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 Rhine and Moselle

 COCHEM - ALKEN - KOBLENZ - BOPPARD - RUDESHEIM - MAINZ - STRASBOURG

       

  
 

The Romantic Rhine follows a remarkable route, meandering between sheer rocks, past small islands and fortified castles sitting high above the vineyards, evidence of an eventful past, enriched by great myths and legends. The Moselle also cuts through vineyards planted up the steep sloping river banks and hillsides, flowing past fortified castles and typical towns and villages where medieval-style houses have slate roofs and half-timbered walls  


Days: 5 Days
Code -  CMS
NOTE: 2017 CRUISES INCLUDE THE "CLASSIC" SIGHTSEEING PACKAGE
Itinerary

Day 1

COCHEM


We board in Cochem at 6 pm and settle into our cabins. We are introduced to the crew over a welcome cocktail. Dinner on board is followed by an evening of entertainment. We moor for the night.

   
Day 2

COCHEM - ALKEN - KOBLENZ

 

We have buffet breakfast on board this morning before our  guided walking tour of Cochem, often referred to as the "Pearl of the Moselle". The old town has managed to retain much from its prestigious past, including fine squares dating from the Middle Ages and half-timbered houses. Here we discover the fresco retracing the history of the town from its occupation by the Roman armies right up to the 20th century. As we walk along its pretty alleys, we see St Martin's Church, the former Capuchin Monastery and the market square. We return on board at the end of the morning and set sail again, heading for Alken. We spend the afternoon cruising along the Moselle, whose meanders have carved out a unique landscape of incredible beauty, just crying out to be explored. The vines that adorn the sloping banks of the river are yet another charming attraction in the region. After lunch on board, we arrive in the early afternoon in Alken. Here we have a  visit to Thurant Castle. An excellent symbol of the region, the fortified castle at Thurant is one of the oldest in the Moselle region. Count Palatin Heinrich, brother of King Otto VI, had the castle built in 1197 on his return from the crusades. From the terrace, there is a spectacular view of the Moselle. We return on board to prepare for dinner and an evening of entertainment. As we dine, our cruise continues towards Koblenz, where we arrive during the evening. After dinner the evening is free.

   
Day 3

KOBLENZ - BOPPARD - RÜDESHEIM

 

We have buffet breakfast on board this morning as we cruise to Boppard. An old Imperial town, there is much to see in Boppard which bears testimony to its past. We have free time to explore or wander at leisure or join our on-board hostess on a discovery tour of the town. We return on board for lunch and continue our cruise towards Rüdesheim. The journey along the river through the romantic Rhine Valley has been listed by UNESCO as part of World Heritage since 2002. All along the banks of the river, we see fortified castle after castle and medieval village after medieval village, set amidst the renowned Rhine vineyards – arguably the most beautiful in all Germany. We also pass the legendary Lorelei Rock, named after a beautiful young maiden who, according to German legend, threw herself into the river in despair over a faithless lover and was transformed into a siren. This legend has always fascinated visitors from the world over. We arrive in Rüdesheim around pm.  Here we are free to wander or join our  excursion where we set off by tourist train, enjoy some tasting of the famous wines of the region and have a guided tour of the Museum of Mechanical Music, housing one of the largest collections of mechanical musical instruments.  We return on board for dinner, after which the evening is free to wander along the famous Drosselgasse.  

   
Day 4

RÜDESHEIM - MAINZ

 

We set sail again through the night, arriving early morning in Mainz. After buffet breakfast on board, we have a guided tour of Mainz and visit the Gutenberg Museum. Capital of the German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, Mainz was founded over 2000 years ago by the Romans.  In the 17th and 18th centuries, the world's best architects and sculptors shaped the outline of the town, with many fine palaces and churches. Here we have the chance to admire the magnificent historic houses which have been wonderfully restored. We then visit the Gutenberg Museum (closed Mondays), the world's finest museum for printing equipment, materials and books, which has two copies of the Gutenberg Bible, the oldest printed book in the world. We return on board for lunch and spend the afternoon cruising in the direction of Strasbourg.  Our Gala dinner tonight is followed by an evening of dancing and entertainment.  

   
Day 5

STRASBOURG

 

We arrive in Strasbourg early this morning. After breakfast on board, we disembark around 9 am. End of CroisiEurope's services.

   
 

This itinerary is a guide only. For reasons of navigational safety, the captain and crew of the boat alone may decide to modify the itinerary.

Please note Croisi cruises are bilingual with on board commentaries in both French & English. Sightseeing tours are guaranteed in English with either bilingual guides or audiphones.

 

   
INCLUSIONS:





This offer includes: The cruise on full board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the final day, local wine, beer and fruit juice at lunch and dinner (on board meals only), Open bar including a variety of French and regional wine and spirits  (excluding Champagne and premium drinks),  accommodation in a twin air conditioned cabin with shower and WC, entertainment, the assistance of our hostess on board, the welcome cocktail, the gala evening, port taxes and pre paid English sightseeing (subject to minimum numbers).

 
EXCLUSIONS:

This offer does not include:  insurance, personal expenses, Drinks - wine selected from the premium drinks list and those purchased on shore excursions, shore excursions.

   
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