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River Cruise
River Cruise

Romantic Rhineland

The Rhine and her Tributaries

from £1,049 per person 7 2
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
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Experience the allure of the Middle Rhine

The beautiful Middle Rhine is the setting for your scenic cruise. Sail past castles, fortresses and dramatic cliffs. Stop off to explore pretty wine towns and villages. Join optional excursions to Bonn, the vineyard-clad Ahr Valley and romantic Reichsburg Castle, among others.

Including...

20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Free bar on board open 12 hours a day† (2021 departures only)
  • Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK
  • Return coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry
  • 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 to Königswinter

Cologne

Travel by coach from Folkestone, via Eurotunnel or ferry and embark Rex Rheni. Cruise to Königswinter and moor for the night.

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Day 2 Königswinter to Koblenz 🎧

Konigswinter

Wake up in the pretty village of Königswinter where 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 and then bathed in its blood to render himself invulnerable. 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 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 Koblenz.

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Day 3 Koblenz to Zell 🎧

Koblenz architecture

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. Later, sail along the tranquil Moselle to Zell, savouring panoramic views of exquisite vineyards along the way. 

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Day 4 Zell to Bernkastel-Kues 🎧

Visit a vineyard along the Rhine

There'll be a short time to explore the picturesque wine town of Zell this morning, famous for its Schwarze Katz vineyard. The town's idyllic location on the Moselle encourages the vines to prosper. Mid-morning you'll leave for the picture-perfect town of Bernkastel-Kues, 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 explore the town at leisure as your ship remains moored here overnight.

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Day 5 Bernkastel-Kues to Cochem to Koblenz 🎧

View towards Cochem

Early this morning, Rex Rheni will leave Bernkastel-Kues, and sail to Cochem. 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. You can also visit a local vineyard for a wine tasting. Sail for Koblenz this evening.

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Day 6 Koblenz to Rüdesheim 🎧

Rudesheim

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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Day 7 Rüdesheim to Cologne 🎧

Cologne Cathedral

Cruise back to Cologne this morning and spend the afternoon at leisure exploring this attractive city, famous for its imposing cathedral and for giving its name to 'Eau de Cologne'! Rex 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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Day 8 Cologne to the UK

Picturesque German hosues

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

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John Sergeant

On August 1, 2020, you will be joined on your cruise by John Sergeant, one of the most recognised and highly regarded names in British broadcast journalism and best known as the BBC’s Chief Political Correspondent from 1992 to 2000. You can look forward to three talks, on days 2, 4 and 6 of your holiday, with stories reflecting John’s experiences reporting from Downing Street and around the world.

John Sergeant

Please note

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

The June 4, 2021 departure visits the same ports of call in a slightly different itinerary.