Best of the Rhine & Moselle 2018

River Rhine | Germany, Europe

9 days
per person
  • Bonn
  • Boppard, Rhine Valley
  • Boppard
  • Cochem
  • Cologne
  • Mainz
  • Moselle
  • Rüdesheim
  • Traben
BonnBoppard, Rhine ValleyBoppardCochemCologneMainzMoselleRüdesheimTraben
Note that there may be small differences between our general Itinerary for this cruise and a specific departure. To view departure specific itineraries please go to the Dates and Prices tab and click "View Itinerary" on a specific departure.


Best of the Rhine & Moselle Itinerary

Sit back and relax as we drift along the Rhine and the Moselle, stopping to explore our captain’s favourite ports of call. They may flow into one another at the city of Koblenz, but these two rivers are very different – the mighty Rhine which offers legendary landscapes and vibrant cities, and the meandering Moselle whose valley is an ocean of vineyards dotted with quaint medieval towns. Few people know them as well as our devoted captain, not only in terms of navigating a ship, but also the finer details of where to go and what to do. So we have drawn from his knowledge and experience to offer the best of the Rhine and the Moselle in one seamless journey.

Day 1: UK – Koblenz
We travel to the city of Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, and settle aboard our ship.

Day 2: Koblenz – Rüdesheim – Mainz
This morning we leave Koblenz and begin cruising along the Rhine to visit the town of Rüdesheim. You are free to explore at leisure, or you can join our optional excursion for the chance to see the fascinating Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum and enjoy a cable car ride above the vineyards for panoramic views of the Rhine. Later today we continue along the Rhine and stop at Mainz.

Day 3: Mainz – Boppard
Our optional guided tour is the perfect introduction to Mainz, a fascinating city heralded as the wine capital of Germany. Join us as we explore the old quarter and the modern city centre, plus we visit the Gutenburg Museum opposite the cathedral. In the afternoon we cruise to Boppard, where you are free to explore at leisure.

Day 4: Boppard – Koblenz – Cochem
During breakfast we cruise to Koblenz and enjoy some free time. Alternatively, you can join our optional trip on the Koblenz cable car which leads to the magnificent Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. The afternoon can then be spent relaxing onboard as we cruise along the Moselle, following the twists and turns of the river to Cochem, where we spend the evening.

Day 5: Cochem – Traben-Trarbach
We cruise further along the Moselle and stop at Traben-Trarbach, a quaint town filled with half-timbered buildings and handsome aristocratic homes. You can explore at leisure – the Middle Moselle Museum (not included) and the small bicycle museum (free entry) are highly recommended – or join our optional guided tour, which give us a fascinating and authentic impression of ancient Trier.

Day 6: Traben-Trarbach – Andernach
Relax onboard as we enjoy a full day cruising along the Moselle. Our route takes us back to the Rhine and the little town of Andernach which we reach in the early evening.

Day 7: Andernach – Bonn – Cologne
This morning we cruise the short distance to Bonn, where you can explore at leisure or join our optional excursions Königswinter on the opposite side of the river for a trip on the Dragon Rock Railway. During lunch we sail to Cologne, where you are free to enjoy the remainder of the day in this beautiful city which is dominated by its huge gothic cathedral or join our optional excursion to explore Cologne.

Day 8: Cologne – Andernach
We return to Andernach where you can join our optional excursion visiting Sayn Palace and its beautiful Butterfly Garden.

Day 9: Andernach – UK
We bid farewell to our captain and crew after breakfast and set off on the return journey.



Best of the Rhine & Moselle

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• See the best of two of Europe’s most celebrated rivers

• Relax on board our friendly little ship as we enjoy a full day cruising along the Moselle

• Explore the quaint town of Traben-Trarbach

• Enjoy an optional cable car ride above the Rhine valley

• Visit Bonn, the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven

• Make the most of an overnight stop in the vibrant city of Cologne where you are free to come and go from our floating hotel




We offer a number of flexible travel options for you to join your cruise, whether you want to travel to the port of departure or directly to the ship. Please see below:

Coach via Dover, Hull & Newcastle

On many of our cruises you can take advantage of our convenient and FREE regional coach departures aboard our modern executive coaches from a town or city near you to the port of departure and onwards to meet the ship.

Ferry crossing at Dover, Hull & Newcastle

When you travel by coach or car, you will join a ferry at Dover, Hull or Newcastle, depending on your chosen cruise, and cross over to Europe. Our coach will then take you to meet our ship at the embarkation point as shown in the cruise itinerary. Hull and Newcastle crossings take place overnight, adding 2 days to the cruise duration.

Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford

Travel at your own pace, in the comfort of your own vehicle and stay overnight at Dover or Ashford, in accommodation close to the port of departure and be collected/returned by our coach. Prices for Ashford start from £59 per person per night and for Dover for £65 per person per night on a bed and breakfast basis and include parking for one vehicle for the duration of your cruise.

Eurostar from London St Pancras

Enjoy the benefits of rail travel – boarding at London St Pancras International, you will be whisked effortlessly along by Eurostar whilst relaxing in your reserved seat. You have the freedom to stretch your legs whenever the mood takes you and purchase drinks and snacks from the buffet carriage.

Meet at your cruise ship

Make your own travel arrangements at your convenience to join your selected cruise, simply board your cruise ship at the embarkation point.

Dates and pricing

The details below show the travel options, pricing and the available departure dates for this itinerary. If you have any questions about this cruise please do not hesitate to call our Holiday Advisors.




DepartureTravel optionsBooking
29 July 2018
for 11 days
The details for this holiday
are now being finalised.
Please call 01858 438330
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30 July 2018
for 9 days
The details for this holiday
are now being finalised.
Please call 01858 438330
to check availability

Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!


Rüdesheim highlights


A road train ride transports you to view fascinating examples of early 1900 mechanical music making systems at Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum. We also include a cable car ride to reach the Niederwald monument, with spectacular views along the way.


Mainz guided tour


Roman Mainz, the cathedral, the old quarter and the modern city centre. This is a tour of Mainz’s history, from its beginnings to the present day. We also take a tour of the Gutenberg Museum, which is dedicated to Johannes Gutenberg and his inventions. Here we experience the history of printing, writing and books, plus we enjoy a demonstration of the printing press.

Koblenz cable car

Koblenz cable car & Ehrenbreitstein Fortress


Enjoy an exhilarating ride across the Rhine to visit the mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, Europe’s second largest surviving fortress where you can immerse yourself in a world of Celts, Romans and knights. The Koblenz Cable Car was built for the 2011 BUGA Flower Show and is one of the largest cable cars in Europe outside the Alps, which offers amazing views of Koblenz and the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers.


Trier guided tour


Trier is believed to be the oldest city in Germany and was the former residence of Roman emperors. To this day, it is home to many stunning Roman remains along with architectural styles from various other periods, including gothic, renaissance and rococo. This makes it a great place to explore on foot and our guided tour ensures you miss none of the highlights.

Dragon Rock Railway

Dragon Rock Railway


We take the mountain railway to the top of the Drechenfels, the landmark of the Siebengebirge and home to one of Germany’s most famous legends, where Siegfried slew the dragon that lived in a cave.


Cologne Highlights


With our cruise manager we walk to see the highlights of Cologne, a city dominated by the magnificent gothic cathedral, believed to be Germany’s most impressive building which took 600 years to complete. You can also enjoy free time to browse the famous shopping centres. In the run up to the festive season the city hosts its own Christmas market, which creates a magical atmosphere and offers a glorious array of original gifts.

Butterfly Garden

Sayn Palace & Butterfly Garden


Witness the colourful flourish of exotic butterflies in the Butterfly Garden and then visit the caterpillar house and the insectarium. Afterwards, you are free to explore Sayn Palace which is filled with precious paintings, furniture and artefacts.

Excursion Package

Excursion Package Price


Don't miss a thing by booking our special excursion package which includes all the listed excursions for this cruise. Not only can you take part in all the exciting trips we have organised, you can enjoy all this at a reduced cost!

At a glance

Length: 9 days

From: Koblenz

Ends: Andernach

Travel options available:

  • Coach via Dover, Hull & Newcastle
  • Ferry crossing at Dover, Hull & Newcastle
  • Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford
  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
  • Meet at your cruise ship
9 days
per person

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Included in the Price

  • Executive return coach travel from your chosen departure point
  • Return ferry crossing
  • Welcome drink, Captain’s get-together and party night
  • En suite cabin accommodation aboard the MPS Lady Anne
  • Eight nights’ cruise on a full board basis
  • Early risers and mid morning tea/coffee
  • Entertainment on every night of your cruise
  • Visits to Koblenz, Rüdesheim, Mainz, Boppard, Cochem, Traben-Trarbach, Andernach, Bonn & Cologne
  • Services of our experienced and friendly Cruise Director and Cruise Manager


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