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Casual Barge Biking Cruises in Germany

The cruises listed below are for those passengers that are looking for a very laid back experience at an affordable price.  These cruises are multi language.  Your cabin consists of your own private toilet and shower, though you take care of cleaning your room.  You are given clean linens during the cruise and you make your own bed.  Lunch is a packed bag each day.  There is no formal meals such as a Captain's Farewell dinner.  No alcoholic beverages included in the rates.

These are a great value and great fun if the above features appeal to you.  

Germany Mosel River

8 Days


Itinerary: Koblenz – Cochem – Zell - Bernkastel-Kues – Trier – Saarburg - Merzig.

Highlights: Roman Ruins of Trier - factory of Villeroy et Boch - Fortress of Cochem - Fine Wines

 

A charming wine-district with a rich history

The countryside on both banks of the Mosel is splendid, the cool wines taste deliciously, the picturesque little towns have rich histories and the conditions for cycling are excellent indeed. Here you fine the perfect mix of ingedients for a fine bike and barge vacation. Our cruise starts in Koblenz, the city situated on the spot where the Rhine and the Mosel merge. Koblenz is an interesting and friendly town. After that we follow the Mosel upstream, along the endless vineyards and the enchanting old cities like Cochem, Zell and Bernkastel. It goes without saying that we will taste the local wines whenever we can. Then, of course, there is Trier, the oldest city of Germany with the Porta Nigra dating from the first century after Christ. After Trier we will follow the river Saar to visit charming Saarburg, with the stunning waterfalls in the city center.

 

Day 1 (Sat): Koblenz
Arrival in Koblenz around 3pm to board the ship. After dinner, an evening walk of Koblenz. Koblenz is a corruption of the latin Confluentes, which means confluence. The Romans gave that name to the camp they built around 14 after Christ, at the spot where the rivers Rhine and Mosel converge. In World War II the town was almost entirely destroyed, but a number of precious monuments are still worth a visit, such as the Deutsches Eck, the Romanesque basilica St. Kastor and the Kurfürstliches Schloss. Koblenz is also a nice town for shopping.

Day 2 (Sun): Koblenz - Cochem         Bike tour: 35 km. (22 miles)
During a relaxing breakfast, the MS Allure brings you to Cochem. Today we are in the middle of the wine regions and we cruise past for instance Klotten, Pommern, Karden and Alken. They all are typical Mosel towns, with nice timber-framed houses and of course their own wines. The Pommerer Sonnenuhr for instance can be recommended.

We follow the river upstreams to Moselkern, from where we visit the queen of the German fortresses, the impressive Burg Eltz. Our final destination of today is Cochem, one of the most frequently visited tourist places on the Mosel. Cochem is a cosy and characteristic Mosel town, with steep wine mountains, wooded hills, mediaeval fortresses and a picturesque center with beautiful timber-framed houses. The fortress houses a museum.

Day 3 (Mon): Cochem - Zell          Bike tour: 40 km. (24 miles)
We follow the Mosel further upstream and cruise to the charming little city Zell. Zell is beautifully situated on the Mosel, where 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.

Day 4 ( Tue): Zell - Bernkastel-Kues   Bike tour: ca 45 km (28 miles)
Today we cycle first to Traben Trarbach. Traben-Trarbach is surrounded by woods and extensive vineyards and is the major center of wine trade in the Mosel region. Our final destination is Bernkastel-Kues. Bernkastel is a frequently visited, old and picturesque town, with the best wine regions of the Mid-Mosel. We visit wine cellars and relish the wine. Pride of the town is the market square, with its picturesque timber-framed houses.

Day 5 (Wed): Bernkastel-Kues - Trier      Bike tour: ca 40 km. (24 miles)
From Bernkastel upstreams lovely vineyards stretch out in many places. The white Mosel wine is a household word far abroad. Today we cruise past Piesport and Trittenheim , 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.

Later we bike on to Trier, an interesting and lively city, the oldest city in Germany. According to the Romans, Trier was founded around 15 BC before Christ 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 after Christ.

Day 6 (Thu): Trier - Saarburg          Bike tour: ca 35 km. (22 miles)
Today we 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 we 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 from the 17th and 18th century, which give Saarburg such a picturesque look, are still intact.

After dinner a walk of Saarburg.

Day 7 (Fri): Saarburg - Merzig          Bike tour: ca 40 km. (24 miles)
Our bike tour first brings us through the Saarschleife at Orscholz. In a sharp turn the Saar meanders through the densely forested valley. You have a beautiful view on top of the Cloef. Later we continue to Mettlach, where we will visit the famous earthenware factory of Villeroy et Boch. After that we will return to the barge in Merzig, where we will enjoy a farewell dinner.

Day 8 (Sat): Merzig
After breakfast the tour is ended

2017 Rates

Allure
Accommodations Rate Type Rate Amount
Stateroom per person 7 night 1790
Stateroom per person 11 Night 2853

 

Departure Dates (Saturday) Rate Type Route
May 6 11 Night Rhine River between Amsterdam and Miltenburg
May 20 7 night Miltenburg to Bamberg

2018 Rates

Allure
Accommodations Rate Type Rate Amount
Stateroom per person 7 night 1790

 

Departure Dates (Saturday) Rate Type Route
May 5 7 night Amsterdam to Amsterdam