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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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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.
10 days
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Program No. 11951 RJ
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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.
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.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore castle ruins and lush vineyards on a private charter to the Mosel River Valley.
  • Discover a mustard mill and the medieval Reichsburg Castle in historic Cochem.
  • Learn about the striking Art Nouveau architecture of Traben-Trarbach on a walking excursion with a local expert.

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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You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Germans
by Gordon A. Craig
A gifted historian, Craig explores the paradoxes of German identity in this masterful portrait of German life, past and present, with chapters on religion, money, Jews, women, literature and society, Berlin and language.
The Rhine, Culture and Landscape at the Heart of Europe
by Roland Recht
This beautifully illustrated, oversized survey of the history, geography and culture of the Rhine shows cities, villages and sights along the river from its source in the Alps to the North Sea.
Germany Adventure Map
by National Geographic
A double-sided full color map of Germany at a scale of 1:825,000. Printed on waterproof, tear-resistant paper.
Lonely Planet German Phrasebook
by Lonely Planet
A palm-sized handy guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
A Concise History of Germany
by Mary Fulbrook
This essential short history of Germany -- a whirlwind survey in less than 300 pages -- explores the relationships between social, political and cultural factors in this land located in the center of Europe.
Germania, In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History
by Simon Winder
Winder's witty, entertaining and opinionated portrait of German culture is both an illuminating history and a wonderfully digressive exploration of the powerful and often confounding nation.
The Burgermeister's Daughter, Scandal in a Sixteenth-Century German Town
by Steven Ozment
Meticulously researched and absorbing, this narrative by a Harvard historian traces the legal battle of the daughter of a well-to-do family who was thrown out of her home and disinherited in 1525.
The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages
by Alain Erlande-Brandenburg
This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology.
A Traveller's Wine Guide to Germany
by Kerry Brady Stewart, Robert Dieth
A slim, informative and well-illustrated guide to the vineyards, wine cellars and wineries in all 13 wine regions of Germany, invaluable to the independent traveler looking for the best wines.
When in Germany, Do as the Germans Do
by Hyde Flippo
A humorous and helpful guide to getting along in Germany, informing travelers on everything from proper restaurant etiquette to how to behave in social situations and how best to appear like a local.
Eyewitness Guide Germany
by Eyewitness Guides
Featuring color photography, excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions.
Prost! The Story of German Beer
by Horst D. Dornbusch
The Munich-based aficionado weaves history and culture with the marvels and mysteries of German beer in this brief, authoritative guide.
The Tin Drum
by Gunter Grass
Probably the best German novel written since the end of World War II, this is the surreal story of a mute dwarf named Oskar who lives through Nazi Germany and finds himself in a mental institution.
Atlas of Wine Cultures, Germany
by Kalimedia
Packaged in a protective sleeve, this one-sided map color-codes Germany's wine regions, districts and vineyards and sets them atop a shaded relief map with major cities and roadways. A handy portal to the German wine world. Scaled at 1:525,000.
Stones from the River, A Novel
by Ursula Hegi
Rich in details of daily life in Germany in the first half of the 20th century, this ambitious novel illuminates the impact of Nazism and complicity of townsfolk through the eyes of Trudi Montag, librarian, storyteller and testimony to difference (she's a Zwerg or dwarf).
The Gothic Enterprise, A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral
by Robert A. Scott
An enthusiast, Scott delves into the history, design, architecture and wonder of Europe's medieval cathedrals and great Abbey churches.
The Blue Flower
by Penelope Fitzgerald
Set in the Age of Goethe, this exquisitely written short novel is a fictional account of the life of the Romantic poet Novalis. It paints a vivid picture of German intellectual and mercantile life in the late 1700s.

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