Join a seven-night Moselle cruise aboard the newly renovated Princesse Royal to experience the historical, architectural, and cultural treasures of Germany, Luxembourg, and France. Step off to admire postcard-worthy sites in the company of local historians. In Germany, explore the Reichsburg, Metternich, and Saarburg castles, which keep watch over enchanting towns atop verdant hills. Discover Trier, once an imperial Roman city, and view Germany’s oldest cathedral and amphitheater, remnants of its glorious past. Sail to tiny Luxembourg to marvel at a stunning mosaic floor in the ruins of a grand Roman villa. Along the way, enjoy private tours and tastings at picturesque vineyards and wine cooperatives, where you will sample the region’s highly acclaimed local vintages, known for their intense fruity notes and high acidity.
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- Departure Dates
Jun 24, 2022 - Jul 2, 2022
Friday, June 24 DEPARTURE
Depart for Frankfurt, Germany on an overnight flight, group flight pending.
Saturday, June 25 FRANKFURT, GERMANY / COCHEM / EMBARK PRINCESSE ROYAL
Arrive in Frankfurt, and transfer to Cochem to embark Princesse Royal. After getting settled, take a guided walk through this cozy Moselle town, with its surrounding vineclad mountains, wooded hills, and a vividly colorful town square with beautiful timber-framed houses and cafés. A visit to Cochem’s majestic Reichsburg Castle caps off the tour.
Sunday, June 26 BEILSTEIN / ZELL
Following breakfast, transfer to Beilstein, one of the best preserved historical villages on the Moselle. Explore the medieval ruins of Metternich Castle, which towers above the village. After leaving Beilstein, pass the world’s steepest vineyard — with slopes inclining up to 65 degrees — at Bremmer Calmont. Conclude in the wine village of Zell, well-known in the industry for the wine Zeller Schwarze Katz. In Zell, acquaint yourself with the excellent wines of the Moselle valley.
Monday, June 27 TRABEN-TRARBACH / KRÖV / BERNKASTEL-KUES
Visit the romantic village of Traben-Trarbach, located on the Moselle’s left bank and famous for its Jugendstil (“youth style”) architecture, Germany’s answer to Art Nouveau. From there pass through the wine city of Kröv — renowned for its popular Kröver wine — to Bernkastel-Kues, your destination for the night. A photographer’s delight, the ensemble of grand half-timbered houses surrounding Bernkastel-Kues’s marketplace dates back to the Middle Ages. After a tour, return to the boat in Kues.
Tuesday, June 28 NEUMAGEN-DHRON / TRIER
From Bernkastel, the valley opens up and vineyards expand as far as the eye can see. Today, cruise past the heavy-hitters in the wine world, including Brauneberg, Piesport, and Trittenheim. Around lunchtime, arrive in Neumagen, an important center of wine production since Roman times. Later cruise to Trier, the oldest city in Germany. Trier was founded around 15 B.C. by Caesar Augustus under the name of Augusta Treverorum. Wander amid its UNESCO-listed ancient monuments, evidence of its status as a flourishing trade town and administrative center during the Roman Golden Age. Most authentic is the city’s “black gate,” Porta Nigra, which was built around 18 A.D. Also view the Cathedral of St. Peter, the oldest cathedral in Germany and one of the oldest in the Western world.
Wednesday, June 29 TRIER / SAARBURG
In the morning, take a guided tour of Trier with a focus on its Roman history, with additional time to explore the town on your own. After lunch, follow the Moselle and Saar Rivers to our next destination, Saarburg, situated in the densely forested, most beautiful part of the Saar valley. Discover this old town’s 10th-century castle as well as a 60-foot-high waterfall. Admire Saarburg’s intact 17th- and 18th-century houses, which give the town a picturesque look. This evening, gather for a private dinner at a local restaurant in Saarburg.
Thursday, June 30 REMICH, LUXEMBOURG
Today, Princesse Royal sails the section of the Moselle that forms the border between Germany and the tiny country of Luxembourg. On the Luxembourg side, visit a wine cooperative specializing in Crémant, a sparkling wine known as “the Champagne of the Moselle.” Near Remich, admire an ancient mosaic floor that was once the centerpiece of a palatial Roman villa. Composed of three million individual tile pieces, the mosaic floor reveals scenes of gladiatorial combat that would have taken place in local amphitheaters.
Friday, July 1 SCHENGEN / THIONVILLE, FRANCE / METZ
While enjoying breakfast on board, cruise to Schengen. This town is the eponym of the landmark European treaty called the “Schengen agreement,” the results of which you will experience as you move from Luxembourg to France: no border controls between countries. Pass the fortress of Sierck-les-Bains, one of the palaces inhabited by the powerful Dukes of Lorraine, and follow the route through lovely French countryside and friendly villages. Around lunchtime, arrive in Thionville, once the center of France’s steel industry. This industrial city has ancient roots: Medieval ramparts, lovely gardens, old streets and the 18th-century church, l’Église Saint-Maximin, are among the sights you will find in Thionville’s historic center. At the city’s port, board the waiting Princesse Royal, and cruise to Metz, another ancient city strategically situated on a Roman trading route. In a city full of stunning architecture, flowers, and great cafés, a magnificent highlight will be the Cathédrale Saint Étienne de Metz, the third-largest Gothic church in France. View its flying buttresses, opulent interior, and Marc Chagall-designed stained glass windows. This evening, overnight in Metz.
Saturday, July 2 METZ / DISEMBARK / RETURN
Disembark Princesse Royal, and transfer to the airport for flights home.
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