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4 Rivers: The Neckar, Romantic Rhine, Moselle, and Sarre Valleys

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Join a river cruise from Strasbourg to Remich and explore the lovely Rhine valley, the Neckar river, the Moselle River, and the Saar river's cultural and historical riches. Take in the stunning scenery and historic landmarks of Heidelberg, Trier, and Luxembourg while on this voyage. Each of these cities has its own history, culture, and wine to tell.
Porta Nigra, Trier, GermanyWines of EuropeCochem Castle, GermanyLa Petite district in StrasbourgKoblenz at night
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.
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Day 1: Strasbourg | Embark

You’ll board the ship at 6 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, you will be introduced 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

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  • 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 your 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 Rüdesheim, where you’ll arrive in the evening. The famous Drosselgasse with its numerous cafés, bars, and music awaits you tonight!

Day 3: Rüdesheim | Cochem

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  • 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

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  • 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 to 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

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  • 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

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, join a visit to a winery complete with a tasting. Seven pioneering men of the region recognized the magic of the huge calcareous rock downstream from Remich. They cultivated the first vineyards now infamous for its sparkling wines. In 1919, in the aftermath of World War I, they set up the Caves St. Martin. You’ll discover the secrets to wine-making while strolling through the underground passages that seem to go on for miles. After your tour, you’ll go to the historical center of Remich where you can enjoy some free time on your own. Also called the “Pearl of the Moselle,” this charming city is surrounded by an outstanding panorama of vineyards and forests. Take a stroll along the several miles of promenade in the shade of the trees along the Moselle or sit back on a cozy terrace for some more wine.

This afternoon, join a guided tour of Luxembourg. You’ll leave from Remich for Luxembourg by coach. Luxembourg is a real mix of styles and cultures. You’ll 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 your tour, enjoy some free time before returning to the ship in Remich.

Tonight is the festive gala evening.

Day 7: Remich | Disembark | Strasbourg

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

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29 cabins (27 double-occupancy cabins, 2 single cabins) equipped with a TV, telephone, bathroom with a shower and toilet, towel, a safe, independent air-conditioning, electricity 220V, and Wi-Fi.
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14 cabins with large picture windows (11 double-occupancy cabins, 2 single cabins, 1 cabin for persons with disabilities) equipped with a TV, telephone, bathroom with a shower and toilet, towel, a safe, independent air-conditioning, electricity 220V, and Wi-Fi.
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  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Port Fees
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • Onboard drinks included (except for drinks from the special lists)
  • Tips paid in full to the local staff of the country of destination
  • Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
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  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Arrival & Departure Transfers
  • Drinks from the special lists, or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers
  • Passport or Visa fees
  • Cancellation and baggage insurance
  • Tips for the Boat and Lodge staff

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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