5-Rivers Tour of the Rhine, Moselle, Lahn, Kyll and Saar

These idyllic river valleys have enchanted visitors for thousands of years, including the Romans who founded the present towns of Trier and Koblenz more than 2,000 years ago. There is friendly rivalry between these two places for the titel of "the oldest town in Germany", and by the end of your holiday you will be able to decide for yourself which one deserves the title.


Prices - per person in a double room

Additional nights at Koblenz or Trier are possible.


Tour includes

Detailed information about the 5-Rivers Tour of the Rhine, Moselle, Lahn, Kyll and Saar

Each of the five river valleys on the cycle tour has a character all of its own. The Lahn and the Kyll are tranquil backwaters, while the Middle Rhine Valley and the Moselle are more impressive, with steep valley sides largely planted with vines, formidable castles and pretty wine villages. One of the highlights of the tour is a visit to the lovely medieval village of Saarburg with a waterfall and water mills in the heart of its old quarter.

After a great day's cycling, spend the evening winding down in the stunning old town centres of Koblenz and Trier. While Koblenz has a stirring, military history, and is home to a number of fortications and palaces as well as the monumental equestrian statue at Deutsches Eck where the Rhine and Moselle converge, Trier boasts many intact Roman remains such as Porta Nigra gate, the amphitheatre, the Roman Bridge and the Roman baths. This varied tour features a wide range of beautiful riverside scenery, with riverboat cruises on the Rhine and Moselle to complete the experience.

Route characteristics
Flat terrain in the river valleys. Surfaced and signposted cycle paths throughout.
Parking in Koblenz
Free car park at the hotel or public car park/multi-storey car park in the town centre, approx. € 10.00 per day.
Train services
Koblenz train station is served by InterCity trains, taxis to the hotel cost approx. € 10.00
Trier train station is served by InterCity trains, taxis to the station cost between € 10.00 and € 20.00. The Trier and Koblenz shuttle service costs € 60.00 per person, incl. bikes, reservation required.

Alternative 1:
5-day-tour : 5 days / 4 nights – approx. 130 km
Day 1: Koblenz – Day of arrival
Day 2: Koblenz - Upper Middle Rhine Valley – approx. 40 km
Day 3: Koblenz - Trier – approx. 45 km
Day 4: Trier - Saarburg round trip - approx. 45 km
Day 5: Trier – Day of departure

Alternative 2:
4-day-tour : 4 days / 3 nights – approx. 95 km (Trier)
Day 1: Trier – Day of arrival
Day 2: Trier - Saarburg round trip – approx. 45 km
Day 3: Trier - Kylltal/Bitburg Tour – approx. 50 km
Day 4: Trier – Day of departure

Alternative 3:
4-day-tour : 4 days / 3 nights – approx. 95 km (Koblenz)
Day 1: Koblenz – Day of arrival
Day 2: Koblenz - Middle Rhine Valley – approx. 40 km
Day 3: Koblenz - Moselle round trip – approx. 50 km
Day 4: Koblenz – Day of departure


8-day-tour: 8 days / 7 nights - approx. 285 km

Day 1: Koblenz – Day of arrival
After you arrive, take time to explore Münzplatz square, the banks of the river where the Rhine and Moselle converge and the splendid old quarter around the Electoral Palace.

Day 2: Koblenz - Upper Middle Rhine Valley (approx. 40 km)
The boat trip on the Upper Middle Rhine arrives in St. Goarshausen at midday. Here, beneath the Loreley rock, you encounter the statue of the legendary Loreley mermaid. From St. Goar, you follow the Rhine Cycle Route to Boppard with its castle and Roman fort and then move on to Rhens with its medieval town fortifications and "king's chair" monument.

Day 3: Koblenz - Circular tour along the Lahn river (approx. 55 km)
First up is a short cycle along the Rhine to Lahnstein, home to Martinsburg House and Lahneck Castle. You then proceed along the Lahn river to Nassau, where the castle sits in splendour above the beautiful old quarter. Karlsburg House dominates the view in Bad Ems, a distinguished spa town on the Roman Limes which enjoyed its heyday as a "world health resort" in the 19th century.

Day 4: Moselle tour from Koblenz (approx. 30-50 km)
First you go by boat, rail or bike downward the Moselle. Kobern-Gondorf has four castles as well as a medieval centre with a fine market square. In Alken, you cross the Moselle where you can - if you like - break off and visit Thurant Castle or Alte Burg Castle in the Alkener Bach river valley.

Day 5: Koblenz - Trier (approx. 45 km)
Our transfer takes you to Neumagen-Dhron. From here you start by bike along the Middle Moselle Valley with its spectacular bows through the Rhenish Slate Mountains. On your way to Trier enjoy the beautiful towns like Schweich and Pfalzel.

Day 6: Trier - Saarburg - Trier (approx. 45 km)
You first head along the broad Upper Moselle to where the river converges with the Saar near Konz. Here you will find Karthaus Abbey, one of the stops on the Rhineland section of James' Pilgrimage Way. The path continues along Saar canal to medieval Saarburg with its waterfall in the centre of the town. On your way back to Trier the route follows the dramatic bows of the Saar river.

Day 7: Kyll valley/Bitburg from Trier (approx. 50 km)
By train you go to Bitburg first. Although castles are one of the main features of the Kyll valley, there is plenty more to keep you entertained, including Eifel Park, the pottery town of Speicher, a Roman mine (that produced the stone for the Porta Nigra in Trier) and medieval Pfalzel. The Kyll than joins the Moselle, which you follow to Trier.

Day 8:Trier (day of departure, own travel arrangement)

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