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Mosel and Lorraine by Bike and Boat

  • 3.1

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  • 6 nights | 24 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 2
  • Guided from: €849
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Tour description

Bike along the river Mosel and enjoy the vineyards and wine tastings. Bike through the green heart of the Lorraine region in the northeast part of France and enjoy great historical cities like Metz and Nancy, France, and Wasserbillig, Luxembourg.

You will ride across newly laid bicycle paths and old, though well-maintained, towpaths along the Mosel River and French canals. This tour is on mostly even terrain and follows a leisurely pace with overnights aboard the La Belle Fleur. The hilly area between Mosel and Meurthe offers a great variety of history, culture, and nature. In short, a typical French bike holiday.

Daily program

This program is offered from Wasserbillig or from Toul on alternating weekends. Both programs are detailed below. 

Direction: Wasserbillig – Toul
Aug 25; Sep 8, 22; Oct 6, 2018

Day 1: Individual arrival to Wasserbillig (9 miles/15 km)
The crew of La Belle Fleur welcomes you on board around 3:00pm in the border village of Wasserbillig. From here you will start a short bike trip along the Sauer, a small border river that flows closely past the mooring place of the ship. On this trip, you will pass along several cozy German villages.
Overnight at port in Wasserbillig.

Day 2: Wasserbillig – Remich (22 miles/35 km)
After breakfast, you will cycle to Remich, the pearl of the Moselle River. On the way, you can visit the small village of Ehnen. After a walk through the old streets and narrows alleys, you can continue your bike tour to the old roman villa in Nennig, where you can be amazed by the beautiful and well-kept tiles. After dinner, you can join the group for a visit to the wine cellar of St. Martin.
Overnight at port in Remich

Day 3: Remich –­ Thionville (25 miles/40 km)
Today you will ride into France, and with that, the scenery will change too. The narrow Moselle valley becomes flatter and wider. This gives you the opportunity to make a deeper acquaintance with the country. But before we leave Luxemburg we visit the small but famous village of Schengen. There were once one of the most important treaty’s was signed, is now a European museum.

But a visit to the Maginot-line is certainly also a part of the program today. The underground defense system stretches across the whole area, which was meant to protect France, and at the same time make all facilities available for pure survival. In other words, you'll be looking at a masterpiece of wartime architecture.

When it is coffee time, La Belle Fleur meets you in Thionville, a city that was once rich in metal industry, but today is primarily a city of deserted buildings left behind by the many conquests, such as the Romans, the Luxembourgers, and the Spaniards.
Overnight at port in Thionville.

Day 4: Thionville – Metz (22 miles/35 km)
The trip today takes you along the Moselle, where you can enjoy all that made this region so great. You ride past old steel factories and pumping-stations, across shady bike paths to the well-known city of Metz. In short, today is dedicated to industrial heritage, nature, and examples of great cultural achievements.

Upon arrival in Metz, you can also participate in a guided walk through the city, not just to admire the Centre Pompidou, but also the Cathedral and so much more. Or perhaps you would rather enjoy the ambiance at the many squares and terraces the city is proud of.
Overnight at port in Metz.

Day 5: Metz – Frouard (16 or 34 miles/25 or 55 km)
Now it's time for a somewhat more adventurous trip; the old towpaths of the Moselle take you to the picturesque Pont-à-Mousson. Or you can stay on board of La Belle Fleur and start your bike tour at Pont-à-Mousson.

After a visit to this city, which has a typical character because it is situated on both banks of the Moselle, you'll bike though an old canaled part of the Moselle. As you ride through, you will be amazed by the beauty of the area, as you eventually arrive at one of those typical quiet little French villages of Frouard. This village seems to have gone to sleep under the vicinity of Metz and Nancy, and perhaps that’s how it got it’s quiet nature.
Overnight at port in Pompey.

Day 6: Frouard – Liverdun (19 miles/30 km)
Today the cycle path leads you along the connecting channel between the Moselle and the Meurthe to Nancy. After a visit to this metropolitan city, the tour continues to the old fortress-city of Liverdun. There, the La Belle Fleur will await you at an idyllic spot.
Overnight at port in Liverdun.

Day 7: Liverdun – Toul (11 miles/17 km)
From Liverdun we cycle in the direction of Toul, a charming fortress-city with a rich history situated at the Moselle's riverside. After a cup of coffee in the afternoon, the team of the La Belle Fleur says goodbye around 2:00pm.

(The program is subject to change without notice)


Direction: Toul – Wasserbillig
Sep 1, 15, 29; Oct 13, 2018

Day 1: Individual arrival to Toul
The crew of La Belle Fleur gladly welcomes you on board around 3:00pm, in the charming French fortified town of Toul. After coffee, you have the opportunity to visit this town using a guide. Toul, a town that used to be the diocese of the bishop of Toul in times gone by, will display it’s pretty churches, its old house of government officials, but also its little alleys and nice terraces.
Overnight at port in Toul.

Day 2: Toul – Liverdun (11 miles/17km) 
Today you follow the bending river the Moselle, through the valley. You will a view of the small locks and old river branches. In Liverdun, the ship will await you under the watchful eye of the cities castle.
Overnight at port in Liverdun.

Day 3: Liverdun – Frouard (19 miles/30km)
Today you mainly cycle along the connecting channel between the Moselle and the Meurthe to Nancy. After you pay the city a visit the tour continues to the quiet, characteristic French village Frouard.
Overnight in port at Pompey.

Day 4: Frouard – Metz (16 or 34 miles/25 or 55km) 
Today you can begin cycling in Frouard, or you may remain onboard untill we arrive in Pont-à-Mousson and begin cycling there. This city, which is situated on both banks of the river Moselle, has a very outstanding character due to its unique location.

When you bike further to Metz, the adventure picks up, as passing the old towpaths of the Moselle. When you have arrived in Metz, you can participate in a guided walk through the town, to admire the Centre Pompidou, the great well-known cathedral and so much more.

But it’s certainly also worthwhile doing some shopping in this great city, with so many big shopping centers to choose from.
Overnight at port in Metz.

Day 5: Metz – Thionville (22 miles/35km)
Today, you will bicycle along the Moselle and enjoy everything that has made this region so historically great. You ride past old steel factories and pumping-stations.

When it is coffee time, La Belle Fleur awaits you in Thionville; a city once made rich by the metal industry, but today only displays many beautiful deserted buildings, left behind by the many conquests, such as the Romans, the Luxembourgers, and the Spaniards.
Overnight at port in Thionville.

Day 6: Thionville – Remich (25 miles/40km)
Now it’s time to take a trip to the Franco-Luxembourg border, where we visit the famous village of Schengen. But before we get there we ride through the forest of Cantenom, where you can see the bunkers and underground army facilities of the Maginot line.

Later in the day, we make a stop in the small town of Sierck-les-Bains where you can visit the medieval castle and dream along looking at the land from the top of the castle. Later you ride into Schengen, this was once just a small sleepy village before it was awakened by the event that made it world-famous; the Schengen agreement.

To end the bike tour of today we bike to Nennig where you can visit an old Roman villa with beautifully kept mozaïks. After a visit to the villa you cross the bridge over the river Moselle in Nennig and you arrive near the ship in Remich “the pearl of the river Moselle”.
Overnight at port in Remich.

Day 7: Remich – Wasserbillig (22 miles/35km) 
This day is reserved for a trip through the many beautiful vineyards of Luxembourg. On your way to Wasserbillig you can visit the wine museum in the small town of Ehnen. It is also very nice to take some time and enjoy a walk in this town, discover the small old streets and narrows alleys. To conclude the trip for today, we ride further to the village of Wasserbillig. Being the final destination of your journey, this little border town offers you the possibility of doing some last-minute shopping in Luxembourg.

After coffee, the crew of la Belle Fleur says goodbye to you.

(The program is subject to change without notice)

Dates

From Wasserbillig: Aug 25; Sep 8, 22; Oct 6, 2018. From Toul: Sep 1, 15, 29; Oct 13, 2018.

Prices

Tour Package
Per person, double occupancy
€849
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
€250
Special diet request
€50
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike (8-gears)
€70
Tandem bike
€150
Discounts
Child, ages 0-12 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
€-150
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  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
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  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
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Actieve Vaarvakanties Terms and Conditions.

All Bookings will be accepted on the basis of these conditions and terms.

Cancellation for individual participants
If a reservation is canceled, each participant will be charged for cancellation costs. The following costs are valid in case of cancellation:

  • up to 12 weeks before the departure day: 10% of the travel sum.
  • less than 12 weeks up to 6 weeks before the departure day: 30% of the travel sum.
  • less than 6 weeks up to 4 weeks before the departure day: 60% of the travel sum.
  • less than 4 weeks up to 1 week before the departure day: 80% of the travel sum.
  • less than 1 week up to before the departure day: 100% of the travel sum.

Cancellation for groups of 10 persons
If a reservation is canceled, each participant will be charged for cancellation costs. The following costs are valid in case of cancellation:

  • up to 30 weeks before the departure day: 10% of the travel sum.
  • less than 30 weeks up to 20 weeks before the departure day: 30% of the travel sum.
  • less than 20 weeks up to 15 weeks before the departure day: 50% of the travel sum.
  • less than 15 weeks up to 12 weeks before the departure day: 80% of the travel sum.
  • less than 12 weeks up to before the departure day: 100% of the travel sum.

Participants of boat and bike tours agree to observe the skipper's orders for navigation and his rules for good sailing. Regulations affixed aboard the ship are to be observed as such. Participants accept responsibility for their actions for the duration of the tour.

During boat and bike tours the skipper is entitled to change the place of departure/ arrival according to his own judgement considering safety.

Participants of boat and bike tours are liable for any willful damage to the vessel and/or others.

The tour operator is not liable for damage suffered by participants during the term of the contract.

Both parties of this contract are entitled to cancel this agreement immediately and without any legal consequences, only if either or both parties would fail to fulfill his obligation pertaining to this agreement not withstanding the right to claim full compensation. This clause is only valid if participants are not able to offer a reasonable alternative.

This agreement is governed by the law of the Netherlands. Any differences arising from this agreement are to be judged by a Court in the Netherlands.

The tour operator is entitled to cancel the boat and bike tour at latest 21 days before the departure date if there are less then 10 participants booked. In case of such a cancellation, participants will not be compensated for any damage that may have occurred because of the cancellation.The tour operator will only make a refund for any down payment that has made for the tour concerned or the participant can rebook to another week.

In case fuel prices from 10th September of the previous year will raise more than 10% the tour operator preserves the right to charge a surcharge of max. €20 a person. The surcharge is to be paid upon arrival at the beginning of the tour.

When participants take their own bike on the boat and bike tour, the tour operator is not liable for damage. 

By accepting the general terms participants also accept the house rules of the ship.

This contract has been translated into English. The original text in Dutch will however prevail.

All photos used by permission. ©Actieve Vaarvakanties

Ratings

Ratings Snapshot

  • 5 Star 3
  • 4 Star 0
  • 3 Star 1
  • 2 Star 3
  • 1 Star 1

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    3.1

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 2.3
  • Value 3.6
  • Included meals 3.1
  • Bikes & equipment 4.1
  • Hotels or boat 3.7
  • Scenery 4.4
  • Ease of navigation 3.8
  • Tour documents 2.7
  • Local tour company services 3.2
  • Route selection 3.6
  • Guides (if applicable) 3.1

Reviews

Bluevalley November 3, 2017

A rare disappointment

I do not like writing negative reviews but I believe people need to be warned away from this boat and crew.
From the beginning. When we were shown to our cabin, I got a whiff of raw sewage from one of the other cabins. Unfortunately, one of our group was assigned to this cabin and suffered the smell of raw sewage for the entire trip.
Our guide, very early on, told us, with no sense of humor, that he was counting the minutes until this trip was over. This guide was absolutely not informative about anything along the way. When he brought up a discussion about different guides, we asked him if he knew a particular guide we had on two trips and really enjoyed. He quickly told us that this particular guide was a terrible guide and maligned him at every opportunity throughout the trip.
Then, the captain and his wife and the guide accused the passengers of stealing 12 bottles of wine without any evidence or even being able to tell us what kind of wine. Most of the passengers made jokes about it but I was offended. My wife and I discussed this with the captain and his wife but this was not resolved. They offered no apology. The guide only offered that maybe they made a mistake.
We have done 9 tours through BikeTours and have always enjoyed this way of seeing countries and learning about different people and cultures. HOWEVER, the boat La Belle Fleur and it's crew and guide did NOTHING to heighten our experience on this trip.

Responses from Biketours.com

Brittany February 24, 2018
Thank you for your helpful review. We are investigating the issues you've described during your bike and boat tour experience, with the tour operator. I can assure you we take all reviews seriously, especially reviews of this nature, to ensure our future clients do not experience this fatigue and lack of care from our partner operators. I really appreciate your honest feedback.
photobug4 November 2, 2017

Glad I went but would not go on this particular tour boat again

Scenery was pretty with fall colors and riding on nice bike trails for much of the trip. However, guide provided little addition to the tour other than getting us from boat back to boat again, not even directing us to toilets at one stop, but telling us he would meet us back in two hours after we had walked around. The food on this boat was fair, but by the end of the week, I was eating before dinner just to make sure I wasn't too dependent on the provided menu. The captain was sweet, but the one other crew member/cook was downright unfriendly. Boat was clean and well maintained.

Responses from Biketours.com

Brittany February 24, 2018
Thank you for letting us know about your experience on this tour. We're investigating these matters to ensure this experience doesn't happen to our future clients on this tour. I really appreciate your thoughtful feedback.
Kevin1 October 23, 2017

Had fun--but will tell friends to avoid this boat

This boat was above average comfortable for a Barge-style boat unless you were in Cabin 1. Cabin 1 had constant, strong sewer odors, and crew responses indicate that this is a known, unresolved problem. The food was average with focus on calories, not presentation or taste. The guide got the group from point A to point B, but provided few other historical, cultural or culinary insights. There were at least two particularly scenic ride days along the Mosel; however, several days seemed more like random rides in old industrial zones. The boat crew was smaller than typical and oddly unwelcoming. The boat appeared to be well maintained, cleaned and operated (overall), but somehow we, the guests, felt like we were in the way or a burden. This trip had the rare distinction of being without a grumpy guest, but instead had a more than grumpy innkeeper. We have been on a total of 5 Bike and Boat trips. We LOVE the Bike and Boat concept and plan to continue doing a Bike and Boat trip every year. However, we would not go back to this boat.

Responses from Biketours.com

Brittany February 24, 2018
Kevin, thank you very much for your review. I'll speak with the tour operator regarding the lack of attention to the small details. Your feedback is important to us as it helps us and our partner operator provide better service to future clients. Again, I appreciate you taking the time to tell us about your experience.
Andrew57 October 22, 2017

Great bike and boat trip, Toul France to Wasserbillig Lux Oct 2017

We missed a connection in Frankfurt and with a couple of calls the operators changed our pick up at LUX which went completely smoothly despite the delay of several hours. Well done!

Our guide met us at the boat in Toul and we went on a near immediate shake down ride before dinner to get the bikes and adjustments done. The bicycles are 8 speed and while a bit heavy for the purist are very well suited for cruising and a pleasure to ride. The guide Piet (Peter) was patient with a dry sense of humor....in his 16th week of tours so he has no doubt had a lot to contend with over the summer but he remained happy and engaged throughout.

The accommodations on board are a bit Spartan but perfectly adequate with lots of hot water and comfortable beds. The lounge/dinning room was very comfortable.
I don't know how the crew of 2 managed to drive the boat all day through locks and navigate and then produce very good three course dinners every evening , but they did this remarkable feat and accommodated the picky (one person wouldn't eat fish, another no mushrooms) and the celiac/gluten free person graciously.

The Moselle is a beautiful bicycle ride even in the middle of October and the paths through France, De and Lux are all remarkably smooth. A few rays of sun now and then were all it took to make a transcendent moment of beauty several times a day. A little bit of high school French in the cafes and patisseries and wine cellar we visited was more than adequate and the village locals were all happy to see our group roll in for morning or afternoon coffee. The guide Piet helped those who had no French or German.

All in all this exceeded my expectations and I would do it again anytime. I had some prior misgivings about the October weather but the temperatures were between 15 and 20C and great for biking.

Biker October 17, 2017

Poor service, bad food, gorgeous bike ride

The staff on the boat were obviously stressed. They really needed extra staff. Maybe that would have helped them be more friendly. My room bathroom drain smelled terribly and decreased my comfort in the room. I requested air freshener, but the staff was uninterested in assisting. I had to have the port holes open at all times, despite the cool nights in October.

The food was marginal. I love fish, but the fish they served was overcooked, not fresh and not seasoned. quiche was a flat

Responses from Biketours.com

Brittany February 24, 2018
Thank you for your review. We're glad to hear the bike ride was wonderful but dismayed to hear of your experience on board. We'll speak with the tour operator to investigate this poor service on the boat. Your feedback is pertinent to helping us and our partner operator give better service to our clients. Thank you again for taking the time to tell us about your experience.
Domenico September 18, 2016

Mosel and Lorraine by Bike and Boat

My wife and I had already done the Mosel from Trier to Koblenz by bike.
The Bike and Boat tour we have done this month was mainly along the Mosel, from Wasserbillig Germany, to Toul France. We biked through Germany and Luxembourg, but mainly in France.
The ship, the MS La Belle Fleur, with spacious cabins and dining room was most comfortable. The meals were super! It has a covered open deck with very comfortable chairs. There were 7 of us cycling, 3 Germans, an Australian couple, and my wife and I.
Our guide was super. One he found out our capabilities, he pedalled accordingly. We rarely went longer than one hour without stopping for coffee, a drink of water or lunch. The Parc Plaza hotel in Luxembourg City, before and after the tour was fantastic.

Travelrgal July 3, 2016

Great ride, great food, cozy barge!

The tour traveled through beautiful country with so much history. The towns of Remich and Nancy were spectacular. Dinners were the highlight! Els prepared the yummiest meals every night.