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Fine German wines and rich Roman history

Difficulty
  • Level 1: easy tours, very flat terrain
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  • Level 3: requires a higher level of exertion, medium hilly terrain
  • Level 4: for experienced cyclists, hilly terrain with climbs
Difficulty level 1
Difficulty level 1
Duration of the tour.
time
8, 9 days
Guidance
  • Guided cycling: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
  • Independent cycling: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
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The countryside on both banks of the Moselle is splendid, the cool wines taste deliciously, the picturesque little towns have rich histories and the conditions for cycling are excellent indeed.  You follow the river Moselle, partly in Germany, partly in France and partly in Luxembourg, along the endless vineyards and the enchanting old cities like Cochem and Bernkastel. It goes without saying that you can taste the local wine as often as you like. Then, of course, there is Trier, once an imperial Roman city. You will see the remnants […]

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Gentle vineyard biking in 3 countries

Learn about Roman history in Trier

Taste the region’s fine Riesling wines

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Germany, Luxembourg and France: Cochem – Metz or Metz – Cochem Premium

About this tour

The countryside on both banks of the Moselle is splendid, the cool wines taste deliciously, the picturesque little towns have rich histories and the conditions for cycling are excellent indeed.  You follow the river Moselle, partly in Germany, partly in France and partly in Luxembourg, along the endless vineyards and the enchanting old cities like Cochem and Bernkastel. It goes without saying that you can taste the local wine as often as you like.

Then, of course, there is Trier, once an imperial Roman city. You will see the remnants of this glorious past in Germany’s oldest cathedral, amphitheater, the emperor’s throne hall and famous “black gate,” the remains of the ancient city wall.

After Trier you will follow the river Saar to visit charming Saarburg, with the stunning waterfalls in the city center. Then onto Luxembourg, the only Grand Duchy in Europe. It’s strategic position between two super powers (France and Germany) made it a contested area to control over the ages. The last day you cycle in France with her welcoming villages, where the inhabitants are proud of their sweet, smooth wines and golden “Mirabellen” liqueur. The tour end in the city of Metz, with her splendid Gothic cathedral.

Special 9-day tours:

You will stay the first or last day (depending on the itinerary) in a hotel in Metz. A city tour with a local guide is also part of the program. On these departures it is not possible to bring your own bike/e-bike. For more information see the 9-day day to day program and pricing overview.
2024: Starting September 24, 2024, we are offering four times a 9-day tour on the Magnifique III.
2025: All departures with the Magnifique III

The ship – Your sailing hotel
In between cycling excursions, you cruise along with the ship, which travels to a new destination every day. You dine, sleep and eat breakfast on board. You’ll receive a packed lunch every day, and you can usually choose between a longer or shorter bike ride. It’s also possible to spend a day on board if you like. There are rental bikes on board, but you can also bring your own if you mention it when booking (not possible on the 9-day tour).

Fully Guided
Accompanied by a competent, professional and multilingual tour leader, you and the group will visit interesting sights and places on the daily cycling tours. During the bike tour, they will explain the local history and culture behind the things you encounter along the way. You can also choose to ride individually with the help of our Ride with GPS app and our BBT cycling map (available on board).

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Day to day program 8-days Cochem - Metz

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

Day 1: Cochem

Embarkation and check-in is at 2 p.m. in Cochem. After a welcome meeting with the crew, the tour leader will take you for a walk through this cozy and characteristic Moselle town, with steep wine-clad mountains, wooded hills, an impressive castle and a picturesque square with beautiful timber-framed houses and cafes. A visit to Cochem’s majestic Reichsburg Castle is on the program.

Day 2: Cochem – Zell (39 km/24 mi.)

Following breakfast, you’ll cycle to Beilstein, one of the best-preserved historical villages on the Moselle. The ruins of Castle Metternich sit towering above the village, and you’ll have the opportunity to explore them. After leaving Beilstein you’ll pass Europe’s steepest vineyard – with slopes inclining up to 60 degrees – at Bremmer Calmont. Today’s tour ends in the wine village of Zell on the Moselle, well known in the industry for the wine Zeller Schwarze Katz. In Zell we recommend taking the opportunity to get to know the good wines of the Moselle valley.

Day 3: Zell on the Moselle – Bernkastel-Kues (45 km/27 mi.)

Today you’ll cycle from Zell to the romantic village of Traben-Trarbach, located on the Moselle’s left bank and famous for its Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) architecture. From there you pass through the wine city of Kröv – well-known for its popular Kröver wine – to Bernkastel-Kues, your destination for the night. The grand half-timbered houses that surround Bernkastel-Kues’s marketplace date back to the Middle Ages, and are a photographer’s delight. You’ll reach the barge in Kues after a tour through town.

Day 4: Bernkastel-Kues – Neumagen – Schweich (28 km/18 mi. or 54 km/34 mi.) | Schweich –Trier

From Bernkastel, the valley opens up and vineyards expand as far as the eye can see. Today we cruise past the heavy-hitters in the wine world: Brauneberg, Piesport, Trittenheim. Piesport is beloved by the Brits for the “little golden droplets.” Trittenheim lies in a sharp hairpin turn on the river surrounded by mountains coated with grapes. Around lunchtime you will arrive in Neumagen, already in Roman times an important center of wine production. You can decide to join the barge from here or continue by bicycle to Schweich, where again the barge will be waiting for you. Once on board you will cruise to Trier, the oldest city in Germany. Trier was founded around 15 before Christ by Caesar Augustus under the name of Augusta Trevorum. As a trading town and administrative center, Trier flourished during the late imperial age. This Roman golden age has left us with a respectable number of monuments. Most authentic is the city gate Porta Nigra, which was built around 18 after Christ.

Day 5: Trier – Saarburg (28 km/18 mi.)

In the morning your tour leader will take you into Trier and walk you around in Roman history. There is also time to discover and enjoy Trier on your own.

After lunch you will hop on your bicycles and follow the Mosel and Saar river to our next destination, Saarburg. Saarburg is an interesting old town situated in the most beautiful part of the Saar valley. Here the banks of the river are densely forested. The castle of Saarburg was built here in the middle of the 10th century. In the middle of town you come across a waterfall of 20 meters high. At the foot of this waterfall there is an old mill, which is driven by the small river. In this part of town most of the old houses from the 17th and 18th century, which give Saarburg such a picturesque look, are still intact. Today there is no dinner on board. You can select one of the local restaurants of Saarburg.

Day 6: Saarburg – Remich (45 km/27 mi. or 53 km/32 mi.)

Today there are 2 cycling options. One is easy, but a bit longer along the rivers. The shorter option is a bit more challenging, through the hills. Whatever your choice is, the cycling will lead you into the Grand Duchy Luxembourg. Here the Moselle forms the border between Germany and Luxembourg. Luxembourg is a small country, but her capital (also called Luxembourg) is an important finance center and EU administrative city. On the way, at the Luxembourg side, we visit a wine cooperative, specialized in the so called “Cremant”, say the Champagne of the Moselle.  Close to Remich you can admire a Roman mosaic floor. The tile floor which lies in its original place, was once the centerpiece in a palatial Roman villa. The scene (in 3 million individual tile pieces) reveals scenes from gladiator games in the amphitheater.

Day 7: Remich – Schengen | Schengen – Thionville (30 km/18 mi.) | Thionville – Metz 

While having breakfast you will cruise to Schengen, where your cycling tour will start. The “Schengen agreement” is something everybody in Europe has heard of, whereas almost nobody knows that it is named after this little town in Luxembourg at the 3-country border. Soon we will cross the Luxembourg- French border and experience the outcome of this agreement: no border controls. We pass the fortress of Sierck-les-Bains, one of the palaces inhabited by the powerful Dukes of Lorraine. The route is lovely through French countryside, and friendly villages. Around lunchtime you will arrive in Thionville, the center of the steel industry until the 1980s. That might sound modern and industrial, but the city is ancient. The historic center shows us the medieval ramparts, lovely gardens, old streets and St.Maximin basilica. Here the ship is waiting to pick you up to cruise to Metz, another ancient city strategically situated on a Roman trading route. St.Etienne Cathedral is the 3rd largest gothic church in France with flying buttresses and Marc Chagall stained glass windows. Metz is full of stunning architecture, flowers and great cafes.

Day 8: Metz

End of tour. Disembarkation after breakfast, till 9:30 a.m.

Good to know
  • Cycling route distances in the travel program are approximate.
  • On some days you can choose between a longer and a shorter cycling route. Please note that on the shorter routes you may not be able to visit all the highlights mentioned.
  • If you prefer not to cycle on a particular day, you’re welcome to stay on board and relax while the ship cruises to the next landing place.
  • The tour itinerary and route are subject to possible changes due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons, or other unforeseen events.
  • On the arrival day, you can leave your luggage on board the ship from 11.00 am.
  • A detailed cycling map and a GPS app are available for guests who wish to cycle individually and at their own pace. The tour guide is always available via cell phone in case of questions, breakdowns or emergencies.

Day to day program 8-days Metz - Cochem

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

Day 1: Metz

Embarkation and check-in is at 2 p.m. in Metz. After a welcome meeting with the crew there is time for bicycle fitting and a little test ride. After dinner your tour leader will take you for a walk through Metz. Metz is a beautiful old city strategically situated on a Roman trading route. St. Etienne Cathedral is the 3rd largest gothic church in France with flying buttresses and Marc Chagall stained glass windows. Metz is full of stunning architecture, flowers and great cafes.

We advise you to come to Metz one or more days earlier, so that you will have plenty of time to discover this interesting city.

Day 2: Metz – Remich (41 km/26 mi. or 49 km/31 mi.)

While having breakfast you will cruise in the direction of Thionville. Close to this town your bicycle tour starts. Thionville, once was the center of the French steel industry. That might sound modern and industrial, but the city is ancient. The historic center shows you the medieval ramparts, lovely gardens, old streets and St.Maximin basilica. The route is lovely through French countryside, and friendly villages. You pass the fortress of Sierck-les-Bains, one of the palaces inhabited by the powerful Dukes of Lorraine. Via the valley of the Moselle you cross the French-Luxembourg border at Schengen. The “Schengen agreement” is something everybody in Europe has heard of, whereas almost nobody knows that it is named after this little town in Luxembourg at the 3-country border. At crossing the Luxembourg- French border we experienced the outcome of this agreement: no border controls. Close to your final destination Remich you will visit the small village of Nennig, stop at what once was an old roman villa. A tile floor which lies in its original place, was once the centerpiece in this Roman villa. The scene (in 3 million individual tile pieces) reveals scenes from gladiator games in the amphitheater.

Day 3: Remich – Saarburg (40 km/24 mi. or 48 km/ 29 mi.)

The river Moselle is here the border between Germany and Luxembourg. You start following the river on the German side, but soon you will hop to the Luxembourg side. There you’ll visit a wine cooperative, specialized in the so called “Cremant”, say the Champagne of the Moselle.  Then there are 2 cycling options: One is easy, but a bit longer along the rivers. The shorter option is a bit more challenging, through the hills. Whatever your choice is, the biking will lead you to your Saarburg, an interesting old town situated in the most beautiful part of the Saar valley. Here the banks of the river are densely forested. The castle of Saarburg was built here in the middle of the 10th century. In the middle of town you come across a waterfall of 20 meters high. At the foot of this waterfall there is an old mill, which is driven by the small river. In this part of town most of the old houses from the 17th and 18th century, which give Saarburg such a picturesque look, are still intact.

Day 4: Saarburg – Trier (32 km/19 mi.)

After breakfast your tour leader will take you for a short bicycle tour to Trier. You will arrive there around lunchtime. After a guided walk there is time to discover and enjoy Trier on your own. Trier is known as the oldest city in Germany. The city was founded around 15 before Christ by Caesar Augustus under the name of Augusta Trevorum. As a trading town and administrative center, Trier flourished during the late imperial age. This Roman golden age has left us with a respectable number of monuments. Most authentic is the city gate Porta Nigra, which was built around 18 after Christ. Today there is no dinner on board. You can select one of the local restaurants of Trier.

Day 5: Trier – Schweich | Schweich – Neumagen – Bernkastel-Kues (27 km/16 mi. or 53 km/32 mi.)

After a breakfast cruise you will start your bicycle tour in Schweich. You have now entered the “The Romantic Moselle”, the unofficial name for the mid- Moselle.  Lovely vineyards expand as far as the eye can see. You cruise past the heavy-hitters in the wine world: Trittenheim and Piesport. Trittenheim lies in a sharp hairpin turn on the river surrounded by mountains coated with grapes. Piesport is beloved by the Brits for the “little golden droplets.” Around lunchtime you will arrive in Neumagen, already in Roman times an important center of wine production. You can decide to join the barge from here or continue by bicycle to Bernkastel-Kues. This frequently visited, old and picturesque town produces the best wines of the Mid-Moselle. Pride of the town is the market square, with its picturesque timber-framed houses. A walk to the castle offers a beautiful view.

Day 6: Bernkastel-Kues – Traben-Trarbach – Zell on the Moselle (45 km/27 mi.)

Today’s cycling tour takes you to the romantic village of Traben-Trarbach, located on the left bank of the Moselle and famous for its Jugendstil (art nouveau) architectural style. Further along the river your destination for the night is Zell on the Moselle, well known in the wine industry for the its Zeller Schwarze Katz white wine. Zell offers the perfect opportunity for you to get to know the good wines of the Moselle.

Day 7: Zell – Beilstein – Cochem (39 km/24 mi.)

Beilstein, the “Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle”, is one of the best-preserved historical villages along the length of the river, and is the highlight of today’s cycling tour. Towering about the village are the ruins of Castle Metternich, which you’ll have the opportunity to explore. Then onto your final destination Cochem, a cozy and characteristic Moselle town, with steep wine-clad mountains, wooded hills, an impressive castle and a picturesque square with beautiful timber-framed houses and cafes. A perfect place for a glass of local wine. A visit to Reichsburg Castle is also on the program.

Day 8: Cochem

End of tour. Disembarkation after breakfast, till 9:30 a.m.

Good to know
  • Cycling route distances in the travel program are approximate.
  • On some days you can choose between a longer and a shorter cycling route. Please note that on the shorter routes you may not be able to visit all the highlights mentioned.
  • If you prefer not to cycle on a particular day, you’re welcome to stay on board and relax while the ship cruises to the next landing place.
  • The tour itinerary and route are subject to possible changes due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons, or other unforeseen events.
  • On the arrival day, you can leave your luggage on board the ship from 11.00 am.
  • A detailed cycling map and a GPS app are available for guests who wish to cycle individually and at their own pace. The tour guide is always available via cell phone in case of questions, breakdowns or emergencies.

Day to day program 9-days Cochem - Metz

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

Day 1: Cochem

Embarkation and check-in is at 2 p.m. in Cochem. After a welcome meeting with the crew, the tour leader will take you for a walk through this cozy and characteristic Moselle town, with steep wine-clad mountains, wooded hills, an impressive castle and a picturesque square with beautiful timber-framed houses and cafes. A visit to Cochem’s majestic Reichsburg Castle is on the program.

Day 2: Cochem – Zell (39 km/24 mi.) 

Following breakfast, you’ll cycle to Beilstein, one of the best-preserved historical villages on the Moselle. The ruins of Castle Metternich sit towering above the village, and you’ll have the opportunity to explore them. After leaving Beilstein you’ll pass Europe’s steepest vineyard – with slopes inclining up to 60 degrees – at Bremmer Calmont. Today’s tour ends in the wine village of Zell on the Moselle, well known in the industry for the wine Zeller Schwarze Katz. In Zell we recommend taking the opportunity to get to know the good wines of the Moselle valley.

Day 3: Zell an der Moselle – Bernkastel-Kues (45 km/27 mi.)

Today you’ll cycle from Zell to the romantic village of Traben-Trarbach, located on the Moselle’s left bank and famous for its Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) architecture. From there you pass through the wine city of Kröv – well-known for its popular Kröver wine – to Bernkastel-Kues, your destination for the night. The grand half-timbered houses that surround Bernkastel-Kues’s marketplace date back to the Middle Ages, and are a photographer’s delight. You’ll reach the barge in Kues after a tour through town.

Day 4:  Bernkastel-Kues – Neumagen – Schweich  (28 km/18 mi. or 54 km/34 mi.) | Schweich –Trier 

From Bernkastel, the valley opens up and vineyards expand as far as the eye can see. Today we cruise past the heavy-hitters in the wine world: Brauneberg, Piesport, Trittenheim. Piesport is beloved by the Brits for the “little golden droplets.” Trittenheim lies in a sharp hairpin turn on the river surrounded by mountains coated with grapes. Around lunchtime you will arrive in Neumagen, already in Roman times an important center of wine production. You can decide to join the barge from here or continue by bicycle to Schweich, where again the barge will be waiting for you. Once on board you will cruise to Trier, the oldest city in Germany. Trier was founded around 15 before Christ by Caesar Augustus under the name of Augusta Trevorum. As a trading town and administrative center, Trier flourished during the late imperial age. This Roman golden age has left us with a respectable number of monuments. Most authentic is the city gate Porta Nigra, which was built around 18 after Christ.

Day 5: Trier – Saarburg (28 km/18 mi.)

In the morning your tour leader will take you into Trier and walk you around in Roman history. There is also time to discover and enjoy Trier on your own.

After lunch you will hop on your bicycles and follow the Mosel and Saar river to our next destination, Saarburg. Saarburg is an interesting old town situated in the most beautiful part of the Saar valley. Here the banks of the river are densely forested. The castle of Saarburg was built here in the middle of the 10th century. In the middle of town you come across a waterfall of 20 meters high. At the foot of this waterfall there is an old mill, which is driven by the small river. In this part of town most of the old houses from the 17th and 18th century, which give Saarburg such a picturesque look, are still intact. Today there is no dinner on board. You can select one of the local restaurants of Saarburg.

Day 6: Saarburg – Remich (45 km/27 mi. or 53 km/32 mi.)

Today there are 2 cycling options. One is easy, but a bit longer along the rivers. The shorter option is a bit more challenging, through the hills. Whatever your choice is, the cycling will lead you into the Grand Duchy Luxembourg. Here the Moselle forms the border between Germany and Luxembourg. Luxembourg is a small country, but her capital (also called Luxembourg) is an important finance center and EU administrative city. On the way, at the Luxembourg side, we visit a wine cooperative, specialized in the so called “Cremant”, say the Champagne of the Moselle.  Close to Remich you can admire a Roman mosaic floor. The tile floor which lies in its original place, was once the centerpiece in a palatial Roman villa. The scene (in 3 million individual tile pieces) reveals scenes from gladiator games in the amphitheater.

Day 7: Remich – Schengen | Schengen – Schengen (50 km/36 mi.)

While having breakfast you’ll cruise to Schengen, where your cycling tour started. On the bike, you’ll cross into France, cycling through lovely French countryside and villages. Around lunchtime you’ll arrive in Thionville, the center of the steel industry until the 1980s. That might sound modern and industrial, but the city is ancient. The historic center shows us the medieval ramparts, lovely gardens, old streets and St.Maximin Basilica. In the afternoon we’ll head back to Schengen, where we’ll enjoy our final dinner together, then spend the night on board the ship.

Day 8: Schengen – Metz

After breakfast, you’ll say goodbye to the crew of the ship and board a bus that will take you back to Metz. You’ll check into a hotel upon arrival, allowing you plenty of time to explore the city at your leisure.

In the afternoon, you can join a guided tour of the city with a local guide. You’ll see the St. Etienne Cathedral, the third-largest Gothic church in France with flying buttresses and Marc Chagall stained-glass windows. You’ll have the evening to yourself to explore more of the city and try one of the local French restaurants before saying goodbye to your fellow travelers. Your tour leader will accompany you today on the journey to Metz.

Day 9: Metz

On your final day, after breakfast, you can reflect on the past week’s adventures and enjoy some free time in Metz before heading home. Check-out time is before 9:30 a.m.

Good to know
  • Cycling route distances in the travel program are approximate.
  • On some days you can choose between a longer and a shorter cycling route. Please note that on the shorter routes you may not be able to visit all the highlights mentioned.
  • If you prefer not to cycle on a particular day, you’re welcome to stay on board and relax while the ship cruises to the next landing place.
  • The tour itinerary and route are subject to possible changes due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons, or other unforeseen events.
  • On the arrival day, you can leave your luggage on board the ship from 11.00 am.
  • Detailed cycling maps, route tips and a GPS app are available for guests who wish to cycle individually and at their own pace. The tour guide is always available via cell phone in case of questions, breakdowns or emergencies.

Day to day program 9-days Metz - Cochem

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

Day 1: Metz

Upon arrival in Metz, you can check into your hotel at your leisure from 4:00 pm. Take the evening to explore the beautiful historic city of Metz, situated on a Roman trading route. Marvel at St. Etienne Cathedral, the third largest gothic church in France, with its flying buttresses and Marc Chagall stained-glass windows. Enjoy the stunning architecture, lovely flowers, and cozy cafés that make Metz so charming. Get a good night’s sleep before starting on your boating and cycling adventure tomorrow!

Day 2: Metz – Schengen

At 11:00 am, your tour leaders will welcome you at the hotel, and then it’s time to set out on your adventure. Leave your bags behind for a while and explore Metz during the day with a knowledgeable local guide. After lunch and bag pickup, a bus will take you south to the border village of Schengen, where your ship awaits. Schengen is famous for the “Schengen Agreement,” a well-known European treaty named after this little town in Luxembourg at the 3-country border. Your guide will explain the history and significance of the agreement, which eliminated border controls between many European countries. Meet the crew and get fitted for your bike, then take a test ride guided by your tour leader. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner on board.

Day 3: Schengen – Remich (41 km/26 mi. or 49 km/31 mi.)

Start your first cycling ride from Schengen, following the Moselle Valley. Along the way, visit the small village of Nennig, near today’s final destination of Remich. Take in the sights of an old Roman villa, complete with a tile floor that remains in its original place. The centerpiece of the villa, the tile floor, is made up of 3 million (!) individual pieces and depicts scenes from gladiator games in the amphitheater.

Day 4: Remich – Saarburg (40 km/24 mi. or 48 km/ 29 mi.)

The river Moselle is here the border between Germany and Luxembourg. You start following the river on the German side, but soon you will hop to the Luxembourg side. There you’ll visit a wine cooperative, specialized in the so called “Cremant”, say the Champagne of the Moselle.  Then there are 2 cycling options: One is easy, but a bit longer along the rivers. The shorter option is a bit more challenging, through the hills. Whatever your choice is, the biking will lead you to your Saarburg, an interesting old town situated in the most beautiful part of the Saar valley. Here the banks of the river are densely forested. The castle of Saarburg was built here in the middle of the 10th century. In the middle of town you come across a waterfall of 20 meters high. At the foot of this waterfall there is an old mill, which is driven by the small river. In this part of town most of the old houses from the 17th and 18th century, which give Saarburg such a picturesque look, are still intact.

Day 5: Saarburg – Trier (32 km/19 mi.)

After breakfast your tour leader will take you for a short bicycle tour to Trier. You will arrive there around lunchtime. After a guided walk there is time to discover and enjoy Trier on your own. Trier is known as the oldest city in Germany. The city was founded around 15 before Christ by Caesar Augustus under the name of Augusta Trevorum. As a trading town and administrative center, Trier flourished during the late imperial age. This Roman golden age has left us with a respectable number of monuments. Most authentic is the city gate Porta Nigra, which was built around 18 after Christ. Today there is no dinner on board. You can select one of the local restaurants of Trier.

Day 6: Trier – Schweich | Schweich – Neumagen – Bernkastel-Kues (27 km/16 mi. or 53 km/32 mi.)

After a breakfast cruise you will start your bicycle tour in Schweich. You have now entered the “The Romantic Moselle”, the unofficial name for the mid- Moselle.  Lovely vineyards expand as far as the eye can see. You cruise past the heavy-hitters in the wine world: Trittenheim and Piesport. Trittenheim lies in a sharp hairpin turn on the river surrounded by mountains coated with grapes. Piesport is beloved by the Brits for the “little golden droplets.” Around lunchtime you will arrive in Neumagen, already in Roman times an important center of wine production. You can decide to join the barge from here or continue by bicycle to Bernkastel-Kues. This frequently visited, old and picturesque town produces the best wines of the Mid-Moselle. Pride of the town is the market square, with its picturesque timber-framed houses. A walk to the castle offers a beautiful view.

Day 7: Bernkastel-Kues – Traben-Trarbach – Zell on the Moselle (45 km/27 mi.)

Today’s cycling tour takes you to the romantic village of Traben-Trarbach, located on the left bank of the Moselle and famous for its Jugendstil (art nouveau) architectural style. Further along the river your destination for the night is Zell on the Moselle, well known in the wine industry for the its Zeller Schwarze Katz white wine. Zell offers the perfect opportunity for you to get to know the good wines of the Moselle.

Day 8: Zell – Beilstein – Cochem (39 km/24 mi.)

Beilstein, the “Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle”, is one of the best-preserved historical villages along the length of the river, and is the highlight of today’s cycling tour. Towering about the village are the ruins of Castle Metternich, which you’ll have the opportunity to explore. Then onto your final destination Cochem, a cozy and characteristic Moselle town, with steep wine-clad mountains, wooded hills, an impressive castle and a picturesque square with beautiful timber-framed houses and cafes. A perfect place for a glass of local wine. A visit to Reichsburg Castle is also on the program.

Day 9: Cochem

End of tour. Disembarkation after breakfast, till 9:30 a.m.

Good to know
  • With 18 guests or more, the daily cycling tours will be accompanied by two knowledgeable and multi-lingual tour leaders. On most days, the tour leaders will offer a long and a short (or a quicker and a more relaxed) cycling option. The option for a long tour is also depending on weather conditions and wishes of the group.
  • When there are less than 18 guests aboard, the tours will be accompanied by one knowledgeable and multi-lingual tour leader.
  • During days when two bicycle options are possible, the tour leader will make a choice to guide the longer or the shorter option after consultation of the group.
  • Not all mentioned highlights can be visited during the short cycling option.
  • You can also choose to ride individually with the help of a map (available on board). GPS tracks will be sent to you 4 weeks before the start date of the tour.
  • In case you prefer a day of rest,  you can skip the bicycle tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
  • On the arrival day is it possible to bring your luggage on board from 11 a.m.
  • Legal notice: Boat Bike Tours is not the organizing operator, but the travel agent for this tour; this is a so called ‘partner tour’. Tour operator is : Vof Hanzecharter.

Prices & availability

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Prices & information

Pricing overview - 2025
Cabin type For Season A Season B Season C Season D Season E
Twin cabin 2 pers. € 2099 € 1899 € 1799 € 2349 € 2049 Premium twin cabin (PRR) 2 pers. € 2419 € 2219 € 2119 Not available Not available Junior Suite (MAG1) 2 pers. € 2529 € 2329 € 2229 Not available Not available Suite upper deck (MAG3) 2 pers. Not available Not available Not available € 3029 € 2729 Single cabin (PRR/MAG3) 1 pers. € 2729 € 2529 € 2429 € 3079 € 2779 Twin cabin for single use ((max. 1, not on MAG3) 1 pers. € 3148.50 € 2848.50 € 2698.50 € 3498.50 € 3048.50
Pricing overview - 2024
Cabin type For Season A Season B Season C Season D Season E Season F
Twin cabin 2 pers. € 1949 € 1859 € 1759 € 2149 € 2049 € 1959 Premium twin cabin (PRR) 2 pers. € 2199 € 2109 € 2009 Not available Not available Not available Junior Suite (MAG1) 2 pers. € 2349 € 2259 € 2159 Not available Not available Not available Suite upperdeck (MAG3) 2 pers. € 2599 € 2509 € 2409 € 2799 € 2709 € 2609 Single cabin (PRR/MAG3) 1 pers. € 2549 € 2399 € 2299 € 2749 € 2599 € 2499 Twin cabin for single use (max. 1, not on MAG3) 1 pers. € 2923.50 € 2788.50 € 2638.50 € 3123.50 € 2988.50 € 2838.50
Included in this tour
  • 8 days/7 nights
  • 7 x breakfast
  • Packed lunches
  • 6 x 3-course dinner
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Welcome drink
  • Use of bed linen and towels
  • Daily cleaning of the cabin
  • Climate-controlled cabin
  • Daily briefings
  • Fully guided cycling tours ( from 22 guests: 2 tour leaders, 2 groups)
  • Some short walking tours
  • BBT cycling map (1 per cabin)
  • GPS tracks
  • Use of a helmet
  • Use of a waterproof pannier bag
  • Biodegradable water bottle
  • Fees for ferries
  • Entrance Reichsburg Cochem
  • Local wine tasting
  • Wi-Fi
  • Carbon offset payment to the non-profit organization Justdiggit

 

Also included on the 9-day tour with the Magnifique III:

  • 1x Night in a hotel with breakfast in Metz
  • Bustransfer from hotel to ship or from ship to hotel
  • Guided city walk through Metz
  • 1x Lunchpackage made on board (only on Cochem – Metz)

 

Excluded in this tour
  • 1x dinner
  • Drinks
  • Bicycle rental or E-bike rental
  • Personal insurances
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Entrance fees and excursions (not mentioned under included)
  • Transfers to/from the docking place
  • Parking fees
  • SGR Insolvency protection

 

Also excluded on the 9-day tour with the Magnifique III:

  • 1x Diner in Metz
  • 1x Lunch in Metz (on day 2 from Metz to Cochem)
SGR Insolvency protection (mandatory consumer contribution SGR insolvency protection guarantee scheme: € 5 per person - will be specified separately on the booking confirmation)
Bicycles/E-Bikes

Princesse Royal

  • The bicycles on board are unisex city bicycles of the brand Batavus Dinsdag with normal mount (ladies model), easy-to-handle Shimano 7 gears, handbrakes, gel-saddle (height adjustable), a lock on the frame and a pannier bag.
  • The e-bike is Velo de Vile with Nexus 7 gears, 5 support levels and hand breaks only, a lock on the frame and a pannier bag (or a comparable brand/model). E-Bikes are limited available, on request).

 

Magnifique III

  • The bicycles on board is a unisex city bike with a low-entry and a riding position that is upright and comfortable. The bike is handmade in the Netherlands by Azor, specially designed by Boat Bike Tours. The bike consists of a lightweight aluminum frame and is equipped with responsive roller brakes (handbrake), a Shimano 7 speed nexus drive, Selle-Royal gel saddle (adjustable), an easy to use lock (fixed on frame) and the Schwalbe Marathon anti-puncture tyre. This all results in a lightweight, stable and reliable bike, good for many miles on the saddle.
  • The E-bike is an Azor Steps with Nexus 7 gears and hand brakes. The crank Shimano motor (400 WH) offers 4 support levels, The E-bikes have a comfortable gel saddle and a lock on the frame (or a comparable brand/model).

 

Both ships

  • Bicycle rent is optional. Guests are also allowed to bring their own bicycles/e-bikes (limited number of parking places available). Guests can book a parking place for a normal bicycle or a parking and charge station for an e-bike for a small additional fee. For safety reasons it is no longer possible to charge the batteries of your own e-bikes in the cabin. The crew will inform you where on deck/ on board you can recharge your battery. However, the crew or tour operators are in no way responsible for any damage, loss or theft of guests own bicycles or e-bikes.
  • Tours in Germany: Extra E-Bikes (limited) are possible on request and at an additional cost (incl. transport costs).
Additional options & information - 2025

2025:

8-day tour:

  • Rental bicycle Premium: €105 per week (optional)
  • Rental E-Bike Premium: €266 (only a limited number of electrical bikes available: pref. reservation by booking)
  • Parking own bicycle: €14 per week (only a limited number of parking places available: pref. reservation by booking)
  • Parking + charge station own E-Bike: €28 per week (only a limited number of parking places available: pref. reservation by booking)

 

9-day tour:

  • Rental bicycle Premium: €120 per week (optional)
  • Rental E-Bike Premium: €304 (only a limited number of electrical bikes available: pref. reservation by booking)

 

Transfer:

  • Between Cochem and Metz, there is a good train connection. Please visit one of the following websites for timetables, tickets or more information www.omio.com or www.trainline.com.
  • Need a transfer between Metz and Cochem (or v.v.) and with(out) your own bikes/e-bikes? Then please contact Taxi Edringer in Bernkastel-Kues. Transfer from 2 persons incl. bike/e-bike, from 195€ p.p. (more persons, lower price). They also speak English. [email protected] or 0049-6531-8149.

 

Additional options & information - 2024

2024:

8-day tour:

  • Rental bicycle Premium: €104 per week (optional)
  • Rental E-Bike Premium: €256 (only a limited number of electrical bikes available: pref. reservation by booking)
  • Parking own bicycle: €10 per week (only a limited number of parking places available: pref. reservation by booking)
  • Parking + charge station own E-Bike: €25.20 per week (only a limited number of parking places available: pref. reservation by booking)

 

9-day tour:

  • Rental bicycle Premium: €117 per week (optional)
  • Rental E-Bike Premium: €288 (only a limited number of electrical bikes available: pref. reservation by booking)
  • Parking own bicycle: €11.25 per week (only a limited number of parking places available: pref. reservation by booking)
  • Parking + charge station own E-Bike: €28.35 per week (only a limited number of parking places available: pref. reservation by booking)

 

Transfer:

  • Between Cochem and Metz, there is a good train connection. Please visit one of the following websites for timetables, tickets or more information www.omio.com or www.trainline.com.
  • Need a transfer between Metz and Cochem (or v.v.) and with(out) your own bikes/e-bikes? Then please contact Taxi Edringer in Bernkastel-Kues. Transfer from 2 persons incl. bike/e-bike, from 185€ p.p. (more persons, lower price). They also speak English. [email protected] or 0049-6531-8149.

 



Reviews

based on 69 reviews on
5 Nov 2023

Holly

Our guide, Hugo, was very enthusiastic and made our experience very interesting. I have to say though: I don’t understand the cycling being rated a 1—I think it deserves a solid 2. After I found I needed an e-bike for two days, I was charged 40 Euros a day over what I had already paid for the standard bike and that seemed excessive. I also feel like some of the busy roads we had to navigate were a bit challenging and could have presented possible “problems” and the last five kilometers of the ride toward Aigues Mortes was simple excruciating! The food was terrific and everything else was great.

Reply from Boat Bike Tours 6 Nov 2023

Thank you for your feedback on the cycling tour. We're glad Hugo made it interesting for you. We apologize for the e-bike pricing issue and the challenging roads. We are looking forward to hosting you again. Best regards, Boat Bike Tours

4 Nov 2023

Joann Kalb

We were on the Metz to Cochem tour October 24th on the Magnifique III. It was the first time on a bike barge tour and we were not disappointed. The boat is beautiful inside and immaculate. The food was delicious and afternoon snacks were appreciated after a day of biking. The staff went overboard to make sure everything was perfect. We had the privilege of sailing with the owner of the company and the owners of the boat. A big thank you to them for providing such a great experience. The tour guides Corrie & Alv did a great job keeping everyone together and stopping at some interesting spots, To ride through the Mosel Wine Region was a highlight for us since we are big fans of the Riesling Wines. We can’t wait to take another bike tour:)

Reply from Boat Bike Tours 8 Nov 2023

Thank you for your wonderful feedback about your Metz to Cochem tour on the Magnifique III! We're thrilled to hear that you had such a fantastic experience on your first bike barge tour. The beautiful boat, delicious food, and attentive staff certainly make for a memorable journey. It sounds like the tour guides, Corrie and Alv, did a fantastic job too. We're delighted to have been a part of your ride through the Mosel Wine Region and that you enjoyed the Riesling Wines. We can't wait to welcome you back for another bike tour in the future! Best regards, Boat Bike Tours

2 Nov 2023

R Wirth

The entire crew worked together to make this a memorable trip. The guides were knowledgeable and accommodating, the cabin was well kept with everything necessary for a comfortable stay, and the food was exceptionally tasty.

Reply from Boat Bike Tours 3 Nov 2023

We are happy to hear that you had a wonderful experience with us! Knowledgeable guides, well-maintained cabins, and delicious food make for a fantastic experience. Thanks for sharing your positive feedback! Best regards, Boat Bike Tours

2 Nov 2023

Corrin Brekko

Stunning views with incredible food. This experience was wonderful. The crew made it as easy as the could and even changed the itinerary when weather didn’t cooperate. Our guides were friendly, fun and accommodating. We had guided tours and tastings along the way and everynight went back aboard our floating vacation home to enjoy beautiful food with wonderful people. The biking was so enjoyable even when the weather was cold or rainy because it really is that beautiful along Moselle. I highly recommend this trip. The only way to improve would be to keep doing everything as they have with lots of stops, excursions and info along the way. History and wine await!

Reply from Boat Bike Tours 3 Nov 2023

Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience and for your recommendation for future trips! We hope that we can welcome you back in the future! Best regards, Boat Bike Team


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Princesse Royal
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