France, Luxembourg & Germany Bike & Boat: Mosel River Valley, Aboard the Princess Royal

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The Mosel River Valley is truly a sight to behold—and so is our premium barge, the Princesse Royal. As your charming ship cruises the storied Mosel River, you’ll cycle mostly flat paths through the picturesque medieval villages of France, Luxembourg, and Germany—discovering incredible vineyards, half-timbered wine villages, and ancient castle ruins along the ...
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Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Full schedule


    • Experience three countries—France, Luxembourg, and Germany—up close, by bike.
    • View quaint villages, lush vineyards and forests, and fairytale castles as you roll along a scenic river.
    • Explore the ancient Roman and medieval treasures of Trier.
    • Enjoy a private wine tasting.
    • Relax on your barge and sip Germany’s finest Rieslings and beers.

What's this trip about?

    The Mosel River Valley is truly a sight to behold—and so is our premium barge, the Princesse Royal. As your charming ship cruises the storied Mosel River, you’ll cycle mostly flat paths through the picturesque medieval villages of France, Luxembourg, and Germany—discovering incredible vineyards, half-timbered wine villages, and ancient castle ruins along the way. On board, cabins are tastefully furnished and include private bathrooms and individually controlled air conditioning units for maximum comfort—plus a lounge and dining area with full bar, two partially shaded sundecks, and a Jacuzzi tub. Best of all, you choose the pace of your vacation—with longer cycling options available, and the freedom to relax on deck and enjoy this delightful river cruise to its fullest.


Itinerary focusActive and Outdoor Sports
Group sizeGroup - max of 30 people
Age range13 to 80 years
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityMetz
End CityCochem

Travel Themes

  • Culinary & Wine
  • Cultural
  • Cycling & Biking
  • Nature & Wildlife


  • Europe
  • Germany
  • France
  • Luxembourg


  • Berlin


  • Culture
  • Cycling
  • History
  • Nature
  • Wine Tasting
  • Guided Group
  • Small Ship Cruises

Trip includes

    • Custom VBT Bike and Helmet
    • Two Local, Bilingual Trip Leaders
    • Support Vehicle
    • Luggage Transportation
    • Ride with GPS and Daily Route Notes
    • Welcome Reception
    • Facilitated Cultural Experiences
    • Your Choice of VBT Branded Gear for Your Adventure


Travel Map
DAY 1: Travel to Metz / Embark barge

You are responsible for making your way to Metz to meet your barge. Please arrive between 1:30 and 2:00 p.m. Please note that you cannot embark before this time, as the barge is being prepared for you. If you are late, you must contact the barge as soon as possible to...

DAY 2: Bike to Rodemack / Picnic lunch / Remich, Luxembourg

After breakfast, cycle along the Mosel River on a quiet bike path. Then turn inland and cycle along a pleasant rolling route through small villages. Pause to explore Rodemack, known as “Little Carcassonne Lorraine” and ranked one of the most beautiful villages in Fran...

DAY 3: Cycle Remich / Nennig / Wasserbillig / Saarburg

Pedal this morning to Nennig and its local museum, where you can admire Europe’s largest Roman mosaic; remarkably, 90% of it is original and perfectly restored. Continue riding along the Mosel on an easy bike path. The river forms a natural border between Germany and ...

DAY 4: Bike and cruise from Saarburg to Trier

This morning, walk to the nearby former bell foundry and museum, Mabilon, which produced bells until 2002. After your tour, cycle along the Saar River to the confluence of the Mosel River, then continue riding to Trier, where you meet the barge. After lunch on board, ...

DAY 5: Piesport / Neumagen / Bernkastel-Kues

This morning, you cruise out of Trier during breakfast. Arriving in Schweich, you have the option to continue cruising to Neumagen or to start your day cycling toward Bernkastel-Kues. Your route winds along scenic hairpin turns along the Mosel, passing the winemaking ...

DAY 6: Daun / The Eifel Region / Bernkastel-Kues

This morning, shuttle (approximately 45 minutes) through the scenic Eifel Valley to the town of Daun, a spa town fed by mineral springs. Return to your bicycle here and enjoy an exhilarating spin, climbing a slight incline at first and then coasting downhill along a f...

DAY 7: Traben-Trarbach / Zell / Bullay / Cochem

Today, cruise out of Bernkastel and follow the Mosel downstream. After breakfast, arrive in Traben-Trarbach, an architectural jewel of the German Art Nouveau movement known as Jugendstil. The surrounding woodlands and extensive vineyards add to its irresistible charm....

DAY 8: Cochem

After an included breakfast, your tour ends at the Cochem mooring point. It is important that you leave the barge no later than 9:00 a.m. so our crew can prepare for their next guests.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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Price From $5,145
Price per day$643
Last Updated: 4/19/2024
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The total tour cost includes the tour price (regular or promotional) and the compulsory local payment. The promotional price is subject to change. Check directly with the operator for the latest price offer. The tour operator requires you to pay only the tour price to purchase your travel. The compulsory local payment will be paid when you join the trip. All prices are based on double, twin or triple share occupancy. Solo passengers will be accommodated in a double, twin or triple room according to availability with a passenger(s) of the same gender. Single supplement only needs to be paid if the passenger does not want to share and requests their own room. Discounts can only be applied at the time of booking and cannot be added at a later date, regardless of any changes made to the original booking.

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VBT Bicycling Vacations

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Since 1971, VBT has crafted immersive and authentic biking vacations for active travelers. When you travel with VBT, you’re not just another tourist—you’re a traveler. With us, you’ll experience your destination with the help of a local, bilingual trip leader with a passion for sharing their home with you. You’ll eat in local restaurants, stay in accommodations that have been family-owned for generations and cycle through vineyards, olive groves, and medieval villages. 

With VBT, you won’t just visit a place—you’ll immerse yourself in it. You might follow a centuries-old pasta recipe while taking a cooking class in Rome—or learn a folk dance in Croatia, followed by sharing a bottle of locally-produced Grk wine with your new friends. Exploring the world on two wheels lets you experience your surroundings on a deeper level.


VBT offers exceptional value without compromising on quality. Simply put, no other US-based active travel company offers an experience this rich for such a reasonable price. On our tours, you can see more sights, have more local experiences, and enjoy more delicious, authentic meals—all while staying in high-quality, boutique hotels and charming, family-run inns.


All you have to do is show up at the airport—we’ll handle the rest! From tour consultants who help you find the perfect vacation to expert local trip leaders who show you the best place for gelato, we take care of all the little details that make your trip memorable. We book your flights, arrange all your transportation and accommodations, and move your luggage between hotels. Our support vans are available to give you a lift up a hill or quickly fix a flat tire. VBT takes care of your travel details and creates unique itineraries so you can relax and enjoy your small-group vacation from start to finish.


Friendly camaraderie, cultural immersion, and casual comforts are the hallmarks of our vacations. Discover delightful people, beautiful hotels, foreign cultures, and fascinating lifestyles that will enrich your life and provide memories for years to come.

Why we love this operator
Their unique emphasis on immersive cultural experiences combined with active exploration with personalized cycling experiences.
What they’re known for
VBT Cycling are renowned for offering exceptional guided and self-guided bicycle tours worldwide.


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Meals Included

16 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners

Age Requirements
13 to 80 years
Additional Information

This tour offers easy terrain on bike paths and roads through both urban and rural areas. Our VBT support vehicle is available every day at designated points for those who would like assistance.

Daily Mileage: 6 - 40 miles| Biking: 1 - 4 hours| Group Size: 30

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