Moselle Valley – Germany

Discover Moselle River: Self Guided Bike Tour

Self-Guided 7 days

From Trier to Koblenz, this 7-day self-guided cycling tour takes you through one of Europe's most beautiful river valleys. The vine-covered slopes and picturesque routes make for excellent cycling excursions.

Style
Touring
Gain
Distance
187 km
Level
Easy

Tour overview

DISCOVER THE AREA’S RICH HISTORY AND CULTURE

The Moselle River flows across northeastern France and western Germany. This tour picks it up in Trier, near the French-German border, and follows the immaculate Moselle cycle path, which in total spans an incredible 311 km! The route is flat, well sign-posted and generally free of any cars, making it a very safe and pleasurable experience. 

The Moselle River Self-Guided Bike Tour is ideal for wine lovers, as the route runs straight through German wine country and alongside vineyards. Why not stop off at one of the local taverns on your way and sample some of the local produce? Unsurprisingly, the fruity Moselle white wine is the local speciality. This is a favourite destination among anyone who has visited before, and once you’ve been here, you’ll have no doubt why. 

Take your time and ride at your own pace through this marvellous region of southwestern Germany.

Start point
Trier
End point
Koblenz
See program for full itinerary
Flying in
Frankfurt
Flying out
Frankfurt

Flights not included. Direct flights available at lastminute.com

Highlights of your cycling trip

Picturesque Routes

Traffic is scarce along this well-paved cycle path that follows the course of the Moselle River. Join the route in Trier, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and bask in the beauty of enchanting villages and picturesque landscapes from start to finish.

Boutique Stays

Each night you will stay in a wonderful three or four star hotel along your route. Each one has been specifically chosen due to their facilities for cyclists and their excellent location, allowing you to make the most of your free time and enjoy everything the local area has to offer.

support vehicle

Luggage Transfers

All you have to do is focus on pedalling! Your luggage will be transferred each day to your next hotel. There are no limits on the size or weight of your suitcase, so stock up on as many souvenirs (that includes bottles of wine!) as you like. Make this trip one you’ll remember!

Tour destination

Moselle Valley

The Moselle River meanders gently through one of Germany’s most beautiful regions. The lush green landscape, dotted with romantic villages and healthy vineyards, is a haven for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing and of course, cycling. At some points, the river cuts straight through the mountains, emphasising the contrast between the gently flowing river and the magnificent terrain that surrounds it. Look out for hill-top castles, such as the Reichsburg above Cochem, mediaeval towns such as Bernkastel-Kues with its wonderfully preserved marketplace, and countless breathtaking examples of mother nature at her finest. This area is perfect for a relaxed cycling holiday and a real feast for the senses.

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  • Weather

    The weather in the Moselle Valley region of Germany is generally mild all year round, with warm summers of around 20ºC and cool winters, with temperatures rarely dropping below 0ºC. Spring, summer and autumn offer the most pleasant cycling conditions with little rainfall, which will allow you to see and enjoy the area in all its glory.

  • Terrain

    As the route follows the course of the River Moselle, it offers the perfect conditions for a relatively flat and easy riding experience. The majority of the cycle path is free of cars and is in great condition. You will ride less than 50 km per day as the tour has been designed so that most riders can achieve this daily distance.

  • Culture

    One of the dominant cultures and industries in this area is viticulture, or wine. The landscape is covered in green vineyards (around 60%!) that produce world-famous wines such as Riesling, Müller-Thurgau, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The architecture is also markedly mediaeval with some wonderfully preserved examples of half-timbered houses and ancient market squares. Make sure you soak up the history and culture of this region in your free time!

Accommodation during your tour

Hotel Park Plaza

Trier

Throughout the week you’ll be staying in beautiful 3 or 4-star hotels. Each one has been specifically selected to make sure you are able to rest and relax after a full day of exploring. They also have all the facilities you will need as travelling cyclists.

Weinhotel Piesporter Goldtröpfchen

Piesport

This 3-star hotel in Trittenheim offers cosy accommodation and a selection of wines from its own vineyards. The property is located on the Moselle between the historic city of Trier and the medieval Bernkastel-Kues.

The rooms of the Hotel Galerie Riesling are tastefully furnished and some have their own terrace or balcony.

Weinhotel St. Stephanus

Zeltingen

The traditional, family-run hotel in a classicist manor house with a modern outbuilding is located on the Moselle. It is 6 km from the Graacher Tor, a city gate built in the Middle Ages in Bernkastel-Kues, and 7 km from the Cusanus pen with its library and the wine museum.

Hotel Schloss Zell

Zell

The small medieval town of Zell, which was founded in Roman times, is in an idyllic location on the Moselle. In the middle of the village is the former castle of the Elector Baldwin von Trier, where Emperor Maximilian stayed in 1571 and Friedrich Wilhelm IV, King of Prussia in 1847. today the Hotel Schloss Zell accommodates guests from all over the world.

Typical of the Hotel Schloss Zell is the combination of history and modernity, which together with the location results in a very special romantic flair. Look forward to an elegant ambience and modern comfort in your room.

Schloss-Hotel Petry

Treis-Karden

All rooms and suites in the hotel create an elegant and friendly atmosphere with stylish colors, generous cuts and comfortable furnishings. You can also look forward to a new, 300 m² wellness area with a sauna area and steam bath.

Top-Hotel Krämer

Koblenz

This family-run 3-star superior hotel is centrally located, 500 meters from Koblenz Main Station. Thanks to the excellent transport connections, the hotel is a great starting point for exploring Koblenz’s old town.

Tour itinerary

Your guide to a perfect cycling tour

Trier - Trittenheim
  • Distance
    27 km

Today’s route: Trier – Trittenheim

Your cycling begins on Day 2 of your trip and you start along the Moselle cycling path along the bank of the river, passing through calm and tranquil wine villages and rolling vineyards on your way. You will ride approximately 40 km on your first day.

You will ride towards the town of Mehring where you have the chance to stop and visit Villa Rustica, a partial reconstruction of a farmhouse, originally built in the 2nd Century CE. As you continue along your route towards Trittenheim, enjoy views over the Moselle valley and watch the boats in Detzen.

Getting there

Information to help you book your flights and get around.

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Flying in

Fly in airport options: Frankfurt.

When best to arrive: in the morning the day the tour starts.

Where the tour starts: Trier, Germany’s oldest city

Transfers: are not included. If you require assistance, please contact us for more information.

Flying out

Fly out airport options: Frankfurt.

When best to depart: in the afternoon the day the tour ends.

Where the tour ends: Koblenz.

Transfers: are not included. If you require assistance, please contact us for more information.

Tour essentials

What’s included in your cycling trip.

  • Hotel room key
    6 Nights Accommodation

    6 nights in 3-4* hotels. You will have a double room with en-suite facilities. A single room is available as an optional extra.

  • Breakfasts

    A buffet breakfast will be served every morning of the tour in the hotel restaurants. All other meals and drinks are not included.

  • Luggage Transfers

    Everyday your luggage will be transferred to the next hotel, so you only have to think about the cycling

  • Full Routes

    You will be provided with detailed routes for the tour with 7-day-service-hotline available for any additional support.

  • Cable Car

    Enjoy a cable car rides in the tour (excluding bikes) to the Ehrenbreitstein fortress in Koblenz

Cycling bottle
Extra
Bike rental
Only €80 for the entire trip

It’s not always easy travelling with a bike but fear not, high quality touring bikes are available for rental for the duration of the tour. 

The rental bikes are comfortable 28” touring bike, equipped with Shimano eight-speed gearbox or a new 24-speed chain/gear hub with freewheel. All bikes are equipped with a rack (rear wheel) and ideal for multi-day trips with bike panniers.

With a variety of sizes available, we can ensure your bike fits you perfectly.  All rental bikes are mechanically checked and adjusted before each and every hire so you can have peace of mind that your bike will be running smoothly from start to finish!

You can select this option when you proceed to checkout.

Brands and specific models may vary.

Fitted to you and ready to ride!

More things to maximise your cycling trip

  • EXTRA
    Single accommodation
    €200 per person for entire trip

    If you’d like a whole room to yourself, that’s no problem. For an extra €200 for the trip duration, you can enjoy the comfort of your own room. Just select this option when you proceed to book your tour.

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