Rhine & Moselle River Cruise - Five-star MS William Shakespeare

8 Days - River Cruise


This wonderful cruise visits some of the most fascinating and beautiful sights straddling the majestic Rhine and Moselle, two of Europe’s most picturesque rivers. Your floating accommodation for your tour is one of the most luxurious vessels navigating these delightful rivers. Following embarkation in Cologne, we meander south on the Rhine to Rudesheim, visiting the old town of Koblenz and then to Boppard, known as ‘the Pearl of the Rhine’ en route. 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 imposing Porta Nigra, the huge fortified gate that formed the eastern border of the Roman Empire. Cruising back downstream, we have time to relax and absorb the stunning scenery along the Moselle valley, rejoining the Rhine and heading north, to Cologne. Here we take a guided city tour seeing the stunning cathedral with the most intricate stained glass in Europe. All in all a spectacular and relaxing cruise in some of the finest landscape that Germany has to offer, appreciated from a most privileged vantage point.


  • 7 nights on some of Europe's best rivers
  • Standard class reserved seat on Eurostar from London St. Pancras or flight from Heathrow, Manchester, Southampton, Birmingham or Edinburgh
  • 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 twin village of Traben-Trarbach
  • Tour of Trier - once a key capital of the Roman empire
  • Guided tour of Cologne - and see the stunning gothic cathedral
  • The services of our experienced tour manager


  • Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin with a limited number of single cabins available on the 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 transfers, coach travel as mentioned, travel to and from port of embarkation and the services of a Riviera Travel Tour Manager.


Day 1

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.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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.

Day 4

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.

Day 5

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.

Day 6

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.

Day 7

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.

Day 8

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

We are proud to unveil the latest addition to our fleet – the brand new, state-of-the-art, five-star MS William Shakespeare. Specially commissioned and designed to our exacting specifications, she is, without doubt, one of the world’s finest river cruise ships.

Extra Information

Enjoy a wine tasting in the Moselle valley - from €10 per person

Many of the Moselle vineyards we cruise past were first planted by the Romans in the 4th century. Their continued existence proves the enduring quality of the wines, which are testament to a blend of good fortune and an indomitable human spirit. Sample a selection of these with a wine tasting, set against gorgeous wine country.

This experience cannot be pre-booked. Please contact the reservations department for further details.

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