2022 German Bike and Barge Trip - POSTPONED to July 23 to July 30, 2022
The trip has been postponed by mutual agreement between the trip operator and the majority of those registered. Spots may open up on the trip over the next year. So if you are interested in one of those spots, get on the waitlist..
Bike, Barge & Cruise the beautiful Saar river surrounded by mountains, charming Moselle with its vineyards, the romantic Rhine and the Bavarian Main rivers. Bike along the Moselle river on good bike paths - Explore the cities of Trier, Koblenz, Mainz & Frankfurt - Visit little Venice Saarburg, ‘black cat’ town Zell, old Bernkastel-Kues and charming Beilstein. Enjoy an included wine tasting at the well-known winery ‘Storck’.
Average biking distance 12 to 28 miles per day (20 to 45 km).
Here is a detailed itinerary: Four German River Tours
Enjoy comfortable accommodations on the barge “Merlijn- the lady of magic.” Wine and other drinks can be purchased from the on-board bar, and enjoyed on the front deck and in the dining room.
What is included: 7 nights abound the Merlijn. Welcome drink and daily cleaning of cabin. 7 breakfast buffets, 6 packed lunches (to take on bike), and 6 dinners (3 courses). Use of a 24 speed bicycle with bike bag, water bottle, towel, and helmet. Tour guide and daily information of trip for next day. Entrance to castle at Eltz and wine tasting at Storck.
What is not included: Transportation to and from Chicago to boat location; one dinner on your own in Koblenz. Wine and other drinks can be purchased from on board bar; Tipping is customary at conclusion of trip.
Total Cost (Double-Occupancy):
Payment at Registration: $900.00
Payment by 2/1/2022: $500.00
Remainder by 4/1/2022: $435.00 (or $470 if Non-member) + $35.00 (if you reserve an e-bike + an exchange rate adjustment)
Note on E-Bikes: A limited number of e-bikes will be available for reservation for an additional 30E/day. Please note: The bike path is primarily along a river and therefore relatively flat. So unless you have a specific health concern or issue, e-bikes may not be necessary. Payment for the e-bike will be calculated in your final payment.
Note On Exchange Rates: the final price will be adjusted for any change in the cost of the trip resulting from an increase (or decrease) in the exchange rate, as well as any change in the cost of an e-bike rental, if you select that add-on.
Note on Minimum Registrations:: We will need a minimum of 21 paid registrations by November for the trip to proceed. If the trip is cancelled because of too few sign-ups or if you choose or need to cancel before November, your deposit will be fully refunded. After November, the Club will not be able to refund your deposit or any other money’s paid thereafter.
Note on Trip Insurance: While “all cause” trip insurance that covers cancellation due to CV-19 would be highly recommended, we have not found such a policy so far. However, there is "Cancellation for Any Reason" Insurance that would provide coverage at a higher price point. If your research finds better options, could you please share this information with the trip leader.
Travel to Germany: Germany has recently opened to tourists from the US that are fully vaccinated. You must show your proof of vaccination but you need not quarantine or be tested as long as you have not travelled to one of their restricted countries recently. Since the trip has been postponed, we will update the travel policy to and from Germany as necessary.
Departure Date: Saturday, July 23, 2022
Return Date: Saturday, July 30, 2022
Leader: Andrew Kirby
Assistant: Sharyl Hess Dawes