Welcome to the Moselle to Mozart tour, a taste of some of the best cycling Germany and Austria has to offer. After arrival in Frankfurt we begin our tour just north of Trier near to the border with Luxembourg. From here we follow the Moselle River to The historic city of Koblenz where we meet the mighty Rhine.
We follow the ‘Romantic Rhine’ south to Heidelberg and the River Neckar where we head into the hills and cycle across to Rothenberg through the forested Jagst Valley and a number of quiet farming villages where time seems to stand still.
We will continue through the picturesque Altmuhl region to Regensberg where we meet with the Danube and follow the river into Austria along some of Europe’s best cycle trails. We will pass through many attractive Austrian towns and villages as we continue along the Danube to impressive Vienna where we will finish our tour.
The tour will run in the same way as any Peak Tours guided adventure with the magic back up van providing refreshments, most of the lunches provided, bags transferred, quality accommodation and not forgetting our relaxed and jovial guides.
This tour is suitable for hybrid bikes and also road bikes as we have found many superb routes away from the river when the surface is rough.
If you don’t want the hassle of taking your bike on the plane with you then you can drop it off with us or post it to us and we will take it over for you. Likewise at the end of the tour we will bring your bike back to the UK for you.
This tour averages 60 miles a day and generally the route is flatter which allows a more relaxed pace and also more time to explore the area as you cycle through.
After our first night and welcome meal in Frankfurt we will be transported to the Middle Moselle region where we begin our “Trip Teutonic”.
The poet Ausonius likened the vineyards that frame the Moselle to an “ampitheatre’s rows” and some of our “Peak Tourers” may be prompted into evening bouts of poetry if the wine flows as freely and lazily as the river seems to.
We twist and wind our way around beautiful bends in the Moselle carved out over thousands of years. The half timbered houses, churches and vineyards provide the backdrop for most of the way to Koblenz where we meet with the mighty Rhine and Fairytale castles as camp as Christmas line the banks of the Rhine from Koblenz to Bingen. You get a sense of the importance of this river to the German people with its train lines on both banks and barge traffic, none of which detracts from the historical villages and sights you will see along the way.
From Bingen we head inland to avoid some of the rougher sections of track and pass through quiet villages and vineyards until we come to Ladenberg on the banks of the River Neckar.
A short stretch along the Neckar takes us to the charming yet touristy town of Heidelberg which is home to one of Germany’s best universities.
Chocolate box medieval villages and winding wooded valleys await us as we head through the Jagst Valley to the well preserved medieval town of Rothenburg.
Leaving Rothenberg we pass through the Altmuhl Valley to arrive at the Danube at the City of Regensberg.
The Danube is one of the most popular cycle routes in Europe, and it’s easy to see why.
The Danube has magnificent scenery, monasteries, ancient cities, castles and great little villages all on dedicated cycle tracks and the next four days are the best example of this type of cycling you will encounter on mainland Europe.
Finally we arrive at our destination, splendid Vienna, where we will celebrate, hug, feast and explore the city before bidding a fond farewell the next morning.
Sat 8th – Sat 22nd July 2017 – Places available
If you have any questions about any aspect of the tour please feel free to contact us by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 01457 851462
Sat – Arrival Day: Frankfurt – overnight in Frankfurt
Once you have arrived at your hotel in Frankfurt you will have chance to explore the city followed by our first group meal where we can get to know each other and renew old acquaintances. A brief rundown of the following day will be given before we start our adventure.
Sun – Day 1: Coach to Kirsch / Cycle to Bernkastel-Kues (31 miles) Elevation: 591ft / 180m
Morning will take us on a two hour coach ride south west of Frankfurt to the pretty village of Kirsch-Longuich.
Kirsch-Longuich is situated in the Central Moselle region on the banks of the Moselle River.
We will have time for a quick look round and then some lunch before we start cycling. Your adventure begins at a sedate pace alongside the Trier Valley and The Central Moselle, heading for Bernkastel-Kues and it’s pretty “Marktplatz”, not forgetting of course, it’s wine taverns!
Mon – Day 2: Berncastel-Kues to Kobern-Gondorf (70 miles) Elevation: 632ft /192m
As we follow the river round bends shaped over thousands of years, evidence of the Romans’ love of a tipple are everywhere as we pass the site of the unearthing of the famous Roman Wine Ship in Neumagen-Dhron and a gigantic wine press at Piesport capable of creating 12,000 litres worth of headaches! Continuing along the East bank of the river we take the small ferry across to the West side just after the small town of Cochem. You will continue along the perfectly smooth tarmac trails past a number of attractive villages before we arrive at the twin towns of Kobern-Gondorf, home to the oldest half-timbered house in Germany, built in 1321.
Tue – Day 3: Kobern-Gondorf to Bingen (50 miles) Elevation 835ft / 254m
Our trip along the Moselle culminates in a dramatic meeting of the Rhine and Moselle rivers at Koblenz, overseen by the imposing Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. At Koblenz we turn southwards and leave the gentle Moselle where we begin our section along the mighty Rhine. This noticeably wider river is Western Europe’s longest, and is a working river, serving as the main mode of transportation for goods throughout Europe. The section that we will cycle along is known as the ‘Romantic Rhine’ due to the number of castles and palaces in between the well preserved medieval half timbered towns and villages.
Wed – Day 4: Bingen to Ladenburg (70 miles) Elevation: 1499ft / 457m
Following the banks of the Rhine for a short time we then head inland along quiet country lanes and smooth cycle paths. The Rhine is home to some undoubtedly beautiful scenic sections of which we have had a taster, but it is also home to a number of ugly industrial areas and also some of the cycle path is of poor surface, we rather thought you might prefer coming inland to quiet country lanes, terracotta roofed villages and excellent cycle paths, arriving finally in the gorgeous little town of laid back Ladenburg.
Thu – Day 5: Ladenburg to Jagsthausen (60 miles) Elevation: 4834ft / 1473m
After leaving Ladenburg we head to the vibrant university town of Heidelberg, Germany’s equivalent to Oxford or Cambridge. This beautiful city is well worth a look around and is also where we meet the river Neckar for a short spell before heading inland for some much missed hills! Our journey inland takes us through farming villages that will have you guessing which century you’re in, before finally arriving in the village of Jagsthausen by the banks of the river Jagst.
Fri – Day 6: Jagsthausen to Rothenberg (48 miles) Elevation: 4456ft / 1358m
Morning sees a gentle start through the Jagst Valley on a fantastically smooth, undulating, ambling, winding, river ride, before leaving the relative ease of the river and climbing up for a birds eye view. As we make our way through the forests and winding roads of the cracking German countryside the pine scented air and smell of freshly hung lederhosen will invigorate our senses close to bursting point. Leave a space for later in the day however as our destination is the best example of an ancient walled city in the whole of Germany, the chocolate box perfect, medieval, magical, Rothenberg ob der Tauber.
Sat – Day 7: Rothenberg to Weissenberg (59 miles) Elevation: 1607ft / 490m
Day eight sees us cycling through the stunning State of Bavaria with its pine forested hills, quaint little villages and lush valleys. Tackling some hills in the morning will give us an appetite for lunch and then we see the terrain become flatter and a wonderful afternoons riding is in store with a downward trend for miles through this lovely part of the world.
Sun – Day 8: Weissenberg to Regensburg (70 miles) Elevation: 3881ft / 1183m
A real sense of adventure is in store today as, from our humble beginnings on the peaceful Moselle, we are finally heading nearer towards the jewel in the crown that is the mighty Danube. Pushing ever eastwards we make our way through the seclusion and nature of the Altmuhl and on to our evenings accommodation and gateway to the Danube, Bavaria’s interesting, laid back, historical capital Regensburg.
Mon – Day 9: Regensberg to Niederalteich (62 miles) Elevation: 574ft /174m
Not too long after leaving Regensburg in the morning we pass the town of Walhalle and its impressive neo classical structure which is well worth a steep but rewarding detour. The cycling is pleasurable and there are plenty of distractions along the way, including the beautiful old city of Straubing with it’s sixty metre tower. Later in the day we pass through Deggendorf and continue to Niederalteich where we stay in a Benedictine Abbey. Founded in 781 the Abbey is run by monks and a truly unique place to stay.
Tue – Day 10: Niederalteich to Inzell (56 miles) Elevation: 849ft / 259m
Today sees us riding by Abbeys and ruined castles with great views of the Donau Valley if you decide to visit them. As the day progresses a scenery akin to that of The Lake District unfolds as we make our way through pleasant undulating tree-lined cycleways and byways. You will notice the houses becoming more frequent as we approach the large town of Passau also known as the “town of the three rivers”. Continuing along a spectacular part of the provides some truly fantastic cycling. We stay in Inzell which is located on a bend in the river called the Scholgen Bend. There is a strong echo here so you can practice your yodelling should you desire.
Wed – Day 11: Inzell to Wallsee (60 miles) Elevation: 2171ft / 662m
We are into beautiful Austria now, and the last few days from Inzell to Vienna are, barring a few exceptions from time to time, spent on fantastic, traffic-free, delightfully smooth surfaces. This day is no exception and we pass attractive market towns and rococo churches on a course for the greatly underestimated beauty of Linz.
Thu – Day 12: Wallsee to Weissenkirchen (57 miles) Elevation: 889 ft / 270m
The Danube is ever present for most of the day today as we pass through the striking scenery around Grein and the smaller settlements on der Donau. In the afternoon the route passes through Melk and the imposing Benedictine Monastery is well worth a visit if time permits. As we head towards the Wachau region the scenery becomes more dramatic and the villages older and prettier. Our stay in Weissenkirchen is one of the most charming villages along the Danube.
Fri – Day 13: Weissenkirchen to Vienna (60 miles) Elevation: 554ft / 169m
It’s our final day in the saddle today and as we pass Willendorf look out for the Venus of Willendorf, a Paleolithic stone statue of interesting proportions! On we go past the castle at Durnstein where Richard The Lionheart was held prisoner and then Gottweig Abbey dominating the skyline before our final stretch through ancient towns and onto the splendour that is Vienna where we finish in the grandiose square.
Sat – Day 14: Return Home from Vienna
We highly recommend exploring this beautiful city if the luxury of time permits and wish you well until the next adventure.
The tour price includes 14 nights accommodation, 14 breakfasts, 11 lunches, snacks, Tea, coffee, & hot chocolate, full trip support including a tour leader that cycles with the group, back up van with spare parts and a few spare bikes, detailed route notes (and gps files) so that you can cycle at your own pace, luggage transfer each day, transfer from Frankfurt to the Moselle.
What’s Not Included?
Flights, Evening meals, 2 lunches, cycle hire.
The group will be a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 25 people. We feel that this size of group works best as there will always be enough in the group for some good company but there won’t be so many people that it becomes overcrowded.
Accommodation is in clean and comfortable, B&B’s, guesthouses and hotels. If you are sharing a twin or a double room then the price is £1895.00 If you would like your own space then you can choose the single room option (£2295) or sole occupancy of a double (£2395). Most of the rooms are en-suite however there maybe a few nights where your room isn’t en-suite.
The route starts from south west Germany just north of Trier and is approximately 750 miles in length. The terrain is mostly flat and undulating although there are a number of hillier days in the middle of the tour. The average distance per day is 57 miles. The arrival destination is Frankfurt in Germany and the end destination is Vienna in Austria.
All of your breakfasts and 11 lunches are included in the price of the trip. You will have a choice of continental breakfast which includes toast, cereals, fruit juices, cheeses, cold meats, tea, coffee etc. Lunches will be provided each day and will generally be a buffet at a cafe or restaurant or sometimes a buffet will be provided from the back up van. Evening meals can be bought at your accommodation or in a nearby pub/restaurant. We also have fruit, biscuits, nuts etc in the back up van that you are welcome to pick at throughout the day.
An experienced tour leader will cycle with you each day and be on hand to help with any bike problems that may occur. You will have detailed route notes so that you can go slower or faster than the leader if you prefer or you can cycle behind the tour leader so that you don’t have to navigate at all.
A back up van will leap frog the group a number of times each day so that help is never far away. We carry a range of spare parts so that repairs can be made en-route and we will have a spare bike available in the event that your bike has a serious breakdown.
We highly recommend that you use a bike that you are used to and feel comfortable riding. Your bike should be fully serviced and in good condition before you start, this will reduce the risk of mechanical problems and unnecessary stoppages along the way. Either a road bike or a hybrid bike is preferable however the ride can be done on a mountain bike if you prefer. We have a range of hybrid bikes available for hire (£100 – £200 depending on bike choice) if you don’t have your own bike. We will take your bike over for you if you bring it to us before hand and we will take it back for you at the end of the tour as well (free of charge if you drop off and pick up or £70 if we box the bike and post it to you).
This tour is suitable for anyone with a good level of fitness. The tour is easier than our Lands End to John o Groats tour to allow a more leisurely pace and time for exploration and sightseeing.
Clothing & Equipment
Clothing for all weathers is recommended so waterproofs are essential. A full recommended kit list is provided and we are always happy to answer any questions that you may have.
It is highly recommended that you take out adequate insurance to cover against, personal accident, loss of belongings and cancellation cover.
To book a tour please send a completed booking form and (a) Deposit of £250.00 per person for tours of 10 days or longer or £50.00 for all other tours or (b) The full holiday cost. If only the deposit is paid at time of booking then full payment of the holiday is required no less than 8 weeks before the start of your holiday. No further reminder is sent. If you book your holiday within 8 weeks of the holiday start date, the full holiday cost is required at time of booking.
Cancellation by Us
In the unlikely event that we have to cancel the tour you will be entitled to a full refund of all monies paid or we will move you to a different tour date if you’re able to do so. If the tour is cancelled because the minimum number of people required to operate this tour hasn’t been reached then you will be notified no less than 3 calendar months before the departure date. If the tour is cancelled by us we will not be responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred such as travel expenses, visas etc & no compensation will be paid to cover these expenses.
Cancellation by You
If you have to cancel your holiday then please notify us as soon as possible. We always try to be fair and will always try to move you to different tour date if possible. If you cancel your tour less than 8 weeks before your tour start date then you will lose all monies already paid. It is for this reason that we strongly recommend that you take out adequate travel insurance to cover cover this.
Notice of Cancellation Charge (% of Full Price)
Length of time before the tour is due to start Cancellation Charge More than 60 days before start date Deposit Less than 60 days before start date 100%
Cooling Off Period
If you decide to cancel your tour after receipt of your booking form you will be entitled to a 14 day cooling off period. During this time you will be entitled to a full refund of any monies paid.
B&B Option – double or twin
If you chose the B&B only option you will stay in a mixture of B&B’s, hotels and country pubs. If you are travelling with a friend then you will be roomed together in a twin or or if you’re with your partner then you will be in a double room (or a twin if you prefer). If you are travelling alone then you will be roomed with another member of the group in a twin room (same sex). The actual stopovers may change from the advertised accommodation providers, if this happens then an equivalent standard of accommodation will be used nearby. The majority of the rooms you stay in will be en-suite however you may stay in a couple of rooms that are not en-suite.
Single Room Option
If you choose the single room option you will have your own room for the duration of the trip. This will be in either a single room or single occupancy of a double room in a mixture of en-suite and non en-suite rooms.
Sole Use of a Double room Option
If you choose this option you will have a guaranteed double room to yourself throughout the tour. You will always have an en-suite each night of your tour. There may be a rare occasion when you have a separate bathroom but this is very unlikely.
YHA (Youth Hostel) Option
This option is only available for the 14 day LEJOG tour. If you chose the YHA option you will stay in a mixture of hostels, hotels & B&B’s staying in single sex dormitory rooms, single rooms, twin rooms & triples.
On tours with 8 people or less in the group then there may only be one tour guide with you who will drive the back up van each day. Tours with 8 – 15 people in the group will have two tour guides with one guide driving the back up van and the other guide cycling with the group or both guides driving a back up van each. Tours with 16+ will have a guide that cycles with the group plus two back up vans do provide support.
If you choose the cycle hire option you will be provided with your bike at the start of your tour. The bike comes with everything you need for your trip although some people like you use their own saddle, peddles and/or helmet (just let us know beforehand). At the end of your tour you can simply hand your bike back to us when you finish cycling. Please see the additional cycle hire sheet for details of the bikes we have available.
If the minimum number of people required to run the trip is not met then we will have to cancel the trip. You will be notified at least 3 calendar months prior to the start date of the trip if the minimum number (usually 8 people) hasn’t been met & you will receive a full refund of all monies paid.
In order to comply with EU Travel Regulations 1992 your deposit & final payment will be held in a separate account until your holiday is completed. This is to ensure the financial security of your holiday.
It is compulsory that you take out adequate holiday insurance including medical cover, personal accident, loss of belongings & cancellation cover. We cannot be held responsible for your own illness, injury or loss/damage of your bike or belongings while on holiday.
EHIC – European Health Insurance Card (for EU nationals travelling in Europe)
This card entitles you to greatly reduced or free state medical services throughout Europe, including Switzerland. We recommend you send off for one of these before the trip and carry it with you. It’s important to bear in mind that these cards are not a substitute for travel insurance and adequate travel insurance is compulsory for this tour. This link will give you all the information you need about the EHIC. www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/EHIC
Cycling is a potentially dangerous activity & the risks involved should be considered before undertaking such a trip. We will be cycling mostly on quiet back roads however there will be times when we cycle on busier roads where traffic density is higher. All persons undertaking this tour do so at their own risk & Peak Tours cannot be held responsible for any accidents that may occur whilst on the trip. For further details please see our risk acknowledgement statement here which forms part of these conditions.
By signing your booking form you agree to the booking conditions as outlined above. Peak tours will carry out our obligations as detailed in the tour itinerary & any information supplied to you.
DUE TO ‘BREXIT’ AND THE EVER DECREASING VALUE OF THE POUND WE MAY HAVE TO APPLY A SMALL SURCHARGE TO THIS TOUR IF THE SITUATION DOESN’T IMPROVE. PRICES WERE SET BEFORE THE ‘BREXIT’ VOTE AND SINCE THEN THE POUND HAS PLUMMETED AGAINST THE EURO. IF THE POUND CONTINUES TO FALL THEN UNFORTUNATELY WE WILL HAVE TO APPLY A SMALL SURCHARGE TO THE TOUR. IF WE DO HAVE TO APPLY A SURCHARGE THEN YOU WILL BE ENTITLED TO CANCEL AND HAVE A FULL REFUND. WE HOPE THAT THIS WONT HAPPEN BUT IT IS NECESSARY TO MAKE OUR CUSTOMERS AWARE.
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