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    Wachau Valley
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    Medieval Bamberg
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    The Moselle
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    Tour Würzburg

Five River Explorer: To Vienna

The Danube

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

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

Your cruise begins on the Moselle with an included trip on Bernkastel-Kue’s panorama train and the opportunity to visit Reichsburg Castle or explore Cochem aboard a Noddy train during optional excursions. Continue to the winetown of Rüdesheim, set in the UNESCO-listed Rhine Gorge, and perhaps see the self-playing instruments of Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music before cruising to Miltenberg and the Bavarian town of Würzburg, set beside the River Main.

Visit 18th-century Residenz Palace, take a tour of Bamberg where the town hall sits on an island in the Regnitz and explore historic Nuremberg before joining the Danube. An optional excursion to Weltenburg Abbey includes a boat trip through the Danube Gorge and you can stroll through the medieval streets of Regensburg on another optional tour. Cruise into the scenic Wachau Valley to visit Melk, whose ornate Abbey is a masterpiece of high Baroque architecture, and Dürnstein where an optional walking tour includes an organ concert at the abbey.


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

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

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration

View Full Itinerary

Day 1 UK to Luxembourg to Trier

Fly to Luxembourg and transfer to Trier where you’ll embark Spirit of the Rhine.

Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board as your ship begins the overnight cruise towards Bernkastel.

Trier Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 2 Bernkastel-Kues to Cochem 🎧

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 Cochem this evening.

Cochem Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 3 Cochem to Rüdesheim 🎧

Cochem with the imperial Castle

Take an optional trip on Cochem’s Noddy train this morning or join an optional visit to Reichsburg Castle.

Set sail at lunchtime and arrive in Rüdesheim late tonight.

Rüdesheim Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 4 Rüdesheim 🎧

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 towards Miltenberg.

Rüdesheim Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 5 Miltenberg

The Medieval town of Miltenberg on the River Main, Bavaria

After an early arrival in Miltenberg perhaps spend the morning on an optional beer tasting excursion.

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon cruising towards Würzberg and continuing through the night.

Miltenberg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 6 Würzburg 🎧

Würzburg, Germany

Arrive early this morning in Würzburg, set among vineyards on the banks of the River Main.

It 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. Enjoy 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 Bamberg this afternoon.

Würzburg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 7 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 Nuremberg this evening and overnight.

Bamberg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 8 Nuremberg 🎧

Nuremberg, Germany

Arrive 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.

Afterwards, continue sailing overnight to Kelheim.

Nuremberg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 9 Kelheim to Regensburg 🎧

Regensburg and Danube River, Germany

Arrive before breakfast and perhaps join an optional morning excursion to Weltenberg Abbey, with an included boat trip through the Danube Gorge, before rejoining your ship in Regensburg. This afternoon perhaps explore the medieval streets of Regensburg on an optional walk through the UNESCO-listed old town.

Continue cruising late this afternoon towards Passau.

Regensburg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 10 Passau 🎧

Passau, Germany

Spend the morning in Passau, where an optional walking tour reveals the baroque St Stephen’s Cathedral and old and new Bishop’s Palaces.

Cruise through the afternoon and night to Melk.

Passau Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 11 Melk to Dürnstein 🎧

Melk Abbey

Following an early arrival this morning you may like to join an optional excursion to Melk Abbey. Your ship departs at lunchtime for an afternoon arrival in Dürnstein. Perhaps join an optional tour of the city, followed by an organ concert in the abbey.

Spirit of the Rhine sets sails late this evening and cruises overnight towards Vienna.

Dürnstein Austria Europe

Day 12 UK to Vienna

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
Five River Explorer: To Vienna

The Danube