Where Rhine and Moselle Meet

Resort: Where Rhine and Moselle Meet
Operator: Saga
Destination: Europe
Price From: £1429.00

Discover a scenic stretch of the Rhine and one of its loveliest tributaries the Moselle on this short cruise

This cruise on the Rhine and the Moselle reveals the historic cities, charming wine towns, impressive castles and lush vineyards that line their banks

Including…

20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

Excursions

  • Coach and walking tour of Trier
  • Wine tasting in Traben-Trarbach

Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Amsterdam to Arnhem

Fly to Amsterdam and transfer to Arnhem. Embark Amadeus Royal and enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board as you cruise overnight towards Bonn.

Day 2
Bonn

This afternoon, discover the highlights of one of Germany’s oldest cities and its provisional capital city between 1949 and 1990. It remained the seat of the German federal government until as recently as 1999. Enjoy exploring independently, to see magnificent baroque palaces and historic buildings from the 16th century when the powerful elite of Cologne chose to reside here. It’s also home to some of the country’s finest art at the impressive Museum of Art and Federal Art Gallery. Alternatively, join an optional city walking tour with a local guide which includes a visit to the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven, now a museum. Early this evening your ship sails towards Winningen.

 

Optional excursions

Birthplace of Beethoven | two hours

Take a walk past the historic sights of the former West German capital and the birthplace of Beethoven. A visit to the composer’s former home, now a museum dedicated to his life and work, is included.

 

Day 3
Winningen to Cochem to Zell

Leave Winningen after breakfast and arrive in romantic Cochem on the Moselle mid-afternoon. An optional excursion visits the castle, followed by a wine tasting. Depart this evening for Zell.

 

Optional excursions

Cochem Castle and wine tasting | half day

The neo-Gothic Reichsburg castle in Cochem was restored in the 19th century and offers wonderful views of the Moselle. Once you’ve toured the castle, a taxi will take you to a local vineyard for an introductory talk and tasting of four regional wines.

 

Day 4
Zell to Bernkastel

Enjoy views of the old walls and gabled houses of this famous wine town from the ship, before sailing to the pretty town of Bernkastel-Kues. Developed on the right bank of the Moselle in the Middle Ages, Bernkastel, or ‘bear castle’ merged with the village of Kues, on the left bank, in 1905. Colourful, half-timbered houses line the medieval market square while the ruined 13th-century Castle of Landshut overlooks the town. Your ship moors here for the night.

Day 5
Bernkastel to Trier

Spend an afternoon in Germanys oldest city, Trier, founded in 16BC by Emperor Augustus. A Roman colony from the 1st century AD and then a great trading centre, by the end of the 3rd century, it had become known as the ‘second Rome’. Many important Roman buildings have been preserved in Trier, as you’ll discover on an included tour to see the Roman city gateway, Porta Nigra, and the cathedral. Moor here overnight.

Day 6
Trier to Traben Trarbach

Amadeus Royal cruises to the twin villages of Traben-Trarbach which straddle the Moselle, are known as the ‘capitals’ of the wine region and are home to many art nouveau buildings. Enjoy an included wine-tasting at a vineyard. Cruise overnight to Koblenz.

Day 7
Koblenz

Set where the Rhine and Moselle meet, the city’s name Koblenz means ‘merging of the rivers’, and it’s also known as the ‘gateway’ to the Rhine Gorge. Its rich history is reflected in a wealth of monuments, historic buildings and baroque Old Town. You have the day to explore independently or maybe join an optional walking tour with a visit to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Amadeus Royal cruises overnight towards Frankfurt.

 

Optional excursions

Guided tour of Koblenz and Festung Enhrenbreitstein | half day

Above Koblenz looms the impressive Prussian-built, 19th-century fortress, Festung Enhrenbreitstein. Travel to it by cable car for panoramic views. There will also be a guided city walk.

 

Day 8
Frankfurt to the UK

Disembark your ship after breakfast for your return flight to the UK.

 

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