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Best of the Rhine Amsterdam to Basel

The Rhine

from £1,099 7 2

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Relax on board as you sail past the breathtaking scenery, majestic castles and fascinating history of the River Rhine

This seven-night cruise takes you from Holland's vibrant capital, Amsterdam to Basel in Switzerland. Relax on board as you sail past the breathtaking scenery, majestic castles and fascinating history of the River Rhine, discovering many of its celebrated highlights..


20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a discount if not required
  • UK travel service
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Cocktail party and Saga dinner
  • Saga cruise director
  • Saga cruise escort on board
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship.

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14/07/2014 UK to Amsterdam


Fly to Amsterdam and embark Regina Rheni II, which moors overnight. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board this evening.

Dutch and Belgian Waterways Amsterdam Netherlands Europe

15/07/2014 Amsterdam


The Dutch capital is renowned for its lively atmosphere, charming canals, interesting museums, vibrant cafes and fascinating galleries. Perhaps take an optional excursion to explore the city on a canal cruise.

Dutch and Belgian Waterways Amsterdam Netherlands Europe

Optional excursions

Enjoy an optional sightseeing tour this morning to discover some of the city’s greatest attractions. Your excursion includes a canal boat ride that highlights the city's vivid history.

Canal in Amsterdam
Amsterdam Netherlands Europe

16/07/2014 Cologne


Enjoy an afternoon in Germany's cultural capital, Cologne, whose UNESCO-protected cathedral is a delight to explore. Started in 1248, the building work was abandoned due to lack of funds and interest, and only completed in 1880. Now it's Germany's most visited landmark! It's said that the reliquary holds the remains of the Three Wise Men of the Nativity.

Cologne North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

17/07/2014 Koblenz to Rüdesheim


Spend the morning in Koblenz, which sits at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle, before sailing through the UNESCO-protected Middle Rhine to Rüdesheim. Spend the evening in this charming wine-making town, perhaps in the famed Drosselgasse with its old-fashioned taverns where you can sample some of the local produce. Alternatively, an optional excursion will visit Siegfried's Museum of Mechanical Music.

Rhine Rüdesheim Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Optional excursions

Visit this museum where you can see all kinds of eccentric mechanical music makers from barrel organs and music boxes to horn gramophones.

18/07/2014 Rüdesheim to Mainz to Mannheim


This morning your ship will sail to Mainz where you can explore the atmospheric Old Town and famous Gutenberg Museum. It's dedicated to Johannes Gutenberg, one of the city's most famous sons and the inventor of the 'moveable type' printing press. It revolutionised the production of books, leading to him being known as the 'father of modern printing'. This afternoon, perhaps join an optional excursion to the city of Heidelberg. Alternatively, you can stay on board and sail to Mannheim.

Rhine Mannheim Baden-Württemberg Germany Europe

Optional excursions

Enjoy a tour of Heidelberg's magnificent Renaissance castle and learn about its fascinating history, then explore the atmospheric cobbled streets.

Heidelberg Castle

19/07/2014 Strasbourg


The beautiful capital of Alsace is blessed with cobbled streets, picturesque half-timbered houses and a magnificent cathedral. This morning there's an optional city tour and canal cruise. This afternoon, perhaps join an excursion to pretty Obernai in the valley of the Ehn river.

Rhine Strasbourg Alsace France Europe

Optional excursions

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city this morning. Visit La Petite France, Strasbourg’s old quarter and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its wealth of history and graceful architecture. See major sights by coach before taking a walking tour through the old town to the magnificent pink sandstone cathedral. Learn about the astronomical clock, then step aboard a canal boat for a relaxing cruise along the waterways.

Strasbourg, France

Join an optional excursion to Obernai this afternoon. This old town of half-timbered houses, courtyards and fountains is set within rampart walls with 20 towers and four gates.

20/07/2014 Breisach


Breisach, often referred to as the 'gateway to the Black Forest', is overlooked by a cathedral that dates from the 12th century and incorporates Roman and Gothic decoration. The hill upon which the town sits used to effectively become an island in the middle of the river when the Rhine flooded, until the river was 'straightened' in the 19th-century! Today, you have the chance to join optional excursions to picturesque Colmar and the Alsace.

Rhine Breisach Baden-Württemberg Germany Europe

Optional excursions

Enjoy a scenic drive into the Alsace region of France to Colmar. Founded in the 9th century and renowned for its well-preserved old town, you’ll see the highlights on a guided walk with your Saga representative. There’ll be time to explore independently before continuing to nearby Riquewihr, a beautiful Alsace wine town. It’s surrounded by medieval fortifications and overlooked by an impressive castle. Perhaps take a stroll around the town walls for fantastic photo opportunities.

See some of Germany's most beautiful scenery on this scenic drive, pausing to visit Freudenstradt and Oppenau, and stop at a hotel to enjoy tea and Black Forest gateau.

21/07/2014 Basel to UK


Disembark your ship after breakfast and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Basel Port Switzerland Europe Rhine

2 nights


2 night pre-extension with breakfasts included.

Spend two nights at the locally rated 4-star Manor Hotel Hampshire Eden (4Q), an attractive converted hospital in Amsterdam-Oost, the up-and-coming city district. After a day exploring you might like to relax over drinks at the lounge bar or terrace, or head to the hotel's restaurant for Italian dishes 'with a twist'. Alternatively, you'll find plenty of choice of bars, cafes and restaurants nearby.

All 125 rooms have a flatscreen television, complimentary Wi-Fi, hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities and a safe.

Please note: This extension is only available in 2015.

Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

Best of the Rhine Amsterdam to Basel

The Rhine

from £1,099 7 2