Moselle River Valley: Vineyards, Castles & Culture by Barge

By private barge, voyage the Saar and Mosel rivers for an in-depth perspective on the timeless villages, medieval castles, ancient vineyards and Old World traditions of Western Germany.
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Program No. 11951RJ
10 days
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At a Glance

Follow the picturesque Saar and Moselle Rivers through Western Germany on a barge chartered exclusively for Road Scholar. Learn about ancient Roman history at medieval stone castles and fortresses, venture to lush vineyards and underground wine cellars, and stroll the cobblestone streets of charming villages, where architectural jewels create a fairytale setting.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
These programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking at a leisurely pace with plenty of stops through a city, and standing in a museum for a few hours; uneven terrain, stairs and cobblestones common. Embark/disembark barge via ramp. Cabins located on lower deck and reached by steep, narrow stairs with hand rails. Barge does not move at night and only motors during the day.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

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General Notes

While you are taken by bus to the various sites outlined in the program’s itinerary, the barge makes its way to the next port, and meets you there at the end of the day. (No barging during the night).
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Annelie Servatius
Annelie Servatius was born in Bernkastel and attended school in Salzburg, where she studied tourism and economics. Since 1988, she has returned to her hometown of Bernkastel and has been leading educational excurisons ever since.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Annelie Servatius
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M. Mulloy
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Guenter Kagel
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