7 night Rhine and Mosel
cruising round trip Cologne
|1||Cologne (Germany)||8:00pm||Embarkation 2:00pm|
|2||Koblenz (Germany)||06:00am||1:00pm||Optional city tour of Koblenz|
|2||Cruising the middle Rhine Valley and Lorelei passage in the afternoon|
|3||Mainz (Germany)||1:00pm||Optional tour|
|Rudesheim (Germany)||4:00pm||Optional tour|
|Cruising the middle Rhine Valley and Lorelei passage|
|Afternoon panorama cruise of Moselle Valley|
|5||Bernkastel (Germany)||05:00am||11:00pm||Full day to enjoy the town|
|6||Mehring near Trier(Germany)||05:00am||6:30pm||Optional tour|
|Cruising the Mosel River|
|Cruising the Mosel River|
|8||Cologne (Germany)||06:00am||Disembarkation 9:00|
Day 1: Cologne, Germany (Embarkation)Cologne, the old Cathedral city, is also one of the most important traffic hubs and commercial centres in Germany, with world famous trade fairs and a busy shipping traffic. Cologne developed out of a Roman colony and looks back on a history of more than 2000 years. In the Middle Ages it was one of the leading towns in Germany. The Second World War destroyed most of the inner city; these parts were rebuilt in a modern style. The landmark and emblem of the city is the Cathedral, a masterpiece of High Gothic architecture and one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. Other tourist attractions are the town hall, the Malakoff Tower, the St Martin Church and the old abbey.
Day 2: Koblenz
Koblenz is not just where history meets modernity, but also where the Rhine meets the Mosel: at the “Deutsches Eck” (“German Corner”) the two rivers join each other in front of the equestrian statue of Emperor William I. Afternoon cruise the Middle Rhine and passing the Loreley.
Day 3: Mainz - Rudesheim
Mainz is a historic old town, a former Electoral residence, seat of an Archbishop and also the city of Gutenberg. The city is a focal point of the western end of the Rhine-Main economic region. Around 1450 Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of printing with movable type, set up his press in Mainz. Points of interest are the St Martin and St Stephen cathedrals, the castle of Mainz and the Gutenberg Museum.
Rüdesheim, an ancient little town, stretches along the Rhine under the hills of the Niederwald. The best vineyards are traditionally said to have been planted with Traminer vines by Charlemagne. The excellent local wines and the charming and varied scenery have enabled Rüdesheim to develop since the end of the 19th century into one of the busiest tourist and holiday centres on the Middle Rhine, with a host of friendly restaurants and wine taverns, particularly along the famous Drosselgasse. Rüdesheim has two castles – the Oberburg and the Vorderburg – both were built in the 12th century.
Day 4: Cruising the Rhine and Mosel Rivers
The Lorelei Valley is Rhine river scenery at its most romantic, so this morning's sailing is sure to be one of the highlights of your cruise. We recommend letting one of our waiters bring you a coffee as you sit on the Sun Deck of your elegant A-ROSA ship and let the views unfurl in front of your eyes. And what views they are. Each gentle bend in the river delivers something new to admire, steeply-terraced vineyards plunging down towards the river, picture-perfect villages replete with half-timbered houses and Gothic church steeples, fairy tale castles perched on hilltops, rugged cliffs and lush green forests. The Lorelei Valley is river cruising exactly as you imagined it.
There's a real treat in store this afternoon, as you get your first glimpse of the Moselle as it twists and turns its way through steep vineyards and forest-cloaked hills. Narrower than the mighty Rhine, cruising the Moselle makes for a more intimate experience and is enjoyed perfectly from your A-Rosa ship. This is a region famous for its wines. So, ask your waiter to bring you a glass of perfectly-chilled Riesling, take your seat on Sun Deck, and watch as romantic towns, crumbling castles and ornate villas unfold around each hairpin bend of the river.
Day 5: Bernkastel-Kues
The twin town of Bernkastel-Kues is located at a wide bend in the Mosel. Kues and Bernkastel have been united since 1905 and joined with a bridge. The area has been settled for a very long time; a village from the Early Stone Age was discovered in Kues, the oldest known settlement along the Mosel. The city’s tourist attractions include the beautiful market square with the town hall, the St Michael fountain, the half-timbered houses from the 16th and 17th centuries and the parish church of St Michael.
Day 6: Mehring (Trier), GermanyToday gives you the chance to sample a real piece of history as your A-Rosa river cruise calls at Trier, Germany's oldest city. Start your tour at the Porta Nigra, Trier's UNESCO-listed Roman gate (one of eight UNESCO sites in the area), and the best preserved example in the world. From the top, you'll enjoy beautiful views across the entire city, including the Trierer Dom, the oldest cathedral in the country. Next door, you'll find the Liebfrauenkirche, one of Germany's two earliest Gothic churches and the perfect contrast to the Romanesque splendour of the Trierer Dom. As you stroll around, you'll quickly see this is a city alive with over 2,000 years of history. Sitting down for a meal and a drink here even offers up the opportunity to delve into the treasure trove of Trier's past. One of its quirkiest restaurants is Zum Domstein on the market square. With a well-booked-up basement surrounded by Roman excavations, you'll have the opportunity to sample traditional Roman dishes dating back to 30 AD. Reservations are a must.
Day 7: Cochem
Cochem, located on the beautiful and picturesque Mosel is regarded as one of the most romantic places in Germany. The town is dominated by its mighty castle, construction of which is supposed to have begun as early as the 11th century. Cochem was granted a municipal charter in 1332 and is now known for its beautiful half-timbered houses and its charming town centre.
Day 8: Cologne (Disembarkation)
Your cruise comes to an end this morning as you disembark in Cologne after breakfast.
2022 Per Person Cruise Only Fares
|Departure||Ship||Cat (S) Deck 1
|Cat (C) Deck 2 French Doors||Cat (D) Deck 3 French Doors||Cat (G)
|Cat (E) Deck 3 Jr Suite with French Doors||Cat (F) Deck 3 Balcony Suite|
REGULAR Rate includes: cruise and port taxes, listed INCLUDED excursions, and a beverage package - Soft Drinks, as well as tea and coffee specialties, Beer, sparkling white wine, as well as open wines and daily recommendations from the wine menu (by the glass), Cocktails and long drinks throughout the day and evening. Sightseeing excursions are not included and can be booked onboard.
4 Deck Ship