Germany City Tour

Bike and Barge Germany: Saarburg - Koblenz | MS Patria

As far as cycle touring destinations in Europe go there are few better than the Moselle and Saar River valleys in Germany. In a word it is a "stunning" region highlighted by an enchanting countryside, fairy tale castles, award-winning vineyards on impossibly steep slopes and historic medieval towns and villages. The Rhine's peaceful little sisters, the Moselle and Saar Rivers as they meander from picturesque village to village, offer unsurpassed views of castles high on the hills, stone-clad fortresses, picture perfect wineries and much, much more. On a day to day basis as you cycle through this magical region you will visit culturally rich cities, will soak up the sights of untouched nature, will meet local winegrowers and bottlers and, importantly, will get the opportunity to relive the rich history of the region. It is without doubt a cycle tour not to be missed!

Picturesque villages, castles and fortresses and picture perfect wineries - Saarburg to Koblenz The history of the region along the banks of the Moselle and Saar Rivers dates back to the Roman Era, some 2000 or so years ago. For guests on a bike and barge tour on board the MS Patria there is much to see… beautiful timbered houses dating back to medieval times, vineyards, the Porta Nigra, built by the Romans in Trier and the oldest defensive structure in Germany, the "German corner" at the junction of the Moselle and Rhine Rivers in Koblenz and Saarburg, widely referred to as "Little Venice" are just few of the highlights of this memorable trip.

The Moselle, with a length of 544 km, is the Rhine's longest tributary and is also the second most important shipping route in Germany, while the Saar, with a length of 246 km, is the Moselle's longest tributary. This tour is perfect for families with children or for anyone of any age for that matter as the cycle paths along the banks of the Moselle and Saar Rivers do not have any gradients of note and are asphalted or paved. Your floating hotel for the duration of the tour will be the MS Patria, a much loved ship for bike-boat holidays for many years.

On the Moselle and Saar Rivers by Bike & Barge Tour the 68 metre-long MS Patria is your sailing home away from home for the week. The journey along the Moselle and Saar Rivers takes you from Koblenz to Saarburg, with the return trip taking place the following week from Saarburg back to Koblenz. On various dates the MS Patria also sails along the Rhine and Neckar Rivers from Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen and return a week later. Highlights of both tours include the fascinating cities of Heidelberg, Worms and Mainz and much more. It is therefore possible to combine both tours to create a particularly diverse 14-day bike-boat holiday.



MS Patria

On the Moselle and Saar Rivers by Bike & Barge Tour the 68 metre-long MS Patria, which is capable of accommodating a maximum of 68 guests, is your sailing home away from home for the week. The MS Patria has been modernized to cater for boat and bike tours and in total has 34 twin cabins on upper and lower decks. All the cabins have two single beds in a right angle and are approx. 7 M², have a window (the windows on the upper deck can be opened, but for safety reasons those on the lower deck are fixed), a shower and a toilet. All the cabins on the lower deck also have individually regulated air conditioning as does the restaurant and salon. In total there are 15 cabins on the lower deck and 19 cabins on the upper deck (supplement). The MS Patria is an authentic river barge and features a nice salon with a bar and large windows in front of the top deck and a separate restaurant on the lower deck. On the partially covered sun deck there are sitting places (tables and chairs) for all guests and a cycle shed. The ship sails under the Dutch Flag and management and sailed in The Netherlands for many years. Since 2011 the MS Patria has been sailing exclusively in Germany and is a very popular ship for boat & bike tours. Language on board: German and English.

Tour 1: Saarburg to Koblenz | MS Patria

Tour Details Germany:

Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Saarburg

The MS Patria awaits you in Saarburg where the crew will welcome you on board from 4 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, the Saarburg Waterfall on the River Leuk and many historicalbuildings.

Day 2 (Sun): Saarburg – Saarschleife – Igele Säule – Wasserbillig (Lux) – Trier (Approx. 26-64 km/16-39 mi.)

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 the MS Patria 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.

Day 3 (Mon): Trier – Pfalzel – Mehring (Approx. 26 km/16 mi.)

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.

Day 4 (Tue): Mehring – Piesport - Bernkastel-Kues (Approx. 46 km/28 mi.)

You will reach Bernkastel-Kues by bike. The market place from the Middle Ages with many wood timbered houses invites you for a rest. On your way you come to Neumagen-Dhron which is the oldest wine city of Germany. Further on you reach Piesport, the oldest winegrowing community 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 place and enjoy a wine tasting with the famous Moselle wines (optional, bookable on board).

Day 5 (Wed): Bernkastel-Kues – Traben-Trarbach – Zell (Approx. 46-49 km/28-30 mi.)

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 for the wine "Zeller Schwarze Katz".

Day 6 (Thu): Zell – Beilstein – Cochem (Approx. 39 km/24 mi.)

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.

Day 7 (Fri): Cochem – Alken (Approx. 29 km/18 mi.) | Alken – Koblenz

After breakfast your final day of cycling will see you pedal to Alken, one of the oldest cities on the Moselle, where the MS Patria will be waiting for you to sail to Koblenz, where you will spend your final night on board. Koblenz, a fascinating and historic city, 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.

Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Koblenz

After breakfast: disembarkation and end of the tour

Package Inclusion:

• Tour and accommodation on board 8 days/7 nights (Saturday-Saturday) from/to Koblenz or Saarburg, cabin in the booked category;

• Full board (7x breakfast, 6x picnic lunch during bike tours or noontime snack, 7x three or four course dinner);

• Daily coffee and tea till 4 PM;

• Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible); daily short cleaning of the cabin;

• Welcome drink;

• Board manager (multilingual English and German) with daily briefings of the bike tours;

• The board manager doesn't cycle but can always be reached on his cell phone;

• Printed instructions and detailed maps for the daily bike tours, 1 set per cabin.

Package Exclusion:

• Transfers to/from the docking place in Koblenz or Saarburg;

• Reservation fee;

• Rental bicycle (are incl. on April 15 and 22 and Oct. 14 and 21 );

• Other transfers;

• Parking fee;

• Entrance fees & excursions

• Fees for ferries;

• Drinks on board;

• Personal insurances;

• Gratuities (at your discretion);

• Dietary requirements on request/surcharges may be calculated.

• GST (Government Sales Tax)

Note:

• Daily self-guided cycling tours. All distances are "approximate distances" of recommended bike tours.

• When guests do not want to cycle, they can stay on board, relax and enjoy sailing.

• The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

• On the first day you are welcome to bring your luggage on board from 10am.

• Reservation fee: €17 per booking/group (obligatory)

• Rental bicycle with 7 gears, with hand- and backpedal brakes and pannier bag: €81 per week; there are a limited number of bikes with freewheel hubs available on request

• Rental E-Bike: €190 per week (limited number available, only on request and after confirmation)

Tour Date:

Koblenz – Saarburg:

15th April 2017| 29th April 2017| 27th may 2017 | 10th June

2017|08th July 2017| 22nd July 2017| 05th August 2017| 19th

August 2017| 16th Sept 2017|30th Sept 2017| 14th Oct 2017

Super Saver Date:

15th April 2017

21st Oct 2017

Early & Late Season Date:

22nd April 2017 – Rental Bicycle Incl

29th April 2017

14th Oct 2017 – Rental Bicycle Incl

Off Season Date:

06th May 2017

07th October 2017

Main Season Dates:

All other departures as from 27th May 2017 until and 30th Sept 2017

Tour 2: Koblenz to Saarburg | MS Patria

Tour Details Germany:

Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Koblenzs

The MS Patria awaits you in Koblenz where the crew will welcome you on board from 4pm. Your first night will be spent in this fascinating and historic city, 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.

Day 2 (Sun): Koblenz – Alken | Alken – Moselkern – Cochem (Approx. 28 km/17 mi.)

Your tour starts this morning as the MS Patria sails to Alken where, following the distribution of bicycles, you will start pedalling 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.

Day 3 (Mon): Cochem – Beilstein - Zell on the Moselle (Approx. 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 Beilsten you will pass Europe's steepest vineyard – with slopes between 50 and 55 degrees - at Bremmer Calmont. Today's tour ends in the wine village of Zell.

Day 4 (Tue): Zell on the Moselle – Bernkastel-Kues (Approx. 46-49 km/28-30 mi.)

Today you will cycle from Zell 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. In the evening you will have the chance to visit a local winegrowers place and enjoy a wine tasting with the famous Moselle wines (excursion, optional, bookable on board).

Day 5 (Wed): Bernkastel-Kues –Piesport – Mehring (Approx. 46 km/28 mi.)

Today's cycle tour is all about the history of wine growing along the Moselle. After breakfast you will cycle to Piesport, the oldest winegrowing community along the Moselle where, if you are interested, you can take part in an optional excursion (bookable on board) of a guided tour to historic Roman cellars and vineyards. Later in the morning you will cycle to Neumagen-Dhron, widely recognised as the oldest wine growing city in Germany. After the lunch break the tour continues to Mehring, another village famous for its fine white wine, where your floating hotel the MS Patria will be waiting for you.

Day 6 (Thu): Mehring – Trier (Approx. 26 km/16 mi.)

You will cycle via Pfalzel to Trier, where the ship is waiting for you. In the afternoon you can explore the city in a special kind of way. Book a city walk with a "traditional Roman". Trier is undoubtedly the historic highlight of the tour. 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.

Day 7 (Fri): Trier – Saarburg – Mettlach – Saarburg (Approx. 26-64 km/16-40 mi.)

You have two choices today: you can either cycle from Trier to Saarburg along the banks of the Saar River or you can elect to take it easy and enjoy the beautiful scenery from your barge the MS Patria. Saarburg, also known as "Little Venice", features Saarburg Castle (Saar Castle), a massive complex mentioned in official documents as early as 964, the Saarburg Waterfall on the River Leuk and many historical buildings. If you elect to cycle from Saarburg to Mettlach you can visit the "Villeroy & Boch" factory before returning to Saarburg.

Day 8 (Sat): Saarburg

After breakfast: disembarkation and end of tour.

Package Inclusion:

• Tour and accommodation on board 8 days/7 nights (Saturday-Saturday) from/to Koblenz or Saarburg, cabin in the booked category;

• Full board (7x breakfast, 6x picnic lunch during bike tours or noontime snack, 7x three or four course dinner);

• Daily coffee and tea till 4 PM;

• Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible); daily short cleaning of the cabin;

• Welcome drink;

• Board manager (multilingual English and German) with daily briefings of the bike tours;

• The board manager doesn't cycle but can always be reached on his cell phone;

• Printed instructions and detailed maps for the daily bike tours, 1 set per cabin.

Package Exclusion:

• Transfers to/from the docking place in Koblenz or Saarburg;

• Reservation fee;

• Rental bicycle (are incl. on April 15 and 22 and Oct. 14 and 21 );

• Other transfers;

• Parking fee;

• Entrance fees & excursions

• Fees for ferries;

• Drinks on board;

• Personal insurances;

• Gratuities (at your discretion);

• Dietary requirements on request/surcharges may be calculated.

• GST (Government Sales Tax)

Note:

• Daily self-guided cycling tours. All distances are "approximate distances" of recommended bike tours.

• When guests do not want to cycle, they can stay on board, relax and enjoy sailing.

• The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

• On the first day you are welcome to bring your luggage on board from 10am.

• Reservation fee: €17 per booking/group (obligatory)

• Rental bicycle with 7 gears, with hand- and backpedal brakes and pannier bag: €81 per week; there are a limited number of bikes with freewheel hubs available on request

• Rental E-Bike: €190 per week (limited number available, only on request and after confirmation)

Tour Date:

Saarburg – Koblenz:

22nd April 2017| 06th May 2017| 03rd June 2017|17th June

2017|15th July 2017|29th July 2017|12th Aug 2017|26th Aug

2017|23rd Sept 17| 07th Oct 2017| 21st Oct 2017

Super Saver Date:

15th April 2017

21st Oct 2017

Early & Late Season Date:

22nd April 2017 – Rental Bicycle Incl

29th April 2017

14th Oct 2017 – Rental Bicycle Incl

Off Season Date:

06th May 2017

07th October 2017

Main Season Dates:

All other departures as from 27th May 2017 until and 30th Sept 2017