Flowing through France, Luxembourg, and Germany, the Moselle River is known for its picturesque medieval castles and excellent wines, most notably Riesling, whose grape is cultivated in this region, producing a dry to sweet, floral white wine. The Moselle River is 312-miles long, rising in the Vosges Mountains of northeastern France and entering Germany at Trier.
River cruising on the Moselle is combined with portions of other rivers to make an exciting and varied vacation. Adding the Moselle River to the Amsterdam to Basel Rhine River cruise is quite popular.
You can cruise Central Europe on the magnificent Rhine, Main, and Moselle Rivers, as well as to the fascinating Main Danube Canal. This splendid river cruise introduces you to Nuremberg, Bamberg, Würzburg, Miltenberg, Rüdesheim, Koblenz, Cochem and Trier. Begin with a stay in Prague and end by taking the high speed train to Paris.
Prague is a 1,000-year-old city preserved in time. See its best-known treasures such as the Old Town’s Astronomical Clock, once the envy of all of Europe, Hradcany Castle Grounds, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Charles Bridge. Browse the shops for hand-cut crystal or art books. Mix with the locals in Wenceslaus Square or stroll along the Vltava River.
Your cruise starts in Nuremberg which suffered extensive damage during WWII but much of it was restored to its original style. Marvel at this historic city with its fabulous gothic churches and elegant patrician houses. Nuremberg’s traditions include its famous Lebkuchen, toy making, and metal working.
Next is Medieval Bamberg, a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take in the breathtaking cathedral, the Old Town Hall straddling the River Regnitz, and serpentine streets with charming houses and 18th-century mansions.
Würzburg is known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road,” and is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. The magnificent Bishop’s Residenz is another UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Located on the Main River, Miltenberg is a picturesque Bavarian village that thrived on income from river traffic. Its cultural wealth and affluence are reflected in the beautiful medieval and renaissance houses and the gothic splendor of the Merchant Hall.
In Rüdesheim, explore the Drosselgasse, the town’s cultural heart, loaded with beautifully decorated restaurants, open-air wine gardens, and massive souvenir shops or Siefgried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum.
In Cochem, visit Reichsburg Castle, which sits atop a conical hill covered in vines. From here the views of the little town of Cochem nestled down below and of the river valley are splendid. The venerable Episcopal city of Trier is the oldest in Germany and, some claim, even older than Rome! The famous Porta Nigra is the only surviving fortified gate from the original Roman settlement and still gives access to the town center.
Your cruise ends in Remich in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, where you will then be transferred to Metz, France to catch the high speed train to Paris. Paris’ famous sights are living history including the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral, the unique Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid as a contrast to its ancient architecture, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, Sacré Cœur, the Champs Elysées, and the Eiffel Tower, a structural miracle of its age.
Cruises also run the reverse route.
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