Rhine & Moselle - MS Oscar Wilde
Cruise two of the great rivers of Europe and discover some of their historic wine towns and delightful Cologne This wonderful cruise visits some of the most fascinating and beautiful sights on the majestic Rhine and Moselle, two of Europe’s most picturesque rivers. Following embarkation in Cologne, we meander south on the Rhine to Rüdesheim, visiting the old town of Koblenz and then to Boppard, known as ‘the Pearl of the Rhine’. Cruising through the Rhine Gorge, we experience spectacular scenery, emerald vineyards and a landscape studded with half-timbered houses and picturesque villages. Our journey then takes us upstream and then along the Moselle River calling in the delightful town of Cochem and the romantic twin village of Traben-Trarbach. At our furthest port of call, Bernkastel, we also visit Trier, the oldest city in Germany, famous for its Roman amphitheatre, baths and the Porta Nigra, the huge fortified gate that formed the eastern border of the Roman Empire. Cruising back downstream, we have time to absorb the stunning scenery along the Moselle Valley, re-joining the Rhine and heading north, to Cologne. Here we take a guided city tour, also seeing the stunning cathedral. All in all it is a spectacular and relaxing cruise in some of the finest landscape that Germany has to offer. Drinks Package For all 2018 departures we now offer a drinks package, at a cost of £99 per person for this cruise. This includes the following with lunch and dinner: draught beer; non-alcoholic beer; soft drinks; juices; red, white and rose house wines; and wine recommendations from the menu. The drinks package must be added to your booking prior to departure you can do this by calling the reservations team. If you choose not to purchase a drinks package, or you are travelling in 2017, there is a vast selection of drinks on board each ship available for individual purchase.
- Guided tour of historic Koblenz
- Visit to Boppard, the picturesque 'Pearl of the Rhine'
- Time to explore the hillside town of Rudesheim - the most famous of the Rhine's wine towns
- Cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge
- Stop in Cochem - the historic centre of the Moselle wine trade
- Take a romantic stroll in the town of Bernkastel
- Tour of Trier - once a key capital of the Roman Empire
- Guided tour of Cologne - and see the stunning Gothic Cathedral
- Seven nights on the five-star MS Charles Dickens
- Full board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day
- All tours as mentioned
- The services of an experience Cruise Director
Depart on your flight to Düsseldorf from where a coach will take you to the ship. Or you can take a late morning Eurostar from London St. Pancras International arriving in Brussels approximately two hours later, where a coach will take you over the German border to our ship. Moored in Cologne, the dedicated crew will welcome you aboard, ensuring you settle into your comfortable and extremely well equipped cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship before dinner.
Our first port of call is Koblenz, with its mighty fortress dominating the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle. We take a guided walk around the principal monuments and historic centre, exploring delightful squares, admiring beautifully restored historic house frontages and quaint hidden passageways. During lunch we cruise to Boppard, ‘Pearl of the Rhine’, a classically picturesque village, lined by typical half-timbered houses and cafés, leading to the town and its main square beyond. Founded by the Romans, as much of the area was, Boppard boasts the best-preserved Roman town walls in Germany.
This morning we journey through the world famous Rhine Gorge. At every turn, the towering valley sides are crowned by the precarious ruins of castles, which once held sway over the fortunes of passing travellers. During the afternoon, we stop in Rüdesheim, with crooked houses sloping down from the wooded hillsides and terraced vineyards. Take a trip on the gondola to see spectacular views or visit the excellent mechanical music museum.
This morning we once again enjoy the Rhine Gorge. Legends abound of ancient travellers lost in the Gorge and passing the Loreley Rock, recall the legend of a beautiful maiden said to have lured sailors on to the rocks with her feminine charms and alluring song. The villages drifting by, St Goar, Bacharach and Kaub are synonymous with wine. This afternoon, we cruise upstream along the Moselle, twisting past verdant hills, its banks studded with yet more picture postcard villages before we stop at delightful Cochem, in times gone by, the centre of the Moselle wine trade.
Leaving Cochem, you will be astonished by the steep dramatic valley sides, covered with reputedly the steepest cultivated vineyards in the world. We meander upstream through the heart of the Moselle’s stunningly beautiful winelands and call at the romantic twin village of Traben-Trarbach, once the second most important wine trading town in Europe after Bordeaux and renowned for the Belle Epoque buildings from that time. During dinner this evening, enjoy the unfolding scene as the vineyards slip by en route to our overnight port, Bernkastel.
Today we drive to Trier. Founded by the Romans, it was the capital of a huge portion of their empire and retains an impressive amphitheatre, baths, a Roman bridge but best of all, the Porta Nigra, an immense fortified gate which formed the eastern border of the Roman Empire and towers above the surrounding medieval buildings. We will enjoy a guided tour, and the rest of the day is free to explore Bernkastel and its delightful cobbled market square and some of the finest, half-timbered houses, most famously, the Pointed House, a classic example of the Moselle vintner’s dwelling.
Rejoining the Rhine this morning, we cruise downstream past pretty riverside towns backed by the rolling volcanic hills. We also see the railway bridge at Remagen, captured intact towards the end of The Second World War. We pass the last riverside vineyards and half-timbered houses, before mooring in the heart of Cologne. Its magnificent Gothic cathedral is a truly staggering building and has the most intricate stained glass in Europe. This afternoon, we have a guided tour of the city with time to explore. This evening, the ‘Captain’s Dinner’ will take place on board.
This morning we drive to Brussels connecting with the Eurostar service to London St. Pancras International. Should you be returning by air, you will be taken to the airport for your homeward flight.
Life on board
After years of painstaking research to create the most perfect vessels afloat, a new era in river cruising dawns as we introduce our brand new, state of the art, ‘all suite’ ships. Swiss operated and truly world-class, we are absolutely delighted to present the five-star MS Oscar Wilde.
Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin with a limited number of single cabins available on all decks, at the relevant supplement. The price includes full board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day; if you choose to travel with us on any of the full day excursions by coach, a packed lunch will be provided. Anyone choosing to stay on the ship may of course have lunch in the restaurant; morning/afternoon tea and coffee; all visits and excursions as mentioned in the brochure, airport/station transfers, coach travel as mentioned, travel to and from port of embarkation and the services of a Riviera Travel Tour Manager.
Supplements of £10pp, £20pp, £30pp or £50pp may apply for certain regional stations, prices will be applied to your final tour cost where applicable.