- Gilbert & Sullivan
Look forward to live performances on board Spirit of the Rhine.
The fabled Mouse Tower is one of the iconic attraction of the Middle Rhine.
- Bloemen marvellous
See Amsterdam’s floating flower market.
- Deutsches Eck
German Corner in Koblenz marks the spot where Rhine and Moselle meet.
- See Boppard
Enjoy visiting the historic Rhine Valley town.
Gilbert & Sullivan on the Rhine
The Rhine & her Tributariesfrom £1,699 per person 7 2 Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
- VIP on selected river cruises
- Full board
The very model of a Gilbert & Sullivan-themed river cruise.....
Step aboard Saga’s brand new luxury ship, Spirit of the Rhine, for a seven-night river cruise set to the soundtrack of the music of Gilbert & Sullivan.
Enjoy some of the duo’s most popular works performed live at evening concerts and take the chance to sing along to many of your favourites in the company of your host, baritone and opera expert Peter Grevatt plus his guest pianist and singers, who will perform five live sessions. While music will fill your evenings, by day you can look forward to exploring historic cities and charming towns along the Rhine.
Your holiday begins in Amsterdam where you can take advantage of one of our included excursions to soak up the food, drink and culture before cruising to Cologne where you can visit some of Germany’s most popular visitor attractions on an included city tour. Cruise on to Koblenz and perhaps join an optional tour visiting the imposing Ehrenbreitstein Fortress before mooring for the night in the quaint wine town of Bingen. Stop in Boppard and Andernach – where you might choose to visit the impressive cold water geyser – and enjoy an included tour of Dusseldorf’s interesting Old Town before a lively farewell concert on board provides the finale to your cruise in Arnhem.
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
- All Gratuities on board
- Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
- Five live Gilbert & Sullivan sessions
- Expert host, baritone Peter Grevatt
- Saga Cruise Host
- Saga Cruise Assistant on board
- Entertainment and activities on the ship
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Cologne city tour
- Amsterdam city tour and canal cruise or Unique Experience: Amsterdam Culinary Walking Tour
- Walking tour of Dusseldorf
*Return flights or direct Eurostar train to Amsterdam for a supplement.
Peter Grevatt BA, AKC
After studying at King's College London, baritone Peter Grevatt studied voice with Jean Austin Dodson and Derek Hammond-Stroud of the Royal Academy of Music and went on to train with Michael Maurel. Peter has sung with Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence and toured with the British Youth Opera, his professional solo debut as the title character in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro with the London Opera Players.
To date, he has some 80 operatic roles and 60 oratorios to his credit. His talent, experience and exuberance are sure to add an extra dimension to your musical holiday.
Day 1 UK to Amsterdam
Travel to Amsterdam and embark Spirit of the Rhine, which remains moored here overnight.
Enjoy a welcome reception, where you can meet your expert host and fellow passengers, and dine on board as you remain moored here overnight.
Day 2 Amsterdam 🎧
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.
After dinner on board, take your seats for an evening of Gilbert & Sullivan favourites from your host and guest musicians.
Day 3 Cologne 🎧
Arrive at lunchtime in Cologne, Germany's cultural capital.
Enjoy an afternoon of exploring, either on an included excursion or independently 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.
Look forward to your second concert this evening as you enjoy a musical guide to the lives and work of Gilbert & Sullivan.
Day 4 Koblenz to Bingen 🎧
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. At lunchtime your cruise continues through the UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine to the wine town of Bingen.
On board ship tonight get ready for a performance of well-known works from Gilbert & Sullivan.
Your ship remains moored here overnight.
Day 5 Bingen to Boppard
Enjoy a morning at leisure in picturesque Bingen, which is surrounded by rolling hills blanketed in vineyards and sits under the watchful gaze of Klopp Castle. The charm of the town is part of the reason the fabled Middle Rhine was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Set sail late morning and arrive in Boppard at lunchtime. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in the medieval town with a picturesque waterfront promenade.
Your ship remains moored here overnight.
Day 6 Boppard to Andernach
Set sail at breakfast and cruise through the morning to Andernach, from where you might wish to join an optional excursion visiting the world’s highest cold-water geyser this afternoon.
Resume your cruise after dinner and sail through the night, bound for Düsseldorf.
Day 7 Düsseldorf to Arnhem
Arrive in Düsseldorf before breakfast and look forward to joining an included walking tour of the city’s famous Altstadt – Old Town – a square kilometre full of churches and art, plus more than 250 bars, restaurants and cafes in the heart of the city. Join an expert guide on a stroll through the picturesque lanes and discover why the Gothic St. Lambertus church has a twisted tower, how The Rider statue of popular elector Jan Wellem came about, where Heinrich Heine was born, and how tailor Wibbel gained fame.
Return to your ship for lunch before cruising through the afternoon to moor in Arnhem tonight.
After dinner on board ship join your host and musical guests for a finale concert.
Day 8 Arnhem to UK
Disembark Spirit of the Rhine after breakfast and begin your return journey to the UK.
This startling natural phenomenon is the world’s highest cold-water geyser and sends jets of water shooting upwards to an astonishing 60 metres in height, with accompanying noisy burps and gurgles. At the Discovery Centre you’ll learn about the science behind this geological wonder, and what happens 4,000 metres below the earth’s surface to drive and power this natural fountain. A boat will take you out to the Namedyer Werth peninsula, a nature reserve, to witness the geyser and taste the water for yourself. Take advantage of the free time to explore all the wanders and natural beauty that Andernach has to offer.
Walking Grade 3
Optional on 7 nights itinerary
Koblenz and 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. Enjoy a panoramic cable car ride 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 7 nights itinerary
Pre-holiday extension with breakfasts
Before your cruise stay two nights at a locally rated 4-star Westcord Fashion Hotel with breakfasts included. The hotel is located within walking distance of the Vondelpark and has great links to be able to explore the capital at your leisure. Available only when you fly or travel by Eurostar.
🎧 Interactive maps and audio headset tours available for exploring independently in Amsterdam, Cologne and Koblenz.
Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.