Moselle and Saar Cycling Holiday

  • 4.5
    (2 reviews)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Easy
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Saarbrücken / Koblenz
  • Distance

    181 miles/292 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeFamilyRivers and LakesWine Lovers
  • Accommodation

    Superior
  • Tour code

    041-103CDE
Price From £576

Overview

Discover some of Germany’s greatest riverside scenery, cycling along the Saar and Moselle rivers from Saarbrücken to Koblenz. Make you way through a landscape steeped in history and culture, from the French-influenced Saar Valley to the fertile wine-growing region of the Moselle Valley.

An easy and beguiling riverside cycling holiday from Saarbrücken, a German town with a distinctly french flavour, to Koblenz where the Moselle flows into the might Rhine.

Riverbank cycle paths lead you along a valley laden with vineyards, Riesling grapes ripening in the sunshine. Charming medieval towns, comprising of pretty squares and half-timbered houses line the route, inviting you to stop for a break. Each evening you’ll stay in one of these pretty little places where there will be plenty of opportunities to taste teh wonderful wines for which this region is famous.

Cochem Castle

Cochem – Moselle Valley

Highlights include the natural wonder of the Saar Loop, the historic splendour of Trier and the delightful villages of Piesport, Bernkastel-Kues and Cochem. Of course. the main delight is pedalling alongside the river through sublime scenery.

This is a laid-back cycling trip, travelling along flat terrain on well-maintained cycle paths beside the Saar and Moselle rivers. This tour is suitable for anyone with a basic fitness level.

 

Itinerary & Map

This is a laid-back cycling trip, travelling along flat terrain on well-maintained cycle paths beside the Saar and Moselle rivers. This tour is suitable for anyone with a basic fitness level.

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Day 1: Arrive Saarbruecken

Baroque Church - Saarbruecken - Germany*

Baroque Church – Saarbruecken

On arrival make your way to your first hotel in Saarbruecken, which although a German town, still reflects the French culture of its former rulers. After checking in head for St Johanner Markt, the town’s bustling central square, where you’ll find numerous outdoor cafes, bars and restaurants . Baroque houses line the narrow streets making this a very pleasant place to stroll around.

Day 2: Saarbruecken – Mettlach, 37 miles/59 kms

Saar River

Saar Loop

Mount up and pedal out of Saarbruecken along the banks of the Saar River. Voelklingen, a little further downstream, is home to the Voelkingen Ironworks, a World Cultural Heritage Site and well worth a visit. Further still, the fortress town of Saarlouis is a nice place to stop for break before following the river out into the open countryside. A lovely cycle path leads you to the Saar Loop, a very picturesque bend in the river. Lock the bikes and walk uphill to the bluff to enjoy fantastic views over this natural beauty spot. From here it’s just a short ride to the small town of Mettlach where you stop for the night.

Day 3: Mettlach – Trier, 26 miles/42 kms

Trier

Trier

Scenic cycling today as the river wends its way through idyllic countryside. After following the river through a densely wooded area you reach Saarburg, a town with an impressive castle sitting high above its medieval streets. Stop for lunch to replenish your energy levels before continuing along the river to Trier. The town is thought to be the Germany’s oldest town and boasts some very well-preserved Roman and medieval buildings, the most famous of which is the Porta Nigra city gate. The central square, Marktplatz, is a convivial place to enjoy a drink and/or a meal.

Day 4: Trier – Piesport, 29 miles/46 kms

Trittenheim

Trittenheim

Your cycling adventure continues alongside the Moselle today. In the small town of Mehring you may wish to stop to visit ‘Villa Rustica’ a roman manor house that has been partly reconstructed. A couple more bends in the river bring you to Trittenheim where a rather clever wine trail describes a year in the region’s wine  producing process. This region is steeped in viticulture and the riverside village of Neumagen-Dhron claims to have produced wine for longer than any other town in Germany. You’ll spend the night in the lovely little village of Piesport – the village has given its name to the light bodied, white wines that this region is famous for.

Day 5: Piesport – Traben-Trarbach, 25 miles/40 kms

Grevenburg Castle - Traben-Trarbach - Moselle Valey - Germany*

Grevenburg Castle above Traben Trarbach

After a few kilometers of easy cycling along the riverbank cycle path you reach the glorious old market town of Bernkastel-Kues. The town has a lovely square surrounded by colourful half-timbered town houses. Your destination for the day is Traben-Trarbach. The town has one foot on either side of the river and is  surrounded by an amphitheatre of vineyards. If you can summon the energy, the walk up to ruins of castle Grevenburg offers lovely views across the town and river.

 

Day 6: Traben-Trarbah – Cochem, 35 miles/56 kms

Beilstein

Beilstein

You will cover quite a distance today but by now your legs will have become accustomed to the daily routine so the miles will melt away – the scenery is superb too and that always helps. The meandering river takes you first to Enkirch, another attractive riverside town, with the region’s characteristic half-timbered architecture. Next you’ll pass through Zell – famous for its ‘black cat’ wine. You’ll also have the chance to stop in Beilstein before reaching the picturesque medieval village of Cochem where you stop for the night. The castle overlooking the town has been reconstructed in a gothic style and is well worth a visit, not least for commanding views along the valley.

Day 7: Cochem – Koblenz, 30 miles/49 kms

Cochem

Cochem

This will be your last day of cycling the Moselle cycle path, and you’ll be riding through more fantastic scenery and visiting pretty wine-growing villages like Winningen and Koben Gondorf. Your final destination will be the city of Koblenz, where the Mosel meets the Rhine. Don’t miss the ‘German corner’ the confluence point of the two rivers and the perfect place to toast completion of your cycling adventure.

 

Day 8: Koblenz

After breakfast it’s time to check-out and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2019 Arrival Dates
Arrivals daily from 28 April to 30 September

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2019 Prices
041-103CDE
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Superior category
Double/twin £576 £615 £650                
Single £792 £831 £865                
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Deposit per person £125

Price Includes

7 nights accommodation. See practical information
7 x Breakfast
Luggage transfer
Maps & route information
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Tourist tax (payable locally)

Supplements

Extra night in Saarbruken, double/twin, superior (£62)
Extra night in Saarbruken, single, superior (£96)
Extra night in Trier, double/twin, superior (£56)
Extra night in Trier, single, superior (£82)
Extra night in Koblenz, double/twin, superior (£56)
Extra night in Koblenz, single, superior (£74)
Transfer Koblenz to Saarbruecken, Sunday 9am (£72)
Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£72)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£185)

Practical Information

Bikes

Hybrid bike used on this tour

Hybrid bike used on this tour

The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed, hybrid models with 27 speeds and comfortable saddle with upright riding position.

The bikes also come equipped with a frame lock, rear pannier, lock, a first aid and a repair kit.

Electric bikes, smaller framed children’s bikes, trailers and tag-a-longs are also available.

You will need to bring your own helmet as these are not supplied.

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Superior: Good quality hotels and guesthouses.

Saarbrücken: Domicil Leidinger
Mettlach : Zum Schwan Mettlach
Trier: Hotel Deutscher Hof
Piesport: Hotel Schanz 
Traben-Trabach: Weingut Trossen
Cochem: Hotel Karl Müller
Koblenz: Hotel Brenner

Local taxes: Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. The fee varies and is frequently changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night.

 

 

 

 

Getting There

Fly to Luxembourg, Frankfurt Hahn or Frankfurt International

Research flights from the UK here

From Luxembourg take the bus or from Frankfurt you can take the train
Research trains here

 

 

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 2 reviews 4.5
  • Date - 05/06/2018
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Communication good and clear. No issues.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Flexi-treks chose a good local service provider who had good bikes in new or like-new condition. No water bottle holder, but that seemed typical off all the other tour bikes, too. Route is easy to follow and pretty interesting, popular but not over-crowded in May. Ride is almost entirely flat. Saar is industrial and less touristic, Moselle is picturesque and more popular. Most hotels were 2-Star, regardless of their claimed rating, and had no air conditioning or even fans- and it was hot and humid this year! Would have liked a few more food recommendations per stop. On our tour one night was in a different town than the written plan, probably due to high occupancy in Cochem- our group was disappointed, but it worked out well due to enjoyable family restaurant nearby. Highly recommend reading the entire guide at the beginning, rather than just a day ahead like we did.
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : Excellent, just what we like to hear!
    Product : Thanks for the informative and useful feedback. Most leisure-bike rental companies elect to not to include a water bottle holder as experience suggests that accidents are more likely to occur whilst reaching for or replacing the water bottle whilst riding. Also, we tend to shy away from food recommendations as restaurants can change from year to year so what was great last year may not be so good this year.
  • Date - 22/08/2017
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Have used Flexitreks previously & will definitely use them again in the future. They are able to offer really good advice on which trips best suit ability and interests. Accommodation is always excellent and their trips are great value for money.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Well organised. Local agents were very helpful. Excellent accommodation and lovely cycling.
  • Flexitreks response - Thank you for this lovely review. We actually think the Moselle cycle path is one of the best river routes in Europe.