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Legendary Rhine & Moselle

Frankfurt - Munich - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Emerald Star
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Visit exceptional and historical ruins as Emerald Star sails along the Rhine and Moselle River in this 8-day voyage. Embark on the ship in Bernkastel which existed since 3000 BC alongside the Moselle River. Take a tour at the town of Cochem and Koblenz with a beautiful view of the German Romantics. Explore Miltenberg that expresses the life of Bavaria perfectly. You can hike up to the Miltenberg Castle and learn ancient crafts in Wertheim. Enjoy the viticulture surrounding in Wurzburg and have a taste of wine at Würzburg Residence. Before ending this 8-day journey and disembarking the Emerald Star in Nuremberg, visit first the well-preserved medieval town of Bamberg. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Frankfurt | Bernkastel | Embark
Day 2 : Bernkastel
Day 3 : Cochem
Day 4 : Koblenz
Day 5 : Miltenberg | Wertheim
Day 6 : Würzburg
Day 7 : Bamberg
Day 8 : Nuremberg | Munich | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit and hike up to the Mildenburg Castle
  • Enjoy a walk tour to the oldest castles in Koblenz, Germany
  • Discover ancient fortifications in the town of Cochem
  • Explore several well-preserved medieval buildings in Bernkastel

Ship

Emerald Star

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Koblenz at night Cochem town on the Mosel River, Germany Explore quaint towns along the Rhine Visit charming towns on the Moselle River Admire the colorful buildings of historic Frankfurt

Day 1 Frankfurt | Bernkastel | Embark

When you arrive in Frankfurt, you will be transferred to Bernkastel to board on Emerald Waterways Star-Ship, where the captain and its crew will warmly welcome you. This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board.

Day 2 Bernkastel

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, you will get the opportunity to explore a piece of Europe’s vast history as you travel to Bernkastel, a town that can be dated back to 3000 BC. Situated along the banks of the Moselle River, Bernkastel contains several well-preserved medieval buildings, some of which you will have the opportunity to explore today during your guided tour.

Witness the timber-framed houses, castle ruins, and ancient fortifications that pepper the medieval marketplace and learn about the history of this winemaking town from your local guide. If you are feeling more active, then you may instead choose to cycle around Bernkastel.

Day 3 Cochem

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early this morning, sail into the enchanting town of Cochem. Enjoy a guided tour of Cochem’s old town, including several well-preserved medieval sites and ancient fortifications, before visiting Reichsburg Castle, a prime example of Gothic Revival architecture.

Day 4 Koblenz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Koblenz can be found among the picturesque surrounds of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rhine Valley; a place that has a strong influence on the German Romantics of the 18th century, thanks to its many ruins, castles and ancient monasteries. You will get the opportunity to learn about Koblenz, one of the oldest castles in Germany, as you embark on a guided walking tour. Included is a cable car ride across the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, where postcard-worthy panoramic views of the surrounding area await.

This afternoon, relax on board as the ship cruises through the Rhine Gorge. An EmeraldPLUS experience will certainly delight you with its regional wine lecture in the Horizon Lounge.

Day 5 Miltenberg | Wertheim

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Set on the banks of the Main River, Miltenberg perfectly encapsulates life in medieval Bavaria. A series of well-preserved half-timbered buildings and several prominent landmarks pepper the area, including the Gothic Merchant Hall, an impressive symbol of past affluence that was created by trade along the waterways of Europe. After your tour, you will have some free time to explore Miltenberg at leisure.

Later, be transferred by coach to the medieval glass-blowing town of Wertheim, where you will have some free time to explore and perhaps learn more about its ancient craft.

Day 6 Würzburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Würzburg offers a unique level of exploration with something to delight art lovers, wine connoisseurs, and history buffs. Viticulture flourishes in the surrounding area and air raids during WWII destroyed most of the old town. A decision was made to restore it to its former glory, leaving behind an intricate mixture of medieval buildings and modern designs for you to discover today.

Your included EmeraldPLUS experience is certain to be a highlight of your trip, with a wine tasting in the Staatlicher Hofkeller below the Würzburg Residence and a visit to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Baroque palace that is considered to be one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Europe.

Day 7 Bamberg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Immerse yourself in the magic of the past as you explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed charms of Bamberg, an ancient city that boasts one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval town centers. Join your local guide for a tour of Bamberg’s medieval past, including more than 2,000 listed buildings with ornate façades from across the centuries, each richly decorated with spectacular ornamentation.

Tonight, enjoy a gala dinner aboard the ship.

Day 8 Nuremberg | Munich | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer from Nuremberg to the airport, taking with you the memories of your cruise.

Emerald Star

Per person starting at
$3,795
Emerald Single Stateroom
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Single Stateroom (ES)
Single Occupancy Only. 117 sq ft. 2 single cabins located on the Riviera Deck with a deluxe single bed, bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hairdryer, flat-screen TV and infotainment system
Emerald Stateroom
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Stateroom (E)
162 sq ft. 9 cabins located on the Riviera Deck with a Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hairdryer, flat-screen TV and infotainment system
Emerald Stateroom
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Stateroom (D)
162 sq ft. 8 cabins located on the Riviera Deck with a Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hairdryer, flat-screen TV and infotainment system
Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite
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Panorama Balcony Suite (C)
180 sq ft. 19 cabins located on the Vista Deck with a Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, indoor balcony with open-air system, bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hairdryer, flat-screen TV and infotainment system
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Panorama Balcony Suite (B)
Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite - 18 cabins located at Vista Deck with a Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, indoor balcony with open-air system, bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hairdryer, flat-screen TV and infotainment system
Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite
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Panorama Balcony Suite (A)
180 sq ft. 23 cabins located on the Horizon Deck with a Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, indoor balcony with open-air system, bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hairdryer, flat-screen TV and infotainment system
Grand Balcony Suite
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Grand Balcony Suite (S)
210 sq ft. 8 cabins located on the Horizon Deck with a Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, outdoor private balcony with the open-air system, in-suite mini-bar available at own expense, a complimentary Nespresso machine and bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries, hairdryer, on-board complimentary bathrobes, and slippers
Owners One-Bedroom Suite
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Owner's Suite (SA)
315 sq ft. 4 cabins located on the Horizon Deck with a Queen-size or twin beds, an outdoor private balcony with the open-air system, a separate bathroom and lounge area, a walk-in wardrobe, an in-suite mini-bar, restocked daily with wine, beer, and soft drinks

Notes

Single accommodations are available on some tours for an additional single supplement rate. Contact us for details of pricing and availability.

CRUISE INCLUSIONS
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • 20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Guided tour of UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Bamberg
  • Visit to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Bishop’s Residenz in Würzburg
  • Guided Tour of Miltenberg
  • Tour of Koblenz and visit to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
  • Visit to Cochem and Reichburg Castle
  • Guided tour of Bernkastel
EmeraldPLUS
  • Wine tasting at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Bishop’s Residenz Cellar
  • Regional wine lecture on board
  • Wine tasting in Bernkastel
EmeraldACTIVE
  • Guided hike around Miltenberg area
  • Guided biking tour in the Bernkastel area
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