The Moselle River Trail
Day 1: Metz
Boarding and check-in in Metz at 2pm aboard Le Magnifique. After a welcome meeting with the crew and an initial chat with the other passengers, you can test your rental bike.
After lunch, the guide will take you on a walking tour of Metz. Metz is a beautiful old city, strategically located on a Roman trade route.
The Cathedral of Saint-Etienne is the third-largest Catholic church in France, with flying buttresses and stained-glass windows by Marc Chagall.
Don't hesitate to come to Metz one or more days early to take the time to discover this beautiful city.
Day 2: Metz to Remich - 41 or 49 km
Over a delicious breakfast, you sail towards Thionville, the industrial center of steel since the 1980s. Your bike tour starts nearby. The historic center is guarded by medieval ramparts, boasts magnificent gardens and is home to the famous Saint-Maximin basilica.
You ride through the pretty French countryside, passing through charming villages. You can admire the fortress of Sierck-les-Bains, once inhabited by the powerful Dukes of Lorraine. You then cross the French-Luxembourg border at Schengen.
Here, you can enjoy the benefits of the "Schengen Agreement", which involves no border controls! Arriving near Remich, you'll visit the small village of Nennig, home to a superb ancient Roman villa housing one of the most famous examples of mosaic art.
Day 3: Remich to Sarrebourg - 40 or 48 km
Here, the Moselle forms the border between Germany and Luxembourg. You start your cycle tour along the Moselle on the German side, before joining the Luxembourg side. You'll visit a wine cooperative specializing in the famous "Crémant", the Champagne of the Moselle.
You can choose between two options for the bike tour: one is easy, but longer, and the second is shorter, but a little more challenging through the hills.
Both routes take you to Sarrebourg, an ancient town located on the most beautiful part of the Saar Valley, where the river banks are entirely wooded. You'll see the Sarrebourg castle, built in the middle of the 10th century. In the center of town, you can admire a 20-meter-high waterfall and an old mill, irrigated by a small river.
Most of the houses in this part of town date from the 17th and 18th centuries and are very well preserved, giving Sarrebourg its picturesque appearance.
Day 4: Sarrebourg to Trier - 32 km
After breakfast, your guide accompanies you on a bike tour to Trier.
You join the city for lunch. After a pleasant guided walk, you'll visit Germany's oldest city.
Trier was founded around 15 BC by Caesar Augustus and boasts an exceptional heritage. The most authentic monument not to be missed is the famous Black Gate, built in 18 BC.
Day 5: Trier - Schweich / Schweich - Neumagen - Bernkastel-Kues - 27 or 53 km
After breakfast, the cycling tour starts in Schweich. You're in the "Romantic Moselle", the nickname for the middle of the Moselle. Endless vineyards stretch over several hectares.
Your Moselle bike tour continues through the world's most famous vineyards: Trittenheim and Piesport.
Trittenheim lies close to the river and offers a panorama of vine-covered mountains.
Piesport is particularly well-known and appreciated by the British for its "little golden droplets".
You arrive in Neumagen for lunch. The town already produced a lot of wine during the Roman Empire.
You can reach Le Magnifique from here, or continue the bike tour to Bernkastel-Kues. This picturesque tourist town is the production centre for the finest wines from the middle Moselle. The half-timbered houses surrounding the Bernkastel-Kues market date back to the Middle Ages. A stroll up to the castle offers superb panoramic views.
Day 6: Bernkastel-Kues - Traben-Trarbach - Zell-sur-Moselle - 45 km
Cycle to the romantic village of Traben-Trarbach, located on the left bank of the Moselle and famous for its Art Nouveau architecture (Jugendstil in German). Your destination for the day is Zell-sur-Moselle, renowned for the Zeller Schwarze Katz wine industry. In Zell, a tasting of the Moselle Valley's great wines is highly recommended.
Day 7: Zell - Beilstein - Cochem - 39 km
Beilstein is a well-preserved historic village with charming houses set between two vineyards. Its half-timbered houses adorned with flowers and linked by arcades have earned it the nickname of the "Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle".
You can then explore the ruins of Metternich Castle, nestling high above the village. Finally, you reach Cochem, a town of character surrounded by beautiful vineyards, wooded hills, a castle and picturesque streets with half-timbered houses. It's the ideal place to enjoy a glass of local wine. A visit to Reichsburg Castle is also on this day's program.
Day 8: Cochem