The Moselle is one of the longest tributaries of the River Rhine, and while a Moselle river cruise can be taken on its own, it is usually combined with a Rhine cruise, or more rarely, a Main cruise to make a longer trip. Many of the top river cruise operators offer Moselle cruises, either individually or in conjunction with other rivers. These include Emerald Waterways and Uniworld.
The main Moselle cruising season is from March to October. The summers are hot but are also a time of annual wine festivals in some of the riverside towns, including Traben-Trabach and Winningen. With bands, firework displays, processions and fairs, the atmosphere of these festivals is unforgettable.
The vivid colours make the autumn an attractive time to cruise on the Moselle, and the temperatures can be more bearable. In early October, there are also wine festivals in Boppard and Piesport. Although it is outside the main cruising season, many operators offer December cruises on the Moselle to take advantage of the Christmas markets. Temperatures are then likely to be low, but if you wrap up warm and treat yourself to a glass of Glühwein, then you can truly get into the festive spirit.