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Best of the Rhine & Moselle 2017

River Rhine | Germany, Europe

9 days
from
£749
per person
  • Bonn
  • Boppard, Rhine Valley
  • Boppard
  • Cochem
  • Cologne
  • Mainz
  • Moselle
  • Rüdesheim
  • Traben
BonnBoppard, Rhine ValleyBoppardCochemCologneMainzMoselleRüdesheimTraben
Note that there may be small differences between our general Itinerary for this cruise and a specific departure. To view departure specific itineraries please go to the Dates and Prices tab and click "View Itinerary" on a specific departure.

 

Best of the Rhine & Moselle

Sit back and relax as we drift along the Rhine and the Moselle, stopping to explore our captain’s favourite ports of call. They may flow into one another at the city of Koblenz, but these two rivers are very different – the mighty Rhine which offers legendary landscapes and vibrant cities, and the meandering Moselle whose valley is an ocean of vineyards dotted with quaint medieval towns. Few people know them as well as our devoted captain, not only in terms of navigating a ship, but also the finer details of where to go and what to do. So we have drawn from his knowledge and experience to offer the best of the Rhine and the Moselle in one seamless journey.

Day 1: UK – Koblenz
We travel to the city of Koblenz, where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet, and settle aboard our ship.

Day 2: Koblenz – Rüdesheim – Mainz
This morning we leave Koblenz and begin cruising along the Rhine to visit the town of Rüdesheim. You are free to explore at leisure, or you can join our optional excursion for the chance to see the fascinating Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum and enjoy a cable car ride above the vineyards for panoramic views of the Rhine. Later today we continue along the Rhine and stop at Mainz.

Day 3: Mainz – Boppard
Our optional guided tour is the perfect introduction to Mainz, a fascinating city heralded as the wine capital of Germany. Join us as we explore the old quarter and the modern city centre, plus we visit the Gutenburg Museum opposite the cathedral. In the afternoon we cruise to Boppard, where you are free to explore at leisure or join our optional excursion visiting the lovely village of Alken for our first taste of the Moselle region.

Day 4: Boppard – Koblenz – Cochem
During breakfast we cruise to Koblenz and enjoy some free time. Alternatively, you can join our optional trip on the Koblenz cable car which leads to the magnificent Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. The afternoon can then be spent relaxing onboard as we cruise along the Moselle, following the twists and turns of the river to Cochem. No visit to this region is complete without sampling the wine, so be sure to join our optional wine tasting excursion this evening.

Day 5: Cochem – Traben-Trarbach
We cruise further along the Moselle and stop at Traben-Trarbach, a quaint town filled with half-timbered buildings and handsome aristocratic homes. You can explore at leisure – the Middle Moselle Museum (not included) and the small bicycle museum (free entry) are highly recommended – or join our optional excursion into the Saar valley where we visit the amazing Roscheider Hof Open Air Museum.

Day 6: Traben-Trarbach – Andernach
Relax onboard as we enjoy a full day cruising along the Moselle. Our route takes us back to the Rhine and the little town of Andernach which we reach in the early evening. From here you can join our optional excursion into the Ahr valley to sample the produce of the northernmost winemaking region in Germany.

Day 7: Andernach – Bonn – Cologne
This morning we cruise the short distance to Bonn, where you can explore at leisure and stay with our ship as it cruises to Cologne, or join our optional excursions. The first takes you to Königswinter on the opposite side of the river for a trip on the Dragon Rock Railway; the next visits the magnificent Augustusburg and Falkenlust Palaces before meeting our ship in Cologne. You are then free to enjoy the remainder of the day in this beautiful city which is dominated by its huge gothic cathedral.

Day 8: Cologne – Arnhem/Andernach
For our May departure, the Dutch city of Arnhem is our final destination. You have the afternoon at leisure or you can join our optional excursion visiting the Netherlands Open Air Museum, an excellent site which preserves the local traditions of rural life. For our July/August departures, we return to Andernach where you can join our optional excursion visiting Sayn Palace and its beautiful Butterfly Garden.

Day 9: Arnhem/Andernach – UK
We bid farewell to our captain and crew after breakfast and set off on the return journey.

Best of the Rhine & Moselle

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• See the best of two of Europe’s most celebrated rivers

• Relax on board our friendly little ship as we enjoy a full day cruising along the Moselle

• Take the opportunity to join our optional wine tasting excursions in the Moselle valley

• Explore the quaint town of Traben-Trarbach

• Enjoy an optional cable car ride above the Rhine valley

• Visit Bonn, the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven

• Make the most of an overnight stop in the vibrant city of Cologne where you are free to come and go from our floating hotel

 

 

Ships

We offer a number of flexible travel options for you to join your cruise, whether you want to travel to the port of departure or directly to the ship. Please see below:

Coach via Dover, Hull & Newcastle

On many of our cruises you can take advantage of our convenient and FREE regional coach departures aboard our modern executive coaches from a town or city near you to the port of departure and onwards to meet the ship.

Ferry crossing at Dover, Hull & Newcastle

When you travel by coach or car, you will join a ferry at Dover, Hull or Newcastle, depending on your chosen cruise, and cross over to Europe. Our coach will then take you to meet our ship at the embarkation point as shown in the cruise itinerary. Hull and Newcastle crossings take place overnight, adding 2 days to the cruise duration.

Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford

Travel at your own pace, in the comfort of your own vehicle and stay overnight at Dover or Ashford, in accommodation close to the port of departure and be collected/returned by our coach. Prices for Ashford start from £59 per person per night and for Dover for £65 per person per night on a bed and breakfast basis and include parking for one vehicle for the duration of your cruise.

Eurostar from London St Pancras

Enjoy the benefits of rail travel – boarding at London St Pancras International, you will be whisked effortlessly along by Eurostar whilst relaxing in your reserved seat. You have the freedom to stretch your legs whenever the mood takes you and purchase drinks and snacks from the buffet carriage.

On selected cruises there are rail options included in the price, whereas on other cruises it is offered alongside our coach travel option – please note a supplement will apply and transfers to the ship are not included except for cruises certain cruises.

Join at the Ship

You are of course free to make your own way to and from the ship by booking your flight/ferry or train tickets independently – a small reduction applies. With your joining instructions we will send you a map of where the ship is berthed and also a boarding time.

Dates and pricing

The details below show the travel options, pricing and the available departure dates for this itinerary. If you have any questions about this cruise please do not hesitate to call our Holiday Advisors.

Departures

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To

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DepartureTravel optionsBooking
2017-05-20
20 May 2017
for 11 days


Coach
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Ferries
Join ship at Koblenz
11 Days from
£899
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2017-05-21
21 May 2017
for 9 days


Eurostar
Join ship at Koblenz
9 Days from
£749
Passengers
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2017-05-21
21 May 2017
for 9 days


Coach
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Ferries
Overnight hotel
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9 Days from
£749
Passengers
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2017-07-30
30 July 2017
for 11 days


Coach
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Ferries
Join ship at Koblenz
11 Days from
£1049
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2017-07-31
31 July 2017
for 9 days


Eurostar
Join ship at Koblenz
9 Days from
£749
Passengers
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2017-07-31
31 July 2017
for 9 days


Coach
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Ferries
Overnight hotel
Join ship at Koblenz
9 Days from
£899
Passengers
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2017-08-27
27 August 2017
for 11 days


Coach
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Ferries
Join ship at Koblenz
11 Days from
£1049
Passengers
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2017-08-28
28 August 2017
for 9 days


Eurostar
Join ship at Koblenz
9 Days from
£749
Passengers
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2017-08-28
28 August 2017
for 9 days


Coach
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Ferries
Overnight hotel
Join ship at Koblenz
9 Days from
£799
Passengers
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Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Rüdesheim

Rüdesheim highlights

£26

A road train ride transports you to view fascinating examples of early 1900 mechanical music making systems at Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum. We also include a cable car ride to reach the Niederwald monument, with spectacular views along the way.

Mainz

Mainz guided tour

£21

Roman Mainz, the cathedral, the old quarter and the modern city centre. This is a tour of Mainz’s history, from its beginnings to the present day. We also take a tour of the Gutenberg Museum, which is dedicated to Johannes Gutenberg and his inventions. Here we experience the history of printing, writing and books, plus we enjoy a demonstration of the printing press.

Alken

Alken

£10

The Moselle is renowned for the many quaint villages that cling to its riverbanks, and Alken has to be one of the prettiest. This tiny community is overlooked by the Burg Thurant from a steep hillside high above the village. It boasts a number of charming old houses and the remains of its medieval walls, along with half-timbered buildings which are adorned with flower-filled window boxes.

Wine tasting

Cochem evening wine tasting

£21

We simply cannot visit the Moselle without tasting the wine, so join us as we visit a local vintner and enjoy an evening of wine tasting.

Saar valley

Saar valley & the Open Air Museum

£15

This fantastic museum is in the city of Konz which is on the confluence of the Moselle and Saar rivers. Covering around 22 hectares, you can view interesting exhibitions, events and demonstrations of the history of the surrounding area with aspects that range from winemaking to dentistry. We also enjoy a German tradition of coffee (or tea) and cake in the restaurant.

Ahr valley evening wine tasting

Ahr valley evening wine tasting

£23

Join our coach as we venture into the most northerly winemaking region in Germany to enjoy an evening of wine tasting. The grapes that grow here on steep, terraced vineyards make glowing, velvety red wines which are among the best of their kind. It’s a tradition established by the Romans and one that continues to this day.

Dragon Rock Railway

Dragon Rock Railway

£25

We take the mountain railway to the top of the Drechenfels, the landmark of the Siebengebirge and home to one of Germany’s most famous legends, where Siegfried slew the dragon that lived in a cave.

Palaces of Augustusburg & Falkenlust

Palaces of Augustusburg & Falkenlust

£21

Augustusburg Palace represents one of the first examples of rococo creations in Germany. We enjoy a guided tour of the palace, after which you can take the short stroll to admire the Falkenlust hunting lodge. Please note: Augustusburg Palace is closed on a Monday and will be substituted with a visit to Cologne Cathedral.

Netherlands Open Air Museum

Netherlands Open Air Museum (May)

£10

Founded in 1912, this excellent museum focuses on the living and working conditions of rural life in the Netherlands up to the start of the 1900s. Highlights include typical farmhouses and fishermen's homes, windmills of all kinds, and a variety of craft workshops occupied by costumed guides demonstrating traditional skills.

Butterfly Garden

Sayn Palace & Butterfly Garden (July & August)

£23

Witness the colourful flourish of exotic butterflies in the Butterfly Garden and then visit the caterpillar house and the insectarium. Afterwards, you are free to explore Sayn Palace which is filled with precious paintings, furniture and artefacts.

Excursion Package

Excursion Package Price (May)

£151

SAVE £42 PER PERSON
Don't miss a thing by booking our special excursion package which includes all the listed excursions for this cruise. Not only can you take part in all the exciting trips we have organised, you can enjoy all this at a reduced cost!

Excursion Package

Excursion Package Price (July & August)

£158

SAVE £48 PER PERSON
Don't miss a thing by booking our special excursion package which includes all the listed excursions for this cruise. Not only can you take part in all the exciting trips we have organised, you can enjoy all this at a reduced cost!

At a glance

Length: 9 days

From: Koblenz

Ends: Arnhem/Andernach

Travel options available:

  • Coach via Dover, Hull & Newcastle
  • Ferry crossing at Dover, Hull & Newcastle
  • Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford
  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
  • Join at the Ship
9 days
from
£749
per person

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Included in the Price

  • Executive return coach travel from your chosen departure point
  • Return ferry crossing
  • Welcome drink, Captain’s get-together and party night
  • En suite cabin accommodation aboard the mps Lady Anne
  • Full board during the cruise
  • Early risers and mid morning tea/coffee
  • Entertainment on every night of your cruise
  • Visits to Koblenz, Rüdesheim, Mainz, Boppard, Cochem, Traben-Trarbach, Andernach, Bonn, Cologne and Arnhem* (*May departure only)
  • Services of our experienced and friendly Cruise Director and Cruise Manager

 


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