14. June 2016

Majestic Rhine and Moselle Rivers

Majestic Rhine & Moselle Rivers


 Here you can watch the video of the “Rhine in Flames” fireworks taken during our 2016 tour

Readers letter about our 2016 tour, published in MMM November 2016 issue


Touring Information

Start: Aachen  /  End: Luxembourg

Tour days: 15  /  Non-Driving days: 4

Max. daily mileage: 73 miles  /  Total mileage: 391 miles  /  Calais-Aachen: 216 miles

Pets allowed

 

Highlights

  • Night tour on illuminated riverboat during “Rhine in Flames” fireworks
  • UNESCO World Heritage site: “Upper Middle Rhine Valley“
  • Rüdesheim, one of the most picturesque towns on the Rhine
  • Wine tasting and tour of a wine cellar
  • Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

The Motorhome Tour

We will start the tour in Aachen, the first UNESCO World Heritage Site on the tour. We will then drive along the Rhine visiting Cologne, Koblenz, St. Goar, Mainz and finally Rüdesheim, where we will take part in “Rhine in Flames” joining a striking fleet of illuminated riverboats to watch numerous firework displays and “burning castles”. After driving back along the other side of the Rhine valley, we will join the beautiful Moselle in Koblenz and stay in some of the most famous towns like Cochem and Bernkastel-Kues. In Trier we will stay at a vineyard and have a wine tasting and guided tour of the wine cellar followed by a 3-course dinner before travelling to Luxemburg. Here you will have the opportunity to explore the city, see the palace of the Grand Duke, or visit any of the other numerous attractions.

Map Tour Majestic Rhine and Moselle Rivers 2017


Day 1: Aachen 

In Aachen we will have a group dinner in order to get to know each other. Aachen is situated directly on the border with Belgium and the Netherlands and is Germanys most westerly city. The Aachen Cathedral was the first German building to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List

Day 2: Aachen – Cologne 

Our destination today is Cologne with it’s splendid Cathedral. From the campsite you can cycle along the Rhine or take a short boat trip to the city centre

Day 3: Cologne

Today you can go into the city for some sightseeing or shopping. Visit the cathedral, or one of Cologne’s many interesting museums, like the chocolate museum, or the Roman-Germanic museum. Don´t forget to try some of the famous Koelsch beer

Day 4: Cologne – Koblenz

Today we will move on south to Koblenz, one of the most beautiful and oldest towns in Germany where the Moselle meets the Rhine. Take the spectacular cable car up to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, one of Europe’s largest fortifications, walk through the beautiful grounds and enjoy the breath-taking views

Day 5: Koblenz – Sankt Goar

On this stretch of the tour we are entering the most beautiful part of the Rhine valley with its winding roads along the river and many castles situated on the hills in the vineyards. Stop in any of the wine villages along the route or visit one of the castles. Our campsite is situated on the Rhine opposite the “Loreley”, a slate cliff, shrouded in legend, towering above the narrowest part of the river

Day 6: Sankt Goar – Mainz 

We will continue along the Rhine and visit the historical 2000 year old city of Mainz, with its beautiful old town, Roman temple, royal palace, cathedral and Marc Chagall‘s blue stained-glass.

Day 7: Mainz – Rüdesheim

Today we will travel to Rüdesheim one of the most picturesque towns on the Rhine. Here you can spend the day exploring the vineyards, woodlands, or the banks of the Rhine, or take the cable car up to the “Niederwald Memorial” and enjoy the wonderful view of Rüdesheim and the Rhine valley. Afterwards relax with a glass of wine in one of the town´s many bars or try the famous Rüdesheimer coffee

Day 8: Rüdesheim

Today is free at your disposal. You could take a trip to the Eberbach Monastry, film location of “The Name of the Rose” starring Sean Connery and now well-known for its wines. In the evening we will join one of 50 ships on the Rhine, which form a parade for the annual “Rhine in Flames”. After a 2-course meal we will experience numerous fabulous firework displays, “burning castles”, and be part of a striking fleet of illuminated riverboats

Day 9: Rüdesheim – Cochem

Today we will drive back up the other side of the Rhine valley towards Koblenz where we will join the road along the Moselle to Cochem

Day 10: Cochem 

Here you can walk through the beautiful town with its half-timbered houses, visit Cochem Castle, the largest hill castle on the Moselle or take the chair lift for a fantastic panoramic view. Alternatively you could take a trip to the fairytale Eltz Castle that dates back to the 12th century

Day 11: Cochem – Bernkastel-Kues

Today we will continue our journey along the Moselle, passing the beautiful town of Traben-Trabach, which is always worth a stop. After arrival at the campsite you can visit the old town of Bernkastel-Kues and try some of the local wine, stroll through the vineyards or go for a bike ride along the river

Day 12: Bernkastel-Kues – Trier

Our destination today is Trier, Germany’s oldest town and home to many impressive Roman remains including the Porta Nigra, a fortified gate dating back to the 2nd century. We will be staying at a vineyard within walking distance of the town, where in the evening we will be having a wine tasting, a guided tour of the wine cellar and a 3-course dinner

Day 13: Trier – Luxemburg

Today we will take the short drive through the more open part of the Moselle valley to Luxembourg. Alternatively you can drive along the Saar river and enjoy the panoramic view of the large river loop at the Saarschleife. Our campsite in Luxembourg is ideal for walking or biking excursions, or you can take a bus to the city

Day 14: Luxemburg

You will have the full day to visit the capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The Unesco-listed Old Town is one of Europe’s most scenic capitals, thanks largely to its unusual setting, draped across the deep gorges of the Alzette and Pétrusse rivers. It’s full of weird spaces, tunnels, and surprising nooks to explore

Day 15: Departure and end of tour


 Tour Dates

Touring Season 2018

Saturday 30th June– Saturday 14th July 2018
Calais pick-up: Saturday 30th June 2018


Prices

What is included:

All services are for a motorhome with 2 people

  • Welcome Dinner
  • “Rhine in Flames” boat trip with a 2 course meal
  • Wine tasting with a guided tour of a wine cellar, followed by a 3 course dinner
  • All campsites / motorhome parks with electricity (where available)
  • Assistance of a multi-lingual motorhome guide during the whole tour
  • Travel pack containing maps, a detailed road book with directions to the campsites, suggestions for sightseeing and general advice on motorhoming in Europe
  • Secured Payment Certificate

What is included in the optional Calais pick-up service:

  • Flexible return ferry crossing from Dover
  • Pick-up by motorhome guide in Calais


Price for tour only: £1,490 

Optional Extra Calais pick-up service: £250

All prices are for a motorhome with 2 people

– Other prices upon request –

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