Moselle, Rhine, Ahr and Kyll: sportive round trip
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Our cycling region in the Eifel and on the Ahr were very badly affected by the flood disaster in summer 2021. As it is not yet foreseeable when the flood damage will be repaired and our tours in the affected region can therefore take place again, all dates have been cancelled until further notice.
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Extremely sportive: 4 rivers in 9 days!
A bike round trip along the Moselle, the Rhine, the Ahr and the Kyll.
This varied round trip begins and ends in Koblenz and takes you on well-developed bike paths through both the vine-covered valleys of the Moselle and Ahr and along the majestic Rhine and the little unknown Kyll. The route usually runs flat directly on the riverbanks, but it also leads to the heights of the Eifel and with a long descent back to the Moselle. The scenic contrast makes the tour particularly varied and it becomes a sportive treat.
1. day Koblenz/ Arrival
Koblenz is the beginning and ending location of this cycle tour. So you can arrive in comfort and immediately start your first discovery tour: the German Eck, the Electoral Palace, the Old Town - there you go!
2. day Koblenz - Bad Neuenahr/ Ahrweiler 56 km
Two rivers await you today! First you cycle a nice route on the Rhine bike path, then turn into the sun-drenched Ahr valley. Bad Neuenahr welcomes you glamorous with its spa park and casino and Ahrweiler's attracts with its beautiful medieval town center.
3. day Bad Neuenahr/ Ahrweiler - Hillesheim 66 km
The Ahr Valley is getting tighter today. The bike path, however, very comfortably follows a former railway track, sometimes leads through a tunnel and again and again along steep vineyards. In the afternoon you cycle on the Kalkeifel cycle path and get to know the idyllic Ahbachtal with the waterfall Dreimühlen. Once again on a railway line you can easily cycle slightly uphill via Kerpen with its imposing castle to Hillesheim with the old city wall. Here you have reached the highest point of the Eifel crossing and you can celebrate your individual mountain festival.
4. day Hillesheim - Bitburg 51 km
Look forward to the Kalkeifel cycle path, as you start your day by cycling down hill through one of the most beautiful valleys of the Eifel, the Bolsdorfer Tälchen. This leads into the Kyll valley and from then on it goes on the well-developed and signposted Kylltal bike path to Gerolstein with the famous mineral spring. You cycle comfortably downhill through the volcanic Eifel with majestic castles high on the mountains and a baroque monastery on the roadside. This day promises a lot of variety and in the end lures a delicious local drink as a reward - even if it is not mineral water.
5. day Bitburg - Trier 56 km
Green hills and forests, magnificent views and a glittering descent in the narrow Kylltal will inspire you today. Finally you reach the Moselle and Trier where still varied visits and discoveries await you. There might be a "Moseltröpchen" waiting for you here.
6. day Trier - Bernkastel-Kues 70 km
A true landscape change, a new companion, because now you cycle along the Moselle. Take a break at the old ferry tower, and as well Villa Rustica, the Roman wine ship and the wine presses are worth a visit. Everything is almost right on the bike path and the kilometers just flow.....
7. day Bernkastel-Kues - Cochem 77 km
Tight meanders, sun-drenched vineyards: this is where the "Kröver Nacktarsch" grows. Stroll through Enkirch, enjoy the ride on a Moselle ship and on the magnificent bike path. But do not miss the pretty Beilstein or the Reichsburg located above Cochem.
8. day Cochem - Koblenz 49 km
The sublime castle Eltz in the side valley lures to a short hilly detour. Also in the Moselle valley one castle lines up to the next and a cozy wine bar to the other. Almost too fast the last stage ends and when the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress greets us from the mountain, the Moselle meets the Rhine and you have reached your destination and completed the sporty round trip.
9. day Koblenz Departure
After breakfast, your eventful bike tour ends in Koblenz and you can start the journey home with many beautiful impressions and tight calves.
Special exhibition “The Fall of the Roman Empire" 25.06. - 27.11.2022
The Roman empire existed for several centuries. At its peak, it comprised a vast territory, including most parts of today’s Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. This large empire could only be upheld by intelligent leadership, careful management and an innovative infrastructure. But what led to its demise? Were there any signs? How does an empire cease to exist? How do flourishing metropolises end up deserted? And what is the legacy of the fallen empire?
Take the opportunity to plan an extra night in Trier. You will receive the admission ticket on spot, in many of our partner hotels (please contact us directly at the time of booking).
prices & services
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.
Hotels category B: in Trier 5 km 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
- GPS tracks on request
- tips for tour preparation
- touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
Worth knowing about the Moselle Trip
Below please find more information about your bike trip. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us by phone: 0049 - (0)6421-886890.
Arrival by train
Koblenz 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 Koblenz. Current schedule information and price information can be found at: www.bahn.de.
Parking facilities at the hotel
Our partner hotels in Koblenz always provide parking possibilities. Sometimes even free, for the entire duration of your bike trip. There are always plenty of parking spots available, no pre-reservation is necessary. Detailed information on parking at your hotel, you will receive together with the detailed travel documents two weeks prior to departure.
Condition of cycle paths
The quality of the bike tail is very good. There are practical no unpaved or poorly developed path. The route runs almost exclusively on paved roads. From Koblenz you follow the Rhine cycle track, from Sinzig you follow the Ahrtal cycle track, in the Hocheifel you cycle through local bike trails, from Gerolstein you follow the Kylltal bike trail and from Trier to Koblenz the Mosel bike path.
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.
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 tour
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 66, - per person / per night in a double room
EUR 91, - per person / per night in a single room
Hotel category B
EUR 55, - per person / per night in a double room
EUR 78, - per person / per night in a single room
Extra costs which are not inculded 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 24 hours-round-the-clock 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.
Corona travel information:
Before booking your trip, please inform yourself about the measures in place to contain the Corona pandemic.
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Corona virus and holiday planning
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.
Deutsches Eck 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.
Electoral Palace Koblenz
The Electoral Palace in Koblenz is one of the most important palatial buildings in the French early Classicism style in south-western Germany, and is one of the last residential palaces that was built in Germany shortly before the French revolution.
With the Ahrtal-Express you can easily get to know the largest closed red wine growing region in Germany. Enjoy the elegant flair of Bad Neuenahr and the old town of Ahrweiler with many inviting shops that invite you to linger and browse.
In the year 1980 a sensational find, which north of the alps until today has been unparalleled. During the finishing works of a main road, excellently preserved walls with colored murals of a manor house from the 2nd to the 3rd century as well as a bathing facility and several everyday objects came to light. On a tour of the museum, you can recreate the lifestyle and upscale Roman living culture.
The Nürburgring is a race court which has been opened on the 18th June 1927. The original court (28 km) was used until 1982. in 1984 the in that time "most secure and modern Grax-Prix-Track of the world" has been inaugurated. Today there is a track of 4.5. km distance and the famous Nordschleife of 20.8. km.
About 370 million years ago, Hillesheim was a tropical sea. Farmers found corals, sea lilies and other fossils in their fields. Today in Hillesheim is the GEO-PATH, where you can experience the adventurous emergence of the earth over millions of years.
The Bitburger beer is a very famous trade in Bitburg and Germany. It is one of the most important brewery in Germany. Besides the traditional "Bitburger Premium Pils" (since 1931), the company as well produces new ideas like "Bitburger Light" and "Bitburger alkoholfrei".
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).
Trier Cathedral, the oldest bishop’s church in Germany, stands today in Trier’s center above a former palace from the era of the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great. The palace complex was supplanted in the 4th century by the largest Christian church complex from ancient times. It consisted of four basilicas joined by a large baptistry; the complex covered an area extending to the present Main Market. Tours under the building of the Cathedral Information show the remains of the first Early Christian assembly room north of the Alps from the late 3rd century and the remains of the first basilica.
Imperial Baths Trier
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.
Immerse yourself in the thrilling atmosphere of an old town that is full of history and culture. Savour the celebrated Moselle wines in a tasting session or on a tour through the famous steeply terraced vineyards of the Middle Moselle. Bernkastel-Kues is absolutely perfect for hiking or cycling, while no Moselle experience is complete without taking a boat trip on the river!
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.
Ehrenbreitstein Fortress 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
Even the ancient Romans were known to enjoy a boat trip on the Moselle or the Saar. We are able to offer you this unique experience nowadays with significantly more comfort in our state-of-the-art cozy passenger ships.