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Superb White Wines and the Romantic Rhine Valley (Fully Guided Holiday)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 8 - 15 people
Destination(s): Germany  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Food & Wine  
Season: June - July
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1470 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1740 US Dollar (USD)

If you love wine or just the view over gentle hillsides and vineyards, 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 it. For cyclists too, the Moselle valley is ideal and has a wonderful climate with a constant higher temperature than the surrounding area.

We cycle down the Moselle and reach the Rhine at Koblenz. From here, we follow the Rhine through its most romantic section to Rudesheim. The charming town is famous for its narrow “Drosselgasse” lane, home to many snug taverns and restaurants.

Tour Details:
- Daily distance: 15-25 miles
- Duration: 8 days/ 7 nights
- Pick up points: airports/railway stations in Frankfurt and Luxembourg
- Route profile: flat terrain, suitable for people between 18 and 81, traffic-free cycle path

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1, Sunday: We meet and welcome you at your preferred point of arrival and bring you to our hotel in the heart of Trier. The Romans founded the city on the Moselle around 16 B.C. Many buildings from that time are still standing and open for you to enjoy: 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 companions, and together sample the local wines, maybe for the first time.

Day 2, Monday: After a restful night we will explore Trier’s history by taking a special city walk. Now aware of much of the local tales and history, you can enjoy yourself at the historic sites or one of the many cosy cafés afterwards. In the afternoon we will start cycling down the Moselle. An easy 34 km to Leiwen should be enough for the first day. (21 miles/34 km)

Day 3, Tuesday: From the start of today’s ride we pass by the local vineyards - a good time to take a tour with a winegrower through the hillsides. We will see how to distinguish the different types of grapevine and what makes the local vines so special. Later on we cycle through typical Moselle wine villages; see the remains of the Roman period at Neumagen-Dhron, Germany’s oldest wine village, and the half-timbered houses of Bernkastel-Kues. (25 miles/40 km)

Day 4, Wednesday: The river winds through the countryside and we follow it to reach Zell. The town is known for its vineyard Zell’s Black Cat. In 1863 three merchants, about to purchase local wine, were very uncertain on 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. (21 miles/34 km)

Day 5, Thursday: From Zell to Cochem is again a winding ride through very romantic scenery – impressive strongholds and rocks covered with steep vineyards. After a break in Cochem, we board a ferry to Koblenz, enjoying the landscape from a different and equally relaxing perspective. (23 miles/37 km)

Day 6, Friday: In the morning we will enjoy a city walk through Koblenz, visiting the old town’s dreamy alleys and squares. Over lunch you will have time to do more sightseeing or stroll through the pedestrian area with its countless shops and snack bars. Probably a bit tired from all these activities we now only have a thirteen mile ride to Boppard. Delightful accommodation and a mouth-watering dinner will finish the day perfectly. (13 miles/21 km)

Day 7, Saturday: Our last stage takes us past the famous Loreley rock. An old myth says that Lady Loreley sits on the rock singing and luring sailors and their ships to her. Many skippers lost their lives in the swirling waters below while bewitched by her song. In Rudesheim we will give the Drosselgasse a visit. For more than 200 years people have gathered at the narrow lane’s taverns to drink wine, exchange news and have a good time. (17 miles/27 km)

Day 8, Sunday: Sadly, it is time to depart. We really hope to see you again, but we have to say “Good bye”. Our shuttle service will get you to the train station or airport of your choice.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Seven nights in biker friendly guesthouses or hotels, buffet breakfast and dinner included (dinner excl. beverages)
- Healthy food and refreshments provided along the way
- Transport from and to airports/railway station in Frankfurt and Luxembourg
- Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel every day
- One guide cycling with the group and one driving the escort van
- Hybrid bicycle with waterproof panniers
- Guided vineyard tour and city tours in Koblenz and Trier
- All ferry boat fees.

Notes: Single room supplement: USD 270. Quotes in other currencies available on request.

Recommendation: We recommend asking the supplier for available places on this tour.