German Rivers, Wines, and Cycle Paths by Bike and Boat

5/5 (1)
7 nights
25 miles/day
Guided from EUR € 1475
Countries: Germany
Rider Level: Leisure Electric bike tours Primarily bike paths Bike and boat tours

German Rivers, Wines, and Cycle Paths by Bike and Boat

5/5 (1)

Rider Level: Leisure Electric bike tours Primarily bike paths Bike and boat tours

7 nights
25 miles/day

Guided from EUR € 1475
Bike and Boat Tour aboard Quo Vadis
Countries: Germany

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  • Bike and boat your way from Cochem to Merzig (or reverse)

    This enchanting bike and boat tour in Germany features the Mosel and Saar river landscapes, magnificent scenery, romantic wine villages, and the best of Germany's bike paths.

    The Romans left their mark here in many ways, not least in the cultivation and production of wine. To ensure a steady supply of wine to Roman soldiers (and due to a belief that wine drinking was a daily necessity!), viticulture and wine production became widespread across the Roman Empire. Rivers, including those in Germany, played an essential role in wine transportation. Mountains were transformed into terraced vineyards and hilltop castles kept watch over the grapes from above. The steepest vineyards in the world are located here, in the Mosel region of Germany!

    Enjoy a spectacular journey through Germany's wonderful landscapes, wine country, and riverscapes!

    • Piesport, Germany. Chris@Flickr
    • Local Deutsche wines! Pinarkucuk@Unsplash
    • Cochem along the Mosel River in Germany! Victoriam@Unsplash
    • Gorgeous architecture to see in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany! Gunter Hentschel@Flickr
    • Mosel & Saar River Germany Bike & Boat Tour
    • Saarburg, Germany. Wolfgang Staudt@Flickr
    • Traben-Trarbach along the Mosel River in Germany. CC:michiel verbeek
    • Saarburg, Germany. Wolfgang Staudt@Flickr

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    • Mosel and Saar river cycle paths
    • Roman culture, history, and influence along the Mosel and Saar rivers
    • Medieval cities and towns
    • Wine village of Zell
    • Traben-Trarbach, an Art Nouveau city
    • Piesport and its beautiful white wines
    • Bernkastel Kues, producer of the best wines of the Mid-Mosel
    • Trier, the oldest city in Germany, founded by Caesar Augustus
    • City gate of Porta Nigra

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    Interested in adding to your itinerary? Take a look at our cycling day tours in Frankfurt.

  • German Rivers, Wines, and Cycle Paths by Bike and Boat

     Tour Description Daily Program 

  • Daily program

    Cochem to Merzig

    Day 1: Cochem
    The Quo Vadis awaits you in the port of Cochem. At 3:00 pm, you'll be welcomed on board and can go for a stroll through this typical Mosel town. Steep mountains laced with fertile vineyards and wooded hills surround a picturesque square where you can settle down for a coffee amidst the beautiful timber-framed houses. Visit the impressive castle here or simply enjoy a glass of local wine.

    Day 2: Cochem – Beilstein – Zell (22 or 27 miles/36 km or 44 km)
    Your first stop today is the beautiful town of Beilstein. High on a hill, you'll find Saint Joseph's Monastery, which houses the 'Miraculous Black Madonna', a statue of Spanish origin dating from the 12th or 13th century. Black Madonnas are mysterious and at times controversial, and there are over 500 in Europe today. Were they created this way? Or did chemical changes occur over time? Your day's itinerary ends in the wine village of Zell, located on the Mosel River.

    Day 3: Zell – Traben-Trarbach – Bernkastel Kues (27 miles/44 km)
    First to Traben-Trarbach, the city of Art Nouveau, and then on to Bernkastel Kues with its medieval marketplace, surrounded by well-preserved, gabled timber-frame houses. This ancient Roman town produces the best wines of the Mid-Mosel.

    Day 4: Bernkastel-Kues, “Maare-Moselradweg MMR” excursion (34 miles/55 km)
    This morning, you'll leave the river and vineyards behind. You and your bike will be shuttled by bus to the city of Schalkenmehren, into the heart of the UNESCO Volcanic Eifel nature park and geopark. The following cycling itinerary leads along the converted rails to trails track, through tunnels, over bridges, and past small lakes formed from volcano craters, known as maars. There is no dinner on board today, so you can select one of the local restaurants of Bernkastel-Kues (at your own expense).

    Day 5: Bernkastel-Kues – Neumagen – Schweich –Trier/Pfalzel (18 or 34 miles/28 km or 54 km)
    From Bernkastel, the valley opens up and vineyards expand as far as the eye can see. You'll cruise past the heavy hitters in the wine world - Brauneberg, Piesport, and Trittenheim. Piesport is popular for the Riesling grapes that are grown here. Trittenheim lies in a sharp hairpin turn on the river surrounded by mountains abundant with grapes.

    Around lunchtime, you'll arrive in Neumagen, which has been an important center of wine production since the Roman era. You can decide to join the barge from here or continue by bicycle to Schweich, where the barge will be waiting for you again. Once on board, you will cruise to Trier/Pfalzel.

    Day 6: Trier/Pfalzel – Trier – Saarburg (20 miles/33 km)
    In the morning, your tour leader will take you to Trier, the oldest city in Germany. Trier was founded in 15 BC by Caesar Augustus under the name of Augusta Trevorum. It flourished during the late imperial age as a trading town and administrative center. Roman influence is seen in the architecture and monuments, including the city gate of Porta Nigra, which was built around 18 AD.

    After lunch, you'll hop on your bicycle and branch off to follow the Saar River to your next destination, Saarburg, situated in the most beautiful part of the Saar Valley. The remains of the castle of Saarburg, originally constructed in the 10th century, sit on the hilltop, surrounded by trees, and overlook the charming city below. Right in the middle of the Altstadt, or Old Town, you'll come across a 20m waterfall. In this part of town, most of the old houses date from the 17th and 18th centuries and are well preserved.

    Day 7: Saarburg – Merzig ( 25 miles/40 km)
    Enjoy this last day of riverside biking as you head to Mettlach. Savor the views over the most scenic bend of the Saar River. Then it's onwards to Merzig, your day's destination and your last overnight. Merzig is situated directly on the banks of the Saar River, surrounded by the Saargau Hills. This is the perfect ending to your cycling vacation, immersed in German river landscapes. The area sourrounding Merzig is rich in orchards and is known for its fruit juices and Viez Apfelwein (apple wine). Be sure to taste some!

    Day 8: Departure from Merzig
    Disembarkation by 9:30 am.

    Merzig to Cochem

    Day 1: Merzig
    Day 2: Merzig – Saarburg (28 miles/45 km)
    Day 3: Saarburg – Trier-Pfalzel (22 miles/35 km)
    Day 4: Trier – Schweich | Schweich – Neumagen – Bernkastel-Kues (16 or 32 miles/27 km or 53 km)
    Day 5: Bernkastel-Kues by bus to Daun – Bernkastel-Kues (Daun excursion) (34 miles/55 km)
    Day 6: Bernkastel-Kues – Zell, (28 miles/45 km)
    Day 7: Zell – Cochem (24 miles/40 km)
    Day 8: Departure from Cochem

    Surface and terrain

    This guided bike and boat tour in Germany is rated leisure. The route is mainly flat, follows the course of the rivers, and ranges between 28 and 55 km over 6 cycling days.


    Quo Vadis

    How to get there

    Tour start and end

    Frankfurt International Airport (FRA) or Luxembourg Airport (LUX)

    The train station at Frankfurt Airport offers connections to the city center and other popular German cities. Luxembourg Airport is another option. You can even book a multi-city flight, arriving to one airport and departing from another.

    German Rivers, Wines, and Cycle Paths by Bike and Boat

     Tour Photos Dates & Prices 

  • Dates

    From Cochem: Aug 27; Sep 10, Sep 24; Oct 22, 2023
    From Merzig: Sep 3, Sep 17; Oct 1, 2023


    Tour package

    August/September departures October departures
    Per person, double occupancy €1625 €1475
    Single use cabin (1 person/1 cabin) €2113 €1918

    Bike rentals

    Electrically assisted bike €110

    Included services

    • 7 nights accommodation on board the Quo Vadis in an air-conditioned cabin on board
    • 7 x breakfast, 6 x packed lunch, 5 x 3-course dinner, and 1 x 4-course dinner
    • Welcome meeting and toast
    • Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water on board
    • Daily cleaning of the cabin
    • 8-speed touring bike
    • Guided cycling tours
    • Maps for cycling tours (1x per cabin)
    • Fees for ferries
    • Tourist-tax
    • Bus transfer to Daun
    • Entrance Reichsburg Cochem

    Bike rentals

    Bikes available to be rented (booked in advance at the time of booking) include:

    8-speed touring bike (included)
    9-speed electric bike*

    *More about electrically-assisted bikes

    Equipment included with bike rental:

    • Orlieb 12.6 liter pannier
    • Helmet
    • Safety lock

    Bike Protection:
    Bike protection can be purchased at the time of booking. You can read more about that HERE

    Tour Company

    German Rivers, Wines, and Cycle Paths by Bike and Boat

     Daily program Tour Reviews 

    • Monika Sorlini 7 months ago

      Goldige Reise mit unseren amerikanischen Freunden

      Zum radeln hervorragend, wir hätten keine Guides benötigt, da uns die römischen Bauten weniger interessiert haben. Wir haben es vorgezogen, zu geocachen.

      What was the date of your tour?
      17.9. bis 24.9.23
      How many tours have you completed?
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers
      Do you recommend this tour?
      • 4/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 3/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 2/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
      • 4/5 Guides (if applicable)

    German Rivers, Wines, and Cycle Paths by Bike and Boat

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