Moselle River Bike
Five nights; four days of easy cycling on bike paths and quiet paved roads, following the vineyard-lined banks of the Moselle River.
“The route was along dedicated bike paths, so we did not have to deal with auto traffic much at all. We were lucky that it was harvest time, so we could see people up on those slopes picking grapes." – Haydi D.
Start: Trier train station, 16:00, day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.
Finish: Koblenz, following breakfast, day six.
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 Black gate, 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
Hotel Pieper; Trier
Trier to 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
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 cyclisists bus that runs many times each day between Daun and Bernkastel-Kues during the summer months. B
Bernkastel-Kues to 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 900 year 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
Cochem to 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
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
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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Trier train station, 16:00, day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.
Koblenz, following breakfast, day six.
US 2695 C 3195(per person, includes 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners, guide and vehicle support, luggage handling, local taxes)
US 2545 C 2995(per person, includes 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, inn to inn luggage transfers, on-call emergency support, local taxes)
US 455 C 535
Hybrid: US 190 C 225
*Ask us about savings when groups of three or more book self-guided tours!*
All details and pricing are subject to change without notice. 5% sales tax applies. 50% tax refund for non-Canadians.
Custom or Private Tours
Want to go but on different dates?
Want to make a change to the itinerary?
We can adapt for you!
Here are some terms:
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.