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Wines of the Rhine and Moselle

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  • Discover the wonderful wines of the Rhine and Moselle valleys
  • Enjoy wine tastings in Cochem and Rudesheim
  • Learn more about how these incredible wines are produced
  • Wine Festivals in Rudesheim (Aug 14) and Cochem (Aug 21)

Sample some of the most famous wines of the Rhine and Moselle valleys on this excellent river cruise. Take in some of the best wine-growing destinations along these rivers, admiring wonderful scenery and exciting towns and cities.

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Itinerary

Day One  UK to Cologne 
We meet and board our Eurostar service at London St Pancras, travelling to Brussels where we transfer to a local service to Cologne. We are met and transferred to the MV Virginia where we embark and moor overnight. 

Day Two Cologne to Andernach 
We cruise to Andernach over breakfast, arriving by early afternoon. Discover the town at leisure or join our optional wine tasting in the Ahr Valley. We moor in Andernach overnight. 

Day Three Andernach to Boppard 
On to Boppard, arriving in the early afternoon and enjoying time at leisure. A wine-growing centre in the Rhine Gorge, why not join our optional Taste of Boppard excursion this afternoon? 

Day Four Boppard to Rudesheim 
We continue to historical Rudesheim, with the opportunity to uncover the town’s fascinating winegrowing past on our included wine tasting experience. 

Day Five Rudesheim to Cochem 
Setting sail early this morning, we arrive in Cochem by late afternoon. Admire the scenery as we sail; then enjoy our included wine tasting experience to sample some of the Moselle Valley’s finest wines. 

Day Six Cochem to Koblenz 
We depart and continue to Koblenz. Situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle, Koblenz is known for its charming architecture and historical sights. We will have an optional wine tasting tour to enjoy, should we so wish. 

Day Seven Koblenz to Cologne 
We sail back to Cologne, arriving by lunchtime. Why not join our optional Cologne’s Kolsch tour to learn more about how this traditional beer is brewed, and to sample it? 

Day Eight Cologne to UK
Time to disembark in Cologne and then transfer to Cologne Station, where we board our service to Brussels, where we change to our Eurostar service to London St Pancras.

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. 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…
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The Local Area

Included Excursions

Cochem Wine Tasting

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.

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Rudesheim Wine Tasting

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.  

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Optional Excursions

A Taste of Boppard

Known as the 'Pearl of the Rhine' Boppard was founded by the Romans; under the Merovingian dynasty it became a royal residence and during the Middle Ages the town was a considerable centre of commerce and shipping. The town is located at the top of the largest loop of the Rhine and is part of the Middle Rhine Valley that belongs to the Heritage of UNESCO since 2002. With over 2,000 years of cultural history Boppard has seen many travellers come and go, well-meaning or ill-meaning, that have all left their mark on the town, from castles, churches, monasteries, gardens and parks.

Boppard can be best seen on our guided walking tour, we see the Romanesque church of St. Severus with its two towers built in the 12th /13th centuries, we also see the Electoral castle, over the years the castle has been home to the local customs office, the town gendarmerie, police station, courthouse, prison and military hospital, today it is home to the town's museum. As we continue to the old town we pass the many romantic squares and small lanes lined with beautiful stately homes.

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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! 

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Rudesheim and St Hildegard Abbey

We visit the town of Rudesheim which sits at a bend on the Rhine and has had a wine producing heritage of more than 1000 years. The town is built in a typical Prussian style, matching much of the Rhine Gorge and we’ll discover its charm as we take a walking tour around Rudesheim. The Drosselgasse at the heart of the town is a bustling little alleyway which seems unchanged in centuries and a walk down here is like a step back in time. A number of castles dot the local landscape including Bromseburg and Boosemburg Castles as well as the ruins of Ehrenfels Castle, great views of which can be had from town. We will then visit the Benedictine St Hildegard Abbey; it is a fascinating insight into life among a religious order as well as a great chance to learn the history of this place and see the beautifully decorated church within its grounds.

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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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