Moselle River Cruises

Moselle River cruises provide a captivating way to explore the enchanting regions of France, Germany, and Luxembourg. Though the Moselle Valley is largely industrial, it's also known for its beautiful scenery and in western Germany the river meanders past castles, vine-covered hillsides, and includes picturesque stops at Trier, Bernkastel, Cochem and Koblenz.

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The Moselle River

Map of the Moselle River

Where does the Moselle start & finish?

The Moselle River originates in the Vosges Mountains in northeastern France and flows northwards through Luxembourg and western Germany, where it eventually joins the Rhine River at Koblenz. The river spans approximately 545 km's (339 miles).

Do cruises travel the length of the Moselle?

While it is possible to cruise significant portions of the Moselle, most river cruises do not cover its entire length. They often focus on the most scenic and historically rich sections, particularly the German stretch between Trier and Koblenz.

The Moselle Loop

Near the German town of Bremm, the river takes a dramatic U-turn, known as the Moselle Loop. This is one of the most photographed spots along the river and offers a breathtaking panorama that's a highlight for many travellers.

Wine Country

The Moselle Valley is renowned for its Riesling wines. The steep, sun-drenched slopes along the river create ideal conditions for vineyards. Many cruises offer wine-tasting excursions, allowing you to sample some of the world's finest Rieslings directly from the source.

Trier's Ancient History

The German city of Trier, located along the Moselle, is often called "The Second Rome" due to its well-preserved Roman architecture, including the Porta Nigra, a gate dating back to 180 AD. This makes Trier a must-visit for history enthusiasts.

Castles and Ruins

The Moselle is adorned with medieval castles and ruins, such as Burg Eltz and Reichsburg Cochem. These landmarks add a fairytale quality to the landscape and are popular stops for historical and photographic excursions.

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One of our favourite sayings that describes Avalon Waterways is ‘the possibilities are as wide open as the views’. From Europe to the Galapagos and Asia,...more you can cruise in relaxed luxury with Avalon Waterways, with choices as unique as you. Avalon offers you a range of choices from excursions, dining options, activities that help you tailor your experience. Just imagine gliding away down the world’s most spectacular rivers, all while enjoying a unique vantage point from your own private oasis. Our floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows in our suites blur the line between where the world ends, and your suite begins; allowing you to experience the world less seen from the comfort of your bed. This is river cruising from a unique point of view.
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Make the most of Europe’s waterways on Travelmarvel’s three new European river ships: Polaris, Capella and Vega. Combining state-of-the-art design with...more more dining options and social spaces, the contemporary-class ships will offer a relaxed new standard of cruise. Or perhaps a river cruise on the life-giving Ganges or Mekong to get to the heart of these colourful and spiritual nations. Experience life in their small villages, whose communities have much to teach us about their local culture and customs.
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Known For:Contemporary Cruises
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A Viking river cruise is the discerning traveller’s dream. Whether you choose to visit Egypt, Asia, Europe or the Mississippi, our itineraries are designed...more to immerse you in the history and culture of each destination. With us, you could be exploring a local food market with our head chef one day and experiencing an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of a world-famous museum the next. Our state-of-the-art ships take you right into the heart of each destination, and you won’t find any kids or ‘nickel and diming’ on board. In fact, our fares include everything you need - from meals, beverages and Wi-Fi to a culturally enriching shore excursion at every port of call. This unique combination of features has become affectionately known as ‘the Viking difference’. Viking has 70 award-winning river ships sailing all over the world, and we can’t wait to welcome you on board to discover the Viking difference for yourself.
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Discover Must Do Experiences and Highlights



Nestled in a fairytale location, Cochem provides countless photo opportunities. Hike to the 12th century Reichsburg Castle for impressive views, or leisurely browse the pastel shopfronts along the banks of the Moselle.



One of Germany's oldest cities, Trier is home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Explore the Porta Nigra gate, ruins of the Imperial Baths, St Peter's Fountain and Germany's oldest Gothic church - Liebfrauenkirche.

Luxembourg City

Luxembourg City

Renowned for its UNESCO-listed fortifications, Luxembourg City is also home to the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial, the final resting place of 5,000 American Soldiers from the WWII Battle of the Bulge.



Wine-making thrives throughout the Moselle Valley with its rolling green hillsides. Why not sample the produce yourself with a local Wine Tasting during your visit to the picturesque town of Remich, the "Pearl of the Moselle".



Exuding romantic charm, take a stroll down scenic streets in Bernkastel and savor fine Rieslings from local vineyards. Explore the medieval marketplace, visit Graach Gate – history museum turned landmark - or cycle beside the Moselle.

Latest Reviews What our clients are saying about their journeys along the Moselle

Relaxing, first class experience on the Rhine   , QLD, Australia, Jun 2024
This was our second Scenic river cruise and it did not disappoint. The staff, the food and the itinerary were a high standard as usual. River cruising is a great way to experience the essence of a country as you sail right through the heart of the towns. Scenic are a very professional and experienced company and go out of their way to make you feel more special. I would recommend this trip to anyone wanting to explore the best of Germany with spectacular scenery and be spoilt by the Scenic crew.
A nice relaxing tour   , SA, Australia, May 2024
A pleasant 15 day cruise from Breisach (was supposed to be Basel, but high river levels prevented starting in Basel) to Amsterdam. Saw some lovely scenery, especially sailing the Moselle. Weather was great for walking around the various towns we docked at.
Thanks to Jemm and Hannah P who were our contacts at Global Journeys, as always they were quick more to help sort out any issues for us and quickly pass on any correspondence from Scenic.
Great cruising vessel, new and clean and modern and spacious   , WA, Australia, Dec 2023
A lovely cruise with TravelMarvel. Unfortunately the water levels were too high in parts but the Tour Director and Ship's Captain were amazing in rearrangement the itinerary at short notice to accommodate as many Christmas markets as possible. Our docking was always walking distance to the attractions. Just too much food!
Nice cruise but Scenic is not the same post COVID   , SA, Australia, Sep 2022
We have cruised with Scenic twice before (pre COVID) and they were very good. The same cannot be said for Scenic post COVID. On the positive side, the cruise is very good, particularly the Moselle. The room was good and well serviced. The ship (Scenic Jewel) is in good condition but the lounge furniture is showing signs of wear and could do with an more upgrade. The tour director was excellent and the staff were all very friendly and worked hard. Overall the cruise went off very well.

On the negative side, it is apparent that Scenic has cut the budget for food. Breakfast and lunch were OK but dinners are no longer gourmet and 5 star. Dinner is reduced to 3 courses and portion sizes are small. Bread rolls (strictly 1 per person) were the size and shape of my index finger and could barely be cut and buttered. The service was slow and confused on most nights and they appeared to be under staffed. The Chef must have got some feedback from the end of cruise reviews as he went table to table on the last night apologising for the food. A bit of a cringe moment.

As for Scenic's COVID protocols, other than having to prove that we were vaccinated when we boarded, the word COVID was never mentioned for the entire cruise. The staff do not wear masks and there is no requirement for passengers to wear masks but some did. The piano player has been sacked and replaced by an Enrichment Manager who is basically an assistant Tour Director and ran some quiz nights which were actually pretty good. Onboard evening entertainment was mostly not to our taste and we only stayed up for one. We enjoyed the cruise and the destinations we visited but many past Scenic customers were very disgruntled. Scenic has definitely lost its gloss.