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Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

This tour along the Mosel and Saar combines the best of the German "Bundesländer" Rheinland Pfalz and Saarland. While cycling from Alken to Merzig you'll discover the legacy of the Roman empire, go beyond your bounds and meet the "Queen of grapes."

Go back in time and visit the Roman villas and public baths along the two rivers. In Trier, you can visit the Porta Nigra. This ancient gateway is one of the most well-known monuments from the Roman era.

While cycling through one of Germany's greater wine-growing areas, this is an excellent occasion to try a lot of different wines and see where the grapes grow and how the wines are made. Get acquainted with the excellent but uncomplicated wines from the Saar and the so-called "Spitzenweinen" along the Mosel, like the "Zeller Schwarze Katz." The main ingredient for those wines is the Riesling, a white grape variety which dates back to the 15th century and is crowned as the "Queen of grapes."

Note: You'll receive detailed route information on your first day. 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. The rates are in Canadian dollars.

Daily program

This tour operates in two directions: from Cochem to Mettlach or from Mettlach to Cochem. Both itineraries are detailed below.

Direction: Cochem – Mettlach
Aug 25; Sep 8, 22; Oct 6, 2019

Day 1: Arrival to Cochem
Embarkation between 2-3:00pm. Your tour starts in the beautiful city Cochem with a lot of shops and terraces.  Cochem is famous for its wines and dominated by the old Reichsburg.

Day 2: Cochem – Zell (27 miles/44 km)
Through five remarkable bends, you’ll meander along with the river to the famous vineyards of Calmont. The steepest slopes have a gradient of 65% which makes it quite difficult for the farmers to tend their vineyards. The lunch stop will be at the beautiful village of Beilstein, a backdrop for many movies. The endpoint of today is the city of the black cat, Zell. The story goes that when some wine merchants from Aachen had to choose which wine barrel they wanted to buy, a black cat jumped upon one of the barrels to defend it. Of course, this made it clear for them which barrel they should buy.
Overnight in Zell.

Day 3: Zell – Bernkastel Keus (25 miles/40 km)
The Mosel makes its way through a green and fascinating landscape with vineyards and forests. Just after leaving Zell you will bike to the “Marienburg” where you will be awarded by a splendid view over the Mosel Meander. Along the way you’ll find some beautifultowns and villages like the beautiful double city in Jugendstil, Traben Trarbach and the so called ‘Winzerdorf’ Wolf. The final destination is Bernkastel-Kues, a medieval town with romantic narrow streets, remarkable half-timbered houses and picturesque nooks and crannies..
Overnight in Bernkastel Keus.

Day 4: Bernkastel Kues, Moselle-Maare cycling trail (34 miles/55 km)
In the morning the cycle bus takes you to Daun, to the start of the Moselle-Maare cycling trail, possibly the most famous cycling trail of the central Moselle. The track is built on an old railway line. There is no simpler way to cycle to the Moselle valley than on the former railway line through the Volcanic Eifel! The road runs through the landscape of volcanoes and crater lakes, along magnificent viaducts, and past old railway stations. Light as a feather, it continues to roll on the Moselle bike path to Bernkastel-Kues.
Overnight in Bernkastel Keus.

Day 5: Bernkastel Keus – Trier surroundings (28 miles/45 km)
Along today's route, you'll find a lot of Roman villas and public baths but also relics of other ancient civilizations such as the Celts. All those historical buildings are placed on the slopes along the ever winding river. "Special of the day" is the "Piesporter Goldtröpfchen," a lovely local blended white wine that we are going to taste in a local wine-bar. We will take the time to pay a visit to Trier, the oldest city in Germany, where you can visit some more Roman legacies like the Porta Nigra, the Basilica of Constantine the Great and an amphitheater.
Overnight near Trier.

Day 6: Trier – Saarburg (22-28 miles/35-45 km)
During today’s tour you switch rivers in the historical city of Konz. From here you leave the Mosel behind and go south along the Saar. Before you take "exit Saar" you’ll go further west to jump over the border into the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

One thing's for sure, you’re not the first tourist in the area. Around the year 365 A.D., the Roman teacher and poet Magnus Ausonius wrote his hymn Mosella. "Greetings, river, framed by perfumed vineyard-covered hills, Framed by grass; river of greenest shores. Your strong waters carry ships, flowing in easy waves. Along the stream, and a glittering lake your depths emulate."

Tonight you’ll stay in Saarburg. Don’t forget to take a walk through the old town center with the famous waterfalls and visit the old city castle.
Overnight in Saarburg.

Day 7: Saarburg – Mettlach (22 miles/35 km)
From Saarburg you cycle south along the Saar. Around the little village of Saarhölzbach, you leave the Rheinland Pfalz behind and enter the Saarland. The history of this little village goes back to the year 802 and the government of Charlemagne, also known as Charles the Great, king of Franks, king of Italy and the first Holy Roman Emperor. Today we will have lunch in Mettlach, a little town along the Saar River where we will visit the famous Villeroy and Boch porcelain museum. Today’s highlight is the beautiful Saarschleife (Saar loop). You will have the opportunity to hike to a panorama-point where you can have a great view over the whole region. After this interesting hike we double back for a few kilometers to our final destination Mettlach.
Overnight in Mettalch.

Day 8: Merzig
The tour ends after breakfast. Disembarkation by 10:00am. It is well worth the effort to take some time to look around in Merzig to visit the Garden of Senses or the wolf park of Werner Freund.


Direction: Mettlach – Cochem
Sep 1, 15, 29; Oct 13, 2019

Day 1: Arrival in Merzig
Board the ship between 2-3:00pm in the beautiful Saarland town of Mettlach, home of Villeroy and Boch, with a lot of shops and terraces. At 4:00pm, we will make a short trip along the Saar River to a beautiful mooring-place near the Saarschleife (Saar loop).
Overnight in Saarschleife.

Day 2: Saarschleife – Saarburg (22 miles/35 km)
After breakfast, you will bike to the Saar-Canyon. Here, you have the opportunity to hike to an outlook site on top of the Saar-Canyon where there is a magnificent panorama over the faraway surroundings. The hike is not steep and takes 1 hour uphill and half an hour downhill. At lunchtime, you will arrive in the town of Mettlach where you will have lunch and can visit the town. Of course, you the group will visit the biggest attraction of the town: The Villeroy and Boch porcelain museum including a cup of coffee in the beautiful Museum-Café. We will end this day-trip in the very scenic town of Saarburg with its huge waterfall in the middle of town.
Overnight in Saarburg.

Day 3: Saarburg – Trier (22-28 miles/35-45 km)
During today's tour you switch rivers in the historical city of Konz, from here you leave the Saar behind and follow the Mosel towards Luxembourg. One thing's for sure, you're not the first tourist in the area: It was around the year 365 A.D. that the river inspired the Roman teacher Magnus Ausonius to write his hymn Mosella: "Greetings, river, framed by perfumed vineyard-covered hills, Framed by grass; river of greenest shores. Your strong waters carry ships, flowing in easy waves. Along the stream, and a glittering lake your depths emulate."

Along the old Saarschleife you cycle to the Igeler Säule and Wasserbillig in Luxemburg. In the afternoon, you'll turn eastwards to Trier where you’ll stay for the roughly 3 hours. This city is known for its Roman legacies like the Porta Nigra, the Basilica of Constantine the Great and an amphitheater. After this stop, you cycle one hour to the mooring-place of the barge.
Overnight in Trier.

Day 4: Trier, sailing to Schweig, and cycling to Bernkastel-Keus (31 miles/50 km)
Just like days past, the Romans are still present today. Along the route, you'll find a lot of old Roman villas, public baths and other relics of ancient civilizations. All those historical buildings are placed on the slopes along the winding river. The endpoint of today is the medieval town of Bernkastel-Keus with its romantic narrow streets, remarkable half-timbered houses and picturesque nooks and crannies. There's an opportunity for a wine-tasting-excursion in a winery.
Overnight in Bernkastel-Kues.

Day 5: Bernkastel Keus – Moselle-Maare cycling trail (34 miles/55 km)
In the morning the cycle bus takes you to Daun, to the start of the Moselle-Maare cycling trail, possibly the most famous cycling trail of the central Moselle. The track is built on an old railway line. There is no simpler way to cycle to the Moselle valley than on the former railway line through the Volcanic Eifel! The road runs through the landscape of volcanoes and crater lakes, along magnificent viaducts, and past old railway stations. Light as a feather, it continues to roll on the Moselle bike path to Bernkastel-Kues.
Overnight in Bernkastel-Kues.

Day 6: Bernkastel Keus – Zell (25 miles/40 km)
As if it had imbibed a drink or two, the Mosel makes its way through a green and fascinating landscape with vineyards and forests. Along the way, you’ll find some beautiful towns and villages like the so-called ‘Winzerdorf’ Wolf and even further around the next curve you’ll be surprised by the beautiful double city in Jugendstil, Traben Trarbach. Just before Zell, there will be another hiking opportunity that leads you to the “Marienburg” where you will be awarded by a splendid view over the Mosel Meander.

The ship waits for you in the city of the black cat, Zell. The story goes that when some wine merchants from Aachen had to choose which wine barrel they should buy a black cat jumped upon one of the barrels to defend it. Of course, this made it clear for them which barrel they should buy.
Overnight in Zell.

Day 7: Zell – Cochem (28 miles/45 km)
The day starts with a ride to the almost vertical vineyards of Calmont near Bremm. Here you can take a hike up the slopes and see yet another wonderful bend in the Mosel river. After lunch we ride on to the beautiful village of Beilstein, a backdrop of many movies. After the stop, we cycle the last part of the trip along the Mosel to Cochem, the final destination of this cycling week. Cochem is famous for its wines and dominated by the old Reichsburg.
Overnight in Cochem.

Day 8: Departure from Cochem
After breakfast, the tour ends. Disembarkation by 10:00am.

Route Map

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

Dates

From Cochem: Aug 25; Sep 8, 22; Oct 6, 2019. From Mettlach: Sep 1, 15, 29; Oct 13, 2019
Low season: Aug 25, 2019 - Aug 31, 2019, Oct 06, 2019 - Oct 19, 2019
High season: Sep 01, 2019 - Oct 05, 2019

Prices

Tour package, from Cochem - Mettlach

Aug 25; Sep 8, 22; Oct 6, 2019

Per person, double occupancy
€1165
High season surcharge
€110
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
Low season
€510
High season
€560
Gluten free meals
€50
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike
€90
Electrically assisted bike
€170
Children's bike
€55
Child's seat
€15
Tag-along
€50
Bike trailer
€85
Bike insurance, hybrid touring bike
€15
Bike insurance, electrically assisted bike
€40
Discounts
Child, ages 0-2 sharing a room with at least 1 full-paying adult (on base package price)
100%
Child, ages 3-11 sharing a room with at least 1 full-paying adult (on base package price)
30%
Tour package, from Mettlach - Cochem

Sep 1, 15, 29; Oct 13, 2019

Per person, double occupancy
€1165
High season surcharge
€110
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
Low season
€510
High season
€560
Gluten free meals
€50
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike
€90
Electrically assisted bike
€170
Children's bike
€55
Child's seat
€15
Tag-along
€50
Bike trailer
€85
Bike insurance, hybrid touring bike
€15
Bike insurance, electrically assisted bike
€40
Discounts
Child, ages 0-2 sharing a room with at least 1 full-paying adult (on base package price)
100%
Child, ages 3-11 sharing a room with at least 1 full-paying adult (on base package price)
30%
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  • 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.
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Cycletours Holidays Terms and Conditions

Cancellation condition for individual bookings:

  • Until 60 days before day of departure: €65
  • 59-42 days before the day of departure: €135
  • 41 to 29 days before day of departure: 35% of full invoice amount
  • 28 to 22 days before day of departure: 40% of full invoice amount
  • 21 to 15 days before day of departure: 50% of full invoice amount
  • 14 to 6 days before day of departure: 75% of full invoice amount
  • 5 days to 1 day before day of departure: 90% of full invoice amount
  • on day of departure and no show: 100% of full invoice amount
    (Different conditions apply to group reservations/chartering a ship)

Cancellation condition for group bookings:

  • Until 120 days before departure: 30% of the total invoice
  • 120 until 90 days before departure: 50% of the total invoice
  • 90 until 60 days before departure: 75 % of the total invoice
  • 60 days until day of departure: total amount
    (Different conditions apply to chartering a ship)

Charge for Changes
If after booking a trip, you wish to make changes, bear in mind that you can be billed a surcharge to cover the costs of changes, This amounts to €14 (substituting a different traveler is €28). According to the ANVR terms and conditions, changes can generally be made up to 28 days prior to the departure date.

The conditions of all tours act on the Dutch jurisdiction. Any liability of the tour operator (the transporter) is limited to the amounts of the concerned insurance-company(s) of the tour operator / the transporter is (are) willing to pay, taken into account the maximum overages. The parties agree that the Dutch law applies to this agreement. Any conflicts arising out of this contract will be brought solely before a competent judge in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Travel Agreement
A travel agreement is reached with the traveler's acceptance of our offer. Acceptance can take place either directly through us or via the intermediary service of a booking office. As soon as you make a reservation, your accommodations will be arranged. When these arrangements have been settled, you'll receive word from us and thereupon, the invoice will be sent.

A confirmation of your booking together with the invoice will be sent within 72 hours. Travel documents will be sent via e-mail 3 weeks prior to departure. When booking more than 2 months before departure, payment in terms is possible. Deposit is 15% of the total amount. Second payment needs to be done at least 6 weeks prior to departure.

Travel Conditions
The tour operator is a member of the General Dutch Association of Tour operators (ANVR). This association publishes the ANVR-travel condition that includes the rights and duties of both the tour operator and the participant. These conditions are available upon request.

Travel Conditions
The tour operator is a member of the General Dutch Association of Tour operators (ANVR). This association publishes the ANVR-travel condition that includes the rights and duties of both the tour operator and the participant. These conditions are available upon request.

Cancellation of the tour
The tour operator reserves the right to cancel tours with fewer than 12 participants up to 21 days prior to the date of departure. The tour operator will offer an adequate alternative in case of such cancellation.

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