Bike and ship and wine on the Moselle and Saar 2023 / 24: 8 days on the MS Olympia from Saarburg to Koblenz

8 Days

Your trip

Bike and boat on the Moselle?

Two dreams in one tour.

Germany’s beautiful river landscapes on the Moselle and Saar invite you! Combine varied cycling tours with a pleasant stay on board the MS OLYMPIA.

During this 8-day trip, explore Saarburg, among other places, which is sometimes called “Little Venice”. However, the city is by no means the only highlight of this trip for romantics and pleasure seekers. Beautiful half-timbered houses, vineyards, the Porta Nigra in Trier, the old arm of the Saar: they will all be small highlights.

While you are active during the day, the ship will follow you along the river and then be back at your disposal as your hotel ship at the day’s destination. Moselle and Saar present themselves in the best light.

Enjoy the Moselle valley in wonderful days between lovely wine villages, steep mountain slopes of Eifel and Hunsrück, once mighty castles of the Trier, Chur-Main and Cologne archbishoprics. Enjoy the Mosel hospitality at every turn.

Please note: In season 1, on 06.05. the tour starts in Bonn and NOT in Koblenz!

Your ship: The MS Olympia

On board of the comfortable and cozy riverboat MS Olympia the crew welcomes you in a family atmosphere.

The panoramic salon with bar, furnished in English club style, and the bright and friendly restaurant provide ample space for relaxed hours on board. On the spacious, partially covered sun deck, there are plenty of sun loungers at your disposal.

Board language: German & English

Cabins

All 49 cabins are outside cabins, comfortably and tastefully furnished.

They have shower/WC, hairdryer, air conditioning, TV, on-board radio, telephone, a small refrigerator and a safe.

Upper deck

On the upper deck you will find 22 two-bed cabins of approx. 11m2 each and four larger ones in the rear part of the ship as well as two 1-bed cabins (approx. 9m2). The panoramic windows on the upper deck can be opened.

Main deck

The main deck offers 21 2-bed cabins of about 11m2 each. These cabins are also all outside and each has a panoramic window, which, however, cannot be opened.

Technical data of the vessel

Year of built 1984 | renovation 2015/2016 | flag Switzerland | length 88.50 m | width 10.50 m | draft 1.50 m ½.
Crew approx. 21 | Passengers max. 96.

Cycling tour requirements

> The bike tours you ride individually and unguided. The gates are pre-discussed on a daily basis.

> They cover between 35 and 50 km a day. The total bike tour length is about 230 km.

> They mostly ride on paved bike paths and embankment roads or quiet country roads without any significant inclines. The tour is best suited for pleasure cyclists and beginners.

> The terrain is mostly flat, has hardly any inclines and is suitable for pleasure cyclists, beginners and children.

The trip is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for detailed information if needed.

Rental bicycles

>7-speed unisex touring bikes or 8-speed e-bikes (limited availability), Velo de Ville brand (custom made).

> Each with handbrake, freewheel or coaster brake (please specify as non-binding customer request when booking)

> Equipped with luggage carrier bag; incl. Rental bike insurance

Please indicate your height when booking.

Own bikes

> Bringing your own bikes is possible only on request is limited due to limited space. Please book the option “own bike”.

> You take them with you at your own risk. We cannot be held liable for any damage/loss etc. to your own bike during the entire bike trip or for transport damage. Neither on board nor on land.

For your own safety, we recommend that you always wear a bicycle helmet on all bicycle tours.

Short overview arrival & departure times

Day Location To From
1st day Saarburg, embarkation 4:00 p.m.
2nd day Saarburg 10:30
2nd day Trier 13:00
Day 3 Trier 10:00
Day 3 Mehring 12:30
4th day Mehring 09:45
4th day Bernkastel-Kues 14:00
Day 5 Bernkastel-Kues 09:45
Day 5 Cell 14:00
6th day Cell 10:30
6th day Cochem 14:00
7th day Cochem 09:00
7th day Koblenz 15:30
Day 8 Koblenz, disembarkation 09:00 a.m.

Please note that changes are possible at any time. If, for example, due to low water, high water or bad weather, a route cannot be taken, the captain reserves the right to change the route for your safety. Please understand that this is not a reason for a free travel cancellation.

Arrival

Railroad

We recommend that you arrive by train. Get on vacation at your home and enjoy the journey to the Saar.

Both Saarburg and Mainz are easily accessible by long-distance and regional trains operated by Deutsche Bahn. For more information on schedules, visit www.bahn.de.

For a stress-free start to your trip, we recommend that you allow plenty of time and arrive at the quay no later than 17:00.

Car/Parking

You can use a public parking garage near the pier in Saarburg from about € 25,- / week. Also at the train station is a parking garage available from about € 10,- / week . No reservation possible. No guarding. Parking at your own risk.

Return journey

From Koblenz, you can easily take the train back to Saarburg at direct hourly intervals. You are on the road for just under 2 hours. The return journey on the Moselle Valley Railway is a real experience! Find and book connections and tickets e.g. at www.bahn.de.

How about bike and boat on the Rhine ?!

No problem – this trip has three pairs of pretty twins at once:

> Tours 300a and 300b take you along the Rhine between Cologne and Mainz.

> Tours 301a and 301b take you along the Rhine between Koblenz and Mainz.

> Tours 302a and 302b take you from Mainz further along the Rhine into the land of the Nibelungen to Worms, the home of Tours And Travel, to Heidelberg and on to Alsace to Strasbourg.

Country information

For information on travel advice and entry requirements to Germany, please see our Country Information page. Please also see our notes on package tours.

Things to see on the way ...

  • Trier, probably the oldest city in Germany
  • Koblenz, the most beautiful fortified city at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers

Day by day

Journey to Saarburg :
Day 1

Journey to Saarburg

Individual journey to Saarburg. Embarkation from 15:00 to 16:00.

On board, the captain and his crew, as well as your on-board tour guide, will give you a warm welcome.

Dinner
Ship
Saarburg - Wasserbillig - Trier :
Day 2

Bike tour Saarburg – Wasserbillig (Luxembourg) – Trier, approx. 40 km

Your first bike tour starts after breakfast and leads you to an oxbow lake of the Saar and further via Wasserbillig in Luxembourg to the Igel column.

In the afternoon you will reach Trier, the former imperial city of the Western Roman Empire, the city of archbishops and students, the city of good life in the West!

The oldest city in Germany attracts visitors with numerous historical sights. You should not miss the famous Porta Nigra, Roman excavations of all places, the Emperor’s Herem, Constantine’s Basilica or the amphitheater and the magnificent St. Peter’s Cathedral .

A stroll through the lively old town is perfect to end the day.

In Trier your ship is already waiting for you.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ship
Trier - Mehring :
Day 3

Bike tour Trier – Mehring, approx. 30 km

After breakfast we will go to Mehring. The village is surrounded by vineyards, forests and meadows and is considered the largest wine-growing village in the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region.

Even the Romans appreciated the beautiful landscape more than 2000 years ago.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ship
Mehring - Bernkastel-Kues :
Day 4

Bike tour Mehring – Bernkastel-Kues, approx. 50 km

Today is all about wine. Neumagen Dhron with its replica of a Roman wine ship is the first stop of the day. The tour continues to Piesport, the largest wine-growing community on the Moselle. It is also the site of the largest Roman winepress ever found north of the Alps.

In Bernkastel-Kues, stately half-timbered houses line the medieval marketplace, which invites idleness.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ship
Bernkastel-Kues - Zell :
Day 5

Cycle tour Bernkastel-Kues – Mehring, approx. 45 km

From Bernkastel-Kues to Traben-Trarbach, the route continues along the right bank of the Moselle. You follow the meanders of the Moselle and reach Zell an der Mosel – famous for the vineyard “Zeller Schwarze Katz”.

In Zell you should take the opportunity to get to know the good wines of the Moselle.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Zell - Cochem :
Day 6

Mehring – Trier, approx. 30 km

From Zell we go to Beilstein. This lovely little town even went down in film history as “Rothenburg an der Mosel”. Your destination for the day is Cochem with its famous Reichsburg Castle and ornate half-timbered buildings.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ship
Cochem - Alken - Koblenz :
Day 7

Bike tour Cochem – Alken – Koblenz, approx. 50 km
Alternative: Boat trip Cochem – Koblenz

Today you can expect a day of relaxation on board. Enjoy the passing Moselle landscape from the sun deck and in the afternoon stroll in Koblenz along the “German Corner”, where the Moselle and Rhine famously meet.

Experienced cyclists can alternatively cycle from Cochem to Koblenz and pay a visit to Eltz Castle.

Welcome to the old capital of the Rhenish Republic, the Romans, Chur-Trier, the Prussians, the Germans: Koblenz is probably the most underrated city in Germany. The banks of the Rhine and Moselle, the three fortresses, the fortress garden, the promenades, the beautiful old town. Koblenz is worth an extra day.

At the famous Deutsches Eck with the equestrian monument of Kaiser Wilhelm I, the Moselle flows into the Rhine.

Worth seeing is the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, to which you can also take the Koblenz Rhine cable car.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ship
Farewell :
Day 8

Departure from Koblenz

After breakfast disembarkation until 09:00.

Make your way back to Saarburg by train. The journey with the Moselle Valley Railway is an experience. For schedules and tickets, visit https://www.moseltalbahn.de/.

Breakfast
Ship

Services

are included ...

  • 7 nights in outside cabins in the booked cabin category
  • Program according to itinerary
  • All passenger and port charges
  • Daily cabin cleaning, change of bed linen and towels as needed
  • Welcome drink
  • Full board: 7x breakfast, 6x packed lunch for bike tours or small lunch, 6x coffee and cake in the afternoon, 7x 3-course dinner
  • Daily bike tour briefing
  • Map material for individual tours 1x per cabin
  • GPS data for the bike tours
  • Tour guide on board

supplement you should still ...

  • Arrival and departure
  • Parking fees - if not booked -
  • Transfers, any ferry fees
  • Drinks and expenses of personal use
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees, excursions, tips

Dates and prices

Travel start 2024: only Saturday in each …
Season 1 28.09. – 05.10.
Season 2 11.05. – 18.05., 25.05. – 01.06., 17.08. – 24.08., 31.08. – 07.09., 14.09. – 21.09.
The day of arrival determines the season.
All prices per person. The prices in the booking form or shopping cart apply.
Travel package Season 1 Season 2
Main deck: 2 bed cabin 1.050 € 1.200 €
Main deck: 2-bed cabin single use 1.370 € 1.560 €
Upper deck: 2 bed cabin 1.200 € 1.350 €
Upper deck: 2-bed single use 1.560 € 1.760 €
Upper deck: single cabin 1.200 € 1.500 €
Upper deck aft double cabin (1) 1.150 € 1.300 €
(1) Cabins in the rear part of the ship, engine and generator noise perceptible when the ship is moving or in the locks.
Additional offers
Bring your own bike 30 €
Rental bike tours 100 €
Rental bike e-bike 200 €

Questions

Is there an excursion program?

Yes. Every day we will make suggestions about what you can visit and see. The program points are optional, supplementary and can only be booked directly on board. You will receive a brief description with your travel documents. Depending on the composition of the participants, the excursions are usually also offered bilingual German-English.

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