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River Cruise
River Cruise

Grand Cruise of the Rhine, Moselle and Main

The Rhine and her Tributaries

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This cruise travels the length of the Rhine and on two of its biggest tributaries – the Moselle and Main

Cruise the length of the Rhine and on two of its biggest tributaries – the Moselle and Main – revealing the characteristic sights of their banks – Rhine castles, Moselle vineyards, Main towns and lively Frankfurt…


41 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners


  • Coach and walking tour of Trier
  • Wine tasting in Traben-Trarbach
  • Tour of Frankfurt
  • Strasbourg tour and canal cruise

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Day 1 UK to Arnhem

John Frost bridge in Arnhem

Travel by coach from Folkestone to Arnhem via Eurotunnel or ferry. Embark your ship Dutch Melody and enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board.

Cruise overnight towards Bonn.

Arnhem Netherlands Europe

Day 2 Bonn

View of Bonn

Arrive in Bonn this afternoon and discover the highlights of the city on an optional walking tour with a local guide which includes a visit to the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven, now a museum dedicated to his life and work. Alternatively, explore at your own pace.

Early this evening you sail towards Cochem.

Bonn North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 3 Cochem to Zell

Medieval Cochem

Look forward to spending the day in romantic Cochem on the Moselle. An optional excursion visits the castle, followed by a wine tasting at a vineyard. Depart this afternoon for Zell, where you arrive after dinner.

Zell Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 4 Zell to Bernkastel

Bernkastel-Kues, Germany

Enjoy views of the old walls of Zell from the ship before sailing after breakfast to Bernkastel-Kues where Renaissance houses line the market square.

Arrive mid-afternoon and moor here overnight.

Bernkastel-Kues Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 5 Bernkastel to Trier

Roman Catholic church in Trier

Set sail early this morning and spend an afternoon in Germany’s oldest city, Trier, founded in 16BC by Emperor Augustus. Discover more on an included tour to see the Roman city gateway, Porta Nigra, and the cathedral.

Moor here overnight.

Trier Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 6 Trier to Traben-Trarbach


Set off in the early hours and cruise to the twin villages of Traben-Trarbach which straddle the Moselle, arriving after lunch. Known as the 'capitals' of the wine region, they are home to many art nouveau buildings. Enjoy an included wine-tasting at a vineyard.

Cruise overnight to Koblenz, departing after dinner.

Traben-Trarbach Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 7 Koblenz


Meaning 'merging of the rivers', Koblenz' rich history is reflected in a wealth of monuments and historic buildings. Arrive here after breakfast. An optional walking tour encompasses Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.

Set sail early evening and cruise overnight towards Frankfurt.

Koblenz Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 8 Frankfurt


Today you have the whole day to discover this lively, cultural centre, the most international city in Germany thanks to its origins as a trading centre. Despite the dramatic skyline it's a small city – you can walk from one side to the other in twenty minutes! There are plenty of places of interest, from the cathedral to the restored timber-framed buildings of the city centre – Römerburg – as you'll discover on an included tour. You'll also visit the Goethe House and Museum, on the site of the birthplace of the greatest German literary figure of the modern era.

Set sail at dinner time and cruise through the night.

Frankfurt Hesse Germany Europe

Day 9 Miltenberg to Aschaffenburg

Old town of Aschaffenburg

Arrive early with time to stroll in the the medieval Bavarian town of Miltenberg.

Leave Miltenburg after lunch and cruise on to Aschaffenburg, arriving late afternoon and mooring here overnight.

Aschaffenburg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 10 Aschaffenburg

Johannisburg Palace in Aschaffenburg

Spend the morning in the city known as 'Bavarian Nice' thanks to its sunny climate and lively cultural scene. Admire Johannisburg Palace and the old quarter.

Depart late morning and spend the afternoon and evening cruising towards Strasbourg.

Aschaffenburg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 11 Strasbourg

Strasbourg Cathedral from the river

Arrive in Strasbourg after lunch and explore the capital of Alsace whose cobbled streets, half-timbered houses and Gothic cathedral can be seen on an included tour and canal cruise.

Depart this evening.

Strasbourg Alsace France Europe

Day 12 Rüdesheim to Oberwesel

Oberwesel on the Middle Rhine

Arrive in the charming wine town of Rüdesheim for a morning exploring. Alternatively, join a fascinating optional excursion to Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music. Cruise to Oberwesel during lunch, arriving later in the afternoon. Best known for the production of Reisling, the town is surrounded by a medieval wall and defence towers with dramatic Schönburg Castle perched high above it.

You remain moored here overnight.

Oberwesel Middle Rhine Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 13 Oberwesel to Andernach

Old city wall of Andernach

Leave Oberwesel early morning and cruise through breakfast to spend the rest of the morning in Andernach, home to the world's tallest cold water geyser which you can see on an optional excursion.

During lunch you set off and spend the rest of the day and night cruising towards Amsterdam.

Andernach Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 14 Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Nertherlands

Arrive in Amsterdam late morning, perhaps enjoy an optional city coach tour and canal cruise this afternoon.

Moor here overnight.

Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

Day 15 Amsterdam to UK

Disembark Dutch Melody after breakfast for your return journey to the UK.

Grand Cruise of the Rhine, Moselle and Main

The Rhine and her Tributaries

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