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Beginning in Mainz, you’ll sail to Wiesbaden, a spa town known for its mineral springs. Sail onwards to Rüdesheim in the Rheingau region and visit picturesque settings fit for TV and film sets. Marksburg Castle brings fairytale-like Koblenz to life, while the slopes of the Moselle Valley are yours to explore by bike in Cochem. Uncover Trier’s beautifully preserved Roman remains on a guided walk and, in Bernkastel, you’ll taste the town’s finest wines within a truly majestic surrounding.

Inclusions
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • Dining Highlights:
    -20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
    -Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
    -Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board
  • The services of an Emerald CruisesCruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Included Excursions
    -Walking tour of Wiesbaden
    -Visit to Eberbach Abbey
    -Visit to Marksburg Castle
    -Guided tour of Cochem
    -Guided tour of Trier
    -Walking tour of Bernkastel
    -EmeraldPLUS: Cochem Castle visit with entertainment
    -EmeraldPLUS: Wine tasting in Bernkastel
    -EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Niederwalddenkmal
    -EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour in Cochem
    -EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour near Bernkastel
  • Book by Jan 31: Exclusive 35% off savings!
Cruise Only 2022 October 2 or 9
September 18 or 25
Riverview from $3645 $2370 $3845 $2500
Panorama Balcony Suite from $4475 $2909 $4675 $3039
Taxes & Fees $380 $380

Book with Confidence: Change or cancel 60 days prior to travel. The value of the booking will be applied as a Future Travel Credit (FTC) which is valid for 24 months.

 

Frankfurt to Bernkastel: October 1, September 1, 2022 (itinerary below)
Bernkastel to Frankfurt: October 9, September 25, 2022 (reversed itinerary)

Day 1 Frankfurt – Bernkastel (D)
You will be met at the airport by your Emerald Waterways representative and transferred to your award-winning Emerald Cruises Star-Ship in Bernkastel. This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board.

Day 2 Bernkastel (B,L,D)
Dating back to 3000 BC, Bernkastel is situated along the banks of the Moselle River and home to well-preserved buildings dating back to 1416. Enjoy a guided walking tour, where you will have the opportunity to stroll through the medieval marketplace with its gabled timber-framed houses, castle ruins and town gate. Or, take part in a guided bike tour of the area.

Included Excursion
A walking tour of Bernkastel

EmeraldPLUS
A wine tasting in Bernkastel

EmeraldACTIVE
Bike tour near Bernkastel

Day 3 Trier (B,L,D)
In southwest Germany, near the Luxemburg border, the city of Trier is a hidden treasure often called the “Rome of the North”. During your guided tour, explore the ruins of the old city baths, once a hive of activity during ancient times, and the Porta Nigra, the best-preserved Roman city gate north of the Alps.

Included Excursion
A guided tour of Trier

Day 4 Cochem (B,L,D)
Today, you will enjoy the enchanting town of Cochem during a guided walk through the numerous well-preserved sites of this quaint town, including the remains of the historic town wall with its old fortifications, the Town Hall and its many other gems.

In the evening, enjoy a visit to the Imperial Castle in Cochem which stands majestically over the Mosel River valley, are an invitation for every history and culture enthusiast to enjoy a beautiful afternoon in one the highest hill castles on the Mosel River. Soaring over Cochem, this medieval castle was heavily damaged while in the possession of the electoral princes of Trier. However, it was restored in the neo-gothic style associated with German castle romanticism in the 19th century.

Included Excursion
A guided tour of Cochem

EmeraldPLUS
Cochem Castle visit with entertainment

EmeraldACTIVE
Guided bike tour in Cochem

Day 5 Koblenz (B,L,D)
Wonderfully maintained inside and out, Marksburg Castle boasts a selection of typical interiors including the castle kitchen, knight’s hall, armoury, and even an inviting wine cellar. The attractive light-stoned walls of the castle are protected by an outer fortress. With a single tower peering over the turrets and castle walls, Marksburg Castle takes on the appearance of a fairy-tale monument, not unlike something found in a story from Brothers Grimm.

Included Excursion
A visit to Marksburg castle

Day 6 Rüdesheim (B,L,D)
Start your day with a visit to the Eberbach Abbey, offering you the opportunity to experience a journey with all of your senses. You’ll be amazed by the beauty of one of the best-preserved medieval monasteries which lie in the Rheingau Region. Founded in 1136 by St. Bernard of Clairvaux (Burgundy) the monastery was one of the most active in Germany, and also boasted the largest vineyards in medieval Germany. As a major filming location of 1986 film ‘In the Name of the Rose’, adapted from Umberto Eco’s thrilling novel with same name, Eberbach deserves a visit. Today the abbey continues to make exquisite wines and offers guided tours, enabling everyone to enjoy its history and architectural splendour. It also serves as a set for film and TV: the Season 5 trailers of Game of Thrones were filmed here.

Alternatively, enjoy a hike up the Niederwalddenkmal – a monument located in the Niederwald, near Rüdesheim am Rhein in Hesse, Germany. It overlooks the valley of the Rhine and was built in the 1870/80s to commemorate the Unification of Germany.

Included Excursion
A visit to Eberbach Abbey

EmeraldACTIVE
A guided hike to Niederwalddenkmal

DiscoverMORE
Wine tasting at Schloss Johannisberg (extra expense)

Day 7 Wiesbaden (B,L,D)
Famous for its mineral springs dating since Roman times, Wiesbaden resembles a 19th century resort. This morning our guided tour will pass by the Russian Chapel (Russian Orthodox) and you can enjoy the magnificent view over the city and Rhine valley. We will see some fine examples of Wilhemine Architecture (UNESCO Heritage) on the way to the Kochbrunnen where you can take a sip of hot water. The walking tour will take us to the Old Town, the Castle and the Kurhaus where we will board the coaches for the ride back to Wiesbaden.

Included Excursion
Walking tour of Wiesbaden

Day 8 Mainz – Frankfurt (B)
After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport.

 

This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

 

 

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