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Wine Towns of the Moselle

The Rhine and Her Tributaries

  • A car with a tick VIP on selected river cruises
  • A glass of wine 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.

Including...

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Dinner plate17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners

CocktailFree bar open 12 hours a day†

PersonCruise Host

Plus...

  • 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

MapIncluded excursions

  • Tour of Trier
  • Panoramic train ride in Bernkastel-Kues

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration.
†The free bar, open from midday to midnight, serves non-branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

All-inclusive departure
^The free bar on board is open from 9am to midnight, serving non-branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

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21/09/2021 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

22/09/2021 Trier to Piesport

The historic Roman city gates, Porta Nigra, in Trier

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.

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23/09/2021 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. 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 Hospital and the half-timbered houses of the old town.

Your ship remains moored here overnight.

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24/09/2021 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.

Bernkastel-Kues Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

25/09/2021 Traben-Trarbach to 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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26/09/2021 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. 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.

Cochem Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

27/09/2021 Cochem to UK

Disembark Spirit of the Rhine after breakfast and transfer to the airport – a distance of approximately 106 miles (a drive of two hours and 15 minutes) – for your return journey to the UK. It’s a six-and-a-half hour drive to Calais, a distance of 325 miles.

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

Three-and-a-half hours
Winetasting
  • Optional on 6 nights itinerary

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

Three-and-a-half hours
Winetasting
  • Optional on 6 nights itinerary

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

Wine Towns of the Moselle

The Rhine and Her Tributaries