Experience an unforgettable fortnight of sensory delights, an absorbing combination of authentic wines, vineyards, castles and cathedrals, on this very special river cruising adventure. Sailing the beautiful Rhine and Moselle rivers, you’ll visit regions and towns revered for the history and flavours of their world-famous tipples, as well as stunning cities handpicked for their iconic monuments and landmarks.
The first week of this invigorating journey offers mouth-watering experiences from the moment you set sail along the Rhine from Cologne. [ReadMoreMob]You’ll visit Linz, gateway to the renowned red wine-producing region of Ayr; then divert down the Moselle to revel in views of sensational scenery and visit Bernkastel Kues, for a chance to tour to the rolling vineyards of the Moselle Valley and sample some of Europe’s finest wines. Back on the Rhine, you can explore Rudesheim’s historic cobbled streets and enjoy a glass or two of Riesling wine at welcoming wineries, while a visit to Nierstein affords an opportunity to learn of wine production in the Rhine Rhessen region. A foray to France will then see you enjoy a full-flavoured day in Strasbourg, where you can introduce Alsace wine to your palate and take in iconic attractions such as the exquisite Cathédrale Notre-Dame; before its back to Germany and beautiful Breisach, starting point for tours to the captivating Black Forest, the home of cuckoo clocks and Black Forest Gateau. [ReadMoreDesk]
After a day in the Swiss city of Basel and another visit to Strasbourg, the second week of your holiday sees Brabant sail back along the breathtaking Rhine, stopping at a string of enchanting destinations along the way. Handsome Speyer awaits your exploration, with a full-day visit allowing time to wander into the town’s beautifully-preserved centre and uncover gems such as the Romanesque St Stephen Cathedral; and a call at Koblenz provides an opportunity to ride a cable car to the mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. In between, you’ll delight in the sight of the Middle Rhine Valley’s enchanting hillside towns, striking fortresses and lush forests and vineyards. A second diversion down the Moselle takes in the gorgeous Lower Moselle Valley and Cochem, where the fairytale-esque Reichsburg Castle is an unmissable highlight, before your incredible river cruise adventure concludes back on the banks of the Rhine in Cologne. Perhaps make the most of your time here 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.