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The Beautiful 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

Uncover the highlights of the Rhine and Main…

Step aboard our new ship Spirit of the Rhine for a 7-night river cruise along the Rhine and Main. Embark your ship in Frankfurt before cruising to Aschaffenburg, where you can see the sights on an included walking tour, and Mainz. Continue your cruise into France to visit Strasbourg, capital of the Alsace region. Enjoy an included tour and canal cruise here before continuing up the Rhine back into Germany to explore the wine town of Rüdesheim, Boppard and Andernach en route to Amsterdam where you can sample the food, drink and culture during an overnight mooring – the perfect way to round off your week of discovery...

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
  • Entertainment and activities on board
  • All gratuities on board
  • Return flights and transfers

MapIncluded excursions

  • Aschaffenburg city walk
  • Strasbourg tour and canal cruise
  • Amsterdam city tour and canal cruise OR culinary walking tour of Amsterdam

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration

View Full Itinerary

Day 1 UK to Frankfurt

Frankfurt skyline, Germany

Travel to Frankfurt and embark Spirit of the Rhine. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board.

Cruise overnight towards Aschaffenburg.

Frankfurt Hesse Germany Europe

Day 2 Aschaffenburg 🎧

Old town of Aschaffenburg

Arrive in the early hours and spend the morning in the city known as 'Bavarian Nice' thanks to its sunny climate and lively cultural scene. Enjoy an included walking tour of the city where you can see the Rennaisance Schloss Johannisburg dating back to the 17th century.

Take a stroll through the artisan quarter with its typical Bavarian style half-timbered buildings before setting sail at lunch and cruising on through the afternoon and evening before mooring in Mainz, in the early hours.

Aschaffenburg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 3 Mainz

Historic Mainz, Germany

Spend the morning in Mainz where you can join an optional walking tour of city or visit Heidelburg and its Renaissance castle on another optional excursion.

Mainz, the capital of Rheinland-Pfalz, has a large Romanesque red sandstone cathedral, which retains its cloisters. Behind the cathedral in Gutenbergplatz square is a statue of Johannes Gutenberg, the father of modern printing.

Depart after lunch and spend the afternoon and evening cruising towards Strasbourg.

Mainz Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 4 Strasbourg 🎧

Petite-France in Strasbourg, France

Arrive in Strasbourg mid morning and this afternoon explore the beautiful capital of Alsace whose cobbled streets, half-timbered houses and Gothic cathedral can be seen on an included tour and canal cruise.

Depart this evening and cruise back into Germany overnight.

Strasbourg Alsace France Europe

Day 5 Rüdesheim to Boppard 🎧

Rudesheim am Rhein, Germany

Arrive in the charming wine town of Rüdesheim for a morning exploring.

Perhaps join a fascinating optional excursion to Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music. Set sail to Boppard, a classic Rhineland wine town, where the waterfront is overlooked by wooded gorges and vineyards, arriving mid-afternoon. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has extensive Roman remains, medieval fortifications and half-timbered buildings.

You remain moored here overnight.

Boppard Rhine Gorge Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 6 Boppard to Andernach 🎧

Andernach, Germany

Leave Boppard early morning and cruise through breakfast to spend the rest of the morning in Andernach, where you may like to join an optional walking tour.

During lunch you set off and spend the rest of the day and night cruising towards Amsterdam.

Andernach Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 7 Amsterdam 🎧

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Arrive in Amsterdam late morning, and after lunch you can join an included culinary themed walking tour and sample local delicacies including herring, cheese and croquettes along the way; or you could opt for an included tour of Amsterdam by coach and canal 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, cruise the canals to the city centre with its historic bridges and gabled houses and view the famous Skinny Bridge, the Montelbaanstoren tower and the Jewish Quarter.

Moor here overnight.

Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

Day 8 Amsterdam to UK

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

Mainz walking tour

This guided tour focuses on the city’s history, with visits to its early settlements, Roman era cathedral, old town and modern city centre. The old centre of Mainz features a medieval cathedral, the Electoral Palace, beautiful squares and patrician town houses that line narrow cobblestone lanes. Some of the city’s more modern landmarks include the City Hall, which was designed by Danish architect Arne Jacobsen and built in 1971, and the Am Brand Shopping centre, the Rheingoldhalle conference centre and Fort Malakoff. The city’s centre, which extends from the Kaisertor in the north along the Kaiserstrasse and from the main railway station to the citadel in the south, is the oldest part of the city and dates back to Roman times. The settlement was known as Mogontiacum or Aurea Moguntia, and features reminders of when the city was the capital of the Roman Imperial province of Germania Superior.

Walking Grade 3

Two hours
The Electoral Palace and the Christ Church, Mainz
Mainz Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Heidelberg and its Renaissance castle

The city of Heidelburg is home to Germany’s oldest university, founded in 1386. An optional tour explores the city’s cobbled streets and visits the Renaissance castle, whose turbulent history extends to 1225 when the counts palatine of the Rhine established their residence in Heidelberg. The tour also includes a ride on the funicular railway to the summit of Konigstuhl, also known as ‘the King’s seat’.

Walking Grade 3

Five-and-a-half hours
Heidelberg Castle
  • 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

Andernach City Walk

During this guided walk of Andernach you’ll see the entrance to the city, one of the oldest double gate constructions to be found along the Rhine River. The Roman figures are known as the Andernacher Bäckerjungen, based on the legend of the baker boys. The ruins within the castle gardens were constructed in around 1200 and destroyed by French troops in 1689 during the Palatine Sucession (Nine years war). This city is one of the oldest in Germany dating back over 2,000 years and has many interesting sites to explore from the city wall to the Jewish baths.

Walking Grade 2

Three hours
Garden of the castle ruins in Andernach, Germany
Andernach Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

🎧 Interactive maps and audio headset tours are available for exploring independently in Aschaffenburg, Strasbourg, Rüdesheim, Boppard, Andernach and Amsterdam.

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.

The Beautiful Rhine and Main

The Rhine and her Tributaries