Duration: 68
Location: Germany
Price: €499 - €929 pp
Port of departure: Koblenz, Bad Wimpfen, Saarburg
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Barge Patria

On the Moselle and Saar, the 68 meters long MS Patria, which can accommodate a max. of 68 guests, is your sailing home. The ship is modernized for boat bike tours and has 34 cabins. There are only twin cabins (approx. 7 M², 2 single beds next to each other) with window (the windows on the upper deck can be opened, but for safety reasons those on the lower deck are fixed), shower + toilet, individually regulated air conditioning in all cabins on the lower deck, as well in the restaurant and salon. 15 Cabins on the lower deck and 19 cabins on the upper deck (supplement). This authentic ship  has a nice salon with bar and large windows in front of the top deck and a separate restaurant on the lower deck. On the partially covered sun deck there are sitting places (tables + chairs) for all guests and a cycle shed. The ship sails under Dutch Flag and management and had its sailing area in The Netherlands for many years. As from 2011 its sailing area is in Germany and it is a very popular ship for  boat & bike tours.
  • Rental price for 1 week: about €499 – €929,- p.p. with max. number of passengers.
    The mentioned price is an indication for a boat-bike-tour for your own group. It is also possible to rent the barge, only for sailing or for hotel accommodation in the low season.
    We would be happy to send you a tailor-made offer with rental times and rental prices for your specific date.

    – Tour and accommodation on board in the booked category 8 days / 7 nights (Sat.-Sat.)
    – Full board; 7 x breakfast, 6 x picnic lunch during bike tours, 7x three course dinner;
    – Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible); daily cleaning service of the cabin;
    – Welcome drink, presentation of barge + crew and briefing on the first evening;
    – Tour leader (multilingual) for fully guided cycling tours, daily briefings of the bike tours,1 full day guided tour of Paris (walking / public transportation);
    – Printed instructions and maps for daily bike tours, 1 set per cabin;
    – Daily coffee and tea till 4 PM.

    – Transfers to/from the docking places
    – Rental bicycle, other transfers
    – Parking fee, entrance fees & excursions
    – Drinks on board
    – Personal insurances
    – Gratuities (at your discretion)


  • The barge sails in Germany from Koblenz on rivers Rhine and Neckar and Moselle and Saar.

    Example for eight-day tour from Saarburg to Koblenz

    Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Saarburg
    The MS Patria awaits you in Saarburg where the crew will welcome you on board from 4pm. You will spend your first night and evening in Saarburg a welcoming city that you are encouraged to explore. Highlights include Saarburg Castle (Saar Castle), a massive complex mentioned in official documents as early as 964, the Saarburg Waterfall on the River Leuk and many historical buildings.

    Day 2 (Sun): Saarburg – Saarschleife – Igele Säule – Wasserbillig (Lux) – Trier (Approx. 30-40 km/19-25 mi.)
    Following the distribution of bicycles your first day of cycling will see you pedal from Saarburg via the picturesque Saarschleife (Saar Loop) to the Igeler Säule. From here you will continue on to Wasserbillig in Luxemburg before pedalling to Trier, your destination for the day and where the MS Patria will be waiting for you. If you are interested you can book an optional guided excursion of Trier (bookable on board). A walk through the 16 BC-founded Trier is an overwhelming journey through the millennia, with no other place in Germany able to give you a better chance to experience the time of the Romans. Highlights include impressive structures such as the Porta Nigra, the Konstantin Basilica and the Roman Amphitheatre.

    Day 3 (Mon): Trier – Pfalzel – Mehring (Approx. 25-35 km/15-21 mi.)
    After breakfast you will cycle from Trier via the charming village of Pfalzel to Mehring, famous for its white wine and home to the largest winegrowing community in the Moselle-Saar-Ruwer region. In the evening you will have time to explore the village.

    Day 4 (Tue): Mehring – Piesport – Bernkastel-Kues (Approx. 50 km/31 mi.)
    After enjoying a leisurely ride along the Moselle via Piesport you will reach Bernkastel-Kues, your destination for the night. The grand half-timbered houses that surround Bernkastel-Keus’s market place date back to the Middle Ages and are a photographer’s delight. In the evening you will have the opportunity to join a wine-tasting session at a local vineyard (optional excursion: bookable on board).

    Day 5 (Wed): Bernkastel-Kues – Traben-Trarbach – Zell (Approx. 45 km/28 mi.)
    Today’s bike tour will take you to the romantic village of Traben-Trarbach, located on the left bank of the Moselle and famous for its Jugendstil (art nouveau) architectural style. Further along the Moselle your destination for the night is Zell, well known in the wine industry for the wine “Zeller Schwarze Katz”.

    Day 6 (Thu): Zell – Beilstein – Cochem (Approx. 35 km/21 mi.)
    Beilstein, ‘the Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle’ and one of the best preserved historical villages along the length of the Moselle is the highlight of today’s cycle tour. Towering above the village, which you will have the opportunity to explore, are the ruins of Castle Metternich. Today’s tour will end in Cochem, a lovely little town that features historical half-timbered-houses, a picturesque old town and Reichsburg Castle.

    Day 7 (Fri): Cochem – Alken (Approx. 27 km/17 mi.) | Alken – Koblenz
    After breakfast your final day of cycling will see you pedal to Alken, one of the oldest cities on the Moselle, where the MS Patria will be waiting for you to sail to Koblenz, where you will spend your final night on board. Koblenz, a fascinating and historic city, has been an important defensive and economic centre for centuries. Highlights include the old castle of Ehrenbreitstein which dominates the right bank of the Rhine, the 12th century Alte Burg Castle and old Koblenz town.

    Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Koblenz
    After breakfast: disembarkation and end of the tour.

    Details: In italics printed parts will be covered by the ship.

    You can book this tour also individual through Boat Bike Tours Patria.


  • Rental bikes
    You can rent bicycles with 7 gear, hand- and/or pedal brakes and a pannier bag.

    Prices for 7 days                      € 70,00 per bike / €165,00 per E-bike

    Canal barge as ‘boatel’ on a location of your choice
    Our canal barges are also available as “boatels”. Are you organizing an event, are you participating in a fair, does your company need sleeping accommodation for a group of people on a location where no hotels are available? If this location can be reached, renting a “boatel” (also in winter) may be the perfect solution to your problem. Arrangements with full board, half board or Bed & Breakfast can be offered.

    Travel and cancellation insurance
    We advise you to look into our casualty, baggage or cancellation insurance (if you have not already got continuing travel insurance, of course). Please note that most insurance companies demand that cancellation insurance is arranged at the same time or shortly after you book your holiday.

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