Autumn Highlights along the Rhine & Moselle

Autumn Highlights along the Rhine & Moselle


Autumn Highlights along the Rhine & Moselle

9 Days Starting in Cologne, Germany and ending in Belgium

Visiting: Cologne, Cochem, Trier, Bernkastel-Kues, Traben-Trarbach, Beilstein, Koblenz, Belgium

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Leger Holidays

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River Cruise


Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

Glide gently through the stunning Rhine and Moselle valleys on this exceptional river cruise. With plenty of time to soak up the rolling scenery aboard the MS Serenade 1, just sit back, relax, and let the destinations come to you. Uncover the rich history of Trier, take in the iconic sights of Koblenz, and enjoy visits to quaint towns including Bernkastel, Traben-Trarbach and Cochem.


  • Glide gently through the stunning Rhine and Moselle valleys on this exceptional river cruise

  • With plenty of time to soak up the rolling scenery aboard the MS Serenade 1, just sit back, relax, and let the destinations come to you

  • Uncover the rich history of Trier, take in the iconic sights of Koblenz, and enjoy visits to quaint towns including Bernkastel, Traben-Trarbach and Cochem


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Day 1 : Arrive In Cologne

Location: Cologne

Accommodation Name: MS Serenade 1

Meals Included: Dinner

Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Cologne where we join our ship.

Day 2 : Cochem To Trier

Location: Cochem, Trier

Accommodation Name: MS Serenade 1

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This afternoon, we arrive in charming Cochem. Located on the banks of the Moselle River, Cochem is dominated by the Reichsburg Castle, which is over 1,000 years old and was restored in the 19th century in the neo-Gothic style.

You’ll have free time to explore at your own pace this afternoon. Alternatively, you can sample some of the region’s delicious wines on our optional wine tasting excursion.

This evening, we set sail for Trier.

Day 3 : Trier

Location: Trier

Accommodation Name: MS Serenade 1

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, you’ll have some free time exploring the ancient Roman city of Trier – one of the oldest cities in Germany!

Our optional guided walking tour offers a fascinating insight into the history and culture of the city, taking in ancient Roman ruins as you go.

Day 4 : Trier To Bernkastel-Kues

Location: Trier, Bernkastel-Kues

Accommodation Name: MS Serenade 1

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We set sail for Bernkastel-Kues this morning, arriving later this afternoon. Bernkastel-Kues is a quintessential medieval German town, featuring a delightful market square, quaint cafés, and streets lined with half-timbered houses – the most famous of which is the narrow Spitzhäuschen, or ‘Pointed House’.

This afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to sample some of the region’s finest wines on an optional wine tasting excursion.

Day 5 : Bernkastel-Kues To Traben-Trarbach To Beilstein

Location: Bernkastel-Kues, Traben-Trarbach, Beilstein

Accommodation Name: MS Serenade 1

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We set sail for Traben-Trarbach this morning, arriving around lunchtime. At the turn of the twentieth century, the town of Traben-Trarbach found itself at the heart of the world wine trade. This small city was once the Moselle Valley’s only town, and it was also one of the world’s most important producers of wine in the early 1900s. As the demand for wine cellars increased, the town came up with a genius solution – building huge cellars underneath the town.

On our optional excursion, you can head below the streets for a subterranean experience. You’ll venture down into one of the vaults for a guided tour and, of course, a glass of wine! We set sail this evening for Beilstein.

Day 6 : Beilstein To Koblenz

Location: Beilstein, Koblenz

Accommodation Name: MS Serenade 1

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The small village of Beilstein is located directly on the banks of the Moselle and is nicknamed the ‘Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle’ due to its very well-preserved historic town centre. You’ll have free time this morning to explore at leisure before we set sail for Koblenz, arriving later this evening.

Day 7 : Koblenz To Cologne

Location: Koblenz, Cologne

Accommodation Name: MS Serenade 1

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The historic city of Koblenz is one of the oldest, most beautiful and most diverse cities in Germany. This morning you can join our optional excursion to explore the pristine Sayn Palace with its tranquil butterfly garden. We return to the ship for lunch on board onward sailing to Cologne, arriving early evening.

This beautiful city is the largest on the Rhine and is dominated by its cathedral, a gothic masterpiece which hovers above the rooftops. We enjoy our final dinner and a relaxing evening onboard.

Day 8 : Travel To Belgium

Location: Belgium

Accommodation: Hotel, Comfortable overnight hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

We bid farewell to our captain and crew this morning and continue to our overnight stay in Belgium.

Day 9 : Return Home

Location: Belgium

Meals Included: Breakfast

Return home.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    This trip includes coach travel from/to a local UK joining point

  • Additional Services

    Travel from a wide range of convenient joining points across the UK is included within your coach holiday price; some carry a supplement. Please contact us for our full list of joining points.

  • Fully Guided

  • International Travel

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Transport

    Comfortable, air-conditioned motorcoach

What's Not Included


You will stay for seven nights on a full-board basis aboard the MS Serenade 1. 

You will stay for one night in Belgium in a comfortable overnight hotel. 

Check out our Q&As

  • What type of coach will be used?

    You will travel on either our Luxuria Coach or our Silver Service Coach

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?


  • Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    On Leger Coach Holidays, your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Some tours carry a supplement for solo travellers, please ask for details if the Single price is not shown

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?


  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?


  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?


  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?


  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Fully escorted by our experienced drivers/crews. And in most towns and cities we either include or offer optional sightseeing tours with expert local guides to help you get the most from your visits.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    40 years

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Sole use of your own room on all Single Traveller holidays: means you still get your privacy and time out from the group.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?


  • Battlefield Tours - Will it be possible to visit a particular cemetery whilst on the tour?

    Please contact us and we will check to see whether you can visit a particular cemetery on any of our Battlefield Tours, if we are not able to fit it into our itinerary then you could take some time out of the tour and do this independently by taxi or public transport.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest Covid-19 policies

Reviews of this operator

Gary White (Google Reviewer)  

Just got back from a...


Just got back from a holiday with leger holidays to callea spain which my wife done as a surprise for my 60th and wedding anniversary together my wife and i had a great time the coach journey there was excellent regular stops for toilet breaks and a stretch. Our two drivers Geoff and katrina were brilliant serving regular drinks and making the trip pleasant all the people on the coach were pleasant the hotel in spain was so nice the best we've stayed in lovely staff lovely bar the guy at the bar was great really friendly nice room. Overall our journey there and our return journey was brill the only thing that was not good at all was the ibis hotel on the return journey the room was horrible not a nice breakfast not polite French staff. Not really interested in trying to speak some english if i was leger should try and use a different hotel. Once again a big thank you to Geoff and katrina well done guys for making our holiday lovely. Hope to see you on another holiday soon

Will (Google Reviewer)  

I went on the 4...


I went on the 4 countries trip and swiss glacier express and overall it was a great trip. The coach I was on was silver service, it was tidy had nice seats and other accessories such as charging points and headsets which was very handy. The drivers Alex and Dave were fantastic, very kind, funny and respectful throughout the whole trip and a pleasure to talk to. The excursions were very pleasant and all ran very smoothly. The hotels were decent and offered a good service. I overall very much recommend leger holidays.

Sally Matson  

Excellent customer service


Booked our ‘Christmas in Austria & Scenic Trains of the Tyrol’ through George on the customer Helpline. Nothing was too much trouble, everything clearly & patiently explained. He even had permission to log in on his day off to finalise the sale! A charming and helpful young person and a credit to the company.

Euan Donald (Google Reviewer)  

Been on two tours now...


Been on two tours now the “D Day beaches” and “ All Quiet on the Western Front” tour of the Somme and Ypres. Both four days in total, two travelling and two on the site of the various battles. This is outstanding value for money, picked up from Carlisle , Cumbria and literally looked after all the way through the tours. The coaches are great and the accommodation spot on . The guides are very knowledgeable ( Mark Hope brilliant guy)and the bus drivers professional . Absolutely fantastic .

Sue Sinfield (Google Reviewer)  

Due to covid it was...


Due to covid it was 3rd time lucky for us to visit lake Garda, what a treat. One or two hiccups but no fault of Legers at all. Praise to Graham and Chris for their excellent driving and coffee service. Our visit to Verona, our guide was very informative but did walk at a pace sometimes had to hurry to keep up. A lovely holiday

Michael Stephen Shilleto   England

Four Countries New Year & the Swiss Glacier Express


Firstly we must thank Alex and Dave our tour guide / drivers who entertained us through out . The tour was fantastic so was the hotel’s food and entertainment. The tour was through the new year holidays as expected lots of shops closed and hotels were understaffed which was lost on some travelers. We travelled back from stop 24 on a luxuria coach I would recommend paying the extra for the comfort alone

Hilary Jackson (Google Reviewer)  

I recently went on a...


I recently went on a 4 night tour to Scarborough. Driver was great hotel superb. My criticism is too many destinations crammed into day excursion. Example visit to Flamborough head stop for 1 hour it was teeming nobody got off coach but even if fine pointless. Then on to Bridlington coach Park 1.5 ml from centre. Most people are hard pressed to get to center & back in 1.5 hours pointless. Incidentally if Leger paid a permit they could alight us in the resort. Very bad logistics. On to Whitby with a decent stop should have taken us there & bypassed the other stops. I will not go with them again. I will source a better holiday with excursions to one place only.

aled blackshaw (Google Reviewer)  

just returned from a solos...


just returned from a solos break to valkenburg and rhine valley i enjoyed the break overall although both journeys were considerably longer than expected due to several picks ups. I could have done without the 3 countries meeting point excursion to be honest and the lunch on rhine cruise was very basic. The drivers/couriers were efficient and good humoured and provided free lunch vouchers on the ferry which were much appreciated. I probably would book another break with leger but to somewhere a lot closer to home.

Mary Elmhirst (Google Reviewer)  

I was told by a...


I was told by a customer service advisor (Michael) , our hotel overlooked the River Seine, which was totally untrue. It was nowhere in sight and a good walk to get to it. My view from the hotel room was a wall and a window, There was no porterage available and although our drivers offered, after a 15 hour journey to France, we all opted to take our own luggage. To get into the shower there was a step to it and the floor of the shower was like an ice rink when wet, with nothing to hold onto. ( I showered wearing my slippers to avoid slipping). The plunger to the sink was unusable; (the lever to retrieve it was broken). The staff were pleasant and helpful, the bed was comfortable and clean abd the breakfast was worthy of the 3 stars given. Otherwise, I have stayed in a better 2* hotel in France. The driver and travel rep, Paul were both very friendly and pleasant but it was the first time Paul had been on this trip and therefore had little knowledge of the places we visited! There was no commentary and the history of Monet and Versailles was read out from a book! All in all, nothing would persuade me to take part in another Leger tour.


Many thanks to Molly.


I have recently booked a trip to Le Mans and had the good fortune to speak to Molly. She was very helpful and a pleasure to talk to. She was able to answer all but one of my queries with clarity and promised to ring me with the answer to the un-answered question as it required further investigation. This she duly did. An unusually pleasant experience when making a booking over the phone, if only it could be this easy every the time.

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    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of leger holidays charges.

    Up to 56 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 55 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 42 days before tour starts: Forfeit 75% of booking price.

    At 21 days before tour starts: Forfeit 90% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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