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    The vineyards of the Moselle
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    Zell and the Moselle 'loop'
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    The scenic Rhine Gorge

Jazz and Wine on the Rhine and Moselle

Rhine and Moselle

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Jazz, wine and superb scenery... this Rhine and Moselle cruise has it all!

See the prettiest stretches of the Moselle and Rhine rivers, their banks cloaked in a patchwork of vineyards. Taste and compare local wines and vintages and enjoy live jazz performances every evening in the ship’s lounge throughout this exuberant cruise.

Including...

A car with a tickVIP door-to-door travel service from anywhere on the UK mainland

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Dinner plate 20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

Cocktail Free bar on board open 12 hours a day

Cocktail Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner

Person Saga Cruise Host

Plus…

  • Return coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry
  • Drinks reception and Captain's dinner
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Gratuities on board
  • Saga Cruise Assistant on board
  • Six live jazz sessions
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship

MapIncluded excursions

  • Traben-Trarbach Wine Tasting
  • Boppard Wine Tasting

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration

The free bar on board is open from 12pm to midnight, serving non-branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

On board during 2022 only

Richard Leach’s Street Jazz Band

Accompanying your cruise will be professional jazz trombonist, Richard Leach and Richard Leach’s Street Jazz Band. The infectious rhythms and strolling traditional jazz of this six-piece ensemble will delight you as they perform a mixture of popular songs from the 1920-1940s as well as classic compostions live on board.

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Day 1 UK to Cologne

Trumpeters playing

Travel by coach from Folkestone to Cologne (Cologne is approximately five hours from Calais, plus comfort stops) and embark Rex Rheni.

Meet your guest musicians at a welcome drink reception. Enjoy dinner on board tonight, followed by a performance from the on-board jazz band.

Cologne North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 2 Koblenz 🎧

Koblenz, Germany

Explore historic Koblenz, and perhaps visit the Festung Ehrenbreitstein, a citadel built by the Prussians, on an optional excursion.

As you sail away keep a look-out for the Deutsches Eck headland, which marks the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle.

Enjoy an afternoon of live jazz as you cruise the beautiful sweeping curves of the Moselle towards Zell.

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Day 3 Zell to Traben-Trarbach

Pretty Zell on the Moselle river

The picturesque little town of Zell is famous for its Schwarze Katze – Black Cat – vineyard.

Later this morning, cruise along the meandering Moselle to the twin villages of Traben-Trarbach which straddle the Moselle. They are known as the 'capitals' of the wine region and are home to many art nouveau buildings. Join an included excursion to a local vineyard for a wine tasting – perhaps sample some 'flowery' Mosel.

This evening take your seats for an introduction and informal chat from the band before enjoying a live jazz performance tonight.

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Day 4 Traben-Trarbach to Beilstein to Cochem

Pretty Traben-Trarbach, Germany

Set sail this morning and cruise to Beilstein – known as the ‘Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle’ due to its historic inaccessibility and beautiful setting.

Enjoy some time at leisure before cruising on to moor in the wine town of Cochem tonight.

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Day 5 Cochem to Rüdesheim 🎧

Cochem

The lovely town of Cochem has been inhabited since Roman times. Wander the narrow streets lined with gabled houses, and see the remains of the Old Town Wall. You can join an optional excursion around Cochem, which includes a visit to Reichsburg Castle.

Cruise from the Moselle into the stunning Rhine Gorge and sail to Rüdesheim. Enjoy a live jazz performance this evening.

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Day 6 Rüdesheim to Boppard 🎧

Rudesheim, Germany

Explore the charming old wine-town of Rüdesheim and perhaps sample the local coffee, a heady brew laced with German brandy. You can also join an optional tour of Rüdesheim with an included visit to Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music.

This afternoon cruise back along what is probably the most famous and scenic stretch of the river – the romantic Rhine Gorge – to Boppard, past a heady array of castles, terraced vineyards and attractive villages as well as the famous Lorelei Rock. The small riverside town of Boppard boasts more than 2,000 years of history. Don't miss the Gothic Carmelite Church or the opportunity to stroll along the Rheinallee, a waterfront promenade.

Enjoy a wine tasting this evening in Boppard.

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Day 7 Boppard to Cologne 🎧

Cologne

Leave Boppard this morning and sail to Cologne to explore Germany's fourth largest city.

The skyline is dominated by the vast Gothic cathedral, originally a pilgrimage church designed to house the relics of the three Magi. The colourful houses of the old town are nearby, but large swathes of the city are modern as a result of bombing during World War Two. You may like to explore further during an optional tour of the city.

Enjoy a farewell dinner and a jazz concert on board ship tonight.

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Day 8 Cologne to UK

Disembark after breakfast and travel to the UK by coach.

🎧 Interactive maps and audio headset tours available for exploring independently in Koblenz, Cochem, Rüdesheim, Boppard and Cologne.

Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.

August 15, 2023 departures embark in Königswinter.

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.

Jazz and Wine on the Rhine and Moselle

Rhine and Moselle