The Mosel River courses through the peaceful countryside of Germany, Luxembourg and France. Sailings of the Mosel -- or the Moselle, as it's known in France -- are often combined with cruises of the Rhine River. The route is lined by some of Europe's most enchanting cities, as well as grand castles, lush vineyards and picture-perfect medieval villages.
On these trips, guests visit Reichsburg Castle, which is perched on a steep hill and offers splendid views of Cochem. They travel to Zell to learn about the famed Riesling wines that are produced there, and to Bernkastel, which has a picturesque market square encircled by half-timbered homes; the city also boasts 500 years of winemaking history.
Trier, Germany's oldest city founded in 16 B.C., has a rich Roman past. Visitors can see the Porta Nigra, the fortified gate that survives from the original Roman settlement. There are a number of Gothic and Renaissance monuments here, too.
On a cruise, all the day-to-day travel details are handled for you by experienced tour directors who accompany you during the entire sailing. At each stop, sightseeing guides show you the sights and share stories of the local history and culture. Sailings are easy to budget, too, as so much is included in your price, including river-view accommodations, onboard meals and activities ashore.
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