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    Germany’s cultural capital, Cologne
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    The town of Cochem
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    Trier's Market Square
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    Amsterdam’s iconic sights

Wine Towns of Europe: Schweich to Amsterdam

The Rhine and her tributaries

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  • A car with a tick VIP on selected river cruises
  • A glass of wine All Inclusive

Explore the attractions of the Rhine and Moselle

Your river cruise begins amid the beautiful scenery of the Moselle where an included visit to the ancient city of Trier reveals the famous Roman city gates, the Porta Nigra.

In Bernkastel-Kues an included trip aboard the panorama train is a great way to see the highlights and you also visit the wine towns of Cochem, with its neo-Gothic castle, Boppard and Rüdesheim. Koblenz sits at the confluence of the Moselle and the Rhine and you can explore it’s fortress on an optional excursion before tracing the Rhine to Bonn.

Enjoy included tours of Cologne, Düsseldorf and Amsterdam, where world-class museums and galleries await.


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

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 coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry
  • Wine tasting on board in Traben-Trarbach and Rüdesheim.

MapIncluded excursions

  • Tour of Trier
  • Panorama Train and guided walk of Bernkastel-Kues
  • Tour of Cologne
  • Düsseldorf city tour
  • Amsterdam city tour and canal cruise OR culinary walking tour of Amsterdam.

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

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration

Look who’ll be joining you on board

Jilly Goolden

Wine critic Jilly Goolden will join you on board for a tasting as you cruise. September 4, 2023 departure.

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Day 1 UK to Schweich

View across the Moselle towards Schweich

Travel to Schweich (a journey from Calais of approximately five hours, plus comfort stops) and embark Spirit of the Rhine.

Enjoy dinner on board as your ship remains moored here overnight.

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Day 2 Schweich 🎧

Kirche St Martin in Schweich

Look forward to a relaxing day in the small town of Schweich. The wine making traditions of this area were established by the Romans.

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Day 3 Schweich to Piesport 🎧

Porta Nigra in Trier

This morning you can join an included excursion to the ancient city of Trier where you can see the Porta Nigra – one of the best preserved Roman city gates in the world. There's also a beautiful cathedral and market square to be explored here.

Your ship sets sail for Piesport mid afternoon and will arrive in the early evening to moor overnight.

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Day 4 Piesport to Bernkastel-Kues

Vineyards in Piesport on the Moselle

The historic village of Piesport enjoys a peaceful riverside setting backed by verdant countryside chequered with ancient vineyards.

Spend the morning here before sailing to Bernkastel-Kues, arriving this evening and mooring overnight.

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Day 5 Bernkastel-Kues to Traben-Trarbach 🎧

Beautiful Bernkastel Kues on the Moselle River in Germany

This morning you can enjoy an included trip on the panorama train to see some of the main sights of this Moselle city, including the wine museum, St Nikolaus Hospital, the parish church of St Michael, the birthplace of philosopher Nikolaus Cusanus and the historic market square with its centuries-old half-timbered houses.

Your ship departs for Traben-Trarbach this afternoon, arriving early this evening for an included wine tasting session on board your ship.

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Day 6 Traben-Trarbach to Cochem

Moselle bend at Traben-Trarbach

Spend the morning at leisure before sailing the Moselle to Cochem, arriving this evening and mooring overnight.

The neo-Gothic Reichsburg Castle, which sits atop a hill cloaked entirely in vines, provides Cochem with a romantic backdrop.

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Day 7 Cochem to Boppard 🎧

Cochem Castle overlooks historic Cochem town on the Moselle River

A choice of optional excursions this morning includes a trip aboard the Cochem noddy train or a visit to Reichsburg Castle.

Depart Cochem this afternoon and spend a leisurely afternoon on board Spirit of the Rhine, arriving in Boppard this evening.

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Day 8 Boppard to Rüdesheim 🎧

The Rhine at Boppard

The cobbled streets of Boppard feature extensive Roman remains, medieval fortifications and half-timbered buildings. You can visit Reichsburg Castle or take a trip aboard the sightseeing tourist train on optional excursions this morning.

Set sail over lunch, arriving in Rüdesheim this afternoon where you can join an optional visit to Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music where over 350 self-playing instruments are displayed.

This evening there will be an on-board wine tasting session before your ship begins the overnight journey towards Koblenz.

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Day 9 Koblenz 🎧

Rhine and Moselle at Koblenz

Discover the riverside promenade and several historic churches, all set beneath the Festung Ehrenbreitstein citadel on top of the hill, which you may choose to visit on an optional excursion this morning.

This evening your ship begins the overnight journey to Bonn.

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Day 10 Bonn 🎧

Bonn, Germany

This morning, following an early arrival in Bonn, you may like to join an optional walking tour of the city to see some of the highlights, such as the Electoral Palace, the baroque City Hall, and Beethoven's former home, now a museum dedicated to his life and work.

Spirit of the Rhine begins the overnight journey towards Cologne later tonight.

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Day 11 Cologne to Düsseldorf 🎧

Cologne, Germany

Awaken this morning in Cologne, Germany's cultural capital, where you can enjoy an included city tour – see the vast Gothic cathedral, started in 1248 to house the relics of the three Magi but not finally completed until 1880! It houses a shrine to Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar – now among the patron saints of Cologne – behind the high altar.

Your ship departs Cologne this afternoon, to arrive in Düsseldorf this evening.

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Day 12 Düsseldorf 🎧

St Lambertus Church and Schlossturm tower, Düsseldorf

This morning you can set off on an included tour of the famous Old Town – a square kilometre brimming with churches, art and more than 250 pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes. You’ll also see the Gothic St Lambertus church, The Rider statue of popular elector Jan Wellem and the Burgplatz (square) with the Schlossturm (palace tower).

Your cruise resumes this afternoon and continues overnight towards Amsterdam.

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Day 13 Amsterdam 🎧

Amsterdam's historic canals

This afternoon you arrive in the Dutch capital, renowned for its historic canals, world-class museums and galleries, and laid-back cafes and bars.

Your ship remains moored here for the next two nights.

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Day 14 Amsterdam 🎧

Amsterdam's Skinny Bridge over the Amstel river

This morning you can experience the local food and culture on an included culinary walking tour with a guide. You’ll take a tram to Central Station from where you’ll begin a walking tour of the Dutch capital while tasting local delicacies including herring, cheese and croquettes along the way.

Alternatively, you could 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 grand 19th-century Rijksmuseum.

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

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Day 15 Amsterdam to UK

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

Wine Towns of Europe: Schweich to Amsterdam

The Rhine and her tributaries