Moselle River cruises travel from Trier to Koblenz in Germany where the Rhine and Moselle Rivers meet. If your trip keeps you on the Rhine River, you’ll travel in a southeasterly direction toward Basel or Zurich, Switzerland.
If your cruise departs from the Moselle, you will probably embark in Trier, Germany or Remich, Luxembourg. Some itineraries offer a few days touring Paris before the river cruise begins.
Your trip could also begin in either Basel or the Amsterdam if you board your cruise ship on the Rhine River first.
Either way you’ll travel along the Rhine until it meets the Moselle River in Koblenz, Germany. The itinerary might be for just these two rivers or could also include the Main and/or Danube.
The starting point for your Moselle River cruise could also be in Eastern Europe if the Danube River is part of your cruise. Embarkation will most likely be in Budapest, Hungary or Vienna, Austria.
Travelling to the west, your trip will take you from Eastern Europe to the Main River in Bamberg, Germany after crossing the Main-Danube Canal.
The Rhine and Main rivers meet In Mainz, Germany, and the Rhine and Moselle meet in Koblenz where you’ll start your journey on the Moselle River.
Trier Cathedral in Trier, Germany
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The origin of the Moselle River is in the Vosges Mountains in eastern France. The river is 339 miles long - flowing through the Lorraine region of France, which borders Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany.
A Moselle River cruise provides a very scenic journey along the Moselle Valley with its many castles and beautiful landscape. It’s famous for its vineyards and the wine that’s produced in the region.
Moselle River in Cochem, Germany
The Moselle River flows through France, Luxembourg and Germany. A river cruise on the Moselle will typically not venture any further south than Germany. Stops will most likely be in these German cities - Trier, Bernkastel-Kues, Cochem and Koblenz.
Some UNESCO World Heritage Sites that could be in your itinerary:
Trier, Germany – Roman Structures & Churches
Koblenz, Germany – Upper Middle Rhine Valley
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