The Rhine and Moselle valleys are among Germany’s most naturally beautiful regions, dotted with wonderful small villages and towns serving as a gorgeous foil for the industrial styling of German cities.

The Rhine and the Moselle are 2 of the most famous rivers in Germany, surrounded by lush countryside and vineyards producing fantastic wine, Germany’s best-kept secret. 

In a nutshell

  • 5 night self-drive tour
  • Koblenz to Rudesheim, Mainz, Speyer, Trier, Monschau and Aachen
  • Ideal for nature enthusiasts and fans of wine
  • Go in spring or summer time to enjoy the great outdoors
  • Extend your tour with a stay in Cologne, Germany’s wonderful cathedral city

Getting there

The tour begins in Koblenz, which is 232 miles away from our port in IJmuiden, a 4 hour journey. Alternatively, sail from Dover to Dunkirk or Calais and you can be there in 4 ½ or 5 hours respectively. From Koblenz you’ll drive to Aachen, taking in cities, towns and vineyards, a total distance of 338 miles, or 6 hours driving.

Deutsches Eck - a headland in Koblenz, Germany

Day 1 – UK-Koblenz

Drive to your chosen UK port and hop on one of our ferries to Europe, arriving in either Dunkirk, Calais or IJmuiden, near Amsterdam. From there, drive to Koblenz, where the Rhine and the Moselle meet, the perfect starting point for this journey!

Head to Deutches Eck, the point where the 2 rivers meet, and you’ll enjoy a stunning view across both. You can also hop on the sightseeing train to see the city in a unique way.

Overnight in Koblenz.

The Rhine and Moselle Valleys

Day 2 – Koblenz-Mainz

From Koblenz, Rudesheim am Rhein is a short, 40 mile drive which should take around an hour. Rudesheim am Rhein is a winemaking town and part of the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Rhine Gorge. Visit in August and check out the wine festival, with the parade of the Wine Queen and Princesses, as well as a range of quality wine to sample.

After that, drive on the 20 miles to Mainz, the capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate. Mainz is a city filled with history, and is even the home to the first ever printed Bible, in the city’s famous Gutenberg Museum, a bookworm’s haven.

Overnight in Mainz.

The Holy Trinity Church in Salzburg

Day 3 – Mainz-Speyer

65 miles south from Mainz lies Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities. Built around its beautifully simple Romanesque cathedral, the city has existed in some form since 346 and has a gorgeous Old Town which is like taking a step back in history. The cathedral is the resting place of 8 medieval emperors and kings.

This ancient city is home to the Historical Museum of the Palatinate, with a specialist wine museum which can count the oldest unopened bottle of wine in the world among its exhibitions.

Overnight in Speyer.

Rhine and Moselle Tour

Day 4 – Speyer-Trier

Drive 126 miles to the west from Speyer and you’ll arrive in Trier, a Roman city which is a UNESCO site and sits on the banks of the Moselle. Trier is a leafy university town, which is home to 25,000 students who help give the ancient city a bit of modern vitality, but history is very much alive in Trier, with Roman monuments all around the town.

Karl Marx Haus is the home where the Das Kapital author was born, which takes a high-brow look at the author’s views and beliefs.

Overnight in Trier.


Day 5 – Trier-Aachen

From Trier, it’s a 2 hour, 100 mile drive to our final stop, Aachen, so why not stop off on the way in Monschau? This beautiful city was left completely unaffected by World War II, meaning its wonderful old buildings are still intact. The area is dedicated to tourism, with endless restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops.

There is also an impressive castle to visit. Aachen is just 19 miles from Monschau and has traditionally been the city where German kings were crowned, as well as where Roman soldiers nursed their wounds.

Overnight in Aachen.

The Rhine and Moselle Valleys in Germany

Day 6 – Aachen-UK

Spend your last day in Aachen, exploring the city centre and visit the impressive Dom cathedral. This cathedral was built by Charlemagne when he lived in the city, and still houses his remains. In 1978 it became Germany’s first UNESCO World Heritage site.

From Aachen, head back to your chosen port, just 187 miles to Dunkirk, 213 miles to Calais and 155 miles to IJmuiden. Alternatively, carry on to Cologne, another historic city with a beautiful cathedral and enjoy some of the local Kolsch beer, which is forbidden from being produced anywhere else.

DFDS highlights

  • Deutches Eck, where the Rhine and the Moselle meet
  • Explore the gorgeous Speyer and Dom cathedrals
  • The ancient city of Trier, a UNESCO site

The Rhine & Moselle Valleys mapWhere to stay

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