Cruising the Rhine, Main & Moselle 2019 Fred Olsen River Cruise
Experience the beauty of Germany to the full with a mix of picturesque destinations – all steeped in history – along with scenic cruising through forest-covered mountains and the breathtaking Rhine, Main and Moselle valleys. After the arresting sight of Cologne Cathedral, a storybook of vineyards, castles, palaces and delightful towns unfolds. Enjoy stops along the way to discover medieval Old Towns, mighty fortresses, charming cathedrals and fine wines.
Transfer from the airport to the port where you will embark Brabant in the late afternoon.
In Cologne, the ornate, twin-spired Cathedral – which astonishingly took 632 years to finish – is sure to catch your eye. The intriguing interior is said to contain the remains of the Three Wise Men. Elsewhere, the Old Town is a delight to explore, while museums chart everything from chocolate to Roman history.
Diverting down the Moselle, rich rewards await in Cochem. Pretty pastel-coloured buildings line the waterfront, with the Reichsburg Castle high above and vineyards scattered among the unique landscapes. The alleyways and squares of the town are well worth exploring too. The sensational scenery continues with a journey back through the alluring Lower Moselle Valley, presenting more vineyards, castles and towns.
The following day, in Koblenz, you’ll wake to over 2,000 years of fascinating history. Dominating the opposite bank of the Rhine is the mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress; trips here include a cable car ride over the river. The afternoon will be spent meandering between the castles, forests and vineyards of the enchanting Middle Rhine Valley, with fairytale spires of medieval towns and villages appearing around each bend.
Sailing through the Main Valley marks the start of day five. Pass by picturesque Seligenstadt and Aschaffenburg on the way to Miltenberg, a traditional German treasure trove of medieval half-timbered architecture. There’s a charming market square to explore too.
After cruising by the red sandstone faces of the Middle Main Quadrangle, Würzburg’s landmarks await, including the Würzburg Residenz Palace and Gardens, and the Marienberg Fortress. Being centred in the Franconian wine country means it’s ideal for tasting fine tipples too. Continuing on, Brabant passes the Hassberge Mountains, a collection of rolling hills decorated with rural castles, noble palaces and charming towns.
Bamberg is known as the ‘Franconian Rome’ as it was built on seven hills, each crowned by a beautiful church. You’ll be spoilt for choice of attractions within the UNESCO-listed Old Town: the impressive Cathedral; the Old Town Hall; the New Residence Palace and rose garden; Alte Hofhaltung, the former imperial residence; and a former fisherman’s district known as ‘Little Venice’.
After breakfast on board, transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
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- Return flights & non UK transfers
- Comfortable en suite accommodation with TV, hairdryer, safe and individually controlled air conditioning
- Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise – with ‘early riser’ breakfast, breakfast buffet, casual lunch, five-course à la carte dinner and late-night snacks
- Complimentary tea & coffee station 24 hours a day
- Complimentary afternoon tea & coffee with sandwiches and cakes
- Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Use of leisure facilities including Fitness Room and Wellness Tub
- Lounge music by pianist, or duo every day
- All local taxes and port charges (where collectable in advance)