IRIS

Iris Barge

Casual Barge Biking Cruises in Germany and France

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. 

 

 

3 Country Mosel Tour

8 Days

 

Metz to Cochem

Cochem to Metz (itinerary follows Metz - Cochem itinerary)

 

Fine German wines, French savoir vivre and rich history.

The countryside on both banks of the Mosel are 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. This tour takes us through a wonderful, varying region.

We follow the river Mosel, partly in France, partly in Luxembourg, and partly in Germany.

The tour starts in Metz, France, with her splendid cathedral. We bike through the charming French countryside with welcoming villages, where the inhabitants are proud of their sweet, smooth wines and golden "Mirabellen" liqueur (plum liqueur) and we visit the fort Hackenberg, important part of the Maginot line. We continue into Luxembourg where we spend the night in Remich. In Germany we will first follow the river Saar to charming Saarburg, with the stunning waterfalls in the city center. 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 follow the Mosel downstreams along the endless vineyards and the enchanting old cities Bernkastel and Cochem. It goes without saying that we will taste the local wines whenever we can.

 

Day 1 (Sat): Metz

This tour starts in Metz, strategically situated between Côtes de Moselle and the plateau Lorrain.  These days, the rich mediaeval city is a traffic junction, an administrative center, a center of earning, 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 good.

Day 2 (Sun): Metz - Remich             Bike tour: ca 30 km or 50 km

The barge leaves early today and we have breakfast during sailing. Our bike tour starts at 9:15 from the lock of Richemont. Or, it is also possible to stay on board a bit longer and start from Thionville. Via the beautiful valley of the Mosel we bike across the French border into Luxembourg. We 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. We spend the night in Remich. Here the Mosel forms the border between Germany and Luxembourg and Remich is on Luxembourg ground. Close to Remich we may visit the small village of Nenning, where you can visit an old roman mansion. The nearly undamaged mosaic floor in the party hall is extremely beautiful. 

Day 3 (Mon): Remich - Saarburg          Bike tour: 45 km.

Today we follow the valley of the Mosel and Saar to the north and we visit charming Saarburg. On the way we visit a wine cellar, to taste the fresh Mosel white wine.

Day 4 ( Tue): Saarburg - Trier              Bike tour: ca 35 km

Today we 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 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 after Christ.

Day 5 (Wed): Trier - Bernkastel-Kues                    Bike tour: ca 50 km.

We start our bike tour in Schweich where lovely vineyards stretch out in many places. The white Mosel wine is a household word far abroad. Today we 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.
Our 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 6 (Thu): Bernkastel-Kues - Zell          Bike tour: ca 45 km.

We follow the Mosel downstream past Traben-Trarbach and Zell. Traben-Trarbach is surrounded by woods and extensive vineyards and is the major center of wine trade in the Mosel region. Our destination is Zell, a beautiful little town along the river.

Day 7 (Fri): Zell - Cochem             Bike tour: ca 45 km.

We bike from Zell 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. Our final destination is Cochem, a cozy 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 8 (Sat): Cochem

 

3 Country Mosel Tour

Cochem to Metz

Rate includes:  8 days, breakfast, lunch package, dinner, bed linen, bike rental, tour guide.

You can book this trip as a bike & barge trip or as a cruise. If you book a bike & barge trip, you can make a bike tour of 20 - 40 km per day, accompanied by an experienced guide. If you book a cruise, you sail with the barge and you use public transport, accompanied by another experienced guide.

Itinerary: Cochem – Zell - Bernkastel - Trier– Saarburg – Remich - Metz

Highlights:  Cathedral of Metz - Maginot line - Saarburg - Porta Nigra in Trier- marketplace Bernkastel - fine white wines


Day 1 (Sat): Cochem

Arrival on the barge at 2:00pm.
After dinner - Town walk through Cochem, a cosy and characteristic Mosel town, with steep wine mountains, wooded hills, a mediaeval fortress and a picturesque center with beautiful timber-framed houses. The fortress houses a museum.

Day 2 (Sun): Cochem - Zell             Bike tour: ca 40 km

 

Day 3 (Mon): Zell - Bernkastel-Kues          Bike tour: 45 km.

First stop today is Traben-Trarbach. This beautiful town is surrounded by woods and extensive vineyards and is the major center of wine trade in the Mosel region.

After dinner - Wine-tasting in one of the local wine cellars.

Day 4 ( Tue): Bernkastel-Kues - Trier              Bike tour: ca 50 km

From Bernkastel upstream 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 toTrier, 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 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 after Christ.

Today there is no dinner on board. You can select one of the local restaurants of Trier.

Day 5 (Wed): Trier - Saarburg                    Bike tour: ca 35 km.

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 around town.

Day 6 (Thu): Saarburg - Remich          Bike tour: ca 50 km.

From Saarburg, we follow the valley of the Mosel to the south into the direction of Remich. Here the Mosel forms the border between Germany and Luxembourg and Remich is on Luxembourg ground. On the way we visit a wine cellar, to taste the fresh Mosel white wine.
We also visit Roman mosaic floor in Nennig.

Day 7 (Fri): Remich - Metz             Bike tour: ca 40 km.

Today’s tour leads us via the beautiful valley of the Mosel across the French-German border.
First we 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. We bike to  Thionville, a versatile city with an eventful past. First and foremost Thionville is the center of 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 defence, built early in the 20th century against a possible German invasion.  

Around lunchtime you cruise by barge from Thionville to Metz. This city is strategically situated between Côtes de Moselle and the Plateau Lorrain. These days, the rich mediaeval 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 good

Day 8 (Sat): Metz

After breakfast the tour is ended

 

2017 Rates

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

 

Departure Dates (Saturday) Rate Type Route
July 29; Aug 5, 26; Oct 14 7 night Cruising the Mosel River between Metz and Cochem

 

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