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Resplendent Rhine in Autumn - Amsterdam to Dusseldorf

Resplendent Rhine in Autumn - Amsterdam to Dusseldorf

The Rhine and Her Tributaries

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

Admire the Autumnal riverscapes of the Rhine...

There are few better times to cruise the stately Rhine than at a time when the banks are ablaze with the colours of autumn. This seven-night seasonal cruise aboard Spirit of the Rhine has been specially planned so you can admire the colourful Autumn scenery.

As your ship winds its way along the Rhine you can disembark to visit historic cities and quaint wine towns. Begin your cruise in the Dutch capital where an included tour is a relaxing way to see the city’s highlights before sailing to Arnhem, where you can learn more about one of the most famous battles of World War II on an included excursion. Discover the historic attractions of Bonn on an optional walking tour and perhaps venture into Ehrenbreitstein Fortress overlooking the town of Koblenz on another optional excursion. Take a stroll along Rüdesheim's cobbled Drosselgasse and taste the local grape on an optional wine tasting excursion, before embarking on an included tour in the vibrant heart of Düsseldorf.


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

MapIncluded excursions

  • Amsterdam city tour and canal cruise OR Amsterdam culinary walking tour
  • Arnhem Commemoration Tour
  • Düsseldorf City Tour

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration.

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Day 1 UK to Amsterdam

Amsterdam at night, Netherlands

Travel to Amsterdam (a journey from Calais of approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes) and embark Spirit of the Rhine. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board.

Your ship remains moored here overnight.

Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

Day 2 Amsterdam to Arnhem 🎧

Amsterdam's Skinny Bridge over the Amstel river

The Dutch capital is, rightly popular for its friendly welcome, historic canals, world-class museums and galleries and laid-back cafes and bars.

This morning you can join an included excursion that focuses on local food and culture, or you can join an included 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.

Afterwards, enjoy a canal cruise to see the city centre with its pretty bridges and attractive gabled houses up close and view the famous Skinny Bridge, the Montelbaanstoren tower and the Jewish Quarter.

Spirit of the Rhine begins the cruise towards Arnhem this afternoon, arriving in the evening for an overnight mooring.

Arnhem Netherlands Europe

Day 3 Arnhem

One of the oldest dutch romanesque protestant church, Oosterbeek

This morning you can join an included tour to learn more about the bloody battle that was fought here during World War II. Visit the site of the momentous events of Operation Market Garden, beginning at the famous ‘Bridge Too Far’. It was here that the 2nd Battalion, led by Lieutenant Colonel Frost, held out for four days in September 1944 against overwhelming odds. At the north end, you’ll see a monument which honours those who participated in the mission, many of whom lost their lives.

Continue to the old church in Oosterbeek, where the Allies took refuge prior to withdrawing, passing some of the fields where the landings took place. At the Airborne Museum, you can see photographs and memorabilia, along with anti-tank guns and a Sherman tank which stand exactly where they were left in battle. You return to Arnhem via the Airborne Cemetery, the final resting place of 1,748 Allied troops.

Set sail again this afternoon and begin the overnight journey to Bonn.

Arnhem Netherlands Europe

Day 4 Bonn to Koblenz 🎧

Bonn Town Hall in the Market Square

Arrive in Bonn this morning and perhaps join an optional walking tour to see sights such as the Electoral Palace and the baroque City Hall. Entrance to Beethoven's former home, now a museum dedicated to his life and work, is also included in the excursion.

Continue cruising to Koblenz this afternoon, arriving early this evening. 

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Day 1 Koblenz to Rüdesheim 🎧

The Lorelei Rock, Middle Rhine

The town of Koblenz is located where the rivers Rhine and Moselle meet and continue their journey to the North Sea. The confluence is marked by a monument to Emperor Wilhelm I, and across the river from here is the vast Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which you can visit by cable car on an optional excursion this morning.

Spend the afternoon relaxing on board Spirit of the Rhine as she cruises through the UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine to Rüdesheim. Glide through a valley of steep banks cloaked in forest and punctuated by the occasional fairytale castle. You’ll pass the fabled Lorelei Rock, where legend has it a siren used to coax sailors to their demise – keep an eye out for her bronze statue as you sail safely by.

Your ship arrives in Rüdesheim before dinner, giving you the opportunity to join an optional wine tasting.

Rüdesheim Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 6 Rüdesheim to Düsseldorf

The vines of Rudesheim

Spend the morning at leisure – perhaps take an interactive map to embark on a self-guided tour or join an optional visit to the eccentric attraction of Siegfried's Museum of Mechanical Music.

Your ship continues to Dusseldorf this afternoon, arriving late this evening.

Dusseldorf North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 7 Düsseldorf

St Lambertus Church and Schlossturm tower, Dusseldorf

Look forward to spending a full day in Düsseldorf where you can enjoy an included tour of the famous Old Town – a square kilometre full of churches, art and more than 250 pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes in the heart of the city.

Join an expert guide on a stroll through the backstreets and discover why the Gothic St. Lambertus church has a twisted tower. The Burgplatz (square) with the Schlossturm (palace tower) holds great char and from here, it's a stone's throw to the Rhine embankment promenade which offers a sweeping view of Düsseldorf's skyline and the Oberkassel Rhine banks.

Spirit of the Rhine moors here overnight.

Dusseldorf North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 8 Düsseldorf to UK

Disembark Spirit of the Rhine after breakfast to begin your return journey to the UK (your journey to Calais will take approximately 4 and 45 minutes).

Bonn: Birthplace of Beethoven

The centre of Bonn has more than 2,000 years of history. This tour will encompass some of the spectacular highlights of this town, visiting such places as the Beethoven monument, the Romanesque Minster Cathedral, the University of Bonn, which was formerly the Electoral Palace – with its elegant Hofgarten – and the grand City Hall. The tour takes you to the banks of the Rhine near the Bonn Opera House to see the imposing view of Germany‘s oldest nature park, Siebengebirge and seven hills.

Walking grade 3

Two hours
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Koblenz and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

Immortalised by Byron and Herman Melville, lofty fortifications have glowered over Koblenz since 1,000AD and changed faces over the centuries. The Prussians constructed Festung Ehrenbreitstein in the early 19th century, when Rhineland became a Prussian province. Despite being Europe’s second largest fortress, after Gibraltar, it played no part in either WWI or WWII. Enjoy a panoramic cable car ride from Koblenz up to the fortress, the views are astounding and you’ll learn about the history of the site. There will be a guided walk around the historic city of Koblenz, and you can admire the elegant architecture.

Walking Grade 4

Three hours
Fortress Ehrenbreitstein
  • 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

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 from 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

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

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.

Resplendent Rhine in Autumn: Dusseldof to Amsterdam

Resplendent Rhine in Autumn - Amsterdam to Dusseldorf

The Rhine and Her Tributaries