Self-guided Bike and Barge

Web code DE057

Germany / Moselle cycle route

From Saarburg to Koblenz

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: Saarburg, widely referred to as “Little Venice”, beautiful timbered houses dating back to medieval times, vineyards, the Porta Nigra in Trier, built in Roman times, the oldest defensive structure in Germany, are just a few of the highlights of this memorable trip.
  • Day by Day


    1. Saarburg

    Arrival and embarkation. The MS Patria awaits you in Saarburg where the crew will welcome you on board from 4 to 5 pm. You will spend your first night and evening in Saarburg, a welcoming city that you are encouraged to explore. Highlights include Saarburg Castle (Saar Castle), a massive complex mentioned in official documents as early as 964 CE, the Saarburg Waterfall on the River Leuk and many historical buildings.

    2. Saarburg – Trier (40 km - 24 miles)
    Following the distribution of bicycles your first day of cycling will see you pedal from Saarburg via the picturesque Saarschleife (Saar Loop) to the Igeler Säule. From here you will continue on to Wasserbillig in Luxemburg before pedalling to Trier, your destination for the day and where your barge will be waiting for you. If you are interested, you can book an optional guided excursion of Trier (bookable on board). A walk through the 16 BC-founded Trier is an overwhelming journey through the millennia, with no other place in Germany able to give you a better chance to experience the time of the Romans. Highlights include impressive structures such as the Porta Nigra, the Konstantin Basilica and the Roman Amphitheatre.

    3. Trier – Mehring (25/30 km - 16/18 miles)
    After breakfast you will cycle from Trier via the charming village of Pfalzel to Mehring, famous for its white wine and home to the largest winegrowing community in the Moselle-Saar-Ruwer region. In the evening you will have time to explore the village.

    4. Mehring – Bernkastel-Kues (45 km - 28 miles)
    You will reach Bernkastel-Kues by bike. The medieval market place surrounded by many wood timbered houses invites you to rest and enjoy the place for awhile. As you continue you will reach Neumagen-Dhron and further on Piesport, the oldest winegrowing communities along the Moselle. Here you can book a guided tour and visit the Roman cellars and the vineyards. In the evening you will have the chance to visit a local winegrowers farm and enjoy a wine tasting experience (optional, can be booked  on board).

    5. Bernkastel-Kues – Zell (50 km - 30 miles)
    Today’s bike tour will take 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, well known in the wine industry and for the ‘Zeller Schwarze Katz’ wine.

    6. Zell – Cochem (40 km - 24 miles)
    Beilstein, ‘the Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle’ and one of the best preserved historical villages along the length of the Moselle is the highlight of today’s cycle tour. Towering above the village, which you will have the opportunity to explore, are the ruins of Castle Metternich. Today’s tour will end in Cochem, a lovely little town that features historical half-timbered-houses, a picturesque old town and Reichsburg Castle.

    7. Cochem – Koblenz (30 km - 18 miles)
    After breakfast your first destination is Alken, one of the oldest cities on the Moselle, where the barge will be waiting for you to sail to Koblenz, your final night on board. Koblenz, a fascinating city of great historical interest , has been an important defensive and economic centre 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.

    8. Koblenz
    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.

    The precise point of embarkation will be written in the Final Tour Details that you will receive before departure.

    By plane
    The easiest way to get to Saarburg is arriving in Luxembourg by plane. From here you can take a bus to the station of Trier (cost: 11 €, duration: 45 minutes). Then you can take a train to Saarburg (duration: 20 minutes).

    By car
    There are no proper parking places in Saarburg. If you do not want to leave your car along the street, you can park it at P+R Messepark in Trier and then take a train to Saarburg.



  • 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.

    The bikes are equipped with:
    - pannier bag
    - lock

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


  • 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.

    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.
    • 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


from Koblenz: departures on this link



Price per person
849 €


  • 7 overnights in 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, 2.05 e 3.10.20)
200 € low season  (18.04 e 10.10.20 free rental bike)
300 € super saver season (11.04 e 17.10.20, free rental bike)

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