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Reflections of the Rhine and Main: Amsterdam-Nuremberg

Reflections of the Rhine and Main: Amsterdam-Nuremberg

The Rhine and her Tributaries

  • A car with a tick VIP on selected river cruises
  • A plate with a knife and fork Full board

Sail through the heart of Europe...

Your holiday begins in the vibrant Dutch capital Amsterdam where you can enjoy the food, drink and culture before setting sail aboard Spirit of the Rhine to visit a succession of traditional waterside towns and cultural cities.

Cruise through the Netherlands into Germany to explore the wine town of Würzburg on an included tour, visit the cathedral city of Cologne, venture inside the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz and perhaps sample locally produced wine on an optional excursion in Rüdesheim.

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

PersonCruise Host

Plus...

  • Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • All gratuities on board
  • Return flights and transfers

MapIncluded excursions

  • Amsterdam city tour and canal cruise OR Amsterdam culinary walking tour
  • Wurzburg and the Residenz Palace
  • Koblenz and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration

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29/07/2021 UK to Amsterdam

City of Amsterdam in Netherlands

Fly to Amsterdam and embark Spirit of the Rhine.

Enjoy a welcome drink reception and dinner on board as your ship remains moored here overnight.

Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

30/07/2021 Amsterdam 🎧

Floating Flower Market, Amsterdam

The Dutch capital is rightly popular for its picturesque canals, world-class museums and galleries and laid-back cafes and bars. This morning you can join an included culinary themed walking tour of the Dutch capital with the opportunity to sample local delicacies including herring, cheese and croquettes along the way.

Alternatively you could join an included sightseeing 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. Followed by a canal cruise into the city centre with its historic bridges and gabled houses. You’ll also see famous Skinny Bridge, the Montelbaanstoren tower and the Jewish Quarter.

Spirit of the Rhine sets sail at lunchtime and you will spend the rest of the day and night cruising towards Cologne.

Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

31/07/2021 Cologne 🎧

Cathedral and St Martin church, Cologne

Arrive at lunchtime in Cologne, Germany's cultural capital. Enjoy an afternoon of exploring on an optional tour or by using our state-of-the-art interactive map – don't miss the vast Gothic cathedral, started in 1248 to house the relics of the three Magi but not finally completed until 1880! It houses the shrine to Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar – now among the patron saints of Cologne – behind the high altar.

Depart later this evening and cruise overnight towards Koblenz.

Cologne North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

01/08/2021 Koblenz to Rüdesheim 🎧

German Corner, Koblenz

Having arrived before breakfast, you can spend the morning in Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle.

Discover the riverside promenade and several historic churches, all set beneath the Festung Ehrenbreitstein citadel on top of the hill, which you will visit on an included excursion this morning. Later this morning your cruise continues through the UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine to the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, passing the fabled Lorelei Rock en route. This evening, perhaps visit one of the 'olde-worlde' taverns in the famed Drosselgasse for a glass of local beer or wine.

Alternatively, join an optional excursion that visits Siegfried's Museum of Mechanical Music or another which features a wine tasting. Set sail over dinner and cruise overnight towards Miltenberg.

Rüdesheim Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

02/08/2021 Miltenberg

The Medieval town of Miltenberg on the River Main, Bavaria

The ancient town of Miltenberg occupies an attractive location on the banks of the Main.

Arrive early afternoon and discover the old town with its 13th-century castle, timber-framed houses and old taverns or perhaps join an optional brewery visit and tasting before departing this evening and cruising overnight.

Miltenberg Bavaria Germany Europe

03/08/2021 Würzburg 🎧

Würzburg Residenz palace

Spend the afternoon in Würzburg, the centre of Franconia's wine industry where you can enjoy a guided tour.

Picturesque Würzburg on the banks of the River Main was the ancient seat of the prince-bishops and consequently is home to many fine monuments and buildings. Enjoy a tour of the Residenz Palace, one of Europe’s most splendid baroque palaces, dating back to the 18th century. Admire the famous grand staircase and Imperial Hall with frescoes by Tiepolo and the extensive gardens, before a tour of the town which reveals the cathedral, old Main Bridge and the 13th-century Fortress of Marienberg.

Set sail again before dinner and cruise through the night bound for Bamberg.

Würzburg Bavaria Germany Europe

04/08/2021 Bamberg 🎧

Bamberg, Bavaria

Arrive in Bamberg after lunch.

This UNESCO World Heritage city is characterised by quaint streets full of characterful old buildings. Take in the town's well-preserved medieval treasures on an optional tour, including the cathedral and the quirky historic town hall, set in the centre of a bridge. Alternatively, you may prefer to join an optional food-themed excursion which explores the Bamberg’s culinary traditions.

Sail overnight towards Nuremberg.

Bamberg Bavaria Germany Europe

05/08/2021 Nuremberg to UK

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

Cologne city tour

Discover the city’s historic attractions on this optional 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.

Walking Grade 4

Three hours
Great St Martin Church, Cologne
Cologne North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe
  • 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

Miltenberg beer tasting

Take a short walk from the ship’s berth in the heart of Miltenberg’s old town is the Brauhaus Faust. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of this brewery founded in 1654. Discover the history of Bavarian beer brewing and, of course, sample the beer, accompanied by a typical Bavarian pretzel!

Walking Grade 3

Two hours
Sample a selection of beers
Miltenberg Bavaria Germany Europe
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Bamberg

Founded in 973, this enchanting Bavarian cathedral city sits on seven hills overlooking the Regnitz River Valley. Its rich architectural legacy earned Bamberg UNESCO World Heritage status in 1993. Your tour visits the cathedral, a fine representation of the transition from Romanesque to Gothic architecture. This stunning building, with twin apses, four towers and an impressive ‘Prince’s Portal’, is home to the medieval equestrian statue of the Bamberg Rider, the tomb of Emperor Henry II and other fine examples of German Gothic sculpture (entry to the cathedral may not always be possible). Walk through the historic streets to discover the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) located on an island in the middle of the river, the magnificent Renaissance building of Alte Hofhaltung and the quaint fisherman’s houses of ‘Little Venice’. Walking Grade 4

Two hours
Bamberg
Bamberg Bavaria Germany Europe
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Bamberg Culinary Walking Tour

Enjoy a themed tour of Bamberg, which promises to bring hundreds of years of the city’s culinary traditions to life. Your tour will begin at the Schlachthaus - abattoir – and continues into the old town. Enjoy commentary from your knowledgeable guide and the chance to sample local specialities along the way before your tour wraps up with the chance to sup a cold beer, brewed locally.

Walking grade 3

Two hours
Beer and traditional German pretzels
Bamberg Bavaria Germany Europe
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Reflections of the Rhine and Main: Nuremberg-Amsterdam

Reflections of the Rhine and Main: Amsterdam-Nuremberg

The Rhine and her Tributaries