The Scenic Moselle & Rhine to Luxembourg 2021 Fred Olsen River Cruise

Experience a journey of scenic, architectural and cultural highlights, as you sail three different sections of the sublime Moselle River. Revel in views of the Lower Moselle Valley’s vineyards and riverside towns; enjoy time ashore in Cochem, with its romantic squares and fairytale-esque Reichsburg Castle; and stop at Trier, Germany’s oldest city, all before spending two days in Luxembourg – rarely visited on river cruises. Here you’ll call at Remich, to discover the centuries-old monuments and famous wineries of the ‘Pearl of the Moselle’; and at Grevenmacher, for a chance to visit the exotic Päiperleksgaart Gardens and encounter thousands of graceful butterflies, as well as chameleons, turtles and various bird species.

Back in Germany, an afternoon of serene cruising through the storybook countryside scenes of the Upper Moselle and Middle Moselle Valley is followed by a opportunity for a memorable day of exploration ashore; there’s a morning in Bernkastel-Kues for walking tours and wine tasting before an afternoon spent uncovering Traben Trarbach’s fascinating ‘underground world’. There’s time in Koblenz too; perhaps take in sites such as the impressive Prussian Electoral Palace and mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress – reached via cable car. Finally, on the banks of the Rhine, your scenic river exploration concludes in Cologne, famed for its UNESCO-listed cathedral, bustling Altstadt District and sweet Kölsch ale.

Luxembourg Castle

Itinerary

Situated on the Rhine River in the centre of the Rhine-Rhur region, charming Cologne is the beating heart of the beautiful Rhineland. Originally founded over 2,000 years ago by the Ubii tribe, Cologne was once the largest city in the Holy Roman Empire and served as a major trade route throughout the Middle Ages. In recent years the city has been extensively rebuilt and restructured, and is now one of the most important historical and cultural centres in Europe.

Although small, the fairytale-esque German town of Cochem is sure to make a big impression. Situated within the breathtaking Moselle Valley on one of the winding Moselle River’s seemingly endless hairpin bends, Cochem is amongst Europe’s most charming and picturesque locations. Sailing here is always simply unforgettable, with views of unspoilt lush-green countryside to enjoy from your riverboat, while in the town itself there are plenty of eye-catching sights to discover too.

It’s no surprise that Germany’s oldest city is full of fascinating ancient sites, many of which date back to Roman occupation from 17 BC, and helped give Trier the nickname of ‘Rome of the North’. Close to the border with Luxembourg, Trier sits on banks on the Moselle and at the foothills of the Eifel, Hunsrück and Mosel mountains.

A small tourist town, hidden amongst vineyards on the banks of the Moselle River in Luxembourg; Remich is not only an important wine centre, but captivates visitors with its promenade of birch and cherry trees and picturesque lanes alluding to a great historic past.

The attractive town of Grevenmacher is located on the left bank of the beautiful Moselle River in Luxembourg, close to the border with Germany, and is now an important vine-growing and commercial centre, having previously been a fortified town.

The attractive town of Grevenmacher is located on the left bank of the beautiful Moselle River in Luxembourg, close to the border with Germany, and is now an important vine-growing and commercial centre, having previously been a fortified town.

Known as the 'heart of the Middle Moselle', beautiful Bernkastel-Kues is an enchanting twin-town spread along both the east and west banks of the River Mosel at the centre of the picturesque Moselle Valley. Set amongst a backdrop of stunning lush-green scenery and world-famous vineyards, including the revered Berkasteler Doctor, Bernkastel-Kues is best known for producing some of Europe's finest and most expensive wines.

As you might expect, many consider Bernkastel-Kues' plethora of wineries and taverns – there are around 100 here serving various types of Mosel and Riesling wines – as the main attraction, however the town has much more to recommend it than just the delicious local tipples.

Affectionately known as the ‘Jewel of the Central Moselle’, Traben-Trarbach was once a busy wine trading port, a town of great wealth at the turn of the last century. Today visitors can still uncover the large underground wine cellars and outstanding art nouveau villas on guided tours, sample the local wine or stay in one of the magnificent houses.

Situated at the famous ‘Deutsches Eck’ where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet and the magnificent Hunsrück, Eifel and Westerwald mountain ranges converge, it’s no wonder Koblenz is considered one of the most picturesque cities in Germany. The appeal of Koblenz isn’t just skin-deep however; over 2,000 years of history and an abundance of cultural and historical monuments ensure this ancient city is always a memorable and rewarding stop on a German river cruise.

Situated on the Rhine River in the centre of the Rhine-Rhur region, charming Cologne is the beating heart of the beautiful Rhineland. Originally founded over 2,000 years ago by the Ubii tribe, Cologne was once the largest city in the Holy Roman Empire and served as a major trade route throughout the Middle Ages. In recent years the city has been extensively rebuilt and restructured, and is now one of the most important historical and cultural centres in Europe.

Your journey ends today in Cologne.

Price Guide

Date Price (pp)
7 July 2021 £1,599
28 July 2021 £1,599
18 August 2021 £1,599
8 September 2021 £1,599

What's Included

  • 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)
  • Complimentary bike hire