Saar & Moselle Fairytales

Starting and ending in Cologne, this cruise takes you up the Rhine to its largest tributary, the Moselle River, and along the winding course of the Saar River, a tributary of the Moselle. As you cruise along the sinuous spine of the Mosel winegrowing region, admire its picturesque landscape dominated by steep vineyards.

Explore Cochem’s narrow alleys, visit medieval Bernkastel-Kues, the fortified town of Saarlouis, and the capital of Germany’s state of Saarland, Saarbrücken, before continuing to one of the smallest sovereign states in Europe, Luxembourg. From the Sundeck, admire the most famous sight of the Saarland: the Saarschleife, or Great Bend in the Saar River, where the Saar has carved a massive loop through quartzite rock. Visit the wine-growing town Grevenmacher and one of the four capitals of the European Union ­– Luxembourg City. At the confluence of the Saar and the Moselle rivers, Trier, Germany’s oldest city, awaits. Finally, visit Koblenz and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress on the Rhine before concluding your roundtrip.

Number of Days
8 days
Sailing Period
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Your cruising adventure begins in Cologne, where you will embark in the afternoon. Enjoy a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a delicious Welcome Dinner.

Stay Cologne Departure at 10:00 pm.

Day 2

During the morning, your luxury vessel will take you on a scenic cruise down the Rhine’s largest tributary, the Moselle River, famous for its picturesque landscape dominated by vineyards since Roman times. After your ship docks at Cochem, you can take a guided walking tour to discover the history seeping through Cochem’s narrow alleys, medieval town gates, churches, and more. You will also visit the imperial Reichsburg Castle, which towers above Cochem on an imposing crag. Wind down at dinner with your fellow guests as your AMADEUS ship travels onward.

Stay Cochem 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Optional Excursions: Cochem walking tour & Reichsburg Castle OR Tasting of typical Moselle wines in a local winery.

Day 3
Bernkastel > Saarburg

In the morning, you will arrive at another medieval wine-growing town called Bernkastel-Kues, which is known for its medieval marketplace and its gabled houses, including the Spitzhäuschen (Pointed House). Take a trip around this charming town in the morning and enjoy the wine-tasting session, which is included in the guided tour. The afternoon is yours to spend relaxing on board, and late at night, your vessel will arrive in Saarburg.

Stay Bernkastel 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Optional Excursions: Bernkastel walking tour with wine tasting.

Stay Saarburg Arrival at 10:00 pm.

Day 4
Saarburg > Saarlouis

Start your day by exploring the sights of the German town of Saarburg on the banks of the Saar River. Don’t miss the impressive 60-foot drop that the river Leuk, which flows through Saarburg, makes in the town center. You will return to your vessel in time for lunch and then enjoy a panoramic cruise along the ‘Saarschleife‘, or Great Bend in the Saar River, where the Saar has carved a massive loop through quartzite rock. End this eventful day with an elegant dinner on board in the company of your fellow guests.

Stay Saarburg Departure at 1:00 pm.

Optional Excursions Saarburg walking tour.

Stay Saarlouis Arrival at 8:00 pm.

Day 5
Saarlouis > Grevenmacher

After breakfast, join us to explore Saarlouis. Here, French serenity and pleasure are simply part of life. Perhaps also because the city was once founded by the French Sun King Louis XIV, whose name it bears. Parts of the original fortress remain intact and give insight into the town’s history. Famous German chocolate Schogetten and other classics are produced here, so have a taste of some cocoa treats of the Saarland. After lunch on board, your vessel will take another scenic turn on the Great Bend in the Saar River before heading to the famous Luxembourg.

Stay Saarlouis Departure at 12:00 pm.

Optional Excursions Fortified Saarlouis with chocolate tasting.

Stay Grevenmacher Arrival at 10:00 pm.

Day 6
Grevenmacher > Trier

One of the smallest sovereign states in Europe, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, awaits you today. In the morning, you can choose between a visit to the town of Grevenmacher or joining the excursion to Luxembourg City. Grevenmacher is a small town in eastern Luxembourg, in a romantic wine-growing region situated along the Moselle River. Luxembourg City is the capital of Luxembourg and houses the European Court of Justice. At lunchtime, you will rejoin your vessel and return to Germany, where you will dock in Trier. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore this lovely city with a history that stretches back to Celtic times. Evidence of Roman times still lingers in the city, giving it the nickname „Rome of the North.“ Its Porta Nigra (black gate) is the largest Roman city gate north of the Alps.

Stay at Grevenmacher Departure at 12:00 pm.

Optional Excursions: Grevenmacher and the Luxembourg Moselle OR Excursion to Luxembourg.

Stay Trier 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Optional Excursions: Trier – Germany’s oldest city.

Day 7

Enjoy a restful morning on board and admire the intimate charm of the Moselle River. Wending between vertiginous vine-covered slopes, the Moselle offers entrancing scenery around every hairpin bend: vine-ribboned hillsides, colorful half-timbered medieval villages, crumbling hilltop castles, and elegant Jugendstil (art nouveau) villas. During mid-afternoon, you will make a stop in Koblenz, which is situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Overlooking the confluence, it’s an observation platform in the shape of a ship’s bow named Deutsches Eck (meaning “German Corner”). Join the guided town walk through Koblenz. Back on board, you will be treated to the festive Captain’s Gala Dinner.

Stay Koblenz 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

Optional Excursions: Koblenz walking tour.

Day 8

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast on board before disembarking. The Amadeus team wishes you a safe journey home and looks forward to welcoming you back on board again soon.

Stay Cologne Arraval at 5:00 am.

Please note that itineraries can vary by the Company. Be sure to check with your chosen cruise provider for the most up-to-date information, including specific port arrival and departure times, as well as any optional shore excursions available during your cruise.

Information about the ship

Experience the Gems of Europe from the Comfort of your Floating Hotel

Amadeus River Cruises ranks among the best-known organizers of river cruises on European waterways.

With its modern fleet of luxury vessels, AMADEUS River Cruises offers exclusive journeys on Europe’s most beautiful and important rivers: on the waterways of Belgium and Holland, past the Rhine’s picturesque vineyard scenery, along the Rhine-Main canal, in the steps of French Savoir-Vivre on Rhône, Saône, and Seine, or through the charming landscapes adjoining the Danube all the way to the Black Sea.

With AMADEUS River Cruises, you experience your own personal highlights on cruises that Europe’s rivers provide in especially diverse and comfortable ways.

Since 1997, AMADEUS River Cruises has been a brand associated with authenticity true to the company’s European origins. Experience a high level of luxury and comfort that matches this company’s exceptional service level.

The staff and crew work around the clock to ensure your voyage is relaxing, enjoyable, and carefree. Forty years of experience is put into the building of each ship so that AMADEUS River Cruise may provide all guests with the qualities that matter most. Every inch of space is perfectly utilized and provides all guests maximum comfort in a stylish setting; every cabin, restaurant, and common space is beautifully designed.

AMADEUS Brilliant

Returning to the rivers in 2020 after extension renovation, the AMADEUS Brilliant shines like a new ship, yet retains its timeless elegance and appeal. This 110-meter ship combines luxury detailing with an intimate, relaxed ambiance.

With fewer guests aboard, the AMADEUS Brilliant’s size allows you the opportunity to experience Europe’s narrower waterways such as the Moselle and Saar rivers. When cruising the beautiful European waterways, enjoy the AMADEUS’ signature comfort and service. With our French balconies and panoramic windows, the passing riverscapes and breathtaking views bring nature to your door. As evening winds down, the Panorama Restaurant, Bar, and Lounge come to life as the piano plays and four-course meals begin. From tulips to fairytales, quaint villages to skyward cathedrals, AMADEUS Brilliant promises new memories from the Old World rivers.

Construction: 2011,

Renovated 2020

Flag: Germany
Length x Width: 360.9ft x 37.4ft
Draft: 1.3
Decks: 4
Cabins/Suits: 68/8
Max. Passangers: 150
Crew members: approx. 40
Speed: 25 km/h

Price and details

Price € per person

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Price Includes

Suites & Staterooms

  • Luxury accommodation in an outside river-view stateroom of your choice: Spacious Mozart Suites with a walk-out balcony, stateroom cabins on Mozart and Strauss Decks with drop-down Panorama Retractable Windows offering a wide-open view (except Amadeus Brilliant)
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Choice of bed configuration in all categories (double or twin bedding)
  • Bottled water in every stateroom

Gourmet Dining

  • Gourmet dining featuring breakfast, multi-course lunches and dinners with menu choices (including vegetarian options), afternoon tea and late-night snack
  • Free-flowing hand-selected wines from the best wine regions, draft beer, soda as well as coffee and tea with every lunch and dinner
  • Coffee and tea available 24 hours a day in the Amadeus Club
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner

An Array of Amenities 

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • The onboard fitness center is open 24 hours a day
  • All gratuities on board are included in your cruise fare

Voyage of Discovery

  • Personalized service of an experienced, multilingual AMADEUS Cruise Director
  • AMADEUS digital audio system for all guided excursions
  • Variety of enriching onboard programs, including fascinating lectures, cooking demonstrations, local cultural performances, and music by our onboard musicians
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles for independent exploration
  • All port taxes, embarkation, disembarkation, and lock fees included in your cruise fare
Not included in price