The Moselle River

Flowing through France, Luxembourg and Germany the Moselle River is the serene little sister of the Rhine. On an Avalon Moselle river cruise you can meander alongside quaint villages, picturesque vineyards and historic medieval castles. This 340-mile waterway rises in the dramatic Vosges Mountains of north-eastern France before curving gracefully into Luxembourg. En route it twists through some of Germany’s prettiest wine country and finally joins the Rhine at Koblenz. Winding between steeply contoured slopes, the Moselle River valley provides the perfect conditions for wine-cultivation. High, south-facing hills and slate soils ensure that young vines capture the most nutrients from the sun. The resulting fruits – crisp, floral Riesling, Elbling and Müller-Thurgau varieties amongst them - are admired the world over. The vine-clad vistas provide a truly restful backdrop to a river cruise through France, Luxembourg and Germany.

Highlights of our Moselle river cruises

  • Trier
    • Situated in a scenic, vine-clad valley, Germany’s oldest settlement is UNESCO-protected and boasts intriguing Roman antiquities, including its fortified Porta Nigra gate and a fine bathhouse.
  • Bernkastel
    • Timber-framed buildings crowd around a cobbled marketplace. Many cruises offer wine-tastings here, so you can sample the region’s much-loved Bernkastel Doktor variety in particular.
  • Cochem
    • The hilltop Reichsburg Castle signals the approach to the town, comprising a jumble of cobblestoned streets and half-timbered townhouses.
  • Koblenz
    • This 2,000-year-old spot mixes charming paved squares with flower markets and medieval churches, all perfect for relaxed exploring

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Moselle River cruises

Canals, Vineyards & Castles - Remich to Amsterdam

from £2,673 per person

  • 8 days
  • Price based on 10 Oct 19
  • 5 dates available

Board your Avalon Suite Ship in Remich on the beautiful Moselle River. An excursion to historical Luxembourg City offers unique and dramatic views, as the town is set on two levels—high above on straddling hills and dropping into two river valleys. Enjoy a guided walk in the charming wine village of Bernkastel and taste some of the region’s best wines. Continue on the Moselle River to the picturesque town of Cochem where the Riesling grape is cultivated. Visit Reichsburg Castle, nestled among vineyards and offering breathtaking views of the town and river valley below. Sail into the Rhine River to the quintessential Rhine valley town of Rüdesheim. Here visit the amazing Mechanical Musical Instruments Museum, and enjoy a stroll through the town’s famous cobblestone Drosselgasse lined with shops, restaurants, and lively taverns. You’ll sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Your last stop in Germany is Cologne, a 2,000-year-old city known for its gothic architecture. On a guided walk, see the famous twin-spired cathedral and explore the cobblestone streets of the Old City. Before this fabulous European river cruise concludes, you’ll visit Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city from a unique perspective—on a canal cruise along the elegant Grachten. Experience spectacular scenery and discover legendary cultures along your Moselle and Rhine river cruise vacation.

Canals, Vineyards & Castles - Amsterdam to Remich

from £2,696 per person

  • 8 days
  • Price based on 02 May 19
  • 5 dates available

Start this magnificent European river cruise vacation in Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city from a unique perspective—on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten. Then, begin your scenic cruise along the Rhine River and come to Cologne, Germany—a 2,000 year-old city known for its gothic architecture. On a guided city walk, see the famous twin-spired cathedral and explore the cobblestone streets of the Old City. You’ll sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. In the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, enjoy a stroll through its famous cobblestone Drosselgasse lined with shops, restaurants, and lively taverns. Along the Moselle River, you’ll stop at the picturesque town of Cochem where the Riesling grape is cultivated. Visit Reichsburg Castle, nestled among vineyards and offering breathtaking views of the town and river valley below. In Bernkastel, enjoy a guided walk and taste some of the region’s best-loved wines. Go on an excursion to historical Luxembourg City, offering unique and dramatic views as it is set on two levels—high above on straddling hills and dropping into two river valleys.

The Rhine & Moselle - Amsterdam to Basel

from £2,935 per person

  • 12 days
  • Price based on 25 Oct 19
  • 6 dates available

Your river cruise holiday starts in marvelous Amsterdam where there is much to see! Discover the treasures of this popular, historic city on a canal cruise which takes you through the elegant Grachten lined with stately homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.”Explore the magnificent city of Cologne, Germany, which straddles both sides of the Rhine River. Visit Koblenz, strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, before coming to the charming wine village of Bernkastel with its half-timbered houses from the Middle Ages still standing! Here, you’ll go on a guided walk through the delightful marketplace and see the renaissance-era Town Hall and taste some of the famed Moselle wines! Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, considered the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River, and see ancient castles standing majestically on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Visit the charming Rhine Valley wine town of Rüdesheim, then visit the ruins of Heidelberg’s castle, towering magnificently over the city. Continue your stunning European river cruise to Strasbourg, France, where a local expert will show you the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Also, stroll through the lovely La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. At the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border sits Breisach—known to be the gateway to Germany’s famous Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty. Disembark on this exciting river cruise in Basel, Switzerland.Beauty, new discoveries, and delightful surprises are plentiful on your European river cruise on the Rhine and Moselle Rivers!

The Rhine & Moselle - Basel to Amsterdam

from £4,218 per person

  • 12 days
  • Price based on 11 Jun 19
  • 5 dates available

Embark on this exciting river cruise in Basel, Switzerland, and explore everything the Moselle and Rhine Rivers have to offer as you stop at interesting and unique cities in France and Germany—and end in lively Amsterdam, Holland.At the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border sits Breisach—known to be the gateway to Germany’s famous Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty. Continue your river cruise to Strasbourg, France, where a local expert will show you the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg’s castle, towering magnificently over the city, then head for the charming Rhine Valley wine town of Rüdesheim. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, considered the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River, and see ancient castles standing majestically on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Visit Koblenz, strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, before coming to the charming wine village of Bernkastel! Here, you’ll go on a guided walk and taste some of the famed Moselle wines! Visit a medieval castle, then sail back into the Rhine and explore the magnificent city of Cologne, Germany, which straddles both sides of the Rhine River.Your river cruise vacation ends in marvelous Amsterdam where there is much to see! Discover the treasures of this popular, historic city on a canal cruise which takes you through the elegant Grachten lined with stately homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” Don’t miss your chance to discover the treasures you’ll cherish along the Rhine and Moselle Rivers!