Mainz to Merzig
Germany Bike + Barge Tours
A bike and boat tour featuring Saarburg, Trier, and Koblenz and the Romance of the rivers!
This bike and barge tour through Germany aboard the lovely Merlijn will either begin or end in the picturesque town of Mainz. The 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.
Featured as well is Merzig, a town filled with architectural highlights that span over eight centuries of history. Its location along the Saar River makes it ideal for nature lovers, as well.
Leisurely bike paths stretch out for miles along the riverbanks, following the courses of the three rivers, the Rhine, Moselle, and Saar offering not only beautiful panoramas but flat routes to cycle. As you pedal along through forests, meadows, and delightful little towns, look out for the castles and historical houses.
- The Lorelei rock formation
- Porta Nigra
- The city of Trier
- Wine tasting in Traben Trarbach
- The charming town of Saarburg
- Castle of Eltz
We offer many more bike and boat tours in Germany, be sure to look at our comprehensive list!
Twin/double: $ 2527 £ 1313 $ 2,276 € 1525 $ 2639 kr 16387 $ 1,727
Twin/double: $ 2709 £ 1407 $ 2,440 € 1635 $ 2830 kr 17569 $ 1,852
Twin cabin/single-use on request (very limited)
Electric bike rental (rate is per day): $ 50 £ 26 $ 45 € 30 $ 52 kr 322 $ 34
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
† Currency exchange rate set 90 days before travel.
Fly to Frankfurt International Airport (FRA) or Luxembourg International Airport (LUX)
Tour starts in Mainz
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 the central train station (Römisches Theater) in Mainz takes about 20 minutes. Trains depart every half hour. From the main station, the pier is only about 3 km away. We recommend taking a taxi to the docking location. At the end of your tour in Merzig, train travel back to Frankfurt airport is about 3 - 4 hours. Luxembourg Airport (LUX) would be closer to Merzig with travel time about 1 1/2 hour. The German rail site, bahn.de, is good resource when researching train travel in Germany.
Please check local conditions before your arrival. 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. A good website to research average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com.
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
On the beautiful Merlijn, a deluxe class ship.
- Accommodation for 7 nights in a climate-controlled cabin with private bathroom
- 7 breakfasts, 6 packed lunches, and 6 three-course dinners
- Welcome drink
- Coffee, tea, and water throughout the day (on board)
- Daily room cleaning
- 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 use of universal helmet
- Tour guide
- Wine tasting in Trarbach
- Harbor, bridges and lock fees
- Daily tour briefing
What’s Not Included
Merzig to Mainz: August 8, 2020
Mainz to Merzig: October 9, 2021
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.
Mainz to Merzig Boats + Barges
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!