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Saar & Moselle Fairytales
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.
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 at 10:00pm
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.
1:00pm - 10:00pm
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.
8:00am - 12:00pm
Arrival at 10:00pm
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 at 1:00pm
Arrival at 8:00pm
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 at 12:00pm
Arrival at 10:00pm
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 at 12:00pm
2:00pm - 6:00pm
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.
3:00pm - 10:00pm
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 at 5:00am
We reserve the right to make amendments to the timetable and program.
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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 featuring breakfast, multi-course lunches and dinners with menu choices (including vegetarian options), afternoon tea and late-night snack
- Free-flowing hand-selected wines from the best wine regions, draft beer, soda as well as coffee and tea with every lunch and dinner
- 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
- 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.
Introductory Excursion Package | for only $ 150 per person
Enjoy a package of these pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.
Additional shore excursions can be purchased onboard at the below rate.
- Cochem walking tour with visit to the Reichsburg
- City walk Saarburg
- Fortress City Saarlouis with Chocolate Tasting
- City Tour Trier
- Koblenz walking tour
Save up to $ 79 per person
Full Excursion Package | for only $ 257 per person
Pick from our selection of unforgettable shore excursions, plus enjoy a discounted rate when purchased in advance.
Book our full excursion package prior to departure for a great value. Create your personalized shore excursion program by choosing your favorite tours from our list of exciting options in each port. Please note, a discounted excursion may not be exchanged for another while during your cruise.
Cologne – Cologne
Cochem walking tour with visit to the Reichsburg
Excursion to Eltz Castle
City tour Bernkastel with wine tasting
OR Bernkastel - Hike to the Landshut castle ruins
City walk Saarburg
OR Visit to the ancient Mabilon Bell Foundry
Fortress City Saarlouis with Chocolate Tasting
OR Excursion to Saarbrücken
City Tour Grevenmacher - Metropolis of the Luxembourg Moselle
OR Excursion to Luxembourg
City Tour Trier
Koblenz walking tour
OR Visit to the fortress Ehrenbreitstein
Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.
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:
Train Station - Port $ 36
Airport - Port $ 45