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Sounds of the 60s and 70s on the Rhine

The Rhine and her Tributaries

from £1,649 per person 7 2
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
  • VIP travel service included on selected European tours VIP on selected river cruises
  • Full Board Full board

Cruise the Rhine in the company of DJ Johnnie Walker...

Embark on a cruise which pairs some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery and captivating cities with some of the best music ever written.

Fly to Basel and step aboard Saga’s brand new luxury ship, Spirit of the Rhine, for a cruise featuring live music from the 1960s and 70s performed on board. Cruise into Germany and moor in Breisach, from where you might wish to explore the Black Forest, before dancing into France to explore Strasbourg’s delightful cobbled streets and picturesque half-timbered houses on an included guided tour and canal cruise. Another included excursion visits stately Heidelberg before you reach the beautiful Middle Rhine where you can raise a glass in the pretty wine town of Rudesheim.

The concerts keep coming as you cruise to historic Koblenz and explore the sights of Cologne before your cruise concludes in Amsterdam, where you can look forward to an included city tour and canal cruise to see the highlights, or alternatively enjoy a walking tour themed around delightful Dutch food... 


Including...

20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

Included Excursions
  • Strasbourg tour and canal cruise
  • Heidelberg and Castle visit
  • Amsterdam city tour and canal cruise or Unique Experience: Amsterdam Culinary Walking Tour

*Return flights or direct Eurostar train to Amsterdam for a supplement.

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Day 1 UK to Basel

The Old Town of Basel, Switzerland

Fly to Basel and transfer from the airport to the port where you will embark your ship, Spirit of the Rhine.

Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board this evening as you spend the night cruising towards Breisach.

Basel Port Switzerland Europe

Day 2 Breisach 🎧

Breisach, Germany

Arrive in the early hours with a day to explore Breisach, an important medieval town of the Holy Roman Empire during the 16th century. It's overlooked by a 12th-century cathedral – St Stephansmünster – set high on a hilltop above. It's also known as the 'gateway to the Black Forest' and you'll have the chance to join an optional excursion to picturesque Colmar with its well-preserved old town, and the wine town of Riquewhir. Another optional tour visits Lake Titisee, in the Black Forest for a short cruise and lunch.

Depart later tonight and cruise to Strasbourg.

Breisach Baden-Württemberg Germany Europe

Day 3 Strasbourg 🎧

Strasbourg

You'll arrive before breakfast in the beautiful capital of Alsace, with the whole day to discover its cobbled streets, picturesque half-timbered houses and magnificent cathedral. This morning an included city tour and canal cruise will help you get your bearings, then this afternoon you can explore further independently.

Alternatively, you might like to join an excursion to the pretty walled city of Obernai, where you can stroll along the ramparts and admire attractive 13th-century buildings with flower-filled balconies.

Your ship departs for Mannheim this evening.

Strasbourg Alsace France Europe

Day 4 Mannheim to Mainz to Rüdesheim 🎧

Mannheim

Pause awhile in Mannheim this morning allowing you to join an included visit the home of Germany's oldest university, the city of Heidelberg.

Highlights include the Old Bridge across the River Neckar and the ruined castle high above the city. Its rather random appearance is due to it having been added to through different periods of German architectural styles. Virtually destroyed by lightning in 1764 it was cannibalised by locals who used stones from it in their own houses! Rejoin the ship in Mainz where you spend the afternoon. Here you can use your interactive map to explore the atmospheric Old Town and famous Gutenberg Museum, dedicated to Johannes Gutenberg. Born in the city he was the inventor of the 'moveable type' printing press, and is known as the 'father of modern printing'. Later, cruise to charming Rüdesheim, where you will moor for the night.

This evening you can take a stroll down the cobbled Drosselgasse, a narrow street lined with taverns, to enjoy a flagon of ale or perhaps join an optional excursion to a wine tasting session or an alternative visit to Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music.

Rüdesheim Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 5 Rüdesheim to Koblenz 🎧

Rudesheim am Rhein, Germany

Cruise a scenic stretch of the Rhine this morning past a collection of fairy-tale castles and villages, and the impressive Lorelei Rock, before arriving for an afternoon in Koblenz.

The city sits at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers and is an important centre for the wine industry. Stroll along the pretty riverside promenade, overlooked by the Festung Ehrenbreitstein citadel, which sits on a hill across the river. Perhaps join an optional tour which also visits the fortress.

Depart later tonight and cruise overnight to Cologne.

Koblenz Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 6 Cologne 🎧

Cologne Cathedral, Germany

A morning in Cologne, considered Germany’s cultural capital, provides the opportunity to enjoy exploring using our state-of-the-art interactive map – don't miss one of Germany’s most popular attractions, the vast Gothic cathedral, started in 1248 to house the relics of the three Magi but not finally completed until 1880! You can see the magnificent shrine to Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar – now among the patron saints of Cologne – behind the high altar.

Around lunchtime your ship sets sail for the final time, cruising through the afternoon and overnight bound for Amsterdam.

Cologne North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 7 Amsterdam 🎧

Montelbaanstoren Tower in Amsterdam, Netherlands

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 city. 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. This afternoon you might wish to join an optional excursion visiting Volendam, Edam and Katwoude Cheese Farm.

Remain moored in Amsterdam overnight.

Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

Day 8 Amsterdam to UK

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

Joining you on board

BBC Radio legend Johnnie Walker MBE will join your cruise

He made his name on the pirate ship Radio Caroline in the 1960s but went on to present several shows on Radio 1 and the popular daily drivetime show on Radio 2 which he hosted until 2006. He now presents Sounds of the 70s, Radio 2 in Concert and Johnnie Walker’s Long Players on Radio 2.

Johnnie Walker MBE

Please note

🎧 Interactive maps and audio headset tours available for exploring independently in Breisach, Strasbourg, Rüdesheim, Koblenz, Cologne and Amsterdam.

Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.


Sounds of the 60s and 70s on the Rhine

The Rhine and her Tributaries

from £1,649 per person 7 2
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
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Sounds of the 60s and 70s on the Rhine

The Rhine and her Tributaries

from £1,649 per person 7 2
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required