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Germany- Moselle & Saar Valley

Holiday Itinerary
 

Day 1.
Meet at 07.00 at Dover to board the Bikeliner coach for the P&O 0900 sailing to Calais, on arrival in Calais continue to Koblenz for overnight stay.

Day 2.
Pick up the Hotel Barge Flora just outside Koblenz. B D

Day 3.
Our first ride goes via Moselkern, from here you can take a walk to visit the queen of German fortresses, the impressive Burg Eltz. Before meeting the Flora in Cochem, a lovely little town that features historical half-timbered houses, a picturesque old centre, and the imposing Reichsburg Castle. Overlooking the Moselle valley. B L D
Cycling distance: 30 miles.

Day 4.
Beilstein, the “Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle”, is one of the best-preserved historical villages along the length of the river and is the highlight of todays cycling tour. Towering about the village are the ruins of Castle Metternich, which you will have the opportunity to explore. In the afternoon we will visit a local grower to taste the wine from his vineyard finishing the day in Zell, well known in the wine industry for the wine “Zeller Schwarze Katz”. B L D
Cycling distance: 28 miles.

Day 5.
Today the cycling tour takes you to the romantic village of Traben-Trarbach, located on the left bank of the Moselle and famous for its Jugendstil (art nouveau) architectural style. Further along the Moselle your destination for the night is Bernkastel-Kues, whose medieval marketplace, with its many wood-timbered houses, invites you for a rest. B L D
Cycling distance: 34 miles.

Day 6.
Today vineyards traverse the landscape in many places, the white Mosel wine comes from here and Piesport produces several beautiful white wines, of which the “Piesporter Goldtröpfchen” enjoys great fame. Today you will see the Roman influence on your trip visiting a Roman wine press and Roman Villa before reach today’s destination Trier, founded in the year 16 BC, with no other place in Germany able to give you such a sense of the Roman era. Highlights include impressive structures such as the Porta Nigra, the Konstantin basilica and the Roman Amphitheatre. B L D
Cycling distance: 40 miles.

Day 7.
Today’s ride follows the meandering banks of the River Saar, the way we will visit the “Igeler Säule” a large engraved Roman Column before entering Luxemburg for coffee then back into Germany to todays destination Saarburg, this town is sometimes called little Venice. A special attraction is the approximately 20m high waterfall in the middle of the city, which falls between half-timbered houses and Baroque buildings the waterfall drives the mill wheels of the former Hackenberger Mill which can be visited. B L D
Cycling distance: 35 miles.

Day 8.
Cycling inland through forests and lakes to visit the Cloef viewing platform high above the river reached by a treetop path which winds through beech oak and douglas fir woodland at a maximum gradient or 6% from the top you have a spectacle view of river known as the Saar loop, before returning to follow the river Saar to Merzig our final destination. B L D
Cycling distance: 25 miles.

Day 9.
Depart after Breakfast to travel by coach to Calais to board the 1800 P&O sailing to Dover arriving at 19.00 continue to pick up points where holiday ends.

Meals: B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner