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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.
- Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a discount if not required
- UK travel service
- Return coach travel via Eurotunnel
- Cocktail party and Saga dinner
- Saga cruise director
- Saga cruise escort on board
- Entertainment and activities on the ship.
5% discount off items such as drinks, telephone calls and laundry when you spend at least €50 per person and settle your on-board account with your Saga Platinum credit card.
Day 1 UK to Cologne
Travel by coach from Folkestone to Cologne, via Eurotunnel, and embark Rex Rheni
Day 2 Cologne to Königswinter to Koblenz
Wake up in the pretty village of Königswinter and perhaps join an optional excursion to Bonn. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Day 3 Koblenz to Zell
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. Later, sail along the tranquil Moselle to Zell, savouring panoramic views of exquisite vineyards along the way.
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.
Day 4 Zell to Bernkastel-Kues
You'll have some time this morning to explore the picturesque wine town of Zell, famous for its Schwarze Katz vineyard. Vines flourish at this idyllic location on the banks of the Moselle. At 10.15am 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.
2014 departures will have visit Bernkastel-Kues in the afternoon.
Day 5 Bernkastel-Kues to Cochem to Koblenz
Early this morning, Rex Rheni will leave Bernkastel-Kues, and make her way to Cochem. With the romantic backdrop of neo-Gothic Reichsburg Castle, Cochem is understandably one of the most visited places on the Moselle River.
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.
Day 6 Koblenz to Rüdesheim
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 – perhaps you'll sample the wines this region is famous for in the tavern-lined Drosselgasse.
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.
Day 7 Rüdesheim to Cologne
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'!
Day 8 Cologne to the UK
Disembark after breakfast and return by coach and Eurotunnel to the UK.
Please note: Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently. The September 10, 2015 departure follows a slightly different itinerary, please call for details.