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    Medieval Bamberg
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    Cologne's Gothic cathedral
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    Picturesque Miltenberg
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    Vibrant Amsterdam

Reflections of the Rhine and Main

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 along the Middle Rhine and Main visiting vibrant cities and medieval towns…

Explore the lively cities and medieval towns of the Rhine and Main on this seven-night river cruise aboard our elegant new ship, Spirit of the Danube. Your holiday begins in Amsterdam where you can choose to see the city highlights on an included tour that features a cruise on the famous canals, or you can sample local delicacies such as cheese and croquettes during an included culinary walking tour.

Admire the landscapes of South Holland before your ship cruises across the border into Germany, where another colourful city awaits. Cologne, whose skyline is dominated by the twin spires of its famous cathedral, has an inspiring collection of museums and art galleries. Perhaps take a stroll along the cobbled lanes and squares, such as the Alter Markt. While in Koblenz, enjoy an included panoramic cable car ride to visit Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Cruise through the Middle Rhine with its dramatic scenery and myriad of castles before heading onto the Main to explore a host of riverside gems, from the Bavarian city of Würzburg to medieval Bamberg.


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

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


  • 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
  • Koblenz and the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
  • Wurzburg and the Residenz Palace

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration

Celebrity Guest - Paul Rankin

During the first week of the April 4, 2022 departure, you will be joined by celebrity chef, Paul Rankin – founder of Northern Ireland’s first Michelin Starred restaurant, Roscoff.

Paul is probably best known for being one of the longest standing chefs on the popular television series Ready Steady Cook, and has appeared on many other programmes since then, including several of his own series, such as The Rankin Challenge. A successful cookery author, Paul’s books include New Irish Cookery, Dublin Dining and Gourmet Ireland, to name but a few. He is also an ambassador and consultant for Sodexo’s education programme, inspiring healthy eating among children in UK schools. As well as all this, Paul has his own range of traditional Irish breads and sausages, which can be found in well-known supermarkets.

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Day 1 UK to Amsterdam

Canal houses on the Rokin in Amsterdam

Fly to Amsterdam and travel by coach from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport to the port (a distance of approximately 12 miles, which should take around 40 minutes depending on traffic). Depending on your flight time, you may have some free time before being taken to your ship – we will look after your luggage if this is the case. Embarkation begins from 4pm and you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner on board this evening.

Spirit of the Danube remains moored overnight in Amsterdam.

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Day 2 Amsterdam 🎧

Amsterdam's Skinny Bridge over the Amstel river

Look forward to an included excursion which highlights the vivid history of the city and includes a canal cruise to view such treasures as the famous Skinny Bridge, the Montelbaanstoren tower and the Jewish Quarter. Alternatively you may choose to join an included culinary-themed walking tour of the city with the opportunity to sample local delicacies along the way such as herring, cheese and croquettes.

Your ship departs Amsterdam after lunch and cruises south along the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal, through the flat polder landscape of South Holland, reaching the Rhine overnight en route for Cologne.

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Day 3 Cologne 🎧

Cologne, Germany

Enjoy an afternoon exploring some of the city’s many highlights either independently or by joining an optional guided tour.

You may like to discover the history at the Roman Germanic Museum, or admire the impressive Gothic cathedral. Building started in 1248 to house the relics of the three Magi but was not finally completed until 1880! You can see the magnificent shrine to Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar – now among the patron saints of Cologne – 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 late tonight.

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Day 4 Koblenz to Rüdesheim 🎧

Ehrenbreitstein Fortress and Koblenz City in Germany

You'll have a couple of hours to explore Koblenz this morning during an included tour.

The city is 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. The riverside promenade and several historic churches are set beneath the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress on top of the hill, which your excursion visits via panoramic cable car. Later this morning, you'll sail along what is probably the most famous and scenic stretch of the Rhine Valley. Look out for the castles on both banks, including Stolzenfels, Marksburg and the ‘Enemy Brothers’ castles of Sterrenberg and Liebenstein.

Further south, the ruined fortress of Rheinfels, captured by Napoleon’s troops in 1797, dominates the wine-growing village of St Goar. Another highlight is passing Lorelei Rock. It was inspiration for a famous poem by Heinrich Heine, which described how the singing of the nymph Lorelei lured passing sailors to a watery death on the submerged rocks…

Continue to the wine town of Rüdesheim, famous for the 'olde-worlde' taverns of the famed Drosselgasse which you might like to visit. Or you can join an optional excursion to either a local winery, including a tasting, or to Siegfried's Museum of Mechanical Music. Your ship departs early evening and cruises towards Miltenberg.

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Day 5 Miltenberg

The Medieval town of Miltenberg on the River Main, Bavaria

Enjoy a leisurely morning on board as you cruise to Miltenberg, set in the attractive Main valley, between the Odenwald and the Spessart.

The oldest part of the city lies on the left bank of the Main below a steep wooded hill, crowned by a 13th-century castle. The old town, enclosed within ancient walls and gates, is home to charming streets of half-timbered houses and old wine taverns which you'll no doubt discover this afternoon as you explore independently. If beer is more your thing then why not opt to join a tour of the local brewery.

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Day 6 Würzburg 🎧

Würzburg Residenz palace

Spend the afternoon in Würzburg, set among vineyards on the banks of the River Main.

It was an important city in the Middle Ages, but owes its present appearance to the prince-bishops of the Schönborn family, who erected a large number of wonderful baroque buildings in the 17th and 18th centuries. Enjoy an included guided tour of one of Europe’s most splendid baroque palaces, the Residenz, dating back to the 18th century. Admire the famous grand staircase and Imperial Hall with frescoes by Tiepolo and the extensive gardens, then continue into the picturesque Bavarian town to see the 13th-century Fortress of Marienberg, the cathedral and old Main Bridge.

Spirit of the Danube leaves Würzburg early this evening and continues past the vineyards of Franconia towards Bamberg.

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Day 7 Bamberg 🎧

Historical city of Bamberg, Germany

Today you pass from the Main into the Main-Danube Canal, the idea for which originated in 793AD with Charlemagne, although the canal wasn’t finally completed until 1992! This vast civil engineering project includes no fewer than 16 locks.

Your ship moors in Bamberg, renowned as one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Germany, after lunch. Founded in 973, this enchanting Bavarian cathedral city sits on seven hills overlooking the Regnitz River Valley.

Perhaps join an optional walking tour of the old city, nestled beneath the stunning Michaelsberg Monastery, with its cobbled streets and quaint thoroughfares lined with interesting buildings, timber-framed houses and historic museums. Visit the cathedral, a fine representation of the transition from Romanesque to Gothic architecture, and walk through the historic streets to discover the old Town Hall, the magnificent Renaissance building of Alte Hofhaltung and the quaint fisherman’s houses of ‘Little Venice’.

Alternatively you may wish to join an optional culinary-themed walking tour of the city. Back on board your ship you can look forward to tonight's farewell dinner as you sail overnight to Nuremberg.

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Day 8 Nuremberg to UK

Half-timbered houses on the banks of the Pegnitz River in Nuremberg

Disembark Spirit of the Danube after breakfast and travel to Munich airport – a journey of approximately two hours – for your return flight to the UK.

Nuremberg Bavaria Germany Europe

Cologne city tour by coach

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 towers of Gross St Martin, the elaborate town hall and Gothic cathedral. Then set off on foot to get a closer look as you stroll along the cobbled lanes and squares, such as the Alter Markt.

Walking Grade 4

Three hours
Great St Martin Church, Cologne
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  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Siegfried's Museum of Mechanical Music

In this whimsical museum you’ll find a fantastical, nostalgic and joyous cacophony of 350 self-playing instruments including music boxes, barrel organs, hand-cranked carnival machines and early jukeboxes-all in full working order. The highlights include the ‘Puppet Orchestrion’, a huge cabinet containing puppet musicians from 1888 and the later ‘Phonoliszt Violina’, a blend of piano and violins that play in perfect harmony.

Walking Grade 2

One-and-a-half hours
Siegfried'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 Rüdesheim to Weingut Adolf Storzel. Located just a few steps from the famous Droselgasse, this family-owned winery dates back to the 16th century.

Your knowledgeable host will introduce you to three different white wines from the winery. A pretzel is served alongside to neutralise the taste of the different wines. A small glass decorated with the family’s coat of arms is yours to take away as a souvenir.

Walking Grade 2

Two hours
Wine tasting in Rudesheim
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  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Miltenberg brewery tour

A short walk from the ship’s berth, is the Brauhaus Faust, the only remaining independent brewery in the city. Enjoy a tour of this authentic, German brewery and learn about the history and heritage of Bavarian beer making.

Of course, the visit wouldn’t be complete without sampling the beer, accompanied by a traditional Bavarian pretzel in the cool atmosphere of this historic brewery.

Walking Grade 3

Two hours
Sample a selection of beers
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  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Bamberg walking tour

Travel by coach into the city centre then take a walking tour of this enchanting Bavarian cathedral city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the stunning cathedral with its distinctive four towers, and the New Residence, built originally as the Prince-Bishop's residential apartments around an exquisite rose garden. Walk through the historic streets to admire the Old Town Hall located on an island in the river and the quaint fisherman’s houses of ‘Little Venice’.

Walking Grade 4

Two-and-a-half hours
Bamberg Cathedral with new residence, Bamberg
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  • 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 4

Two-and-a-half hours
Beer and traditional German pretzels
Bamberg Bavaria Germany Europe
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary
Reflections of the Rhine and Main

The Rhine and her Tributaries