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Chamber music on the Rhine with the Royal Academy of Music

The Rhine and her Tributaries

from £1,699 per person
2 passengers 7 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
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Enjoy live concerts from the musicians of the Royal Academy of Music

This classical music themed river cruise is joined by some of the finest young musicians from the Royal Academy of Music who will perform five on-board concerts as Spirit of the Rhine sails from Amsterdam and back, visiting Düsseldorf, Bonn, Rüdesheim, Koblenz and Cologne along the way. Look forward to a series of talks from our expert lecturer, live chamber music from the Royal Academy of Music musicians and enjoy an exclusive evening concert in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, one of the world’s finest concert halls.

Including...

Hands shakingIncluded travel insurance

Plate20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

CocktailWine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner

PersonCruise Host

Plus...

  • Expert Lecturer
  • Five on-board concerts from musicians of the Royal Academy of Music
  • Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • All gratuities on board
  • Return flights and transfers

MapIncluded excursions

  • Düsseldorf walking tour
  • Cologne city tour
  • Sightseeing tour of Amsterdam OR culinary walking tour of Amsterdam
  • Exclusive concert in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration.

The Royal Academy of Music

Founded in 1822 by Lord Burghersh, the Royal Academy of Music is the world’s second oldest conservatoire and in 2022 it will celebrate its 200th anniversary. The Academy’s illustrious alumni range from conductor Sir Simon Rattle to percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and its principal Jonathan Freeman-Attwood CBE is himself an accomplished trumpeter, recording producer, writer and broadcaster.

The Royal Academy of Music seeks out and supports the musicians today whose music will move the world tomorrow and your cruise will be accompanied by musicians from the Academy. A string quartet will join the first half and a piano trio for the second half, between them they will perform five on-board concerts and one at the Royal Concertgebouw.


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Day 1 UK-Amsterdam

Amsterdam canal at night

Fly to Amsterdam or journey by coach to your ship (a journey of approximately four hours and 30 minutes from Calais).

Enjoy a welcome dinner on board this evening as Spirit of the Rhine begins the journey to Düsseldorf.

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Day 2 Düsseldorf 🎧

The old town, market square, Dusseldorf

Look forward to spending the afternoon in Düsseldorf, where Robert Schumann held the position of Municipal Director of Music from 1850 to 1857, during which time he composed Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major Op. 97, the ‘Rhenish Symphony’. The fourth movement of which was later praised by Tchaikovsky as "brilliant a monument to the greatness of the human spirit… as Cologne Cathedral itself".

While here enjoy an included tour of the famous Old Town – a square kilometre full of churches, art and more than 250 pubs, bars and cafes in the heart of the city. Join a guide on a stroll through the backstreets and discover why the Gothic St. Lambertus church has a twisted tower. See the Burgplatz (square) with the Schlossturm (palace tower) and from here, it's a short walk to the Rhine embankment promenade which offers a view of Düsseldorf's skyline and the Oberkassel Rhine banks.

Set sail this evening and cruise overnight.

Dusseldorf North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 3 Bonn 🎧

Bonn

Arrive early this morning in the former capital city and perhaps join an optional excursion exploring the highlights this morning. The tour takes you to the banks of the Rhine near the Bonn Opera House to see the imposing view of Germany‘s oldest nature park, Siebengebirge and seven hills.

You’ll also visit Beethoven’s birthplace, which includes a museum, archives and chamber music hall where you can learn more about the life and work of the great composer. This afternoon you may like to witness the world’s highest cold-water geyser on an optional excursion to Andernach.

Bonn North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 4 Bonn to Rüdesheim 🎧

Rudesheim, Germany

Following an early sailing from Bonn, you’ll arrive mid morning in the wine town of Rüdesheim, famous for the 'olde-worlde' taverns of the famed Drosselgasse.

Perhaps join an optional excursion this afternoon to either a local winery for a tasting, or to Siegfried's Museum of Mechanical Music. Your ship remains moored here overnight.

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Day 5 Rüdesheim to Koblenz 🎧

German Corner, Koblenz

This afternoon you’ll sail into Koblenz, situated at the point where the Rhine meets the Moselle and it's one of Germany's oldest towns with a history spanning 2,000 years. Stroll the riverside promenade where you’ll see several historic churches, all set beneath the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress on top of the hill. Perhaps take a cable car up to the fortress on an optional excursion.

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Day 6 Cologne 🎧

Old Town of Cologne, Germany

Enjoy a morning exploring some of the city’s many highlights on an included guided tour. See the Altstadt, or old town, which has been sensitively restored to it's pre-World War II glory, the towers of Gross St Martin, the town hall and Gothic cathedral. Building started in 1248 to house the relics of the three Magi but was not finally completed until 1880! The shrine to Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar – now among the patron saints of Cologne – sits behind the high altar.

Cologne has also given its name to the world’s most famous toilet water – Eau de Cologne – manufactured here since the 18th century.

Depart Cologne later this afternoon.

Cologne North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 7 Amsterdam 🎧

The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam

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 19th-century Rijksmuseum.

Afterwards, enjoy a canal cruise to see the city centre with its historic bridges and gabled houses and view such treasures as the famous Skinny Bridge, the Montelbaanstoren tower and the Jewish Quarter.

This evening take your seat in the recital hall of The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam for an exclusive performance of classical music.

Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

Day 8 Amsterdam-UK

Disembark Spirit of the Rhine after breakfast for your return journey to the UK.

Bonn: Birthplace of Beethoven

The centre of Bonn has more than 2,000 years of history. This tour will encompass some of the spectacular highlights of this town, visiting such places as the Beethoven monument, the Romanesque Minster Cathedral, the University of Bonn, which was formerly the Electoral Palace – with its elegant Hofgarten – and the grand City Hall. The tour takes you to the banks of the Rhine near the Bonn Opera House to see the imposing view of Germany‘s oldest nature park, Siebengebirge and seven hills.

Walking grade 3

Two hours
Bonn
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Andernach Geyser

This startling natural phenomenon is the world’s highest cold-water geyser and sends jets of water shooting upwards to an astonishing 60 metres in height, with accompanying noisy burps and gurgles. At the Discovery Centre you’ll learn about the science behind this geological wonder, and what happens 4,000 metres below the earth’s surface to drive and power this natural fountain. A boat will take you out to the Namedyer Werth peninsula, a nature reserve, to witness the geyser and taste the water for yourself. Take advantage of the free time to explore all the wanders and natural beauty that Andernach has to offer.

Walking Grade 3

Three to five hours
Andernach Geyser
  • Optional on 7 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 7 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 7 nights itinerary

Koblenz and the 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. You will be taken 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 7 nights itinerary

German Romanticism

This intellectual movement of German-speaking countries in the late 18th and early 19th centuries influenced the arts, philosophy and science and, in contrast to English Romanticism, valued wit, humour and beauty. Many great composers were part of this movement, such as Ludwig van Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann.

During a series of fascinating talks from your expert host you can learn more about the composers of this era, many of whom grew up along the Rhine and took inspiration from the scenery.

Please note

🎧 Interactive maps and audio headset tours available for exploring independently in Düsseldorf, Bonn, Rüdesheim, Cologne and Amsterdam.

Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.

Walking Grades
1 – Walking at your own discretion. For example, on panoramic coach tours when the only walking is at photo stops.
2 – Minimal walking. Up to approximately 1,640 feet (500 metres) on mainly flat terrain.
3 – Moderate walking. Between 1,640-4,920 feet (500-1500 metres) over mixed terrain with the possibility of some steps.
4 – Considerable walking. More than 4,920 feet (1500 metres) over uneven terrain with many steps.
5 – Strenuous walking. Long distances over rough terrain with climbing, steps and trekking.

Chamber music on the Rhine with the Royal Academy of Music

The Rhine and her Tributaries

from £1,699 per person
2 passengers
7 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
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Chamber music on the Rhine with the Royal Academy of Music

The Rhine and her Tributaries

from £1,699 per person
2 passengers
7 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required