Day 1: Cologne (UNESCO World Heritage) – embarkation
Arrival in Cologne and embarkation from 03:00 pm. “Cast off!” at 05:00 pm. There will be a welcome reception by your cruise director before dinner who will inform you about what to expect during your journey.
Day 2: Cochem and Alken
Over night your captain will ferry you from the Rhine to Cochem on the Moselle. Mooring will take place during breakfast. You will then have the possibility to join a guided sightseeing tour that will take you to Cochem most interesting site, such as the ‘Reichsburg’ (Imperial castle), the historic town wall, the baroque guildhall, market square with Martin’s well, and the old timber-frame gabled houses with slated roofs. Return to your cruiser for lunch. In the afternoon you will reach Alken with its castle Thurant, one of the Moselle region’s oldest castles, towering high above the little town. There will be the possibility to enter the rustic wine bar Anton Hammes. Still today, wine matures in old oak casks inside its more than 300 years old vaulted cellars. While you taste these fine Moselle wines you will be told much about them.
Day 3: Ruedesheim and Koblenz (UNESCO World Heritage)
In Ruedesheim with its world-famous alley ‘Drosselgasse’ you will have the possibility to join an informative sightseeing tour. As an alternative you can discover the town on your own and/or undertake a cable car ride to the ‘Niederwald’ monument, from where you will be able to enjoy overwhelming views across the Rhine valley. Also, you should under no circumstances miss to enjoy a cup of the traditional ‘Ruedesheimer coffee’ at the café ‘Ruedesheimer Schloss’ at number 10 Steingasse. Towards lunchtime you will continue your cruise. From Sun deck of your cruiser you will be able to enjoy unique views of the legendary rock ‘Loreley’ and numerous castles and palaces that line up along the Upper Mid-Rhine Valley (UNESCO World Heritage) like pearls on a string. At the confluence of Rhine and Moselle you will then be greeted by ‘Kaiser Wilhelm’ in the late afternoon. Enthroned on his battle horse, the statue has become the landmark of Koblenz. In continuation you will have the possibility to join a guided sightseeing tour of Germany’s oldest city. Churches, castles, palaces and historic town houses tell tales of bygone times. Angled alleys and picturesque squares invite you to stroll or to linger on. Your cruiser will stay moored over night which will enable you to undertake an evening walk.
Day 4: Koblenz – Remagen
In the morning you will have the possibility to undertake an excursion to the fortress ‘Ehrenbreitstein’. After a breathtaking ascend from the river bank ‘Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer’ across the Rhine to the fortress, you will be able to immerge into a world of celts, romans and knights in one of Europe’s largest preserved fortresses. In addition to that, you will be expected by a country park with a viewing platform and a dreamlike view across the ‘Eiffel’ hills as well as a romantic loop walk that will guide you through the old fortress walls. Several exhibitions and a multi-media show inside the fortress will invite you to undertake discovery tours. During your lunch on board you will continue your cruise northbound and will soon reach Remagen. Your excursion to the red wine region ‘Ahrtal’ starts right here. At the outset, you can undertake a visit to the government bunker in Ahrweiler (approx. 20 minutes walk uphill). Let yourself be guided through a nuclear-proof underground world that had been underlying strict secrecy until only short. Alternatively, you can opt for a guided sightseeing tour of Ahrweiler. Its medieval town wall with rampart and moat, gates and towers dating from the 13th century is completely preserved. In Ahrweiler’s car-free town centre, picturesque and dreamy timber-frame houses can be visited free of stress. Thereafter, you will be led to the wine village Mayschoss. The tremendous castle rock ‘Saffenburg’ is towering above, presumed to be the Ahrtal’s oldest fortification. The oldest wine grower’s cooperative of the Federal Republic has risen to one of Germany’s leading cooperatives during the last years, according to the wine guide “Gault Millau”. You are invited to be a guest in its historic vaulted cellars and taste their top-end products from its red wine cellar. After your dinner on board you will have the possibility to undertake a walk along Remagen‘s embankment with snug wine bars and numerous historic houses.
Day 5: Cologne – disembarkation
You will reach your final destination at the mooring in Cologne. Disembarkation after breakfast.
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