Highlights of this tour

Gentle vineyard biking in 3 countries

Learn about Roman history in Trier

Taste the region’s fine Riesling wines

Barges with max. 24 passengers

Guidance
  • Fully-guided: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
  • Semi-guided: Daily briefing by the tour leader, independent cycling but tour leader available ICE.
  • Independent: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
guidance Fully-guided
Difficulty
  • Level 1: easy tours, very flat terrain
  • Level 2: quite easy tours, mostly flat terrain
  • 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.
tijd2 Created with Sketch. 8 days

Boat and Bike Tours Germany, Luxembourg and France: 3-country Moselle Tour, Cochem – Metz or vice versa Premium | Quo Vadis

The journey along the Moselle river as it weaves between Germany, France and Luxembourg is one of the most enchanting cycle routes Europe has to offer. Cycling conditions are perfectly suited for gliding along endless vineyards, ancient Roman cities, charming tucked-away villages and awe-inspiring cathedrals, tasting the local food and wines and letting your mind wander free as you lose yourself in this unique experience.

You’ll visit the old cities of Cochem and Bemkastel and the once imperial Roman city of Trier where you’ll see the remnants of its glorious past in Germany’s oldest cathedral as well as the emperor’s throne hall and the famous “black gate”, which is all that remains of the city wall.

You’ll feel the spray from the thunderous waterfalls in the city centre of Saarburg before heading onto Luxembourg, one of Europe’s most hotly contested areas to control due to its strategic position between Germany and France. Finally you’ll wind on down to France, stopping by countless welcoming villages to sample their sweet, smooth wines and golden “Mirabellen” liqueur as you head on to Metz to take in the splendour of its Gothic cathedral, not to mention its stunning architecture, flowers and cafés.

Day to day program 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 (Saturday): Cochem

We kick off the tour with check-in at 2pm in Cochem where you will be welcomed by the crew and meet your intrepid tour leader. Once you’ve settled in your room, the tour leader will take you for a walk through this charismatic Moselle town with its woodland hills, steep mountains, rustic timber-framed houses and cafés. Visit the castle, have a glass of local wine and soak up the atmosphere as the sun sets over the mountains.

Day 2 (Sunday): Cochem – Beilstein | Beilstein – Traben-Trarbach | Traben-Trarbach – Bernkastel Kues (28 km/18 mi. or 51 km/31 mi.)

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast as we sail to Beilstein, home of the Carmelite Monastery in which you can see a depiction of the Black Madonna. Soon afterward we’ll hop on our bikes to follow the Moselle upstream to Zell where the river Moselle meanders in lazy loops through the surrounding hills. Also, word to the wise – Zeller Schwarze Katz (black cat) is a legendary Moselle Wine, well worth picking up a bottle or two if time allows. Next on the itinerary is Traben Trarbach, which boasts world-class Art Nouveau architecture and played a significant role in 19th century international wine trade. We dock for the night at Bernkastel-Kues, a much-loved, picturesque town that produces the best wine of the mid-Moselle and has a castle from which you can see spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.

Day 3 (Monday): Bernkastel-Kues, Daun excursion (62 km/39 mi.)

After breakfast we bid adieu to the river and vineyards as we take the bus up into the Eifel region en route to the city of Daun. From there we’ll get pulses racing with an exhilarating ride along an old railway track that’s been converted into a cycling path. We’ll zip through tunnels, over bridges and alongside lakes formed by volcano craters, eventually arriving in a small local town for a well-deserved ice-cream on the terraces.

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

 

On day four we glide past the heavy-hitters in the wine world, Piesport, Trittenheim and Brauneberg, as we make our way to Neumagen, which has been an important centre of wine production since Roman times. Here you have the option to jump back on the barge or continue by bicycle to Schweich. From there we set sail for Trier, Germany’s oldest city, which was founded by the Celts as far back as the late 4th century BC and, under Caesar Augustus, was once one of the largest cities in the Roman Empire. Some of the monuments from this time stand to this day, most notably the city gate Porta Nigra, the construction of which began in 170 AD.

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

As there is much to see and do in Trier, your tour leader will show you some more of the sights after which you’ll have time to explore further on your own. After lunch it’s back on our bikes as we cycle along the Moselle and Saar river to Saarburg, a quaint old town in the lush Saar valley. The castle here dates back to the 10th century, however the houses were built in the 17th and 18th century, most of which are still intact, creating the distinct feeling that you have stepped back in time.

In the town centre there is a 20 meter waterfall at the foot of which, an old mill is driven by the flowing waters. There is no dinner on board on this evening, so you’re free to dine at any of the fine restaurants Saarburg has to offer.

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

Normally the shorter cycling option is the easier one and the longer one, the more difficult, but on day six of the tour, the opposite is true! The hills on the shorter route make it by far the more challenging, but wither route will lead you into the Grand Duchy Luxembourg. Don’t be fooled by its small size, this significant country is an important administrative city and finance capital for the EU. En route we’ll visit a wine cooperative that specializes in Crémant, also known as the champagne of the Moselle. As we approach Remich we’ll stop to pay a visit to a Roman mosaic floor comprised of over 3 million different tiles! This used to be the centrepiece in a palatial Roman villa and depicts scenes from gladiator games in the amphitheatre.

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

We’ll cruise to Schengen whilst enjoying breakfast onboard to cross the Luxembourg-French border where we’ll pass the fortress of Sierck-les-Bains, a palace inhabited by the powerful Dukes of Lorraine. We’ll take a lovely route through the French countryside, passing friendly villages and stopping for lunch in Thionville, which was the centre of the steel industry until the 1980s. Though that might sound modern, industrial and unappealing, the city is anything but. This ancient medieval wonder comes complete with ramparts, lovely gardens, old streets and the St Maximin basilica. Here we’ll hop back on the ship for the final cruise to Metz to visit St Etienne Cathedral, the 3rd largest Gothic cathedral in France.

Day 8 (Saturday): Metz

We say our fond farewells on this, the final day of the tour over a final breakfast together, with disembarkation taking place until 9:30am.

Good to know

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.

  • 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.

Day to day program 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 (Sat): 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 (Sun): 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 (Mon): 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 (Tue): 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 (Wed): 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 (Thu): Bernkastel-Kues, Daun excursion (62 km/39 mi.)

This morning you leave the river and vineyards behind. You will be shuttled by bus up into the Eifel region to the city of Daun. From there, we take an exhilarating bicycle ride along a former railway track that is now a cycling path. The ride includes stretches through tunnels, over bridges and by small lakes formed from volcano craters, known as maars. After the last tunnel you can have a break in a local little town were you will love to have an ice-cream on the terraces, well deserved!

Day 7 (Fri): Bernkastel-Kues – Traben-Trarbach | Traben-Trarbach – Zell – Cochem (38 km/23 mi. or 61 km/37 mi.)

During breakfast the ship brings you to Traben-Trarbach. This little town features world-class Art Nouveau architecture that proves its great importance in international wine trade during the 19th century. You can also start biking a little later from Zell, beautifully situated on the Moselle, where the river meanders through the hills in many loops. Zeller Schwarze Katz (black cat) is a legendary Moselle Wine. Last stop before Cochem is Beilstein. This beautiful little place is sometimes referred to as the ‘pearl of the Moselle’.

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.

Day 8 (Sat): Cochem

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


Prices & information

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 18 guests: 2 tour leaders, 2 groups)

Some short walking tours

Maps for cycling tours (1x per cabin)

GPS tracks

Use of a helmet

Use of a waterproof pannier bag

Water bottle

Fees for ferries

Entrance Bourg Cochem

Bus transfer Daun

Wi-Fi

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



Available ships for this tour

Premium Experience the higher levels of comfort, smaller groups and extra’s.
Ship Quo Vadis France, Germany
max. 24 passengers
12 cabins
1 tours available with this ship

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Guidance
  • Individual: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
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  • Fully-guided: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
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Difficulty
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  • Level 3: requires a higher level of exertion, medium hilly terrain
  • Level 4: for experienced cyclists, hilly terrain with climbs
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