Enchantment Along the Moselle River: Castles, Vineyards and Art

Set sail on a voyage fit for a fairytale as you follow the winding Moselle River along medieval villages, hilltop castles and rolling vineyards.
Program No. 23807RJ
12 days
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At a Glance

Entrancing scenery and historic gems wait around every bend of the Moselle River, a winding branch of the Rhine that unfolds along some of Germany’s most spectacular vistas. After studying the dazzling works in Amsterdam’s world-renowned Rijksmuseum, your intimate riverboat will take you on a learning adventure from history-filled Dusseldorf to Germany’s oldest town, Trier. After a full day exploring the medieval center of Luxembourg, a small but enchanting country tucked between Germany, France and Belgium, your riverboat will sail back along the castles of Cochem and cathedrals of Cologne, ending with time to experience the masterpieces of Arnhem. Join us for an enchanting river journey that captures the rich history and culture behind the locales that line the picturesque Moselle.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
You must be able to walk and stand for 2 hours per day. Many days include 2 miles of walking, but on some days, you must walk up to 4 miles, as noted in the day by day. There are unavoidable stairs, uneven surfaces, and cobblestones.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Set out to explore the enchanting medieval center of Luxembourg, a UNESCO-listed city home to the European Union headquarters, the Philharmonie Luxembourg Concert Hall and more.
  • Enjoy a local wine tasting at a castle in Bernkastel, followed by a string quartet performance at a former monastery.
  • Discover artistic treasures on a guided walk through Dusseldorf's historic center, including a variety of local galleries and museums.
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The Autumn of the Middle Ages
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The Moselle
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Eyewitness Guide Germany
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The Germans
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The Anatomy Lesson
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The Rhine: An Eco-Biography, 1815-2000
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The German Way
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Fodor's Amsterdam with the Best of the Netherlands
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The Burgermeister's Daughter, Scandal in a Sixteenth-Century German Town
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