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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..
- 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
- 20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
- Cocktail party and Saga dinner
- Cruise director
- Saga cruise escort on board
- Entertainment and activities on the ship
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy a tour of Heidelberg's magnificent Renaissance castle and learn about its fascinating history, then explore the atmospheric cobbled streets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.