Germany:

Moselle River Valley Bike


Six nights; five days of easy cycling on bike paths and quiet paved roads, following the vineyard-lined banks of the Moselle River.

“Our lead guide chose the best side of the river to get best views and minimize traffic. Loved the opportunities to use the ferries and cross over the dams…added to the adventure. The routes provided lots of opportunity for washroom breaks and stop for refreshments (met by support van frequently).” - Steve and Trish D.








Itinerary


Start: Trier train station, 16:00, day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.


Finish: Koblenz, following breakfast, day seven.


Day 1:

Trier

Approximately three hours by train from the Frankfurt airport, Trier is Germany’s oldest city. "Thirteen hundred years before Rome, Trier stood. May it stand on and enjoy eternal peace, amen" says the medieval inscription on the facade of the Red House in the market. Originally settled by the Celtic Treveri, it was later taken by the Romans, and historians say that you can see 2000 years of history in 2000 paces. We suggest arriving early to have extra time to explore its highlights, including the Roman amphitheatre, once frequented by gladiators, the Cathedral, the Palace and its gardens, the Porta Nigra, Karl Marx’s birthplace, and the Roman and Imperial baths. D (Meal inclusions are provided for guided trips. Self guided trips include breakfast only).
Villa Hugel, or

Cityhotel Primavera, or

Hotel Pieper; Trier

Day 2:

Ruwer-Hochwald Radweg 58km

The Ruwer is a tributary of the Moselle. The steep south facing banks of its valley are known for producing some of Germany’s most prestigious Rieslings. You will begin your day with a 35 minute transfer to Hermeskeil where you may have the opportunity to visit one of the world’s largest private collections of steam locomotives. Once on your bike, you will pedal leisurely along the car free bike path through forests and meadows toward the 13th century castle ruins Sommerau, a good spot to enjoy a picnic lunch. You will cross the river on covered bridges, passing vineyards and farms on your way back to Trier, where you should arrive early in the afternoon with plenty of time to enjoy more of Trier’s historic centre. BL
Same lodging

Day 3:

Trier – Bernkastel-Kues 63km

Begin along the banks of the Moselle on paved bike trails built over ancient train routes. You will pass several ancient Roman settlements, including the wine press at Piesport - a highlight of the area since the 3rd century. The bends of the river become narrow and the banks steep as it squeezes between the Eifel and Hunsruck mountains. This is Germany’s most prestigious wine making region; Riesling, Elbing, and Müller-Thurgau varieties have been grown here since the 4th century, and probably earlier. Finish in Bernkastel-Kues, a pretty cobblestoned town known for the Bernkasteler Doctor, a historic vintage with reportedly healing properties. BLD
Hotel Drei Könige, or

Hotel Nicolay sur Post, Bernkastel-Keus

Day 4:

Bernkastel-Kues

Spend the day exploring around Bernkastel-Kues. The Maare-Moselle bicycle path leads you away from the river toward Wittlich and Daun through a beautiful landscape of ancient volcanic lakes. You’ll cross several amazing viaducts and cycle alongside the Lieser River to Daun. The ride to Daun is about 55km, and fairly easy. If you prefer to ride one way only, you can take advantage of the bike bus that runs many times each day between Daun and Bernkastel-Kues during the summer months. B
Same lodging

Day 5:

Bernkastel-Kues – Cochem 77km

Cycle past lush vineyards and through several amazing little towns. Many regard this as the most scenic section of the Moselle Valley. Today’s highlights include the truss style architecture of Enkirh, and the 900year old castle overlooking the river near Zell. You will follow a series of steep-sided curves before reaching Cochem, a delightful medieval riverfront town best known for its impressive castle. Built circa 1000AD, the castle’s fascinating history is best illuminated on a guided tour (usually in German, but translation sheets are available). BLD
Hotel Villa Vinum, or

Alte Thorschenke, or

Villa Tummelchen, Cochem

Day 6:

Cochem – Koblenz 50km

Follow the Moselle to Koblenz, where it converges with the Rhine. If you like climbs, you can visit Eltz Castle, a magnificent medieval fortress perched over the Elzbach River. Relaxed riders will follow the flat pathway and quiet roads along the Moselle into Koblenz, a city more than 2000 years old! Koblenz has several beautiful public parks and gardens, most notable being those of the Electoral Palace. BLD
Altstadt Hotel, or

Kleiner Riesen, or

Trierer Hof; Koblenz

Day 7:

Koblenz & Farewells

Your tour concludes this morning following breakfast. You may opt to extend your stay in Koblenz, or head directly to Frankfurt or other travel hubs nearby (Amsterdam is only about 3 hours by train). B





Description




Note about the route:

A fantastic cycling route, almost entirely on paved bicycle paths or quiet roads. There are a few unpaved sections that are considered hard packed and very suitable to hybrid bikes. The terrain is easy if you stay along the riverside. Visiting castles, some wineries, and panoramic viewpoints usually involves some invigorating climbs and descents.






This is one of Europe’s easiest and most peaceful bicycle tours. The banks of the Moselle River are lined with stupendously beautiful buildings – colourful houses, half-timbered shops, and medieval castles. Quiet lanes and bike paths follow its meandering course through vineyards over 1000 years old, and the history of the river is fascinating. The Vandals repelled the Romans for many years, but we can now see the evidence of Roman habitation, in the form of baths, roads, amphitheaters, and, of course, wine. Because of its history as a contested boundary, the signs of battle include the many castles, twelve of which you will be able to see on this incredible ride. Charming inns, good food and wine, and consistently fabulous scenery make this a cyclist’s “bucket list” trip. Join us this year if you can!





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Costs

Guided

US 2865 C 3295

(per person, includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, guide and vehicle support, luggage handling, local taxes)

Self-Guided

US 2690 C 3095

(per person, includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, inn to inn luggage transfers, on-call emergency support, local taxes)

Single Occupancy

US 665 C 765

Bicycle Rental

Hybrid: US 195 C 225

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.

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Bring your friends. We will run most of these trips for you whenever you want, at the advertised price for a group of four or more on a guided trip, or two if it's self-guided! We reserve the right to make changes if the original inns, etc. are already booked. If you cannot find others, let us advertise the trip for you! Give us a commitment as far in advance as you can. As long as we have the minimum number of guests at the start, the price will be as advertised. The catch is that if it is just two of you and you want a guided trip, you must be willing to pay a 20% premium in the event that others do not join you. The bright side is that, once reserved, you can count on the trip, whether it remains private or becomes a larger group. Ask for changes to the itinerary.

We are very flexible, and given enough time, can create a new itinerary to match your desires.