Marktplatz in Bernkastel-Keus, a famous wine-growing region on the Mosel River in Germany. Flickr:Frans Berkelaar

Vineyards along the Mosel River in Cochem, Germany. Photo via Flickr:chubbyhomer
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Metz to Cochem

France, Luxembourg, Germany Bike + Barge Tours

Bike and boat through three countries along the Moselle River!

  • This bike and boat tour in Germany highlights the heart of Europe following the path of the Mosel River through the land of the ancients. Vineyards climb the mountains and medieval castles and fortresses dot the landscape. Villages are quaint, cities abound in history, art, and architecture, and the cycling is sheer magic.

    Highlights:

    • Metz, designated a 'town of art and history'
    • Remich, one of the quaintest towns in Europe known for wine and riverside esplanade
    • Trier, the oldest city in Germany
    • Cochem, deep in the most romantic part of the Moselle River Valley
    • River landscape and cycling
    • St.Etienne Cathedral with flying buttresses and Marc Chagall stained glass windows
    • Medieval art and architecture
    • Riesling and other Mosel Valley wines

    Be sure to look over our full list of bike and barge tours in Germany.

    On the Iris, this tour can be combined with a hotel to hotel experience based on availability. You can explore this option here.

  • Quo Vadis:

    Twin cabin: $ 2505 £ 1235 $ 2,163 1365 $ 2580 kr 15229 $ 1,532 Single supplement: pending
     

    Iris:

    Twin cabin: $ 2698 £ 1330 $ 2,330 1470 $ 2778 kr 16400 $ 1,650 Single supplement: pending

    Quo Vadis:

    Twin cabin: $ 2560 £ 1262 $ 2,211 1395 $ 2636 kr 15563 $ 1,566 Single supplement: on request

    Iris:

    Twin cabin: $ 2872 £ 1416 $ 2,480 1565 $ 2958 kr 17460 $ 1,756 Single supplement: on request

    Princessa Royal

    July-SeptemberOctober
    Twin cabin $ 2962 £ 1460 $ 2,558 1614 $ 3050 kr 18007 $ 1,811 $ 2595 £ 1279 $ 2,241 1414 $ 2672 kr 15775 $ 1,587
    Premium twin cabin $ 3329 £ 1641 $ 2,875 1814 $ 3428 kr 20238 $ 2,036 $ 2962 £ 1460 $ 2,558 1614 $ 3050 kr 18007 $ 1,811
    Single cabin $ 3788 £ 1867 $ 3,271 2064 $ 3901 kr 23027 $ 2,317 $ 3311 £ 1632 $ 2,859 1804 $ 3409 kr 20126 $ 2,025
    Twin cabin/single-use $ 4338 £ 2138 $ 3,746 2364 $ 4467 kr 26369 $ 2,653 $ 3787 £ 1867 $ 3,270 2064 $ 3900 kr 23022 $ 2,316
    Triple cabin* $ 2907 £ 1433 $ 2,510 1584 $ 2994 kr 17672 $ 1,778 $ 2503 £ 1234 $ 2,162 1364 $ 2578 kr 15218 $ 1,531
    Premium triple cabin* $ 3238 £ 1596 $ 2,796 1764 $ 3334 kr 19680 $ 1,980 $ 2871 £ 1415 $ 2,479 1564 $ 2956 kr 17449 $ 1,755

     

    extra options

    Electric bikes:
    Quo Vadis: $ 184 £ 90 $ 158 100 $ 189 kr 1116 $ 112 Iris: $ 165 £ 81 $ 143 90 $ 170 kr 1004 $ 101 Laundry service:
    Quo Vadis, one mesh bag (bag provided), approx.: €8

    Electric bikes:
    Quo Vadis: $ 184 £ 90 $ 158 100 $ 189 kr 1116 $ 112 Iris: $ 174 £ 86 $ 151 95 $ 180 kr 1060 $ 107 Princessa Royal: $ 211 £ 104 $ 182 115 $ 217 kr 1283 $ 129 Laundry service:
    Quo Vadis, one mesh bag (bag provided), approx.: €8

     

    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.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Luxembourg (LUX) International Airport is the nearest major airport to both Metz and Cochem. Frankfurt (FRA) International Airport and Paris (CDG) Airport are also options. Train travel time is as follows: Frankfurt to Metz is approximately 3.5 hours. Frankfurt to Cochem is approximately 2.5-3 hours.. Luxembourg to Metz is approximately 3-4 hours. Luxembourg to Cochem is approximately 1.5 to 3 hours depending on connections. Paris to Metz is approximately 2-2.5 hours. Paris to Cochem is approximately 5 hours.

    Local Travel

    From the local train station it will be a short walk or taxi ride to the boat.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. There are many good websites to research regional weather including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more weather-related facts. The Mosel region has a moderate maritime climate. This climate type is very favorable to all kinds of vegetation. Average temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit for the region are May, 55°; June, 60°; July, 64°; August, 62°; September, 57°; & October, 48°

    Remarks

    E bikes available for this tour!

    Documents:

    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.


Tour Dates

Metz to Cochem

Quo Vadis
August 1, October 10, and October 24, 2020
Iris
August 8, September 19, and October 3, 2020

Cochem to Metz

Quo Vadis
July 25, August 8, September 5, & October 17, 2020
Iris
June 6, July 4, August 1, September 12, September 26, 2020

Metz to Cochem

Quo Vadis:
September 18, October 2, and October 16, 2021

Iris: 
October 2, 2021

Princesse Royal (formerly known as the Magnifique):
August 28, September 25, & October 23, 2021
 

Cochem to Metz

Quo Vadis:
September 11, September 25, October 9, and October 23, 2021

Iris:
October 9, 2021

Princesse Royal (formerly known as the Magnifique):
July 24, August 21, & October 16, 2021

 

Where You’ll Stay

On the Deluxe class ships, the Quo Vadis or Princesse Royal, or the Premium class ship, the Iris

What’s Included

Iris

  • Accommodation for 7 nights onboard the Iris in climate-controlled cabins
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 packed lunches, & 6 three-course dinners
  • Free glass of wine or beer with dinner
  • Coffee & tea on board
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • 11-speed city touring bicycle equipped with helmets, panniers, & water bottle
  • Two cycling tour guides
  • Bus transfer for rail to trail Maare-Mosel
  • Rails to trails excursion
  • Wine tasting
  • Bicycle protection
  • Entrance to Cochem Castle
  • Wifi

Quo Vadis

  • Accommodation for 7 nights onboard the Quo Vadis in climate-controlled cabins
  • Welcome drink
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 packed lunches, & 6 three-course dinners
  • Coffee & tea
  • Daily cleaning of the cabin
  • 8-speed city touring bike, hydraulic rim brake including brake booster & Schwalbe Greenguard tires. Equipped with safety lock, gel saddle with quick release, helmet, pannier, & water bottle
  • Two tour guides
  • Laundry service provided with supplement. See pricing.
  • Bus transfer to Daun
  • Entrance castle Cochem
  • Wifi

Princesse Royal

  • Accommodation for 7 nights onboard the Princesse Royal in climate-controlled cabins
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 packed lunches, & 6 three-course dinners
  • Coffee & tea
  • Complimentary welcome drink
  • Daily cleaning of cabin
  • Daily tour briefings
  • 7-speed city touring bike (Batavus Dinsdag)with step-through frame equipped with handbrakes, gel saddle, pannier bag, helmet, water bottle, & integral frame lock
  • Tour guide (from 22 guests, another guide will be added to form two groups)
  • Map for cycling (one set per cabin)
  • Fees for ferries
  • Entrance to Bourg Cochem
  • Wine tasting
  • Wifi

What’s Not Included

  • 1 dinner
  • Drinks other than those mentioned
  • Entrance fees and excursions not mentioned
  • Gratuities for staff and guides
  • Electric bike available for supplement. See pricing.
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance
TourBike + Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
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This is an easy guided bike and boat tour in Europe on mostly flat terrain.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Metz to Cochem Map

*Several ships navigate this itinerary so please check the corresponding itineraries as well as dates, pricing, and what is included/not included. 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. Parts in Italic are undertaken on board.

Metz to Cochem

Day 1: Arrival in Metz
Day 2: Metz - Remich, 25/31 mi. (40/50 km)
Day 3: Remich - Saarburg, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 4: Saarburg - Trier, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 5: Trier - Bernkastel, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 6: Bernkastel- Daun - Bernkastel, rail to trail, 38 mi. (60 km)
Day 7: Bernkastel - Zell - Cochem, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 8: Departure from Cochem 

Day 1: Arrival in Metz
Boarding time begins at 1:00 PM. There is a welcome meeting at 1:30 PM.  Metz is an ancient city strategically situated on a Roman trading route.  St.Etienne Cathedral is the 3rd largest gothic church in France with flying buttresses and Marc Chagall stained glass windows. Metz is full of stunning architecture, flowers, and great cafes. Worth considering to arrive here a day earlier!

Day 2: Metz - Remich, 25/31 mi. (40/50 km)
You will enjoy breakfast while you sail. The first opportunity to cycle today is from the lock of Talange. This route goes through the French countryside but it is also possible to stay on board a bit longer and start from Thionville. Via the beautiful valley of the Mosel, you bike across the French border into Luxembourg,  passing the castle of Sierck-les-Bains, beautifully situated on the banks of the Mosel river. On top of the hill, there is a castle from the 11th century, which was at stake in the battle between the Duke of Lorraine and the archbishop of Trier in the 12th century. Overnight is in Remich. Here the Mosel forms the border between Germany and Luxembourg with Remich on  Luxembourg ground. Close to Remich, you may visit the small village of Nenning and can visit an old roman mansion. The nearly undamaged mosaic floor in the party hall is extremely beautiful. After dinner, you can join a little ‘cremant’ tasting. Cremant is the sparkling white wine Remich is famous for.

Day 3: Remich - Saarburg, 28 mi. (45 km)
Today's route follows the valley of the Mosel and Saar to the north to visit charming Saarburg. On the way, there is an opportunity to visit a wine cellar to taste the fresh Mosel white wine. Saarburg is an interesting old town situated in the most beautiful part of the Saar valley. The banks of the river are densely forested. The castle of Saarburg was built here in the 10th century. In the middle of town, there is a waterfall of 20 meters high. At the foot of this waterfall, there is an old mill, which is driven by the small river. In this part of town, most of the old houses from the 17th and 18th century are still intact.

Day 4: Saarburg - Trier, 22 mi. (35 km)
Today's destination is Trier, an interesting and lively city, the oldest city in Germany. According to the Romans, Trier was founded around 15 B.C.  by Caesar Augustus under the name of Augusta Trevorum. As a trading town and administrative center, Trier flourished during the late imperial age. This Roman golden age has left us with a respectable number of monuments. Most authentic is the Porta Nigra, Black Gate, once a part of a system of four city gates, one of which stood at each side of the roughly rectangular Roman city. The Porta Nigra guarded the northern entry to the Roman city. It is today the largest Roman city gate north of the Alps and has been designated a World Heritage Site. This evening you are free to enjoy the city and dine on your own.

Day 5: Trier - Bernkastel, 31 mi. (50 km)
From Trier, downstream, you will encounter lovely vineyards. The white Mosel wine is known far and wide. Continuing on past Trittenheim and Piesport, both quite interesting.  Piesport produces a number of beautiful white wines, especially the ‘Piesporter Goldtröpfchen. Trittenheim lies in a sharp hairpin turn in the Mosel. It is surrounded by mountains covered with extensive vineyards. The Laurantiuskapelle with its gothic choir is sitting right in the middle of the vines. Today's destination is Bernkastel-Kues. Bernkastel is a frequently visited, old and picturesque town, with the best wine regions of the Mid-Mosel. Visits to wine cellars is on the agenda and the opportunity to experience and relish the wine. Pride of the town is the market square, with its picturesque timber-framed houses.

Day 6: Bernkastel, 28 mi. (45 km)
This morning, a shuttle bus takes you (approximately 45 minutes) through the Eifel Valley to the city of Daun. From there, take an exhilarating bike ride along a former railway track that is now a cycling path. The ride includes stretches through tunnels, over bridges, and by small lakes formed from volcano craters, known as maars. On the way, we can stop in Strohn for a visit to a small volcano museum. The region is scattered with “young” volcanoes about 12,000 years old.

Day 7: Bernkastel - Cochem, 28 mi. (45 km)
During breakfast, you sail to Traben Trarbach. Traben-Trarbach is surrounded by woods and extensive vineyards and is the major center of the wine trade in the Mosel region. This little city has some interesting art nouveau buildings. Biking from Zell, beautifully situated on the Mosel, the river meanders through the hills in many loops. The Hoherott (452 m) and the Corrayer Berg (425 m) are the best-known wine regions. The final destination is Cochem, a cozy and characteristic Mosel town, with steep wine mountains, wooded hills, medieval fortresses and a picturesque center with beautiful timber-framed houses. The fortress houses a museum that is worth a visit.

Day 8: Individual departure from Cochem

Cochem to Metz

Day 1: Cochem
Day 2: Cochem - Zell - Bernkastel, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 3: Bernkastel Railway Maare Mosel, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 4: Bernkastel - Trier, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 5: Trier - Saarburg, 22 mi. (35 km) 
Day 6: Saarburg - Remich, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 7: Remich - Metz, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 8: Departure from Metz  

Day 1: Cochem
After arriving on board, the crew will welcome you with a drink and an introduction to the week ahead.  Following dinner is a town walk through Cochem, a cozy and characteristic Mosel town, with steep wine mountains, wooded hills, a medieval fortress and a picturesque center with beautiful timber-framed houses. 

Day 2: Cochem - Zell - Bernkastel, 31 mi. (50 km)
During breakfast, the Iris will cruise to Beilstein, the Sleeping Beauty on the Mosel. You will have the chance to see the venerated and rare relic the Black Madonna in the chapel of the Carmelite Monastery overlooking the valley. From here your bike tour starts and you follow the Mosel upstream to Zell, a beautiful hamlet where the river slices through slate mountains in dramatic oxbows and S turns.  The Hoherott (452 m) and the Corrayer Berg (425 m) are the best-known wine regions and Zeller Schwarze Katz is a legendary Mosel Wine. You continue to Traben-Trarbach. This little town has some special art nouveau buildings and is the major center of the wine trade in the Mosel region. From Traben, you cruise to Bernkastel-Kues. Bernkastel is a frequently visited, old and picturesque town, with the best wine regions of the Mid-Mosel. Pride of the town is the market square, with its picturesque timber-framed houses. A walk to the castle offers a beautiful view.

Day 3: Bernkastel - Kues, 28 mi. (45 km)
This morning, you will leave the river and the vineyards behind and a bus will take you (approximately 45 minutes) through the Eifel Valley to the city of Daun. From there, enjoy an exhilarating bike ride along a former railway track that is now a cycling path. The ride includes stretches through tunnels, over bridges, and along small lakes formed from volcano craters, known as maars. After the last tunnel, we have a break in a local little town where you will love to have well-deserved ice cream on the terraces, well deserved! this day is the highlight of our biking-experiences. Following dinner, stroll to the fascinating cellar of Josef Zimmermann for a wine tasting. 

Day 4: Bernkastel-Kues - Trier, 31 mi. (50 km)
Upstream from Bernkastel, you'll see many vineyards stretched out for miles. Today, the barge cruises past Piesport and Trittenheim. Piesport produces a number of beautiful white wines, one of them is the famous ‘Piesporter Goldtröpfchen. Trittenheim lies in a sharp hairpin turn in the Mosel. It is surrounded by mountains covered with extensive vineyards. The Laurantiuskapelle with its gothic choir sits right in the middle of the vines. In Schweich, board the barge and cruise the rest of the way to Trier, an interesting and lively city, and the oldest city in Germany. According to the Romans, Trier was founded around 15 BC by Caesar Augustus under the name of Augusta Trevorum.  As a trading town and administrative center, Trier flourished during the late imperial age. A number of monuments still exist from this Roman Golden Age. Most authentic is the city gate Porta Nigra, which was built around 18 AD. Trier has also some interesting churches and a cathedral, a colorful baroque city center, and a rococo palace. Today there is no dinner on board. You can select one of the local restaurants in Trier. 

Day 5: Trier - Saarburg, 22 mi. (35 km) 
Today, follow the Saar river to our next destination, Saarburg. Saarburg is an interesting old town situated in the most beautiful part of the Saar valley. Here the banks of the river are densely forested. The castle of Saarburg was built here in the middle of the 10th century. In the middle of town, is a wonderful waterfall of 20 meters high. At the foot of this waterfall, there is an old mill, which is driven by the small river. In this part of town, most of the old houses from the 17th and 18th century, which give Saarburg such a picturesque look, are still intact. Enjoy a town walk following dinner.

Day 6: Saarburg - Remich (Luxembourg), 31 mi. (50 km)
From Saarburg, follow the valley of the Mosel to the south into the direction of Remich. Here the Mosel forms the border between Germany and Luxembourg. Here you can taste the Luxembourg Elbling wine which is said to be softer than the German Riesling. You will also have the opportunity to visit a unique Roman mosaic floor in Nennig.

Day 7: Remich - Metz (France), 25 mi. (40 km)
Today’s tour leads you via the beautiful valley of the Mosel across the French-German border. First, pass the castle of Sierck-les-Bains, beautifully situated on the banks of the Mosel river. On top of the hill, there is a castle from the 11th century, which was at stake in the battle between the Duke of Lorraine and the archbishop of Trier in the 12th century. Cycle to bike to Thionville, a versatile city with an eventful past. First and foremost, Thionville is the center of the steel industry of old. But the old city center shows us the old ramparts, the beautiful St.-Maximin church, and the château de la Grange. Thionville is also part of the Maginot line, an enormous line of defense, built early in the 20th century against a possible German invasion. Around lunchtime,  join the barge at Thionville and cruise to Metz, “la ville jaune” (yellow city), so called because of its yellow sandstone buildings This city is strategically situated between Côtes de Moselle and the Plateau Lorrain. These days, the rich medieval city is a traffic junction, an administrative center, a center of learning, but especially a lively center of trade. A visit to the St.Etienne Cathedral, one of the most beautiful gothic cathedrals in France, is a must. This cathedral sits in the middle of the old city center, where shopping is also excellent.

Day 8: Departure from Metz  

Your guided tour ends after breakfast. You can leave your luggage on board until lunchtime and go and enjoy some more of Metz. Visit the Cathedral! 

Metz to Cochem

Day 1: Arrival in Metz
Day 2: Metz - Remich, 19 or 31 mi. (41 or 49 km)
Day 3: Remich - Saarburg, 25 or 30 mi. (40 or 48 km)
Day 4: Saarburg - Trier, 22 mi. (32 km)
Day 5: Trier - Schweig | Schweig - Neumagen - Bernkastel, 17 or 33 mi. (27 or 53 km)
Day 6: Bernkastel - Kues, Daun Excursion,  39 mi. (62 km)
Day 7: Bernkastel - Kues - Traben - Trarbach | Traben-Trarbach - Zell - Cochem, 24 or 38 mi. (38 or 61 km)
Day 8: 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 Metz
Boarding begins at 3 pm. Metz is strategically situated between Côtes de Moselle and the plateau Lorrain. These days, the rich medieval city is a junction, an administrative center, a center of learning, but especially a lively center of trade.

At 3:30 pm you will have a welcome speech ad crew introduction. A visit to the St.Etienne Cathedral, one of the most beautiful gothic cathedrals in France, is a must. This cathedral sits in the middle of the old city center, where shopping is also good. At 4 pm, a town walk is scheduled, at 6:45 pm you can enjoy a complimentary drink followed by dinner at 7 pm.

Day 2: Metz - Remich, 19 or 31 mi. (41 or 49 km)
At 8 am breakfast will be offered (as on most days) and the boat sails to Richemont. Here you can begin to cycle or even stay on board a bit longer and start from Thionville. Via the beautiful valley of the Mosel, you bike across the French border into Luxembourg, passing the castle of Sierck-les-Bains, beautifully situated on the banks of the Mosel river. On top of the hill, there is a castle from the 11th century, which was at stake in the battle between the Duke of Lorraine and the archbishop of Trier in the 12th century. The boat will moor in Remich where the Mosel forms the border between Germany and Luxembourg. Remich sits on Luxembourg territory.  Close to Remich, you may visit the small village of Nennig, where you can visit an old roman mansion. The nearly undamaged mosaic floor in the party hall is extremely beautiful.

Day 3: Remich - Saarburg, 25 or 30 mi. (40 or 48 km) 
Today you will follow the valley of the Mosel and Saar to the north and visit charming Saarburg. On the way, you visit a wine cellar, to taste the fresh Mosel white wine. Saarburg is an interesting old town situated in the most beautiful part of the Saar valley. Here the banks of the river are densely forested. The castle of Saarburg was built here in the middle of the 10th century. In the middle of town, There is a waterfall 20 meters high. At the foot of this waterfall, there is an old mill, which is driven by the small river. In this part of town, most of the old houses are from the 17th and 18th century, which give Saarburg a picturesque and quaint look. Town walk after dinner! 

Day 4: Saarburg - Trier, 22 mi. (32 km)
Today you bike on to Trier, an interesting and lively city, the oldest city in Germany. According to the Romans, Trier was founded around 15 before Christ by Caesar Augustus under the name of Augusta Treverorum. As a trading town and administrative center, Trier flourished during the late imperial age. This Roman golden age has left us with a respectable number of monuments. Most authentic is the city gate Porta Nigra, which was built around 18 after Christ. Dinner will be on your own this evening allowing you the opportunity to experience a local establishment. Just ask for suggestions.

Day 5: Trier - Schweig | Schweig - Neumagen - Bernkastel, 17 or 33 mi. (27 or 53 km)
Another sailing breakfast today beginning at 8 am. The cycling begins in Schweich at approximately 9 am. Lovely vineyards abound as you cruise past Trittenheim and Piesport, both big names. Piesport produces a number of beautiful white wines. Especially the Piesporter Goldtröpfchen enjoys great fame. Trittenheim lies in a sharp hairpin turn in the Mosel. It is surrounded by mountains covered with extensive vineyards. The Laurantiuskapelle with its gothic choir is sitting right in the middle of the vines. Today's destination is Bernkastel-Kues. Bernkastel is a frequently visited, old and picturesque town, with the best wine regions of the Mid-Mosel. You visit wine cellars and relish the wine. Pride of the town is the market square, with its picturesque timber-framed houses. Dinner on board this evening at 6:30 pm.

Day 6: Bernkastel - Kues, Daun Excursion,  39 mi. (62 km)
This morning, you leave the river and vineyards. You commute by bus through the Eifel Valley to the town of Daun. From there you experience an exciting bike ride along a former railway line. The journey leads through tunnels, bridges, and volcanic crater lakes. After the last tunnel, you take a break in a small village where you can enjoy a well-deserved ice-cream in one of the sidewalk cafés!

Day 7: Bernkastel - Kues - Traben - Trarbach | Traben-Trarbach - Zell - Cochem, 24 or 38 mi. (38 or 61 km)
During breakfast, the ship travels to Traben-Trarbach. The world-famous Art Nouveau architecture of this beautiful town testifies to the importance of this wine-trading center in the Mosel area during the 19th century. But you can also start in Zell with the bike tour. Zell lies on a magnificent part of the Moselle, where the river meanders in many loops through the mountains. Zeller Schwarze Katz is a famous Moselle wine. The last stop before Cochem is Beilstein, also called "the Pearl of the Moselle". Final destination for today is Cochem, a cozy and characteristic Mosel town with steep vineyards, wooded hills, medieval castle, and a picturesque town center with beautiful half-timbered houses. The perfect places to drink a glass of local wine.

Day 8: Departure
Breakfast as on other days is served at 8 am. Disembarkation by 9:30 am.

Cochem to Metz

Day 1: Cochem, Boarding begins at 3 pm.
Day 2: Cochem - Beilstein | Beilstein Traben - Trarbach | Traben - Trarbach - Bernkastel Kues, 17 or 32 mi. (28 or 51 km)
Day 3: Bernkastel-Kues, Daun Excursion, 39 mi. (62 km)
Day 4: Bernkastel-Kues - Neumagen -Schweich | Schweich - Trier, 17 or 33 mi. (28 or 54 km)
Day 5: Trier - Saarburg, 17 mi. (28 km)
Day 6: Saarburg - Remich, 28 or 33 mi. (45 or 53 km)
Day 7: Remich - Schengen | Schengen - Thionville | Thionville - Metz, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 8: Metz, Disembarkation by 9:30 am.

Detailed day to day coming soon!

Metz to Cochem

Day 1: Arrival in Metz
Day 2: Metz - Remich, 26 or 31 mi. (41 or 49 km)
Day 3: Remich - Saarburg, 24 or 29 mi. (40 or 48 km)
Day 4: Saarburg - Trier, 19 mi. (32 km)
Day 5: Trier - Schweig | Schweig - Neumagen - Bernkastel, 16 or 32 mi. (27 or 53 km)
Day 6: Bernkastel - Kues - Traben Trarbach - Zell on the Moselle, 27 mi. (45 km)
Day 7: Zell - Beilstein - Cochem, 24 mi. (39 km)
Day 8: Departure from Cochem 

Day 1: Arrival in Metz
Embarkation and check-in is at 2 p.m. in Metz. After a welcome meeting with the crew there is time for  your bicycle fitting and a short test ride. After dinner, your tour leader will take you for a walk through Metz. Metz is a beautiful old city strategically situated on a Roman trading route. St. Etienne Cathedral is the 3rd largest gothic church in France with flying buttresses and Marc Chagall stained glass windows. Metz is full of stunning architecture, flowers, and great cafes. We advise you to come to Metz one or more days earlier, so that you will have plenty of time to discover this interesting city.

Day 2: Metz - Remich, 26 or 31 mi. (41 or 49 km)
While having breakfast you will cruise in the direction of Thionville. Close to town, the Princessa Royal will dock and your cycling itinerary begins. Thionville, once was the center of the French steel industry, which may sound quite industrial but is misleading.  The city is very old and the historic center features medieval ramparts, lovely gardens, old streets, and St.Maximin basilica. The route is lovely through the French countryside and friendly villages. You pass the fortress of Sierck-les-Bains, one of the palaces inhabited by the powerful Dukes of Lorraine. Via the valley of the Moselle you cross the French-Luxembourg border at Schengen. The “Schengen agreement” is something everybody in Europe has heard of, whereas almost nobody knows that it is named after this little town in Luxembourg at the 3-country border. As you cross the Luxembourg- French border, you experience the outcome of this agreement: no border controls. Close to your final destination, Remich you will visit the small village of Nennig and stop at what once was an old Roman villa. A tile floor which lies in its original place, was once the centerpiece in this Roman villa. The scene (in 3 million individual tile pieces) reveals scenes from gladiator games in the amphitheater.

Day 3: Remich - Saarburg, 24 or 29 mi. (40 or 48 km)
Here the Moselle River is acutally  the border between Germany and Luxembourg. You start following the river on the German side, but soon you will cross over to the Luxembourg side. There you’ll visit a wine cooperative, specialized “Cremant”, or the Champagne of the Moselle followed by two cycling options: One is easy, but a bit longer along the rivers. The shorter option is a bit more challenging, through the hills. Whatever your choice is, the biking will lead you to Saarburg, an interesting old town situated in the most beautiful part of the Saar valley. Here the banks of the river are densely forested. The castle of Saarburg was built here in the middle of the 10th century. In the middle of town, you come across a waterfall of 20 meters high. At the foot of this waterfall, there is an old mill, which is driven by the small river. In this part of town, most of the old houses, still intact, are from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Day 4: Saarburg - Trier, 19 mi. (32 km)
After breakfast, your tour leader will take you for a short bicycle tour to Trier. You will arrive there around lunchtime. After a guided walk, there is time to discover and enjoy Trier on your own. Trier is known as the oldest city in Germany. The city was founded around 15 BC by Caesar Augustus under the name of Augusta Trevorum. As a trading town and administrative center, Trier flourished during the late imperial age. This Roman golden age has left us with a respectable number of monuments. Most authentic is the city gate Porta Nigra, which was built around 18 AD. Today there is no dinner on board. You can select one of the local restaurants of Trier.

Day 5: Trier - Schweig | Schweig - Neumagen - Bernkastel, 16 or 32 mi. (27 or 53 km)
After a breakfast cruise you will start your bicycle tour in Schweich. You have now entered the “The Romantic Moselle”, the unofficial name for the mid- Moselle.  Lovely vineyards expand as far as the eye can see. You cruise past the heavy-hitters in the wine world: Trittenheim and Piesport. Trittenheim lies in a sharp hairpin turn on the river surrounded by mountains coated with grapes. Piesport is beloved by the Brits for the “little golden droplets.” Around lunchtime, you will arrive in Neumagen, already in Roman times an important center of wine production. You can decide to join the barge from here or continue by bicycle to Bernkastel-Kues. This frequently visited, old, and picturesque town produces the best wines of the Mid-Moselle. The pride of the town is the market square, with its picturesque timber-framed houses. A walk to the castle offers a beautiful view.

Day 6: Bernkastel - Kues - Traben Trarbach - Zell on the Moselle, 27 mi. (45 km)
Today’s cycling tour takes you to the romantic village of Traben-Trarbach, located on the left bank of the Moselle and famous for its Jugendstil (art nouveau) architectural style. Further along the Moselle your destination for the night is Zell on the Moselle, well known in the wine industry for the wine “Zeller Schwarze Katz”. In Zell we recommend taking the opportunity to get to know the good wines of the Mosel.

Day 7: Zell - Beilstein - Cochem, 24 mi. (39 km)
Beilstein, the “Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle”, is one of the best-preserved historical villages along the length of the river, and is the highlight of today’s cycling tour. Towering about the village are the ruins of Castle Metternich, which you’ll have the opportunity to explore. Then onto your final destination Cochem, a cozy and characteristic Moselle town, with steep wine-clad mountains, wooded hills, an impressive castle and a picturesque square with beautiful timber-framed houses and cafes. A perfect place for a glass of local wine. A visit to the Reichsburg Castle is on the program.

Day 8: Departure from Cochem 
End of tour. Disembarkation by 9:30 am.

Cochem to Metz

Day 1: Cochem
Day 2: Cochem - Zell, 24 mi. (39 km)
Day 3: Zell on the Moselle - Bernkastel-Kues, 27 mi. (45 km)
Day 4: Bernkastel - Kues - Neumagen - Schweich | Schweich - Tier, 18 or 34 mi. (28 or 54 km)
Day 5: Trier - Saarburg, 18 mi. (28 km)
Day 6: Saarburg - Remich, 27 or 32 mi. (45 or 53 km)
Day 7: Remich - Schengen | Schengen - Thionville | Thionville - Metz, 18 mi. (30 km)
Day 8: Metz
 

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Tour Reviews

  • Ross M. 3 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    This is the best kept secret for those of us that enjoy intimate, caring, luxurious adventure with people that will care and spoil you along the way. Quo Vadis will always be our first choice if available and the standard by what we measure all of our other trips.

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Patti S. 3 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The beautiful scenery along the Mosel River is the star of this Bike and Barge trip! The vineyard along the steep mountain face for miles and miles, the gorgeous river meandering , the church steeple in every village, and the ancient castles on the mountain top! I could not believe I was there in the midst of this! Would not hesitate to recommend this trip to anyone and I have!

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Camille B. 3 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    My favourite parts of the trip were spending time in Cochem, the happy hour the entire group would spend “debriefing” at the end of the day on the deck of the boat, both vineyards that we visited and the incredible gardens we saw as we rode along the Moselle river.

    My suggestions:

    Clear instructions about the day we board the boat. Everyone was confused about whether we simply drop off our luggage, stay on the boat, is there dinner on the boat?? Etc.

    It would have been nice to have some background music on the boat during breakfast, happy hour, dinner or the evening. I heard a number of people mention this.

    A few planned activities on the boat would have been a lot of fun. A theme dinner, trivia night, learn to make the local cocktail, a local historian gives a presentation, a quick and simple local language lesson, etc. People also commented on this and would have gladly paid another 100 Euros for a few little “extras” like Read more… these.

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Ceira S. 3 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Gorgeous Mosel with quaint towns cycling and being on a gem of a boat! Surrounded by great people and a great crew!
    Thank you for wonderful memories!

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Carol M. 3 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    I have been traveling for many years and have had many amazing adventures. I can honestly say that this is one the the best holidays I have taken. I loved being active and after a day of exploring to come back to the boat for a cocktail, wonderful dinner and conversation with the other guests. The crew made us feel at home. I cannot recommend this trip enough! We are already planning the next holiday. Thanks for a great experience.

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Marge H. 3 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The views along the Mosel River were fantastic and of course, the wines.

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Paul M. 3 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The whole trip from start to finish was excellent. Boat staff were exceptionally helpful and always ready to assist as needed. Food was varied and tasty too. Will be booking another bike and barge trop on the future.

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Paul M. 4 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Further to my previous review I wanted to add the service, courteousness and responsiveness of the Tripsite Representatives in answering multiple questions and following up on the many details of our group was much appreciated. A customer focused company which is a novelty today.

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Carol M. 4 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    This was one of the best holidays I have ever taken - being active, seeing history and meeting new friends. Highly recommend.

    I have already booked another trip!

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Janice C. 4 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Wow, so hard to pinpoint to one memorable experience; there were so many. Our first impression of the boat and crew was wonderful. The boat was very clean, perfectly maintained and very comfortable. All the crew members were welcoming, kind, fun and efficient. The Captain, RJ, was one on the crew, always on, active, involved and always with a smile. I loved that by the end of the trip, all 24 of us knew each other well after eating, biking and watching out for each other after the 8 days. Bike riding along the Moselle River in the fall with the colors changing was breathtaking. Every turn was equally as beautiful and everyday the colors became more vibrant. We broke off into 2 groups of 12 every morning; each group having one of the two guides. I was very happy to see there were two guides. We came across another bike/barge tour in one of the towns and there was only 1 guide for a group of 24. I think that was pushing it a bit. The villages, towns, castles, history, wineries Read more… and food on board were all exceptional. The pace of the daily ride was not difficult. The only suggestion that I have would be to separate the e-bikes from regular bikes. I found at times, the e-bikes would interfere with the momentum of the rest of us trying to pedal up the hills. It might just be the need for a little more training with the riders on the e-bikes, there was none that I saw, and a better understanding of an "etiquette".

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Luis 6 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    I took this trip on Oct 6, 2019. It was my 6th trip with Tripsite. the ship was the Zwaan. The landscape is stunning. The staff was super friendly without beig intrusibe. The distances are doable. The ship is excellent and the programmed group size is great, only 12 to 14 people. I have recommended these tours to dozens of people. And they continue to be one of the most fun things I have done in my life. Go!

  • Suzanne F. 6 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The scenery was beautiful with the steep vineyards on either side of the Moselle River. We loved the Quo Vadis boat and the staff were all so professional, yet friendly and fun. Cabins were nicely appointed and the food was delicious. It was also great to have the option to try out an e-bike for the day, even if you hadn't reserved one for the week. A memorable day was finishing off the cycle part to attend a wine tasting night at Leo Schwab's winery...very entertaining. I feel totally comfortable recommending this particular cycle trip to anyone who is interested. Thanks so much for this wonderful experience.

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Jennifer S. 6 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The scenery was perhaps the star of this trip with gorgeous views of vineyards and quaint villages all along the Mosel River. But also we had a wonderful group of staff on the Quo Vadis who were lots of fun and thought of every detail. Meals were amazing. This made this trip probably our favourite trip ever. We travel with a group of friends and have done several other barge and bike trips.
    The daily biking was longer than some other trips but most enjoyable with stops for points of history or picnics, coffee etc.
    It will be hard to improve on our Metz to Cochem experience.

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Nancy B. 6 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The whole trip was really wonderful. Being from North America, we don't have paved bicycle paths on both sides of our rivers, especially out in the coutnry side. As a result, I was just amazed at the fact of being able to ride beside the Mosel River through the vineyards and be able to soak in the atmosphere without having to worry about traffic or rough roads. The Quo Vadis was a treat. The cabins were a decent size, the crew was friendly, knowledgeable and lots of fun and the food, prepared in the relatively small galley, was fabulous. All that were highlights for me.

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Janet Zimmerman 7 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Our week on the Quo Vadis was fantastic. The Captain,crew and cycling guides were all wonderful. The served up tasty, beautifully presented, filling and nutritious meals. Our cycling routes were interesting and fun. I’d do another trip on the Quo Vadis

  • Peter B. 7 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Easy riding in a beautiful settling with a great group spirit. The boat was very comfortable and clean and the staff made every effort to ensure we had everything we needed. Would recommend to anyone to have a look at this trip to see if it will suit them, all the information on the site was reliable and the experience was really enjoyable.

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Libby Stupak 7 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    I did the Cochem to Metz boat bike tour on the Quo Vadis August 3-10, 2019. The boat itself exceeded my expectation, as did the captain (owner of the boat), his family and the crew. Out bike guides, Ferry and John, were exceptional and so personal. Their knowledge of the area was great. I'm an avid biker for both recreation and commuting so the bike provided took a little getting used to. Also I'm quite short so could have used a bit smaller bike, but it worked out. Daily mileage was perfect which allowed us to see the sites and make stops. The food was fantastic, the scenery along the Mosel so beautiful. The stops we made each day were perfect and the time we were able to spend in Saarburg, Trier and Metz was great. I felt the attention paid to our having a great trip was exceptional. I booked my trip through Eurosail, and there were many blips in that process with that company, but in the end it all seemed to work out OK.

  • Allen A. 7 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The barge and crew were amazing as were the bike guides. I would not change a thing.

    However . . . the bikes were horrid and it was a bike trip! They were dated . . . poorly maintained . . . and dangerous. I had a piece of my front fender break and get stuck between my spokes in the front tire. I could have been badly injured if not going so slow through construction. I would think a "bike" trip would offer much better bikes in the future. I would not recommend this trip to friends because of the bikes . . . everything else was top notch . . . the food, the staff, the rooms, the bar . . . too bad about the bikes not meeting expectations.

    Boat: Iris

    • Jehiel from Tripsite 7 months ago     Staff

      Hi Allen,
      Thank you so much for sharing this feedback. The bikes used on this trip are serviced every week to ensure each bike is fit for the road. Our local partner would have gladly repaired or replaced the bike for you if it was brought to their attention. I hope that despite this issue, you still had a good time.

  • Donna Martin 7 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The staff on the Quo Vadis could not have been more accommodating,
    Helpful, or fun. Our two bicycling guides, Ferry and John, were excellent and went out of their way to make this trip enjoyable for all. I wholeheartedly recommend this boat
    and this trip.

  • Angie 7 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The crew on the Quo Vadis welcomed us with open arms. The food was outstanding, gourmet at every meal. Our guides John and Ferry made the biking part magical, both were so knowledgeable about the sites we stopped to see. The scenery was just breathtaking, the castles and vineyards and cathedrals. The rooms were very comfortable, especially the beds. Great showers and air conditioning! Would do this tour on this barge again in a heartbeat!

  • Elizabeth S. 8 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Best part? Stopping along the bike route to have a coffee or beer and seeing some of the historic and memorable sites in the quaint villages along the way!

    Have an ice coffee at one of the lovely little cafes!

    Boat: Iris

  • Dean S. 8 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The crew was second to none. Everyone took great pride in their work, especially the cook, who prepared meals to die for. We wanted to take her home with us. The guides went out of their way to make everyone happy. We really appreciated the guided tours in town each evening after dinner.

    This trip was great for a wide range of abilities. Folks who were not as strong of bikers used e-bikes which were great equalizers.

    My wife and I agree that this was one of the top vacations we've ever taken. We can't wait to go again.

    Boat: Iris

  • Joseph (Joe) S. 8 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The crew of the Iris were all very knowledgeable and welcoming. By the end of the week I felt as though I knew each one personally and would welcome them all to my home should they travel my way. They made the trip more than worthwhile, especially when we had to ride in 100 plus degree weather. If I am to do another bike and barge trip it is this group of people that I would want as the crew.

    Boat: Iris

  • Garnet T. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    The preparation and presentation of the meals, especially the evening meals was outstanding. And the fellowship with the other passengers was also a great highlight aided by the small number of guests.

    Boat: Iris

  • Brain F. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Most Memorable Part: The scenery, the people, the food, and the cycling.

    Boat: Iris

  • Leo R. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Most Memorable Part? Excellent group that interacted very well from the onset.

    Boat: Iris

  • Garnet T. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The Barge Iris was outstanding to say the least. 24 guests were the perfect number, not too many, not too few, the crew was over and above terrific, the food was something we looked forward to each day and the whole experience was memorable.

    Boat: Iris

  • JoAn R. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Most Memorable Parts: Biking, local information, meals.

    Boat: Iris

  • Rita J. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Most Memorable Part: The knowledge of our guide, Wouter, and the beautiful vineyards along the river. I loved how we were riding on a flat, easy and beautiful path, but could see and appreciate the steep mountain vineyards! This is our third Tripsite adventure and we have enjoyed each one. In fact, as we were driving home from the airport my husband was booking our next trip - Northern Holland!

    Boat: Iris

  • Art R. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We were on a river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest last year, and we noticed that the rivers we were on had beautiful paved and much-used bike trails, often on both banks. Then our friends from Chicago, a couple our age, learned about a barge biking trip in Europe and went on it last fall. They invited us to join them this year on a similar trip on the Moselle River, from Metz, France to Cochem, Germany. Here's the concept: at Metz, we arrived at the Iris, a small ship fitted out for 24 passengers and five crewmembers. Besides the passenger cabins, the ship had a dining room, a lounge, and an outside deck- not all the other things you associate with a cruise ship. Each day at around nine or 10 o'clock in the morning, we would get off the ship with bikes provided by the outfitter, and bicycle about 30 miles along the bike path on the river. We were led each day by Wouter, our guide, who was a history major as well as a very competent tour guide. He and the other four Read more… members of the crew were all Dutch, as was the registry of the ship.
    When registering for the trip, we included our physical measurements so that the bikes were almost perfectly fitted to us when we arrived. I was pleased that my bike was large enough for me because I am tall. Dianne had reserved an e-bike since she hadn't had a lot of experience in doing long road rides over multiple days, and because she had just had knee replacement surgery at the end of January. Five of the 24 people in our group used e-bikes, and they were all very happy with their performance. The bike does between 20 and 60% of the work (three levels—20, 40 and 60%) and you do the rest. It's not like a moped-- you still must pedal. It also has a readout that gives your speed, distance, and battery power.

    The bikes we used didn't employed derailleurs but instead had gears inside the rear hub that worked very smoothly with the two lever system on the handlebar. Most of the bikes were Gudereit hybrids, a German brand. All the bikes had front and rear lights, which turned on automatically, and were powered by a generator device inside the front hub that involved rotating magnets, so there was no friction. I was impressed with the smoothness and comfort of the bike I was given. The outfitters provided the bike, a pannier, and a helmet for each cyclist. Helmet use was not required but highly recommended.

    The nice thing about the bike paths along the Moselle River is that they were quite level, with only occasional small climbs when we needed to go up a ramp to cross a lock and dam for a bridge, and once when we made a little more of a climb to get up onto one of the tiered roadways in the vineyards. The Moselle Valley is wine country, and there were vineyards every day in every direction. Every morning we made a coffee break in a small town, and later we stopped again for the lunch we had packed that morning before leaving the ship. Each day, we’d see the Iris passing us on the river on its way to that day’s destination city, with Jacques, the captain, waving from the pilot house. On two of the days, we could opt to stay on the ship longer and join the other bicyclists enroute, or leave the ride early and “sag” on the ship. Guests also had the option to just stay on the ship all day and not bicycle if felt they needed a day off. But most biked the entire way.

    Our trip was in early September and the weather was pleasantly cool, usually in the low 60s to low 70s. We were prepared for rain, but never got any while we were bicycling. Most of the guests on the ship were American, but eight were Canadians and four were New Zealanders. Our bicycling speed was about 9 mph, with periodic stops to allow the group to stay together. Usually the stops were at places of historic or scenic interest, and we learned a lot from our guide about the influences of the Romans in Luxembourg and Germany, the ancient and modern winemaking arts, and even the formation of the Schengen Area (similar to, but not identical to the European Union) at Schengen. Schengen is the town at the juncture of France, Luxembourg, and Germany, like Dubuque’s placement at the intersection of Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois! We frequently crossed the Moselle from Germany to Luxembourg and back again. Dianne even got to bicycle through and explore the town of Wormeldange in Luxembourg, where her family came from several generations ago.

    Boat: Iris

  • Rita J. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Most memorable part: The incredible scenery and the knowledge of our guide.

    Boat: Iris

  • Jim M. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The most memorable parts was the Saar River part of the ride, biking above the River with our guide and riding thru the vineyards. The little towns and the Roman History. Had no idea about the Roman history in this region before this trip. The Levees on the river. Just the general beauty of the area. The grapes growing on the sides of the mountains. Both our barge crew and all the people on the trip. FUN! FUN! FUN!

    Boat: Iris

  • Leo R. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The total crew got involved in the trip and were always available to assist us with any problems or questions. It helped to break the ice with other bikers and soon we were one cohesive and fun group.

    Boat: Iris

  • Patricia B. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Most memorable are the meals. The daily ports and after dinner walks. 1 issue - directions to the barge were horrible.

    Boat: Iris

  • Wendy & Robert K. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    It is very hard to say what was the best, as everything was so great, beautiful, and interesting. The staff and bike guide went above our expectations, we would recommend this trip to all.

    Boat: Iris

  • Richard R. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip but the weather was a bit average - no rain but lots of cloud and a bit cool.
    The food was great as were the crew, the bikes, the other passengers and the boat. We thought Wouter (the guide) needs to "loosen up" a bit and learn more of the history etc. of the region. We also found the first couple of days on the bikes a bit boring, too much forest and not enough villages etc.
    All in all very good!!

    Boat: Iris

  • Garnet T. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The whole trip exceeded our expectations but the barge Iris and the crew were outstanding.

    Boat: Iris

  • Garnet 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    A group of 8 friends from Western Canada recently completed the Metz to Cochem tour on the Iris and all of us have nothing but good things to say about the experience. The barge Iris was everything we expected and more. Immaculately clean, well equipped, comfortable rooms and beds, small but efficient bathrooms, great lounge and dining areas, outside sitting area, etc., etc. The crew was outstanding in every way from Chef Bas to guide Wouter, to crewman AJ and so on. The crew added so much to the overall experience and always with humour, local knowledge and great attention to detail. The daily rides were a feature that we looked forward to each morning and the scenery was wonderful each day. And to top it all off, the weather for the most part cooperated for the whole trip. I can't recommend the barge, the crew and the trip highly enough and as a group, we are already talking about our next barge/bike tour

    Boat: Iris

  • Mark G. 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Overall a great trip and experience. The Mosel exceeded my expectations.
    Collaborative and friendly staff; very good chef, very good captain and crew. Host was efficient but not overly friendly. Bike tour guide was ok but not very organized.

  • D. Fish 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The trip was enjoyable. Only drawback was that follow along Moselle River, some of the scenery of the vineyards became boring after a while. On previous trips we traveled more inland, seeing sights and then meeting up with barge at next destination.

    Boat: Iris

  • C. Morrison 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Had a wonderful time. The staff was very accommodating in making modifications due to the previous heavy rains and high water. The last day bike tour of Metz was disappointing in that it is a very difficult city to navigate on bikes with a number of people.

    Boat: Iris

    • Jehiel 4 years ago     Staff

      Hi C. Morrison,
      Im sorry that you were disappointed with the last day of riding. I can assure you that your safety is one of our top priorities and we try our best to ensure routes are safe and easy to navigate. In spite of the rain, I hope your overall experience was positive!

      Boat: Iris

  • Richard Oliver 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We sailed on the Iris, from Cochem to Metz, 18-25 June. It was a most delightful and joyful experience. Even with initial high water from unseasonal flooding and occasional detour from the bike paths, it was an incredibly memorable experience -- the crew, the tour guides, the food were all top notch, and the camaraderie among the other bikers was phenomenal. Special thanks to our two bike leaders and guides, Roelie and Wouter, who were fantastic in making the rides safe and mostly easy, and with an in-depth knowledge of historical sites. A special treat was having the ship's owner on board, Lenny was very engaging and most pleasant. Aline, the chef, served delicious meals, especially the final banquet was a true feast! Again, our thanks to Lenny and the entire Iris crew.

    Boat: Iris

  • Arthur Armstrong 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The trip was one of the best I have taken.

    Boat: Iris

  • Sydney Cullis 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    superb all round -organisation, food, scenery , amusing but booking proceedure not very efficient

    Boat: Iris

  • Terry Benson 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Had a wonderful time. Only problem was the weather, very very cold.

    Boat: Iris

  • Lois Requist 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The guides are young and very athletic. People who sign up for this level of bicycling aren't usually top bikers, unless they are doing it to be with friends or spouse. I think a bit more thought could be put into the introductory ride the first day, bridge crossings, sudden merging into traffic, sudden turns to go steeply uphill. I've done much longer bike rides, but at this age, I didn't want that much challenge.

    Boat: Iris

  • Vic Lumby 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    One of the best holidays we have ever experienced. Great cycling along the Moselle with excellent and knowledgeable guides and then returning tired but exhilarated to an most welcoming environment on the barge - the IRIS. Meals were excellent and entire crew and owner went out of their way to ensure we enjoyed the total experience. Would recommend this trip to anyone. We will be back for more.

    Boat: Iris

  • Margaret Munro 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Even for a novice biker I was looked after and given the opportunity to cycle shorter legs and enjoy the sailing on the boat. Bikes - we had a couple of bikes that had gear problems, otherwise they were fine.

    Boat: Iris

  • Steve Moorhouse 7 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Absolutely loved the trip on board the Merlijn. Wonderful staff and amenities on board, met a great like minded group of travelling companions. As a coeliac, the crew were very attentive and ensured all my dietary needs were met. Nothing was too much trouble.

    As for the cycling and the scenery....what can I say? It was magic cycling along quiet bikeways through the vineyards and small villages, at all times in sight of the wonderful Moselle River.

    Last but not least...the wine selection and quality on board the Merlijn was the best (and very well priced).

    Already thinking about our next bike and barge tour...with the great help from Tripsite (of course).

    Boat: Iris

  • Ann Vess 7 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    If you picked a tour aboard the Merlijn for your next vacation, you made the perfect choice. It is not just a barge, it is a luxury barge. The ride through the Mosel Valley is stunning with the vineyards and quaint towns. But, beyond that it is the specialness of your hosts, Jantien and Henk that make this an outstanding experience. Jantien's warmth, humor and attention to detail is amazing along with the delicious meals she prepares. When you come away from the trip, you are left with wonderful memories and you feel like you were entertained in the home of a close friend.

    Boat: Iris

  • Diane Reck 7 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    This trip is all and more. There is a good balance of seeing nature at it's most beautiful as you follow the Mosel River and you go through many villages and see historic sites, and taste wine. You take many stops and the miles are spread out through the day so it isn't a hard, tiring bike ride either. This is a trip of a lifetime and great staff and people. The food on the boat is out of this world and the dinner table is set so beautifully! The barge is the way to go!

    Boat: Iris

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Metz to Cochem Boats + Barges

Iris Photo

Iris France, Germany Premium Class Boat The Iris was put to sea in April 2005. She is a refitted freight barge that accommodates 24 overnight passengers. The interior of the Iris is fresh, tasteful and comfortable. The Iris can navigate on most rivers and canals in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. On the top deck you will find the lounge, a roomy sitting area, a cozy bar and a sun deck. The whole barge has central heating and air-conditioning.

Quo Vadis Photo

Quo Vadis Belgium, Netherlands, Germany Deluxe Class Boat The beautiful MS Quo Vadis, a refurbished cargo barge, was put into service in April 2006 as a bike and boat vessel.

Magnifique (Princesse Royal) Photo

Magnifique (Princesse Royal) Netherlands Deluxe Class Boat The boat is 63 meters long and accommodates maximum of 30 guests, sailing under the Dutch flag and management. Other features include a beautiful salon with a spacious bar, a sun deck equipped with comfortable chairs, and a small whirlpool to relax in at the end of a long day of cycling. Delicious meals are served daily in the restaurant area.

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