Embark A-ROSA Brava in the dynamic city of Frankfurt on the Main, the fifth largest city in Germany and the largest financial centre in continental Europe. Depart in the early evening, watching as the dramatic skyline fades into the distance.
Spend the following morning on the river Moselle, arriving at Cochem at lunchtime. Cochem is a quintessential wine town, with a charming flower-decked promenade caressing the banks of the river. The old quarter is dominated by the late-Gothic imperial castle (a 19th century restoration) and is dotted with medieval squares and lovingly restored timber-framed houses. An afternoon and evening ashore will allow you to independently explore the cobbled streets with their decorative fountains or join an excursion to a local winery. The nearby chair lift carries you up above the wooded slopes to the Pinnerkreuz where you can enjoy views over the valley.
Enjoy a day cruising the charming and picturesque Moselle river, passing ruined medieval castles, steep sided vineyards and marvel as Brava negotiates several locks with just inches to spare.
Arrive late afternoon at the 700 year old town of Bernkastel-Kues, nestling on a wide horseshoe bend in the river in the centre of the middle Moselle. Situated on both banks of the river, beneath the imposing ruins of Landshut Castle, the old town invites you to stroll along its cobbled streets.
Further along the Moselle River, Brava moors at Mehring close to Trier a city which claims to be the oldest in Germany. Founded by the Romans in 16BC, by the end of the 3rd Century the city was one of the capitals of the Tetrarchy and known as the ‘second Rome’. With a full-day in Trier, enjoy a guided walking tour to discover some of the best-preserved Roman monuments in Northern Europe including the Porta Nigra – the huge fortified gate that formed the eastern border of the Roman Empire – the Imperial Baths and the Basilica of Constantine as well as the bustling Old Quarter.
The busy city of Koblenz is located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Rhine. Enjoy a guided walking tour around the old town, viewing the Romanesque Basilica of St Kastor and the 12th century churches of St Florin and Our Lady. Alternatively, visit the iconic 13th century Stolzenfels Castle, located south of the city on the Rhine, built to impose illegal ‘Rhine tolls’ and probably the best known of the Rhine castles.
Spend the morning in Bonn on the Rhine, the capital of Western Germany from 1949-1990 and the official seat of government of united Germany from 1990-1999. A walking tour of this riverside university city will introduce you to some of its highlights, including the imposing facade of the former Archbishop’s Palace (now housing the university), the impressive Romanesque Minster and the Beethoven Museum. Beethoven, Bonn’s
most famous son, was born in the small house which today houses a museum containing some very moving artifacts.
An afternoon walking tour in Cologne will introduce you to its famous high Gothic, aisled basilica, constructed over several centuries from 1248, and sometimes referred to as one of the architectural masterpieces of mankind. Cologne also boasts 12 historic Romanesque churches, adorned with countless sculptures, and paintings, which reveal the city’s importance during the Middle Ages. Another option is a visit to the Roman Germanic Museum, built around the 3rd century Dionysus Mosaic.
Between Koblenz and Rüdesheim the river is lined with medieval fortresses, castles and palaces on either side of the river bank. This area, known as the Middle Rhine Valley with its historic towns and vineyards, ‘graphically illustrates the long history of human involvement with a dramatic and varied natural landscape. It is intimately associated with history and legend and for centuries has exercised a powerful influence on writers, artists and composers (UNE SCO).’ Cruise through undoubtedly the most scenic section of the Rhine River known as the Rhine Gorge where we will see the rocky slate outcrop known as the Lorelei. Complete your cruise with a late afternoon independent visit to the wine town of Rüdesheim on the Rhine. Another option is to join a supplementary wine tasting at Schloss Johannisberg, associated with some 1,200 years of viticultural history.