Join Brabant for this journey along three different sections of the sublime Moselle River, taking a rarely-sailed route through Germany all the way to Luxembourg and back, and you’ll experience a holiday filled with scenic, architectural and cultural delights, uncovered during memorable river cruising and time ashore exploring charming towns and stunning cities.
You’ll begin this inspirational cruise revelling in sensational views of the Lower Moselle Valley’s gorgeous vineyards and enchanting riverbank towns, before calling at Cochem for a chance to wander the town’s romantic squares and visit the fairytale-esque Reichsburg Castle. [ReadMoreMob]Several miles further along the Moselle, after a stop at Trier – Germany’s oldest city, your time in Luxembourg kicks-off with a call at Remich. Take a walking tour of the ‘Pearl of the Moselle’ and you’ll find centuries-old monuments and buildings amongst the historic streets and alleys, alongside some of the region’s most famous wineries. There are wine taverns serving delicious, locally produced tipples in Grevenmacher too, though you could opt to visit the exotic Päiperleksgaart Gardens here and encounter thousands of graceful butterflies, as well as chameleons, turtles and various bird species. After a short, yet rewarding time ashore in Gravenmacher, a sail back to Germany makes for a memorable afternoon of scenic cruising, sailing the picturesque Upper Moselle and through the Middle Moselle Valley’s breathtaking scenes of forested countryside and storybook settlements en route. [ReadMoreDesk]
The following day, you can take the morning to explore beautiful Bernkastel-Kues with its plethora of welcoming wine taverns and medley of historical gems, such as the 15th century Spitzhauschen and Renaissance-style Town Hall; then spend a couple of late afternoon hours in Traben Trarbach, the ‘Jewel of the Central Moselle’. Then there’s Koblenz, situated at the famous ‘Deutsches Eck’, where’s you’ll have a day to take in this charming city’s multitude of centuries-old monuments and landmarks – including the Prussian Electoral Palace and the 13th century Alte Berg – at leisure, and ride a cable car to the mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Finally, your unforgettable week of scenic river exploration concludes on the banks of the Rhine in Cologne. Before heading home, perhaps make the most of your time to visit the city’s iconic, UNESCO-listed Cathedral and marvel at its spectacular towering exterior and glorious interiors; take in the various galleries and museums; and stop-by the Altstadt District, where bustling pubs offer up a friendly atmosphere and Cologne’s famous sweet ale, Kölsch.