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Romantic Rhineland for solo travellers: May

The Rhine and her Tributaries

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Sail through the Middle Rhine

The Middle Rhine is the setting for your scenic cruise. Enjoy the company of other solo travellers as you sail past castles, fortresses and dramatic cliffs, pausing to explore quaint wine towns and villages. Look forward to an included tour of historic Cologne and perhaps join optional excursions to Bonn, the vineyard-clad Ahr Valley and romantic Reichsburg Castle, among others.

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Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Dinner plate20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

CocktailFree bar on board open 12 hours a day†

Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner

PersonSaga Cruise Host

Plus…

  • Return coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry
  • Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Solos Host
  • Solos drinks party
  • Saga Cruise Assistant on board
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship

MapIncluded excursion

  • Tour of Cologne

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.

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13/05/2022 UK to Königswinter

View of Konigswinter, Germany

Travel by coach from Folkestone, via Eurotunnel or ferry, to Königswinter (a journey of approximately five hours from Calais) and embark Rex Rheni.

Cruise through the night to Bernkastel.

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14/05/2022 Bernkastel 🎧

Market place in Bernkastel-Kues, Germany

Arrive in the picture-perfect town of Bernkastel-Kues in the afternoon, arguably one of the prettiest small towns in Germany.

Bernkastel-Kues features colourful Renaissance houses which line the sloping market square with its 17th-century fountain. There will be free time to go ashore and enjoy an optional trip on the Bernkastel panoramic train.

Your ship sails after dinner overnight to Cochem.

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15/05/2022 Cochem to Koblenz 🎧

Cochem Castle overlooks historic Cochem town on the Moselle River

Arrive in Cochem during breakfast.

With the romantic backdrop of neo-Gothic Reichsburg Castle, Cochem is understandably one of the most visited places on the Moselle River. An optional excursion is available to the castle, which sits atop a hill cloaked entirely in vines. Although most of the castle was rebuilt in the 19th century the original 11th-century keep still survives. During the excursion you can also visit a local vineyard for a wine tasting.

Sail for Koblenz this evening.

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16/05/2022 Koblenz 🎧

Ehrenbreitstein Fortress and Koblenz City in Germany

Koblenz has a rich history spanning two millennia, and its past is reflected in a wealth of monuments and historic buildings. The city is situated at the exact point where the Rhine and Moselle meet, and the city's name means 'merging of the rivers'. Explore the city this morning, or perhaps visit the Festung Ehrenbreitstein, a citadel built by the Prussians between 1816 and 1832, on an optional excursion.

Moor here overnight.

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17/05/2022 Koblenz to Rüdesheim 🎧

Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, situated between Koblenz and Rudeshiem on the Rhine

This morning, cruise the most stunning stretch of the Rhine, passing Lorelei Rock and numerous castles. The rock is a symbol of the Rhine and inspired a famous poem by Heinrich Heine, which was set to music by Frederich Silcher.

Continue to Rüdesheim, where you can perhaps sample the famous wines of the region in the tavern-lined Drosselgasse, or visit Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music.

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18/05/2022 Rüdesheim to Königswinter

Remains of Ludendorff Bridge, Remagen, Germany

Leave Rüdesheim in the morning and sail back to Königswinter arriving in the afternoon.

At the pretty village of Königswinter you may wish to travel by rack railway up the hillside to the ruined 12th-century castle of Drachenfels on an optional excursion. Dating from the 12th century, this castle was immortalised by Wagner, as it was here that Siegfried slew the dragon. Alternatively, join an optional excursion to Bonn, the birthplace of Beethoven.

This afternoon you sail to Koblenz, passing dramatic scenery, the small island of Nonnenwerth and the ruined castle of Rolandsbogen. Your ship will pause on route in Remagen where you'll be able to see the remains of the old Ludendorff railway bridge, captured by the Americans on March 7, 1945. You will have the chance to disembark here for an optional excursion through the Ahr Valley. Or stay aboard and sail on to Königswinter.

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19/05/2022 Königswinter to Cologne

Views across Cologne with Cologne Cathedral and the Rhine

Cruise back and spend the morning on an included tour of the city, famous for its imposing cathedral and for giving its name to 'Eau de Cologne'! The city 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.

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20/05/2022 Cologne to UK

Disembark after breakfast and begin your return journey to the UK.

Bernkastel panorama train

Relax on board the Bernkastel panorama train as it passes sights such as the wine museum, St Nikolaus Hospital, the parish church of St Michael and the historic market square with its centuries-old half-timbered houses.

Walking Grade 1

Two hours
Half-timbered houses of Bernkastel-Kues
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  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

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

Three-and-a-half hours
Winetasting
  • 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

Three hours
Fortress Ehrenbreitstein
  • 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

One-and-a-half hours
Seigfried's Mechanical Music Museum
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  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Rudesheim 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 2

One-and-a-half hours
Wine tasting in Rudesheim
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  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Drachenfels Castle

"The castled crag of Drachenfels Frowns o’er the wide and winding Rhine…” Lord Byron immortalised this location in his poem Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. Follow in his footsteps and journey to the fabled ruins that teeter on the summit of Dragon’s Rock. According to legend Siegfried slew the dragon Fafnir, who lived in a cave on the hill, and bathed in its blood to acquire special powers. The ruins can be reached via Drachenfelsbahn – Germany’s oldest rack and pinion railway – which dates back to 1883. The train takes eight minutes to climb one mile and travels at an angle of 20 degrees. At the top you can view the ruins of the 12th-century castle, enjoy the lovely landscape below from a viewing platform and perhaps enjoy a slice of pie and a drink.

Walking grade 2

Two hours
Drachenfels
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Bonn: Birthplace of Beethoven

The centre of Bonn has more than 2,000 years of history. This tour will encompass some of the spectacular highlights of this town, visiting such places as the Beethoven monument, the Romanesque Minster Cathedral, the University of Bonn, which was formerly the Electoral Palace – with its elegant Hofgarten – and the grand 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.

Walking grade 3

Two hours
Bonn
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Ahr Valley and Ahrweiler

Take a scenic coach ride, journeying through the wild and romantic Ahr Valley, Germany’s largest red-wine producing district. Savour the landscape, a pretty patchwork of vineyards peppered with dramatic rock formations, castles, ruins and wineries.

Ahrweiler lies at the heart of the valley and has a beautifully preserved medieval district with alf-timbered houses ringed by old town walls. You’ll see the market square and the parish church of St Laurence, one of the oldest and loveliest Gothic churches in the Rhineland. There will be free time for you to further explore as you please.

Walking grade 2

Four hours
Ahr Valley
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary
Romantic Rhineland for solo travellers: May

The Rhine and her Tributaries