Cruise through the vine-cloaked valleys to the pretty wine town.
- Stunning St Goar
Cruising through the UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine is sure to be one of the highlights of your holiday.
See the city centre sights on an included excursion which features a canal cruise.
- German Corner
See Deutsches Eck in Koblenz, where Rhine and Moselle meet.
- Bonn chance
Beethoven’s birthplace isn’t the only historical landmark in Bonn, as you can discover on an optional excursion.
Resplendent Rhine in Autumn for solo travellers
The Rhine and Her Tributariesfrom £1,599 per person 7 1 Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
- VIP on selected river cruises
- Solo Travellers
- Full board
See the beautiful riverscapes of the Rhine in autumn...
There are few better times to cruise the stately Rhine than at a time when the banks are ablaze with the colours of autumn.
This seven-night seasonal cruise aboard Saga’s brand new luxury ship, Spirit of the Rhine, has been specially planned so you and your other solo travellers are able to enjoy seeing the stunning scenery huddled beneath its rustling autumnal blanket. In addition to enjoying the marvels of Mother Nature, you can also visit historic cities and quaint wine towns as you wind your way along the Rhine.
After enjoying the highlights of Amsterdam on an included tour, cruise to Arnhem where you can learn more about one of the most famous battles of World War II on another included excursion. Visit Bonn and perhaps explore the former home of Beethoven, another optional excursion venture into the imposing Ehrenbreitstein Fortress overlooking the town of Koblenz. You can stroll along Rüdesheim's cobbled Drosselgasse and perhaps opt to join a wine tasting and enjoy a full day and included tour of the vibrant heart of Dusseldorf to bring your cruise to a close.
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
- Solos Host
- Saga Cruise Host
- Saga Cruise Assistant on board
- Entertainment and activities on the ship
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Complimentary gratuities
- Amsterdam city tour and canal cruise or Unique Experience: Amsterdam Culinary Walking Tour
- Arnhem Commemoration Tour
- Dusseldorf City Tour
*Return flights or direct Eurostar train to Amsterdam for a supplement.
Day 1 UK to Amsterdam
Travel to Amsterdam and embark Spirit of the Rhine, which remains moored here overnight.
Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board.
Day 2 Amsterdam to Arnhem 🎧
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 evening cruising towards Arnhem, where you will moor overnight.
Day 3 Arnhem
Enjoy a morning in Arnhem with plenty of time to join an included tour to learn more about the bloody battle that was fought here during World War II. Visit the site of the momentous events of Operation Market Garden, beginning at the famous ‘Bridge Too Far’. It was here that the 2nd Battalion, led by Lieutenant Colonel Frost, held out for four days in September 1944 against overwhelming odds. At the north end, you’ll see a monument which honours those who participated in the mission, many of whom lost their lives. Continue to the old church in Oosterbeek, where the Allies took refuge prior to withdrawing, passing some of the fields where the landings took place. At the Airborne Museum, you can see photographs and memorabilia, along with anti-tank guns and a Sherman tank which stand exactly where they were left in battle.
You return to Arnhem via the Airborne Cemetery, the final resting place of 1,748 Allied troops. This afternoon and tonight cruise on towards the German border.
Day 4 Bonn to Koblenz 🎧
Arrive in Bonn after breakfast. An optional walking tour reveals sights such as the Electoral Palace and the baroque City Hall, and includes entrance to Beethoven's former home, now a museum dedicated to his life and work.
Cruise to Koblenz this afternoon, arriving late afternoon for an overnight mooring. This evening look forward to live music performed on board by the Moselle Group.
Day 5 Koblenz to Rüdesheim 🎧
Koblenz is a town where the rivers Rhine and Moselle meet and continue their journey to the North Sea.
The confluence is marked by a monument to Emperor Wilhelm I, and across the river from here is the vast Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which you can visit by cable car on an optional excursion this morning. This afternoon, relax on board during one of the highlights of your cruise as Spirit of the Rhine cruises through the UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine to Rüdesheim.
Glide through a valley of steep banks cloaked in lush green forest and punctuated by the occasional fairytale castle. You’ll pass the fabled Lorelei Rock, where legend has it a beautiful siren used to coax sailors to their demise – keep an eye out for her bronze statue as you sail safely by. Arriving this evening in the charming wine town of Rüdesheim where there’s time for you to join an optional trip to either the eccentric attraction of Siegfried's Museum of Mechanical Music or alternatively a wine tasting excursion.
Your ship remains moored here overnight.
Day 6 Rüdesheim to Düsseldorf 🎧
Spend the morning at leisure in Rüdesheim. Why not take a complimentary interactive map and slip on your headphones to take a self-guided tour of the town.
You will return to the Rhine at lunchtime, cruising through the afternoon and evening to reach Dusseldorf late tonight.
Day 7 Düsseldorf
Look forward to spending a full day in delightful Düsseldorf where you can enjoy an included tour of the famous Old Town – a square kilometre full of churches, art and more than 250 pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes in the heart of the city.
Join an expert guide on a stroll through the picturesque backstreets and discover why the Gothic St. Lambertus church has a twisted tower. The Burgplatz (square) with the Schlossturm (palace tower) holds great char and from here, it's a stone's throw to the Rhine embankment promenade which offers a stunning view of Düsseldorf's skyline and the Oberkassel Rhine banks.
Day 8 Düsseldorf to UK
Disembark Spirit of the Rhine after breakfast to begin your return journey to the UK.
Bonn: Birthplace of Beethoven
The 2000 year - old historic site is the centre of Bonn. It will delight and astound visitors. This tour will encompass some of the spectacular highlights of this town, visiting such places as, Beethoven monument, the Romanesque Minster Cathedral, the University of Bonn, which was formerly the Elector’s Palace – with its elegant Hofgarten and the grand baroque City Hall. The tour takes you to the banks of the Rhine near the Bonn Opera House to see the imposing view of Germany‘s oldest nature park, Siebengebirge and seven hills. Naturally you’ll visit Beethoven’s birthplace, which includes a museum, archives and chamber music hall where you can learn more about the life and work of this great composer.
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
Rüdesheim 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 7 nights itinerary
Siegfried's 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
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, Bonn, Koblenz and Rüdesheim.
Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.