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Castles and Vineyards of the Rhine

The Rhine and her Tributaries

from £1,499 per person 7 2
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
  • VIP travel service included on selected European tours VIP on selected river cruises
  • Full Board 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 Amsterdam where you can look forward to an included city tour and canal cruise to see the highlights, or alternatively enjoy a walking tour themed around delightful Dutch food.

Set off bound for Germany where you can explore historic cities like Cologne and Koblenz and raise a glass in the pretty wine town of Rudesheim. Another included excursion visits stately Heidelberg before you cruise into France to explore Strasbourg’s delightful 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…

Including...

20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

Included Excursions

  • Amsterdam city tour and canal cruise or Unique Experience: Amsterdam Culinary Walking Tour
  • Heidelberg and Castle visit
  • Strasbourg tour and canal cruise

*Return flights or direct Eurostar train to Amsterdam for a supplement.

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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 one of our Unique Experiences which are designed to give you the chance to get under the skin of a destination by enjoying 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.

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 for your return flight to the UK.

Basel Port Switzerland Europe

Joining you on board

Indulge your passion

Journalist and newscaster Alastair Stewart OBE
will join the August 26, 2021 departure to deliver a series of talks.

Alastair has presented all of ITN’s main news programmes at one time or other and also fronted Channel 4 News. He has served as Washington correspondent, reported on the Gulf War and the 2003 Iraq War, anchored the ITV coverage of General Elections, Royal Weddings. The former Royal TV Society’s Presenter of the Year was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2006 for his services to broadcasting and charity work.

Alastair Stewart OBE

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

Please note

🎧 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

from £1,499 per person 7 2
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required