Moselle Barge & Bike

tours / Cycling

Moselle Barge & Bike information and booking

  • Duration
    8 days
  • Group size
  • Difficulty
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Schedule Details

  • 7 nights barge
Equipment Required
Bike helmet, wet weather gear, sunscreen, jogging shoes and sun hat. (A detailed packing list is included in the pre departure information provided on booking).


  • Cycling through the stunning Moselle Valley
  • Wine tasting in Kues and learning of the ancient wine growing traditions of the region
  • Experiencing the areas rich history through its impressive castles and towns
  • Relaxing on board the comfortable barge

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Originating in the Vosges Mountains in the French region of Alsace, the fabled Moselle River flows north along the Luxembourg border and into Germany for 545km in total before it meets the Rhine River at the cultural city of Koblenz. The picturesque valley formed by the river is home to a rich tradition of wine making, Germany's oldest town and a strong Roman and medieval heritage. The section between Koblenz and Cochem is known as 'castle country' due to its abundance of castles including the fairytale Eltz Castle considered to be one of the finest in Germany. Based on a comfortable barge, this cycle journey along the Moselle and its tributary, the Saar, offers an ideal balance of activity, history, culture and relaxation.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners, tea and coffee in the afternoon. the trip is based on full board which includes a buffet breakfast daily, 6 packed lunches, and a 3 course dinner each night. vegetarian or other dietary requirements are catered for but we ask that you advise this in advance (at least 21 days prior to the trip commencement).
  • 7 nights accommodation in cabins with private facilities, choice of cabin categories (lower deck or upper deck twin cabin or single cabin - price varies according to chosen category)
  • Welcome drink and information meeting on first evening aboard
  • Bicycle, 7 speed with waterproof pannier
  • Information kit including detailed maps per cabin
  • Daily briefing of tour on board
  • All harbour, lock and bridge dues
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Linen and change of towels as required


Day 1 Embark ship in Koblenz
On arrival in Koblenz, you are welcome on board the MS Patria, a river boat with a comfortable atmosphere, from 4pm. The captain and his crew will welcome you on board at approximately 6pm. Located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, the city has been an important defence centre for the region over its more than 2000 year history. Its impressive fortifications are still in good condition today and it's worth exploring these, as well as the old town with its ancient churches.
Day 2 By boat to Alken then cycle via Moselkern to Cochem (27km)
The first section of the route today between Koblenz and Alken will be by boat. At Alken the cycle begins by crossing the river via a bridge and continuing along the banks of the Moselle. The first stop is Moselkern, a small town located at the confluence of the Elz and Moselle rivers. You can park your bike in the hikers carpark before walking (around 35 minutes) through the Elztal valley to Eltz Castle. Eltz Castle is considered one of the best preserved castles in Germany and has been privately owned by the Edlen Herren und Grafen (Lords and Counts) von und zu Eltz for more than 800 years. Guided tours are available in English. Continue cycling to the town of Cochem, overshadowed by the impressive Reichsburg Castle dating from 1051. The town is surrounded by vineyards and is located in the bend of the river providing stunning scenery and an old world atmosphere.
Day 3 Cycle to Beilstein, then continue to the wine growing town of Zell (35km)
This morning you will cycle along the windings of the river Moselle to Beilstein. After a short walk around this city you will pass the steepest vineyard in Europe, Bremmer Calmont. Continue to Zell an der Mosel, which is well-known for the vineyard "Zellar Schwarze Katz".
Day 4 Cycle to Traben-Trarbach and Bernkastel-Kues (41km)
Today you will cycle to Traben-Trarbach, the city of Art Nouveau which displays historic architecture at its best. Afterwards you continue through the well-known village Krov to Bernkastel. Bernkastel-Kues is an ideal place to stroll around with its stylish medieval market square surrounded by half timbered houses. You will find the barge in Keus after cycling through the town. In the evening you can taste the famous Moselle wine at a local vineyard.
Day 5 Cycle to Germany's oldest wine village, Neumagen-Dhron, on to Mehring (32km)
The first destination for today is Neumage-Dhron, the oldest wine village in Germany. Here you can visit the clone of a Roman wine boat. After lunch the cycle continues on to Mehring, a typical wine growing village, where the boat is waiting for you.
Day 6 Cycle to Trier via Pfalzel (35km)
The cycle this morning takes us past the small town of Pfalzel and on to Trier, considered to be Germany's oldest city. There are numerous Roman and medieval sites of interest such as the Roman gateway, the Porta Nigra, which is not surprising given its incredible history and important position in the Roman Empire.
Day 7 By boat to Saarburg, then round cycle to Mettlach (20/65km)
MS Patria will bring you to Saarburg, also known as "Little Venice". As you explore the town you will enjoy the narrow alleys, half-timbered houses, baroque buildings and colourful fisher and boat houses. From here you cycle to Mettlach, where you have the possibility to visit "Villeroy und Boch" (optional). You can also cycle around the old Saar loop. Afterwards you cycle back to Saarburg to meet the boat. You are also welcome to do the whole day by bike.
Day 8 Trip concludes Saarburg
Trip concludes after breakfast.