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 or Mainz to Merzig

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!

    We offer many more bike and boat tours in Germany, be sure to look at our comprehensive list!

  • 2018: £ 1247 $ 1,988 1320 NOK 13090 kr 12083 $ 1,571

    2018 Two-week tour Merzig to Bamberg: £ 2493 $ 3,977 2640 NOK 26180 kr 24166 $ 3,142
    2019: £ 1398 $ 2,229 1480 NOK 14677 kr 13548 $ 1,761

    Single Supplement: On request

    extra options

    Tandem or electric bike rental (rate is per day): £ 24 $ 38 25 NOK 248 kr 229 $ 30

    please note

    Bike maps available for sale on board.

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Frankfurt International Airport (FRA)

    Local Travel

    Train from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Merzig is about 3 hours depending on connections. A train from Frankfurt to Mainz is 30 minutes or less.
    From the local train station in Merzig or Mainz, it is a short taxi or walk to the boat.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. Please check local conditions before your departure. A good website to research average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com.


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
TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From1320 Rates
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Tour Dates

2018: 
Merzig to Mainz: August 25, 2018 Sold out.

2019:
Mainz to Merzig: October 5, 2019.
 

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 or Mainz to Merzig 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

  • Jocelyn M. 1 month ago

    The calmness and organization of the bike and barge event was refreshing. Barge was excellent, owners outstanding, timing and biking routes very pleasurable.

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  • Penelope R. 1 month ago

    The scenery along the Mosel River was breathtaking, and the staff and guide on the barge and bike tours were top notch. Very quality focused and very pleasant to be with during the entire week. This is a special experience for all.

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  • Carol T. 1 month ago

    Our bike guide was outstanding.

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  • Gina & Pat G. 2 months ago

    Everything was perfect! I cannot pinpoint one specific part but can say that we felt welcomed from the moment we stepped on the barge, all needs were met, including some that we had not thought of ourselves! It was the details to make this trip relaxing, stress free, comfortable, fun, full of laughter, memorable! I really like sweet wine and Jantien went out of her way to get the best sweet wine. Jantien, Henk and the rest of the staff as well as our guide were always one step ahead for all our needs: waterproof caps for the helmets on a drizzly day, drying our shoes and jackets when we returned, helping a passenger find a dentist when they lost a cap, the beautiful fresh flowers and special table decor for all our meals, impeccable service, the cleanliness of the ship, stamps and mail service to send our postcards, making dinner reservations, arranging taxis, laundry service, sharing the cultural differences both for education and comedy, and being social with the entire group and not just as boat owners. We thoroughly enjoyed them accompanying us on a few outings, offering fun surprises like a staff member playing the part of the Loreley as we passed the statue on the shoreline. We have never felt so relaxed, laughed so much, and felt so pampered!! Jantien, Henk, Lia, Miele and the rest hold special places in our hearts and we look forward to seeing them again in the future! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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  • Randy S. 4 months ago

    My wife and I did a July cruise on the Merlijn that started in Merzig, Germany and ended in Mainz, Germany. What an adventure. Henk (our captain) navigated the ship perfectly as we sailed the Saar, Moselle and Rhine Rivers over 8 days and 7 nights. We were told that the Merlijn barge was converted in 2006...but the rooms and decor were still very modern. We were pleasantly surprised at the size of our rooms and bathroom. Our two twin beds were placed together, creating a very comfortable king sized bed with "air" controlled mattress firmness. As a 6'3" tall man, the shower accommodated me well, with an adjustable shower head. An inexpensive laundry service provided clean clothes daily if needed.

    Jantien (our cruise director and chef) provided great service and the food was excellent....even providing a vegan menu option for my wife. We enjoyed getting to know our fellow passengers, sitting with different people at each meal. Jantien was always there to provide any additional details or service if needed.

    We really enjoyed Lia, our bike tour guide. She was very knowledgeable and spoke fluent English, but was fluent in other languages as well. She knew her stuff and provided excellent details along the way. She even walked into the towns and villages with a small group of us at the end of each day.

    We enjoyed seeing the beautiful German countryside from a far different perspective than a typical visit would entail. We couldn't recommend a trip on the Merlijn more....and plan to do another bike and barge tour in the future, but next time, we will bring friends too.

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  • Lynda B. 4 months ago

    What a delight to pedal with a small group meandering along three major scenic Germany rivers in the company of a caring, experience guide, then settling into a comfortable bed on the Merlijn. I highly recommend the Merzig to Mainz route and don't miss the climb to the castles.

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  • Peg H. 1 year 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 6 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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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.

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