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Sounds of the 60s on the Rhine

The Rhine and her Tributaries

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Sail the Rhine to the sounds of live 60s music

Loving the Swinging 60’s... this Rhine cruise is for you! What a harmonious combination… cruising past the vineyards of the Rhine (but also pausing for wine tastings) and revisiting the timeless sounds of your youth, all performed live on board ship by your host Jeremy Huggett and the versatile Band of Gold. You’ll see the prettiest stretches of the river, taste and compare local wines and enjoy live 60s music every night throughout this exuberant cruise. Hear hits of the time that were created by the likes of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Tom Jones and Dusty Springfield, the pioneers of Rock ‘n’ Roll including Bill Haley & the Comets and Elvis. The final farewell concert features hits from The Carpenters, The Beach Boys, The Troggs, The Animals and more to bring your cruise to a rousing end…

Including...

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

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

CocktailFree bar open 12 hours a day†

PersonSaga Cruise Host

Plus…

  • Return coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry
  • Five live music performances
  • Two briefings from your band leader
  • Saga Cruise Assistant
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner

†The free bar, open from midday to midnight, serves non-branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

2021 departures

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Day 1 UK to Cologne

Cologne Cathedral, Germany

Travel by coach via Eurotunnel, or ferry, from Folkestone to Cologne - a journey from Calais of approximately five hours - where you embark Rex Rheni.

Set sail this evening and enjoy a welcome drink, and dinner on board, with a live performance by the accomplished Band of Gold, who'll provide fun and cool sounds throughout your cruise. Tonight’s performance, consisting of two one-hour sets, is entitled ‘Welcome to the Swinging 60s’.

Cologne North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 2 Bonn

Bonn, Germany

Arrive in the former West German capital of Bonn in the early hours and enjoy a full day here.

Perhaps join an optional excursion to see the sights of the town, and visit the birthplace of the legendary Beethoven, this afternoon. Tonight’s musical entertainment is ‘The British Invasion’ – spend the evening celebrating the success of British bands in the US and beyond in the 60s including The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Tom Jones and Dusty Springfield.

Bonn North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 3 Bonn to Koblenz

Jesuiten Square in Koblenz, Germany

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. Looming 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.

This evening your on-board entertainers plan to ‘Rock the Joint’ with a set celebrating the pioneers of Rock & Roll including Bill Haley & the Comets, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Fats Domino.

Koblenz Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 4 Koblenz to Rüdesheim

Rudesheim am Rhein, Germany

Rex Rheni sets sail over breakfast and cruises one of the most picturesque sections of the middle Rhine. Arrive in Rüdesheim, a charming wine town, early afternoon and moor here overnight.

Perhaps stroll to the Drosselgasse, a medieval street full of restaurants, 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, or partake in an optional wine tasting at a local winery.

Return to your ship in time to enjoy a ‘Musical Kaleidoscope’ from Jeremy and the Band of Gold. They aim to provide a fun night mixing the sounds of the 60s and 70s with Rock & Roll, Blues and a bit of Jump Jive and Swing.

Rüdesheim Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 5 Rüdesheim to Cologne

Cologne, Germany

Sail from Rüdesheim early this morning and, after a lunchtime arrival, spend the afternoon at leisure in Cologne.

See some of the historic highlights at the Romano-Germanic Museum and the cathedral, or go shopping in the city's modern heart. Tonight you can let yourselves go with the Band of Gold’s final performance, ‘60s Jukebox’ featuring classic artists like The Beatles, The Monkees, Elvis, The Carpenters, The Beach Boys, The Troggs and The Animals.

Please note: On the October 4, 2021 departure your ship will sail on from Cologne to Düsseldorf late this evening and moors there overnight.

Cologne North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 6 Cologne to UK

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

2022 departures

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Day 1 UK to Arnhem

Travel by coach via Eurotunnel, or ferry, from Folkestone to Arnhem - a journey from Calais of approximately four hours - where you embark Rex Rheni.

Set sail this evening and enjoy a welcome drink, and dinner on board, with a live performance by the accomplished Band of Gold, who'll provide fun and cool sounds throughout your cruise. Tonight’s performance, consisting of two one-hour sets, is entitled ‘Welcome to the Swinging 60s.’

Arnhem Netherlands Europe

Day 2 Bonn

Bonn, Germany

Arrive in the former West German capital of Bonn at lunchtime and enjoy an afternoon here. Perhaps join an optional excursion to see the sights of the town, and visit the birthplace of the legendary Beethoven, this afternoon.

Tonight’s musical entertainment is ‘The British Invasion’ – spend the evening celebrating the success of British bands in the US and beyond in the 60s including The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Tom Jones and Dusty Springfield.

Bonn North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 3 Bonn to Koblenz

Jesuiten Square in Koblenz, Germany

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. Looming 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.

This evening your on-board entertainers plan to ‘Rock the Joint’ with a set celebrating the pioneers of Rock & Roll including Bill Haley & the Comets, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Fats Domino.

Koblenz Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 4 Koblenz to Rüdesheim

Rudesheim am Rhein, Germany

Rex Rheni sets sail over breakfast and cruises one of the most picturesque sections of the middle Rhine. Arrive in Rüdesheim, a charming wine town, early afternoon and moor here overnight.

Perhaps stroll to the Drosselgasse, a medieval street full of restaurants, 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, or partake in an optional wine tasting at a local winery.

Return to your ship in time to enjoy a ‘Musical Kaleidoscope’ from Jeremy and the Band of Gold. They aim to provide a fun night mixing the sounds of the 60s and 70s with Rock & Roll, Blues and a bit of Jump Jive and Swing.

Rüdesheim Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 5 Rüdesheim to Cologne to Konigswinter

Cologne, Germany

Sail from Rüdesheim early this morning and, after a lunchtime arrival, spend the afternoon at leisure in Cologne.

See some of the historic highlights at the Romano-Germanic Museum and the cathedral, or go shopping in the city's modern heart.

Depart during dinner and sail to Konigswinter for an overnight mooring. Tonight you can enjoy the Band of Gold’s final performance, ‘60s Jukebox’ featuring classic artists like The Beatles, The Monkees, Elvis, The Carpenters, The Beach Boys, The Troggs and The Animals.

Königswinter North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 6 Konigswinter 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
Bonn
  • Optional on 2021 departures itinerary
  • Optional on 2022 departures 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 2021 departures itinerary
  • Optional on 2022 departures 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 2021 departures itinerary
  • Optional on 2022 departures 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 2021 departures itinerary
  • Optional on 2022 departures 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.

Walking Grade 3

Three to five hours
Andernach Geyser
  • Optional on 2021 departures itinerary

†The free bar, open from midday to midnight, serves non-branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions or by exploring independently. Optional excursions are at an additional cost and all excursions are subject to availability and change. 

October 4, 2021 departures embark in Cologne and disembark in Düsseldorf.

Walking Grades
1 – Walking at your own discretion. For example, on panoramic coach tours when the only walking is at photo stops.
2 – Minimal walking. Up to approximately 1,640 feet (500 metres) on mainly flat terrain.
3 – Moderate walking. Between 1,640-4,920 feet (500-1500 metres) over mixed terrain with the possibility of some steps.
4 – Considerable walking. More than 4,920 feet (1500 metres) over uneven terrain with many steps.
5 – Strenuous walking. Long distances over rough terrain with climbing, steps and trekking.

Sounds of the 60s on the Rhine

The Rhine and her Tributaries