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New Year on the Rhine

The Rhine and her Tributaries

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See in the New Year in Boppard with a spectacular fireworks display

Explore a string of historic German towns, including Bonn, the birthplace of Beethoven. Enjoy the celebrations and sociable atmosphere on board Spirit of the Rhine as you toast in the New Year in delightful Boppard, where the sky will alight with a colourful fireworks display.

Look forward to an included trip to Koblenz, which spreads across the banks of the Rhine and Moselle, and a visit to historic Ehrenbreitstein Fortress along the way. Your journey concludes in the vibrant city of Cologne, where an included tour will reveal the city’s countless attractions, such as the imposing twin-spired Gothic cathedral.


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

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Dinner plate20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

CocktailWine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner

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  • Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • All gratuities on board
  • Return coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry

MapIncluded excursions

  • Visit to Bonn: Birthplace of Beethoven
  • Koblenz and Ehrenbreinstein Fortress
  • Tour of Cologne

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration

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Day 1 UK to Cologne to Bonn

Cologne of an evening, Germany

Travel by coach and Eurotunnel to Cologne (If travelling by Eurostar, the journey from Brussels station to Cologne takes around 3 hours 15 minutes; if flying, the journey from Düsseldorf Airport to Cologne takes around 1 hour 30 minutes). Embark Spirit of the Rhine and then enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner on board this evening. Your ship sets sail for Bonn, arriving late this evening.

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Day 2 Bonn 🎧

Bonn, Germany

This morning you’ll set off on an included tour of one of Germany's oldest cities and its provisional capital city between 1949 and 1990.

Bonn remained the seat of the German federal government until as recently as 1999. An included tour will reveal some of the highlights, which include magnificent baroque palaces and historic buildings from the 16th century when the powerful elite of Cologne chose to reside here. The city is also known as one of the country's finest centres for art, thanks to the impressive Museum of Art and the Federal Art Gallery. It is also the birthplace of famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven, whose childhood home is now part of a fascinating museum.

Spirit of the Rhine departs early this evening for an overnight cruise to Cochem.

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Day 3 Cochem to Bernkastel-Kues

Cochem Castle overlooks historic Cochem town on the Moselle River

Arrive in Cochem early this morning and spend the day exploring this charming town that sits on the banks of the Moselle. Cochem is dominated by the fairy-tale Reichsburg Castle, which sits high on a vine-clad hilltop – perhaps pay a visit on an optional excursion this afternoon.

Depart Cochem late this afternoon and arrive in Bernkastel-Kues late this evening.

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Day 4 Bernkastel-Kues to Tries-Karden 🎧

The medieval market square of Bernkastel-Kues, Germany

Spend the morning at leisure in Bernkastel-Kues where Renaissance houses line the market square.

This afternoon Spirit of the Rhine continues along the Moselle to Tries-Karden, arriving in the late evening and mooring overnight.

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Day 5 Tries-Karden to Boppard 🎧

Pink and orange fireworks

Your cruise continues to Boppard, located in the UNESCO-listed Rhine Gorge. Arriving in the afternoon you’ll have the opportunity to join an optional visit to the ruins of Rheinfels Castle and St Goar or instead, join an optional wine tasting excursion.

Tonight bid farewell to 2021 with mulled wine and a New Year’s Eve party on board, and enjoy the spectacular fireworks that light up the river at the stroke of midnight.

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Day 6 Boppard to Koblenz 🎧

Ehrenbreitstein Fortress and Koblenz City in Germany

Depart Boppard this morning and cruise the short distance to Koblenz, where your ship will moor for the rest of the day and overnight, giving you plenty of time to explore.

The city sits at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers – a huge equestrian statue of Emperor Wilhelm I marks the spot where they meet. Your included morning excursion explores Koblenz and visits Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, a Prussian citadel that overlooks the river. Work started on it in the 11th century and it was at the forefront of a succession of conflicts right through to the end of the First World War.

Spend the afternoon at leisure.

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Day 7 Koblenz to Cologne to Düsseldorf 🎧

Gross St. Martin in the old town of Cologne

Sail from Koblenz early this morning, arriving in Cologne late this morning.

Spend the afternoon discovering the city’s historic attractions during an included 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.

Spirit of the Rhine will sail towards Düsseldorf during dinner and will moor there overnight.

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Day 8 Düsseldorf to UK

Dusseldorf, Germany

Disembark Spirit of the Rhine and return journey to the UK.

Dusseldorf North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

🎧 Interactive maps and audio headset tours available for exploring independently in Bonn, Bernkastel, Boppard, Koblenz and Cologne.

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.

New Year on the Rhine

The Rhine and her Tributaries