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Meanders of the Moselle

Wine-growing traditions of ancient Germany
 
Delve into Germany’s Roman past on this self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking holiday, featuring splendid routes, fabulous views and excellent wine-tasting opportunities. All rail and boat journeys are included, as are the luggage transfers between hotels.
Meanders of the Moselle . 7 nights
Meanders of the Moselle . 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in the Moselle Valley

In this half-hidden corner of Germany, the silvery-blue serpentine ribbon of the River Moselle winds its way through vine-terraced hills and historic villages. From its source in the Vosges Mountains of Alsace, it flows north-east into Germany (where it is known as die Mosel), skirting the edge of Luxembourg to perform a series of convoluted and elaborate turns before meeting the mighty Rhine at Koblenz.
Its most appealing stretch, mirrored by some of the finest sections of the Moselsteig long-distance footpath, is the setting for our terrific wine-infused walking adventure, on which you can appreciate time-honoured traditions of viticulture as well as the remarkable ingenuity of those who work amid these vertiginous vineyards to extract such a delectable liquid from the noble Riesling grape.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on almost any day of the week, and are free to add extra nights.
  • Arrival in Trier
    Night 1: at Hotel Blesius Garten (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Free day in Trier

    Explore Trier
    In a land where wine-making techniques were introduced over 2,000 years ago, it is fitting that you begin in Trier, the oldest city in Germany, founded as far back as 17BC. Once the seat of the Western Roman Empire, Trier is known for its well-preserved Roman and medieval buildings, which include the Porta Nigra (Black Gate), the best-preserved Roman city gate north of the Alps; ruins of three Roman baths, including the largest north of the Alps; the huge Constantine Basilica; Trier Cathedral dating back to Roman times; and the Römerbrücke across the Moselle, the oldest bridge north of the Alps still crossed by traffic. There is also a small museum dedicated to the personal life of Karl Marx, the city's most famous son. We recommend using your first day to follow our city walk among these impressive sights.

    Circular walk from Trier: 9.5km, 2.5hrs
    Alternatively, you might like to try warm-up circuit from the wine-growing village of Olewig through the vineyards of the Tiergartental.
    Circular walk from Trier: 9.5km
    Trier, the oldest city in Germany
  • Circular walk from Ürzig: 7.5km, 2hrs
    A short rail journey brings you to Ürzig, its quaint streets huddling beneath wine terraces which seem to cling to the rocky slopes above. This village is somewhat unique among villages along the Moselle, in that the houses here are predominantly built of red stone, that is only found here. Follow our low-level route via Kloster to the equally charming village of Zeltingen upstream, where you can visit a rare plant garden just above the village. After visiting Zeltingen, catch the slow boat back to Ürzig for the night, arriving at the attractive, half-timbered Weingut Derkum in time for your included wine-tasting and introduction to Derkum wines.
    Circular walk from Ürzig: 7.5km
    Enjoy a circular walk from Ürzig
  • Ürzig to Traben-Trarbach: 16.5km, 5hrs
    Today, you follow a rising, scented path through herb and rose gardens to join the Moselsteig itself, enjoying stupendous views along the way. The last section of this walk takes you up onto the promontory of Mount Royal (topped by a gigantic French fort built for Louis XIV in the 1680s) from where you can see the river on both sides, as it languidly loops its way around Traben, eyeing its twin village of Trarbach across this particularly curvaceous bend. Here, you spend two nights at the Hotel Trabener Hof.
    Ürzig to Traben-Trarbach: 16.5km
    On the Moselsteig
  • Free day in Traben-Trarbach

    Explore Traben-Trarbach
    Traben-Trarbach, overlooked by the ruins of Grevenburg Castle, was once the second largest wine-trading town in Europe after Bordeaux, and this legacy can still be seen, not least in the labyrinthine network of wine cellars beneath the streets, which you can explore. You may choose to potter around the town, admiring its Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) architecture dating from the late-nineteenth century, and the imposing castellated towers of the Brückentor, the bridge that links Traben with Trarbach. 

    Linear walk from Bernkastel back to Traben-Trarbach: 7.5km, 2.5hrs
    Alternatively, meander by boat to picture-postcard Bernkastel for lunch, before returning to Traben-Trarbach via an ancient pilgrims’ footpath, the Jakobsweg (part of the long-distance trail to Santiago de Compostela), that passes Trarbach cemetery with its historic church and bell-tower.
    Linear walk from Bernkastel back to Traben-Trarbach: 7.5km
    Riverside routes
  • Ediger-Eller to Beilstein: 19km, 6hrs
    Today starts with a scenic rail journey to the diverting village of Ediger-Eller, another highlight of the week, so take your time to wander its lovely streets before rejoining the Moselsteig. Following the north bank, you cross the river at the small town of Nehren to then traverse some of the steepest vineyards in Europe (you can shorten this section by taking the bus, pay locally). You eventually reach the fairy-tale village of Beilstein, affectionately known as Dornröschen (‘Sleeping Beauty’), where your last two nights are spent at the Hotel Lipmann, or choose to upgrade here to the riverside Hotel Villa Beilstein. Whichever hotel you choose, dinner is included on your first night at the family’s restaurant, the Altes Zollhaus, in time to see the evening sun slipping down behind the river.
    Ediger-Eller to Beilstein: 19km
    Ellenz-Poltersdorf, en route to Beilstein
  • Choice of walks from Beilstein: 10km or 14km

    Linear walk from Cochem to Beilstein: 14km, 4hrs
    Start your final day with a short bus ride to Cochem. Here, you can gaze back at the fabulously turreted hill-top Reichsburg Castle before following a rocky path with yet more sumptuous views, as you make your way back to Beilstein via the pretty villages of Bruttig and Fankel, where you can stop for refreshments.

    Circular walk via Ernst: 9.5km, 3hrs
    Alternatively, for a shorter walk, take the ferry across the river to contour a steep wooded escarpment before descending through the vineyards above the village of Ernst. Meeting the route of the longer walk, you pass through Bruttig and Fankel before a dramatic section of narrow path through vineyards.    
    Cochem
    Linear walk from Cochem to Beilstein: 14km
    Circular walk via Ernst: 9.5km
 

Accommodation

You stay in four very different hotels, each one of which has its own special charm.

To make your holiday all the more special, opt for our upgrade hotel in Beilstein. Please indicate your preference at the time of booking. Whichever hotel you choose, we recommend an extra night here for the chance to visit the fascinating ancient city of Koblenz by train. In fact, we recommend adding an extra night at all three hotels, as there is plenty to explore near each!

PLEASE NOTE: most beds in German hotels are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. We refer to these as 'Austrian Twins' and they are locally regarded to serve requests for both double and twin bedded rooms. Separate twin beds or traditional double beds with one large mattress are rare and cannot be guaranteed.
 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 01 May 2020 - 11 October 2020

    Start any day except Wednesday or Thursday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 21 May 2020 £845 £255
    22 May - 30 Sep 2020 £880 £265
    1 - 4 Oct 2020 £845 £255
    3rd & 4th person discount -£15
    Single traveller supplement £25

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

    7 nights: 01 May 2020 - 11 October 2020

    Start any day except Wednesday or Thursday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 21 May 2020 £1165 £255
    22 May - 30 Sep 2020 £1195 £265
    1 - 4 Oct 2020 £1165 £255
    3rd & 4th person discount -£30
    Single traveller supplement £45

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus standard-class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International to Lille or Paris, with onward travel as described below.

    Included travel from the UK: UK–Brussels (Eurostar), Brussels–Trier Süd (Intercity/regional rail), approx. duration out 7h30 plus 0h10 taxi transfer to the hotel. Home, Cochem-Brussels (Intercity/regional rail), Brussels–UK (Eurostar), approx. duration 9h35 plus 0h20 taxi from the last hotel.
     

    If you book your holiday less than 6 months in advance of your travel date, seats may no longer be available at the tariffs on which our prices are based, but we may be able to offer you seats on the same services at a supplement.

    7 nights: 01 May 2020 - 11 October 2020

    Start any day except Wednesday or Thursday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 21 May 2020 £985 £255
    22 May - 30 Sep 2020 £1020 £265
    1 - 4 Oct 2020 £985 £255
    3rd & 4th person discount -£70
    Single traveller supplement £85

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus a return ferry crossing between Dover and Calais with P&O Ferries for your party and one car.

    We also include a transfer back to the first hotel at the end of your holiday to collect your car.

    A supplement of approximately £35 per car per single journey applies on certain dates over the Easter holidays. A supplement of approximately £45 per car per single journey applies outbound on Fridays & Saturdays and inbound on Saturdays & Sundays in late May/early June and during the school summer holidays. Please contact us for more details.

  • 7 nights, staying at Villa Beilstein: 01 May 2020 - 04 October 2020

    Start Any day except Wednesday or Thursday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 21 May 2020 £865 £285
    22 May - 26 Jul 2020 £900 £295
    27 Jul - 30 Sep 2020 £900 £335
    1 - 4 Oct 2020 £865 £325
    3rd & 4th person discount -£15
    Single traveller supplement £25

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

    7 nights, staying at Villa Beilstein: 01 May 2020 - 04 October 2020

    Start Any day except Wednesday or Thursday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 21 May 2020 £1185 £285
    22 May - 26 Jul 2020 £1215 £295
    27 Jul - 30 Sep 2020 £1215 £335
    1 - 4 Oct 2020 £1185 £325
    3rd & 4th person discount -£30
    Single traveller supplement £45

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus standard-class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International to Lille or Paris, with onward travel as described below.

    Included travel from the UK: UK–Brussels (Eurostar), Brussels–Trier Süd (Intercity/regional rail), approx. duration out 7h30 plus 0h10 taxi transfer to the hotel. Home, Cochem-Brussels (Intercity/regional rail), Brussels–UK (Eurostar), approx. duration 9h35 plus 0h20 taxi from the last hotel.
     

    If you book your holiday less than 6 months in advance of your travel date, seats may no longer be available at the tariffs on which our prices are based, but we may be able to offer you seats on the same services at a supplement.

    7 nights, staying at Villa Beilstein: 01 May 2020 - 04 October 2020

    Start Any day except Wednesday or Thursday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 21 May 2020 £1005 £285
    22 May - 26 Jul 2020 £1040 £295
    27 Jul - 30 Sep 2020 £1040 £335
    1 - 4 Oct 2020 £1005 £325
    3rd & 4th person discount -£70
    Single traveller supplement £85

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus a return ferry crossing between Dover and Calais with P&O Ferries for your party and one car.

    We also include a transfer back to the first hotel at the end of your holiday to collect your car.

    A supplement of approximately £35 per car per single journey applies on certain dates over the Easter holidays. A supplement of approximately £45 per car per single journey applies outbound on Fridays & Saturdays and inbound on Saturdays & Sundays in late May/early June and during the school summer holidays. Please contact us for more details.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Blesius Garten, Trier
    'Blesuis' garden suite: 01 May - 11 Oct 2020 £12
    'Komfort': 01 May - 11 Oct 2020 £8
    Hotel Trabener Hof, Traben-Trarbach
    Junior suite with balcony: 01 May - 11 Oct 2020 £12
    Superior: 01 May - 11 Oct 2020 £10

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Blesius Garten, Trier (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 May - 11 Oct 2020 £68 £116
    Hotel Trabener Hof, Traben-Trarbach (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 May - 11 Oct 2020 £64 £88
    Hotel Lipmann, Beilstein (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 May - 11 Oct 2020 £80 £122
  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Blesius Garten, Trier
    'Blesuis' garden suite: 01 May - 11 Oct 2020 £12
    'Komfort': 01 May - 11 Oct 2020 £8
    Hotel Trabener Hof, Traben-Trarbach
    Junior suite with balcony: 01 May - 11 Oct 2020 £12
    Superior: 01 May - 11 Oct 2020 £10

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Blesius Garten, Trier (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 May - 11 Oct 2020 £68 £116
    Hotel Trabener Hof, Traben-Trarbach (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 May - 11 Oct 2020 £64 £88
    Hotel Villa Beilstein, Beilstein (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 May - 20 May 2020 £80 £136
    21 May - 21 May 2020 £86 £146
    22 May - 30 May 2020 £80 £136
    31 May - 31 May 2020 £86 £146
    01 Jun - 10 Jun 2020 £80 £136
    11 Jun - 11 Jun 2020 £86 £146
    12 Jun - 31 Jul 2020 £80 £136
    01 Aug - 11 Oct 2020 £86 £162
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Luxembourg, Cologne-Bonn

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Luxembourg Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Cologne Bonn Eurowings 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Luxembourg Luxair 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Luxembourg easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Cologne Bonn Eurowings 
    Heathrow - Luxembourg British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Cologne Bonn Eurowings,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Cologne Bonn Eurowings 
    Manchester - Luxembourg Flybe 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Luxembourg

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Luxembourg to Trier HB (1h), taxi to hotel (0h10) £30 1745
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Cochem station (0h20), rail Cochem to Luxembourg (1h45) £50 1315

    Connecting travel options - flying via Cologne Bonn

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Cologne Bonn airport to Trier HB (3h), taxi to hotel (0h10) £48 1515
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Cochem station (0h20), rail Cochem to Cologne Bonn airport (2h30) £48 1300
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 2 dinners
    1 picnic
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • rail on itinerant days
  • 2 river boat trips
  • wine tasting
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Germany, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The official language is German. The currency is the Euro. German time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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