Germany | Mosel Valley | Family
From wine villages to medieval wonders, the Mosel Valley wows parents and kids alike
6 days / 5 nights
Activity LevelActivity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.
Journey along the sparkling waters of the lush Mosel Valley for a relaxing ride in Germany’s abundant wine growing region. Flanked on each side by steep vineyard covered hills, our gentle riverside bicycle path leads to grand castles, lively market towns, and unpretentious wine villages. Discover Germany’s fascinating Roman past, taste new wines, and marvel in serene pleasure at the Mosel’s timeless charm.
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
A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
The castles: Germany is packed with princely palaces, each with a long and thrilling history echoing through the halls, towers and chambers.
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.
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.
Luxembourg, Luxembourg or Frankfurt, Germany LUX or FRA
Luxembourg, Luxembourg or Frankfurt, Germany LUX or FRA
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.
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, zur Post provides a good base from which to visit the nearby towns and villages. Enjoy elegant accommodations with modern facilities surrounded by vineyards and forests.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arrival & Departure
Prior to your trip, arrive at your own convenience in Luxembourg City. On Day 1, we will meet you in the lobby of Novotel Luxembourg Centre Hotel 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).
- 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
- Day 3 walking tour of Neumagen
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.
After receiving your reservation and deposit, we’ll send you a pre-trip planner with general information about the area you’ll be visiting, a packing list, exercise guidelines, a guest information questionnaire and a liability release agreement for you to sign and return within 10 days.
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.
- Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.1 Easy (1)
- Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.2 Moderately Easy (2)
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