Our Magical Moselle River Cruise takes you through the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, and Belgium. Here’s a peek at our itinerary for travelers wanting to trace European history all from the comfort of a luxury cruise ship.
Suggested journey at a glance: 15 days/14 nights including a 10-night luxury river cruise along the Moselle River and post-cruise extensions in Bruges and Brussels
Like all of our suggested itineraries, the Magical Moselle River Cruise is completely customizable. Add time on land before or after your cruise on your own customized Ker & Downey journey. Our designers are at their best when crafting trips unique to you; contact us to get started planning, and read on to see one example of what’s possible on a cruise on the Moselle River.
Start your journey acquainting yourself with the city’s iconic canals while floating past 16th- and 17th-century merchant mansions, churches, and warehouses. Amsterdam has been an artistic center for centuries, which means there are plenty of museums to discover. One of the world’s most famous is the Rijksmuseum housing more than 8,000 works of art. Don’t miss Van Gogh’s masterpieces at the museum dedicated to the artist.
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Depart along the magical Moselle river across the border into Germany, where the contemporary fashion and architecture await you in Dusseldorf and the 2,000-year-old history of Koblenz are ripe for exploration and photo opportunities. A day of bike rides and wine tastings in the Mosel Wine Region around Bernkastel are followed by two full days in Trier, Germany’s oldest town and the last stop in Germany near the Luxembourg border—ideal for a half-day excursion to this tiny country. The picturesque castles and half-timbered buildings of Cochem are worth a stop, as is an entire day in Bonn, the birthplace of Beethoven and a veritable mecca of art and music. Your Moselle River Cruise concludes back in the Netherlands in Arnhem, where enlightening museums, deer-laden national parks, and grand castles are in full supply.
After disembarking in Amsterdam, extend your stay with a four-night journey through Belgium next door. Two days in Bruges promise a showcase of ancient traditions, brewery tastings, and even a day trip to the fascinating sites of Flanders Fields from World War I. The medieval cobblestone streets of Bruges are magical, as are the many canals, which are best experienced on a sunset inland cruise.
Conclude your travels in Brussels, stopping in route in Ghent to witness the Flemish city’s wonderful collision of past and present. Your time in Brussels will have a particular emphasis on history, whether on a walking tour of the city’s downtown, a pub crawl through some of the best cafes in town—many dating back to the 18th century—or during a full-day tour to Wallonia for a visit to the smallest town in the world, the 17th-century Durbuy, and to both taste and see where Belgian beers got their start at the region’s many Trappist breweries.
This is just a little snippet of our hand-crafted, history-packed Magical Moselle River Cruise itinerary. Contact a Ker & Downey designer to customize your own journey to Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Belgium. Read more about the seasonality and pricing on the Ker & Downey Difference in Western Europe. Every journey you’ll read about on our website is completely customizable. We have hundreds of itineraries designed by Ker & Downey experts, ready to be tailored just for you – get in touch to get started on your own custom journey.