The Moselle Valley by bike and boat
Come aboard the Princesse Royal and enjoy a bike and boat trip on the Moselle. Here the scenery is beautiful, the wines are delicious and the cycling conditions are excellent.
The Moselle River runs between France, Luxembourg and Germany, and promises to bring you to know different cultures while contemplating the vineyards. You will discover historic and picturesque villages and enchanting cities such as Cochem, Bernkastel or Trier with its remains of a glorious past.
The route continues towards Luxembourg and the beautiful city of Metz.
Enjoy a unique experience and sleep and dine on board a premium comfort floating hotel.
What's more, this trip is fully guided! A knowledgeable and professional tour guide leads you to the most interesting sites and places to discover.
Highlights of the trip :
- the exceptional landscapes along the Moselle river
- the cities of Metz, Cochem and Luxembourg
- the Roman history of Trier
- the wines of Riesling and its region
- guided trip
- the gastronomy
Day 1: Cochem
Boarding and check-in takes place at 2:00 pm in Cochem on board the Princess Royal. After a welcome meeting with the crew, the guide will take you on a tour of the city of Cochem with its steep mountains covered with vineyards, its wooded hills, its impressive castle and its beautiful half-timbered houses. You will have the pleasure of starting your stay with a visit to the majestic Reichsburg Castle in Cochem. First night on board the barge.
Day 2: Cochem - Zell - 39 km
After breakfast, you will cycle to Beilstein, one of the best preserved historic villages on the Moselle. You can explore the ruins of the Metternich castle that dominate the village. After leaving Beilstein, you will pass the steepest vineyard in Europe with slopes of up to 60 degrees at Bremmer Calmont. Today's stage ends in the wine village of Zell on the Moselle, well known in the industry for the Zeller Schwarze Katz wine. This is an opportunity to taste the good wines of the Mosel valley.
Day 3: Zell on the Moselle - Bernkastel-Kues - 45 km
Today you drive from Zell to the romantic village of Traben-Trarbach, located on the left bank of the Moselle and famous for its Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) architecture. Then you drive through the wine town of Kröv, well known for its wine, to Bernkastel-Kues. The large half-timbered houses around the market square of Bernkastel-Kues date back to the Middle Ages. After a tour of the town, you will return to your boat in Kues.
Day 4: Bernkastel-Kues - Neumagen - Schweich - 28 km/18 mi. or 54 km/34 mi. | Schweich - Trier
From Bernkastel, the valley opens up and the vineyards stretch as far as the eye can see. Today you pass Brauneberg, Piesport, Trittenheim known for their wine production. Piesport is appreciated by the British for its "little golden drops". Trittenheim is situated in a sharp bend in the Moselle surrounded by mountains covered with vineyards.
Around noon, you will arrive in Neumagen which was an important wine production center already in Roman times. You can join the barge or continue by bike to Schweich. Once on board, you will sail to Trier, the oldest city in Germany. As a trading city and administrative center, Trier flourished in the late imperial era. This Roman golden age has left us with many monuments to discover, including the Porta Nigra city gate built around 18 AD.
Day 5: Trier - Sarrebourg - 28 km/18 mi.
In the morning, your guide will take you to Trier to dive into Roman history. You will then have time to explore the city as you wish.
After lunch, you will take your bikes and follow the Mosel and Saar rivers to Saarbrücken. Sarrebourg is an old town in the most beautiful part of the Saar Valley. Here the banks of the river are densely wooded. The construction of the castle of Sarrebourg dates from the middle of the 10th century. In the middle of the city, you can admire a 20 meters high waterfall. At the foot of this waterfall is an old mill, which is driven by the small river. In this part of the city, most of the old houses from the 17th and 18th centuries are still intact. Today, there is no dinner on board. You can have dinner in a restaurant in Sarrebourg.
Day 6: Sarrebourg - Remich - 45 km/27 mi. or 53 km/32 mi.
Today you have a choice of 2 bike tour options in the Moselle Valley. One is easy, but a bit longer along the rivers. The shorter option is a bit more difficult, through the hills. Whichever way you choose, this tour takes you to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Here, the Moselle forms the border between Germany and Luxembourg.
Luxembourg is a small country, but its capital (also called Luxembourg) is an important financial center and an administrative city of the EU. On the way, you will visit a cooperative cellar, specialized in the so-called "Crémant", the Champagne of the Moselle. Near Remich, you can admire a Roman mosaic floor. The tiled floor was once the centerpiece of a sumptuous Roman villa.
Day 7: Remich - Schengen - Thionville - 30 km | Thionville-Metz
While having breakfast, you will sail towards Schengen, where your bike ride will start. The "Schengen agreement" is something that all Europeans have heard of but almost nobody knows that it is named after this small town in Luxembourg at the border of 3 countries.
You will cross the French-Luxembourg border without any border control. You can admire the fortress of Sierck-les-Bains, one of the palaces inhabited by the powerful Dukes of Lorraine. The road is beautiful through the French countryside and picturesque villages. Around noon, you reach Thionville, a major steel town until the 1980s. The city may look modern and industrial, but it is ancient. The historic center has medieval ramparts, beautiful gardens, old streets and the Saint-Maximin basilica. Here, the Princesse Royal awaits you for a cruise to Metz, another ancient city strategically located on a Roman trade route. The Cathedral of Saint-Etienne is the 3rd largest Gothic church in France with buttresses and stained glass windows by Marc Chagall. Metz has a breathtaking architecture.
Day 8 : Metz
End of the trip by bike and boat on the Moselle. Disembarkation after breakfast, until 9:30 am.