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  • 7 nights | 24 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 2
  • Self-guided from: €529
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

Travel by bicycle and ship: a unique concept, where a bike holiday and a journey on a comfortable ship are combined. Cycling cruises are ideal for those who like to cycle during the day and explore beautiful areas, without giving up a comfortable way of traveling. During this tou,r you don’t have to pack and unpack your suitcases every day to travel from one beautiful place to the next!

What could provide a more pleasant break than a trip to the Saar and the Moselle, two rivers which wind through enchanting countryside, where castles on the hills guard the route and you can visit market squares surrounded by timbered houses? Is it any wonder that Moselle wine has built up such a good name? The journey through the Moselle valley between Koblenz and Trier traverses some of Germany’s most beautiful countryside. You will meet winegrowers and bottlers on the way, but also cyclists from all around the world.

The history of this region even goes back to the Roman Era, some 2,000 years ago. Beautiful timbered houses, vineyards, the Porta Nigra in Trier, the "German corner" (conjunction of Moselle and Rhine) in Koblenz and Saarburg (also known as "little Venice") are but a few of the highlights during this trip.

The Moselle is the Rhine's longest tributary and it is also the second most important shipping route in Germany. The Saar, which has the greatest abundance of water, is the Moselle’s longest tributary.

Minimum number of participants: 40

Note: You'll receive detailed route information at the tour start. If you'd like to do some reading before you go, we recommend the Mosel Bike Trail book by Esterbauer Publishing. You can purchase it in advance through gotrekkers.com. Enter "Mosel" in the search box. The rates are in Canadian dollars.

Daily program

This tour operates in two directions: from Koblenz to Saarburg and in reverse, from Saarburg to Koblenz. Both itinieraries are detailed below.

Koblenz to Saarburg
Apr 6, 20; May 4; Jun 1, 15, 29; Jul 27; Aug 10, 24; Sep 21; Oct 5, 2019.

Day 1: Koblenz
Individual arrival to Koblenz. Embarkation between 4-5:00pm. The captain and his crew welcome you on board. Spend your evening and first night in Koblenz.
Overnight in Koblenz.

Day 2: Alken – Moselkern – Cochem (18 miles/29 km)
Begin your day with a cruise to Alken. From there you go by bike to Moselkern and on to Cochem. Cochem is a lovely little town with historical half-timbered-houses and a picturesque Old town.
Overnight in Cochem.

Day 3: Cochem – Zell on the Mosel (24 miles/39 km)
The bike tour will first take you to Beilstein, which you can explore during a short tour on your own. Pass Europe’s steepest vineyard at Bremmer Calmont. Today’s tour ends in the wine village of Zell on the Moselle. You should take time to enjoy the popular wines.
Overnight in Zell on the Mosel.

Day 4: Zell on the Mosel – Bernkastel-Kues (26 miles/43 km)
Today you cycle through the romantic Traben-Trarbach, where Jugendstil architecture shows its best side. After that, the half-timbered houses of Bernkastel-Kues and the medieval market square invites you for a rest. You will reach the ship in Kues after a tour through town.
Overnight in Bernkastel-Kues.

Day 5: Bernkastel-Kues – Mehring (29 miles/47 km)
Cycle tour to Piesport, the oldest winegrowing community along the Moselle. Here you can book a guided tour and visit the Roman cellars and the vineyards. Further on you come to Neumagen-Dhron which is the oldest wine city of Germany. After the lunch break, the tour continues to Mehring.
Overnight in Mehring.

Day 6: Mehring – Trier (16-18 miles/26-29 km)
You will cycle via Pfalzel to Trier, where the ship is waiting for you. Trier is one of the oldest cities in Germany. Its Roman roots are still visible in impressive buildings as the Porta Nigra, the Konstantin basilica, and the Amphitheatre.
Overnight in Trier.

Day 7: Trier – Wasserbillig – Saarburg (23 miles/38 km)
Today you will be cycling along the river from Trier to Saarburg, also known as "Little Venice." In its center, you will find a waterfall 20 meters deep.
Overnight in Saarburg.

Day 8: Individual departure
After breakfast: disembarkation by 9:00am and end of tour.


Saarburg to Koblenz
Apr 13, 27; May 11; Jun 8, 22; Jul 6; Aug 3, 17, 31; Sep 28; Oct 12, 2019.

Day 1: Saarburg
Individual arrival to Saarburg. You may embark between 4-5:00pm. The crew welcomes you on board. You will spend the first night and evening in Saarburg. In the evening you will have the opportunity to explore Saarburg. In its center you will find a waterfall of 20 meters deep as well as many baroque buildings and fishing houses.
Overnight in Saarburg.

Day 2: Saarburg – Wasserbillig – Trier (23 miles/38 km)
Today you will cycle from Saarburg along the idyllic nature reserve of the abandoned meander of the River Saar. Further on to Wasserbillig in Luxemburg and from here to the Igeler Säule. Later you will reach Trier, where the ship will be waiting for you.
Overnight in Trier.

Day 3: Trier – Mehring (16-18 miles/26-29 km)
After breakfast, you cycle via Pfalzel to Mehring, the largest winegrowers' community in the Moselle-Saar-Ruwer region.
Overnight in Mehring.

Day 4: Mehring – Bernkastel-Kues (28 miles/46 km)
Your bike tour leads you to Bernkastel-Kues. The marketplace 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. You should take the time to enjoy the popular wines.
Overnight in Bernkastel-Kues.

Day 5: Bernkastel Kues – Traben-Trarbach – Zell on the Mosel (26 miles/43 km)
Today's bike tour brings you to romantic Traben-Trarbach, where Jungendstil architecture shows its best side. Continuing to Zell, a well-known wine village on the Mosel. In the evening you are invited to taste the famous Moselle wines (optional excursion, bookable on board).
Overnight in Zell on the Mosel.

Day 6: Zell on the Mosel – Beilstein – Cochem (24 miles/39 km)
The perfect maintained historical center of Beilstein, "the Sleeping Beauty of the Mosel," is waiting for you. Your goal for today is Cochem with the Reichsburg. Cochem is a lovely little town with historical half-timbered houses and a picturesque Old town.
Overnight in Cochem.

Day 7: Cochem – Alken (18 miles/29 km)
Today you cycle to Alken, one of the oldest villages along the Mosel. Here your boat is awaiting you. Enjoy the beautiful passing landscape from aboard, as the boat brings you to Koblenz, the well-known meeting of the Moselle and Rhine Rivers.
Overnight in Koblenz.

Day 8: Individual departure
After breakfast: disembarkation by 9:00am and end of the tour.

The tour operator reserves the right to make changes of routing and programme. If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).

Route Map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

From Saarburg: Apr 13, 27; May 11; Jun 8, 22; Jul 6; Aug 3, 17, 31; Sep 28; Oct 12, 2019. From Koblenz: Apr 6, 20; May 4; Jun 1, 15, 29; Jul 27; Aug 10, 24; Sep 21; Oct 5, 2019.
Off season: Apr 06, 2019 - Apr 12, 2019, Oct 12, 2019 - Oct 19, 2019
Low season: Apr 13, 2019 - Apr 26, 2019
Shoulder season: Apr 27, 2019 - May 31, 2019, Oct 05, 2019 - Oct 11, 2019
High season: Jun 01, 2019 - Oct 04, 2019

Prices

Upper deck
Per person, double occupancy
€639
Low season surcharge
€100
Shoulder season surcharge
€200
High season surcharge
€300
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/2-bed cabin)
Off season
€320
Low season
€370
Shoulder season
€420
High season
€470
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 7-speed with hand brakes
€70
Hybrid touring bike, 7-speed with pedal brakes
€70
Electrically assisted bikes
€165
Main (lower) deck
Per person, double occupancy
€529
Low season surcharge
€100
Shoulder season surcharge
€200
High season surcharge
€300
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/2-bed cabin)
Off season
€265
Low season
€315
Shoulder season
€365
High season
€415
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 7-speed with hand brakes
€70
Hybrid touring bike, 7-speed with pedal brakes
€70
Electrically assisted bikes
€165
Please note: Instead of operating bicycle tours ourselves, BikeTours.com represents local bicycle tour operators around the world. Review the tour operator's information and terms below, then submit your booking request through BikeTours.com. The primary benefits of booking your tour through BikeTours.com include:
  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

SE Tours GmbH Terms and Conditions

Cancellation terms

  • Up to the 84th day prior to departure 20%
  • 83rd to 42nd day prior to departure 30%
  • 41st to 28th day prior to departure 60%
  • 27th to 4th day prior to departure 80%
  • From the 3rd day prior to departure or no show 90%

1. Package Travel Contract Conclusion/Travellers’ Duties
a) During the booking process (travel registration), Client makes a binding offer to the tour operator to conclude a Package Travel Contract. This offer is based on the folder and/or catalogue descriptions and additional information which Tour Operator provides for the relevant travel on the condition that they are available upon booking.

b) Registrations shall apply to all clients indicated on the registration. The registrant expressly declares that he/she will be responsible for contractual duties of any clients listed on the registration.

c) Booking may occur in writing, by electronic means (e-mail, internet).
d) The travel contract shall be concluded only after Tour Operator confirmed this in writing (by e-mail or letter).

e) Regarding bookings based on e-commerce (such as the internet), the following shall apply to contract conclusion:
Client is guided through each booking step; they will be able to correct their entries, delete or clear the entire online booking form. When clicking on “Book Now,” Client bindingly offers Tour Operator to conclude the travel contract, whereby an electronic confirmation of travel registration receipt does not represent travel contract acceptance. The contract is concluded once Client receives Tour Operator’s booking confirmation on a permanent data storage device.

However, the Package Travel Contract is immediately concluded based on a travel confirmation if this is displayed immediately after Client clicked on the “Book Now” button. In this case, the travel contract binding force shall not depend on Client saving or printing such travel confirmation or on them receiving this by letter. f) Any Tour Operator travel confirmations deviating from registration contents shall be considered a new offer from Tour Operator to which they are bound for ten (10) days from confirmation receipt. A travel contract shall be concluded based on the new offer if Client expressly and conclusively agrees to this or if they make any partial payments within that period.

g) Tour Operator points out that the law does not provide for a cancellation right regarding distance-selling (by letter, telephone, e-mail, telemedia or online services) package travel contracts, but only for a right to withdrawal and termination (see also item 5). A cancellation right exists, however, if contracts for travel services in terms of sec. 651a BGB were concluded outside business premises, unless negotiations on which contract conclusion is based were previously requested by Client; in the latter case, there is no cancellation right.

2. Payment

a) Should Client fail to make timely payments, Tour Operator may, after reminders without success and a grace period, withdraw from the travel contract and request cancellation costs in terms of item 5. Tour Operator reserves the right to charge on to Client any additional costs (such as bank fees) due to failed or incomplete payments.

3. Services and Prices

The scope of contract services is exclusively based on booking confirmations in connection with the catalog, folder and/or travel descriptions valid at the time of booking, including remarks and explanations therein; travel confirmations shall prevail in the case of contradictions.

b) Tour Operator reserves the right to make changes to catalog or folder information and/or travel descriptions for justified reasons, whereby Client must be informed about this.

4. Changes to Services

a) Changes to and deviations of single travel services from travel contract contents required after contract conclusion, such as due to special navigation situations, excluding those caused by Tour Operator in bad faith, shall be admissible unless significant, leading to significant changes of travel services and interfering with the overall travel structure. This shall also apply to changes to travel times and/or routes (for safety or weather conditions) upon which the captain in charge of the vessel shall decide. Any warranty claims shall not be affected to the extent to which service changes are defective. Tour Operator must immediately inform Client about travel service changes in a clear, comprehensive and highlighted way on a permanent data storage device.

b) In the event of significant changes to travel services, Client may withdraw from the travel contract without incurring any costs, whereby they must exercise this right within a reasonable period and/or immediately after being informed about any changes. Client has a right, but no obligation, to react to such information letter. Should Client respond to Tour Operator, they may agree to contract amendments, request participation in replacement travels (if offered to Client) or withdraw from the contract without any costs. If Client reacts not at all or not during legally prescribed period, the indicated changes shall be considered accepted.

5. Withdrawal by Client

a) Client has the right, prior to departure, to withdraw from the travel by making a declaration to Tour Operator. If travel agencies were involved in the booking process, such declarations may also be made to them. We recommend making written declarations which shall become effective once received by Tour Operator.

b) Should Client withdraw prior to departure or fails to begin the journey, Tour Operator may request reasonable compensation, unless Tour Operator is liable for such withdrawal or unless special circumstances at the destination or places in the immediate vicinity considerably interfere with the journey. Circumstances shall be considered unavoidable and special if beyond Tour Operator’s control and if their consequences could not have been avoided even if all reasonable precautionary measures had been taken. Compensation shall depend on the travel price, less the amount of saved expenses for Tour Operator and income from using travel services in any other way. Tour Operator determined the below lump-sum compensation considering the period between the withdrawal and departure and considering expected saved expenses and income from using travel services in other ways. Compensation shall be calculated based on the below withdrawal scale after a declaration of withdrawal was received: River and sea cruises

  • up to 30 days prior to departure 20%
  • 29-22 days prior to departure 50%
  • from 21 days prior to departure 75%
  • on the day of travel or no-show 90%

Bike and ship journeys

  • up to 84 days prior to departure 20%
  • 83-42 days prior to departure 30%
  • 41-28 days prior to departure 60%
  • 27-4 days prior to departure 80%
  • from 3 days prior to departure or no-show 90%

c) Client shall have the right to show to Tour Operator that reasonable compensation which the latter may request is lower than lump-sum compensation requested by them.

d) Instead of the above lump-sum compensation, Tour Operator reserves the right to request higher, individually calculated compensation if they show that they incurred significantly higher expenses than the relevant lump-sum compensation amount. In this case, Tour Operator must indicate the exact amount considering saved expenses and income from using the services in other ways and they must provide reasons. e) Premiums for travel insurance contracts concluded via Tour Operator must be paid in full in addition to lump-sum compensation.

f) Client’s legal right in terms of sec. 651e BGB to name substitute participants shall not be affected by the above.
6. Booking Alterations

a) After contract conclusion, Client may not request travel times, destinations, places of departure, accommodations or types of transport to be changed (booking alterations). If, upon Client’s request, but without changing the overall structure, bookings are altered not later than 50 days prior to departure, service lump sums of EUR 30.00 must be paid by each traveler requesting alterations.

b) Client’s requests for alterations submitted to Tour Operator later than 50 days prior to departure shall be possible only through cancellation subject to charges in terms of item 5 (Withdrawal by Client) and subsequent new booking.

7. Unused Services

Should Client not use services which Tour Operator was ready and able to contractually perform for reasons within Client’s control, they shall have no claim for pro-rata travel price reimbursements. Tour Operator shall try and make service providers reimburse any expenses which they saved, whereby this is not required if such expenses are insignificant.

8. Withdrawal and Cancellation by Tour Operator
a) Withdrawal Due to a Lack of Participants
If travel descriptions or other documents being of the essence indicate a minimum number of participants, Tour Operator may withdraw from the travel contract up to 21 days prior to departure if they do not receive the minimum number of bookings. Should travels be cancelled for this reason, Tour Operator shall immediately reimburse to Client any payments made for the travel price.

b) In the event of withdrawal for the above reason, Tour Operator shall not reimburse any third-party service costs (train/flight tickets) which Client incurred outside Tour Operator’s service offer.

c) Cancellation and Exclusion for Behavioural, Mental or Physical Reasons
Tour Operator may totally or partially withdraw from the travel contract prior to departure or totally or partially cancel this after departure, without time limits, if Client, in the opinion of the captain or the tour operator travel guides,

  • requires assistance but travels without companions;
  • is in a mental or physical state rendering Client unfit for traveling or turning him/her into a threat for himself/herself or others;
  • carries dangerous items, intoxicants or certain alcoholic beverages intended for consumption during the journey;
  • obviously does not meet a physical or mental requirement set out in the travel description,
  • continuously interferes with the performance
  • of travel services, despite being warned and granted a grace period, or violates the contract in a way that contract annulment is justified.
    d) Regarding contract cancellations and/or exclusions, Tour Operator reserves a claim for the travel price, whereby they must deduct from this saved expenses and income which they gain from differently using unused services, including benefits which they received from service providers. Costs for return journeys shall be borne by Client.
    9. Withdrawal by Tour Operator due to Unavoidable, Special Circumstances
    a) Tour Operator may withdraw from the contract prior to departure if they are prevented from contract fulfillment for unavoidable, special circumstances and if they indicate such withdrawal immediately after becoming aware of this.
    b) Withdrawal in terms of item 9a has the effect of Tour Operator no longer having a claim for the contractual travel price and being obliged to travel price reimbursement and to make the relevant repayments without undue delay, in each case within 14 days from the withdrawal. 10. Client’s Duty to Cooperate; Warranty; Cancellation by Client
    a) Defect Notification
    If travel is performed contrary to the contract, Client may request rectification.
    Client must notify Tour Operator’s on-board travel guides of such defects without undue delay; should there be no such guides, they must inform the captain and/or Tour Operator at their registered office. On-board travel guides are requested to rectify defects if possible, whereby they may not acknowledge any claims. Should Tour Operator be unable to rectify defects due to Client culpably failing to notify them, Client may assert neither price reduction claims in terms of sec. 651m BGB nor damages in terms of sec. 651n BGB.
    b) Tour Operator may refuse rectification if this requires unreasonable efforts. However, they may also rectify by rendering equivalent substitute services, such as using other vessels or traveling along other routes.
    c) Time Limits Prior to Cancellation
    If Client intends to cancel the travel contract due to defects, they must previously grant Tour Operator a reasonable grace period for rectification. Should rectification fail within that reasonable period, Client may cancel the travel contract – preferably in writing – based on legal provisions. This shall also apply if Client cannot be expected to participate in the journey due to a defect and for reasons clearly understandable for Tour Operator. No time limit for rectification shall be required if rectification is impossible or if Client’s special interests justify immediate contract cancellation.

d) Travel Documents
Client must inform Tour Operator if they do not receive required travel documents (such as cabin vouchers) within the period indicated by Tour Operator.
11. Limitation of Liability
a) Tour Operator’s contractual liability for damage not resulting from injuries to life, limb or health and not caused in a culpable manner shall be limited to three times the travel price. Any additional claims due to international conventions shall not be affected by this limitation. b) Tour Operator shall not be liable for defaults, personal and property damage related to services which they only brokered as third-party services (such as outings, visits to theaters) if travel descriptions and confirmations, expressly and by stating both the contract partners’ identities and addresses, indicate them as third-party services in a clear way so that Client understands that they are not included in the package and that they were separately selected. However, Tour Operator shall be liable if and to the extent that damage incurred by travelers is based on violations of their information and organization duties.
12. Claims Exclusion, Limitation and Assignment
a) Claims under sec. 651i BGB must be asserted against Tour Operator or the travel agency which made the booking, whereby assertion on a permanent data storage device is recommended. Client’s claims due to travel defects shall become time-barred after two years and the limitation period shall commence on the day following the end of the travel.
b) Should any negotiations be pending between Client and Tour Operator concerning claims or circumstances as the basis of a claim, limitation shall be suspended until Client or Tour Operator refuse to continue negotiations; limitation shall occur not earlier than three months from the end of suspension.
c) Client shall have no right to totally or partially assign to third parties claims against Tour Operator without Tour Operator’s approval; this shall not apply to co-traveling family members. 13. Passport, Visa and Health Provisions
a) Client must comply with all laws, regulations, instructions and provisions from countries and ports to which they travel as well as any rules and instructions from Tour Operator and/or their authorized staff.
b) Prior to contract conclusion, Tour Operator shall inform EU citizens to whom no special regulations apply (such as dual citizenship, statelessness, passport entries, refugee identification cards) about general passport and health provisions and about possible changes prior to departure. Other citizens and those having dual citizenship must refer to the consulate in charge.
c) Client shall be responsible for obtaining and carrying travel documents requested by authorities, any required vaccinations and compliance with customs and foreign currency provisions. Any disadvantages due to of non-compliance shall be at the expense of Client, unless Tour Operator causes them in a culpable manner due to providing wrong or insufficient information.
14. Travel Restrictions Applicable to Persons with Reduced Mobility
a) Bike and ship journeys are not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.

b) Some river and sea cruise vessels dispose of cabins which are suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Upon request, Tour Operator will provide information on suitability consider- ing Client’s needs; Client must indicate special needs during the booking process.

15. Brokerage of Third-Party Services

a) Via Tour Operator, Client can purchase train tickets at special conditions not tied to specific trains as a part of an The tour operator journey. In this case, Tour Operator is only the broker and not liable for any train delays or cancellations.

b) When booking other third-party services, such as insurance contracts, not included in our services description, T our Operator shall be liable only for brokering such third-party services, but not for rendering the services themselves; the relevant contract partners’ general terms and conditions and cancellation conditions shall apply.

16. Duties of Care with Bike and Ship Journeys

a) Only if you disregard the on-board travel guides’ instructions as to the use and the protection of items or if you act in a (grossly) negligent or intentional manner causing the damage or the loss shall you be liable for any damage to or the loss of bicycles and equipment provided to you.

b) Client shall be personally responsible for complying with traffic rules.
17. Insurance
We recommend purchasing overseas health insurance including return transport, accident, luggage and cancellation insurance.

18. Information on the Verbraucherstreit- beilegungsgesetz (VSBG [German Act on Alternative Dispute Resolution in Consumer Matters])/Venue

a) With regard to the German Act on Alternative Dispute Resolution in Consumer Matters, Tour Operator points out that they do not participate in ADR proceedings. If such proceedings become compulsory after these Terms and Conditions of Travel went to press, Tour Operator shall adequately inform Client about this. Regarding any travel contracts based on electronic legal transactions, Tour Operator refers to the EU oline dispute resolution platform at http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr/.

b) German law shall apply. Client may bring charges against Tour Operator only at the latter’s registered office. The courts of Bremer- haven shall be the venue for general merchants, persons not having a general venue in Germany, persons transferring their place of residence or their habitual abode to other countries after contractual conclusion, persons whose place of residence or habitual abode is unknown at the time of filing the complaint and for litigations as a defendant. However, this shall not apply if prevailing international conventions provide otherwise.

Dated: May 2018

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Ratings

Ratings Snapshot

  • 5 Star 10
  • 4 Star 1
  • 3 Star 1
  • 2 Star 0
  • 1 Star 0

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4.8

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 2.9
  • Value 4.8
  • Included meals 4.7
  • Bikes & equipment 4.3
  • Hotels or boat 3.9
  • Scenery 4.7
  • Ease of navigation 4.3
  • Tour documents 4.1
  • Local tour company services 3.9
  • Route selection 4.6
  • Guides (if applicable) 4.2

Reviews

Jan1 September 25, 2018

Wonderful bike trip

This was my first bike n boat trip. It was better than I expected. I had taken a big river boat trip and this was so much better. The trails and small towns and vineyards were amazing. I would do this again. The crew was the best!

Jiggy September 24, 2018

Fun time was had by all

Our group of 29 people had a wonderful time enjoying the scenery and relaxed atmosphere of the Patria. Although the cabins are quite small we made the best of it....and felt it was good value for the money. Was surprised with the lack of safety talk regarding the bikes and also the boat

Joyce September 18, 2018

The Mosel Valley Bike & Barge adventure is a perfect combination of stunning scenery, exercise and wine!

Excellent help from the BikeTours.com staff – especially Liv! Comfortable accommodations aboard the MS Patria, delicious food, staff exceeded all expectations, bikes were good, pedaling was easy, scenery beautiful, route went thru interesting and historic villages and cities. With a group of 29, there was something for everyone – every day – and no complaints from anyone!
BTC staff review “Liv helped our group of 29 get booked……and was accommodating with every change and request along the way. Everyone thought a group that large would be impossible to book…but, Liv made it easy!

Karin September 15, 2018

LIVE AND LOCAL

Going with my group made a big difference - we didn't always cycle together, but knowing there were others on the trail helped! Scenery, countryside, conviviality were awesome. Accommodations were spartan, but the meals were terrific, the crew excellent and the experience more than worthwhile. Recommended!

Marcie July 6, 2018

Life on a Mosel/Saar River Barge is good!

Not our first self-guided bike tour, BUT our first barge/bike "all inclusive" ride. We loved it. The barge rooms were small, but clean. The on-board meals and "make your own lunch from breakfast buffet offerings" were excellent! Kudos to the chef of the MS Patria. Staff from Czech Republic and Poland were hard working and friendly. Dagomar, the activities director, was enthusiastic and dedicated to making sure everyone was taken care of. Seating assignments in dining room were well thought out, placing the two of us (Oregon) with traveling relatives from BC. The rest of the table consisted of a group of eight Danish folks who spoke English! Bikes were 7-speed models and with a headwind, I was regretting not having an e-bike. Live and learn. Excursions/field trips were interesting and offered cultural highlights. The Mosel/Saar River valleys are simply breathtaking. There was a mix-up the day of our arrival in Koblenz, as we had not received the e-mail regarding the change in mooring. Our German friend was able to call the Harbormaster to locate the MS Patria, and after a rather long walk pulling our suitcases, we located a small local ferry that took us to the opposite shore (Rhine) where we boarded the boat. I don't think I would have thought to call the Harbormaster, and my husband's phone (with contact info) was out of battery power. Technology! All's well that end's well.

Granny on Wheels November 28, 2017

Saarburg to Koblenz Great Trip

A great way to get out and explore Germany and suitable for all levels of fitness. The staff was very friendly, caring and well organised, speaking English and German. Our October trip was a little wet but still beautiful....the colours of the Autumn Fall were spectacular. Riding through the quiet streets of the villages along the Moselle was like taking a step back in time. A great way to get a feel of Europe past and present. The meals and afternoon teas were amazing. Although the boat is old, it is well kept and extremely clean. Our bedding was much more comfortable than I expected judging from the photos and we slept well...no noises at night. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and felt very safe. Would highly recommend this trip.

PattyN October 18, 2016

Mosel Wine and Cake

The staff on the boat spoke English and most, including our guide were completely fluent. Language was not an issue. The food was varied and healthy, although favorite part of the services onboard was tea and cake at 3pm. Although they were comfortable to sit on, the bicycles were quite heavy. Not a big deal on the flat route we were biking, but they did require more effort to pedal than I would have preferred.