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Sounds of the 60s and 70s on the Rhine

Sounds of the 60s and 70s on the Rhine

The Rhine and her Tributaries

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Cruise the Rhine in the company of DJ Johnnie Walker...

Embark on a cruise which pairs some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery and captivating cities with some of the best music ever written. 

Fly to Basel and join Spirit of the Rhine for a cruise featuring live music from the 1960s and 70s performed on board. Cruise into Germany and moor in Breisach, from where you can explore the Black Forest, before dancing into France to stroll along Strasbourg’s cobbled streets and admire picturesque half-timbered houses on an included guided tour and canal cruise. Another included excursion visits Heidelberg before you reach the beautiful Middle Rhine where you can raise a glass in the wine town of Rudesheim. 

The concerts keep coming as you cruise to historic Koblenz and explore the sights of Cologne before your cruise concludes in Düsseldorf, where you can look forward to an included city tour.


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


  • Expert Host
  • Seven evening performances and two briefings from your Band Leader
  • Three on-board talks from DJ Johnnie Walker
  • Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • All gratuities on board
  • Return coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry

MapIncluded Excursions

  • Strasbourg tour and canal cruise
  • Heidelberg and Castle visit
  • Düsseldorf city tour

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration

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Day 1 UK to Basel

The Old Town of Basel, Switzerland

Fly to Basel and transfer from the airport to the port where you will embark your ship, Spirit of the Rhine.

Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board this evening as you spend the night cruising towards Breisach.

Basel Port Switzerland Europe

Day 2 Breisach 🎧

Breisach, Germany

Arrive in the early hours with a day to explore Breisach, an important medieval town of the Holy Roman Empire during the 16th century. It's overlooked by a 12th-century cathedral – St Stephansmünster – set high on a hilltop above. It's also known as the 'gateway to the Black Forest' and you'll have the chance to join an optional excursion to picturesque Colmar with its well-preserved old town, and the wine town of Riquewhir. Another optional tour visits Lake Titisee, in the Black Forest for a short cruise and lunch.

Depart later tonight and cruise to Strasbourg.

Breisach Baden-Württemberg Germany Europe

Day 3 Strasbourg 🎧


You'll arrive before breakfast in the beautiful capital of Alsace, with the whole day to discover its cobbled streets, picturesque half-timbered houses and magnificent cathedral. This morning an included city tour and canal cruise will help you get your bearings, then this afternoon you can explore further independently.

Alternatively, you might like to join an excursion to the pretty walled city of Obernai, where you can stroll along the ramparts and admire attractive 13th-century buildings with flower-filled balconies.

Your ship departs for Mannheim this evening.

Strasbourg Alsace France Europe

Day 4 Mannheim to Mainz to Rüdesheim 🎧


Pause awhile in Mannheim this morning allowing you to join an included visit the home of Germany's oldest university, the city of Heidelberg.

Highlights include the Old Bridge across the River Neckar and the ruined castle high above the city. Its rather random appearance is due to it having been added to through different periods of German architectural styles. Virtually destroyed by lightning in 1764 it was cannibalised by locals who used stones from it in their own houses! Rejoin the ship in Mainz where you spend the afternoon. Here you can use your interactive map to explore the atmospheric Old Town and famous Gutenberg Museum, dedicated to Johannes Gutenberg. Born in the city he was the inventor of the 'moveable type' printing press, and is known as the 'father of modern printing'. Later, cruise to charming Rüdesheim, where you will moor for the night.

This evening you can take a stroll down the cobbled Drosselgasse, a narrow street lined with taverns, to enjoy a flagon of ale or perhaps join an optional excursion to a wine tasting session or an alternative visit to Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music.

Rüdesheim Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 5 Rüdesheim to Koblenz 🎧

Rudesheim am Rhein, Germany

Cruise a scenic stretch of the Rhine this morning past a collection of fairy-tale castles and villages, and the impressive Lorelei Rock, before arriving for an afternoon in Koblenz.

The city sits at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers and is an important centre for the wine industry. Stroll along the pretty riverside promenade, overlooked by the Festung Ehrenbreitstein citadel, which sits on a hill across the river. Perhaps join an optional tour which also visits the fortress.

Depart later tonight and cruise overnight to Cologne.

Koblenz Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 6 Cologne 🎧 to Düsseldorf

Cologne Cathedral, Germany

A morning in Cologne, considered Germany’s cultural capital, provides the opportunity to enjoy exploring using our state-of-the-art interactive map – don't miss one of Germany’s most popular attractions, the vast Gothic cathedral, started in 1248 to house the relics of the three Magi but 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.

Around lunchtime your ship sets sail for the final time, arriving in Düsseldorf mid afternoon. Expect a fun night on board this evening as the Band mixes the sounds of the 60s and 70s with the music of the pioneers of Rock & Roll who influenced them, such as Elvis, Bill Haley & The Comets, Little Richard and Fats Domino.

Cologne North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 7 Düsseldorf 🎧

The old town, market square, Düsseldorf

Enjoy a full day in Düsseldorf where you can compare the city’s modern, avant-garde architecture with the more traditional appeal of the altstadt – Old Town. An included tour this morning reveals the highlights and this afternoon is at leisure. 

During your final evening of live music the Band are taking requests, so be sure to add your favourite track from previous performances to your Request Slip before handing it in. Your ship remains moored in Düsseldorf overnight.

Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe Dusseldorf North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany

Day 8 Düsseldorf to UK

Disembark your ship after breakfast and transfer to the airport (a journey of around 25 minutes) for your return flight to the UK.

BBC Radio legend Johnnie Walker MBE will join your cruise

He made his name on the pirate ship Radio Caroline in the 1960s but went on to present several shows on Radio 1 and the popular daily drivetime show on Radio 2 which he hosted until 2006. He now presents Sounds of the 70s, Radio 2 in Concert and Johnnie Walker’s Long Players on Radio 2.

Johnnie Walker MBE

Band of Gold

Band of Gold was formed in 1997 and, led by Jeremy Huggett, is guaranteed to entertain and get the on-board party going. Band of Gold is extremely versatile and for this holiday, Jeremy has put together a line-up focusing on rock & roll and the sounds of the 60s. The band will have a five piece line-up consisting of saxes/vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass and drums. Although based in Devon, Band of Gold travel across the UK and abroad.

🎧 Interactive maps and audio headset tours available for exploring independently in Breisach, Strasbourg, Rüdesheim, Koblenz and Cologne.

Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.

Sounds of the 60s and 70s on the Rhine

The Rhine and her Tributaries