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Germany, Luxembourg & France Bike & Boat: Mosel River Valley

The Mosel River Valley is truly a sight to behold—and so is our premium barge, the Magnifique I. 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 comfortplus a lounge and dining area with full bar, and a partially-shaded sundeck. 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.

Tour 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.

Positive Impact

VBT is proud to support the Local Alliance for Family with a donation on behalf of each guest on this tour. This museum offers shows visitors the process of casting bells, and details the life of the last master of the bell foundry, Mr. Wolfgang Hausen-Mabilon. Each guest on tour visits this multi-generational home in Saarburg.

What to Expect

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
Activity Easy
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Average High /
Low Temperature (°F):

Jun67º/52º

Jul72º/56º

Aug69º/54º

Sep63º/49º

Oct54º/43º

Average
Precipitation:

Jun3.17 in

Jul4.87 in

Aug4.37 in

Sep2.23 in

Oct1.85 in

Air Package

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Roundtrip international airfare

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Airport car service for arrival and departure

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One night in Koblenz and one night in Luxembourg City in conveniently located hotels with daily breakfast

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7 nights aboard a private deluxe canal barge

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16 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners

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Biking Packages Include:

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

Sun, Jun 22 to Wed, Jul 2, 2025

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Your vacation is about to begin! Spend your first night aloft and arrive ready for an unforgettable trip.

A VBT representative will greet you at the Frankfurt airport to start your adventure off right. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your hotel in Koblenz. From your centrally located hotel, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.

After an included breakfast at your hotel, meet a VBT representative at 9:00 a.m. in the hotel lobby for your transportation by coach (approximately one hour and 45 minutes) to the city of Cochem. Please ensure that all luggage you will not need during the day today is loaded onto the luggage minibus. It will be taken directly to the barge and delivered to your cabin.

On arrival, meet one of your VBT trip leaders, who will acquaint you with this characteristic Mosel town beloved for its wooded hills, medieval buildings, and a picturesque center with beautiful, timber-framed houses. Hike or shuttle with a local guide to Reichsburg Castle, where you enjoy a tour and spectacular views of the Mosel Valley and its vineyards. The fairy-tale castle includes seven rooms of fine furniture and objects from different periods and styles.

After your visit, walk back into town, where you may shop and eat lunch on your own before boarding the barge at 2:00 p.m. Meet the crew and your second VBT trip leader, then settle in before a bike safety session and a short warm-up ride to Beilstein on quiet bike paths along the Mosel River. Reunite with your barge in Beilstein, where it will moor for the night. Gather with your travel mates for a welcome drink, and toast this Mosel bike tour! Enjoy dinner on board.

Today's Ride Choices

Afternoon: Beilstein Warm-up — 10 km (6 miles)

What to Expect:

The ride to Beilstein is easy along the river. Get acquainted with your route notes and bicycle. Check your brakes and play with shifting your full range of gears.

Cumulative Distance Range: 10 km (6 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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 beloved wine Zeller Schwarze Katze (Black Cat) is produced here with grapes from 16 different locations. Be sure to notice the sculpture on the market-square fountain depicting a snarling cat atop a wine barrel.

Next, cycle to the village of 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. Traben-Trarbach was once the world’s second-largest wine-trading center. At the height of its prosperity at the turn of the 20th century, the city’s wine merchants built a number of fine Art Nouveau buildings, many of which are carefully preserved and continue to operate as wineries. There’ll be time to admire a wide range of Belle Époque splendor during your visit; you’ll quickly see why the city is a favorite destination for lovers of baroque and classical architecture, too.

Rejoin your barge in Traben-Trarbach, then cruise into Bernkastel-Kues, once two small wine-making towns on either side of the Mosel before they were united in 1905. The pride of today’s dual city is the market square, with its picturesque timber-framed houses and decorative sculpted fountains, some dating to the 17th century.

Dinner is on board tonight.

Today's Ride Choices

Morning: Beilstein to Zell — 28 km (17 miles)

Afternoon: Zell to Traben-Trabach — 20 km (13 miles)

What to Expect:

The Mosel meanders in scenic hairpin turns through the steepest vineyards in Europe. The scenery is breathtaking, and many interesting sights can be explored along the way. You’ll cross the river a few times, but continue to follow it upstream to the mooring point in Traben-Trarbach. You will find great places for lunch in charming villages. Short-option riders join the barge here. If you opt for the longer route, you’ll enjoy beautiful riding through quaint half-timbered wine villages and vineyards along the river to the Art Nouveau town of Traben-Trarbach, where you’ll meet the barge and cruise to Bernkastel-Kues.

Cumulative Distance Range: 28 – 48 km (17 – 30 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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 former railway converted into a cycling path. This exciting ride includes stretches through tunnels, over bridges, and past small lakes formed from volcanic craters known as maars. Pass stately castles, lush vineyards, green forests, and quiet villages that invite you to pause and explore.

Along the way, stop in Gillenfeld to enjoy a delicious lunch hosted by Sigrid and Leo Lenerz. At their simple cozy café idyllically located in an old barn, they specialize in regional products from local producers. Later, ride back to Bernkastel, where you can relax before dinner on board.

Today's Ride Choices

Morning: Daun to Gillenfeld — 16 km (10 miles)

Afternoon: Gillenfeld to Laufeld — 12 km (8 miles) | Laufeld to Wittlich — 15 km (9 miles) | Wittlich to Bernkastel-Kues — 21 km (13 miles)

What to Expect:

Bike an invigorating rails-to-trails route known locally as the MMR, a mainly flat or downhill bike path with a few gradual climbs at the beginning. Meet up at a cozy café in Gillenfeld for lunch. Take our support vehicle after lunch if you wish to avoid hills, then continue on the MMR bike path, coasting through illuminated tunnels and a viaduct before a thrilling, gradual descent into Wittlich town. From Wittlich you may shuttle back to the barge or ride flat and easy bike paths along a small river through gorgeous forest and farmlands to the Mosel River, where your barge awaits.

Cumulative Distance Range: 16 – 64 km (10 – 40 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 along your route, such as Neumagen-Dhron, where you witness more signs of ancient Rome. Rejoin the barge in Schweich for a leisurely cruise to Trier.

The people of Trier might tell you that it is possible to see “2,000 years of history in 2,000 paces” in their city. The Romans established their local capital here. In the Middle Ages, Frankish kings and the archbishops of Trier reigned. Here you can learn about the Porta Nigra (“Black Gate”), the city’s landmark and the largest city gate of the ancient world; the amphitheater; the medieval Market Square; the High Cathedral of St. Peter, Germany’s oldest Cathedral; and Constantine’s Throne Hall. Then there’s the rococo Electoral Palace and the ruins of the Imperial Baths with their extensive subterranean passages. It is an astounding repository of history that leaves little doubt why all of Trier’s monuments have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Tonight, your barge moors here, so you can try one of the local restaurants for dinner on your own.

Today's Ride Choices

Morning: Bernkastel-Kues to Neumagen — 27 km (16 miles)

Afternoon: Neumagen to Schweich — 29 km (18 miles)

What to Expect:

Ride to Neumagen, where you can rejoin the barge. Or spend the morning on board and start biking from Neumagen. There are a few short ascents and descents along the river and through the vineyards, before it’s all aboard in Schweich as you cruise into Trier, the former Imperial city of Rome’s late Classical period.

Cumulative Distance Range: 27 – 56 km (16 – 34 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast

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 intimate Saar River. Wooded mountains, wide meadows, farmsteads, and villages mark your progress as you ride. Later this afternoon, you reach Saarburg, a medieval riverside jewel at the foot of a castle. The town center boasts a roaring 65-foot (19.8-meter) waterfall. Choose between a scenic spin along the Saar River or free time in Saarburg.

Enjoy a private wine tasting in one of the historical wineries in Saarburg. This evening, you may dine on your own in a restaurant on the Leuk River. Savor the hearty food and sip a crisp Saar River Riesling, or try viez, an apple cider typical of this region. The barge moors in Saarburg.

Today's Ride Choices

Afternoon: Konz to Saarburg — 19 km (11 miles) OR Saarburg Loop — 34 km (20 miles)

What to Expect:

After lunch on board, your afternoon ride begins by crossing over a bridge at the confluence of the Mosel and Saar rivers. The riverside ride to lovely medieval Saarburg is easy, passing fruit orchards and vineyard-clad slopes. While you wait for the barge to arrive, take the opportunity to explore the town, perhaps climbing the steps to the castle ruins. For more miles along the Saar bike path, ride up the right bank, navigate a narrow unpaved path through the forest, and cross over the big locks and bridge down the other side back to Saarburg.

Cumulative Distance Range: 19 – 34 km (11 – 20 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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 cruising lunch to Nittel. This afternoon, you can opt to resume cycling with our longer option or to continue cruising into Remich, Luxembourg.

Our longer option follows the renowned Route du Vin, famous for its vineyards and outstanding wines, including Riesling and Cremant. Approaching Remich, take a short detour to Nennig and admire Europe’s largest Roman mosaic north of the Alps; remarkably, 90% of it is original and perfectly restored. Dinner tonight is on the barge, moored on the opposite side of Remich.

Today's Ride Choices

Morning: Saarburg to Wasserbillig — 23 km (14 miles)

Afternoon: Nittel to Remich — 21 km (13 miles)

What to Expect:

Ride along the Saar River back to its confluence with the Mosel, crossing a few bridges to meet the barge in Wasserbillig, Luxembourg for a cruising lunch to Nittel, Germany. An easy spin along the Mosel River through vineyards and small villages ends at the Roman mosaic.

Cumulative Distance Range: 21 – 44 km (13 – 27 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 villages in France. In this charming hamlet, admire marvels of construction that span the ages, including fortifications erected over many centuries. Impressive ramparts and walls encircle the village, and cobbled alleys lead to a labyrinth of back streets and an impressive fortress.

Enjoy a picnic lunch with free time to explore on your own.

Today’s longer option leads to Thionville, where you board your barge and cruise into Metz, France. This evening, enjoy your final onboard dinner.

Today's Ride Choices

Morning: Remich to Rodemack — 30 km (18 miles)

Afternoon: Rodemack to Thionville with Shuttles — 11 km (7miles) | Rodemack to Thionville — 23 km (15 miles)

What to Expect:

Enjoy flat, easy cycling along the Mosel River to the three-country border zone, crossing from Luxembourg into Germany and France. Cycle through French farmlands, on a mix of quiet country roads and bike lanes. Finish the day biking through France along the Mosel, riding through the rural French countryside of the Lorraine region into Thionville, where the barge waits. Shuttles are available to assist you if required during the day.

Cumulative Distance Range: 30 – 53 km (18 – 40 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a final breakfast on our barge, bid farewell to the crew and VBT trip leaders and say hello to your local guide as you disembark in Metz, France, nestled at the confluence of the Mosel and Seille rivers. Enjoy a pleasant walk into this charming city, a quaint tapestry of bridges and romantic corners. Pass the elegant 18th-century city theater and the Palais de la Prefecture in the Place de la Comedie. Visit the imposing Cathedral of St. Etienne, one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals of France, built around 1250. Here, admire the fine stained-glass windows, including a modern work by Marc Chagall.

Then, walk to the local market, to the lively Place St. Louis, and to Place Saint-Jacques, where there’ll be time to shop or explore. Lunch is on your own.

After, take private transportation to Luxembourg City. En route, there will be a short 15-minute stop at the Luxembourg American Cemetery so you may honor those who fell here during World War II.

Check into the Hotel Le Royal, a stroll away from the main square and the Old City. The rest of your day is free to discover this fascinating capital of one of Europe’s smallest countries. Explore cobblestone-arched narrow streets and small elegant palaces such as the Palais Grand-Ducal and the Chambre des Deputes. The graceful Chemin de la Corniche is said to be Europe’s most beautiful terrace, with a pleasant promenade that passes restored ancient homes. You’ll also bask in the beauty of the city’s two major squares: the regal Place de la Constitution and the cozy Place du Marche, still used for weekly flower and vegetable markets.

Tonight, dine on your own. The city boasts more Michelin stars per square mile than any other and has a lively atmosphere in its many cafés, pubs, and pizzerias. The biggest ethnic community here is from Portugal, adding a Latin flair to its nightlife and menus.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After an included breakfast this morning, complimentary transportation to the Luxembourg City Airport will be provided (an approximately 15-minute drive, depending on traffic) for your departing flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Germany, Luxembourg & France Bike & Boat: Mosel River Valley

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Tue, Jun 24 to Tue, Jul 1, 2025

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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 to make alternate arrangements because we sail shortly after this time.

The barge will be moored in Cochem at Uferstrasse, on the right bank just downstream from the bridge.

Meet the crew and your VBT trip leaders, then freshen up in your cabin and change before a bike-safety session and a short warm-up ride to Beilstein on quiet bike paths along the tranquil Mosel River. Reunite with your barge in Beilstein, where it will moor for the night. Gather with your travel mates for a welcome drink and dinner on board.

Today's Ride Choices

Afternoon: Beilstein Warm-up — 10 km (6 miles)

What to Expect:

The ride to Beilstein is easy along the river. Get acquainted with your route notes and bicycle. Check your brakes and play with shifting your full range of gears.

Cumulative Distance Range: 10 km (6 miles)

Included Meals: Dinner

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 beloved wine Zeller Schwarze Katze (Black Cat) is produced here with grapes from 16 different locations. Be sure to notice the sculpture on the market-square fountain depicting a snarling cat atop a wine barrel.

Next, cycle to the village of 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. Traben-Trarbach was once the world’s second-largest wine-trading center. At the height of its prosperity at the turn of the 20th century, the city’s wine merchants built a number of fine Art Nouveau buildings, many of which are carefully preserved and continue to operate as wineries. There’ll be time to admire a wide range of Belle Époque splendor during your visit; you’ll quickly see why the city is a favorite destination for lovers of baroque and classical architecture, too.

Rejoin your barge in Traben-Trarbach, then cruise into Bernkastel-Kues, once two small wine-making towns on either side of the Mosel before they were united in 1905. The pride of today’s dual city is the market square, with its picturesque timber-framed houses and decorative sculpted fountains, some dating to the 17th century.

Dinner is on board tonight.

Today's Ride Choices

Morning: Beilstein to Zell — 28 km (17 miles)

Afternoon: Zell to Traben-Trabach — 20 km (13 miles)

What to Expect:

The Mosel meanders in scenic hairpin turns through the steepest vineyards in Europe. The scenery is breathtaking, and many interesting sights can be explored along the way. You’ll cross the river a few times, but continue to follow it upstream to the mooring point in Traben-Trarbach. You will find great places for lunch in charming villages. Short-option riders join the barge here. If you opt for the longer route, you’ll enjoy beautiful riding through quaint half-timbered wine villages and vineyards along the river to the Art Nouveau town of Traben-Trarbach, where you’ll meet the barge and cruise to Bernkastel-Kues.

Cumulative Distance Range: 28 – 48 km (17 – 30 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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 former railway converted into a cycling path. This exciting ride includes stretches through tunnels, over bridges, and past small lakes formed from volcanic craters known as maars. Pass stately castles, lush vineyards, green forests, and quiet villages that invite you to pause and explore.

Along the way, stop in Gillenfeld to enjoy a delicious lunch hosted by Sigrid and Leo Lenerz. At their simple cozy café idyllically located in an old barn, they specialize in regional products from local producers. Later, ride back to Bernkastel, where you can relax before dinner on board.

Today's Ride Choices

Morning: Daun to Gillenfeld — 16 km (10 miles)

Afternoon: Gillenfeld to Laufeld — 12 km (8 miles) | Laufeld to Wittlich — 15 km (9 miles) | Wittlich to Bernkastel-Kues — 21 km (13 miles)

What to Expect:

Bike an invigorating rails-to-trails route known locally as the MMR, a mainly flat or downhill bike path with a few gradual climbs at the beginning. Meet up at a cozy café in Gillenfeld for lunch. Take our support vehicle after lunch if you wish to avoid hills, then continue on the MMR bike path, coasting through illuminated tunnels and a viaduct before a thrilling, gradual descent into Wittlich town. From Wittlich you may shuttle back to the barge or ride flat and easy bike paths along a small river through gorgeous forest and farmlands to the Mosel River, where your barge awaits.

Cumulative Distance Range: 16 – 64 km (10 – 40 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 along your route, such as Neumagen-Dhron, where you witness more signs of ancient Rome. Rejoin the barge in Schweich for a leisurely cruise to Trier.

The people of Trier might tell you that it is possible to see “2,000 years of history in 2,000 paces” in their city. The Romans established their local capital here. In the Middle Ages, Frankish kings and the archbishops of Trier reigned. Here you can learn about the Porta Nigra (“Black Gate”), the city’s landmark and the largest city gate of the ancient world; the amphitheater; the medieval Market Square; the High Cathedral of St. Peter, Germany’s oldest Cathedral; and Constantine’s Throne Hall. Then there’s the rococo Electoral Palace and the ruins of the Imperial Baths with their extensive subterranean passages. It is an astounding repository of history that leaves little doubt why all of Trier’s monuments have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Tonight, your barge moors here, so you can try one of the local restaurants for dinner on your own.

Today's Ride Choices

Morning: Bernkastel-Kues to Neumagen — 27 km (16 miles)

Afternoon: Neumagen to Schweich — 29 km (18 miles)

What to Expect:

Ride to Neumagen, where you can rejoin the barge. Or spend the morning on board and start biking from Neumagen. There are a few short ascents and descents along the river and through the vineyards, before it’s all aboard in Schweich as you cruise into Trier, the former Imperial city of Rome’s late Classical period.

Cumulative Distance Range: 27 – 56 km (16 – 34 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast

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 intimate Saar River. Wooded mountains, wide meadows, farmsteads, and villages mark your progress as you ride. Later this afternoon, you reach Saarburg, a medieval riverside jewel at the foot of a castle. The town center boasts a roaring 65-foot (19.8-meter) waterfall. Choose between a scenic spin along the Saar River or free time in Saarburg.

Enjoy a private wine tasting in one of the historical wineries in Saarburg. This evening, you may dine on your own in a restaurant on the Leuk River. Savor the hearty food and sip a crisp Saar River Riesling, or try viez, an apple cider typical of this region. The barge moors in Saarburg.

Today's Ride Choices

Afternoon: Konz to Saarburg — 19 km (11 miles) OR Saarburg Loop — 34 km (20 miles)

What to Expect:

After lunch on board, your afternoon ride begins by crossing over a bridge at the confluence of the Mosel and Saar rivers. The riverside ride to lovely medieval Saarburg is easy, passing fruit orchards and vineyard-clad slopes. While you wait for the barge to arrive, take the opportunity to explore the town, perhaps climbing the steps to the castle ruins. For more miles along the Saar bike path, ride up the right bank, navigate a narrow unpaved path through the forest, and cross over the big locks and bridge down the other side back to Saarburg.

Cumulative Distance Range: 19 – 34 km (11 – 20 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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 cruising lunch to Nittel. This afternoon, you can opt to resume cycling with our longer option or to continue cruising into Remich, Luxembourg.

Our longer option follows the renowned Route du Vin, famous for its vineyards and outstanding wines, including Riesling and Cremant. Approaching Remich, take a short detour to Nennig and admire Europe’s largest Roman mosaic north of the Alps; remarkably, 90% of it is original and perfectly restored. Dinner tonight is on the barge, moored on the opposite side of Remich.

Today's Ride Choices

Morning: Saarburg to Wasserbillig — 23 km (14 miles)

Afternoon: Nittel to Remich — 21 km (13 miles)

What to Expect:

Ride along the Saar River back to its confluence with the Mosel, crossing a few bridges to meet the barge in Wasserbillig, Luxembourg for a cruising lunch to Nittel, Germany. An easy spin along the Mosel River through vineyards and small villages ends at the Roman mosaic.

Cumulative Distance Range: 21 – 44 km (13 – 27 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 villages in France. In this charming hamlet, admire marvels of construction that span the ages, including fortifications erected over many centuries. Impressive ramparts and walls encircle the village, and cobbled alleys lead to a labyrinth of back streets and an impressive fortress.

Enjoy a picnic lunch with free time to explore on your own.

Today’s longer option leads to Thionville, where you board your barge and cruise into Metz, France. This evening, enjoy your final onboard dinner.

Today's Ride Choices

Morning: Remich to Rodemack — 30 km (18 miles)

Afternoon: Rodemack to Thionville with Shuttles — 11 km (7miles) | Rodemack to Thionville — 23 km (15 miles)

What to Expect:

Enjoy flat, easy cycling along the Mosel River to the three-country border zone, crossing from Luxembourg into Germany and France. Cycle through French farmlands, on a mix of quiet country roads and bike lanes. Finish the day biking through France along the Mosel, riding through the rural French countryside of the Lorraine region into Thionville, where the barge waits. Shuttles are available to assist you if required during the day.

Cumulative Distance Range: 30 – 53 km (18 – 40 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

Germany, Luxembourg & France Bike & Boat: Mosel River Valley

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Your vacation is about to begin! Spend your first night aloft and arrive ready for an unforgettable trip.

Start off your first day in Berlin right by having a VBT representative greet you at the airport. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your centrally located hotel. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After an included breakfast this morning, your VBT representative will meet you in the hotel and accompany you on the 20-minute journey to Berlin Hauptbahnhof (the Berlin Main railway station), where you will board the high-speed Intercity Express (ICE) to Frankfurt (approximately four hours and 15 minutes). We recommend you buy a picnic lunch for your journey.

A VBT representative will meet you on your arrival platform inside Frankfurt station. Make certain your VBT luggage tags are affixed to your bag so the representative can identify you and arrange your transportation (approximately 90 minutes) to your hotel in Koblenz. At 4:00 p.m., meet your local guide in the hotel lobby for a 1.5-hour walking tour around the historic Old Town of Koblenz. It’s a 15-minute walk to the starting point of the tour, so we recommend you leave the hotel with everything you’ll need to have dinner on your own in the Old Town at tour’s end.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Park Plaza Wallstreet Berlin Mitte Hotel

Designed with inspiration from the New York Stock Exchange, this 4-star hotel is ideally situated for a rewarding Berlin stay. This elegant property is just 350 feet (107 meters) from the Spittelmarkt underground station, steps from the River Spree, and tucked between Alexanderplatz and Potsdamer Platz. Berlin’s famed Museum Island, Berlin Cathedral, Checkpoint Charlie, and Friedrichstrasse shopping are 20 minutes away by foot. Simply, all of Berlin is just outside your door. After rewarding exploration, savor refined cuisine in the glass conservatory of the 23 Wallstreet restaurant, and linger over a drink in the fluorescent bar or cozy lobby lounge outfitted with leather seating. Start your days over a breakfast buffet of Berlin and international specialties, and relax in the soothing sauna. Modern air-conditioned rooms offer free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, safes, and the hotel’s signature award-winning dollar-bill carpeting.

Wi-Fi In Room
FREE WiFi Included
Air Conditioning
Air Conditioning
Airplane

Air Package Only

2025 2024

2024 Pre-Trip Extension - Berlin

3 Nights From $445 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $195

  • 3 nights at Park Plaza Wallstreet Berlin Mitte Hotel
  • Airport car service for arrival
  • Car service to train station
  • Train from Berlin to Frankfurt
  • Hospitality desk
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information

Your vacation is about to begin! Spend your first night aloft and arrive ready for an unforgettable trip.

Start off your first day in Berlin right by having a VBT representative greet you at the airport. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your centrally located hotel. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After an included breakfast this morning, your VBT representative will meet you in the hotel and accompany you on the 20-minute journey to Berlin Hauptbahnhof (the Berlin Main railway station), where you will board the high-speed Intercity Express (ICE) to Frankfurt (approximately four hours and 15 minutes). We recommend you buy a picnic lunch for your journey.

A VBT representative will meet you on your arrival platform inside Frankfurt station. Make certain your VBT luggage tags are affixed to your bag so the representative can identify you and arrange your transportation (approximately 90 minutes) to your hotel in Koblenz. At 4:00 p.m., meet your local guide in the hotel lobby for a 1.5-hour walking tour around the historic Old Town of Koblenz. It’s a 15-minute walk to the starting point of the tour, so we recommend you leave the hotel with everything you’ll need to have dinner on your own in the Old Town at tour’s end.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Park Plaza Wallstreet Berlin Mitte Hotel

Designed with inspiration from the New York Stock Exchange, this 4-star hotel is ideally situated for a rewarding Berlin stay. This elegant property is just 350 feet (107 meters) from the Spittelmarkt underground station, steps from the River Spree, and tucked between Alexanderplatz and Potsdamer Platz. Berlin’s famed Museum Island, Berlin Cathedral, Checkpoint Charlie, and Friedrichstrasse shopping are 20 minutes away by foot. Simply, all of Berlin is just outside your door. After rewarding exploration, savor refined cuisine in the glass conservatory of the 23 Wallstreet restaurant, and linger over a drink in the fluorescent bar or cozy lobby lounge outfitted with leather seating. Start your days over a breakfast buffet of Berlin and international specialties, and relax in the soothing sauna. Modern air-conditioned rooms offer free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, safes, and the hotel’s signature award-winning dollar-bill carpeting.

Wi-Fi In Room
FREE WiFi Included
Air Conditioning
Air Conditioning
Airplane

Air Package Only

2025 2024

2025 Post-Trip Extension - Luxembourg City

1 Nights From $345 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $195

  • 1 night at Hotel Le Royal Luxembourg
  • Airport car service for departure
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information
1 Begin your Post-Trip Extension

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to continue exploring on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

2 Departure

After an included breakfast this morning, complimentary transportation to Luxembourg City Airport will be provided (an approximately 15-minute drive, depending on traffic) for your departing flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Hotel Le Royal Luxembourg

This luxury property, one of the Leading Hotels of the World, is centrally located in Luxembourg City. Sophisticated European hospitality and impeccable service are its calling cards. It boasts a beautiful garden and is only a few steps from the Old Town and shops. Close each day with a drink in the piano bar and a taste of French gastronomy at one of its two onsite restaurants. All rooms are spacious, elegant, and fully air conditioned. The hotel is part of Luxembourg’s “Hot City,” a citywide network of free WiFi.

Wi-Fi In Room
FREE WiFi Included
Air Conditioning
Air Conditioning
Airplane

Air Package Only

2025 2024

2024 Post-Trip Extension - Luxembourg City

1 Nights From $195 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $195

  • 1 night at Hotel Le Royal Luxembourg
  • Airport car service for departure
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information
1 Begin your Post-Trip Extension

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to continue exploring on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

2 Departure

After an included breakfast this morning, complimentary transportation to Luxembourg City Airport will be provided (an approximately 15-minute drive, depending on traffic) for your departing flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Hotel Le Royal Luxembourg

This luxury property, one of the Leading Hotels of the World, is centrally located in Luxembourg City. Sophisticated European hospitality and impeccable service are its calling cards. It boasts a beautiful garden and is only a few steps from the Old Town and shops. Close each day with a drink in the piano bar and a taste of French gastronomy at one of its two onsite restaurants. All rooms are spacious, elegant, and fully air conditioned. The hotel is part of Luxembourg’s “Hot City,” a citywide network of free WiFi.

Wi-Fi In Room
FREE WiFi Included
Air Conditioning
Air Conditioning
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First timer and a wonderful experience. The staff and leaders are exceptional. Well organized and you are well cared for. Food, cleanliness of the boat and service were all above what was expected. Felt at home with everyone. Well organized group.

PCW 1, Florida

Boat and Bike

We have been on several VBT bike trips, and this one goes to the top of the list. Scenery was beautiful, bike paths were great, food was delicious, and Axel, Felix and Werner were outstanding guides! Really enjoyed being with a fun group of bike and barge riders. Also enjoyed the pre trip in Berlin and the post trip in Paris. No problems with transportation. Thank you VBT!

Clark and Peggy, Kentucky

Germany, Luxembourg and France Bike and Boat

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