Sailing the Scenic Moselle to Luxembourg
FRC-880061/879983 Rhine/Moselle
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Day 1
Cologne, Germany

As the fourth largest city in Germany and the largest city on the Rhine River, Cologne is regarded as the historic, cultural and economic capital of the Rhineland. It is highly regarded for its trade fairs, cathedral, perfume, and Koelsch beer. It was also once a significant part of the Roman Empire, and the remains of many Roman buildings and town walls are still visible today. There is a range of Roman artefacts on display in the Roemisches Germanisches Museum, which is well worth a visit.

Cologne is also home to the French Gothic style Kolner Dom Cathedral, for which construction began in 1248 but remained unfinished for 600 years. The structure - which can still be visited today - is made up of two 157 metre-high spires, buttresses, pillars and arches – which collectively support the central nave. The remains of the kings who followed the star to Bethlehem are believed to have been contained within the south tower.

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Day 2
Cochem, Germany

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.

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Day 3
Trier, Germany

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.

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Day 4
Remich, Luxembourg

Just 10 miles southeast of Luxembourg City along the River Rhine is the town of Remich. Lying in the Moselle Valley, Remich is one of many small town dominated by its love of wine making. It is also one of the most picturesque and highly frequented by tourists.

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Day 5
Moselle River, Germany - Bernkastel-Kues, Germany

The Moselle River offers a small and intimate route through some of Germany’s finest castles, fortresses, terraced vineyards, and villages. It flows 341 miles from the French border, near Trier, to Koblenz, where it joins the River Rhine. As well as France and Germany, it provides an opportunity to cruise through Luxembourg. In the former Roman city of Trier, it is joined by the two smaller rivers of the Saar and Ruwer, and from here, it follows a winding path before arriving in Koblenz. The vineyards that line the banks of this river are renowned around the world for producing some of the finest wines in the world.

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.

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Day 6
Bernkastel-Kues, Germany - Traben Trarbach, Germany

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.

Set on both sides of the River Moselle is the traditional twin wine village of Traben Trarbach. The village is most noted for its Art Noveau villas and the Bruckentor, the gateway to the old bridge that was joined these two villages. A must see sight in the village is the ruins of Gravenburg Castle, which lies above the craggy surrounding hillsides.

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Day 7
Koblenz, Germany - Cologne, Germany

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.

As the fourth largest city in Germany and the largest city on the Rhine River, Cologne is regarded as the historic, cultural and economic capital of the Rhineland. It is highly regarded for its trade fairs, cathedral, perfume, and Koelsch beer. It was also once a significant part of the Roman Empire, and the remains of many Roman buildings and town walls are still visible today. There is a range of Roman artefacts on display in the Roemisches Germanisches Museum, which is well worth a visit.

Cologne is also home to the French Gothic style Kolner Dom Cathedral, for which construction began in 1248 but remained unfinished for 600 years. The structure - which can still be visited today - is made up of two 157 metre-high spires, buttresses, pillars and arches – which collectively support the central nave. The remains of the kings who followed the star to Bethlehem are believed to have been contained within the south tower.

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Day 8
Cologne, Germany

As the fourth largest city in Germany and the largest city on the Rhine River, Cologne is regarded as the historic, cultural and economic capital of the Rhineland. It is highly regarded for its trade fairs, cathedral, perfume, and Koelsch beer. It was also once a significant part of the Roman Empire, and the remains of many Roman buildings and town walls are still visible today. There is a range of Roman artefacts on display in the Roemisches Germanisches Museum, which is well worth a visit.

Cologne is also home to the French Gothic style Kolner Dom Cathedral, for which construction began in 1248 but remained unfinished for 600 years. The structure - which can still be visited today - is made up of two 157 metre-high spires, buttresses, pillars and arches – which collectively support the central nave. The remains of the kings who followed the star to Bethlehem are believed to have been contained within the south tower.

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