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Wine Festivals of the Rhine and Moselle

The Rhine and Her Tributaries

from £1,999 per person
2 passengers 13 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £54 if not required
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Discover the true Spirit of the Rhine

Join Saga’s brand new luxury ship, Spirit of the Rhine, for a very special 13-night cruise along the idyllic Moselle and Rhine rivers, timed to coincide with some of Europe’s biggest and most vibrant wine festivals.

It’s been more than 2,000 years since the Romans discovered the mineral-rich and fertile German landscape was perfect for growing grapes and laid the foundations for the vineyards which cover a quarter of a million acres of the country today. Our expert cruise creators have a nose for picking out the best annual celebrations in atmospheric towns and villages along the riverbanks of the Middle Rhine and Moselle – two of the most prominent among the 13 official wine-growing regions in Germany. In addition to enjoying these Unique Experiences, they have also arranged some on-board tastings for you too! 

In addition to an abundance of wine, this full-bodied cruise promises to be packed with music, food and laughter, plus plenty of local pageantry and tradition at annual celebrations in Kröv, Boppard and Königswinter.

Your cruise begins in historic Trier - where Germany’s wine heritage began - where you can enjoy an included tour revealing its Roman heritage, and enjoy an overnight mooring in Piesport. Your next night is spent in Bernkastel before a two-night mooring in Traben-Trarbach from where you can make two trips to the annual wine festival in Kröv. Cruise on to Cochem, from where you can explore iconic Reichsburg Castle and enjoy a wine tasting. Alken and Winningen are your next stops while you’ll spend two nights moored in Koblenz, where the two stately rivers converge. You might like to explore the town and the looming Ehrenbreitstein Fortress on an optional excursion before cruising on to Bingen and then sampling the atmosphere at the annual wine festivals in Boppard and Königswinter. An afternoon and evening in Amsterdam, where you can choose between an included tour of the city and its canals and a food-themed walking tour, is a fitting finale to a holiday which promises to be a treat for all of your senses.


35 meals: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 12 dinners

  • Included travel insurance
  • Return coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry*
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • All Gratuities on board
  • Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
  • Saga Cruise Host
  • Saga Cruise Assistant on board
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Included Excursions

  • Tour of Trier
  • Amsterdam city tour and canal cruise or Unique Experience: Amsterdam Culinary Walking Tour

Unique Included Celebration Experiences

  • Two wine festivals, plus tastings on board

*Return flights or direct Eurostar train from Amsterdam for a supplement.

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^The free bar on board is open from 9am to midnight, serving non-branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
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Day 1 UK to Trier

Main Market Trier, Germany

Travel to Trier and embark Spirit of the Rhine.

Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board as you remain moored here overnight.

Trier Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 2 Trier to Piesport

The Porta Nigra (Black Gate) In Trier, Germany

Spend the morning in Germany’s oldest city, Trier, founded in 16BC by Emperor Augustus.

Trier lies in the heart of Germany’s oldest wine region, the Moselle, which is home to many fine white wines and its location close to the steep banks of the Moselle River was the location the Romans first chose to plant their vines. Trier retains many relics of its illustrious past, as you will discover on an included tour to see the spectacular Porta Nigra, one of the best-preserved Roman city gates in the world, the city walls and cathedral.

Your cruise begins early this afternoon but should you wish to explore independently before you depart, the oldest winery is the Vereinigte Hospitien, which still features one of the original Roman walls, while the wine cellar of the renowned producer Bischoefliche Weingueter is located under the pedestrianised area of the city centre. Set sail again at lunchtime, arriving in the historic village of Piesport, on the north bank of the river, later this afternoon.

You remain moored here overnight so perhaps seek out a tavern after dinner and sample an authentic Piesporter light white wine.

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Day 3 Piesport to Bernkastel 🎧

Bernkastel-Kues, Germany

Enjoy time at leisure in Piesport this morning before making the short journey to Bernkastel.

Which is one of the most prominent wine-growing towns in the Moselle. Though the Mosel Wine Festival, with its vintners parade, fireworks and Wine Queen pageant, take place at the start of September in Bernkastel, the whole region remains in festive mode throughout the month so be sure to seek out a dash of the local riesling as you remain moored here overnight.

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Day 4 Bernkastel to Traben-Trarbach

wine bottles on the street

After a few hours at leisure in Bernkastel this morning, sail on to reach the ‘twin towns’ of Traben-Trarbach, which straddle the Moselle and are linked by a bridge.

Arrive at lunchtime and spend the next two nights moored in what was once the second-largest wine-trading centre in Europe, after the French city of Bordeaux. You will be struck by Traben-Trarbach’s contrast with the half-timbered architecture of other Moselle wine villages. Many of its buildings are in a smart art nouveau style, known in Germany as Jugendstil. These include a number of grand villas built for wealthy wine merchants by the Berlin architect Bruno Möhring.

The steep slate slopes around Traben-Trarbach produce exquisite wines which are celebrated each year in a series of festivals. Your cruise has been timed so you can look forward to making the short transfer to the neighbouring town of Kröv this evening to attend the opening of this year’s popular Weinesefest vintage festival.

Look forward to live music and a buzzing atmosphere all washed down with excellent wines from the Kröver winemakers before transferring back to your ship tonight.

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Day 5 Traben-Trarbach-Cochem

Old City of Cochem, Germany

Spend the morning in Traben-Trarbach. Perhaps spend your free time exploring the interesting Mittelmosel Museum – a stately Baroque villa in Trarbach built for the merchant family Böcking. The house was built around 1755 and escaped the great fire which swept through the town 102 years later. It features more than 20 showrooms of art, furniture and an extensive collection on the history of Traben-Trarbach including Roman relics.

At lunchtime continue cruising to the picturesque wine town of Cochem, arriving in the evening and mooring overnight.

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Day 6 Cochem 🎧

Vineyards along the Rhine, Cochem

With the romantic backdrop of neo-Gothic Reichsburg Castle, which sits atop a hill cloaked entirely in vines, Cochem is understandably one of the most visited places on the Moselle River. This morning an optional excursion is available to the castle, which sits atop a hill cloaked entirely in vines. Although most of the castle was rebuilt in the 19th century, the original 11th-century keep still survives. The excursion will also visit a local vineyard for a wine tasting.

Another optional tour explores the town by land train. Perhaps grab an interactive map to conduct a self-guided tour of the town this afternoon.

Perhaps sample some of the local delights this evening as you remain moored here overnight.

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Day 7 Cochem to Alken

Alken on the Moselle River, Germany

Depart Cochem this morning and cruise on to Alken, arriving at lunch time for an afternoon at leisure.

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Day 8 Alken to Winningen to Koblenz 🎧

Alken on the Moselle River, Germany

Spend a free morning in Alken before cruising on to Winningen at lunchtime.

Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in another picture postcard small town, with quiet lanes packed with Tudor architecture. Perhaps stroll on the riverside promenade before returning to your ship for dinner. Make the short journey to Koblenz this evening, mooring after dinner.

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Day 9 Koblenz 🎧

Deutches Eck, or Germany Corner, Memorial in Koblenz

Spend the whole day in Koblenz, nestled at the point where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet and inbetween the famous wine regions of the Moselle and the Middle Rhine – renowned for their Rieslings and among the oldest in Germany.

Discover the attractive riverside promenade and several historic churches, all set beneath the gaze of the looming Festung Ehrenbreitstein citadel on top of the hill, which you can visit on an optional excursion this morning. The fortress also houses a museum dedicated to the wines of the region and the 2,000 year heritage of winemaking in the Rhineland Pfalz.

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Day 10 Koblenz to Bingen

Mouse Tower, Bingen, Germany

After breakfast cruise on to Bingen, which has a beautiful setting and several historic buildings of interest, such as Ehrenfels Castle which overlooks the town and the fabled Mouse Tower, a stone tower which stands on an island where legend has it the cruel Bishop of Mainz was imprisoned and eaten by mice.

Perhaps head out on an optional walking tour.

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Day 11 Bingen to Boppard

Wine market

Set sail over breakfast and enjoy a leisurely morning cruising along the beautiful Moselle to the picturesque town of Boppard.

Boasting more than 2,000 years of history, this picturesque town is located in the valley of the mythical Lorelei. You have the rest of the day to go ashore and explore the town. The Rheinallee along the waterfront is an attractive promenade, and the Gothic Carmelite Church is famous for its 15th-century choir stalls. This evening the town’s Market Square promised to come alive as the Boppard Wine festival gets into full swing. The wine stalls will open around 6pm and you can look forward to an evening packed with fun, laughter, live music and of course the local Bopparder Hamm wine!

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Day 12 Boppard to Königswinter

Cruise along the Rhine to Konigswinter

Set sail before breakfast and cruise through the morning.

If you need to clear your head after last night’s festivities then perhaps head to the sundeck for a spot of fresh air while you watch the scenery glide by. You will arrive in picturesque Königswinter before lunch. The Market Square in the Old Town plays host to the traditional Winzerfest with the wine stalls open from 11am and an eye-catching wine fountain in the middle of the square. Live music will be performed and there will be entertainment throughout the afternoon.

Return to your ship in time for dinner and cruise through the night bound for the Dutch border.

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Day 13 Amsterdam 🎧

The Bloemenmarkt, Amsterdam's floating flower market

Cruise through the morning to reach the Dutch capital which is rightly popular for its friendly welcome, picturesque canals, world-class museums and galleries and laid-back cafes and bars.

This afternoon you can join one of our Unique Experiences which are designed to give you the chance to get under the skin of a destination by enjoying the local food and culture. After disembarking your ship and meeting your guide, take a tram to Central Station from where you will begin a walking tour of the Dutch capital. Along the way look forward to tasting local delicacies including herring, cheese and croquettes and rounding it off with a sweet treat from a bakery.

Alternatively you could join an included tour of Amsterdam by coach and see the Royal Palace on Dam Square, the floating flower market, the Central Railway Station, which is built on thousands of wooden piles, and the grand 19th-century Rijksmuseum. Afterwards, enjoy a canal cruise to see the city centre with its pretty bridges and attractive gabled houses up close and view such treasures as the famous Skinny Bridge, the Montelbaanstoren tower and the Jewish Quarter.

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Day 14 Amsterdam to UK

Disembark Spirit of the Rhine after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return journey to the UK.

Oz Clarke

You can look forward to a special celebrity guest joining the first week of your cruise. Oz Clarke is one of the world’s leading wine experts, whose formidable reputation is based on his extensive wine knowledge and abundant enthusiasm. His passion for the subject dates from his student days at Oxford University, where he won tasting competitions at a precociously early age.

Since then his tasting skills have won him an international reputation, and he is acknowledged as having one of the finest palates of anyone writing about wine today. Oz’s frequent BBC TV and radio appearances are broadcast around the world. Before wine took over his life in 1984, Oz was a full-time actor and singer, appearing in West End hit shows such as ‘Evita’, ‘Sweeney Todd’ and ‘The Mitford Girls’, and touring with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Wine expert, Oz Clarke © Keith Barnes Photography

🎧 Interactive maps and audio headset tours available for exploring independently in Bernkastel, Cochem, Koblenz and Amsterdam.

Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.

Wine Festivals of the Rhine and Moselle

The Rhine and Her Tributaries

from £1,999 per person
2 passengers
13 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £54 if not required
Wine Festivals of the Rhine and Moselle

The Rhine and Her Tributaries

from £1,999 per person
2 passengers
13 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £54 if not required