From Koblenz to Saarburg by Bike and Boat // MS Patria 2020
individual tour | 8 days / 7 nights
Rental bicycle included on 11 April and 10 October
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 Moselle 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 Moselle’s longest tributary. The quality of the cycle paths along this route is excellent. Most of the path along the Moselle is paved or asphalted and does not have any gradients of note. This makes the trip suitable even for relatively unpractised cyclists.
Day 1: Arrival to Koblenz
Embarkation between 4 and 5 p.m. You will spend the evening and first night in Koblenz.
Day 2: Boat tour Koblenz – Alken | Alken - Moselkern-Cochem, Cycle tour approx. 29 km
By ship to Alken, where your bike tour starts. You are cycling to Moselkern and then on to Cochem. Cochem is a lovely little town with historical half-timbered-houses and a picturesque Old town. We recommend that inexperienced cyclists spend the day on board and use the free afternoon in Cochem. Inexperienced cyclists we recommend spending the day on board and use the day off to visit Cochem in the afternoon.
Day 3: Cochem – Zell on the Moselle, Cycle tour approx. 39 km
The bike tour will take you to Beilstein first, which you can explore during a short tour on your own. Pass Europe’s steepest vineyard at Bremmer Calmont. Today´s tour ends in the wine village of Zell on the Moselle. You should take the time to enjoy the popular wines.
Day 4: Zell on the Moselle – Bernkastel-Kues, Cycle tour approx. 43 km
You are cycling from Zell to romantic Traben-Trarbach, where Jugendstil architecture shows its best side. After that the middle aged market place of Bernkastel-Kues invites you for a rest. You will reach the ship in Kues after a tour through town.
Day 5: Bernkastel-Kues – Mehring, Cycle tour approx. 47 km
Cycle tour to Piesport, the oldest winegrowing community along the Moselle. Visit the Roman cellars and the vineyards on your own. Further on you are going to Neumagen-Dhron which is the oldest wine city of Germany. After lunch break the tour continues to Mehring.
Day 6: Mehring – Trier, Cycle tour approx. 26-29 km
You will cycle via Pfalzel to Trier, where MS PATRIA is already waiting for you. Trier is one of the oldest cities of Germany and its Roman roots are still visible in impressive buildings as the Porta Nigra, the Konstantin basilica and the Amphitheatre.
Day 7: Trier – Wasserbillig (Luxemburg) – Saarburg, Cycle tour approx. 38 km
Today you will be cycling along the river from Trier via Wasserbillig in Luxembourg to Saarburg, also called “little Venice”. In its centre you will find a waterfall of 20 meters deep as well as many baroque buildings and fisher houses.
Day 8: Departure from Saarburg
Disembarkation after breakfast until 9:00 a.m. Individual journey home.
Arrival datesSeason 1
|Apr 11, 2020 - Apr 18, 2020||Available+Bike||Book|
|Oct 10, 2020 - Oct 17, 2020||Available+Bike||Book|
|Apr 25, 2020 - May 2, 2020||Available||Book|
|May 23, 2020 - May 30, 2020||Available||Book|
|Jun 6, 2020 - Jun 13, 2020||Available||Book|
|Jun 20, 2020 - Jun 27, 2020||Available||Book|
|Jul 18, 2020 - Jul 25, 2020||Available||Book|
|Aug 1, 2020 - Aug 8, 2020||Available||Book|
|Aug 15, 2020 - Aug 22, 2020||Available||Book|
|Sep 12, 2020 - Sep 19, 2020||Available||Book|
|Sep 26, 2020 - Oct 3, 2020||Available||Book|
|Cabins||Main deck||Above deck|
|2-bed cabin for one person||794,-||959,-|
|2-bed cabin for one person||944,-||1.109,-|
|2-bed cabin for one person||1.104,-||1.269,-|
|2-bed cabin for one person||1.254,-||1.419,-|
|* Inklusive 7-Gang-Leihrad bei Anreise am 11.04. und 10.10.2020|
Rental bicycle included on 11 April and 10 October.
Transfer back to Koblenz:
Travelling by train takes about 2 hours, approx. € 24,- per person (your tour guide will assist you with buying the tickets) or transfer by mini bus (minimum 4 persons), approx. € 75,- per person (own bikes will be carried for an extra charge of € 15,- per bike). Limited space, reservation for the transfer bus required in advance, to be paid on spot.
All prices per person in EUR
- 7 nights in outside cabin on MS PATRIA with private facilities and air condition
- Programme according itinerary
- Port fees included
- Captains greeting and Welcome drinks
- Daily cabin cleaning, Changing of towels and bed cloths if wanted
- Full board: 7x breakfast, 6x light lunch on board (non cyclists) or packed lunch for cyclists, 6x afternoon coffee break, 7x dinner
- Daily information meeting
- Information pack with route book (one per cabin)
- GPS tracks
- SE-Tours Tour guide on board (does not cycle with group)
Services not included:
Arrival and departure, transfers to/from the docking place in Koblenz/Saarburg, bike rental, ferry fares, travel insurances, parking fee, drinks on board, tips.
• Embarkation: from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
• Disembarkation: until 9:00 a.m.
• Bike Hire on Board: smooth-running 7 speed - unisex- city bikes (custom built for SE-Tours) with hand- and back pedal brakes or with free-wheel hub (please indicate upon booking) and pannier bags. Electric bikes (limited availability – timely booking required) Please inform us about your body height upon booking.
• To bring your own bike: on request only – due to lack of space on sundeck. Storage of bikes inside the ship is not possible.
• Cycle Tours: unguided. You will cycle between 17 and 46 km per day. The kilometres indicated for the suggested cycle tours are approximate.
• Cycle routes/ level of difficulty: The quality of the cycle ways along the route is excellent. Most of the stretches are paved or asphalted, and lead alongside the Rhine dikes without any gradients of note. This makes the trip suitable even for unpractised cyclist.
• Optional Excursions: tour legs and the ship‘s time in port permitting, an optional excursion programme will be organised. Excursions can only be booked and paid (in cash) aboard the ship.
• Luggage on board: We recommend waterproof rain gear, bike helmet, sun hat and sports shoes. We would like to ask you to do without hard-side luggage, as storage space in the cabin is very limited!
• Alterations of schedule or programme: Subject to change. If a route cannot be shipped as a result of low or high water or bad weather, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this will not be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).
• Travel documents: EU-citizens (without special situations like dual citizenship, main residence abroad or a limited-validity passport) are required to have a valid passport or ID-card, not expiring within six (6) months of the return of your cruise. We kindly ask non-EU citizens, EU-nationals with multiple citizenship or anybody who has to respect special legal entry requirements for the country to visit, to inform about visa and entry documents at the competent embassy.
• This trip is not suitable for guests with reduced mobility.
Wonderful tripvon Anne Lamberton | Sep 3, 2018
We had a fantastic time on the Patria. The Dutch captain Klaas was so knowledgeable and friendly, and we enjoyed all the staff on board. They all worked so hard. We enjoyed the beautiful scenery along the Mosel and loved biking the rented tandem on all the cycleways along the river. The weather was perfect and all in all it was a wonderful trip!
Great Weekvon Dennis Milling | Jun 19, 2018
Myself and 4 other Australian males took this tour. Whilst I had done numerous bike barge trips in Europe the others had not. We arrived at the Patria around 10am to drop our bags off and were greeted by the Captain Philipp and the First Officer David. That hospitality from the staff continued for the whole week and on many a evening we would sit chatting with the Captain and Cycle Guide (Dagmar) and other crew members. The cycle route briefings and information booklets were all informative and we had no difficulties finding our way each day. The food served for dinner and breakfast was not anywhere near the standard I had expected based on previous boat and bike tours. We were surprised to have one staff member offer to supply us with liquor from his cabin supplies .. but apart from that the service and hospitality of all other staff was exceptionally hospital.