TUI The Moselle Valley: Vines & Views 2020 River Cruise
Vineyard-filled vistas, traditional taverns and crumbling castles – this cruise introduces you to the oh-so-romantic towns and landscapes of the Moselle Valley.
This itinerary starts out in Frankfurt, Germany’s financial centre. But, despite having 10 of the country’s tallest skyscrapers and a bustling business district, this place is historic at heart. It’s got a whole neighbourhood of museums, AKA the Museumsufer, as well as a square made up of reconstructed half timbered buildings. You’ll stay here overnight, which means you can grab a glass of the city’s Ebbelwoi cider, or apple wine.
You can see the spot where the Rhine meets the Moselle today. In Koblenz, there’s a pointy bit of headland known as Deutsches Eck – or German Corner – where you can admire the views, or snap photos next to a 37-metre-tall statue of the first German Emperor, William I. If you want to check things out from slightly higher up, take the cable car to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which now houses a set of museums.
Wine’s the word in this sliced-in-half German town. On the Bernkastel side, the buildings are a vision of halftimber, slate and stone. Over the river in Kues, you can while away the hours in the Mosel Wein Museum. This place is half museum, half tasting cellar. First, you can learn about the century-old wine-making traditions, then dart over to the cellar, which is stocked with over 160 kinds of wine
You’ll be given a history lesson in all things Roman at our next stop. Trier is Germany’s oldest city and the proud owner of a whopping nine UNESCO approved sites. There’s the 2nd-century city gate, the biggest Romans baths in Europe, an amphitheatre and a throne room – to name just a few. Plus, Trier’s archaeological museum is packed with intricate Roman mosaics and the world’s biggest collection of Roman gold coins.
It’s back to wine country today, as you drop in on the cute-as-a-button towns of Piesport and Traben-Trarbach. You’ll spend the morning in Piesport, which has been a wine-making hub since Roman times. There are still reminders of its past, with some of the presses dating back to the 2nd century. Late afternoon, Traben-Trarbach brings more plonk to the table, thanks to its neat vineyards and family-run wineries
As you pull into Cochem this morning, you’ll be met by a row of pretty, pastel-painted houses and restaurants along the waterfront. If you divert your gaze upwards, you’ll also spy the town’s hard-to-miss hilltop castle. Once you’ve had a wander through the town, you can take a chairlift up to the Pinnerkreuz lookout for a bird’s-eye view. From here, you can also set off on a hike through the leaf-green vineyards.
You’ll have the morning to get to know the traditional town and its spectacular surroundings. Take the chairlift up to Vierseenblick – Four Lakes View – for sweeping panoramas of the Rhine’s horseshoe-shaped bend. Or nab a seat on the Hunsruck bahn for a 10-minute train ride through viaducts and fairytale forests. You’ll also spend a few hours in Oberwesel, where the standout features include a Medieval castle and Gothic churches.
You’ll spend your last day where you started out, in Frankfurt. This place might be Germany’s fifth-biggest city, but it’s got green fingers, too. Its botanical garden – Palmengarten – spreads out over 22 hectares, with greenhouses simulating sub-Arctic, tropical rainforest and desert environments.
|5 July 2020||£1,339|
|2 August 2020||£1,399|
|16 August 2020||£1,445|
|30 August 2020||£1,379|
|27 September 2020||£1,349|
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- Direct flights from a range of UK airports with 20kg luggage allowance
- 7 nights on board TUI Isla or TUI Maya
- Airport transfers - to and from your ship
- Full board plus - breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Tea, coffee and juices with breakfast
- Wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch and dinner
- Barbecues on deck (weather permitting)
- 1GB of Wi-Fi per cabin, per week
- £120 excursion credit, per person, per 7 days
- All tips and port charges
- Walking tour of Koblenz
- Hilltop fortress & Scenic cable car
- Walking tour of Bernkastel
- Luxembourg city tour
- Walking tour of Trier
- Wines and sights of the Moselle Valley
- Walking tour of Traben-Trarbach with underground cellars
- Cochem city tour & Reichsburg castle visit
- Walking tour of Cochem
- Walking tour of Nurburgring
- Walking tour of Boppard
- Medieval Marksburg Castle
- Walking tour of Oberwesel