Mosel River Valley near Bernkastel-Kues, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Megan Mallen

Architecture galore in Bernkastel-Keus, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Bert Kaufmann
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Mosel Bike Tour

Germany, France Bike Tours

Bike in France and Germany in the footsteps of the Romans!

  • This Mosel bike route leads along the border triangle of France, Luxembourg, and Germany. You will begin with a beautiful bike tour in France through the historic city of Metz. The Mosel River Valley is adorned with medieval castles, historic cities, vineyards, and romantic wineries. Wine has long been a part of the Mosel’s history due to the favorable wine-growing climate here. The main center of the Mosel wine region is the port town of Trier. The eldest city in Germany, Trier was once the center of the Roman Empire north of the Alps. The Romans certainly left their influence on the city, including its amphitheatre, the Emperor’s thermal spring, the Porta Nigra, the triumphal arc, the Basilika and the medieval city walls. From Trier, the curves of the Mosel lead further north past many wine-villages and Roman landmarks to the megalith “Eselstratt”. Other attractions along the way include Piesport, where an impressive Roman winepress-facility from the 3rd century is worth a look. You cycle an excellent bike path from Perl through many small wine villages till you reach the Roman city of Trier. Discover also along the way such famous places like Traben-Trarbach, Bernkastel-Kues and Cochem, before admiring the confluence of the Mosel and Rhine at the "Deutsches Eckin Koblenz.

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  •  Category ACategory B
    Price:   £ 552 $ 946 679 NOK 6620 kr 6111 $ 794 £ 487 $ 834 599 NOK 5840 kr 5391 $ 701
    Single supplement: £ 171 $ 293 210 NOK 2048 kr 1890 $ 246 £ 132 $ 226 162 NOK 1580 kr 1458 $ 190
    Season supplement (May 5 to June 30) £ 33 $ 56 40 NOK 390 kr 360 $ 47 £ 28 $ 49 35 NOK 341 kr 315 $ 41
    Season supplement (July 1 to Aug 15) £ 57 $ 98 70 NOK 683 kr 630 $ 82 £ 49 $ 84 60 NOK 585 kr 540 $ 70
    Season supplement (Aug 16 to Sep 30) £ 73 $ 125 90 NOK 878 kr 810 $ 105 £ 57 $ 98 70 NOK 683 kr 630 $ 82

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 89 $ 153 110 NOK 1073 kr 990 $ 129

    Guided city tour for Trier (daily at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm in German and 1 pm in English): £ 9 $ 16 12 NOK 112 kr 104 $ 13

    Return transfer, Metz (Saturdays only, 9 am): £ 57 $ 98 70 NOK 683 kr 630 $ 82  

    Return transfer, Trier, (daily, 9 am): £ 41 $ 70 50 NOK 488 kr 450 $ 59

    Extra nights

     Category ACategory B
    Metz £ 54 $ 93 67 NOK 653 kr 603 $ 78 £ 54 $ 93 67 NOK 653 kr 603 $ 78
    Single room £ 73 $ 125 90 NOK 878 kr 810 $ 105 £ 73 $ 125 90 NOK 878 kr 810 $ 105
    Koblenz £ 49 $ 84 60 NOK 585 kr 540 $ 70 £ 39 $ 67 48 NOK 468 kr 432 $ 56
    Single room £ 65 $ 111 80 NOK 780 kr 720 $ 94 £ 63 $ 109 78 NOK 761 kr 702 $ 91

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    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Paris or Frankfurt.

    Local Travel

    TGV from Paris De Gaulle to Metz. From train station in Metz, it is recommended to take a taxi to the first hotel.


    Average high temperatures for the area in °F are 57 for April; 66, May; 71, June; 74, July; 73, Aug; & 68, for September.

Where You’ll Stay

Category A: Centrally located 3 and 4 hotels
Category B: Centrally located small family inns and hotels. Please note, in Trier, the hotel is located 5 km outside of city.

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
  • Breakfasts
  • 21 speed hybrid bicycle
  • Luggage transfer
  • Tour information packet
  • Route descriptions & maps
  • Service hotline

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Extra nights available in Metz, Trier, and Koblenz.

TypeSelf Guided
Length8 days
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Tour Dates

Daily from April 14 to October 20, 2018

Skill Level

This bike tour in France and Germany is considered an easy self-guided hotel tour on mainly flat terrain. Daily mileage average is about 25 miles.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Mosel Bike Tour Map

Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: Metz - Perl, 17 to 39 mi. (27 to 63 km)
Day 3: Perl - Trier, 32 mi. (52 km)
Day 4: Trier - Piesport, 29 mi. (46 km)
Day 5: Piesport - Traben-Trarbach, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 6: Traben-Trarbach - Cochem, 35 mi. (56 km)
Day 7: Cochem - Koblenz, 31 mi. (49 km)
Day 8: Departure 

All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival 
Today you arrive in Metz, the capital of the Lorraine region. Strategically located between the Mosel river and the plateau of Lorraine, Metz is a lively university city. It also has a medieval center and a beautiful Gothic cathedral, Saint-Etienne Cathedral.  The poet Verlaine wrote that the cathedral was “the lantern of God”. In fact, the building contains the largest surface area of stained glass of all French cathedrals (almost 6,500 square meters). The 14th century stained-glass windows by Hermann de Münster rival the contemporary products of Marc Chagall and Jacques Villon. It is a living monument to the history of stained glass.

Day 2: Metz - Perl, 17 to 39 mi. (27 to 63 km)
Almost the entire day will be spent in France. It is recommended to take a train (direct connection) to Thionville. From here, the path is very good as you cycle along the water to the Franco-German Border. Just over the border, lies Perl. You might like to take the ferry to Schengen or cycle to the Roman Villa Borg (5 km east of Perl.) You will marvel at the excavations designed to present an authentic representation of the buildings as they originally stood. The current buildings are made up of the baths which are fully functional consisting of a frigidarium (cold bath), caldarium (hot bath) and tepidarium (tempered bath) latrines, a dressing room, and a relaxation area. The manor or main building has a large reception hall and a number of adjacent rooms in which the most important finds from the site are displayed. There is also a Roman kitchen (recently completed), a residential building, and a tavern, which was not part of the original villa but which serves meals based on ancient Roman recipes.

*Overall, the bike paths along the Mosel are perfectly developed with high quality routes. However, the Mosel bicycle route on the French side of Metz and Thionville (35 km) is mostly on streets with  heavy traffic. Therefore, it is recommended to bridge the journey  (Metz to Thionville) by the train. From Thionville, the path is well signposted. From Germany, you can expect a perfectly signposted cycle path often both right-hand side of the river. In the detailed travel documents, recommendations on the most beautiful stretches are given.

Day 3: Perl - Trier, 32 mi. (52 km)
The day begins cycling through the vast vineyards of the Mosel valley and you will want to take some time in Remich, a place the Romans called, Remacum. You will feel the Mediterranean flair in many cafes and bistros along the 3 km long Mosel promenade. On the right bank of the Mosel, you continue your journey to Konz where you cross the mouth of the Saar and Mosel. From here it is not far to Trier. Trier, which stands on the Mosel River, was a Roman colony from the 1st century AD and then a great trading center beginning in the next century. At one time this city was know as the 'second Rome' and is said to be the oldest city in Germany. The number and quality of the surviving monuments, such as the magnificent Porta Nigra, Constatine's Basilica, the amphitheater, as well as the Roman Spa, Kaisertherme, all give testimony to Roman civilization.

Day 4: Trier - Piesport, 30 mi. (48 km)
Today, Roman past and contemporary viniculture will meet. The Mosel bike trail leads to Mehring, where the Villa Rustica awaits. 'Villa Rustica’ is the designation for a manor in the Roman Empire. Today, the reconstructed walls and foundations can be visited again. Afterwards you will cycle to Trittenheim, where a nature trail educates on 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!

Day 5: Piesport - Traben-Trarbach, 25 mi. (40 km)
The two famous towns Bernkastel-Kues and Traben-Trarbach and the well-known wine growing resort "Kröver Nacktarsch" are today’s highlights. Marvel at the colorful and manifold half-timbered constructions seaming the market place of Bernkastel-Kues. In Traben-Trarbach, there is an opportunity to take a boat trip.

Day 6: Traben-Trarbach - Cochem, 35 mi. (56 km)
You will discover Enkirch today, a jewel of the Moselle region’s traditional half-timbered architecture. Then it is on to Zell, the wine-growing resort know for its "Zeller Schwarzen Katz" (The Black cat of Zell’). Take a relaxing break in the small town of Beilstein, proud of its nickname "Rothenburg an der Mosel".  Your final destination is Cochem with its picturesque center and the ancient realm dating from the 11th century.

Day 7: Cochem - Koblenz, 31 mi. (49 km)
The Mosel bike trail leads to the quaint wine-growing villages like Koben Gondorf or Winningen and then to the Deutsche Eck, but first there is the opportunity 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. 

Day 8: Individual departure 

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Customer Feedback

  • Peter V. 2 years ago

    The Route Guide that we received was in German. We called Velociped and they said that they ran out of English guide - Basically we were SOL and not getting the Route Guide in English. They knew it way before hand that they did not have any English Route Guide - they should have let you or us know and maybe sent us written instructions for the route. We had difficulty in the first 3 days of the trip. We did not even get any instructions of how the electric bikes worked or how to operate it. The first day - my wife struggled on the ebike because it was not working right- we had to call. Instructions on what to do and how to start it would have been good. Very poor customer service. In addition, we signed up for CLASS A hotels, which was supposed to be 3 or 4 stars - not one of the hotels provided was a 4 star. The scenery along the Mosel River was spectacular, the luggage transfers between hotels was great.

  • Kevin from Trailsnet 3 years ago

    This bike tour had it all: great scenery, wonderful food, delicious wine and the perfect itinerary. The rental bike was fantastic, the accommodations were comfortable, the luggage shuttle was reliable & the guidebook was helpful/informative.

    I was surprised at how much there was to do and see along the way. Each town was interesting & historically fascinating. Touring this region by bicycle is the only way to go. It allows you to stop in each village/town along the way to sample the food & explore the sites. The guidebook that is provided with your tour is quite helpful; but I encourage you to stop in as many towns as possible, even if they aren't listed in the book. You'll be surprised at the hidden charms you will discover on some of the side roads.

    The bicycle route (mostly bike paths) can be found on either side of the Mosel River. And, in most cases, you can't go wrong. Once again, the guidebook provides suggestions for which side to choose. But either side is fascinating. And since the vast majority of the route is car-free, you feel safe and free to watch the scenery rather than the traffic. I hope to go back sometime and explore the places I missed on my first tour.

  • Sharon Robers 3 years ago

    Mosel trip was excellent. Danube trip, the map and instructions were worse than useless because they were actually wrong in places.

  • Stephen Roberts 7 years ago

    Great trip...We did the 7 day but wish we would have done the five days however. We are planning on booking for the third time this year just looking for a 5 day and it seems most are much longer.


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