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Winding through Germany and France, the Moselle River represents the west-bank tributary of the Rhine River. It flows 545 km or about 340 miles over the northeastern section of France and West Germany. The cruise takes visitors through an enchanting landscape of quaint villages and storybook castles, allowing travelers to enjoy one of the richest wine regions worldwide. Discover a romantic history—one that goes back to Roman times—on this cruise holiday. With river cruise volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 50% versus the brochure price! Book your Moselle river cruise today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted river cruise headquarters.

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Mar 10, 2021VikingViking AlsvinParisPrague12$2,999
Mar 10, 2021VikingViking IdiPragueParis12$3,099
Mar 13, 2021VikingViking HildZurichParis12$3,499
Mar 17, 2021VikingViking IdiParisPrague12$2,999
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Mar 20, 2021VikingViking HerjaZurichParis12$3,499
Mar 20, 2021VikingViking HildParisZurich12$3,499
Mar 24, 2021VikingViking AlsvinParisPrague12$3,499
Mar 24, 2021VikingViking IdiPragueParis12$3,399
Mar 27, 2021VikingViking HerjaParisZurich12$3,499
Mar 27, 2021VikingViking HildZurichParis12$3,599
Mar 31, 2021VikingViking IdiParisZurich12$3,499
Mar 31, 2021VikingViking AlsvinPragueParis12$3,999
Apr 03, 2021VikingViking HerjaZurichParis12$3,699
Apr 03, 2021VikingViking HildParisZurich12$3,699
Apr 07, 2021VikingViking AlsvinParisZurich12$3,699
Apr 07, 2021VikingViking IdiZurichParis12$3,699
Apr 07, 2021ScenicScenic PearlAmsterdamZurich8$4,045
Apr 07, 2021ScenicScenic PearlAmsterdamZurich12$6,060
Apr 10, 2021VikingViking HerjaParisZurich12$3,699
Apr 10, 2021VikingViking HildZurichParis12$3,699
Apr 14, 2021VikingViking AlsvinZurichParis12$3,699
Apr 14, 2021VikingViking VarParisZurich12$3,699
Apr 14, 2021VikingViking IdiParisZurich12$3,699
Apr 14, 2021ScenicScenic PearlBaselAmsterdam15$7,195
Apr 17, 2021VikingViking HerjaZurichParis12$3,699
Apr 17, 2021VikingViking HildParisZurich12$3,799
Apr 17, 2021Emerald WaterwaysEmerald DawnBaselAmsterdam8$3,595
Apr 21, 2021VikingViking AlsvinParisZurich12$3,899
Apr 21, 2021VikingViking VarZurichParis12$3,899
Apr 21, 2021VikingViking IdiZurichParis12$3,899
Apr 24, 2021VikingViking HerjaParisZurich12$3,899
Apr 24, 2021VikingViking HildZurichParis12$3,899
Apr 24, 2021Emerald WaterwaysEmerald DawnAmsterdamZurich11$4,515
Apr 24, 2021Emerald WaterwaysEmerald DawnNiceAmsterdam15$7,685
Apr 28, 2021VikingViking AlsvinZurichParis12$3,999
Apr 28, 2021VikingViking IdiParisPrague12$3,999
Apr 28, 2021VikingViking VarParisPrague12$3,999
Apr 29, 2021Emerald WaterwaysEmerald SunBaselAmsterdam8$3,395
May 01, 2021VikingViking HerjaZurichParis12$4,499

Moselle Travel Guide

Moselle River Cruises Highlights

  • Meeting the Rhine at Koblenz, Germany, the Moselle River weaves through France before forming a border between Germany and Luxembourg where it leads to beautiful and tiered hillside vineyards.
  • Some of the best-loved wines are produced in Trier, Germany, sitting on the right bank of the Moselle River. You can see the ruins in Trier as well of the Holy Roman Empire, which once had its capital here.
  • Experience wine-making traditions on your cruise that go back two millennia.
  • Get lost in time in the wonderful medieval town of Cochem, Germany.
  • Capture the fairytale charm of the Rhineland at Bernkastel-Kues
  • Visit the Cochem-Reichsburg Castle, sitting 300 feet above the River Moselle.
  • Experience the historic charm of Koblenz, Germany, where the Rhine meets the Moselle.
  • Sample the sweet and refined Rieslings that are popular in the Moselle River area.

Moselle River Cruises Travel Tips

  • Cruising during a wine festival can be exciting, as you can sample German food and listen to traditional oompah bands, all of which creates a fairground type atmosphere that is hard to forget. 
  • For a souvenir, buy a bottle of red vineyard peach liqueur, produced from sour red peaches – fruit that is indigenous to the Moselle Valley.
  • The warmest months in the Moselle Valley span from May to September, with temperatures peaking in July and August. During this time, the river towns of Winningen, Bernkastel, and Traben-Trarbach hold their wine festivals. Firework displays are part of the festivities.
  • You might think of visiting the region in October when the fall colors are their most vibrant. Also, the temperature is cool enough to make sight-seeing more inviting.
  • Most of the main attractions remain open until early November, with the towns of Piesport and Boppard holding wine festivals in October. The crowds are not as heavy during October, and you can still take in a festival or two.
  • Christmas is a magical time to cruise on the Moselle River. Most of the towns hold Christmas fairs where glittering lights and warm mugs of gluhwein create a welcoming atmosphere.

Moselle River Cruises Things To Do

  • Trier, Germany
    Trier, Germany

    Trier is everything you think of when you imagine a fairytale German town. Founded in 16 B.C. by Roman Emperor Augustus, Trier is known as the oldest city in Germany. Because the city was so spectacular, it eventually became known as the second Rome (Roma Secunda). Therefore, you can see both Roman ruins as well as enjoy Trier's rich German history.

    Best Time To Visit

    Travel experts recommend that you visit sites in Trier in September when crowds taper off and you can focus more on sight-seeing.

     

    You Should Know

    Suggested places to visit include the Trier Toy Museum and Eltz Castle. The Porta Nigra is the largest ancient Roman gate in Europe. The city is also home to an ancient Roman amphitheater and old Roman thermal baths. Trier University makes Trier a thriving university city. The city is the birthplace of Karl Marx, who was born in 1818 in a three-story house on Bruckenstrasse – a historic street in Trier.

  • Traben-Trarbach - Germany
    Traben-Trarbach - Germany

    If you appreciate Art Nouveau, you will love the town of Traben-Trarbach. Many of the town's buildings were built during the height of the movement or during the early part of the 20th century. 

    Best Time To Visit

    The best time to see Traben-Trarbach is when the temperature begins to cool, or when crowds begin to diminish during September and October. 

     

    You Should Know

    The best way to see Traben-Trarbach is to schedule a walking tour. You can find one of several tours featured, including a city tour, a night watchman's tour, an Art Nouveau tour, and a Mont-Royal tour. If you cannot participate in a wine festival event, plan to visit one of the town's many wine cellars and take part in a wine tasting activity. Popular Art Nouveau mansions in Traben-Trarbach include Villa Bruecker (built 1905) and Villa Huesgen (built 1904).

  • Cochem, Germany
    Cochem, Germany

    Cochem is considered a dropping off point for visitors who wish to see the vineyards of the nearby municipal district of Winningen or wish to make a trip to Reichsburg Castle overlooking Cochem. The castle, which was first erected in 1000 AD, can be accessed by cable car. During the 1800s, the castle's façade was renovated, and it was upgraded to a neo-Gothic design.  

    Best Time To Visit

    Based on tourism weather information, the best time to see Cochem for warm-weather sightseeing is anywhere from late June to the last part of August.

  • Zell
    Zell

    A small town in the Moselle River valley, Zell is known for its climbing and hiking trails, and its wine – specifically, Zeller Schwarze Katz. If you are less active, you can always stroll to and visit the city's church, constructed in 1792. 

    Best Time To Visit

    If you love to hike or climb, you will find the summer temperatures amenable as well as the cooler temperatures in early fall. However, if you want to experience drier weather, plan a visit around September.

     

    You Should Know

    After Piesport, Zell is known as the largest wine-growing center in Moselle wine-growing country. Traditionally, Zell is known for its production of Riesling wines. The town is the seat for winemaker, Zimmermann-Graeff & Mueller.

  • Koblenz - Germany
    Koblenz - Germany

    Sitting where the Moselle meets the Rhine River, 2,000-year-old Koblenz has been described as one of the most beautiful and historic towns in Germany. See sites, such as the Basilica of St. Castor (which goes back to the ninth century) and Liebfrauenkirche (the Church of Our Lady), built during the 12th century. 

    Best Time To Visit

    Travel experts suggest you see Koblenz from June through August when the Rhine River region is lush and green.

     

    You Should Know

    Take a look around the reconstructed medieval square of Florin's Market. The square features a clock tower, built in the 1700s, a church, and a Gothic jury house, built in the 16th century. Go by cable car to the Ehrenbreitstein fortress. You will be able to see amazing views of the Rhine Valley at the top of the hill where Ehrenbreitstein stands. If you are not squeamish about heights, one of the gondolas in the cable car system features a glass floor.

  • Bernkastel-Kues - Germany
    Bernkastel-Kues - Germany

    Notably pretty, the German town of Bernkastel is often called the wine capital of the Moselle River Valley. That appellation is fair, as the town stores wine in its cellars from 5,000+ vineyards. The medieval Marktplatz in Bernkastel features a town hall that was built in 1608, which also displays a pillory. Across the River in Kues, the heart of the founder of the town's Gothic chapel, Nicholas of Cusa (born in 1401), can be found within the church. The cardinal and philosopher's astronomical instruments, including the oldest celestial sphere in the world, are featured in the St. Nicholas Hospital library, located next door.

    Best Time To Visit

    If you go during the first weekend in October, you can also take part in nearby Piesport's wine festival. Other favorable times to visit are June through August. 

     

    You Should Know

    Established in 1458, the St. Nicholas Hospital has been renovated and now serves wine connoisseurs. The basement of the building has been turned into a vinotheque, which allows visitors to sample up to 160 varieties of wine. Most of the restaurants in Bernkastel-Kues stock a large selection of wines.

  • Piesport - Germany
    Piesport - Germany

    Sitting on a bend of the River Moselle, Piesport is an ancient wine-producing town. In 1985, a Roman wine press was found in Piesport, made around the fourth century. It is the largest wine press of its kind discovered north of the Alps. 

    Best Time To Visit

    Visit the Piesport is when it holds its wine festival during the first week of October.

     

    You Should Know

    Piesport's signature wines originate from the Goldtropfchen vineyard, which refers to "droplets of gold." In fact, the Rieslings produced from the vineyard are some of the finest wines in the Moselle River Valley. An interesting winery in Piesport is the Weingut Vereinigte Hospitien. Cellars of the winery were built around 330 AD. The Roman brickwork is still noticeable today.

  • Mainz, Germany
    Mainz, Germany

    Famous for its university, Mainz also is dominated by its cathedral, which sits in the center of the city. The church is notable, as the stone for its foundation was laid in 975 AD. The contrast of the city's history with delightful timber-framed homes, cafes, boutiques, and small shops, make Mainz an interesting and memorable cruise stop on a Moselle River Cruise.

    Best Time To Visit

    The best time to see Mainz is when the vineyards are lush and growing, or during the months of August through November. 

     

    You Should Know

    One of Mainz's three main festivals is the Weinmarkt. It was introduced in 1946. French occupying forces gave the town 100,000 liters of wine in a gesture of conciliation and friendliness. The Gutenberg Printing Museum and the city's Romano-Germanic Museum stand out as being two of the best museums to visit in Mainz.

Moselle River Cruises When To Visit

Quick Facts

Travel experts advise that May through September provide the best times to cruise if you like warmer temperatures and do not mind the crowds. The temperature normally peaks in July and August when many riverside towns, such as Bernkastel, hold their wine festivals.

If you love the vibrant colors of autumn, choose to take a cruise during October when the foliage turns crimson and gold and the temperature is more comfortable. Early November is also favorable if you don't like crowds.

Moselle River Cruises Frequently Asked Questions

What Is a Moselle River Cruise?

You can find various itineraries for taking a cruise on the Moselle River. Most of the sailings are five, seven, eight, or nine days, and combine the Moselle River with the Rhine River on the longer journeys. Typically, a seven-day Moselle River cruise includes stops at Koblenz, Cochem, and Bernkastel. Other notable spots include Trier, the oldest city in Germany, and Traben-Trarbach, which is known as the gateway to Luxembourg. Some of the side trips include a visit to Winningen. Mainz is often included in Moselle-Rhine river trips. During the Christmas season, Moselle River cruise itineraries focus on stopping at the traditional markets at most of the stopover cities. Longer 15-day cruises may include Amsterdam in their itineraries.

What’s Included on a Moselle River Cruise?

A total package normally includes onboard meals, Internet service, and, at least, one shore excursion each day. Airfare, unless otherwise noted, is normally not included in a cruise package. Gratuities and personal expenses are separate as well.

What’s the Best Cruise for Moselle River Cruise?

Your choice of the best cruise will hinge on your budget and the days you want to spend on your cruise holiday. Some of the top cruise operators include Emerald Waterways, Viking River Cruises, Scenic Tours, and Avalon Waterways. If you wish to include Paris and the Swiss Alps in your trip, you best choice is Viking River Cruises

How Much Does a Moselle River Cruise Cost?

Expect to pay from $2,899 to $4,899, depending on the cruise provider. You also have to factor in the time of year you go, the number of days, and the type of cruise ship. For a luxury cruise for 7 days, you may pay $3,899 in May while the same cruise will cost $4,899 in September. Therefore, take a close look at the amenities offered by a cruise line and see when it would be best to go before you decide.

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