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Holiday type River cruises
Country Germany
Travel type Cruise
Price range From £1349
Travel partner Riviera Travel
Duration 7 nights
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Rhine and Moselle cruise - MS Lord Byron

This cruise visits some of the most fascinating sights straddling the Rhine and Moselle, two of Europe’s most picturesque rivers. Your floating accommodation for the tour is the MS Lord Byron, one of the most luxurious vessels navigating the rivers.

Included


  • Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin with a limited number of single cabins available on the all decks, at the relevant supplement.
  • The price includes full board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day; if you choose to travel with us on any of the full day excursions by coach, a packed lunch will be provided.
  • Anyone choosing to stay on the ship may have lunch in the restaurant;
  • morning/afternoon tea and coffee;
  • All visits and excursions as mentioned in the brochure,
  • Airport/station transfers,
  • Coach travel as mentioned,
  • Travel to and from port of embarkation
  • Services of a Riviera Travel tour manager.
Day one

You fly to Düsseldorf from where a coach will take you to the ship. Or you can take a late morning Eurostar from London St. Pancras International arriving in Brussels approximately two hours later, where a coach will take you over the German border to your ship. Moored in Cologne’s historic centre, the dedicated crew will welcome you aboard your first class floating hotel, ensuring you settle into your cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship.

Day two

Your first port of call is 2000 year old Koblenz, with its fortress dominating the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle, the two rivers you will explore during the cruise. You take a guided walk around the principal monuments and historic centre, exploring squares, restored historic house frontages and quaint hidden passage ways.

During the first lunch we cruise to Boppard, also known as the ‘Pearl of the Rhine’, a village located on a long, sweeping, looping bend of the river. A stone quayside crowded with people going about their daily business, the cobbled streets, lined by typical half-timbered houses and cafés, leading to the town and its main square beyond. Founded by the Romans, as much of the area was, Boppard boasts the best preserved Roman town walls in Germany.

Day three

Leaving Boppard we journey through the Rhine gorge. Here, at every turn of the river, towering valley sides are crowned by the ruins of castles, which once held sway over the fortunes of passing travellers. This is home to numerous medieval legends, tales of mysterious happenings and dark deeds that have been passed down by generations of sailors.

We leave the gorge and during the afternoon, stop in Rüdesheim, perhaps the most famous of all the Rhine wine towns with crooked houses sloping down from the wooded hillsides and terraced vineyards. A visit to the Asbach brandy distillery, with a tasting, or you could perhaps take a trip on the unusual gondola lift with its views across the river. Especially worth a visit is the mechanical music museum: a collection of 350 intricate antique musical instruments and musical boxes from all over the world, many in working order. This evening dinner is served at the ship’s restaurant .

Day four

This morning enjoy once again, the passage of the Rhine gorge. Legends abound of ancient travellers lost in the gorge and passing the Loreley Rock, the swirling waters of the bend are a reminder of the most famous legend of all: a beautiful maiden is said to have lured sailors on to the rocks with her feminine charms and alluring song. The villages drifting by, St Goar, Bacharach and Kaub are synonymous with wine production and you can sample some of the local wines with local produce.

This afternoon you cruise upstream along the Moselle as it twists its way past verdant hills. The banks, studded with yet more villages with tottering timber framed houses pass by, before you stop at Cochem, in times gone by the centre of the Moselle wine trade.

Day five

Leaving Cochem, there are steep dramatic valley sides, covered with reputedly the steepest cultivated vineyards in the world. The valley’s gradient here means your progress is respectably sedate as you meander upstream through the heart of the Moselle’s winelands. You call at the twin village of Traben-Trarbach, once the second most important wine trading town in Europe after Bordeaux and renowned for the Belle Epoque buildings from that time. During dinner this evening, enjoy the unfolding scene from the panoramic restaurant windows as the vineyards slip by en route to your overnight port, Bernkastel.

Day six

Today you drive to Trier, the oldest city in Germany. Founded by the Romans, it was the capital of a huge portion of their empire, encompassing present-day Spain, France, Britain and parts of Germany. It had a population of 80,000, little different from today, the Emperor Constantine lived here and it boasted a range of buildings to match. It has one of the most impressive amphitheatres in existence, baths, a Roman bridge and the Porta Nigra, an immense fortified gate which formed the eastern border of the Roman Empire and towers above the surrounding medieval buildings. This is the largest and best-preserved Roman building north of the Alps and is testimony to their architectural genius. You have a guided tour during which you learn all about the historical significance of the city. The rest of the day is free to explore Bernkastel and its cobbled market square surrounded by ornate half-timbered houses, many dating from the 15th century. Most famously the Pointed House, of the rustic middle class building tradition from the Middle Ages and a classic example of the Moselle vintner’s dwelling. As you slip your mooring retire to the ship’s restaurant for another dinner, and perhaps sample one of the Riesling wines, from the vineyards before you.

Day seven

Rejoining the Rhine this morning, we cruise downstream past riverside towns backed by the volcanic hills for which the area is renowned. You also see the railway bridge at Remagen, captured intact towards the end of the second world war, thus arguably shortening the war in Germany. Passing the last riverside vineyards and half timbered houses around Linz, you leave the last great historic strong point, before mooring in the heart of Cologne, in the shadow of the Gothic cathedral for which the city is so famous. It took 600 years to build and has the most intricate stained glass in Europe. This afternoon, you have a guided tour of the city with time to explore its tree-lined squares and perhaps visit one of its bars, many of which still traditionally brew their own beer.

This evening, the ‘Captain’s Dinner’ will take place on board, during which specialities of the regions you have visited during your cruise will be served, hosted by the Captain himself.

Day eight

This morning, at the appropriate time, drive to Brussels connecting with the Eurostar service to London St. Pancras International. Should you be returning by air, you will be taken to the airport for your homeward flight.
MS Lord Byron – five star

We have worked with our Swiss partner Scylla AG, one of the world’s most experienced luxury river ship builders with a pedigree stretching back over nearly 40 years, to design the perfect vessel, with virtually no expense spared.
You’ll feel the understated opulence of the vessel as you board through the spacious, marble-floored lobby. Stylish furnishings using environmentally friendly materials are beautifully combined with the most advanced safety systems and the work of a designer’s eye conjuring up the lines and sophistication of a luxurious ocean liner. As always, the finesse is in the detail - crafted tropical hardwoods, wrought iron, highly polished copper and brass, all illuminated then added to soft leather furnishings and imaginative colour schemes, promotes a subtle, chic ambience of exceptional taste.

Service is efficient yet friendly with 35 staff serving just 140 guests. This ratio of 4:1 allows a personal touch which makes such a difference to your cruise. Plus unlike other vessels typically carrying up to 200 passengers, you’ll have far more space – as well as a smaller, more intimate dining experience.
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