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Legendary Rhine & Moselle: Hints and comments requested
RitabobRitabobMember since 6/24/2012 Login to add friend Posted: Sunday, July 01, 2012 9:19 AM
Anyone taken this trip? Have you any advice or tips of things to do or remember to pack?
We'll be on the last cruise of the season.
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YCLYCLMember since 8/12/2012 Login to add friend Posted: Sunday, August 12, 2012 8:51 AM
Just finished this cruise (7/25 to 8/6). Absolutely loved it, especially the Moselle river -- felt like every photo we took is good enough to be framed, for the beauty of scenery is more the sufficient to offset my lack of photographic skills.

If you like wine, be sure to leave room for purchasing a few bottles at the Bernkastel-Keus stop. I am no connoisseur, but I have searched and do know that you can't buy their best offerings in US (US retails only carry much more recent vintage, probably lower end products, at 3-5x price!), and they don't ship oversea.

Marksburg excursion (optional) near Koblenz is also a highlight for me, though the climbing can be considered strenuous.

Check the weather before your go. A couple times, the sky just seemed to open up and down pour the heavy rain. Coming from California, we are definitely unprepared for such a sudden change. Wish I had brought a light rain jacket for convenience, though umbrella is provided on board. Regardless, at least a windbreaker or light jacket is necessary -- it can get windy when staying on top-deck while the ship is cruising, and you definitely want to be on top deck to enjoy the scenery while cruising on Moselle. It can get a bit chilly even though our trip is in July-August, so you should take your travel season into consideration when thinking about what jacket to bring.

Hope this helps, and have a great time.
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Teach2618Teach2618Member since 8/15/2012 Login to add friend Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 9:44 AM
Thanks so much for the feedback
We are confirmed for next June25-July7 from Amsterdam to Basel Any other comments on optional excursions would be appreciated
My husband is a wine educator and would like to do some more wine areas on his own- any suggestion on which Port would be best for him to go off on our own to some more wineries
We are past Uniworld cruisers (France)- hoe was the food and included tours
Thanks so much for feedback
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JCutlerJCutlerMember since 8/18/2012 Login to add friend Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012 7:24 AM
We are taking that same trip in May 2013. Anyone who has taken this trip, would love to know what we should be prepared for, such as the weather that time of year? How much exertion is needed. Anything anyone can add. We are looking forward to this trip so much.
JCutler114@aol.com
Jackie
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Sjgrado@yahoo.comSjgrado@yahoo.comMember since 8/19/2012 Login to add friend Posted: Sunday, August 19, 2012 8:32 AM
Thank you for your tips. This will be our first river cruise AMS-BASEL departing sept 2, 2012. We're from California too. Will be sure to bring a light poncho! What is involved in the Marksburg excursion? Is it a museum? Sjgrado at yahoo dot com.

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uptowntwouptowntwoMember since 8/19/2012 Login to add friend Posted: Sunday, August 19, 2012 9:18 AM
We took this cruise September 2011. It was fabulous. Take comfortable walking shoes and don't be afraid to explore the towns on your own after the tours. Ask local guides THEIR favorite place in town to shop/grab a coffee etc.
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uptowntwouptowntwoMember since 8/19/2012 Login to add friend Posted: Sunday, August 19, 2012 9:21 AM
As long as you can walk (or stroll) you're "good to go". No big exertions required (other than the ones we took on ourselves after the schedules tours). We were there in September so cannot comment on weather.
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RitabobRitabobMember since 6/24/2012 Login to add friend Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012 5:47 AM
Thanks everyone for the bits of info.  We've travelled before with Uniworld and know what to expect regarding the accommodation and food ( top notch) but wanted to know about the excursions and things not to be missed...sights, shops, activities...Can't wait...!
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PhilCoPhilCoMember since 10/30/2012 Login to add friend Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 10:15 AM
Other than the Uniworld excursions (which are all excellent), we did a few things you might like.

In Koblenz, walk along the promenades by the Moselle and Rhine. You can walk for quite a distance along the Rhine; it's really pretty. Near the confluence is a large monument which you can climb to get some wonderful views.

In Bernkastel we walked up a mountain road to the castle ruins. Again, there are excellent views, but it is quite a climb.

If you're in fairly good shape, you can climb to the top of the cathedral in Cologne. You go up a narrow stone spiral staircase, with people going up and down, and you pay 3 euros per person for the pleasure, but it's worthwhile for the incredible views, not to mention the bragging rights.

Also in Cologne, try the Kolsch beer (assuming you like beer). Our favorite was a place serving Paffgen Kolsch.

In nearly any town, stop for a coffee and a pastry. Pastries of all kinds are excellent, and if you do the climbing I've recommended, you don't need to worry about calories.

In Speyer, we went into the crypt below the cathedral (Dom). There is a small fee, but it's delightfully creepy.

The cruise director on our trip was a wealth of information, so I'm sure they can provide advice on board.

Phil
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RitabobRitabobMember since 6/24/2012 Login to add friend Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2012 1:43 PM
Phil,Thanks for the information. We are ready to get away for the next two weeks and hope the weather cooperates. I'll pass on the spooky and spend more time with a Kolsch. How were the wineries? Did you go to any on your own that were not included in the itinerary?
Rb
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