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Mosel Valley: Trier to Koblenz (Guided)

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Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

Whether you love wine or just the view over gentle hillsides of grapevine, you have come to the right place. 2000 years ago the Romans brought their grapevines to the region. No wonder – the slate soil provides an excellent base for growing them. Conditions are ideal for cyclists too, as the Moselle Valley boasts constantly higher temperatures than the surrounding area.

With a gentle and safe cycle path and the comforts of our services this tour is a fine choice, particularly for wine and food lovers who are interested in history, viticulture and cycling at a not-too-strenuous level.

Daily program

Day 1: Transfer to Trier, Germany's oldest city
We welcome you at the airport or railway station (depending on your arrangements) and bring you to our hotel in the heart of Trier. The Romans founded the city on the Moselle in around 16 B.C. Many buildings from that time are still standing today and open for you to visit: the impressive city gate Porta Nigra, the Emperor Thermal Springs and the amphitheatre, to mention but a few.

In the evening we gather at the restaurant, where you will meet your fellow cyclists and together be able to sample the local wines for the first time.
Overnight in Trier.

Day 2: Cycling along the Moselle and Saar to Saarburg (21 miles/33 km)
After getting your bicycle in the morning you will be ready for today’s gentle ride up the Moselle. A flat route in between the river and the vineyards will lead you and the group to Saarburg. The place is famous for its waterfall in the town centre, surrounded by little shops and cosy cafés that invite us for a break. Back in Trier, you get prepared for a gourmet dinner at one of Trier’s finest restaurants.
Overnight in Trier.

Day 3: Tour Trier with a Roman patrician, take a vineyard tour with a vintner (21 miles/34 km)
After a restful night we explore Trier's history by taking a walk with a Roman patrician. Our host used to live here in the third century. Replete with fascinating tales and history, you can enjoy yourself at the historic sites or one of the many cafés.

In the afternoon we will start cycling down the Moselle. It is about 34km to Leiwen, where we will stay overnight. In case we did not have the opportunity to meet a vintner at his estate yesterday, we will round off the day by a visit to a winegrower family, followed by our daily group dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight in Leiwen.

Day 4: Cycling through charming small Moselle villages (19 miles/30 km)
Quaint little villages and vineyards to the left and to the right guide our way again today. Some of the hillsides, like Trittenheimer Apotheke and Wehlener Sonnenuhr, enjoy a very high reputation amongst wine lovers worldwide.

After mid-day we will reach Bernkastel-Kues and enjoy a guided walk right through its history, past chocolate-box architecture and hearing about amusing myths. There is talk of a wine from a tiny hillside above the town, the Doctorwein. Since 1620, this very special drink has made diseased people fit and fit people happy.

You may pass the remaining afternoon with a visit to the ruin of Landshut Castle, a walk around the picturesque old town or a hunt for your own Doctorwein.
Overnight in Bernkastel-Kues.

Day 5: A black cat along the way (25 miles/40 km)
From Bernkastel-Kues we follow the Moselle’s winding route through the countryside and reach Zell in the afternoon. The town is known for its vineyard Zell's Black Cat. In 1863 three merchants, about to purchase local wine, were very uncertain as to which cask to buy. So the tasting went on and on. Finally, the winegrower's black cat leapt onto one of the casks, arched its back threateningly and hissed at anyone who came closer. Taking this as a sign, the decision was made and a famous name born. Nowadays, 80% of this wine production is sold outside Germany.
Overnight in Zell.

Day 6: Cycling to Reichburg Castle in Cochem (23 miles/37 km)
Reichsburg Castle, built on a rock above Cochem, is where we cycle to today. On a guided tour through its halls and chambers we come upon the old wooden balcony and have a magnificent view over town and countryside. We may even spot our shuttle, which will get us to Koblenz later in the afternoon.
Overnight in Koblenz.

Day 7: Shuttle service to the airport and departure
Sadly, it is time to depart. We have to say "Goodbye", but we really hope to see you again. Our shuttle service will get you to the train station or nearby airport of your choice.

You may also extend your stay in Koblenz as it offers numerous options to explore the places further up and down the Rhine. If you intend to extend your cycling holiday in Trier or Koblenz, be aware that we will not be able to maintain our shuttle service on your day of arrival or departure. Nevertheless we will be happy to assist you on how to connect to the next airport or train station safely. Please let us know with your booking. So we can recommend a place to stay and offer to arrange it on your behalf.

Dates

Jun 17, 2018

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€1315
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€200
Extra Nights, Koblenz
Per person, double occupancy
€45
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€15
Extra Nights, Trier
Per person, double occupancy
€45
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€15
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Mercurio Bike Travel Terms and Conditions

1. Booking
With sending the booking form you are making an offer to enter into a contract with us. By sending you the booking confirmation we are accepting your offer and therefore there is a binding contract between us.

2. Cancellation/rebooking
a) You may cancel your booking at any time before the beginning of your cycling holiday in Germany or Austria. Please tell us as soon as possible. If you cancel more than 42 days before the start of the tour we deduct an administration charge of £30 (€35) of the cycle tour price and if you cancel less than 42 days before the start we deduct 50% of the cycle tour price. If applicable, the remaining deposit will be returned.

b) As we are faced with similar efforts, this also applies to rebooking (i.e. switching to another cycling holiday by this same tour operator).

c) If you cancel but either you or we find a suitable person as a replacement, we make only an administration charge of £30 (€35). By 'suitable' we mean someone of the same gender and with the same accommodation requirements and attitude to smoking.

d) If you leave a cycling holiday once it has started you will be entitled to a refund of any amount we save as a result of your leaving.

e) If within two weeks of receiving the booking confirmation you are unable to book return tickets between your country and an airport near the cycle route, you are entitled to cancel your booking. Any deposit will be returned.

f) The tour operator reserves the right not to accept nor allow to continue as a participant any person whose physical condition, health or actions impede the operation of a tour or affect the welfare, rights or enjoyment of other participants. In the unlikely event that such a person is required to leave a tour it will be treated as leaving a tour early. (See para. 3d.)

3. Health requirements
We describe our holidays as 'active' holidays because we cycle between 15 and 45 miles a day. You are responsible for being suitably fit and healthy.

Nevertheless we ask you to inform us in advance of any physical conditions or disabilities that could endanger you or other participants.

4. Insurance
We advise you to take out comprehensive health insurance, including sufficient coverage for repatriation and additional hospital and medical expenses. Thus we strongly recommend that you review your health and personal insurance to meet the needs of you and your family in case of any loss of property, accident or injury during the trip.

5. Itinerary
The extent of our services is described in every online tour description, which you can also print out. The itinerary can be adapted on your request or as local conditions demand (e.g. weather, changed opening hours, changed ferry schedules). We shall inform you in advance in such an event.

Furthermore we shall not be liable for any drawbacks as the result of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control such as strikes, war, civil or political unrest, border closure, quarantine restrictions, government actions or what is usually known as 'force majeure'.

6. Financial protection
In accordance with European law the deposits of all passengers booking with us are fully protected in the event of the insolvency of the tour operator.

7. Cycle hire
The equipment supplied, including all accessories, is provided on a hire basis. The hirer undertakes not to misuse the equipment and to return it with all accessories. The hirer agrees to use the lock provided and to lock the bicycle to an immoveable object every time the hirer is not with the bicycle. Our guides will help you to keep the equipment in a safe place.

8. Final clause
If any one of these terms and conditions should be or become ineffective it shall not affect the validity of the other terms and conditions nor the contract as a whole.

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