- Reichsburg Castle, Cochem
This renovated castle sits above the pretty town of Cochem and boasts stunning views.
- Cologne's iconic cathedral
This magnificent cathedral was formerly the world's tallest building.
- The Rhine's vineyards
The unique microclimate and soils of the Middle Rhine create ideal growing conditions for world-class Riesling.
- Local flights
- Full board
- By coach
- Exclusive to Saga
- No fly
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.
20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
- Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Optional travel insurance provided by Cigna Insurance Services (Europe) Limited and additional cancellation rights on overseas holidays for over 50's, or a price reduction if not required (cover is subject to medical questions)
- UK travel service
- Return coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry
- Captain's dinner and drinks reception
- Saga cruise director
- Saga cruise escort on board
- Entertainment and activities on the ship
Day 1 UK to Cologne to Königswinter
Travel by coach from Folkestone to Cologne, via Eurotunnel or ferry, and embark Rex Rheni. Cruise to Königswinter and moor for the night.
Day 2 Königswinter to Koblenz
Wake up in the pretty village of Königswinter and perhaps join an optional excursion to Bonn, the birthplace of Beethoven. 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. Perhaps join an optional excursion through the Ahr Valley, or stay aboard the ship as she sails on to Koblenz. Excursion participants rejoin the ship in Koblenz.
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, on an optional excursion. Later, sail along the tranquil Moselle to Zell, savouring panoramic views of exquisite vineyards along the way.
Day 4 Zell to Bernkastel-Kues
There'll be a short time to explore the picturesque wine town of Zell this morning, famous for its Schwarze Katz vineyard. The town's idyllic location on the Moselle encourages the vines to prosper. Mid-morning 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.
Day 5 Bernkastel-Kues to Cochem to Koblenz
Early this morning, Rex Rheni will leave Bernkastel-Kues, and sail to Cochem. With the romantic backdrop of neo-Gothic Reichsburg Castle, Cochem is understandably one of the most visited places on the Moselle River. An optional excursion is available to the castle, which sits atop a hill cloaked entirely in vines. Although most of the castle was rebuilt in the 19th century, the original 11th-century keep still survives. You can also visit a local vineyard for a wine tasting. Sail for Koblenz this evening.
Day 6 Koblenz to Rüdesheim
This morning, 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, where you can perhaps sample the famous wines of the region in the tavern-lined Drosselgasse, or visit Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music.
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 and return by coach to the UK.
The May 27, 2017 departure is by ferry and includes an early start of 6am from Folkestone if travelling by coach.
Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.