Moselle Valley Cycling Holiday

  • 4.5
    (5 reviews)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Easy
  • Duration/s

    6 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Trier / Koblenz
  • Distance

    126 miles/202 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeFamilyRivers and LakesWine Lovers
  • Accommodation

    Comfort to Superior
  • Tour code

    041-101CDE
Price From £430

Overview

Cycle along the Moselle, one of Germany’s most beautiful rivers, through some of the regions finest wine growing areas, including the world famous Riesling vineyards. Spend time exploring the many wonderful towns and villages en route and perhaps enjoying a few ‘tastings’ after a day in the saddle.

This easy cycle route follows riverside cycle paths from the historic city of Trier, close to the Luxembourg border, to Koblenz, where the Moselle flows into the Rhine. Each day you will ride approximately 40km along the beautiful Moselle Valley.

Trittenheim

Trittenheim

The route is level and not overly taxing so there will be plenty of time to stop and explore the delightful, riverside towns and villages that you will pass on the route.

Highlights of the tour include the Roman buildings in Trier, the wonderful market-square of Bernkastel, the beautiful village of Cochem and the ever-present majestic beauty of the Moselle Valley itself. Let’s also not forget there will be ample opportunity to sample the region’s fine wines and regional delicacies.

This is an easy cycling tour that follows riverside cycle paths and is suitable for everyone including families.

Itinerary & Map

This is an easy cycling tour that follows riverside cycle paths and is suitable for everyone including families.

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Day 1 Arrive Trier

Trier

Trier

After checking in at your hotel the rest of the day is yours to do as you please. We recommend a wander through the historical centre of Trier, which is thought to be one of the oldest settlements in Germany. This charming town is known for its well-preserved Roman and medieval buildings, the most famous of which is the Porta Nigra city gate.

Day 2: Trier – Trittenheim 26 miles/42 kms

Trittenheim

Trittenheim

After breakfast you mount up and follow a riverside cycle path downstream into the Moselle Valley. Gently sloping hillsides on either side of the river support a patchwork of vineyards reminding you that you are now in Germany’s premium wine producing region. 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 few 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. You’ll spend the night in this charming little town which is is known for producing lovely Riesling wines. We recommend an evening visit to one of the town’s many wine cellars to sample the product for yourself.

Day 3: Trittenheim – Zeltingen 22 miles/ 35 kms

Bernkastel - Germany*

Bernkastel-Kues

After enjoying the fruits of Trittenheim’s harvest it is time to move on along the river to another wine growing area, Neumagen-Dhron claims the impressive title “Germany’s Oldest Winemaking Centre”, and was founded by the Romans 2,000 years ago. A few kilometers further along the valley brings you to the glorious old market town of Bernkastel-Kues. The town has a lovely square which is surrounded by colourful, half-timbered town houses and is the perfect place for a break. From here it’s a short cycle further downstream to the village of Zeltingen where you stop for the night.

Day 4: Zeltingen – Zell 22 miles/ 36 kms

Grevenburg Castle - Traben-Trarbach - Moselle Valey - Germany*Leaving Zeltingen you cycle through the wine growing area Kröver Nacktarsch to Traben-Trarbach, a pleasant town with one foot either side of the river, surrounded by an amphitheatre of vineyards. If you have the energy, the walk up to the ruins of castle Grevenburg offers lovely views over the town and along the valley. Cycle on along the riverbank to Enkirch another gorgeous little place, with colourful, timber-frame houses lining the narrow lanes. Your destination today is Zell, a town recognised internationally for its delicious Riesling wines.

Day 5: Zell – Treis-Karden 29 miles/47 kms

Cochem

Cochem

Today’s ride leads you along a particularly beautiful stretch of the river as it meanders northwards past the picturesque village of Beilstein, overseen by a brooding castle ruin, to the picture-perfect village of Cochem. Cochem also boasts a castle and this one is definitely worth a visit as it has been reconstructed in a Gothic style and offers stunning views along the valley and of the river below. A few kilometers further along the river you reach the pleasant wine-producing village village of Treis-Karden where you stop for the night.

 

Day 6: Treis Karden – Koblenz 27 miles/ 42 kms

Treis-Karden - Germany

Treis-Karden

Your final day of cycling leads you out of the Moselle Valley to the city of Koblenz. The vineyards are slowly replaced by lush, forested hillsides.  Take a break and visit the medieval Eltz Castle, nestled in the hills above the river, which is still owned by the same family that lived there 33 generations ago. In Koblenz we recommend visiting the confluence point of the Rhine and Moselle rivers to toast completion of your cycling adventure.

Day 7: Depart Koblenz

After breakfast it’s time to check-out and head home via your own organized transport. A transfer to Trier can be arranged, which departs Koblenz at 9am. The duration is approximately 2 hours.

Dates & Prices

2019 Arrival Dates
Arrivals daily from 13 April to 13 October

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2019 Prices
041-101CDE
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16 Aug
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30 Sep
01 Oct
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14 Oct
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Double/twin £430 £457 £496 £430              
Single £553 £580 £619 £553              
Superior category
Double/twin £483 £510 £565 £483              
Single £643 £670 £725 £643              
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Deposit per person £100

Price Includes

6 nights in your chosen accommodation. See practical information
6 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 Trier, double/twin, comfort (£48)
Extra night Trier, single, comfort (£66)
Extra night Trier, double/twin, superior (£55)
Extra night Trier, single superior (£80)
Extra night Koblenz, double/twin, comfort (£44)
Extra night Koblenz, single, comfort (£71)
Extra night Koblenz, double/twin, superior (£55)
Extra night Koblenz, single, superior (£73)
Transfer Koblenz to Trier, daily departure at 9am (£51)
Wine tasting in Trittenheim (daily at 5pm) (£16)
Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£71)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£182)

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.

Comfort: Comfortable hotels, guesthouses and inns.

Trier: Hotel Zur Post
Trittenheim: Weingut Hermeshof
Zeltingen: Kathi’s Wein – und Gästehaus
Zell: Cafe im Hamm
Treis-Karden: Gästehaus Weingut Knaup
Koblenz: City Hotel Hamm

Superior: Good quality hotels and guesthouses.

Trier: Deutscher Hof
Trittenheim: Weingut Clüsserath Weiler
Zeltingen: Zeltinger Hof
Zell: Weinhaus Mayer
Treis-Karden: Schloß Petry
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 5 reviews 4.5
  • Date - 06/09/2018
  • Name - Peter Wichman
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - kept me well informed about the information I needed to decide on this tour
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - The tour itself was very good, but I was disappointed that it began outside of Trier. I'd prefer to have had the opportunity to spend time in Trier, exploring the city.
    Also while the hotel was very good, the man we had to deal with over the Ebikes was vague and rather unhelpful as to how they worked. We had to figure it out for ourselves.
    One other point: ticks are a danger in Germany so I' like to have seen a warning about this in your prospectus.
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : Glad we were able to provide everything you needed to make an informed decision Peter.

    Product : Thanks for the useful feedback Peter. We'd love to accommodate everyone in the centre of Trier but sometimes availability - in hotels with safe bike storage - is limited, especially in August. We're glad that you still found the hotel to be good. We agree that e-bikes need to be explained thoroughly and have fed this back to our locals supplier.
  • Date - 12/06/2018
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Very efficiently organised. All queries answered quickly.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Very well organised. Pretty route - although we did get in a muddle about which route to take for best on one of the days and ended up cycling along a main road for a while. Had we followed the main Moselle Cycling route sign with an 'M' we would have been alright!
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : Thank you for your kind comments
    Product : Glad you enjoyed it despite the navigation issue. GPX files are now available for this route allowing riders to navigate using their GPS enabled smartphones. Hopefully that will help future customers avoid making the same mistake!
  • Date - 28/05/2018
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - I would recommend them.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - This is a good, well organised itinerary for the person who does not cycle! It is possible to take a boat on parts of it. The 27 gear bikes were very good and it is 95% on dedicated cycle paths, completely separate from the road. The UK has nothing like it.But neither does it have suitable rivers with former tow paths, now cycle paths.
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : A great choice for a non-cyclist. Hopefully you are now converted!
    Product : So glad you enjoyed it so much. This beautiful route on dedicated cycle paths really does take a lot of beating.
  • Date - 22/08/2017
  • Name - David Clements
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Excellent friendly service, availability and reliability
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Fantastic wine growing area with beautiful countryside, villages and wine
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for lovely review David. We actually think the Moselle Cycle Path is one of the most enjoyable river cycling routes in Europe.
  • Date - 03/07/2016
  • Name - Gillian
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Very easy to deal with, helpful and informative
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - This was a fabulous cycling holiday. Great scenery, easy riding, beautiful towns to visit along the way. Would def do another cycling holiday.
  • Flexitreks response - We love the Moselle Valley too Gillian. Thanks for the lovely review.