Germany, Luxembourg & France Bike & Boat: Mosel River Valley, Aboard the Princesse 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 Germany, Luxembourg, and France—discovering incredible vineyards, half-timbered wine villages, and ancient castle ruins along the ...
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Overview

Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Strenuous
Trip pace
Full schedule

Highlights

    • Experience three countries—Germany, Luxembourg, and France—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 Germany, Luxembourg, and France—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.

Details

Itinerary focusActive
Group sizeGroup - max of 30 people
Age range13 to 80 years
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityCochem
End CityMetz

Travel Themes

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

Destinations

  • Europe
  • Germany
  • France

Attractions

  • Berlin
  • Koblenz
  • Luxembourg
  • Trier

Activities

  • Culture
  • Cycling
  • Historic sightseeing
  • History
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature
  • Photography
  • River cruise
  • Winetasting
  • Guided Group

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

Itinerary

Travel Map
DAY 1: Cochem / Embark barge

You are responsible for making your way to Cochem 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 ...

DAY 2: Bike to Zell / Traben-Trarbach / Cruise to Bernkastel-Kues

Today, cruise the Mosel upstream and disembark for a ride on an easy cycling path to Zell and Traben-Trarbach. Beautifully situated on the Mosel where the river twists and turns through the hills, Zell is one of the largest wine-producing communities on the river. The...

DAY 3: Shuttle to Daun / 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 4: Ride to Piesport / Trittenheim / Trier

After breakfast, you cycle toward Trier, the oldest town in Germany, passing Piesport along the way. This winemaking village lies on scenic hairpin turns of the Mosel, where you will see a reconstructed Roman winepress. Stop for lunch in one of the small villages alon...

DAY 5: Short train ride and cycle to Saarburg

This morning, you have time to explore Trier, with its shops and Roman history, before taking a local train to Konz, where the Saar River flows into the Mosel. Here, you meet the barge for lunch, then set off on an afternoon ride into the Saarland along the more intim...

DAY 6: Konz / Wasserbillig / Nittel / Remich

This morning, bike to the nearby former bell foundry and museum, Mabilon, which produced bells until 2002. Later, cycle along the banks of the Saar River to Konz, at the confluence of the Mosel and Saar rivers. Then, follow the Mosel River, to rejoin the barge for a c...

DAY 7: Picnic at Rodemack, France

Ride a tranquil bike path along the Mosel River this morning, crossing from Germany into France. Then, turn inland and follow a pleasant rolling route through small villages to Rodemack, known as “Little Carcassonne Lorraine” and ranked one of the most beautiful villa...

DAY 8: Metz

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

Included Meals: Breakfast

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Dates & Availability

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Price per day$643
Last Updated: 3/1/2024
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28 Jul 2024
04 Aug 2024
$5,295
+$2,195
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06 Oct 2024
13 Oct 2024
$5,145
+$2,195
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Check Current Availability, prices, specials with VBT Bicycling Vacations.

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.

Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.

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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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Logistics

Accommodation

,7 nights aboard a private deluxe canal barge
Travel Insurance
We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance alongside your travel package to safeguard against unforeseen circumstances such as medical expenses, trip cancellations, and other contingencies. It offers you peace of mind and ensures you are prepared for unexpected events that may occur before or during your journey
Visa requirements
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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 shuttle is available every day at designated points for those who would like assistance. Daily Mileage: 6 - 38 miles| Biking: 1 - 4 hours| Group Size: 30
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