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Bernkastel-Kues from Burg Landshut

ABOVE: Click here and maximize your browser window for a larger panoramic view of the historic wine town of Bernkastel, Germany, which Emerald Star visited on Day 6 of our cruise. (This photo was taken from Burg Landshut, a castle overlooking Bernkastel and the Moselle River.)

Cruise itinerary: Nuremberg - Trier

Madonna in BambergOur "Legends of the Moselle, Rhine, and Main" itinerary was an eight-day, seven-night cruise from Nuremberg to Trier. (In some years, the itinerary is also available in the opposite direction.)

A similar itinerary, minus the Moselle segment, is the "Rhine-Main Discovery" cruise, an eight-day voyage from Amsterdam to Nuremberg.

  • Important: Please note that Emerald's cruise calendar varies from year to year, and some itineraries may be offered only once or twice in a season.

The following day-by-day itinerary includes links to the relevant sections of our cruise photo diary:

Day 1: Embarkation in Nuremberg, with departure in the early evening.

(Most passengers fly in to Nuremberg or Munich Airport; Emerald provides free transfers from the airport to the cruise port.)

Nuremberg photo 

Day 2: A morning visit to Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage City with a well-preserved old quarter, followed by cruising on the River Main in the afternoon. 

Bamberg, Germany

Day 3: Cruising to Würzburg in the morning, then a guided tour to the Residenz (the palace once used by Würzburg's prince-bishops) and an optional wine-tasting in the historic Stadtlicher Hofkeller.

We also had free time for shopping or exploring in the city center before the ship's departure from the central waterfront.

Wurzburg Residenz

Day 4: Arrival in Wertheim in the morning, with a bus transfer to the scenic riverside town of Miltenberg for a walking tour and free time.

In the afternoon, the ship picked us up in Miltenberg and we cruised toward the Rhine, which we reached in the early hours of the morning.

Miltenberg, Bavaria, Germany

Day 5: Cruising past castles and other ships on the Rhine in the morning, with arrival in the city of Koblenz after lunch.

In the afternoon, we had a walking tour in Koblenz (including an excursion by aerial cable car to the Ehrenbreistein Fortress across the Rhine).

In the evening, Emerald Star cruised into the Moselle, where we enjoyed scenic views of hillside vineyards at dinner.

River traffic on Rhine
Moselle Viaduct and vineyards

Day 6: Cruising on the Moselle in the morning, with arrival in the winemaking town of Bernkastel after lunch. We then had a walking tour and wine-tasting, with free time before and after dinner.

The ship stayed overnight in Bernkastel.

Bernkastel at night

Day 7: Cruising from Bernkastel to Trier in the morning, followed by a bus transfer and walking tour in Trier during the afternoon. (Trier is Germany's oldest city and is famous for its Roman ruins.)

Porta Nigra, Trier

Day 8: Disembarkation in Trier, with a free transfer by coach to Frankfurt Airport.


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