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Across the Continent: Spirit of the Danube

The Danube

from £2,749 per person
2 passengers 14 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £54 if not required
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Sail through the heart of Europe...

Join our new ship, Spirit of the Danube, for a 14-night voyage through the heart of the continent. Your holiday begins in the vibrant Dutch capital Amsterdam where you can enjoy the food, drink and culture. A succession of enchanting waterside towns and cities will be revealed as you follow the historic lifelines of Continental Europe – The Rhine, Main and Danube rivers.

Cruise through the Netherlands into Germany to marvel at such cultural treasures as the wine town of Würzburg, medieval Regensburg and the stunning Wachau Valley. Other highlights include visits to Cologne, Koblenz and Rüdesheim, the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bamberg and visits to historic Nuremberg and elegant Passau – where you can explore during included tours. Enjoy a full day in Vienna, with another included sightseeing tour, and explore the capital cities of Bratislava and Budapest, where you have a choice of included tours and the opportunity to extend your holiday with a two-night hotel stay…

Including...

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Dinner plate41 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners

CocktailWine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner

PersonCruise Host

Plus...

  • Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • All gratuities on board
  • Return flights and transfers

MapIncluded excursions

  • Amsterdam city tour and canal cruise OR Amsterdam culinary walking tour
  • Wurzburg and the Residenz Palace
  • Tour of Nuremberg
  • Passau city walk
  • Vienna city tour OR Vienna culinary walking tour
  • Budapest: A tale of two cities OR Budapest culinary walking tour

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration

Celebrity Guest

This cruise is joined by celebrity chef, Mark Sargeant – former Head Chef of Gordon Ramsay at Claridges and winner of Michelin Star and National Chef of the Year awards.


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Day 1 UK to Amsterdam

Amsterdam at night, Netherlands

Fly to Amsterdam and embark Spirit of the Danube.

Enjoy a welcome drink reception and dinner on board as your ship remains moored here overnight.

Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

Day 2 Amsterdam 🎧

The tower on Oudeschans canal in Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Dutch capital is rightly popular for its friendly welcome, picturesque canals, world-class museums and galleries, and laid-back cafes and bars. This morning perhaps enjoy the local food and culture on an included culinary walking tour with a guide. You’ll take a tram to Central Station from where you’ll begin a walking tour of the Dutch capital while tasting local delicacies including herring, cheese and croquettes along the way.

Alternatively, you could join an included tour of Amsterdam by coach and see the Royal Palace on Dam Square, the floating flower market, the Central Railway Station, which is built on thousands of wooden piles, and the grand 19th-century Rijksmuseum. Afterwards, enjoy a canal cruise to see the city centre with its pretty bridges and attractive gabled houses up close and view such treasures as the famous Skinny Bridge, the Montelbaanstoren tower and the Jewish Quarter.

Spirit of the Danube sets sail at lunchtime to spend the rest of the day and night cruising towards Cologne.

Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

Day 3 Cologne 🎧

Cologne, Germany

Arrive at lunchtime in Cologne, Germany's cultural capital.

Enjoy an afternoon of exploring during an optional city tour or by using our state-of-the-art interactive map – don't miss the vast Gothic cathedral, started in 1248 to house the relics of the three Magi but not finally completed until 1880! You can see the magnificent shrine to Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar – now among the patron saints of Cologne – behind the high altar.

Depart later this evening and cruise overnight towards Koblenz.

Cologne North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 4 Koblenz to Rüdesheim 🎧

Rudesheim on the River Rhine, Germany

Having arrived before breakfast, you can spend the morning in Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle.

Discover the attractive riverside promenade and several historic churches, all set beneath the Festung Ehrenbreitstein citadel on top of the hill, which you might choose to visit on an optional excursion this morning. Later this morning your cruise continues through the UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine to the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, passing the fabled Lorelei Rock en route.

This evening, perhaps visit one of the 'olde-worlde' taverns in the famed Drosselgasse for a glass of local beer or wine. Alternatively, join an optional excursion that visits the extraordinary Siegfried's Museum of Mechanical Music or another which features a wine tasting.

Set sail over dinner and cruise overnight towards Miltenberg.

Rüdesheim Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 5 Miltenberg

The market place, Miltenberg

The ancient town of Miltenberg occupies an attractive location on the banks of the Main.

Arrive early afternoon and discover the old town with its 13th-century castle, timber-framed houses and old taverns or perhaps join an optional brewery visit and tasting before departing this evening and cruising overnight.

Miltenberg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 6 Würzburg 🎧

Marienberg Fortress reflecting in the Main River in Wurzburg, Germany

Spend the afternoon in Würzburg, the centre of Franconia's wine industry where you can enjoy a guided tour.

Picturesque Würzburg on the banks of the River Main was the ancient seat of the prince-bishops and consequently is home to many fine monuments and buildings. Enjoy a tour of the Residenz Palace, one of Europe’s most splendid baroque palaces, dating back to the 18th century. Admire the famous grand staircase and Imperial Hall with frescoes by Tiepolo and the extensive gardens, before a tour of the town which reveals the cathedral, old Main Bridge and the 13th-century Fortress of Marienberg.

Set sail again before dinner and cruise through the night bound for Bamberg.

Würzburg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 7 Bamberg 🎧

Historical city of Bamberg, Germany

Arrive in Bamberg after lunch.

This UNESCO World Heritage city is characterised by quaint streets full of delightful old buildings. Take in the town's well-preserved medieval treasures on an optional tour, including the breathtaking cathedral and the quirky historic town hall, set in the centre of a bridge. Alternatively join an optional food-themed excursion.

Sail overnight towards Nuremberg.

Bamberg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 8 Nuremberg 🎧

Nuremberg, Germany

Arrive in Nuremberg early this morning.

An included sightseeing tour reveals the elegant architecture and major sights of this historic Bavarian city, from its medieval beginnings to the present. Once famous for the manufacture of toys, it achieved infamy in the 20th century as the setting for the notorious Nazi rallies, and later for the war crimes trials of 1945-46.

You sail from Nuremberg late afternoon and continue towards Regensburg.

Nuremberg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 9 Kelheim to Regensburg

Historic houses on Arnulf Square in Regensburg, Germany

Spirit of the Danube will pause briefly in Kelheim over breakfast to allow passengers to disembark for an optional excursion to Weltenburg Abbey, a masterpiece of German baroque architecture overlooking the Danube Gorge. Alternatively, remain aboard the ship as she continues to Regensburg, and enjoy the afternoon exploring the lovely old town on an optional walking tour. Excursion participants will rejoin the ship in Regensburg.

Set off again this evening for Passau.

Regensburg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 10 Passau 🎧

Passau, Bavaria

Spend the early morning cruising east along the Danube, arriving early in elegant Passau with its cobbled streets and arcades, set at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz Rivers. Spend the day here, an included walking tour will help you discover how Passau’s wealthy past is reflected in its many fine buildings or you may wish to take your own self-guided tour using one of our interactive maps. Alternatively, join a full-day optional excursion to Salzburg.

Depart Passau this evening.

Passau Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 11 Emmersdorf or Melk to Dürnstein 🎧

The beautiful Wachau Valley, Austria

Melk is best known for its great baroque abbey, which has a magnificent church and a famous library with over 70,000 books.

An optional tour of Melk Abbey will be available this morning. During lunch cruise through the scenic Wachau Valley to Dürnstein, one of the most picturesque towns on the Danube River. Its ruined Kuenringer Castle is where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned during the late 12th century. An optional walking tour here concludes with a special organ concert.

Set sail again later this evening.

Dürnstein Austria Europe

Day 12 Vienna 🎧

Vienna State Opera House, Austria

Having arrived in the early hours, you can look forward to spending a full day in Vienna.

This morning an included sightseeing tour reveals some of the city’s highlights, including the Ringstrasse and Opera House. Alternatively, you may choose to join an included excursion which focuses on the culinary delights and traditions of the city. After lunch, perhaps explore further independently, or join an optional excursion to the Schönbrunn Palace.

You also have the option to attend a concert on an excursion this evening before setting sail again late tonight.

Vienna Austria Europe

Day 13 Bratislava 🎧

Bratislava main square, Slovakia

Early this morning arrive in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia.

Stroll through ancient cobbled streets to Bratislava Castle for a bird’s-eye view of the city; the old town is easily explored on foot too. See the Gothic-style cathedral, where 11 Kings of Hungary were crowned while Turks occupied their capital. Alternatively join an optional guided tour of the city or head up to the UFO observation tower for panoramic views and the opportunity to sample a selection of local beer.

Set sail again this afternoon and cruise overnight to Budapest.

Bratislava Slovakia Europe

Day 14 Budapest 🎧

The illuminated building of the Hungarian Parliament, Budapest

Arrive before sunrise and an included excursion after breakfast promises to reveal the capital's highlights, which include the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buda Castle. Alternatively, perhaps opt for an included food-themed guided walk. After lunch you may like to visit Gödöllo Palace or Lazar Equestrian Park Horse Farm on half-day optional excursions.

You will spend the final night of your cruise moored here and you can look forward to an evening of Hungarian Folklore on board as a fitting finale.

Budapest Hungary Europe

Day 15 Budapest to UK

Disembark Spirit of the Danube after breakfast for your return flight to the UK.

Cologne city tour

Discover the city’s historic attractions on this optional excursion which begins with a scenic coach trip in the company of a knowledgeable guide who will point out the highlights. See the pretty Altstadt, or old town, which has been sensitively restored to it's pre-World War II glory, the awe-inspiring towers of Gross St Martin, the elaborate town hall and mighty Gothic cathedral. Then set off on foot to get a closer look as you stroll along the cobbled lanes and lively squares, such as the Alter Markt.

Walking Grade 4

Three hours
Great St Martin Church, Cologne
Cologne North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe
  • Optional on 14 nights itinerary

Koblenz and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

Immortalised by Byron and Herman Melville, lofty fortifications have glowered over Koblenz since 1,000AD and changed faces over the centuries. The Prussians constructed Festung Ehrenbreitstein in the early 19th century, when Rhineland became a Prussian province. Despite being Europe’s second largest fortress, after Gibraltar, it played no part in either WWI or WWII. Enjoy a panoramic cable car ride from Koblenz up to the fortress, the views are astounding and you’ll learn about the history of the site. There will be a guided walk around the historic city of Koblenz, and you can admire the elegant architecture.

Walking Grade 4

Three hours
Fortress Ehrenbreitstein
  • Optional on 14 nights itinerary

Siegfrieds Museum of Mechanical Music

Siegfried Wendel’s eccentric collection of 350 self-playing instruments is a veritable treat for eyes and ears. In this whimsical museum you’ll find a fantastical, nostalgic and joyous cacophony of beautiful music boxes, barrel organs, hand-cranked carnival machines and early jukeboxes, all in full working order. High points include the ‘Puppet Orchestrion’, a huge cabinet containing puppet musicians (1888) and the later ‘Phonoliszt Violina’ a blend of piano and violins that plays in perfect harmony.

Walking Grade 2

One-and-a-half hours
Seigfried's Mechanical Music Museum
Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum Rüdesheim Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe
  • Optional on 14 nights itinerary

Rudesheim Wine Tasting

Board a tourist train and travel into the centre of Rudesheim to Weingut Adolf Storzel. Located just a few steps from the famous Drosselgasse, this family owned winery dates back to the 16th century. Your knowledgeable host will introduce you to 3 different white wines from the winery. A pretzel is served alongside to neutralise the taste of the different wines.

After the wine tasting you will have the possibility to taste and purchase other white and red wines and different liquors and brandies. A small glass decorated with the coat of arms of the family is yours to take away as a souvenir. Afterwards, the tourist train will take you back to your ship, unless you decide to stroll back at your leisure; perhaps via the Drosselgasse!

Walking Grade 2

One-and-a-half hours
Wine tasting in Rudesheim
Rüdesheim Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe
  • Optional on 14 nights itinerary

Miltenberg beer tasting

Take a short walk from the ship’s berth in the heart of Miltenberg’s old town is the Brauhaus Faust. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of this brewery founded in 1654. Discover the history of Bavarian beer brewing and, of course, sample the beer, accompanied by a typical Bavarian pretzel!

Walking Grade 3

Two hours
Sample a selection of beers
Miltenberg Bavaria Germany Europe
  • Optional on 14 nights itinerary

Bamberg walking tour

Travel by coach into the city centre then take a walking tour of this enchanting Bavarian cathedral city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the stunning cathedral with its distinctive four towers, and the New Residence, built originally as the Prince-Bishop's residential apartments around an exquisite rose garden. Walk through the historic streets to admire the Old Town Hall located on an island in the river and the quaint fisherman’s houses of ‘Little Venice’.

Walking Grade 4

Two-and-a-half hours
Bamberg Cathedral with new residence, Bamberg
Bamberg Bavaria Germany Europe
  • Optional on 14 nights itinerary

Weltenburg Abbey & the Danube Gorge

Built on a gorge beside the Danube in Eastern Bavaria, between 1715 and 1734, the Abbey is a masterpiece of German baroque architecture and it is exquisitely painted. The Benedictine monks here are renowned for the award-winning dark ale they have been brewing since the 11th century. Enjoy a short boat trip through the Danube Gorge en route to the Abbey where a guide will give a short introductory talk.

Walking Grade 3

Four hours
Weltenburg Abbey
Weltenburg Abbey Regensburg Bavaria Germany Europe
  • Optional on 14 nights itinerary

Bamberg culinary walking tour

Enjoy a themed tour of Bamberg, which promises to bring hundreds of years of the city’s culinary traditions to life. Your tour will begin at the Schlachthaus - abattoir – and continues into the old town. Enjoy commentary from your knowledgeable guide and the chance to sample local specialities along the way before your tour wraps up with the chance to sup a cold beer, brewed locally.

Walking grade 4

Two-and-a-half hours
Beer and traditional German pretzels
Bamberg Bavaria Germany Europe
  • Optional on 14 nights itinerary

Salzburg

Travel by coach through stunning alpine scenery to the romantic and beautifully preserved city of Salzburg. Enjoy a guided walk through the old town and see the house where Mozart was born in 1756 – now a museum dedicated to his life and work. You’ll have free time to explore independently – perhaps head to film locations for ‘The Sound of Music’, such as the Mirabell Gardens and Residenzplatz Square.

Walking Grade 4

Full day
Salzburg
Salzburg Austria Europe
  • Optional on 14 nights itinerary

Regensburg city walk

Explore Regensburg’s old town, a charming labyrinth of medieval streets and alleys that was once the centre of the Holy Roman Empire and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights include the Gothic St Peter’s cathedral, the eight-storey Old Town Hall and 12th-century Stone Bridge.

Walking Grade 3

Two hours
Regensburg
Regensburg Bavaria Germany Europe
  • Optional on 14 nights itinerary

Melk Abbey

Set on a promontory overlooking the Danube, the wonderfully ornate Melk Abbey is a masterpiece of high baroque architecture. Work on the present monastery began in 1702. The imposing exterior features an octagonal dome and symmetrical towers, while the interior is lavishly decorated and contains many artistic treasures. After touring the abbey enjoy some free time in the lovely garden.

Walking Grade 3

Two and a-half hours
Melk Abbey
Melk Abbey Melk Austria Europe
  • Optional on 14 nights itinerary

Dürnstein walking tour

Walk from the ship to the historic heart of Dürnstein, where the cobbled streets are home to traditional wineries and quirky little shops. Continue to Dürnstein Abbey with it’s blue and white steeple that can be seen from every angle of the town. After a tour of the historic abbey, owned by the Augustinian Canons of Herzogenburg Abbey, you will be treated to an organ concert featuring classical music composed by the likes of Mozart, Bach and Beethoven.

Walking Grade 3

Two-and-a-half hours
The historical city of Durnstein, Austria
Dürnstein Austria Europe
  • Optional on 14 nights itinerary

Bratislava Beer Tour

Beer was first brewed in Bratislava by the Celts 2,000 years ago and has long competed with wine for the most popular drink in the region. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Bratislava’s quaint historic centre and explore its narrow, cobbled streets, enjoy panoramic views of the Old Town and learn about the city’s fascinating history over a glass of beer in a local brewery.

Walking Grade 3

Two hours
Enjoy a beer in Bratislava
Bratislava Slovakia Europe
  • Optional on 14 nights itinerary

Beer tasting at the UFO

Beer was first brewed in Bratislava by the Celts 2,000 years ago and has long competed with wine for the most popular drink in the region. This excursion ventures up to the UFO observation tower where you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the city and the opportunity to sample a selection of locally brewed beer.

Walking Grade 2

Two hours
The UFO Bridge, Bratislava
Bratislava Slovakia Europe
  • Optional on 14 nights itinerary

Schonbrunn Palace

Visit the sumptuous Imperial Summer Palace of the Hapsburgs, the centre of royal life in the 18th century, inspired by Versailles. The UNESCO-listed palace is filled with priceless treasures, while the vast grounds feature well-manicured lawns and colourful flower beds.

Walking Grade 3

Four hours
The gardens at Schonbrunn Palace
Schonbrunn Palace Vienna Austria Europe
  • Optional on 14 nights itinerary

Vienna evening concert

After dinner on board your ship, travel to the baroque Palais Auersperg or one of Vienna’s other impressive palaces near the Ringstrasse, for a concert of music by Mozart and the Strauss family. Performance details will be provided on board ship.

Walking Grade 1

Two-and-a-half hours
A classical concert in Vienna
Vienna Austria Europe
  • Optional on 14 nights itinerary

Lazar Equestrian Park

Travel to the Lazar Equestrian Park, owned by the world champion horse and carriage drivers, the Lazar brothers. After refreshments enjoy a fascinating show demonstrating exceptional horsemanship. Afterwards, take a carriage ride around the park, followed by a walk through the yard to see local breeds of livestock and visit to the stables where the Lazar's champion horses are kept.

Walking Grade 1

Four hours
Hungarian horsemanship
  • Optional on 14 nights itinerary

Gödöllo Palace

The second largest baroque palace in the world, Gödöllo Palace was the former summer residence of Queen Elizabeth and Franz Joseph, Hapsburg Emperor and King of Hungary between 1867 and 1916. Gain an insight into the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the couple’s lavish lifestyle as you explore the interior, the Palace Theatre and gardens.

Walking Grade 2

Four hours
Godollo Palace, Hungary
  • Optional on 14 nights itinerary
Across the Continent: Spirit of the Danube

The Danube

from £2,749 per person
2 passengers
14 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £54 if not required
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Across the Continent: Spirit of the Danube

The Danube

from £2,749 per person
2 passengers
14 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £54 if not required