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Rhine & Moselle Explorer 2017

River Rhine | Germany, Europe

9 days
from
£999
per person
  • Cochem
  • Cologne
  • Koblenz
  • Moselle
  • Rhine Valley
  • Cochem
  • Rudesheim
  • Trier
  • Bonn
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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.

 

Rhine & Moselle Explorer Itinerary

Step aboard the ms Serenity as we go in search of the treasures along two of Europe’s most charming rivers: the Moselle with its tranquil and intimate aura, and the Rhine with its mysterious power – the stuff of legends and fairytales. We join our ship in Koblenz, the meeting point of these two great rivers, and begin by following the twists and turns of the Moselle all the way to Trier, visiting quaint wine towns and passing ancient castles as we go. We then return to Koblenz and join the Rhine, which leads us through a spectacular gorge where you can gaze in wonder at the Lorelei and explore the great cities of Bonn and Cologne. With the stunning scenery as our constant companion, together with the fantastic service aboard our ship, this is the epitome of river cruising.

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

Day 2: Koblenz – Cochem
This morning we leave Koblenz and follow the Moselle on a leisurely cruise towards Cochem. Here you can join our optional guided tour which also includes a visit to Reichsburg Castle, an icon of the Moselle landscape. The remainder of the day is free for you to do as much or as little as you choose.

Day 3: Cochem – Bernkastel-Kues
Enjoy another peaceful morning as we continue along the Moselle before stopping at Bernkastel-Kues, a popular winegrowing centre in the heart of the Moselle valley. You are free to explore at leisure, or you can join our optional walking tour followed by a visit to the Moselle Wine Museum and wine tasting in the historic cellars of the Vinotheque. Later this evening we begin cruising towards Trier.

Day 4: Trier
Wake up in Trier and join our optional walking tour for a great way to get your bearings and take in the main highlights of this ancient city. In the afternoon you can join our optional coach excursion exploring the Mullerthal region, which is often referred to as Luxembourg’s ‘little Switzerland’ due to its hilly landscape reminiscent of Switzerland. Later today our ship cruises downriver along the Moselle towards Zell.

Day 5: Zell
Zell is a quaint and beautiful town in the Moselle valley with numerous historic sites, including the old town walls, St Peter’s Church and an ancient castle built in the 16th century. It is also known for its legendary black cat, the story of which you can learn about during our optional guided tour. In the afternoon you can relax onboard as we follow the twists and turns of the Moselle back to Koblenz.

Day 6: Koblenz – Rüdesheim
This morning you can join our optional guided tour of Koblenz for the chance to explore the narrow lanes and romantic squares that make up the old town. In the afternoon we begin cruising along the Rhine, which leads us through the spectacular Rhine gorge and past the legendary Lorelei. We stop overnight in the wine town of Rüdesheim, where you can join our evening optional excursion visiting a traditional wine cellar to sample some of the region’s delicious wine.

Day 7: Rüdesheim – Bonn
Join our optional excursion to visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum and enjoy a cable car ride above the vineyards for panoramic views of the Rhine, before we leave Rüdesheim and follow the river to Bonn.

Day 8: Bonn – Cologne
The city of Bonn is a great place to explore, with a long and interesting history to discover. Alternatively, you can join our optional excursion for a guided tour of the magnificent Augustusburg Palace. We then cruise to our final destination and the largest city on the Rhine, Cologne. Here you can join our optional walking tour which also visits the enormous gothic cathedral.

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

Rhine & Moselle Explorer

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• Enjoy the highlights along two of Europe’s most charming rivers on one itinerary

• Experience the tranquil and intimate aura of the Moselle

• Take the opportunity to purchase delicious wine straight from the Moselle region

• Walk around Trier, which is believed to be the oldest city in Germany

• Stand on the Deutsches Eck (German Corner), where the Rhine and the Moselle meet

• Cruise through the breathtaking Rhine gorge

• Visit Cologne, the largest city along the Rhine

• Plenty of time to explore our ports of call at leisure or join our optional excursions

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

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

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.

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.

By Air London Heathrow

Air travel is included on selected cruises, it includes taxes, one item of checked in baggage per couple, a seat in economy class and return transfers from the airport to the ship.

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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2017-06-04
04 June 2017
for 9 days


Eurostar
Join ship at Koblenz
9 Days from
£999
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2017-06-04
04 June 2017
for 9 days


Flights
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9 Days from
£999
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2017-06-04
04 June 2017
for 9 days


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Overnight hotel
Join ship at Koblenz
9 days from
£999
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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!

Cochem

Cochem Castle

£25

The town of Cochem is a delight to explore, with its small alleyways leading to the medieval market place, and the vibrant riverside promenade and pretty harbour. Overlooking the town is Reichsburg Castle, with its fanciful towers and battlements which create a fairytale silhouette. Our guided tour is a great way to look around the town, before heading up to the Reichsburg to explore the interiors and enjoy magnificent views.

Bernkastel

Bernkastel-Kues & Moselle wine

£25

The pretty town of Bernkastel-Kues is considered the wine capital of the Moselle. Our optional excursion first takes you on a walking tour to admire the beautiful half-timbered buildings, before visiting the Moselle Wine Museum – one of the latest multimedia museums in Germany. You can then enjoy some wine tasting in the historic cellars of the Vinotheque.

Trier

Trier guided tour

£21

Trier is believed to be the oldest city in Germany and was the former residence of Roman emperors. To this day, it is home to many stunning Roman remains along with architectural styles from various other periods, including gothic, renaissance and rococo. This makes it the perfect place to explore on foot and our guided tour ensures you miss none of the highlights.

Luxembourg

Luxembourg’s little Switzerland

£23

This guided sightseeing excursion takes you by coach through Luxembourg’s little Switzerland, so-called because of the landscape’s resemblance to Switzerland. In Echternach, the capital of the region, we are joined by a local guide who helps to point out the places of interest as we pass through this stunning area and visit Berdorf, Mullerthal and Beaufort.

Zell

Zell guided tour

£19

Join a local guide for a tour of this enchanting town, which is surrounded by vineyards, and hear the story of the legendary black cat that appears on the label of most wines from this region and even has her own festival at the end of June.

Koblenz

Koblenz guided tour

£21

Join an experienced guide for a walking tour through the old town of Koblenz. Highlights include the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) where the Moselle and the Rhine meet; the statue of Emperor Wilhelm I; the intriguing Schängel fountain; the central square; and numerous other attractions in one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Germany.

Rüdesheim

Rüdesheim by night

£27

mps Lady Anne & ms Serenity Visit a traditional wine cellar to sample some of the region’s best wines, before exploring the captivating Drosselgasse, which is filled with little taverns and courtyards and is the cultural heart of the town.

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.

Palaces of Augustusburg & Falkenlust

Palaces of Augustusburg & Falkenlust

£29

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.

Cologne

Cologne city tour

£21

The Cathedral of Cologne is one of Germany’s most important architectural monuments, a Gothic masterpiece in the heart of the city which boasts the highest church spires ever built. We have a visit here before venturing into the old town.

Excursion Package

Excursion Package Price

£185

SAVE £52 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: Cologne

Travel options available:

  • Coach via Dover
  • Ferry crossing at Dover
  • Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford
  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
  • By Air London Heathrow
  • Join at the Ship
9 days
from
£999
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 ms Serenity
  • Full board during the cruise
  • Early risers and mid morning tea/coffee
  • Entertainment on every night of your cruise
  • Visits to Koblenz, Cochem, Bernkastel-Kues, Trier, Zell, Rüdesheim, Bonn & Cologne
  • Services of our experienced and friendly Cruise Director and Cruise Manager

 


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