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The tours focus on beautiful sights and scenery, sampling some of the best wine in Germany with lots of time for sightseeing. We’ll be staying in interesting (3/4 star with en suite) accommodations and eating great food.
We welcome solo travelers, so don’t hesitate to consider one of these rides just because you are traveling alone. Want to share a room? We’ll pair you up with someone else who is traveling by themselves.
2018 The Moselle Cycle Route – Twists and turns, fine wines and castles
August 26th – September 1st, 2018 (7 days/6 nights)
September 2nd – 8th, 2018 (7 days/6 nights)
We’ll gather and start in Trier, the oldest town in Germany. It has a history that dates back 2,000 years and has some impressive roman architecture. At Schweich, just a few miles downriver, the Moselle coils up into spectacular bows as it passes through the Rhenish Slate Mountains. The mineral-rich soil on the steep terraced slopes is key to the world-class wines that are produced here. A host of attractions are waiting to be discovered in the pretty little towns and wine villages that we’ll cycle through. The famous Roman wine ship in Neumagen-Dhron, for example, or the Roman wine presses of the Middle Moselle. Other highlights include Bernkastel-Kues, a medieval town where the hugely popular Bernkasteler Doctor wine is made, Traben-Trarbach with its art nouveau architecture and Kröv renowned for its distinctive half-timbered houses. The vineyards that produce the acclaimed Zeller Schwarze Katz wines then usher in a procession of Moselle castles: Marienburg and Burg Arras in the Zeller Land region, Burg Metternich and Cochem Castle in the Cochem holiday region, Burg Eltz perched on one of the Maifeld hills, Burg Pyrmont near Treis-Karden, Ehrenburg Castle and Burg Thurant on the Lower Mosel near Kobern-Gondorf are all worth a visit, but we can decide which one to see as some are a good hike up the hillside. Our Moselle Cycle Route ends at Deutsches Eck (German corner) in Koblenz where the Moselle and Rhine rivers converge.
Here is some information about the region from travel writer Rick Steves.Click for Full Itinerary and Registation
How We Ride
We started doing these kinds of rides in 2003. At the time, I called them group self-guided tours. Now I call it a very natural way to tour in Europe.
Traditional guided tours provide one or more bilingual guides, a van to help you along the way with anything from drinks and snacks to repairs and many other great amenities that all add to the cost of your tour. By eliminating some of these services, we save quite a bit of money while still experiencing the most exciting aspects of a European cycling tour. Our bikes are high quality hybrids, so mechanical problems are rare and we have a local emergency contact just in case.
On our tours, people come together to form a community where some people may speak a little of the local language, others are comfortable changing flat tires or making minor repairs, or map reading…..you get idea; everybody contributes in whatever way they can. It’s very much like the comfort of cycling with a group of friends. Only you are doing it in a grand new place.
We generally ride together, stopping to see interesting sights along the way and free to be spontaneous. The focus is on the experience rather than getting to the destination as quickly as possible. Really, our only deadline is to be at our hotel in time for dinner.
Fitness Level Expectations
On our tours, we ride together as a group and, therefore, need people to come adequately prepared. We design the rides keeping a minimum fitness level in mind. If people do not meet the fitness requirements and come on a tour, it means that the rest of the group might
- spend much of their day waiting for people,
- have less time to enjoy the sights and
- have to bypass some wonderful attractions.
Not meeting the fitness level expectations is just not fair to the rest of the group
If you cannot keep up the recommended pace, we recommend that you rent an E-Bike, but you must still be comfortable with the speed and with coasting downhill at a same speed equal to what we do on flat ground.
- Be comfortable riding for several miles at 12 mph (on flat ground) without stopping.
- Have been able to ride 25 miles at least two days in a row in the month before the tour.
- Are able to ride up and down moderate hills coasting at the same speed as on flat ground.
Of course, the better condition you are in, the more fun you will have.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
All cancellations are subject to a fee:
- $200 per person if done 60 days before tour departure date.
- $350 per person if done 31 to 60 days before tour departure date.
- No refund will be given if cancellation occurs less than 30 days prior to tour departure date.
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