Bike & Barge in 3 Countries
Germany, Luxembourg and France Metz to Cochem Cycle Tour
July 28 to August 8, 2022
Includes post trip to Heidelberg
Base Price: $4,229 pp Based on Double Occupancy
The Trip Leader
Tampa, FL 33618
We will fly from Tampa to Frankfurt via Lufthansa airlines. From the Frankfurt airport we will be transported by private bus for city tour of Frankfurt before checking into our hotel, NH Collection. The Princess Royal (formerly Magnifique) is one of the most luxurious 5-star cruise ships on the Dutch and Belgian waterways. The barge accommodates 31 travelers with 16 cabins. The trip includes 7 nights on the boat with 2 meals a day along with a packed lunch for the ride. Bikes available are 24 speed or electric bikes. Tour guides will be biking with you all through the gentle vineyard where we will taste the region’s fine Riesling wine and learn about the Roman history. Mileage ranges from 19 miles to 36 for 6 consecutive days. After our boat tour we will be transported back to Frankfurt for an overnight stay and the following day we will tour the city of Heidelberg. We depart to the Frankfurt airport on August 8 for our flight home. Our trip includes air, ground transportation, most meals and bike insurance. Electric bikes are extra. Land only credit is $872.
- 8 days / 7 nights on board, 2-Persons cabin with private shower and toilet, air conditioning and central heating
- Full board (7x breakfast, 6 x packed lunch, 5 x 3-course dinner and 1 x 4 course dinner)
- Welcome meeting and toast
- Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water on board
- Daily cleaning of the Cabin
- Free WIFI on board
- Use of touring bike, 8-speed, waterproof cycle bag and a lock
- Use of a universal sized bike helmet
- Complimentary water bottle
- Information and guided cycling tours
- Daily cycling route discussion
- 2 Tour leaders for the bike tours
- Maps for cycling tours (1x per cabin)
- Fees for ferries, Tourist-tax
- Bus transfer to Daun
- Entrance Reichsburg Cochem
Excluded in this tour:
- 1x dinner
- Drinks other than mentioned
- E-bike rental - $135
- Personal and bike insurances
- Gratuities (at your discretion)
- Entrance fees and excursions (not mentioned under included)
We are flying on Lufthansa scheduled to depart Tampa at 7p.m. (subject to airline change) arriving in Frankfurt at 10 a.m. on July 29. After we get our luggage, we will take a city tour of Frankfurt before checking into our hotel, NH Collection. We will stay overnight in Frankfurt departing for the barge the next morning – July 30.
July 30 - Day 1: Metz
Embarkation and check-in is at 3 p.m. in Metz. After a welcome meeting with the crew there is time for bicycle fitting and a little test ride. After dinner, your tour leader will take you for a walk through Metz. Metz is a beautiful old city strategically situated on a Roman-trading route. St. Etienne Cathedral is the third largest gothic church in France with flying buttresses and Marc Chagall stained glass windows. Metz is full of stunning architecture, flowers and great cafes.
July 31 - Day 2: Metz – Remich (41 km/26 mi. or 49 km/31 mi.)
While having breakfast you will cruise in the direction of Thionville. Close to this town your bicycle tour starts. Thionville, once was the center of the French steel industry. That might sound modern and industrial, but the city is ancient. The historic center shows you the medieval ramparts, lovely gardens, old streets and St.Maximin basilica. The route is lovely through French countryside, and friendly villages. You pass the fortress of Sierck-les-Bains, one of the palaces inhabited by the powerful Dukes of Lorraine. Via the valley of the Moselle, you cross the French-Luxembourg border at Schengen. The “Schengen agreement” is something everybody in Europe has heard of, whereas almost nobody knows that it is named after this little town in Luxembourg at the 3-country border. At crossing the Luxembourg- French border, we experienced the outcome of this agreement: no border controls. Close to your final destination Remich you will visit the small village of Nennig, stop at what once was an old roman villa. A tile floor which lies in its original place, was once the centerpiece in this Roman villa. The scene (in 3 million individual tile pieces) reveals scenes from gladiator games in the amphitheater.
August 1 - Day 3: Remich – Saarburg (40 km/24 mi. or 48 km/ 29 mi.)
The river Moselle is here the border between Germany and Luxembourg. You start following the river on the German side, but soon you will hop to the Luxembourg side. There, you will visit a wine cooperative, specialized in the so called “Cremant”, say the Champagne of the Moselle. Then there are two (2) cycling options: One is easy, but a bit longer along the rivers. The shorter option is a bit more challenging, through the hills. Whatever your choice is, the biking will lead you to your Saarburg, an interesting old town situated in the most beautiful part of the Saar valley. Here the banks of the river are densely forested. The castle of Saarburg was built here in the middle of the 10th century. In the middle of town, you come across a waterfall of 20 meters high. At the foot of this waterfall, there is an old mill, which is driven by the small river. In this part of town most of the old houses from the 17th and 18th century, which give Saarburg such a picturesque look, are still intact.
August 2 - Day 4: Saarburg – Trier (32 km/19 mi.)
After breakfast, your tour leader will take you for a short bicycle tour to Trier. You will arrive there around lunchtime. After a guided walk, there is time to discover and enjoy Trier on your own. Trier is known as the oldest city in Germany. The city was founded around 15 before Christ by Caesar Augustus under the name of Augusta Trevorum. As a trading town and administrative center, Trier flourished during the late imperial age. This Roman golden age has left us with a respectable number of monuments. Most authentic is the city gate Porta Nigra, which was built around 18 after Christ. Today there is no dinner on board. You can select one of the local restaurants of Trier.
August 3 - Day 5: Trier – Schweich | Schweich – Neumagen – Bernkastel-Kues (27 km/16 mi. or 53 km/32 mi.)
After a breakfast cruise, you will start your bicycle tour in Schweich. You have now entered the “The Romantic Moselle”, the unofficial name for the mid- Moselle. Lovely vineyards expand as far as the eye can see. You cruise past the heavy-hitters in the wine world: Trittenheim and Piesport. Trittenheim lies in a sharp hairpin turn on the river surrounded by mountains coated with grapes. Piesport is beloved by the Brits for the “little golden droplets.” Around lunchtime you will arrive in Neumagen, already in Roman times an important center of wine production. You can decide to join the barge from here or continue by bicycle to Bernkastel-Kues. This frequently visited, old and picturesque town produces the best wines of the Mid-Moselle. Pride of the town is the market square, with its picturesque timber-framed houses. A walk to the castle offers a beautiful view.
August 4 - Day 6: Bernkastel-Kues, Daun excursion (62 km/39 mi.)
This morning you leave the river and vineyards behind. You will be shuttled by bus up into the Eifel region to the city of Daun. From there, we take an exhilarating bicycle ride along a former railway track that is now a cycling path. The ride includes stretches through tunnels, over bridges and by small lakes formed from volcano craters, known as maars. After the last tunnel, you can have a break in a local little town were you will love to have an ice cream on the terraces, well deserved!
August 5 - Day 7: Bernkastel-Kues – Traben-Trarbach | Traben-Trarbach – Zell – Cochem (38 km/23 mi. or 61 km/37 mi.)
During breakfast, the ship brings you to Traben-Trarbach. This little town features world-class Art Nouveau architecture that proves its great importance in international wine trade during the 19th century. You can also start biking a little later from Zell, beautifully situated on the Moselle, where the river meanders through the hills in many loops. Zeller Schwarze Katz (black cat) is a legendary Moselle Wine. Last stop before Cochem is Beilstein. This beautiful little place is sometimes referred to as the ‘pearl of the Moselle’.
Then onto your final destination Cochem, a cozy and characteristic Moselle town, with steep wine-clad mountains, wooded hills, an impressive castle and a picturesque square with beautiful timber-framed houses and cafes. A perfect place for a glass of local wine.
August 6 - Day 8: Cochem
End of tour. Disembarkation after breakfast. We will meet our coach and depart to Koblenz where we will have a guided walking tour of the town. Lunch will be on your own. After lunch, we will depart for Frankfurt. Upon arrival, we will check in at the NH Collection Hotel in Frankfurt City. The evening is yours to enjoy Frankfurt.
August 7 - Tour of Heidelberg
We will depart in the morning for a tour of Heidelberg. The name of Heidelberg stands for the world famous castle and a picturesque old town of breathtakingly beautiful surroundings. The city of Heidelberg, which is known for both Germany’s oldest university and modern research facilities, for its historic streets and a lively university atmosphere. We will meet with our local guide and enjoy a guided visit of the castle’s exterior, courtyard and garden. Lunch will be in one of Heidelberg’s cozy student restaurants, followed by a guided walking tour through the historic town center.
August 8 – fly home
We will depart the hotel early morning arriving at Frankfurt Airport for our flight back to Tampa on Lufthansa. Current departure time (subject to airline change) is 11:25 a.m. arriving in Tampa at 4:20 p.m.
Sign Up Details
Double Cabin: $4,229 pp based on double occupancy
Deluxe Double Cabin: $4,499 pp based on double occupancy
Single Cabin: $4,549
Resort only: $872
Electric bikes: $135
Cancellation date: March 31, 2022
Balance Due date: April 25, 2022
If you are interested in traveling to Germany with TBSSB please mail a check ($1,000) payable to TBSSB to Nancy DelGatto, 3206 Taragrove Drive, Tampa, FL 33618, ph: 813-334-6844.
The bike and barge trips have limited space and applications are accepted in the order that the trip applications/checks are received. Credit Card form if needed.
All cancellations must be received in writing by 3/31/2022
TRIP PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO ANY NEW TAXES OR FEES IMPOSED BY EITHER THE GOVERNMENT, AIRPORT, AIRLINES OR AGENCIES INVOLVED.