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Wines of the Rhine & Moselle

 

Cochem
  • Overview

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    • Discover the wonderful wines of the Rhine and Moselle valleys, enjoying wine tastings in Cochem and Rudesheim
    • Learn more about how these famous wine-growing regions produce these incredible wines
    • Admire the beautiful scenery along the Rhine and Moselle rivers

    The Rhine and Moselle valleys are famous for their wine-growing towns and villages, with wine being part of the traditions and heritage of these regions. Sample these amazing wines for yourself on our excellent Wines of the Rhine and Moselle river cruise, taking you to some of the best wine-growing destinations along these rivers. Read More

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    View of Cologne
      
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    Welcome aboard the MV Virginia, from which we will discover a wide selection of wonderful towns and cities, beginning with cultural Cologne. Enjoy time at leisure in the city on our first night, before we set sail the next morning.

    We will make the most of two fantastic wine tasting experiences during our relaxing river cruise, allowing us to discover a range of grand wines. Our first will be in charming Cochem, known for its traditional timber-framed houses and for its Riesling. This well-known wine originates from the Rhine region of Germany, and our wine tasting will see us visiting a local wine cellar in Cochem to discover this white wine.

    Our next included wine tasting will be in Rudesheim - this town’s wine-growing history stretches back to Roman times. We’ll take an optional guided walking tour of Rudesheim and cable car ride to the Niederwald monument which overlooks this famous wine town. 

    During our river cruise, we will have the opportunity to discover many more wines of the Rhine and Moselle with our carefully-selected optional shore excursions.
  • Itinerary

    ITINERARY

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  • The Ship

    YOUR SHIP



    MV Virginia

    • MV Virginia
    • MV Virginia - lounge
    • MV Virginia - bar
    • MV Virginia restaurant
    Whether you want to discover the Rhine and Moselle rivers, or Dutch Waterways, the MV Virginia is the ideal choice. Our warm, inviting ship is a firm favourite with Shearings customers, and it’s very easy to see why. If you’re after scenic River Cruises that give you the opportunity to travel in style and comfort, while exploring beautiful destinations and taking in stunning scenery, we have the perfect selection of Europe River Cruises for you.

    Having been fully refurbished in 2013, the MV Virginia provides a modern, relaxed atmosphere, with impressive decor and a fantastic environment in which you’ll be able to relax at ease while enjoying Rhine River Cruises.

    You’ll experience the classic Shearings charm that our customers are now accustomed to. Our friendly staff will be on-hand at all times to welcome you aboard the ship after exiting excursions in fantastic destinations, and they’ll be happy to recommend ideas for things to do and sights to see when we’re docked.

    The MV Virginia is the perfect vessel for first-time River Cruise travellers - if you’re booking your very first Dutch Waterways, Rhine or Moselle River Cruise, you’ll feel right at home on this ship. With its intimate and relaxed atmosphere, you’re sure to make a number of firm friends with your fellow passengers.

    While we’re travelling, be sure to admire the changing scenery from the sundeck, where you can soak up the rays or sit under the covered area. Why not enjoy a pre-dinner drink with your new friends at the bar, before tucking into the sumptuous meals served on-board. You’ll get to enjoy buffet breakfasts, as well as three-course lunches and four-course evening meals with waiter service.

    Step aboard the MV Virginia with Shearings to discover just why this ship is so popular with our customers…
    • Length: 67.50 metres
    • Width: 9.00 metres
    • Accommodation areas refurbished: 2013
    • Passenger Capacity: 107
    • Passenger decks: 4
    • Star rating: 3 Star

    Cabins

    • MV Virginia Grade A

      MV Virginia Cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including wet room-style shower and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Fixed twin beds
      • Located on Promenade deck
      Relax as we travel along the Rhine, Moselle or the Dutch Waterways on one of our Europe River Cruises on-board the MV Virginia and choose our Grade A cabins. You’ll enjoy a fantastic journey with us, and you’ll be able to retire to your comfortable cabin on the Promenade deck of the MV Virginia for a rejuvenating rest at the end of each day.

      You’ll find a private bathroom in your cabin, with a wet room-style shower and a toilet, as well as a safe to store your important belongings in, and a hairdryer and flat screen TV. Your cabin will also be equipped with air conditioning and has fixed twin beds.
    • MV Virginia Grade A+

      MV Virginia A+ Cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including wet room-style shower and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Tea and coffee area
      • Sitting area
      • Fixed twin beds
      • Located on Promenade deck
      For the ultimate relaxing experience when enjoying scenic River Cruises on-board the MV Virginia, choose our Grade A+ cabins. Situated on the Promenade deck, you’ll be able to sit back and allow us to transport you along some of Europe’s finest rivers.

      In your cabin, you’ll find a private bathroom with excellent facilities, including a shower and toilet, as well as a safe and hairdryer in your cabin. Why not watch some TV, or enjoy a complimentary cup of tea or coffee while relaxing in the cabin’s sitting area?
    • MV Virginia Grade B

      MV Virginia Cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including wet room-style shower and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Fixed twin beds
      • Located on Main deck
      Join us on-board the MV Virginia for one of our fantastic scenic River Cruises and enjoy comfortable accommodation in our Grade B cabins. Relax in your cabin after a great day of travelling, whether you’ve spent the day watching the changing scenery as we continue our journey, or you’ve enjoyed some amazing excursions to beautiful new destinations.

      Our Grade B cabins come with all the facilities you’ll require for an excellent stay on-board, including private bathroom facilities with a shower and toilet. You’ll also find a safe, hairdryer and air conditioning in your cabin, as well as a flat screen TV and fixed twin beds.
    • MV Virginia Grade C

      MV Virginia C Cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including wet room-style shower and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Fixed twin beds
      • Located on Promenade/Main deck
      Enjoy a relaxing journey on-board the MV Virginia as we discover beautiful sights and amazing attractions with one of our many Rhine River Cruises, or one of our Moselle or Dutch Waterways River Cruises. We have something to suit all travel tastes, and our Grade C cabins on the Promenade and Main decks of the MV Virginia will serve as fantastic accommodation for the duration of your cruise.

      You’ll find fixed twin beds in your cabin, as well as private bathroom facilities with a shower and toilet. There will also be a safe, air conditioning, a hairdryer and a flat screen TV in your cabin, so you can relax after a day of excursions.
    • MV Virginia Grade D

      MV Virginia D Cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Fixed twin beds
      • Located on Cabin deck
      Situated on the Cabin deck of the MV Virginia, our Grade C cabins provide great accommodation for your exciting Dutch Waterways, Rhine or Moselle River Cruise. After an evening of fun and sumptuous food in our restaurant, bar and living areas of the ship, you can return to your cabin for a peaceful night’s rest.

      Your cabin will come equipped with private bathroom facilities, which includes a shower cubicle and toilet, and you’ll also find fixed twin beds in your cabin. As well as this, you can make use of your cabin’s safe, hairdryer, air conditioning and flat screen TV during your River Cruise.
    • MV Virginia Single Cabin

      MV Virginia Single Cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including wet room style-shower or shower cubicle and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Fixed single bed for sole occupancy
      • Located on Cabin and Main deck
      Should you be travelling by yourself, or prefer to stay in a separate cabin, our Single cabin is ideal. With private bathroom facilities, including either a wet room-style shower or a shower cubicle, and a toilet, you’ll be perfectly suited for great facilities when travelling on-board the MV Virginia.

      Our Single cabins can be found on the Main and Cabin decks of the MV Virginia, and you’ll also find a safe, hairdryer, flat screen TV and air conditioning in all of our Single cabins. Each cabin is also fitted with fixed twin beds for sole occupancy.
     
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  • Excursions & Extras

    INCLUDED EXCURSIONS


    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.
    Rudesheim
    Evening Wine Tasting in Rudesheim
    Rudesheim is a famous wine-making town in the Rhine Gorge, and we will enjoy the unique opportunity of sampling some of the incredible wines produced here with a wine tasting this evening. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Rudesheim is filled with well-known wine taverns, and its history of wine-growing stretches back to Roman times. We will explore some of the wonderful Rhine vineyards of Rudesheim, sampling some of the area’s local wines for a unique experience.  

    OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS


    Boppard
    A Taste of Boppard

    Discover Boppard, the 'Pearl of the Rhine', as we join the Rhine Express tourist train, which takes us around Boppard in approximately 30 minutes. We see the Romanesque-Gothic St Severus Church, and the town's Roman excavations dating back to the 4th and 5th centuries.

    We then head through the south gate of Boppard’s medieval town wall, the Binger Gate, at the end of the Old Town and pass the charming district of 'Balz'. The tour continues, passing the Electoral Castle, along the Rhine front to the Carmelite Church. After this, we take the chairlift from the valley station in Muhltal to Gedeonseck, rising to a height of nearly 240 metres.

    After arriving at Gedeon’s Corner, it is only a short walk over to the panorama restaurant. From here, we can enjoy fantastic views of the largest bend on the Rhine. Just a few minutes' walk from Gedeon’s Corner is the Four Lakes View, which showcases the Rhine like a chain of sparkling lakes.

    After descending by chairlift, we join the tourist train again as we head to the Market Square to a traditional local cafe for tea/coffee and cake.

    Koblenz
    Koblenz and Champagne Cellar Tour
    Get to know Koblenz, one of Germany’s oldest towns, with our excursion today, as we explore this fascinating town to see its many sights. Take in the splendid architecture here, as well as seeing sights such as St Castor’s Basilica and the Liebfrauenkirche (Church of Our Beloved Lady). We then continue to a local champagne cellar, where we enjoy a tour to learn more about this amazing wine. 
    View of Cologne
    Kolsch Brewery Tour
    Discover the amazing Kolsch brewery in Cologne, learning more about how this excellent beer is brewed. Kolsch is famous in Germany and is brewed in a ‘Brauhaus’, a traditional German pub. With over 26 varieties of Kolsch in Cologne, there is certainly enough to choose from! 
    Ahr Valley
    Wine Tasting in the Ahr Valley
    Known locally as the ‘wildest daughter of the Rhine’, the Ahr Valley is filled with splendid sights. This beautiful location is famous for its winegrowing heritage, and we will be able to learn more about this history and sample some of the region’s wines during our excursion today.  We will visit the charming town of Ahrweiler, referred to as the ‘metropolis of red wine’, where we enjoy a fantastic wine tasting experience. Explore the town’s excellent vineyards with us to learn more about the wines produced here, before we taste some of them for ourselves.

 


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What's included

  • Overnight sailings with P&O North Sea Ferries, with en-suite half-board cabin accommodation
  • Seven nights full-board cruise
  • Services of a Shearings Cruise Manager
  • Enjoy a Captain’s dinner
  • On-board evening entertainment programme
  • Porterage
  • Two included excursions
  • Four optional excursions
MV Virginia

MV Virginia

Whether you want to discover the Rhine and Moselle rivers, or Dutch Waterways, the MV Virginia is the ideal choice. Our warm, inviting ship is a firm favourite with Shearings customers, and it's very easy to see why.

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