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France, Luxembourg & Germany Bike & Boat: Mosel River Valley

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Explore a fascinating crossroads of history—Luxembourg, France, and Germany—on a Bike & Boat vacation along the Mosel River, from Metz to Cochem. it’s your most rewarding way to bike Europe!

Guided Bike & Boat

  • Daily Mileage: 8 - 40|
  • Biking: 1 - 4 hr|
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Starting From

11-day Air Package

$5,545

8-day Bike Tour Only

$4,345

Per person, double occupancy

France, Luxembourg & Germany Bike & Boat: Mosel River Valley

Cycle along Europe’s most scenic river and experience three very different cultures—Luxembourg, France, and Germany—on one exhilarating journey. You won’t just bike Europe. You’ll also drift along the waterway aboard a luxurious barge, admiring shifting landscapes from the comfort of a deck chair and enjoying sumptuous meals and a spirit of camaraderie all along the way. On our carefully curated routes, you’ll pedal past vineyards and forests, castles, and half-timbered villages … explore cosmopolitan Luxembourg City, the picturesque French village of Rodemack, the Roman ruins of Trier, the dual city of Bernkastel-Kues, and the beautiful Eifel Valley … and enjoy exclusive events like a private wine tasting at a family-owned estate. Don’t miss this chance to explore this charming pocket of Europe!

What to Expect

This tour offers easy terrain on bike paths and roads through both urban and rural areas. Our VBT support shuttle is available every day at designated points for those who would like assistance.

  • Daily Mileage: 8 - 40|
  • Biking: 1 - 4 hr|
  • Group Size: 19
Activity Easy Easy
Cycling
Bar Graph Beginner - Experienced
Cyclists
Vehicle Support Vehicle
Support

Tour Highlights

  • Experience three countries—Luxembourg, France, and Germany—up close, by bike
  • View quaint villages, lush vineyards and forests, and fairytale castles as you roll along a scenic river
  • Explore the ancient Roman and medieval treasures of Trier 
  • Enjoy a private wine tasting in a century-old cellar
  • Relax on your barge and sip Germany's finest Rieslings and beers

Average High /
Low Temperature (°F):

Jun67º/51º

Jul71º/55º

Aug71º/55º

Sep64º/50º

Oct54º/43º

Average
Precipitation:

Jun2.6 in

Jul2.7 in

Aug2.7 in

Sep2.5 in

Oct2.7 in

Air Package

Tour Only

Roundtrip international airfare Check
Airport car service for arrival and departure Check
One night in Luxembourg City and one night in Koblenz in conveniently located hotels with daily breakfast Check
7 nights aboard a private deluxe canal barge Check Check
16 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners Check Check

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Biking Packages Include:

Custom VBT Bike and Helmet

Two Local, Bilingual Trip Leaders

Vehicle Support

Luggage Transfers

Ride with GPS and Daily Route Notes

Welcome Reception

Facilitated Cultural Experiences

Your Choice of VBT Branded Gear for Your Adventure

Itinerary

Thu, Aug 18 to Sun, Aug 28 - 2022

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All you have to do is get to the airport. On our Air Packages, we’ll take care of the rest, handling all the logistics, so you can travel with peace of mind. Spend your first night aloft and arrive refreshed for an unforgettable trip.

Start off your first day in Luxembourg City right by having a VBT representative greet you at the airport. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your centrally located hotel. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.

Accommodation: Hotel Le Royal, Luxembourg City

After an included breakfast meet in the hotel lobby at 9:00 a.m. sharp for our travel by coach (approximately one hour) to the French city of Metz, nestled at the confluence of the Mosel and Seille rivers. En route, there will be a short 15-minute stop at the Luxembourg American Cemetery so you can honor those who fell here during World War II. Upon arrival in Metz, meet your local city guide and enjoy a pleasant walk into the charming city center, a quaint tapestry of bridges and romantic corners. Pass the elegant 18th-century city theater and the Palais de la Prefecture in the Place de la Comedie. Visit the imposing Cathedral of St. Etienne, one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals of France, built around 1250. Here, admire the fine stained-glass windows, including a modern work by Marc Chagall.

Then, walk to the Saturday morning local market, to the lively Place St. Louis, and to Place Saint-Jacques, where there’ll be time to shop or explore. After lunch on your own, rejoin your local city guide and walk to your barge’s mooring point.

After meeting the crew and your VBT trip leaders, settle in before participating in a bike safety session while cruising to Richemont. Here, you disembark for a bike-fitting and a short warm-up ride. Reunite with the barge at its new mooring point and have time to change before gathering for a welcome drink, the perfect opportunity to raise a glass to the most rewarding way to bike Europe! Enjoy dinner on board. Tonight, the barge moors in the quiet countryside, just outside the city of Thionville.

Today’s Ride Choice

Afternoon: Richemont to Thionville Warm-up — 13 km (8 miles)

What to Expect: The warm-up ride from Richemont locks to the Bar “La Marina” is easy. Ride along the Mosel River through the French countryside and rejoin your barge. For a few more miles, continue from “La Marina” to Thionville and return along the river.

Cumulative Distance Range: 13 km (8 miles)
Accommodation: Barge Iris
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, cycle along the Mosel River on a quiet bike path. Then turn inland and cycle along a pleasant rolling route through small villages. Pause to explore Rodemack, known as “Little Carcassonne Lorraine” and ranked one of the most beautiful villages in France. In this charming hamlet, admire marvels of construction that span the ages, including fortifications erected over many centuries. Impressive ramparts and walls encircle the village, and cobbled alleys lead to a labyrinth of back streets and an impressive fortress.

You may ride or cruise this afternoon. Dinner tonight is on the barge. Afterward, the captain speaks about navigation and our planned route. The barge moors in Remich, Luxembourg.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning-Afternoon: Thionville to Remich with two Shuttles — 34 km (20 miles) OR Thionville to Remich with Shuttle — 42 km (26 miles) OR Thionville to Remich — 53 km (32 miles)

What to Expect: Enjoy easy biking along the scenic Mosel River from Thionville to the Bar Le Bar Bac near Cattenom. Cycle from here to Rodemack, or join the shuttle if you wish to avoid the long hill into the village. After lunch, continue cycling through French farmlands, on a mix of quiet country roads and bike lanes and along the Mosel through very pretty wetlands and villages, crossing the international border into Germany and meeting the barge in Remich, Luxembourg. The support vehicle will be available to assist you, or you can ride the entire day.

Cumulative Distance Range: 34 — 53 km (20 — 32 miles)
Accommodation: Barge Iris
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Pedal this morning to Nennig and its local museum, where you can admire Europe’s largest Roman mosaic; remarkably, 90% of it is original and perfectly restored. Continue riding along the Mosel on an easy bike path. The river forms a natural border between Germany and Luxembourg. On the German side, you will follow the renowned Route du Vin, famous for its outstanding Riesling and Cremant. Sweeping views of vineyards’ sloping hillsides accompany your ride.

Meet the barge in Nittel for a cruising lunch to Wasserbillig, Luxembourg. From here, you may cruise or continue cycling. If you choose our longer option, you ride past Konz, a small city at the confluence of the Mosel and Saar rivers, then continue into the Saarland along the more intimate Saar River. Wooded mountains, wide meadows, farmsteads, and villages mark your progress as you ride. Later this afternoon, arrive in Saarburg, a medieval riverside jewel at the foot of a castle. The town center boasts a roaring 65-foot (19.8-meter) waterfall. Spend the rest of the day exploring this lovely town, or continue cycling a loop south of Saarburg along the Saar River.

The barge moors in Saarburg this evening with dinner included onboard.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Remich to Nittel — 21 km (13 miles)
Afternoon: Wasserbillig to Saarburg — 20 km (13 miles) OR Saarburg Loop — 35 km (22 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s easy ride along the Mosel’s right bank passes lovely vineyards. You meet the barge in Nittel and enjoy lunch as you cruise to Wasserbillig, Luxembourg. Then ride on the Luxembourg side of the Mosel to the confluence of the Saar River. Continue cycling up the Saar to medieval Saarburg. Your barge will be moored beneath the castle ruins. Today’s easy riverside route passes fruit orchards and vineyards and includes some fun bridge crossings.

Cumulative Distance Range: 21 — 56 km (13 — 35 miles)
Accommodation: Barge Iris
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, walk to the nearby former bell foundry and museum, Mabilon, which produced bells until 2002. After your tour, cycle along the Saar River to the confluence of the Mosel River, then continue riding to Trier, where you meet the barge. After lunch on board, you are free to explore this historic and fascinating town.

The people of Trier might tell you that it is possible to see “2,000 years of history in 2,000 paces” in their city. The Romans established their local capital here. In the Middle Ages, Frankish kings and the archbishops of Trier reigned. Here you can learn about the Porta Nigra (“Black Gate”), the city’s landmark and the largest city gate of the ancient world; the amphitheater; the medieval Market Square; the High Cathedral of St. Peter, Germany’s oldest Cathedral; and Constantine’s Throne Hall. Then, there’s the rococo Electoral Palace and the ruins of the Imperial Baths with their extensive subterranean passages. It is an astounding repository of history and leaves little doubt why all of Trier’s monuments have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Tonight, your barge moors here, so you can try one of the local restaurants for dinner on your own.

Today’s Ride Choice

Morning: Saarburg to Trier — 29 km (17 miles)

What to Expect: Today you follow the Saar River downstream through a nature preserve along the banks of this once free-flowing and wild river. Follow a flat bike path all the way into Trier to meet the barge. The ride is easy with a few bumps over tree roots. Please watch for these and gently lift off your seat to soften the impact.

Cumulative Distance Range: 29 km (17 miles)
Accommodation: Barge Iris
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning you cruise out of Trier during breakfast. Arriving in Schweich, you have the option to continue cruising to Neumagen or to start your day cycling toward Bernkastel-Kues. Your route winds along scenic hairpin turns along the Mosel, passing the wine-making villages of Trittenheim and Piesport. In Piesport, see a reconstructed Roman winepress and other evidence of a rich Roman past. Stop for lunch on your own in Neumagen, where you witness more signs of ancient Rome. From here, shuttle to Bernkastel-Kues, or continue biking among vineyards and orchards, watching for swans and other birds.

Meet the barge in Bernkastel-Kues, then rest or explore before dinner on board. Bernkastel and Kues, united in 1905, were once two small cities divided by the Mosel. The pride of today’s dual city is the market square, with its picturesque timber-framed houses and decorative sculpted fountains, some dating to the 17th century.

After dinner, stroll to the fascinating wine cellar of Josef Zimmermann via an elegant district of fine Art Nouveau villas, many of which display signs proclaiming their status as a weingut, or winery estate. The simple, fourth-generation Zimmermann operation boasts a century-old cellar full of wine barrels and an inviting tasting hall. Your welcoming host will guide you through a tasting of four different wines during your visit.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Schweich to Neumagen — 29 km (18 miles)
Afternoon: Neumagen to Bernkastel-Kues — 27 km (17 miles)

What to Expect: Cruise or cycle this morning to Neumagen. From here, ride through the Middle Mosel, a stunning tapestry of, breathtaking scenery, lush vineyards, and quaint wine villages. Today’s ride is mainly on flat bike paths, with a few short hills. The route follows an old Roman road and passes replicas of Roman sculptures. You will find many good lunch spots along the way in some of the Mosel’s famous wine villages. At ride’s end, you arrive in Bernkastel-Kues.

Cumulative Distance Range: 29 — 56 km (18 — 35 miles)
Accommodation: Barge Iris
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, shuttle (approximately 45 minutes) through the scenic Eifel Valley to the town of Daun, a spa town fed by mineral springs. Return to your bicycle here and enjoy an exhilarating spin, climbing a slight incline at first and then coasting downhill along a former railway converted into a cycling path. This exciting ride includes stretches through tunnels, over bridges, and past small lakes formed from volcanic craters known as maars. Pass stately castles, lush vineyards, green forests, and quiet villages that invite you to pause and explore.

Along the way, stop in Gillenfeld to enjoy a simple lunch hosted by Sigrid and Leo Lenerz. At their simple cozy café, idyllically located in an old barn, they specialize in regional products from local producers. Later, ride back to Bernkastel, where you can try one of the local restaurants for dinner on your own.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Daun to Gillenfeld — 6 km (10 miles)
Afternoon:Laufeld to Wittlich — 15 km (9 miles) | Wittlich to Bernkastel-Kues — 21 km (13 miles)

What to Expect: Bike an invigorating rails-to-trails route known locally as the MMR, a mainly flat or downhill bike path with a few gradual climbs at the beginning. Meet up at a cozy café in Gillenfeld for lunch. Take our support vehicle after lunch if you wish to avoid hills, then continue on the MMR bike path coasting through illuminated tunnels and a viaduct before a thrilling, gradual descent into Wittlich town. From Wittlich you may shuttle back to the barge or ride flat and easy bike paths along a small river through gorgeous forest and farmlands to the Mosel River, where your barge awaits.

Cumulative Distance Range: 16 — 64 km (18 — 40 miles)
Accommodation: Barge Iris
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today, cruise out of Bernkastel and follow the Mosel downstream. After breakfast, arrive in Traben-Trarbach, an architectural jewel of the German Art Nouveau movement known as Jugendstil. The surrounding woodlands and extensive vineyards add to its irresistible charm. Traben-Trarbach was once the world’s second-largest wine-trading center. At the height of the city’s prosperity at the turn of the 20th century, local wine merchants built a number of fine Art Nouveau buildings, many of which are carefully preserved and continue to operate as wineries. There’ll be time to admire a wide range of Belle Époque splendor during your visit; you’ll quickly see why the city is a favorite destination for lovers of baroque and classical architecture, too.

After, follow the river’s bike path to Zell. Beautifully situated on the Mosel, where the river twists and turns through the hills, Zell is one of the largest wine-producing communities on the river. The beloved wine Zeller Schwarze Katze (Black Cat) is produced here with grapes from 16 different locations. Be sure to notice the sculpture on the market-square fountain depicting a snarling cat atop a wine barrel. Continue to Bullay, another big name in wine. You can linger here a while and pause to enjoy lunch along the way. There are many picnic areas along the path. Rejoin the barge in Beilstein, and cruise to Cochem later this afternoon, giving you ample time to relax and freshen up for a festive farewell dinner on board.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Traben-Trarbach to Bullay — 26 km (16 miles)
Afternoon: Bullay to Beilstein — 22 km (14 miles)

What to Expect: Start riding from the Art Nouveau town of Traben-Trarbach, following the hairpins of the Mosel as it flows through the steepest vineyards in Europe. The scenery is breathtaking, and many interesting sights can be explored along the way. Board the barge in Bullay and cruise to Beilstein. If you instead cycle from Bullay, you ride a quiet road with a bit of traffic before returning to a river-hugging bike path past the steepest vineyards in Bremm and through campgrounds, passing families of swans and charming villages. Once you see the castle ruins, you have arrived in Beilstein, where you meet the barge and cruise on to Cochem.

Cumulative Distance Range: 26 — 48 km (16 — 30 miles)
Accommodation: Barge Iris
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After an included breakfast, say farewell to the crew and one VBT trip leader, then walk into Cochem with your fellow travelers. This characteristic Mosel town is beloved for its steep vineyards, wooded hills, medieval buildings, and a picturesque center with beautiful timber-framed houses. Hike or shuttle with a local guide to Reichsburg Castle, where you enjoy a tour and spectacular views of the Mosel Valley and its vineyards. The fairy-tale castle includes seven rooms of fine furniture and objects from different periods and styles.

After your visit, you may shop and eat lunch on your own before saying goodbye to your VBT trip leader. Then shuttle to Koblenz and settle into your centrally located hotel. At 4:00 p.m., meet your local guide in the hotel lobby for a 1.5-hour walking tour around the historic Old Town. It’s a 15-minute walk to the starting point of the tour, so we recommend you leave the hotel with everything you’ll need to have dinner on your own in the Old Town at tour’s end.

Accommodation: Hotel Brenner, Koblenz
Included Meals: Breakfast

After an included breakfast this morning, complimentary transportation to the Frankfurt airport will be provided (an approximately 1.25 drive, depending on traffic) for your departing flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

France, Luxembourg & Germany Bike & Boat: Mosel River Valley

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You are responsible for making your way to Metz to meet your barge. Please arrive between 1:30 and 2:00 p.m. Please note that you cannot embark before this time, as the barge is being prepared for you. If you are late, you must contact the barge as soon as possible to make alternate arrangements because we sail shortly after this time.

After meeting the crew and your VBT trip leaders, settle in before participating in a bike safety session while cruising to Richemont. Here, you disembark for a bike-fitting and a short warm-up ride. Reunite with the barge at its new mooring point and have time to change before gathering for a welcome drink and dinner on board. Tonight, the barge moors in the quiet countryside, just outside the city of Thionville.

Today’s Ride Choice

Afternoon: Richemont to Thionville Warm-up — 13 km (8 miles)

What to Expect: The warm-up ride from Richemont locks to the Bar “La Marina” is easy. Ride along the Mosel River through the French countryside and rejoin your barge. For a few more miles, continue from “La Marina” to Thionville and return along the river.

Cumulative Distance Range: 13 km (8 miles)

Accommodation: BargeIris
Included Meals: Dinner

After breakfast, cycle along the Mosel River on a quiet bike path. Then turn inland and cycle along a pleasant rolling route through small villages. Pause to explore Rodemack, known as “Little Carcassonne Lorraine” and ranked one of the most beautiful villages in France. In this charming hamlet, admire marvels of construction that span the ages, including fortifications erected over many centuries. Impressive ramparts and walls encircle the village, and cobbled alleys lead to a labyrinth of back streets and an impressive fortress.

You may ride or cruise this afternoon. Dinner tonight is on the barge. Afterward, the captain speaks about navigation and our planned route. The barge moors in Remich, Luxembourg.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning-Afternoon: Thionville to Remich with two Shuttles — 34 km (20 miles) OR Thionville to Remich with Shuttle — 42 km (26 miles) OR Thionville to Remich — 53 km (32 miles)

What to Expect: Enjoy easy biking along the scenic Mosel River from Thionville to the Bar Le Bar Bac near Cattenom. Cycle from here to Rodemack, or join the shuttle if you wish to avoid the long hill into the village. After lunch, continue cycling through French farmlands, on a mix of quiet country roads and bike lanes and along the Mosel through very pretty wetlands and villages, crossing the international border into Germany and meeting the barge in Remich, Luxembourg. The support vehicle will be available to assist you, or you can ride the entire day.

Cumulative Distance Range: 34 — 53 km (20 — 32 miles)

Accommodation: Barge Iris

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Pedal this morning to Nennig and its local museum, where you can admire Europe’s largest Roman mosaic; remarkably, 90% of it is original and perfectly restored. Continue riding along the Mosel on an easy bike path. The river forms a natural border between Germany and Luxembourg. On the German side, you will follow the renowned Route du Vin, famous for its outstanding Riesling and Cremant. Sweeping views of vineyards’ sloping hillsides accompany your ride.

Meet the barge in Nittel for a cruising lunch to Wasserbillig, Luxembourg. From here, you may cruise or continue cycling. If you choose our longer option, you ride past Konz, a small city at the confluence of the Mosel and Saar rivers, then continue into the Saarland along the more intimate Saar River. Wooded mountains, wide meadows, farmsteads, and villages mark your progress as you ride. Later this afternoon, arrive in Saarburg, a medieval riverside jewel at the foot of a castle. The town center boasts a roaring 65-foot (19.8-meter) waterfall. Spend the rest of the day exploring this lovely town, or continue cycling a loop south of Saarburg along the Saar River

The barge moors in Saarburg this evening with dinner included onboard.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Remich to Nittel — 21 km (13 miles)
Afternoon: Wasserbillig to Saarburg — 20 km (13 miles) OR Saarburg Loop — 35 km (22 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s easy ride along the Mosel’s right bank passes lovely vineyards. You meet the barge in Nittel and enjoy lunch as you cruise to Wasserbillig, Luxembourg. Then ride on the Luxembourg side of the Mosel to the confluence of the Saar River. Continue cycling up the Saar to medieval Saarburg. Your barge will be moored beneath the castle ruins. Today’s easy riverside route passes fruit orchards and vineyards and includes some fun bridge crossings.

Cumulative Distance Range: 21 — 56 km (13 — 35 miles)
Accommodation: Barge Iris
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, walk to the nearby former bell foundry and museum, Mabilon, which produced bells until 2002. After your tour, cycle along the Saar River to the confluence of the Mosel River, then continue riding to Trier, where you meet the barge. After lunch on board, you are free to explore this historic and fascinating town.

The people of Trier might tell you that it is possible to see “2,000 years of history in 2,000 paces” in their city. The Romans established their local capital here. In the Middle Ages, Frankish kings and the archbishops of Trier reigned. Here you can learn about the Porta Nigra (“Black Gate”), the city’s landmark and the largest city gate of the ancient world; the amphitheater; the medieval Market Square; the High Cathedral of St. Peter, Germany’s oldest Cathedral; and Constantine’s Throne Hall. Then, there’s the rococo Electoral Palace and the ruins of the Imperial Baths with their extensive subterranean passages. It is an astounding repository of history and leaves little doubt why all of Trier’s monuments have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Tonight, your barge moors here, so you can try one of the local restaurants for dinner on your own.

Today’s Ride Choice

Morning: Saarburg to Trier — 29 km (17 miles)

What to Expect: Today you follow the Saar River downstream through a nature preserve along the banks of this once free-flowing and wild river. Follow a flat bike path all the way into Trier to meet the barge. The ride is easy with a few bumps over tree roots. Please watch for these and gently lift off your seat to soften the impact.

Cumulative Distance Range: 29 km (17 miles)

Accommodation: Barge Iris

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning you cruise out of Trier during breakfast. Arriving in Schweich, you have the option to continue cruising to Neumagen or to start your day cycling toward Bernkastel-Kues. Your route winds along scenic hairpin turns along the Mosel, passing the wine-making villages of Trittenheim and Piesport. In Piesport, see a reconstructed Roman winepress and other evidence of a rich Roman past. Stop for lunch on your own in Neumagen, where you witness more signs of ancient Rome. From here, shuttle to Bernkastel-Kues, or continue biking among vineyards and orchards, watching for swans and other birds.

Meet the barge in Bernkastel-Kues, then rest or explore before dinner on board. Bernkastel and Kues, united in 1905, were once two small cities divided by the Mosel. The pride of today’s dual city is the market square, with its picturesque timber-framed houses and decorative sculpted fountains, some dating to the 17th century.

After dinner, stroll to the fascinating wine cellar of Josef Zimmermann via an elegant district of fine Art Nouveau villas, many of which display signs proclaiming their status as a weingut, or winery estate. The simple, fourth-generation Zimmermann operation boasts a century-old cellar full of wine barrels and an inviting tasting hall. Your welcoming host will guide you through a tasting of four different wines during your visit.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Schweich to Neumagen — 29 km (18 miles)

Afternoon: Neumagen to Bernkastel-Kues — 27 km (17 miles)

What to Expect: Cruise or cycle this morning to Neumagen. From here, ride through the Middle Mosel, a stunning tapestry of, breathtaking scenery, lush vineyards, and quaint wine villages. Today’s ride is mainly on flat bike paths, with a few short hills. The route follows an old Roman road and passes replicas of Roman sculptures. You will find many good lunch spots along the way in some of the Mosel’s famous wine villages. At ride’s end, you arrive in Bernkastel-Kues.

Cumulative Distance Range: 29 — 56 km (18 — 35 miles)

Accommodation: Barge Iris
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, shuttle (approximately 45 minutes) through the scenic Eifel Valley to the town of Daun, a spa town fed by mineral springs. Return to your bicycle here and enjoy an exhilarating spin, climbing a slight incline at first and then coasting downhill along a former railway converted into a cycling path. This exciting ride includes stretches through tunnels, over bridges, and past small lakes formed from volcanic craters known as maars. Pass stately castles, lush vineyards, green forests, and quiet villages that invite you to pause and explore.

Along the way, stop in Gillenfeld to enjoy a simple lunch hosted by Sigrid and Leo Lenerz. At their simple cozy café, idyllically located in an old barn, they specialize in regional products from local producers. Later, ride back to Bernkastel, where you can try one of the local restaurants for dinner on your own.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Daun to Gillenfeld — 6 km (10 miles)
Afternoon:
Laufeld to Wittlich — 15 km (9 miles) | Wittlich to Bernkastel-Kues — 21 km (13 miles)

What to Expect: Bike an invigorating rails-to-trails route known locally as the MMR, a mainly flat or downhill bike path with a few gradual climbs at the beginning. Meet up at a cozy café in Gillenfeld for lunch. Take our support vehicle after lunch if you wish to avoid hills, then continue on the MMR bike path coasting through illuminated tunnels and a viaduct before a thrilling, gradual descent into Wittlich town. From Wittlich you may shuttle back to the barge or ride flat and easy bike paths along a small river through gorgeous forest and farmlands to the Mosel River, where your barge awaits.

Cumulative Distance Range: 16 — 64 km (18 — 40 miles)

Accommodation: Barge Iris
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today, cruise out of Bernkastel and follow the Mosel downstream. After breakfast, arrive in Traben-Trarbach, an architectural jewel of the German Art Nouveau movement known as Jugendstil. The surrounding woodlands and extensive vineyards add to its irresistible charm. Traben-Trarbach was once the world’s second-largest wine-trading center. At the height of the city’s prosperity at the turn of the 20th century, local wine merchants built a number of fine Art Nouveau buildings, many of which are carefully preserved and continue to operate as wineries. There’ll be time to admire a wide range of Belle Époque splendor during your visit; you’ll quickly see why the city is a favorite destination for lovers of baroque and classical architecture, too.

After, follow the river’s bike path to Zell. Beautifully situated on the Mosel, where the river twists and turns through the hills, Zell is one of the largest wine-producing communities on the river. The beloved wine Zeller Schwarze Katze (Black Cat) is produced here with grapes from 16 different locations. Be sure to notice the sculpture on the market-square fountain depicting a snarling cat atop a wine barrel. Continue to Bullay, another big name in wine. You can linger here a while and pause to enjoy lunch along the way. There are many picnic areas along the path. Rejoin the barge in Beilstein, and cruise to Cochem later this afternoon, giving you ample time to relax and freshen up for a festive farewell dinner on board.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Traben-Trarbach to Bullay — 26 km (16 miles)

Afternoon: Bullay to Beilstein — 22 km (14 miles)

What to Expect: Start riding from the Art Nouveau town of Traben-Trarbach, following the hairpins of the Mosel as it flows through the steepest vineyards in Europe. The scenery is breathtaking, and many interesting sights can be explored along the way. Board the barge in Bullay and cruise to Beilstein. If you instead cycle from Bullay, you ride a quiet road with a bit of traffic before returning to a river-hugging bike path past the steepest vineyards in Bremm and through campgrounds, passing families of swans and charming villages. Once you see the castle ruins, you have arrived in Beilstein, where you meet the barge and cruise on to Cochem.

Cumulative Distance Range: 26 — 48 km (16 — 30 miles)

Accommodation: Barge Iris
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After an included breakfast, your tour ends. It is important that you leave the barge no later than 9:00 a.m. so our crew can prepare for their next guests.

Included Meals: Breakfast

France, Luxembourg & Germany Bike & Boat: Mosel River Valley

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  • 3 nights at Hotel Laimer Hof 
  • Airport car service for arrival in Munich
  • Walking tour of Munich
  • Flight from Munich to Luxembourg City
  • Airport car service for arrival in Luxembourg City
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information

All you have to do is get to the airport. On our Air Packages, we’ll take care of the rest, handling all the logistics, so you can travel with peace of mind. Spend your first night aloft and arrive refreshed for an unforgettable trip.

Start off your first day in Munich right by having a VBT representative greet you at the airport. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your centrally located hotel. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.

Accommodation: Hotel Laimer Hof, Munich

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Accommodation: Hotel Laimer Hof, Munich
Included Meals: Breakfast

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Accommodation: Hotel Laimer Hof, Munich
Included Meals: Breakfast

After an included breakfast this morning, transportation is provided from your Munich hotel to the airport for your flight to Luxembourg City.

Upon arrival in Luxembourg City, transportation is provided to the Hotel Le Royal and you will have time to explore. VBT provides you with city information that includes recommendations for what to see and do in Luxembourg City.

Accommodation: Hotel Le Royal, Luxembourg City
Included Meals: Breakfast

Airplane

Air Package Only

2022

2022 Post-Trip Extension - Berlin

3 Nights From $595 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $145

  • 3 nights at Park Plaza Wallstreet Berlin Mitte Hotel
  • Train from Frankfurt to Berlin
  • Car service from train station
  • Airport car service for departure
  • Hospitality desk
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information

This morning, travel to Frankfurt’s railway station and board the high-speed Intercity Express (ICE) to Berlin (approximately 4.25 minutes). We recommend you buy a picnic lunch for your journey.

Upon arrival at Berlin Hauptbahnhof (the Berlin Main railway station), a VBT representative meets you and provides your transportation (approximately 20 minutes) to your centrally located hotel. Our transportation company is European Limousine, telephone: +49 351 49 03 640 or +49 163 340 88 11 from a mobile phone, or 0351 49 03 640 or 0163 340 88 11 from a landline phone within the country.

VBT provides you with city information that includes recommendations on what to see and do in Berlin. The rest of the day is yours to explore independently. Meals are on your own.

Later in the day, VBT’s local representative is available at the hotel to answer your questions and recommend more activities for the rest of your stay.

Accommodation:Park Plaza Wallstreet Berlin Mitte Hotel, Berlin
Included Meals: Breakfast

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to continue exploring on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Accommodation: Park Plaza Wallstreet Berlin Mitte Hotel, Berlin
Included Meals: Breakfast

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to continue exploring on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Accommodation: Park Plaza Wallstreet Berlin MItte Hotel, Berlin
Included Meals: Breakfast

After an included breakfast this morning, complimentary transportation to the Berlin airport will be provided (an approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour drive, depending on traffic) for your departing flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Reviews

Guest Reviews 54 out of 54 (100%) of reviewers recommend this tour

4.9 out of 5 stars.

Dates & Prices

Air Package

11 days, includes round-trip international airfare , airport shuttle, and additional hotel nights with included breakfast.

Single Supplement: From $2,195

Departing From New York, NY (JFK)

Tour Only

8 Days. Includes bike vacation only.

Single Supplement: From $1,995

Limited Spaces Left

Thu, Aug 18 - Sun, Aug 28, 2022

From
$5,545

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Sat, Aug 20 - Sat, Aug 27, 2022

From
$4,345

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