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From Amsterdam to the Alps

The Rhine and her Tributaries

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From the lowlands to the roof of Europe

Step aboard Saga’s brand new luxury ship, Spirit of the Rhine, for a week-long voyage down the river which lent the ship her name before two hotel stays in Switzerland.

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 you disembark your ship in Basel. During a two-night hotel stay in the city you can join an included tour of the capital, Bern, and then transfer via Lucerne to Davos, the highest town in Europe, for the final two nights of your Alpine adventure.


Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed7 nights Full Board aboard the ship, 4 nights Half Board in hotels

Dinner plate28 meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 11 dinners

CocktailWine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board the ship

PersonSaga Team


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

MapIncluded excursions

  • Amsterdam city tour and canal cruise OR Amsterdam Culinary Walking Tour
  • Heidelberg and Castle visit
  • Strasbourg tour and canal cruise
  • Walking tour of Bern
  • Lake Lucerne cruise

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration

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Day 1 UK to Amsterdam

Amsterdam at night, Netherlands

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 🎧

The Bloemenmarkt, Amsterdam's floating flower market

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 🎧

Deutches Eck, or Germany Corner, Memorial in Koblenz

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 🎧

Historic 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 🎧


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 🎧

Cathedral of 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

Beautiful Bern, Switzerland

Disembark Spirit of the Rhine after breakfast and transfer by coach to the capital, Bern, where you can join an included two-hour walking tour of the beautifully preserved historic city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Enjoy lunch at your own expense and spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure before transferring back to Basel to check-in for a two night stay at Hotel Gaia (3Q).

Day 9 Basel

The historic town hall, Basel, Switzerland

Basel is located at the meeting point of Switzerland, Germany and France and today is yours to explore its many attractions at your leisure. Basel Minster is one of the most famous buildings in the country – construction of the red sandstone cathedral with its iconic twin slim towers, began in 1019. The city is known for its museums, not least the Kunstmuseum, which housed Europe’s first art collection open to the public in 1661 and is the largest art museum in Switzerland. The University dates from 1460 and is regarded among the top-100 institutions in the world.

Dinner is at a local restaurant tonight.

Day 10 Basel to Davos

The famous Chapel Bridge and lake Lucerne

After breakfast begin your journey to Davos, the final stop on your tour, taking in the delights of lovely Lucerne on the way.

Enjoy free time at leisure to explore this picturesque Swiss city situated at the end of the lake and backed by snow-capped mountains. Don't miss the 14th-century water tower or the chance to walk across the world's oldest wooden footbridge to the charming old town. Here you'll find the oldest baroque church in Switzerland as you explore the narrow streets. Keep an eye out for somewhere to have lunch, at your own expense.

After lunch glide across Lake Lucerne to Brunnen as you continue your journey to Davos, the highest town in Europe, for a two-night stay on a half-board basis at Hotel Grischa Davos (4Q), where you will enjoy dinner for the next two nights.

Day 11 Davos

View of Davos city and Swiss Alps

Breathe deep, enjoy the crystal clear air – at 1,560m Davos is the highest town in the Alps.

The day is yours to either make the most of the superb wellness facilities at your hotel or to get out and about at altitude. Perhaps take the chance to ride a cable car to sample the stunning views from Jakobshorn or see the sights of the town, including the Botanical Garden Alpinum Schatzalp and the The Kirchner Museum, which offers visitors the unique experience of viewing the art of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner in the place it was created.

Day 12 Davos to UK

After breakfast check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport in Zurich for your return flight to the UK.

Alastair Stewart OBE

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

Alastair Stewart OBE

Jonathan Agnew

The BBC’s voice of cricket Jonathan Agnew will join the October 4, 2021 departure and will no doubt preview the Ashes series Down Under which begins 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.

Holidays departing in June 2022 stay at the locally rated 4-star Hotel Sunstar Alpine Davos (4Q) on days 10-11.

Walking Grades
1 – Walking at your own discretion. For example, on panoramic coach tours when the only walking is at photo stops.
2 – Minimal walking. Up to approximately 1,640 feet (500 metres) on mainly flat terrain.
3 – Moderate walking. Between 1,640-4,920 feet (500-1500 metres) over mixed terrain with the possibility of some steps.
4 – Considerable walking. More than 4,920 feet (1500 metres) over uneven terrain with many steps.
5 – Strenuous walking. Long distances over rough terrain with climbing, steps and trekking.

From Amsterdam to the Alps

The Rhine and her Tributaries