- The vineyards of the Moselle
- Zell and the Moselle 'loop'
- The scenic Rhine Gorge
Jazz and Wine on the Rhine and Moselle
Rhine and Moselle
- No fly
- By coach
- Local flights
- Exclusive to Saga
Jazz lovers, wine lovers, scenery lovers... this Rhine and Moselle cruise is for you!
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 from Richard Leach’s Street Jazz Band throughout this exuberant cruise.
20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
Free bar on board open 12 hours a day†
Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
Saga Cruise Host
Plus all this…
- Return coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry
- Drinks reception and Captain's dinner
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
- Saga Cruise Assistant on board
- Six live jazz sessions
- Entertainment and activities on the ship
- Traben Trarbach Wine Tasting
- Boppard Wine Tasting
Interactive 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
Day 1 UK to Cologne
Travel by coach from Folkestone to Cologne (Cologne is approximately five hours from Calais) 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.
Day 2 Koblenz 🎧
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.
Day 3 Zell to Traben-Trarbach
The picturesque little town of Zell is famous for its Schwarze Katze – Black Cat – vineyard.
Later this morning, cruise along the meandering Middle Rhine 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.
Day 4 Traben-Trarbach to Beilstein to Cochem
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.
Day 5 Cochem to Rüdesheim 🎧
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 and magical Reichsburg Castle finishing with a trip to a local vineyard.
Cruise from the Moselle into the stunning Rhine Gorge and sail to Rüdesheim. Enjoy a live jazz performance this evening.
Day 6 Rudesheim to Boppard
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 excursion to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum. This afternoon you'll 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.
Day 7 Boppard to 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 II. Art lovers will enjoy both the Wallraf-Richartz Museum and the Museum Ludwig.
Enjoy a farewell dinner and a jazz concert on board your ship tonight.
Day 8 Cologne to UK
Disembark after breakfast and travel to the UK by coach.
Cochem, Reichsburg Castle and Wine tasting
Visit fairy-tale Reichsburg Castle to learn about its colourful history and see magnificent views of the Moselle. Enjoy a guided tour of the castle, which was rescued and restored in the 19th century in neo-Gothic style. Today it is a fabulous showcase for Renaissance and baroque furniture. Later head to a local vineyard and winery for an introductory talk, and a tasting of four regional white Rieslings. There'll be the chance to purchase some wine before returning to the ship. 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
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. Walking Grade 2
Optional on 7 nights itinerary
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 compositions live on board.
Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions or by exploring independently. Optional excursions are at an additional cost and all excursions are subject to availability and change.
🎧 Interactive maps and audio headset tours available for exploring independently in Koblenz, Cochem, Rüdesheim and Cologne.