Skip to navigation Skip to content
Skip to content
  • *
    Castles everywhere…
  • *
  • *
    The sounds of the 50s
  • *
    The wine of the Rhine

Sounds of the 50s on the Rhine

The Rhine

  • A plane in a circle with a strikethrough No fly
  • A car with a tick VIP on selected river cruises
  • A glass of wine All Inclusive

Sail the Rhine to the sounds of live 50s music

See the most scenic stretches of the Rhine river, its banks cloaked in a patchwork of vineyards. Taste and compare local wines and enjoy live 50s music every night throughout this exuberant cruise.


Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Dinner plate14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners

CocktailFree bar on board open 12 hours a day†

Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner

PersonSaga Cruise Host


  • Return coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry
  • Captain’s dinner and drinks reception
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship

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.

View Full Itinerary

Day 1 UK to Cologne

Cathedral and St Martin church, Cologne

Travel by coach from Folkestone, via Eurotunnel or ferry to Cologne and embark Rex Rheni.

Cruise overnight towards Bonn.

Cologne North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 2 Bonn 🎧

Bonn, Germany

Spend the morning in the former West German capital of Bonn.

Perhaps join an optional excursion to see the sights of the town, and visit the birthplace of the legendary Beethoven. This afternoon another optional excursion reveals the geyser at Andernach.

Tonight you’ll enjoy your first evening of 50s music live.

Bonn North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 3 Bonn to Koblenz 🎧

Ehrenbreitstein Fortress and Cable Car in Koblenz

Depart Bonn at breakfast time and sail through the morning to Koblenz, where you arrive early afternoon and moor overnight.

Koblenz is set at the point where the Rhine and Moselle flow together. It’s known as 'Deutsches Eck' or German Corner and features a huge statue of Kaiser Wilhelm l. Glowering on the right bank is the imposing Festung Ehrenbreitstein, a citadel built by the Prussians. You might like to join an optional tour of the town and castle this afternoon.

Relax to more 50s tunes on board your ship this evening.

Koblenz Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 4 Koblenz to Rüdesheim

Rudesheim, Germany

Rex Rheni sets sail before breakfast and cruises one of the most picturesque sections of the middle Rhine.

Arrive in Rüdesheim, a charming wine town, this afternoon and moor here overnight. Perhaps stroll to the Drosselgasse, a medieval street full of wine houses and garden taverns, for a glass of the local wine or beer. Alternatively you can join an optional excursion to Siegfried's Museum of Mechanical Music, a whimsical display of self-playing instruments.

Return to your ship in time to enjoy an evening of music.

Rüdesheim Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 5 Rüdesheim to Cologne to Königswinter

Cologne, Germany

Sail from Rüdesheim early this morning and, after a lunchtime arrival, spend the afternoon in Cologne. See some of the historic highlights during an optional tour of the city. Tonight you can let yourself go during the band’s final performance.

Your ship sails through the evening to Königswinter for an overnight mooring.

Königswinter North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 6 Königswinter to UK

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

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
  • Optional on 5 nights itinerary

Andernach Geyser

This startling natural phenomenon is the world’s highest cold-water geyser and sends jets of water shooting upwards to an astonishing 60 metres in height, with accompanying noisy burps and gurgles. At the Discovery Centre you’ll learn about the science behind this geological wonder, and what happens 4,000 metres below the earth’s surface to drive and power this natural fountain. A boat will take you out to the Namedyer Werth peninsula, a nature reserve, to witness the geyser and taste the water for yourself. Take advantage of the free time to explore all the wanders and natural beauty that Andernach has to offer.

Andernach Geyser
  • Optional on 5 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
Rüdesheim Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe
  • Optional on 5 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 5 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
Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum Rüdesheim Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe
  • Optional on 5 nights itinerary

Cologne city tour

Discover the city’s historic attractions on this optional excursion which begins with a scenic coach trip in the company of a knowledgeable guide who will point out the highlights. See the pretty Altstadt, or old town, which has been sensitively restored to it's pre-World War II glory, the awe-inspiring towers of Gross St Martin, the elaborate town hall and mighty Gothic cathedral. Then set off on foot to get a closer look as you stroll along the cobbled lanes and lively squares, such as the Alter Markt.

Walking Grade 4

Three hours
Great St Martin Church, Cologne
Cologne North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe
  • Optional on 5 nights itinerary

Jeremy Huggett

Virtuoso Jeremy Huggett, a recent UK award winner for best reed player, clearly demonstrates his skill and maturity on saxophones, flute, and vocals. Since December 2000, Jeremy has been guesting on sax and flute with legendary rock group, Hawkwind. He’s also played with famous names all over the country, including Acker Bilk

Jeremy Huggett

Band of Gold

Band of Gold was formed in 1997 and, led by Jeremy Huggett, is guaranteed to entertain and get the on-board party going. Band of Gold is extremely versatile and for this holiday, Jeremy has put together a line-up focusing on rock & roll and the sounds of the 50s and 60s. The band will have a five piece line-up consisting of saxes/vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass and drums. Although based in Devon, Band of Gold travel across the UK and abroad.

Sounds of the 50s on the Rhine

The Rhine