River Cruising meets bicycle touring for a memorable European vacation
by Stephanie Scott
Looking for a unique way to vacation this summer? Why not consider a bike & barge tour? Think river cruising meets bicycle touring: cozy lodging, guided tours, fine food, and just enough exercise to ensure your clothes still fit when you return home, all at a price that won’t break the bank.
Stephanie Ventures, LLC is a boutique tour operator and travel agency that specializes in this fun and affordable way to travel. Their itinerary, Meander Through the Magical Mosel Valley, offers an eight day journey, in a picturesque corner of Europe where Germany, Luxembourg and France meet. This tour runs from August 17-24, 2019.
When you arrive at the dock in Cochem, Germany, you’ll find the Quo Vadis, a hotel-barge that sleeps 24 passengers. Her crew will greet you and show you to your home for the week, an air-conditioned cabin with private bath. Unpack, settle in, and meet your fellow travelers at an afternoon bike fitting, followed by a welcome dinner. Begin each morning with a hearty breakfast before joining your regional guides on a 20-35 mile ride. Throughout the tour you’ll enjoy panoramic scenery, sightseeing stops, tastings, and picnic lunches. At each day’s end, you’ll return to the barge, usually in a new city, to freshen up and relax until it’s time for a three-course dinner prepared by your onboard chef. On most evenings, your guides will escort you on an entertaining post-dinner stroll in town.
Cochem, Germany – Arrive by train and take a short taxi ride to the Quo Vadis. Check in and check out the imposing Reichsburg Castle, or the kitschy museum dedicated to their fave condiment: mustard!
Bernkastel Kues, Germany – Enjoy an exhilarating bike ride through Eifel Valley on a rail trail that travels through forests, over bridges, past volcanoes, into illuminated tunnels, and eventually back to the ship.
Trier, Germany – Prepare to be schooled in Germany’s oldest city that boasts nine UNESCO sites, ancient Roman ruins, magnificent cathedrals, and the birthplace of Karl Marx, the father of communism.
Saarburg, Germany – When was the last time you visited a city with its own man-made waterfall? This is the one night you’ll be on your own for dinner. Your guides will recommend some great spots for waterside dining.
Nennig, Germany – Check out the remarkable Gladiator Mosaic, the ornate floor of a once grand Roman villa.
Remich, Luxembourg – Sip local wine made from the Elbling grape, an ancient variety that thrives in this region – and makes a fabulous sparkling white wine.
Thionville and Metz, France – Ride through the scenic French countryside, along quiet river banks, past quaint villages, wheat fields and pastures where the prized white cows graze. Board the Quo Vadis for a cruise into Metz.
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