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Christmas on the Rhine 2019

The Rhine and her Tributaries

from £1,419 per person 8 2
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £54 if not required
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  • Full Board Full board

Enjoy a Frohe Weihnachten on this festive cruise along the Rhine!

The fragrance of gingerbread and hot Glühwein, glittering decorations and the joyous sound of carol singers… Celebrate Christmas with traditional cheer during this magical cruise, which unites the stunning scenery of the Rhine with Germany’s festive traditions and allows you to dip into Switzerland and France too. Spend Christmas Eve in Breisach and explore the Black Forest on Christmas Morning and discover the seasonal sights of Koblenz on Boxing Day.

Including...

23 meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 8 dinners

Excursions

  • Tour and canal cruise in Strasbourg
  • Heidelberg walking tour and castle visit
  • Visit the Black Forest on Christmas Day


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19/12/2019 UK to Cologne

Cologne

Travel by coach from Folkestone to Cologne, via Eurotunnel or ferry, and embark MS Asara. Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner on board, and cruise overnight to Mainz.

Cologne North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

20/12/2019 Mainz

Mainz

Arrive in Mainz after lunch and spend the afternoon and evening exploring the ancient city with a charming and atmospheric old quarter of half-timbered houses and home to a magnificent Romanesque cathedral. Perhaps explore the 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'.

Mainz Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

21/12/2019 Mainz to Mannheim

Heidelberg

Set sail from Mainz in the early hours and arrive in Mannheim after breakfast. From here you can join an included excursion to the university town of Heidelberg, with its romantic setting on the banks of the River Neckar. 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! Set sail again at lunchtime and cruise through the afternoon and evening.

Mannheim Baden-Württemberg Germany Europe

22/12/2019 Kehl (for Strasbourg)

Strasbourg

After arriving in Kehl in the early hours, look forward to visiting a French city with distinctive German influences. The capital of the Alsace region was restored to France in 1919, after centuries of tug-of-war with Germany. This morning discover its cobbled streets, picturesque half-timbered houses and its crowning glory, the ornate Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame, on an included tour and cruise on the canals of the city. This afternoon is at leisure for you to explore independently. A transfer to and from the city centre from the mooring will be provided. Leave Strasbourg this evening for the voyage towards Basel.

Strasbourg Alsace France Europe

23/12/2019 Basel

Basel

Basel is located at the meeting point of Switzerland, Germany and France. Spend the day exploring or join an optional city tour to see the highlights. Remain moored here overnight.

Basel Port Switzerland Europe

24/12/2019 Basel to Breisach

Black Forest

Bid farewell to Basel this morning and perhaps choose to travel into the heart of the enchanting Black Forest, to lovely Lake Titisee, on an optional excursion. Enjoy a scenic boat trip on this glacial lake before a light lunch in a lakeside restaurant offering stunning views. Excursion participants will rejoin the ship in Breisach this afternoon. The town is set at the foot of the Kaiserstühl, or Emperor's Chair, hills named in honour of Holy Roman Emperor Otto III. The hill upon which the town is built would frequently become an island when this area of the river flooded – until the river was 'straightened' by Johann Gottfried Tulla, a German engineer. Don’t overdo it on board this evening as you’ll need to be up and about early for a very special festive treat. Should you wish to attend midnight mass your Saga Host will be able to advise you.

Breisach Baden-Württemberg Germany Europe

25/12/2019 Sailing

Merry Christmas! This morning you can look forward to an included excursion into the Black Forest. Take a scenic drive along the Schwarzwald Hochstrasse, which runs along the spine of this legendary region, and see some of Germany’s most beautiful scenery. Stop off in Freudenstadt, famous for having the largest market square in Germany, and continue to Oppenau, a beautiful 12th-century town before tea and cake at the Hotel Kalicutt, where the Schwarzwald kirschtorte (Black Forest gateau) is highly recommended. Spend the rest of Christmas Day cruising the majestic Rhine aboard your state of the art ship, which features all mod cons.

You might choose to relax in your spacious cabin, which comes with a permanent hotel bed, TV and its very own coffee machine, and use the complimentary Wi-Fi to wish loved ones at home a Merry Christmas or head to the library to read a book by the fire or how about a trip to the onboard sauna and relaxation area as a little present to yourself. You can look forward to meals in the grand restaurant, though a more intimate speciality restaurant at the stern boasts an open kitchen and panoramic views of the wintry landscapes you are sweeping through. You could bundle up for a walk on the sundeck to see the sights gliding by or hardy souls might even fancy a festive dip in the heated Jacuzzi.

26/12/2019 Koblenz

Koblenz

Sail to Koblenz this morning, with its glorious location on the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, which make it an important centre for the wine industry. After arriving around midday, perhaps walk off any excesses from the previous day with a bracing stroll along the pretty riverside promenade, overlooked by the Festung Ehrenbreitstein citadel, which sits on a hill across the river. Perhaps join an optional tour which also visits the fortress, built by the Prussians. Depart later tonight and cruise overnight to Cologne.

Koblenz Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

27/12/2019 Cologne to UK

Arrive in the early hours and, after breakfast, disembark MS Asara and travel by coach to the UK via Eurotunnel or ferry.


Christmas on the Rhine 2019

The Rhine and her Tributaries

from £1,419 per person 8 2
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £54 if not required
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Christmas on the Rhine 2019

The Rhine and her Tributaries

from £1,419 per person 8 2
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £54 if not required