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The Magnificent Rhine, Main and Moselle

The Rhine and her Tributaries

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Uncover the highlights of three of Europe’s most picturesque rivers

Your holiday begins in Arnhem where you will embark your ship before cruising into Germany to visit the former capital, Bonn – birthplace of Beethoven. You will sail into the Moselle where you can look forward to exploring the pretty wine town of Cochem and seeing the Renaissance architecture of Bernkastel and historic Trier, Germany’s oldest city, which you will see on an included tour.

Indulge in an included wine tasting in Traben-Trarbach and perhaps join an optional excursion to the imposing Ehrenbreitstein Fortress while moored in Koblenz. Another included tour reveals the highlights of Frankfurt before you have time to wander independently in Aschaffenburg and Mainz. Strasbourg is the capital of France’s Alsace region and an included tour and canal cruise reveal its charms before you cruise up the Rhine into Germany to explore pretty Rüdesheim, Boppard and Andernach en route to Amsterdam where you can soak up the food, drink and culture during an overnight mooring - the perfect way to round off your fortnight of discovery...

Including...

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

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Dinner plate41 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners

CocktailFree bar open 15 hours a day (2023 only)

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 coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry

MapIncluded excursions

  • Tour of Trier
  • Wine tasting in Traben-Trarbach
  • Frankfurt city tour
  • Strasbourg tour and canal cruise
  • Amsterdam city tour and canal cruise

The free bar available in 2023 is open from 9am to midnight and serves alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration

Joining you on board

Pam Ayres

Writer, broadcaster and entertainer Pam Ayres will join the October 3, 2022 departure. Author of best-selling poetry collections, including The Works, Surgically Enhanced and Up in the Attic, Pam has recorded six series of Ayres on the Air for BBC Radio 4 and has performed for HM The Queen at the Silver Jubilee Royal Variety Performance in 1977. She was awarded an MBE in 2004 and has made numerous television appearances.

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Day 1 UK to Arnhem

Arnhem, the Netherlands

Travel to Arnhem (a journey from Calais of approximately five hours, plus comfort stops), arriving late this afternoon to embark Spirit of the Rhine.

Enjoy dinner on board. Your ship will cruise overnight towards Bonn.

Arnhem Netherlands Europe

Day 2 Bonn 🎧

Bonn, Germany

Arrive in Bonn after lunch and discover the highlights of the city on an optional walking tour with a local guide.

After dinner you will sail overnight towards Cochem.

Bonn North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 3 Cochem 🎧

The city and the castle Cochem, Germany

Arrive in romantic Cochem on the Moselle after breakfast.

You might like to explore the town independently this morning, while an optional afternoon excursion visits the castle, followed by a wine tasting at a vineyard.

Depart this evening for Bernkastel.

Cochem Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 4 Bernkastel 🎧

Bernkastel-Kues, Germany

Sail to Bernkastel-Kues where Renaissance houses line the market square. Perhaps embark on an optional panorama train and guided walk of Bernkastel.

Moor here overnight.

Bernkastel-Kues Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 5 Bernkastel to Schweich (for Trier) 🎧

The Porta Nigra (Black Gate) In Trier, Germany

Set sail before breakfast and spend the afternoon on an included excursion to Germany’s oldest city, Trier, founded in 16BC by Emperor Augustus. See the Roman city gateway, Porta Nigra, and the cathedral.

Moor in Schweich until the early hours.

Trier Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe Schweich

Day 6 Schweich to Traben-Trabach

The town of Traben-Trarbach on the Moselle

Set off in the early hours and cruise through the morning to Traben-Trabach, a picturesque town flanked by hills and vineyards.

Enjoy an included wine-tasting on board before your cruise resumes over dinner as you sail overnight to Koblenz.

Piesport Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe Traben-Trarbach

Day 7 Koblenz 🎧

Jesuiten Square in Koblenz, Germany

Meaning 'merging of the rivers', Koblenz' rich history is reflected in a wealth of monuments and historic buildings. Arrive here after breakfast. An optional walking tour this afternoon encompasses Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.

Set sail before dinner and cruise overnight towards Frankfurt.

Koblenz Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 8 Frankfurt 🎧

Frankfurt skyline, Germany

Today you have the whole day to discover this lively, cultural centre, the most international city in Germany thanks to its origins as a trading centre. Despite the dramatic skyline it's a small city – you can walk from one side to the other in 20 minutes! There are plenty of places of interest, from the cathedral to the restored timber-framed buildings of the city centre – Römerburg – as you'll discover on an included tour. You'll also visit the Goethe House and Museum, on the site of the birthplace of the greatest German literary figure of the modern era.

Set sail at dinner time and cruise through the night.

Frankfurt Hesse Germany Europe

Day 9 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. Perhaps join an optional walking tour of the city.

Set sail at lunch and cruise on through the afternoon and evening before mooring in Mainz, in the early hours.

Aschaffenburg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 10 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 11 Strasbourg 🎧

Petite-France in Strasbourg, France

Arrive in Strasbourg late 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 12 Rüdesheim to Boppard 🎧

Rudesheim, 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 13 Boppard to Andernach 🎧

Andernach, Germany

Leave Boppard early morning and cruise through breakfast to spend the rest of the morning in Andernach, home to the world's tallest cold water geyser. See more of the city on 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 14 Amsterdam 🎧

Floating Flower Market, Amsterdam

Arrive in Amsterdam late morning, and after lunch you can join 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 15 Amsterdam to UK

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

🎧 Interactive maps and audio headset tours available for exploring independently in Bonn, Cochem, Bernkastel, Trier, Koblenz, Frankfurt, Aschaffenburg, Strasbourg, Rüdesheim, Boppard, Andernach and Amsterdam.

In 2023 your ship stops at Kehl and visits Strasbourg on an included excursion.

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 Magnificent Rhine, Main and Moselle

The Rhine and her Tributaries