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Saar-Moselle Bike Trail

Start:SaarbrückenTours run:22 to 29 May 2016. Please enquire for other dates.
End:Koblenz
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Duration:8 days/7 nights
US$2,197.84
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Germany Cycling Tours

In Brief

Day 1:  Saarbrücken – Arrival
Day 2:  Saarbrücken – Mettlach - 59km
Day 3:  Mettlach – Trier - 42 km
Day 4:  Trier – Piesport - 46 km
Day 5:  Piesport – Traben–Trabach - 40 km
Day 6:  Traben–Trabach – Cochem - 56 km
Day 7:  Cochem – Koblenz - 56 km
Day 8:  Koblenz – Departure







Saar-Moselle Bike Trail


From the Roman city of Trier to Koblenz in the Rhine valley


On this tour we will experience the river Saar with its French flair, take in its industrial history at the world cultural heritage site Völklinger Hütte, and enjoy the panoramic views at the famous Saar loop.

Further along, where the Saar flows into the Moselle, we’ll observe how the landscape changes, the view being more and more dominated by vineyards.

We’ll enjoy riding along the winding wide loops of the Moselle, which takes us from the Roman city of Trier to Koblenz in the Rhine valley, with plenty of breaks at the famous places along the way.

As we explore Bernkastel-Kues, Traben-Trarbach and Cochem we’ll stroll through the narrow streets of the many delightful wine villages to our heart's content and have ample opportunity to try the light, fruity Moselle wines, before taking in the view over the beautiful Rhine valley at the German Corner (Deutsches Eck) in Koblenz.

Dates For 2016

22 to 29 May 2016
Guaranteed departure from only 6 participants

Please enquire about other dates
Contact us to discuss other optional departure dates.
Most June/July/August dates are possible for groups of 6 people or more.

If you are a group of 8 or more, please contact us regarding price discount.
Maximum group size is 12.

 
 


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Tours run:22 to 29 May 2016. Please enquire for other dates.
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Germany Cycling Tours

In Brief

Day 1:  Saarbrücken – Arrival
Day 2:  Saarbrücken – Mettlach - 59km
Day 3:  Mettlach – Trier - 42 km
Day 4:  Trier – Piesport - 46 km
Day 5:  Piesport – Traben–Trabach - 40 km
Day 6:  Traben–Trabach – Cochem - 56 km
Day 7:  Cochem – Koblenz - 56 km
Day 8:  Koblenz – Departure






Saar-Moselle Bike Trail


From the Roman city of Trier to Koblenz in the Rhine valley


The bike trails along the Saar and Moselle rivers are almost always level, directly next to the banks of the Saar and Moselle and are high quality paved or gravelled cycle paths away from roads.
 

Day 1: Arrival in Saarbrücken

As we stroll through Saarbrücken we can feel the French flair.

The changing country affiliation of the region has left its traces everywhere, including in the cuisine.
For the Saarlanders it is natural to eat snails, shrimps or paté and Kir and Pastis as an aperitif are very welcome. The confectioners with their sweet creations make this a real paradise for gourmands.
 
Saar-Moselle Bike Trail - Maplargemap
At the heart of Saarbrücken is the St. Johanner market with its pubs, bistros and restaurants. Here people meet or stroll through the picturesque streets around the market square. Between the old baroque houses there are fine boutiques and classy antique shops as well as the impressive church Ludwigskirche. So let's meet in Saarbrücken – and it’s worth arriving early! Your tour guide and bikes are waiting for you at the hotel.
In the afternoon we meet a local guide and enjoy an English guided walking tour (2 hours)
 


Day 2: Saarbrücken - Mettlach

approx. 59 km cycling
Today we cycle along the Saar bike trail through a former coal mining region to Völklingen. Here we just have to take a break - the Völklinger Hütte, one of thirty-three UNESCO world cultural heritage sites in Germany, gives us an impressive look into the world of 20th Century iron and steel production.

A visit to the Völklinger Hütte is like an adventure; a guided tour (1.5 hrs) will take us deep into the dark corridors of the Möllerhalle and then high up to the observation deck at the furnace.

Afterwards, we continue along the Saar bike trail through the beautiful Merzig countryside to the impressive Saar Loop in Mettlach where we swap the wheels for walking shoes and take a 30-minute walk up to the "Cloef" viewpoint. The view of the Saar Loop from here is simply breathtaking!
 
 

Day 3: Mettlach - Trier

approx. 42 km cycling
Today is a comfortable cycle along the Saar bike trail through forests to Saarburg whose castle sits majestically above its winding streets.

A coffee break in the lovely town centre will get you ready for the next stage, as we cycle to Trier via Konz, guided by the traces of the Romans.

In Trier we will once again be guided by a local guide through the historic city centre and learn about the Imperial Baths and the Porta Nigra (2 hr walk).
 
 

Day 4: Trier - Piesport

approx. 46 km cycling
This day is a real classic, complete with Roman history and present day wine culture. First, we follow the Moselle bike trail to Mehring where the Villa Rustica awaits our visit.
The reconstructed building and foundation walls have now reopened for public viewing.

Next, we have a comfortable ride to Trittenheim, where a wine trail informs us about the winegrowers’ calender, native grape varieties and grape breeding.

Shortly before reaching today's destination we come to Neumagen-Dhron, the oldest wine village in Germany. Where better to stop for some wine tasting!
 
 

Day 5: Piesport - Traben-Trarbach

approx. 40 km cycling
Today’s highlights are the two famous Moselle towns of Bernkastel-Kues and Traben-Trarbach as well as the "Kröver Nacktarsch" wine-growing region. We’ll visit the colourful, picturebook marketplace in Bernkastel-Kues and enjoy a scenic boat trip at Traben-Trarbach.
 
 

Day 6: Traben-Trarbach - Cochem

approx. 56 km cycling
Today we visit Enkirch, a jewel of the Moselle’s typical half-timbered architecture, and Zell, the wine village renown for the "Zeller Black Cat".

We’ll take a rewarding break in Beilstein, which proudly carries the nickname "Rothenburg-on-Moselle", and then continue on to Cochem with its picturesque town centre and 11th century imperial Cochem Castle.
 
 

Day 7: Cochem – Koblenz

approx. 49 km cycling
Today we take a detour to the medieval castle “Burg Eltz” before the Moselle bike trail leads us through such interesting wine villages as Koben Gondorf and Winningen.

Finally we come to the German Corner (Deutsches Eck) where we enjoy the wide open view of the beautiful Rhine Valley and look forward to a nice evening in Koblenz.
 
 

Day 8: Departure from Koblenz

Our fantastic bike trip comes to an end today in the heart of Koblenz. It’s hard to say goodbye to the beautiful Saar and Moselle bike trails we’ve enjoyed so much.

Those who want to return to Saarbrücken, can book our minibus return transfer via Trier, including luggage and own bike. Departure is always at 9am, arriving in Saarbrücken about 1.30pm. Those who want to continue cycling along the Rhine can extend their trip to Cologne or Mainz. Or you could join us on our Rhine and Romans tour – in this case you will need an additional night in Koblenz.

We are happy to help arrange your arrival and departure or book additional services for you (such as additional nights).
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Dates For 2016

22 to 29 May 2016
Guaranteed departure from only 6 participants

Please enquire about other dates
Contact us to discuss other optional departure dates.
Most June/July/August dates are possible for groups of 6 people or more.

If you are a group of 8 or more, please contact us regarding price discount.
Maximum group size is 12.

 
 


What's Included

For dates, availability & customisations Enquire

Germany Cycling Tours

In Brief

Day 1:  Saarbrücken – Arrival
Day 2:  Saarbrücken – Mettlach - 59km
Day 3:  Mettlach – Trier - 42 km
Day 4:  Trier – Piesport - 46 km
Day 5:  Piesport – Traben–Trabach - 40 km
Day 6:  Traben–Trabach – Cochem - 56 km
Day 7:  Cochem – Koblenz - 56 km
Day 8:  Koblenz – Departure






Activities

Day 1  Saarbrücken - sightseeing city walk guided by english-speaking local guide
Day 2  Völklinger Hütte - Entrance Fee and guided tour (1,5 hr - 2 hrs)
Day 3  Trier - city walk guided by english-speaking local guide, entrance fees included
Day 4 Villa Rustica -Visit & Entrance fee & wine tasting in one of the many ’Straussenwirtschaften’
Day 5  Scenic Mosel Boat trip at Traben Trabach (2hrs)
Day 6 Cochem Castle - Visit & Entrance fee
Day 7 Burg Eltz - Visit & Entrance fee
 


General

  • Professional bilingual & bicultural tour guide (English/German) throughout your whole trip
  • 6 days bike hire, including Helmet, safety vest , 2 panniers. E-Bike available at additional cost
  • 7 nights in good mid-range hotels (German standard 3 - 4 stars) in double or twin rooms, with private facilities. Breakfast included.
  • Single room optional with surcharge: 160€ 
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
  • Map of bike trails with marked route
  • Detailed route description
  • Tips for tour preparation

 



Accommodation

All accommodation on this tour is in good mid-range Hotels (German Standard 3- 4Stars) and includes breakfast. Most German hotels do not offer cooked breakfasts however breakfasts consist of such items as different breads, bread rolls, butter, cheese, salami, ham or other delicious cold cuts, eggs, fruits, muesli, yoghurt, juice, coffee, tea, milk and are quite substantial.

Single rooms  available  at 190€ surcharge.
Please be aware of one major difference between single room accommodation in hotels in Germany and hotels in New Zealand: In Germany single rooms are, in most cases, not double rooms for single occupancy as in New Zealand, but often smaller rooms with a single bed (mostly 1 m wide by 2 m long).
 


Bikes

Our bikes will be delivered to our first hotel and picked up at our final destination.
You can choose between women's and men's bicycles either with 7-speed gear shift and coaster brake or 21-speed gear shift and freewheel or electric bikes.

All women's bikes have a low opening that makes mounting and dismounting much easier. The bikes are suitable for all women from 150 cm in height and for all men from 165 cm in height. You simply specify your wishes at time of booking.

There are E-Bikes available at the additional cost of 100€  / tour.  These are available on a first come first served basis as numbers are limited to a maximum of 3 E-Bikes per Tour.
 
 

Food

Breakfasts are included at each hotel we stay at. Most German hotels do not offer cooked breakfasts however breakfasts consist of different breads, bread rolls, butter, cheese, salami, ham or other delicious cold cuts, eggs, fruits, muesli, yoghurt, juice, coffee, tea, milk and are quite substantial.

We do not include lunch and dinner as this will leaves you the choice of trying out whatever takes your fancy on the day. We will reserve a table for our group to be able to dine together but will make the decision on the day if we prefer a beer garden, a specialty restaurant, a pizzeria or the local pub.

Not only is the choice of meals yours, it also will save you a bit of money as ‘dining out’ is often a cheaper option than ordering a dinner menu in our accommodation place.

Our lunch breaks will be just as flexible – a stop at a German Bakery with their almost endless choices of delectable cakes, pastries and sandwiches, a beer garden with its regional fare, a picnic along the river trail, a tasty ‘Bratwurst’ from a market or one of the local specialties on route.

 

Dates For 2016

22 to 29 May 2016
Guaranteed departure from only 6 participants

Please enquire about other dates
Contact us to discuss other optional departure dates.
Most June/July/August dates are possible for groups of 6 people or more.

If you are a group of 8 or more, please contact us regarding price discount.
Maximum group size is 12.

 
 


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For dates, availability & customisations Enquire

Germany Cycling Tours

In Brief

Day 1:  Saarbrücken – Arrival
Day 2:  Saarbrücken – Mettlach - 59km
Day 3:  Mettlach – Trier - 42 km
Day 4:  Trier – Piesport - 46 km
Day 5:  Piesport – Traben–Trabach - 40 km
Day 6:  Traben–Trabach – Cochem - 56 km
Day 7:  Cochem – Koblenz - 56 km
Day 8:  Koblenz – Departure







Dates For 2016

22 to 29 May 2016
Guaranteed departure from only 6 participants

Please enquire about other dates
Contact us to discuss other optional departure dates.
Most June/July/August dates are possible for groups of 6 people or more.

If you are a group of 8 or more, please contact us regarding price discount.
Maximum group size is 12.

 
 


History

For dates, availability & customisations Enquire

Germany Cycling Tours

In Brief

Day 1:  Saarbrücken – Arrival
Day 2:  Saarbrücken – Mettlach - 59km
Day 3:  Mettlach – Trier - 42 km
Day 4:  Trier – Piesport - 46 km
Day 5:  Piesport – Traben–Trabach - 40 km
Day 6:  Traben–Trabach – Cochem - 56 km
Day 7:  Cochem – Koblenz - 56 km
Day 8:  Koblenz – Departure






 

Places we will see or visit on our tour:

 

Ludwigskirche

The Ludwigskirche in Saarbrücken’s old town is a Protestant church in the Baroque style and is one of the most significant Protestant Baroque churches in Germany.
 
 

Völklinger Hütte

The Völklinger Hütte is a former iron and steel works, established in 1873.

Also known as an "icon of industrial culture" or "cathedral of work", in 1994 the Völklinger Hütte became the first industrial monument in the world to be accorded UNESCO world cultural heritage status.

 

Saar Loop (Saarschleife)

The Saar loop is the most well-known symbol and landmark of Saarland.

The vantage point Cloef in Mettlach Orscholz, 180 meters above the river, offers the best view.

Impressive views can also be enjoyed directly from the banks of the Saar.
 
 

Porta Nigra

Built in about 180 A.D. as the northern entrance to the town Augusta Treverorum (today’s Trier), the Porta Nigra in Trier is a former Roman town gate and is a UNESCO world cultural heritage site.
 
 

Kaiserthermen (Imperial Baths)

The Imperial Baths in Trier are the remains of a large Roman bath complex, which can be visited as impressive ruins today.

Built in 300 A. D. as a monument to the prestige of the emperor Constantius Chlorus and his son Konstantin, who had made Trier their residence, it has been declared a UNESCO world cultural heritage site along with the other monuments and buildings of Roman Trier.
 
 

Villa Rustica

The Villa Rustica is a Roman estate in Mehring, on the "Roman Wine Road". Between 1983 and 1987 the villa was excavated, preserved and partially reconstructed.

Today the main facade with corner projections and portico can be seen, as well as a heated living room with mosaic and parts of the bath tract.
 
 

Neumagen Dhron

Founded by the Romans about 2000 years ago as a stopover on the route along the Moselle from Trier to Koblenz, Neumagen-Dhron is one of a number of places which claim the title of the oldest wine village in Germany.

A special attraction is the archaeological trail, with regular guided tours. In the centre of Neumagen there is a cast of a Roman wine ship.
 
 

Bernkastel Kues

Bernkastel-Kues is a well-known wine culture centre in the Middle Moselle.

The town is also an officially recognised rest and relaxation resort.

The medieval market square with its 17th Century half-timbered houses is well worth seeing, especially the narrow Spitz house (1416), the Renaissance town hall (1608) and St. Michael’s fountain (1606).
 


Zeller Black Cat  (Zeller Schwarze Katz)

Schwarze Katz refers to a large property in the German Moselle wine district and is part of the Cochem region. In 1936 a monument with a fountain was placed in Zell’s old town, in honor of the Schwarze Katz.
This fountain appeared on Zell’s first regional currency - the Zeller.
 
 

Ruins of Stuben Monastery (Kloster Stuben)

Kloster Stuben (1137-1802) is a former Augustine abbey in Rhineland-Palatinate. The ruins of the abbey church are located on a peninsula at Bremm on the Moselle.
 
 

Cochem Castle

Cochem Castle in Cochem on the Moselle is the town’s main landmark and stands on a mountain peak one hundred meters above the town.
 
 

Eltz Castle (Burg Eltz)

Burg Eltz in Wierschem in Rhineland-Palatinate is one of the most beautiful castles in Germany.

It is the only place in the Eifel, which was never conquered or destroyed, surviving the wars of the 17th and 18th centuries and the social upheavals of the French Revolution unscathed.
 
 

German Corner (Deutsches Eck)

The Deutsches Eck is a headland in Koblenz where the Moselle joins the Rhine. A huge equestrian statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I. was erected here in 1897.

Badly damaged during World War II, the monument base served as a memorial to German Unity from 1953 until reunification in 1990.
 
 

Boat trip on the Moselle

From its source at the Col de Bussang in the Vosges to its mouth at the Deutsches Eck in Koblenz, the river Moselle flows through France for 278 km, then forms the 36 km border between Luxembourg and Germany, before flowing for 206 km through Rhineland-Palatinate where it joins the Rhine.

The Moselle is navigable for 392 km from Thionville in Lorraine with 15 locks needed to overcome the gradient.

"White Fleet" (Weiße Flotte) boat trips offer a new view of steep vineyards, charming villages and historical sights at every turn.

The range of steamer and pleasure boat tours available includes round-trips, extensive day trips and romantic evening cruises with music.
(Optional activity if you want to stay longer - not included.)

Dates For 2016

22 to 29 May 2016
Guaranteed departure from only 6 participants

Please enquire about other dates
Contact us to discuss other optional departure dates.
Most June/July/August dates are possible for groups of 6 people or more.

If you are a group of 8 or more, please contact us regarding price discount.
Maximum group size is 12.

 
 


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