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Why river cruise with Saga?

Book with confidence

Simple. Flexible. Stress-free. Booking with Saga means booking your river cruise with confidence.

Here’s how you can rely on us to deliver the perfect river cruise experience.

The Saga Difference

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Brand-new boutique ships

Spirit of the Danube and Spirit of the Rhine have been designed just for you.

Carrying 182 guests, they feel intimate but are also spacious and full of natural light. And from 2023 they’ll be all inclusive.

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Expertly designed with you in mind

Each river cruise is carefully planned by our team to explore famous highlights and lesser-known sights, so you get a real feel for each destination.

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VIP travel service

We’ll arrange travel to your UK departure point and home again. Choose from a chauffeur service with unlimited mileage included or airport parking.

An early bird with a worm

Book early and save up to 25%

Enjoy your river cruise for less – save up to 25% off the full fares. Discounts reduce as cabins are sold so the earlier you book the higher the saving.

Terms and conditions apply†.


Great value

Every river cruise includes so much in the price – return travel and transfers, on-board Wi-Fi, excursions, our VIP travel service and more.

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Choose how you travel

A number of our river cruises offer a no-fly option, but if you do need to fly, you can depart from an airport closer to home on selected cruises.


Extra savings

Save 10% when you book more than one river cruise back to back, where available.

Call us for details.

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Our Cruise Price Promise

We promise that if we lower the price of your river cruise in the future, we’ll pass the value of the saving back to you.

Terms and conditions apply^.

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We’ve got you covered

With Saga travel insurance you’re covered if your trip’s cancelled because of coronavirus. It includes up to £5m coronavirus emergency medical and repatriation cover or a price reduction if you don't need it.

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All passengers vaccinated and boosted

We want to offer the safest cruise experience possible. That’s why customers must be fully vaccinated and boosted against coronavirus at least 14 days before travelling with us.

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Love your first river cruise

We’re so confident you’ll enjoy your first river cruise with us, that if you don’t, we’ll bring you home early free of charge and give you a refund.

Terms and conditions apply*.

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Financial protection

All river cruises are ABTA and ATOL protected.

More than 70 years’ experience behind every holiday


We've come a long way from our humble beginnings – first founded in 1951 by Sidney De Haan, Saga started as a small hotel in the seaside town of Folkestone.

We've since grown into a complete lifestyle brand for the over 50s, offering cruises and holidays around the globe. We've learned a lot over the years about how to make our river cruises unique. From our boutique ships and our highly-trained crew, to the places we visit – quality is at the heart of everything we do.

We stay true to our roots - we're still based in Folkestone, our hometown for over 70 years, championing all aspects of our customers' lives. And we're proud of our heritage as a company who really cares about our customers.

Early bookers save up to 25%

On all our cruises we set aside a number of cabins within each grade at a discounted fare, with the highest discount of 25% available on selected grades. These cabins are sold on a first come, first served basis. As cabins are sold, the discount begins to reduce, and continue to reduce, until those selected cabins are sold. This means the earlier you look, the higher the change of securing a greater discount.

Please note: that during peak booking period discount can reduce quickly.

^Our Cruise Price Promise

Should we ever reduce our prices or introduce a new special offer after you book, we will calculate the price difference and pass the value of any possible saving back to you (optional ad-hoc services are excluded).

Please note: This applies as long as the discounted cruise is exactly the same package offered under exactly the same terms of sale (which means the full terms that apply to your holiday contract, including your cabin grade and whether your cabin is allocated at the time of booking or at embarkation). In calculating any possible saving due, we’ll take into consideration all offers and discounts that were applied at the time of booking and compare the overall price that you’ve been charged with the current price. We will pass on the value of the saving int eh form of a higher-grade cabin, on-board credit, or other value-added benefit.

*Love your first river cruise or your money back!

Please note: This guarantee is available to guests that have not previously cruises with Saga Cruises on a river cruise. We guarantee you will love your first cruise, or will refund your fare. To take advantage of the guarantee you must state your intention on board to the Tour Manager during the first 72 hours of your cruise at the latest (for cruises seven nights or over; during the first 48 hours for cruises under seven nights). They will endeavour to resolve any issues; if a solution cannot be agreed, we will cover costs for your return transport home at the next available port, and refund the fare that you paid for your cruise (we will not refund any costs you have incurred for items not purchased directly through Saga, such as overnight accommodation or third-party insurance). The guarantee does not affect Saga’s standard booking conditions or our pre-departure cancellation policy.