- Classical Vienna
Austria's capital is brimming with wonderful sights and sounds.
- Cosmopolitan Belgrade
The capital of Serbia offers visitors a wealth of attractions on both sides of the river.
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A dramatic voyage along the Rhine, Main and Danube
Unfolding over 23 unforgettable days, this epic cruise from the North Sea to the Black Sea embraces historic towns and cities in eight countries.
1 night in a hotel,22 aboard the ship
67 meals: 23 breakfasts, 21 lunches and 23 dinners
- Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required
- UK travel service
- Return flights and transfers
- Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on the ship
- Drinks reception and Captains dinner
- Saga cruise director
- Saga cruise escort on board
- Entertainment and activities on the ship
- Historic Nuremberg
- Sightseeing tour of Vienna
- Tour of Bratislava
- Tour of Budapest
- City tour of Constanta
Day 1 UK to Amsterdam
Fly from the UK to Amsterdam and embark Regina Rheni II. Look forward to a welcome drink reception and dinner on board this evening. The ship will remain moored in Amsterdam overnight.
Day 2 Amsterdam
Regina Rheni II remains in Amsterdam for the morning giving you the opportunity to join an optional coach tour and canal cruise that highlights the vivid history of the city. You sail from Amsterdam around midday and cruise south along the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal, through the flat polder landscape – reclaimed land – of South Holland, reaching the Rhine overnight en route for Cologne.
Enjoy a canal boat ride this morning to discover some of the city’s many waterside attractions, including the Skinny Bridge.
Day 3 Cologne
Spend the early morning cruising south, arriving in Cologne with the afternoon to explore. Perhaps visit the mighty Gothic cathedral, one of Germany's most visited landmarks. Sail from Cologne later this evening and continue south overnight along the Rhine, passing Bonn en route to Koblenz.
Day 4 Koblenz to Rüdesheim
You have a couple of hours in Koblenz to discover the charming old town and the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Depart for Rüdesheim along what is probably the most famous and scenic stretch of the Rhine Valley. You will pass the pretty town of Boppard, the ‘Enemy Brothers’ castles, the ruined fortress of Rheinfels, and wine town of St Goar. Have your camera ready as you round the 132-metre Lorelei Rock, the inspiration for a famous poem about a siren said to have lured sailors on to the rocks to drown. Later you’ll pass Pfalz bei Kaub, a fortress and toll house on an island in the river. Arrive in Rüdesheim, with its charming old town, for the evening. Perhaps go ashore to the atmospheric Drosselgasse, a narrow street lined with taverns, for a glass of local wine or beer. Your ship departs again later this evening.
Day 5 Miltenberg
Enjoy a leisurely morning on board as you cruise to Miltenberg, arriving this afternoon. Explore this ancient town which includes a 13th-century castle, timber-framed houses and old wine taverns. Perhaps enjoy a flagon of ale at an inn or chart the town's history with a visit to the local museum. You leave here this evening and spend the night cruising through the thickly wooded region of Baden-Württemberg.
Day 6 Wurzburg
Around lunchtime you’ll arrive in the historic city of Würzburg, an important city in the Middle Ages. Now though its charm is due to the prince-bishops of the Schönborn family, who commissioned many wonderful baroque buildings in the 17th and 18th centuries. The highlight is the impressive Residenz Palace, designed in the 18th century by Balthasar Neumann who developed and refined his very own style of baroque architecture. Regina Rheni II sails from Würzburg early this evening.
Day 7 Bamberg
Today you pass from the Main into the Main-Danube Canal. Completed in 1992, this vast civil engineering project includes no fewer than 16 locks. Arrive in Bamberg after lunch with the afternoon to explore the old town and perhaps visit the imperial cathedral and Altenburg Castle. Depart again this evening and cruise towards Nuremberg.
Day 8 Nuremberg
Arrive in Nuremberg early this morning. An included sightseeing tour reveals the elegant architecture and major sights of this historic Bavarian city, from its medieval beginnings to the present. Once famous for the manufacture of toys, it achieved infamy in the 20th century as the setting for the notorious Nazi rallies, and later for the war crimes trials of 1945-46. You sail from Nuremberg late afternoon and continue towards Regensburg.
Day 9 Kelheim to Regensburg
Regina Rheni II will pause briefly in Kelheim to allow passengers to disembark for an optional excursion to Weltenburg Abbey, a masterpiece of German baroque architecture overlooking the Danube Gorge. Alternatively, remain aboard the ship as she continues to Regensburg, and enjoy the afternoon exploring the lovely old town. Excursion participants will rejoin the ship in Regensburg. Set off again this evening for Passau.
From Kelheim you can join an optional excursion to Weltenburg Abbey and the Danube Gorge. Set amid beautiful countryside, the abbey is a masterpiece of German baroque architecture.
An optional short orientation tour is available of the lovely old town of Regensburg.
Day 10 Passau
This morning you’ll arrive in Passau, the most easterly city in Bavaria whose wealthy past is reflected in its fine buildings. Located at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube rivers, it is often referred to as the ‘Venice of Bavaria’. The oldest part of the town stands on a narrow strip of land between the Inn and the Danube, with most of the main sights close to the Danube so it’s easy to explore independently. Alternatively, take a short optional walking tour with a local guide. Regina Rheni II leaves Passau early this evening and crosses the border into Austria.
Day 11 Melk to Dürnstein
Spend the morning exploring Melk, famous for its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, a baroque masterpiece. Cruise to medieval Dürnstein, arriving in the afternoon. It’s one of the most picturesque towns on the Danube and also where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in Kuenringer Castle – now in ruins – in the late 12th century. Depart late this evening and cruise overnight towards Vienna.
Day 12 Vienna
Having arrived in the early hours, you get to spend a full day in Vienna. This morning you can join an included sightseeing tour of the highlights, including the Ringstrasse and Opera House. After lunch, you may like to go exploring the capital of Austria independently, or join an optional excursion to the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace. Set sail again late tonight.
Day 13 Bratislava to Budapest
Regina Rheni II arrives early this morning in the Slovakian capital, Bratislava. On an included guided tour you'll see the old town, Gothic-style Cathedral and Bratislava Castle, from where you’ll have a bird’s-eye view of the city. Depart this afternoon and cruise towards Budapest.
Day 14 Budapest
This morning you can join an included city sightseeing tour of the Hungarian capital, comprising Buda and Pest, built on opposite banks of the Danube. Discover cobbled streets, medieval architecture, wide avenues and impressive 19th-century public buildings, plus the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buda Castle. This afternoon you can explore further independently. Regina Rheni II remains moored here overnight.
Day 15 Budapest
Enjoy a further day here in the capital and perhaps enjoy a coffee, local beer or wine while people-watching in one of the many welcoming cafes or bars. You set sail this evening. cruising towards Mohács.
Day 16 Mohács
Arrive early with a full day to explore this Hungarian port, where building boomed with the coming of the 19th-century steamboat traffic. Nearby is the scene of a battle that left Hungary under Turkish rule for 150 years. Regina Rheni II sails from Mohács later this evening and cruises south from Hungary into the former Yugoslavia, where the Danube now forms the border between Croatia on the west and Serbia on the east.
Day 17 Novi Sad to Belgrade
Moor in Novi Sad early this morning and go exploring Serbia’s second largest city. This afternoon Regina Rheni II continues to the Serbian capital, Belgrade. Built at the junction of the Danube and Sava rivers, it has been much fought over during its 2,000-year-history. Arrive early this evening and moor overnight.
Day 18 Belgrade
You have a full day to explore Belgrade, one of the oldest European cities, with a large number of monuments from different eras and cultures. Highlights include the National Museum, the parliament and St Sava Cathedral, the largest Orthodox church in the world. Sail from Belgrade early this evening.
Day 19 The Iron Gates
This morning, cruise along a particularly scenic stretch of the Danube to the ‘Iron Gates’, a narrow gorge with high cliffs on either side. Your cruise continues overnight towards Bulgaria and Romania.
Day 20 Svistov to Rousse
Spend a couple of hours in the small Bulgarian town of Svistov this morning. Depart for Rousse, the country’s biggest inland port and the site of the former base of the Roman Empire’s Danube fleet, and go exploring this afternoon. Stroll around the historic city centre and see Freedom Square with its pretty fountains and grand monuments.
Day 21 Tulcea
Arrive this afternoon in this Romanian city where the Danube empties into the Black Sea. Perhaps visit the Danube Delta Natural History Museum in preparation for your cruise there tomorrow.
Day 22 Tulcea to Danube Delta to Tulcea
Depart Tulcea in the early hours and cruise through the stunning wetland biosphere of the Danube Delta. Listed by UNESCO, the reserve has a diversity of habitats that attracts over 300 species of birds and during the breeding-period you may see hundreds of pelicans plus heron, swan and wild duck.
Day 23 Tulcea to Bucharest via Constanta
Depart Tulcea for Bucharest, the capital of Romania. En route you'll explore Constanta on the Black Sea Coast, said to be Romania's longest continually inhabited city as well as its chief port. Constanta has a beach eight miles long and legend says that Jason landed here with his Argonauts after finding the Golden Fleece! After your tour and lunch, continue to Bucharest, often called the 'Paris of the East' due to its tree-lined boulevards, fine buildings and triumphal arch. Disembark your ship and transfer to the locally rated 5-star Radisson Blu Hotel, Bucharest (5Q), for an overnight stay with dinner included.
Day 24 Bucharest to UK
After breakfast travel to Bucharest for your return flight to the UK.
3-night post-extension half board with two included excursions
After your cruise, transfer from Bucharest to Poiana Brasov, in the heart of Transylvania, where you'll spend three nights on a half-board basis at the locally rated 4-star Sport Hotel and Spa (4Q). It is picturesquely located at the foot of the Postavarul Mountain amid fragrant pine forests in the Carpathian mountains, yet close to the medieval city of Brasov.
The Sport Hotel's restaurant serves Romanian, Hungarian and international dishes, buffet style, and features a terrace with views of the nearby ski slopes. The state-of-the-art spa centre at Hotel Sport features a gym, a lovely indoor pool with hydro-massage, saunas and a hot tub outdoors. Various massages and beauty treatments are offered as well (extra cost). Combining Bavarian style with contemporary touches, the hotel’s bedrooms offer a comfortable retreat where you can enjoy views of the surrounding scenery. Room facilities include a minibar, flat-screen television, telephone, hairdryer, bathrobes and free Wi-Fi.
During your extension you can enjoy two included excursions that will reveal some of the region's famous highlights. On your transfer from the ship to your hotel in Transylvania you'll stop to visit Peles castle – a fantastical piece of perfectly preserved Gothic whimsy, built as a summer residence for King Carol I in 1874. Entrance is included. You'll have free time for lunch then a fascinating tour of Brasov city by coach. Take in the council square, where you'll see the remnants of the Saxon walls and bastions which once encircled the city, and the Black Church, which was discoloured by smoke and flames during the Great Fire of 1689. Entrance is included. The next day you can look forward to an excursion to Bran Castle – or Dracula's castle as it is popularly known – a domineering Gothic structure set atop a 61-metre rock, that is said to have provided Bram Stoker with the inspiration for Dracula's lair.
Single supplement (per person, per stay).
Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.