Eight days along the Moselle from Metz to Koblenz.
Begin this beautiful bike tour in northern France in the historic city of Metz, whose ancient fortifications at the Moselle River invite to go for a walk. The course of the river you follow to the border triangle France, Luxembourg and Germany. Look forward to an excellent bike path you cycle through many small wine villages till you reach the Roman city of Trier. Discover such famous places like Traben-Trarbach, Bernkastel-Kues and Cochem, before admiring the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine at the “Deutsches Eckin Koblenz.
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
1. day Metz arrival
Individual arrival by car or public transport to Metz. Travel in time, because the capital of the Lorraine region is worth a visit and has something to offer! From the Roman era to the present, the city has unique monuments and is famous as a bishop’s seat, university town and center of contemporary art. In addition to numerous sights in the old town, several extensive park facilities invite you to rest and relax, as well as the old restored fortifications of the city are worth a visit. In the center you will find a variety of good and individual restaurants, with different culinary offers.
2. day Metz – Perl 27 – 63 km
Almost the entire day you spend in France. On the way, spoil yourself with the famous French cuisine and enjoy a good ‘cafe au lait’. If you want to reduce your km please take the train from Metz to Thionville (direct connection, complimentary bicycles). From Thionville, you enjoy reliable and good signage and you will cycle very close to the water till the Franco-German border. Just over the border on German soil you have reached Perl and you can ferry to Schengen (other side of the Moselle/Luxembourg), known by the European agreement, which makes the free movement of regulated commodities or passengers possible or a nice bike ride to the Roman Villa Borg (5 km east of Perl). You’ll marvel at the excavations, the reconstruction of the manor house and villas bath, the new system of ancient Roman gardens and enjoy a refreshment in the Roman tavern.
3. day Perl – Trier 52 km
Today you will accompany the first time the vast vineyards right and left of the Moselle. Take a trip to Remich, where you can feel the Mediterranean flair in many cafes and bistros along the 3 km long Moselle promenade. Give some extra attention to the place called by the Romans Remacum, and marvel at the old streets and the decanal Church from 1817. Help yourself to the Moselle terraces before you continue your way on the right bank of the Moselle. You cycle till Konz where you cross the mouth of the Saar and Mosel. From there it is not far to Trier and therefore you have time for a leisurely walking tour with a visit to the Porta Nigra, the amphitheater, the Imperial Baths or the magnificent cathedral.
4. day Trier – Piesport 48 km
Today, Roman past and contemporary viniculture will meet. The Moselle bike trail leads you to Mehring, where the Villa Rustica waits for your visit. ‘Villa Rustica’ is the designation for a manor in the Roman Empire. Today, the reconstructed walls and foundations can be visited again. You will now cycle to Trittenheim, where a nature trail informs about the man-year of the vine-grower, the local variety of grape and the process of vine-growing. Just before reaching today’s destination, you will pass Neumagen-Dhron, Germany’s oldest wine-growing place! You should stop here to taste some of that wine!
5. day Piesport – Traben-Trarbach 40 km
The two famous Moselle towns Bernkastel-Kues and Traben-Trarbach and the well-known wine growing resort “Kröver Nacktarsch” are today’s highlight! Marvel at the colorful and manifold half-timbered constructions seaming the market place of Bernkastel-Kues. In Traben-Trarbach, you should take a boat trip.
6. day Traben-Trarbach – Cochem 55 kmYou will discover Enkirch today, a jewel of the Moselle region’s traditional half-timbered architecture. Later on, you will reach Zell, the wine-growing resort with the ‚Zeller Schwarzen Katz’ (‚The Black cat of Zell’). Take a relaxing break in the small town of Beilstein, proud of its surname „Rothenburg an der Mosel“. Then, you will reach Cochem with its picturesque centre and the ancient realm dating from the 11th century.
7. day Cochem – Koblenz 49 km
Before the Moselle bike trail takes you to the neat wine-growing villages like Koben Gondorf or Winningen and to the Deutsche Eck, you will have the chance to visit the medieval castle of Burg Eltz. Enjoy the wide view over the magnificent valley of the Rhine and be looking forward to a wonderful evening in Koblenz.
8. day Koblenz departure
Your bike trip ends in Koblenz today. Saying good-bye is never easy, especially not to the Saar bike trail and the winding Moselle bike trail. Anyone who wishes to travel back to Metz should book our shuttle transfer via Treves (only on Saturday). It will transport any luggage and the bikes as well. Departure will be at 9a.m., arrival in Metz around 1.00p.m. If you wish to cycle even longer along the Rhine, you can prolong your trip to Cologne or Mainz.
RATING – Easy to Moderate
Paved cycle paths along the river; Most of the route is slightly downhill with just a few small hills; suitable for novice cyclists and families. Some longish cycling days.
AIRPORT / TRANSFERS
The nearest airport is Metz however Paris is a better option for international flights.
Rail transfers from Paris Airport to Metz (2 1/2 hours) are available at approx. $95.00 one way.
TOUR SCHEDULE & PRICE
Independent tours depart everyday from late April to mid October
season A: 13.04 – 3.05 and 01.10 – 20.10
season B: 4.05 – 30.06
season C: 1.07 – 15.08
season D: 16.08 to 30.09
|Price per person: Season A CAD||$1085|
|Optional Electric bike||$180|
|Season B surcharge||$80|
|Season C surcharge||$125|
|Season D surcharge||$170|
This tour includes:
– any duration from 3 to 10 nights are possible. We can even customise each days cycling distance
– Electro-bikes, back-pedal-brake bikes, tandems, trailers and children’s bikes are all readily available on this tour.
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
Station Mall, 293 Bay St., Sault Ste Marie, P6A 1X3
Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment