German River Cruise Past Castles and Vineyards - Germany

10-Day German Castles and Vineyards Cruise with Roundtrip Airfare from Beyond Boundaries

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German River Cruise with Stops at Ancient Castles, Centuries-Old Vineyards, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites

During this 10-day vacation in Germany's picturesque Rhineland, you'll spend seven days cruising on the Moselle and Saar Rivers, with the opportunity to explore Gothic castles and centuries-old vineyards.

This deal includes roundtrip airfare from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Click here to see a detailed itinerary.

Days 1–4: Koblenz, Cochem's Reichsburg Castle, Gothic Churches

After touching down in Frankfurt, you'll head west to Koblenz, an ancient city set at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. With mountains on almost every side, Koblenz boasts postcard-worthy views. The 2,000-year-old city is also rife with history. Old Mint Square is lined with medieval churches and Bavarian-style buildings that house bakeries and boutiques.

In the morning, you'll make your way north to Cochem. The town’s ornate Reichsburg Castle was rebuilt in the late 19th century. Perched on the banks of the Moselle River, the stately castle features a neo-Gothic tower rumored to have been a site of witchcraft trials.

Days 5–6: Bernkastel's Vineyards

The Bernkastel-Kues region is known for its wine, and rightfully so. Vineyards have covered the area’s steep riverside slopes for more than five centuries, yielding some of the world's sweetest riesling.

Days 7–10: Trier's Ancient Relics and Saarburg’s Waterfalls

The next port of call is Trier, thought to be the oldest city in Germany. Dating back to 2000 BCE, the UNESCO World Heritage Site’s rich history and strong Roman influence is evident in its second-, third-, and fourth-century Gothic churches. Built by Emperor Constantine around 326 AD, Trier Cathedral features religious carvings, a gilded altar, and a nail believed to have been used during Christ's crucifixion.

Just south of Trier, the village of Saarburg sits along the banks of the Saar River. The omnipresence of water in the village has earned it the nickname “Little Venice.” Saarburg's Old Town area is dotted with medieval fortresses, vineyards, and colorful fishing houses. In the center of Old Town, the Lech River spills over a rock wall to form a beautiful waterfall.

After an overnight stay in Frankfurt, you'll head to the airport for your flight home.

What You Get

10-day, 8-night German castles and vineyards river cruise with roundtrip airfare from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Valid for Travel with a Friend packages (two Groupons required), or pay an additional fee to travel solo. Read about package structures here.

  • Option 1: $2,299 to depart 4/19 or 10/11 (up to a $3,899 value)
  • Option 2: $2,399 to depart 4/26, 9/27, or 10/4 (up to a $3,999 value)
  • Option 3: $2,639 to depart 5/17, 5/24, 6/14, 9/6, 9/13, or 9/20 (up to a $4,399 value)
  • Option 4: $2,879 to depart 6/21, 6/28, 7/5, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, or 8/30 (up to a $4,799 value)

Book by: 3/7/13

Single supplement fee: $450

Included in all options:

  • Roundtrip airfare from JFK
  • Seven-night cruise on the Moselle and Saar Rivers aboard MS Patria
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner aboard the ship
  • One-night hotel stay in Frankfurt
  • Roundtrip transfers from Frankfurt Airport
  • Welcome drink

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

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The Fine Print

  • Must book by 3/7/13 or promotional value expires
  • Valid only for date purchased
  • Limit 1 per visit per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts
  • $650 fee to cancel; 60-day notice or fee of 50% Groupon price; 30-day notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Merchant responsible for refunds & cx fees once redeemed; no refunds after flight book
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Not valid with reward points
  • $450 single supplement fee required for solo travelers ($550 for upgraded room).
  • Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Other Details

Room Details

Comfort-Class Cabin

  • Twin bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed

Hotel Policies

  • Smoking policy: smoking is not allowed inside the ship.
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed on the ship.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: upgrade to an upper-deck room for an additional $195 per person. Single supplement fee of $550 for upgraded room.

Getting There

  • By plane: roundtrip airfare from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) included with this Getaway

Traveler's Tips

  • Before international travel, always check the State Department's website for important info on the destination and its entry/exit requirements.
  • A passport is required for all travel outside the United States.
  • There's an optional bicycle excursion on days 6-8, available for an additional fee.

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