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    Medieval Bamberg
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    Wachau Valley

Five River Explorer: From Vienna

The Danube

  • A car with a tick VIP on selected river cruises
  • A plate with a knife and fork Full board

Cruise the Danube, Altmuhl, Main, Rhine and Moselle Rivers

Your cruise begins on the Danube, where you can explore Dürnstein on an optional walking tour with an included organ concert, visit Melk in the Wachau Valley and perhaps take a tour of the ornate Abbey, a masterpiece of high Baroque architecture. Visit the UNESCO-listed city of Regensburg, enjoy an included tour of Nuremberg, known for the war crimes trials of 1945-46, and head to the Old Town of Bamberg where the historic Town Hall sits on an island in the river before cruising onto the Main, the longest tributary of the Rhine.

An included guided tour of Würzburg with its 13th-century Fortress of Marienberg precedes a visit to Residenz Palace, where the Imperial Hall features frescoes by Tiepolo. While in Miltenberg you can head to the Brauhuas Faust for an optional beer tasting. Continue to Rüdesheim on the banks of the Rhine before sailing onto the Moselle where Cochem and Bernkastel-Kues await.


A car with a tickVIP door-to-door travel service from anywhere on the UK mainland

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Dinner plate32 meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 11 dinners

CocktailWine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner

PersonCruise Host


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

MapIncluded excursions

  • Historic Nuremberg
  • Bamberg city tour
  • Wurzburg and the Residenz Palace
  • Bernkastel panorama train and guided walk

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration

View Full Itinerary

Day 1 UK to Vienna

Vienna and Danube River

Fly to Vienna and embark Spirit of the Rhine. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board.

Your ship begins the overnight cruise towards Dürnstein tonight.

Vienna Austria Europe

Day 2 Dürnstein to Melk 🎧

Melk Abbey

Early this morning you’ll arrive in Dürnstein, where you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy an optional tour followed by an organ concert in the abbey. Continue cruising to Melk this afternoon and perhaps visit the ornate Melk Abbey on another optional excursion.

Spirit of the Rhine sets sail again this evening and cruises overnight towards Passau.

Melk Austria Europe

Day 3 Passau 🎧

Passau, Germany

After a relaxing morning sailing, you’ll arrive in Passau, located at the confluence of the rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz, this afternoon. An optional walking tour here will reveal the baroque St Stephen’s Cathedral and old and new Bishop’s Palaces.

Begin your cruise towards Regensburg this evening.

Passau Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 4 Regensburg to Kelheim 🎧

Regensburg and Danube River, Germany

After breakfast on board perhaps embark on an optional walking tour through the medieval streets of Regensburg’s UNESCO-listed old town. This afternoon you may like to visit Weltenburg Abbey, a masterpiece of German baroque architecture.

Rejoining your ship in Kelheim before cruising overnight to Nuremberg.

Kelheim Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 5 Nuremberg 🎧

Nuremberg, Germany

Arrive this morning in Nuremberg for an included sightseeing tour that 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.

Continue sailing this evening and overnight towards Bamberg.

Nuremberg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 6 Bamberg 🎧

Bamberg, Bavaria

Set off on an included tour of this UNESCO-listed city this morning. Visit the cathedral and walk through the historic streets to see the Old Town Hall located on an island in the river and the quaint fisherman’s houses of ‘Little Venice’. This afternoon you may like to explore the culinary traditions of Bamberg on an optional walking tour.

Your ship cruises towards Würzburg this evening and overnight.

Bamberg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 7 Würzburg 🎧

Würzburg, Germany

Enjoy the riverside scenery of the Main as you cruise to Würzburg, arriving this afternoon.

Set among historic vineyards, Würzburg was an important city in the Middle Ages, but owes its present appearance to the prince-bishops of the Schönborn family, who erected a large number of baroque buildings in the 17th and 18th centuries. Join an included guided tour of one of Europe’s most splendid baroque palaces, the Residenz, dating back to the 18th century. Admire the famous grand staircase and Imperial Hall with frescoes by Tiepolo and the extensive gardens, then continue into the Bavarian town to see the 13th-century Fortress of Marienberg, the cathedral and old Main Bridge.

Spirit of the Rhine will begin the overnight cruise to Miltenberg this evening.

Würzburg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 8 Miltenberg

The Medieval town of Miltenberg on the River Main, Bavaria

Arrive in Miltenberg during lunch and perhaps head to the Brauhaus Faust in the old town to tour the brewery and sample the beer on an optional excursion this afternoon.

Spirit of the Rhine departs later this afternoon to begin the overnight journey to Rüdesheim.

Miltenberg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 9 Rüdesheim to Koblenz 🎧

Rudesheim on the River Rhine, Germany

Visit Siegfried's Museum of Mechanical Music on an optional morning excursion before cruising through the afternoon and overnight to Koblenz, where your ship will moor overnight.

Koblenz Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 10 Koblenz to Cochem 🎧

Cochem with the imperial Castle

Set sail from Koblenz during breakfast bound for Cochem, where you may like to take an optional trip on a Noddy train or join an optional tour of Reichsburg Castle. Set sail at lunchtime for an evening arrival in Rüdesheim where you may like to sample fine wines during an optional tasting.

Your ship leaves for Bernkastel-Kues this evening.

Cochem Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 11 Bernkastel-Kues to Trier 🎧

Bernkastel-Kues, Germany

Arrive early this morning in Bernkastel-Kues for an included trip on the panorama train, followed by a guided walk.

Depart this afternoon and arrive in Trier this evening.

Trier Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 12 Trier to UK

Disembark your ship after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

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 11 nights itinerary

Dürnstein walking tour and organ concert

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 hours
The historical city of Durnstein, Austria
Dürnstein Austria Europe
  • Optional on 11 nights itinerary

Passau city walk

A cultured city, Passau’s wealthy past is reflected in its many fine buildings, including the magnificent baroque St Stephen’s Cathedral and old and new Bishop’s Palaces. Enjoy a walking tour through the charming streets and the Danube’s riverside promenades.

Walking Grade 3

Two hours
Passau Bavaria Germany Europe
  • Optional on 11 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 11 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 Bavaria Germany Europe
  • Optional on 11 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 11 nights itinerary

Miltenberg brewery tour

A short walk from the ship’s berth, is the Brauhaus Faust, the only remaining independent brewery in the city. Enjoy a tour of this authentic, German brewery and learn about the history and heritage of Bavarian beer making.

Of course, the visit wouldn’t be complete without sampling the beer, accompanied by a traditional Bavarian pretzel in the cool atmosphere of this historic brewery.

Walking Grade 3

Two hours
Sample a selection of beers
Miltenberg Bavaria Germany Europe
  • Optional on 11 nights itinerary

Siegfried's Museum of Mechanical Music

In this whimsical museum you’ll find a fantastical, nostalgic and joyous cacophony of 350 self-playing instruments including music boxes, barrel organs, hand-cranked carnival machines and early jukeboxes-all in full working order. The highlights include the ‘Puppet Orchestrion’, a huge cabinet containing puppet musicians from 1888 and the later ‘Phonoliszt Violina’, a blend of piano and violins that play in perfect harmony.

Walking Grade 2

One-and-a-half hours
Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum
Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum Rüdesheim Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe
  • Optional on 11 nights itinerary

Cochem Noddy Train

From the pier you'll be met by the Cochem land train, which will take you on a 25-minute guided tour around the town. Starting at the old Mosel Bridge, you'll be taken through the old town and will then cross the new bridge into the Cond district, from where you'll have great views of Cochem and Reichsburg. The land train then takes you to the Moselstrabe and alongside the vineyards which ascend up the valley. After your sightseeing tour you'll have some free time to spend in Cochem, before being collected by the land train and taken back to the ship.

Walking Grade 2

Two-and-a-half hours
Explore Cochem by land train
  • Optional on 11 nights itinerary

Cochem, Reichsburg Castle and Wine tasting

Visit Reichsburg Castle to learn about its colourful history and see magnificent views of the Moselle valley and river. You can enjoy a guided tour of the castle, which was rescued and restored in the 19th century in neo-Gothic style. Today it is a fabulous showcase for Renaissance and baroque furniture. Later, head to a local vineyard and winery for an introductory talk, and a tasting of four regional white Rieslings.

Walking Grade 3

Three hours 30 minutes
  • Optional on 11 nights itinerary
Five River Explorer: From Vienna

The Danube