall create a murmuring sound. This, combined with the echo it produces, make it seem like the rock is singing.

In Oberwesel you'll get on your bike and end the cycling route by crossing the river to the charming, famous city Rüdesheim with its Drossegasse. Here you will board the Merlijn and cruise on the Rhine River to Mainz.

Day 8: Departure from Mainz
Departure after breakfast.

**COMBINE THIS TOUR with the Mainz to Bamberg tour for a fantastic 2-week holiday! 

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Customer Feedback

  • Peg H. 6 months ago

    Klaus, Jantien and Henk!!!! This is a fantastic bike and barge trip. The rooms were the best we have ever had (this is my 3rd bike and barge trip). Very spacious bathroom and lots of storage in the room. Klaus, our guide, was the main reason I loved this trip. He didn't just cycle along the river trail. He took us through villages, back alleys, cobblestone streets, pastures, and hillsides. We never knew what adventure the day would bring. LOVED IT!! We learned about the history, geography and economics of the area. Jantien, our angel of the Merlijn, made every day fun and prepared wonderful meals. Henk capably mastered all the locks and made us laugh frequently! The level of cycling is very easy and can be accomplished by anyone. Miles and miles of vineyards, castles and churches. DON'T MISS THIS ONE!

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  • Jo Klok 5 years ago

    Five family members--four sisters & brother-in-law--took this tour in October 2011. The barge and crew are terrific. Jantien is a fabulous chef and Henk a great captain. Bikes are easy to ride and the tour a good mix of city, countryside and vineyards. I have recommended this particular trip to others. Another couple of our friends are taking the tulip trip on Merlijn in the spring at our recommendation.

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Merzig to Mainz Boats + Barges

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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.