Over the Rhine, Moselle and Saar to Saarlouis

Not many ships sail over the Saar, but it is certainly worthwhile doing so. During this wonderful trip via the romantic Rhine and the enchanting Moselle, you eventually arrive in the narrow Saarschleife. There, charming places such as Saarlouis and Saarburg will leave an unforgettable impression on you. English and Dutch passengers will be travelling on this cruise with Da Vinci, so two languages will be spoken on board.

Day 1: Arnhem - Düsseldorf

You are warmly welcome on board from 16:00. During dinner, we set sail and leave Arnhem behind us. In the evening, you can get acquainted with your fellow passengers in the lounge as we sail on to Düsseldorf, where we will arrive the following morning.

Day 2: Düsseldorf - Bonn

We will have moored in Düsseldorf even before breakfast. You have the whole morning to explore this bustling metropolis with its charming Altstadt (Old Town). In the afternoon, we continue our cruise over the Rhine. We pass Cologne and Cologne Cathedral that with its mighty towers creates an impressive skyline. We arrive in Bonn in the course of the evening.

Day 3: Bonn - Andernach

There are various monuments to see in the centre of Bonn. One such monument stands on the market square, the pastel-coloured Rathaus (Town Hall) built in Rococo style. In the vicinity of the market you will find a number of beautiful old churches. And in the house where Ludwig van Beethoven was born, now a museum, you will find the largest Beethoven collection in the world. We sail on to Andernach in the afternoon. The backdrop along the river slowly changes and the first vineyards appear on the horizon.

Day 4: Andernach - Coblenz - Cochem

Early in the morning we arrive in Coblenz, where we will moor near the Deutsches Eck in the mouth of the Moselle. Here you will find lovely walking promenades on the banks of the Rhine and Moselle. Near Coblenz, we can see the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress opposite us; it’s one of the most impressive forts along the Rhine. In the afternoon, we follow the Moselle all the way to what is probably the most famous town on this river: Cochem. Once we have arrived, the first thing you will notice is the wonderfully landscaped walking promenade. There is also a lovely old town centre with timber-framed houses, quaint shops and friendly cafes. The romantic Reichsburg (Cochem Castle) towers high above the city and defines the look of this classic under the Moselle towns.

Day 5: Cochem - Traben-Trarbach

We continue our cruise on the enchanting Moselle. From now on we will pass many locks and bridges on the Moselle and later on the Saar. It sometimes means we will have to wait to pass through a lock. Depending on the water level, we may have to lower the sundeck canopy to sail under the low bridges. After countless bends and picturesque villages, we will reach Traben-Trarbach by the end of the afternoon. Around 1900, this city was the most important centre of the wine trade in Europe after Bordeaux. This enchanting location is still known for its many wine cellars and wine farmers.

Day 6: Traben-Trarbach - Schweich

Trier, the oldest city in Germany, is on the itinerary today. After lunch the coaches will be ready for you to take you there. In this city, you can experience a bit of everything. There are many sights from the time when Trier was one of the emperor’s residences in the Western Roman Empire. The old Roman city gate Porta Nigra is definitely worth seeing. Besides all the antiquity, Trier has ample possibilities for taking a leisurely stroll to look at the shops or to relax on a pavement café.

Day 7: Schweich - Saarlouis

The Saar, the third river on our trip, makes its entrance today. The narrow Saarschleife will leave an unforgettable impression on you. There are many remnants of the past to be found in the fortified city of Saarlouis. You will find many cafes, bistros and restaurants in the car-free Altstadt (Old Town).

Day 8: Saarlouis - Saarburg

Early in the morning we set sail for Saarburg, the city of wine and bell founders. The medieval Saarburg has a romantic inner city and it’s often called the ‘Venice of Germany’ due to the small river with a waterfall in the centre of the city.

Day 9: Saarburg - Bernkastel-Keus

We can once again fully enjoy the beautiful Moselle Valley. We arrive in Bernkastel-Keus at the end of the afternoon. Here you will find narrow cobbled-streets, a lovely market, St Michael’s Fountain and a pink and white city hall in Renaissance style. Burg Landshut (Landshut Castle) towers high above the city.

Day 10: Bernkastel-Keus - Zell

Early in the morning we leave we Bernkastel-Keus behind us and set course for Zell. This capital city of the Zeller Hamm wine region is situated on the narrow part of a remarkably even bow of the Moselle. Enjoy a good glass of Zeller Schwarze Katz (Black Cat wine) in one of the wine bars. There is even a monument to the Black Cat on the market square. Or walk through the centre of Zeil with its small boutiques and lovely timber-framed houses.

Day 11: Zell - Alken - Koblenz

Before we arrive in Alken for a brief stop, we can already see Thurant Castle dominating the mountain top. In the afternoon, you have the option of taking a bus excursion (*) through the lovely area with its beautiful timber-framed houses. Once all the excursion participants are back on board, the ship sails further to Coblenz. In the evening, you have the time to take a walk through this lovely city.

Day 12: Koblenz - Cologne - Emmerich

We arrive in Cologne during lunch and you have the whole afternoon to explore this fabulous cathedral city with its many sights. Whether you visit the cathedral, take a tour of the city or visit one of the many museums, you will have no trouble filling your day. Late in the evening we continue our cruise to Emmerich where we arrive the following morning.

Day 13: Emmerich - Arnhem

This wonderful cruise must also come to an end. To conclude it in style, a wonderful Champagne brunch will be waiting for you in the course of the morning. We arrive back in Arnhem at 12:00 and we say our goodbyes.

  • Welcome cocktail
  • Several optional excursions (not included in the price)
  • Local entertainment twice
  • High Tea & High Wine
  • Live music during the entire cruise
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Champagne brunch

Rembrandt van Rijn

The impressive hall on the Promenade Deck and the adjacent areas resemble the design of a fashionable top quality or boutique hotel. Towards the front part of the ship you will be impressed by the magnificent lounge with it’s bar, spacious dance floor and the delightful Captains Corner with an open fire place. The charming restaurant on the Main Deck has large picture windows, as do all the cabins on this vessel. In the centre of the ship there is a stylish library. Under the large awning on the Sun Deck you may find a selection of fitness equipment. A sufficient number of chairs and deck chairs are at your disposal on the Sun Deck. If you want to take an exclusive river cruise on a luxurious yet hospitable ship, a cruise with the m.p.s. ‘Rembrandt van Rijn’ is highly recommended.

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