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See Andre Rieu in Maastricht
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Join André Rieu as he returns home to Maastricht...
Join André Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra in his home town of Maastricht for one of his spectacular summer concerts on this 7-night cruise.
You’ll cruise through Germany and the Netherlands, visiting an array of important and historic cities like Cologne, Dusseldorf and Arnhem while you can also take the chance to tour smaller towns and villages off the tourist trail to make sure you immerse yourself in authentic lowlands life. A rousing open-air concert from André Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra in the medieval heart of Maastricht is sure to be the highlight of this cruise with a musical difference!
20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
Free bar open 12 hours a day†
Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
Saga Cruise Host
Plus, all this...
- Saga Cruise Assistant
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
- Return coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry
- Concert by André Rieu and his orchestra
Interactive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration
†The free bar on board is open from 12pm to midnight, serving non-branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Day 1 UK to Cologne
Your adventure starts as you travel by coach via Eurotunnel or ferry to Cologne - a journey from Calais of approximately five hours.
Embark Rex Rheni and look forward to a welcome reception and dinner on board tonight as you remain moored here overnight.
Day 2 Cologne to Düsseldorf
Wake up in Cologne, Germany's cultural capital. Enjoy a morning of exploring – don't miss the vast Gothic cathedral, started in 1248 to house the relics of the three Magi but not finally completed until 1880! You can see the magnificent shrine to Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar – now among the patron saints of Cologne – behind the high altar. Should you wish, interactive maps and headsets are available to conduct a self-guided tour.
Set sail early this afternoon and cruise through the afternoon to arrive in Düsseldorf before dinner.
Remain moored here overnight.
Day 3 Düsseldorf to Arnhem
Look forward to spending the morning in delightful Düsseldorf where you can enjoy an optional tour of the famous Old Town – a square kilometre full of churches, art and more than 250 pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes in the heart of the city.
Your cruise resumes early this afternoon and you will sail through the afternoon and evening to moor in Arnhem late tonight.
Day 4 Arnhem to Venlo
Enjoy a morning in Arnhem with plenty of time to join an optional commemoration tour and learn more about the bloody battle that was fought here during World War II.
Depart at lunchtime for an afternoon cruising towards Venlo, arriving over dinner.
Day 5 Venlo to Roermond
Set sail at lunchtime and make the short voyage to Roermond, where you will moor mid-afternoon.
The town sits on the bank of the Meuse river and boasts more than 800 years of history, with much of the town centre designated a conservation area full of listed buildings and monuments. Its skyline is dominated by the towers of St Christopher Cathedral and Roermond Minster. An optional walking tour of the town reveals the highlights.
Day 6 Roermond to Maastricht
Rex Rheni departs before breakfast and cruises through the morning to arrive in Maastricht before lunch.
This afternoon perhaps take the chance to join an optional tour of André’s historic home town – one of the oldest settlements in the Netherlands.
Remain moored here for the next two nights.
Day 7 Maastricht
A stroll along Maastricht's riverside promenades and parks is a great way to spend the afternoon, or you might like to scout the city's fortifications or see the grey-stone town hall in the market place.
Maastricht is one of the oldest settlements in the Netherlands and home to the impressive and imposing Basilica of St Servatius which is said to be the oldest church still standing in the country.
This evening you will see the man of the hour performing on an open air stage in Vrijthof Square in the heart of the city. You can enjoy your evening to its fullest as you will spend the final night of your holiday moored here.
Day 8 Maastricht to UK
Disembark your ship after breakfast and begin your return journey to the UK.
Visit the site of Operation Market Garden, beginning at the famous 'Bridge Too Far.' It was here that the 2nd Battalion, led by Lieutenant Colonel Frost, held out for four days in September 1944 against overwhelming odds.
At the north end, you'll see a monument in honour of those who participated, many of whom lost their lives. Continue to the old church in Oosterbeek, where the Allies took refuge prior to withdrawing, passing fields where the landings took place. At the Airborne Museum, see photographs and memorabilia, along with anti-tank guns and a Sherman tank standing where it was left in battle.
Return to Arnhem via the Airborne Cemetery,the final resting place of 1,748 Allied troops.
Walking Grade 2
Optional on 7 nights itinerary
Dusseldorf City Tour
A square kilometre full of churches, art and pubs in the heart of the city – this is Düsseldorf’s famous Old Town. Discover the "longest bar in the world" - and much more. Düsseldorf's Altstadt (Old Town) is packed with more than 260 bars, restaurants, cafés, and breweries, along with everything else that adds to the flair of a historically grown city. Join an expert guide on a stroll through the picturesque lanes, take a look behind the scenes and prepare to make surprising discoveries.
This is history come to life. Find out, among other things, why the Gothic St. Lambertus church has a twisted tower, how The Rider statue of popular elector Jan Wellem came about, where Heinrich Heine was born, and how tailor Wibbel gained fame. The Burgplatz (square) with the Schlossturm (palace tower) holds great charm. From here, it's a stone's throw to the Rhine embankment promenade- offering a stunning view of Düsseldorf's skyline and the Oberkassel Rhine banks.
Walking grade 2
Optional on 7 nights itinerary
Maastricht City Tour
After meeting your guide at the ship, embark on a walking tour. Your route includes a visit to the oldest working water mill in the Netherlands, dating back to the 14th century, which still mills grain for the adjacent bakery and a brewery. Walk around the city wall, through elegant shopping streets and past the house where Andre Rieu was born. Next you will see several chapels and churches before your tour winds its way to grand Vrijthof Square, in the heart of the city.
Walking grade 3
Optional on 7 nights itinerary
Some of the highlights detailed may only be seen on optional excursions, at additional cost, or by exploring independently.