Perhaps use our interactive map and headset to explore the town independently.
- Historic Trier
Explore Germany’s oldest city in the heart of the country’s wine region.
- Traben-Trarbach and its vineyards
The steep slate slopes around Traben-Trarbach produce exquisite grapes.
- New holiday
- VIP on selected river cruises
- All Inclusive
Explore the riverside towns and villages of the Moselle
Join Spirit of the Rhine for a six-night cruise along the Moselle, starting in historic Trier, where Germany’s wine heritage began. An included tour will uncover the city’s Roman heritage before you sail to the village of Piesport. Continue to one of the most prominent wine-growing towns on the Moselle, Bernkastel-Kues, renowned for its fine Riesling wines. An included ride aboard the Panorama Train offers a relaxing way to see some of the town’s attractions before continuing to Traben-Trarbach, known for its Art Nouveau style architecture. These include a number of grand villas built for wealthy wine merchants by the Berlin architect Bruno Möhring.
From here you’ll transfer to the neighbouring town of Kröv to attend the evening opening of the annual Weinesefest vintage festival. Enjoy live music, a vibrant atmosphere and world-class wines from the Kröver winemakers before returning to your ship. Sail on to Cochem, from where you can explore neo-Gothic Reichsburg Castle and enjoy a wine tasting or board the tourist train for a tour of the town on a choice of optional excursions.
17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners
Free bar open 12 hours a day†
- Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- One wine festival, plus tastings on board
- Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
- All gratuities on board
- Return coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry
- Tour of Trier
- Panoramic train ride in Bernkastel-Kues
Interactive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration.
†The free bar, open from midday to midnight, serves non-branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
21/09/2021 UK to Trier
Travel to Trier and embark Spirit of the Rhine.
Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board as you remain moored here overnight.
22/09/2021 Trier to Piesport
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.
23/09/2021 Piesport to Bernkastel-Kues 🎧
Enjoy time at leisure in Piesport this morning before making the short journey to Bernkastel-Kues, which is one of the most prominent wine-growing towns in the Moselle. An included ride on the Panorama Train is a relaxing way to see some of the highlights, including the parish church of St Michael, St Nikolaus Hopsital and the half-timbered houses of the old town.
Your ship remains moored here overnight.
24/09/2021 Bernkastel to Traben-Trarbach
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, a vibrant atmosphere and excellent wines from the Kröver winemakers.
Transfer back to your ship tonight.
25/09/2021 Traben-Trarbach to Cochem
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.
26/09/2021 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. 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.
27/09/2021 Cochem to UK
Disembark Spirit of the Rhine after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return journey to the UK.
Cochem, Reichsburg Castle and Wine tasting
Visit fairy-tale Reichsburg Castle to learn about its colourful history and see magnificent views of the Moselle. Enjoy a guided tour of the castle, which was rescued and restored in the 19th century in neo-Gothic style. Today it is a fabulous showcase for Renaissance and baroque furniture. Later head to a local vineyard and winery for an introductory talk, and a tasting of four regional white Rieslings. There'll be the chance to purchase some wine before returning to the ship.
Walking Grade 3
Optional on 6 nights itinerary
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.
🎧 Interactive maps and audio headset tours are available for exploring independently in Bernkastel and Cochem.
Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.
1 – Walking at your own discretion. For example, on panoramic coach tours when the only walking is at photo stops.
2 – Minimal walking. Up to approximately 1,640 feet (500 metres) on mainly flat terrain.
3 – Moderate walking. Between 1,640-4,920 feet (500-1500 metres) over mixed terrain with the possibility of some steps.
4 – Considerable walking. More than 4,920 feet (1500 metres) over uneven terrain with many steps.
5 – Strenuous walking. Long distances over rough terrain with climbing, steps and trekking.