Germany
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jul 17, 2016
  • From $2,598 / person
  • ($480 single supplement) Children: $2,078 to $2,338

Enjoy this incredible Germany Family Vacation!

Fairy-tale castles, vineyard-clad hillsides and some of Europe’s best biking are just a few reasons to bring your family to Germany for an action-packed week exploring the Mosel Valley. Saddle up and follow your guides along the Mosel River and the bucolic beauty of Germany’s premier wine-growing region. Sparkling waters flanked by steep, lush green pastures serve as the dreamy backdrop to your family photos as you bike on dedicated, paved paths from one bustling village to the next. Along the way, explore Roman ruins and medieval fortresses, shop for curios in artisan markets and wander the enchanting streets of these charming towns on this all-inclusive, custom vacation package through Germany’s idyllic countryside. All the while, enjoy the cozy comforts of distinctive lodgings, the best in wining and dining and Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service. Memories-to-last-a-lifetime guaranteed on this exclusive adventure and one of our all-time favorite trips.

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  • Family Vacations
  • Biking
  • Cultural
  • Wine / Gourmet

Activity Level: Easy

About
This Tour

Explore imperial cities, majestic castles, whimsical gardens and ancient Roman artifacts on this six-day family adventure along the gentle, meandering path of the Mosel River. Our expert guides invite you to unwind and spend time focusing on the kids (and of course tasting that other wine) while the surprising history, mystery and picturesque scenery fills the week with memories to last a lifetime. What could be better than the kids learning about sword-swinging knights before sharing another helping of apple strudel amidst the simple life of Germany's rural scenes?

  • Explore traditional half-timbered houses in the lively town of Bernkastel
  • Explore the remains of a Roman villa in Longuich
  • Laugh and learn alongside a local guide as you walk the streets of Neumagen, Germany’s oldest wine village
  • Hike into the forest to the fairy-tale Burg Eltz Castle
  • Explore the Middle Mosel Museum, a baroque villa-turned-museum in Trarbach that displays an example of the wealthy patrician lifestyle during the 18th and 19th centuries
  • Climb to the ruins of Metternich Castle, perched high above the town of Beilstein
  • Indulge in a plate of Germany’s famous apple strudel and relax in the comfort of your hotel as you take in the magic of the Mosel’s timeless charm
Bike through Mosel Valley
Photo: Bike through Mosel Valley

Fun and worry-free all the way. Guides were wonderful.

Robert G Palatine, IL

Without a doubt the best vacation we've ever had.

Don H Greensboro, GA

Excellent- great organizing, great guide, fabulous places!

Ben M La Porte, IN

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

6 days/5 nights

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg (LUX)

Day 1: Trier
Trier
Meals Included:  L, D
Overnight: Hotel Eurener Hof

We meet in the morning in the town of Luxembourg.

After a short transfer, saddle up in Diekirch, following the Sûre and Mosel rivers via the old monastic town of Echternach to your comfortable hotel in the imperial 2,000-year-old Roman City of Trier.

Then feast on hearty local specialties tonight!

About Hotel Eurener Hof
Originally a country inn, Hotel Eurener Hof is now a first-class hotel. Four generations later, it still offers a friendly atmosphere and personalized service.

Its traditional architecture has been restored time and again by master craftsmen using natural materials such as hewn stone, wood and natural substances and textiles. Staying here is like being in a country house in the city.

Day 2: Neumagen
Neumagen
Meals Included:  B, D
Overnight: Hotel Lekker

Before leaving Trier, be sure to visit some of the town's many historic sites.

Roman statues line your bike route and point the way to the historic wine town, Neumagen

Feel free to linger over Roman ruins and reconstructed villas, or stop in picturesque towns like Trittenheim before arriving at your charming hotel

Neumagen produces a variety of award-winning wines and you'll get to enjoy an exceptional wine tasting before dinner

After a wonderful meal at your hotel, relax in your room for the rest of the night.

About Hotel Lekker
Set beautifully on the Mosel River to the far west of Germany, Lekker provides a good base from which to visit the nearby towns and villages.

Enjoy elegant accommodations with modern facilities surrounded by vineyards and forests, and – as its name suggests – serves tasty dishes in its restaurant.

Day 3: Zeltingen
Zeltingen
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Hotel St-Stephanus

Start the day with a guided walking tour along Neumagen's old streets, accompanied by your entertaining local historian.

Walk on the ancient Roman Road, discover countless artifacts and architectural treasures, and enjoy a rare opportunity to tour the magnificent gardens that grace this area.

After the walk, today's picturesque bike ride leads to historic Piesport and bustling Bernkastel. A more challenging side trip travels uphill for spectacular views of the valley and villages below - it's worth the climb!

Tonight you'll have lovely riverside views from your hotel in the resort town Zeltingen. Dine in style at your hotel’s gourmet restaurant tonight.

About Hotel St-Stephanus
Close to the historical market place, Hotel St-Stephanus is set in the midst of the sunny, picture-perfect landscape of the Mittelmosel.

In addition to elegant accommodations, you will also enjoy succulent dishes from the first-class gourmet kitchen.

Day 4: Cochem
Cochem
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: Hotel Kessler-Meyer

Following the Mosel as it loops and bends, you'll pass busy river towns with plenty of shopping, snacking, and wine tasting.

Between towns, the cycling is relaxing and the scenery is lush, green, and delightful. The gated bridge at Traben-Trarbach is the perfect setting for sampling some famous German apple strudel, with or without Schlag.

Arrive in Cochem and spend the rest of the evening wandering the sights of this beautiful town.

About Hotel Kessler-Meyer
Located close to the center of town, Hotel Kessler-Meyer offers many relaxation options such as a cozy terrace, swimming pool with sauna, whirlpool and Roman steam-bath.

It’s also minutes from beautiful, narrow streets full of shops, galleries and restaurants.

Day 5: Koblenz
Koblenz
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Hotel Mercure

Vineyards cover the surrounding hills like a patchwork quilt, cascading below the area's many castles.

Cochem's spectacular castle is in plain sight of the bike path, but Burg Eltz, the medieval wonder, is tucked deep in the woods.

Tonight join the group for a farewell dinner at one of cosmopolitan Koblenz's premier eateries.

About Hotel Mercure
A four-star hotel, Hotel Mercure is located right on the Rhine River in the city center of Koblenz. Here you will enjoy all the conveniences and comfort you expect with exceptional accommodations and a cordial and attentive staff. It presents one of the best breakfast buffets.

Day 6: Koblenz
Koblenz
Meals Included:  B

Enjoy one more delicious breakfast before getting ready to head home.

At the appropriate time, your guide will transfer you to the Koblenz train station for your departure home.

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.

Dates, Rates
& Details

  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jul 17, 2016
  • From $2,598 / person
  • ($480 single supplement) Children: $2,078 to $2,338

Confirmed Departures

  • Jul 17, 2016
  • Aug 7, 2016

Recommended Travel Months

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Additional Trip Information

Departure
  • Prior to your trip, arrive at your own convenience in Luxembourg City.
  • On Day 1, we will meet you in the lobby of Mercure Grand Hotel Alfa in Luxembourg at 8:30 a.m.
  • After a briefing and a short transfer to Diekirch, the cycling begins.
  • After breakfast on Day 6 we take you to the train station in Koblenz to meet the train of your choice that will take you to your next destination, or we can transfer you back to Luxembourg (latter involves a 2 hour transfer).
Activities

Cycling:

  • Day 1 bicycle mileage options: 34 / 40 / 49
  • Day 2 bicycle mileage option: 31 / 34
  • Day 3 bicycle mileage options: 19 / 26 / 41 / 50
  • Day 4 bicycle mileage options: 40 / 46
  • Day 5 bicycle mileage options: 23 / 34 / 37

Walking:

  • Day 3 walking tour of Neumagen
Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).  Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All breakfasts. Lunches and dinners as listed by day. Snacks along the route.
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local guide and expert gratuities.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
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Testimonials
Testimonials

With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:

Without a doubt the best vacation we've ever had.

Don H, Greensboro, GA
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. The castles: Germany is packed with princely palaces, each with a long and thrilling history echoing through the halls, towers and chambers.
  • 2. St. Castor’s Church: founded in the year 836 AD, St. Castor's is the oldest church in Koblenz. Magnificent towers, a beautiful garden and a fountain where Napoleon used to let his horses drink are a few highlights.
  • 3. The Ludwig Museum: housing a great miscellany of works from Pop Art, Abstract and Surrealistic artists, this museum boasts one of the largest Picasso collections in Europe.
  • 4. The Mosel Wine Route: this region is full of natural beauty, wineries, fantastic historic sites, fine dining and quiet, romantic places.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: from getting your kids stoked on medieval history to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.
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