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Rhine & Moselle Delights Cruise

July 20, 2020

9 Days | 10 Cities | 1 Country

RC200720 Cologne to Mainz


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Begin your cruise in the magnificent city of Cologne. One of Germany’s largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles both sides of the Rhine and is known for its soaring, twin-steepled gothic cathedral.

Wind down the most romantic part of the Moselle Valley, where the river curves between two hiking paradises – Eifel and Hunsrück – here lies the old town of Cochem. Head upstream to reach the gorgeous twin towns of Bernkastel-Kues. We sail past some of the steepest vineyards in the world to reach Zell which is a beautiful town and the perfect place to try its world-renowned ‘Black Cat’ wine, overshadowed by its extensive vineyards. Ending our Rhine and Moselle adventure in the splendidly restored Old Town of Mainz!

The MS Royal Crown is a luxury river cruise vessel with it’s on board ambiance “intended to compare with that of a private yacht” and the chef on board is generally regarded as one of the finest working on the rivers.


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Arrival: Embarkation: Check in 3:00 PM
Depart: 10:00 PM

Begin your cruise in the magnificent city of Cologne, a 2,000-year-old city, is the region’s cultural hub. One of Germany’s largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles both sides of the Rhine and is known for its soaring, twin-steepled gothic cathedral. This landmark of High Gothic architecture set amid reconstructed Old Town, anchors this destination and is known for its gilded medieval reliquary and sweeping river views. The city is vibrant and bustling, with a lightness and cheerfulness that’s typical of the Rhineland. At its heart is tradition, manifested in the abundance of bars and brew houses serving Kölsch beer, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years!

Arrival: 8:00 AM
Depart: 10:00 PM

Koblenz truly is a feast for the eyes with its backdrop of vineyards, forests, and mountains. Snap a photo as you lean on the giant bronze thumb sculpture at Koblenz’s famous German Corner (Deutsches Eck), where the Rhine meets the Moselle River.  After leaning on the “thumb”, lean into history as you wind your way through the Old Town. Explore the French influence and ancient remnants of Roman walls. Stroll along the river promenade and roam the town’s romantic narrow streets, where you might encounter flower-filled parks, sidewalk cafes or possibly a weinstube (wine tavern). Sample a Moselle Riesling while drinking in the amazing atmosphere of the oldest wine region in Germany.

Arrival: 7:00 AM
Depart: 4:00 PM

In the most romantic part of the Moselle Valley, where the river curves between two hiking paradises – Eifel and Hunsrück – lies the old town of Cochem. Even the Romans sang the praises of this remarkable landscape. It is true, a few things have changed since then, but the attraction has remained because the past centuries, above all the Middle Ages, have left their marks here. The magnificent Reichsburg, the big castle, situated on a precipitous rock high above the town, dominates the landscape. as it is one of the few castles in Germany, which was rebuilt in its original style after its complete destruction. The town of Cochem itself is a sight worth seeing, not only because of its narrow streets and twisty alleys, the restored half-timbered houses with the typical slate roofs, the historical market-place but also because of its medieval town gates, churches and walls.

Arrival: 4:00 AM
Depart: 7:00 PM

Bernkastel-Kues is actually twin villages separated by the Moselle river in the heart of the Middle Moselle and is known as ‘the ‘Pearl of the Moselle’. From the bridge connecting the two villages, you will discover perfect photo opportunities where you will find views of the villages and the steep, vine clad slopes.  Above the town you find the ruins of Landshut Castle, a former summer residence of the Archbishops of Trier; from here you have breathtaking views over the valley. Bernkastel has a pretty market square with lopsided Half-timber houses which take you back to medieval times. Wine shops and taverns are in abundance – the most famous wine is the “Bernkasteler Doktor”. On the other side of the river you will find Kues where you can visit the Moselle Wine museum and walk in the footsteps of the famous theologian and philosopher Nicholas of Cusa.

Arrival: 9:30 PM
Depart: O//N

Traben-Trabach is the largest town on the Moselle and overlooked by the ruins of Grevenburg Castle.  A hike up the slopes will reward you with stunning views over the river and valley.  Rich in wine and healing warm springs, this town attracts visitors from all over the world. High-quality Rieslings are evident due to the maze of underground vaulted cellars.

Depart: 12:30 PM

The wine trade made this town very prosperous resulting in an abundance of Art Nouveau style architecture. Take a stroll along the long, romantic promenade or visit the Middle Mosel Museum for a step back in time.

Arrival: 3:00 PM
Depart: O/N

Zell is a small picturesque wine town that sits on the edge of the stunning Moselle river.  Originally founded by the Romans nearly 2000 years ago, this sleepy town has had quite a violent past due to the French and Prussian wars.  These days Zell is quiet and well known for its parish churches and famous Schwarze Katz, (Black Cat), wine.  Zell is one of the most important of the many winemaking towns in the Moselle region with around 330 hectares of vineyards.  Traditionally the Riesling grape is mostly grown here. Hiking is popular here if you wish for something more active than sipping the famous fruity wines and watching the world go by.

Depart: 1:00 AM
Arrival: 1:30 PM
Depart: O/N

Located in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley that is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage, Boppard is a small, quaint touristic town with charm, culture, and a wealth of legends. What was once a Roman fort, is one of the wine-producing gems of the area and the vineyards of Bopparder Hamm are some of the most famous of the region.

Depart: 8:30 AM

Tour the romantic streets filled with color and nature, explore the forests on the Hunsruck Mountain Railway or visit the healing spa waters in Bad Salzig.

Arrival: 1:00 PM
Depart: 10:00 PM

Delight in the romantic ancient town of Rüdesheim famous for its wine and half-timbered buildings. It sits at the foot of the unexpected grand work of art, the Niederwald Monument, which commemorates the establishment of the German Empire after the Franco-Prussian War in 1870. Spend the morning sauntering down the renowned Drosselglasse, the narrow cobblestone lane in the heart of the Old Town. This pedestrian street is lined with charming shops, cozy wine taverns and inviting restaurants. Rüdesheim is covered in vineyards, earning its reputation for the best wine growing region on the Rhine, and some experts would argue the best in the world. It is especially well known for its Riesling wines. Visit the eclectic Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet, a museum of automated musical instruments.

Arrival: 8:00 AM
Depart: 10:00 PM

Speyer is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the history of Speyer begins with the establishment of a Roman camp in 10 B.C. making it one of Germany’s oldest cities. The imperial cathedral in Speyer, officially known as the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Stephen, is the town’s most prominent landmark. Laid out in the form of a Latin cross, it is one of Germany’s largest and most important Romanesque buildings and was intended to be no less than the largest church in the western world when building work began in 1030. Visit the popular Technik Museum with exhibits of aircrafts, railroads, fire engines, and ships or enjoy the beer gardens near the river.

Arrival: 4:00 AM
Depart: Disembarkation: Check out 9:00 AM

Welcome to Mainz!  You can start exploring the splendidly restored Old Town of Mainz with its half-timbered houses and medieval market squares. The state capital of Rhineland-Palatinate, Mainz is famous for Romanesque cathedrals (such as the Mainz Cathedral with its lavish interiors), the Gutenberg printing press and fine wines. Tour the Gutenberg Museum, housing a replica of the 15th century Gutenberg printing press as well as two original Gutenberg bibles.  This charming wine-growing district is officially the “Wine Capital of Germany”. Savor some “Spundekas” (a spicy creamed cheese) with a local wine before heading to the boat. While this is the end of your cruise, your memories will live on from your Rhine and Moselle Delights cruise. Thank you for cruising with Teeming River Cruises, where vacations come first and memories last.

Please Note: For navigational reasons and passenger safety, Teeming River Cruises and the captain reserve the right to modify the cruise itinerary as necessary. These Optional Excursions may or may not be offered, since availability is subject to number of participants and weather conditions.

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Your cruise will take place on the RC200720 Cologne to Mainz. To learn more about this ship, click here.

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Prices per person based on double occupancy

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What's Included in the Cruise

Highlights and Notes

  • Welcome & Farewell Receptions with Sparkling wine & hors-d’oeuvres
  • Welcome Aboard Dinner & Farewell Dinner
  • All Meals Included Daily (onboard your ship)
  • Locally inspired cuisine
  • Early Riser Breakfast in addition to Buffet Breakfast
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Midnight Snack
  • Complimentary Coffee & Hot Tea
  • Drink packages available
    • The Basic Drink Package includes house wine, beer (draft beer only), and sodas for lunch and dinner in the restaurant. The Drink Package does not include drinks in the ship’s lounge. ($15 per day)
      • 9 day cruise: $120 per person 
    • The Premium Drink Package includes house wine, beer (draft beer only), soft drinks, juices, bottles of mineral water (sparkling and still) and long drinks (house whiskey, gin and vodka). This package is available all day. ($25 per day)
      • 9 day cruise: $200 per person
    • There is a Corking Fee on board of 8 euro for any alcohol enjoyed outside your cabin.
    • All other drinks and cocktails are available at an additional cost.
    • (Must purchase for entire cruise)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi will not support large photos, videos, streaming movies, etc. It is only good enough for texting and emails of minimal size)
  • TeemingRC/PopGuide App City Walking Tour in all ports
  • Tech Talks
    • Using Your Smartphone As Your Personal Tour Guide
      • How to Navigate with your Smartphone without cell service or date
  • Daily Port Talks- We Give You the Tools to “Explore More for Less!”
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      • Information on Entry Fees
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  • Musician for Live Music Onboard
  • Room Steward and Twice Daily Housekeeping Service
  • Evening Turndown Service
  • Non-Smoking Ship Interior

Trip Notes:

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change.
  • Disruptions in cruising and itinerary may occur (low/high water levels).
  • Prices are for cruises only. Flights are not included.
  • Transfers to and from the airport are not included in the cruise fare.
  • Shore Excursions are not included in the cruise fare. These may be purchased for an additional cost.
  • Due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased.
  • Port Taxes and Fees are not included
  • Please be sure to read our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to many common questions.
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