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The MS Olympia on the Rhine

Saarburg – Coblenz, MS Olympia

Vineyards and half-timbered houses on Moselle & Saar

8 Days / 7 Nights
The MS Olympia on the Rhine

This cycling and boat vacation is ideal for those who appreciate a fairytale setting. The route takes you through famous wine-producing towns and historical landmarks from the Roman era. A fantastic change from cycling is the daily accommodation on the MS Olympia. The Moselle and Saar rivers showcase their most beautiful scenery. On the banks, you'll find tranquil spots with breathtaking views, inviting you to relax and enjoy a picnic. Experience vibrant activity in the small villages, where you can leisurely stroll and shop to your heart's content. How about a Moselle souvenir for your family and friends? End the day with a glass of wine and savor the culinary delights of the region!

Following the initial night aboard the MS Olympia, your cycling adventure commences from Saarburg to the Luxembourg town of Wasserbillig, and subsequently to Trier, where the ship is ready to welcome you once more. The cycling route then takes you to the significant wine-producing town of Mehring before progressing to Piesport and Bernkastel-Kues on the following day. Further points of interest include Traben-Trarbach and Zell along the Moselle. Subsequently, you have the opportunity to explore Beilstein and Cochem before completing the tour through Alken and concluding in Coblenz.

  • Saarburg: Those who appreciate narrow alleyways with quaint half-timbered houses will love Saarburg. Magnificent Baroque buildings are combined with colorful fisherman's and boatmen's houses. The nostalgic rows of houses and stream bridges on Buttermarkt are affectionately referred to as "Little Venice." 
  • Trier: One attraction in Trier is the gigantic city gate Porta Nigra, whose foundation was laid by the Romans in 170 AD. It has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage site since 1986 and is exceptionally well-preserved.
  • Piesport: In the picturesque town of Piesport, you'll find the largest Roman wine press facility ever discovered north of the Alps.
  • Cochem: This quaint town is renowned for its ornate half-timbered houses and its impressive Reichsburg (Imperial Castle). The castle, a hilltop fortress that served as a toll castle in the Middle Ages, adds to the charm. In this atmosphere, you can enjoy a wonderful Moselle wine. 

The cycling paths on this route boast excellent quality. Along the Moselle, there are predominantly paved and asphalted roads with no significant inclines. Therefore, this journey is suitable for both avid cyclists and inexperienced hobby cyclists. It invites you to enjoy a relaxing ride in an idyllic landscape.

Itinerary at a glance

Embarkation from 4 p.m. You will spend the first night and evening in Saarburg. In its centre you will find a waterfall of 20 meters deep as well as many baroque buildings and fisher houses. Around 6 p.m. the captain and crew will welcome you on board.

Today you will cycle from Saarburg along the idyllic nature reserve of the abandoned meander of the River Saar. Further on to Wasserbillig in Luxemburg and from here to the Igeler Säule. Later you will reach Trier, where MS OLYMPIA is already waiting for you.

After breakfast you will cycle via Pfalzel to Mehring, the largest winegrowers’ community in the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region.

Today you will reach Bernkastel-Kues by bike. The market place from the Middle Ages with many wood timbered houses invites you for a rest. On your way you visit Neumagen-Dhron which is the oldest wine city of Germany. Further on you reach Piesport, the oldest wine growing community along the Moselle. You should take the time to enjoy the popular wines.

From Bernkastel-Kues to Traben-Trarbach the route continues along the right bank of the Moselle. You follow the meanders of the Moselle and reach Zell on the Moselle – known for the “Zeller Schwarze Katz” wine location. In Zell you should take the opportunity to get to know the good wines of the Moselle.

The perfect maintained historical centre of Beilstein, “the Sleeping Beauty of the Mosel”, is waiting for you. Today’s tour ends in Cochem with the Reichsburg. Cochem is a lovely little town with historical half-timbered-houses and a picturesque Old town.

The perfect maintained historical centre of Beilstein, “the Sleeping Beauty of the Mosel”, is waiting for you. Today’s tour ends in Cochem with the Reichsburg. Cochem is a lovely little town with historical half-timbered-houses and a picturesque Old town.

Disembarkation after breakfast at 9:00 a.m. Individual journey home.

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Route information


You cycle along good quality bike paths. The Moselle cycle path runs along tarmac roads that are in a good condition and there are not any noteworthy climbs. This means that this tour is suitable for those who are not trained.

Prices & Dates

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour


  • Program according to itinerary from Saarburg to Coblenz
  • 7 nights in outside cabins in the booked cabin category
  • 1 welcome drink
  • Full meals (7x breakfast, 6x packed lunch for cyclists or lunch snack on board, 6x afternoon coffee break, 7x 3-course-dinner)
  • On board tour guide incl. daily tour briefing
  • Daily cabin cleaning, change of bed linen and towels as needed
  • 1 route book per cabin
  • All harbour, lock and bridge fees
  • GPS-data


  • Bringing your own bike/electric bike:  €29,- (on request only, limited)


Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Saarburg's main station is about 1 km from the pier
  • Parking in Saarburg: street parking spaces near the landing stage 
  • Parking space near the train station in Saarburg (unguarded, not reservable)

Things to note

  • Minimum number of participants:  75 persons
  • Further important information according to the package travel law and additional information about your bike and boat trip can be found here
  • This tour is a partner tour.

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