Saar River near Merzig, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Wolfgang Staudt

Stillness in Trier, Germany along the Mosel River. Photo via Flickr:55laney69
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Merzig to Cochem

Germany Bike + Barge Tours

Bike and boat along the Saar and Moselle Rivers

  • Cycle along the Saar and Moselle rivers on this bike and barge tour in Germany through charming cities and villages. You begin in Merzig, not far from the French border.This time of year is known as "Golden October" for good reason. If the weather cooperates, you will enjoy the colors of autumn. Cooler temperatures means lovely brisk riding and fewer tourists as well! As you pedal to Saarburg, you pass through the Saarland, a small and somewhat mysterious region of Germany that possesses some of the most beautiful forests in all of Germany.

    Other highlights of this tour include:

    • Saar loop
    • Trier
    • Mehring
    • Bernkastel

    Your tour concludes in Cochem. The entire Mosel area is simply enchanting, synonymous with magnificent landscapes, romantic wine villages, and lovely biking and boating!

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  • Twin/double: £ 1269 $ 2,636 1480 $ 2250 NOK 14060 kr 12978 $ 1,687 Single supplement: Only on request!

    extra options

    Electric or tandem bicycle rental (per day): £ 21 $ 45 25 $ 38 NOK 238 kr 219 $ 29  

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Frankfurt International Airport (FRA).

    Local Travel

    Train from airport to Merzig. Ride is about 3 hours and will entail one or two transfers depending on time of departure and type of train. At end of tour, train back to the airport is approximately 2 1/4 hours with one or two transfers.


    Please check local conditions prior to arrival. Average high/low temperature in degrees Fahrenheit for the area at the time of travel is 58/41º F. A good website to research weather related facts is

Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations on board the lovely, comfort plus barge, the Merlijn

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 6 nights on board
  • Breakfasts, packed lunches and 5 x dinner
  • City tour of Trier
  • Wine tasting in Traben Trarbach
  • Tour guide
  • Daily cleaning of rooms
  • 24 speed bicycle including towel, bike bag, universal helmet, water bottle
  • Unlimited coffee, tea and hot chocolate
  • Harbor fees

What’s Not Included

Length7 days
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Tour Dates

October 12, 2019

Skill Level

This is an easy, guided bike and boat tour with average daily distances between 20 and 42 km

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Merzig to Cochem Map

Day 1: Arrival in Merzig
Day 2: Merzig - Saarburg, 20 mi.  (32 km)
Day 3: Saarburg – Trier, 12 mi. (20 km)
Day 4: Trier – Bernkastel Kues, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 5: Bernkastel Kues – Traben Trarbach
Day 6: Traben Trarbach – Cochem, 23 mi. (37 km)
Day 7: Departure from Cochem 

*All distances are approximate.

DAY 1: Arrival in Merzig
Embarkation begins in Merzig at 4 pm. The crew will welcome you on board and while you enjoy a welcome drink you will get information about the ship, the tours, and the bicycles. After dinner there is time for a stroll through Merzig, with edifices dating back over eight centuries and opportunity to visit museums as well.

DAY 2: Merzig - Saarburg, 20 mi. (32 km) 
Today’s tour takes you through the wonderful Saarland region. More than any other region, it symbolizes the "rendezvous in Saarland", junction of water and land. From Merzig it’s about 10 km to the excellent viewpoint over the landscape and the Saar loop, the renowned river bend of the Saar. As the route continues to Saarburg, it passes through the village of Mettlach.

Once you arrive in Saarburg, you may complete your trip with a city tour and enjoy a splendid view over the city and the Saar valley. You will be impressed by the narrow alleys, framework houses, Baroque constructions, as well as the colorful fishermen and sailor houses. The master architect of Berlin, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, named the ensemble of romantic houses and small bridges on the Buttermarkt,  “Little Venice” in the 19th century. Dinner this evening will be at your own expense in one of the many restaurants in Saarburg. 

DAY 3: Saarburg – Trier, 12 mi. (20 km) 
Your adventure continues by following the Saar River ‘downstream’. At Konz the Saar meets the Mosel river, and along its banks, you continue your bike tour to Trier. A guided city tour through this magnificent city is on the agenda. Trier was the Roman capital of the western part of the Roman Empire. There are still many remainders such as the Porta Nigra, the gigantic city-gate, and the Roman Baths. Dinner once again will be on your own.

DAY 4: Trier – Bernkastel Kues, 26 mi. (42 km) 
Enjoy your breakfast while cruising from Trier to the holiday resort Mehring. The Roman poet Ausonius sang of the beautiful landscape more than 2000 years ago and the Romans built many splendid country villas here. After visiting Neumagen-Drohn, you will bike further on to Bernkastel-Kues, where magnificent framework houses line the marketplace. Ovenight will be in this lovely city.

DAY 5: Bernkastel Kues – Traben Trarbach 
Bernkastel is a lovely town and there is opportunity to explore a bit more in the morning. Back on the bike, the route leads again along the meandering Mosel river, passing charming villages and vineyards. Tonight Henk and Jantien, owners of the Merlijn and your host and hostess, will offer you a wine tasting at the winery Friedrich Storck. 

DAY 6: Traben Trarbach – Cochem, 23 mi. (37 km) 
​As you enjoy breakfast, the barge takes you to Zell, famous for its vineyard Zeller Schwarze Katz. From here, the cycling begins along the Mosel and passses through many charming villages, such as Alf, Sankt Aldegund, with opportunity to visit a wine cellar. You'll also visit Bremm and finally Beilstein. After exploring this interesting medieval village the final biking will lead to Cochem, where the Merlijn will await. Farewell dinner and overnight stay in Cochem.

DAY 7: Departure from Cochem 
Disembarkation at 9 am, after breakfast.

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  • Tom R. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    This was a great trip that the group from Spokane (Tom & Mary Kay R. Mike and Mary M., Jan and Mark B., John and Helen W. -UK) recommends to anyone interested in seeing a beautiful part of Germany. It was not just the scenery that was great, but also how the Merlijn ""crew"" always made you feel at home and took care of any problems. Special thanks to Jantien, Henk and Jacques!

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