Itinerary: Moselle River – Koblenz to Merzig

Please note: Though not mentioned in the biking itinerary below, there will be ample time on board for ukulele workshops and general merriment. This is an easy trip; most of the paved paths follow the scenic course of the river with few changes in elevation. The itinerary is, however, subject to change due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons and other unforeseen circumstances. If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety. All distances are “approximate,”  and remember, you are always free to forgo the bike and enjoy a cruise up the river on the barge.

Day 1 (Sat): Koblenz

The Allure will be waiting in Koblenz where the crew will welcome you on board any time after 2pm.  The earlier you arrive, the more time you will have to explore this lovely ancient town at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers that traces its origins to a camp built by the Romans in the year 14! Though the town was almost completely destroyed during World War II,  a number of precious monuments are still worth a visit, such as the Deutsches Eck, the Romanesque basilica St. Kastor and the Kurfürstliches Schloss.

Day 2 (Sun): Koblenz – Alken | Alken – Moselkern – Cochem (40 km/25 mi.)

Our tour starts this morning on board as the Allure sails to Alken where we will hop on our bikes and start pedaling to the village of Moselkern and the stronghold, Burg Eltz, one of the most impressive medieval buildings in all of Western Europe. (Don’t worry, its just a short hike to the castle.) From there we cycle on to Cochem, a cozy, characteristic town with wine cellars and half-timbered houses.

Day 3 (Mon): Cochem – Beilstein – Zell on the Moselle (39 km/24 mi.)

After breakfast we will cycle to Beilstein, one of the best preserved historical villages along the length of the Moselle, and have the opportunity to explore the ruins of Castle Metternich towering above the village.  From there we will ride past Europe’s steepest vineyard – with slopes between 50 and 55 degrees – at Bremmer Calmont before ending our tour in the wine village of Zell on the Moselle, well known in the wine industry for its wine, “Zeller Schwarze Katz”. We’ll be doing some wine-tasting, as well.

Day 4 (Tue): Zell on the Moselle – Bernkastel-Kues (43 km/26 mi.)

Today we will cycle to the romantic village of Traben-Trarbach, famous for its Jugendstil (art nouveau) architectural style. From there we will pass through the wine city of Kröv – known for its popular Kröver wine – on our way to Bernkastel-Kues, our picturesque destination for the night. The grand half-timbered houses that surround Bernkastel-Kues’s market place date back to the Middle Ages! A very fun place to explore.

Day 5 (Wed): Bernkastel-Kues – Schweich | Schweich – Trier (47 km/29 mi.)

From Bernkastel, lovely vineyards stretch out in all directions.  We will cruise past Piesport, which produces a number of beautiful white wines, and Trittenheim, which lies in a sharp hairpin turn in the Mosel and is surrounded by mountains covered with extensive vineyards. You’ll want to have some time to explore Trier, the oldest city in Germany founded around 15 BC by Caesar Augustus. As a trading town and administrative center, Trier flourished during the late imperial age and it still contains a respectable number of ancient monuments, including the city gate, Porta Nigra, which was built around 18 AD.

Day 6 (Thur): Trier – Wasserbillig (Lux) – Saarburg (38 km/23 mi.)

Today we follow the Saar River to the town of Saarburg, situated in the most beautiful part of the Saar valley where the banks of the river are covered with dense forests. Here you will find a castle built in the middle of the 10th century, a 20-meter high waterfall in the center of town, 20 meters high, and an old mill driven  by the small river at its base. All that, and the old houses from the 17th and 18th century make this one of the most picturesque stops along the river.

Day 7 (Fri): Saarburg – Merzig (45 km/29 mi.)

Our last ride of the tour takes us through the Saarschleife at Orscholz and a densely forested valley. From there we continue to Mettlach, where you may visit the famous earthenware factory of Villeroy et Boch before rejoining the barge in Merzig, for our last dinner together  and a celebration of our wonderful time.

Day 8 (Sat): Merzig

This is the end of the tour. We will disembark after breakfast and following a fond farewell to the crew and our fellow travelers, we will depart and go on our merry ways.