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Cochem Castle, Germany

5 Different Rivers: The Rhine, Neckar, Main, Moselle, and Sarre

Example 9 Day Cruise aboard MS Leonard De Vinci
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Embark on MS Leonard De Vinci and experience a 9-day cruise exploring cities across the five rivers. Visit the partially ruined red sandstone castle in Heidelberg overlooking of the Neckar River then visit the famous Gutenberg Museum located in Mainz. Visit the Cochem Castle that was rebuilt from scratch in a Neo-Gothic style and the well-preserved Roman and medieval buildings in Trier. This cruise gives you different tastes of culture and heritage residing from the five authentic rivers. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Strasbourg, France | Embark
Day 2 : Heidelberg
Day 3 : Mainz
Day 4 : Frankfurt | Rüdesheim
Day 5 : Koblenz
Day 6 : Cochem
Day 7 : Trier | Saarbug
Day 8 : Remich | Luxembourg | Remich
Day 9 : Remich | Disembark | Strasbourg

Highlights

  • Explore the dynamic and international city of Frankfurt
  • Discover the cultural diversity as you sail pass through the five authentic rivers
  • Visit Cochem Castle and get an overlooking view of the Moselle
  • See the well-preserved Roman and medieval buildings in Trier

Ship

MS Leonard De Vinci

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Cochem Castle, Germany Observe Rudesheim's famous vineyards Koblenz at night Aerial View over Luxembourg City Porta Nigra, Trier, Germany

Day 1 Strasbourg, France | Embark

Board MS Leonard De Vinci at 5:00 pm. Settle into your cabins and enjoy the welcome cocktails prepared by the crew. The ship will depart at 6:00 pm. Join the evening of dinner and dancing as you cruise through the night. 

Day 2 Heidelberg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise the Neckar Valley this morning all the way to Heidelberg. This afternoon, explore Heidelberg and see its castle. 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 the perfect gallery of portraits from the royal line, is also a must-see. 

Afterwards, head next to the historical center of the city to take in many of sites. Enjoy some free time before returning on board in Heidelberg. The rest of the evening is yours to do as you please.

Day 3 Mainz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Mainz early afternoon and tour this city and the Gutenberg Museum. See some of the most remarkable buildings, including the 1000-year-old Mainz Cathedral, located near the city center, and its picturesque streets in the old city. Also, visit Gutenberg museum which houses two copies of the Gutenberg Bible, the first major book printed with movable type in the West. 

Return on board and begin to cruise to Frankfurt. Join an evening of entertainment. 

Day 4 Frankfurt | Rüdesheim

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Set off for a guided tour of Frankfurt this morning. This panoramic tour by coach gives a great overview of the main buildings and monuments found in the city. Among the sites that to see on this tour are the Emperor’s Cathedral, the center of the old quarter, and the Römerberg. Enjoy some free time before returning to the ship.

Afterwards, return on board and begin to cruise to Rüdesheim and pass the cities of Mainz Wiesbaden, and Eltville am Rhein before arriving in Rüdesheim at the end of the afternoon.

Once arrived in Rüdesheim, join the guided tour of the local vineyards on a tourist train. Participate in a wine tasting in the historic rooms of the Bassenheimer Hof. After, head next 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.

The famous Drosselgasse with its numerous cafés, bars, and music awaits you tonight!

Day 5 Koblenz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, 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. Arrive in Koblenz in mid-morning then explore the city with the host or hostess. Spend the afternoon cruising the Moselle River which is one of the most beautiful tributaries of the Rhine, towards Cochem. Enjoy the calm as you pass by charming villages, vineyards, and what seems like a castle on every peak. Arrive in Cochem this evening.

Day 6 Cochem

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take part in the guided tour of Cochem castle this morning. The Imperial Castle sits on a mighty crag over the Moselle River. Enjoy the 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. After a 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 ancient walls, gates, and churches.

Return on board and spend the afternoon cruising to Trier. 

Day 7 Trier | Saarbug

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. Have a look at the amphitheater, the imperial baths, the Roman basilica, and the Porta Nigra, one of the best-preserved Roman city gates. Return on board and relax while sailing along Moselle and Sarre. 

Arrive in Saarburg in mid-afternoon and enjoy some free time to discover this charming city at your own pace. Join an evening of entertainment.

Day 8 Remich | Luxembourg | Remich

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise on the Sarre and Moselle towards Remich. Once arrived, join the tour of Luxembourg. Luxembourg is a real mix of styles and cultures. This panoramic tour gives you a good tatse of what’s to be found: the old city, the fortress ruins, the European Convention Center, and the Banking District. Afterwards, 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. Return to Remich for a visit to a winery and a tasting. Discover the secrets to winemaking while strolling through the underground passages that seem to go on for miles. 

Return on board. Tonight is the festive gala evening. 

Day 9 Remich | Disembark | Strasbourg

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking at 9:00 and returning to Strasbourg by coach. 

MS Leonard De Vinci

Per person starting at
$2,487
Cabins aboard the MS Leonard De Vinci
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Main Deck
49 cabins on the main deck (43 twins, 3 single cabins, 2CU cabins, 1 suite) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, safe. Cabin size: 129 sq. ft.
Cabins aboard the MS Leonard De Vinci
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Upper Deck
23 cabins (twins) on the upper deck, equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, safe. Cabin size: 129 sq. ft.

Notes

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

For navigational safety reasons, the company and the captain are the only authorized persons who can modify the cruise itinerary.
Alcohol can be dangerous to your health. Please drink in moderation.


Price Includes
- Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day
- onboard drinks included (except for drinks from our special lists)
- double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom
- assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
- welcome cocktail
- gala dinner
- onboard entertainment
- travel assistance and repatriation insurance
- excursions mentioned in the program
- transfer by coach from Remich to Strasbourg on D9
- 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.

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