Begin your splendid journey along two of Europe’s most alluring rivers, the Rhine and Moselle. Step into the pages of a fairytale in Cochem and Strasbourg. Marvel at the Palace Gardens of Schwetzingen, the only park in Europe that still retains its original Baroque-style grounds. Be inspired by UNESCO-designated Trier, Siegfried’s Mechanical Museum and local wine growers, who charm you with delicious wines while visiting Bernkastel, Rüdesheim and Riquewihr, the “Gem of the Alsace Vineyards.”
- 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom
- Bottled water replenished daily
- Daily entertainment including cultural performances
- Immersive tours in every destination
- Visit Germany's oldest city - Trier
- Tour the spectacular hilltop Reichsburg Castle in Cochem
- Explore the city of Basel
- Free Wi-Fi throughout the ship
- Knowledgeable guides
- Personal headset for easy exploration
- All onboard meals
- Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
- La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
- Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
- Sip & Sail Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
What's Not Included
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone/fax calls, camera/video fees, medical expenses, airport departure tax, travel insurance, visas, excess baggage fees etc.
- Salon & Massage Services
- Beverages and food not on the regular table d’hôte menu
- Governmental or local taxes/ fees and fuel surcharges
- Airfare and overseas transfers
Bordered by Belgium, France, and Germany; the small, landlocked nation of Luxembourg, which is accessible via the Moselle River. It is regarded as the green heart of Europe, due to the fact it is covered by unique species of flora. It is not without its fair share of history either, with a commanding fortress which dates back over 1,000 years. The City of Luxembourg, its Old Quarters and Fortifications have collectively earned UNESCO World Heritage status.
The city of Trier is a popular destination during Moselle River cruises due to its rich history and position within the Moselle Wine Region. Many believe it is the oldest city in Germany, dating back to the 4th century BC when it was settled by the Celts.
Modern day Trier has much to offer its visitors, including Roman and Medieval buildings, like the Porta Nigra and the cathedral, which are extremely well-preserved. There are also museums dedicated to the history of Karl Marx and Roman artefacts found in and around the city, along with the ever-popular toy museum. Additionally, there is a vibrant Christmas market held on the streets throughout December.
Bernkastel-Kues, situated north-east of Trier, on the Moselle River, is made up of two former towns – each of which retains a distinctive feel and character. Above the town sits the ruins of Landshut Castle, built in the 9th century and offers fantastic views of the Moselle and surrounding area. Bernkastel is home to a renowned market and is filled with romantic half-timbered houses and beautifully designed gables. This part of the town is also home to the 14th century Pfarrkirche St Michael, which has a tower and was historically part of the fortification wall. Kues is home to a hospice, which was founded by Nikolaus Cusanus and contains a chapel, library, courtyard and cloisters. Hidden within the hospice are a series of vaulted cellars, where you can sample regional sparkling Moselle wines.
The small but popular village of Cochem sits on the banks of the Moselle River, southwest of Koblenz. Located on both sides of the Moselle, most of the main part of the village lies under the Reichsburg Castle. It is necessary to cross a bridge from the other side of the river, after docking, to visit Cochem’s narrow alleyways, half-timbered medieval houses, and town gates. Situated on the hilltop that dominates the town, Reichsburg Castle, which was originally built in 1294, was destroyed by the French in 1689 and later rebuilt in the late 19th century.
Originally founded as a Roman town in 9 BC, Koblenz is one of the oldest cities in Germany. Situated at the junction of the Rhine and Moselle River, it is surrounded by spurs of the Eifel, Hunsrück, Westerwald, and Taunus mountains. The point at which the two rivers meet is known as “Deutsches Eck (German Corner), which is the site of a settlement, founded in 1216 by German Knights, and today, it features an impressive monument dedicated to Kaiser Wilhelm I. Koblenz is home to a series of squares and statues which make for a pleasant stroll. There are also many historic structures in the city including the 13th century fortress, 18th century Electoral Palace and a series of medieval churches.
A UNESCO listed World Heritage Site, The Rhine Gorge lies on the Rhine River between Koblenz and Bingen. Cutting through the Rhineland Plateau and the Rhenish Slate Mountains, the gorge is picturesque and full of famous features. It is complete with fairy tale castles and terraced vineyards, and its most famous feature the Lorelei Rock. Many of the towns lining the gorge retain a historic feel to this day.
Located at the foot of the Taunus Mountains and at the heart of the Rhine River is the town of Rudesheim. Being in the Rhine Gorge, Rudesheim is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a historic winemaking town. Not only does the wine make this town worth visiting, but the Old Town itself and the picturesque Rheingau landscape and the romantic Rhine River itself.
The south-west German city of Mannheim is situated on the right bank of the Rhine River, opposite Ludwigshafen – at the mouth of the Neckar River. There are many examples of baroque architecture located throughout Mannheim, including a Jesuit Church, old town hall, pilgrimage church, warehouse, and arsenal. The emblem of Mannheim is a cylindrical water tower, which was constructed in 1888. The history of Mannheim extends as far back as 764, when it was first referred to as a village. Germany’s first National Theatre opened in the city in 1778 and the construction of the city’s Rhine harbour took place in 1834.
Located along the banks of the Rhine River close to the border with Germany, is the capital city and largest city of the Grand Est region, Strasbourg. The historic Grande Île city centre of Strasbourg has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is immersed is Franco-German culture.
Wurzburg is located in the German state of Bavaria, along the River Main. The Wurzburger Residenz and the Marienberg Fortress show off the impressive Baroque architecture found in this historic city and are two of the most popular places to visit.
Known as the city of 100 churches, many of these are still intact and help to give Wurzburg a fairytale feel. The most notable is Käppele, a small church known by this colloquial name and which features famous artworks and a chapel decorated with artificial bones and skulls. The city also lies within the Franconian wine region and is therefore a great place to taste some of the local vintages.
Located on the right bank of the Rhine, opposite the French town of Neuf-Brisach, sits the south-western German town of Breisach. This town is home to the 11th century Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral of St Stephan – which features a Renaissance pulpit, silver shrine, a high altar made from carved wood, and a wonderful terrace which offers spectacular views over the Rhine into France. Elsewhere in Breisach, you will find a museum on municipal history – which is home to an impressive collection of artefacts dating back to the Stone Age.
The south-central German river town of Bamberg has been recognised as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Situated on the Regnitz River, north of Nuremberg, this gorgeous town is set amidst a series of picturesque rivers and forests. This perfectly preserved historic town is home to a range of architectural styles including Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. Within the city, there are many historic structures and museums including the Alte Residenz (Old Palace), Neue Residenz, the former Benedictine abbey and an imperial cathedral which contains many notable statues. Additionally, there are nine breweries in Bamberg, offering a collective total of 200 types of beer.
The city of Basel, in northern Switzerland, sits along the Rhine at the mouths of the Birs and Wiese rivers. It is divided into two parts – Kleinbasel (industrial section to the north) and Grossbasel (the older commercial and cultural centre). The latter is dominated by the Romanesque and Gothic-style Munster, which was Basel’s protestant cathedral until 1528 and houses a monumental slab to Erasmus, who is entombed there. Other notable buildings include the late Gothic-Rathaus (Town Hall), the Church of St. Martin (Basel’s oldest religious foundation), and the 14th-century Franciscan church – which now houses a historical museum.
Located on the Pegnitz River is the second largest city of Bavaria and incredibly energetic city of Nuremberg. Emerging from the uplands of Franconia, Nuremberg is also close to the Main-Danube Canal. With official records dating back to 1050 this incredible city has a very long history, unfortunately only a handful of historic buildings survived the damage of WW2. The most significant remaining building is the Church of St. Sebald, a breathtaking example of gothic and renaissance master craft. As well as museums, a Renaissance city hall, and customs house, there is an imperial castle towering above them all.