In the Footsteps of the Romans
In 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.
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. Visit the Musée de la Cour d' Or, a building named after the legendary palace of Merovingian Kings, which once stood there. In the center you will find a variety of good and individual restaurants, with different culinary offers. (Rental bike is provided at the hotel)
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 km
You 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.
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Prices are per person.
10.04. – 30.04.2020
01.10. – 20.10.2020
01.05. – 14.08.2020
15.08. – 30.09.2020
bookable additional nights
bookable additional services
Hotels category B: in Trier 5km outside city centre, otherwise centrally located
Hotels category A: centrally located
- accommodation incl. breakfast
- room with shower/bath/WC
- luggage transport
- map of bike trails with marked route
- detailed route description
- tips for tour preparation
- touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
Worth knowing about your Moselle Tour
Below you will find specific information about the bike tour form Metz to Koblenz. If you have further questions about this trip, you simply call us: Phone: 06421 – 886890.
Arrival by train
Metz is easily accessible from all major cities in Germany by train. We recommend to take a taxi from the station to get to our partner hotels in Metz. Current schedule information and price information can be found at:
Parking facilities at the hotel
Our contractors in Metz are very centrally located in the city center. You can park your car in a nearby public car park for the entire duration of the trip.
The cost per parking space per night is about 10, - Euro. A pre-reservation of the parking space is not possible, but also not necessary.
Condition of cycle paths
Overall the bike paths along the Mosel are perfectly developed and the quality of the bike trail is great. You can expect a perfectly signposted cycle path that often runs at both sides of the Mosel.
In our detailed travel documents you will receive per day cycling recommendations on the most beautiful sections.
Available rental bikes
If you choose to rent a Velociped-rental bike for the tour, we take it to your first hotel and bring pick it up at your destination. You can choose between woman’s and men's bicycles either with 7-speed gear shift and coaster brake or 27-speed gear shift and freewheel or electric bikes. All ladies' bikes have a low opening that makes mounting and dismounting much easier. The bikes are suitable for all ladies from 150 cm in height and for all gentlemen from 165 cm in height. You simply specify your wishes at time of booking.
Available rental bikes
Transfer back to the starting point of the journey
Saturdays at 9:00 am there is the possibility to transfer back to Metz with a small bus (with bike trailer). Arrival at 1:30 pm. The driver comes to pick you up at your hotel and has much room for you, your luggage and where required your own bicycle. The bus takes you back to your first hotel, thus ensuring a perfect return service without transfer and the hassle of hauling luggage.
Train and bus in the Moselle Valley
In the Moselle Valley runs not always a train. After Trier the train is leaving the Moselle Valley and the nearest station is not before Bullay. After only a few kilometres, the railway disappears in the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Tunnel and only reappears in Cochem. From Cochem the train runs completely in the Moselle Valley to Koblenz.
In the period from 1.5. - 31.10. a bus operates daily between Trier and Bullay with a max. capacity of 22 bicycles.
Boat trips on the river Moselle
From April to October there are many passenger ships on the Moselle. Boat docks are available in almost all places on both directions. Often tours are offered. Information about the exact departure times you find at the bulletin boards of the shipping companies.
A regular ferry traffic exists between Trier and Treis Karden.
Additional nights during the cycling trip
We will be happy to book additional nights during your cycling trip. The booking of additional nights is possible in every regular accommodation place.
The addtional night rates are as follows:
Hotel category A
EUR 63, - per person / per night in a double room
EUR 88, - per person / per night in a single room
Hotel category B
EUR 52, - per person / per night in a double room
EUR 75, - per person / per night in a single room
Extra costs which are not included in the price
A possibly applicable city tax is not part of the travel price and therefore has to be paid at the hotel locally.
7 day hotline service
In case of chain breakdown, flooding or other bad surprises that makes a continuation of your tour impossible: no problem, we also work during weekends and you can reach us 7 days a week in case of emergency.
Passport and visa requirements, health regulations
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.
Cathedrale Saint-Étienne Metz
Saint-Étienne cathedral was built between 1220 and 1520 in Gothic style and is considered to be one of the most beautiful and largest Gothic churches in France. The beautiful glass windows from the 13th to the 20th century were designed by renowned artists (including Chagall).
Church St-Pierre-aux-Nonnains Metz
The church of St-Pierre-aux-Nonnains is located in the center of Metz. It is considered to be the oldest still existing church building in France. The building served as a storeroom until the 20th century. After several unsuccessful attempts at the beginning of the 20th century and in 1942, the church has been extensively restored since the 1970s. At present it serves as a hall for exhibitions and concerts.
Centre Pompidou Metz
The Center Pompidou-Metz was opened in May 2010 and is located in the immediate vicinity of the main train station. It is a center for all forms of contemporary art and is a branch of the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris, with which it shares collections and founding philosophy.
Hôtel de Gargan in Metz
Hôtel de Gargan is a historic building complex in Metz. It was built in the 15th century, at the transition of Late Gothic to the Renaissance. The ensemble was built as a town house for wealthy members of the nobility and clergy. It had to fulfill two basic functions: the representation within the public life of society and the retreat of the members of the family of the house. The buildings house a ball house from the 17th century, where Jeu de Paume, a forerunner of the tennis, was played , As well as a theater, which was used as the theater of the city of Metz by the opening of the "Hôtel des Spectacles" at the Place de la Comédie in 1752. The play was continued in all genres until 1799. In the course of the French Revolution the theater was closed by the municipalities and the buildings were sold.
German Gate (franz. Porte des Allemands) Metz
The German Gate (French Porte des Allemands) is named after the neighboring Hospital of the Teutonic Order, and was built as a town gate around 1230 as a passage through two slender circular towers. Two further, considerably larger fortress towers and the pointed arch bridge over the Seille with a masonry-protected access road were added in 1445 and expanded in 1480 by an elegant arbor. The most recent building is the bridgehead built as a triangular bastion in 1526-29, two new shooting chambers were added in 1550.
During the reconstruction of the town fortifications by Vauban (c. 1680) and Louis de Cormontaigne (1744-52), the German Gate was the only medieval gate to be included in the new defense concept. The Torburg was restored in 1859-62 by the Direction du Génie Militaire and the Metz Academy. In November 1900 the city of Metz acquired the building and established a museum in 1907. In October 1944 the German gate was badly damaged by artillery fire (destruction of the bridges). The first restoration work began in 1946; Since the comprehensive renovation in 1968 the gateway for pedestrians has been accessible again. On December 3, 1966, the German Gate was officially protected. The most recent restoration projects were carried out in 1996.
Guided city walking tour Trier
Welcome to the oldest city in Germany! This romantic and historic city with its imposing buildings from the Roman era has a lot to offer! Marvel Trier with a worthwhile tour. German guided visits by foot are available every day at 10.30 am and 2.30 pm. Duration approx. 2 hours. English guided visits by foot are available daily at 1.00 p.m. Duration approx. 1hour and 15 minutes.
Porta Nigra Trier
For the newly arrived guest, the Porta Nigra is the best place to begin a tour of Trier. The gate dates back to a time (about A.D. 180) when the Romans often erected public buildings of huge stone blocks (here, the biggest weigh up to six metric tons).
Rheinisches Landesmuseum Trier
Bestaunen Sie archäologische Funde auf Weltniveau! Das Rheinische Landesmuseum Trier ist eines der wichtigsten archäologischen Museen in Deutschland. Einzigartig und unverwechselbar ist die außergewöhnliche Fülle und Qualität der Zeugnisse zur Römerzeit - jener Epoche, in der die Stadt Trier unbestreitbar ihren bedeutsamsten Rang in ihrer Geschichte eingenommen hat als Hauptstadt der römischen Provinz Gallia Belgica und erst recht als Kaiserresidenz im spätrömischen Reich.
Das Museum dokumentiert außerdem die Geschichte und kulturelle Entwicklung der gesamten Region von der Urgeschichte bis zum Ende des 18. Jahrhunderts.
Kontakt: Weimarer Allee 1, 54290 Trier, Telefon 0651 / 97740
Going to the baths was an important part of Roman life: Over 1600 years ago, the Romans built one of the grandest and most impressive baths in the world: the Imperial Baths. Today you can visit this gigantic bathing facility: go back in time to the Roman era, descend into the subterranean labyrinth and get a feel for history!
Beyond the medieval city wall lies the Roman Amphitheater. Cruel games with animal and gladiator combats were conducted here popular public entertainment.
Neumagen-Dhron claims next to a number of other places the title of the oldest wine village in Germany for themselves. The winegrowing village Neumagen was founded by the Romans about 2000 years ago as a stopover on the route from Trier to Koblenz along the Moselle; One of the attractions is the Archaeological Circular, on which regular guided tours are offered. In the center of the Neumagen district is a cast of the Roman wine ship directly next to the old Peterskapelle and the Ausoniusgarten.
Wine museum Bernkastel Kues
The mild microclimate and the heat-storing shale soils are an ideal terrain for the Rieslingtraube, which is developed here in a wealth of individual nuances. The Mosel Wine Museum contains the tools of the winemakers from two centuries. The work of the winemakers will be presented during the year as well as the whole environment of the wine culture. On the upper floor there is a festival hall for wine-growing events, decorated by a collection of glasses and bottles of several centuries.
Narrow streets and corners as well as the castle ruin Metternich make the winegrower place one of the most beautiful and romantic places along the Moselle. Visit the picturesque center and the castle Metternich above the charming village. It's really worth it!
The contours of the neo-gothic building rise more than about 330 ft above the river Moselle on an outstanding hill. The silhouette of the towering hill seems to continue in the building which is topped by the slate roof of the massive keep. As for its structure, Cochem Castle belongs to the category of castles protected by height that had to be protected all around. Romanesque fragments found in the well indicate a reinforcement of the castle around 1056.
Deutsches Eck (German corner) Koblenz
The establishment of the Teutonic Order at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle in 1216 gave this historic site its name, the “Deutsches Eck” (“German Corner”). Koblenz also owes its name to the meeting point of the Rhine and the Moselle - from “Castellum apud Confluentes”, Latin for “fort at the confluence”, which over time became the current name of Koblenz.
Fortress Ehrenbreitstein Koblenz
At 118 metres above the Rhine, the fortress has the most fantastic views over Koblenz and the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. The Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, the second largest preserved fortress in Europe, was constructed in its present form between 1817 and 1828. Its origin dates back to the year 1000. Today the fortress is home to the Landesmuseum Koblenz with its diverse exhibitions (e.g. the technical history and archaeology of the country, fortress history with over 20 exciting stations, multimedia presentations and much more), and is also home to the Ehrenmal des Heeres army monument and the Koblenz youth hostel.
Shipping on the Moselle
The Moselle travels a total of 520 kilometers from its source at the Col de Bussang in the Vosges to its mouth at the Deutsches Eck in Koblenz - the airline between the source and the mouth is only 278 kilometers - overcoming a gradient of 676 meters. As a true European river, it flows through France for a distance of 278 kilometers, then forms a natural border between Luxembourg and Germany over 36 kilometers to flow into the Rhine after 206 kilometers in Rhineland-Palatinate. The Mosel can be navigated from Thionville in Lorraine to 392 kilometers, but 15 barrages with locks are necessary to compensate for the difference in altitude. The "White Fleet" in the Moselle region offers very special experiences: behind each bend, there is a new view of steep vineyards, romantic villages and historic sights. From the tour over extensive day trips to the romantic evening ride with music ranges the range of steamers and excursion boats.