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Cochem
  • Overview

    highlights

    • Explore historical Koblenz
    • See ancient Cochem
    • Visit medieval Bernkastel
    • Discover the famous wine town of Zell

    The magical Moselle Valley is renowned for its scenic beauty and charming villages. Join us on this wonderful break to experience sights including the medieval bridge of Koblenz, Reichsburg Castle standing guard above Cochem, the historical architecture of Bernkastel and much more. This breath-taking cruise leaves behind the hustle and bustle of the big cities to ensure you enjoy a holiday as calm and relaxing as the waters beneath you.  Read More

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    • Great for - Food & Drink
    • Great for - Scenery
    • Great for - Walking


    Fortress Ehrenbreitstein
      
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    Must See: Cochem
    Situated in an area of natural beauty in the Moselle River Valley, Cochem is a traditional German town in an exceptionally scenic riverside location, overlooked by the dramatic castle. This pretty town appears untouched by time and boasts many beautiful buildings and quaint winding streets, as well as a lovely town square, lined with half-timbered houses. Cochem is also the centre of the Moselle wine trade and is fondly known for its regional wines.
  • Itinerary

    ITINERARY

    LOCATIONS


  • The Ship

    YOUR SHIP



    MPS Rotterdam

    • Rotterdam cruise ship
    • MPS Rotterdam, lounge
    • MPS Rotterdam, reception
    • Rotterdam cruise ship, bar
    Our flagship vessel, the elegant MPS Rotterdam is exclusively chartered by Shearings and enjoys a stunning design. With its traditional style, this fantastic four-deck ship has been designed to ensure passengers get to make the most of modern comforts.

    Relax and enjoy this comfortable ship, with its decor in soft tones and its grand restaurant and living areas, all crafted from high-quality materials to add an air of elegance. Travel in comfort in these stylish surroundings, seeing some of the most amazing sights during superb Europe River Cruises.

    Explore with our Rhine River Cruises, and you can also discover the Moselle rivers and the waterways of Holland and Belgium, on-board the MPS Rotterdam. You’ll also get to enjoy sumptuous meals during your River Cruise, with buffet breakfasts, three-course lunches, four-course evening meals and gala dinners to look forward to.

    Our experienced and professional staff will be on-hand to provide any assistance you may require, from meeting you on the ship following your exciting excursions, to providing waiter service at dinner time. You’ll also benefit from a knowledgeable Tour Manager, who is sure to keep you entertained as we travel in the daytime.

    There are also lots of on-board games to enjoy, and you’ll be able to make firm friends with your fellow passengers during our journey. When the sun is shining, you can always visit the sun deck to relax on one of our comfortable sun loungers, or make the most of the shaded areas while admiring the wonderful views on our fantastic scenic River Cruises.

    In the evenings, why not take in the wonderful sounds of our resident musician? Or, if you’re feeling energetic, you could always enjoy a dance or two!

    Shearings welcomes you to step aboard the elegant MPS Rotterdam.
    • Length: 75.76 metres
    • Width: 11.22 metres
    • Accommodation areas refurbished: 2013
    • Passenger Capacity: 107
    • Passenger decks: 4
    • Star rating: 4*

    Cabins

    • MPS Rotterdam Grade A

      Rotterdam Twin Cabin
      • A more spacious cabin to allow you to relax even further
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Table and chairs
      • Large picture window
      • Superior twin beds
      Our Grade A cabins on-board the MPS Rotterdam are our most luxurious cabins on this magnificent vessel. Relax in comfort and style during your journey, admire the views from the large picture window in your cabin and make the most of this more spacious cabin during your journey.

      These cabins include a table and chairs, so you and your companion can relax in your cabin during our scenic River Cruises, as well as enjoying the great facilities throughout the rest of the ship. 
    • MPS Rotterdam Grade B

      MPS Rotterdam cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities with toilet and either a shower cubicle or bath
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Large picture window
      • Windows can be opened
      • Folding twin beds or fixed double beds
      Enjoy a comfortable journey during your River Cruise and stay in one of our fantastic Grade B cabins. Equipped with a safe to store your important belongings in, as well as a flat screen TV for entertainment, you’ll be able to relax and make the most of your time on-board the MPS Rotterdam. Make use of the air conditioning, and be sure to admire the picturesque views from the large picture window.

      Some of our Grade B cabins are also equipped with sofas, so you can relax even further during your waterways of Holland and Belgium, Moselle and Rhine River Cruises with us!
    • MPS Rotterdam Grade B+

      MPS Rotterdam cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Large picture window
      • Folding twin beds
      • Sofa
      Make the most of a relaxing journey on-board the MPS Rotterdam and enjoy comfortable accommodation with our Grade B+ cabins. Equipped with all the facilities you could possibly need during our Europe River Cruises, you’re sure to enjoy your time on-board.

      With private bathroom facilities, as well as air conditioning to ensure you stay nice and comfortable, these cabins come with folding twin beds. You’ll also find a sofa in your Grade B+ cabin, so you can relax while watching the flat screen TV, or while admiring the beautiful views.
    • MPS Rotterdam Grade C

      MPS Rotterdam, cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Large picture window
      • Windows can be opened in cabins on Promenade deck
      • Small fixed twin beds 

      Admire the stunning views as we travel on our relaxing Rhine River Cruises and make the most of great accommodation in our Grade C cabins. Situated on the Main and Promenade decks, these cabins provide a comfortable place to retire to after an exciting day of activities and excursions.

      Enjoy refreshing air conditioning, while watching the changing landscape from the large picture window - cabins on the Promenade deck have openable windows. You’ll also find private bathroom facilities with a shower cubicle and toilet in your cabin.
    • MPS Rotterdam Grade C+

      MPS Rotterdam C+ Cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet]
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Large picture window
      • Fixed twin beds
      • Seating area
      We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay in our Grade C+ cabins, which come equipped with all of the facilities you’ll require during your excellent River Cruise with Shearings. Admire the picturesque views from the large picture window, or why not watch TV while in your cabin?

      You’ll also find a seating area in our Grade C+ cabins, and there’s also a safe, hairdryer and private bathroom facilities that you’ll be able to make use of to ensure you have a comfortable stay on-board the MPS Rotterdam during fantastic Rhine River Cruises and our many other cruises.
     
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  • Excursions & Extras

    INCLUDED EXCURSIONS


    View of Cologne
    Panoramic Cologne

    Join us as we explore this historical city! Cologne has strong Roman ties and is the fourth-largest city in Germany, with more than one million inhabitants. The city is located on both sides of the River Rhine and is home to the famous Kolner Dom (Cologne Cathedral). During World War II, the inner city of Cologne was completely destroyed and was then fully reconstructed in the 1950s.

    With our expert guide, we see many of Cologne’s fascinating sights, including the ancient Roman city walls, which were the longest in Germany; the impressive medieval gates; and the twelve large Romanesque churches, which are located in the confined area within the boundaries of the medieval city walls. Many of Cologne's churches rank among the most important in Western Europe.

    We also see the world-famous 4711 – the original Eau de Cologne headquarters; the medieval Old City with its impressive town houses, dating back to the 14th century; and the historical Rathaus (City Hall).

    Trier
    Visit to Trier

    Today we enjoy an included excursion to the town of Trier. Founded by the Romans, Germany's oldest town boasts an impressive collection of Roman monuments. This was also the birthplace of Karl Marx, whose house is now a museum.

    View of Cologne
    Panoramic Cologne

    Join us as we explore this historical city! Cologne has strong Roman ties and is the fourth-largest city in Germany, with more than one million inhabitants. The city is located on both sides of the River Rhine and is home to the famous Kolner Dom (Cologne Cathedral). During World War II, the inner city of Cologne was completely destroyed and was then fully reconstructed in the 1950s.

    With our expert guide, we see many of Cologne’s fascinating sights, including the ancient Roman city walls, which were the longest in Germany; the impressive medieval gates; and the twelve large Romanesque churches, which are located in the confined area within the boundaries of the medieval city walls. Many of Cologne's churches rank among the most important in Western Europe.

    We also see the world-famous 4711 – the original Eau de Cologne headquarters; the medieval Old City with its impressive town houses, dating back to the 14th century; and the historical Rathaus (City Hall).

    Trier
    Visit to Trier

    Today we enjoy an included excursion to the town of Trier. Founded by the Romans, Germany's oldest town boasts an impressive collection of Roman monuments. This was also the birthplace of Karl Marx, whose house is now a museum.

    View of Cologne
    Panoramic Cologne

    Join us as we explore this historical city! Cologne has strong Roman ties and is the fourth-largest city in Germany, with more than one million inhabitants. The city is located on both sides of the River Rhine and is home to the famous Kolner Dom (Cologne Cathedral). During World War II, the inner city of Cologne was completely destroyed and was then fully reconstructed in the 1950s.

    With our expert guide, we see many of Cologne’s fascinating sights, including the ancient Roman city walls, which were the longest in Germany; the impressive medieval gates; and the twelve large Romanesque churches, which are located in the confined area within the boundaries of the medieval city walls. Many of Cologne's churches rank among the most important in Western Europe.

    We also see the world-famous 4711 – the original Eau de Cologne headquarters; the medieval Old City with its impressive town houses, dating back to the 14th century; and the historical Rathaus (City Hall).

    Trier
    Visit to Trier

    Today we enjoy an included excursion to the town of Trier. Founded by the Romans, Germany's oldest town boasts an impressive collection of Roman monuments. This was also the birthplace of Karl Marx, whose house is now a museum.

    OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS


    Reichsburg Castle
    Cochem and Imperial Reichsburg
    Join us on our guided walking tour as we explore the pretty little Moselle town of Cochem. The old quarter is dominated by the late-Gothic imperial castle and is dotted with medieval squares and lovingly restored timber-framed houses – architectural gems typical of the Moselle region.

    We see the market square, the baroque town hall, the Martinsbrunnen (a feature of the town's historical water supply), St. Martin's Church, the former Capuchin monastery (now an arts centre) and sections of the old town walls, including the town gates.

    We then continue to the mighty Reichsburg Castle. The castle perches on a rock 100 metres above the town of Cochem. Originally dating from the year 1,000, from 1868 to 1877 it was completely reconstructed and, since then, it has become the most-visited monument in the valley of the River Moselle.

    There are many impressive things to see inside the Castle, including the Knights' Hall, the Weapon Room, the Hunting Room and the medieval ladies' rooms. The castle is well-equipped with Renaissance and Baroque furniture, weapons, armours, crockery and all kinds of beautiful decorations, including mural paintings.
    Cochem
    Evening Wine Tasting in Cochem
    Join us for a visit to a local wine cellar in Cochem this evening, as we taste and sample some of the town’s locally produced wines. These include the famous and traditional Riesling, which is grown on the sloping hills of the Moselle Valley. Come and compare the different quality levels, colours, grape varieties, and characteristics, and learn how the different wines of this region are produced.
    Trier
    Guided Walking Tour of Trier
    The oldest city in Germany and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986, Trier is home to an outstanding assortment of Roman monuments and architectural gems. During our excursion today, we will enjoy a guided walking tour of the city.  

    Founded by the Romans as Augusta Treverorum in 15 BC, Trier became the capital of the Western Roman Empire by the 3rd century AD. Our guided walking tour takes us to Porta Nigra (symbol of the city of Trier and the biggest gate of the ancient world), the house of the Three Magi, the Hauptmarkt (Main Market) with the imposing tower of St Gangolf’s Church, the stunning St Peter’s Cathedral and the Liebfrauenkirch (Church of our Lady), which is one of the most important early Gothic cathedrals in Germany. 



     
    Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
    Historical Koblenz and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
    Get to know one of the oldest towns of Germany on our guided walking tour around the historical Old Town. The charming and romantic streets between the St. Castor’s Basilica and Liebfrauenkirche (Church of Our Beloved Lady) represent today’s main tourist attraction of Koblenz. Of course, our sightseeing tour would not be complete without a visit to the Monument of Emperor Wilhelm I at Deutsches Eck (German Corner), and the town’s landmark, the Schangel Fountain in the courtyard of the present Town Hall. 

    We then ascend by cable car from Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer to the impressive Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which rises 118 meters above the Rhine River, offering fantastic views over Koblenz and the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle at Deutsches Eck. The Fortress is Europe’s second largest preserved fortress - behind Gibraltar - and was constructed by the Prussians between 1817 and 1828. However, its origins date back to the first century AD. 

    The fortress is home to the Rhineland-Palatinate State Museum, with its permanent exhibition on photography, the ‘Greif’ cannon - once the largest in the world, and an exciting collection of technical relics. The small climb to the top of the new observation platform is rewarded with breath-taking views of the distant Eifel Mountains on a clear day. We descend by cable car.
     
    Bernkastel
    Medieval Bernkastel & Wine Doctor
    According to Legend, back in the 14th century, the Elector of Trier – Boemund II fell seriously ill with fever during a stay at Landshut Castle. Remedies were prescribed with no effect, so an old winegrower came to see the Elector with a keg of his finest wine, declaring it to be the best medicine.

    The Elector drank the wine and was miraculously cured. So join us and the Wine Doctor as we explore Bernkastel’s winding cobbled streets and half-timbered houses. We see the medieval Market Square, renaissance-style Town Hall, charming St Michael’s Fountain and Bear Fountain.

    We head to Graacher Gate, the only remaining medieval town gate, Heinz’sche House -one of the oldest buildings in the town and of course the much photographed 'pointed house'. During the tour we enjoy a glass of the famous wine.  
    Reichsburg Castle
    Cochem and Imperial Reichsburg
    Join us on our guided walking tour as we explore the pretty little Moselle town of Cochem. The old quarter is dominated by the late-Gothic imperial castle and is dotted with medieval squares and lovingly restored timber-framed houses – architectural gems typical of the Moselle region.

    We see the market square, the baroque town hall, the Martinsbrunnen (a feature of the town's historical water supply), St. Martin's Church, the former Capuchin monastery (now an arts centre) and sections of the old town walls, including the town gates.

    We then continue to the mighty Reichsburg Castle. The castle perches on a rock 100 metres above the town of Cochem. Originally dating from the year 1,000, from 1868 to 1877 it was completely reconstructed and, since then, it has become the most-visited monument in the valley of the River Moselle.

    There are many impressive things to see inside the Castle, including the Knights' Hall, the Weapon Room, the Hunting Room and the medieval ladies' rooms. The castle is well-equipped with Renaissance and Baroque furniture, weapons, armours, crockery and all kinds of beautiful decorations, including mural paintings.
    Cochem
    Evening Wine Tasting in Cochem
    Join us for a visit to a local wine cellar in Cochem this evening, as we taste and sample some of the town’s locally produced wines. These include the famous and traditional Riesling, which is grown on the sloping hills of the Moselle Valley. Come and compare the different quality levels, colours, grape varieties, and characteristics, and learn how the different wines of this region are produced.
    Trier
    Guided Walking Tour of Trier
    The oldest city in Germany and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986, Trier is home to an outstanding assortment of Roman monuments and architectural gems. During our excursion today, we will enjoy a guided walking tour of the city.  

    Founded by the Romans as Augusta Treverorum in 15 BC, Trier became the capital of the Western Roman Empire by the 3rd century AD. Our guided walking tour takes us to Porta Nigra (symbol of the city of Trier and the biggest gate of the ancient world), the house of the Three Magi, the Hauptmarkt (Main Market) with the imposing tower of St Gangolf’s Church, the stunning St Peter’s Cathedral and the Liebfrauenkirch (Church of our Lady), which is one of the most important early Gothic cathedrals in Germany. 



     
    Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
    Historical Koblenz and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
    Get to know one of the oldest towns of Germany on our guided walking tour around the historical Old Town. The charming and romantic streets between the St. Castor’s Basilica and Liebfrauenkirche (Church of Our Beloved Lady) represent today’s main tourist attraction of Koblenz. Of course, our sightseeing tour would not be complete without a visit to the Monument of Emperor Wilhelm I at Deutsches Eck (German Corner), and the town’s landmark, the Schangel Fountain in the courtyard of the present Town Hall. 

    We then ascend by cable car from Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer to the impressive Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which rises 118 meters above the Rhine River, offering fantastic views over Koblenz and the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle at Deutsches Eck. The Fortress is Europe’s second largest preserved fortress - behind Gibraltar - and was constructed by the Prussians between 1817 and 1828. However, its origins date back to the first century AD. 

    The fortress is home to the Rhineland-Palatinate State Museum, with its permanent exhibition on photography, the ‘Greif’ cannon - once the largest in the world, and an exciting collection of technical relics. The small climb to the top of the new observation platform is rewarded with breath-taking views of the distant Eifel Mountains on a clear day. We descend by cable car.
     
    Bernkastel
    Medieval Bernkastel & Wine Doctor
    According to Legend, back in the 14th century, the Elector of Trier – Boemund II fell seriously ill with fever during a stay at Landshut Castle. Remedies were prescribed with no effect, so an old winegrower came to see the Elector with a keg of his finest wine, declaring it to be the best medicine.

    The Elector drank the wine and was miraculously cured. So join us and the Wine Doctor as we explore Bernkastel’s winding cobbled streets and half-timbered houses. We see the medieval Market Square, renaissance-style Town Hall, charming St Michael’s Fountain and Bear Fountain.

    We head to Graacher Gate, the only remaining medieval town gate, Heinz’sche House -one of the oldest buildings in the town and of course the much photographed 'pointed house'. During the tour we enjoy a glass of the famous wine.  
    Reichsburg Castle
    Cochem and Imperial Reichsburg
    Join us on our guided walking tour as we explore the pretty little Moselle town of Cochem. The old quarter is dominated by the late-Gothic imperial castle and is dotted with medieval squares and lovingly restored timber-framed houses – architectural gems typical of the Moselle region.

    We see the market square, the baroque town hall, the Martinsbrunnen (a feature of the town's historical water supply), St. Martin's Church, the former Capuchin monastery (now an arts centre) and sections of the old town walls, including the town gates.

    We then continue to the mighty Reichsburg Castle. The castle perches on a rock 100 metres above the town of Cochem. Originally dating from the year 1,000, from 1868 to 1877 it was completely reconstructed and, since then, it has become the most-visited monument in the valley of the River Moselle.

    There are many impressive things to see inside the Castle, including the Knights' Hall, the Weapon Room, the Hunting Room and the medieval ladies' rooms. The castle is well-equipped with Renaissance and Baroque furniture, weapons, armours, crockery and all kinds of beautiful decorations, including mural paintings.
    Cochem
    Evening Wine Tasting in Cochem
    Join us for a visit to a local wine cellar in Cochem this evening, as we taste and sample some of the town’s locally produced wines. These include the famous and traditional Riesling, which is grown on the sloping hills of the Moselle Valley. Come and compare the different quality levels, colours, grape varieties, and characteristics, and learn how the different wines of this region are produced.
    Trier
    Guided Walking Tour of Trier
    The oldest city in Germany and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986, Trier is home to an outstanding assortment of Roman monuments and architectural gems. During our excursion today, we will enjoy a guided walking tour of the city.  

    Founded by the Romans as Augusta Treverorum in 15 BC, Trier became the capital of the Western Roman Empire by the 3rd century AD. Our guided walking tour takes us to Porta Nigra (symbol of the city of Trier and the biggest gate of the ancient world), the house of the Three Magi, the Hauptmarkt (Main Market) with the imposing tower of St Gangolf’s Church, the stunning St Peter’s Cathedral and the Liebfrauenkirch (Church of our Lady), which is one of the most important early Gothic cathedrals in Germany. 



     
    Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
    Historical Koblenz and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
    Get to know one of the oldest towns of Germany on our guided walking tour around the historical Old Town. The charming and romantic streets between the St. Castor’s Basilica and Liebfrauenkirche (Church of Our Beloved Lady) represent today’s main tourist attraction of Koblenz. Of course, our sightseeing tour would not be complete without a visit to the Monument of Emperor Wilhelm I at Deutsches Eck (German Corner), and the town’s landmark, the Schangel Fountain in the courtyard of the present Town Hall. 

    We then ascend by cable car from Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer to the impressive Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which rises 118 meters above the Rhine River, offering fantastic views over Koblenz and the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle at Deutsches Eck. The Fortress is Europe’s second largest preserved fortress - behind Gibraltar - and was constructed by the Prussians between 1817 and 1828. However, its origins date back to the first century AD. 

    The fortress is home to the Rhineland-Palatinate State Museum, with its permanent exhibition on photography, the ‘Greif’ cannon - once the largest in the world, and an exciting collection of technical relics. The small climb to the top of the new observation platform is rewarded with breath-taking views of the distant Eifel Mountains on a clear day. We descend by cable car.
     
    Bernkastel
    Medieval Bernkastel & Wine Doctor
    According to Legend, back in the 14th century, the Elector of Trier – Boemund II fell seriously ill with fever during a stay at Landshut Castle. Remedies were prescribed with no effect, so an old winegrower came to see the Elector with a keg of his finest wine, declaring it to be the best medicine.

    The Elector drank the wine and was miraculously cured. So join us and the Wine Doctor as we explore Bernkastel’s winding cobbled streets and half-timbered houses. We see the medieval Market Square, renaissance-style Town Hall, charming St Michael’s Fountain and Bear Fountain.

    We head to Graacher Gate, the only remaining medieval town gate, Heinz’sche House -one of the oldest buildings in the town and of course the much photographed 'pointed house'. During the tour we enjoy a glass of the famous wine.  

 


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What's included

  • Seven nights full-board cruise
  • Services of a Shearings Cruise Manager
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • River views from every cabin
  • Enjoy a Captain’s dinner
  • On-board evening entertainment programme
  • TV screen allowing you to follow the ship’s journey
  • Chairlift serving Sun, Lounge and Promenade decks
  • Two included excursions
  • Six optional excursions
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MPS Rotterdam

Our flagship vessel, the elegant MPS Rotterdam is exclusively chartered by Shearings and enjoys a stunning design. With its traditional style, this fantastic four-deck ship has been designed to ensure passengers get to make the most of modern comforts.

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