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$150 Early Booking Discount

Saar & Moselle Fairytales

Cologne →  Cologne

8 Days

Starting and ending in Cologne, this cruise takes you up the Rhine to its largest tributary, the Moselle River, and along the winding course of the Saar River, a tributary of the Moselle. As you cruise along the sinuous spine of the Mosel winegrowing region, admire its picturesque landscape dominated by steep vineyards. Explore Cochem’s narrow alleys, visit medieval Bernkastel-Kues, the fortified town of Saarlouis, and the capital of Germany’s state of Saarland, Saarbrücken, before continuing to one of the smallest sovereign states in Europe, Luxembourg.

From the Sundeck, admire the most famous sight of Saarland: the Saarschleife, or Great Bend in the Saar River, where the Saar has carved a massive loop through quartzite rock. Visit the wine-growing town Grevenmacher and one of the four capitals of the European Union ­– Luxembourg City. At the confluence of the Saar and the Moselle rivers, Trier, Germany’s oldest city, awaits. Finally, visit Koblenz and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress on the Rhine before concluding your roundtrip.

Due to low clearance heights at bridges and locks on the river route between Bernkastel and Saarlouis, access to the sun deck might be restricted for safety reasons.

(We reserve the right to make amendments to the timetable and program.)

Itinerary

Your cruising adventure begins in Cologne, where you will embark in the afternoon. Enjoy a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a delicious Welcome Dinner, which sets the mood for the exciting days to come.

Departure Cologne
10pm

During the morning, your luxury vessel will take you on a scenic cruise down the Rhine’s largest tributary, the Moselle River, famous for its picturesque landscape dominated by vineyards since Roman times. After your ship docks at Cochem, you can take the guided walking tour to discover the history seeping through Cochem’s narrow alleys, medieval town gates, churches and more. You will also visit the imperial Reichsburg Castle, which towers above Cochem on an imposing crag. Alternatively, you can join the excursion to medieval Eltz Castle, which nestles in forested hills between Koblenz and Trier. Wind down at dinner with your fellow guests as your AMADEUS ship travels onward.

Stay Cochem
1pm - 10pm

In the morning, you will arrive at another medieval wine-growing town called Bernkastel-Kues, which is known for its medieval marketplace and its gabled houses, including the Spitzhäuschen (Pointed House). Take a trip around this charming town in the morning and enjoy the wine-tasting session, which is included in the guided tour. If you prefer a slightly more energetic excursion, you can join the trip to the castle ruins above Bernkastel-Kues instead. After a steady climb, you will arrive at the ruins, which offer a panoramic view over the surrounding area. The afternoon is yours to spend relaxing on board, and late at night, your vessel will arrive in Saarburg.

Stay Bernkastel
8am - 12pm
Arrival Saarburg
10pm

Start your day by exploring of the sights of the German town of Saarburg on the banks of the Saar River. Don’t miss the impressive 60-foot-drop that the river Leuk, which flows through Saarburg, makes in the town center. Alternatively, you can visit Saarburg’s interactive bell foundry museum, the Museum und Glockengießerei Mabilon. Founded in 1770, this bell foundry produced world-famous bells until as late as 2002. You will return to your vessel in time for lunch and then enjoy a panoramic cruise along the Saarschleife, or Great Bend in the Saar River, where the Saar has carved a massive loop through quartzite rock. End this eventful day with an elegant dinner on board in the company of your fellow guests.

Departure Saarburg
1pm
Arrival Saarlouis
8pm

During the night, your ship arrived at the fortified town of Saarlouis, which you can explore first thing after breakfast. Built as a fortress in 1680 and named after Louis XIV of France, parts of the original fortress as well as later historical buildings remain intact and give insight into the town’s history. An alternative for the morning’s program is a visit to the beautiful city of Saarbrücken, capital of Germany’s state of Saarland. With structures dating back as far as Roman times, the town boasts a storied history and many picturesque landmarks, including the stone bridge over the Saar River. After lunch on board, your vessel will take another scenic turn on the Great Bend in the Saar River before heading to Luxembourg.

Departure Saarlouis
12pm
Arrival Grevenmacher
10pm

One of the smallest sovereign states in Europe, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, awaits you today. In the morning, you can choose between a visit to the town of Grevenmacher or join the excursion to Luxembourg City. Grevenmacher is a small town in eastern Luxembourg, in a romantic wine-growing region situated along the Moselle River. Luxembourg City is the capital of Luxembourg and one of the four official capitals of the European Union. It also houses the European Court of Justice, which is the highest court of the European Union. Its sights include the charming Old Town, the Grand Ducal Palace, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, and many more. At lunchtime, you will rejoin your vessel and return to Germany, where you will dock in Trier. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore this beautiful city with a history that stretches back to Celtic times. In the evening, you will be treated to the festive Captain’s Gala Dinner.

Departure Grevenmacher
12pm
Stay Trier
2pm - 6pm
Excursions

Enjoy a restful morning on board your floating hotel, enjoying all the comforts your AMADEUS vessel has to offer. During mid-afternoon, you will make a stop in Koblenz, which is situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Join the guided town walk through Koblenz, during which you will learn more of its varied history, which was influenced by the Romans, the Franks, the Holy Roman Empire, the French and the Germans. As an alternative option for the afternoon’s entertainment, you can take part in the excursion to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Pass through Koblenz before heading up to the fortress, which towers above the Rhine and offers spectacular views over Koblenz. Dating back to the year 1000, it is the second-largest intact European fortress. Back on board, you will celebrate your cruise at one more fine AMADEUS dinner.

Stay Koblenz
3pm - 10pm

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast on board before disembarking. The Amadeus team wishes you a safe journey home and looks forward to welcoming you back on board again soon.

Arrival Cologne
5am

$150pp Early Booking Discount

Book now and save $150pp for all bookings made until 30 November 2022.

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Inclusions

Suites & Staterooms

  • Luxury accommodation in an outside river-view stateroom of your choice: Spacious Mozart Suites with a walk-out balcony, stateroom cabins on Mozart and Strauss Decks with drop-down Panorama Retractable Windows offering a wide-open view (except Amadeus Brilliant)
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe 
  • Choice of bed configuration in all categories (double or twin bedding)
  • Bottled water in every stateroom 

Gourmet Dining

  • Gourmet dining featuring breakfast, multi-course lunches and dinners with menu choices (including vegetarian options), afternoon tea and late-night snack
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner onboard  
  • Coffee and tea available 24 hours a day in the Amadeus Club
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner

An Array of Amenities

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Onboard fitness center open 24 hours a day
  • Massage services and hair salon
  • All gratuities on board are included in your cruise fare

Voyage of Discovery

  • Personalized service of an experienced, multilingual AMADEUS Cruise Director 
  • AMADEUS digital audio system for all guided excursions 
  • Variety of enriching onboard programs, including fascinating lectures, cooking demonstrations, local cultural performances, and music by our onboard musicians 
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles for independent exploration 
  • Onboard fitness center open 24 hours a day
  • All port taxes, embarkation, disembarkation and lock fees included in your cruise fare 

Excursions and excursion packages

Cruise your way and choose from a carefully curated selection of immersive and inspiring excursions and adventures! Select one of our packages offered at a discounted rate when purchased in advance or book individual shore excursions at regular rates on board your cruise.

Unlimited Excursion Package | for only $ 257.00 per person

Enjoy the flexibility to choose any shore excursion of the ones listed below for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.

When booking our new ALL-IN excursion package prior to departure we offer you maximum flexibility at a great value. Create your personalized shore excursion program by choosing your favorite tours from our list of exciting options in each port.

Introductory Excursion Package | for only $ 150.00 per person

Enjoy a package of 5 pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance:

  • Cochem walking tour with visit to the Reichsburg
  • City walk Saarburg
  • Fortress city of Saarlouis and chocolate tasting
  • City tour Trier
  • Koblenz walking tour

Additional shore excursions can be purchased onboard at the below rate.

Cruise Cologne - Cologne Unit Price
Cochem walking tour with visit to the Reichsburg $ 44.00
  OR Excursion to Eltz Castle $ 68.00
City tour Bernkastel with wine tasting $ 45.00
  OR Hike to the Landshut castle ruins $ 24.00
City walk Saarburg $ 24.00
  OR Visit to the ancient Mabilon Bell Foundry $ 25.00
Fortress city of Saarlouis and chocolate tasting $ 34.00
  OR Excursion to Saarbrücken $ 44.00
City tour Grevenmacher - Metropolis of the Luxembourg Moselle $ 44.00
  OR Excursion to Luxembourg $ 53.00
City tour Trier $ 51.00
Koblenz walking tour $ 24.00
  OR Visit to the fortress Ehrenbreitstein $ 51.00

Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.

Additional Services

Arrival & Transfer

You're in good hands with us from the start: Let us book you a transfer from the airport or train station to the ship port and back. The following prices apply per person per transfer.

COLOGNE (GER)
Airport – Port $ 46
City Center - Port $ 36

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