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Duration
7 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 6 nights hotels / inns / guesthouses
Meals
  • 6 Breakfasts

Price

$940USD

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Overview

Trip Code: MBP

Trip highlights


  • Cycling through the stunning Moselle Valley
  • Sampling the wine 'Bernkastler Doctor' in Kues and learning of the ancient wine growing traditions of the region
  • Experiencing the areas rich history through its impressive castles and towns
  • Enjoying the hospitality of handpicked inns, guesthouses and hotels

Discover the historically rich wine growing region of Moselle on this fascinating ride following the Moselle Bike Path from Trier to Koblenz. This ride is mainly on paved roads and dedicated bike trails, which makes it much easier to enjoy the many cultural highlights and regional delights to be found along the Moselle River. Beginning in Trier, regarded as Germany's oldest city, you'll witness numerous Roman monuments before setting out along the vineyard lined Moselle River, whose breathtaking green landscapes will constantly inspire you as you cycle. Part of the route includes an educational trail that details the different domestic grape varieties, and true oenophiles will enjoy a chance to stop at Neumagen-Dhron, Germany's oldest wine village. Those who appreciate fine architecture will enjoy the art nouveau and belle epoque masterpieces at Traben-Trarbach, while everyone will admire the 11th century Reichsburg Castle at Cochem as well as the many other castles you'll pass including the medieval Burg Eltz, one of Germany's best preserved castles. As you continue to Koblenz there is always time to stop in one of the many small villages to engage in authentic exchanges with the local people. In all, this trip is an amazing opportunity to combine great landscapes with good wine and intriguing tales from history.

Trip Grading

introductory

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Traveller Rating

 

Trier is regarded as the oldest city of Germany. There are numerous Roman and medieval sites of interest such as the Roman gateway, the Porta Nigra, evidence of its incredible history and important position in the Roman Empire. On arrival in Trier, make your way to the joining hotel for check-in then take some time to explore the medieval centre or relax in the square. A welcome meeting will be held later today with our local representative and your rental bike will be provided.

Meals:  Nil

You will have received your bikes and information pack on check-in. This morning you are free to explore more of Trier before beginning your cycle alongside the wonderful Moselle River. Sign boards along the trail route provide information on domestic grape varieties. Enjoy a glass of local wine in Trittenheim - a fitting conclusion to your first cycling day. Overnight Trittenheim.

Meals:  B

A relaxed cycle this morning will have you reaching Piesport, where you can view Roman cellars from the 3rd century. Make a further stop in Neumagen-Dhron, Germany's oldest wine village, or in Bernkastel-Kues with its famous wine 'Bernkastler Doctor'. A short cycle will have you arriving into the wine growing village of Zeltingen where you will stay overnight.

Meals:  B

Today you cycle through the winegrowing region of 'Kröver Nacktarsch' until you reach Traben-Trarbach. Many vineyards surround you on both sides of the river. Traben-Trarbach offers a number of architectural masterpieces of art nouveau and Belle Epoque. The cycle route then takes you through the wine region 'Zeller Schwarze Katz' to reach Zell, one of the largest wine producing towns which has a wine festival every year on the last weekend in June. The town is particularly known for its Riesling wines. Overnight Zell.

Meals:  B

Soon after leaving Zell you arrive in Beilstein, widely known as 'Rothenburg on the Moselle river'. Continue cycling to the town of Cochem, overshadowed by the impressive Reichsburg Castle dating from the 11th century. The town is surrounded by vineyards and is located in the bend of the river which provides a stunning scenery and an old world atmosphere. A final stage takes you to Treis-Karden where you also have the possibility to enjoy wine tasting. Overnight Karden.

Meals:  B

After about 5 kilometres of cycling this morning you can take an optional side trip to the medieval castle 'Burg Eltz', which counts itself among the most beautiful and best preserved castles in Germany. Its scenic location offers magnificent views of the surrounding regions. Returning to the Moselle bike path you pass numerous charming wine villages, before arriving at your final destination, Koblenz. Located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, the city has been an important defence centre for the region over its more than 2000 year history. Its impressive fortifications are still in good condition today and it's worth exploring these, as well as the old town with its ancient churches. Overnight Koblenz.

Meals:  B

The trip concludes after breakfast.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 6 breakfasts - breakfasts are usually buffet style consisting of breads, cereals, cheese, meats, fruit, yoghurt and breakfast beverages.
  • 6 nights accommodation in comfortable hotels, inns and guesthouses on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (upgrade to Category A -charm hotels and guesthouses - supplement applies)
  • 7 or 21 speed men's or unisex rental bike with waterproof pannier, bike computer and repair kit per room (electric bike or premium bike available on request for a supplement)
  • Information pack including route notes & maps per room booked
  • Luggage transfer
  • Emergency hotline

  • Travel to Trier and from Koblenz
  • Drinks, lunch and dinner daily
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry etc.
  • Helmet - a helmet can be purchased locally for EUR35 - must be pre-booked through UTracks
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing fees
  • Tour guide - this is a self guided trip
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Hotel/visitor taxes where applicable
  • optional winetasting along the route - 15 € per person

Bike information


Grading

introductory  

INTRODUCTORY - GRADE 1 This trip involves 5 days cycling of between 35km and 50km (21 and 31mi) per day usually along paved cycle paths across generally flat terrain. In and out of the cities there will be some traffic. You need only carry your camera/rain gear and water bottle. The accent is on keeping a relaxed pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos. Your luggage is transferred from hotel to hotel. For this reason the trip is a grade 1 cycle and is considered suitable for beginners. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.


Departure dates

Daily from 9 Apr to 22 Oct

Notes

M
Mid Season
H
High Season
DN1
High season is from 20 Aug to 30 Sep. Mid season is from 30 Apr to 19 Aug and 1 to 7 Oct - supplement applies to mid and high season departures.

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Total Priceper person from

$940USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Premium Bike SupplementUSD$70
  • Hotel upgrade supplement (Category A)USD$110
  • E-Bike SupplementUSD$160
  • Single supplement - Cat B hotelsUSD$210
  • Single supplement - Cat A hotelsUSD$290
*Prices listed are per person

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