Mainz to Merzig
Germany Bike + Barge Tours
A bike and boat tour featuring Saarburg, Trier, and Koblenz
This bike and barge tour through Germany aboard the lovely Merlijn begins 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.
Your tour will conclude in Merzig, a town filled with architectural highlights that span over eight centuries of history and 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!
2018: £ 1131 $ 2,280 € 1320 NOK 12540 kr 11575 $ 1,505
2018 Two-week tour Merzig to Bamberg: £ 2263 $ 4,560 € 2640 NOK 25080 kr 23151 $ 3,010
2019: £ 1269 $ 2,556 € 1480 NOK 14060 kr 12978 $ 1,687
Single Supplement: On request
Tandem or electric bike rental (rate is per day): £ 21 $ 43 € 25 NOK 238 kr 219 $ 29
Bike maps available for sale on board.
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. A good website to research average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com.
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.
- Accommodations on board for 7 nights in climate controlled cabin with private bathroom
- 7 breakfasts, packed lunches, and 6 dinners
- Welcome drink
- Coffee and tea throughout the day, ice water at 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
Mainz to Merzig:
October 5, 2019 (Sold out)
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 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.