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    The medieval city of Strasbourg
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    Nuremberg Castle
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    Elegant Vienna
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    Passau, the 'City of Three Rivers'

A Voyage Through Europe: Basel to Budapest

The Rhine and her tributaries

  • A car with a tick VIP on selected river cruises
  • A glass of wine All Inclusive

Enjoy a highlight-filled cruise from Basel to Budapest

Join Spirit of the Rhine for a 14-night voyage through the heart of the continent. A succession of waterside towns and cities will be revealed as you follow the historic lifelines of Continental Europe – The Danube, Main and Rhine rivers.

After flying to Basel, your holiday begins cruising through the Rhine Valley to Breisach, followed by a full day of exploration in Strasbourg. Cruise to Mannheim for the chance to visit medieval Heidelberg, then sail along the Main River towards the wine town of Würzburg. Look forward to an included city tours in UNESCO-listed Bamberg and Gothic Nuremberg, whilst a day in Regensburg offers the chance to cruise the Danube Gorge.

From Passau, sail in to Austria to explore Melk and Dürnstein, then arrive in Vienna where you can enjoy another included sightseeing tour during a full day in the Austrian capital.

Continue cruising along the Danube to reach Bratislava, the Slovakian capital, and finally Budapest, where an included tour reveals the highlights.


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

A suitcase with a tick Included travel insurance

Plate 41 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners

Cocktail Free bar open 15 hours a day

Cocktail Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner

Person Cruise Host


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

MapIncluded excursions

  • Tour of Nuremberg
  • Sightseeing tour of Vienna
  • Strasbourg’s Old Quarter
  • Bamberg city tour
  • City tour of Budapest

Headphones Interactive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration.

The free bar is open from 9am to midnight and serves alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

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22/05/2023 UK to Basel

Minster Church in Basel

Fly to Basel and embark your ship. Enjoy dinner on board this evening.

Your ship departs for Briesach later tonight.

Basel Port Switzerland Europe

23/05/2023 Breisach

Breisach in Germany

Arrive very early this morning and spend the day in Breisach, situated in the beautiful Rhine Valley, and go exploring to see its historic cathedral.

Alternatively, join an optional excursion to Lake Titisee in the Black Forest or visit Colmar and the Alsace.

Your ship departs late tonight, cruising towards Strasbourg.

Breisach Baden-Württemberg Germany Europe

24/05/2023 Kehl (for Strasbourg) 🎧

St Paul Church in Strasbourg, France

Enjoy a full day exploring Strasbourg's many architectural treasures. Sitting on the border of France and Germany, the city is a wonderful combination of both countries. An included tour explores the old quarter which includes a cruise on the canals or an optional trip to the pretty wine town of Obernai this afternoon.

Depart during dinner and cruise to Mannheim.

Kehl Baden-Württemberg Germany Europe

25/05/2023 Mannheim

Mannheim, Germany

Arrive early in Mannheim. Take the opportunity to join an optional excursion to the medieval university city of Heidelberg. Set on the pretty River Neckar, beneath an imposing castle, the town is a mass of architectural styles throughout the ages. It has long been an inspiration to poets and writers and consequently became a favourite destination for 19th-century travellers undertaking ‘The Grand Tour’.

Your ship departs at lunchtime and cruises overnight towards Miltenberg.

Mannheim Baden-Württemberg Germany Europe

26/05/2023 Miltenberg

Wertheim am Main, Germany

Spend the morning in medieval Miltenberg, perhaps joining an optional beer tasting.

At midday, cruise along the Main River and continue cruising overnight towards Würzburg.

Wertheim am Main Baden-Württemberg Germany Europe

27/05/2023 Würzburg

The Residenz Palace in Würzburg

Arrive in the university city of Würzburg just before breakfast. Don’t miss the chance to join an optional city tour that includes a visit to the Residenz Palace. The city flourished in the Middle Ages and has a wealth of beautiful baroque buildings.

Depart Würzburg during lunch and cruise towards Bamburg overnight.

Würzburg Bavaria Germany Europe

28/05/2023 Bamberg 🎧

The Old City Hall, Altes Rathaus, Bamberg, Germany

Arrive this morning for a full day exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bamberg, one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Germany and, like Rome, built on seven hills. Admire the magnificent cathedral, the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) on an island in the river and the quaint fishermen's houses in the area of the city known as 'Little Venice'.

Learn more on an included city tour.

Depart early evening for Nuremberg.

Bamberg Bavaria Germany Europe

29/05/2023 Nuremberg

Kaiserburg in Nuremberg, Germany

Discover the Gothic churches and elegantly restored architecture of Nuremberg on an included tour of this city during a full day mooring. The Imperial Castle, Kaiserburg, dominates the skyline of Nuremberg and the city has undergone a great deal of restoration since it was heavily bombed in World War II. In 1935 the Nazis built a stadium here in which they held their infamous rallies and, later, Nazi war criminals were tried in Nuremberg by the Allies.

On a happier note, the artist Albrecht Durer lived here from 1509 to 1528 and his house is now a museum.

Your ship departs this evening for Regensburg.

Nuremberg Bavaria Germany Europe

30/05/2023 Regensburg 🎧

Regensburg and Danube River, Germany

Arrive during lunch with the afternoon to explore independently.

Perhaps join an optional excursion to Weltenburg Abbey and the Danube Gorge, or an optional walking tour of the city.

Depart early this evening for Passau.

Regensburg Bavaria Germany Europe

31/05/2023 Passau 🎧

Passau, Bavaria

Enjoy a full day in Passau, which stands at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers.

Discover St Stephen's cathedral as you go exploring independently or on a guided walking tour. An optional guided walk is followed by free time to explore independently.

Alternatively, you may like to join an optional full-day excursion to Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart, where the Von Trapp family lived and part of the The Sound of Music was filmed.

Your ship departs Passau early this evening.

Passau Bavaria Germany Europe

01/06/2023 Melk to Dürnstein to Vienna 🎧

Benedictine Abbey above the town of Melk

Arrive in Melk early this morning and maybe join an optional guided tour of Melk Abbey. Continue at lunchtime to Dürnstein where you can join an optional city walk.

Set sail for Vienna after dinner.

Vienna Austria Europe

02/06/2023 Vienna 🎧

Townhall, Vienna

Awaken this morning in Vienna for a full day of exploration.

This morning join either an included city tour, or an included culinary walking tour.

In the afternoon you can choose to explore Schönnbrunn Palace on an optional excursion.

This evening, following dinner on board, you can head to a Viennese palace for an optional concert of Mozart and Strauss.

Vienna Austria Europe

03/06/2023 Bratislava 🎧

Bratislava, Slovakia

Spend the day in Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital city. The Old Town has palaces, churches and cathedrals and is overlooked by two castles, perhaps see more on an optional city tour.

Set sail mid afternoon for Budapest.

Bratislava Slovakia Europe

04/06/2023 Budapest 🎧

Hungarian Parliament and the Chain Bridge in Budapest, Hungary

Arrive in Budapest before breakfast. An included excursion reveals Budapest's wealth of attractions, from the elaborate Hungarian State Opera House and grand Parliament Building, to a bustling market hall, or you can join an included Budapest culinary walking tour instead.

Perhaps join an optional excursion to the Godollo Palace this afternoon, or an alternative trip to the Lazar Equestrian Park Horse Farm.

Budapest Hungary Europe

05/06/2023 Budapest to UK

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

Budapest Hungary Europe
A Voyage Through Europe: Basel to Budapest

The Rhine and her tributaries