- Sightseeing in Strasbourg
An included excursion visits the charming capital of Alsace.
- Heidelberg highlights
Admire the Old Bridge and the ruined castle on an included tour.
- Beautiful Bern
Enjoy exploring the Swiss capital during a hotel stay in the city.
- Oh to be in Cologne
Explore this city famous for its cathedral and perfume.
- Atmospheric Amsterdam
Discover the lively, culture-rich capital of the Netherlands.
From the Swiss Peaks to Amsterdam aboard MS Carmen
The Rhine and her Tributariesfrom £2,499 per person 11 2 Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £54 if not required
After enjoying Switzerland’s top charms, look forward to sailing along the magical Rhine through Continental Europe
Enjoy two nights in both Davos and Bern, sail from the edge of Switzerland to Holland, calling at many fascinating cities en route. Compare the pretty canals of the French town of Strasbourg to historic Cologne with its mighty Gothic cathedral and cosmopolitan Amsterdam.
28 meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 11 dinners
7 nights onboard, 4 nights in a hotel
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK Branch and additional cancellation rights on overseas holidays for over 50s, or a price reduction if not required (cover is subject to medical questions)
- Return flights and transfers
- Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Captain’s dinner and drinks reception
- Saga Cruise Host
- Saga Cruise Assistant on board
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
- Entertainment and activities on the ship
- Tour and canal cruise in Strasbourg
- Heidelberg walking tour and castle visit
- Lake Lucerne boat crossing
- Walking tour of Bern
Day 1 UK to Zurich to Davos
Fly from the UK to Zurich and transfer from the airport to Davos, for a two-night stay on a half-board basis at the locally rated 4-star Hotel Sunstar Alpine Davos (4Q) or similar. Located in a quiet yet central position in beautiful parkland the hotel is a relaxing place to stay. The spacious and comfortable rooms are decorated with light wooden furniture to create a feeling of cosiness and well-being. Enjoy dinner at your hotel for the next two nights. D.
Day 2 Davos
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. Dinner is back at the hotel this evening. B, D.
Day 3 Davos to Bern via Lucerne
After breakfast begin your journey to Bern, taking in the delights of lovely Lucerne on the way. First transfer to Brunnen from where you will enjoy gliding across Lake Lucerne to the city which shares its name. Back on dry land, enjoy free time at leisure to explore this picturesque lakeside city backed by snow-capped mountains. Keep an eye out for somewhere to have lunch at your own expense. 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. Continue on to the capital this afternoon where you will stay for two nights at the locally rated 4-star Hotel Allegro (4Q) or similar, on a half-board basis. Located in the centre of the city, with an exceptional view of the medieval Old Town and the impressive Alps, the hotel features a casino, three restaurants, a bar and three terraces. Free WiFi is available. All rooms are of distinctive design and décor, and many offer panoramic views of Bern and the distant Alps. Dinner is at the hotel tonight. B, D.
Day 4 Bern
Join an included walking tour of the beautifully preserved historic city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, after breakfast. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore this picturesque city. B, D.
Day 5 Bern to Basel
After breakfast begin your journey to Basel, where you will transfer to your ship, Dutch Melody, which is moored there. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board this evening as you spend the night cruising towards Breisach. B, D
Day 6 Breisach
You'll have 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 and known as the 'gateway to the Black Forest.' Perhaps join an optional excursion to picturesque Colmar and the wine town of Riquewhir or an optional tour of Lake Titisee, in the Black Forest. Later cruise towards the French border. B, L, D.
Day 7 Strasbourg
You'll have a full day to explore this delightful French city – the capital of the Alsace region which 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 magnificent cathedral on an included tour and cruise on the canals. This afternoon you might like to join an excursion to the pretty walled city of Obernai, to stroll along the ramparts and admire attractive 13th-century buildings with flower-filled balconies. Your ship departs for Mannheim during dinner. B, L, D.
Day 8 Mannheim to Mainz to Rüdesheim
Pause awhile in Mannheim to join an included visit to the old university 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! Rejoin the ship in Mainz where you spend the afternoon. Perhaps 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'. Later, cruise to charming Rüdesheim, where you will moor for the night. This evening you can take a stroll down the cobbled Drosselgasse, a narrow street lined with taverns, to enjoy a glass of local wine or a flagon of ale. You might opt to join an excursion to a local winery to enjoy a tasting or an alternative excursion to see the eccentric self-playing instruments at Siegfried's Museum of Mechanical Music. B, L, D.
Day 9 Rüdesheim to Koblenz
Cruise a scenic stretch of the Rhine this morning past a collection of fairy-tale castles and villages, and the impressive Lorelei Rock, before arriving for an afternoon in Koblenz. The city sits at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers and is an important centre for the wine industry. 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. Depart later tonight and cruise overnight to Cologne. B, L, D.
Day 10 Cologne
A morning in Cologne provides the opportunity to visit one of Germany's most popular attractions, 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. Around lunchtime you'll leave for Amsterdam. B, L, D.
Day 11 Amsterdam
Arrive in the Dutch capital, rightly popular for its friendly welcome, picturesque canals, world-class museums and galleries and laid-back cafes and bars, this morning. Perhaps take an optional excursion to gain a comprehensive overview of the city on a combined coach tour and canal cruise. This afternoon anther optional excursion visits Volendam, Edam and the Katwoude Cheese Farm. Your ship remains moored in Amsterdam overnight. B, L, D.
Day 12 Amsterdam to UK
Disembark MS Carmen after breakfast and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK. B
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. Afterwards, the tourist train will take you back to your ship, unless you decide to stroll back at your leisure; perhaps via the Drosselgasse! Walking Grade 1
Optional on 11 nights itinerary
Siegfrieds 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.
Optional on 11 nights itinerary
Volendam, Edam & Katwoude Cheese Farm
This excursion for cheese lovers takes you to a beautiful farmhouse in Katwoude, where cheese is still made. Here you’ll enjoy a practical demonstration of the craft, and taste various cheeses. Head for Edam, one of the Netherlands’ best-preserved towns, which grew wealthy as a trading town and became famous for its red-waxed cylindrical cheese. Enjoy a walking tour through the pretty streets and visit the famous Edam cheese weigh house. The final stop is in the nearby, picturesque village of Volendam, which lies on reclaimed land along the former Zuiderzee, now known as the Ijssel Lake. Keep an eye out for locals wearing traditional Dutch costume, and enjoy some free time in the harbour area. During the excursion a local guide will explain the fascinating history of man’s fight to reclaim this low-lying land from invasion by the sea.
Optional on 11 nights itinerary