The Moselle Valley by bike on Magnifique I
Travel along the Moselle by bike and enjoy a unique experience aboard Le Magnifique. Here, the scenery is magnificent, the wines are excellent and the conditions for cycling are ideal.
The Moselle has the privilege of running between France, Luxembourg and Germany.
You'll cycle through picturesque, historic villages and beautiful towns like Cochem, Bernkastel and Trier.
The Moselle bike tour continues on to Luxembourg and Metz.
Sleep and dine aboard a floating hotel in premium comfort.
This trip is fully guided by a competent and professional tour leader.
- exceptional scenery along the Moselle
- the cities of Metz, Cochem and Luxembourg
- the Roman history of Trier
- Riesling wines and the surrounding region
- guided tour
- The Magnificent
Day 1: Cochem
Embarkation and check-in aboard Le Magnifique at 2:00 pm in Cochem.
After a welcome meeting with the crew, follow the guide on a tour of the town of Cochem, its steep mountains covered with vineyards, its wooded hills, its castle and its pretty half-timbered houses. Start your tour with a visit to Cochem's majestic Reichsburg Castle.
First night and dinner aboard Le Magnifique.
Day 2: Cochem - Zell - 39 km
After breakfast, you'll start your bike trip to Beilstein, one of the best-preserved historic villages on the Moselle. You can walk through the ruins of Metternich Castle, which dominate the village. After leaving Beilstein, the route takes you past Europe's steepest vineyard with slopes of up to 60 degrees at Bremmer Calmont.
Today's stage ends in the Moselle wine village of Zell, well known for its Zeller Schwarze Katz wine.
Take time to sample the fine wines of the Moselle Valley.
Day 3: Zell - Bernkastel-Kues - 45 km
Today's stage takes you from Zell to the romantic village of Traben-Trarbach, located on the left bank of the Moselle and famous for its Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) architecture. You then pass through the wine-growing town of Kröv, famous for its wine, before reaching Bernkastel-Kues.
The large half-timbered houses surrounding the Bernkastel-Kues market square date back to the Middle Ages.
After a tour of the town, you'll return to your barge in Kues.
Day 4: Bernkastel-Kues - Neumagen - Schweich - 28 km or 54 km | Schweich - Trier
Set off from Bernkastel and drive through the valley with its vineyards stretching as far as the eye can see. You'll pass Brauneberg, Piesport and Trittenheim, famous for their wine production. Piesport is known to the British for its "little golden droplets". Trittenheim lies on a sharp bend in the Moselle, overlooked by vine-covered mountains.
Around midday, you reach Neumagen, once an important wine-producing center in Roman times. You can join the Magnifique or continue by bike to Schweich.
Once on board, you'll sail to Trier, Germany's oldest city. As a trading city and administrative center, Trier flourished in the late imperial era. This Roman golden age left us with many monuments to discover, including the Porta Nigra city gate built around 18 AD.
Day 5: Trier - Sarrebourg - 28 km
In the morning, your guide takes you to Trier for a dip in Roman history. You'll then have time to explore the city at your leisure.
After lunch, pick up your bikes and cycle along the Moselle and Saar rivers to Sarrebourg. Sarrebourg is an old town in the most beautiful part of the Saar Valley. Here, the banks of the Saar are densely wooded.
Sarrebourg castle dates back to the middle of the 10th century. In the center of town, you can admire a 20-meter-high waterfall with a small mill. In this part of town, you can see old houses from the 17th and 18th centuries still intact.
There is no dinner on board this day. You'll have a choice of Sarrebourg's many restaurants.
Day 6: Sarrebourg - Remich - 45 km or 53 km
This stage gives you a choice of 2 cycling itineraries in the Moselle valley. One is easy, but a little longer and follows rivers. The shorter option is a little more difficult and crosses the hills. Whichever you choose, this cycling route takes you to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Here, the Moselle forms the border between Germany and Luxembourg.
Luxembourg is a small country, but its capital is an important financial center and administrative city of the EU.
Along the way, you can stop off at a cooperative winery specializing in "Crémant", or Moselle Champagne. Near the town of Remich, you can admire a Roman mosaic floor. This tiled floor was once the centerpiece of a sumptuous Roman villa.
Day 7: Remich - Schengen | Schengen - Thionville - 30 km | Thionville-Metz
Over breakfast, you sail to Schengen, where your bike tour begins. The "Schengen Agreement" is named after this small Luxembourg town on the border of 3 countries.
You'll cross the Franco-Luxembourg border without border controls. You can admire the fortress of Sierck-les-Bains during your bike tour. This was one of the palaces inhabited by the powerful Dukes of Lorraine.
This beautiful route passes through the French countryside and its picturesque villages. Around midday, you arrive in Thionville, a major steel-making center until the 1980s. The town may look modern and industrial, but it's actually ancient. The historic center boasts medieval ramparts, pretty gardens, old streets and the Basilica of Saint-Maximin. Here, the Magnifique awaits you for a cruise to Metz
You can visit Saint-Etienne's Cathedral, France's 3rd largest Gothic church with flying buttresses and stained-glass windows by Marc Chagall. Metz is a city of exceptional architecture.
Day 8: Metz
End of Moselle bike and boat trip aboard the Magnifique. Disembark after breakfast, until 9:30 am.