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The Classic Moselle

Holiday Highlights

  • Bernkastel's medieval market square
  • Koblenz & the Rhine Gorge
  • Alken and its valleys and vineyards
  • Wonderful Moselle wines

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Holiday details

What is Included?

  • Choice of joining options by coach, air or rail
  • Seven nights full-board accommodation throughout your cruise
  • Services of a Shearings Cruise Tour Manager
  • Enjoy a Captain’s dinner
  • On-board evening entertainment programme
  • Expertly-planned optional shore excursions to help you make the most of your time away

Join the friendly MV Virginia on a relaxing cruise to explore all the best the Moselle Valley has to offer. We start our cruise in bustling Cologne and make our way south to enjoy the quiet villages, scenic green hills and vineyards of Germany’s famous wine country. We have the opportunity to explore Koblenz and Cochem before we make our way to some of the lesser-known Moselle villages including Traben-Trarbach, Zell and Alken. Experience the beauty of the Moselle and the hospitality of the MV Virginia for the trip of a lifetime!


Must See: Loreley and Rhine Gorge

The Rhine Gorge is a place of amazing beauty, history and legend. This 65 kilometre stretch of the Rhine River between Koblenz and Bingen received the accolade of becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site in June 2003. One of the must see points of the gorge is the famous Loreley Rock near the town of St. Goarshausen. This impressive rock is 450 feet high and signifies the narrowest and deepest point of the Rhine and as folklore would have it an enchanting female associated with the rock used to sit combing her golden hair, unwittingly distracting shipmen with her beauty and song, causing them to crash on the rocks.

Travel Options

10 days by Coach
7 nights full-board cruise. 2 nights half-board en/post route.

8 days by Air

7 nights full-board cruise. Return flights and transfers.

8 days by Rail

7 nights full-board cruise. Return standard class Eurostar to Brussels and onwards by rail to Cologne.



Optional Excursions

Explore the Ahr Valley
Scenic Rhine & Hunsruck
More information about this excursion
Cochem & Reichsburg Castle
Wine tasting Cochem
Koblenz & Lahneck Castle
Rudesheim & Loreley Rock
Panoramic Cologne

Holiday Details

Sailing Itinerary

Wednesday: Embark in Cologne
Joining your ship in Cologne, you can settle into the relaxed atmosphere of the MV Virginia.
Thursday: Cologne to Koblenz
Koblenz gets its name from the Latin word for confluence as it occupies the strategic corner where the Rhine and Moselle come together. Explore the fascinating military history of the city.
Friday: Koblenz to Cochem
This morning we cruise to Cochem. The ‘Pearl of the Moselle’ surrounded by vineyards is home to Reichsberg Castle, an iconic landmark standing guard above the Moselle.
Saturday: Cochem to Traben-Trarbach
We sail for the twin towns perched on opposite sides of the Moselle. Explore the Ruins of the Grevenburg, built about 1350. This area of the Moselle is known for its Riesling wine so why not stop at a local tavern, relax and enjoy a tipple?
Sunday: Traben-Trarbach to Zell
After a morning sail we arrive in Zell, famous for the particular wine ‘Zeller Schwartze Katz’ (Zell’s Black Cat), so look out for this local produce and maybe sample a glass or two?
Monday: Zell to Alken
In the morning, we cruise to Alken, one of the oldest places in Moselle country and surrounded by forests, valleys and vineyards.
Tuesday: Alken to Cologne
We continue north to Cologne, arriving in the afternoon. You’ll have time to explore more of Germany’s fourth largest city. Why not join the optional excursion, Panoramic Cologne & the cathedral.
Wednesday: Disembark in Cologne
We say goodbye to the MV Virginia.

Join by Coach

Tuesday: UK to Northern France
Across to Calais, and onwards to Northern France to our overnight hotel in time for dinner.
Wednesday: Northern France to Cologne
We continue our journey to join the MV Virginia for our Classic Moselle cruise.
Wednesday: Cologne to Northern France
After leaving the MV Virginia, we journey to our overnight hotel in time for dinner this evening.
Thursday: Northern France to UK
We travel on to Calais for our ferry to Dover and continue home.

Join by Air

Wednesday: UK to Cologne/Dusseldorf
Fly to Cologne or Dusseldorf where you will be met at the airport by a representative and transferred to the MV Virginia.
Wednesday: Cologne/Dusseldorf to UK
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Join by Rail

Wednesday: London St Pancras to Cologne
We meet at St Pancras and join the Eurostar service to Brussels. At Brussels, we join the service onwards to Cologne. We then make the short transfer to join the MV Virginia.
Wednesday: Cologne to London St Pancras
We take the short transfer to the rail station to join the service to Brussels. At Brussels, we join the Eurostar service to St Pancras.


Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead SL4, UK

4 March 2013

A very enjoyable trip with lovely scenery.

I went on the Rhein / Mosel trip and had a lovely time. The boat was very comfortable, although our cabin was rather small, and I enjoyed the food. My daughter came with me and we made some good friends. We saw lots of old castles, pretty towns and tasted some good wines. The crew were very helpful and friendly. I certainly would like to go again.

Mr Roberts

York, UK

7 January 2013

Decent holiday for the money

I enjoyed this trip. For the money i paid i didn't have any complaints. Shearings did a good job as always and made me feel very welcome.

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