Moselle Valley Cycling Holiday

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 on the Moselle River

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.

Moselle Valley Cycling Holiday

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 on the Moselle River

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

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

Day 1 : Arrive 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 25 miles/40 kms

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. Or perhaps you’d like to pre-book the wine tasting at 5pm we offer in our supplements.

Day 3 : Trittenheim – Zeltingen 23 miles/ 36 kms

After enjoying the fruits of Trittenheim’s harvest it is time to move on along the river to another wine growing area, Neumagen-Dhron, which 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 lunch break. From here it’s a short cycle further downstream to the famous and traditional wine village of Zeltingen where you stop for the night.

Day 4 : Zeltingen – Zell 22 miles/ 35 kms

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 where you stay the night.

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

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 of Treis-Karden where you stop for the night.

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

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 : Koblenz - end of trip

After breakfast its time to check-out and head for home or your next adventure. A transfer back to Trier can be pre-booked as a supplement. It departs Koblenz at 9am and it takes approximately 2 hours.

Bikes

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 27 speeds. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes are also available.

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

Helmets are not provided so you will need to bring your own.

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: Ferienhaus Moselkloster

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: Hotel Reis

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

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From Luxembourg take the bus or from Frankfurt you can take the train

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