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Porta Nigra, Trier, Germany

The Neckar, Romantic Rhine, Moselle, and Sarre Valleys

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Join MS Lafayette on its 7-day adventure that sails along the enchanting four rivers namely the Neckar, Romantic Rhine, Moselle, and Sarre Valleys. As you cruise along these rivers, take time to see the amazing villages on the banks of each river. You can also explore the city of Luxembourg where you will find a great combination of culture and design. Never miss the opportunity for a wine tasting in Remich before you disembark in Strasbourg. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Strasbourg | Embark
Day 2 : Mannheim | Heidelberg | Rüdesheim
Day 3 : Rüdesheim | Cochem
Day 4 : Cochem
Day 5 : Trier | Saarburg | Remich
Day 6 : Remich | Luxembourg | Remich
Day 7 : Strasbourg | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover the Roman vestiges and heritage in Trier
  • Enjoy wine tasting on the underground wine cellars of Remich
  • Explore the old city of Luxembourg and its architectures
  • See the charming villages appear on the banks of each river

Ship

MS Lafayette

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Porta Nigra, Trier, Germany Wines of Europe Cochem Castle, Germany Koblenz at night La Petite district in Strasbourg

Day 1 Strasbourg | Embark

You’ll board the ship at 6 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, you will be ntroduced to the crew at a welcome cocktail. The ship will cast off at 7:00 p.m. for Mannheim. Join an evening of entertainment.

Day 2 Mannheim | Heidelberg | Rüdesheim

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Mannheim early in the morning. This will be your starting point for the excursion to Heidelberg. Known as the most romantic city in Germany, it has inspired many the painter and poet by its beauty. Visit the partially ruined, red sandstone castle that sits majestically above the city, overlooking the Neckar River. Up to the Thirty Years’ War, Heidelberg boasted one of the most notable ensembles of buildings in the Holy Roman Empire. While time has taken its toll, this castle’s fame lives on to this day. The giant wine barrel is one of the most popular attractions. Built in a cellar in 1591, it held about 34,342 gallons of wine collected from the Palatinate in payment of taxes. The facade of the Friedrich Building, displaying a perfect gallery of portraits from the royal line, is also a must-see. After our visit, you'll go to the historical center of the city to take in the many sites. Enjoy some free time before returning on board in Heidelberg. The afternoon will be spent cruising along the Neckar and Rhine Rivers towards Strasbourg. Tonight is your festive gala evening.

Day 3 Rüdesheim | Cochem

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, join a guided tour of Rüdesheim. Enjoy a guided tour of the local vineyards on a tourist train. Then, you'll participate in a wine tasting in the historic rooms of the Bassenheimer Hof. You will then head to Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet, located in a lovely, 15th-century building. This museum holds a collection of fascinating musical instruments ranging from tiny, delicate music boxes to an enormous orchestrion.

This afternoon, you'll pass through the beautiful and romantic Rhine Valley. Majestic castles, mysterious ruins, and famous vineyards dot the countryside known for its legendary German royalty and fabled Lorelei Rock. In Koblenz, take the Moselle River, one of the most beautiful tributaries of the Rhine, towards Cochem. Enjoy the calm as we pass by charming villages, vineyards, and what seems like a castle on every peak. Arrive in Cochem during the evening. Join an evening of entertainment.

Day 4 Cochem

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Cochem this morning and join the guided tour of Cochem Castle. You’ll be transferred to Cochem Castle on a mini-bus. The Imperial Castle sits on a mighty crag over the Moselle River. Enjoy a guided tour of this magnificent building that dates back to 1000. After being destroyed by the French in the 17th century, it was rebuilt from scratch in a Neo-Gothic style by a local German businessman. Following your visit of the castle, enjoy some free time in the city. Take a stroll through the narrow, winding streets and enjoy the ambiance full of lovely half-timbered homes with slate roofs, the historic square near the town hall, and the early walls, gates, and churches. Return on board on foot. 

Spend the afternoon cruising to Trier.

Day 5 Trier | Saarburg | Remich

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Trier during the night. This morning, join a guided tour of Trier. Discover the Roman vestiges and heritage in Trier, the splendid view the city offers of the Moselle, and its magnificent landscape. Trier is known for its well-preserved Roman and medieval buildings, but it is also home to some impressive churches as well. Take a look at the amphitheater, the imperial baths, the Roman basilica, and the Porta Nigra, one of the best-preserved Roman city gates. After your visit, you’ll have some free time to sightsee on your own before heading back to the ship in Saarburg. The afternoon will be spent cruising along the Sarre and the Moselle towards Remich. Join an evening of entertainment.

Day 6 Remich | Luxembourg | Remich

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, join the guided tour of Luxembourg. Luxembourg is a real mix of styles and cultures. This panoramic tour will give you a good taste of what’s to be found: the old city, the fortress ruins, the European Convention Center, and the Banking District. You will then set out on a guided tour on foot to get a closer look at some of the sites, including the Place des Armes, Place de la Constitution, capital buildings, Corniche, old city, Grand Ducal Palace (exterior), and Place Guillaume II. After the tour, you will return to the ship in Remich.

After your excursion, you'll return on board the ship. Tonight is your festive gala evening.

Day 7 Strasbourg | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. You’ll return to Strasbourg by coach. 

MS Lafayette

Per person starting at
$2,244
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Main Deck
29 cabins (27 double-occupancy cabins, 2 single cabins).
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Upper Deck
14 cabins with large picture windows (11 double-occupancy cabins, 2 single cabins, 1 cabin for persons with disabilities).

Notes

20% discount on children between 2-10 years
30% discount for 3rd person in triple cabin

Price Includes
- Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day
- on board drinks included (except for drinks from our special lists)
- double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom
- assistance from our on board multi-lingual host/hostess
- welcome cocktail
- gala dinner
- on board entertainment
- travel assistance and repatriation insurance
- transfer by coach from Remich to Strasbourg on D7
- all port fees

Price does not Include
- Drinks from our special lists, or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers
- cancellation and baggage insurance
- personal expenses.

Requirements
Valid passport required. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate.
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