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Wine Festivals of the Rhine and Moselle

Wine Festivals of the Rhine and Moselle

The Rhine and Her Tributaries

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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. 

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

Including...

Hands shakingIncluded travel insurance

Dinner plate38 meals: 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 13 dinners

CocktailFree bar open 12 hours a day†

PersonCruise Host

Plus...

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

MapIncluded Excursions

  • Tour of Trier
  • Traben-Trarbach city walk
  • Tour of Alken
  • Tour of Düsseldorf

Unique Included Celebration Experiences

  • Two wine festivals, plus tastings on board

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration
*Return flights or direct Eurostar train from Amsterdam for a supplement.
†The free bar is open 12 hours a day and serves 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 for an overnight mooring.

Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board.

If you are travelling by coach you will embark in Folkestone and continue to the Eurotunnel terminal. You’ll continue by coach from Calais to Trier, a distance of approximately 292 miles, which should take around 6 hours. If travelling by rail you will take the Eurostar train from the UK to Brussels and continue by coach to Trier, a distance of approximately 161 miles, which should take around three hours. For those who are flying from the UK to Frankfurt, you will be met by a local representative and taken by coach to the port, a distance of approximately 115 miles, which should take around 2.5 hours. Depending on your flight arrival time you may have some free time before you are taken to the ship.

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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. You can also join an optional excursion featuring a panoramic train and guided walk this afternoon.

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Day 4 Bernkastel

wine bottles on the street

After a few hours at leisure in Bernkastel this morning, you are invited to join an included excursion to the Lösnicher Autumn Wine and Farm Festival. The wine growers of Lösnicher throw open their doors and beckon you inside for festivities and tastings.

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Day 5 Traben-Trarbach-Cochem

Old City of Cochem, Germany

Spend the morning in Traben-Trarbach. During your time here you are invited on an included city walk.

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. Today, 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.

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 Treis-Karden

Village of Treis-Karden at the Mosel River near Cochem

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

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Day 8 Treis-Karden to Winningen to Koblenz 🎧

Alken on the Moselle River, Germany

Join an included excursion to Alken from Treis-Karden 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.

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Day 11 Bingen to Boppard

The Rhine at Boppard

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.

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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. Consider joining an optional coach tour of Bonn.

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

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Day 13 Düsseldorf 🎧

The old town, market square, Dusseldorf

Arrive in Düsseldorf this morning and discover the contrast of the city’s modern, avant-garde architecture with the more traditional appeal of the altstadt — Old Town. An included tour reveals the highlights.

This afternoon is at leisure ahead of your farewell dinner on board this evening. Remain moored here overnight.

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Day 14 Düsseldorf to UK

Disembark Spirit of the Rhine after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return journey to the UK - a journey time of approximately 25 minutes. It is a 5-hour drive to Calais and two hours and 45 minutes to Brussels for the Eurostar.

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 Düsseldorf.

Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently. The cruise itinerary has been designed around the festivals, but should their dates change, alternatives will be sought.

Wine Festivals of the Rhine and Moselle

The Rhine and Her Tributaries