Self-guided Bike and Barge

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Germany / Moselle cycle route

From Koblenz to Saarburg

The history of the region along the banks of the Moselle dates back to the Roman times. For guests on a cycling cruise there is a lot to explore and enjoy: beautiful timbered houses dating back to medieval times, vineyards, the Porta Nigra in Trier, built in Roman times, the oldest defensive structure in Germany, Saarburg, widely referred to as “Little Venice”, are just a few of the highlights of this memorable trip.
  • Day by Day


    1. Koblenz
    The Patria awaits you in Koblenz where the crew will welcome you on board from 4 pm onwards. You’ll spend your first night in this fascinating ancient city, which was an important defensive and economic center for centuries. Highlights include the old castle of Ehrenbreitstein which dominates the right bank of the Rhine, the 12th century Alte Burg Castle and old Koblenz town.

    2. Koblenz – Cochem (29 km/18 mi.)
    Your tour starts this morning as the Patria sails to Alken where, following the distribution of bicycles, you will start pedaling via Moselkern to Cochem, your destination for the day. Cochem is a lovely little town that features historical half- timbered-houses, a picturesque old town and Reichsburg Castle.

    3. Cochem  – Zell on the Moselle (39 km/24 mi.)
    After breakfast you will cycle to Beilstein, one of the best preserved historical villages along the length of the Moselle. Towering above the village, which you will have the opportunity to explore, are the ruins of Castle Metternich. After leaving Beilstein you will pass Bremmer Calmont: Europe’s steepest vineyard – with slopes between 50 and 55 degrees. Today’s tour ends in the wine village of Zell on the Moselle, well known in the industry for the “Zeller Schwarze Katz”wine. In Zell you should take the opportunity to get to familiarize with the  good wines of the Mosel.

    4. Zell on the Moselle – Bernkastel-Kues (43 km/26 mi.)
     Today you will cycle from Zell on the Moselle to the romantic village of Traben- Trarbach, located on the left bank of the Moselle and famous for its Jugendstil (art nouveau) architectural style. From there you pass through the wine city of Kröv – famous for producing the popular Kröver wine – to Bernkastel-Kues, your destination for the night. The grand half-timbered houses that surround Bernkastel-Kues’s market place date back to the Middle Ages and are a photographer’s delight. You will reach the ship in Kues after a tour through town.

    5. Bernkastel-Kues – Mehring (47 km/29 mi.)
    Today’s cycling tour is all about the history of vineyards growing along the Moselle. After breakfast you will cycle to Piesport, the largest ever found Roman wine complex North of the Alps. Later in the morning you will cycle to Neumagen-Dhron, widely recognized as the oldest wine growing city in Germany. After lunch, the tour continues to Mehring, another village famous for its fine white wine, where your floating hotel will be waiting for you.
    6. Mehring – Trier (26 km/16 mi. or 29 km/18 mi.)
    You will cycle via Pfalzel to Trier, where the boat iwill be waiting for you. Trier is undoubtedly the historic highlight of the tour. A walk through Trier is an overwhelming journey through the millennia, enabling you to experience  the very first Roman settlements in Germany. Highlights include impressive structures such as the Porta Nigra(the Back gate built in 170 CE)  the Konstantin Basilica and the Roman Amphitheatre.

    7. Trier – Wasserbillig (Lux) – Saarburg (38 km/23 mi.)
    Today you will be cycling along the river from Trier via Wasserbillig in Luxembourg to Saarburg, also called ‘little Venice’. The town is known for its narrow streets, half-timbered houses, Baroque buildings, colorful fishermen and boatmen houses and the 20m tall waterfall.

    8. Saarburg
    End of your tour and end of services.  You will disembark after breakfast around 9.00 am.

    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or warnings issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Issues with high and low water, as well as logistic obstacles such as officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on locks or bridges can modify some of the daily stretches or overnight stays and may even request a transfer by bus. These decisions are only taken by the boat’s captain.


  • Route profile

    The Moselle is the main German tributary of the Rhine, and also the second navigable river in Germany. Most part of the tour unwinds along the river on a proper cycle path running on both river banks.

    The quality of the terrain is excellent: the route runs on paved roads or on well-trod soil paths well signed posted along the river.

    The itinerary is mainly flat with occasional mild ups and downs. Only the last leg of the tour runs along the river Saar, the longest tributary of the Moselle. The route from Trier to Saarburg is slightly uphill, but you can decide to stay on board and to cycle only in the afternoon towards Metterlach.

    This is not an accompanied tour, but the staff on board will be able to give you all the information you need about the cycling path.


  • How to get there

    On your arrival date the check-in on MS PATRIA takes place from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. If you only have the chance to reach Koblenz after 6 p.m., we kindly ask you to inform us, so that we can inform the crew.
    You can bring your luggage on board as from 10 am.

    The precise boarding area will be written in the Final Tour Details that you will receive a few days before departure. You can take a bus or a taxi to the boarding area (3 kms from the station).

    By plane
    Koblenz has a little airport, but only for private companies, therefore you will have to fly to other airports, like Frankfurt am Main, Cologne/Bonn or Frankfurt Hahn.
    From Frankfurt am Main (130 km away) you can take a direct train to Koblenz (cost: about 20/30 €, duration: 1 hour and a half). Further information on
    From Cologne/Bonn (100 km far away) you can take a direct train to Koblens (cost: about 20 €, duration: 1 hour and a half). Further information on
    From the Frankfurt Hahn airport (80 km away) you can take a bus to Cologne (cost: 13 €). Please notice that there are not many departures. You can purchase the ticket only on board. Further information on

    By train
    You can reach Koblenz train station and take a bus or a taxi to the boarding area (3 kms from the station). Further information on

    By car
    The Josef-Görres-Platz garage that costs 15 € per day is close to the boearding area. You can find cheaper parking places outside the urban area, such as: the Park and Ride (P+R) Kurt-Schumacher-Brücke in Koblenz Rauental. From here you can take a shuttle (duration: 10 minutes to the city center). Further information on parking places on
    Be aware that during events like “Rhine in flames” it will be harder to find a parking place! For dates and information see



  • Accommodation and meals

    In this tour overnight, breakfast and dinner will be on board of the river boat.



    The 68 meters long Patria can accommodate a max. of 68 guests. The ship has been adapted to suit bike and barge tours and it’s equipped with 15 cabins on the main deck and 19 cabins on the upper deck.

    All cabins are are fairly small twin cabins (approx. 7 sq meters), equipped with two beds placed at an angle, a porthole (it can be opened on the upper deck, but it is fixed on the main deck, for safety reasons), en suite shower/bathroom, individually regulated air conditioning in all cabins on the main deck, as well in the restaurant and salon.

    Shared areas
    This ship has a nice salon with a bar and large windows at the front of the top deck, a separate restaurant on the main deck. On the partially covered sun deck there are sitting places (tables + chairs) for all guests and a shed for the bicycles.

    In brief:

    • Passengers (max): 68
    • Private bathroom
    • Towels
    • Air conditioning in the cabins: only below deck
    • Wi-Fi: to be paid on spot
    • Hairdryer


    Watch Patria photo gallery.



  • Bikes and accessories

    In this tour you can rent:
    - unisex touring 7/8 gears with pedal or hand brakes
    - unisex e-bikes with pedal or hand brakes

    At the moment of booking you can draw up a bike insurance against theft and damage (city bike €10; e-bike €25).
    This policy covers:
    - the theft of the bicycle only if you present the key of the lock;
    - the damage of the bicycle if it is not due to careless or improper behavior of the customer.
    Before proceeding with any mechanical intervention (bike repair) please contact your tour leader or the emergency number.
    Unauthorized repairs will not be refunded.

    All rented adult bikes are equipped with:
    - 1 one-sided saddlebag per bike
    - 1 lock per bike

    In Germany helmet are not mandatory. However, we advise you wear one during the bike tours. There are no helmets available on board.



  • Accompanying material

    Upon settlement of the payment a few day before departure, you wll receive via email the following:
    - Embarkation voucher with details about the name of the boat and the precise embarkation point
    - Tour Notes
    - Final Tour Details
    If you have any doubts, don’t hesitate to contact us before departure.
    Tour maps will be delivered on site.



  • By your side

    Every morning or evening our tour leader  will illustrate the route of the day. They will be able to address any question or doubt. If you have any problem during the day, dont hesitate to contact the tour leader on his/her mobile. The tours are self guided. Languages spoken on board are English and German.

    Staff support
    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:
    - office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
    - emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00 which will be specified in the Final Tour Details.


Tour details


from 849 €

8 days / 7 nights

Tour type
self-guided tour


Price per person
849 €


  • 7 overnights
  • full board (breakfast,self made packed lunch and dinner)
  • tour leader on board
  • maps and notes for cycling tours
  • use of bed linen and towels
  • Hotline service

Not included

  • Transport to and from departure point
  • All drinks on board and specified meals
  • Entrance fees to tourist attractions
  • Anything that is not mentioned under included

415/480 € single cabin below deck/upper deck
110 € upper deck cabin
75 € rental bike
165 € E-bike
50 € gluten/lactose free menu (to be paid on spot)

100 € middle season (25.04.20)
200 € low season (10.10.20 free rental bike)
300 € super saver season (11.04.20 free rental bike)

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