Vennbahn Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | From £719 per person
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• Cycle along the River Meuse and the whole international route
• A real Tour of Europe taking in 5 countries!
• Ride along the excellent Vennbahn
• Explore World War II history
• Ride into Luxembourg
• Visit typical Ardennes villages and the Walloon region
About the Tour
What’s a Rail Trail? It’s when an old abandoned railway that has fallen into disrepair is transformed into a path for cyclists and pedestrians. The Vennbahn rail trail, one of the prettiest and longest in Europe, was officially opened to cyclists in the summer of 2013. One hundred and twenty-five kilometers long, it is the result of successful collaboration between Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and the EU. It is seen as a milestone in the history of cross-border tourism. From 1885 to 1989 the Vennbahn railway connected the German town of Aachen to the town of Ulfingen (now Troisvierges) in Luxembourg.
Since 2013 tourists and locals alike have been zooming enthusiastically up and down the former railway through the hilly Eifel and Ardennes landscapes. Happily the maximum average incline is only 2% because trains couldn’t handle anything steeper. In 2014, at the Amsterdam Cycling and Hiking Fair, the Vennbahn was nominated Best Cycling Route of the Year 2014.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
Day 1: Arrival in Maastricht (NL) or ´s Gravenvoeren
Check-in in your hotel. By way of a welcome we have arranged for coffee/tea and Limburg pie for you. Take some time today to enjoy the oldest town in the Netherlands.
Day 2: Maastricht (NL) / ´s Gravenvoeren (B) – Eupen (B) / 59 km
Soon after departure from Maastricht you are cycling in elgium. Past ‘s-Gravenvoeren, and Hombourg you cycle to Raeren, where in a Castle a pottery museum is located. Continue your route to Eupen , the capital of the East Cantons. Enjoy the last 7 kilometres of today’s route ‘downhill’ direction Lake Eupen!
Day 03: Eupen (B) – Sankt Vith (B) / 59 km
Remarkably, nearly all of today’s route is closed to motorized vehicles. Climb gradually to a height of 660m above N.A.P. level, enjoying the natural beauty of the High Fens. From Kalterherberg on, the route follows the ‘Vennbahn’ cycling path. It’s an easy ride past Sourbrodt marshalling yard to Waimes; and then past Montenau artisanal ham smokery to Sankt Vith.
Day 4: Sankt Vith (B) – Clervaux (L) / 32 of 50 km
On the way to Luxembourg, still on the ‘Vennbahn’ cycling path, don’t miss the castle ruins of Burg Reuland. Shortly after, cross the border into Luxembourg to reach Troisvierges. At this point, choose either to catch a slow train to Clervaux or to cycle a splendid route with some stiff climbs and delightful descents!
Day 5: Clervaux (L) – Bütgenbach (B) / 65 km
Set off for the tri-point where Luxembourg, Belgium and Germany meet, near the village of Ouren. From there, cycle a lovely route through the Our Valley northwards past Schönberg. Leaving the River Our behind, climb to a height of 500m to enjoy wonderful views during the last stretch of the route to Bütgenbach.
Day 6: Bütgenbach (B) – Monschau (D) / 38 km
Take it easy today! Cross the dam at scenic Robertville Reservoir to reach the lively town of Robertville. The route then runs back into the High Fens and back to Kalterherberg. Revel in breathtaking landscapes before arriving in the famous town of Monschau.
Day 7: Monschau (D) to Maastricht (NL) – ´s Gravenvoeren (B) / approx. 55 km (bike) and 35 km (train)
On your final cycling day, head back from the centre of Monschau to the Vennbahn rail trail. A visit to the monumental town of Kornelimünster is a must. After a long descent you will reach the town of Aachen, once the centre of Charlemagne’s empire. From Aachen, it’s only a few kilometres to the border with the Netherlands and the Dutch town of Kerkrade. That is where you get on a train to Maastricht; and relax and enjoy while the hills of scenic southern Limburg glide by like a protracted panorama.
After a hotel breakfast, your holiday has come to an end. It’s time to make your own way home.
Leaving the Meuse Route behind, you will continue on a connecting route to the Vennbahn which starts in the Walloon region in the south of Belgium. The connecting route follows country roads past rolling cropfields and pastures on a high plateau. Imposing farmhouses dot this prosperous agricultural region.
Characteristic Ardennes villages and unforgettable panoramas will hold you spellbound. Bouillon, a historical gem, and the town of Bastogne, known for the Ardennes counteroffensive near the end of WWII, are just two of the many historical highlights on this journey; and therefore interesting places to stay the night.
From Bastogne to the border with Luxembourg you will follow rail trail RAVeL 163. One of the prettiest cycle paths on the Walloon cycle route network, it will take you all the way to the Vennbahn.
The Vennbahn rail trail is a cycle path on a former railway. It crosses three countries and is 125 km long. The maximum average incline is 2%. It leads from Troisvièrges in the north of Luxembourg along the scenic River Our to Belgian-German High Fens-Eifel nature park. Sankt-Vith and Monschau are the towns where you will stay the night in Germany. The Vennbahn finishes in Aachen, a town of historical significance, as the cathedral and gothic Town Hall testify.
The tour includes:
- overnight-stays in 3-star and 4-star hotels
– Breakfast (buffet)
– Coffee and pie in Maastricht on day 1
– Train ticket (incl. bike) from Kerkrade to Maastricht-Randwyck
– Route description
– Tourist information for on the road
– Daily luggage transfer
Vennbahn Cycling Holiday 8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.
2019 Cycling Holiday Prices:
Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1: 01.05. – 30.06.2019 | 01.08. – 30.09.2019
Season 2: 01.07. – 31.07.2019
Category A: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £719 | Book online here >>
Season 2: £739 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £269
Half Board Upgrade: £209
Electric Bike Upgrade: £69
Hotel Category Descriptions
Category A: 3* and 4* hotels
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.
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Holiday Price: £719
Single Supplement: £269