- Festive Strasbourg
Look forward to exploring the decorated streets and waterways of the capital of the Alsace on an included excursion.
- See Heidelberg
Enjoy a walking tour of the historic city and visit the stately castle.
- The beautiful Middle Rhine
Spend a sedate Christmas morning cruising the beautiful Rhine.
- The White Forest
Pay a visit to Lake Titisee in the heart of the Black Forest – which might not live up to its name at this time of year!
Christmas on the Rhine
The Rhine and her Tributariesfrom £1,249 per person 7 2 Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
- Full board
Enjoy a Frohe Weihnachten on this festive cruise along the Rhine!
Join state-of-the-art MS Asara on this luxurious Saga river cruise to see the festive Black Forest and visit the towns of Mainz, Strasbourg, Speyer and Koblenz this Christmas. 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 France too. Explore the Black Forest and spend Christmas Evening in the wine town of Rüdesheim then discover the seasonal sights of Koblenz on Boxing Day.
20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK
- Return coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry
- Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- A mulled wine party and traditional Christmas dinner on board
- Saga Cruise Host
- Saga Cruise Assistant on board
- Entertainment and activities on the ship
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
- Tour and canal cruise in Strasbourg
- Heidelberg walking tour and castle visit
- Visit the Black Forest
20/12/2020 UK to 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.
Arrive in Mainz early this afternoon. Explore the ancient city with its old quarter of half-timbered houses and home to a magnificent Romanesque cathedral. Perhaps explore the famous Gutenberg Museum, dedicated to Johannes Gutenberg known as the 'father of modern printing'. Remain moored here until the early hours.
22/12/2020 Mainz to Mannheim
Arrive in Mannheim after breakfast. Join an included excursion to the university town of Heidelberg on the banks of the River Neckar with its Old Bridge and ruined castle high above the city. Set sail again at lunchtime and cruise through the afternoon and evening.
Interactive maps and audio headset tours available for exploring independently in Mainz.
After arriving in Strasbourg in the early hours, look forward to visiting a French city with distinctive German influences. This morning discover its cobbled streets, picturesque half-timbered houses and ornate Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame, on an included tour and cruise on the canals of the city. This afternoon you can look forward to an included excursion into the Black Forest to see some of Germany’s most beautiful scenery before continuing your journey towards Breisach this evening.
Interactive maps and audio headset tours available for exploring independently in Strasbourg.
24/12/2020 Breisach to Speyer
Arrive in the early hours and enjoy a morning at leisure. Spend the rest of the day cruising the majestic Rhine. Look forward to meals in the grand restaurant, or a more intimate speciality restaurant at the stern boasting an open kitchen and panoramic views. You will moor in historic Speyer tonight, in time to transfer to the city centre to attend Midnight Mass.
Interactive maps and audio headset tours available for exploring independently in Breisach.
25/12/2020 Speyer to Rudesheim
Merry Christmas! Spend Christmas Morning at leisure in Speyer. The town boasts one of Europe’s great Romanesque churches and has retained a reminder of its glorious past in buildings such as the 12th-century Jewish baths and the city gate. Set sail at lunchtime and cruise the beautiful Middle Rhine to moor in the charming old wine town of Rüdesheim at dinner. The town is famed for the wine taverns lining its charming Drosselgasse. Whilst here, perhaps join an optional visit to Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music.
Interactive maps and audio headset tours available for exploring independently in Rüdesheim.
26/12/2020 Rudesheim to Koblenz
Bid Rüdesheim farewell after breakfast and spend the morning sailing to Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers and an important centre for the wine industry, arriving around midday. Perhaps join an optional tour which also visits the fortress, built by the Prussians. Depart later tonight and cruise overnight to Cologne.
27/12/2020 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.
Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music
Siegfried Wendel’s eccentric collection of 350 self-playing instruments is a veritable treat for eyes and ears. In this whimsical museum you’ll find a fantastical, nostalgic and joyous cacophony of beautiful music boxes, barrel organs, hand-cranked carnival machines and early jukeboxes, all in full working order. High points include the ‘Puppet Orchestrion’, a huge cabinet containing puppet musicians (1888) and the later ‘Phonoliszt Violina’ a blend of piano and violins that plays in perfect harmony. Walking Grade 2
Optional on 8 nights itinerary
Koblenz and the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
Immortalised by Byron and Herman Melville, lofty fortifications have glowered over Koblenz since 1,000AD and changed faces over the centuries. The Prussians constructed Festung Ehrenbreitstein in the early 19th century, when Rhineland became a Prussian province. Despite being Europe’s second largest fortress, after Gibraltar, it played no part in either WWI or WWII. You will be taken from Koblenz up to the fortress, the views are astounding and you’ll learn about the history of the site. There will be a guided walk around the historic city of Koblenz, and you can admire the elegant architecture. Walking Grade 4
Optional on 8 nights itinerary
Included audio headsets allow you to hear your tour guide clearly and can be used with interactive maps to conduct self-guided tours in selected ports of call. Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring<0x00A0>independently.