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Castles and Vineyards of the Rhine

The Rhine and her Tributaries

  • A car with a tick VIP on selected river cruises
  • A plate with a knife and fork Full board

Experience the best of the Rhine

Step aboard Saga’s brand new luxury ship, Spirit of the Rhine, for her first 7-night voyage down the river which lent the ship her name. Your cruise begins in Düsseldorf where an included city tour explores the highlights.

Then cruise to the historic cities of Cologne and Koblenz, and raise a glass in the traditional wine town of Rüdesheim. Another included excursion visits stately Heidelberg before you cruise into France to explore Strasbourg’s cobbled streets and picturesque half-timbered houses on an included guided tour and canal cruise. Return to Germany to spend the day in Breisach before your journey concludes in Basel…


A car with a tickVIP door-to-door travel service from anywhere on the UK mainland

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Dinner plate20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

CocktailWine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner

PersonSaga Team


  • Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • All gratuities on board
  • Return flights and transfers

MapIncluded Excursions

  • Düsseldorf city tour (2021 departure)
  • Amsterdam city tour and canal cruise OR Amsterdam Culinary Walking Tour (2022 departure)
  • Heidelberg and Castle visit
  • Strasbourg tour and canal cruise

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration

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For information on regional departures, please call our Sales team on 0800 096 2032.
2022 departures

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Day 1 UK to Amsterdam

Amsterdam canal

Travel to Amsterdam and transfer to the port to embark Spirit of the Rhine, which remains moored here overnight.

Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board.

Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

Day 2 Amsterdam 🎧

Amsterdam's Skinny Bridge, Netherlands

The Dutch capital is rightly popular for its friendly welcome, picturesque canals, world-class museums and galleries and laid-back cafes and bars. This morning you can join an included excursion focusing on the local food and culture. After disembarking your ship and meeting your guide, take a tram to Central Station from where you will begin a walking tour of the Dutch capital. Along the way look forward to tasting local delicacies including herring, cheese and croquettes and rounding it off with a sweet treat from a bakery.

Alternatively you could join an included tour of Amsterdam by coach and see the Royal Palace on Dam Square, the floating flower market, the Central Railway Station, which is built on thousands of wooden piles, and the grand 19th-century Rijksmuseum.

Afterwards, enjoy a canal cruise to see the city centre with its pretty bridges and attractive gabled houses up close and view such treasures as the famous Skinny Bridge, the Montelbaanstoren tower and the Jewish Quarter. Spirit of the Rhine sets sail at lunchtime and you will spend the rest of the day and night cruising towards Cologne. B, L, D.

Interactive maps and audio headset tours available for exploring independently in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

Day 3 Cologne 🎧

Cologne Cathedral, Germany

Arrive at lunchtime in Cologne, Germany's cultural capital.

Enjoy an afternoon of exploring using our state-of-the-art interactive map – 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.

Depart later this evening and cruise overnight towards Koblenz.

Cologne North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 4 Koblenz to Rüdesheim 🎧

The Lorelei Rock, Middle Rhine

Having arrived before breakfast, you can spend the morning in Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle.

Discover the attractive riverside promenade and several historic churches, all set beneath the Festung Ehrenbreitstein citadel on top of the hill, which you might choose to visit on an optional excursion this morning. Later this morning your cruise continues through the UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine to the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, passing the fabled Lorelei Rock en route. This evening, perhaps visit one of the 'olde-worlde' taverns in the famed Drosselgasse for a glass of local beer or wine.

Alternatively, join an optional excursion that visits the extraordinary Siegfried's Museum of Mechanical Music or another which features a wine tasting.

Your ship remains moored here overnight.

Rüdesheim Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 5 Rüdesheim to Mainz 🎧

Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Germany

Before sunrise your ship will sail to Mainz.

Here you can use your interactive map to explore the atmospheric Old Town and famous Gutenberg Museum, dedicated to Johannes Gutenberg. Born in the city he was the inventor of the 'moveable type' printing press, and is known as the 'father of modern printing'. This afternoon, an included excursion visits the home of Germany's oldest university, the city of Heidelberg. Highlights include the Old Bridge across the River Neckar and the ruined castle high above the city. Its rather random appearance is due to it having been added to through different periods of German architectural styles. Virtually destroyed by lightning in 1764 it was cannibalised by locals who used stones from it in their own houses!

Sail overnight for Strasbourg, pausing briefly in Mannheim this evening.

Mainz Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 6 Strasbourg 🎧

St Paul Church in Strasbourg, France

You'll arrive this morning in the beautiful capital of Alsace, with the whole day to discover its cobbled streets, picturesque half-timbered houses and magnificent cathedral. This morning an included city tour and canal cruise will help you get your bearings, then this afternoon you can explore further independently.

Alternatively, you might like to join an excursion to the pretty walled city of Obernai, where you can stroll along the ramparts and admire attractive 13th-century buildings with flower-filled balconies.

Your ship departs for Breisach this evening.

Strasbourg Alsace France Europe

Day 7 Breisach 🎧

Rhine and Breisach, Germany

Arrive in the early hours with a day to explore Breisach, an important medieval town of the Holy Roman Empire during the 16th century.

It's overlooked by a 12th-century cathedral – St Stephansmünster – set high on a hilltop above. It's also known as the 'gateway to the Black Forest' and you'll have the chance to join an optional excursion to picturesque Colmar with its well-preserved old town, and the wine town of Riquewhir. Another optional tour visits Lake Titisee, in the Black Forest for a short cruise and lunch.

Depart later tonight and cruise to Basel.

Breisach Baden-Württemberg Germany Europe

Day 8 Basel to UK

Disembark Spirit of the Rhine after breakfast and travel to the airport (a journey of approximately one hour and 15 minutes) for your return flight to the UK.

Basel Port Switzerland Europe

Cologne city tour

Discover the city’s historic attractions on this optional excursion, which begins with a scenic coach trip. See the old town, which has been sensitively restored to its pre-World War II glory. Visit the awe-inspiring towers of Gross St Martin & the mighty Gothic cathedral. Set off on foot & take a scenic stroll along the cobbled lanes & lively squares. This rewarding walk will allow you to get a closer look at what the historic city centre has to offer, such as the Alter Markt.

Walking Grade 4

Three hours
Great St Martin Church, Cologne
Cologne North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe
  • Optional on 2022 departures itinerary

Koblenz and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

Europe’s second-largest fortress, Festung Ehrenbreitstein, was constructed in the early 19th century and today houses the Regional Museum of Koblenz. Enjoy a panoramic view as you drive up to the fortress. Here, you’ll learn about the rich history of the site whilst enjoying views of the city and the flowing rivers below.

After, there will be a guided walk around the historic city of Koblenz where you can admire the elegant architecture.

Walking Grade 4

Three hours
Fortress Ehrenbreitstein
  • Optional on 2022 departures itinerary

Siegfried's Museum of Mechanical Music

Explore an eccentric collection of 350 self-playing instruments located in the delightful village of Rüdesheim am Rhein. In this whimsical museum you’ll find a nostalgic and joyous cacophony of music boxes, barrel organs, hand-cranked carnival machines and early jukeboxes-all in full working order. The high points include the ‘Puppet Orchestrion’, and the later ‘Phonoliszt Violina’, a blend of piano and violins that play in perfect harmony.

Walking Grade 2

One-and-a-half hours
Seigfried's Mechanical Music Museum
Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum Rüdesheim Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe
  • Optional on 2022 departures itinerary

Lake Titisee

Travel into the heart of the Black Forest to the shores of Lake Titisee, where you can enjoy a short, scenic boat trip. Relax as you float across the placid waters of this glacial lake. A light lunch is included in a scenic lakeside setting. Later you’ll have some free time to explore as you please. Lunch Included.

Walking Grade 2

Four hours 30 minutes
Lake Titisee
  • Optional on 2022 departures itinerary

Colmar and the Alsace

Enjoy a scenic drive to Colmar in the Alsace region of France. This well-preserved old town was founded in the 9th century and you can see some of the monuments and highlights of during a ride aboard the tourist train. There will also be time to explore independently before continuing to nearby Riquewihr. This beautiful Alsace wine town is surrounded by medieval fortifications and overlooked by an ancient castle.

Walking Grade 4

Four hours 30 minutes
Beautiful view of the historic town of Colmar
  • Optional on 2022 departures itinerary

Rudesheim Wine Tasting

Board a tourist train and travel into the centre of Rudesheim to Weingut Adolf Storzel. Located just a few steps from the famous Drosselgasse, this family owned winery dates back to the 16th century. Your knowledgeable host will introduce you to 3 different white wines from the winery. A pretzel is served alongside to neutralise the taste of the different wines.

After the wine tasting you will have the possibility to taste and purchase other white and red wines and different liquors and brandies. A small glass decorated with the coat of arms of the family is yours to take away as a souvenir.

Walking Grade 2

One-and-a-half hours
Wine tasting in Rudesheim
Rüdesheim Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe
  • Optional on 2022 departures itinerary

BBC’s voice of cricket Jonathan Agnew MBE

will join the October 4, 2021 departure.

The former Leicestershire and England fast bowler – commonly known as Aggers – is best-known for his work in the commentary box and was awarded an MBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours for his services to broadcasting. During your cruise, the mainstay of Test Match Special will no doubt preview the Ashes series between Australia and England which begins Down Under the following month.

Jonathan Agnew MBE

🎧 Interactive maps and audio headset tours available for exploring independently in Amsterdam, Cologne, Koblenz, Rüdesheim, Mainz, Strasbourg and Breisach.

Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.

Castles and Vineyards of the Rhine

The Rhine and her Tributaries