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New Year on the Rhine

The Rhine and her Tributaries

from £1,149 per person
2 passengers 7 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
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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.

Including...

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

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

CocktailWine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner

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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

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 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.

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Day 2 Bonn 🎧

Bonn, the former capital of 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 Traben-Trarbach

Cochem Imperial Castle

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 Traben-Trarbach late this evening.

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Day 4 Traben-Trarbach to Alken

Traben-Trarbach on the Moselle, Germany

The ‘twin towns’ of Traben-Trarbach which straddle the river are linked by a bridge. Moor here in what was once the second-largest wine-trading centre in Europe, after the French city of Bordeaux. You will be struck by Traben-Trarbach’s contrast with the half-timbered architecture of other Moselle wine villages. Many of its buildings are in a smart art nouveau style, known in Germany as Jugendstil. These include a number of grand villas built for wealthy wine merchants by the Berlin architect Bruno Möhring.

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

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Day 5 Alken to Boppard 🎧

Enjoy the fireworks to see in the New Year

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.

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Day 6 Boppard to Koblenz 🎧

Ehrenbreitstein fortress and 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.

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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 by coach to the UK.

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Please note

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

New Year on the Rhine

The Rhine and her Tributaries

from £1,149 per person
2 passengers
7 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required