Moselle and Saar by bike and ship
Cycle along the neat Saar-bike trail. Discover Saarburg, the “Little Venice” of the Saar and visit the castle and the old Saar-loop before reaching the Moselle with the historical Roman town Treves. You should not miss out on a visit of the Roman thermal baths, the Porta Nigra and the historical town centre. The Moselle-bike trail will impress you. You will roll along green vineyards and visit well-known places along the Moselle like Traben-Trarbach, Zell and Bernkastel-Kues. Further highlights of your guided tour will be impressive passages on the ship’s sundeck or a side trip to Burg Eltz, which will definitely not disappoint you! The last stage of your trip is Koblenz with the “Deutsche Eck”.
The MS Patria offers capacities for 68 guests in 34 air-conditioned cabins (it's not possible to open the windows) equipped with two single beds, shower and toilet. A cozy atmosphere and a friendly crew await you in the saloon and bar. You also have a partially covered sundeck where you can spend your time after the bike tours. The crew is an experienced team, supplying a familiar atmosphere on board.
1. day Arrival in Saarburg
Embarkment starts at 4 p.m. Captain and crew give you a warm welcome at 6 p.m.
We recommend discovering the Old Town on your own. The small town is situated below the fortress of the Saarburg by the Saar. Vineyards and woods surround Saarburg. The Leukbach flows through it and established the basis for the early heydays of the local community life. “Little Venice” is how the ensemble of romantic rows of houses and small bridges crossing the creeks on the butter market was already referred to by the Berlin architect Schinkel.
2. day Saarburg - Saarschleife - Trier 38 km
Your first bike tour starts afetr breakfast and leads you to the old Saar-loop. You can do a side trip to Wasserbillig in Luxembourg where the Sauer river flows into the Moselle. The ship will already be waiting for you in Trier. In Trier you can participate in a guided city tour organized by your tour guide. Here, you will have the unique chance to follow 2000 years of history step by step. Visit the Porta Nigra, a Roman town gate of gigantic size, the basilica, the Roman thermal baths or the electoral palace.
3. day Trier - Mehring 26 - 29 km
In a comfortable pace, you cycle to Mehring on the even Moselle bike trail. There, on an acclivity above the Moselle, excavations of the Villa Rustica, a Roman manor, can be visited.
4. day Mehring - Bernkastel–Kues ca. 47 km
After breakfast, your route takes you to Neumagen-Dhron, the oldest winegrowing place by the Moselle. Marvel at the rock relief of the wine ship and at its beautiful remake. Later on you will cycle to Trittenheim, where a nature trail informs over the work of the winegrower, local grape varieties and winegrowing, and from there to Piesport with its worthwhile Roman wine press. The community, known as the biggest winegrowing establishment in the Moselle-Saar-Ruwer-region, is surrounded by vineyards, woods and meadows. Already the Romans came here to enjoy the stunning landscape with its natural prosperity. The famous winegrowing town Bernkastel-Kues will be reached after a short time of cycling through the vineyards. Neat small towns lie on both sides of the Moselle. Noble half-timbered houses seam the steep market place in Bernkastel. Enjoy the incomparable atmosphere of the picturesque Old Town full of history. In the evening a wine tasting gives you an impression of the famous wines of the region.
5. day Bernkastel-Kues - Traben Trarbach - Zell 43 km
Today’s route leads through the famous winegrowing area "Kröver Nacktarsch“. You will be tempted to stop and taste the various wines. In Traben-Trarbach, it is time to take a relaxing break in order to explore the beautiful town. The next stop will be in Enkirch, whose half-timbered houses and narrow streets invite to walk around. You will not be back on your bikes for long before the next big winegrowing area comes up. The route leads past vines of the “Schwarze Katze” (black cat), into the middle of the small but beautiful town.
6. day Zell - Beilstein - Cochem 39 km
Behind a narrow curve in the course of the Moselle lies the small winegrowing town Bremm with its winding lanes. Here you are going to pass the steepest vineyard in Europe, the “Calmont”. Another highlight of the day surely is Beilstein, whose heavenly townscape has served as the scenery for five movies. A perfect place for a nice break. Today’s destination is Cochem. The perfectly restored Old Town and the impressive castle watching over the town make Cochem the most frequented town by the Moselle. Your ship is waiting for you by the bridge over the Moselle with a great view over town and castle.
7. day Cochem - Alken + Koblenz by boat 29 km
After cycling through the valley for a few kilometres, you will reach Moselkern. Take a side trip by bike and foot from here to the famous castle of Burg Eltz. Full of impressions, you will continue through the Moselle valley to Alken. The remaining kilometers to Koblenz you cover on the MS Patria. Let your last evening fade out with a walk to "Deutsches Eck" where Moselle and Rhine meet, and along the Rhine river promenade in the beautiful Old Town of Koblenz.
8. day Koblenz departure
Your journey back home starts after breakfast.
Dates and direction of travel
Saarburg - Koblenz:
07.04.2018 / 21.04.2018 / 05.05.2018 / 19.05.2018 / 16.06.2018 / 30.06.2018 / 28.07.2018 / 11.08.2018 / 25.08.2018 / 22.09.2018 / 06.10.2018
Koblenz - Saarburg:
14.04.2018 / 28.04.2018 / 12.05.2018 / 26.05.2018 / 23.06.2018 / 07.07.2018 / 04.08.2018 / 18.08.2018 / 01.09.2018 / 29.09.2018 / 13.10.2018
On the following starting dates the tourer bike is included:
07.04. / 14.04. / 21.04. and 13.10.2018
All bike and ship trips may underlie spontaneous changes of the route due to certain weather conditions. For this trip exist special terms of cancelation.
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Minimum number of participants
Velociped can withdraw from the tour twenty-one days before the starting date of the tour, at the latest, in case the minimum number of participants stated under the tour description is not attained. You will duly be informed without any delay in case of a withdrawal. Velociped will of course refund the paid tour price immediately. Please note our General Terms and Conditions.
Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels
Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels
For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.
Prices are per person.
- 2-bed outward cabin
- daily cleaning of the cabins
- full board
- welcome drink
- coffee and cake until 4.30 pm
- daily route discussions on board
- 1 x tour documents per cabin
- any fees for harbours, bridges and watergates
Worth knowing about the Saar - Moselle boat & bike tour
Please find more information about the Saar - Moselle boat & bike tour below. If you have any further questions feel free to contact us by phone: 0049 - (0)6421 - 886890.
The pier in Saarburg is about 3 km away from the main station. Detailed information you will receive with your travel documents two weeks prior to departure.
Parking: unguarded parking lot for the duration of your trip close to the pier (approx. 25 Euro/week/car, no reservation possible, payable on site).
If you do the tour in the opposite direction: The pier in Koblenz (Peter-Altmeier-Ufer) is about 3 km away from Koblenz main station.
Close to the pier you find a car park. Cost: ca. 125.00 Euro per week.
Cabin on the main deck
Cabin on the upper deck
Condition of cycle paths
The quality of the bike paths is good The Moselle cycle path usually runs on paved roads without significant gradients.
Available rental bikes
We provide 7-speed gear shift unisex bikes with hand and pedal brake by KTM and a pannier.
You can travel with your own bike, by prior appointment (exclusion of liability for damage, loss and theft).
A limited number of freewheel bikes and electric bikes is available.
For lack of space please abstain from hard-top cases, storage space is limited.
Transfer back to the starting point of the journey
By train in 2 hours: approx. 24,- € per person. For a group ticket please ask your guide on site.
By bus (4 pax and more): 75,- € per person (transport fee for your own bike plus 15,- Euro per bike). Limited seats, reservation required with your booking. Payable on site.
7 days hotline service
Just in case the bike chain is broken, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any other nasty surprise: you can reach us seven days a week and we will do anything to help you as fast as possible.
Saarburg was founded in 964 by Count-Siegfried of Luxembourg with the construction of the castle high above the river Saar. Today, the romantic medieval town is a state-recognized resort. The idyllic small town is surrounded by forests and vineyards, and the Leukbach flows through it. A special attraction is the 20-meter-high waterfall in the middle of the city, which rushes down between half-timbered houses and baroque buildings and drives the mill wheels of the former Hachenberger mill. Saarburg's old core and the picturesque suburbs have charming corners, and invite visitors to explore the steep and winding streets.
The once proud and powerful castle, one of the first and most beautiful mansions of the West, was built by Count Siegfried of Luxembourg in 963. After changing history, the castle was only a ruin used as a quarry in the middle of the 18th century. Parts of the dilapidated wall ring and buildings collapsed. In 1860, the city acquired the castle and secured it in the 1890s. 107 steps lead to the viewing plateau, in the upper part of the mantle tower, which was established in 1896. At the top, you should enjoy the wide view of the Saas Valley. Since 2005, a new castle lighting has been providing an impressive setting high above the city. The Burganlage is freely accessible.
Wiltingen is the center of the Riesling cultivation on the lower Saar with world-famous vineyards such as the Scharzhofberg. The picturesque altar of the Saar, also called Wiltinger Saarbogen, is today designated as a nature reserve.
Trier, Porta Nigra
The Porta Nigra (Latin for Black Gate) is a former Roman city gate. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a famous landmark of the city. The name Porta Nigra comes from the Middle Ages. Another name in the Middle Ages was Porta Martis (the Gate of Mars). The city gate was built around 180 AD as a northern access to the city of Augusta Treverorum (Augustus city in the land of Treverer), today's Trier.
Imperial Baths Trier
The Kaiserthermen in Trier are the remains of a large Roman bathing complex, which can still be viewed as an impressive ruin. It has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site together with the other sights worth seeing in the city of Trier. The complex was built around 300 AD as a monumental representation building of the Emperor Constantius Chlorus and his son Constantine, who had made Trier their residence.
Mehring, Villa Rustica
The Villa Rustica in Mehring is a Roman mansion (Villa Rustica) in Mehring on the "Roemischer Weinstrasse". Between 1983 and 1987 the Herrenhaus was liberated, conserved and partly reconstructed. Today we can see the main front with the corner risers and the portico, a heated living room with mosaic and parts of the bathroom.
Bernkastel-Kues, Historische Altstadt & Moselweinmuseum
Bernkastel-Kues is a well-known wine-growing center on the Mittelmosel. The city is a state-approved resort. In Bernkastel, the mediaeval market square with its gabled facades dating from the 17th century, among which is the narrow pointed spire dating back to 1416, is particularly interesting. Around the St. Michaelsbrunnen from 1606 grouped a number of well-preserved buildings and also the Renaissance town hall from 1608.
Beilstein und Burg Metternich
The small settlement has one of the best preserved historical sites on the Moselle and is therefore also called miniature Rothenburg or 'Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle'. The village is dominated by the ruins of Metternich Castle, which once belonged to the princes of the same name.
The Reichsburg is the landmark of the city of Cochem. It stands on a widely visible mountain cone more than 100 meters above the city.
The fortress Ehrenbreitstein is a formerly kurtrierische, later Prussian fortification fortification opposite the Moselle estuary. Since 2002, the fortress has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Cultural Landscape Upper Middle Rhine Valley". The site of the fortress will be part of the event area at the "Bundesgartenschau 2011" in Koblenz.