Main Rhine and Mosel tour, Guided bike tour
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Date and Price per Person:
2021 August 22th - Sept 4th, € 2395
Start Aschaffenburg (Germany) , end Metz (France)
Supplement for single cabin: 30%
Supplement E-bike: € 200 (to be reserved in advance, limited availability)
Day 1: Arrival in Aschaffenburg in the afternoon
You are able to check-in from 3 pm. You’ll have time to unpack, get some rest or to explore the city. At 6 pm we welcome you on board of the Quo Vadis with an welcome cocktail followed by the dinner on board. After dinner you’ll have time to see the city by night or stay on board.
Day 2: Aschaffenburg - Offenbach - Frankfurt, cycling tour approx. 30 mi (48 km)
We start the bike tour in Aschaffenburg, you’ll bike trough Kleinosheim and Dettingen. After crossing the river with a small ferry you’ll visit a small and romantic town called Seligenstadt. This town has winding lanes, half-timbered houses and a basilica. The tour continues along the Main to Klein-Krotzenburg and Steinheim with its charming old town to Hanau, the birthplace of the famous Brothers Grimm. From Mühlheim you bike to Offenbach, where the Quo Vadis is waiting for us. Together we sail to Frankfurt. Frankfurt has many things to visit, like the Old Town Center, the St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral, the beautiful Old Opera House, great museums and much more. Dinner is on board, after dinner you’ll have time to see the city by night or stay on board.
Day 3: Frankfurt - Mainz, cycling tour approx. 25 mi (40 km)
Today the tour will continue following the Main river to the car city Rüsselsheim. In this city Adam Opel started his first machine factories that became one of the largest car manufacturers. You’ll go further by bike on the left side of the river to Ginsheim-Gustavsburg. Here the Main flows into the Rhine. You’ll cross the river to Mainz with its Rheinuferpromenade where the Quo Vadis will be waiting for you. Mainz is famous for the timbered houses, the Cathedral of Mainz lovely churches and squares. Also you can visit small boutiques, pubs and ‘Weinstuben’ which are hidden in Baroque houses and behind Rococo Façades. Dinner is on board; after dinner you will have some spare time.
Day 4: Mainz - Rüdesheim, cycling tour approx. 22 mi (36 km) (+ 5mi/8km)
After breakfast you cycle to the center of Mainz and enjoy the city, with the possibility to visit one of the many museums. Today you will cycle along the Rhine passing lovely villages like Eltville. We can to an optional detour (+5mi/8km bit uphill) to visit the Eberbach Abbey. In the afternoon you will reach the picturesque Rüdesheim. Do not miss the opportunity to take a stroll through the Drosselgasse, a cobblestone alley with many restored half-timbered houses in the heart of Rüdesheim's Old Town.
Day 5: Rüdesheim - Oberwesel - Koblenz, cycling tour approx. 19mi (30 km)
Your cycling tour takes you along the left bank of the Rhine, past towering castles, through the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon you will meet the Quo Vadis again, which will continue with you (along the (in)famous bend in Rhine, the Loreley) to Koblenz. This lively rebuild historic town at the confluence with the Moselle has cosy squares, plenty cafés, a castlegarden and the Deutsches Eck monument at the promenade; best enjoyed during an evening walk.
Day 6: Koblenz - Winningen - Cochem, cycling tour approx. 26 / 31 mi (41 / 50 km)
Today we have a nice ride on the banks of the Moselle along sloping winefields and hilltop castles; passing charming halftimbered villages and small historic towns, picturesque decorated with vines and geraniums. You shouldn’t miss the charming Kobern townsquare, the garden of Schloss Liebieg, the vast Von der Leyen castle extended over the road, the Hatzenpfort ferrytower or the fine romanesque church of Karden. At Klotten one could take a ferry to have a more quiet approach to Cochem, where we find the Quo Vadis again. This is a charming small historic town with lively streets and terraces; and a nice castle high up. When you arrive about 3.30 pm. you can find a shuttle to bring you up for a visit.
Day 7: Cochem - Beilstein - Zell, 23 mi
First you bike to a beautiful little place called Beilstein. There you will have the chance to see the Black Madonna in the chapel of the Carmelite Monastery high on the hill. Explore during a short tour the quaint and narrow alleyways and alcoves. Today’s tour ends in the wine village of Zell on the Moselle. Zell is beautifully situated on the Moselle, where the river meanders through the hills in many loops. Zeller Schwarze Katz (black cat) is a legendary Moselle Wine.
Day 8: Zell -Traben Trarbach - Bernkastel Kues, 25 mi
The bike tour from Zell brings you to romantic Traben-Trarbach, this little town features world-class Art Nouveau architecture that proves its great importance in international wine trade during the 19th century.
From Traben you bike to Bernkastel-Kues, this frequently visited, old and picturesque town produces the best wines of the Mid-Moselle. Pride of the town is the market square, with its picturesque timber-framed houses. A walk to the castle offers a beautiful view.
Day 9: Bernkastel-Kues, Daun excursion (62 km/39 mi.)
This morning you leave the river and vineyards behind. You will be shuttled by bus up into the Eifel region to the city of Daun. From there, we take an exhilarating bicycle ride along a former railway track that is now a cycling path. The ride includes stretches through tunnels, over bridges and by small lakes formed from volcano craters, known as maars. After the last tunnel we have a break in a local little town were you will love to have an ice-cream on the terraces, well deserved!
Day 10: Bernkastel-Kues – Neumagen – Schweich | Schweich –Trier (28 km/18 mi. or 54 km/34 mi.)
From Bernkastel, the valley opens up and vineyards expand as far as the eye can see. Today we cruise past the heavy-hitters in the wine world: Brauneberg, Piesport, Trittenheim. Piesport is beloved by the Brits for the “little golden droplets.” Trittenheim lies in a sharp hairpin turn on the river surrounded by mountains coated with grapes. Around lunchtime you will arrive in Neumagen, already in Roman times an important center of wine production. You can decide to join the barge from here or continue by bicycle to Schweich, where again the barge will be waiting for you. Once on board you will cruise to Trier, the oldest city in Germany. Trier was founded around 15 before Christ by Caesar Augustus under the name of Augusta Trevorum. As a trading town and administrative center, Trier flourished during the late imperial age. This Roman golden age has left us with a respectable number of monuments. Most authentic is the city gate Porta Nigra, which was built around 18 after Christ.
Day 11: Trier – Saarburg (28 km/18 mi.)
In the morning your tour leader will take you into Trier and walk you around in Roman history. There is also time to discover and enjoy Trier on your own.
After lunch you will hop on your bicycles and follow the Mosel and Saar river to our next destination, Saarburg. Saarburg is an interesting old town situated in the most beautiful part of the Saar valley. Here the banks of the river are densely forested. The castle of Saarburg was built here in the middle of the 10th century. In the middle of town you come across a waterfall of 20 meters high. At the foot of this waterfall there is an old mill, which is driven by the small river. In this part of town most of the old houses from the 17th and 18th century, which give Saarburg such a picturesque look, are still intact. Today there is no dinner on board. You can select one of the local restaurants of Saarburg.
Day 12: Saarburg – Remich (45 km/27 mi. or 53 km /32 mi.)
Today there are 2 cycling options. One is easy, but a bit longer along the rivers. The shorter option is a bit more challenging, through the hills. Whatever your choice is, the cycling will lead you into the Grand Duchy Luxembourg. Here the Moselle forms the border between Germany and Luxembourg. Luxembourg is a small country, but her capital (also called Luxembourg) is an important finance center and EU administrative city. On the way, at the Luxembourg side, we visit a wine cooperative, specialized in the so called “Cremant”, say the Champagne of the Moselle. Close to Remich you can admire a Roman mosaic floor. The tile floor which lies in its original place, was once the centerpiece in a palatial Roman villa. The scene (in 3 million individual tile pieces) reveals scenes from gladiator games in the amphitheater.
Day 13: Remich – Schengen | Schengen – Thionville | Thionville – Metz (30 km/18 mi.)
While having breakfast you will cruise to Schengen, where your cycling tour will start. The “Schengen agreement” is something everybody in Europe has heard of, whereas almost nobody knows that it is named after this little town in Luxembourg at the 3-country border. Soon we will cross the Luxembourg- French border and experience the outcome of this agreement: no border controls. We pass the fortress of Sierck-les-Bains, one of the palaces inhabited by the powerful Dukes of Lorraine. The route is lovely through French countryside, and friendly villages. Around lunchtime you will arrive in Thionville, the center of the steel industry until the 1980s. That might sound modern and industrial, but the city is ancient. The historic center shows us the medieval ramparts, lovely gardens, old streets and St.Maximin basilica. Here the ship is waiting to pick you up to cruise to Metz, another ancient city strategically situated on a Roman trading route. St.Etienne Cathedral is the 3rd largest gothic church in France with flying buttresses and Marc Chagall stained glass windows. Metz is full of stunning architecture, flowers and great cafes.
Day 14: Metz
9766 VK Eelderwolde
T+31 6555 70 911
Groningen berth opposite Oosterkade No. 14
Phone on board: +31 624 755 688
Spacious double cabins