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Romantic Rhineland

The Rhine and her Tributaries

from £849 7 2

Including optional travel insurance or a discount of £30 if not required
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Experience the allure of the Middle Rhine

The beautiful Middle Rhine is the setting for your scenic cruise. Sail past castles, fortresses and dramatic cliffs. Stop off to explore pretty wine towns and villages. Join optional excursions to Bonn, the vineyard-clad Ahr Valley and romantic Reichsburg Castle, among others.


20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required
  • UK travel service
  • Return coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry
  • Captain's dinner and drinks reception
  • Saga cruise director
  • Saga cruise escort on board
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship
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Day 1 UK to Cologne to Königswinter


Travel by coach from Folkestone to Cologne, via Eurotunnel or ferry, and embark Rex Rheni. Cruise to Königswinter and moor for the night. 

Königswinter North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 2 Königswinter to Koblenz


Wake up in the pretty village of Königswinter and perhaps join an optional excursion to Bonn, the birthplace of Beethoven. Alternatively, you can choose to take the rack-rail train up to the ruins of the 12th-century Drachenfels Castle, where you can admire fantastic views. This afternoon you sail to Koblenz, passing dramatic scenery, the small island of Nonnenwerth and the ruined castle of Rolandsbogen. Your ship will pause in Remagen where you'll be able to see the remains of the old Ludendorff railway bridge. Perhaps join an optional excursion through the Ahr Valley, or stay aboard the ship as she sails on to Koblenz. Excursion participants rejoin the ship in Koblenz.

Drachenfels Castle Königswinter North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe Remagen Rhineland-Palatinate Rhine Koblenz

Optional excursions

Explore the former capital of West Germany with a trip to Beethoven's birthplace including a museum, archives and chamber music hall. You'll also see the main sights on a guided walking tour of the city.

Bonn North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

Journey through the romantic Ahr Valley and make your way to Ahrweiler, with its charming medieval district, in the heart of the valley. You'll also visit St Laurence church, one of the oldest places of worship in the Rhineland.

Ahr Valley
Ahr Valley Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Journey to the fabled ruins that teeter on the summit of Dragon's Rock. According to legend, this is where Siegried slew the dragon Fafnir and bathed in its blood to become in invulnerable. You'll take a ride on the Drachenfelsbahn – Germany's oldest rack and pinion railway – and enjoy gorgeous views of the castle ruins and surrounding scenery.

Drachenfels Castle Königswinter North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 3 Koblenz to Zell

Koblenz architecture

Koblenz has a rich history spanning two millennia, and its past is reflected in a wealth of monuments and historic buildings. The city is situated at the exact point where the Rhine and Moselle meet, and the city's name means 'merging of the rivers'. Explore the city this morning, or perhaps visit the Festung Ehrenbreitstein, a citadel built by the Prussians between 1816 and 1832, on an optional excursion. Later, sail along the tranquil Moselle to Zell, savouring panoramic views of exquisite vineyards along the way. 

Moselle Zell Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Optional excursions

The Prussians constructed Festung Ehrenbreitstein in the early 19th century. Ride in a cable car up to the fortress with time to explore, then take a guided walk around the old city of Koblenz where you can admire the elegant architecture.

Fortress Ehrenbreitstein
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Day 4 Zell to Bernkastel-Kues

Visit a vineyard along the Rhine

There'll be a short time to explore the picturesque wine town of Zell this morning, famous for its Schwarze Katz vineyard. The town's idyllic location on the Moselle encourages the vines to prosper. Mid-morning you'll leave for the picture-perfect town of Bernkastel-Kues, arguably one of the prettiest small towns in Germany. Bernkastel-Kues features colourful Renaissance houses which line the sloping market square with its 17th-century fountain. There will be free time to go ashore and explore the town at leisure. 

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Day 5 Bernkastel-Kues to Cochem to Koblenz

View towards Cochem

Early this morning, Rex Rheni will leave Bernkastel-Kues, and sail to Cochem. With the romantic backdrop of neo-Gothic Reichsburg Castle, Cochem is understandably one of the most visited places on the Moselle River. An optional excursion is available to the castle, which sits atop a hill cloaked entirely in vines. Although most of the castle was rebuilt in the 19th century, the original 11th-century keep still survives. You can also visit a local vineyard for a wine tasting. Sail for Koblenz this evening.

Cochem Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe Moselle

Optional excursions

The neo-Gothic Reichsburg castle in Cochem was restored in the 19th century and offers wonderful views of the Moselle. Once you've toured the castle, a taxi will take you to a local vineyard for an introductory talk and tasting of four regional wines.

Cochem Castle
Cochem Castle Cochem Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 6 Koblenz to Rüdesheim


This morning, cruise the most stunning stretch of the Rhine, passing Lorelei Rock and numerous castles. The rock is a symbol of the Rhine and inspired a famous poem by Heinrich Heine, which was set to music by Frederich Silcher. Continue to Rüdesheim, where you can perhaps sample the famous wines of the region in the tavern-lined Drosselgasse, or visit Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music. 

Drosselgasse Rüdesheim Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe Rhine

Optional excursions

While you're moored at Rüdesheim, an optional excursion takes you to one of the main sightseeing attractions in the town – a fascinating museum of automated musical instruments and music boxes.

Seigfried's Mechanical Music Museum
Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum Rüdesheim Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 7 Rüdesheim to Cologne

Cologne Cathedral

Return to Cologne and spend the afternoon at leisure exploring this attractive city, famous for its imposing cathedral and for giving its name to 'Eau de Cologne'!

Rhine Cologne North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 8 Cologne to the UK

Picturesque German hosues

Disembark and return by coach to the UK.

Cologne North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

Please note

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

Romantic Rhineland

The Rhine and her Tributaries

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Including optional travel insurance or a discount of £30 if not required
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