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Dusseldorf - Coblenz - Traben Trarbach - Bernkastel - Trier / Riol - Cochem - Rudesheim - Bonn - Bonn - Cologne - Cologne - Dusseldorf
  • 7 Nights
  • VIVA All-Inclusive
  • June - September 2021
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Dusseldorf - Trier - Dusseldorf

Winding alleys, flowering oleander and over 1,600 hours of sunshine a year: if you set out on a journey towards the Moselle Valley, you'll think you've already reached Italy. In Cochem, toast the sunny views that now also await you downstream in the Rhenish regions: here you can taste traditional vintner's art from Rudesheim, stroll through the old town of Bonn or discover the numerous contrasts of Cologne - amore mio!

day 127.11.2021
  • Düsseldorf
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    16:30
    Düsseldorf, the capital and second-largest city of North Rhine-Westphalia, is a mix of old and new Germany. The Altstadt, or Old Town, is centrally located behind the Rhine Embankment Promenade and has been dubbed “the longest bar in the world” due to the estimated 300 bars and discos in the area. Shopping aficionados will be more than pleased with the variety of shops and interesting boutiques on Königsallee and Schadowstraße while fans of history and culture will not want to miss visiting St. Lambertus Church, the Rathaus (Town Hall) or the 13th century Schlossturm (Castle Tower) which houses the nautical museum. Those with more time on their hands may also consider short trips to visit the Baroque-style 18th century mansion of Schloss Benrath or the 12th century ruins of Kaiserpfalz in the picturesque town of Kaiserswerth.

    Excursions Düsseldorf

    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 227.11.2021
  • Coblenz
    07:00
    13:00

    The German city of Koblenz enjoys a fabulous geographical setting. It lies at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers (what a treat for riverboat cruise trips) and the convergence of three low mountain ranges, the Westerwald, Hunsrück, and the Eifel (great photo opportunities). It is a popular destination for exploring the romantic Rhine Valley. It is a rather unimposing town mostly visited because of its strategic position but it is welcoming and pleasant with a good range of bars and restaurants in a pedestrianised centre.

    There are some interesting attractions, a major one being the Deutsches Eck, a park with a huge statue of Kaiser Wilhelm who base provides a great position to view the point where the Rhine and Moselle meet. The best time to visit Koblenz is in August during the festival Rhein in Flammen (Rhine in Flames) when there is a splendid fireworks display.

    Excursions Coblenz

    Coblenz: Sweet Coblenz

    Get to know Koblenz from its sweet side:
    Explore this interesting two-river city with your tour guide on a foray directly from the ship. Conquer the Kaiser Wilhelm Monument at Deutsches Eck, where Mother Moselle meets Father Rhine. Discover romantic alleys in the lovingly rebuilt old town and curious landmarks, such as the Eye Roller and the Schängel Fountain. Learn interesting history and stories about the city and personalities from your city guide. But Koblenz also has its unique selling point in culinary terms: experience how indescribably delicious Koblenz can taste.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 2 h
    • walking
    • per person: 19 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 227.11.2021
  • Alken
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    The municipality of Alken with 650 inhabitants is located not far from Koblenz on the right lower course of the Moselle. The village extends at the foot of an impressive terraced landscape for just under a kilometre along the riverbank. The terraces of Alken are typical of the local wine-growing traditions and can be explored on marked hiking trails. Visitors to the Alken terraces are well advised to try the local wines made from grape varieties such as Riesling or Kerner at the producer's premises in one of the traditional Straußwirtschaften. Or take a stroll through the town centre, which is characterised by historical sights such as the Fallertor. The main attraction of this charming Moselle village is the ruins of Thurant Castle, which towers above Alken on a mountain spur. The observation tower of this partially rebuilt medieval double castle offers a spectacular panoramic view over the Moselle and Eifel.

    Excursions Alken

    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 327.11.2021
  • Alken
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    01:00

    The municipality of Alken with 650 inhabitants is located not far from Koblenz on the right lower course of the Moselle. The village extends at the foot of an impressive terraced landscape for just under a kilometre along the riverbank. The terraces of Alken are typical of the local wine-growing traditions and can be explored on marked hiking trails. Visitors to the Alken terraces are well advised to try the local wines made from grape varieties such as Riesling or Kerner at the producer's premises in one of the traditional Straußwirtschaften. Or take a stroll through the town centre, which is characterised by historical sights such as the Fallertor. The main attraction of this charming Moselle village is the ruins of Thurant Castle, which towers above Alken on a mountain spur. The observation tower of this partially rebuilt medieval double castle offers a spectacular panoramic view over the Moselle and Eifel.

    Excursions Alken

    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 327.11.2021
  • Bernkastel
    15:00
    21:00

    Situated in the Moselle Valley of Germany, Bernkastel is a small town that is famous for its Renaissance Town Hall established in 1608, the Graach Gate, and cultivating and harvesting grapes used to create some of the finest wine in Europe. With a population of approximately 1,087 people, the town strives off of the wine-growing industry. Although the town has undergone some renovations to make it modernized, you can still find sturdy, pointed timber-frame buildings dating back to the 17th century in its medieval marketplace.

    Festivals and celebrations such as the Wine Festival of the Middle Moselle, International Rowing Regatta on the Moselle, annual horse shows, along with street fairs and Christmas markets bring to life unique cultural traditions. The town once had two railway stations that have since been dismantled and converted to cycling trails, limiting the town's main source of transportation to automobiles, bikes, and water vehicles. Bernkastel is also the birthplace of Nikolaus von Kues, a famous German philosopher and mathematician.

    Excursions Bernkastel

    Bernkastel: Bulli tour through the vineyards of Zeltingen

    Velvety, sweet or complex? Discover the wonderful wines of the Moselle and let yourself be chauffeured through the sea of vines in a lovingly restored VW van! During the tour through the sun-drenched slopes, you will be immersed in the cultural landscape of the Moselle, learn everything about the cultivated varieties from your knowledgeable driver and can look forward to a wine tasting at each new vineyard. Enjoy the unique view over the river day with every drop!


    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.

    • Duration: 2 h
    • Bulli-Tour - walking
    • per person: 54 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 427.11.2021
  • Trier / Riol
    03:30
    17:00
    Trier is the oldest city in Germany, nestling in the west on the banks of the Moselle. The city has been inhabited since Roman times, and some huge remains are still standing, including the stunning Porta Nigra gate. With multiple UNESCO World Heritage sites, Trier offers much more for the visitor, ranging from other Roman remains such as the imperial throne room to the oldest Gothic church in Germany. Karl Marx was born here, and there's a museum in the Baroque-style house where he grew up. The city offers lovely waterfront views, and it's also the home of some of the country's best wines with which you can accompany the tasty local cuisine. The city's lively university gives the place a youthful, energetic vibe that continues after dark.

    Excursions Trier / Riol

    Trier: The secrets of Porta Nigra

    The Porta Nigra gate dates back to a time (around 180 AD) when the Romans often constructed public buildings from huge blocks of stone (here the largest weigh up to six tons). Here a Roman centurion will show you the secrets of the Porta Nigra. The centurion - in the splendour of his parade armament - takes us back to a time when Rome ruled the world - and the emperor in Trier decided the fate of the empire.
    Suddenly the audience stands in the middle of this eventful time - and not just as passive observers! In his exciting, entertaining and humorous way the Centurio takes us on an eventful journey through time. He snatches the many different secrets from the walls of the Porta Nigra: priceless and enigmatic, delightful and desolate. Suddenly all the people come to life who have entered and left through this gate: Emperors and warriors, bishops and barbarians, living bricklayers and devilish demons. And little by little the suspicion arises that not only the Porta Nigra holds a great surprising secret - the centurion too ...

    You will be thrilled by this eventful journey through the centuries: sometimes haunting, often entertaining - and always exciting.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 3 h
    • walking
    • per person: 28 €
    Trier: On the traces of the Romans

    You might think that the Roman Empire and antiquity are long gone? That may be true, but in Trier you still meet real Romans from time to time. They still know the city as "Augusta Treverorum", lived under the reign of Constantine and helped to create and build the famous buildings such as the basilica, the cathedral or the imperial thermal baths. Who could tell us the stories more authentically and with more enthusiasm than these very Romans? Let your Roman guide take you back to the Roman Empire and revive the times in your mind's eye while you visit the most important buildings in Trier. You will be surprised how much ancient Rome still appears in our everyday lives.

    Due to Covid-19, guided tours of the Porta Nigra are unfortunately not available for groups at present. You are welcome to do the tour yourself afterwards.


    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.

    • Duration: 1,5 h
    • walking
    • per person: 19 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 527.11.2021
  • Cochem
    09:30
    17:00

    The fairytale appearance of the city of Cochem located in German is one of the most beautiful cities in the country. It lies on the banks of the Moselle and has been inhabited since the early Romans. The surrounding valleys and hills are home to many beautiful vineyards, the majority of which offer extensive tastings and tours. In mid-June, the city offers a week of wine tasting with more than three hundred different wines.

    Cochem has existed for almost a thousand years. It was founded by King Conrad III in 1130 and twenty-one years later it was occupied. The king declared it a grand castle. Louis XIV's troops attacked the castle in 1688. Today the castle is a great example of an impressive medieval fortress and a must-see. The city, with its picturesque landscape and cobblestone streets, is ideal for cycling. Many bike rental locations are available all through the city.

    Excursions Cochem

    Cochem: Reichsburg & city tour

    A minibus will take you up the castle hill to the majestic Reichsburg Cochem, which towers over the town. In an entertaining and interesting guided tour, the castle guide will tell you about the exciting history of the castle from the 11th and 19th centuries. Afterwards, you will drive down to the town of Cochem, romantically situated on the Moselle. On a guided tour of the town you will get to know the historic old town of Cochem with its pretty market square, the town hall and the preserved parts of the fortifications such as the Endert gate. It will be amusing when your guide tells you one of the "Cochemer Stückelchen", a small humorous story about the citizens of Cochem, told with a lot of wit and a wink. Afterwards you walk along the Moselle back to the ship.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 2 h
    • Transfer - walking
    • per person: 31 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 627.11.2021
  • Rüdesheim
    07:00
    14:00
    This beautiful city is part of the Rhine Gorge UNESCO World Heritage Site situated alongside the River Rhine in Germany. There have been vineyards on the steep slopes of Rüdesheim since the first century when the Romans occupied the site. There are several ancient castles within the confines of the city including the ruined Burg Ehrehfels and the atmospheric twelfth century fortress, the Boosenburg which often hosts many popular live concerts. The stone castle of Brömserburg which dates back to the tenth century is the location of a museum dedicated to wine. Near the city's Market Square is the beautiful church of St. Jakobus which was largely constructed in the early fourteenth century. It is now a venue for the Rheingau Musik Festival of classical and choral music. The city hosts many other festivals including a summertime firework display, a wine festival and a Christmas market.

    Excursions Rüdesheim

    Rüdesheim: Flying over the Rheingau

    Together with your guide, set off on foot through the lively and winding old town of Rüdesheim. In the world-famous "Drosselgasse", which was already a popular destination in the second half of the 19th century, it feels as if time has stood still. Several half-timbered wine taverns with a rustic atmosphere are lined up here. The tour continues with a ride in the "Rüdesheim cable car", which was opened in 1954. This replaced the cogwheel railway, which was destroyed in the Second World War and carried the first tourists as early as 1884. Float above the vineyards of the Rheingau and enjoy unique views. Once you have reached the top, you will visit the historic "Niederwald Monument" and from the "Niederwald Temple" you can let your gaze wander over the Rhine Valley and the vineyards before your guide accompanies you back to the ship with entertaining anecdotes and interesting facts.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 2 h
    • walking
    • per person: 24 €
    Rüdesheim: On the trail of the Rüdesheim vintners

    A guided tour through the bustling and winding old town of Rüdesheim is the start of an epicurean tour. In the world-famous "Drosselgasse", which was already a popular destination in the second half of the 19th century, it feels as if time has stood still. Several half-timbered wine taverns with a rustic atmosphere are lined up here. Rüdesheim is best known for its Riesling and Spätburgunder wines. In good weather, a 30-minute walk into the vineyards also awaits you. Tradition meets the young generation. In our Viva Mission we also introduce young winegrowers and so you will be treated to a variety of wines from the Rheingau by the expert. The tasting will be done with a lot of expertise and above all a lot of humour for the social part of the tour. What could be better than a glass of wine with a view of the Rhine and the vineyards? But judge for yourself.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 2,5 h
    • walking
    • per person: 32 €
    Rüdesheim: Rüdesheim coffee for connoisseurs

    Together with your guide, set off on foot through the lively and winding old town of Rüdesheim. In the world-famous "Drosselgasse", which was already a popular destination in the second half of the 19th century, it feels as if time has stood still. Several half-timbered wine taverns with a rustic atmosphere are lined up here. Now you are invited to try the local speciality, Rüdesheim coffee. Find out what ingredients go into this hot drink, which warms us twice over. Afterwards, your tour guide will accompany you back to the ship in a relaxed manner.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 2,5 h
    • walking
    • per person: 29 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 627.11.2021
  • Bonn
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    Prior to German reunification, the city of Bonn was the capital of the Federal State of West Germany. The city is located on the River Rhine within the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

    Of interest to visitors is the Beethoven House. The museum is dedicated to the life and works of the world famous classical music composer, Ludwig Van Beethoven. A major landmark within the city is the Roman Catholic cathedral known as Bonn Minster. The structure of this building was developed during the period between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries. The Market Square is a magnet for architecture fans who love to marvel at the Rococo buildings. The old City Hall is found in this area and is a popular venue for tourists. The city's University is home to the Poppelsdorf Palace. This 18th century building houses natural science artefacts and is close to the city's botanical gardens

    Excursions Bonn

    Bonn: Explore the City of Beethoven's!

    Join us on an exciting walk through Bonn's historic old town, past the former Elector's Palace of the Archbishop of Cologne, now the Friedrich-Wilhelms University of Bonn. Be impressed by the magnificent old buildings along Poppelsdorfer Allee, the most beautiful street in Bonn. Come and learn even more about the sweet and world-famous Bonn Gold Bears. We reach the heart of the old town at the Markt, one of the most beautiful squares in the old town. With a view of the baroque Bonn Town Hall, you will hear interesting stories from the time when Bonn was the capital of the BDR. Listen intently as our city guides tell exciting stories about the city's most famous son, Ludwig van Beethoven, and lead you to his birthplace.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 2 h
    • walking
    • per person: 18 €
    Bonn: Panorama drive through the Siebengebirge with Königswinter & Bonn

    Experience the highlights and stone witnesses of a 2,000-year-old city between its eventful history and good prospects for the future in the comfort of a tour in a comfortable coach. The spectrum ranges from Roman times to the splendid Baroque period of the Electors to the capital era of the Bonn Republic. Admire sights such as the Poppelsdorf Palace, the avenue of the same name, the renowned university, the museum mile but also the affluent district of Bad Godesberg with its villas.
    Nestled between the nature parks Kottenforst and Ville on the left bank of the Rhine and Ennert and Siebengebirge on the right bank, Bonn enjoys an extremely attractive and privileged location. The city lies at the gateway to the Romantic Rhine Valley, which begins directly south of Bonn. The tour starts in Bonn and leads to the nearby, legendary Siebengebirge, Germany's oldest nature park.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 3 h
    • Bus - Walking
    • per person: 39 €
    Bonn: Bonn & Draitsch Fountain in Bad Godesberg

    The Draitsch fountain with its healing water from the Draitsch and Kurfürsten springs is run with heart and soul by Helmut and Evi Fehl in Bad Godesberg. The spring water contains hydrogen carbonate, which has an acid-neutralizing effect and thus binds stomach acid. This reduces heartburn, which is why the spring water is also known as healing water. The amount of hydrogen carbonate in the Draitsch spring is 2,400 mg, which is very high. The healing water comes from underground water deposits protected from contamination and must be bottled directly at the source. The healing water not only reduces heartburn, but also activates the body's own forces and strengthens the metabolism and organ functions. Look forward to an excursion that is good for body and soul!

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 3,5 h
    • Bus - Walking
    • per person: 42 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 727.11.2021
  • Bonn
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    13:00

    Prior to German reunification, the city of Bonn was the capital of the Federal State of West Germany. The city is located on the River Rhine within the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

    Of interest to visitors is the Beethoven House. The museum is dedicated to the life and works of the world famous classical music composer, Ludwig Van Beethoven. A major landmark within the city is the Roman Catholic cathedral known as Bonn Minster. The structure of this building was developed during the period between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries. The Market Square is a magnet for architecture fans who love to marvel at the Rococo buildings. The old City Hall is found in this area and is a popular venue for tourists. The city's University is home to the Poppelsdorf Palace. This 18th century building houses natural science artefacts and is close to the city's botanical gardens

    Excursions Bonn

    Bonn: Explore the City of Beethoven's!

    Join us on an exciting walk through Bonn's historic old town, past the former Elector's Palace of the Archbishop of Cologne, now the Friedrich-Wilhelms University of Bonn. Be impressed by the magnificent old buildings along Poppelsdorfer Allee, the most beautiful street in Bonn. Come and learn even more about the sweet and world-famous Bonn Gold Bears. We reach the heart of the old town at the Markt, one of the most beautiful squares in the old town. With a view of the baroque Bonn Town Hall, you will hear interesting stories from the time when Bonn was the capital of the BDR. Listen intently as our city guides tell exciting stories about the city's most famous son, Ludwig van Beethoven, and lead you to his birthplace.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 2 h
    • walking
    • per person: 18 €
    Bonn: Panorama drive through the Siebengebirge with Königswinter & Bonn

    Experience the highlights and stone witnesses of a 2,000-year-old city between its eventful history and good prospects for the future in the comfort of a tour in a comfortable coach. The spectrum ranges from Roman times to the splendid Baroque period of the Electors to the capital era of the Bonn Republic. Admire sights such as the Poppelsdorf Palace, the avenue of the same name, the renowned university, the museum mile but also the affluent district of Bad Godesberg with its villas.
    Nestled between the nature parks Kottenforst and Ville on the left bank of the Rhine and Ennert and Siebengebirge on the right bank, Bonn enjoys an extremely attractive and privileged location. The city lies at the gateway to the Romantic Rhine Valley, which begins directly south of Bonn. The tour starts in Bonn and leads to the nearby, legendary Siebengebirge, Germany's oldest nature park.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 3 h
    • Bus - Walking
    • per person: 39 €
    Bonn: Bonn & Draitsch Fountain in Bad Godesberg

    The Draitsch fountain with its healing water from the Draitsch and Kurfürsten springs is run with heart and soul by Helmut and Evi Fehl in Bad Godesberg. The spring water contains hydrogen carbonate, which has an acid-neutralizing effect and thus binds stomach acid. This reduces heartburn, which is why the spring water is also known as healing water. The amount of hydrogen carbonate in the Draitsch spring is 2,400 mg, which is very high. The healing water comes from underground water deposits protected from contamination and must be bottled directly at the source. The healing water not only reduces heartburn, but also activates the body's own forces and strengthens the metabolism and organ functions. Look forward to an excursion that is good for body and soul!

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 3,5 h
    • Bus - Walking
    • per person: 42 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 727.11.2021
  • Cologne
    14:30
    23:00

    Cologne is a Gothic masterpiece, anchored by its world-famous cathedral whose twin spires dominate the city skyline. Founded by the Romans in 38 BC, it grew as an important trading town to become the fourth largest city in Germany. A popular stopping off point on Rhine river cruises, the city is a charm to walk round to explore antique streets full of interesting architecture which besides the cathedral includes a number of splendid churches and medieval buildings (such as City Hall which dating from the 12th century is the oldest in Germany).

    Modern day Cologne has a liberal joie de vivre with an appreciation for culture from both ends of the spectrum. Visitors can enjoy the avant-garde and postmodern alongside the antique splendour and enjoy diverse pursuits from a visit to a chocolate museum to a lively night out on the tiles in the beer halls of the Altstadt district.

    Excursions Cologne

    Cologne: Belgian Quarter

    Luxury and classy galleries meet hipsters and street art. Experience the Belgian Quarter, one of the most popular and expensive residential areas in Cologne. The contribution of several international artists makes it the most creative neighbourhood in Cologne. The neighbourhood is covered with art ranging from small stickers to multi-storey murals.
    On the other hand, discovering the luxurious identity of the neighbourhood means learning history about Cologne's diversity from the past to the present at the same time.
    Learn where the name for the quarter comes from. Walk past the old building facades with their charm from days gone by and a wide variety of architectural styles. After a refreshment in one of the many traditional breweries around Cologne, continue on to the cathedral. Lots of interesting information about this internationally renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site is the rounding finale of the tour before heading back to the ship.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.

    • Duration: 2 h
    • walking - Tram
    • per person: 29 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 827.11.2021
  • Düsseldorf
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    Düsseldorf, the capital and second-largest city of North Rhine-Westphalia, is a mix of old and new Germany. The Altstadt, or Old Town, is centrally located behind the Rhine Embankment Promenade and has been dubbed “the longest bar in the world” due to the estimated 300 bars and discos in the area. Shopping aficionados will be more than pleased with the variety of shops and interesting boutiques on Königsallee and Schadowstraße while fans of history and culture will not want to miss visiting St. Lambertus Church, the Rathaus (Town Hall) or the 13th century Schlossturm (Castle Tower) which houses the nautical museum. Those with more time on their hands may also consider short trips to visit the Baroque-style 18th century mansion of Schloss Benrath or the 12th century ruins of Kaiserpfalz in the picturesque town of Kaiserswerth.

    Excursions Düsseldorf

    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.

City overview

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Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf, the capital and second-largest city of North Rhine-Westphalia, is a mix of old and new Germany. The Altstadt, or Old Town, is centrally located behind the Rhine Embankment Promenade and has been dubbed “the longest bar in the world” due to the estimated 300 bars and discos in the area. Shopping aficionados will be more than pleased with the variety of shops and interesting boutiques on Königsallee and Schadowstraße while fans of history and culture will not want to miss visiting St. Lambertus Church, the Rathaus (Town Hall) or the 13th century Schlossturm (Castle Tower) which houses the nautical museum. Those with more time on their hands may also consider short trips to visit the Baroque-style 18th century mansion of Schloss Benrath or the 12th century ruins of Kaiserpfalz in the picturesque town of Kaiserswerth.

Coblenz

The German city of Koblenz enjoys a fabulous geographical setting. It lies at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers (what a treat for riverboat cruise trips) and the convergence of three low mountain ranges, the Westerwald, Hunsrück, and the Eifel (great photo opportunities). It is a popular destination for exploring the romantic Rhine Valley. It is a rather unimposing town mostly visited because of its strategic position but it is welcoming and pleasant with a good range of bars and restaurants in a pedestrianised centre.

There are some interesting attractions, a major one being the Deutsches Eck, a park with a huge statue of Kaiser Wilhelm who base provides a great position to view the point where the Rhine and Moselle meet. The best time to visit Koblenz is in August during the festival Rhein in Flammen (Rhine in Flames) when there is a splendid fireworks display.

Alken

The municipality of Alken with 650 inhabitants is located not far from Koblenz on the right lower course of the Moselle. The village extends at the foot of an impressive terraced landscape for just under a kilometre along the riverbank. The terraces of Alken are typical of the local wine-growing traditions and can be explored on marked hiking trails. Visitors to the Alken terraces are well advised to try the local wines made from grape varieties such as Riesling or Kerner at the producer's premises in one of the traditional Straußwirtschaften. Or take a stroll through the town centre, which is characterised by historical sights such as the Fallertor. The main attraction of this charming Moselle village is the ruins of Thurant Castle, which towers above Alken on a mountain spur. The observation tower of this partially rebuilt medieval double castle offers a spectacular panoramic view over the Moselle and Eifel.

Bernkastel

Situated in the Moselle Valley of Germany, Bernkastel is a small town that is famous for its Renaissance Town Hall established in 1608, the Graach Gate, and cultivating and harvesting grapes used to create some of the finest wine in Europe. With a population of approximately 1,087 people, the town strives off of the wine-growing industry. Although the town has undergone some renovations to make it modernized, you can still find sturdy, pointed timber-frame buildings dating back to the 17th century in its medieval marketplace.

Festivals and celebrations such as the Wine Festival of the Middle Moselle, International Rowing Regatta on the Moselle, annual horse shows, along with street fairs and Christmas markets bring to life unique cultural traditions. The town once had two railway stations that have since been dismantled and converted to cycling trails, limiting the town's main source of transportation to automobiles, bikes, and water vehicles. Bernkastel is also the birthplace of Nikolaus von Kues, a famous German philosopher and mathematician.

Trier

Trier is the oldest city in Germany, nestling in the west on the banks of the Moselle. The city has been inhabited since Roman times, and some huge remains are still standing, including the stunning Porta Nigra gate. With multiple UNESCO World Heritage sites, Trier offers much more for the visitor, ranging from other Roman remains such as the imperial throne room to the oldest Gothic church in Germany. Karl Marx was born here, and there's a museum in the Baroque-style house where he grew up. The city offers lovely waterfront views, and it's also the home of some of the country's best wines with which you can accompany the tasty local cuisine. The city's lively university gives the place a youthful, energetic vibe that continues after dark.

Cochem

The fairytale appearance of the city of Cochem located in German is one of the most beautiful cities in the country. It lies on the banks of the Moselle and has been inhabited since the early Romans. The surrounding valleys and hills are home to many beautiful vineyards, the majority of which offer extensive tastings and tours. In mid-June, the city offers a week of wine tasting with more than three hundred different wines.

Cochem has existed for almost a thousand years. It was founded by King Conrad III in 1130 and twenty-one years later it was occupied. The king declared it a grand castle. Louis XIV's troops attacked the castle in 1688. Today the castle is a great example of an impressive medieval fortress and a must-see. The city, with its picturesque landscape and cobblestone streets, is ideal for cycling. Many bike rental locations are available all through the city.

Rüdesheim

This beautiful city is part of the Rhine Gorge UNESCO World Heritage Site situated alongside the River Rhine in Germany. There have been vineyards on the steep slopes of Rüdesheim since the first century when the Romans occupied the site. There are several ancient castles within the confines of the city including the ruined Burg Ehrehfels and the atmospheric twelfth century fortress, the Boosenburg which often hosts many popular live concerts. The stone castle of Brömserburg which dates back to the tenth century is the location of a museum dedicated to wine. Near the city's Market Square is the beautiful church of St. Jakobus which was largely constructed in the early fourteenth century. It is now a venue for the Rheingau Musik Festival of classical and choral music. The city hosts many other festivals including a summertime firework display, a wine festival and a Christmas market.

Bonn

Prior to German reunification, the city of Bonn was the capital of the Federal State of West Germany. The city is located on the River Rhine within the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Of interest to visitors is the Beethoven House. The museum is dedicated to the life and works of the world famous classical music composer, Ludwig Van Beethoven. A major landmark within the city is the Roman Catholic cathedral known as Bonn Minster. The structure of this building was developed during the period between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries. The Market Square is a magnet for architecture fans who love to marvel at the Rococo buildings. The old City Hall is found in this area and is a popular venue for tourists. The city's University is home to the Poppelsdorf Palace. This 18th century building houses natural science artefacts and is close to the city's botanical gardens

Cologne

Cologne is a Gothic masterpiece, anchored by its world-famous cathedral whose twin spires dominate the city skyline. Founded by the Romans in 38 BC, it grew as an important trading town to become the fourth largest city in Germany. A popular stopping off point on Rhine river cruises, the city is a charm to walk round to explore antique streets full of interesting architecture which besides the cathedral includes a number of splendid churches and medieval buildings (such as City Hall which dating from the 12th century is the oldest in Germany).

Modern day Cologne has a liberal joie de vivre with an appreciation for culture from both ends of the spectrum. Visitors can enjoy the avant-garde and postmodern alongside the antique splendour and enjoy diverse pursuits from a visit to a chocolate museum to a lively night out on the tiles in the beer halls of the Altstadt district.

MS VIVA INSPIRE

Ship facts
  • Commissioning 2013
  • Length 135m
  • Width 11m
  • Number of decks 3
  • Crew 39
  • Passengers 142
  • Flag Switzerland

MS VIVA INSPIRE

The MS VIVA INSPIRE impresses with its spacious architecture, which gives each of the 142 guests plenty of free space, even away from the 71 cabins. In order to meet the individual requirements of the passengers, different cabin types are available. On the Diamond Deck there are 22 master suites, unique retreats with a size of approx. 30 m² - unique on European rivers. The eight spacious loft suites, which extend over two decks and are a light-flooded retreat with the best view thanks to panoramic windows, also have a very special atmosphere. The beds in all cabins are fitted with the highest quality bed linen and thick memory foam mattresses. A selection of RITUALS bathroom products are provided in the bathrooms along with terry bathrobes, towels and a hairdryer.

Travel dates

Travelers
Please note that only double and single occupancy are available via our website. For our family rates please contact us by phone or email. If you wish to book several cabins, a separate booking is required for each cabin.
Adults:

Deck plan
Here you can see an overview of the decks.
Diamond Deck
  • Mini Suite
  • 2 persons / p. p.
  • 0
cabin size: 18 m²
Equipment:
  • 2 single beds (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Floor-to-ceiling French balcony
  • Table with two armchairs
  • Exclusive beauty products from RITUALS®
  • 32” LED TV
  • Minibar stocked with complimentary water, beer and soft drinks, replenished daily
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary wi-fi access
  • Telephone, safe and individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Large shower featuring rainfall shower head
  • SPA bathrobes plus slippers
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Master Suite
  • 2 persons / p. p.
  • 0
cabin size: 30 m²
Equipment:
  • 2 single beds (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Floor-to-ceiling French balcony
  • Table with two armchairs
  • Lounge area
  • Exclusive beauty products from RITUALS®
  • 32” LED TV
  • Minibar stocked with complimentary water, beer and soft drinks, replenished daily
  • Nespresso® machine
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary wi-fi access
  • Telephone, safe and individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Large shower featuring rainfall shower head
  • SPA bathrobes plus slippers
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Iron plus ironing board
Ruby Deck
  • Mini Suite
  • 2 persons / p. p.
  • 0
cabin size: 18 m²
Equipment:
  • 2 single beds (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Floor-to-ceiling French balcony
  • Table with two armchairs
  • Exclusive beauty products from RITUALS®
  • 32” LED TV
  • Minibar stocked with complimentary water, beer and soft drinks, replenished daily
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary wi-fi access
  • Telephone, safe and individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Large shower featuring rainfall shower head
  • SPA bathrobes plus slippers
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Suite
  • 2 persons / p. p.
  • 0
cabin size: 22 m²
Equipment:
  • 2 single beds (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Floor-to-ceiling French balcony
  • Table with two armchairs
  • Exclusive beauty products from RITUALS®
  • 32” LED TV
  • Minibar stocked with complimentary water, beer and soft drinks, replenished daily
  • Nespresso® machine
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary wi-fi access
  • Telephone, safe and individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Large shower featuring rainfall shower head
  • SPA bathrobes plus slippers
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Double Cabin
  • 2 persons / p. p.
  • 0
cabin size: 15 m²
Equipment:
  • 2 single beds (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Floor-to-ceiling French balcony
  • Two chairs plus a desk
  • Exclusive beauty products from RITUALS®
  • 32” LED TV
  • Minibar stocked with complimentary water, beer and soft drinks, replenished daily
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary wi-fi access
  • Telephone, safe and individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
Emerald Deck
  • Suite over 2 Levels
  • 2 persons / p. p.
  • 0
cabin size: 22 m²
Equipment:
  • 2 single beds (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Panorama window, which can be opened
  • Table with two armchairs
  • Exclusive beauty products from RITUALS®
  • 32” LED TV
  • Minibar stocked with complimentary water, beer and soft drinks, replenished daily
  • Nespresso® machine
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary wi-fi access
  • Telephone, safe and individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Large shower featuring rainfall shower head
  • SPA bathrobes plus slippers
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Innovatively designed “split-level” loft cabins
  • 4 steps up to loft area
  • Double Cabin
  • 2 persons / p. p.
  • 0
cabin size: 15 m²
Equipment:
  • 2 single beds (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Window (cannot be opened)
  • Two chairs plus a desk
  • Exclusive beauty products from RITUALS®
  • 32” LED TV
  • Minibar stocked with complimentary water, beer and soft drinks, replenished daily
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary wi-fi access
  • Telephone, safe and individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage