TUI The Moselle Valley: Vines & Views 2022 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 half-timber, 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, you'll drop in at Traben Trarbach, which boasts 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.
After arriving in Boppard last night, 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 Hunsruckbahn 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. Foodies, meanwhile, can get their last taste of German cuisine at the Kleinmarkthalle – an indoor market with over 150 stalls.
|1 April 2022||£1,289|
|15 April 2022||£1,399|
|29 May 2022||£1,479|
|26 June 2022||£1,579|
|10 July 2022||£1,529|
|29 July 2022||£1,659 - All Inclusive|
|19 August 2022||£1,659 - All Inclusive|
|28 August 2022||£1,569|
|18 September 2022||£1,589|
|23 October 2022||£1,229|
- Selected dates are All Inclusive
- Upgrade from Full Board to All Inclusive from £266pp
- Direct flights from a range of UK airports with 20kg luggage allowance
- 7 nights on board 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)
- Free WiFi (signal permitting)
- £120pp Experience Credit 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
- Wine tasting in Piersport
- Cochem city tour & Reichsburg castle visit
- Walking tour of Cochem
- Walking tour of Nurburgring
- Walking tour of Boppard
- Hammes winery tour and tasting
- Medieval Marksburg castle