Mosel and Saar
Germany Bike + Barge Tours
Cycling through the legacy of the Roman Empire
On this bike and barge tour in Germany, highlights abound. Cycle back in time and visit the Roman villas and public baths along the Mosel and Saar Rivers. In Trier, visit the Porta Nigra or "Black Gate ". This ancient gateway is one of the most well known monuments from the Roman era.
On day three you go literally beyond the border on a short detour to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The tour also leads through one of Germany's best wine-growing areas. Get acquainted with the excellent but uncomplicated wines from the Saar and the ‘Spitzenweinen’ along the Mosel like the ‘Zeller Schwarze Katz’.
- Porta Nigra
- Vineyards of Calmont
- Excellent wines from Saar
- Spitzenweinen along the Mosel (Zeller Schwarze Katz
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Childeren's bikes, child seat, trailer bike, and bike trailer all available for rental. Should the fuel price increase more than 5% (reference date April 2018), then we need to ask a supplement. (Even for reservations that already have been made and confirmed.)
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
† Currency exchange rate set 90 days before travel.
There are two large international airports in the regions of Cochem and Mettlach. Frankfurt International Airport (FRA) is located approximately 98 km from Mettlach and 158 km from Cochem. Another option is Luxembourg Airport (LUX) at 55 km from Mettlach and 133 km from Cochem.
There is a regional train station on Level 1 of the Frankfurt International Airport from which there are train connections to both Mettlach and Cochem.
Mettlach: Trains run every hour to Mettlach (Saar) with travel time approximately 2.5 hours. From the train station, depending on exact mooring location, it is either a 10-minute walk or a 10-minute taxi journey to the mooring location.
Cochem: There are direct trains every hour with travel time approximately 2 hours.
At end of tour
Cochem: Taxi (5 minutes) to the Cochem train station from which trains to Frankfurt Airport (FRA) leave twice per hour with travel time of 2 hours. Cost is approx. €35 per person.
Mettlach: Taxi to Mettlach train station and train to Frankfurt Airport. Travel time is approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes. Trains depart every hour and costs approx. €50 per person.
A good website to research train travel options is www.bahn.com/en/
If you flying to Luxembourg (LAX), please ask us and we can help you research your travel options.
Please check local conditions before arrival. The Mosel wine region has a northernly continental climate. A good website to research average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and other weather related facts is weatherbase.com. Average high/low temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit in the region are: July, 73/55°, August, 75/56°, September, 65/49°, and October, 55/43°.
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 board the Comfort class vessel, the Zwaan
- 7 nights acccommodation
- Bed linens and towels
- Breakfast and dinner on board
- Packed lunches
- Coffee and tea on board
- Tour guide
- Minimum 3 city walks with tour guide
- Route information
- 24 gear city touring bike (Batavus Boulevard) with helmet, panniers, good lock and water bottle. Repair kit on request
- Road book, 1 x per cabin
- Ferry fares on the route
- Free WiFi (limited and available in lounge and on deck)
- GPS tracks on request
What’s Not Included
Mettlach to Cochem
Day 1: Embarkation in Mettlach between 2 and 3 pm, 9 mi. (15 km)
Day 2: Saarschleife - Saarbrug, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 3: Saarburg - near Trier, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 4: Nearby Trier, sailing to Schweig - Bernkastel Kues, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 5: Bernkastel Kues, Moselle - Maare cycling trail, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 6: Bernkastel-Kues - Zell, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 7: Zell - Cochem, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 8: Cochem disembarkation before 10 am
Mosel and Saar Boats + Barges
Zwaan Belgium, Netherlands Standard Class Boat Once a cargo boat, the Zwaan (Swan) was completely renovated and converted into a comfortable passenger barge. On board you will find seven comfortable cabins allowing a total capacity of 16 passengers.