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Self guided 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 bicycle during the day and explore beautiful areas in the region of the river Mosel, without giving up a comfortable way of travelling. During our tours you don’t have to pack and un-pack 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 Mosel, 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 Mosel 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 Mosel and Rhine) in Koblenz and Saarburg (also known as “little Venice”) are but a few of the highlights during this trip. The Moselle, with a length of 544 km, 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 and a length of 246 km, is the Mosel’s longest tributary. The quality of the cycle paths along this route is excellent. Most of the path along the river Mosel is paved or asphalted and does not have any gradients of note. This makes the trip suitable even for relatively unpractised cyclists.
Individual arrival to Saarburg. The beautiful town picture is coined through narrow alleys, half-timbered houses, baroque buildings and colourful fisher- and boat houses. Mr. Schinkel, the mayor of Berlin once named the ensemble of romantic rows of houses and small bridges “Little Venice”. Embarkation starts at 4 p.m. The captain and his crew are welcoming you on board around 6 p.m.
Your first bike tour starts after breakfast and leads you to the old Saar loop and on to Igeler Säule and Wasserbillig in Luxembourg with well-known baroque church and two grand towers. In the afternoon you reach Trier or Konz where the boat is awaiting you. In Trier you have the possibility of a city tour (optional). Trier was roman seat of government and is well-known for its Porta Nigra, a city gate of gigantic size.
After breakfast you cycle to Mehring. This village is surrounded by vineyards, forests and meadows and is one of the biggest wine growing villages in the Moselle-Saar-Ruwer region. Already the Romans appreciated the beautiful landscape 2000 years ago.
Today you have a wine day! You start in Neumagen Dhron, where you can visit a reproduction of a roman wine boat. Then your way brings you to Piesport, the biggest municipality for wine growing along river Moselle. Optional: Visit and guided tour in the biggest roman wine press system north of the Alps. The winegrower will show you the wineyards and how they work. In the evening you have a wine tasting, where you can get to know the good wines of the Moselle!
From Bernkastel-Kues to Traben-Trarbach the route leads along Moselle. You follow the windings of the river and reach Zell an der Mosel – well-known for its vineyard “Zeller Schwarze Katz”.
From Zell to Beilstein. As “Rothenburg at river Moselle” this lovely city was storied. Your goal for today is Cochem with well-known fortress and pretty half-timbered houses.
Today you cycle to Alken, one of the oldest villages along the Moselle. Here your boat is awaiting you, enjoy the beautiful passing landscape from aboard. MS Patria brings you to Koblenz where well-known Mosel and Rhine are meeting.
After breakfast: disembarkation and end of the tour or extension.
On the Saar and Mosel, the 68 meters long MS Patria, which can accommodate a max. of 68 guests, is your sailing home. The ship is modernized for boat bike tours and has 34 cabins. There are only twin cabins (approx. 7 m², 2 single beds next to each other) with window (the windows on the upper deck can be opened, but for safety reasons those on the lower deck are fixed), shower + toilet, individually regulated air conditioning in all cabins on the lower deck, as well in the restaurant and salon. 15 Cabins on the lower deck and 19 cabins on the upper deck (supplement). This authentic ship has a nice salon with bar and large windows in front of the top deck and a separate restaurant on the lower deck. On the partially covered sun deck there are sitting places (tables + chairs) for all guests and a cycle shed. The ship sails under Dutch flag and management and had its sailing area in The Netherlands for many years. As from 2011 its sailing area is in Germany and it is a very popular ship for boat & bike tours.
Daily self-guided cycling tours and briefings by tour guide. All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours. When guests do not want to cycle, they can stay on board, relax and enjoy sailing. The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons. On the first day, guests may bring their luggage on board as from 10 am; boarding will take place in the afternoon.
|Departure dates 2019||
|Main deck 2- bed cabin||529€||629€||729€||829€|
|Upper deck 2- bed cabin||639€||739€||839€||939€|
|Main deck 2- bed cabin single use||794€||944€||1094€||1244€|
|Upper deck 2- bed cabin single use||959€||1109€||1259€||1409€|
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