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Moselle Valley

Self-Guided Leisure Bike Tour

Grade

1
2
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5

Duration

8 days

Prices from

$1,035 P.P.
Germany

Moselle Valley

Self-Guided Leisure Bike Tour

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

8 days

Prices from

$1,035 P.P.
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A beautiful, self-guided cycling tour through Germany's sleepy Moselle Valley. You'll be biking along winding, riverside paths and taking in breathtaking natural landscapes, with numerous vineyards to explore along the way. For the majority of the route you will find yourself cycling along smooth and flat cycle paths, with the terrain remaining mostly flat. This is a laid back route, so you can take your time cycling each day and really appreciate the many treasures this valley has to offer.
Starting in Trier (Germany's oldest town) you will follow the beautiful, winding Moselle river right the way through to Koblenz. Fairytale castles and charming villages will form the backdrop for your ride. Local wine producers will charm you with their tasty, local wines and you'll pass through Neumagen-Dhron, Germany's oldest wine village and through Treis-Karden where you can organize a spot of wine tasting.
You will follow the river downstream, gently making your way to Koblenz. Located on the confluence of the Moselle and the Rhine rivers, Koblenz is another of Germany's oldest and most beautiful cities with over 2000 years of history to discover. With spectacular castles, churches and grand townhouses scattered amongst its romantic, cobbled streets, it's a great place to spend a couple of days!
Contact us with your preferred dates and let Skedaddle show you the best way to enjoy a cycling vacation in Germany.
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Highlights

  • Cycling from Trier, Germany’s oldest city, alongside the enchanting Moselle River
  • The stunning views from the legendary Loreley at St. Goar
  • Riding past the impressive Eltz castle nestled in the hills above the valley
  • A leisurely boat ride along the Rhine river
  • Meandering through the charming wine villages of Trittenheim, Piesport, Traben-Trarbach and Treis-Karden
  • Slowly making your way to Koblenz and celebrating your week with a glass of regional Riesling

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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Trier

Today you’ll arrive in Trier, Germany’s oldest city. Depending on flight times, you may have the chance to stretch your legs with a wander around the city and maybe visit one of the city’s numerous Roman monuments. We’ve also included entry to the Kaiserthermen (Imperial Baths) in Trier, so if you’ve got time you can visit these today.

A local representative will meet you at your hotel to fit you to your hire bikes (if hiring) and to provide you with daily route information, including our route notes and maps. They will discuss the route with you and answer any questions you might have.

Day 2
Trier to Trittenheim
25 Miles / 40 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

If you didn’t have time yesterday to discover all 2000 years of Trier’s history, why not take some time this morning to visit the amphitheatre, the Porta Nigra (Roman city gates) and the Kaiserthermen.

You’ll start your first day on the bikes cycling alongside the wonderful Moselle River. Along the way you’ll pass by numerous vineyards and certainly learn a little about how important wine growing is to this region.

Your destination for today is the town of Trittenheim and after cycling past wine growers all day it’s now time to enjoy tasting these delicious local wines – a great way to celebrate your first day on the bike!

Day 3
Trittenheim to Zeltingen
22 Miles / 35 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

After leaving Trittenheim, you’ll meander your way to Piesport, where you can view Roman cellars from the 3rd Century. Piesport is one of the valley’s largest wine growing regions and has a rich Roman history.

Today we also recommend stopping briefly in Neumagen-Dhron, Germany´s oldest wine village, and in Bernkastel-Kues, famous for its ‘Bernkasetler Doctor’ wine. The story goes that a 14th Century archbishop, who was severely ill, drank a wine made from the steep slopes in this section of the valley and afterwards made a miraculous recovery, declaring “this wine is the true doctor“. Quite the reputation! Berkastel-Kues has an historical market square, great for a quick coffee and people watching.

From here you don’t have far to cycle until you reach Zeltingen, your home for the evening.

Day 4
Zeltingen to Zell
22 Miles / 35 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

Today you’ll be cycling through the winegrowing region of Kröver Nacktarsch, surrounded all the while by vineyards on both sides of the river.

You’ll be making your way to Traben-Trarbach. If you happen to be travelling in the spring, this is when Traben-Trarbach really comes into its own, as the grapes start to grow, the trees and flowers start to bloom and the majestic river is a beautiful deep blue. Traben-Trarbach offers many architectural masterpieces of art nouveau and Belle Epoque.

Your route takes you through the wine region ‘Zeller Schwarze Katz’ and finally ends in Zell.

Day 5
Zell to Treis-Karden
31 Miles / 50 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

After a delicious breakfast, you’ll be back on the bikes cycling towards Beilstein, widely known as Rothenburg, alongside the Moselle River. On today’s route we recommend stopping in Cochem and visiting the charming centre, as well as the Reichsburg castle from the 11th Century.

Today will see you cycling along some longer stretches of unpaved roads as you ride between Cochem and Treis-Karden, as this section of the route runs through a nature reserve. Treis-Karden is a great place for a spot of wine tasting!

Day 6
Treis-Karden to Koblenz
25 Miles / 40 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

Continuing through the valley, your destination today is Koblenz.

We recommend taking a detour of around 3 miles/5 Kms outside of Tries-Karden to the medieval Burg Eltz castle, which really is among the most beautiful and best preserved castles in the whole of Germany. Located in the heart of the Moselle Valley it offers magnificent views back across your route.

Back on the bikes, you’ll pass numerous charming wine villages, before reaching your final destination, Koblenz. The centre is situated at the confluence of the Moselle River and the Rhine and it’s a great location for a spot of shopping or just chilling out with a glass of Riesling.

Day 7
Boat Trip to St. Goar - Cycle Back to Koblenz
25 Miles / 40 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast you start the day with a boat ride along the Rhine, which takes you as far as St. Goar. Here you should take the time to visit the magical Loreley. The Loreley is a 433 feet high slate cliff and the views of St. Goarshausen, Castle Katz and of St Goar itself from the top is certain to leave an impression.

Passing Boppard and Lahnstein, you’ll cycle along the Rhine bike path back to Koblenz.

Day 8
Departure from Koblenz
  • Meals: Breakfast

Time to say Auf Wiedersehen to this beautiful region and depart for your journey home.

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The Cycling

Terrain

The route mostly follows paved cycle paths and quiet roads. Longer unpaved sections are only to be found between Bullay and Seheim and between Cochem-Cond and Treis-Karden, where the route runs through a nature reserve. Traffic volume along the Moselle can vary – (Day 5 & 6: each have a small section of the route on a busy road with traffic approx. 1,5km.)if you find the traffic in any given section too much, you usually have the option of changing to a quieter route on the other river bank using one of the many bridges and ferries along the way. For this tour we recommend a hybrid bike, however road bikes can be used if preferred, (with slick or semi slick tyres) please contact our office for more details.

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Leisure Cycling Grade

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2
3
4
5
Grade 1-2 : Easy/Gentle

Aspects of both our grade 1 and 2 trips

Suitable for those looking for a relaxed ride

Occasional ups and downs

Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

Trips that are graded as a 1-2, will have aspects of both our grade 1 and grade 2 trips. These tours are still suitable for those looking for an accessible cycling holiday with manageable daily distances, along predominately flat terrain, however there will be some days / sections where we’d expect you to be up for a slightly cheeky challenge. It might be that the distances are a little longer on some days or that the terrain is slightly more undulating, but the rides are still relaxed and manageable for someone whose generally fit and healthy.

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Dates & Prices

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Duration
8 days
Price
$1,035.00

Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms) in good quality 3 and 4 star hotels and guesthouses

B) Meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

C) Local representative (with welcome meeting)

D) Detailed route notes and maps

E) Luggage transfers

F) Boat ticket from Koblenz-St Goar on day 7 (incl. bikes)

G) One wine tasting session during the tour

H) Entrance to Kaiserthermen (Imperial Baths), Trier

What's not Included Cross

A) Bike hire (available if required)

B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)

C) Meals not stated in the itinerary

D) Single room (available if required)

E) Travel insurance

F) Personal clothing and equipment

G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)

H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route

I) Travel to first hotel on arrival day

J) Travel from final hotel on departure day

K) Tourist tax (to be paid locally where applicable)

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The Essentials

Travel Options

For this tour we ask that you make your own way to your hotel in Trier on arrival (please aim to arrive before 18.00 if possible) and onwards from Koblenz at the end of the trip. Airport options include: Frankfurth-Hahn(HHN). From the airport there is a direct shuttle bus to Trier that costs around €20. This will take approximately 1 hour and takes you to the main train station in Trier. Frankfurt-Main (FRA). From the airport you can catch one of the IC trains leaving every hour. Check out https://www.bahn.com for more info. Luxembourg(LUX). From the airport you can make your way to the main railway station and then jump on one of the hourly trains to Trier. At the end of the trip you can catch the train from Koblenz railway station to all of three of the airports above. Most flights from North America require overnight travel, and a stop over in an intermediary airport, with Norwegian or WestJet combining with another airline being a common combination for this trip. Please note that flying from North America may involve multiple travel days. Please check with Skedaddle before booking any flights so that we can ensure they fit in with the trip schedule.

Accommodation

Accommodation (shared twin or double rooms) will be ensuite in 3 and 4 star hotels or guesthouses. You also have the option to upgrade your accommodation in places to include more 4* hotels, or where we already use the best accommodation available we will upgrade your room to a superior room – please select this supplement on booking.

Please note that a twin bedded room may be a typical Austrian Twin, which comprises two mattresses and two sets of bedding in the same large bed frame; it may not be possible to separate the mattresses. If you are opting for a twin room, we will pass your request for separate beds onto the hotels, but this cannot always be guaranteed.

Bike Hire

If you don’t own a suitable bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own we have a choice of bikes available to rent. Our standard bikes are hybrids (red in the photo above) with semi slick tyres and a relaxed riding position. These bikes are typically unisex frames, although men’s frames are often available on request. You also have the choice of premium hybrid bikes (black in the photo above) which are lighter than our standard bikes and offer a more dynamic riding position.

We also have e-bikes available to rent. (We only have a small number however and so these are always on request). Please note, e-bikes will have pedal brakes as well as hand brakes. Bikes come equipped with a saddle and handlebar bag, a tool kit, a puncture repair kit, a cycle computer, a pump and a combination lock. You will need to bring along your own helmets.

It is possible to bring along your own saddle and / or pedals, but we ask that you bring along your own tools as you will need to fit them yourselves. If you bring your own saddle, we also recommend you bring an adapter, due to differing saddle diameters.

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