- Spectacular fireworks
- Altstadt Cologne
- Picturesque small towns
New Year on the Rhine
The Rhine and her Tributaries
- No fly
- VIP on selected river cruises
- Full board
See in the New Year in Boppard with a spectacular fireworks display
Explore a string of historic German towns, from Bonn birthplace of Beethoven to Alken, one of the oldest villages on the Moselle. 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.
20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
Plus, all this...
- Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
- All gratuities on board
- Return coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry
- Visit to Bonn: Birthplace of Beethoven
- Koblenz and Ehrenbreinstein Fortress
- Tour of Cologne
Interactive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration
Day 1 UK to Cologne to Bonn
Travel by coach and Eurotunnel or ferry to Cologne. 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.
Day 2 Bonn 🎧
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.
Day 3 Cochem to Bernkastel-Kues
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.
Day 4 Bernkastel-Kues to Alken 🎧
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 Alken, arriving in the late evening and mooring overnight.
Day 5 Alken to Boppard 🎧
Early risers may have time for a quick stroll in the historic village of Alken, which is set beneath the twin-towered, late-12th century castle – Burg Thurant, one of the oldest in the region. 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 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.
Day 6 Boppard to Koblenz 🎧
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.
Day 7 Koblenz to Cologne to Düsseldorf 🎧
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.
Day 8 Düsseldorf to UK
Disembark Spirit of the Rhine and return by coach to the UK.
Cochem, Reichsburg Castle and Wine tasting
Visit fairy-tale Reichsburg Castle to learn about its colourful history and see magnificent views of the Moselle. 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. There'll be the chance to purchase some wine before returning to the ship.
Walking Grade 3
Optional on 7 nights itinerary
Rheinfels Castle and St Goar
Journey along the banks of the Rhine to the ruins of Rheinfels Castle, which has a hilltop setting. Explore the vast site, said to be the largest castle and fortress ruins on the Middle Rhine, during a guided tour. The fortress was built under the orders of Count Diether V.von Katzenelnbogen in 1245. You’ll then walk down the hill to the winegrowing village of St Goar for another guided tour.
Walking Grade 4
Optional on 7 nights itinerary
Boppard wine tasting
Sniff the bouquet of local wines in one of the most delightful parts of the Rhine Gorge. Boppard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002, is a classic Rhineland wine town where the pretty waterfront is overlooked by wooded gorges and rolling vineyards. The cobbled streets are home to extensive Roman remains, medieval fortifications and half-timbered buildings. Your wine tasting takes place in one of Boppard’s historic towers, which has been converted into a winery – a word of warning, there are nearly 40 steps to climb to the tasting room. Sample four wines and a liqueur, each wine will be introduced by your host. If you wish, you will be able to purchase wine to take home with you.
Walking Grade 2
Optional on 7 nights itinerary
🎧 Interactive maps and audio headset tours available for exploring independently in Bonn, Bernkastel, Boppard, Koblenz and Cologne.