Magnificent Moselle & Rhine

Magnificent Moselle & Rhine

10 DAYS FRANKFURT TO COLOGNE

Note: The itineraries presented are subject to modification due to water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise.

Day 1: Cologne (Embark)

Arrive at Cologne Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.

Day 2: Cologne, Bonn

Start your day in Cologne. Take a guided tour of the famous Cologne Cathedral or experience it like a local by visiting its Kölsch beer halls, stylish Belgian Quarter or one of the many Art Nouveau cafés. This afternoon, your ship will arrive at Ludwig van Beethoven’s birthplace of Bonn. Here, you can explore the city’s quaint Old Town, visit the German National Museum of Contemporary History or pedal along the Rhine’s breathtaking promenade.

Cologne walking discovery tour with Cologne Cathedral

As you walk through the narrow lanes of the Old Town, you’ll find it hard to believe that more than 70 percent of the city was destroyed by bombs during WWII. The famous 12 Romanesque churches were reconstructed from the rubble, and The Cathedral, Cologne’s iconic landmark, rises magnificently in the city center. Though it was badly damaged by WWII, the great UNESCO-designated cathedral retains many of its original treasures—the relics of the Magi and other sacred figures, which inspired its building in the 12th century, the 14th-century stained-glass windows that were stored safely throughout the war and the beautifully painted choir stalls—though other treasures are displayed separately. Enter the awe-inspiring nave and learn about the history of the cathedral and its art collections, especially the pieces surrounding the Shrine of the Magi.

Note: The number of visitors allowed in Cologne Cathedral is regulated by a very strict schedule of time slots. Sightseeing will be arranged around the time slots obtained. On Sundays and Catholic holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral will not be possible.

Cologne “Do as the Locals Do”

Bonn espresso walk with shuttle to Museum of German Contemporary History

"Let's Go" Rhine promenade biking

Day 3: Cochem

Perhaps one of Germany’s most colorful cities, Cochem feels just like a storybook with its dramatic castles. impressive landscapes and pastel-colored shops, restaurants and buildings lining the banks of the Moselle. Perched high above on a cliff the brilliant Cochem Castle, or Reichsburg Cochem, brings German history and culture to life and provides panoramic views of the Moselle and Cochem below. Amidst Cochem’s rolling hills, sits the community of Ediger-Eller. Enchanting in its own right, Ediger-Eller shares many of its neighboring towns German characteristics and charm. Embark on an exclusive exploration of the town where you’ll be joined by the mayor of Ediger-Eller for a tasting of scrumptious local Rieslings. Or, head to the outskirts of town and journey through some of Europe’s steepest Riesling vineyards.

Cochem: Pearl of the Moselle and magnificent Reichsburg Castle

Exclusive Ediger-Eller “Village Day” with wine tasting

“Let’s Go” steepest vineyards in Europe: Riesling Vineyard hike

Day 4: Trier, Remich

Trier is no stranger to famous landmarks, stunning cathedrals, natural beauty, UNESCO World Heritage sites and architectural treasures. See Trier’s Roman heritage and Gallic charm as you stroll to some of the city’s most notable spots. Marvel at stone Roman gate, Porta Nigra, the Karl Marx house, Imperial Baths and more. Or experience Trier’s culinary side on a journey to uncover the best regional products and local wines. Feast like a Roman and sample dishes based off of first-century Apicius recipes as you meander through lively markets.

Trier Roman panoramic walking tour

Culinary Trier "sip and savor" with sampling of Roman dishes from Apicus' recipe book

Day 5: Remich, Bernkastel

On this day, uncover Remich’s diverse history and natural landscapes at the Roman Villa Borg. The villa was reconstructed to be an authentic representation of the buildings that originally stood as part of an agricultural facility. Or discover one of Germany’s most scenic wonders, the Saar Bow, a breathtaking river loop that astonishingly cuts into the landscape. The higher you hike, the more magical the views of this breathtaking natural formation become. In the neighboring country of Luxembourg, experience a healthy dose of historical novelties with a visit to the expansive Luxembourg American War Cemetery and Memorial of General Patton, one of the heroes of World War II.

Roman Villa Borg and the Saar Bow

Luxembourg City: Best of and Must see

Day 6: Bernkastel

Bernkastel sits peacefully in the Moselle Valley and is as romantic and picture-perfect as it gets. Explore by foot its scenic streets, taverns and vineyards, and enjoy a tasting of exceptional regional Rieslings. Aside from the medieval marketplace, a must-see is the Graach Gate, the last remaining town gate of Bernkastel-Kues. Its original purpose was that of protection, hoping to ward off foreign aggression in the 1300s, but now it’s a museum of local history and a beloved landmark. If a bike is your transportation of choice, cycle along the dreamy paths of the middle Moselle.

Bernkastel village & vineyard walk with Riesling tasting

“Let’s Go” biking the scenic middle Moselle

Day 7: Boppard, Mainz

Boppard is as picture-perfect as it gets. Wander through its stone-laden streets, riverside walking paths and historic center, stopping in for wine at the half-timbered taverns serving up exceptional Riesling from grapes grown on nearby vineyards. Make your way up to arguably the best view in the entire region, Rhine Bend, by scenic chairlift ride. See the Rhine River at its most astonishing point and stroll through its vineyard-dotted hillsides before heading back down to its waterfront streets.

Boppard Rhine wine village stroll

“Let’s Go” Rhine biking or walking

Day 8: Mainz, Rüdesheim

Start your day with an array of opportunities in this colorful and medieval German city nestled on the Rhine. What was once a Roman military post, Mainz still holds on to its historical importance in a whole new age. Explore Mainz’s natural wonders with a trip to Wiesbaden’s hot springs and take a dip in the sparkling mineral waters. Wander around Mainz’s Old Town and marvel at its old-world buildings’ Gothic architecture. Mainz is marvelous. When your afternoon begins in vibrant Rüdesheim, you won’t know where to start. Journey to the extraordinary Eberbach Abbey, one of the most remarkable architectural sites in all of Germany. The former monastery sits in the acclaimed Rheingau region and has been a popular filming location movie and television. We’ll treat you to a Rheingau Riesling wine tasting within its historic walls.

Eberbach Abbey medieval monastery tour with Riesling tasting

Kloster Eberback is a former Cistercian monastery built in the Romanesque and early Gothic style, and is considered one of the most significant architectural sites in the region. In fact, some of the interior scenes of the 1986 movie The Name of the Rose—based on the best-selling novel by Umberto Eco—were filmed here. You’ll have a guided tour of the monastery followed by a tasting of locally grown Rieslings.

Back onboard, settle down on the Sun Deck and prepare to be dazzled after you leave Rüdesheim and enter the sublime landscape of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Byron described it as “a work divine, a blending of all beauties.” Turner painted it. Wagner used it as inspiration for his opera Götterdämmerung. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this scenic 40-mile (65-kilometer) stretch of the Rhine features a stunning, castle-dotted landscape that 19th-century composers, painters and poets considered the embodiment of an ideal romantic spirit, which was later dubbed “Rhine Romanticism.” Legend plays its part here too, with shipwrecks and lost lovers attributed to the Lorelei who, so the tale goes, lured all to their doom in the Rhine. Each bend and twist of the river affords new delights: Steep riverbanks are graced with sloping vineyards and picturesque towns, and hill tops are crowned by fairytale castles. Each one of those castles tells a tale: of great families raising fortresses, of warfare and ruin, and of rebuilding through the centuries. Some castles have been entirely reconstructed; others tower above the water in majestic ruin, still an inspiration for romantics.

Mainz Espresso walk to Old Town

Wiesbaden hot springs, wine, culture and old-world grandeur “City Walk”

Day 9: Frankfurt

Settle into impressive Frankfurt. The city and its business district, Mainhattan, flaunt mixed material skyscrapers that protrude from its otherwise classically German skyline. The financial and business hub is home to one of the world’s largest stock exchanges. Experience one of Germany’s most unique cities by foot or by bike, making time to sample its famed Ebblewoi, apple wine, or its schnitzel topped with green sauce. Bike through Mainhattan and past its stunning Banking District, Central European Bank District, Goethe University and captivating Museum Mile.

Frankfurt “Do as the Locals Do”

“Let’s Go” Mainhattan by bike

Day 10: Frankfurt (Disembark)

Disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Frankfurt Airport for your flight home.
Note: The itineraries presented are subject to modification due to water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise.

Day 1: Frankfurt (Embark)

Arrive at Frankfurt Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.

Day 2: Frankfurt

Settle into impressive Frankfurt. The city and its business district, Mainhattan, flaunt mixed material skyscrapers that protrude from its otherwise classically German skyline. The financial and business hub is home to one of the world’s largest stock exchanges. Experience one of Germany’s most unique cities by foot or by bike, making time to sample its famed Ebblewoi, apple wine, or its schnitzel topped with green sauce. Bike through Mainhattan and past its stunning Banking District, Central European Bank District, Goethe University and captivating Museum Mile.

Frankfurt “Do as the Locals Do”

“Let’s Go” Mainhattan by bike

Day 3: Mainz, Rüdesheim

Start your day with an array of opportunities in this colorful and medieval German city nestled on the Rhine. What was once a Roman military post, Mainz still holds on to its historical importance in a whole new age. Explore Mainz’s natural wonders with a trip to Wiesbaden’s hot springs and take a dip in the sparkling mineral waters. Wander around Mainz’s Old Town and marvel at its old-world buildings’ Gothic architecture. Mainz is marvelous. When your afternoon begins in vibrant Rüdesheim, you won’t know where to start. Journey to the extraordinary Eberbach Abbey, one of the most remarkable architectural sites in all of Germany. The former monastery sits in the acclaimed Rheingau region and has been a popular filming location movie and television. We’ll treat you to a Rheingau Riesling wine tasting within its historic walls.

Abbey Eberbach medieval monastery tour with Riesling tasting

Kloster Eberback is a former Cistercian monastery built in the Romanesque and early Gothic style, and is considered one of the most significant architectural sites in the region. In fact, some of the interior scenes of the 1986 movie The Name of the Rose—based on the best-selling novel by Umberto Eco—were filmed here. You’ll have a guided tour of the monastery followed by a tasting of locally grown Rieslings.

Back onboard, settle down on the Sun Deck and prepare to be dazzled after you leave Rüdesheim and enter the sublime landscape of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Byron described it as “a work divine, a blending of all beauties.” Turner painted it. Wagner used it as inspiration for his opera Götterdämmerung. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this scenic 40-mile (65-kilometer) stretch of the Rhine features a stunning, castle-dotted landscape that 19th-century composers, painters and poets considered the embodiment of an ideal romantic spirit, which was later dubbed “Rhine Romanticism.” Legend plays its part here too, with shipwrecks and lost lovers attributed to the Lorelei who, so the tale goes, lured all to their doom in the Rhine. Each bend and twist of the river affords new delights: Steep riverbanks are graced with sloping vineyards and picturesque towns, and hill tops are crowned by fairytale castles. Each one of those castles tells a tale: of great families raising fortresses, of warfare and ruin, and of rebuilding through the centuries. Some castles have been entirely reconstructed; others tower above the water in majestic ruin, still an inspiration for romantics.

Mainz Espresso walk to Old Town

Wiesbaden hot springs, wine, culture and old-world grandeur “City Walk”

Day 4: Rüdesheim, Boppard

Boppard is as picture-perfect as it gets. Wander through its stone-laden streets, riverside walking paths and historic center, stopping in for wine at the half-timbered taverns serving up exceptional Riesling from grapes grown on nearby vineyards. Make your way up to arguably the best view in the entire region, Rhine Bend, by scenic chairlift ride. See the Rhine River at its most astonishing point and stroll through its vineyard-dotted hillsides before heading back down to its waterfront streets.

Boppard Rhine wine village stroll

“Let’s Go” Rhine biking or walking

Day 5: Cochem

Perhaps one of Germany’s most colorful cities, Cochem feels just like a storybook with its dramatic castles. impressive landscapes and pastel-colored shops, restaurants and buildings lining the banks of the Moselle. Perched high above on a cliff the brilliant Cochem Castle, or Reichsburg Cochem, brings German history and culture to life and provides panoramic views of the Moselle and Cochem below. Amidst Cochem’s rolling hills, sits the community of Ediger-Eller. Enchanting in its own right, Ediger-Eller shares many of its neighboring towns German characteristics and charm. Embark on an exclusive exploration of the town where you’ll be joined by the mayor of Ediger-Eller for a tasting of scrumptious local Rieslings. Or, head to the outskirts of town and journey through some of Europe’s steepest Riesling vineyards.

Cochem: Pearl of the Moselle and magnificent Reichsburg Castle

Exclusive Ediger-Eller “Village Day” with wine tasting

“Let’s Go” steepest vineyards in Europe: Riesling Vineyard hike

Day 6: Trier, Remich

Trier is no stranger to famous landmarks, stunning cathedrals, natural beauty, UNESCO World Heritage sites and architectural treasures. See Trier’s Roman heritage and Gallic charm as you stroll to some of the city’s most notable spots. Marvel at stone Roman gate, Porta Nigra, the Karl Marx house, Imperial Baths and more. Or experience Trier’s culinary side on a journey to uncover the best regional products and local wines. Feast like a Roman and sample dishes based off of first-century Apicius recipes as you meander through lively markets.

Trier Roman heritage and Gallic charm panoramic and walking tour

Culinary Trier: “Sip & Savor”

Day 7: Remich, Bernkastel

On this day, uncover Remich’s diverse history and natural landscapes at the Roman Villa Borg. The villa was reconstructed to be an authentic representation of the buildings that originally stood as part of an agricultural facility. Or discover one of Germany’s most scenic wonders, the Saar Bow, a breathtaking river loop that astonishingly cuts into the landscape. The higher you hike, the more magical the views of this breathtaking natural formation become. In the neighboring country of Luxembourg, experience a healthy dose of historical novelties with a visit to the expansive Luxembourg American War Cemetery and Memorial of General Patton, one of the heroes of World War II.

Nature and Antiquity: Roman Villa, Borg, Perl and the Saar Bow

Luxembourg City: Best of and Must see

Day 8: Bernkastel

Bernkastel sits peacefully in the Moselle Valley and is as romantic and picture-perfect as it gets. Explore by foot its scenic streets, taverns and vineyards, and enjoy a tasting of exceptional regional Rieslings. Aside from the medieval marketplace, a must-see is the Graach Gate, the last remaining town gate of Bernkastel-Kues. Its original purpose was that of protection, hoping to ward off foreign aggression in the 1300s, but now it’s a museum of local history and a beloved landmark. If a bike is your transportation of choice, cycle along the dreamy paths of the middle Moselle.

Bernkastel: picture-perfect and as romantic as it gets - Village & Vineyard walk with Riesling tasting

“Let’s Go” biking the scenic middle Moselle

Day 9: Bonn, Cologne

Start your day in Ludwig van Beethoven’s birthplace of Bonn. Here, you can explore the city’s quaint Old Town, visit the German National Museum of Contemporary History or pedal along the Rhine’s breathtaking promenade. This afternoon, your ship will arrive in Cologne. Take a guided tour of the famous Cologne Cathedral or experience it like a local by visiting its Kölsch beer halls, stylish Belgian Quarter or one of the many Art Nouveau cafés.  

Bonn espresso walk with shuttle to Museum of German Contemporary History

"Let's Go" Rhine promenade biking

Cologne walking discovery tour with Cologne Cathedral

As you walk through the narrow lanes of the Old Town, you’ll find it hard to believe that more than 70 percent of the city was destroyed by bombs during WWII. The famous 12 Romanesque churches were reconstructed from the rubble, and The Cathedral, Cologne’s iconic landmark, rises magnificently in the city center. Though it was badly damaged by WWII, the great UNESCO-designated cathedral retains many of its original treasures—the relics of the Magi and other sacred figures, which inspired its building in the 12th century, the 14th-century stained-glass windows that were stored safely throughout the war and the beautifully painted choir stalls—though other treasures are displayed separately. Enter the awe-inspiring nave and learn about the history of the cathedral and its art collections, especially the pieces surrounding the Shrine of the Magi.

Note: The number of visitors allowed in Cologne Cathedral is regulated by a very strict schedule of time slots. Sightseeing will be arranged around the time slots obtained. On Sundays and Catholic holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral will not be possible.

Cologne “Do as the Locals Do”

Day 10: Cologne (Disembark)

Disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Cologne Airport for your flight home.