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.
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.
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.
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.
Day 1: Koblenz - Day of arrival
After you arrive, take time to explore Münzplatz square, the banks of the river where the Rine and Moselle converge and the spendid ols quater 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 alomg 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 thewn proceed salong the Lahn river to Nassau, where the castle sits in spendour 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 downtown the Moselle. Kobern-Gondorf has four castles as wellas 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 there 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 round trip - approx. 45 km
You first head along the broard Upper Moselle to whre the river converges with the Saar near Konz. Here you will find Karthaus Abbey, one of the stops an the Rhineland section of James`Pilgrim 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 8: Day of departure