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    The Rhine in Flames
River Cruise
River Cruise

Lorelei in Flames - Koblenz

Lorelei in Flames - Koblenz

The Rhine and her Tributaries

  • A car with a tick VIP on selected river cruises
  • A glass of wine All Inclusive

Experience the Rhine in Flames

Explore the wine towns and historic cities of the Rhine and experience the Rhine in Flames festival from the river. You'll explore majestic Cologne and Mainz and stroll through the wine alleys of Rüdesheim and Boppard before enjoying a spectacular finale to your voyage as the skies above Koblenz light-up for the annual festivities.


20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

  • Included travel insurance
  • Return coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry
  • Return flights or direct Eurostar train to Amsterdam for a supplement
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Free bar open 12 hours a day†
  • 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

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

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Day 1 UK to Cologne

Beautiful Cologne at night

Travel to Cologne and embark Rex Rheni.

Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board this evening. The ship remains moored in Cologne overnight.

Cologne North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 2 Cologne 🎧

Cologne Cathedral

Spend the whole day in Cologne, exploring independently, using an interactive map and audio headset to take a self-guided tour or joining an optional excursion to reveal the highlights.

Arguably most famous for its eponymous brand of perfume, which has now become a generic term for men's aftershave, Cologne was founded by the Romans and has long been an important trading centre. The vast Gothic cathedral that towers over the surroundings was started in 1248 as a pilgrimage church to house the relics of the Three Magi. The two spires are 157 metres high, and were not completed until 1880.

Your ship remains moored here overnight.

Cologne North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 3 Cologne to Andernach

Old city wall of Andernach

Set sail over breakfast and cruise through the morning to reach Andernach at lunchtime.

This afternoon perhaps visit the incredible geyser for which the town is best known on an optional excursion.

Remain moored here overnight.

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Day 4 Andernach to Rüdesheim 🎧

Rudesheim am Rhein, Germany

Set sail before breakfast and arrive in Rüdesheim early this afternoon.

Perhaps explore the wine town’s cobbled Drosselgasse in search of a local tipple or alternatively join an optional excursion, one includes a wine tasting while another offers the chance to see and hear eccentric mechanical music machines in action.

Remain moored here overnight.

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Day 5 Rüdesheim to Mainz 🎧


After breakfast resume your cruise, making the short voyage to Mainz, where you will spend the rest of the day.

Enjoy time to explore independently, or conduct a self-guided tour using your interactive map and audio headset. The capital of Rheinland-Pfalz, Mainz has a large Romanesque red sandstone cathedral, which retains its cloisters. Behind the cathedral in Gutenbergplatz square is a statue of Johannes Gutenberg, the father of modern printing.

Remain moored here overnight.

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Day 6 Mainz to Boppard


Late this morning enjoy a leisurely few hours cruising along the beautiful Moselle to the picturesque town of Boppard.

Boasting more than 2,000 years of history, this picturesque town is located in the valley of the mythical Lorelei. This afternoon and evening you can go ashore and explore the town. The Rheinallee along the waterfront is an attractive promenade, and the Gothic Carmelite Church is famous for its 15th-century choir stalls.

Remain moored here overnight.

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Day 7 Boppard to Koblenz 🎧

Fireworks over the Rhine Valley, Koblenz

After a morning at leisure in Boppard, you'll sail through lunch to reach Koblenz.

This afternoon perhaps join an optional excursion which visits the imposing Ehrenbreitstein Fortress which looms over the town. This evening you witness the glorious fireworks finale of the Rhine in Flames festival.

Remain moored in Koblenz overnight.

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Day 8 Koblenz to Andernach to UK

Set sail early and disembark your ship in Andernach after breakfast to begin your return journey to the UK.

Lorelei in Flames - Koblenz

The Rhine and her Tributaries