- Sail away
Visit the historic, UNESCO-listed windmills of Kinderdijk.
- More than just cheese
Discover the delights of Gouda.
- Glorious Ghent
Enjoy your visit to the atmospheric Flemish city.
- Exclusive to Saga
- Full board
Combine a classic Rhine cruise with some of the hidden gems of the Netherlands and a memorable trip to Ghent
Wind your way through the canals and waterways of the Netherlands and dip into Belgium to visit glorious Ghent before you cruise along the River Waal and into Germany’s Rhineland, calling at the cities of Düsseldorf and Koblenz.
20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
- Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
- Saga Cruise Host
- Saga Cruise Assistant on board
- Entertainment and activities on the ship
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
- Ghent city tour
Plus all this…
Day 1 UK to Amsterdam
Fly to Amsterdam and transfer to embark Rex Rheni. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner. You depart later this evening, cruising down the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal, through the flat polder landscape of South Holland.
Day 2 Rotterdam to Gouda
Your ship arrives in the world’s largest port, Rotterdam, in the early hours, giving you the morning to explore independently or on an optional tour. Holland’s second city was heavily restored after World War II and is home to a dazzling array of modern architecture including the Markthal, a combined indoor food market and apartment block, Erasmus Bridge – the philosopher Desiderius Erasmus was born here in Rotterdam – and the Cube Houses, built at a jaunty angle across a pedestrian bridge. There are also a number of beautiful sculptures in the city including works by Picasso, De Koning and Gabo.
Your ship departs during lunch for an overnight stay in the town of Gouda, three hours down the river. There is much more to Gouda than just world-famous cheese. The town has one of the most beautiful historic city centres in the Netherlands, full of eye-catching historic buildings to admire and ancient canals with attractive terraces and pleasant shops to explore. At 123-metres long, the Sint Janskerk church is the longest in the country and boasts stunning windows. Another must-see is the old City Hall, a beautiful monument dating back to 1450. Seek out the carillon on the right side façade, which features mechanical dolls which come to life at two minutes past every half and full hour. No trip to Gouda is complete without visiting the Gouda Weigh House, which houses a museum of craft and, of course, cheese!
Day 3 Gouda to Kinderdijk to Willemstad to Krammer
Set sail early this morning. A brief mooring in the village of Kinderdijk will offer the chance to see the 19 windmills, all still in working order, which were built in the 18th century to pump water from flooded land. The windmills are now listed by UNESCO and while ashore an optional excursion allows you to inspect the different models and even go inside one to see how the residents lived and worked in the restricted space. Continue your cruise to Willemstad. After lunch you can join an optional walking tour of this fortified town set within star-shaped walls. It was William 1 of Orange who ordered the fortifications to be built to protect the town’s strategic position on the River Maas from the Spanish. When he died in 1584 the town passed to his son Maurits and was renamed in his father’s honour.
Set sail this evening and moor in Krammer late tonight.
Day 4 Krammer to Middelburg to Ghent
After mooring overnight in Krammer, sail on to Middelburg, the capital of Zeeland, early this morning. An optional canal cruise and carriage tour explores the city, made prosperous by being a trading port for the Dutch East India Company. Or wander by the canals and explore the old city centre where you’ll see the domed octagonal church, Oostkerk (East Church), 15th-century Gothic city hall and market square. The remains of the old abbey now houses the Zeeuws Museum which holds six famous tapestries depicting Zeeland’s fight with the Spanish during the Eighty Years’ War. The abbey tower, known as Lange Jan, or Long John, can be seen from miles around. Spend the afternoon sailing down the Ghent–Terneuzen Canal into Belgium, arriving in Ghent early this evening for an overnight stay.
Day 5 Ghent
Wake up in the typically Flemish city of Ghent where quaint timber-framed buildings mixed with stone fortifications jostle for space among a network of canals. After breakfast join an included city tour to discover the best of the city’s Flemish flavour. As you wander through the cobbled streets and attractive squares, keep an eye out for the 91-metre-high bell tower of the medieval Cloth Hall – it's hard to miss. Return to your ship to resume your journey at lunchtime, cruising back up the canal to the Netherlands and bearing east towards the Rhine.
Day 6 Nijmegen
After passing through the Hollands Diep and down the River Waal, your ship arrives in the early hours, allowing you to spend the morning in the oldest city in the Netherlands. There are plenty of historic attractions, including 13th-century St Stevens Church, as well as several museums and a variety of shops and cafes housed in historic buildings. Prepare for another lunchtime departure before the Waal joins the Rhine on the eastern outskirts of the city.
Day 7 Dusseldorf
Arrive in Düsseldorf overnight and after breakfast discover the contrast of the city’s modern, avant-garde architecture with the more traditional appeal of the altstadt — Old Town. An optional tour reveals the highlights. Resume your journey before lunch, bound for Koblenz.
Day 8 Koblenz to Frankfurt to UK
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to Frankfurt airport for your return flight to the UK.