Germany | Moselle river biketour | Bike & Boat
Germany | Moselle river biketour | Bike & Boat
Germany | Moselle river biketour | Bike & Boat
Germany | Moselle river biketour | Bike & Boat
Germany | Moselle river biketour | Bike & Boat
Germany | Moselle river biketour | Bike & Boat
Germany | Moselle river biketour | Bike & Boat
Germany | Moselle river biketour | Bike & Boat
Germany | Moselle river biketour | Bike & Boat
Germany | Moselle river biketour | Bike & Boat
Germany | Moselle river biketour | Bike & Boat
Germany | Moselle river biketour | Bike & Boat
Germany | Moselle river biketour | Bike & Boat
Germany | Moselle river biketour | Bike & Boat
Germany | Moselle river biketour | Bike & Boat

Germany | Moselle river biketour | Bike & Boat

6 Days
21.07.2024 - 26.07.2024
from 2594 €
pro Person
description

Exploring the romantic river landscapes of Germany along the Moselle is a delightful experience, especially with a combination of bike excursions and a relaxing river cruise. The journey begins in Koblenz and meanders through picturesque wine villages, steep vineyard slopes, and past imposing castles and monasteries. Each bend of the river reveals a new panorama, inviting you to pause and immerse yourself in the beauty of the surroundings.

The carefully selected cycle routes offer a unique perspective, allowing you to truly appreciate the cultural and natural landscapes along the Moselle. After each day of cycling, you'll return to the comfort of your cruise ship, where your cabin awaits. There's no better way to unwind than to relax in your cabin and enjoy the scenic views of the Moselle and Rhine rivers passing by.

With terranova's successful concept combining river cruises and e-bike excursions, you'll have the opportunity to experience the best of both worlds. Whether you're cycling through vineyards or savoring dinner in the on-board restaurant, every moment promises to be memorable. Explore the Moselle at its finest and immerse yourself in its rich landscape and culture on this exceptional bike and boat tour.


 

Highlights

  • Original vineyard hike and wine tasting by renowned winemakers
  • Picturesque landscapes in the romantic Moselle valley, in the Eifel and in the Hunsrück
  • World cultural heritage on tours in Cologne and Trier
  • Visit of Bernkastel Kues
  • Accommodations on the Stella, state of the art cruise ship
  • Stress-free battery-assisted cycling with a support vehicle

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DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN COLOGNE
Starting your tour in Cologne offers a glimpse into the rich history of this ancient city. From its Roman origins to its flourishing during the Middle Ages, Cologne's architectural marvels tell the tale of its past. One of the most iconic landmarks is the Cologne Cathedral, whose construction spanned centuries. Initiated in 1248, this monumental structure, dedicated to the Three Kings, stood as a testament to Cologne's spiritual significance. Despite financial setbacks, its completion in 1880 under the patronage of the Prussian king solidified its status as one of Europe's most revered pilgrimage sites.

Beyond its imposing exterior, the cathedral's interior showcases remarkable craftsmanship and artistry. From intricately carved choir stalls to Stefan Lochner's masterful altarpiece, every detail reflects the city's rich cultural heritage. The 19th-century mosaics add to the cathedral's allure, offering visitors a glimpse into its enduring legacy.

After exploring Cologne's architectural treasures, you'll embark on the MV (motor vessel) SILVA, where you'll settle into your cabins before dinner. As the ship sets sail upstream towards Cochem, you'll have the opportunity to unwind and soak in the serene beauty of the Rhine River. With each passing moment, you'll be one step closer to discovering the enchanting landscapes and charming towns that await along the journey.
Dinner and 1st night on board.

Please note: For special events in Cologne Cathedral, a visit is not possible on the day of arrival. In such a special case, we will only visit Cologne Cathedral on the 6th day of travel before your departure.

DAY 2: FIRST GREETING TO THE GREEN VINE SLOPES OF THE MOSEL 40 km
The morning in Cochem unveils the grandeur of its castle, a towering sentinel overlooking the picturesque river valley. Your cycling adventure begins right from the ship, setting a leisurely pace toward Zell (Mosel). As you pedal through verdant vineyards, the scenery sets the perfect mood for the days ahead. Following the meandering bends of the river, you'll encounter the charming village of Beilstein, its quaint allure enhanced by the ruins of Metternich Castle perched atop.

Continuing your journey, you'll encounter the awe-inspiring Moselle slope of the Bremmer Calmont, known as the steepest single vineyard in Europe. Here, the prized Riesling grapes thrive on the slate slopes, a testament to the region's winemaking heritage. Witnessing the manual labor and muscle power required by winemakers for centuries, you'll gain a deeper appreciation for their craft.

After a delightful picnic lunch amidst this idyllic landscape, you'll effortlessly glide along the river's course on your e-bike, arriving in Reil by afternoon. Here, a friendly winemaker awaits, ready to share insights into his daily work and treat you to a wine tasting experience. As the day draws to a close, your tour guides will accompany you back to the ship in Cochem via a terranova bus.

Savor the tranquility of the evening as the SILVA gracefully navigates the river toward Bernkastel-Kues, basking in the golden glow of the setting sun. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner onboard, relishing the enchanting ambiance of the river as it unfolds before you.

DAY 3: HOLY NICHOLAS & THE MAARE-MOSEL CYCLING TRAIL 58 km
Today begins with a delightful stroll through the charming streets of Bernkastel-Kues, where you'll have the opportunity to learn about Nicolaus Cusanus (von Kues). This medieval church philosopher was truly ahead of his time, challenging the Ptolemaic worldview long before Copernicus, and even serving as the Pope's deputy.

Cusanus pondered the timeless question of who grants individuals the authority to rule over others, considering that all people are inherently free by nature. His response, still relevant today, advocates for laws enacted by those who are subject to them, or by the majority elected by those under the law. He believed that every individual should have a say in the laws that govern them, emphasizing the importance of collective approval.

Afterwards, you'll embark on a bus journey to Daun in the Eifel region, where your cycling adventure begins. The Maare-Moselle cycle path awaits, offering one of the most scenic rail-trails in Germany. Following the disused railway route, the Daun cycle path winds through the volcanic hills of the Vulkaneifel, traversing viaducts and passing through lengthy tunnels before descending back to the Moselle.

As you transition from the volcanic landscapes of the Eifel to the vineyard-covered hillsides of the Middle Moselle, you'll witness winemakers ascending steep slopes akin to mountaineers. At the lunch picnic, a moment of gratitude is owed to the dry Riesling, a fitting reward for the day's explorations.

DAY 4: RUWER, ROMAN VILLAS & TRIERS IMPERIAL GLANZ  39 km
In the morning, the SILVA docks in a quaint wine village just outside of Trier, where you'll have the chance to explore the fascinating remains of a Roman villa. These villas, nestled in the picturesque landscape, served as retreats for the Romans seeking respite from the bustling city life.

Following a scenic stretch along the meandering Moselle, you'll arrive at the confluence of the Moselle and the charming Ruwer river. Here, you'll embark on a journey through the verdant Ruwer valley, tracing the path of an ancient railway line. The Ruwer river, known for its lively waters, has been harnessed for its power since Roman times, notably supplying water to ancient Trier through the Roman Ruwer aqueduct.

During a well-deserved lunch picnic, your tour guide will regale you with tales of Trier, a historic university town with a rich cultural heritage. After your break, the route ascends into the heart of Roman Trier, offering breathtaking views of the city below. Once you arrive, you'll be immersed in imperial grandeur, as Trier was once the seat of Roman emperors and the capital of the Gallic province.

As you explore the city on a guided tour, you'll be awestruck by the remnants of its illustrious past, with ancient monuments and architectural marvels bearing witness to its former glory.

DAY 5: ALONG THE TERRASSENMOSEL TO THE GERMAN CORNER  30 km
As you continue along the Moselle, the landscape remains remarkably flat, flanked by ancient wine terraces and medieval castles that dot the picturesque countryside. The vineyards, particularly steep along the Lower Moselle, benefit from what wine connoisseurs call the "equator effect." This phenomenon amplifies the intensity of the sun's radiation, creating conditions akin to locations much farther south. In the heart of the Lower Moselle, this effect manifests in sun temperatures that support an almost Mediterranean flora and fauna.

Your journey brings you to the convergence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers at the Deutsches Eck. Here, a monumental equestrian statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I stands proudly, erected in 1897 as a symbol of patriotic Rhine romanticism. Your guide will provide insights into the significance of this iconic landmark, steeped in history and symbolism.

Before you gather for the last evening on board, you'll have the opportunity to explore Koblenz further. Even years after the Federal Horticultural Show, the city remains vibrant and colorful, with the legacy of the garden show transforming its landscape. The romantic palace garden, once dormant, now blooms anew, a testament to the enduring beauty of Koblenz.

Enjoy a final dinner onboard, reflecting on the memories made and the beauty of the Moselle River landscape.

DAY 6: DEPARTURE FROM COLOGNEAs your cruise comes to an end, disembarkation is scheduled for around 9 a.m., allowing you ample time to begin your journey home by train or car. 

Consider extending your stay in Cologne for another night or two to fully immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of this fascinating city. With its rich history, stunning architecture, and vibrant cultural scene, Cologne offers a wealth of experiences to explore. Whether you're interested in visiting its iconic landmarks, exploring its charming neighborhoods, or indulging in its culinary delights, there's plenty to see and do in Cologne.

By extending your stay, you can make the most of your time in this captivating city, creating lasting memories before returning home.
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It's important to note that we reserve the right to make changes to the timetable and program of our journeys. Factors such as high and low tides, maintenance work, and waiting times at locks and bridges may necessitate adjustments to the itinerary at short notice. While we strive to provide a seamless experience, occasional changes may be required.

In rare instances of high or low tide or force majeure situations, parts of the route may need to be covered by alternative transportation such as bus or train. In exceptional cases, hotel accommodation may also be necessary. Rest assured, our priority is to ensure the safety and comfort of our guests while providing an enjoyable and memorable journey. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility in such circumstances.
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E-BIKE TRIP - ROUTE ASSESSMENT: The cycling route is a total of 167 km. The bike routes are not short, but with a few exceptions run on paved and car-free bike paths! They usually follow without ascents along the rivers or on old railway lines. On the Moselle and Ruwer as well as on the Maare-Mosel cycle path through the Eifel, cycling is a carefree pleasure.

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21.07.2024 - 26.07.2024
6 Days
21.07.2024 - 26.07.2024 | 6 Days
Accommodation - SILVA Rhine River Cruise Ship Details
Cabin Category A double-use / per person
2594 €
Cabin Category C double-use / per person
2894 €
Cabin Category D double-use / per person
3044 €
Cabin Category A single-use
3194 €
Cabin Category C single-use
3614 €
Cabin Category D single-use
3824 €
added options / discounts
Transfer from the airport of Frankfurt to Cologne
350 € more info
1 - 3 ppl. with luggage (car) per group.

Please note that transfer reservations must be made well in advance of your tour date. Transfer distance is 110 mi. (178km) and transfer time is 2 hours of travel.

Transfer from the airport of Frankfurt to Cologne
450 € more info
4 - 8 ppl. with luggage (minibus/van) per group:

Please note that transfer reservations must be made well in advance of your tour date. Transfer distance is 110 mi. (178km) and transfer time is 2 hours of travel.

Rental helmet
10 € more info
Do you need a helmet?

More and more cyclists are realizing that wearing a helmet can increase their own safety. The decision to wear a helmet is at your own discretion. Just as you are responsible for complying with the road traffic regulations, this also applies to wearing a protective helmet.

We offer you a rental helmet for EUR 10 if you reserve it with us (2-3 weeks before the start of your journey)!

accomodation / hotels
Accommodation - SILVA Rhine River Cruise Ship weniger Infos
Germany | Moselle river biketour | Bike & Boat
Germany | Moselle river biketour | Bike & Boat
Germany | Moselle river biketour | Bike & Boat
Germany | Moselle river biketour | Bike & Boat
Germany | Moselle river biketour | Bike & Boat
Germany | Moselle river biketour | Bike & Boat
Germany | Moselle river biketour | Bike & Boat

Your A-ROSA River Cruise ship

Live comfortably on the ship: Your room will accompany you on this journey! The SILVA is one of the newest ships in the fleet and was only put into service in 2012! A state-of-the-art river cruise ship with a lot of comfort and space. At 135 m in length, the ship offers a generous design of the public areas: a spacious sun deck, outdoor pool, outdoor SPA area, saunarium, indoor and outdoor restaurant, putting green, etc. on the upper deck, plus a bar, café, lounge and fitness area on the ship. The cabins are spacious, modern and comfortably furnished, equipped with individually adjustable air conditioning, bath / toilet, TV and hairdryer. The windows on the C-deck with the French balcony can be opened. The SILVA also offers 6 very spacious suites.

Ship details of the SILVA

  • Passengers: max. 186 guests
  • Cabins: 89 outside cabins, 4 junior suites, 2 balcony suites
  • Length x width: 135 m x 11.4 m
  • Speed: max. 22 km / h
  • Drive: four times 331 kW / 1,800 PS in total
  • Shipyard: Neptun Werft GmbH, Warnemünde
  • Year of construction: 2012
  • Flag: Germany

 

Deck plans:

Deck 1: cabin categories S and A

Deck 2: cabin category C

Deck 3: cabin categories D, E and F

Deck 4: sundeck

 

THE BEST ESCAPE OF EVERYDAY LIFE: ON THE SHIP

  • Spacious sun deck with a relaxed atmosphere
  • Sufficient loungers, parasols and sails
  • Heatable outdoor pool with countercurrent system
  • Shuffleboard, putting green and large figure chess
  • Outside restaurant on the back deck
  • Coffee specialties, wines, refreshments at the café bar
  • Panorama lounge with bar and dance floor
  • Stylish, casual dress code

THE CULINARY OFFER

  • Full board plus: Varied buffets with live cooking every day
  • freshly prepared regional and seasonal specialties
  • Afternoon: cake buffet with coffee and tea
  • Mineral water with main meals
  • Specialty evenings
  • Free meal times and free choice of table in the market restaurant, the day lounge and the outdoor restaurant
  • Wine menu tailored to the region
  • Wine & Dine arrangement can be booked on board: exclusive 5-course dinner with corresponding wines
  • BBQ buffet on the aft deck (weather permitting)

FEEL AT HOME ON HOLIDAY: THE CABINS

  • Generously proportioned, comfortable cabins, mostly with a French balcony
  • Elegant design and fine materials create a feel-good atmosphere
  • Equipment: Safe, air conditioning, TV, fly screen, hairdryer, shower / toilet, sauna towel, wool blanket, telephone, bathrobe on request

IT FEELS LIKE A HOLIDAY ON HOLIDAY: THE SPA

  • Large selection of beauty and body treatments with high-quality products
  • Professionally trained SPA and beauty team
  • Panorama sauna and bio sauna
  • Fitness room with modern cardio equipment: cross trainer, ergometer and treadmill
  • Experience showers and relaxation room


Further information on the ship's equipment and the many services included can be found in the detailed travel information, which you can request without obligation.



 

Extra Info
  • SKILL LEVEL
    EASY:
    Rating a bike tour is one of the hardest things we do. What you find difficult or easy depends on your own personal physical condition and training. The total distance is approx. 190 km | 118 miles. The entire route is flat and well signed. The Moselle-cycle-path is nearly car-free and is mostly paved. It is rated as a 5-Star cycling path. If you are concerned and don’t want to worry about your own fitness and ability, we recommend an electric bike.
     
  • AIRPORT INFO
     
  • LOCAL TRAVEL
  • REMARKS
    This tour offers an optional CO2 compensation program for a supplement through Atmosfair, a non-profit climate protection organization with a focus on travel. Your voluntary contribution will provide for the expansion of renewable energies in countries where they are scarcely available. See pricing.
     
  • CLIMATE
    The climate in the Mosel-region is mild with warm summers and moderate winters. Some parts can therefore almost be described as Mediterranean and owes it fame in wine growing to the warm and sunny climate. From April to October, the weather is ideal for cycling and discovering the beauties of this region. Please do check the local conditions before your arrival.
     
  • IMPORTANT TO KNOW
    Due to the changing requirements for entry, it is imperative that you stay up to date on requirements set by the country/countries that you are visiting. Please visit our Travel Restrictions Tool page and the country/countries government webpage for this information. Documents: Due to the changing requirements for entry, it is imperative that you stay up to date on requirements set by the country/countries that you are visiting. Please visit our Travel Restrictions Tool page and the country/countries government webpage for this information.

    Documents: Before you travel, please check the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have proper identification. For US citizens, the U.S. Passports & International Travel website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. It is important to research before you travel as airlines will not permit boarding if you do not have the required valid documents.
     
  • Insurance: Before traveling, we strongly recommend you review your personal insurance and health insurance to ensure you have coverage appropriate to meet your needs, and the needs of your family and dependants, in case of any loss of property or illness, injury, or death.


 

services

What’s Included

  • Accommodation for 5 nights in selected category of cabin
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch as a picnic buffet or as a buffet on board according to the program
  • 5 multi-course dinners buffet style
  • All drinks are included on this trip, with the exception of champagne, bottled wine, and exclusive rarities
  • Free use of on-board facilities such as sauna and fitness area
  • 15% discount on treatments in the SPA-MV
  • Bathroom amenities, bathrobe and bottled water in the cabin
  • Children up to 15 years of age travel free of charge when accompanied by at least one adult supervising them
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Support van for shuttles and services along the route
  • Electric bike
  • Guided tours and entrance fees inCologne, Bernkastel-Kues & Trier
  • 1 commented wine tasting
  • All transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • Departure airport transfer
  • All port and passenger fees (tourist taxes)
  • CO2 compensation of the terranova excursion program

What’s Not Included

  • Helmet
  • Gratuities
  • Bike protection
  • Travel Insurance

In deviation from our general terms and conditions, the following payment and cancellation conditions apply to this trip:

45 % of the tour price up to the 31st day before arrival
65 % of the tour price up to the 25th day before arrival
75 % of the tour price up to the 18th day before arrival
85 % of the tour price up to the 9th day before arrival
90 % of the tour price up to the 4th day before arrival
95 % of the tour price up to the day of arrival or in case of no-show

*When you receive our travel confirmation and the security certificate, a deposit per person of 25% of the tour price is due.

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We personalize your travel experience:
Our tours go beyond the typical off-the-shelf options. Every tour-detail has been meticulously explored, scrutinized, and firsthand experienced. Prior to featuring a trip in our program, we conduct on-site evaluations of each element to ensure its suitability. We only present trips that not only align with our high standards but also meet our personal criteria."

 


Your contact for this trip:

Frauke Gorscak
terranova Touristik
Martin-May-Str. 7
60594 Frankfurt a. M.
Germany
frauke@terranova-touristik.de
Tel.: +49 69.69.30.54

 

 

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