The Eifel is a low mountain range on the border of Germany and Belgium. From the cathedral city of Aachen to the Roman city of Trier, cycle along undemanding bike tracks that avoid most of the hefty climbs the region is known for. Because the route is easy-going, you will find you will be able to focus more on the diversity and beauty of the landscape, the historical towns, the castles and reservoirs you will encounter along the way.
If you conjure up pictures of the Eifel in your mind, no doubt you will see beautiful views, quiet roads, green surroundings and many climbs. On this cycle route all are true except for the latter. The city of Aachen is the official starting point of the Vennbahn, a former railroad (now bike track) that runs all the way to Troisvièrges in Luxembourg. Nowhere do the slopes have more than a 2% gradient.
From Bütgenbach to Losheimergraben, you will follow a new Belgian path for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders, called RAVel, which also climbs very gradually.
From Losheimergraben, pursue the Kyll Valley Cycle Route to Trier.
Organize your own journey to Aachen. Arrive early to make the most of your day in this popular city. The cathedral draws the crowds, but the city of Charlemagne, Father of Europe, harbours many more tourist attractions, such as the old city walls, art museums and the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The Vennbahn starts at Aachen-Rothe Erde railway station. This railtrail was Bicycle Route of the Year in 2014. Today it will take you to Monschau. The Vennbahn has a gentle gradient of no more than 2%: In the course of the day you will climb 250m almost without realizing it. Your first stop is Kornelimünster. After leaving the built-up area of Aachen province behind you, each new scene of natural beauty will surpass the previous. Crown your day in Monschau, an enchanting Eifel town esteemed for its beautiful half-timbered houses. Relax at a quiet pavement cafe or browse the specialty shops.
You have time to go for a walk through the historical town center of Monschau before you leave. From Monschau cycle uphill on a beautiful route along the River Rur. Once you are back on the Vennbahn, the route will undulate gently through High Fens nature park, one of the few remaining areas of upland moor in Europe. Stop off at Robertville, a Belgian town formerly known for its peat cutters but now best known for its impressive reservoir. Continue to a second reservoir at Bütgenbach, the Belgian town where you will spend the night.
Yesterday you left the Vennbahn behind you and proceeded on RAVel 45a to Bütgenbach. Today you will continue on this beautiful path to Büllingen and then almost imperceptibly slip back across the border near Losheimbergraben. Back in Germany, pursue the Kyll Valley Cycle Route mostly downhill on the banks of the River Kyll. Do take your time to visit the ruins of Kronenburg and the village down below, boasting an interesting history museum. Next up are Stadtkyll and Jünkerath before you reach the spa town of Gerolstein, known for its mineral water.
From Gerolstein mineral water to Bitburg beer. What a nice prospect for today! Pass the idyllic villages of Birresborn, Mürlenbach, Densborn and Kyllburg along the way. This leg of the route has some short steep climbs of approx. 100 - 300 meters long; as well as long and satisfying descents. After Kyllburg you will encounter your greatest challenge: a 2.5 km-long climb with substantial gradients. Your reward after conquering the ascent: The descent is equally steep. If you don’t feel up to this climb, no problem! Just catch a train from Kyllburg to Erdorf. This train ride will shorten today’s cycling route by 6 km. From Erdorf, cycle to the town that is home to Bitburg beer. By the end of the day you will have earned yourself a drink.
From Bitburg there is a wonderfully long descent to the River Kyll. Follow the bicycle path along the river bank. The scenery is diverse: from open landscapes with lovely views to woods and through picturesque villages. The Kyll river and the railway are never far away. If you have an early start in the morning, you will have time to explore Trier at the end of the day. The city has many Roman remains such as the Porta NIgra, the amphitheater, the Roman baths and the Basilica. Here, the River Kyll empties into the Moselle. So, if you don’t yet feel like going home, you have other options….
After breakfast, your holiday will come to an end.
Saturdays from 01.05 - 25.09
|Double room, breakfast||575.00|
|Single room, breakfast||785.00|
|Extra night (breakfast only)||70.00|
|Calamiteitenfonds||€ 0.42 x 6||2.50|
|Bike theft insurance||€ 3.00 x 6||18.00|
|E-bike theft insurance||€ 6.00 x 6||36.00|
|Transfer (per person)||per piece||65.00|
Below are the accommodations that we book as standard for this trip. They are carefully selected by us for cyclists. All rooms have a shower or bath and toilet. If one of the hotels is fully booked, we will reserve a comparable alternative.
Our hybrid bikes are Giant Aero RS2 or similar bikes
Assembly: with Shimano Deore (24 gears)
Brakes: Shimano rimbrakes (hand brakes)
Pedals: Flat pedals
Weight: ca. 16,5 kg
The e-bikes have a small electric engine and battery, which can be charged at the hotels. You still have to pedal: it just makes pedaling much easier. Some experience with e-bikes is recommended, as the bikes accelerate faster and are heavier than regular bikes because of the electric engine.
The e-bikes are Kalkhoff 2.0 Impulse or similar with 7 gears
They have a Bosch 500 Wh middle engine with a range of approx. 100km (normal use)
Pedals: Flat pedals
Weight: ca. 27 kilo.
Our childbikes are Giant, Merida or Golden Lion (aluminium)
Assembly: Shimano 7 gears
Brakes: Shimano (handbrakes)
Pedals: Flat pedals
Weight: ca. 14kg
Our roadbikes are Carbon Giant TCR/Defy, or Merida Reacto or similar
Assembly: Shimano 105 or Ultegra 20 gears
Brakes: Shimano 105 or Ultegra rim brakes
Pedals: We can provide flat pedals, toeclips, SPD, SPD-SL, Look or Keo pedals
Weight: depends on model and type but from 8,5 - 10 kg
Attention: If you rent a roadbike, those won't be provided with panniers
All our adult bikes come with hand brakes.
All our adult bikes come with hand brakes.
For children up to 30 months old (max. 15 KG) it is possible to rent a front child seat. This is not possible with e-bikes, due to the display.
For children older than 30 months (max. 22KG) it is possible to rent a rear child seat. This is also possible with e-bikes.
Helmets are not mandatory in Belgium, but can be rented. Most of the helmets are Lazer Compact helmets or Polisport
Available sizes: M, L and XL and also child helmets
All our bikes come with both front- and rear lights. You need to push the button on the lamp and it will flash three times. This means that the lights will automatically start working when it gets dark.
When you push again, the lamp will flash one time and the lights will be turned off.
All our bikes have locks on the bikes and we also provide one extra chain lock per couple of bikes.
Our e-bikes come with a defender lock with plug in chain (cable lock that is attached to the regular lock, see picture).
You need to turn the key a bit, take out the pin from the cable lock and attach it to a pole/other bike/fence etc.
When you push the pin back into the regular lock, you need to lock the regular lock as you always do, and both locks will be secured.
1 pannier is included at the 'standard' bikes and the e-bikes.
Height: 42 cm
Depth front to the side: 17 cm
Wide top: 32 cm
Wide down: 23 cm
Volume: 20 liters
It has an easy click-on/click-off system. The panniers are water resistant, so everything will stay dry.
The rental bikes come with regular pedals, so no click-in/SPD pedals or toe-clips.
All our bikes come with a quick release system, which makes it very easy to adjust the height of the saddle and the handle bars.
All bike are provided with a small repairkit including an extra inner tube, chain rivet extractor and hand pump. There is also one First Aid Kit per couple of bikes. Please leave this always in the bike after your tour!
Saddles can be adjusted in height without using any tools, see ‘Quick Release’.
Our saddles don’t come with a gel cover.
Belgian Biketours does not provide water bottles. We can also not guarantee that there are bottle holders on the bikes. You will always receive 1x pannier, so you can always store your water bottle in your pannier.
Our tandems are Multicycle, Sparta or Gazelle (all aluminium)
Assembly: Shimano Deore LX or Deore XT
Brakes: rim brakes Shimano Deore
Pedals: Flat pedals
Weight: ca. 30 kg
For a hybrid bike: € 3,00 per day per bicycle.
For an electric bicycle: € 6,00 per day per bicycle.
Please see the General Terms and Conditions for Bicycle Hire and Insurance.
Article 1 Bike Rental Price
The bike rental price is determined by the rates mentioned on the Belgian Bike Tours website at the time of the booking; or as subsequently agreed.
Article 2 Payment
a. The rental price and any other due sums regarding the rental agreement must be paid before the bike is handed over to you.
b. If, for whatever reason, you cannot make use of the bike(s) you have rented, Belgian Bike Tours will not be held responsible for any resulting expenses or damage.
c. In the case of the article 2b, the client remains obliged to pay the full rental price and any other amounts mentioned in the invoice, in accordance with our General Terms and Conditions of Booking, unless the client can prove that his not being able to use the bike was the consequence of a defect that was already present at the beginning of the rental period.
Article 3 Rental Period
a. The rental period runs from the morning of the first cycling day (day 2) to the end of the holiday (the day before departure day), as stated in the booking confirmation.
b. Extension of the rental period is possible only after approval by us and according to the (extension) rates as mentioned in article 1.
c. No refunds are possible after the rental period begins. If you return the bike(s) to us before the end of your holiday, the rental agreement will automatically be terminated and you will not get any of your money back.
d. At the end of the last cycling day of your holiday, the bike(s) must be returned to the hotel from where it was/they were issued, no later than the time stated in the booking confirmation.
If you book a one way tour tour you can leave the bike at the last hotel of the trip.
e. If the bike(s) is /are not returned by the return time stated in the booking confirmation, we will continue to charge you rent until such time as the bike(s) is/are returned to us or is/are received by us. In the event of late return, the rates as mentioned in article 1 will continue to apply, plus a fine of €25 per day. We also reserve the right to demand payment for any costs and/or damages suffered by us due to late return of our rental bike(s).
f. Notwithstanding the preceding paragraph, in the event of late return of our rental bikes, we reserve the right to dissolve the rental agreement without judicial intervention and immediately claim back our bicycles where ever they may be and from whomever has them. Belgian Bike Tours also holds this right in the event that the client does not comply with any of the other conditions stated in this rental agreement.
Article 4 Improper Use
a. The bicycle(s) may only be used for its/their intended purpose and only by the cyclists listed in the rental agreement.
b. The bike(s) must be returned to us in the same (clean!) state in which you received it/them.
c. You must take excellent care of the bicycle(s), as if it/they were your own. You must take every precaution against damage, loss or theft.
d. The bicycle may not be used on the beach; or on sandy paths in the dunes unless a paved path is unavailable.
Article 5 Damage, Loss and Theft
The renter will be held responsible for damages to or loss of the bicycle(s) or parts of it, as well as bicycle keys and chains and locks, for such an amount as is determined by us according to standard market prices. You must understand that you are not insured for damage to the bicycle(s) or for any damages to third parties.
Article 6 Theft Insurance
It is possible to purchase Bicycle Theft Insurance. Covered are: damages arising out of the theft of the bicycle; and damages to the bicycle as a consequence of the theft. Not covered are: theft of bicycle parts; and damages arising out of attempted theft.
Article 7 Theft Insurance Premium
a. The premium for Bicycle Theft Insurance is € 3,00 per day per bicycle. For an electric bicycle € 6,00.
The number of insurance days is the same as the number of cycling days as stated in our booking confirmation.
Article 8 Liability in the Event of Theft
a. If you did not purchase Bicycle Theft Insurance from us before the start of the holiday, you will be held fully accountable for the sum determined by us according to standard prices.
b. If you did purchase Bicycle Theft Insurance from us, but you failed to lock the wheel lock and failed to produce the original wheel lock key and failed to produce an official theft report drawn up by the police, you will still be held fully accountable for the sum determined by us according to standard prices.
Article 9 Costs During the Rental Period
Any charges and taxes regarding the rental bicycle(s), such as fines and ferry tickets, are to be paid by you. You will also be required to pay all costs ensuing from the use of the bicycle(s) such as parking fees, maintenance and repairs.
7 nights included
3/4 star hotels
Tourist tax included
Breakfast included, halfboard optional
Tourist information on all the places of interest
The possibility of renting our bikes
7-days a week service-hotline
Luggage transport to your next hotel
Parking possibilities at the hotel
Any ferry crossings are not included