From Palzem – Cochem
7-day bike tour along the Moselle with luggage transfer
Route: no ascent
Arrive at pre-booked overnight accommodation in Palzem on the Upper Moselle. The small wine-producing town directly borders the Saarland and is the most southerly wine-growing community in Rhineland-Palatinate. Here you should definitely try a tangy Elbling, a real rarity, which is only grown here. Overnight stay.
Mediterranean charm (30 km)
The first stage leads through a landscape with Mediterranean flair. The Moselle has carved out a wide bed for itself among the mighty shell limestone soils. Always in sight: the neighbouring country of Luxembourg on the opposite side of the river. Detours across the bridge or by ferry are possible. You’ll cycle through idyllic wine towns to the destination in Konz, at the confluence of the Saar and Moselle. In Konz you should take time to visit the unique open-air museum of Roscheider Hof. Overnight stay.
The living ancient world (33 km)
On today’s section of the route from Konz to Mehring, antiquity will come alive. Trier, the second Rome, has a wealth of cultural history over 2,000 years, which you can experience for yourself on a tour of the city. Following the trail of the Romans, the route leads along the “historical bike trail” through the varied region of the Roman wine route to the destination in Mehring. (Villa rustica, “Five-Seas-View” lookout tower). Overnight stay.
The heart of the Central Moselle (44 km)
The stage to Bernkastel-Kues features steep shale hillsides beneath which lie small, picturesque wine-producing towns. Famous wine regions will be at your side all the way to Bernkastel-Kues. The pulsating Moselle town is known as “the heart of the Central Moselle”. There are numerous sights to discover, including a mediaeval market square with town hall, local museum, Landshut castle. Overnight stay.
Romantic river loops (42 km)
The Moselle bike trail follows the romantic loops of the river, through Ürzig and Kröv, to Traben-Trarbach with the finest baroque and art nouveau buildings. From here on the valley becomes steeper and the meanders of the Moselle more marked. Your destination is Zell, which became famous for its “Zeller Schwarze Katz” vineyard (Black Cat wine). Overnight stay.
The steepest vineyard in Europe (38 km)
On the last stage you’ll cycle past Bremm, the steepest vineyard in Europe, then follow the loops of the river through romantic wine regions with half-timbered houses, narrow laneways and tight angles. Beilstein is a slice of pure romance. The destination is the lively town of Cochem, with picturesque old town laneways and the Reichsburg. Overnight stay.
Luggage transfer to railway station. Return trip by train from Cochem to Palzem. Note: tickets for the return journey must be organised yourself.
6 nights' accommodation/breakfast in selected hotels, 5 luggage transfers
to the next destination, 1 luggage transfer to the railway station, bike trail guide with comprehensive maps and tour descriptions.
Price per person: Double room €399
Single room supplement on request
Bike hire: €57