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Rhine river cruises

Fairy-tale castles, ancient vineyards, historic towns… a Rhine River cruise has all this and more

A cruise on the Rhine River offers a variety of experiences from exploring the landmark sights of a lively cultural city and strolling along the peaceful cobbled streets of a traditional wine town, to cruising through the UNESCO-listed scenery of the Middle Rhine Gorge with its vineyards and castle-topped hills.

Flowing from the Swiss Alps, the Rhine River wends its way through the heart of Europe and into the Netherlands, where it meets the North Sea. Along the way this 765-mile-long river flows through Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Liechtenstein, and there are more towns and cities on its banks than you’ll find on any other river in the world. Its main tributaries are the Moselle, Lahn and Main rivers.

We offer a variety of excursions…

Step off the boat and immerse yourself in these top Rhine river cruise experiences.

Basel, Switzerland

Tour of Basel

Explore the city of Basel in the company of a local guide on this combined coach and walking tour. See some of the highlights on a short panoramic drive, before alighting the coach to discover the picturesque Old Town on foot. Learn about how this dynamic Swiss city has evolved over time to become a city of contrasts with historic buildings and traditions merging with striking modern architecture and a developing art scene.

Pastel coloured houses bordering Strasbourg canal

Strasbourg tour and canal cruise

Visit La Petite France, Strasbourg’s old quarter and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned for its wealth of history and graceful architecture. Travel by coach into the city centre. Starting at the Place de la République, one of Strasbourg’s main squares, journey through the old town to the pink sandstone cathedral. From outside, your guide will share the history of this impressive building. You can go inside independently later on if you choose. Then, step aboard a canal boat for a cruise along the scenic waterways observing 12 centuries of religious, civil and military architecture.

Heidelberg City in Germany

Heidelberg and castle visit

This tour takes you on a journey back in time, as you combine a visit to the old town with a guided tour of the local castle. Explore the winding alleys of the old town and see the city’s historic squares, the oldest university in Germany and the Heiliggeistkirche (Church of the Holy Spirit). Then, after a wander through the Jewish Quarter, you can take the funicular railway up to the castle. On arrival, enjoy a tour around the inner courtyard and the castle garden before viewing the residence ruins and the famous giant barrel.

A view down a canal in Amsterdam at springtime

Amsterdam canal cruise

Enjoy a cruise along Amsterdam’s iconic canals, once the hub of the city’s commercial life. As you sail you can see the houses that were originally workshops and stores, and you can learn more about the city’s rich history and connection to its famous waterways.

A driver ready to pick up passengers outside a house, as part of our return UK travel service

Return UK travel service included on all river cruises

Our popular return UK travel service is the perfect way to get your trip on one of our Saga river cruise ships off to a great start, and it's included on all our river cruises.

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