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The Magic of the Moselle and Rhine

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Cruise the Moselle, one of Europe’s most peaceful waterways and sail the enchanting Rhine Gorge.

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2024 Tour code: MOR24

About the tour

Indulge in a serene journey along the picturesque Moselle river, sailing by lush hillsides and sloped vineyards. Ancient castles and Roman ruins sprinkle the landscape on this calm cruise as we relax and explore the treasures that line its banks, visiting Germany's most charming towns and tasting the best wines produced in the region. Drift through natural beauty along the gentle current and enjoy the peaceful pace of life on the meandering Moselle river.

Unforgettable experiences

Trier
Trier
Discover Trier - a UNESCO World Heritage site, with ancient Roman ruins occupying the same street corner as classic Baroque architecture and brightly coloured townhouses.
Wines of the Moselle
Wines of the Moselle
Sample wines of the Moselle, including the popular Riesling, at different destinations along the river.
Cochem
Cochem
Visit the Reichsburg castle, standing on a scenic hill in Cochem’s Old Town with a fantastic viewpoint to admire the beautiful Moselle Valley.
Rüdesheim
Rüdesheim
Explore Rüdesheim and the famous Drosselgasse, a quaint narrow alleyway lined with traditional pubs and wine cellars.
Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
Wander the iconic Deutsches Eck admiring views of the mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - Delightful Strasbourg

Our holiday begins as we meet at London St Pancras for our Eurostar journey to Paris, then continue by rail to Strasbourg. Here, we board our ship where we're welcomed with a cocktail and enjoy dinner as we start our overnight cruise.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - Charming Rüdesheim, the magical Rhine Gorge, and picturesque Koblenz

We sail into the captivating town of Rüdesheim, famous for its delicious white wine, especially the dry Riesling variety. There's time to wander its cobbled streets and see the charming half-timbered houses, quaint shops, and enticing wine bars in the Drosselgasse alley. Next, we enjoy a highlight of our cruising experience - sailing through the romantic Rhine Gorge.

This section of the Rhine is renowned for its spectacular views. The riverbanks plunge deeper here, and we wind around bends surrounded by endless miles of lush green vineyards, ancient castles, and picturesque riverside towns. It's also one of the narrowest points of the river with one of the strongest currents.

As we sail, we hear the fascinating story of the legendary Lorelei Rock which soars almost 500 feet out of the water. This monument has been the inspiration for countless myths and legends, and we hear of them as we sail by.

After this relaxing cruise, we arrive in Koblenz, where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet . From the Deutsches Eck, there are amazing views of surrounding beauty with the Rhine on one side and the Moselle on the other. On a guided tour we wander the charming streets where the air is filled with scents of freshly brewed coffee and baked goods as we pass by and admire lovely shop window displays. We see the St Castor Basilica and the Liebfrauenkirche, also known as the Church of Our Beloved Lady. As we enjoy dinner onboard, we set sail for Bernkastel-Kues.

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  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 - Colourful Bernkastel-Kues and fairytale Luxembourg

We moor in the heart of the Moselle Valley for lunch as the charming town of Bernkastel-Kues unfolds. The picturesque vineyards of the Valley climb up the hillsides, while half-timbered houses with blooming flowers add to the enchanting atmosphere.

You then have two fantastic excursion options, firstly you could discover Bernkastel-Kues and its renowned Moselle wines as we stroll through a nearby vineyard, tasting different vintages, including the world-famous Bernkasteler 'doctor wine'.

Alternatively, you could enjoy a coach and walking tour of the charming Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, one of the smallest countries in the world, where we're introduced to the local history and attractions.

During dinner onboard this evening, we continue cruising to Trier where we moor for the night.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - The ancient city of Trier

After breakfast onboard this morning, we explore Germany's oldest city, Trier, with a local guide. The ancient streets are known for their Roman ruins, medieval buildings, and Baroque churches and we delve into this impressive history on our tour.

We visit the immense Porta Nigra which guards the entrance to the north of the city, St Peter's Cathedral with its intricate stone carvings and stained glass windows, and the Church of Our Lady, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. After a relaxing afternoon at leisure, we set sail downstream as we enjoy dinner onboard.

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  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - Lovely Cochem – the heart of the Moselle wine trade

As our ship pulls into the port of Cochem, the stunning Moselle Valley surrounds us with rolling hills, half-timbered houses and the majestic castle (the Reichsburg) perched on top of a hill. The town itself is a maze of slender alleys adorned with pastel-coloured buildings, quaint boutiques and wine cellars.

Our guided tour includes a visit to the Reichsburg in the Old Town. With a fantastic viewpoint from the castle's turrets, we admire the Moselle Valley's landscape of dreamy forests, wild meadows, and sprawling vineyards. In the old quarter of Cochem, you'll find well-preserved sections of the ancient town walls and a fascinating arts centre in a former monastery.

After lunch onboard, we enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Moselle Valley this afternoon, as we continue our cruise past Winningen and towards Koblenz, where we rejoin the Rhine.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Discovering medieval Speyer

As we step into the beautiful Old Town of Speyer this afternoon, we enjoy a guided tour. Among the highlights, we see the city's cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the largest Romanesque churches in the world. Its impressive four-roomed crypt serves as the final resting place for many Holy Roman emperors and German kings. This evening, we enjoy our final dinner onboard as we cruise towards Strasbourg overnight.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - Homeward bound

Our cruise comes to an end today. After saying goodbye to our wonderful crew, we head to Strasbourg station for the train to Paris, where we join the Eurostar service to London St Pancras. Here, we bid farewell to new friends and fellow travellers.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

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MS Amadeus Imperial
MS Amadeus Star

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Reviews

4.6 stars4.6 / 5 · 20 reviews

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Steve

4 stars

Submitted 11/Jun

First experience of a river cruise and enjoyed it very much. We were well looked after, the accommodation food and crew were all excellent and we enjoyed exploring the Moselle and the Rhine

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RogerB

5 stars

Submitted 10/Jun

Great trip. Very well looked after by GRJ guide, Gavin Smith, taking us to and from the ship. On board every attention was given to us by the GRJ tour managers, Lucy and Demi, together with Amadeus Star's own tour manager, Amalia. Despite the problems with too much water in the Moselle, which delayed our departure from Koblenz into the Moselle, and necessitated a change of itinerary, all our destinations were visited. All of this proved how good our managers for the cruise were. The food aboard was grand and the scenery, especially along the Moselle magnificent.

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D Lambert

5 stars

Submitted 9/Jun

Excellent! Well organised and adapted as rivers were so high meaning the ship could not pass under some Moselle bridges. Amadeus Star was very comfortable, crew very attentive and food excellent .

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Dear Mr Lambert, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and for sharing those wonderful photos! That is brilliant to hear! Sophie.
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Gillian

5 stars

Submitted 8/Jun

All we can say about the holiday was Fabulous.

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Hi Gillian, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. That is wonderful to hear! Sophie.
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Mr Gordon PERRIE

5 stars

Submitted 8/Jun

A fabulous river cruise. Our itinerary was changed due to high water levels, however we did get to see everywhere we were meant to go, just in a different order. Cruise directors Lucille and Demi were fantastic. They kept us entertained every evening,along with the Amadeus Duo. A very talented young girl with a great singing voice. Waiters and everyone else did their best to ensure we were happy. Will definitely be on another GRJ river cruise.

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Dear Mr Perrie, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. It is wonderful to hear that you had such a fantastic trip! I will make sure to pass your lovely praise across to our team. We look forward to seeing you on another river cruise in the future! Sophie.
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M Shufflebotham

5 stars

Submitted 8/Jun

Amazing food, very comfortable cabins, superb staff and great rail journeys organised trips were excellent

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Dear Mrs Shufflebotham, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, and for sharing those amazing photos! That is wonderful to hear! Sophie.
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