This biking tour through the lovely Valley of the Moselle River starts in Trier, the oldest town in Germany. Follow the Moselle cycle-path along the river bank, with its numerous picturesque bends, medieval castles and rolling through vineyards in one of Europe’s most picturesque river valleys. In the evenings you stay at the inns along the route, built in framework style or stone, and enjoy regional specialities and the Moselle’s light riesling wine.
Day 1 Arrival in Trier:
Arrive Trier train station. Allow time to visit the ancient Roman amphitheatre which can hold 20,000, the Porta Nigre and Emperor's thermal springs (Imperial Baths) in the historic town centre. As well as Roman monuments, the town has medieval city walls, interesting basilica and varied cultural attractions. Spend the evening in one of the traditional wine bars and taste the famous Riesling wine, while enjoying the historical atmosphere.
Day 2 Trier to Trittenheim (approx. 37/45 km):
You bike on the Moselle cycle-path through typical wine growing villages like Longuich, Kowerich and Leiwen to Trittenheim, along a wine trail that informs you about the working year of the winegrowers, about indigenous types of grape and the raising of grapevines. You'll pass Roman landmarks from 2,000 years ago. At Trittenheim cross one of the oldest bridges on the MiddleMosel area to visit the ferry towers and above the village, the Laurentius Chapel (1583) and standing stone, a remnant from the Megalith culture. From here you can enjoy a splendid view over the Moselle Valley. You spend the night in Trittenheim, Neumagen-Dhron or Piesport.
Day 3 Trittenheim to Bernkastel- Kues/Zeltingen (approx. 20/35 km):
In the morning bike round bends of the Moselle between Eifel and Hunsruck till you reach Neumagen-Dhron, the oldest wine town in Germany. Next reach Piesport where you can visit an impressive renovated Roman wine press from the 4thC. Pass the wine villages of Wintrich, Brauneberg and Mulheim. Take a lunch-break in the charming market square in Bernkastel-Kues with its framework buildings, cobble stone market square and splendid views of the ruined Castle Landshut before you reach today’s destination, Zeltingen which has pretty baroque style monuments.
Day 4 Bernkastel- Kues/Zeltingen to Zell (approx. 34/41 km):
Wine lovers will especially enjoy this stage. You bike to Traben-Trabach amongst the heart of the wine-growing region. A river cruise on the Moselle can complement your programme wonderfully. After a break in Enkirch, the jewel among Moselle halftimbered constructions, reach the Mosel bend at Zell, above which the 900 year old Marien Castle sits and affords breathtaking views of the Moselle. Tonight you stay in Zell among 6 million vines!
Day 5 Zell to Treis- Karden area (approx. 47 km):
Via Bullay, an old Roman settlement, you reach the village of Bremm, a highlight of the tour, with its gorgeous houses and small alleyways spread along the Mosel bend overlooked by the steepest vineyard in Europe, the Calmont. Continue via Beilstein, the “Rothenburg of the Moselle”, to Cochem, one of the major towns in the Mosel area. Here you can visit the picturesque town centre as well as the old Reichsburg (imperial castle from the 11th century) that is synonymous with German Romanticism. Overnight in Treis-Karden.
Day 6 Treis- Karden to Koblenz (approx. 39 km):
The last day of your bike route leads alongside the river to Moselkern from where you can take an excursion to the fairytale medieval Eltz Castle with its numerous towers, battlements and oriels. Then continue to the Medieval village of Kobern-Gondorf. Between the Mosel and steep vineyards, you bike the last kilometres through the Moselle Valley via Winningen up to Koblenz, where the Mosel joins the Rhine and the the destination of your bike tour. The settlement of this town dates back 2,000 years. Romans, Franks and the French have all left their mark. Enjoy an evening stroll through the Old Town and along the Rhine paths.
Day 7 Koblenz:
Arrangements terminate after breakfast. You can extend your biking tour along the River Lahn, please enquire.
Mostly flat cycle-paths and riverside roads with a few slightly hilly areas. Some stages are on busy roads (but with cycle lanes).