Strasbourg to Luxembourg Self Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | From £609 per person
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The itinerary leads you through three quite different countries in Europe: France, Germany and Luxembourg. This beautiful bike tour begins in Strasbourg, where the historic town centre is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage. The lovely cycle path goes into the Zorn valley along the Rhine-Marne canal and its numerous locks.
You arrive to the region of Saarland which offers a lot of attractions: baroque city of Saarbrücken, the World Heritage Site “Völklinger Hütte“, the museum of ceramics Villeroy & Boch and the well-known Saar bow in Mettlach.
Your trip continues to the vast vineyards on the right and the left hand side of the Moselle until the roman city of Trier. For the last day you will discover other magnificent varied landscapes with green forests and colourful fields. Luxembourg City, the capital of the only Grand Duchy in the world, will surprise you with its myriad delights.
• The „Quartier de la Petite France“ in Strasbourg
• The beautiful cycle path along the canals and the rivers
• Wine-growing landscape in Saar and Moselle
• Luxembourg and „its“ Notre Dame
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
Day 1: Arrival in Strasbourg
Check-in at the hotels and take the opportunity for free sightseeing.
Day 2: Strasbourg – Saverne approx. 50 km
You leave Strasbourg by the European Parliament. The cycle trail leads you along the towpath of the Marne-Rhine canal to reach Saverne. Many towns and villages surround the cycle path, as Brumath, the capital of Alsace in Roman times and Hochfelden, famous for its brewing tradition. You arrive to the picturesque town of Saverne with its impressive double lock. Cycle along the marina and enjoy a fantastic view at the Rohan Castle!
Day 3: Saverne – Mittersheim – Saarbrücken approx. 65 km + transfer
Today you will cycle again along the Marne-Rhine canal and its locks. You pass by the Saint Louis Arzviller inclined plane, this impressive structure enables the canal to bypass a set of 17 locks. It is the only shiplift in Europe of a transversal type! Another peculiarity is the pond of Gondrexange, it was created in the Middle Ages by fish-farming monks. Then the canal winds through the magnificent valley of the river Saar to Mittersheim. In the evening you will have a transfer from Mittersheim to Saarbrücken, a baroque city.
Day 4: Saarbrücken – Merzig approx. 45 km
You will follow the Saar cycling route which takes you to cultural highlights as the World Heritage Site “Völklinger Hütte“ (former ironworks). Covering an area of more than 600.000 m2, the gigantic foundry is the only fully preserved ironworks from the heyday of industrialisation in the world. Then you pass in the city of the Sun King, Saarlouis, before you arrive in Merzig where you will be staying for two nights.
Day 5: Round trip in the „Merziger Äppelkischd“ approx. 35 km
Take a relaxing break in the small town of Merzig or cycle in the heart of the “Merziger Äppelkischd”, which means “apple box”, so named because of the many local apple orchards. On the way, you will see numerous apple trees, vast cornfields, rapeseed fields and maize fields. You will discover a lot of pieces of art (carved stones) that invite bikers to an extraordinary cycle day at the German-French border.
Day 6: Merzig – Trier approx. 60 km
After breakfast you will be cycling a few kilometres to pass the 1st highlight, the Saar Bow, which is a unique natural wonder. From there you will cycle to Mettlach where you can visit the famous Ceramics manufacture Villeroy & Boch. Behind the Baroque facade, you can experience more than 260 years of ceramic and corporate history.
The route leads you to Saarburg a picturesque town where you can admire a waterfall of 20 meters high. Continue to the vast vineyards right and left of the river Moselle until Trier. Take your time to visit the Porta Nigra, the amphitheater, the Imperial Baths or the magnificent cathedral.
Day 7: Trier – Luxembourg approx. 55 km
You begin this stage at the Römerbrücke and cycle again along the Moselle before you reach the border. You cycle now on small country roads, through little villages, through hilly landscapes with green forests and colorful fields. You arrive in Luxembourg, a modern and cosmopolitan city where you can visit the Ducal Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the impressive casemates registered on the UNESCO world heritage list.
Day 8: Departure or extension
You will ride mainly on cycle paths along the canals and waterways. The paths are mainly flat until Trier. Day 5 and 7 are a little bit hilly, on cycle paths, minor agricultural tarred roads or on little secondary roads without much traffic.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map
The Strasbourg to Luxembourg tour stays in in 3* hotelscarefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.
Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.
- Overnights stays in 3* hotels
· Dinners (6 x with half board supplement), last night only breakfast
· Welcome briefing
· Luggage transfer between the hotels
· Road book in English, German and French
· Maps and travel documentation
· Transfer Mittersheim-Saarbrücken incl. bike
· Signposted tour
· GPS tracks
· Service Hotline
Quality, comfortable and sturdy bikes
We understand that well made bikes are essential for an enjoyable cycling holiday. All bikes are based on technology from leading Austrian bike manufacturer ‘KTM’ and serviced by an expert mechanic.
The bikes use good quality components to give you confidence in the bike on your holiday and comfortable riding on varied cycle paths and roads.
About the bikes
You will be given an easily identifiable, solid and sturdy aluminum trekking bike with V-brakes, solid wheels, almost puncture resistant tyres. Each bike has been built through continuous development and feedback from customers.
Each bike is also fitted with a dynamo lighting system for ease, handlebar bag, pannier, mudguards and comfortable saddle made by Selle Royal.
You can also bring your own saddle and adapter with you (diameter of seat post from 27, 2 to 31, 4 mm). We help you with the fitting of saddles and SPD shoes should you require assistance.
7-gear-bikes are equipped with Shimano NEXUS gear hub. Gears can be changed anytime even whilst stationary.
21-gear-bikes are equipped with Shimano ALIVIO derailleur. The ALIVIO system is robust and easy to use.
The following frame sizes are available on tours with the bikes shown in the picture:
Unisex frame 21-gears with free wheel. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 / 43 cm
Unisex 7-gears-bikes with back pedal brake. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 cm
Men’s speed bikes 21-gears with freewheel and crossbar. Sizes: 64 / 60 / 56 “sloping crossbar” cm
(Must be reserved in advance!)
We will request your heights at the time of booking to ensure correct bike sizing.
We high-quality accessories for your holiday from well-known manufacturers:
• Waterproof rear pannier
• Waterproof handlebar bag
• Service-Set with tools and extra bicycle tube
• Bike pump
• Combination lock
Electric Bikes (E-Bikes) are available!
Strasbourg to Luxembourg, 8 days, 7 nights
Prices are per person and include bike hire.
2017 Cycling Holiday Prices:
Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1: 01.04 – 21.04.2017 | 23.09 – 30.09.2017
Season 2: 22.04 – 26.05.2017 | 26.08 – 22.09.2017
Season 3: 27.05 – 25.08.2017
Category A: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £609 | Book online here >>
Season 2: £659 | Book online here >>
Season 3: £689 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £219
Half Board Upgrade: £129
Electric Bike Upgrade: £89
Hotel Category Descriptions
3‐star‐hotels (French classification). All rooms are equipped with shower and WC or bath and WC.
Extra nights are available to book on this tour!
Prices are per person per night and based on two sharing. Single supplements apply.
For extra nights, you will stay in the same hotel. Please let us know if you wish to book extra nights at the start or at the end of the tour when completing your ‘Booking Request’.
Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.
This tour benefits from bike insurance against rental bike theft and damage in the holiday price! Please make sure you lock up the bike, leave it where told by the hotel and treat your hire bicycle as if the bike was your own. Any negligent treatment of the bike will exempt you from cover.
Holiday Price: £609
Single Supplement: £219